A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
'FIDDLER ON THE ROOF'
7:30 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall. $17-$50.
The first production of "Fiddler on the Roof" opened on Broadway nearly 50 years ago. The smash-hit musical was based on a short story by Sholem Aleichem called "Tevye and his Daughters," published in 1894. Then, as now, the theme of striving to hold on to one's traditions in the face of enormous changes and societal upheaval was a relevant one. Tevye, a poor Jewish milkman in early 20th century Russia, wrestles with a variety of internal and external forces that are threatening big changes for his family and his way of life: a wealthy, middle-aged suitor seeks his eldest daughter's hand in marriage, though she's in love with a poor young tailor. Another daughter seeks to marry a Marxist revolutionary (disregarding the traditional role of the matchmaker) and yet another of his daughters falls in love with a young Russian gentile despite Tevye's disapproval. Meanwhile word is spreading of an imminent pogrom and the expulsion of Jews from Russia. Throughout it all, Tevye must search his soul for the answers to these modern dilemmas. This production runs again Dec. 1, same time and price.
WING SPUR WILD HORSES BENEFIT
6 p.m. Argenta Community Theater. $50.
Out west, herds of wild horses that are supposed to be protected by the Bureau of Land Management are sometimes rounded up and sent to Mexico for slaughter, their meat shipped overseas, to places where the consumption of horse is considered acceptable. I know this will shock you, but it turns out BLM has a very cozy and incestuous relationship with oil and gas companies, which lease federal lands for drilling. Those companies pay a nominal fee to the feds, and in return, they can do pretty much as they please with the land, extracting their fill of the fossil fuels and then leaving the mess for someone else to clean up. It seems that herds of wild horses have a tendency to inconvenience these companies, hence the animals' poor treatment at the hands of the agency that is ostensibly supposed to protect them, under the Wild Horses and Burros Act of 1971. But some accommodating legislation from former Montana Republican Sen. Conrad Burns negated critical parts of the act, allowing for the removal of the wild horses. Burns snuck the changes into an appropriations bill in 2005 without any public notice or debate in Congress. "Wild Horses and Renegades" is a documentary that tells this story of corporate greed and animal cruelty abetted by bureaucratic negligence. The film contains some pretty shocking footage of abuse, though, so if that sort of thing bothers you, then you should definitely make a donation to Wing Spur Wild Horses, which cares for two families of wild mustangs rescued from a grisly fate at the abattoir. The nonprofit sanctuary, located at Wye, is among several that were started by kindhearted folks around the country who wanted to make sure these majestic creatures get a chance to survive. There will be drinks and hors d'oeuvres in addition to a screening of the film.
8 p.m. Cornerstone Pub and Grill. $7.
If you dig listening to guitar-centric, crunchy modern rock and you also want to help The Boys & Girls Clubs spread some holiday cheer to the less fortunate this season, this benefit show that the band headlines is probably where you should be on Friday night. Se7en Sharp is self-described as "Eagles in Chains," which sounds right on the money to these ears. "Classic grunge" could also accurately describe the band, which has little in common with much of the hyper-compressed modern radio rock that barrels out of truck speakers all over the nation. The band's tunes are by turns heavy and quiet, dynamic and melodic, with the acoustic guitars playing nice with the electric ones. If that sounds like it's up your alley, make sure to bring a gently worn coat, three cans of nonperishable food or a new toy and help someone stay warm, fed and a maybe just a little bit happier.