Theater: Something wicked this way comes. And no, we're not talking about that stupid "Wizard of Oz" prequel that's still playing at the multiplex. We're talking about the real deal: "Wicked" – the moneymaking, record-breaking, world famous musical – follows the Yellow Brick Road to the Auditorium Theatre (885 E. Main St.), starting tonight at 7:30 p.m. The musical, which re-imagines the classic "Wizard of Oz" tale and has broken box office records everywhere from New York to Chicago to London in its 10-year run, will continue at the Auditorium Theatre through April 21. All Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday shows are at 7:30 p.m.; all Friday shows are at 8 p.m.; all Saturday shows are at 2 and 8 p.m.; and all Sunday shows are at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Prices began at $37.50 and can be purchased through wickedthemusical.com or rbtl.org.
Kids: You don't need a laboratory to explore and experiment with chemistry and physics. In fact, today, you don't even need to go to the science museum. Just bring your kids over to the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (115 South Ave.) for Adventures in Chemistry and Physics, a free educational program. Instructors Tim Wilson and Deb Janes will lead kids through the mysteries of color changes, electricity, glowing gases, static electricity, and lots of other little marvels that keep our universe going. The program starts at 2:30 p.m. in the library's Kate Gleason Auditorium. For more upcoming library events, check out www3.libraryweb.org.
Music: Viva la (rosy) revolution! Roses and Revolutions – a.k.a. Alyssa Rose Coco and Matt Merritt, the singer-songwriter duo formerly known as Tinted Image – will perform a free concert at Bistro 135 (135 W. Commercial St.) from 6 to 9 p.m. Go to bistro135.net for the restaurant's full schedule of live performances.
Festival: Worried that you might have done a little too much snacking during your winter hibernation months? Maybe a little too much whipped cream on those hot chocolates you had every night? Then get the new season off to a healthy start at Spring Into Action: My Plate on Parade, a free two-day festival at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County (249 Highland Ave.). Today and Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., kids and adults can reap the benefits of healthy eating and living with Wii dances, food samplings, veggie art, and planting activities. Nutrition gardeners, master gardeners, registered nurses, and representatives from Foodlink will have informational display tables, and voluntary BMI and blood pressure tests will also be provided. Go to mycce.org for more information.