1. Whole hog
If you like your rock 'n' roll to come with a three-piece horn section and a good rhythm to shake your tail to, you're in luck: The pride of Appleton, Wis., Porky's Groove Machine, promises a smoldering set at 9:45 tonight at Kathy's Pub (307 S. Broadway). Check out music samples and familiarize yourself with the band's curious origin story at porkysgroovemachine.com.
2. On their toes
Get out and support local performers — with a handful of imported professionals in key roles — in the Rochester Dance Company's presentation of "The Nutcracker," 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Mayo Civic Center's Presentation Hall. Tickets for the annual production are $18 and $22. Information: www.rochesterdancecompany.org.
3. 'Frozen' summit
Zollman Zoo at Oxbow Park (5731 County Road 105 NW) hosts its annual ZooDazzle, featuring Christmas lights and activities including an igloo presenting the characters of "Frozen." It runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and Saturday. Free admission; donations accepted. Information: www.facebook.com/OxbowParkandZollmanZoo.
4. Slippery slope
Some of us have enough trouble staying upright on icy ground. For us, an ice-climbing competition Sunday at Roca Climbing (6071 Rome Circle NW) will be a true marvel. Tools are available if you'd like to take a try yourself for $35. Check-in at 11:15 a.m.; climbing from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The competition finals starts at 4. Information: www.climbroca.com/events.
5. Talk about compassion
Compassion: sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it. Experience it at one of two events on Sunday: Journey of Peace, 12:30 p.m. at Kabab Restaurant (125 E. Center St.) presents "An Islamic Perspective of Compassion." RSVP required; email [email protected] At 6 p.m., join others at Bethel Lutheran Church (810 Third Ave. SE) for Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting. Families and friends around the globe light candles to honor memories of sons, daughters, sisters, brothers and grandchildren who left too soon. Both events are free.