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05:00 AM, Nov 15, 2013

The Shanghai Ballet will perform Friday at Nazareth College Arts Center in Pittsford. (Provided photo)/


1The Shanghai Ballet will showcase one of its signature pieces, “The Butterfly Lovers,” at 8 p.m. Friday at Nazareth College Arts Center in Pittsford. Tickets are $50 to $65. Call (585) 389-2170 or go to artscenter.naz.edu.

2 The George Eastman House’s Sweet Creations exhibit has once again turned the museum into a gingerbread village. The show, which features gingerbread houses designed and decorated by local chefs, bakeries, families and community groups, will remain on display through Dec. 17. Museum admission is $12; $10 for seniors; $5 for students; free for ages 12 and younger. Call (585) 271-3361 or go to eastmanhouse.org.

3The Rochester Children’s Book Festival includes appearances by authors and illustrators. There will also be crafts, word games, readings, storytelling and hands-on activities. The free event runs from from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center at Monroe Community College in Brighton. Go to rochesterchildrensbookfestival.com.

4Holiday Laser features favorite holiday songs in sync with a dancing laser light. The show begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at the RMSC’s Strasenburgh Planetarium. There will be additional performances through Jan. 4. Admission is $7; $6 for seniors, students with ID and ages 3 to 18. Call (585) 271-1880 or or go to rmsc.org.

5Astronomicon, a sci-fi convention presented by Rochester Fantasy Fans, begins Friday and continues through Sunday at the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside. It features dealer rooms, an art show, gaming, a video room, anime and more. Go to astronomicon.info.

6 Agatha Christie’s classic The Mousetrap, presented by the Greater Rochester Repertory Companies, opens Friday at RAPA’s East End Theatre. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday; through Nov. 24. Tickets are $20; $15 for seniors, students and groups. Call (585) 325-3366 or go to grrctheatre.org.

7 The Rochester Lancers kick off their Major Indoor Soccer League season against the Baltimore Blast. The game begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial. Tickets are $10 to $15. Call (585) 872-5425 or go to rochesterlancers.com.

8Danscore, a contemporary dance showcase presented by The College at Brockport, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hochstein Performance Hall. Previews of the show can be enjoyed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at The College at Brockport’s Hartwell Hall Dance Theatre. Tickets are $16; $11 for seniors; $8.50 for students. Call (585) 395-2787 or go to brockport.edu/finearts.

9The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of guest conductor Junichi Hirokami, will showcase Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. 8 p.m. Saturday in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Admission is $15 to $92. Call (585) 454-2100 or rpo.org.

10Bush Mango Drum & Dance presents “Kibola Kei Kei” (which translates to “Moon Over Kibola”) at 8 p.m. Saturday at the German House. The performance is a celebration of the poly-rhythmic music and dancing of West Africa and features Mohamed Diaby — a Guinean master drummer, as well as Eric Borketey (a tumbler and acrobat). Tickets at the door are $18; $15 for seniors and ages 11 and younger. Go to bushmangodrumdance.org.