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'Impractical Jokers' do live stage show
The Tenderloins, the comedy troupe behind the truTV show "Impractical Jokers," will perform two shows—at 7 and 10 p.m. —Saturday at Rochester Auditorium Theatre. On the TV show, Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano prank the public while a hidden camera films. The live show is a mix of stand-up, never-before-seen hidden camera videos and stories. Visit or

'American Idol' favorite with RPO
Jeff Tyzik conducts the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and featured vocalist Michael Lynche in his orchestral debut Friday and Saturday at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Lynche was the fourth-place finalist on Season 9 of "American Idol." He will sing R&B love songs made famous by Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Luther Vandross and Marvin Gaye. Visit Check out one of Lynche's "American Idol" performances from 2010 on YouTube.

On the Big Screen
"How to Be Single" is a romantic comedy about being single in New York City. It stars Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann and Damon Wayans Jr. Based on the Marvel Comics' anti-hero, "Deadpool" is the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson return as dim-witted male models in "Zoolander 2." Find movie times.

Garth Fagan presents 'Evening of Duets'
Sunday is Valentine's Day, and Garth Fagan Dance presents its annual "Evening of Duets" on Valentine's eve. The elegant celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Garth Fagan Dance Studios, at 50 Chestnut St. in downtown Rochester. There are free drinks and hors d'oeuvres before the performance. "My duets express the complexity of human relationships, in whatever form they may take—male/female, female/female, male/male, same race/interracial, or gay/straight," Fagan says. Visit

Chill out at Ice Wine Festival
The cold of winter has finally arrived, just in time for the eighth annual New York Ice Wine & Culinary Festival, which is Saturday at Casa Larga Vineyards in Fairport. Ice wine is a sweet dessert wine made from frozen grapes, and the festival highlights the wineries that make it, including Barnstormer Winery, Casa Larga Vineyards, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars and Schulze Vineyards & Winery. The event also features live entertainment, winery tours, seminars and horse-drawn carriage vineyard rides. The festival runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit

Anti-Valentine's Day event at MAG
It may be Valentine's Day weekend, but romance isn't in the air everywhere. Memorial Art Gallery is planning an anti-Valentine's Day party, Valentine #Schmalentine. It's at 9 p.m. Friday. In addition to amazing art and live music, there's a scavenger hunt, speed dating for friends, voodoo doll making with Jason Ferguson, hair braiding with Erica Stoy and fencing demonstrations. For tickets and details, visit Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

Dutch Connection floral display
"The Dutch Connection" will fill the conservatory of George Eastman House with more than 2,000 fragrant and colorful tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, amaryllis and freesias, recreating Eastman's 1915 display of flowers from Holland. Each year's display replicates Eastman's order from a century before; this year's flowers, on view from Friday to Feb. 28, are based on his flower order of 1916. The Genesee Region Orchid Society will also display tropical orchids throughout the house, and potted flowers will be for sale. Go to

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