Music: While brass instruments might not always get the spotlight in modern orchestras, this weekend you’ll be treated to not just any trumpeter, but the internationally renowned Chris Botti. Just off a tour with the legendary Barbra Streisand, Botti will be joining the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for a two-night engagement. Jeff Tyzik will be conducting the program where Botti, who was here for the 2011 edition of the Rochester International Jazz Fest, returns to Rochester to play with the RPO as a featured soloist. (Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Gibbs St., $25-$175, 454-2100).
Art: Head over to the Genesee Center for the Arts and Education (713 Monroe Ave.) for two exhibit openings tonight. In the Firehouse Gallery: “Ten-Nineteen: Return to Station” is a 40-year retrospective exhibition featuring the work of ceramic artists, teachers, and students who have been associated with Genesee Pottery throughout its history. The show will be held through February 1, with a reception on 6-9 p.m. tonight. Also opening in the Joe Brown Gallery in the Printing & Book Arts Center, is "Alphabet Soup: Student Show," an exhibit of a variety of letterpress-printed type specimens. This reception will be held 6:30-9:30 p.m., and continues through January 31. For more information, call 244-1730, or visit geneseearts.org.
Art/Music: Art and music combine tonight at the Record Archive (recordarchive.com, 33 1/3 Rockwood St.) tonight at an event put on by Act Live Music. Biscuit will be putting on an art show, while Husky provides the music. The show starts at 6 p.m.
Film: The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave.) will host a screening of "Slavery by Another Name" tonight at 7 p.m. The A 90-minute documentary challenges one of Americans' most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The screening is free, but registration is necessary. Call 563-2145 or visit thebaobab.org.
Music: This Rochester-based band is, in part, named after the practice of marking holy days in red letters in church calendars. Although Red Letter Statement may not be the paradigm of piousness, its six members have undoubtedly devoted themselves to cranking out up-tempo, alternative rock. The band’s bio consists of two sentences: “We don't play dubstep or sample anything. We use actual instruments.” All sarcasm aside, the real guitar work is fast-paced and deliberate. The genuine drums are hard-hitting and prolific. And the solid, chugging bass lines lead to some devilish rhythms. Red Letter Statement plays Friday, January 11, 6:30 p.m. at the Club at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. $10-$12. 325-5600, waterstreetmusic.com.
Film: New films opening today in wide release include “Gangster Squad,” “Haunted House,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” For previews, local movie times, and more film information, visit the movies section right here.
Music: Nine is the magic number tonight at the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave., bugjar.com). Nine (that’s right, one for each member of the Fellowship) different local bands are putting together a local compilation release . Each will play a few songs, so head on down and check out this collection of all that is great in Rochester music. Acts include Attic Abasement, Autoverse, Veluxe, Kitty Snowpants, Autoverse, Routine Involvements, Gifted Children, Cavalcade, and White Woods, music starts at 8 p.m., tickets run $5-$7.