No plans? No problem: Things to do in the Rochester area

05:00 AM, Dec 21, 2012

Jeff Tyzik conducts the Gala Holiday Pops concert. (Provided by the RPO)/


1. Geva’s production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol comes to a close Sunday (Dec. 23) at Geva Theatre Center. The Mark Cuddy adaptation features Guy Paul as Ebenezer Scrooge and Jim Poulos as Bob Cratchit. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and noon and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $25. Call (585) 232-4382.

2. The Genesee Figure Skating Club presents its annual Holiday Ice Show at 5:30 p.m Saturday (Dec. 22) at RIT’s Frank Ritter Memorial Arena in Henrietta. Admission is free. For details, call (585) 292-7020.

3. Comedian Sky Sands performs his mix of impressions, magic, skits and fast-paced improvisations through Saturday (Dec. 22) at The Comedy Club in Webster. Shows are at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $9 to $12. Call (585) 671-9080.

4. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s Gala Holiday Pops will be presented through Sunday (Dec. 23) in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. The orchestra, under the baton of Jeff Tyzik, will be joined by the Festival High School Chorale to perform seasonal classics. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $10 to $82. Call (585) 454-2100.

5. There’s still time to enjoy It’s a Wonderful Life — A Live Radio Play at Blackfriars Theatre. The curtain rises on playwright Joe Landry’s adaptation of the classic holiday movie at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Dec. 21 and 22). Tickets are $27 (discounts available for seniors and students). Call (585) 454-1260.

6. A camera obscura is an optical device that projects an image of its surroundings on a screen and is one of the discoveries that led to the invention of photography and the camera. In a darkened gallery at the George Eastman House, visitors will be able to view an inverted, moving color image of the museum’s Rock Garden as it changes from winter to spring. The “Camera Obscura” exhibit opens Sunday (Dec. 23) and will remain on view through April 7. Museum admission is $12; $10 for seniors; $5 for students; free for ages 12 and younger. Call (585) 271-3361.

7. Greater Tuna, a comedy about a small town in Texas, concludes with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Dec. 21 and 22) at Downstairs Cabaret Theatre. Tickets are $29 to $36. Discounts available for seniors, full-time students (ages 18 to 22) and military personnel. Call (585) 325-4370.

8. Rock in the prophesied apocalypse (at least according to the Mayan calendar) at Donna the Buffalo’s End of the World Party. It begins at 9 p.m. Friday (Dec. 21) at Water Street Music Hall. Admission is $25 ($20 in advance). For details, call (585) 325-5600.

9. The Rochester Lancers take on the Syracuse Silver Knights at 7 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 23) at Rochester’s Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial. Tickets to the Major Indoor Soccer League game start at $10. Call (585) 872-5425.