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Daily Choices: What to do on Friday, November 16

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MUSIC: Don't let the last name fool you; Joe Bonamassa is every bit an ax-slinging virtuoso like his British blues-rock contemporaries, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck. That's heavyweight company and Bonamassa is the one-in-a-million guitar prodigy everybody wanted to be when they were growing up. The Bonamassa story reads like a dream. The Utica native was in elementary school when he first opened for B.B. King on a club stage. And now at age 35, Joe Bonamassa's talent is like a gun in a knife fight. He'll be in town tonight at the Auditorium Theatre (885 E. Main St.,, 8 p.m., $51.50-$81.50).

FILM: Don't you wish you had a big, friendly neighbor like Totoro? Imagine you do for an hour or so at Dryden Theatre's showing of "My Neighbor Totoro," part of its Hayao Miyazaki series at 8 p.m. Dryden Theatre (900 East Ave., $6-$8, 271-3361,

MUSIC: Have you ever heard an album that made you swear you were under the ocean when you shut your eyes and listened? If you've spun The Antlers recent release Undersea, or the Tears Run Rings masterwork Distance then you know exactly what you're in store for. The Quadratic Trio is going to take that spacey music and raise it to the nth degree with "Aquatexture" tonight at MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave., 8 p.m. & 10 p.m., $6, Using a quadraphonic sound system (four speakers creating a surround sound) and synths, the performance is meant to not only create the mental image of being underwater, but maybe even trick you into feeling it.

SPECIAL EVENT: Who can withstand the allure of chocolate and France combined in one decadent sensory experience? At "HeureuxChocolat: Chocolate in the French Style," Professor Skye Paine from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at SUNY Brockport will discuss the history and cultural importance of chocolate in France over chocolate samples. $3 admission. 6:30 p.m. at The Cocoa Bean Shoppe, 20 S. Main St., Pittsford. Call 203-1618 to RSVP.

MUSIC: Looking for a place with some warm Southern hospitality where you can got out and dance and throw down? Nashville's (4853 W. Henrietta Road,, 334-3030) is the place to be for you tonight -- you won't want to miss its 1st Autumn Hoe Down. The good times start at 8 p.m., call for any more information.

SPECIAL EVENT: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of Rochester's most unique spaces in a variety of ways. A guided tour of the First Unitarian Church, built by famed architect Louis Kahn, will be offered today at 10 a.m., or you can experience the new cell phone self-guided tour. (Suggested $5 donation.) While there, visit the Williams Gallery's exhibit, "Celebrating 50 Years in Our Louis Kahn Building." At 6:30 p.m. attend a lecture by Terrance Goode, professor of architecture at Syracuse University and stay for a reception afterwards. The church is located at 220 S. Winton Road. For more information call 330-9177 or visit

MUSIC: Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Road, has a double bill tonight. First up is the acoustic act (not related to the book, I promise) Shades of Grey at 5 p.m., with part-rock, part-funk, part-blues group Warehouse finishing off the night at 9 p.m. Music is free, so get out and check the groups out.

SPECIAL EVENT: The crisp smell of pine will soon fill the air at the Holland Land Office Museum. This year's 11th Annual Wonderland of Trees event, themed "Home for the Holidays," will feature more than 50 trees, wreaths, and sprays. Admire the North Pole Elves' handiwork at the Annual Gala Event at 6:30 p.m. (131 W. Main St., Batavia., 343-4727, or visit

MUSIC: Kathleen Suher and PiaLiptak, artistic directors of Cordancia, had an idea in 2009 to create of a chamber-music ensemble that would focus on vibrant, eclectic classical music, and they have been scheduling interesting programs ever since. Suher is an oboist. Liptak, a violinist. On Friday night, with David Harman at the podium, Cordancia brings in organist Bruce Frank for a performance of classical works under the title "Vintage to Modern." The concert includes some of the music Stravinsky used as his inspiration for his ballet "Pulcinella," as well as an organ concerto by Handel. The performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church (21 Church St., Pittsford. $5-$10.

LECTURE: Does your child know about events occurring outside of U. S. borders? Learn how to spark children's interests in global community at "Community Dialogue Series: Raising a Globally Savvy Child" tonight at the Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave.) at 7 p.m. 563-2145. RSVP online at