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Daily Choices: What to do on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2

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Festival: The Show on Monroe is brand new this year, and will take place on Saturday, June 1, noon-6 p.m., based on Monroe Avenue between 490 and the Inner Loop. The event will feature busker performances and live music, a street-wide scavenger hunt (register for $10) with prizes, and great deals from Avenue businesses. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Special Event: Come on down to the Auditorium Theatre (885 E. Main St.) on Saturday, June 1, and be a part of the audience for "The Price Is Right Live!" Contestants (ages 18+) will be pulled from the audience and offered a chance to win appliances, vacations, new cars, and local glory as they take on Plinko, Cliffhangers, and the fabulous Showcase Showdown. The show will be hosted by Todd Newton. "The Price is Right Live!" takes place at 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost $30.50-$90.50. Get tickets by calling 222-5000 and register for your chance to be a contestant (no purchase necessary) by visiting Registration will also be available at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office three hours prior to show time (4:30 p.m.). Ticket purchase will not increase your chances of being selected to play. To watch the show, a ticket purchase is required.

Music: Hunu will be hosting a Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration Saturday night at Skylark (40 South Union St.,, including over 30 local artists. Music starts at 8 p.m., tickets cost $8-$10.

Music: Divinex, from Waterloo, NY, is taking thinking-man’s metal to another level. Thick, muted guitars, a tinge of electronica, and uncanny technical prowess make for a sound that is nothing less than atmospheric. Divinex has been repeatedly praised for its live performances filled with massive swells of ethereal distortion and a distinctive display of sonic textures. The band is currently working on translating its massive stage presence into a proper full-length studio album. Divinex performs Saturday, June 1, 6:30 p.m. at The Club at Water Street, 204 N. Water St. $10-$15.

Art: On Saturday, June 1, knitters and other fiber folk will convene downtown to yarn bomb the South Avenue and Broad Street area. You can participate or watch them work beginning at 2 p.m. So grab your needles (or camera), choose your palette, and head down to the river to meet local fiber artists and watch the surface of the city become more colorful and downy. The decorative endeavor will also be extended to the interior of the Central Library (115 South Ave.). If you are interested in participating, send a message to the event's Facebook page; search for "ROC the Yarn Bomb." For more information, call 428-8150.

Music: Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Tica Douglas explores the boundaries of folk music, shifting its gentle, melodic roots through a sparse, atmospheric pop lens. Douglas cites among her influences Sharon Van Etten and Neutral Milk Hotel, two artists who have successfully combined a dark, morose quality with characteristically bright, traditional folk instrumentation. Similar to the aforementioned musicians, Douglas’ music is mellow and mysterious, and often addresses somber, life-altering events and issues. Douglas recently released her newest album, “Summer Valentine.” Tica Douglas performs with Mikaela Davis, Josh Netsky, and MD Woods on Sunday, June 2, 8 p.m. at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $6-$8.

Music: “Of Heaven and Earth.” The concert title offers such promise that one has only to read the program listings and know a bit about Madrigalia and Cordancia to know it will be a special evening. The program will include works for small orchestra and chorus by Vaughan Williams (“Flos Campi”), Mendelssohn (“Kyrie in D Minor”), and Brahms (“Nänie”). The real treat will be the performance of Arvo Pärt’s “Cantique des Degrès.” Beethoven may have said God was shouting in his ears, but I’d be willing to present the case that it’s Part (b. 1935) who can actually hear the voices of the heavens. Madrigalia, directed by Lee Wright, and Cordancia, with co-artistic directors Pia Liptak and Kathleen Suher, both seek to present high quality, innovative concerts with artistic excellence. If it looks this good on paper, it should be a heavenly concert to attend. The concert takes place Saturday, June 1, at 8 p.m. at Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St. $15, $5 students. 454-2100,

Special Event: Peony Weekend takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, at Ellwanger Garden (625 Mt. Hope Ave.). Check out the gorgeous, colorful blooms 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Admission is free but donations are accepted. More information:

Music: If you haven’t heard of powerhouse saxophonist Mack Goldsbury it may be because he’s spent a significant portion of his career in Europe. But over the decades he has contributed his muscular tenor sound to more than 60 albums. Goldsbury, who also plays flute, toured Europe with Joe Lovano and Paul Motian and has also played with Stevie Wonder, Elvin Jones, and Tony Bennett. When he takes the stage at Lovin’ Cup he’ll be joined by Herb Robertson on trumpet, Lou Grassy on drums, and Erik Unsworth on bass. The Mack Goldsbury Quartet performs Sunday, June 2, 8 p.m. at Lovin’ Cup, 300 Park Point Drive. $10., 292-9940.

Special Event: Learn more about the programming offered at Helmer Nature Center (154 Pinegrove Ave., Irondequoit) at an open house to be held on Sunday, June 2, 4-7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 336-3035 or visit

Music: Legendary rock impresario Bill Graham once dubbed Shawn Phillips, “the best-kept secret in the music business.” That’s exactly what a working musician doesn’t want to hear. The Texas-born Phillips sprang forth amidst contemporaries like Donovan, Steve Winwood, and Bernie Taupin. Phillips appeared on several Donovan projects, including “Sunshine Superman,” and sang on The Beatles’ “Lovely Rita.” Kinloch Nelson also appears. Shawn Phillips performs Saturday, June 1, 7:30 p.m. at Café Veritas, First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Road. $10-$18.