SPORTS: The Roc City Roller Derby will present “November Knockout” on Saturday with the Rottenchesters, Midtown Maulers and the 5-H8-5s duking it out for the season title. The event also includes live music and arm wrestling with the Rochester B.R.A.W.L at the half, and proceeds to benefit Harbor House. The event takes place at 6 p.m. (doors at 5 p.m.) at The Dome Fair & Expo Center (2695 E. Henrietta Rd.), and tickets start at $10. For more info, visit rocderby.com.
MUSIC: Twenty years is a long time. Not every band reaches platinum status, and there are just as few that reach its platinum anniversary. Rochester’s own Peatchy Nietzschy will be ringing in its 20th reunion Saturday night at the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave., bugjar.com) with over five hours of music showcasing all the different iterations of the band over the years. Show is 21 and up, music starts at 9 p.m., cover $7.
MUSIC: Sometimes it runs in the family: And it sure seems to with sister-duo Mary Mary, who will be performing Sunday night at the Auditorium Theatre (885 East Main St., rbtl.org). If there’s a day in the week to get up to some Gospel music, it's Sunday, so check it out. Music starts at 7 p.m., tickets run $42.50-$57.50.
LITERATURE: If you think poetry is boring, check out this hot event: Deep Fried Poetry Reading with Rosebud Ben-Oni and Rachel McKibbens on Saturday, at 7 p.m. (doors at 6:30). The event takes place at The Yards (50-52 Public Market) above Flour City Bread, and admission is free but donations are accepted. For more info, visit attheyards.com.
MUSIC: Don’t let your busy schedule keep you from the things that are really important, and make sure you don’t forget to take some time on Sunday to remember Veteran’s Day, and what better way than a concert? “Let Freedom Ring” will be taking place at the Athena Performing Arts Center (800 Long Pond Rd., Greece), at 7 p.m., for free and will feature the Greece Concert Band Greece Jazz Band, and the Greece Choral Society.
ART: Check out the Perinton Nature-themed Fine Arts Show & Sale on Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p .m., at Perinton Community Center (1350 Turk Hill Rd, Fairport.). The show will feature eleven local area bird, wildlife, and landscape artists' work in a variety of media, and admission is free. For more info, visit artatthearmory.com/Perinton.
MUSIC: There are a lot of things in life made to be played with: Animals, toys, silly putty, and anything else your imagination can create. But on some level you are always playing with words (OK, unless you’re a mime), and Saturday afternoon the Eastman Voice and Opera and Composition Departments along with UR English department are presenting Playing With Words- An Afternoon of Exploring and Singing Poetry at Hatch Recital Hall (Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St., esm.rochester.edu) at 1 p.m., for free. Head on down and heard the worlds of music and poetry combine.
SPECIAL EVENT: The 9th Annual Firehouse Chili Cookoff takes place Saturday from 4:30-7:30 p.m., at Genesee Center for the Arts and Education (713 Monroe Ave.). Tickets are $25 per person or $75 per family of four, and more info is available by calling 244-1730 or visiting geneseearts.org.
MUSIC: Pegasus Early Music will be presenting The English Cavaliers Sunday night at Third Presbyterian Church, (4 Meigs St., pegasusearlymusic.org), showcasing English music in pairs including interesting arrangements and using different instruments (including a theorbo, which, yeah, I had to look up). Concert starts at 4 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 3:15 p.m.), tickets run $10-$75.
MUSIC: Looking for some good organ playing on Sunday? Head on down to St. Paul's Episcopal Church (25 Westminster Rd., 271-2240, stpaulsec.org) this afternoon at 3 p.m. to listen to the pipes played by Ken Cowan as part of the Celebrity Organ series. Tickets run $5-$10.