Oct. 20 to 27, 2016
Contemporary a cappella group
The Nazareth College Arts Center presents VoicePlay on Saturday in the Callahan Theater. The internationally acclaimed a cappella quintet was featured on season four of NBC's "The Sing Off." The group began as a street corner barbershop act and has evolved into an internationally acclaimed touring sensation. The full stage show ping-pongs between eras and styles, channeling the breadth of the musical landscape and lacing it with inventive and often hilarious on-stage theatrics. Go to naz.edu/arts-center for details.
Gospel singer Tamela Mann
Grammy-nominated gospel singer Tamela Mann performs at 8 p.m. Friday at the Auditorium Theatre. Mann is also an actress, best known for her roles as Cora and Myrtle in Tyler Perry's plays "I Can Do Bad All By Myself," "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" and "Madea's Family Reunion." Her singing career began with the gospel group Kirk Franklin and the Family in the 1990s. She is the winner of the NAACP Image Award. Get tickets at ticketmaster.com.
'Halloween Slasher' improv
Geva Comedy Improv presents "Halloween Slasher" Friday and Saturday. The evening of improv features sketches based upon audience suggestions and inspired by the classic slasher films of the 1980s. Performances are in the Fielding Stage at Geva Theatre Center. It's recommended for 18 and older. It features strong language, adult content and improvised violence. Go to gevacomedyimprov.org.
Mansion Mystery at Sonnenberg
The Sonnenberg Mansion in Canandaigua presents an evening of live theater set in 1916. This year's Mansion Mystery, "Finding Noah," takes place this weekend and next. During the evening, guests will have an opportunity to converse with the characters to solve the murder of an immigrant named Noah. Go to sonnenberg.org.
'Church & State' at JCC
CenterStage Theatre at the Jewish Community Center launches its 2016-17 season with "Church & State," developed by Emmy-nominated Jason Odell Williams and CenterStage Artistic Director Ralph Meranto. The new play is about the way religion, guns and social media influence our elections. Producers are eyeing an off-Broadway run in spring 2017. "Church & State" opens Saturday and runs to Nov. 6. Go to jccrochester.org.
On the Big Screen
"Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" stars Tom Cruise as Reacher, who must break an Army major (Cobie Smulders) out of prison and uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy to clear their names and save their lives. "Keeping Up with the Joneses" is about an ordinary suburban couple who discover their neighbors are covert operatives. Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm and Isla Fisher star. Find movie times.
Jazz guitarist Steven Hancoff
World-renowned jazz guitarist Steven Hancoff brings "From Tragedy to Transcendence: Bach, Casals and the Six Suites for Cello Solo" back to glorious life in an acoustic performance. It's staged at Downstairs Cabaret Theatre at Winton Place Saturday and Sunday. Go to downstairscabaret.com.