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Rochester is known as "Festival City," with festivals almost every weekend from late spring through the fall.  Plus, everyday there is something to do-from performing arts to museum exhibits to musical recitals-and of course, if it's Rochester-there's plenty of PLAY! Be sure to check the calendar for daily activities.

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03/29/2015 - 04/04/2015

Ongoing Events

Family Climbing

  • Date(s): 06/01/2010(No End Date)
  • Recurring monthly on the 1st
  • Times: Various; Call our office
  • Location: RockVentures, 1044 University Avenue
  • Contact: office
  • Phone: (585) 442-5462
  • Admission: $35

Introduction to Rock Climbing. Ages 2-92 are successful. If you can climb a ladder, you can climb with us. Learn valuable climbing and rope holding skills. Under 18 years requires your parent sign our waiver. All ages climb; must be 12 years and older to be rope holder.

Cameras from the Technology Collection

  • Date(s): 06/01/2011(No End Date)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Museum Hours
  • Location: George Eastman House
  • Phone: (585) 271-3361
  • Admission: Museum admission

AWS!From the world’s largest collection of cameras, the evolution of photography is illustrated, -- including the camera that shot the flag-raising at Iwo Jima, the only complete NASA Lunar Orbiter, and a Technicolor movie camera that filmed many MGM classics … plus many cameras that you and your family used to own!

Electricity Theater featuring Musical Tesla Coils

  • Date(s): 07/02/2013(No End Date)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Various—see www.rmsc.org
  • Location: Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue
  • Contact: Debra Jacobson
  • Phone: (585) 271-4320
  • Admission: Various—see www.rmsc.org

AWS!With "singing" Tesla coils, this exhibition experience features dazzling displays of lightning set to music. Be mesmerized by zaps of lightning appearing just a few feet away in our newest visitor experience, Electricity Theater! This science show experience features a dazzling display of indoor bolts of musical lightning produced by twin solid-state Tesla coils. Watch the dark theater become splashed with light, and allow that spark in you to ignite as you explore the excitement of electricity and all that goes with it: Lightning, conductors, insulators and storm safety. www.rmsc.org

Under Construction: Building Careers Exhibition

  • Date(s): 01/10/2014(No End Date)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: During regular Museum hours—see www.rmsc.org
  • Location: Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue
  • Contact: Debra Jacobson
  • Phone: (585) 271-4320
  • Admission: Various—see www.rmsc.org

AWS!Drill hands-on into construction trades and complete actual electrical, plumbing, architectural and building tasks! Fun for the whole family. Use your hands and minds to: - Maneuver a giant crane to move bricks on the “job site.” - Run wires through 2x4-studded walls to build a simulated working electrical system. - Install plumbing for a sink as well as install a p-trap for outflow. - Stretch your design and math muscles while creating structures with KEVA Planks. Also, hear from local professionals! Local electricians, plumbers and other construction professionals narrate their story of building the Golisano Institute for Sustainability on campus at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Nano

  • Date(s): 06/01/2014(No End Date)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: During regular Museum hours—see www.rmsc.org
  • Location: Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue
  • Phone: (585) 271-4320
  • Admission: Various—see www.rmsc.org

AWS!Imagine & discover a world you cannot see! Get the family together & become enthralled by the worls of nanoscale science, engineering & technology in an exciting interactive exhibit. Hands-on components present the basics of nanoscience & engineering, introduce some real-world applications, & explore the societal & ethical implications of this new technology.

Going for Baroque: Mini-recital on the Italian Baroque Organ

  • Date(s): 09/14/2014(No End Date)
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: Every Sunday at 1 & 3 pm
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave
  • Phone: (585) 276-8900
  • Admission: Included in Gallery admission

Going for Baroque: Mini-recital on the Italian Baroque Organ Recurring weekly on Sunday Times: 1 and 3 p.m. Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave. Admission: Included in Gallery admission Going for Baroque is a weekly series of mini-recitals featuring students at the Eastman School of Music performing on the Italian Baroque organ.

Genesee Valley Quilt Club

  • Date(s): 10/01/2014 - 07/01/2015
  • Recurring monthly on the 1st
  • Times: 9"30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Temple B'rith Kodesh 2131 Elmwood Ave
  • Contact: Louise Hartshorn, President
  • Phone: (585) 748-4451
  • Admission: $5

Meets monthly Sept-June. Founded in 1936 with 11 members, the Genesee Valley Quilt Club (GVQC) is one of the oldest continuously meeting quilt clubs in the nation. Our current membership of 400 includes novice to nationally recognized quilters. All styles and techniques of quilting are well represented within the Club. Monthly meetings include: • Lectures by nationally and regionally recognized fiber artists, • Show and Tell of members’ quilts, • Demonstrations on quilt related topics and techniques.

Thursday Nights at the Winery.

  • Date(s): 11/27/2014 - 05/14/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 5:30-8:30pm.
  • Location: Casa Larga Winery
  • Phone: (585) 223-4210
  • Admission: Free

Unwind with us Thursday nights with a glass of wine, a wine slushy or a pint of craft beer, while listening to music! Thursday nights are Wine Flight Nights with small plate tastings.

Robert Kirschbaum's The 42-Letter

  • Date(s): 12/12/2014 - 04/12/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed-Sun 11-5pm, until 9pm on Thursdays
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave
  • Phone: (585) 276-8900
  • Admission: included in gallery admission

Robert Kirschbaum's The 42-Letter Name December 12, 2014–April 12, 2015 in the Lockhart Gallery Fusing Judaic concepts of sacred space with forms derived from traditional South Asian religious art, Robert Kirschbaum’s The 42-Letter Name is a meditation upon divinity, creation and faith. Each page of the folio references a letter of one of the secret names of God. Kirschbaum’s invented language of mystical symbols evokes Hebrew letters, the sacred space of the Temple and Jewish ritual objects. Robert Kirschbaum's The 42-Letter Name The artist has said “many layers of memory are invested in this work,” including preparations for his bar mitzvah, an industrial arts class in high school, and a 1966 visit to MAG as an undergraduate which sparked his life-long love affair with Indian art.

"The American Worker" by Thomas Marini

  • Date(s): 01/18/2015 - 04/26/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Fridays & Saturdays 11a.m.-6p.m. and Sundays 12-5p.m.
  • Location: ARTISANworks, 565 Blossom Road
  • Contact: Michael Hardy
  • Phone: (585) 288-7170
  • Admission: $12 General Public, $8 Seniors (60+) and Free to ARTISANworks Members

Paintings and other works by Thomas Marini celebrating the American Worker! One hour Introductory Tours every Saturday and Sunday at 2p.m. included with admission.

Aura Satz: Eyelids Leaking Light

  • Date(s): 01/26/2015 - 04/26/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Museum Hours
  • Location: George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film
  • Phone: (585) 271-3361
  • Admission: Adults $14, Seniors (62+) $12, Students (with ID) $5, Children 12 and Under Free

London-based artist Aura Satz's new work Chromatic Aberration (2014)-in which she explores the aesthetics of "color fringing" by using film elements from the museum's collection-will be exhibited alongside her work Doorway for Natalie Kalmus (2013). Chromatic Aberration was commissioned by Tyneside Cinema (Newcastle, UK) with the participation of George Eastman House.

In Glorious Technicolor

  • Date(s): 01/26/2015 - 04/26/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Museum Hours
  • Location: George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film
  • Phone: (585) 271-3361
  • Admission: Adults $14, Seniors (62+) $12, Students (with ID) $5, Children 12 and Under Free

The exhibition celebrates this vivid history, from the company's early years through the making of such classics of the Hollywood studio era as The Wizard of Oz (1939), Gone With the Wind (1939), and Singin' in the Rain (1952). Most of the objects in the exhibition come from the Technicolor Corporate Archive, donated to the museum in 2009. Previously unavailable letters and documentation will be on view, along with posters, behind-the-scenes photographs, and other original artifacts.

Original Zarpentine farm all you can eat buck wheat breakfast

  • Date(s): 01/31/2015 - 04/26/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: Saturday and Sunday 8am-2pm
  • Location: Original Zarpentine Farm, 163 burritt road
  • Contact: Amy or Andy
  • Phone: (585) 392-3611
  • Admission: 3 and under free,kids $5.95,adults $7.95

We have all you can eat buck wheat pancake breakfast, with a choice of beverages, homemade applesauce, homemade breakfast sausage, and added to our menu this year, bacon and home fries. Call for reservations at (585)392-3611. Hope to see you there

NIk Entertainment Karaoke at Prepps On Monroe

  • Date(s): 02/03/2015(No End Date)
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: Tuesdays 9:30pm until 1
  • Location: Prepps On Monroe, 655 Monroe Ave, near Oxford St.
  • Contact: Jenny LoMaglio
  • Phone: (585) 244-0331
  • Admission: Free

Sing and party with Nik Entertainment Co. thespians who perform all over North America. Learn about performance opportunities in the US and Canada.

History: Photographs by David Levinthal

  • Date(s): 02/07/2015 - 05/24/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Museum Hours
  • Location: George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film
  • Phone: (585) 271-3361
  • Admission: Adults $14, Seniors (62+) $12, Students (with ID) $5, Children 12 and Under Free

Presented to the public for the first time, David Levinthal's History series is the culmination of the photographer's workover the past 35 years. His large-scale photographs suggest the role that images play in both our understanding of the past and our personal relationship with history.

Da Vinci - The Genius exhibition

  • Date(s): 02/13/2015 - 05/17/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Monday-Saturday 9 am-5 pm; Sunday 11 am-5 pm
  • Location: Rochester Museum & Science Center
  • Contact: Debra Jacobson
  • Phone: (585) 271-4320
  • Admission: Various: See www.rmsc.org

The most comprehensive exploration of Leonardo da Vinci’s work ever created. Become immersed in da Vinci’s timeless brilliance through full-scale interpretations of the mastermind’s inventions and unparalleled studies of his iconic art. Enjoy more than 200 unique pieces including 75 life-size machine inventions, entertaining animations of da Vinci’s most notable Renaissance works and an in-depth analysis of the famous, “Mona Lisa.” Push, pull and crank for a hands-on understanding of the scientific principles behind the works of one of the most dynamic minds of all time. Discover brilliance. Discover da Vinci. For details, visit www.rmsc.org.

It's Finally Friday Happy Hour @ Scotland Yard Pub

  • Date(s): 02/27/2015 - 05/15/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Times: 4p-7p
  • Location: 187 St. Paul Street
  • Contact: Nancy geraci
  • Phone: (585) 730-5030
  • Admission: FREE

It's finally friday happy hour with Fickle 93.3's Dino from 4p-7p. $1.00 off cocktails from 4p-6p, tons of prizes from three olives vodka and fickle 93.3.

A History of Photography

  • Date(s): 02/28/2015 - 06/07/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Museum Hours
  • Location: George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film
  • Phone: (585) 271-3361
  • Admission: Adults $14, Seniors (62+) $12, Students (with ID) $5, Children 12 and Under Free

Rotating installations that demonstrate photography's historical trajectory through photographs and cameras drawn from the collection.

Collecting Shadows: The Legacy of James Card

  • Date(s): 02/28/2015 - 10/18/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Museum Hours
  • Location: George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film
  • Phone: (585) 271-3361
  • Admission: Adults $14, Seniors (62+) $12, Students (with ID) $5, Children 12 and Under Free

This exhibition celebrates the legacy and impact of James Card, the museum's first curator of motion pictures, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

ArtSparks Night Out

  • Date(s): 03/05/2015 - 07/02/2015
  • Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday
  • Times: 6:30pm-9pm
  • Location: 1 Whipple Lane
  • Contact: Linda Clemow
  • Phone: (585) 236-1184
  • Admission: $45/person cash, check or credit card

Combine creativity, conversation, color, culture, cocktails and crudite for a night out with colleagues, co-workers, and chums! Come and bring some friends! This special evening out features instruction to create your own 11"x14" take home painting, all supplies, a drink ticket, nibbles, cash bar and background music. Bring an apron or shirt to protect your clothing! Registration is limited to 20 participants (minimum of 10) Deadline to register is 2 days prior to class. Advance registration is required to attend this wonderful night of creativity!

"Tuesday Pipes" Free Concerts at Christ Church

  • Date(s): 03/10/2015 - 03/08/2016
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: 12:10-12:35pm
  • Location: Christ Church, 141 East Ave
  • Contact: Myles Boothroyd
  • Phone: (231) 463-9901
  • Admission: Free

Every Tuesday, Eastman students, faculty, and alumni present free concerts on the organs at Christ Church. Get a taste of Eastman culture during your lunch break! The church houses two of Rochester's most prized instruments. The Craighead-Saunders Organ is a scientific process reconstruction of an instrument that still exists today in Vilnius, Lithuania, created by the central German organ builder Adam Gottlob Casparini in 1776. It is perhaps the only instrument in the United States where one can hear the music of Bach as it would have sounded during the Baroque era. Standing opposite, the Hook & Hastings Organ represents the American Romantic tradition, featuring original pipes from 1862 and 1893. "Tuesday Pipes" concerts are held during the lunch hour to give you a break from your busy week. Stop on by Christ Church this coming Tuesday to hear eclectic music by Eastman organists, then grab a bite at one of the many local cafes and bistros across the street!

Compline

  • Date(s): 03/15/2015 - 04/26/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 9:00pm
  • Location: Christ Church Rochester
  • Contact: stephen Kennedy
  • Admission: donations may be made to Christ Church "Friends of Music"

The Christ Church Schola Cantorum sings Compline Sunday evenings at 9:00 p.m., through April. Stephen Kennedy Director. This acclaimed ensemble of Christ Church and the Eastman School of Music specializes in Gregorian chant, Renaissance and Baroque choral music, and choral improvisation. Preludes on Eastman's Craighead-Saunders Baroque Pipe Organ, and the Hook & Hastings American Romantic Pipe Organ are played by Eastman organists at 8:50 p.m. prior to Compline.

A Body of Water

  • Date(s): 03/19/2015 - 04/05/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: various, visit www.gevatheatre.org for more info.
  • Location: Fielding Nextstage, Geva Theatre Center 75 Woodbury Blvd
  • Contact: Geva Theatre Center Box Office
  • Phone: (585) 232-4382
  • Admission: Tickets from $25

A long-married couple wakes one beautiful morning in an idyllic summer house surrounded by lush lawn and a vast body of water. There's only one problem - they have absolutely no memory of who they are, or how they got there. Their world is complicated further when a mysterious young woman arrives, offering information and potential explanations. Without the foundation of memory, life is a never-ending stream of possibilities - and secrets.

"Made in NY"

  • Date(s): 03/28/2015 - 05/24/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Sunday - Noon-5pm Tuesday-Saturday - 10AM-5PM
  • Location: Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St.
  • Phone: (315) 255-1553
  • Admission: Admission $6/adults, Art Center members and children under 12 are free

Made in New York is an annual juried exhibition at the Schweinfurth Art Center that showcases artwork by contemporary New York State artists. Made in NY 2015 features paintings, photographs, sculpture, drawings, ceramics, fiber, media art, and more.

Klutz® School–Break Week

  • Date(s): 03/28/2015 - 04/05/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Location: The Strong museum, One Manhattan Square
  • Phone: (585) 263-2700
  • Admission: Age 2 and older $13.50, under age 2 free, members free.

Turn pipe cleaners of all sizes into caterpillars, dragons, and anything else your imagination can dream up. Create unique artwork using your fingers and an ink pad and fashion paper airplanes to soar through the sky. Check out Klutz craft books including Twisted Critters, Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes, and Klutz: The Most Amazing Thumb Doodles Book in the History of the Civilized World. Included with general museum admission fees. Materials for school–break week generously provided by Klutz®.

Spring Break Activities

  • Date(s): 03/28/2015 - 04/05/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: One Museum Way
  • Contact: Corning Museum of Glass
  • Phone: 937-5371
  • Admission: Free with admission

Special activities each day. Free with admission. Encourage creativity and imagination to blossom over spring break. Visit the Museum of lots of family-friendly activities that will keep both you and the kids busy and happy. Admission for kids and teens is always free, and local residents (living in ZIP codes beginning with 148, 149, or 169) can visit for just $9, making the full line-up of events and activities an affordable option for families of all sizes. Make Your Own Glass Make a spring egg, a windchime for the summer, and much more! Additional fee. Projects exist for all ages. We recommend booking ahead of time. Glassmaking Demos Watch as expert glassmakers transform molten glass into beautiful objects at the live, narrated Hot Glass Shows. Don’t miss the Flameworking, Glassbreaking, and Optical Fiber Demos. All demonstrations take place in the Innovation Center area and are included in the cost of admission. Garden Gallery Hunt Kids can explore the galleries and find glass objects inspired by spring to create their own glass bouquets. Family Hidden Treasures Tours Explore the Museum through one-hour, family-friendly tours. 11:00 am and 1:30 pm during school breaks.

Rochester Landmarks Exhibition & Book Release

  • Date(s): 03/29/2015 - 04/25/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Opening reception and book release: March 29, 2015 from 4 to 6pm. The exhibition will run from March 29th through April 25, 2015.
  • Location: The Little Theatre Gallery - 240 East Avenue
  • Contact: Alene Pierro
  • Phone: (585) 473-0127
  • Admission: FRREE

Richard began photographing Rochester's Landmarks 15 years ago. In the past two years he has greatly expanded the collection of digital photographs of landmark buildings, public art and parks. The entire portfolio of 90 pictures will be published in a book called Rochester Landmarks. Join us for the opening reception of an exhibition of this work and the release of the book on March 29, 2015 at The Little Theatre from 4 to 6pm. You can pre-order the book by calling us at 585-473-0070 or emailing alene@margolisstudio.com. The exhibition will run from March 29th through April 25, 2015. The Rochester Landmarks book and exhibition are proudly sponsored by ArtisanWorks, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust and The Landmark Society of Western New York.

The Mountaintop

  • Date(s): 03/31/2015 - 04/26/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: various, visit www.gevatheatre.org for more info.
  • Location: Wilson Mainstage, Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd.
  • Contact: Geva Theatre Center Box Office
  • Phone: (585) 232-4382
  • Admission: Tickets from $25

A soul-stirring re-imagining of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s last night on earth. After delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel. A visit from the feisty hotel maid compels him to confront his own doubts, destiny and legacy. Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Play and a hit in London and on Broadway, dramatic, magic storytelling gives insight into King, the man, and reaches a summit that will leave audiences breathless.

First Friday Brew Review

  • Date(s): 04/01/2015(No End Date)
  • Recurring monthly on the 1st
  • Times: 6pm-9pm
  • Location: Big Tree Inn, 46 Main Street
  • Phone: (585) 243-5220
  • Admission: $0

Discover our Brew Reviews the first Friday of every month. You'll be able to experience a different microbrewery every month, learn more about their beer and beer making process and sample some amazing brews! Visit our website to learn about this month's featured brewery: http://www.bigtreeinn.com/calendar.php

What Were They Thinking? Display

  • Date(s): 04/01/2015 - 06/30/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Location: The Strong Museum, One Manhattan Square
  • Contact: Kim Della Porta
  • Phone: (585) 263-2700
  • Admission: Age 2 and older $13.50, under age 2 free, members free.

Explore some of the oddest, wackiest, and most puzzling toys of all time in the new What Were They Thinking? display opening April 1 near The Strong Express. View head-scratching artifacts from the museum’s collections—including the Daddy Saddle, engineered for a child to turn a parent into a human pony; the Big Time Nose Around ring toss, which uses the sharp features of former President Richard Nixon to catch the ring; and Jarts lawn darts, barbed projectiles banned in 1988 by the Consumer Product Safety division. Included with general museum admission fees.

Joey and Johnny, the Ninjas Meet and Greet

  • Date(s): 04/03/2015 - 04/03/2015
  • Times: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Location: The Strong Museum, One Manhattan Square
  • Admission: Age 2 and older $13.50, under age 2 free, members free.

Meet Joey and Johnny, the Ninjas novel series authors Chris Pallace and Kevin Serwacki, receive writing and drawing tips, watch a martial arts demonstration, and enjoy exclusive readings from the Joey and Johnny, the Ninjas series. View replica ninja weapons, along with their toy counterparts from The Strong’s collections; ethereal, paper lanterns; and a 2-D relief of a Japanese archway. Make a ninja mask, test your ninja skills on arcade classics such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more. Included with general admission fees.

Ride It

  • Date(s): 04/03/2015 - 04/03/2015
  • Times: 4.3.15 at 6-10pm
  • Location: 137 East Avenue
  • Contact: Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo)
  • Phone: (585) 461-2222
  • Admission: $2.00 admission for non-members/Free to members

Ride It, is a diverse exploration of bike art, culture, and history, featuring projects by: Cordell Cordaro, Jon Schull, Trevor Raab, Genesee Center for the Arts & Education, Rochester Bicycle Film Festival, Rochester Public Library, and University of Rochester Special Collections. There are many special events focused around this exhibit throughout the month. See website for details.

Home Decor Pop-up Shop and Fundraiser

  • Date(s): 04/04/2015 - 04/04/2015
  • Times: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Location: Rochester Brainery inside Village Gate, 274 Goodman St N. B134 (Level 1)
  • Admission: FREE

Sale of new, gently used, vintage, artisan handcrafted and one-of-a-kind handmade home accessories, accent furniture and gifts with twenty percent of proceeds being donated to the United Way of Greater Rochester.

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