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Daily Choices: What to do on Saturday, December 22 and Sunday, December 23


KIDS: With no homework to do, take advantage of the National Museum of Play’s Let’s Move! School Break Week. Mountaineering, dancing, shopping for colorful veggies and more. Presented in conjunction with the Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens Initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to fight childhood obesity. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Monday, December 31. $13. 1 Manhattan Sq. 263-2700.

MUSIC: Who can say no to a staggering line-up of 29 bands over three shorts days? For all you heavy-leaning rock fans who like your guitars loud and your drums and bass louder, you’ll be able to check out the likes of Hate Machine, The Silence Broken, Mercia, Beyond Solomon and Saturn, Ghostfeeder, Krystal Synn and many, many more as part of the Montage’s End of the World Fest. Either way, if the Mayans were right, or if they were wrong, you’ll be sure to get one hell of a party out of it. The second and third nights of The End of the World Fest takes place Saturday, December 22, and Sunday, December 23, at the Montage Music Hall, 50 Chestnut St. Saturday at 4 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $8-$12 per day, or $20 for a three-day pass. 413-1642,

MUSIC: The weather outside may be frightful, but this year’s line-up for the Bug Jar’s annual Christmas show is delightful. The Isotopes are an instrumental surf-rock band that’s light years ahead of the rest. The group has been on a reverb-fueled sonic adventure since 2000 and includes a cool stage show with special effects and go-go girls. Tha Dome and Professor Fizizizt, a.k.a. Garden Fresh, make the sort of hip-hop you can sink your teeth into. The duo raps about food among other subjects and is a perfect treat when frozen or canned rap just won’t do. Despite its slightly naughty implication, Harmonica Lewinski is actually a nice band whose psychedelic surf-blues-rock borders on righteous.A Very Bug Jar Christmas takes place Sunday, December 23, 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $5-$7. 454-2966,

ART: Observe the early stages of the metamorphosis about to occur at the George Eastman House’s Camera Obscura exhibit. A large camera obscura installed in the Entrance Galery will film an inverted, color, moving image of the Museum’s Rock Garden as it changes from winter to spring. 900 East Ave. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-$12. 271-3361.

MUSICAL COMEDY: I’ll admit that musical comedy can be a hard sell to fans of both individual genres. If a person is really good at an instrument, why do they need to be funny? If someone is really funny, why bother with an instrument? All are valid questions I myself have made at one time or another, but former Irondequoit (now based out of Chicago) musical comedian Matt Griffo manages to do what few musical comedians are able to: write songs that are, you know, good, but also funny at the same time. He uses the music and humor together to enhance, not distract, from either piece of this delightful, and enjoyable, performance puzzle. Matt Griffo performs Saturday, December 22, 7:30 p.m. at The Space in the Hungerford Building, 1115 E. Main St. #248. $10. 209-0734,

SPECIAL EVENT: Join the RMSC Players for a non-traditional version of "Silent Night" to switch up your usual pre-Christmas activities. 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Bausch Auditorium. $11-$13. 657 East Ave. 271-4320.

MUSIC: Rochester’s 30th annual Tuba Christmas takes place Saturday afternoon, so grab your favorite low brass instrument and head on down and partake in the show yourself, or just head down to check out the lowest of the low instruments booming your favorite Christmas carols at the Nazareth College Arts Center (4245 East Ave., at 3 p.m. Performance is free.

RECREATION: Test out Santa’s skills on the ice at Genesee Valley Park Sports Complex’s Skate with Santa. $2.50-$5. 131 Elmwood Ave. Call 428-7888 for times.

MUSIC: Whether you’re running out a fly ball, executing an elegant bicycle kick, or swinging to the sounds of this Rochester-based band, Sports make you sweat. This quirky quintet has been pumping out three-and-a-half minute, high-energy dance anthems since its inspired inception in 2010. These precise pop compositions are tied together with a bit of mid-60’s soul and a pinch of New Wave punk that came a decade later. In just a few short years, the group has released its own album, supported its own tour, and, most impressively, refined an undeniably, original “indie” sound. Mikaela Davis and Josh Netsky also perform. Sports plays Saturday, December 22, 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $7-$9. 454-2966,

COMEDY: Due to popular demand, Pam Werts will headline an evening of ladies-only comics at The Comedy Club in “Comedy with Curves.” Join Werts and other comics, including Kate Wood, Katie Lane, Erika “Ediddy” Davis, Lizz Russo, and more for a night of “estrogen-induced humor.” $5. 7:30 p.m. 2235 Empire Blvd. 671-9080.

MUSIC: Local Beatles cover group Mr. Mustard will be putting on a special Christmas show Saturday night at Lovin Cup (300 Park Point Dr.,, so get ready to combine the Fab Four with the Three Wise Men. Music start at 8 p.m., cover runs $3-$5.