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BEST BETS: July 18 to 24, 2014

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Clint Eastwood's film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical "Jersey Boys" is a fun romp down memory lane, but the real deal will be performing in Canandaigua this weekend. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons take the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center. Born Francesco Stephen Castelluccio in 1934, Valli changed his name in 1953. The Four Seasons rose to super-stardom in the 1960s with a string of No. 1 hits, including "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Walk Like a Man." Visit or

Festa Italiana
The Italian American Community Center in Gates celebrates the annual Festa Italiana with arts and crafts, live entertainment, games, a car show, a children's tent and, of course, delicious Italian food. The festival is Friday and Saturday. Admission is $5. Go to

RPO presents Beatles show
It's a British invasion in Canandaigua when the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates the Beatles' 50th anniversary with Beatles look-alikes and sound-alikes. "The Beatles! Classical Mystery Tour" is Sunday at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center with more than two dozen Beatles hits. Kids younger than 18 are admitted free on the lawn with an adult ticket purchase. Go to The RPO is back at CMAC Tuesday when piano rocker Ben Folds brings his Orchestral Experience in a concert with the RPO. On the tour so far, Folds has been showing off technical chops performing his new piano concerto, along with orchestral arrangements of his pop hits. Michael Butterman will conduct. Visit

'Hairspray, the Musical'
JCC SummerStage presents "Hairspray, the Musical." Based on the John Waters 1988 cult film, "Hairspray" explores the impact on 1962 Baltimore when a plus-sized dancer decides it's time to end race segregation on television. It stars John Caboot and Emma Andriatch. There are six shows between Saturday and July 27 at Hart Theatre. Performance dates coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Rochester race riots. Visit

Roc Pride weekend
The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley presents the Roc Pride 2014 festival Friday to Sunday. The weekend's highlights include a parade at 5:15 Friday down Park Avenue, the Pride Rainbow Ride for bicyclists, roller derby, live music and a family picnic. Visit

Duck Drop in Pittsford
Pittsford Youth Services holds its Annual Duck Drop fundraising event Friday around 8 p.m. It's immediately after Pittsford's summer concert featuring party rock band Allegro at the Port of Pittsford Park. Buy a duck raffle ticket for $5, and see if the duck whose number corresponds to your ticket wins the race in the canal. First prize is $500. Go to

On the big screen
"Sex Tape" stars Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz, who have been married for a decade and have kids, and they're looking for a way to spark their love life. They make a sex tape, lose the tape, then are in a race to reclaim their video. "The Purge: Anarchy" is the sequel to summer 2013's sleeper hit. The film is set in an alternative version of America, where the government allows a 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity, including murder, becomes legal. The police can't be called and hospitals won't even help people. "Planes: Fire & Rescue" is a new animated comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. Find movie times.

Downtown Canandaigua Art & Music Festival
After a one-year hiatus, the spacious sidewalks of downtown Canandaigua will be filled with activity for the city's Art & Music Festival this weekend. This is the 27th year the festival has been held. Artists in every medium—from jewelry to furniture—show and sell their creations. The festival has grown over the years, adding music and children's activities. Among the bands performing are Vintage (classic rock), MoChester (pop and reggae) and Wolf Mountain Band (country). Food trucks are the new attraction this summer. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Go to for details.

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