So much to do...!
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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Step right up to Math Midway, an exhibition dedicated to the excitement of mathematics. A hands-on tour of mathematical concepts, Math Midway is a carnival-themed experience that showcases the exciting and surprising activities that relate mathematical principles. Visitors see how mathematics can be an experimental science, how it can be a lens through which to view a situation, and how it can be a fun activity. Dynamic exhibits and programs stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity and reveal the wonders of mathematics. Visitors can: • Ride the square-wheeled tricycle • Spin the Universal Wheel of Chance! • Play with puzzles including The Ruler that Missed the Mark • Dare to challenge the Ring of Fire! • Make their own harmonic pattern with the Mysterious Harmonograph This exhibit is sure to add to visitors’ enjoyment, multiply their amazement, and expand their powers of perception. Math Midway is created as part of the Museum of Mathematics.
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!
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
6x6x2014 June 7 - July 13, 2014 Artwork Entries Due: April 20 or Postmarked by April 19 Global Online Preview Begins: May 23 at 10am In Gallery Preview (no purchasing): June 2-6, 1-9pm Opening Party & Artwork Sale: June 7, 6-10pm ($10), 7:30pm raffle for buyer position 1-20, 8:00pm purchasing open for all other buyers Global Online Purchasing Begins: June 10 at 10am Artwork Purchase Price: $20 each Sold Out Artists’ Names Revealed Online: July 4 Purchased Artwork Pick-Up: July 13, 14 & 15, 12-6pm Support Contemporary Art Rochester Contemporary Art Center's (RoCo), international small art phenomenon returns for the 7th year! Thank you for your generous contributions which helped us build an incredible exhibition of thousands of artworks made and donated by celebrities, international & local artists, designers, college students, youths, and YOU. Each artwork is 6x6 square inches (15cm) or mounted to a 6x6 board, signed only on the back, and exhibited anonymously. All entries were accepted, exhibited and are now for sale to the public for $20 each (in the gallery and online for global purchasing) to benefit RoCo. Artist names will be revealed to the buyer upon purchase and all artworks remain on display through July 13, 2014. Sold Out artists' names will be revealed next to their work online on July 4. Artists may enter up to 6 artworks of any medium (2D or 3D) and there was no fee to enter. Our fundraising goal is to sell 2,000 Artworks. Please visit the Online Gallery (www.roco6x6.org), find your favorite artworks, click "Add to Cart" and help support our thoughtful contemporary art programming for the 2014 - 15 season. Thank you for your generous support! Purchasing in the Gallery On the opening night, June 7th at 7:30 a “Buyer’s Choice” raffle will be held for buyer position #1-20. Raffle tickets are $5 each and winners will be allowed to make their selections before other buyers. Any artwork may be purchased for $20. Buyers can pay an extra $8 ($15 for International) to have their purchase mailed to them. When a work is purchased the buyer will receive a receipt revealing the artist’s name. The artwork will be marked as sold and will remain on display for the remainder of the exhibition. Buyers may pre-register for faster purchasing during preview hours: June 2-6, 1-9pm Questions: For more information and an informative list of FAQ’s visit our website: www.roco6x6.org Mail or deliver your artwork before April 20, 2013 (Postmarked April 19) to: Rochester Contemporary Art Center 137 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14604
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.
New Beginnings Japanese Prints of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s January 19–March 16, 2014 in the Grand Gallery A companion show to Redefining the Multiple, New Beginnings showcases 16 works from MAG’s permanent collection that were created by Japanese printmakers after World War II. These artists approached their medium in diverse and inventive ways, pursuing traditional forms as well as looking beyond their traditions to Western techniques and subject matter.
January 19–March 16, 2014 in the Grand Gallery The history, theory and continuing popularity of print media in Japan have made printmaking a major course of study in universities and art schools there. As the individual practice of these 13 artists has evolved and matured, some of their work has transitioned into forms that, while utilizing tools and techniques of the printmaker, are often associated with sculpture, painting and digital media. The artists range in age from their mid-twenties to mid-sixties; they reside in different regions throughout Japan; and the visual content of their work ranges from formal abstraction to iterations of traditional Japanese cultural images.
Eduardo Paolozzi’s General Dynamic F.U.N. January 31–May 4, 2014 in the Lockhart Gallery From across the ocean, British Pop artist Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005) absorbed American popular culture with delight and dismay. His 1970 portfolio of screenprints and photolithographs General Dynamic F.U.N. featured 50 dizzying images drawn from the artist’s personal collection of American magazines and comics. Influenced by the collage aesthetic of the Surrealist and Dada movements, Paolozzi poured iconic images of 1960s America—Liz Taylor, television sets, robots, motorcycles, Mickey Mouse and Mr. Peanut—into the blender of his unconscious mind and set it to spin.
Explore the new Animation exhibit to experience firsthand the many processes used in the art of animation—from the original concept to the finished product. Included with general museum admission fees.
Opening Reception: February 6, 6-9pm First Friday: February 7, 6-10pm Artists’ Talk: Saturday February 8 @ 1pm First Friday: March 7, 6-10pm Makers & Mentors is a new exhibition celebrating the artwork and influence of one of the region’s most well-known and accomplished artists: Carl Chiarenza. In addition to his successful career as an exhibiting artist, Chiarenza taught Art History and mentored many other artists. Joining Chiarenza in Makers & Mentors are three accomplished artists who have been influenced by Chiarenza in different ways: Lisa Bradley (New York), Bruno Chalifour (Rochester), David Haas (Allentown, PA). The exhibition will premier Chiarenza’s new series of one-of-a-kind collages. In a generous statement of support for RoCo, Chiarenza will offer his new works at reduced prices and all proceeds will benefit The Future Fund, The Art Center’s first-ever Capital Campaign.
A wickedly funny and fiercely provocative play about the volatile combination of race and real estate. In 1959, a white couple sells their home to the Younger family of A Raisin in the Sun, causing uproar among their white neighbors. Fast forward 50 years and the same house lands in the hands of a white couple with plans for gentrification and a knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. While the stakes have changed over the years, the debate remains strikingly similar as neighbors wage a hilarious and horrifying battle revealing just how far ideas about race have evolved—or have they?
This exhibit features work by world-renowned Peter Marr and the images of 29 artists "picked" by Peter for excellence in photography. We spotlight work by Justyn Sweany Wolf, Jerome Kaye and Camera Rochester. And, in collaboration with our neighbor, Writer & Books- IMAGES OF WINTER- to coincide with the reading of "The Snow Child" by Eowyn Ivey as part of the series, "If all of Rochester Read the Same Book."
Shake off those winter blues by stepping into a green and growing world filled with exotic blooms at Sonnenberg Gardens' Annual Orchid Show. On display, you will find colorful Cattleyas and Cymbidiums, delicate Dendrobiums, pretty Phalaenopsis and more. Also attend educational seminars and shop for orchids and gifts like wine.
The story of a city in denial, The Normal Heart unfolds like a political thriller—Jewish-American writer Ned Weeks leads a tight-knit group of friends who refuse to let doctors, politicians and the press ignore the truth of an unspoken, unnamed epidemic. 2011 Tony® Winner for Best Revival of a Play, this searing play about public and private indifference to AIDS is a powerful, cautionary tale on the consequences of fear and ignorance.