Harold Lloyd Film Festival
NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. April 18-20 Almost as famous as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton in silent film was Harold Lloyd, an actor known for performing dangerous stunts in such movies as "Safety Last!" (that one had him hanging from a clock tower). In April, you can see Lloyd's best work when the Riviera Theatre hosts a festival dedicated to him with an appearance by his granddaughter and live musical accompaniment on the Riviera's Wulitzer organ. The lineup includes "Why Worry?," "Speedy," and "Welcome Danger." Single tickets are $15, festival pass $54, VIP pass $74.
ST. PAUL April 11-13 When this convening of jugglers began in 1990, it was a last-minute event billed as "the biggest juggling festival in the upper Midwest between Groundhog's Day and Valentine's Day." Not much of a spectacle. But 18 years later, the gathering has more than 500 participants and spectators and features gymnasiums full of juggling talent from all over the country. This year's special guest will be Ivan Pecel, an extreme juggler who has appeared on "America's Got Talent." And it's not just jugglers; the event also features unicyclists and yo-yo experts. Prepaid $5, at the door $7.
Earth Day Festival
DURHAM, N.C. April 19 One of the many planet-friendly celebrations planned for Earth Day this year will be held in Durham with some help from earth-conscious vendors from Chapel Hill and Raleigh. Folks in the North Carolina Research Triangle have already planned some big events for this year's party, including an Earth Art Market with green arts and crafts, and a "procession of the species" parade that will have people dressing up as their favorite plant or animal (you're invited to join in, of course).
Old Settler's Music Festival
AUSTIN, Texas April 17-20 With all of the hype surrounding Austin's SXSW music festival held in the middle of this month, the Old Settler's Music Festival sometimes gets overshadowed. But the event may be even more attractive to fans of roots, Americana, and gospel music. Artists for this year's festival include soul singer Bettye LaVette and Massachusetts folkie Martin Sexton. Your dining choices for the weekend will include Solar Falafel, Maui Wowi Hawaiian Smoothies, and our favorite, Children of the Kettle Corn. One-day passes to platinum packages run from $12 to $450.
French Quarter Festival
NEW ORLEANS April 11-13 Those looking to help the Big Easy economy can spend some money there next month at this weekend celebration of jazz and French Quarter history. It's three days of music (at least 150 acts on 16 stages) and special events such as the Saturday unveiling of a bronze statue of beloved local pianist Ronnie Kole. There will be academic panel discussions including "Storyville and the Red Light District" and "The Burning Busch: Beer & Prostitution in New Orleans." This is the festival's 25th anniversary, so expect surprises. Free.
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