No plans? No problem. Here are 10 things to do
05:00 AM, Mar 22, 2013
1 Roc City Roller Derby will kick off its home schedule with a “Shave and Track Cut” double header at 6 p.m. Saturday at RIT’s Gordon Field House in Henrietta. The B-Sides will take on New Hampshire’s Queen City Cherry Bombs, followed by the Rock Stars vs. the Hellions of Troy. There will be live music and head-shaving at halftime to benefit St. Baldrick’s. 6 p.m. March 23 (doors open at 5 p.m.). Admission is $13; $5 for ages 5 to 12; free for ages 4 and younger. Call (585) 475-4121 or go to rocderby.com.
2 River North Dance Chicago, a jazz-based dance ensemble led by artistic director Frank Chaves, performs at 8 p.m. Saturday (March 23) at the Nazareth College Arts Center in Pittsford. Tickets are $45 to $60. Call (585) 389-2170 or go to artscenter.naz.edu.
3 The Memorial Art Gallery’s Persian New Year Celebration of Nowruz runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday (March 24). “Ode to Wine: A Program of Poetry, Art and Culture” marks the first day of spring and the New Year on the Iranian calendar. Persian tea and sweets will be available for purchase. A $5 donation suggested. Call (585) 276-8900 or go to mag.rochester.edu.
4 Tora-Con, an anime convention featuring special guests, displays, panel discussions, concerts, games, screenings and activities, is being held Saturday and Sunday (March 23 and 24) at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Henrietta. Registration begins at 8 a.m. both days (arriving early for morning registration is suggested). Admission is $30 for a Weekend Badge; $20 for Saturday only; $15 for Sunday. For a schedule of events and to register online, go to toracon.rit.edu.
5 The Rochester Home Builders’ Association Home and Garden Show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (March 23) and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (March 24) at the Riverside Convention Center. It features displays by more than 200 exhibitors, as well as demonstrations, seminars and more. Admission is $8 ($7 in advance); free for ages 12 and younger. Call (585) 272-8222 or go to rochesterhomebuilders.com.
6 The 2013 Atlantic Hockey Association Championship game begins at 7:05 p.m. Saturday (March 23) at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial. Tickets are $18; $14 students. Call (585) 758-5300, (800) 745-3000 or go to bluecrossarena.com or ticketmaster.com.
7 City Living Sundays continues with a showcase of “East Area Neighborhoods” from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday (March 24) at East High School. Learn about buying and owning a home. For details, call (585) 428-2489 or go to citylivingsundays.com.
8 The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Andreas Delfs, performs at 8 p.m. Saturday (March 23) in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. The program will showcase Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8, Smetana’s “The Moldau” from Má vlast, and Persichetti’s Concerto for English Horn with Anna Steltenpohl. Tickets are $15 to $82. Call (585) 454-2100 or go to rpo.org.
9 Esther Ku, who was a finalist on Season 6 of Last Comic Standing, brings her sometimes controversial material and humor to The Comedy Club in Webster. Shows begin at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday (March 22 and 23). Admission is $9 to $12. Call (585) 671-9080 or thecomedyclub.us
10< b>Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys perform at 8 p.m. Saturday (March 23) at the Harmony House in Webster. Admission is $18 ($15 in advance); $10 with student ID. Call (585) 727-4119 or go to rochesterzydeco.com.