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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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11/16/2014 - 11/22/2014

Ongoing Events

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.

Designing for a New Century: Works on Paper by Lalique and his Contemporaries

  • Date(s): 05/17/2014 - 01/04/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 9AM - 5PM
  • Location: The Corning Museum of Glass
  • Contact: The Corning Museum of Glass
  • Phone: (800) 732-6845
  • Admission: Included in Museum Admission

AWS!In the late 19th century and early 20th century, René Lalique’s jewelry, and then his beautifully designed glass objects and vessels, made him an influential figure in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements. His work was acclaimed at the international industrial expositions, particularly the 1900 and 1925 Paris Expositions. Designing for a New Century: Works on Paper by Lalique and His Contemporaries surveys the extraordinary glass art created by Lalique and his European contemporaries, including Marinot, Herbst, Gallé, and Val St. Lambert, through design drawings, trade catalogs, period photographs, and rare books from the Rakow Library’s special collections. For more information, call (800) 732-6845 or (607) 937-5371, or visit www.cmog.org.

René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass

  • Date(s): 05/17/2014 - 01/04/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 9AM - 5PM
  • Location: The Corning Museum of Glass
  • Contact: The Corning Museum of Glass
  • Phone: (800) 732-6845
  • Admission: Included in Museum Admission

AWS!This major exhibition will bring together glass, jewelry, production molds, and design drawings by René Lalique (French, 1860─1945), dating from about 1893 to Lalique’s death in 1945. As a successful jeweler Lalique experimented with glass in his designs, which eventually led to a career in which he fully embraced the material. His aesthetic choices in his designs informed the styles of Art Nouveau and Art Deco in France, and the objects he created have become iconic reflections of these periods. Lalique also embraced industrial innovations, like mass production, allowing luxury glass to be placed in more and more households around the world. For more information, call (800) 732-6845 or (607) 937-5371, or visit www.cmog.org.

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.

New Ghosts for A New Age: Yoshitoshi’s New Forms of 36 Ghosts

  • Date(s): 08/29/2014 - 11/30/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed-Sun 11 am - 5 pm and until 9 pm on Thursdays
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave
  • Phone: (585) 276-8900
  • Admission: included with gallery admission

New Ghosts for A New Age: Yoshitoshi’s New Forms of 36 Ghosts Japanese Prints. This exhibition showcases the series by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), the most important Japanese woodcut artist of the Meiji period. Created near the end of his life, the individual prints, with their dramatic, sometimes terrifying subject matter, are linked only by the inclusion of supernatural beings—ghosts, demons, and monsters—drawn from the ancient legends of Japanese history and theater.

Make Your Own Glass Pumpkin or Pumpkin Pendant

  • Date(s): 09/02/2014 - 11/30/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 9AM-5PM
  • Location: The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass
  • Admission: There is a fee associated with each project. Please check the Museum's website for more info.

Create a unique glass pumpkin at The Studio! Blow glass and make your own tabletop pumpkin (all ages) or flamework a pumpkin pendant (ages 10+). Book online today.

World’s Largest Glass Pumpkin

  • Date(s): 09/08/2014 - 01/05/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 9AM-5PM
  • Location: The Corning Museum of Glass
  • Admission: Free

Enjoy the bounty of the Finger Lakes region, then stop at the Museum to see the world’s largest glass pumpkin! On display in the GlassMarket September 8 – January 5. Watch how it was made by our expert glassblowers.

Jr. Americans USPHL Empire Games

  • Date(s): 09/13/2014 - 12/18/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Check website / see below for event times
  • Location: Bill Gray's Iceplex 2700 Brighton Henrietta Townline Road
  • Contact: Brendon Bleier
  • Phone: (585) 424-4625
  • Admission: $7-Adult $3 12-17 11 and under FREE when accompanied by an adult

The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) is an American ice hockey league. Founded in 2012, the USPHL has 36 organizations from across the Eastern Seaboard of the United States fielding teams in Premier, Elite, Empire, U18 and U16 divisions.

9/13 - 7pm. 9/14 - 9am. 9/27 - 8pm. 9/28 - 10am. 10/11 - 7pm. 10/12 - 9am. 10/18 - 7pm. 10/19 - 9am. 12/17 - 7pm. 12/18 - 7pm.

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.

Innovation in the Imaging Capital

  • Date(s): 09/20/2014 - 01/04/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Museum Hours
  • Location: George Eastman House, 900 East Ave
  • Phone: (585) 271-3361
  • Admission: Museum Admission

AWS!This exhibit celebrates the entrapeneurial spirit of Rochester, NY. For decades, Rochester was known as the imaging capital of the worls, and its scientists & engineers were awarded more patents per capita than nearly any other city in the U.S. Innovation & invention by Rochester's imaging companies paved the way for the world we now live in. The exhibition will highlight Rochester's major contributions to the imaging story, showing technology of today made possible by inventions from Kodak, Xerox, and Bausch & Lomb.

Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness

  • Date(s): 09/20/2014 - 01/04/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Museum Hours
  • Location: George Eastman House, 900 East Ave
  • Phone: (585) 271-3361
  • Admission: Museum Admission

AWS!The exhibition examines the dramatic and historical demise of film-manufacturing facilities and industrial darkrooms. The photographs taken between 2005-2010 speak to sites & events related to key corporations (Kodak, Agfa, Ilford). As an artist working in photography for the past 30 years, Burley has been both an observer & a participant in this radical transition. This exhibition addresses both the emergence of a new technology as well as the abrupt & rapid breakdown of century old industry.

Jr. Americans Premier Games

  • Date(s): 09/26/2014 - 02/08/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Check website / see below for event times
  • Location: Bill Gray's Iceplex 2700 Brighton Henrietta Townline Road
  • Contact: Brendon Bleier
  • Phone: (585) 424-4625
  • Admission: $7 Adult; $3 12-17; Kids under 12 accompanied by an adult are free

The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) is an American ice hockey league. Founded in 2012, the USPHL has 36 organizations from across the Eastern Seaboard of the United States fielding teams in Premier, Elite, Empire, U18 and U16 divisions.

9/26 - 7pm. 9/27 - 7pm.  9/28 - 1pm. 10/3 - 7:30pm. 10/4 - 1pm. 10/5 - 11am. 12/13 - 7pm. 12/14 - 11am. 1/3 - 7:30pm. 1/4 - 11am. 1/17 - 7:30pm. 1/18 - 11am. 1/25 - 11am. 2/7 - 7:30pm. 2/8 - 9am.

LEGO® Castle Adventure

  • Date(s): 10/04/2014 - 02/01/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: The Strong Museum
  • Contact: Shane Rhinewald
  • Phone: (585) 410-6365
  • Admission: Age 2 and older $13.50, under age 2 free, members free.

AWS!Be a knight, be a princess, or become a noble craftsman using one of the greatest building materials of all time—LEGO bricks! Explore the majestic castle and sit upon the royal throne. Included with general museum admission fees.

Infinity Boxes by Matt Elson

  • Date(s): 10/18/2014 - 01/04/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed-Sun 11a - 5 pm and until 9 pm on Thursdays
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave
  • Phone: (585) 276-8900
  • Admission: included with gallery admission

Infinity Boxes by Matt Elson October 18, 2014–January 4, 2015 in the Grand Gallery and exhibition galleries Engage your inner artist! Nine “infinity boxes” created by California artist Matt Elson use color, light and mirrors to create optical illusions that envelop viewers who peer inside. Elson has said, “They are a form of contemporary portraiture that is tuned to social media. Typically, two people will walk up, look in from each side, put their heads in the box, be surprised/get happy, then spontaneously take out their phones, photograph each other and publish those pictures via the web.”

Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books

  • Date(s): 10/19/2014 - 01/04/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed-Sun 11-5pm, until 9pm on Thurs
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 Universtiy Ave
  • Admission: included in gallery admission

Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books October 19, 2014–January 4, 2015 This exhibition presents the most extensive public showing ever of original illustration art from American publishing’s best loved and most important picture-book series, Little Golden Books. Launched in 1942—the first full year of America’s involvement in the Second World War—Little Golden Books made high-quality illustrated books available at affordable prices for the first time to millions of young children and their parents. Among the artists who contributed to the ambitious series were greats of the European émigré community (including Garth Williams, Feodor Rojankovsky and Tibor Gergely) who had gathered in New York as the European situation worsened; alumni of the Walt Disney Studios (including Gustaf Tenggren, Martin Provensen, J.P. Miller and Mary Blair), who came East for the artistic freedom and control associated with picture-book making; and such American originals as Eloise Wilkin, Elizabeth Orton Jones, Richard Scarry and Hilary Knight. Sixty masterpieces of original illustration art by these and other artists—chosen from the vast Random House archive—will be featured in the exhibition, including examples from such picture-book classics as The Poky Little Puppy, Tootle, Home for a Bunny, The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse, The Color Kittens and I Can Fly.

DINOSAURS Exhibition

  • Date(s): 10/25/2014 - 01/25/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Monday–Saturday: 9am–5pm Sunday: 11am–5pm. See holiday hours at www.rmsc.org
  • Location: Rochester Museum & Science Center
  • Contact: Debra Jacobson
  • Phone: (585) 697-1944
  • Admission: Various: See www.rmsc.org

Dinosaurs are back and thundering through the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Walking, hatching and teeth gnashing, more than a dozen prehistoric creatures of land and sky join mighty T. rex in DINOSAURS—a traveling exhibition. Adding to the thrills, the dinosaurs actually roar and move. Built using advanced computer programming technology, the animals’ motion is amazingly fluid, lifelike and brilliantly complex. Hop into the model dig site, get hands-on with robotics to make dinosaurs move, feel a dinosaur skin replica and more. Photo opportunities with dinosaurs are available to the public.

Quilts=Art=Quilts

  • Date(s): 11/02/2014 - 01/04/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Sunday - Noon-5pm Tuesday-Saturday - 10AM-5PM
  • Location: Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St.
  • Admission: Admission $6, Members, 12 & under: Free

Quilts=Art=Quilts is the Schweinfurth Art Center's 34th annual juried quilt exhibition. The exhibit will feature 77 quilts by 73 artists from around the world, including Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Black & White Invitational

  • Date(s): 11/04/2014 - 11/30/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues. - Sat. Noon - 6 pm; Sunday, Noon - 4 pm.
  • Location: 722 University Ave.
  • Contact: Dick Bennett
  • Phone: (585) 749-7010
  • Admission: None

Currently on exhibit Black & White Invitational We have invited six photographers to exhibit their best black and white work. D.G. Adams, Bruno Chalifour, Tim Fuss, Susan G. Larkin, John Solberg and Dave Valvo demonstrate their talent with the black and white medium. Guest photographers include Steve Tryon in the East Gallery, Mike Erban, Mary Ellen Hill, Peter Mahan and Tom McGlynn. The exhibit will be on display through November 30, 2014. Opening Reception is on Friday, November 7, from 5:00 to 9:00.

Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3

  • Date(s): 11/04/2014 - 11/30/2014
  • 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

Colleen Moore returns as 'Sister' in this hilarious new lesson on the Sacraments of Marriage and the Last Rites

Contemporary Heirlooms from the Cayuga Lake Quilt Guild

  • Date(s): 11/07/2014 - 12/31/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Cayuga Museum of History & Art, 203 Genesee St.
  • Phone: (315) 253-8051
  • Admission: Suggested donation $5

The show features the work of 26 talented quilters from the Cayuga Lake Quilt Guild, based in Union Springs. Close to 50 hand-crafted examples of the quilters' art, from smaller wall designs to traditional bed-size quilts, will be on display. Suggested donation $5. Closed major holidays.

Storytime Club: Be Thankful

  • Date(s): 11/10/2014 - 11/24/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Monday
  • Times: Museum Hours
  • Location: The Strong Museum
  • Contact: Shane Rhinewald
  • Phone: (585) 410-6365
  • Admission: Age 2 and older $13.50, under age 2 free, members free.

AWS!Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: Be Thankful. Included with general museum admission fees.

West Side Story

  • Date(s): 11/20/2014 - 11/30/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: See website
  • Location: Kodak Center
  • Phone: see website
  • Admission: See website

The Rochester Latino Theatre Company and OFC Creations are teaming up to bring you this American classic Bernstein-Sondheim musicial.

44th Annual Holiday Bazaar Arts and Crafts Sale

  • Date(s): 11/21/2014 - 11/23/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Friday, November 21: 5-9pm Saturday, November 22: 9:30am-5pm Sunday, November 23: 11am-4pm
  • Location: Rochester Museum & Science Center
  • Contact: Debra Jacobson
  • Phone: (585) 271-4320
  • Admission: Admission: $5; $7 two-day pass; Children 12 and under - Free

Friday, November 21: 5-9pm Saturday, November 22: 9:30am-5pm Sunday, November 23: 11am-4pm The 44th Annual Holiday Bazaar showcases more than 200 artists and features various creative items including jewelry, glass, woodwork, clothing, ceramics, and holiday gifts. The bazaar also features food for purchase and a used book sale. New this year—Friday night complimentary wine tasting with paid admission: 6-8pm. Vendors include Casa Larga Vineyards & Winery, Niagara Landing Wine Cellars, Anthony Road Wine Company, Red Newt Cellars and Inspire Moore Winery & Vineyard. Members half price on Friday night! Admission: $5; $7 two-day pass; Children 12 and under - Free Note: Museum exhibits will be unavailable during the run of the Holiday Bazaar Arts & Crafts Sale, as galleries will be filled with arts and crafts exhibitors.

Rochester Snowmobile Show

  • Date(s): 11/22/2014 - 11/23/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 10-4
  • Location: The Garden Factory 2126 Buffalo rd
  • Contact: Marty Sauer
  • Phone: (585) 813-7068
  • Admission: FREE

The Hilton Sno-Flyers 18th annual Rochester Snowmobile Show Fun for the whole family, food and drink rides and crafts for kids New sleds and gear New Trailers and tech Used sleds and trailers Wine and beer tastings INDOORS

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