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

05:00 AM, Jan 18, 2013

Illusionist Jason Bishop brings his sleight-of-hand and state-of-the-art magic to Nazareth College Arts Center. (Provided photo)/


1. The 18th annual Mendon Ponds Park Winterfest runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Mendon Ponds Park in Pittsford. The day of wintry fun includes cross-country ski lessons, snowshoeing, a birds of prey show, Wegmans Zoomobile, a sled dog race, entertainment and horse-drawn wagon rides. Most of the events are free. Call (585) 753-7275.

2. Illusionist Jason Bishop will showcase his sleight of hand and state-of-the-art magic at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Nazareth College Arts Center in Pittsford. Tickets are $35 and $50. Call (585) 389-2170.

3. Hip-hop artist Joe Budden, whose hit “Pump It Up” earned him a Grammy nomination, has a 7:30 p.m. show Friday at Water Street Music Hall. Joining him onstage will be Emilo Rojas. Admission at the door is $25 ($20 in advance). Call (585) 325-5600.

4. Race: Are We So Different? is a touring exhibit about the science and history of race featuring interactive displays designed to spur discussion on racial equality. It opens Saturday and will remain on display through April 28 at the Rochester Museum & Science Center. It’s free with museum admission ($13; $12 for seniors and college students; $11 for ages 3 to 18).

5. This Is Tango Now: Identidad brings two international dance stars to the School of the Arts. Tony Award-winning tango artists Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo will team with musician Alfredo Minetti for performances at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. Call (585) 324-3535.

6. LEGO Travel Adventure invites youngsters to transport their imaginations by land, sea and air by building and racing their creations through May 12 at The Strong’s National Museum of Play. The exhibit, produced by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, also features LEGO brick sculptures and dioramas that illustrate pioneering types of transportation such as the Model T Ford and travel destination landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Admission is $13. For information, call (585) 263-2700.

7. Rover’s Holiday Hangover will rock with music by Hoobastank, The Dirty Heads, Churchill, New Politics and others, starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Rochester’s Main Street Armory. Tickets are $10 to $20.

8. Geva Comedy Improv will summon Rome’s 9th Legion for it’s “Swords and Sandals” show, an improvised fantasy epic full of gladiators, gods and mythical beasts. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday on Geva Theatre Center’s Nextstage. Admission is $10. Call (585) 232-4382.

9. Mo’ Mojo, a high-energy, Zydeco-based “Party-Gras” band, performs from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at The Harmony House in Webster. Admission is $12. For more, call (585) 727-4119.

10. The New York Museum of Transportation in Rush is hosting Bring Your Own Train from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Sunday through April. Model train enthusiasts can operate their own HO-model and N-gauge trains and engines on the museum’s giant layout. It’s free with museum admission ($3; $2 for ages 11 and younger). Call (585) 533-1113.