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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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02/22/2015 - 02/28/2015

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.

Thursday Nights at the Winery.

  • Date(s): 11/27/2014 - 05/14/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 5:30-8:30pm.
  • Location: Casa Larga Winery
  • Phone: (585) 223-4210
  • Admission: Free

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

  • Date(s): 12/12/2014 - 04/12/2015
  • 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

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

  • Date(s): 01/25/2015 - 03/29/2015
  • 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

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.

Aura Satz: Eyelids Leaking Light

  • Date(s): 01/26/2015 - 04/26/2015
  • 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

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.

In Glorious Technicolor

  • Date(s): 01/26/2015 - 04/26/2015
  • 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

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.

Touching on Water: Paintings by Thomas Paquette

  • Date(s): 01/28/2015 - 03/29/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Daily
  • Location: The Rockwell Museum
  • Contact: The Rockwell Museum
  • Phone: (607) 937-5386
  • Admission: Admission fees vary

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.

Original Zarpentine farm all you can eat buck wheat breakfast

  • Date(s): 01/31/2015 - 04/26/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: Saturday and Sunday 8am-2pm
  • Location: Original Zarpentine Farm, 163 burritt road
  • Contact: Amy or Andy
  • Phone: (585) 392-3611
  • Admission: 3 and under free,kids $5.95,adults $7.95

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

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.

Book and Beast at Seneca Park Zoo

  • Date(s): 02/04/2015 - 03/25/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 11 a.m.
  • Location: 2222 St. Paul Street
  • Contact: Education Department
  • Phone: (585) 336-7213
  • Admission: Free with Zoo admission

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

  • Date(s): 02/06/2015 - 03/15/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Opening: 6-10pm
  • Location: Rochester Contemporary Art Center
  • Contact: RoCo Staff
  • Phone: (585) 461-2222
  • Admission: $2 / free for members

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.

History: Photographs by David Levinthal

  • Date(s): 02/07/2015 - 05/24/2015
  • 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

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.

Da Vinci - The Genius exhibition

  • Date(s): 02/13/2015 - 05/17/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Monday-Saturday 9 am-5 pm; Sunday 11 am-5 pm
  • Location: Rochester Museum & Science Center
  • Contact: Debra Jacobson
  • Phone: (585) 271-4320
  • Admission: Various: See www.rmsc.org

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.

Dutch Connection 2015

  • Date(s): 02/13/2015 - 03/01/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Museum Hours
  • Location: George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film
  • Contact: George Eastman House
  • Phone: (585) 271-3361
  • Admission: Museum Admission

George Eastman ordered thousands of flowering bulbs every year for his house and gardens, and that tradition continues today with this annual exhibition. Eastman's conservatory and palm house will be filled with spring color-throughout the show, more than three thousand tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, amaryllis, clivias, begonias, and azaleas are in full bloom.

Balloon Manor 2015 "An Amazing Undersea Adventure!"

  • Date(s): 02/23/2015 - 03/08/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 10:00a.m.- 7:00p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Rochester's Historic Sibley Building
  • Contact: Michael Hardy
  • Phone: (585) 721-6032
  • Admission: FREE

"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!

Peter's Picks 2013: A Retrospective

  • Date(s): 02/24/2015 - 03/22/2015
  • 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

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".

Women in Jeopardy!

  • Date(s): 02/24/2015 - 03/22/2015
  • 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

"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 @ Scotland Yard Pub

  • Date(s): 02/27/2015 - 05/15/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Times: 4p-7p
  • Location: 187 St. Paul Street
  • Contact: Nancy geraci
  • Phone: (585) 730-5030
  • Admission: FREE

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.

Visit Balloon Manor!

  • Date(s): 02/27/2015 - 03/08/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Feb 27-March 7: 10am-7pm, March 8: 10am-3pm
  • Location: 250 East Main Street
  • Phone: (585) 486-9800
  • Admission: 0

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.

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.

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