Combining eclectic saxophone playing with electronic beats and world rhythms, Balkan Beat Box is a seemingly natural fusion of traditional world-musical styles and catchy dance-inspiring tunes. Formed by Ori Kaplan (of Gogol Bordello fame) and Tamir Muskat (formally of Firewater), and rounded out by Tomer Yosef, the trio blends saxophone, drums, and electronic programming, sampling and mixing, resulting in a multicultural rave of ethnic proportions, and one wild dance party. The group opens for Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk and Rusted Root.
Balkan Beat Box performs Thursday, June 21, 5 p.m. as part of Party in the Park at the Riverside Festival Site (Exchange Boulevard). $2. rochesterevents.com.
Film: New films opening in wide release today include "The Big Wedding," "King's Faith," and "Pain & Gain." Films screening at The Little Theatre are "Chronicle of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising," "The Company You Keep" (also at Pittsford Cinema), "Disconnect." "The Invisible War," "The Island President," "Overboard," and "Starbuck."
Art: The Annual School for American Crafts Walkthrough event will be held today, 4-7 p.m., at the School for American Crafts (73 Lomb Memorial Dr., Bldg 7A, Rm 2514).
Music: It’s almost like they did it on purpose! Abilene (153 Liberty Pole Way, abilenebarandlounge.com) will be celebrating its fifth anniversary tonight, which is none other than the wood anniversary. Who will be playing? Woody Pines! Music is free and kicks off at 8:30 p.m. Drink specials and prizes round off the celebrations.