Many Rochester-area musicians will play songs by Neil Young to benefit Hillside Children's Center music programs

Been a miner for a heart of gold? You may find it this weekend in Henrietta.

All things considered, Neil Young — who turned 73 on Monday, Nov. 12 — has probably had better birthday weeks. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer whose long career has yielded such classic songs as "Cinnamon Girl," "Rockin' in the Free World" and "Heart of Gold" was among those who reportedly have lost homes to the raging California wildfires.

A sad time for Young, but the musician — whose charitable work and activism over the years have included work on behalf of Farm Aid, environmental causes and a school for special-needs children — would probably approve of a local celebration of his life and career, and the cause it supports. The sixth annual Neil Young Birthday Bash — set for 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at The Lovin' Cup, 300 Park Point in Henrietta — benefits music programs at Hillside Children's Center.

Hosted by psychedelic garage-rockers The Infrared Radiation Orchestra, the evening features a who's who of Rochester area musicians joining in to play Young's music. Listeners might hear songs from his days in the legendary band Buffalo Springfield; his sojourns with CSN in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; his 1980s experiments with country, blues, rockabilly and even electronic music; his acoustic balladry; or his hard-rocking rave-ups with Crazy Horse. Maybe all of the above.

Joining IRO are members of junkyardfieldtrip, Violet Mary, The Brian Lindsay Band, Watkins & The Rapiers, Dan Eaton Band, The Flood, The Jane Mutiny, Moving Mountains, Big Ditch, and Liar's Moon. The Hillside Youth Voice Band will make a special appearance at the benefit, playing a full set and reminding everyone what it's all about. IRO singer/guitarist Kim Draheim, who works at Hillside, has produced recordings of the youth band. The music program at Hillside, under Draheim's direction, has been recognized by such organizations at the Residential Child Care Project at Cornell University — for which the Hillside Youth Voice Band performed at the 2016 international conference, according to a release.

Admission is $5 at the door.

On 'Track'

The "Tunes by the Tracks" folk music series in Clifton Springs has been going for nine years now. Jim Clare, Allen Hopkins and Cathy McGrath host the series, which has showcased local, regional and national musicians over the years, along with providing time for those attending to take a turn with the "Mystery Pickers."

McGrath's got solo hosting duties on Wednesday, Nov. 21, when Clare and Hopkins themselves — both seasoned performers with decades of musical experience under their belts — are the featured act. Says a release from the Trackers, "you can expect the customary tightly arranged, intricately rehearsed songs in a seamless set, that will include old favorites, fan requests, a short hilarious anecdote or two, and perhaps a few original songs."

The Tunes by the Tracks concert will be 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave. It's free, but a $5 donation is suggested for the feature and refreshments. And if you want to be a Mystery Picker, ask McGrath, Clare or Hopkins and they'll put you in the lineup.

Next up: McGrath and her colleagues in Celtic trio Cuisle Mo Chroi will perform their annual Christmas concert on Dec. 19.

The curtain rises

A look at area theatrical productions:

• It's the fiinal weekend for "Thurgood" — the story of the pioneering Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall — at Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Center, Rochester. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16; 4 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; and the final show at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.

• TYKEs (Theatre Young Kids Enjoy) will present "Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly," based on picture books by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; and 2 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Brighton.

• The Gatesinger Company, Ltd. presents "No, No, Nanette," a comedy about three couples sharing an Atlantic City cottage amid a blackmail scheme and showcasing the music of Vincent Youmans (such as "Tea for Two"). Shows are at 7 p.m. Fridays (Nov. 16 and 23); 7:30 p.m. Saturdays (Nov. 17 and 24); and 2 p.m. Sundays (Nov. 18 and 25), all at Gates Hall, 4107 Lake Road, Pultneyville.

• Finger Lakes Community College theater students present "Little Shop of Horrors" — the comedy/musical about a man, a woman and an extremely ravenous plant — at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Finger Lakes Community College, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Hopewell.

• Marcus Whitman High School students perform "Bus Stop" — in which snowbound travelers must take refuge in a small roadside diner — at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17, at the school, 4100 Baldwin Road, Rushville.

• Screen Plays — Hollywood's Golden Age on Stage presents "It's a Wonderful Life — A Live Radio Play," based on the Frank Capra holiday classic, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20; 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, all at the Multi-use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC), 142 Atlantic Ave., Rochester. The adaptation is set at a live radio broadcast presenting the show for the airwaves in the 1940s, and includes sound effects, period commercial jingles and a live band.

Contact the venue or company about ticket pricing and other details.