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Daily Choices: What to do on Thursday, April 25 

Theater: "50 Shades! The Musical," the parody of the book series "50 Shades of Grey," comes to the Auditorium Theatre (885 E. Main St.) tonight. The 7:30 p.m. show sold out, and a 5 p.m. show has been added. Tickets cost $39.50-$47.50, and the musical is recommended for ages 18 and over. For more information, call 222-5000 or visit

Music: The RPO’s Tiny Tots concert series “Alien Encounter” continues tonight at the Canandaigua Academy at 9:45 a.m. The series is open to 3-6 year old kids, and more information can be found online at Can’t make it today? The final concert in the series happens tomorrow at the Temple B’rith Kodesh (2131 Elmwood Ave.) also at 9:45 a.m.

Special Event: Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) will host "Uncork Your Imagination," a children's book-themed wine and culinary event, tonight, 5-8 p.m. The evening will feature food from some of Rochester's top restaurants paired with diverse wine selections, auction items, and music. Tickets are $40 per person, and all proceeds will benefit Mercier Literacy for Children. Learn more about the event and the organization at

Music: Of all the genres I like, I have multiple favorite bands for multiple various reasons. But when it comes to ska, I’ve got one: The Slackers. Since the early 90’s, this Brooklyn-based band has played around rock-steady grooves with subtlety and control, mixing elements of jazz, calypso, and garage rock. When the band comes to town you know it’s going to be a fantastic live show.The Slackers plays with Mrs. Skanotto tonight, 7:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $14-$17.

Kids: The Southwest Area Neighborhood Association's youth after-school program will present its production of "Seedfolks," a play celebrating gardening, youth, and community, tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Wilson Foundation Academy (200 Genesee St.). The production will feature music by the SWAN band and will be followed by a potluck reception. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated and will benefit the Grow Green program, which seeks to engage the community in urban agriculture and healthy eating. For more information, visit

Music: I guess you could say the tree doesn’t stand too far from where the apple falls. The Avett Brothers’ father, Jim Avett, has retired from his career as a welder to hit the road, just like his very popular boys. Perhaps the welding dream didn’t pan out for him. His music is rooted in the same folk Americana that his boys have helped to resurrect, defined by simple acoustic beauty and delicate harmonies. Perhaps we should thank him as well. Jim Avett plays Thursday, May 16, 7 p.m. at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. $7-$10.


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