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05:00 AM, Jan 03, 2014
1The Monster Jam Thunder Nationals rolls into the Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial. Among the four-wheeled beasts taking part in the motorized mayhem are Grave Digger, Monster Mutt, Aftershock and Illuminator. The U.S. Hot Rod Association-sanctioned competitions begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Advance tickets start at $10 for children (ages 2-12) and $20 for adults (tickets are $2 more at the door). Call (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. For more go to blucrossarena.com.
2The Singer-Songwriters in the Round concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Cafe Veritas at First Unitarian Church of Rochester. It features features Ernie Lawrence, Maria Gillard, Jeff Riales and Annie Wells. Tickets are $18 ($10 for students with ID; free to ages 12 and younger). Go to cafeveritas.org.
3The Magic of Light, featuring works by more than 90 photographers, opens with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday (also 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday) at Image City Photography. The juried showcase remains on display through Jan. 26. Call (585) 271-2540 or go to imagecityphotographygallery.com. For a list of other studios and galleries open for the city-wide First Friday Gallery Night go to firstfridayrochester.org.
4Bare: A Pop Opera, a coming-of-age story set in a Catholic boarding school, opens Friday at RAPA’s East End Theatre. It revolves around a group of high school seniors who face issues of sexuality and personal identity. Peformances begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (and Jan. 9 to 11). Tickets ($15) are available at area Wegmans. Call (585) 325-3366 or go to rapatheatre.org.
5 The is your last chance to put on a construction vest and visit the Little Builders exhibit before it closes Sunday at The Strong’s National Museum of Play. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $13.50 (free to ages younger than 2). Call (585) 263-2700 or go to The Strong.org.
6 Comedian and actor Guy Torry brings his quick wit, improvisational skills and observations to The Comedy Club in Webster. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday at Saturday. Admission is $12 to $15. Call (585) 671-9080 or visit TheComedyClub.us.
7Good Rockin’ Live: A Salute to Sun Records continues at Downstairs Cabaret at Winton Place in Brighton. Shows this week are 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $23 to $33. Call (585) 325-4370 or downstairscabaret.com.
8 Planning a trip down the aisle? Check out the Rochester Bridal Expo from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Riverside Convention Center. Admission is free. Call (585) 227-7690 or go to rochesterslargestbridalshows.com.
9Family Fun on Snowshoes runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the RMSC’s Cumming Nature Center in South Bristol. Enjoy a guided snowshoe hike along the Pioneer Trail, then warm up by viewing a children’s nature movie. Nature center admission is $3 ($10 for family package). Equipment rentals available. Call (585) 374-6160 or rmsc.org.
10Last Gas, a bittersweet romantic comedy by John Cariani, opens Tuesday at Geva Theatre Center. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7 to 9; 8 p.m. Jan. 10; 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 11; and 2 and 7 p.m. Jan. 12. Shows continue through Feb. 2. Tickets start at $25. Call (585) 232-4382 or gevatheatre.org.