DANCE: Watch the internationally acclaimed talents of Garth Fagan Dance at Nazareth College's Callahan Theater in the Arts Center (4245 East Ave.). Click here for City Newspaper's review of the current program, "Lighthouse/Lightning Rod." Tickets cost $40-$55. Shows Saturday at 2 &8 p.m. and Sunday 2 & 7:30 p.m. 389-2170. boxoffice.naz.edu.
MUSIC: Boston-based alternative trio State Radio was founded by singer/songwriter Chad Urmston (also a member of the Vermont jamband Dispatch) in 2002. Urmston disbanded Dispatch earlier that same year at the height of the group's popularity and began pouring his energy into State Radio. The former has since reunited, but that has not stopped latter's awesome onslaught of reggae-inspired indie rock. The State Radio sound is a marked departure from Dispatch's folk and jam-based formula. Urmston and company have chosen to steer State Radio's sound toward a mixture of roots, reggae, ska, punk, and straight-forward rock. Check it out yourself tonight at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St., waterstreetmusic.com, 8 p.m., $17-$20.)
SPECIAL EVENT: Enjoy some of Rochester's beautiful historic homes decorated for the holiday season Saturday at the 2012 Corn Hill Holiday Tour of Homes. There will be three tours: 9 a.m.-noon, noon-3 p.m., and enhanced candlelight tour with entertainment and refreshments, 4-7 p.m. First two tours $22, last tour $28. 262-3142. cornhillholidaytourofhomes.com.
SPECIAL EVENT: The holidays truly start in Rochester with the annual Lighting of the Liberty Pole and Family Fun Night. Activities start Saturday at 4:30 p.m. with music from School No. 54 Chorus and Prime Time Brass, then the pole lighting at 5 p.m. Parade to Manhattan Square Park for fireworks, horse-drawn wagon rides, ice skating, and more. 230 E. Main St. 428-5990.cityofrochester.gov.
MUSIC: The 12th Annual World AIDS Day Benefit Concert and Panel Discussion will be presented by Doing the [Positive] Thing, Rochester Victory Alliance, AIDS Care, OUTlandish, and Equal Grounds. The event takes place Saturday 7-9 p.m. at First Universalist Church, 150 S. Clinton Ave. Guests include Rochester Gay Men's Chorus, Steve Farrington, Rochester Victory Alliance, and AIDS Care staff. Buy tickets at Equal Grounds, OUTlandish, or at the door for $5-$15. Proceeds benefit AIDS Care. For information check acrochester.org.
SPORTS: Support the Roc City Roller Derby in its 2012 Home Season Championship, "Scar Wars Episode II: It's a Track!" Doors at 6 p.m., derby at 7 p.m. It's the Rottenchesters vs. 5-H8-5s. The action goes down at the Dome Arena, 2695 E. Henrietta Rd. $5-$20. rocderby.com.
MUSIC: Some band names just jump off the page and grab your attention. Swamp Moose is one of those names. The acoustic guitar duo will be playing a mix of oldies, classics, and modern rock Saturday night at the Hamlin Station Bar & Grill (52 Railroad Ave., Hamlin, hamlinstation.net, 8:30 p.m.).
SPECIAL EVENT: Give thanks that Prohibition no longer exists at Scotland Yard Pub's "Prohibition Night" on Saturday 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Come dressed in 1920's garb for the occasion, and email email@example.com for the secret password to get into the event. Drink specials and live music. 187 St. Paul St. facebook.com/scotlandyardpub?fref=ts.
MUSIC: There's nothing quite like a birthday party, especially when there is music involved. Come on down to the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave., bugjar.com) Saturday night for Jody Roberts' birthday show featuring NokturnalHellstorm, Order of the Dead, and Cosmic Sea. Music starts at 9 p.m., cover costs $6, and sorry kiddos, this one is 21 and up.
MUSIC: Has the cold turning weather got you a little blue? Why don't you warm up at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St., dinosaurbarbque.com) Saturday night with the Carolyn Kelly Blues Band, which will put on a CD-release party for free at 10 p.m. Put those winter blues to good use and get out and have a good time.
MUSIC: PopaChubby's blues are as big as the man himself. This New York City bad ass gooses the blues with punk fury as well as bluesifying classical stuff from Bach to "The Wizard of Oz." Picture Howlin' Wolf pickin' on "Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring." Who knows, if Chubb was in the choir loft, maybe I'd still go to church. Adding to the show's Bluealluias will be The Filthy Brothers Blues Bands and Deep Blue Dream Saturday night at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St., waterstreetmusic.com, 9 p.m., $12-$17.)
KIDS: Enjoy hands-on art, music, and dance Sunday at the Memorial Art Gallery's Native American Family Day, featuring the exhibit "Changing Hands: Art Without Reservations 3." $5 suggested donation. Noon-5p.m. 500 University Ave. 276-8900. mag.rochester.edu/calendar.
MUSIC: What kind of noises might one hear out in the desert? The howl of a coyote? The wisp of a tumbleweed passing by? Well, that's not exactly rock music, but Provo, Utah-based Desert Noises is, and it'll be at the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave., bug jar.com, 9 p.m., $7-$9) Sunday night. Rochester locals MD Woods, Hideout, and There I Say is Lightning open the night up.
MUSIC: If you're a fan of good ol' time celtic music (and if you aren't, you should be) then you'll want to check out the Celtick Christmas Concert at the Parkminster Presbyterian Church (2710 Chili Ave, christmasceilidh.com) put on by the Christmas Céilidh Band. Music will start at 3 p.m. and is free, so come down and dance and bring in the start of the holiday season.
SPECIAL EVENT: Find unique gifts for action figure aficionados at the Village Gate Toy and Collectible Show Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 274 N. Goodman St. forum.rebelscum.com/t1087584. 442-5700.
MUSIC: Looking for some jazz this Sunday afternoon? GrazynaAuguscik will be playing at Strong Auditorium of the University of Rochester River Campus for a free (and open to the public) concert at 3 p.m., bringing and Paulinho Garcia along to accompany on vocals and guitar.
MUSIC: Choices really do abound for this Sunday, as offerings also include Concentus, a women's chorus, in its concert "Make We Joy" at Asbury First United Methodist Church. The concert is followed by a reception and the release of Concentus' new holiday CD. (3 p.m.; free; 1050 East Ave.; concentus.org).