Recreation: Take part in the Red White and Blue Balloon Rally, to be held at the Letchworth State Park (1 Letchworth State Park, Castile) this week. Thirty hot air balloons will ascend from the Letchworth gorge, piloted by professionals from several states. The balloons will launch from the Archery Field Overlook on the main park road at the Castile Entrance, about one mile north of the Glen Iris Inn. Launch times are approximate and are weather-dependent. To participate as a balloon passenger, call 493-3340 to book a flight soon, as spaces fill up quickly. Six scheduled balloon flights will take place daily from Friday, May 24, through Monday, May 27. For more details call Letchworth State Park at 493-3600 or visit balloonsoverletchworth.com.
Music: It’s Memorial Day weekend, so that’s one extra drinking night for the true champions out there. Lucky enough, you’ve got plenty of choices. One (One Ryan Alley, oneclublife.com) will be having a Memorial Day Summer Party Saturday night, Flat Iron Café (561 State St., flatironcafe.net) will be hosting a Memorial Day Havana Night in White Celebration Sunday night, 10 p.m., free cover until midnight, and Tilt (444 Central Ave., facebook.com/Tiltnightclub) will be throwing The White Party Sunday night, 9:30 p.m. $5-$15.
Theater: Blackfriar's Theatre (795 E. Main St.) will present "Steel Magnolias," the classic story of six female friends who gather in Trudy's Beauty Parlor in modern-day Louisiana, through June 2. Catch a performance this weekend, on Saturday, May 25, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28.50-$36.50. For more information, call 454-1260 or visit bftix.org.
Music: Je suis désolé, mais mon français n'est pas très bon. Sorry, if you can excuse that, you’ll probably want to head down to the Excuse My French memorial concert featuring French Montana and Rocko Saturday night at the Main Street Armory. Doors open at 8 p.m., tickets run $45-$60.
Special Event: Don't Panic! Marge's Lakeside Inn (4909 Culver Rd., Irondequoit) is hosting a "Towel Day" event on Saturday, May 25, and all hoopy froods, hitchhikers, freaks, and extraterrestrials are welcome. Fans are invited to wear their favorite towel. The event begins at 7 p.m., and admission is free. for more information, call 323-1020 or visit margeslakesideinn.com.
Music: If you love Joywave, and have seen the band perform at least once within the past couple of years, you are likely to recognize the members of New Archery, previously known as Doctors. The two bands have played side-by-side in many past local line-ups. However, the recent name-change has ushered in an entirely new identity, and sound, for this familiar band. As Doctors, the band’s sound was catchy, melodic, and pop-driven. As New Archery, the band has ditched the feel-good, structured, dancey sounds for music that has a much greater depth of feeling and a much looser approach to melody and structure. New Archery’s new knack for experimentation has allowed the band’s music to mature into something truly noteworthy and sincere. New Archery performs with Mikaela Davis, The Michael Valada Trio, and Par 6 on Saturday, May 25, 8 p.m. at The Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $6-$8. Bugjar.com.
Special Event: Rochester Brainery (274 N Goodman St.) will host its first monthly fundraiser event on Saturday, May 25, this time to benefit Girls Rock! Rochester. The event takes place 1:30-4 p.m., and features a screening of "Girls Rock! The Movie," as well as a silent auction with music-related items and unique pieces handmade by Girls Rock! Rochester staff members. A Q&A panel with Girls Rock! Rochester board members will take place after the film. Admission is $10 admission, RSVP at rochesterbrainery.com or call 730-7034.
Music: True to its name, the foundation of Alkaline Trio consists of three musicians, albeit taken in different formations over the years. Despite different members having rotated in and out, frontman Matt Skiba remains the consistent force urging on the outfit. Formed in the mid-90’s, the punk rockers anchored Vagrant Records during its perch at the forefront of the emo surge in the early 00’s. The band subsequently moved on to major labels. Eschewing the brand of music usually associated with the emo tag, Alkaline Trio brought a darker brand of punk that’s all catchy riffs and satisfying propulsion; it’s pop/punk with a bit of an edge. Alkaline Trio plays Saturday, May 25, 7:30 p.m. at the Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. $19-$23. Waterstreetmusic.com.
Special Event: Spider-Man and Iron Man will make an appearance at Adventure Landing (3340 West Ridge Rd., Greece) on Saturday, May 25. Spider-Man will be present 10-11:15 a.m., and Iron Man will greet the public11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and token specials for golf games will be available all weekend in commemoration of Memorial Day. For more information, visit adventurelanding.com.