No plans? No problem. Here are 10 things to do in the Rochester area

05:00 AM, Jan 04, 2013

Monster Jam Thunder Nationals will stop at Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial Friday (Jan. 4). (Len Silvester)/

1. The motorized mayhem of the Monster Jam Thunder Nationals rolls into town for shows at Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial. Among the four-wheeled beasts taking part are Grave Digger, Northern Nightmare, Grinder, El Toro Loco, After Shock and Krazy Train. The U.S. Hot Rod Association-sanctioned competitions begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Jan. 4 and 5); 2 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 6). Tickets are $24 to $44 ($22 to $42 in advance); $12 for ages 12 and younger. They’re available by calling (800) 745-3000.

2. The Magic of Light, showcasing works by more than 80 photographers, is on view through Jan. 20 at Image City Photography. Opening receptions will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday (Jan. 4) and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 5). Admission is free. Call (585) 271-2540 or go to The juried exhibit is part of First Friday, a citywide showcase of artists, galleries and studios.

3. Hip-hot artists Yo Gotti and Future will be in town for a 9 p.m. show Saturday (Jan. 5) at the Main Street Armory. Tickets to the Road to Riches Tour concert are $40 to $60. They’re available at For more information, call (585) 232-3221.

4. Next to Normal, about a suburban family coming to terms with its past and bravely facing its future, opens Tuesday at Geva Theatre Center. The Tony Award-winning musical features music by Tom Kitt. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 8) through next Thursday; 8 p.m. Jan. 11; 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 12; 2 and 7 p.m. Jan. 13. Performances continue through Feb. 10. Tickets start at $25. Call (585) 232-4382.

5. It’s almost time to say adios to Dora & Diego — Let’s Explore at the National Museum of Play at The Strong. The exhibit features displays and activities with characters from Nickelodeon’s preschool series Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go. It will remain open through Sunday (Jan. 6). Museum admission is $13; $12 for seniors; $11 for ages 2 to 15; free for ages younger than 2. Call (585) 263-2700.

6. Bob DiBuono combines a variety of voices, characters and impressions with sarcastic wit. He’ll be performing at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Jan. 4 and 5) at The Comedy Club in Webster. Admission is $9 to $12. Call (585) 671-9080.

7. The Rochester Americans face off against Thruway rival Syracuse Crunch at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 9) at Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial. Tickets are $16 to $21. Call (585) 454-5335.

8. Brad Stine, dubbed “God’s Comic” by The New Yorker, will share a whirlwind of observations starting at 8 p.m. Friday (Jan. 4) at Hope Lutheran Church in Greece. Admission is $20; proceeds benefit Climbing for Christ. Tickets are available at Alpha & Omega Christian Bookstores in Greece and Penfield and by calling (585) 259-4834.

9. Motherhood the Musical, in which four women share insights, challenges and pleasures of motherhood during a baby shower, continues at the Downstairs Cabaret at Winton Place in Brighton. Shows this week are at 8 p.m. Friday (Jan. 4); 8:30 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 5); 3 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 6). Tickets are $26 to $39. Call (585) 325-4370.

10. The Twelfth Night Pageant, featuring a reception with a traditional yule log and wassail, will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 6) at Christ Church, 141 East Ave. Highlights include performances by the Christ Church Choir, and organists David Higgs and Stephen Kennedy. Admission is free (donations accepted). For more, call (585) 454-3878.