Spesh: The Little Theatre (240 East Ave.) will host the Little RochOscar Party on Sunday, February 24. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the event will be hosted by Nuts and Bolts Comedy Improv. Tickets are $40 - or $35 for Little members - and include treats and a champagne toast at the end of the evening. For more info, call 258-0400 or visit thelittle.org. Another Oscars Party, hosted by High Falls Film Festival, will take place at State Street Bar & Grill (70 State St.), on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $6, and includes a complimentary glass of wine or beer. RSVP by visiting highfallsfilmfestival.com/oscarparty.
Recreation: Nordic Hot Dog Days takes place Saturday and Sunday February 23-24, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., at Cumming Nature Center (6472 Gulick Road, Naples). Admission is a requested donation of $3 per person and $10 per family, and the event is free for RMSC members. There are additional charges for hot dogs, chili, cookies, brownies, hot cider, and other goodies. Visit rmsc.org for more information.
Sports: Ganondagan's 10th Annual Native American Winter Games and Sports will be held on Saturday, February 23, at the Ganondagan State Historic Site (1488 State Route 444, Victor). The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and includes traditional Native American winter events, such as craft making, dogsledding, snowshoe walks, and games of snow snake. Traditional food will be available for purchase. The event is free, with a suggested donation of $3 per person and $10 per family. For more info visit ganondagan.org.
Music: With more than 25 years in the game and nods from icons like Pete Seeger, Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner — known collectively as Magpie — are the quintessential folk duo. Through simple acoustic instrumentation (mandolin and guitar) and lovely harmonies, this Kent, Ohio duo covers virtually every era of folk music, and tells stories from the American Civil War to Depression-era swing with detours into country and blues. Contemporary concerns are also addressed, because a folk singer’s work is never done. Magpie performs Saturday, February 23, 7:30 p.m. at Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 275 Atlantic Ave., Penfield. $10-$18. goldenlink.org.
Music: Gibbs & Main’s first Kidsemble concert of the season, Tuba’s Up, will take place Saturday at the Eastman Community Music School (26 Gibbs St., esm.rochester.edu) at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per family. The event will allow children to make their own “tubas” and to try out various other instruments.
Music: Don’t let a boring weekend be a problem. Head on down to see Berkeley’s Problem return to the Bistro at Towpath Café (6 N Main St., Fairport, towpathcafe.com) Saturday night at 7 p.m. Performance is free.
Music: Time to get your zydeco on! On Saturday the Rochester Cajun Zydeco Network will be hosting its annual True Louisiana Mardi Gras Party featuring The Revelers (Of a certain HBO show, “Treme” fame). Party goes down at the Harmony House (58 East Main St., Webster, 8 p.m., $10-$18).
Music: During this season of Lent, Pegasus Early Music offers a special program this Sunday of the “Mystery Sonatas” of Franz Ignaz Biber, depicting the lives of Christ and the Virgin Mary. The 15 sonatas in the group are also thought to reflect the “15 Mysteries of the Rosary,” causing the work also to be referenced as the “Rosary Sonatas.” Pegasus Artistic Director Deborah Fox says that the “Mystery Sonatas” can be heard as a religious meditation as well as a tour-de-force for the violinist, and points out that each of the 15 sonata uses the violin in a different tuning. At the violin will be Elizabeth Wallfisch, recently appointed as director of baroque programmes with the Israel Chamber Orchestra. This work, circa 1676, is scored for solo violin and accompanied by organ, harpsichord, theorbo, and violone. There is a pre-concert talk at 3:15 pmThe “Mystery Sonatas” takes place Sunday, February 24, 4 p.m. at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh St. $10-$25. 703-3990, PegasusEarlyMusic.org.
Music: Let the sound of brass awaken your soul. The 26-member Eastman Horn Choir will perform this Sunday at the historic St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church. Founded in 1968, the Eastman Horn Choir places emphasis on Renaissance music, but also encourages modern composers to write new works for multiple horns. “Eastman at St. Michael’s” is a series of monthly recitals on the fourth Sunday of the month. Each concert is followed by a reception. The musicians then perform during the mass that follows. Upcoming concerts include the Eastman Student String Quartet (March 24), Friends of Eastman Opera Competition 2012 Winners (April 28), and organist Michael Unger (May 26). The Horn Choir performance takes place Sunday, February 24, 2:30 p.m. at St. Michael’s Church, 124 Evergreen St. Free. 274-1100, ESM.Rochester.edu.
Music: Arild Remmereit supporters: here’s your chance to see the maestro in front of an orchestra for the first time since his split with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Remmereit will conduct a benefit concert for the Rochester Chamber Orchestra’s upcoming 50th anniversary season. The bill of fare includes Haydn’s “Symphony No. 49” (La Passione), Grieg’s “Evening in the Mountains” and “Cradle Song,” and Mozart's “Symphony No. 29,” so come hungry for a full spread of orchestral servings.The Rochester Chamber Orchestra performs Sunday, February 24, 3 p.m. at Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave. Tickets cost $20 for students, $50 for general admission, and $100 for patron seating. 442-9778, rochesterchamberorchestra.org.
Music: The fifth annual Cool Blues for the Homeless concert will take place Sunday afternoon at The Beale (689 South Ave., bealstreetcafe.com), with Joe Beard headlining. Music starts at 1:30 p.m.
Music: Gospel will be raising the rafters of Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St., waterstreetmusic.com) Sunday afternoon to raise money for the New York Liver Transplant Fund. The Bright Clouds, Trio Memorial Plus, and New Gospel Times will all be there, music starts at 3:30 p.m., tickets cost $20.
Music: Third Day will be hitting Roberts Wesleyan College (2301 Westside Dr., roberts.edu) this Sunday, bringing American Idol finalist Colton Dixon and Josh Wilson along for the ride. Tickets remaining run $25.35, music start at 7 p.m.
Music: Can one even imagine a world without The Beatles? At least we don’t have to, and Saturday night at Callahan Theater at Nazareth College (4245 East Ave., artscenter.naz.edu) Just Imagine, a mixture of live Beatles music and spoken narrative, will be taking the stage. Pre-performance lecture starts at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., and tickets run $45-$60.