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Daily Choices: What to do on Friday, February 8 

Museum: This being Rochester, it might be another two months or so before we fully enjoy spring weather. But spring will come early at the 18th annual Dutch Connection exhibit at the George Eastman House (900 East Ave.). The exhibit honors Eastman’s tradition of filling his home with blooms, and will feature more than 2,000 tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, freesias, azaleas, and amaryllis. Tropical orchards from the Genesee Region Orchid Society will be on display. The exhibit remains open through Feb. 25, but will be closed on Feb. 16 for special programming. It is free with regular museum admission: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for seniors and free for children 12 and under. Call 271-3361 to schedule a group tour, or visit for more information.

Music: If you’re a customer of Maxwell’s Resto Lounge (155 Saint Paul St.), you are appreciated. So get your due recognition at Maxwell’s Customer Appreciation Night, where DJ Super Star J will be performing alongside Super Crew DJ G.I. and a 2-for-1 bottle special is available all night. The club opens at 10 p.m.; women are admitted free before 11:30 p.m. Call 325-5710 for more info.

Film: Most people only consider the Oscar’s short film categories as a good chance for a bathroom breaking while watching the show. But you can check out all of this year’s nominees at the Little Theatre (240 East Ave.), which will have screenings of the Best Live Action Shorts and Best Animated Shorts starting today. This week’s new films also include the Best Picture nominee “Amour,” Steven Soderbergh’s pharmaceutical thriller “Side Effects,” and the Jason Bateman-Melissa McCarthy comedy “Identity Thief.” Click here for show times and theaters.

Music: UPDATE: Postponed due to weather. These cats in Confederate Railroad used to back up David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck. And for those of you in the honky-tonk know, it doesn’t get much more country than that. You can bemoan contemporary country music’s gentrification all you want, but there are still a few bands that keep the tonky in their honky and the “o” in their country. The band’s hysterical, had-rocking, Grammy-nominated hit “Trashy Women” put it on the map. The Southern-rock leanings give the band additional crossover appeal. Its a boot-skootin’ hootenanny for a good cause, too, as portions of the proceeds go to the victims and families of the Christmas Eve shootings in Webster. Closing Time and Justin Bachulak Band also perform tonight at the Main Street Armory (900 E. Main St.,, 7 p.m., $14-$45).

Music: UPDATE: Postponed due to weather.Conor Mulroy, a marvelous multi-instrumentalist from Maine who mixes bluegrass, classical, and jazz, makes a free appearance at the Greenhouse Café (2271 East Main St.) at 7:30 p.m. Sample some of Mulroy’s tunes at his website,

Art: Do you prefer to see your art in a record store, a toy store, a bar or just a regular art gallery? You have your pick of places with four new exhibitions. Thirteen local artists will flaunt their creative superpowers at the “Heroes and Villains” show at Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.), starting at 6 p.m. Meanwhile, the Axom Gallery and Exhibition Space (176 Anderson Ave.) will hold an opening reception for “Eccentrics,” a sculpture and drawing exhibition by Judd Williams, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. “Eccentrics” runs at Axom through Mar. 9. Over at the Lux Lounge (666 South Ave), Alice Hartley and J. Nevadomski will be kicking off their new exhibitions from 6 to 9 p.m. And two doors down at Plastic Custom Toys (650 South Ave.), Planetary Studios presents the art of Jamie Lowes from 6 to 9 p.m., with free wine and vegetarian food. Since Plastic announced last week that it will be shutting its doors at the end of February – and selling most merchandise 20 percent off until then – this is a good chance to sneak in some last minute toy shopping, too.

Music: Keep celebrating Black History Month as soulfully as you can by checking out the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Choir, who will be performing for the Black Heritage Committee’s second Gospel Friday in the City Hall Atrium (30 Church St.). The free performance starts at noon. Go to to see the Black Heritage Committee’s full list of events for Black History Month.

Theater: Before you head down to the speakeasy with your favorite flappers, see how the other half lives in “The Wild Party,” Andrew Lippa’s decadent Roaring Twenties play at the Masters Family Community Theater in the Nazareth College Arts Center (4245 East Ave.). Admission is $7 for general viewers and $2 for Nazareth students. The play, which is entirely produced by Nazareth students, runs at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, email or call 309-4437.

Music: Few musical genres can set my pulse racing like German metal. German bands — Accept, Rammstein, Scorpions — tend to balance aggression and melodies in a way that skews them toward symphonic and danceable angles. While most metal groups make me want to raise my fist and yell, German bands make me want to sing opera and swing my partner. Teutonic rock goddess Doro Pesch does most of her singing in English and falls into this camp of power ballads and old-school anthems. A Doro concert is a good-natured and gentle immersion into the realm of metal, but Pesch — who reminds me of Victoria’s Secret inspired by Ronnie James Dio — isn’t afraid to kick out the jams either. Sister Sin opens. Doro plays tonight, 8 p.m. at Montage Music Hall, 50 Chestnut St. $12-$15.

Music: RocMusic is a community-based program that offers free music lessons to economically disadvantaged children ages 5 to 18. See what the program’s emerging stars have learned in the RocMusic concert at the Freddie Thomas Learning Center (625 Scio St.). The free concert starts at 5:30 p.m. Visit to learn more about the program.

Music: The Eastman Wind Ensemble has four days of special events celebrating its 60th anniversary, but today marks the true anniversary of the ensemble’s very first concert. Hear world premiere pieces from Roberto Sierra and Douglas Lowry – as well as classic works from Mozart and Stravinsky – at the ensemble’s 60th anniversary concert in the Eastman Theatre (26 Gibbs St.). The music starts at 8 p.m., and will be followed by reception for Eastman conductors and faculty members. For the full schedule of 60th anniversary events, go to

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