Music: It’s easy to bitch and moan about this town, especially this time of year. But rock ’n’ roll isn’t part of the problem; it’s the solution. Lovin’ Cup’s Homegrown II event celebrates all things Rochester: local beer, local vendors, and especially home-bred music. There will be something for just about everybody. You’ve got Celtic punk enthusiasm with The Sisters Of Murphy; Southern blues boogie a la the Allmans with The Filthy Brothers Blues Band; jam with a seriously sinister lyricism with Friday in America; monster instrumental gods The Moho Collective; balls-to-the-wall rock ’n’ roll with Teagan and the Tweeds; big, beautiful jam rock with The Niche; and the deep soul groove of Audio Influx. All that’s missing is you…Homegrown II takes place Saturday, January 12, noon-2 a.m. at Lovin’ Cup, 300 Park Point. $10-$15. lovincup.com.
Theater: "Next to Normal" opens at Geva Theatre Center (74 Woodbury Blvd) Saturday, January 12 at 8 p.m., and will continue through January 16. The rock musical is about a mother afflicted with bipolar disorder and the effect that this has on her family. Tickets start at $25. For more information, call 232-4382 or visit gevatheatre.org.
Music/Art: A night of music and art combine together on Saturday at the Yards (50-52 Public Market) with the closing of “Continental Breakfasts” a 3-year photographic collaboration. Over 2,000 images you won’t want to miss-along with the music of CJ Boyd, Pegacide, Hnossa, and Black Bandit and the Stickups. Doors open at 7 p.m., music starts at 8:30 p.m., and $5 is the suggested donation.
Literature: A Book Signing for "Man in the Music: The Creative Life of Michael Jackson," by Joseph Vogel, will take place Sunday, Janaury 13, 2-3 p.m., in the Kate Gleason Auditorium at Central Library (115 South Ave.). The event is free to attend. For more information, call 428-8350 or visit libraryweb.org.
Music: Looking for local hip-hop Saturday night? Ciadella is hosting a hip-hop horary concert tonight at Dubland Underground (315 Alexander St.), performing himself, and with DJ Key-Yo, The Creeps, Nu Nu, YBE, God’s Illest Joe, Jay James, J. Clancy, and Deucix all joining in on the fray. Tickets are $8-$10 (additional $5 for unders). Music starts at 10 p.m.
Rec: A Guided Ski or Hike will be held at Ellison Park Saturday, January 12. Participants should meet at 10 a.m. at the north side of the parking lot off of Blossom Road. Look for the hike signs. Bring cross-country skis or snowshoes; if there is now snow, a hike will take place. The event is free, but registration is required. Call 340-8655, option 6.
Music: There are a few talking points frequently mentioned when discussing Father John Misty. You’ll often hear mention of his involvement as former drummer for indie powerhouse Fleet Foxes, and you’re sure to learn of previous solo efforts under his abbreviated given name, J. Tillman. Almost as if in anticipation of these nuggets of history, Tillman takes a clerical bent on “Fear Fun” to rewrite his own history on this, his eighth solo album overall, but first as Father John Misty. Drawing inspiration from his chosen home of Los Angeles, Tillman fashions a creation myth, building his reinvention slowly while expanding on the impetus for the change, all while making motions to earn himself a pious following. You’ll hear dashes of the folk sounds that have made his former band so popular, and some tracks that take on a downright countrified bent. Father John Misty plays Saturday, January 12, 8 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. $15-$17. waterstreetmusic.com.
Music: The JCC of Rochester (1200 Edgewood Ave., jccrochester.org) is hosting its annual gala Saturday night, Jammin’ at the J, featuring dueling pianos. An open bar, gourmet food (and desserts!), and featuring Alan Murphy, The Bob Sneider Trio, Danny Ziemann and Reuben Allen, and Johnny Cummings and Ben Torres. Tickets run $150-$200, music starts at 7 p.m.
Workshop: Flex your funny bone with the Village Idiots’ Level 1 Improv Comedy Classes at The Pillar Theater (VIP Studio, Suite D106, Village Gat Square, 274 N. Goodman St.). Classes kick off Sunday, January 13, 1-4 p.m., and continue on Sundays through January 27. The series costs $60, and students can watch the weekly Village Idiots improv shows for free. No experience is needed. For more information, call 797-9086 or email VIP@improvVIP.com.
Music: Midge Ure’s eight-year tenure as lead singer of Ultravox made the Glasgow-born singer a New Wave darling for anyone old enough to remember synth-pop classics “Vienna” and “Reap The Wild Wind.” But it’s Ure’s contribution toward Band Aid — he and Bob Geldof co-wrote “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” and formed the project that raised money for Ethiopian famine relief during the mid-1980’s — that has cemented him among the rock ‘n’ roll saints. Midge Ure is cool like that, and his illustrious career continues to inspire romantic ideals and endless possibilities. Ure performs Sunday, January 13, 8 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N Water St. $20. waterstreetmusic.com.
Music: Christmas may be over, but that doesn’t mean the music has to end. The Amadeus Chorale will be presenting Christmas Echoes Sunday afternoon at St. Ann’s Community (1550 Portland Ave. ) Music starts at 2 p.m., and the event is free, but donations are welcomed.
Music: The annual "William Warfield: A Legacy in Music," concert will be taking place Sunday afternoon at Kilbourn Hall (26 Gibbs St, esm.rochester.edu), this year spotlighting soprano Joel Callonia Dyson, a junior at the Eastman School of Music. Tickets run $10-$15, and the concert starts at 6 p.m.