Special: Yes, we know, we want the cold weather to finally come to an end, too. (So much for spring beginning this week, right?) But there are still some benefits to reap from our extended winter, one of them being the Ice Wine Gala at Casa Large Vineyards (2287 Turk Hill Rd., Fairport). From 6 to 10 p.m., you can enjoy a blizzard of hors d’oeuvres, a station dinner with wine pairing suggestions, an ice wine tasting, an open bar with beer and wine, live music by Nik Lite, a silent auction, and other super cool (or rather, super cold?) festivities. Tickets for the gala are $100 for individuals and $175 for couples, with proceeds benefitting Easter Seals New York programs, which give aid to people with disabilities and special needs. For tickets and more information, visit eastersealny.org, or call 957-9247.
Music: If you don’t watch “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” then I pity you. It is a brilliant mix of entertainment and inspiration, and the costumes and performances routinely put out by the drag-queen participants are astonishing to behold. Nina Flowers is the universally beloved runner-up of Season 1 of the show, and in addition to being a fierce queen with a brilliant visual style, she is also a DJ. This weekend Nina will come to Rochester’s Tilt for three shows over two nights. On Friday, March 22, Nina will be in DJ mode. On Saturday, March 23, see Nina in all her full performance glory as she takes to the stage in two drag sets. If you have any interest in drag or just want to take in a seasoned, artistically bold performer, this is not to be missed. Andale, locas! Tilt is located at 444 Central Ave. Tickets to the Flowers events cost $5-$6 for 21+, $12-$15 for ages 18-20. For more information call 232-8440 or visit Tilt’s page on Facebook.
Theater: If you can’t make it to Broadway anytime soon, you can get the next best thing in…Canandaigua? That’s right: Head out to the Inn on the Lake (770 S. Main St., Canandaigua) for a one-night-only performance of “Broadway by the Lake,” an evening of Broadway tunes by the Finger Lakes Camerata, a 20-piece choral ensemble out of Finger Lakes Community College. Doors open at 7 p.m., and music starts at 7:30. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at Finger Lakes Gallery and Frame (175 S. Main St., Canandaigua) or by calling 394-5986. Find more events at ocarts.org.
Music: Keyboardist David Paich is a member of the rock group Toto, known for writing and singing ear candy like “Hold the Line,” “Rosanna,” and “Africa.” A top session musician, composer, and producer, he also wrote the soundtrack for the David Lynch movie “Dune.” Drummer Dennis Mackrel is the leader of the Count Basie Orchestra. What brings these two unlikely collaborators together with Eastman Chamber Jazz? The concert features the works of Paich’s father, composer/arranger Marty Paich. From the early 1950’s to the mid-1990’s, Paich was a major arranger for greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Mel Tormé, and many others. The concert takes place Friday, March 22, 8 p.m. at Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St. Admission is free. For more information visit esm.rochester.edu.
Theater: To murder, or not to murder? That is the question for the Greece Paint Players' new play "Murder Me, Murder Me Not," which runs for its final three performances this weekend at Golden Ponds Party House and Restaurant (500 Long Pond Rd.). This mystery-comedy, written by Bill Springer and directed by Greece's Dan Hoak, weaves a tale of crosses and double-crosses after a wealthy woman with a missing husband tries to investigate whether he is still alive, with the help of a French inspector. The play runs at 6:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday, and at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $27 per person, which also includes a dinner or brunch. Check out goldpondpartyhouse.com for other restaurant events.
Music: Occasionally an album emerges from the pack and flirts with the possibility of being one of the classics. “What Have We Done” is an acoustic folk-inspired album from Goodbye Ronnie, a.k.a. Ronnie Lickers, a veteran drummer for local prog-metal group BML. Lickers takes us on his journey of self-reflection with a collection of songs that were born out of a period of sadness, and ultimately contributed toward a process of healing. Thus the name, Goodbye Ronnie, a metaphor for the artist getting away from his old self in order to find himself again. “What Have We Done” is a vehicle driven by instruments including acoustic guitar and cello, along with female vocal harmonies that showcase Lickers’ major-league talent as a songwriter, arranger, and lead vocalist. Join Goodbye Ronnie and friends for an intimate evening of beautiful music that is straight from the heart. With Maria Betts and Michele Sestito. The concert takes place Friday, March 22, 6 p.m. at Tala Vera, 155 State St. $5-$7. tala-vera.com.
Sports: If you haven't caught March Madness and are already sick of hearing about basketball, a little hockey might be the antidote you need. If so, you're in luck: the Atlantic Hockey Championship semifinals continues today at Blue Cross Arena (One War Memorial Square), with two back-to-back college team competitions. At 4 p.m., Niagara University squares off against Canisius College; 90 minutes after that game finishes, the University of Connecticut will face Mercyhurst University of Erie, PA. Tickets are $18 for adults and $14 for kids. Visit bluecrossarena.com for tickets and other events, and atlantichockeyonline.com for more information about the Atlantic Hockey Championship games.