SPECIAL EVENTS: As Halloween falls on Wednesday this year, we're getting smacked with the bulk of celebratory events this weekend, including various haunted hayrides, haunted houses, ghost story walks, a Halloween Obstacle Course Competition at the Rochester Parkour Gym, and a screening of "Carrie" at the Dryden Theatre. For all of the events and details, check out our complete Halloween Guide on page 23 of the current issue, or click here.
MUSIC: Fan of a little musical call "Rent?" Or perhaps you've heard of one called "Wicked?" Or maybe you know her from "Glee." Either way, actress, singer, songwriter, jack-of-all-trades IdinaMenzel will be in Rochester Saturday night at the Auditorium Theater (885 E. Main St.). Tickets run $36-$125, show starts at 8 p.m. We'll also be there, so check back at City's website for a review of the show. For more information visit rbtl.org.
MUSIC: The Auditorium Theater (885 E. Main St., rbtl.org) has a busy weekend, and Sunday night rocker, Grammy winner, and six-time platinum record holder Melissa Etheridge will be taking the stage. Show starts at 7:30 p.m., tickets run $27.50-$102.50.
SPECIAL EVENT: Ditch the tykes with a sitter and head out for the Haunted Brewery Tour at Custom Brewcrafters (300 Village Square Blvd., Honeoye Falls). The event takes place Saturday, October 27, 5-9 p.m., and tickets are $15. Tours will be running all night and last about 30 minutes, and your admission fee gets you the tour, a free tasting card or pint of beer, and $5 off your food purchase at the Pint & Goblet Tavern. For more information, visit cbsbrewing.com.
SPECIAL EVENT: If you prefer to get gussied for an elegant Halloween event, get your tickets for Rochester City Ballet's Masquerade Ball, to be held Saturday, October 27, 8 p.m.-midnight, at Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave.). Tickets cost $50-$60 per person; $250 Patron tickets include two tickets and masks. The party is for ages 21 and above, and features all-inclusive wine, beer, and bistro fare throughout the night, dancing, and access to an ultra lounge. Please wear or purchase a mask. The dress code is cocktail attire. For more info, call 461-5850 or visit email@example.com.
MUSIC: Whatever floats your boat, man. For some, that might be love between just a pair of people, but aren't things more fun when it's a whole group loving them? Playing Saturday at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St., waterstreetmusic.com), Los Angeles-based Grouplove will be bringing its pop-rock to be loved and enjoyed by all the groups of Rochester. MsMr opens up, music starts at 8 p.m., and tickets run $20-$25. We'll have a reviewer at this one as well, so make sure to check back after the show for our review.
SPECIAL EVENT: On Sunday, October 28, Mario's Restaurant (2740 Monroe Ave.) will host a "What Rochester's Wearing" Fashion Show to benefit Southeast YMCA and the Rotary Club of Pittsford. The event takes place 5:30-8:30 p.m., and tickets are $35. To register or for more information, visit rochesterymca.org/fashionshow.
MUSIC: Are you a fan of a cappella music? The oldest a cappella group in the entire country will be performing in Rochester, so head out and give the Yale Spizzwinks a great Rochester welcome. The group's music director, Nate Barnett, actually hails from the area, and was a 2010 graduate of Rush-Henrietta, giving the group local ties. The show will be at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester (220 S. Winton Road), starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets run $6-$15 and can be purchased at showclix.com/event/YaleSpizzwinks.
RECREATION: The Al Sigl Community WalkAbout will take place Sunday, October 28, at Eastview Mall in Victor. Registration takes place at 8:30 a.m. and the event begins at 9:30 a.m. The fundraising event promises family-friendly entertainment, a costume contest, and fun prizes for individual walkers and teams. For more information, call 442-4102 or visit alsigl.org.
MUSIC: The first thing you need to know is that Rochester Lyric Opera is the new name for the former Empire State Lyric Theatre, a company continuing its mission of professional opera production and educational outreach. Next, you need to know it's time to celebrate National Opera Week with offerings from a talk on Saturday, October 27, titled "My Years at the Met" by GildoDiNunzio, followed by his master class to coach singers. A concert on Sunday, October 28, will feature vocalists from Rochester and Syracuse. Check rochesterlyricopera.org for more information.
DANCE: The India Community Center will present a Bollywood Music Night featuring dance and the sweet, melodious voice of Bollywood Playback singer B.R. Chaya on Saturday, October 27. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Penfield High School Auditorium (25 High School Drive), and tickets are $15-$25. For more information, call 248-5792 or visit iccrochester.org.
SPECIAL EVENT: "The Phantom of the Opera" will be screening with live organ music on Saturday, October 27, 7:30 p.m., at Wesley United Methodist Church (2009 Dewey Ave.). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and there is an $8 suggested donation. For more info, call 663-0190.