BEST BETS: Feb. 27 to March 5, 2015
Beatlemania comes to Rochester
"Let It Be: A Celebration of The Music of The Beatles" takes the stage at Rochester's Auditorium Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday. Beatles look-alikes and sound-alikes present more than 40 of the band's hits, including "Hard Day's Night," "Day Tripper," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "Strawberry Fields." The show has been seen by more than a million people worldwide, including on Broadway and in London's West End, where it got great reviews. Visit letitbelive.com or ticketmaster.com.
RPO performs 'La Traviata in Concert'
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra presents "La Traviata in Concert" in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Ward Stare (pictured) will conduct Giuseppe Verdi's operatic masterpiece. Eric Townell directs the Rochester Oratorio Society; featured soloists include Anya Matanovic as Violetta, Marco Cammarota as Alfredo and Weston Hurt as Giorgio. The performance is at 8 p.m. Saturday. Visit rpo.org.
On the big screen
"The Lazarus Effect" is a horror film about a group of medical students who discover a way to bring dead patients back to life. Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass star. "Whiplash" won three Oscars and was nominated for two others, including Best Picture. J.K. Simmons won Best Supporting Actor for his work in this film about an aspiring jazz drummer and a teacher with an intense method of training. Find movie times.
In the market for a new car?
The Rochester Automobile Dealers' Association traces its organizational roots to 1908, when a handful of pioneer dealers got together to plan Rochester's first auto show. The 2015 edition of Rochester International Auto Show is at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center today to Sunday. Hundreds of vehicles, both domestics and imports, will be showcased. Visitors can check out the Lamborghini Gallardo, Aston Martin Vantage, the newest Maseratis and the all-new gull wing BMW88 electric sports car, featured in "Mission: Impossible." Every make of car sold in Rochester will be on display, from luxury sedans to gas-sipping subcompacts. Visit rochesterautodealers.org.
Insult comic Lampanelli to perform
Lisa Lampanelli brings her "Leaner and Meaner" insult comedy show to the Auditorium Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday. Lampanelli's rise to the top of the comedy food chain began in 2002 when she was the only female comedian invited to skewer Chevy Chase on the New York Friars Club Roast. Since then, she has lost more than 100 pounds and appeared on "Celebrity Apprentice." Visit insultcomic.com or ticketmaster.com.
It's getting hot in here
Tango Buenos Aires steams up the Callahan Theater stage at Nazareth College with the passion and sensuality of the tango. The show is at 7 p.m. Sunday. Its all-new production, "Song of Evita," portrays the life of Eva Peron. Tickets are $35 to $65. The Argentine tango has a mixture of African and Spanish antecedents and also a strong influence from the Argentine milonga, which is sung by gauchos, the Argentine "cowboys." In its beginnings, the tango was an ill-famed dance, being very fashionable in dance halls and cabarets, with choreography that called for the couple to hold each other very close. For details, visit naz.edu.