SPECIAL EVENT: Rochester River Romance weekend continues Saturday and Sunday, and includes Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse tours, marriage vow renewals on the banks of the Genesee, "haunted" gorge tours, live music, and a Twilight River Romance Dinner Cruise. Locations of activities vary from Maplewood Rose Garden, Charlotte, Ontario Beach Park, Turning Point Park, and other points along the Genesee; for a full schedule of events, visit cityofrochester.gov.
MUSIC: On its debut EP, local electro-pop duo KOPPS enthusiastically tangle themselves in a theme, and thrust forward repeatedly to establish it thoroughly. Avoiding any confusion of their aim on the EP, entitled "Fuck Jams," the outfit has crafted six songs regarding, resembling, and investigating sex. Revel in the experience on the stage at Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave., bugjar.com) Saturday night. Joywave, The Wallpaper and The Branch Davidians will be sharing the stage. Showtime 9 p.m., tickets $6-$8.
THEATER: This weekend, Downstairs Cabaret (3450 Winton Place) will host "Pearl Bailey by Request: A Night in the Life of a Legend," which shares the story of the performer's fascinating life working on stage and in film, and includes many of her most beloved songs. Performances take place Saturday at 3 & 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25. For more info, call 325-4370 or visit downstairscabaret.com.
MUSIC: Time flies when you're having fun, or when you're opening up a second location for your restaurant and adding in a new music stage to the offerings. Come down to the second night of Sticky Lips Juke Joint's (830 Jefferson Rd., stickylipsbbq.com) anniversary party on Saturday, featuring a performance by local rockers The Isotopes. It's only $3, doors open at 9 p.m.
SPECIAL EVENT: The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail will host an open house Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., during which participating farms will offer samples of their goods to visitors. The event is free and self-guided. For a list of more than a dozen participating venues, visit flcheesetrail.com.
FESTIVAL: The 31st Annual Fall Harvest Festival will take place Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Helmer Nature Center (154 Pinegrove Ave., Irondequoit), and will feature demos, pony rides, horse-drawn hay wagons, games, crafts, kids activities, and entertainment. Admission is free, but there is a nominal charge for some activities. For more info, call 336-3035, or visit westirondequoit.org/helmer.htm.
KIDS: Sunday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. is Family Night at the Seneca Park Zoo (2222 St. Paul St.), which will include a picnic dinner and zoo admission for $10-$15. Tickets are available through the Lions Club. For more information, call 210-0528.
SPECIAL EVENT: On Sunday, 3-11 p.m., Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) will host Raise the Roof, a benefit for the Genesee Center for the Arts and Education. The event will feature Moon Zombies, Driftwood Sailors, Krypton 88, and Steve Grills, as well as raffles, auction items, food, drinks, and a Buffalo Bills screening room so you don't have to miss the game. Admission is $10-$20; for more info, call 325-5600, or visit waterstreetmusic.com.
FESTIVAL: The Fall Festival, featuring the Agricultural Society Fair and Mayor's Cup Base Ball Championship, will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Genesee Country Village & Museum (1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford). Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, and admission is $10.50-$16.50. For more information, call 538-6822, or visit gcv.org.
DANCE: Complexions Contemporary Ballet will perform at Nazareth College Arts Center (4245 East Ave.) on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30-$60, and a complementary pre-performance lecture will take place at 7 p.m. For more information, call 389-2170, or visit artscenter.naz.edu.
MUSIC: Let the revolution begin! If you didn't get enough last night, head on down to Montage Music Hall (50 Chestnut St., themontagemusichall.com, rochesterentertainment.frontgatetickets.com) for the second night of the Revolution Fest, featuring Vanity Strikes, Abhor, and more acts ready to rock your face off. Tickets only cost $8-$10, doors open at 5 p.m., so get down early and get ready to viva la revolution.
ART: The annual Glass Pumpkin Sale will take place on Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., in the Red Barn on the west side of RIT Campus in Henrietta. Shop for beautiful handcrafted, seasonally celebratory gifts. For more information, call 733-5873.
MUSIC: Where's the fire at on Saturday night? The Firehouse Saloon (814 S. Clinton Ave.) of course! Eat Here Records is putting on a showcase of local rock/punk acts, including Envious Disguise, Keaton, Anchorage Nebraska, Intrinsic, and Comedown. Get down there at 8 p.m. and get ready to mosh away your worries with some of the best boys in town.
RECREATION: The George Eastman House annual Photo Finish 5K will take place Saturday at 8 a.m. The race begins at the Eastman House (900 East Ave.), and serves to raise funds for the Eastman House and other local not-for-profit organizations. Registration is $25; head over to Eastmanhouse.org for more information (or call 271-3361).
MUSIC: And best band name of the week goes to the Flying Sideburns, playing on Saturday night at Jeffrey's (3115 E. Henrietta Road, jeffreysbar.com). I'm not sure if you are supposed to shave (or not) before the show, but it is 21 and over, so leave the younguns at home. Price is $10, and music starts at 2 p.m., so leave your afternoon open and ready for the Sideburns to fly into your life.
MUSIC: Rani Arbo, Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, and Maria Gillard are swinging through town on their mini-upstate NY tour this Saturday, coming to Tango Café (389 Gregory St., tangocafedance.com) and bringing each of their unique styles of folk and acoustic music. Arbo is a 20-year-strong performance fiddler and singer, and this tour is the first appearance of her solo work. Music starts at 8 p.m., tickets cost $10.