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Daily Choices: What to do on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9

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MUSIC: Grab all the black and yellow clothing you have in your closet and head on down to the Blue Cross Arena (One War Memorial Square, on Sunday for rapper Wiz Khalifa’s rescheduled performance. He’ll be bringing along Juicy J, Chevy Woods, Lola Monroe, and Berner & Tuki Carter. Music starts at 7:30 p.m., tickets run $32.50-$42.50, and all tickets from the October date will be honored.

SPECIAL EVENT: Even if you can’t get away for an exotic vacation this winter, imagine you’re in elaborate landscapes at Lake Ontario Wine Trail’s “3rd Annual Holiday Tour.” Seven stops along the trail feature wine and food pairings from seven different countries at different wineries. Saturday and Sunday. 12 p.m.-5 p.m. $10 per ticket or 2 for $15.

MUSIC: The Rochester Chip Fest is a day-long music festival that features artists who implement sound chips from retro computers and old video-game systems to create new, original music. The entertainment will also include visual artists, interactive workshops, and more. NYC-based 8-bit aficionado Joshua Davis, a.k.a. Bit Shifter, is among the acts slated to perform. Davis employs Nanoloop technology and handheld Nintendo Game Boy consoles in the manufacturing of a low-bit, high-energy electronic sound that “leaves high-end computer music choking on his exhaust, bringing twice the rock with 0.00002 percent of the processing power.” Rochester Chip Fest takes place Saturday, December 8, 5 p.m. at the SAU Cafeteria at RIT, 1 Lomb Memorial Drive. Free with RIT I.D., $15 for the general public. 475-2509, [email protected].

MUSIC: The holidays are upon us, and what better way to celebrate than heading out to the RPO Saturday night to listen and revel in Handel’s Messiah at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre? (433 East Main St, Join guest conductor Eric Townell, and the Rochester Oratorio Society as they join our local orchestra in this great performance at 7:30 p.m., tickets $15-$79. Looking for something a little more kid friendly? The RPO’s OrKIDStra for the Holidays will take place Sunday at Kodak Hal at 2 p.m., tickets $10-$15.

SPECIAL EVENT: Help support the Pittsford Food Cupboard at Gallea’s “Big Green Egg Cookout” on Saturday. Savor grilled, smoked, and baked recipes made with the Big Green Egg, a new insulated outdoor cooker. Portions of sales will benefit the Pittsford Food Cupboard. Bring in 5 or more canned goods to donate to the cupboard and receive $5 worth of “Gallea Dollars.” 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 2832 Clover St. 586-3017.

MUSIC: Looking for a soulful ninesome of musical proportions to have Saturday night? Make it down to Water Street Music Hall for its second free Customer Appreciation show featuring Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds. Hollis Brown and AudioInflux open the night up, music starts at 7 p.m.

MUSIC: Get ready to party and dance Gangnam Style with WDKX’s 2012 Step Jam: Gangnam Style. The event, at the Blue Cross Arena (One War Memorial Square, on Saturday brings together local youth step teams all willing to bring it on. Performances start at 1 p.m., tickets cost $10 and can be bought at Mad Flavors (185 Lyell Ave.), the Blue Cross box office or Ticketmaster.

ART: View art in a different way at Kathy Clem’s Special Holiday Gala Party featuring her “Fantasy” exhibit. Saturday. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Artist talk and iPad Painting demonstration at 2 p.m. Free. Multimedia Art Gallery, Anderson Arts Building (250 N. Goodman St.). 764-5589.

MUSIC: We’re always fans of CD release parties, but how about a free one to check out this weekend? Head on down to the House of Guitars (645 Titus Ave., for Amanda Lee Peers & The Driftwood Sailors CD release show Saturday night at 6 p.m. You may have seen them at Park in the Park earlier in the year, but don’t miss them this weekend!

SPECIAL EVENT: Experience the beauty of Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park during the holidays at the Sonnenberg Holiday Home Tour. Saturday. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Drive yourself or take the free shuttle. At 2 p.. Canandaigua Middle School carolers will perform in the Mansion, while guests are invited to indulge in cookies and punch. $25. 394-4922.

MUSIC: Alt-country rockers Hunu? will host a benefit concert at the German House with proceeds going to Center For Youth Services. Several members of the band are former members of local group Colorblind James Experience. This event is a memorial to Colorblind James, a.k.a. Chuck Cuminale, who was a music writer for City Newspaper and worked at the center until he died in July 2001. This annual concert is sponsored by the Bop Shop and reunites many past and present movers and shakers of Rochester’s music scene. Special guests including Ron Stackman, Stan Merrell, Beth Brown, Tom Kohn, Dick Storms, Buzzo, The Buddhahood, The Margaret Explosion, and others will perform their favorite Christmas tunes. The show takes place Saturday, December 8, 8 p.m. at the German House, 315 Gregory St. $10.

MUSIC: Blackened Blues started with two brothers, one a rapper in Atlanta, one a bass player in Brooklyn. Since coming to Rochester, they’ve spared no time pulling together a band from various projects currently bouncing around in the depths of Dubland. For this funky brew, you require one dash Subsoil (Brad Sheffield on guitar and Jon Lourette on sax), two pinches Roots Collider (Jimmy Grillo on drums and Dexter Redic), and a little poetic flair, and you get what, admittedly, at first glance kind of sounds like a mix of Roots Collider and Subsoil. But, much like any dish that needs you to pause a second and savor it, this mix is so much more. It’s got all the funky rhythms you would expect, but with some lyrically appealing rapping thrown on top, and even some occasional highlights of sax and scratching. It’s surprisingly smooth. Blackened Blues performs Saturday, December 8, 10 p.m. at Dubland Underground, 315 Alexander St. $10-$20. 232-7550.

LECTURE: Learn more about the magic that goes into crafting Tiffany lamps at Penfield Library’s lecture, “Louis Comfort Tiffany.” Don Hall, former director of the Strasenburgh Planetarium and a Tiffany expert, will discuss Tiffany’s life and work as an artist. Sunday. 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. 1985 Baird Rd. 340-8720.

MUSIC: Like your Christmas celebrations a little more on the British side of the waters? Don’t miss An Old Toad Christmas Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. at the, well, Old Toad (277 Alexander St., featuring the Beatles cover band Mr. Mustard. Cover will run $5, and the pub will be opening up at 4 p.m. for people to get food and drink ahead of the show.

MUSIC: Along with bands like Suicidal Tendencies and Corrosion of Conformity, D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) helped usher in thrash elements to the hardcore scene. Formed on May 2, 1982, around 4 p.m., according to the band’s website, D.R.I. has released seven albums, steadily shifting from hardcore punk to thrash, earning it the title the fastest band in the world. Abdicate, Bleed The Messiah, and Pipe also perform. D.R.I. performs Sunday, 8 p.m. at Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $20.

MUSIC: Looking for some classical holiday cheer? The Brighton Symphony Holiday concert will be taking place Sunday afternoon at the Brighton Town Hall (2300 Elmwood Ave.). This free show kicks off at 3 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENT: See the Public Market’s festive side at Holidays at the Market. Santa, horse-drawn sleighs, holiday wreaths, and more on Sunday. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 280 N. Union St. 428-6907.