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.
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."
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.
Ben Heppner, tenor will be in concert on March 12, 2014 at 7:30pm with the Roberts Wesleyan College Community Orchestra held in Hale Auditorium, Cultural Life Center on the Roberts Wesleyan College Campus. Tickets range from $12.00 to $19.00. Please call the CLC box office: 585.594.6008 Ben Heppner is recognized worldwide as the finest dramatic tenor before the public today. He commands tremendous vocal versatility and an ideal combination of power and sensitivity, excelling in the thrilling heroic roles of of Wagner's Tristan and Verdi's Otello, as well as in more nuanced and intimate works by Tosti, Massenet, and Romberg. He is acclaimed in music capitals around the world for his beautiful voice, intelligent musicianship and sparkling dramatic sense. His performances on the opera stage, in concert with the world's leading orchestras, in the most prestigious recital venues, and in recordings have set new standards in his demanding repertoire. Ben Heppner will perform with the Roberts Wesleyan College Community Orchestra. For tickets and directions, please call the Roberts Cultural Life Center Box Office at 585.594.6008 or click on https://www.roberts.edu/home/clc/.
Ben Heppner with the RWCCO- Ben Heppner is renowned worldwide for his portrayals in the dramatic tenor repertoire. His illustrious career has taken him to opera stages and concert halls around the world. He is acclaimed for the beauty of his voice, incisive musicianship, and his generosity with his audience.
In collaboration with the Gandhi Institute's Season for Nonviolence and in commemoration of Women's History Month, Feminists for Nonviolent Choices (formerly Feminists Choosing Life of New York) hosts an annual series of events with a focus on a human rights issue specific to women & girls. The March 2014 topic is The Sexualization of Our Culture, especially that of women and girls, an extension of concerns developed in our March 2013 series on domestic and international sex trafficking. The five-day series, taking place March 12th-16th, will host international journalist and activist Melinda Tankard Reist. Series of Events: Wednesday, March 12th: Screening of Sexy Baby, followed by Q&A with Melinda Tankard Reist : 6:15 at the Little Theatre Thursday, March 13th: High School and College engagements Friday, March 14th: Community Call to Action invite-only luncheon at the Susan B. Anthony House Saturday, March 15th: Art Gallery & Exhibition : 5:00 at Rochester Brainery Sunday, March 16th: Book Talk/ Signing : 2:00 at Writers & Books For more information: countertheculture.wix.com/2014
This event features a lecture by Dr. Paul Roberts, senior curator, head of the Roman Collections, Greek and Roman Department at The British Museum. Dr. Roberts will speak on themes related to his 2013 British Museum exhibition Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum. Free & open to the public. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 607.438.5600.
Six time Grammy winners, The Chieftains, have uncovered the wealth of traditional Irish music that has accumulated over the centuries, making the music their own with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive. Although their early following was purely a folk audience, the range and variation of their music very quickly captured a much broader public, making them the best known Irish band in the world today. On top of their six Grammy awards, they have been honored in their own country by being officially named Ireland’s Musical Ambassadors. Among many historic moments during their career, they performed during the Pope's visit to Ireland in 1979 in front of a 135,000,000 strong audience, and in 2010, Paddy’s whistle and Matt’s flute traveled to outer space with NASA astronaut Cady Coleman. More recently they were joined in Houston by the symphony orchestra along with astronaut Chris Hadfield from on board the International Space Station for a memorable live rendition of ‘Moondance’. The trappings of fame have not altered The Chieftains' love of, and loyalty to, their roots - they are as comfortable playing spontaneous Irish sessions as they are headlining a concert at Carnegie Hall. After all these years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, The Chieftains' music remains as fresh and relevant as when they first began.
Spotlight on Faculty Concert Series The Romance of Richard Strauss 150th Birthday Tribute! Laura Schweibacher, soprano, Tigran Vardanyan, violin, Colin Corner, bass, Doleen Hood, piano. Artist reception following.
This seminar honors the life and work of the Museum’s former executive director and friend David Whitehouse, and celebrates his scholarship in glass, ceramics, and archaeology. The program begins with a free, public keynote lecture at 6 pm on Thursday evening by Paul Roberts, senior curator, head of the Roman Collections, Greek and Roman Department at The British Museum. The next two days will be filled with lectures, reminiscences, and time with many of David’s colleagues and friends. Preliminary program includes speakers and demonstrators from The Corning Museum of Glass, Bonhams/London, the Israel Antiquities Authority, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and other scholarly institutions. Cost to attend is $150. Please RSVP at 607.438.5500 or email@example.com.
Comedian Dwight York “I hope you like jokes” may seem an absurd way for a comedian to begin a show but those are the words that comedian Dwight York uses to introduce himself to his audience each night. Then the joke-slinging begins and never ends until York says “goodnight” a couple hundred perfect one-liners later.
The Rochester Oratorio Society, the Houghton Percussion Ensemble, and The Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble join forces under ROS Artistic Director Eric Townell in a program of global collaboration by Ramirez and Haazen on Friday, March 14th, 7:30 P.M., at the Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 North Plymouth Avenue in Rochester. The energy of Latin and African music for choir, dance and drums makes for irresistible enjoyment in this most multi-cultural concert. The Hochstein Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Jim Tiller, accompanies the ROS and its perfectly matched soloists, Jennifer Tirre and Matthew Valverde, in the worldwide favorite Misa Criolla, by Argentine composer Ariel Ramirez, “a stunning artistic achievement” combining “Spanish text with indigenous instruments and rhythms” (The Washington Post). The first recording of the piece sold millions of copies internationally. Joining the ROS for the performance of Haazen’s Zambian mass Missa Luba will be the Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble led by Clyde Alafiju Morgan, artistic director and associate professor in the Department of Dance at SUNY Brockport. The Zambian mass took the world by storm with its premiere recording in 1963. Sankofa presents dance and theater works expressing the dynamic presence of African culture in America. This performance will feature original choreography and authentic percussion to ROS ’s energetic and sumptuous vocal rendition of this global favorite.
When Elmo gets his furry fingers on Abby Cadabby's magic wand, there's something in the air - and Sesame Street becomes a nonstop, all-singing, all-dancing musical montage! Grover and Baby Bear sing their highs and lows, Cookie Monster sings fast and slow, Bert and Ernie converse in song and Murray makes mouth music for all to sing along! Learn why it feels good to sing a song, but why it feels good to stop, too! What will Elmo learn about the power of musical magic? Join the conga line of fun to find out!
Join Make-A-Wish at our largest fundraiser event of the year - a black tie optional event that includes silent and live auctions, dinner, music, and the opportunity to meet wish families. Sponsorship's are available.
Say hello to and pose for pictures with popular cartoon characters including Ben 10 and Bugs Bunny at a weekend presented in conjunction with the Animation exhibit. Talk one-on-one with local animators, ask questions about their artistic process, and see samples of their work. Try out some animation skills when you create your own stop motion animation. See the new children’s animated movie Americano: The Movie and meet its director. Included with general museum admission fees.
Join thousands of friends and neighbors to celebrate this Rochester tradition! Be the first to see the marchers as they begin at the corners of East Avenue and Alexander Street, or grab your seat along East Avenue, otherwise head down Main Street toward Plymouth Avenue and the end the route. Bring the family out to enjoy music, dancing, theater, local sports mascots and much more.
JD Wine Cellars welcomes guests to attend their St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Wine Release on Saturday and Sunday March 15th & 16th from 12pm-5pm. Guests can enjoy a traditional Irish dish of potato cheddar soup and soda bread paired with a choice of 2 JD Wines and an additional wine sample. In addition, JD Wine Cellars will be welcoming back a previously sold out wine, Lucky 13. Lucky 13 is a wonderful wine made from Cayuga White grapes that are grown locally in New York State. This wine is a favorite because of its delicate aromas and taste; it’s not too dry, nor is it too sweet. It’s an award winning white wine. Two other wines, Traminette and Dry Riesling, have also returned to the tasting room after much anticipation. Guests can purchase tickets for this event at the door. Tickets are $10 per person. Case Club members and their guests can receive discounted tickets at $6 apiece. Guests who wear green will receive 10% off their wine purchase during this event as well.