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Daily Choices: What to do on Monday, March 25


Kids: The young ones are on break and probably driving you crazy. Keep them busy today at The Strong National Museum of Play (1 Manhattan Square) with Puzzler's School-Break Week. The museum will offer a bunch of challenging activities, including the world's largest jigsaw puzzle and other brain teasers. Admission is $13 (free to members and kids under 2) and today's hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 263-2700 or visit

Music: A Green Day show is simply spectacular, but without too much emphasis on spectacle and fluff. Green Day just digs in and goes, plugs in and peels out. The band — singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, drummer Tre Cool, and guitarist Jason White — has re-defined, or at the very least dominated, pop/punk since it first came on the scene in the early 1990’s. There’s a pile of awards and thousands of fans in the band’s wake that attest to it all. The quartet has packed a lot into the band’s nearly 25-year history. See the Green tonight for yourself at the Blue Cross Arena (1 War Memorial Square,, 7:30 p.m., $27.50-$62.

Special Event: Head over to the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight for Thinkin' & Drinkin': The Bug Jar's Trivia Night., which takes place 8-9 p.m. The event is open to ages 21+ and free to participate. Prizes are bar tabs. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. More info:

Music: Imagine if Jim Morrison had a love child with Lemmy and Trent Reznor. The result could sound like Otep Shamaya, the eponymous lead vocalist, activist, and one-quarter of L.A.-based group Otep. Since forming in 2000, Shamaya’s self-described art-core band has been a bright spot in alternative music. Otep defies labels, although most would put its aggressive guitar-driven rock and sing-rap-growl in the metal genre. Otep is charismatic and thought-provoking, and is the sort of group that can inspire you to pick up an instrument or a journal notebook or smash the control machine. With One-Eyed Doll and Picture Me Broken. Otep performs Monday, April 1, 7 p.m. at Montage Music Hall, 50 Chestnut St. $13.

Literary Event: Join April's edition of the Moving Beyond Racism Reading Group, which meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Pittsford Plaza (3349 Monroe Ave.). This month's selection is "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" by Amy Chua and everyone is welcome whether or not you have read the book. The event is free to attend. More info: 288-8644