Weekly Planner May 9-15: What’s Happening in Music, Arts & Life | Culture

Where else can you find thrash metal one night, and Weird Al Yankovic the next? The agenda of CITY magazine! And you can find the rest of the CITY events calendar here.

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“Sacred robbery”

Ongoing by cable subscription
Discovery+

An arrogant Rochester cop, a conniving Catholic priest, a timid boxer, and a low-key Irish Republican Army rebel got together, you see, and… It’s not the joke setup, it’s the cast of characters believed to be behind one of the biggest unsolved robberies in American history – the 1993 heist of the Brinks depot in Rochester that raised $7.4 million. This Sebastian Mylnarski documentary, based on the meticulously reported true-crime book “Seven Million,” by Democrat and columnist Gary Craig, screams Rochester. You will recognize the names and streets, but the story will surprise you. No one will ask former federal prosecutor Charles Pilato to be the grand marshal of Rochester’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade after watching this.

—DAVID ANDREATTA

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Megadeth, Lamb of God, Trivium and In Flames

6 p.m.
Blue Cross Arena

Shamelessly calling themselves “The Metal Tour of the Year”, this year was actually supposed to be 2020. But the COVID pandemic forced the bands to cool down until last year, when the tour drew 172,000 thrash metal fans during 29 dates. It’s the second leg of the tour, as Megadeth amps up the metalheads for the release of their 16th album this summer. Vocalist Dave Mustaine is the only band member to have been a part of all of them, although his career got off to a rocky start: He was Metallica’s first guitarist but was kicked out of the band for erratic behavior shortly before that it does not happen. Rochester to record their first album. This show offers veteran vibes: co-star Lamb of God has been into this heavy metal and groovecore stuff since 1994.

—JEFF SPEVAK

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‘Weird Al’ Yankovic: Unhappy return from ridiculously indulgent and ill-advised vanity tour

7:30 p.m.
Kodak Center

What comes to mind when you think of Bizarre? The “Dr. Demento Radio Show”, goofy polkas, or maybe “Eat It”? Or do you find yourself in an “Amish Paradise”, singing “YODA”, or perhaps preferring “Word Crimes” to “Blurred Lines”? Weird Al’s clever and endearing parodies initially succeed in being so current, and the best of them hold up decades later. The “self-indulgent” nature of this tour means that with the most familiar songs , Yankovic will showcase his “non-parody material — the slightly more obscure pastiches and original songs that have largely slipped off the pop culture radar.” Tickets range from $49 to $89.

— MONA SEGHATOLESLAMI

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Lunar Alligator

9 p.m.
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When it comes to music, I often gravitate towards the esoteric. The more complex or eccentric the sounds, the more they intrigue me. But less can also be more. That was my experience when first listening to Rochester duo Moon Gator’s straightforward blues rock. There’s something to be said for the minimalist instrumentation of vocalist-guitarist Tommy Francis and drummer Chris Couture, especially when delivered with the wandering confidence and simmering energy found on their recent “Watchmen” collection. Demo session”. Moon Gator wraps up an 18+ show that starts at 9 p.m. and includes fellow local band The Wily Tycoons and Brooklyn rock band The Velvicks. Coverage is $10.

— DANIEL J. KUSHNER

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Light up the night ride

7 p.m.
Genesee Valley Sports Complex

Cycling at night can be a serene experience. Picture yourself walking down quiet streets pulsing with lights, cool air flowing across your face. It’s calming. Reconnect Rochester kicks off Bike Week by celebrating the glory of riding after dusk with Light Up the Night. The slow-paced 11-mile ride covers city streets and some trails; this is a social ride where comfort is a priority. When cycling in the dark, it’s wise to wear light-colored clothing and have a headlight and taillight on your bike. To make the ride fun and festive, organizers encourage participants to equip their bikes with bike lights and glow sticks. The event is organized by Reconnect Rochester, a group that encourages transportation choices by bus, train, bike or on foot.

— JEREMY MOLD

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Veronique Swift

7:30 p.m.
Theater instead of innovation

This jazz singer from Charlottesville, Virginia got off to a fast start; she recorded her first album at the age of 9. Now 27, she has performed with Chris Botti and Michael Feinstein, and toured with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. After half a dozen albums, she is considered a new star of traditional jazz, bebop, vocals and scat singing. Swift also has a dark side: She composed a goth-rock opera, “Vera Icon,” about a murderous nun.

—JEFF SPEVAK

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City of Rochester Ballet: “The Firebird”

2 p.m.
Fort Hill Performing Arts Center, Canandaigua

How do you defeat an oppressive ruler who uses his power for evil and seeks to dominate the country? In this Russian fairy tale ballet, love and heroism prevail, with the magical help of an enchanted bird. Dances of Love, Death, Swords and Sorcery are choreographed by Robert Gardner to Igor Stravinsky’s lush score, composed in 1910 when he was a mostly unknown young composer, delighting audiences Parisian before shocking him a few years later with his audacity “Sacre du Printemps.” Performances are at the Fort Hill Performing Arts Center from May 13-15 and at the Callahan Theater in Nazareth from May 20-22.

— MONA SEGHATOLESLAMI

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