BEST BETS: Feb. 4 to 11, 2016
Founded in 2006 by Chinese expats in New York City, Shen Yun Performing Arts brings to life 5,000 years of Chinese civilization through classical Chinese dance and music in an exhilarating show. At the core of Shen Yun's performance is classical Chinese dance with its explosive techniques, synchronized movements and expressive powers. Shen Yun's routines are onstage at Rochester Auditorium Theatre Saturday and Sunday. Visit shenyun.com or ticketmaster.com.
It's an unseasonably warm winter, and Seneca Park Zoo is taking advantage by planning two "ZooBrrrew" events Friday and Saturday. The fundraiser is for those 21 and older and features live music, food and drink in a heated pavilion and an opportunity to visit the animals. Tickets are $35 each for zoo members; $40 for nonmembers. Your ticket includes food, zoo admission and one ticket to a 2016 summer ZooBrew. There's a cash bar offering seasonal beers, wines, coffee and soda. Visit senecaparkzoo.org
On the big screen
A movie filmed in Rochester premieres Friday at Pittsford Cinema 9 and runs through Feb. 11. "Wildflower" tells the story of a college student haunted by dreams that she believes may be a suppressed memory. Nicholas DiBella is the writer and director, and it stars Nathalia Ramos (pictured). Joel and Ethan Coen write and direct "Hail, Caesar," an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood's Golden Age. It stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill and Scarlett Johansson. Find movie times.
Stare conducts Beethoven 4
Ward Stare conducts the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 at 7:30 p.m. today and 8 p.m. Saturday in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Also on the program is Haydn's Symphony No. 67 and a world premiere by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis. Virtuoso flutist Marina Piccinini will perform his Flute Concerto. Visit rpo.org.
'The Hit Factory 2'
"The Hit Factory 2," a follow-up to last year's "The Hit Factory," runs Saturday to Feb. 21 at the Jewish Community Center's Hart Theater. The musical captures the groundbreaking music composed at New York City's Brill Building in the 1960s and '70s. Singers will recreate more than 40 songs. It picks up where the first show left off, exploring the time after The Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan and features such artists as Paul Revere and the Raiders, Jay and the Americans, Van Morrison, The Monkeys and The Archies. Visit jcccenterstage.org.
30th annual Chocolate Ball
The 30th Annual Chocolate Ball is Saturday at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. The event benefits Epilepsy Pralid Inc. and features award-winning cakes and chocolate from area pastry chefs, cocktails, live music, dinner and a silent auction. Visit epiny.org.
'Hot Wheels' exhibit at Strong
A new exhibit celebrating the iconic tiny cars and their tracks opens Saturday at the Strong Museum. "Hot Wheels: Race to Win" highlights the design, development and testing of cutting-edge car technology—in a quest for record-breaking speed and precision. The exhibit is displayed through April 24. Visit museumofplay.org.