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Daily Choices: What to do on Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17

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Dance: The Shen Yeng performing arts group brings more than 5,000 years of Chinese music and dance traditions to life with shows at the Auditorium Theatre (885 Main St. East) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets range from $85 to $212 and can be purchased through rochesterboxoffice.com.

Music: Rod Macdonald, a star from the 1980’s folk revival in Greenwich Village, performs with Maria Gillard, a fellow folky musician from the Fingers Lakes region, at Café Veritas (First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Rd.) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10-$18 through showclix.com.

Music: Three Goliaths of baroque music – Bach, Handel and Vivaldi – square off against an upstart contemporary composer in David and the Three Goliaths, a free concert in the Wilmot Recital Hall of Nazareth College (4245 East Ave.) at 3 p.m. Sunday. naz.edu.

Music: Bryan Lee and the Blues Power Band will give its blues power to athletes at the Midtown Athletic Club (200 E. Highland Dr.) with a complimentary concert at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Front will open the show. midtown.com.

Recreation: Dave Gotham, director of the Rochester Museum and Science Center’s Cumming Nature Center (6472 Gulick Rd., Naples), leads a three-mile Wilderness Guided Hike of a rarely visited area of the Nature Center, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The hike is free, but registration is suggested. Call 374-6160.

Recreation: If you would rather hike at Genesee Valley Park, there will be two scheduled hikes there this weekend. At 9 a.m. Saturday, there will be a moderate/hilly five-mile hike through Durand-Eastman Park West (Lakeshore Blvd.). Hikers will meet at the Golf Course Parking Lot on Kings Highway. Ice grippers or cleats are recommended. Call 227-3180 for more info. At 10 a.m. Sunday, there will be an easy/moderate five-mile hike through the Seneca Park Loop. Hikers will meet in the main parking lot of the Seneca Zoo (2222 Saint Paul St.). Call 544-3387 for more info.

Music: Hip-hop duo Monster Music will perform a decidedly guitar-less free concert at the House of Guitars (645 Titus Ave.) on Saturday, starting at 6 p.m. houseofguitars.com.

Dance: Make your Saturday a belated Fat Tuesday at Groove Juice Swing’s Third Annual Masquerade Ball, starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave.). Learn the Charleston – and then go ahead and dance it to the jazzy sounds of the Roc City Stompers – at this New Orleans-styled masquerade ball. Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 with student ID. mag.rochester.edu.

Music: Party company Feti Entertainment continues its Feti-Uary events series with the super-smooth Grown & Sexy show, featuring R&B music by JK Productions, at Clarissa’s Night Club (293 Clarissa St.), from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday. Admission only for 21 and older, tickets are $5, with women admitted free until midnight. fetient.net.

Recreation: Here’s one party you won’t need to worry too much about dressing up for: The annual pajama party at Marge’s Lakeside Inn (4909 Culver Rd.), starting at 8 p.m. Saturday. Put on your PJ’s for a night of cocktails, PB&J sandwiches and music by Todd Bradley. 21+. margeslakesideinn.com.

Music: Kill off whatever lingering love you may have from Valentine’s Day at Saturday’s Valentine’s Day Massacre at the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.), featuring music from the Grinders, Pink Elephant, The Fox Sisters, Minds Wide Open, and more. Tickets are $5, admission is only 21 and older. Doors open at 8 p.m., music starts at 9. bugjar.com.

Music: It shouldn’t take more than two redundant adjectives to entice you to check out Big Gigantic, an instrumental livetronica, jazz and hip-hop group out of Colorado, when it performs at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $17 in advance through waterstreetmusic.com and $22 at the door.

Music: Folk singer Laura Cortese, a solo artist and frequent side musician for artists like Band of Horses and Uncle Earl, returns to Rochester for a show in Lovin’ Cup (300 Park Point Dr.) at 8 p.m. Sunday, with Dietrich Strause opening. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 with student ID. lovincup.com.

Music: Joining forces in a single concert event are the University of Rochester Brass Choir and the Rochester Scottish Pipes and Drums. The big sounds of the concert will include fanfares, marches, hymns, and traditional pipe band selections like “Scotland the Brave” and “Amazing Grace.” The UofR Brass Choir is led by founder and director Josef Hanson, and is a 32-member ensemble. Since 1919, the Rochester Scottish Pipes & Drums has been dedicated to the presentation and preservation of traditional Scottish pipe music. The true Scottish plaid of the uniform of the corps is taken from the 42nd Highland Division, the Black Watch of the British Army, by special permission of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Bring on the Brass and the Bagpipes! Takes place Sunday, February 17, 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 15 St. Mary’s Place. Free. 273-5157.

Music: If you’re like me and you’ve had it up to your ears with grey skies, get up off your sofa and turn your cabin fever into foot-stomping, body-moving percussion fever. This weekend composer and percussion guru Ivan Trevino leads Rebecca Gilbert, flute, Melissa Matson, viola, and Kathleen Murphy Kemp, cello, in a concert that includes the world premiere of his “Chamber Riffs.” It’s classical crossover, but not without its roots. The program also includes an adaptation of J.S. Bach’s “Gamba Sonata in G Major.” And, if I still haven’t grabbed you, how about “Taming the Ox” by composer Stephen Rush, who will be part of the performance. Rush, who earned his doctorate at Eastman School of Music, has credits on over 30 CDs, ranging from electronic experimental to jazz. “Re:Percussion” takes place Sunday, February 17, 7:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South.$5-$10 ($20 family). 271-9070, FirstMuse.org.

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