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Mid-spring musts

Spring may be half over, but activities are in full swing. From high-drama plays to high-energy roller derbies, there’s plenty of fast-paced action to keep you busy in the coming weeks.

May 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29: Detroit 67
Paul Robeson Theatre, African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave., Buffalo

In this play that received the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, conflicts between a brother and sister reach a fever pitch (just as the Motor City does) amid the infamous 1967 race riots. The story is set to a soundtrack that includes hits from Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Temptations and more. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. (884-2013;

Admission: $20-25

May 11-22: Love Letters
710 Main Theatre, Buffalo

Combine a local playwright with two major stars and you’ve got the formula for a can’t-miss show. Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal star in the national tour of Love Letters, celebrated Buffalo playwright A.R. Gurney’s romance about first loves and second chances, coming to Buffalo May 11-22. The show, which chronicles a 50-year-long romance as told through beautifully written love letters, enjoyed a critically acclaimed Broadway run and began its national tour last summer. (829-1153;

Tickets: $47 and $52

May 15: Farm-to-Pint Fete
Hamburg Brewing Company, 6553 Boston State Road, Hamburg

Hamburg Brewing Company will play host to many area breweries who will showcase their suds made from locally grown and produced hops and malts. In keeping with the all-things-local theme, Hamburg Brewing will serve up kabobs made with locally grown ingredients. Raise your glass from noon-8 p.m. (649-3249;

Admission: Free; ticketed system for beverages

May 15: BPO Kids Take the Stage
Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo

The popularity of shows like NBC’s “Little Big Shots” reminds us that good things really do come in small packages. This concert for kids and by kids is no exception, showcasing the talents of the smallest Suzuki performers, St. May’s Sing and Sign Chorus, and the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts Jazz Choir. Children in the audience are encouraged to sing and clap along, as well as make their own instruments to play during the concert, which starts at 2:30 p.m. Activities with the Buffalo Zoo, Monkey See Monkey Do bookstore, BlueCross BlueShield Activity Cruiser and more begin at 1:30 p.m. (242-7816;

Admission: $13 adults; $8 children

May 21: The SkyRide
River Fest Park, Ohio Street, Buffalo

GObike Buffalo’s signature fundraising event, this tour takes cycling to new heights – 100 feet above the Buffalo River, to be exact. Led by a police escort for the first several miles, riders will be safely guided through downtown and across the Skyway. Featuring historic Olmsted Parks and Parkways, this is not a race. Riders are encouraged to enjoy the scenery and pedal at a casual pace. Group levels include 10-mile and 25-mile rides. Helmets required; rain-or-shine ride starts at 9 a.m. Register online. Entrants get event T-shirt, breakfast items, water, snack, light lunch and complimentary drink ticket for post-ride celebration. (;

Admission: $50 registration fee

May 27: BuffaLoveFest
Buffalo Zoo, 300 Parkside Ave.

There’s a lot to celebrate about Buffalo these days, and this fourth annual event is the perfect opportunity to show the love. Enjoy live music from some of the area’s best bands, tap into the explosion of local beer and wine, stake out your favorite food truck, and shop Buffalo-themed goods from local artisans. The 21-and-over love fest takes place from 5:30-9 p.m. (995-6133;

Admission: $20 pre-sale; $30 day of event. Includes two drink tickets.

May 28-29: Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail Open Studio Tour
Various studios; list of artists and addresses available online

Inspired by the breathtaking landscapes that surround them, 24 artists in the Chautauqua and Lake Erie region are opening their personal studios, featuring works in a wide variety of mediums. Make a day of it and enjoy the many fine eateries and accommodations the area has to offer. Tour hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (951-9026;

Admission: Free

June 4: Art Alive
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo

When Albright-Knox says they’re bringing art to life, they’re not kidding. Marking its 20th anniversary, this popular event invites participants to re-create famous works using people, props and even music. Entries will be judged based on craftsmanship and originality. Don’t miss these living, breathing replicas, on view from noon-2 p.m., and the chance to vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice Award category. (882-8700;

Admission: Free

June 4-5: Bonsai Show
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo

Representing balance and harmony, the ancient art of bonsai goes back more than a thousand years. This is your chance to see prized trees at the peak of perfection, meticulously manicured by masters and novices alike. There will also be demonstrations, a tree raffle, advice on tending to your own, and supplies and trees for sale. Show runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (827-1584 ext. 204;

Admission: $9 adults, $8 seniors and students, $5 kids 3-12, members free

June 10: Queen City Roller Girls Cup Championship
Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St., Buffalo

The bout to end all bouts, come out and see these ladies block, jam, hip whip and pivot at Buffalo RiverWorks, which houses the first permanent, purpose-built, flat track roller derby track in the world. Front row and VIP tickets also available for a bird’s eye view of all the high-octane action. Purchase all tickets online. (1-888-740-7274;

Admission: $15 general admission; $20 front row and VIP tables; $12 student/military; $5 children

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