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Daily Choices: What to do on Thursday, March 21

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Music: It’s almost like they did it on purpose! Abilene (153 Liberty Pole Way, will be celebrating its fifth anniversary tonight, which is none other than the wood anniversary. Who will be playing? Woody Pines! Music is free and kicks off at 8:30 p.m. Drink specials and prizes round off the celebrations.

Lecture: Centuries-old maps aren’t exactly as helpful today as they may have been, you know, about 400 years ago. But for what it’s worth, the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division of the New York Public Library, which is one of the world’s largest map collections, recently undertook the mission of digitizing its antique maps and atlases and making them interactive – a project that earned last year’s Cutting Edge Technology in Library Service Award from the American Library Association. Matt Knutzen, who works in the library’s Map Division, will explain this ongoing innovation as part of “Where Text and Code Collide: The Humanities Distinguished Speaker Series,” hosted by the Rochester Institute of Technology. His free lecture begins at 8 p.m. in Max Lowenthal Hall on the RIT campus (One Lomb Memorial Dr.). Visit for more campus events.

Music: Time to up the punx! East Coast vs. West Coast Punk Rock Tap Takeover will be happening tonight at Tap & Mallet (381 Gregory St., Music starts at 7 p.m. and is free. Studded jacks and patch vests optional.

Theater: Want to fit a classic work of theater into your lunch break – or better yet, just make it your lunch break? Treat yourself to a breezy performance of Peter Shaffer’s one-act play “The Private Ear,” which will be held at the Geva Theatre Center (75 Woodbury Blvd.), as part of the theater’s annual Lunchtime Series. The play begins at 12:15 p.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Tickets are $8 for the show, and $15 for the show and a lunch from Gigi’s Italian Kitchen and Catering. Visit for more performances.

Music: Laura Stevenson and the Cans will be hitting up the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave., tonight. You'll want to head on down early, the music kicks off at 7:45 p.m. The Rice Cakes and MD Woods open up, and tickets cost $10. For those looking to keep the party going, Cultr Club will follow the bands at 11 p.m.

Workshop: Have no money? Have no fear. If you’re an aspiring filmmaker, you don’t need a multimillion dollar budget to bring your dreams to life. In some cases, you might not need any budget at all. Stanley Main, a producer at Rochester Community Television and founder of Rochester Movie Makers, will share his insights on how to balance your meager or non-existent filmmaking budget in his workshop, “Making Movies on a Shoestring,” which runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the RCTV office (21 Gorham St.). The workshop is $3 for RCTV members and $10 for non-members. Check out for other workshops and events.

Music: Looking to celebrate Bach’s birthday? Head on down to Hochstein (50 N. Plymouth Ave., tonight for a concert featuring student and faculty performances celebrating all that is Bach. Music starts at 7 p.m.

Literary: Don’t get too optimistic about spring cleaning – if you’re a book collector, you’ll end up hoarding much more than you need to if you visit the Gates Public Library’s spring book sale, which kicks off today in the recreation room of Gates Town Hall (1605 Buffalo Rd.). The sale will feature a vast array of used books, CDs, cassettes, records, puzzles, and videotapes, with most items costing no more than $1. Start clearing sufficient space in your home now. The book sale continues every day through Tuesday, Mar. 26, with a “Two Bucks a Bag” sale on the last two days. The sale runs from noon to 7 p.m. today, Friday, and Monday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Visit for more info and events.