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HOLIDAY GUIDE 2013

VEGAN HOLIDAYS • FIGHTING A FEAR OF SANTA TOY S PA S T A N D P R E S E N T • H O L I DAY E V E N T S G U I D E


HOLIDAY GUIDE 2013 INSIDE HEALTH/WELLNESS....................... 4 AREA HOLISTIC PRACTICES

TOYS............................................ 8 GIFT GIVING PAST AND PRESENT

HUMOR...................................... 12 THE DARK SIDE OF SANTA

FOOD. . ........................................ 16 COOKING VEGAN FOR THE HOLIDAYS

CALENDAR.................................. 20 HOLIDAY EVENTS GUIDE

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REFRESHING THE HOLIDAYS The holidays mean different things to different people. To some it may be about buying presents and placating that inner demon that always says BUY BUY BUY (guilty). To some they are about home and hearth and family and fun. And to others they may be about something as simple as those little red holiday Starbucks cups. The thing is, when you run into any yearly publication, or celebration, or holiday, things tend to start to feel familiar. So how can we spruce that up? What can we tell you about this year that we didn’t tell you about last year? Luckily, I think you’ll find within these warm and inviting pages stories that will not only interest and inform you, but will present different ideas toward celebrating the holiday season. It isn’t just toys and shopping and ribbons. I hope you’ll laugh too, because if there’s one thing the holidays need, it is a sprinkle of humor. This year I took a deliberate approach to bring in things that are a little different

from our holiday-guide norm, and I’m also very proud to introduce you to not only four new City writers, but also four new City illustrators who have helped make this an issue I think and hope you all will enjoy. If you want to keep away from the Vegan police and hold on to those superpowers over the holidays, we have a food guide to eating (and shopping) vegan and locally for the holidays on page 16. We’ve got the funny twice over with an essay on growing up afraid of Santa Claus (page 12), and a gift-giving guide that might not be quite what you expect (page 8). Last but not least, we have a look at holistic treatments and how to give what might be the most important gift of all — wellness — this season (page 4). A little bit different? Yup. We’re City. We’re alternative. We are different. And I sincerely hope you enjoy our 2013 Holiday Guide.

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back and use his/her feet and body weight to provide deep, penetrating massage. In Tian Di, practitioners use a combination of bamboo rods and cups to massage the muscles and draw toxins out of the skin. If you spend the holidays sleeping on your in-laws’ lumpy pull out, these massage techniques are the perfect remedy to get you back in sync. Travel a bit further down East Avenue and you’ll find Energy on East (320 East Ave.,energyoneast320. weebly.com). Energy on East is a co-op that combines many different healing practices including massage, energy healing, yoga, and tarot readings. Owner Leslie Sladden seeks to bring together these various practices under one roof and create a place dedicated to providing good energy. You can get some reiki energy work done, attend a meditative drum circle, or take belly dancing lessons. Energy on East has some specials coming up this holiday season including gift certificates and half price discounts on healing services. Looking for something a little more spiritual? Then head over to Psychic’s

Thyme (1460 Lyell Ave., psychicsthyme. com). Owned and operated by Charlene Hacker, the store is a unique hybrid between a retail store and a healing practice. “Nobody that works at Psychic’s Thyme is simply a salesperson,” Hacker says. “Everyone is either a healer or an intuitive and all of our staff are passionate about healing.” The store offers healing sessions, tarot and palm readings, as well as energy work, but specializes in the use of crystals. These crystals are intended to draw out negative energies and restore your sprit’s aura to a cooler, more calm state. Psychic’s Thyme offers gift certificates, layaway for the holidays, and deals on specialty healing products like reiki charged candles.

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Today’s Gift: Doc McStuffins Deluxe Get Better Check-Up Center

Yes, it’s a toy based on an innocent Disney show about a doctor who fixes toys in her backyard, but I think we’re all in agreement it sounds like a low-budget porn flick. “The doctor’s in, who’s ready for a McStuffin?” Sheesh. Anyway, it comes with everything you need to play doctor, like a lab coat and a doctor’s first-aid kit that surely doesn’t include anything inappropriate. Back in the day: Dr. Doodle Pull Toy (1931)

It’s a duck dressed up like a doctor who, when you pull the string on his back, he rolls forward and quacks. He doesn’t have a lab coat or a first aid kit for you, and the

only diagnosis you’ll ever get out of him is “quack,” but hey, he’ll make your friends laugh. Sure, they’re laughing at you and your pitiful toy, but a laugh’s a laugh. Right?

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The Crazy Cart should be called the “outof-your-mind-for-buying-this-for-yourkids cart.” It can drive forward, reverse, sideways, and diagonally. It also has no kind of protection for the driver. Imagine driving around in bumper cars with no doors and no bumpers. Area hospitals, get ready for the Crazy Cart. Back in the day: Radio Flyer Little Red Wagon (1917)

It’s red like the Crazy Cart. That’s about all the similarities though; well, except the dangerous part. Sure the wagon doesn’t seem that dangerous, but throw a steep hill into the equation — and everybody did — and you’ll see what I mean. It can go forward and backward, although it requires your friend, usually the biggest of the group, to push or pull you. Then the pusher/puller wants to ride in the wagon, but you don’t want to give them a ride, and just like that: friendship ruined.

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Today’s Gift: Mega Bloks Call of Duty: Heavy Armor Outpost

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Back in the day: Actual Bow and Arrow (9,000 BCE) Back in the day: Army Men (1938)

These little green army figures came in a variety of different action poses. Seeing as they weren’t moveable, you had to use your imagination to get the most out of them. Or, if you were really creative you could use a lighter to mold them into household items like a bowl, or heroically juxtapose them in the path of a moving van. Not that I ever did that…

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The LeapPad Ultra is basically a tablet for kids that is supposed to be used for educational purposes. There are apps, music, games, and a camera that come on it though, so I’m skeptical about the word "educational" being attached to the description. There’s also a child-safe web browser, so I sense the most education kids will get from this is which videos are the funniest on YouTube. Back in the day: Etch A Sketch (1960)

Well, it has a screen like the LeapPad Ultra. In place of all the features above are two knobs that enable you to move a magnet that then draws on the screen. It’s fun for the first hour, but then you run into a future art major whose drawing puts yours to shame and you come to the realization that, despite your parent’s encouragement, you can’t draw. A real dream crusher.

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This was a kid’s gift back in the day? Well,, I guess the firearm laws weren’t so great then either. It takes longer to learn how to use than the Nerf version, but once you get it down you have a skill for life. And, if you bring this to the next neighborhood Nerf war, you will not only leave with victory, but also with the respect/overwhelming fear of the other neighborhood kids. Sure a lawsuit will shortly follow, and you might see time in juvy, but at least you won the Nerf war. It’s the little things.

------------------Today’s Gift: Furby Boom

Fun fact about Furbys: they aren’t allowed in NSA offices. Seriously. My problem is why they are allowed to even be made in the first place, as these things are all kinds of creepy. Just look at those eyes. The newest abomination known as Furby Boom responds to you, dances to your music, speaks Furbish (basically a satanic language), and changes personalities based on how you treat it. Back in the day: Talky Tina from “The Twilight Zone”/ Chucky (1963/1988)

Much like the Furby Boom, Talky Tina and Chucky will respond to you and change their personalities based on how you treat them. You’ll want to treat them as nice as you possibly can, as they can tend to be a little on the moody/psychotic side. But that’s what makes them so much fun. The dolls also come equipped with the ability to put the fear of God into your children.

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HE SEES YOU WHEN YOU’RE SLEEPING On fearing Saint Nick

The whole notion of Santa Claus has always creeped me out. I wish I could say that, as an adult, this skepticism has lifted—but it hasn’t. This is an awful curse, particularly when you’re a child and Santa is supposed to be something mystical and joyous. Unfortunately, my childhood personality was akin to a deeply Catholic Woody Allen (if such a thing should exist), and I never ran short on paranoia as a result. I vividly remember lying in bed as a child on Christmas Eve, worried that Santa would peek his oversized head in my window at 3 a.m. to meet my deeply horrified, yet catatonic gaze. To put yourself in the shoes of, let’s say, 7-year-old Leah, just imagine you’re in one of those awful ADT Security commercials. You know the ones I’m talking about— where some totally innocent folks are attempting to have a nice night of vegging in front of the ol' tube when suddenly the mom spots a black-clad thief out of the corner of her eye. Night ruined!  Like those innocent folks, all I was trying to do was have a nice, peaceful Christmas Eve’s sleep and that asshole Santa was ruining it for me. Just get in and get out, man. Take the cookie, leave the presents. It’s really not that complicated. The terrible thing is, even today, I don’t think these childhood fears were particularly unfounded. Every year, parents tell their children that some guy they don’t know is going to break into their house, take their cookies, and possibly leave them some gifts. Oh, and also, he gets to your house via flying reindeer.  First of all, what happened to stranger danger? We’re all taught to beware of those candy- and giftgiving adults for fear of abduction as children, but suddenly this guy is OK? Seems a bit hypocritical to me, Mom and Dad. I felt like this Santa guy shouldn’t be able to just break into all of these houses without even trying. What if he was actually a delinquent? What if he stepped in reindeer shit and tracked it all over your carpet? Let’s be honest: What do any of us really know about the man? And steam-cleaning is expensive. Second of all, flying reindeer? Do we live in a universe where I’m expected to believe that this is okay? Did Santa have to earn his reindeer-driving license or is this just something we accept to be a career-appropriate skill? Is the possibility of reindeer poo bombs not a serious concern? In addition, that bright red nose he’s always pictured with

makes me think that maybe he’s had just a few too many cups of eggnog to be driving those reindeer into town. Is flying under the influence even legal? And it doesn’t stop there. As children, we’re expected to get excited about a visit to see Mall Santa, easily the the most evil of all the Santas. Although I was a relatively naïve child, I must have seen a loophole somewhere in the whole a Santa in every mall thing. My parents explained that Santa’s elves dressed up as him and delivered our messages to the main man. Whoa, whoa, whoa. So now Santa has look-alikes? Who is he, Saddam Hussein? Who is this guy hiding from that he needs that many clones running around? Seems suspicious to me. continues on page 14


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On top of that, Mall Santas were exactly what I never wanted to experience: Santa in the flesh. The fact that this guy that I feared would break into my house was suddenly there, alive, and breathing was unacceptable. The myth is taken to an even creepier level with Mall Santas. Not only will adults tell you this tall tale about Santa, but look! He exists! And he’s terrifying! As a child, I couldn’t deal with the fact that this impossible specimen was brought to life. It just wasn’t logical. It wasn’t awe-inspiring or exciting or magical. To me, it was merely disconcerting. After one solitary visit to sit on the evil man’s lap, my parents decided maybe we were better off not visiting Santa. Maybe they were afraid, too. Or maybe it was my noisy, dramatic sobbing as we approached his big, red velvet throne that did them in. I guess I’ll never really know. As an adult, I’ve made the difficult transition into a lapsed Catholic Woody Allen type: A bit braver and smarter, but still full of unwarranted, albeit fresh, fears. As a result of my newfound adulthood bravery I’ve, of course, learned to dismiss my fear of ‘ol Saint Nick. I’ve done this because, quite frankly, being afraid of a silly mythical figure is pretty unacceptable for a grown-up woman. In addition, stifling my countless childhood paranoias has made way for some very exciting grown-up fears! Will I be able to pay my student loans back after school? Am I eating too much soy? Has that rusty white van with the tinted windows really been following me for five minutes now? Though, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to walking a tiny bit faster past the center of the mall during the cheery month of December. I will most likely be seen with my head down, and my eyes toward the floor. If you ask me, I’ll tell you I’m just not that great in crowds. That’s what an adult would say; a paranoid adult, but an adult nonetheless. “What? No. There’s no way I’m actually avoiding the glance of the enthroned, wicked man in the bright red suit,” I would tell you. “That, after all, would just be silly.”

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ast year, I spent a few months halfheartedly attempting veganism. When I first considered eating that way, one thing came to mind: substitutes. What could I eat that would mimic the taste of my beloved meat and cheese? I went out and bought a wide variety of chik’n nuggets, tempeh, and a whole slew of fake “cheez” products. It never occurred to me that because these highly processed foods are not natural, consuming them could be less healthy than eating organic meats. They all tasted pretty good, but the lack of variety made me wonder if I could keep being vegan up very much longer. I gave up on the vegan dream, but I also stumbled into a new way of thinking: vegan eating — go figure — is best served with a heaping plate of vegetables, fruits, and other foods from Mother Earth in their natural forms. If you’re a carnivore looking to cook vegan this holiday season, keep this idea in mind as your golden rule. Those attempting to cook vegan for the first time might be tempted to reach for meat substitutes like tofu and tempeh, or dairy fill-ins like Daiya cheese. Unfortunately, many of these substitutes are not necessarily

healthier just because they aren’t derived from animal products. Chefs and practicing vegans alike agree that the way to create irresistible vegan meals is to work with whole, natural foods packed with vitamins and minerals. Dana DiGregorio, a vegetarian from Scottsville, gave this sage advice: “Stick to the basics; foods that come from the earth. The fall in Upstate New York is the best time to get amazing delicious local produce. This food’s so good. It doesn’t require more than salt and pepper to enjoy.” Chef Brian Van Etten at the Owl House (75 Marshall St., owlhouserochester.com) echoed similar thoughts, adding that meat substitutes can sometimes be tricky to work with at home. One staple of Van Etten’s fall cooking that achieves the sweet heartiness we all crave during this time of year is cider-braised mushrooms. Simmer button mushrooms in apple cider on low heat in a covered pot for a warm, tender centerpiece in holiday dishes. He recommends serving these sumptuous babies with a sweet-potato mash or crispy quinoa. In terms of holiday cooking, Van Etten said “No one gives a shit about

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butter, and olive oil is derived from a natural source. If you’re planning a holiday morning brunch, crumbled tofu seamlessly steps in for eggs in any veggie scramble. In savory recipes where eggs serve as a binder, like lasagna, try using breadcrumbs to hold it all together instead. Soy and nut milks are also stars in the vegan diet. Use them in place of dairy milk in recipes, or blend a frozen banana with soy or almond milk, rum, and spices to create imitation eggnog for sipping in front of the Christmas tree. In baking, fatty coconut oil can step in for butter at a 1:1 ratio, offering many health benefits, including increased energy. Another effective substitute for eggs in baking is applesauce, at a ratio of ¼ cup applesauce for every 1 egg. If you go crazy for cocoa beans, vegan chocolate chips are an alternative. Use these substitutions in your winter holiday cookie recipes to make your sweet treats vegan-friendly. See the recipe below from local blogger Jennifer Morgan (skinnyfattofit.com) for a go-to fall dessert that will please vegans and nonvegans alike. ne needn’t look far to find treasures from the earth at an affordable price. The Public Market (280 Union St. N, cityofrochester. gov/publicmarket) is practically a goldmine this time of year. Carrots, rutabagas, and other root vegetables sit prominently on every farm stand, waiting to be simmered into a stew. This and other farmers markets — like the popular South Wedge Farmers Market and the

Brighton Farmers Market — are some of the best places to get yummy produce straight from the source. In addition, at Wegmans as well as at Abundance Cooperative Market (62 Marshall St., abundance.coop) and Lori’s Natural Foods Center (900 Jefferson Rd., lorisnatural.com) a wide variety of non-dairy milks, coconut oil, and vegan flavorings and sauces are readily available. These are all great additions to your vegan Holiday dishes. If staying at home isn’t your thing, the increasing prominence of veganism has inspired some restaurants to add vegan options to its menu, and has even provoked the emergence of vegetarian and veganfocused restaurants. Natural Oasis Market (288 Monroe Ave., naturaloasisny.com) is a market and café that focuses on healthy vegan and vegetarian foods, featuring a buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Saturday. Most recently, a vegan cafe called The Red Fern opened its doors on the corner of Park and Oxford. The Red Fern offers an entirely vegan menu, including to-die-for vegan pastries and expertly-treated meatless proteins. Van Etten’s own menu at the Owl House features a plethora of vegan options, with a focus on whole foods. If you’re not into cooking, consider visiting one of these local treasures for a vegan treat during the holidays. Have any great vegan recipes of your own? Share them with us on this article online at rochestercitynewspaper.com.


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[Exhibit] Annual Holiday Poinsettia Show at Lamberton Conservatory. 180 Reservoir Ave. More than 1,000 poinsettias in more than 15 different varieties. Runs December 6-January 5. Daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Open until 9 p.m. Sundays. Closed Christmas Day. $2-$3 (children 5 and under free). 753-7270. Monroecounty.gov/parks. [Exhibit] Holiday Displays at

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Display and silent auction of more than 25 holiday wreaths donated by local florists and garden clubs. Continues through Sunday, December 1. “Festival of Trees” runs through Wednesday, December 18. “Sweet Creations Gingerbread House Display” continues through Tuesday, December 17. $5-$12. 900 East Ave. 2713361. eastmanhouse.org. [Shopping] Holiday Farmers’

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Planetarium, 657 East Ave. Run Saturdays and Sundays November 17-December 22, Fridays November 29-December 20, and daily December 23-January 4 (no shows on Christmas day). Show times vary. $6-$7. 271-4320. rmsc.org. [Special Event] Holiday Spectacle of Lights Camp Eastman, 1301 Lakeshore Blvd. $5/car. 5:30-9:30 p.m. 336-6085, Irondequoit.org. Continues weekends December 6-December 29. [Theater] “A Christmas Carol” Mark Cuddy’s musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic returns. Runs Wednesday, November 27-Saturday, December 28. No shows Mondays and select Tuesdays. Show times vary. Geva Theatre, 75 Woodbury Blvd. 7:30 p.m. $25-$70. 232-4382. gevatheatre.org. Continues through December 28. [Theater] “Sister Strikes Again!

Late Nite Catechism 2” at Geva Theatre. The nun-stop laughs are back, as Sister returns in the sequel to the hit “Late Nite Catechism.” Play runs through December 15. $35-$40. Check gevatheatre.org or call 2324382 for showtimes. [Theater] The Calamari

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[Dance] “The Nutcracker” by Rochester City Ballet, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Bach Children’s Chorus. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Gibbs St. 2 & 7 p.m. $15-$89. 454-2100, rpo.org. Continues through Sunday, December 1. [Shopping] Black Friday— Record Store Day at the

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Bop Shop. Shop deals on records and enjoy coffee and doughnuts. 1460 Monroe Ave. 9 a.m. 271-3354, bopshop.com. [Shopping] More Fire Glass Annual Holiday Sale at More Fire Glass Studio. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 80 Rockwood Place. 242-0450. morefireglass.com. Continues weekends through Saturday, December 7. [Shopping] Holiday Gift Market

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Blackfriars. This year’s theme is Theatre of Dreams. 795 E. Main St. 2-8 p.m. 454-1260, bftix.org. Continues through December 8. [Shopping] Holiday Festival of Crafts at the Harley School. Wood furniture & turnings, pottery, folk toys, clothing and more. 1981 Clover St. $2. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1. 5543539, folkartguild.org.

Saturday, November 30

[Dance] “The Nutcracker” by Rochester City Ballet, RPO, Bach Children’s Chorus. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. 26 Gibbs St. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. $15$89. 454-2100, rpo.org. [Shopping] Holiday Sale at The Hungerford. 1115 E. Main St. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. thehungerford.com/2013sale. Continues Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through December 21.

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Blackfriars. This year’s theme is Theatre of Dreams. 795 E. Main St. 2-8 p.m. 454-1260, bftix.org. Continues through December 8. [Shopping] Holiday Festival of Crafts at the Harley School. See listing for November 29. 1981 Clover St. $2. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 554-3539, folkartguild.org. [Special Event] Holly Trolley Rides with the New York Museum of Transportation. Ride on an authentic 80-yearold electric trolley. The museum’s large model railroad will also be running five trains at once. 6393 E. River Road. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-$5. 5331113. nymtmuseum.org. Continues weekends through December 22. [Special Event] Polar Express Train Ride with the Medina Railroad Museum. Departures at 2:15, 3:30, 4:45, and 6:00 p.m. See listing for Saturday, November 23. 530 West Ave., Medina. $23-$45. 798-6106. railroadmuseum.net. [Special Event] Preparing for

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[Dance] “The Nutcracker” by the Rochester City Ballet, RPO, Bach Children’s Chorus. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. 26 Gibbs St. 2 & 7 p.m. $15-$89. 454-2100, rpo.org. [Music] Joe Blackburn on Aeolian Pipe Organ at the George Eastman House. 900 East Ave. 3-4 p.m. $5-$12. 271-3361. eastmanhouse.org. [Shopping] Holidays at the Market. Arts, crafts, decorations, holiday food delicacies, gifts, stocking stuffers, Santa, free horsedrawn sleigh rides, and more. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. cityofrochester.gov/ holidaysatmarket. Continues Sundays through December 15. [Shopping] More Fire Glass Annual Holiday Sale at More Fire Glass Studio. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 80 Rockwood Place. 242-0450. morefireglass.com. Continues weekends through Saturday, December 7. [Shopping] Holiday Gift Market

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Tuesday, December 3

[Music] 98PXY Jingle Jam ft, Fall Out Boy. Blue Cross Arena (1 War Memorial Square). 5 p.m. $42.30-$81.60. ticketmaster.com. [Music] Holiday Concert – Cuisle mo Chroi. At Fairport Public Library. Christmas music in the Irish tradition. 7:15-8:15 p.m. 1 Fairport Village Lndg. 223-9091. [Shopping] Holiday Gift Market

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Blackfriars. This year’s theme is Theatre of Dreams. 795 E. Main St. 2-8 p.m. 454-1260, bftix.org. Continues through December 8. [Special Event] Candlelight Night in the Village of Pittsford. 4-9 p.m. Annual holiday celebration featuring live music, carolers, horse-drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa, and the lighting of village Christmas trees. 248-6200. townofpittsford.org.

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[Dance] Moscow Ballet’s

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Thursday, December 5

[Class/Workshop] Centerpiece Holiday Roasts Basics at Wegmans Menu Cooking School. 3195 Monroe Ave. 6-8:30 p.m. $65 per person. 249-0278, wegmans.com [Film] RiffTrax Live: Santa

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Seymour College Union Ballroom, 350 New Campus Dr., Brockport. 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation of $3. Brockport.edu/finearts. [Music] Holiday Concert by Women of Note. Immanuel Baptist Church, 815 Park Ave. Free for all ages. 8 p.m. 5687464, thewomenofnote.com. [Shopping] Holiday Sale at The Hungerford. 1115 E. Main St. 4-7 p.m. thehungerford. com/2013sale. Continues Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through December 21. [Shopping] Holiday Gift Market

in the City at Blackfriars Theatre. Shop to benefit

Blackfriars. This year’s theme is Theatre of Dreams. 795 E. Main St. 2-8 p.m. 454-1260, bftix.org. Continues through December 8. [Special Event] Older Adult Christmas Lunch at Bayview Family YMCA. Lunch catering provided by Proietti’s Italian Restaurant. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $15. Register at the Bay view Welcome Center to reserve your spot. 671-8414. rochesterymca. org/locations/bay-view [Special Event] Park Ave Holiday Open House hosted by the Park Avenue Merchants Association. Deals at local merchants, ice sculptures, holiday festivities, and more. Park Avenue from Culver to Alexander. 5-9 p.m. parkavenue.org. [Theater] Big Wigs “Holiday Hams” Impressions of divas like Cher, Tina Turner, and Celine Dion by Aggy Dune and Kasha Davis; includes buffet dinner. Golden Ponds, 500 Long Pond Road. 7 p.m. Reservations required, tickets $35. 723-1344. goldenpondspartyhouse.com. Continues through December 7.

Friday, December 6

[Dance] Red Hot Holiday Ball hosted by Groove Juice Swing.

Beginner Swing Lesson 7-8 p.m., swing dancing and holiday cheer 8-11 p.m. Tango Cafe Dance Studio, 389 Gregory St. 4153714. groovejuiceswing.com. [Dance] Annual Winter Dance Gala Hochstein Performance Hall (50 N. Plymouth Ave.). 7:00 p.m. Free. 454-4596. hochstein.org. [Film] “Bad Santa” at the Dryden Theatre. 900 East Ave. 8 p.m. $6-$8. 271-3361. Dryden.eastmanhouse.org. [Music] “Comfort and Joy” by the Amadeus Chorale. Asbury United Methodist Church. 1050 East Ave. 7 p.m. $5. 494-1795, theamadeuschorale.org [Music] “A Christmas

Garland” by Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus. Perinton

Presbyterian Church, 6511 Pittsford Palmyra Road. 7:30 p.m. $10-$12. gvoc.org. Continues through December 7. [Music] UR Wind Symphony Holiday Concert. Strong Auditorium, University of Rochester (500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.). 8 p.m. Free. rochester.edu/college/MUR/ concerts.

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[Shopping] Holiday Sale at The Hungerford. 1115 E. Main

St. 4-7 p.m. thehungerford. com/2013sale. Continues Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through December 21. [Shopping] 32nd Annual Alternative Fair hosted by Metro Justice. Food, music, and holiday-themed activities, plus unique gifts. First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Road. 5-9 p.m. $3 suggested donation. metrojustice.org. Continues Saturday, December 7. [Shopping] Holiday Boutique at the Museum of Wayne County History. 21 Butternut St., Lyons. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 315-946-4943. waynehistory.org. Continues through December 8. [Shopping] Holiday Gift Market

in the City at Blackfriars Theatre. Shop to benefit

Blackfriars. This year’s theme is Theatre of Dreams. 795 E. Main St. 2-8 p.m. 454-1260, bftix.org. Continues through December 8. [Theater] “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge” by Black Sheep Theatre at Village Gate. 274 N. Goodman St. 7:30 p.m. $16-$20. 8614816. Blacksheeptheatre.org. Continues weekends through December 14. [Special Event] Holiday Spectacle of Lights Drivethrough lights display by Town of Irondequoit Parks and Recreation to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital. Includes out-of-car activities 6-8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Camp Eastman, 1301 Lakeshore Blvd. $5/car. 5:30-9:30 p.m. 336-6085, Irondequoit.org. Continues weekends through December 29 [Special Event] Yuletide in the Country at the Genesee Country Museum. Historic decorations, music, merriment. Optional dinner buffet for additional charge. 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. 5-8: 30 p.m. $18-$22. Reservation only. 538-6822. gcv. org. Continues weekends through December 22. [Special Event] Fifth Annual Madrigal Feaste. Medieval music, games, skits, and food. Renaissance costumes optional. Forum 3-130, Monroe Community College, 1000 E. Henrietta Rd. 6:30 p.m. $15. 292-2060 x2534. monroecctickets.com. [Special Event] 2013 Holiday Gala at the Anderson Arts Building. Visit artists in their studios and enjoy drinks and live music. 250 N. Goodman St. 5-10 p.m. Free. 730-4041, andersonalleyartists.com. Continues Saturday, December 7. [Theater] Big Wigs “Holiday Hams” See December 5 listing. Golden Ponds, 500 Long Pond Rd. 7 p.m. Reservations required, $35. 723-1344. goldenpondspartyhouse.com. Continues through December 7.

Saturday, December 7

[Class/Workshop] Williamsburg Wreath Workshop at Hurd Orchards. 17260 Ridge Road,

The RPO brings its annual Gala Holiday Pops to town December 20-22, this year featuring the Festival High School Chorale. PHOTO PROVIDED Holley. 10:30 a.m. Continues December 14. 638-8838 hurdorchards.com. [Music] Concentus Women’s

Chorus’ Holiday Service of Remembrance. Whitehaven

Memorial Park, All Seasons Chapel, 210 Marsh Rd. 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. [Music] RWC Christmas Gala. The RWC Chorale, and Women’s Choir along with the Roberts Wesleyan College Community Orchestra perform Christmas favorites. Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Drive. 7:30 p.m. $8. 594-6008. roberts.edu/home/clc. Continues Sunday, December 8. [Music] “A Christmas

Garland” by Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus. Perinton

Presbyterian Church, 6511 Pittsford Palmyra Road. 7:30 p.m. $10-$12. gvoc.org. [Music] “Hail the Star” by the Genesee Chorale. LeRoy Jr. Sr. High School, 9300 South St. Rd, LeRoy. 7 p.m. 493-2681. geneseechorale.com. [Recreation] Jingle Bell Run/ Walk for Arthritis to benefit the Upstate New York Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. Registration at 8:30 a.m., race at 10 a.m. Monroe Community College-Brighton Campus (1000 E. Henrietta Road). arthritis.org. [Shopping] Holiday Sale at The Hungerford. 1115 E. Main St. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. thehungerford. com/2013sale. Continues Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through December 21. [Shopping] It’s a Wonderful Life in the South Wedge. Specials at stores and restaurants in the South Wedge neighborhood. Rochester Oratorio Society carolers, hot cider, carriages, kid’s activities, arts and crafts and Christmas trees for sale at Star Alley Park, food trucks, Buddahood candlelight parade, and “It’s a Wonderful Life” film looping all day behind Lux. 11 a.m. southwedge.com. [Shopping] Holiday Boutique at the Museum of Wayne County History. 21 Butternut St., Lyons.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. 315-946-4943. waynehistory.org. Continues through December 8. [Shopping] Annual Christmas Sale at the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse. 1-4 p.m. 70 Lighthouse St. 621-6179. geneseelighthouse.org. Continues through Sunday, December 8. [Shopping] More Fire Glass Annual Holiday Sale at More Fire Glass Studio. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 80 Rockwood Place. 2420450. morefireglass.com. [Shopping] 32nd Annual Alternative Fair hosted by Metro Justice. First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Road. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $3 suggested donation. metrojustice.org. [Shopping] Holiday Gift Market

in the City at Blackfriars Theatre. Shop to benefit

Blackfriars. This year’s theme is Theatre of Dreams. 795 E. Main St. 2-8 p.m. 454-1260, bftix.org. Continues through December 8. [Special Event] 2013 Holiday Gala at the Anderson Arts Building. See December 6 listing. 250 N. Goodman St. 5-10 p.m. Free. 730-4041, andersonalleyartists.com. [Special Event] Breakfast with Krampus. Experience the antiSanta of European folklore. Also enjoy an alternative arts and crafts sale, a Germanic bake sale, and crafts with Krampus. At Muccc (142 Atlantic Ave). Free. muccc.org. 244-0960 [Special Event] Just 4U Cake

Decorating Competition and Holiday Dessert Expo. Featuring

Food Network Celebrity Pastry Chef Judges Gale Gand and Heather Saffer. Theatre on the Ridge, 500 W. Ridge Rd. 11 a.m. $10. http://abh4uproductions. wix.com/abh4u. [Special Event] Liberty Pole Lighting. At the Liberty Pole Plaza, 230 E. Main St. 4:30 p.m. gathering, pole lighting at 5 p.m. Followed by parade to Manhattan Square Park for grand opening of ice rink. cityofrochester.gov. [Special Event] Literature Live: Frosty the Snowman at the

National Museum of Play (1 Manhattan Square). Meet Frosty the Snowman from the popular song and movie. Included with general museum admission fees: $11-$13. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 263-2700. museumofplay.org. Continues Sunday, December 8. [Special Event] Holly Trolley Rides with the New York Museum of Transportation. See listing for Saturday, November 30. 6393 E. River Road. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-$5. 533-1113. nymtmuseum.org. Continues Sundays through December 22. [Special Event] North Pole Express Trains with Arcade and Attica Railroad. Sing Christmas carols on your way to the North Pole, bring your letter for Santa, and enjoy hot chocolate and “Curriers” Elf Cookies, available for purchase. Don’t forget to wear your PJ’s! Departures at noon & 3 p.m. 278 Main St., Arcade. $14 per person, reservations required. 4923100. arcadeandatticarr.com. Saturdays and Sundays through December 22. [Special Event] Polar Express Train Ride with the Medina Railroad Museum. Departures at 2:15, 3:30, 4:45, and 6:00 p.m. See listing for Saturday, November 23. 530 West Ave., Medina. $23-$45. 798-6106. railroadmuseum.net. [Special Event] Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle Christmas Gala at the Italian American Community Center (150 Frank DiMino Way). Champagne and hours d’oeuvres reception, deluxe sit-down dinner, and live music by The Formula Band. 6:30 p.m.-12 a.m. $65; reservations required. 594-8882, iaccrochester.org. [Special Event] Yuletide in the Country See listing for Friday, December 6. Genesee Country Museum. 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. 5-8:30 p.m. $18-$22. 538-6822. gcv.org. Weekends through December 22. [Special Event] Day of

Celebration: Kwanzaa Karamu (Dinner) Celebration. St. John Fisher College, Campus Center


Mainstage (3690 East Ave.). 4:30-6:30 p.m. RSVP required. 385-8378, diversity@sjfc.edu, sjfc.edu/student-life/diversity/ events/day-of-celebration.dot. [Special Event] Corn Hill Holiday House Tour. Guided tours of eight historic homes. Meeting place is Immaculate Conception Church (445 Frederick Douglass St.). Hervey Ely mansion at Livingston Park will host refreshments and carolers. Tours at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. $22-$28. Candlelight tour with entertainment and refreshments at 4 p.m., $28. 262-3142. cornhillholidaytourofhomes.com. [Theater] “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge” by

Black Sheep Theatre at Village Gate. 274 N. Goodman St. 7:30 p.m. $16-$20. 861-4816. Blacksheeptheatre.org. Continues weekends through December 14. [Theater] Big Wigs “Holiday Hams” See December 5 listing. Golden Ponds, 500 Long Pond Rd. 7 p.m. Reservations required, $35. 723-1344. goldenpondspartyhouse.com.

Sunday, December 8

[Film] “Bad Santa” at the Dryden Theatre. 900 East Ave. 8 p.m. $6-$8. 271-3361. Dryden.eastmanhouse.org. [Music] Holiday Concert

by the Irondequoit Concert Band. Guest performance

by the Alleluia Bells of the Webster Presbyterian Church. Admission is free, and guest are encouraged to bring nonperishable items for donation to the Irondequoit Community Cupboard. Eastridge High School, 2350 East Ridge Road. 3 p.m. irondequoitband.org. [Music] Sounds of the Season with the Brockport Fine Arts Department. Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 152 Main St., Brockport. 7:30 p.m. $5. brockport.edu/finearts. [Music] Lessons & Carols for Advent Holiday Concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 25 Westminster Rd. 4 p.m. Free. 271-2240, stpaulsec.org.

[Music] Handel’s “Messiah” by the Rochester Chamber Orchestra. Accompanied by Bach Children’s Chorus of Nazareth College. Hochstein School of Music & Dance, 50 Plymouth Ave. N. 7 p.m. $10-$50. 454-7311. rochesterchamberorchestra.org. [Music] Annual Performathon at Eastview Mall. Hochstein students, orchestras, and ensembles perform for holiday shoppers to benefit the Tuition Assistance Program at Hochstein. Eastview Mall (7979 Pittsford-Victor Road). 12 p.m.-5 p.m. 454-4596. hochstein.org. [Music] Silver Tones Flute Choir Holiday Concert at the

George Eastman House, 900 East Ave. 3-4 p.m. $5-$12. 271-3361. eastmanhouse.org. [Music] RWC Christmas Gala. See listing for December 7. Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Drive. 7:30 p.m. $8. 594-6008. roberts.edu/home/clc [Music] Holiday Concert

Free. rochester.edu/college/ MUR/concerts. [Music] 100.5 The Drive’s

Mistletoe Show ft. The Fray

Main Street Armory, 900 East Main St. 7 p.m. $30-$35. rochestermainstreetarmory.com. [Shopping] Annual Christmas Sale at the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse. 1-4 p.m. 70 Lighthouse St. 621-6179. geneseelighthouse.org. [Shopping] Holidays at the Market. See listing for December 1. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. cityofrochester.gov/ holidaysatmarket.

by the Brighton Symphony Orchestra. The Friendly Home,

3156 East Ave. 3 p.m. 4909351. brightonsymphony. org. Continues Wednesday, December 11. [Music] UR Men’s Glee Club

and Chamber Singers Holiday Concert. Interfaith Chapel,

University of Rochester (500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.). 8 p.m.

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Sunday, December 8

Central Library. 115 South Ave. 1-3:30 p.m. 428-7300. [Dance] The Christmas Shoes Presented by the Mossa School of Dance. Roberts Wesleyan Cultural Life Center. 3 & 7 p.m. $8-$12 mossadance.com. [Festival] “It’s a Wonderful

[Shopping] Holiday Boutique at the Museum of Wayne County History. 21 Butternut St., Lyons. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 315946-4943. waynehistory.org. [Shopping] Holiday Gift Market

in the City at Blackfriars Theatre. Shop to benefit

Life” in Seneca Falls

Blackfriars. This year’s theme is Theatre of Dreams. 795 E. Main St. 2-8 p.m. 454-1260, bftix.org. Continues through December 8. [Special Event] Hadassah

Hanukah Pot Luck Luncheon and Installation. Rustic Village

Clubhouse, 999 E. Henrietta Rd. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 4250019, jewishrochester.org. [Special Event] Literature Live: Frosty the Snowman at the National Museum of Play (1 Manhattan Square). Meet Frosty the Snowman from the popular song and movie. Included with general museum admission fees: $11-$13. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 263-2700. museumofplay.org. [Special Event] North Pole Express Trains with Arcade and Attica Railroad. See listing for December 7. 278 Main St., Arcade. 4923100. arcadeandatticarr. com. Saturdays and Sundays through December 22. [Special Event] Holly Trolley Rides with the New York Museum of Transportation. See listing for Saturday, November 30. 6393 E. River Road. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-$5. 533-1113. nymtmuseum.org. Continues Sundays through December 22. [Special Event] Polar Express Train Ride with the Medina Railroad Museum. Departures at 2:15, 3:30, 4:45, and 6:00 p.m. See listing for Saturday, November 23. 530 West Ave., Medina. $23-$45. 798-6106. railroadmuseum.net. [Special Event] Yuletide in the Country See listing for Friday, December 6. Genesee Country Museum. 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. 5-8:30 p.m. $18-$22. 538-6822. gcv.org. Weekends through December 22. [Theater] “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge” by Black Sheep Theatre at Village Gate. 274 N. Goodman St. 2:00 p.m. $16-$20. 8614816. Blacksheeptheatre.org. Continues weekends through December 14.

Monday, December 9

[Class/Workshop] Happy Holidays Cooking Class at Seasonal Kitchen (610 W. Bloomfield Rd.). 6 p.m. $55. 624-3242. seasonal-kitchen. com. Continues through Wednesday, December 11. [Class/Workshop] A Holiday Survival Kit. Class for adults at Fairport Public Library. Registration required. 1 Fairport Village Landing. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. fairportlibrary.org

Tuesday, December 10 [Class/Workshop] Happy Holidays Cooking Class at

Billy Bob Thornton and Brett Kelly in "Bad Santa," playing Friday, December 6 and Sunday, December 8 at the Dryden Theatre. PHOTO COURTESY COLUMBIA PICTURES Seasonal Kitchen (610 W. Bloomfield Rd.). 9 a.m. $55. 624-3242. seasonal-kitchen. com. Continues through Wednesday, December 11.

Wednesday, December 11

[Class/Workshop] Happy Holidays Cooking Class at Seasonal Kitchen (610 W. Bloomfield Rd.). 6 p.m. $55. 624-3242. seasonal-kitchen.com. [Class/Workshop] A Lighter

Take on Holiday Desserts.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County, 249 Highland Ave. $30. 461-1000. mycce.org/monroe. [Music] Live from Hochstein

with a Cup of Good Cheer.

Hochstein’s annual holiday concert featuring Madrigalia. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave. 12:10 p.m. Free. 454-4596. hochstein.org. [Music] Double Reed Holiday

Concert by Eastman School of Music. 26 Gibbs St. 12:30 p.m.

Free. rochester.edu/Eastman. [Music] Holiday Concert by the

Brighton Symphony Orchestra.

St. John’s Home, 150 Highland Ave. 7:30 p.m. 490-9351. brightonsymphony.org. Continues Sunday, December 15. [Special Event] Rochester

Business Alliance “Business After Hours” Holiday Jam. At the Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St. 5-7 p.m. $15-$50. rrcc.com.

Thursday, December 12

[Music] Bach & Respighi by the RPO. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. 60 Gibbs St. 7:30 p.m. $15-$89. rpo.org, 454-2100. Continues Saturday, December 14. [Shopping] Holiday Sale at The Hungerford. 1115 E. Main St. 4-7 p.m. thehungerford. com/2013sale. Continues Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through December 21. [Special Event] Annual Holiday Homecoming Celebration at

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the George Eastman House. Festive displays, live music, refreshments, family activities, and a visit from Santa. 900 East Ave. 5-8 p.m. $3-$12. 2713361. eastmanhouse.org.

Friday, December 13 [Festival] “It’s a Wonderful

Life” in Seneca Falls

Gingerbread contest, film screening, cook-off, craft fair, autograph signings by the actress who played Zuzu, and more. Town of Seneca Falls. Visit therealbedfordfalls.com for event details. Continues through Sunday, December 15. [Film] “A Christmas Story” at the Dryden Theatre. 900 East Ave. 8 p.m. $6-$8. 271-3361. Dryden.eastmanhouse.org. [Music] Holiday Celebration

featuring the UR Gospel Choir and Brass Choir. Munnerlyn

Atrium in the Goergen Building at University of Rochester (500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.). 3 p.m. Free. rochester.edu/College/ MUR/concerts. [Music] “Come Wassail Away” with the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave. 8 p.m. $6-$15. 423-0650. thergmc.org. Continues Saturday, December 14. [Music] Holiday Sing at Eastman School Main Hall, 26 Gibbs St. 12-1 p.m. Free and open to the public. 274-1000. rochester.edu/ eastman/calendar. [Recreation] “It’s a Wonderful Life” 3K. Hosted by Camp DayDreams. Registration at the Sibley Building (228 E. Main St.). 6-7 p.m., walk and sing to the Liberty Pole at 7 p.m., reception at 8 p.m. $15-$20. 461-2324. mail@ campdaydreams.org. [Shopping] Holiday Sale at The Hungerford. 1115 E. Main St. 4-7 p.m. thehungerford.com/2013sale. Continues Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through December 21. [Shopping] Gates Public

Library Holiday Book Sale.

9 a.m.-6 p.m. 902 Elmgrove Road. 234-9190. gateslibrary. org. Continues Saturday, December 14. [Special Event] Yuletide in the Country See listing for Friday, December 6. Genesee Country Museum. 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. 5-8:30 p.m. Reservation only. $18-$22. 538-6822. gcv.org. Weekends through December 22. [Theater] “Mrs. Bob

Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge” by Black Sheep

Theatre at Village Gate. 274 N. Goodman St. 7:30 p.m. $16-$20. 861-4816. Blacksheeptheatre.org. Continues weekends through December 14. [Theater] “It’s a Wonderful

Life: A Live Radio Play”

by Blackfriars Theatre. 795 E. Main St. 8 p.m. $28.50$36.50. 454-1260. bftix.org. Continues through Sunday, December 22. [Theater] “It’s a Wonderful Life” presented by MJTStages. Auditorium Center, 7:30 p.m. 3rd floor, 875 E. Main St. $13. 935-7173, mjtstages.com. Continues through Sunday, December 15. [Theater] “Parfumerie” presented by Screen Plays. A romantic old-world Christmas play. Continues through Saturday, December 21. 8 p.m. at Muccc (142 Atlantic Avenue). $15-$20. 244-0960. muccc.org

Saturday, December 14

[Class/Workshop] Williamsburg Wreath Workshop at Hurd Orchards. 17260 Ridge Road, Holley. 10:30 a.m. 638-8838. hurdorchards.com. [Class/Workshop] Food, Fun,

and Friends Holiday Treats Class. Kids try their hand

at making holiday treats. 104 Brook Road, Pittsford. 1-4 p.m. $35. 261-8170, foodfunandfriends585@ gmail.com. [Class/Workshop] Jewelry Making for the Holidays at

Gingerbread contest, film screening, cook-off, craft fair, autograph signings by the actress who played Zuzu, and more. Town of Seneca Falls. Visit therealbedfordfalls.com for event details. Continues through Sunday, December 15. [Music] “Come Wassail Away” with the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave. 8 p.m. $6-$15. 423-0650. thergmc.org. [Music] Bach & Respighi by the RPO. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. 60 Gibbs St. 8:00 p.m. $15-$89. rpo.org, 454-2100. [Music] Wolcum Yole! by The Lyric Chorale. Holiday concert featuring Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” and other traditional carols. St. Louis Church, 60 S. Main St, Pittsford. 7:30 p.m. $12-$18. 586-5675, lyricchorale.org [Recreation] “It’s a Wonderful Run” 5K. Start at Bridge St. Bridge, 108 Fall St., Seneca Falls. $10-$35. Registration and packet pick-up noon-4 p.m. Race at 4:40 p.m. 315-568-1438. itsawonderfulrun5k.com. [Recreation] 100 Acre Swamp Holiday Hike. Free guided hike hosted by Penfield Recreation. Meet at the parking lot of Don Mack Building, 1587 Jackson Road. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Register by calling 340-8655. penfield.org. [Shopping] Gates Public Library Holiday Book Sale. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 902 Elmgrove Road. 2349190. gateslibrary.org. [Shopping] Holiday Sale at The Hungerford. 1115 E. Main St. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. thehungerford. com/2013sale. Continues Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through December 21. [Special Event] Holly Trolley Rides with the New York Museum of Transportation. See listing for Saturday, November 30. 6393 E. River Road. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-$5. 533-1113. nymtmuseum.org. Continues Sundays through December 22. [Special Event] North Pole Express Trains with Arcade and Attica Railroad. See listing for December 7. 278 Main St., Arcade. 4923100. arcadeandatticarr. com. Saturdays and Sundays through December 22. [Special Event] Wigilia Dinner. Polish Christmas Eve dinner at St. John Fisher College, Kearney Hall, 3690 East Ave. 5-7 p.m. $15-$35. Reservations required by December 1. 248-0152, polishheritagerochester.org. [Special Event] Polar Express Train Ride with the Medina

Railroad Museum. Departures at 2:15, 3:30, 4:45, and 6:00 p.m. See listing for Saturday, November 23. 530 West Ave., Medina. $23-$45. 798-6106. railroadmuseum.net. [Special Event] Yuletide in the Country See listing for Friday, December 6. Genesee Country Museum. 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. 5-8:30 p.m. Reservation only. $18-$22. 538-6822. gcv.org. Weekends through December 22. [Special Event] Breakfast with Santa at the Seneca Park Zoo. “Sleigh” ride via golf cart to the Rocky Coasts Gallery, hot breakfast buffet, and fun with the polar bears and sea lions. 2222 St. Paul St. 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. sessions. Reservations required.$3-$12. 336-7212, senecaparkzoo.org. Continues weekends through December 22. [Theater] “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge” by Black Sheep Theatre at Village Gate. 274 N. Goodman St. 7:30 p.m. $16-$20. 861-4816. Blacksheeptheatre.org. [Theater] “It’s a Wonderful

Life: A Live Radio Play”

by Blackfriars Theatre. 795 E. Main St. 8 p.m. $28.50$36.50. 454-1260. bftix.org. Continues through Sunday, December 22. [Theater] “It’s a Wonderful Life” presented by MJTStages. Auditorium Center, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 3rd floor, 875 E. Main St. $13. 935-7173, mjtstages.com. Continues through Sunday, December 15. [Theater] “Parfumerie” presented by Screen Plays. A romantic old-world Christmas play. Continues through Saturday, December 21. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Muccc (142 Atlantic Avenue). $15-$20. 244-0960. muccc.org. [Theater] “The Santaland

Diaries” at Blackfriars Theatre. David Jason Kyle

returns as Crumpet, the cranky Christmas elf, taking out his frustrations on children and parents alike during the Macy’s holiday crunch. 795 E. Main St. 2 p.m. $28.50-$36.50. 454-1260, bftix.org. Continues through Sunday, December 22.

Sunday, December 15

[Class/Workshop] Rochester’s

Rich History Series: 5th Annual Victorian Tea. Enjoy

tea while making an accordion scrapbook to fill with your holiday memories at Kate Gleason Auditorium, Central Library’s Bausch and Lomb Public Library (115 South Ave.). 2-3 p.m. Free. Registration required. 4288307. libraryweb.org. [Dance] Bethel Christian

Fellowship’s Christmas Gala w/Yahweh Ballet. 321 East

Ave. 3 and 6 p.m. 232-1136. acswebnetworks.com. [Festival] “It’s a Wonderful

Life” in Seneca Falls

Gingerbread contest, film screening, cook-off, craft fair, autograph signings by the


actress who played Zuzu, and more. Town of Seneca Falls. Visit therealbedfordfalls.com for event details. [Film] “A Christmas Story” at the Dryden Theatre. 900 East Ave. 8 p.m. $6-$8. 271-3361. Dryden.eastmanhouse.org. [Music] Holiday Concert by the

Brighton Symphony Orchestra.

Brighton Town Hall Auditorium, 2300 Elmwood Ave. 3 p.m. 4909351. brightonsymphony.org. [Music] Eastman Student Oboe Quartet at the George Eastman House. 900 East Avenue. 3-4 p.m. $5-$12. 271-3361, eastmanhouse.org. [Music] Greece Choral Society Concert. St. Charles Borromeo Church, 3003 Dewey Ave. 7 p.m. 663-3230. choralrochester.org. [Music] Holiday Concert

by Concentus Women’s Chorus. Featuring the debut

of Concentus’ 2013 Holiday CD “Make We Joy.” Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave. 3 p.m. Tickets are $5-$10, while CDs are $15. 586-5677, asburyfirst.org. [Music] Holiday Festival of

Song by Rochester Rhapsody.

Holy Name Church, 15 St. Martins Way. 3 p.m. $8-$10. 621-4040. [Shopping] Holidays at the Market. See listing for December 1. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. cityofrochester.gov/ holidaysatmarket. [Special Event] Holly Trolley Rides with the New York Museum of Transportation. See listing for November 30. 6393 East River Rd. 11 a.m.5 p.m. $4-$5. 533-1113. nymtmuseum.org. Continues Sunday, December 16. [Special Event] North Pole Express Trains with Arcade and Attica Railroad. See listing for December 7. 278 Main St., Arcade. 4923100. arcadeandatticarr. com. Saturdays and Sundays through December 22. [Special Event] Polar Express Train Ride with the Medina Railroad Museum. Departures at 2:15, 3:30, 4:45, and 6:00 p.m. See listing for Saturday, November 23. 530 West Ave., Medina. $23-$45. 798-6106. railroadmuseum.net. [Special Event] Yuletide in the Country See listing for Friday, December 6. Genesee Country Museum. 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. 5-8:30 p.m. Reservation only. $18-$22. 538-6822. gcv.org. Weekends through December 22. [Special Event] Breakfast with Santa at the Seneca Park Zoo. See December 14 listing. 2222 St. Paul St. 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. sessions. Reservations required. 3367212, senecaparkzoo.org. [Special Event] Christmas Gala Ball at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion. Black tie or better attire. Reserve fast, only 120 spots available. $45-$55. 151 continues on page 26 rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 25


Sunday, December 15 Charlotte St., Canandaigua. 394-4922, sonnenberg.org. [Theater] “It’s a Wonderful

Life: A Live Radio Play”

by Blackfriars Theatre. 795 E. Main St. 8 p.m. $28.50$36.50. 454-1260. bftix.org. Continues through Sunday, December 22. [Theater] “It’s a Wonderful Life” presented by MJTStages. Auditorium Center, 2 p.m. 3rd floor, 875 E. Main St. $13. 9357173, mjtstages.com. [Theater] “Parfumerie” presented by Screen Plays. A romantic old-world Christmas play. Continues through Saturday, December 21. 2 p.m. at Muccc (142 Atlantic Avenue). $15-$20. 244-0960. muccc.org. [Theater] “The Santaland

Diaries” at Blackfriars Theatre. David Jason Kyle

returns as Crumpet, the cranky Christmas elf, taking out his frustrations on children and parents alike during the Macy’s holiday crunch. 795 E. Main St. 2 p.m. $28.50-$36.50. 454-1260, bftix.org. Continues through Sunday, December 22.

Monday, December 16 [Music] UR Women’s Chorus

and Repertory Singers

Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs St. 8 p.m. Free. rochester.edu/eastman/ calendar. [Special Event] Belles ‘N Beaus Square Dance. Holiday dance, desserts, and hors d’oeuvres. For details, contact Bob Hager at rhager2@ rochester.rr.com or 227-1894. squaredancingrochester.org. [Special Event] Family

Storytime: Holiday Jammy Jamboree. Children 4-9 and

their parents or caregivers are invited to put on their pajamas and enjoy holiday stories, songs and activities Pre-registration required.6:30 p.m. Fairport Public Library, 1 Village Landing. 223-9091. fairportlibrary.org.

Thursday, December 19 [Music] Holiday Prism Concert at Hochstein School of Music and Dance. 7-8 p.m. $5. 50 North Plymouth Avenue. 4544596. hochstein.org. [Music] The Wizards of Winter:

A Trans-Siberian Experience.

Main Street Armory, 900 East Main St. 8 p.m. $30-$40. rochestermainstreetarmory.com. [Music] Christmas with Vox Lumine. Carols and the familiar songs of the season. Third Presbyterian Church. 7:30 p.m. $5-$10. 4 Meigs St. voxlumine.org [Shopping] Holiday Sale at The Hungerford. 1115 E. Main St. 4-7 p.m. thehungerford. com/2013sale. Continues Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21. [Theater] “Parfumerie” presented by Screen Plays. A romantic old-world Christmas

play. Continues through Saturday, December 21. 8 p.m. at Muccc (142 Atlantic Avenue). $15-$20. 244-0960. muccc.org. [Theater] “The Santaland

Diaries” at Blackfriars Theatre. David Jason Kyle

returns as Crumpet, the cranky Christmas elf, taking out his frustrations on children and parents alike during the Macy’s holiday crunch. 795 E. Main St. 2 p.m. $28.50-$36.50. 454-1260, bftix.org. Continues through Sunday, December 22.

Friday, December 20

[Music] RPO: Gala Holiday Pops with the Festival High School Chorale. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. 26 Gibbs St. 7:30 p.m. $15-$89. Purchase tickets online at rpo.org, by calling 454-2100. Continues through Sunday, December 22. [Music] Jim Brickman:

The Magic of Christmaas.

Auditorium Theatre. 885 E. Main St. 7:30 p.m. $30-$63. 222-5000. rbtl.org. [Shopping] Holiday Sale at The Hungerford. 1115 E. Main St. 4-7 p.m. thehungerford.com/2013sale. Continues Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through December 21. [Shopping] Holiday Sale at The Hungerford. 1115 E. Main St. 4-7 p.m. thehungerford. com/2013sale. Continues Saturday, December 21. [Special Event] Yuletide in the Country See listing for Friday, December 6. Genesee Country Museum. 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. 5-8:30 p.m. Reservation only. $18-$22. 538-6822. gcv.org. Weekends through December 22. [Theater] “It’s a Wonderful

Life: A Live Radio Play”

by Blackfriars Theatre. 795 E. Main St. 8 p.m. $28.50$36.50. 454-1260. bftix.org. Continues through Sunday, December 22. [Theater] “Parfumerie” presented by Screen Plays. A romantic old-world Christmas play. Continues through Saturday, December 21. 8 p.m. at Muccc (142 Atlantic Avenue). $15-$20. 244-0960. muccc.org

Saturday, December 21

[Dance] “The Nutcracker” by Flower City Ballet and Brighton Symphony Orchestra. Featuring the Syracuse City Ballet & Guests. School of the Arts, 45 Prince St. 3 p.m. flowercityballet.com. Continues Sunday, December 22. [Dance] “The Nutcracker” by Ballet Prestige. Webster Schroeder High School, 875 Ridge Rd., Webster. 7 p.m. $10-$15. rapatheatre.org. [Film] “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Dryden Theatre. 900 East Ave. 8 p.m. $6-$8. 271-3361. Dryden.eastmanhouse.org. [Music] Christmas with Vox Lumine. Carols and the familiar

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[Theater] “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”

songs of the season. First Presbyterian Church. 7:30 p.m. $5-$10. 4 101 S. Plymouth Ave. voxlumine.org [Music] RPO: Gala Holiday Pops with the Festival High School Chorale. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Gibbs St. Performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $15-$89. 454-2100, rpo.org. Continues Sunday, December 22. [Recreation] Reindeer Run

by Blackfriars Theatre. 795 E. Main St. 2 p.m. $28.50$36.50. 454-1260. bftix.org. [Theater] “The Santaland

Diaries” at Blackfriars Theatre.

David Jason Kyle returns as Crumpet, the cranky Christmas elf, taking out his frustrations on children and parents alike during the Macy’s holiday crunch. 795 E. Main St. 2 p.m. $28.50-$36.50. 454-1260, bftix.org. Continues through Sunday, December 22. Monday, December 23 [Theater] The Calamari

presented by YellowJacket Racing. Rochester’s only

winter 5K event. Includes a quarter-mile kids’ race. All ages. Check in begins at 7:30 a.m., race begins at 8:30 a.m. yellowjacketracing.com. [Shopping] Holiday Sale at The Hungerford. 1115 E. Main St. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. thehungerford.com/2013sale. [Special Event] Let it Snow Let it Snow Let it Snow at Chili Public Library. Story time celebrating the wonders of winter for children of all ages and their family. 3333 Chili Ave. 10-11 a.m. 889-2200. [Special Event] Copy Cats

Sisters: Feast of the Seven Fishes Special Dinner Show.

RAPA’s East End Theatre. 727 E. Main St. 6:30 p.m.. $100. 325-3366, rapatheatre.org.

Tuesday, December 24 [Film] “Larceny, Inc.” at the Dryden Theatre. 900 East Ave. 2 p.m. $6-$8. 271-3361. Dryden.eastmanhouse.org.

Wednesday, December 25

Callahan Holiday Square Dance. First Baptist

Church, 1862 Penfield Rd. 7:30. 425-2607. squaredancingrochester.org. [Special Event] Holly Trolley Rides with the New York Museum of Transportation. See November 30 listing. 6393 East River Rd. 11 a.m.5 p.m. $4-$5. 533-1113. nymtmuseum.org. [Special Event] North Pole Express Trains with Arcade and Attica Railroad. See listing for December 7. 278 Main St., Arcade. 492-3100. arcadeandatticarr.com. [Special Event] Polar Express Train Ride with the Medina Railroad Museum. Departures at 2:15, 3:30, 4:45, and 6:00 p.m. See listing for Saturday, November 23. 530 West Ave., Medina. $23-$45. 798-6106. railroadmuseum.net. [Special Event] Yuletide in the Country See listing for Friday, December 6. Genesee Country Museum. 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. 5-8:30 p.m. Reservation only. $18-$22. 538-6822. gcv.org. Weekends through December 22. [Special Event] Skate With Santa at Genesee Valley Park Sports Complex. From 5-6:15 p.m. Santa will give out candy canes. $2-$5 for skating, $3 for skate rentals. 131 Elmwood Ave. 428-7888. cityofrochester.gov/GVPSC/. [Special Event] Breakfast with Santa at the Seneca Park Zoo. See December 14 listing. 2222 St. Paul St. 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. sessions. Reservations required. 3367212, senecaparkzoo.org. [Theater] “It’s a Wonderful

Life: A Live Radio Play”

by Blackfriars Theatre. 795 E. Main St. 2 p.m. $28.50$36.50. 454-1260. bftix.org. Continues through Sunday, December 22. [Theater] “Parfumerie”

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[Holiday] Christmas Day [Music] A Very TeenSet

Christmas ft. The Grinders, Deathcamp, Televisionaries.

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romantic old-world Christmas play. Continues through Saturday, December 21. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Muccc (142 Atlantic Avenue). $15-$20. 244-0960. muccc.org. [Theater] “The Santaland

Diaries” at Blackfriars Theatre. David Jason Kyle

returns as Crumpet, the cranky Christmas elf, taking out his frustrations on children and parents alike during the Macy’s holiday crunch. 795 E. Main St. 2 p.m. $28.50-$36.50. 454-1260, bftix.org. Continues through Sunday, December 22.

Sunday, December 22

[Dance] “The Nutcracker” by Flower City Ballet and Brighton Symphony Orchestra. School of the Arts, 45 Prince St. 3 p.m. flowercityballet.com. [Dance] “The Nutcracker” by Ballet Prestige. Webster Schroeder High School, 875 Ridge Rd., Webster. 2 p.m. $10-$15. rapatheatre.org. [Film] “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Dryden Theatre. 900 East Ave. 2 p.m. $6-$8. 271-3361. Dryden.eastmanhouse.org. [Music] Tim Schramm Performs

for the Rochester Theater Organ Society. Auditorium

Theatre, 885 E. Main St. 2:30 p.m. $15 for non-members. 234-2295. theatreorgans.com/ rochestr/index.htm. [Music] RPO: Gala Holiday Pops with the Festival High School Chorale. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Gibbs St. 2 p.m. $15$89. 454-2100, rpo.org. [Music] Holiday Music from Past Our Prime Singers at the George Eastman House. 900 East Avenue. 3-4 p.m. $5-$12.

Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. TBA. 454-2966, bugjar.com.

271-3361, eastmanhouse.org. [Music] Caribbean Christmas

Thursday, December 26

With the Panloco Steel Drum Band. Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave. 3 p.m. $8-$12. 266-5018. [Special Event] Holly Trolley Rides with the New York Museum of Transportation. See November 30 listing. 6393 East River Rd. 11 a.m.5 p.m. $4-$5. 533-1113. nymtmuseum.org. [Special Event] Yuletide in the Country See listing for Friday, December 6. Genesee Country Museum. 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. 5-8:30 p.m. Reservation only. $18-$22. 538-6822. gcv.org. [Special Event] North Pole Express Trains with Arcade and Attica Railroad. See listing for December 7. 278 Main St., Arcade. 492-3100. arcadeandatticarr.com. [Special Event] Polar Express Train Ride with the Medina Railroad Museum. Departures at 2:15, 3:30, 4:45, and 6:00 p.m. See listing for Saturday, November 23. 530 West Ave., Medina. $23-$45. 798-6106. railroadmuseum.net. [Special Event] Breakfast with Santa at the Seneca Park Zoo. See December 14 listing. 2222 St. Paul St. 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. sessions. Reservations required. 3367212, senecaparkzoo.org. [Special Event] The Night Before Christmas at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. A fun approach to the traditional tale. 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. 2714320, rmsc.org.

Friday, December 27

Mass by Irondequoit Chorale.

[Holiday] Kwanzaa begins

[Special Event] Holiday

Science and Technology Days at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Hands-on activities meeting live animals, learning how to protect the environment, and trying your hands at experiments. 12-4 p.m. 657 East Ave. 271-4320. rmsc.org. Continues through Monday, December 30.

Saturday, December 28 [Special Event] Holiday

Science and Technology Days

at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. See listing for Friday, December 27. 657 East Ave. 12-4 p.m. 271-4320. rmsc.org. Continues through Monday, December 30. [Special Event] Holiday Spectacle of Lights See listing for Friday, December 6. Camp Eastman, 1301 Lakeshore Blvd. $5/car. 5:30-9:30 p.m. 336-6085, Irondequoit.org. [Theater] “Big Wigs” Kasha Davis and Aggy Dune perform a Las Vegas-style show complete with impressions of Cher, Tina Turner, Joan Rivers, and more. JCC, 1200 Edgewood Ave. 8 p.m. $18-$26. 461-2000. jccrochester.org.

Sunday, December 29

[Music] Steve Kelly on Aeolian Pipe Organ at the George Eastman House. 900 East Ave. 3-4 p.m. $5-$12. 271-3361. eastmanhouse.org. [Music] Christmas Bash at The Bug Jar. Featuring local


[Special Event] New Year’s Eve Celebration at the

Rochester Museum and Science Center. A members only event. Call 697-1942 for more information. [Special Event] New Year’s

Happy Holidays! from The Barn Owl

Eve Overnight at YMCA-Bay View. Swimming, a late night

bands Joywave, KOPPS, and New Archery. 219 Monroe Ave. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 9 p.m. $10-$12. 454-2966, bugjar.com. [Special Event] Holiday

Science and Technology Days

at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. See listing for Friday, December 27. 657 East Ave. 12-4 p.m. 271-4320. rmsc.org. Continues through Monday, December 30. [Special Event] Holiday Spectacle of Lights See listing for Friday, December 6. Camp Eastman, 1301 Lakeshore Blvd. $5/car. 5:30-9:30 p.m. 336-6085, Irondequoit.org. [Special Event] Kwanzaa Celebration at the Memorial Art Gallery. Kwanzaa ceremony, music and dance performances, and hands-on art activities. 500 University Ave. Noon-5 p.m. Suggested donation $5 per family. 2768900. mag.rochester.edu. [Theater] “Big Wigs” Kasha Davis and Aggy Dune perform a Las Vegas-style show complete with impressions of Cher, Tina Turner, Joan Rivers, and more. JCC, 1200 Edgewood Ave. 2 p.m. $18-$26. 461-2000. jccrochester.org.

Monday, December 30 [Special Event] Holiday

Science and Technology Days

at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. See listing for Friday, December 27. 657 East Ave. 12-4 p.m. 271-4320, rmsc.org. [Special Event] Kwanzaa Celebration at the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

657 East Ave. 2-5 p.m. 2714320, rmsc.org.

Tuesday, December 31

[Comedy] Unleashed! Improv Presents: New Year’s LOL. Music, laughs,

and the popular “Year in Revue”, improvised from audience suggestions. Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Ave. Ages 12+. 8 p.m. $12-$18. 461-2000 ext. 236, jccrochester.org. [Comedy] Geva Comedy

Improv New Year’s Eve Spectacular Geva Theatre,

75 Woodbury Blvd. Shows at 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. gevacomedyimprov.org. [Comedy] The Capitol Steps at Nazareth College. Bipartisan political satire and song parodies of current headlines. 4245 East Ave. Shows at 6:30 and 10 p.m. $60-$75. artscenter.naz.edu. [Film] “Gremlins” and

“Gremlins 2: The New Batch” Double Feature at the Dryden Theatre. 900 East Ave. 7 p.m. $6-$8. 271-3361. Dryden. eastmanhouse.org. [Special Event] New

Year’s Eve Celebration at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. 123

E. Main St. 7-10 p.m. Live DJ music, bounce house, arts and crafts and more. Fireworks at 10 p.m. cityofrochester.gov/NYE. [Special Event] New

Year’s Eve Celebration at Manhattan Square Park Ice Rink. Free ice skating from 6-9 p.m. Adult only skate from 9-11 p.m. cityofrochester.gov/NYE.

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the New Year Italian-Style. 150 Frank Dimino Way. 6:30 p.m. $55-$70. Call 594-8882for reservations. iaccrochester.org [Theater] “Big Wigs” Kasha Davis and Aggy Dune perform a Las Vegasstyle show complete with impressions of Cher, Tina Turner, Joan Rivers, and more. JCC, 1200 Edgewood Ave. 9 p.m. $18-$26. 4612000. jccrochester.org. [Theater] “Waiting at

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movie, snacks, and breakfast. Overnight 6 p.m.-9 a.m. $30 members, $45 guests, or half night 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $20 members, $35 guests. YMCABay View, 1209 Bay Rd. 671-8414. rochesterymca.org/ locations/bay-view. [Special Event] Noon Year’s Eve at Chili Public Library. Family-friendly festivities and a Noon Year’s Eve countdown to ring in the New Year. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 3333 Chili Ave. 889-2200 [Special Event] Village

The Crossroads Café” at Blackfriars Theatre.

Refreshments will be served. Shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. 795 E. Main St. $35. 454-1260, bftix.org. [Theater] The Calamari

Sisters: Feast of the Seven Fishes Special New Year’s Eve Show. RAPA’s East End

Theatre. 727 E. Main St. 2 p.m., 9 p.m. $40-$65. 3253366, rapatheatre.org. [Theater] Gershwin Uncorked. JCC, 1200 Edgewood Ave. 7 p.m. $18-$24. 461-2000. jccrochester.org.

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