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Daily Choices: What to do on Wednesday, October 17 

MUSIC: RingoDeathstarr can't be pinned down to a single influence. When you listen to the band, you'll hear them all, ranging from The Smiths to My Bloody Valentine. The resulting sound is an amalgam that puts the Austin, Texas, band right in line with the new wave of shoegaze that's been en vogue for the last few years. Though the band tends to be more pop-centric than the genre's forbearers, RingoDeathstarr has all the deafening hallmarks of their noise pop contemporaries down. Check it out for yourself tonight at the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave., bugjar.com, $8-$10) at 8 p.m.

ART: Enjoy a day at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (3395 US Route 20 East, Seneca Falls), spot migratory birds, and take in a show of work by local artists at the Montezuma Butterfly, Dragonfly & Damselfly Art Show, which remains on view through October 30. The visitor's center is open today 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and admission is free. For more information, contact Andrea at 315-568-5987 or Andrea_VanBeusichem@fws.gov.

MUSIC: If you haven't had a chance to make it down to the Eastman School of Music for The Prismatic Debussy Festival, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of French composer Claude Debussy, what are you waiting for? Many of the shows are free, and you can check out the whole festival schedule at esm.rochester.edu/Debussy.

THEATER: The Space at the Hungerford Building (1115 E. Main St., Suite 248) is hosting a staging of "Buried Child" by Sam Shepard by Out of Pocket Productions through October 20. The show is about a once-prosperous family which has fallen into decay, and a mysterious grandson none of them recognizes who arrives to unearth a terrible secret and perhaps offer redemption. You can catch a performance tonight 7:30 p.m. for $10-$15. For more info, call 269-4673 or visit outofpocketproductions.org.

MUSIC: If you're looking for some jazz in your life, Tala Vera (155 State St., tala-vera.com, $5) is putting on a Wednesday night jazz series, this week featuring The John Arcotta Quartet. Music starts at 8 p.m., and if you can get tacos and listen to music at the same time, that's getting two birds with the proverbial stone.

ART: The current show at Rochester Contemporary Arts Center (137 East Ave.) is "Me Pix: Picturing Ourselves in Video and Photography," a group show featuring Ann Oren, Daniel Cosentino, Jess Levey, Karen Y. Chan, and Stefan Petranek. Up through November 18, you can catch it today 1-5 p.m. Admission is $1 for nonmembers. Call 461-2222 or visit rochestercontemporary.org for more information.

MUSIC: Is there a better way to brighten up a work day than getting a chance to catch some music during lunch? I don't think so, and Hochstein (50 N. Plymouth Ave., hochstein.org) has just the scratch for that itch: The free weekly Live from Hochstein series encourages people to bring bagged lunches and relax during these noontime performances (12:10-12:50 p.m., just enough time to zip back to work). This week features The Roberts Trio, so pack up that lunch and head down.

MUSIC: Sure, it's halfway through the week, but is being this far away from the weekend still making you a little blue? You could use that as an excuse to you know, do something about it, and head on down to Sticky Lips (830 Henrietta Rd., stickylipsbbq.com) tonight to check out a positive blues force. The Blues Masters will be taking the stage. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show is free, so what reason is there not to go?

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