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Daily Choices: What to do on Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10 

Special Event: Don’t be late for this very important date on Sunday: Talulah’s Fancy and Friends Gift Shop will hold its third annual Mad Hatter Tea Party in the Rabbit Room (where else?) of the Lower Mill (61 N. Main St., Honeoye Falls). There will be a tea and brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a gallery with work by local artists will be open until 4 p.m. For more information, visit or call 734-5683.

Music: The Bearfoot Brothers’ Facebook page says that the band “fuse(s) life and music, pain and joy, love and loss, harmonies and melodies, in order to portray the human experience and shine light on the hope that is available for everyone.” If that sounds like something you can handle in one sitting, have some human experience at the band’s free concert Saturday at Spot Coffee (200 East Ave). Cammy Enaharo and Emma Lane open; music starts at 7 p.m.

Film: Want to see “The Phantom of the Opera” without a chandelier hanging over your head the entire time? Have a safe and one-of-a-kind viewing experience when the Little Theatre (240 East Ave.) screens the original 1925 silent film, accompanied by live music from the Andrew Alden Ensemble, at 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10.

Special event: Here’s a sweet deal: The more you drink, the more you help the West Webster Fire Department and the families affected by the Christmas Eve shooting. That’s the idea behind Sunday’s benefit for the West Webster Fire Department and Lake Road families at Flaherty’s restaurant (1200 Bay Rd., Webster). The benefit starts at midnight and goes until 2 a.m., and a portion of every tab will be split between the fire department and the families.

Music: There’s reason to be skeptical of any artist who proclaims himself “King of the Dancehall,” but the Jamaican reggae artist Beenie Man has a Grammy to his name and a career that spans almost all of his 39 years. See his dancehall dominance for yourself when he performs at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water Street) on Saturday. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at

Music: If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic way to give back to the community, bring food donations to the Food Cupboard Benefit Recital at the Third Presbyterian Church (4 Miegs St.) on Sunday. A short afternoon recital begins in the chapel at 12:15 p.m. Admission is free, and all food and monetary benefits go to the Third Presbyterian Church Food Cupboard.

Music: The weather outside might be frightful, but the music will be delightful at two winter-themed concerts on Sunday. Music Through the Ages’ Winter Tunes show, featuring the White Hots and the Nate Rawls Band with the String Song Orchestra, starts at 2 p.m. at the Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.). The concert benefits music programs for students at Dr. Charles T. Lunsford School No. 19. The show is free, and there is a suggested donation of $10. For more information about the Music Through the Ages program, go to

Music: At 3 p.m., over at the 12 Corners Presbyterian Church (1200 Winton Rd.), Jeannie Little conducts the Brighton Symphony Orchestra’s Winter Concert, with pieces by Rossini, Bellini and Beethoven. The show is free and open to the public.

Art: Oil and water may not go together, but silver and water have a shared history that links Rochester’s historic photography industry to the mountains of Southern California. Learn about how these two basic elements tell the story of the American West and the film industry at “Silver and Water,” a photo installation by Lauren Bon at the George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) through May 26. The exhibition is free with museum admission: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students and free for ages 12 and under. Visit for more info and events.

Recreation: By now, many of us are probably ready to stay inside and just hibernate through the rest of winter. But the resilient Rochesterians who want to fully embrace the tundra can frolic and freeze together at the 29th Annual Lakeside Winter Celebration, which runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Ontario Beach Park (4800 Lake Ave.) and the Port of Rochester Terminal (1000 N. River St.). This year's celebration includes Rec on the Move, a recreation center with winter activities like hockey and snow bowling; the Lake Ontario Wine Festival, with $5 wine samples from across New York State; the annual Chilly Chili Challenge, noon-3 p.m.; and a snow sculpture contest with cash prizes, centered on the all-too-appropriate theme of "Winter." But for those who literally want to dive right into winter, the highlight will be the 13th Annual Polar Plunge at noon, with more than 1,000 brave souls jumping into Lake Ontario to raise funds for the New York Special Olympics. Most events are free. For a full list of the day's activities, visit

Special Event: Celebrate Valentine’s Day a few days early, and with members of Rochester’s LGBT communities, at Saturday’s Ruby Masquerade, a community dance in honor of the Gay Alliance’s 40th anniversary. Tickets for the dance, which will be held in the Cathedral Hall of the Auditorium Theatre (875 E. Main St.) from 7 to 11 p.m., are $15 in advance and $10 at the door. Visit for tickets and additional info.

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