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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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10/26/2014 - 11/01/2014

Ongoing Events

Family Climbing

  • Date(s): 06/01/2010(No End Date)
  • Recurring monthly on the 1st
  • Times: Various; Call our office
  • Location: RockVentures, 1044 University Avenue
  • Contact: office
  • Phone: (585) 442-5462
  • Admission: $35

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.

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.

Question Bridge: Black Males

  • Date(s): 10/03/2014 - 11/16/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed-Sun 1-5pm and Fri 1-10pm
  • Location: Rochester Contemporary Art Center - 137 East Avenue
  • Phone: (585) 461-2222
  • Admission: $2 non-members/ free for members

October 3 - November 16 Opening Reception: Friday, Oct. 3, 6-10pm Discussions: Wednesdays & Fridays @ 7pm Each led by a different community leader. Discussion schedule TBA Contributions: Young Men of Color by Rochester Community TV in the LAB Space Question Bridge: Black Males is a project that facilitates a dialogue between black men from diverse and contending backgrounds. The resulting video installation attempts to present the full spectrum of what it means to be “black” and “male” in America. Through Question Bridge, “Blackness” ceases to be a simple, monochromatic concept. Question Bridge has been featured at art centers and museums throughout the United States.

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.

The NOTA Project: A Portrait of the Neighborhood of the Arts

  • Date(s): 10/07/2014 - 11/02/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Tuesday - Saturday Noon to 6:00 pm, Sunday Noon to 4:00 pm
  • Location: Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Ave.
  • Contact: Dick Bennett
  • Phone: 749-7010
  • Admission: No Admission

Photographers Gil Maker, Don Menges, John Solberg, Steve Malloy Desormeaux and George Wallace exhibit iconic photos and scenes from the area of the Neighborhood of the Arts at Image City Photography Gallery through November 2, 2014. Jane Hopkins has an exhibit in the East Gallery. Guest artists include Paul Drushler, Lou Ryen, Hiatt Zhao and Camera Rochester.

Question Bridge: Black Males - Weekly Discussion Sessions at RoCo

  • Date(s): 10/15/2014 - 11/16/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Rochester Contemporary Art Center
  • Contact: Bleu Cease
  • Phone: (585) 461-2222
  • Admission: $2 / free for members

Throughout the run of Question Bridge, RoCo will host weekly discussion sessions to bring a variety of perspectives together to consider and critique this unique project. These weekly sessions will encourage a community grounding of the exhibition and its wide-ranging content. Each of the discussion sessions will be led by a different community leader/educator, including Mayor Lovely Warren. For a complete list of discussion dates, times, and leaders, please visit: http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/questionbridge.html#schedule

Girls Only - The Secret Comedy of Women

  • Date(s): 10/16/2014 - 11/16/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Downstairs Cabaret Theater at Winton Place
  • Phone: (585) 325-4370
  • Admission: $25

A Must See for Women of All Ages! Girls Only - The Secret Comedy of Women is a hilarious new hit about two women discovering their childhood diaries and the sweet, awkward, embarrassing and heartwarming stories they inspire. A combination of sketch comedy, improvisation and musical numbers – with a little audience participation thrown in – Girls Only is the perfect way to celebrate all things girly. Don’t miss what the Denver Post calls “truly brilliant!” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says, "Keep the LAUGHS coming!"

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.”

JCC CenterStage presents: Bad Jews

  • Date(s): 10/18/2014 - 11/02/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Times: Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 2:00pm, and Thursday at 7:00pm
  • Location: JCC Hart Theatre
  • Contact: Marc Cataldi
  • Phone: 5854612000x235
  • Admission: $26/$24 JCC Members, $18 Students

A comedy by Joshua Harmon "Crackles with energy. The best comedy of the season." - NY Times Things get personal when three cousins ignite a viciously hilarious brawl over who "deserves" a treasured family heirloom. A no-holds-barred, dark comedy about family, faith and survival, JCC CenterStage is the first theatre in the country to nab this acclaimed Off-Broadway hit

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.

Good People

  • Date(s): 10/21/2014 - 11/16/2014
  • 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

In South Boston, this month's paychecks cover last month's bills, Bingo is a night on the town, and sharp-tongued single-mom Margie Walsh has been let go from yet another job. Scrambling to make ends meet, she risks what little she has left to look up an old flame, hoping he'll help her make a fresh start. Nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play, a humor-filled drama from Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire about how twists of fate can determine our path.

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.

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