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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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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby January 25–March 29, 2015 Wayne Higby is one of the most important second-generation artists of the post-World War II American ceramic studio movement. Currently chair of the ceramics department at SUNY-Alfred, Higby gained national attention in the early 1970’s for innovative raku-fired vessels based on the Colorado landscapes of his childhood. After a visit to China in 1991, his work underwent a dramatic shift. He began working with slabs of glazed porcelain that continued to reference landscape, but as a focal point of meditation. “I strive to establish a zone of quiet coherence, a place full of silent, empty space where finite and infinite, intimate and immense intersect,” he says. This first retrospective of Higby’s work includes 55 ceramic pieces from 1967 through 2012, including his studies for the largest hand-cut architectural installation in the world—the monumental Earth Cloud wall sculpture at SUNY-Alfred.
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.
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.
The theme of this exhibition emerged like a hidden spring bubbling up. So many of the works in Thomas Paquette’s oeuvre feature views of water in its various incarnations, that it became an obvious touchstone for an exhibition. “Touching on Water” is a collection of over 60 of his paintings in oil and in gouache dating from 1992 through 2014, each composition brought to focus by some form of water, the almost-too-common-to-be-noticed element, be it a lake, rain, river, or snow. The omnipresence of water in a water-blessed land, coupled with our absolute dependence on it, often renders it invisible to conscious attention. Paquette’s paintings make it reappear to our eyes and minds, reminding us to pay attention to this most common but extraordinary element in our daily lives. Thomas Paquette (b. 1958, Minneapolis) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Bemidji State University in 1985 and began painting full-time just after earning his MFA from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1988, which he attended on a full graduate fellowship. He maintained a studio in Maine in the 1990s and now lives and works in Pennsylvania. His landscape paintings have been featured in solo exhibitions in prominent galleries in Chicago, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Maine as well as in solo exhibitions at the Rockwell Museum, Evansville Museum of Art, Erie Art Museum, Georgia Museum of Art, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, the Wildling Art Museum, the American Academy in Rome, Bennington Center for the Arts, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Hoyt Institute of Fine Art, Quick Center for the Arts, and Roger Tory Peterson Institute, among other museums and contemporary art centers. Paquette is the recipient of several fellowships and honors, including artist residencies at the American Academy in Rome, at the Aegean Arts and Cultural Exchange (Greece), and at three U.S. National Parks (Acadia, Yosemite, Rocky Mountain). He was awarded a three-year residency-fellowship from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Miami, from 1989-91. From his studios in Maine and Pennsylvania, he completed several large commissioned works for government, corporate, and private collections. His paintings have also been selected to hang in sixteen U.S. embassies on five continents. He has lectured in the U.S. as well as in Greece, Wales and England. From January 2015 until March 2015, an exhibition of 65 of Paquette’s paintings created in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, travels to museums from California to Indiana and New York.
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
Sing and party with Nik Entertainment Co. thespians who perform all over North America. Learn about performance opportunities in the US and Canada.
It's story time at the Zoo! Bring your little ones for a cuddly story and special animal visitor each Wednesday through March. Located in the Z.O.T. Zone. Sponsored by Monroe Veterinary Associates.
Makers & Mentors is an annual tradition celebrating the artwork and influence of the region’s most well-known and accomplished artists. This year renown ceramicist Richard Hirsch will be joined by seven of his former students who have been influenced by him in different ways.
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.
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.
"Dive five stories down" and journey through the briny deep world of Atlantis! Discover a mighty pirate ship and its hapless crew battling the Giant Squid! Will they be rescued by the Mermaid Queen? Take part in the adventure! Explore a magical world of inflated sea creatures, including those designed by kids…maybe yours! This year’s Balloon Manor at the Sibley Building will include balloon sculptures inspired by the drawings of school children, Pre-K through 6th grade. Our balloon artists will select and include winning entries as they build the Undersea Adventure. Come watch the artists sculpt Monday, February 23 through 26 (schedule TBA), then come back for the grand opening February 27 and continuing through March 8, when the magic concludes with our traditional balloon popping party!
Image City Photography Gallery announces an exhibit featuring work by 40 artists "picked" for excellence in photography by world-renowned photographer Peter Marr and the gallery partners. Also exhibiting are Don Menges in the East Gallery and guest artists John Ejaife and Daniel Silver. In collaboration with our next-door-neighbor Writers & Books, we will also have an exhibit of photographs by Gallery Partners to coincide with the reading of The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker -- part of the series "if all of Rochester Read the Same Book".
"Thelma and Louise" meets "The First Wives Club" in this fun and flirtatious new comedy by Rochester-born playwright Wendy McLeod. Divorcees Mary and Jo are suspicious of their friend Liz's new dentist boyfriend. He's not just a weirdo; he may be a serial killer! After all, his hygienist just disappeared. Trading their wine glasses for spy glasses, imaginations run wild as the ladies try to discover the truth and save their friend in a hilarious, off-road adventure.
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.
FREE! Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime event! Balloon Manor: The Amazing Air-filled Undersea Adventure is a five-story sculpture built from over 40,000 balloons. Come see it while it lasts, The sculpture will be popped March 8 at 3pm. For more information on parking and a full events schedule visit www.balloonmanor.com.
Rotating installations that demonstrate photography's historical trajectory through photographs and cameras drawn from the collection.
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.
The JCC is opening all Fitness classes, Pool, Teen and family events to the general public for an entire week. Experience the friendliness, fun and professionalism of the JCC staff as you get acquainted with this state of the art facility. There is an opportunity to join the JCC for a year during Free Fitness week at huge savings. Details and schedules can be seen at jccrochester.org.
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!
Enjoy a free night at the Museum with the whole family. This fun-filled event includes live entertainment, glassmaking, crafts and more! Fun Stuff to See Watch live hot glassblowing at the Hot Glass Show and see flameworkers create delicate figures at the torch. Fun Stuff to Do You Design It; We Make It! gives you a chance to design a piece of glass you'd like to see made at the Hot Glass Show. Get creative with kid-friendly, hands-on crafts. Door prizes will be given away throughout the evening. Fun Stuff to Eat There will be a variety of complimentary refreshments as well as other fun foods available for purchase. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 607.438.5500.
FREE! Dance the night away, or stand awkwardly in a corner while you relive your prom night at our Enchantment Under the Sea Dance. We’ll rock around the Sibley clock, and explore all 5 stories of the incredible Balloon Manor: The Amazing Air-filled Undersea Adventure sculpture built from over 40,000 balloons. For more information on parking and a full events schedule visit www.balloonmanor.com.
Third annual, Flour City Dessert Auction. Proceeds from the event will directly benefit the Center For Youth as well as global and local Love146 initiatives to fight modern day slavery! In addition to a fun evening of bidding for desserts, silent auctions, hor d'oeuvres from Corner Bakery, and coffee from Java's we will be hosting: the President of Love146, Rob Morris, and the musical accompaniments of Woodland Row. Donations
Music for 2 pianists and 2 percussionists. Music of Bolcom, Bartok, Bach and Kapustin. Yi-Wen Chang, piano TBA other faculty
The Geneseo Wind Ensemble, with James Walker, Conductor, and the Geneseo Clarinet Choir, with Ernest Lascell, Director, open their spring season Friday, March 6, 2015 at 8:00 PM in Wadsworth Auditorium on the SUNY Geneseo campus. The Wind Ensemble features masterworks from band and wind ensemble repertoire; works that are acknowledged as among the finest pieces written for the genre in the last century. James Walker, Conductor of the Wind Ensemble, had this to say about the Wind Ensemble’s major works on Friday’s program: “The program features two English composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Haydn Wood. Both used folk melodies as the basis for their serious wind works: Vaughan Williams’ “Folk Song Suite,” stands as a landmark for fine wind literature over the past century. And Wood’s “Mannin Veen” (Dear Isle of Man), a tone poem, based on Manx folk melodies. The program also includes works by three American composers: Alfred Reed’s “The Enchanted Island”, an extended, evocative tone painting based on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, William Schuman’s “Chester” based on William Billings’ Hymn and Marching Song of the American Revolution, and Don Gillis’s “The January February March”, a fitting end to the concert, even if it is a terrible pun.” The Clarinet Choir, one of Geneseo’s newest ensembles, features a lively transcription of “Deir`In De” a traditional Irish Lullaby, “Introduction and Rondo” for Clarinet Choir, by Gordon Jacob, “Suite for Clarinet Choir”, by Warner Hutchison and Ravel’s famous “Pavane “ We hope you will be able to attend.
This two-hour dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of Irish talent. The show is an inspiring epic, reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. Using modern art forms of dance and music, this richly costumed show marries the contemporary and the ancient. Combining traditional dance and music with the most up to date stage technology, the show is a thousand year old story executed with all the advantages of the modern day stage show. Rhythm of the Dance has heralded a new era in Irish entertainment, internationally rated as one of the most popular and busiest Irish step dance shows in the world. Rhythm of the Dance aspires to a purity content preserving the traditions of Irish step dancing and yet presenting it in the most modern format that has made it a leader in its field. The show features a live band, three tenors & some 22 dancers.
Please come join us as we celebrate Ghana's Independece day with food, performances, music and fun!
Daniel Hege, guest conductor Augustin Hadelich, violin SMETANA Three Dances from The Bartered Bride DVOŘÁK Violin Concerto in A minor DIAMOND Symphony No. 4 COPLAND Billy the Kid Suite With brash, clashing harmonies and broad chords as wide-open as the American prairie, Copland's musical monument to the notorious outlaw-turned-folk hero evokes the swagger, rugged beauty, and ruthless ferocity of the wild west. An all-American second half features music by Rochester legend David Diamond. And, the always-brilliant Augustin Hadelich brings his phenomenal interpretive artistry and "drop dead technique" (Cincinnati Enquirer) to Dvořák's concerto.
Our kids fun fairs, held year-round up and down the east coast, are a fun, friendly, and safe place to bring your family! We have rides, games, and a unique chance to interact with exotic animals. Elephant Rides! Camel Rides! Pony Rides! Feed em! Pet em! Llamas, Goats, Zebras,Pygmy Goats, Alpacas and more! Admission price for this event is Adults $10 and Children 12 and under free with coupon. Free children coupons are available at local businesses or at front box office during event.
Brick City Singers, an A Capella group out of the Rochester Institute of Technology is pround to invite you to a special concert of music and featuring a comedic film made by the group. This concert will also feature performances by the University at Buffalo's all-female a cappella group The Royal Pitches as well as Geneseo's all-female a cappella group Hips 'n Harmony. $5 for public presale; $7 for public at the door. (use the email address above to order your pre-sale tickets)
The Geneseo String Band, under the direction of James Kimball, will give its 36th annual Pre-St. Patrick's Day Concert, Saturday evening, March 7, at 7:00 pm in Wadsworth Auditorium on the SUNY Geneseo campus. Celtic music and dance will be featured. Guest performers will include the Drumcliffe and Sláinte Irish Dancers, Ted McGraw, John Ryan, Bill Henrie, Adie Maher, Roxanne Ziegler, Mitzie Collins, Glenn McClure and more. General Admission $5.00, 12 & under free. Tickets will be available to purchase at the door. Sponsored by the SUNY Geneseo Music Department. For information call 585-245-5824
Dress in your most regal attire and meet Her Majesty, The Queen of Play. Be whisked away for a day full of dancing and lively music in the royal court. Complete a quest and be knighted by the queen, try on real chain mail, and travel through the Sherwood Forest to practice your Nerf “archery” skills. Visit Rapunzel’s Hair Salon for a fancy braided up-do, enjoy a “feast” at the royal banquet table, and visit the Fairy Godmother to receive a special bejeweled gift. On Saturday only, Rochester Lyric Opera will present the “The Tales of Custard the Dragon,” an opera performance for the whole family at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees.
Tune in to the 19th annual Telethon on Saturday, March 7, 2015, from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. Watch on 13WHAM ABC, CW Rochester, and 13wham.com, broadcast live from Eastview Mall, and donate to help reach the goal of raising $271,000 to support pets in need. The six-hour event showcases the diverse and meaningful work made possible only with your support: far-reaching community programs, successful adoptions, special law enforcement investigations, and veterinary care to help those most in need. Each hour will also feature adoptable cats, dogs, small animals, and farm yard friends! Help Us Give Hope. Your donation saves the lives of homeless and abused pets in our community!
Swain Winter Carnival featuring Fireman's Hose Race, Dummy Downhill, Live Music, Huge Ski Sale, and much, much more!