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

05:00 AM, Mar 01, 2013

Grammy winner Miranda Lambert brings her Locked and Reloaded Tour to Blue Cross Arena. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)/


1. The Locked and Reloaded Tour, featuring country music stars Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley, comes to town with special guest Lee Brice. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday (March 1) at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial. Tickets ($28 and $52.75) are available by calling (800) 745-3000.

2. Grammy Award-winning alternative rockers They Might Be Giants perform at 8 p.m. Friday (March 1) at the German House. Vandaveer opens. Tickets are $35 ($30.50 in advance). Buy them by calling (877) 435-9849.

3. Eccentrics, featuring paintings and sculptures by Judd Williams, is on view through March 9 at the Axom Gallery & Exhibition Space. A wine and cheese reception with the artist (part of Rochester’s city-wide First Friday Gallery Night) runs from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday (March 1). Admission is free. Call (585) 232-6030, ext. 23, or go to . For a list of other studios and galleries open for First Friday, go to firstfridayrochester.org.

4. The Greater Rochester International Auto Show is parked through Sunday at the Riverside Convention Center. Hundreds of vehicles, including SUVs, hybrids, trucks, sedans, sports cars and concept vehicles will be on display. This year also includes the Concours D’elegance, featuring six super luxury cars. It’s open from noon to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Feb. 28 and March 1); 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday (March 2); 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday (March 3). Admission is $9; $6 for seniors and military personnel; $3 for ages 5-11; free to ages 4 and younger.

5. Actor and comedian Godfrey, whose resume includes appearances on BET, VH1 and Comedy Central (as well as several feature films), brings his irreverent stand-up to The Comedy Club in Webster. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 28); 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday (March 1 and 2). Admission is $12 to $20. Call (585) 671-9080.

6. Enjoy a colorful glimpse of spring at the Orchid Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday (March 1-3) at the Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park in Canandaigua. Wine tastings on Saturday and Sunday are also planned. Admission is $5. Call (585) 394-4922.

7. Student-made robots will battle for top honors during the FIRST Robotics Finger Lakes Regional Competition being held at RIT’s Gordon Field House in Henrietta. Spectators can watch for free when the action begins at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday (March 1 and 2). Winners will move on to the FIRST Championships in St. Louis in late April.

8. See alternative-metal act the Deftones at 7 p.m. Monday (March 4) at the Main Street Armory. Tickets ($30 to $35) are available. For more, call (585) 232-3221.

9. Tony-winning musical satire The Book of Mormon opens Tuesday at the Auditorium Theatre. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. March 5 to 7; 8 p.m. March 8; 2 and 8 p.m. March 9; 1 and 6:30 p.m. March 10. The show is officially sold out, but more seats may be made available. For availability, call (800) 745-3000.

10. Re-enactors from 140th New York and the 21st Georgia regiments will set up a Civil War Encampment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (March 2), indoors at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport. Admission is $8.50; $7 for seniors; $5.50 for students 7 to 18; free for ages 6 and younger. For more, call (607) 569-2160.