Recreation: Get some fresh air this weekend by participating in one of the Genesee Valley Hiking Club’s hikes. On Saturday, December 29, at 11 a.m., meet at the Durand golf course lot for a moderate 6-7 mile hike. If conditions permit, snowshoeing is allowed, but skiing is prohibited. The event has no charge. For more information, call 323-1911 or visit gvhchikes.org. On Sunday, December 30, at 1 p.m., meet at Cobb’s Hill Norris Drive lot for a moderate 3 mile hike. For more info, call 254-4047 or visit gvhchikes.org.
Music: Brooklyn-based Rubblebucket is a frenzied eight-piece rock 'n' roll phenomenon, and a perfect example of what I'm going on about. Its influences are diverse, its lineage is deep, and its sound — a combination of bass, guitar, drums, B-3 organ, horns, percussion — is epic. Rubblebucket plays with Marco Benevento, and Driftwood on Saturday at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St., 9 p.m., $15-$18, waterstreetmusic.com.
Special Event: Visit the Rochester Museum and Science Center (657 East Ave) on Sunday, December 30, for a presentation on “La Befana: An Epiphany Eve Legend from Italy” at 2 or 3 p.m. The event is included in museum admission ($11-$13). For more info, call 271-1880 or visit rmsc.org.
MUSIC: Looking to chase away the snow-is-finally-here-and-there’s-a-lot-of-it-blues? Check out Johnny Rawls Saturday night (and grab some warm ribs to fill that stomach up as well) tonight at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St., dinosaurbarbque.com). Rawls and his soul-blues will kick off at 10 p.m. for a free show.
Rec: On Saturday, December 29, at 1 p.m., join a Winter Birds and Bird Feeding event at Sterling Nature Center (15380 Jenzvold Rd., Sterling), and learn how to make a simple feeder for your home and to identify some of the birds it attracts. The program is free; for more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 315-947-6143, or visit facebook.com/sterlingnaturecenter.
Music: It’s time to reset your doomsday clock and squeeze in a pre-New Year’s Eve bash that features four epic bands. The Absolutes is a young group with an old soul. I mean that in a good way. The quartet has 60’s garage rock down pat and is a comfortable fit among like-minded bands. Guitar-and-drum duo Routine Involvements stays loose and focused at the same time. The group has been compared to the White Stripes and the Black Keys, but I hear some Pavement and Nirvana, too. The Ginger Faye Bakers create intense and hypnotic songs on digital album “Feast” by blending equal amounts of power and melody. Grunge quartet Anchorage Nebraska is gaining traction like a big-load pick-up with snow tires. Lead singer/guitarist Dusty West and company are rock ‘n’ roll lifers and the road goes on forever. The World is Already Over Show takes place Sunday, December 30, 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $5-$7. 454-2966, bugjar.com.
Dance: Work off some holiday-induced excess while raising money for a good cause on Saturday, December 29, at the "Dancing 4 Walls" event at Tango Café Dance Studio (389 Gregory St., 271-4930). The event will raise funds and awareness for 4 Walls Project/Proyecto 4 Paredes, which has built more than 50 homes in Rochester's sister city of El Sauce, Nicaragua. The event takes place at 10:30 a.m. and is pay-what-you-will, with 100 percent of proceeds going toward building materials. For more information visit 4wallsproject.com. MUSIC: If you're a fan of Joywave, then it’s possible that at one time you may also have been a fan of local predecessors The Hoodies. If you’ve no idea of what I speak, a quick rundown: having sold out a few shows at Water Street, traveled parts of the country touring, and trekking to LA to work with a major producer, The Hoodies called it quit after life ultimately got in the way. But out of that band’s pop-rock ashes — and with the addition of a few new members — arose Joywave. Yet it’s certain the current iteration would not be the same without its members first having cut their teeth performing under a moniker based off a piece of clothing each and every fan adorned at one time or another. Wear your favorite hooded sweatshirt to this one-off reunion show and get a glimpse at where your favorite local band started. While you're there, grab a free EP of forgotten Hoodies B-sides, only available at the show, to commemorate the experience. The Hoodies play Saturday, December 29, 5:30 p.m. at The Club at Water Street, 204 N. Water St. KOPPS, Young Blood, and Pretty In Pink will be sharing the stage. $12-$15. Waterstreetmusic.com.
Spesh: Attend the Pre-New Year’s Masquerade Extravaganza at Vibe Lounge (302 North Goodman St.) on Saturday, December 29, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. The event is ages 21+, and benefits the MOCHA Center, which will be selling 150 hand-decorated masks at the door for $5. Tickets to the event are $30-$40, and can be purchased online at mochamasquerade.eventbrite.com/#. For more information, call 420-1400.
Music: Every Sunday afternoon during the school year, a student from the Eastman School of Music gives a 25-minute presentation and mini-recital on the Italian Baroque organ at the Memorial Art Gallery. On December 30, organ graduate student Anne (Cheuk Bun) Lam will perform. Lam graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a bachelor’s degree in music, and was awarded her master’s degree of music from ESM. She has garnered several prizes at organ competition. Lam is the current music director at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Fairport) and organist of St. Joseph’s Church (Rush). Lam performs Sunday, December 30, at 1 & 3 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave. The concert is free with gallery admission ($5-$12). 274-1100, esm.rochester.edu.