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05:00 AM, Nov 01, 2013

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus returns to Rochester to perform for kids big and small. (Feld Entertainment)/

1Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will use the lore of “Dragons” to highlight their acts through Sunday at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets ($27 to $82) are available at the arena box office and Ticketmaster — call (800) 745-3000 or go to

2 Pianist Andrew Russo joins the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra to showcase “Disney’s Fantasia” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. The concert, directed by Jeff Tyzik, includes scenes from the 1940 animated classic. Tickets are $10 to $92. Call (585) 454-2100 or go to

3Roads Less Traveled, an exhibit featuring images by Gary and Phyllis Thompson (and other photographers) opens with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Image City Photography Gallery. The show consists of scenes captured during their exploration of less traveled roads and picturesque harbors of America. It remains on view through Nov. 24. Admission is free. Call (585) 271-2540. For a list of other studios and galleries taking part in the First Friday Gallery Night, go to

4 The Memorial Art Gallery’s Fine Craft Show, featuring creations by 40 artists and artisans, is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10; $5 for students. Call (585) 276-8900 or visit A preview party will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Friday; tickets are $50. For reservations, call (585) 276-8910.

5War Horse, a Tony Award-winning play based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel, opens Tuesday at the Auditorium Theatre. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 to 7; 8 p.m. Nov. 8; 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 9; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Tickets ($37.50 to $72.50) are available by calling (800) 745-3000 or go to

6Bun in the Oven: Contractions with the Calamari Sisters continues through Nov. 10 at RAPA’s East End Theatre. Comedy ensues as Delphine and Carmela prepare to celebrate the newest addition to the Calamari family. Show are 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $25 to $45. Call (585) 325-3366 or go to

7 Celebrate Halloween with a trip through Nightmare Manor at South Town Plaza in Henrietta. Tours are from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets at the door are $12. For details go to

8 Rochester Children’s Theatre’s Rapunzel! Rapnuzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale will be performed at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Nazareth College Arts Center in Pittsford. The musical, based on the classic fairy tale, concludes with shows at 2 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10. Tickets are $15 to $18. Call (585) 389-2170 or For more, go to

9 Comedian Jim Florentine, co-host of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, performs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Joke Factory Comedy Club at Holiday Inn Rochester Airport. Admission is $20 ($15 in advance). Call (585) 328-6000 or visit

10Good Rockin’ Live: A Salute to Sun Records opens at the Downstairs Cabaret at Winton Place in Brighton. This salute to the early days of rock ‘n’ roll begins at 8 p.m. Friday; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $23 to $33. For reservations, call (585) 325-4370 or go to