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Daily Choices: What to do on Friday, March 8


Music: If Rolling Stones guitarist and founding member Brian Jones were alive today, he would be 71 years old – which, believe it or not, would make him even older than most of the band’s other dinosaurs. Instead, he became one of the earliest members of the 27 Club back in the ‘60s. But you can still commemorate the founding Stone at the Brian Jones Birthday Bash at Lovin’ Cup (300 Park Point Dr.). Never mind that Jones’ birthday was actually Feb. 28; just come and get rocked with music from Stones cover band Wild Horses and the Infrared Radiation Orchestra. Doors open at 8 p.m., and music starts at 9. Tickets are $5 for the public and $3 for students. Go to for more events.

Art: Think that griptape, skateboards, bikes, and rollerblades can’t be used to make art? Take some advice from name of Roc City Skatepark’s annual art show and sale: Get a Grip. The show features locally made artwork that was created with skating materials. It runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Yards (50-52 Public Market), and is free. Visit for more info and events.

Film: Will Sam Raimi’s new Wizard of Oz prequel, “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” be a surprise hit, or will it be just as unnecessary and uninteresting as one would assume? Follow the yellow brick road to your nearest multiplex and find out for yourself. This weekend’s other new films are the West Memphis Three documentary “West of Memphis,” the World War II drama “Emperor,” the Colin Farrell action flick “Dead Man Down” and the Oscar-nominated environmental documentary “Chasing Ice.” See our full list of films and show times here.

Theater: The Rochester Association of Performing Arts premieres its production of "Little Shop of Horrors" at 7:30 p.m. at the East End Theatre (727 E. Main St.). This adaptation of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's classic rock musical, about a florist who raises an evil plant that needs blood and flesh to survive, is directed by Judith Ranaletta and features choreography by Kris Ashley. The show continues through Mar. 16 with evening and matinee performances. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students, seniors, and groups of eight or more. Visit for tickets, the full schedule of shows, and other RAPA events.

Special: Dapper gents and flapper girls can party like it’s 1920 at Repeal! A Prohibition Era Event, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Rochester Museum and Science Center (657 East Ave.). This 21-and-over party gives you a taste of what it was like to covertly covet alcohol after the 18th Amendment was passed and Prohibition began. The museum will be turned into an authentic three-story speakeasy, and the evening will features live big-band music from Uptown Groove, trivia about the Roaring ‘20s, and a cash bar with popular drinks from the Prohibition years. Classic films from the ‘20s will also be screened in the museum’s Bausch Auditorium. This party will run you up $15, or $12 if you’re an RMSC member. Call 697-1942 to register (strongly encouraged), or go to for more info and events.

Music: Jamestown jammers Big Leg Emma are the rock ’n’ roll equivalent to a Swiss Army knife. This Western New York band expertly blends elements of country, bluegrass, folk, and straight-ahead rock, along with psychedelic sojourns and salvos. The band’s latest album, “Revival,” was awarded “Best Upstate Album of 2012” by Upstate Live Magazine. Big Leg Emma plays tonight, 9 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. $12-$14.

Music: You’ve heard the faux Egyptian melody — the one that starts with “da na na na na” — but are you aware of Egyptian-themed death-metal band Nile? This American group is led by singer-guitarist Karl Sanders (ranked by Decibel magazine as one of the best death-metal guitarists of all time) and it is bringing its 20th anniversary show on the road. A Nile concert sounds like a perfect nightcap after a long hard day of rendering unto pharaoh. The quartet is prolific with albums including “Those Whom the Gods Detest,” which earned critical kudos en masse, although I’m of an “Annihilation of the Wicked” sort of guy myself. Nile is touring in support of its latest, “At the Gate of Sethu,” out on Nuclear Blast. With Order Of The Dead, Sleep Circadia, Within Creation, and Cthuhlu. Nile plays tonight, 8 p.m. at Montage Music Hall, 50 Chestnut St. $12-$16.

Music: Sure, it neatly sums up everything with a beard, a flannel shirt, at least one acoustic instrument, and an allegiance to Johnny Cash. But perhaps when you're done reading this article you can join me in putting the term "Americana" to bed. Are you with me? Kingsley Flood's Naseem Khuri is — or at least I think he is. He's able to let go of the all-encompassing, driven-into-the-dirt tag, but won't — like countless other contemporary musicians — let go of the all-time over-used, uber-vague "rock 'n' roll." Hail, hail to this Boston- and Washington-based band, which despite definitions, creates organically beautiful music that is at home under both used and abused headings. You may not be able to easily categorize its new disc "Battles" (it just dropped in February) but you'll still enjoy the hell out of it. Kinglsey Flood plays tonight at the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave., at 9 p.m., tickets $6-$8.