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Daily Choices: What to do on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19

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Special Event: Preview the brilliance of the coming generations at the Finger Lakes Regional Invention Convention, hosted by Rochester Museum and Science Center (657 East Ave.) on Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The event is included in museum admission ($11-$13). For more info, call 697-1942 or visit

Music: The metal will strike you down with a vicious blow! The 2013 Finger Lakes Metal Fest is taking place on Saturday, at Donselaar's/Scotty Mo's (10257 Route 31, Clyde). It's a free all ages show that kicks off at noon, and includes your favorite shredders like Ire Clad, Abhor, Disfigured Dead, and Steel Kingdon.

Kids: On Saturday, May 18, Nazareth College (4245 East Ave.) will host the 8th Annual Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival, which will feature 34 award-winning authors from across the nation and beyond. The event takes place 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information visit

Music: Looking for a whole day of music adventure this weekend? Head on down to the Pelican's Nest(566 River St., for an all day concert featuring 6 bands. Kickoff is at noon, and The Surge, Crossroads, and Rebel's Posse are just a few of the acts on the pelican's bill.

Special Event: The George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will host its annual Historic Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., offering perennials and woody plants that have been grown from seeds, divisions, cuttings, and offshoots from the George Eastman House gardens. Admission is free, and the sale will be held on the lawn near the University Avenue entrance. Eastman House members have early access to the sale at 9 a.m. For more information, call 271-3361 or visit The 40th Anniversary Bonsai Exhibit & Sale will take place Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Monroe Community Hospital (435 E. Henrietta Road). Admission is $3-$5, and free to children under age 12. A bonsai demo will take place on Saturday at 2 p.m., and an Ikebana demo will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. For more information, call 334-2595 or visit

Music: The UV Race comes all the way from Australia, where the band makes a lo-fi brand of punk that is akin to the likes of Lou Reed, The Sex Pistols, and The Ramones. The band doesn't stray far from the classic punk feel, generally employing a limited melody, defiant lyricism, and conventional punk instrumentation. However, when the musicians do stray, they move toward a psychedelic, fuzzy, garage-rock feel, expanding their instrumentation and bringing the tempo down to a comfortable, Velvet Undeground-esque jam. Occasionally the band ventures into noise territory as well, working with an ambient, wall-of-sound quality and slightly off-kilter tunings that both please and repel at the same time. The UV Race performs with Bad Taste, Big Brain & The Drug Cartel, and Glass on Sunday, May 19, 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $8-$10.

Art: The Frederick Douglass Resource Center (36 King St.) will host a reception for "The Price of Freedom is Death: Black Arts Aesthetic Art Show" on Saturday, May 18, 5:30-8 p.m. The exhibit will feature works by local black artists that explore and seek to reignite the Black Power/Arts Movement. The show remains on view through June 29, and admission is $15. For more information, call 497-6139 or visit

Music: The last time I heard them, it was sacred classical. But the 40-voice community chorus of The Lyric Chorale is contemporary bluegrass for its spring concert, "Black Ties and Blue Grass." The concert will feature American music, including "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" by Carol Barnett. Librettist Marisha Chamberlain described the mass as coming from both traditions of classical and bluegrass, a sacred classical choral tradition with sounds of banjo, mandolin, and fiddle. The Bowties, a Rochester a cappella group, will be special guests. The Lyric Chorale was founded in 2003 and is directed by Chrisanne Yule.The Lyric Chorale performs Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m. at St. Louis Church, 60 S. Main St., Pittsford. $12-$18.

Music: This will be Kneptune's Lovin' Cup debut. Self-described as alternative/folk/jazz, this seven-piece adds an element of darkness to its rather dense textures and lighthearted irony. It's kind of a cross between Primus and 10,000 Maniacs. Polyrhythmic and loads of fun. Kneptune performs with Upward Groove Saturday, May 18, 9 p.m. at Lovin' Cup, 300 Park Point. $3-$5.

Music: The weather wasn't exactly cooperative for the first weekend of the 2013 Rochester Lilac Festival, so let's hope the second half of spring salvo is embraced a little more closely by Mother Nature. Among the free music headliners taking the Main Stage this week are world-music mainstays Rusted Root, "Blood & Roses" rockers The Smithereens, and local favorites like The Prickers, Prime Time Funk, and The Campbell Brothers. The Rochester Lilac Festival continues through Sunday, May 19, running 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. daily in Highland Park. Admission is free. For more information visit


Saturday, May 18

10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.: Art In The Park -Juried Art & Craft Show

11:30 a.m.: Teressa Wilcox Band (Center Stage)

12:30 p.m.: The Fools (Center Stage)

1 p.m.: Matt Episcopo (Children's Stage)

2 p.m.: Gary the Happy Pirate (Children's Stage)

2 p.m.: The Crawdiddies (Center Stage)

3 p.m.: Matt Episcopo (Children's Stage)

3:30 p.m.: Driftwood (Center Stage)

4 p.m.: Gary the Happy Pirate (Children's Stage)

5 p.m.: Matt Episcopo (Children's Stage)

5:30 p.m.: The Lone Bellow (Center Stage)

7 p.m.: The Prickers (Center Stage)

Sunday, May 19

8 a.m./9 a.m.: Medved Lilac 10K and 5K Family Fun Run

10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Art In The Park - Juried Art & Craft Show

11:30 a.m.: Flint Creek (Center Stage)

1 p.m.: Dang! (Center Stage)

1 p.m.: Matt Episcopo (Children's Stage)

2 p.m.: Mike Kornrich (Children's Stage)

2:30 p.m.: Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys (Center Stage)

3 p.m.: Matt Episcopo (Children's Stage)

4 p.m.: Mike Kornrich (Children's Stage)

4 p.m.: The John Cole Blues Band (Center Stage)

5 p.m.: The Magical John Show (Children's Stage)

5:30 p.m.: Prime Time Funk (Center Stage)

7 p.m.: The Campbell Brothers (Center Stage)