BEST BETS: Nov. 25 to Dec. 3, 2015
'A Christmas Carol'
"A Christmas Carol," Charles Dickens' classic tale, returns to Geva Theatre's Wilson Mainstage for another holiday season. Geva's version features a script adapted by Mark Cuddy from Dickens' novella, with music and lyrics by Gregg Coffin. Cuddy also directs. Geva Theatre Center's adaptation premiered in 2010. It has become a kind of holiday reunion, too, for many members of the cast. Guy Paul reprises his role as Ebenezer Scrooge and Jim Poulos returns to the role of Bob Cratchit. "A Christmas Carol" is playing at Geva through Dec. 27. Go to gevatheatre.org.
44th Webster Turkey Trot
Prepare for a day of overeating and stress with extended family at the annual Webster Turkey Trot. The event began in 1972 as a way for a high school cross-country coach to get in a Thanksgiving Day workout for his team. Today the race is a holiday tradition that draws more than 5,500 runners from around the area. Two distances are offered (4.4 or 2.5 miles). Start time is 10 a.m. Thursday at Parkview Lodge in Webster Park on Holt Road. Register at Fleet Feet Sports on Monroe Avenue. YellowJacket Racing offers free shuttle service. Visit yellowjacketracing.com or runsignup.com.
Breakfast with St. Nick
Genesee Country Village & Museum presents "Breakfast with St. Nick" Saturday. The Meeting Center will be decorated for the season and serving a kid-pleasing breakfast in addition to the encounter with the 19th-century-style Santa. Each child will receive a 19th-century treat. Reservations are required and are available online. Check out gcv.org.
Second Storie Indie Market
The Second Storie Indie Market will showcase unique handmade creations with an artistic flair. More than 35 vendors attending this year will offer their wares, from handmade jewelry and pottery to letterpress stationery to scarves and photographs. The Second Storie Market is Nov. 28 at Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince St. Food trucks Le Petit Poutine and Macarollin will be there. Visit secondstorie.com.
Geva Comedy Improv 'Faceoff'
Geva Comedy Improv presents "Thanksgridiron Faceoff." Turkeys and Pilgrims—two legendary teams—clash in a throwdown of hilarious improv. Geva Comedy Improv, Geva Theatre Center's resident improv troupe, premiered on the Fielding Stage in 2003. Shows are at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the NextStage at Geva. Go to gevacomedyimprov.org.
Holiday Festival of Crafts
The Rochester Folk Art Guild celebrates its Holiday Festival of Crafts at the Harley School in Brighton Friday to Sunday. Guild members live on a 350-acre farm in Middlesex in the Finger Lakes, where they make handcrafted pottery, wooden furniture, woven items, clothing, folk toys, jewelry, nature photography, note cards and books. Admission is $2. Go to folkartguild.org.
On the Big Screen
Told from Igor's perspective, "Victor Frankenstein" explores the troubled young assistant's dark origins and his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Frankenstein. It stars Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy. In "Creed," the former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed. Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone star. "The Good Dinosaur" is an animated film about an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. Find movie times.
A holiday tradition: 'The Nutcracker' ballet
The ever-popular "Nutcracker" ballet returns to Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre this week. The Rochester City Ballet and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the holiday classic. The RPO's Michael Butterman conducts, and Jamey Leverett is artistic director of the ballet. The Bach Children's Chorus, led by director Karla Krogstad, will also perform. The classical music ensemble includes girls and boys ages 8 to 16. Six performances are slated today and Friday to Sunday. Visit rochestercityballet.com or rpo.org.