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Daily Choices: What to do on Thursday, October 18 

DANCE: Rochester City Ballet will hold an open rehearsal of its upcoming "Nutcracker" performance tonight, 6:30-8 p.m., at the company's studios at 1326 University Avenue. The event is free to attend, but seating is limited. RSVP by calling 461-5850. Visit rochestercityballet.com/in-studio-series.php.

MUSIC: Want to get a chance to check out several of the hottest up-and-coming bands and musicians in Rochester? Head on down to Tala Vera (155 State St., tala-vera.com) tonight for its 2nd Singer-Songwriter series. Tonight's concert features Jerry Falzone, Meg Gehman, and Jim Drew. Music starts at 9 p.m. and will only run you $5 cover, so head on down and be reminded of the great music that is being made locally.

ART: Check out Robin Germany's "Watermark," an exhibit of photographs that explore what lies just below the surface, at Hartnett Gallery (Wilson Commons, University of Rochester River Campus) through November 4. Today's hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and admission is free. For more information, visit blogs.rochester.edu/hartnett/

MUSIC: It's never too early to celebrate Halloween is it? I don't think so, and tonight at the Firehouse Saloon (814 S. Clinton Ave., facebook.com/TheFirehouseSaloon) you can get your best monster mash on with the 5 Alarm Open Jam themed party. It's also celebrating co-host Beau Ryan's birthday, so there's another reason to grab your axe and head on down and have a good time. The music starts at 9 p.m., and even if you don't play an instrument, you can always go down and watch!

LECTURE: The Arts & Lectures series kicks off today with guest speaker PBS "NewsHour" Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Downtown Presbyterian Church (121 N. Fitzhugh St.). Standing-room-only tickets for $15 are sold on a first-come, first-served basis on the evening of each lecture, beginning at 6:45 p.m. For more information, visit artsandlectures.org.

MUSIC: Norwegian composer Edward Grieg composed only one concerto for piano and orchestra, the beloved Piano Concerto in A Minor. Join the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St., $15-$92) tonight for a performance of Grieg's concerto with guest pianist Jon Nakamatsu. Nakamatsu's virtuosity has earned him the gold medal in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, while his concert performances have spanned the globe. Thursday's concert starts at 7:30 p.m., and the program will be repeated on Saturday at 8 p.m. For more info visit rpo.org.

LECTURE: A panel discussion entitled "Hands on the Freedom Plow," featuring three prominent Civil Rights activists and former Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee members (Judy Richardson, Betty Garman Robinson, and Dorothy Zellner) will take place tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Interfaith Chapel (University of Rochester River Campus). The event is sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Institute and is free to attend. For more information, call 275-8313, or email sbai@rochester.edu.

MUSIC: I'll let the -gasm jokes slide just this once, but if death metal and loud and screaming guitars and heavy shredding are your thing, then you won't want to miss Gorgasm, hitting up the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave., bugjar.com, $8) tonight. Local acts Goemagot and Abdicate will be kicking things off, music starting at 8:30 p.m. And as always, Shakedown DJs will follow the bands at 11 p.m.

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