Comedy: Think improv comedy is hard to do for just an hour or so? Try doing it for twelve years. Nuts and Bolts, Rochester’s longest-running improv comedy troupe, will celebrate its 12th anniversary with a special show at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre Center (540 E. Main St.), starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through downstairscabaret.org or by calling 325-4370.
Music: Set aside your Saturday evening and you can enjoy two free back-to-back concerts at McGraw’s Irish Pub (146 W. Commercial St.). Ted McGraw goes on at 5:30 p.m., and will be followed by the Morgan Crispy Band at 8 p.m. Visit mcgrawsirishpub.com for more shows.
Theater: A musical about…the Holocaust? Don’t be too quick to scoff. “Moses Man: A Musical Journey of a Holocaust Survivor,” which has its world premiere at the Jewish Community Center’s Hart Theatre (1200 Edgewood Ave.) on Saturday, is not only a serious musical, but an intensely personal one. The book and lyrics for this show, which tells the survival story of Lily and Kalman Haber, was written by the couple’s own daughter, Deborah, who is also the founder and producing artistic director of Rochester’s Children’s Theatre. Haber teams up with composer Casey Filiaci and director Dave Marshall to turn her parents’ heroic struggle into a musical odyssey. “Moses Man” runs at 8 p.m. on Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, and continues through Apr. 7. Tickets are $26 for general admission and $18 for students. For tickets and the full performance schedule, visit jccrochester.org.
Comedy: Just judging by the names, you would be hard-pressed to find a more perfect pairing for an improv comedy show than 2 Fat Ladies and Broken Couch. The two improv troupes – a trio and duo, respectively – will team together for The Sexy Improv Show, starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday at The Space (1199 E. Main St.). Tickets are $5 at the door. Go to thespacetheatergallery.com for other upcoming shows.
Music: Make this the linchpin of your Saturday night! Local rockers Linchpin will headline a show at Tala Vera (155 State St., tala-vera.com) on Saturday, with Oceans of Insects, Coyote Campus, and Beneath the Words, opening. The show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 general admission and $7 for under 21.
Kids: Rochester’s kids are lucky enough just to be getting their spring break this week. But they’re even luckier to have two special spring break events to choose from during their week off. The Strong National Museum of Play (One Manhattan Square, thestrong.org) will hold its Puzzlers School-Break Week, which started on Friday and continues through Apr. 7. The exhibit features I Spy games, make-your-own puzzles, and “Life, the Greatest Puzzle,” a 14-foot, 24,000-piece jigsaw puzzle that visitors can help piece together. The exhibit is included in regular museum admission: $13 for ages 2 and older, and free for visitors under 2 and all museum members. Meanwhile, over at the Rochester Museum and Science Center (657 East Ave.), you can get your hands dirty at the “MESS-tival,” an exhibit of messy and mucky science that runs every day from Saturday, Mar. 30 through Apr. 7. The exhibit includes watermelon drops, hands-on deconstructions of high-tech devices, educational programs in recycling, and more. The MESS-tival is included in regular museum admission: $13 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $11 for ages 3-18, and free for children under 3 and all RMSC members. Go to rmsc.org for the schedule of daily MESS-tival events.
Music: Thinking about getting away from the family and spending your Easter evening at the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave., bugjar.com)? Come on, you know you want to. On Sunday night, the Chicago rock duo White Mystery will headline the Easter Rock-tacular, which also features Warm Soda, Harmonica Lewinski, Green Dreams, and King Vitamin. Tickets run $6-$8. Doors open at 9 p.m., music starts at 9:30.