Dec. 1 to 8, 2016
Liberty Pole lighting
Join Santa Claus and Rudolph at the Sibley Square and the Liberty Pole at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Mayor Lovely Warren switches on the lights of the Liberty Pole, followed by a parade to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park Ice Rink led by Prime Time Brass. Go to cityofrochester.gov. Also this weekend, the Rochester Public Market's Holidays at the Market continues from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Vendor tables will be filled with holiday-related art, crafts, decorations, food, gifts and stocking stuffers. You can also buy a tree, wreaths and fresh garlands, visit with Santa and enjoy a free horse-drawn sleigh ride. The events are also planned for Dec. 11 and 18. Visit cityofrochester.gov/holidaysatmarket.
'My Son the Waiter' at JCC
Brad Zimmerman's "My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy" is the story of one man's struggle to fulfill his dream of becoming a comedic actor in New York. It's staged Dec. 1 to 11 at the Jewish Community Center's CenterStage Theatre. Zimmerman worked on the script for nine years before its nearly two-year Off-Broadway run. The show is part theater and part comedy as Zimmerman recalls his childhood, family and misbegotten love life, as well as the trials and tribulations of waiting on tables. Go to jccrochester.org.
'Jersey Boys' returns
"Jersey Boys," the 2006 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, returns to the area this week. Presented by Rochester Broadway Theatre League, it runs through Saturday. The musical is about the Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. It tells the story of four kids from blue-collar families whose act became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold more than 175 million records worldwide. The musical's hit songs include "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Rag Doll," "Oh What a Night" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." Check out ticketmaster.com or rbtl.org.
Weekend of holiday cheer
The Lake Ontario Wine Trail plans their Christmas Around the World event Saturday and Sunday. Participating venues will be pairing traditional holiday dishes from around the world with local award-winning wines, spirits and ciders. Each participating location will represent a different country and provide samples. It runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Tickets are $15 and available at your first stop or online. Go to lakeontariowinetrail.com.
Prism concerts at Naz
Nazareth College musicians present a holiday prism concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in Linehan Chapel. Prism concerts place performers in and around the audience, each performer picking up where the last left off. Nine ensembles will perform a range of pieces, including "Sleigh Ride," "Ukrainian Carol," "Czech Suite," "African Noel" and Leroy Anderson's "A Christmas Festival," consisting of nine Christmas melodies. Go to naz.rochester.edu.
On the Big Screen
"Jackie" is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic first lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Natalie Portman stars. "Man Down" stars Shia LaBeouf as a U.S. Marine who returns home from his tour in Afghanistan to find that the place he once called home is no better than the battlefields he fought on overseas. "Incarnate" stars Aaron Eckhart as an exorcist who comes up against an evil from his past when he uses his supernatural skills to enter the subconscious of a 9-year-old boy. Find movie times.
Native American Winter Arts Festival
Of the many festivals for which Rochester is famed, only a few can claim to celebrate local life as it was before Europeans settled here. One is the Native American Winter Arts Festival at Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor on Dec. 3. Artists will be selling handcrafted items, such as baskets, jewelry and paintings. Professional storyteller Joseph Bruchac will spin tales with his son, Jesse (pictured). Visitors can watch traditional Iroquois social dancing and try food made with Iroquois white corn, a heritage crop. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Go to ganondagan.org. To learn about other events in our area, see the digital edition of Explore or visit the Explore website.