Saturday, October 30 – Sunday, January 8 – Quilts=Art=Quilts – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  International contemporary juried quilt exhibit.  Admission $6/adults, members and children under 12 free.   315-255-1553

Saturday, November 19 – December 31 – Cayuga Museum 75th Anniversay Exhibit – Cayuga Museum of History & Art, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  View the 75th anniversary exhibit chronicling the history of the Cayuga Museum of History and Art and the Case Research Lab.  Also enjoy the new exhibit ’Quilts’ by the Cayuga Lake Quilters Guild.  315-253-8051

December 30 – Concert with John Schmitt and Jules Poorman – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn.  John Schmitt was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, and his songs are a direct reflection of his experiences growing up there. A unique folk-meets-soul style enhances his thoughtful lyrics and colorful imagery.  Known for her beautiful voice and captivating stage presence, Jules Poorman has performed at venues throughout the state from Buffalo to New York City, including the American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan during summer 2011.  Tickets $7 at door, 8pm.  315-253-6669

December 30 & December 31 – “The Great Buck Howard” – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn.  The Great Buck Howard follows the rise, fall, and rise template of many Tom Hanks productions (see That Thing You Do!), but McGinly handles a large cast with ease, the laughs are plentiful, the cameos–John Stewart, Conan O’Brien, George Takei, etc.–are a treat, and the unpredictable Malkovich gives his most nuanced performance since, well, Being John Malkovich.  Tickets $5 online, $6 at door, 12/30 – 1:00 & 8:00pm, 12/31 – 8:00pm.  315-253-6669

December 31 – New Year’s Eve Black & White Masquerade Ball – Auburn Public Theater,  8 Exchange St., Auburn.  You are cordially invited to the Auburn Public Theater for a New Year’s Evening of whimsy and elegance. Inspired by a certain writer’s Party of the Century, the event will be a soiree to remember. I encourage you to arrive in your most debonair black and white attire in order to blend in with the evening’s decorative palette. For added zest, I entreat you to don a playful mask of your choosing. Be prepared to dance into the night.  21+, $5 at the door.  Light refreshments provided.  315-253-6669

December 31 – Back to the 80s New Year’s Eve 2011 – Auburn Holiday Inn, 75 North St., Auburn.  Party begins at 7:30pm with open bar & hors d’oeuvres stations.  Dinner at 8:00pm, featuring carved prime rib & honey glazed ham, shrimp, and dessert buffet.  Champagne toast at midnight.  Music by The Pop Show Band.  $240/couple includes overnight accommodations, NYE celebration, and breadfast buffet on New Year’s Day.    315-253-4531

December 31 – New Years Eve Celebration – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St, Aurora.  A four-course   limited dinner menu, with open seating from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The celebratory dinner is part of the Inns ongoing epicurean series. The cost is $80 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Wine pairings may be added for an additional $20 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 315-364-8888.

December 31 – Winter Birds and Bird Feeders – Sterling Nature Center, 15730 Jensvold Rd., Sterling.  New Year’s Eve is for the birds!  Identify birds at your feeder and learn ways to create simple feeders.  Participants will create a peanut butter and seed feeder to take home.  A short winter bird walk will follow the indoor program.  1:00pm.    315-947-6143

December 31 – New Years Eve at Oak & Vine At Springside – Springside Inn, 6141 W. Lake Rd., Auburn.  The Sarah Horner Band appearing live 9:30pm until 1:30am.  $75/person includes four course dinner, champagne toast, and party favors.  Please call for reservations.  315-252-8463

January 4 – Science Alive 3 – Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center, Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum, 6880 East Lake Rd., Auburn.  A fun-filled evening of exciting ’hands-on’ science experiences for the whole family.  6-8pm.   $5/person, $25/maximum per family.  Students must be accompanied by parents.  Reservations required by 12/31.  315-784-5479 or 315-729-0657

January 6 & January 7 – “El Bulli: Cooking In Progress” – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St.  Auburn.  The documentary “El Bulli: Cooking in Progress” offers a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes at the Spanish restaurant hailed as the most influential eatery in the world.  1/6 – 1:00 & 8:00pm, 1/7 – 8:00pm.  315-253-6669

January 7 & January 8 – “Models of Strength” – Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center, Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum, 6880 East Lake Rd., Auburn.  Come check out the brand new ’Norm Riley Wooden Toys and Farm Implement Exhibit’.  View over 300 hand crafted works of art.  11:00am – 4:00pm.  Admission & parking free, donations accepted.  315-784-5479 or 315-729-0657

January 7 – The Amazing Kreskin – Auburn Public Theater,  8 Exchange St.  Auburn.  With a showman’s flair, a comedian’s wit, and the talents of a bona fide mind reader or mentalist, The Amazing Kreskin has, for five decades, probed the mysteries of the human mind. Tickets $35.  Shows at 2:00 & 8:00PM.  315-253-6669

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