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Daily Choices: What to do on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7


Film: Oscar-nominated filmmaker James Ivory stops by the Dryden Theatre (900 East Ave.) on Saturday to present his 1995 film "Jefferson in Paris.” Ivory, who has earned three Academy Award nominations for Best Director, will introduce the film - which depicts the much-speculated affairs that the pre-presidency Thomas Jefferson had when he lived in France – and stay after the film for an audience Q&A. The screening starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for students, and can be purchased in advance at the Dryden or online through

Lecture: Whether you’re an amateur hacker or an Anonymous regular, you’ll want to score full access to Security B-Sides Rochester, a conference organized by and for local hackers on Saturday in Cathedral Hall at The Auditorium Center (875 E. Main St.). The free conference, which starts at 8 a.m., will feature hours of presentations by professional hackers, hacker war games, a cryptography puzzle, and free food. For more information, hack your way into (Or just visit it like a regular person.)

Music: Before Jesse Sprinkle and Kurt Johnson head off to Uganda for the first recording sessions of their “Paradise, Uganda” album – a collaboration with The Kampala Street Singers – you can support their cause in advance at the Paradise Uganda fundraiser and send-off concert at Richmond’s Tavern (21 Richmond St.). The show, which starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, is free, with a suggested donation of $5. To learn more about the Paradise Uganda album and fundraiser, visit

Workshop: Thinking about making your masterpiece-in-progress a part of the second First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival in September? Then bring all of your performance ideas and Fringe Festival questions to the Fringe 101 Informational Session at the Geva Theater Center (75 Woodbury Blvd.) on Saturday. The free session, which runs from 11 a.m. to noon, will provide all the necessary info for Rochester’s performers and producers to get involved in this year’s Fringe frenzy. Reservations are recommended by emailing Visit for other information about this year’s festival.

p>Music: Spring is finally here, and I couldn't be happier. If you feel the same way, celebrate the season at Saturday’s Official Spring Bash at the Main Street Armory (900 E. Main St.). Chief Keef headlines a hip-hop party that will also feature Jim Jones, Lil Reese, Trina, and Jada Kiss. Music starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $50-$70 through

Comedy: It's unheard of, we tell you, unheard of! Well, come to think of it, that's not a very good advertising strategy. So don't say you heard it from me, but the improv and sketch comedy group Polite Company will broadcast its TV-themed show, "Unheard Of," to the audience at the MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave.) at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 in advance through, or $12 at the door.

Music: The ‘70s are over, Pink Floyd is no more, and that Black Sabbath reunion album isn’t coming out for a few months. But you can still get down to those sweet ‘70s sounds at the ‘70s British Rock Showcase, starting 9 p.m. Saturday at Lovin’ Cup (300 Park Point Dr., Suite 101, BML, a Pink Floyd tribute band, and The Blastoffs, a Black Sabbath tribute band, will bring you into the void and to the dark side of moon for $5 general admission.

Music: You already celebrated Easter, but I bet you’ve never celebrated a German Easter. See the traditional Easter story of Death and Resurrection at Publick Musick: A German Baroque Easter, a free classical concert at the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word (597 East Ave.). The show starts at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Visit for more info and Publick Musick concerts.

Literary: How do you like your poetry? Light and fluffy and sweet? Then go to some boring coffee shop or something. If you like your words greasy and delectable, then come on down for the latest Deep Fried Poetry Reading at The Yards (50-52 Public Market, at 7 p.m. Saturday. This edition of Deep Fried will feature readings from Jennifer Fortin, author of "Mined Muzzle Velocity" and co-founder of the online poetry magazine Leveler; Joshua Ware, author of the Furniture Press Poetry Prize-winning debut "Homage to Homage to Homage to Creeley"; and Corey Zeller, author of "Man vs. Sky" and associate editor of Mud Luscious Press. The reading is free, with donations encouraged.

Literary: You can’t read your books and eat them too. Or can you? Feast yourself on some baked good books at the fourth annual Edible Books baking competition and festival, Sunday in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Central Library (115 South Ave.). The festival runs from 2 to 4 p.m. and is free. For registration and more information, visit

Music: When Sunday comes, it’s time to drink and drag once again at One Night Club and Ultra Lounge (1 Ryan Alley). Chasity Dee hosts the weekly Drink and Drag performance and dance, starting at 9 p.m. Check out for more events and shows at One.

Music: What’s that hackneyed quip about a third time? Well, it applies here. The Meat Puppets have broken up twice in the band’s 30-plus years. Formed in 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona, the band remained quasi-underground on SST Records until it was asked to join Nirvana on stage for its legendary “MTV Unplugged” performance in 1993. Its latest album is the 2013 release “Rat Farm.” The World Takes and The Cringe open. Meat Puppets performs Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Club @ Water Street, 204 N. Water St. $13-$16.

Music: New Jersey-born, Minnesota-residing folk singer-songwriter John Gorka plays Café Veritas (220 Winton Rd. S.) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with Upstate New York’s own singer-songwriter Miché Fambro opening. Tickets are $18 general admission and $10 for students through

Music: Why stay at home listening to your LPs when you can boogey to the blues of The LPs live and in person? The LPs will perform at Smokin’ Joe’s Bar and Grill (425 Lyell Ave.) on Sunday, starting at 6 p.m. Call Smokin’ Joe’s at 647-1540 for more information.

Music: It can get lonely performing by yourself all the time. Even songs can get a little lonely every once in a while. So let’s all come together for The Art of Song: Musical Pairs concert at the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford (25 Church St., Pittsford, on Sunday. The show will feature four to five performance duos, all playing pairs of songs that are united by theme, aesthetic, or a common composer or writer. Each performance will also include a brief discussion about the songs and their historical context. The concert begins at 3 p.m., and is free with a suggested donation of $5-$10.