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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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05/24/2015 - 05/30/2015

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.

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.

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.

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.

"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!

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.

Between The States: Photographs of the American Civil War

  • Date(s): 04/10/2015 - 08/02/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Daily
  • Location: The Rockwell Museum
  • Contact: The Rockwell Museum
  • Phone: (607) 937-5836
  • Admission: Admission fees vary

George Eastman House Collection On display: April 10 – August 2, 2015 Opening reception: April 10, 2015 The American Civil War divided a country and created a nation. It was the first modern war and the most detrimental for Americans, yielding more American fatalities and greater domestic suffering than any other war. Yet it paved the way to a new political, economic and social landscape for the United States. As we approach the sesquicentennial of “Mr. Lincoln’s War”, Between the States: Photographs of the Ameri­can Civil War presents a selection of historical photographs of Civil War sites and circumstances by photographers including George Barnard, Mathew Brady, and Alexander Gardner. The exhibition emphasizes rare items in the George Eastman House collection and explores how photography was used during this period to record the war, promote popular causes, and commemorate those who sacrificed their lives. Between the States was curated by Jamie Allen, Eastman House’s assistant curator of photographs. Between the States includes portraits of such Civil War era figures as Abraham Lincoln, General Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, Sojourner Truth, Tom Thumb, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. The collection also abounds with portraits of soldiers, many of whom remain unidentified, but whose images remind us of the endless number of soldiers who served during this war. Other photographs feature infamous prisons, sweeping battlefields, fortress interiors, and post-Civil War memorial sites.

Beeler Sculptures

  • Date(s): 04/26/2015 - 06/05/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday May 10
  • Location: 785 University Ave
  • Contact: Kathy Verzillo
  • Phone: 473-3413
  • Admission: Free

Final Days for the sale of Robert Beeler's sculptures.

The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection

  • Date(s): 04/26/2015 - 06/28/2015
  • 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

The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection April 26–June 28, 2015 in the Grand Gallery Over the past two decades, RBC Wealth Management has collected more than 400 works of art that reflect the diversity of the society in which we live and work. The 35 paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs selected for this exhibition all focus on the human body because, as collection curator Don McNeil points out, the age-old need to understand the human condition is still vital and the human form remains its most direct manifestation. Major artists such as Kerry James Marshall, Elizabeth Peyton, Vic Muniz, Hung Liu, Roy Lichtenstein, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Alex Soth are represented by works that are both accessible yet thought-provoking, timeless yet relevant to who we are and how we live. RCB’s goal in sharing this exhibition is to promote art’s role in considering diverse ideas, encouraging discussion of cultures and values, promoting tolerance and understanding, stimulating abstract thinking, and supporting open discussion—all of which help build a dynamic and creative workforce.

Opening Day to 2015 Animal Park Tour Season – Friday, May 1, 2015 – 10am-3pm

  • Date(s): 05/01/2015 - 10/31/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Hidden Valley Animal Adventure
  • Contact: Carol Doggett
  • Phone: (585) 535-4100
  • Admission: $18.75 Adults $14.25 Children ages 3-10 (2 and under free) $16.75 Seniors (Mon-Fri only)

Wild Game Safari Tours will resume May 1, 2015 and run through October 31, 2015. Please see our 2015 Operating Calendar for park hours as they change throughout the season.

Tails & Tales Story Time

  • Date(s): 05/01/2015 - 09/25/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Times: 11 a.m.
  • Location: Wickham Farms
  • Contact: Tracy
  • Phone: (585) 377-3276
  • Admission: Free

Each story time centers around a surprise farm animal visitor. After hearing stories from picture books about farming or the animal, children get a chance to interact with the animal – sometimes to pet or touch the animal, other times to look at it up close. Tails & Tales story times are a free activity, and no registration is required.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

  • Date(s): 05/05/2015 - 05/31/2015
  • 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

An irresistible, laugh-out-loud comedy and winner of the Tony Award for Best Play. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up. When their movie-star sister Masha makes a surprise visit with her hot toy-boy Spike in tow, so begins an unforgettable weekend of rivalry, regret and hilarious racket in this wacky, Chekhovian mash-up. By the end of their impromptu family reunion, this lovable bunch won't ever be the same!

In Search of Shadows

  • Date(s): 05/08/2015 - 08/16/2015
  • 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

Memorial Art Gallery Thursday, May 21, 2015 This exhibition draws from the wealth of paintings, drawings and prints in MAG’s permanent collection to explore that most enigmatic of visual forms, the shadow. For centuries, artists have used the shadow—the physical counterpart to the absence or dimming of light—as a way to depict the visible as well as the symbolic, metaphorical and psychological worlds. The works on display cross geographical and chronological boundaries to showcase the power and breadth of artistic interpretations of light and dark in all its myriad forms.

MAGthursdays

  • Date(s): 05/14/2015(No End Date)
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave
  • Phone: (585) 276-8900
  • Admission: Free. Tapas, wine and beer a la carte.

Don't miss Max at the Gallery's weekly Tapas Night. Visit the museum (half price admission from 5 to 9 pm), listen to live music, and enjoy wine, beer and tapas plates for purchase. No reservation necessary!

"ART OF WAR" Bullet Paintings by Viktor Mitic

  • Date(s): 05/17/2015 - 08/23/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: PUBLIC Hours; Fridays & Saturdays 11a.m.-6p.m. and Sundays 12-5p.m.
  • Location: ARTISANworks, 565 Blossom Road
  • Contact: Michal Hardy
  • Phone: (585) 288-7170
  • Admission: $12 General Admission, $8 Seniors (60+) and Free to ARTIANworks Members

"ART OF WAR" Bullet Paintings by Viktor Mitic Opening Reception, Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 1-4p.m. One hour Introductory Tours every Saturday and Sunday at 2p.m. included with admission.

Casa Larga Patio Parties

  • Date(s): 05/19/2015 - 09/08/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Casa Larga Vineyards
  • Phone: (585) 233-4210
  • Admission: $10 per person includes your first glass of wine, beer or wine slushie.

Relax and enjoy summer on Casa Larga's patio on Tuesday nights, May 19 to September 8, with a Rochester food truck, live music of soft rock or light jazz, wine, local beer and wine slushies. New this year is patio-side bar service, a full line-up of food trucks and an extended season! $10 per person includes your first glass of wine, beer or wine slushie. Bring a chair or enjoy our picnic tables for an evening of wine and music by the vineyard. Groups welcome, call Cathy Fabretti 585-223-4210 for details. http://www.casalarga.com/Events/ROCPatioParties

Some of My Favorites

  • Date(s): 05/19/2015 - 06/14/2015
  • 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

Already our sixth exhibit of the year at Image City Photography Gallery features the art of an original partner of the Gallery, Dan Neuberger. The work certainly demonstrates Dan’s creative approach over the years of his photography career. Betsy Phillips, another original partner, has a new style exhibit in the East Gallery. Guest photographers are Mary Ellen Hill, Peter Mahan, Jim O’Neill, Bob Bilsky and Clay Gehring. Camera Rochester winners from recent competitions also add to the variety of fine photographs The opening reception is Friday, May 22, 5 to 8:30. Details and preview images of the exhibit are at the website link. The show will be exhibited through June 14.

Casa Larga Patio Parties

  • Date(s): 05/21/2015 - 09/10/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Casa Larga Vineyards
  • Admission: $10 per person includes your first glass of wine, beer or wine slushie.

Relax and enjoy summer on Casa Larga's patio on Thursday nights, May 21 to September 10, with a Rochester food truck, live music of rock cover bands, big bands and dance music, wine, local beer and wine slushies. New this year is patio-side bar service, a full line-up of food trucks and an extended season! $10 per person includes your first glass of wine, beer or wine slushie. Bring a chair or enjoy our picnic tables for an evening of wine and music by the vineyard. Groups welcome, call Cathy Fabretti 585-223-4210 for details. http://www.casalarga.com/Events/ROCPatioParties

Food Truck Rodeos at the Public Market

  • Date(s): 05/27/2015 - 09/30/2015
  • Recurring monthly on the last Wednesday
  • Times: See website
  • Location: Rochester Public Market
  • Admission: see website

Rochester area Food Trucks gather at the Rochester Public Market to marvel crowds with specialty culinary delights. 

Boardwalk Arcade Exhibit Opening Celebration

  • Date(s): 05/30/2015 - 05/31/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 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.

Step into a scene reminiscent of 19th- and early 20th-century resorts such as Coney Island and Atlantic City, where Americans from across the nation flocked for good old summertime fun. Journey through the evolution of seaside amusements and play a variety of carnival games such as ring toss. Challenge yourself on redemption games such as Skee Ball, Hoop Fever, and more. Win tickets and use them to collect a variety of prizes, including stickers, oversized sun glasses, and stuffed animals. (While several of the games and activities in Boardwalk Arcade can be played freely, some may require purchased tokens. Money collected from the sale of tokens helps maintain these original artifacts.)

Racers: The Thrill of Driving Games Exhibit Opening

  • Date(s): 05/30/2015 - 05/31/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4 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 America’s long fascination with the need for speed. Start your engine and zip through the evolution of driving games, beginning with the electromechanical Motorcycle (1974), all the way through arcade classics such as Pole Position 2 (1983), Out Run (1987), Cruisn’ USA (1994), and Mario Kart GP 2 (2007). Also, see rare artifacts from The Strong’s collections, including early racing board games and the once controversial Death Race (1974). An original exhibit produced by The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games. (While several of the games and activities in Racers: The Thrill of Driving Games can be played freely, some may require purchased tokens. Money collected from the sale of tokens helps maintain these original artifacts.)

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