THEATER: Through September 29, you can catch "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," a musical comedy, at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse (6877 East Lake Road, Auburn). Today the show goes on at 2 p.m., and tickets are $35-$42. For more info, call 315‑255‑1785, or visit merry-go-round.com.
ART: A new exhibit of photography, "Near and Far: Landscapes," by Kurt Brownell is up at Williams-Insalaco Gallery at FLCC (3325 Marvin Sands Dr., Canandaigua), and will continue through October 26. See the show today 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Admission is free, call 785-1369 for more info.
FILM: Women should be considered as nothing less than equal partners and mothers of humanity. Learn why it's crucial to liberate women from oppressive conditions around the world with "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide," screening tonight at 7 p.m. at WXXI Studios, 280 State St. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, visit wxxi.org.
MUSIC: Houston-based alt-country outfit Buxton is just what you'd expect from a band that's emerged from a crowded genre in a competitive music scene. Formed in 2003, Buxton earned kudos from the local press and has been tagged nationally by Esquire magazine as a group to watch in 2012. The quintet has been compared to Wilco and The Avett Brothers. There's not a lot of flash here, just substance and a timeless workman-like ethic. Check the group out tonight at the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave., bugjar.com) at 8:30 p.m., tickets $6-$8.
MUSIC: Tired of seeing other groups and want to give the sing-song-show a chance yourself? Head on down to Flipside Bar & Grill (2001 E. Main St., flipsidebargrill.com) for karaoke tonight at 9 p.m. hosted by Walt O'Brien. Grab some grub off the grill, get a few drinks in you, and show us all your bet rendition of "Call Me Maybe." Just don't call us after.