Seven things to do in the Rome region this week
1. The Utica Memorial Auditorium hosts Comets Hockey Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets $18 - $28. Comets vs. Syracuse Crunch Call 738-0164, visit www.theuticaaud.com
2. “Motown the Musical” at Stanley in Utica, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Tickets $24.25-$69.25. On January 12, 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. obtained a loan of $800 from his family and founded an enterprise he called Motown Records. The company had its first hit record in 1960, and between 1961 and 1971 landed 163 singles in Billboard magazine’sTop 20, including 28 songs that reached No. 1. Gordy discovered, developed, and launched the careers of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Mary Wells, The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, and Marvin Gaye – to name just a few. Call 724-7196, visit broadwayutica.com.
3. Cinema Capitol screens “Silence ” Friday-Saturday, 3:30 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30 and 3:45 p.m. Tickets $7, $5 members, students. Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) — at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. Rated R. Call 337-6453, visit www.romecapitol.com.
4. Turning Stone Event Center presents Dancing with the Stars: Live! Friday, 8 p.m. Tickets $44 / $49 / $59. “Dancing with the Stars: Live! - We Came to Dance”, an all-new production, showcases every type of ballroom and modern dance seen on ABC’s hit show, including sizzling group performances, romantic duets, contemporary numbers and original pieces created specifically for the nationwide tour. Call 800-771-7711, visit www.turningstone.com.
5. Discover Snowshoeing at Fort Stanwix National Monument Saturday at 10 a.m. Free. Have fun navigating a snowy course set up on the park lawn. Snowshoes sized for toddlers through adults will be provided for use during the event on a first come, first serve basis. Call 338-7730, visit www.nps.gov/fost.
6. Riggies, Greens and Rock event Sunday, Jan. 15, noon-3 p.m. at The Stanley, Utica. Tickets $15, $10 advance; free for ages 8 and under. The Stanley will be celebrating Central New York’s best culinary experience, Riggies and Utica Greens accompanied by acoustic rock music. Call 724-4000.
7. The 37th Annual Toy Train Show 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 at Utica’s Union Station. Admission $5, $2 ages 5-12, free for age 4 and under. The show features over 120 tables of trains and train related items, as well as several operating displays, including the 11’ x 22’ operating layout with S and O/O-27, operating Disney display with a Lionel set, Disney monorail and buildings and other various displays. Visit www.facebook.com/TTCSUticaTrainShow