Film: If the High Falls Film Festival doesn’t fit your cinematic needs, you can also check out this weekend’s two new films: The Chris O’Dowd musical comedy "The Sapphires" and the Tom Cruise/Morgan Freeman sci-fi flick "Oblivion." See our list of theaters and showtimes here.
Special event: Be prepared for the old heave-ho at the 67th Annual Northeast Collegiate Woodsmen Conclave. This competition will bring more than 250 lumberjacks from colleges across the northeast to the Finger Lakes Community College campus (3325 Marvin Sands Dr., Canandaigua). Starting at 8 a.m., these woodsmen and woodswomen will compete in individual and team events, like cross-cutting, logrolling, pole climbing, axe throwing, and canoeing. The competitions continue at 8 a.m. Saturday. All events are free and open to the public, so long as you’re not afraid of getting hit with an axe or crushed by a log. Go to flccconnects.com for the complete schedule of events.
Music: Lap Giraffe, a quintet with a fantastic name and an even better use of weird giraffe imagery in its promo materials, will play a free show at Spot Coffee (200 East Ave., spotcoffee.com). Tunes start at 7 p.m.
Music: If you’re looking for a different animal-based band for your evening, check out the acoustic folk outfit Bearfoot Brothers at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St., bouldercoffeeco.com). Music starts at 7 p.m., free of charge.
Theater: Have a starry night out at the theater with "Vincent," a play about the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh, which premieres at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Sheep Theatre (274 N. Goodman St., Studio D 313) and continues there through April 27. Tickets are $20 at the door or $16 through blacksheeptheatre.org, where you can see the full schedule of "Vincent" performances.
Music: The Slide Brothers, a quartet specializing in the Sacred Steel style of traditional gospel music, play Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) at 8 p.m., with Turning Colors opening up. Doors open at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $17 at the doors, or $13 in advance through waterstreetmusic.com.
Music: Atlas headlines the traditional grand reopening weekend party at Pelican’s Nest Restaurant (566 River St.), which returns from its hiatus tonight and continues to celebrate with live music all weekend. Atlas’ concert runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and is free. Go to pelicansnestrestaurant.com to see other upcoming concerts.
Music: They always tell you not to leave your drink unattended in a public place, and that tip sounds especially relevant for Poison Whiskey, a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band, plays Nashville’s Tavern (4853 W. Henrietta Rd., Henrietta, nashvillesny.com) at 9 p.m. The concert is free as a bird.
Festival: Speaking of birds, you can spend the whole weekend with them if you fly over to Braddock Bay Raptor Research's 25th annual Birds of Prey festival, which starts at 7 p.m. tonight and continues on Saturday and Sunday at Braddock Bay Park (East Manitou Road, Greece). The weekend features live bird meetings and presentations, guided tours and field trips, a movie night, migration games, and more bird-tastic events than you can flap your wings at. All activities are free with a suggested donation of $5 for adults. See the full Birds of Prey schedule at bbrr.org.
Theater: "The Threepenny Opera," the Victorian-age musical by Bertolt Brecht, will play for its final performances this weekend at the Callahan Theatre of Nazareth College (4245 East Ave., naz.edu). The play runs at 8 p.m. tonight and on Saturday, April 20, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 21. Tickets are $17 GA, $16 for seniors, $15 for students from other schools, and free for Nazareth students. Call 389-2170 for tickets or more information.
Music: They’re calling it the Montage Music Hall Groove Fest, but I’m telling you it’s a lot more. Groove rock has moved beyond the hippies who birthed it to include angrier, grittier, jazzier, and more rock overtones. But just like its long-haired forefathers, it welcomes all with open ears. Just dig this swirling lineup. On Friday you’ll get PharmHouse, George Wesley Band, Minds Open Wide, Universe Shark, and Meta Accord. On Saturday its Run For The Roses, Upstate Inner Planets, White Woods, and Experimental Sandwich. Groove Fest takes place Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, at Montage Music Hall, 50 N. Chestnut St. Shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $7/night, $10/both nights. themontagemusichall.com.