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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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04/26/2015 - 05/02/2015

Featured Events

Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival

  • Date(s): 05/02/2015 - 05/02/2015
  • Times: 10am-5pm
  • Location: RIT Campus
  • Admission: Free

This festival will showcase a fusion of art, technology, new ideas for products and services, creative artistry, faculty and student research, plus carnival rides for the kids.

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.

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.

Genesee Valley Quilt Club

  • Date(s): 10/01/2014 - 07/01/2015
  • Recurring monthly on the 1st
  • Times: 9"30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Temple B'rith Kodesh 2131 Elmwood Ave
  • Contact: Louise Hartshorn, President
  • Phone: (585) 748-4451
  • Admission: $5

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

"Made in NY"

  • Date(s): 03/28/2015 - 05/24/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Sunday - Noon-5pm Tuesday-Saturday - 10AM-5PM
  • Location: Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St.
  • Phone: (315) 255-1553
  • Admission: Admission $6/adults, Art Center members and children under 12 are free

Made in New York is an annual juried exhibition at the Schweinfurth Art Center that showcases artwork by contemporary New York State artists. Made in NY 2015 features paintings, photographs, sculpture, drawings, ceramics, fiber, media art, and more.

Best of the Fest

  • Date(s): 04/01/2015 - 04/30/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Monday-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.

Enjoy special screenings of the Best of the Fest, a collection of 42 award-winning and educational short films selected from the Rochester International Children's Film Festival archives. These shorts are made possible through a collaborative with The Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children, organizers of the 10th Annual Children’s Film Festival honoring the Month of the Young Child. Included with general museum admission fees.

First Friday Brew Review

  • Date(s): 04/01/2015(No End Date)
  • Recurring monthly on the 1st
  • Times: 6pm-9pm
  • Location: Big Tree Inn, 46 Main Street
  • Phone: (585) 243-5220
  • Admission: $0

Discover our Brew Reviews the first Friday of every month. You'll be able to experience a different microbrewery every month, learn more about their beer and beer making process and sample some amazing brews! Visit our website to learn about this month's featured brewery: http://www.bigtreeinn.com/calendar.php

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.

The Grove Place Jazz Project

  • Date(s): 04/07/2015 - 05/26/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: 7:00pm
  • Location: 20 Windsor Street
  • Contact: Ann Marie Sanders
  • Phone: (585) 325-4370
  • Admission: $10

Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, in association with Eastman School of Music jazz students, will present The Grove Place Jazz Project - An Evening of Swing, Ballads, and Blues each Tuesday evening at 7:00pm. A different jazz ensemble will be featured each week, showcasing the talents of Eastman School of Music students and other jazz artisans. Co-sponsored by the Friends of The Grove Place Jazz Project.

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.

THE BIKINIS: A New Musical Beach Party

  • Date(s): 04/10/2015 - 05/30/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 8:00pm
  • Location: 3450 Winton Place
  • Contact: Ann Marie Sanders
  • Phone: (585) 325-4370
  • Admission: $25-36

Back together after 20 years! That girl group from the sixties everyone loves is bringing back the sun, fun and all the great songs they sang down on the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore… all to raise money for the good folks at Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort. With a show that promises to get everyone dancing in the aisles, THE BIKINIS, or “The Jersey Girls,” relive their heyday and beyond, with a nonstop celebration of song: "It’s in His Kiss", "Yellow Polka Dot Bikini", "Heat Wave", "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Look What They've Done to My Song, Ma", "When Will I Be Loved", "I Will Survive", "It's Raining Men", and many more!

THE BIKINIS: A New Musical Beach Party

  • Date(s): 04/16/2015 - 05/28/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 7:00pm
  • Location: 3450 Winton Place
  • Contact: Ann Marie Sanders
  • Phone: (585) 325-4370
  • Admission: $25-36

Back together after 20 years! That girl group from the sixties everyone loves is bringing back the sun, fun and all the great songs they sang down on the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore… all to raise money for the good folks at Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort. With a show that promises to get everyone dancing in the aisles, THE BIKINIS, or “The Jersey Girls,” relive their heyday and beyond, with a nonstop celebration of song: "It’s in His Kiss", "Yellow Polka Dot Bikini", "Heat Wave", "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Look What They've Done to My Song, Ma", "When Will I Be Loved", "I Will Survive", "It's Raining Men", and many more!

Here, There . . . & Cuba

  • Date(s): 04/21/2015 - 05/17/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues. - Sat. Noon - 6 pm; Sunday, Noon - 4 pm.
  • Location: 722 University Ave.
  • Phone: (585) 749-7010
  • Admission: None

Our current exhibit at Image City Photography Gallery is Here, There, and Cuba by our Artists-in-Residence, David Perlman and Jim Patton. Jim continues his global photo expeditions, this time returning to Cuba where he finds Havana a fascinating mix of colonial architecture and Cuban culture that seems frozen in the 1950's in many respects. David Perlman describes his exhibit "My work is eclectic, lacking any coherent theme, spontaneous, and sometimes a wee bit contemptuous of the avant-garde. Actually, I do it because it's fun!" Additional Guest Photographers are Jim Rappleye in the East Gallery and Adrian DeJesus and Nicholas Jospe. Award-winning photographs from Camera Rochester are exhibited by Mike Edwards, Steve Fielding, Bonnie Gamache, Tom McGlynn, Jeno Horvath, and Joan Weetman.

The Road to Where

  • Date(s): 04/23/2015 - 05/10/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: various, visit www.gevatheatre.org for more info.
  • Location: Fielding Nextstage, Geva Theatre Center 75 Woodbury Blvd
  • Contact: Geva Theatre Center Box Office
  • Phone: (585) 232-4382
  • Admission: Tickets from $25

With the help of two talented musicians, Broadway veteran and writer Cass Morgan searches for her roots. A trip to the West of Ireland sparks memories of her childhood in Rochester, her growing up in a Florida trailer park, and a need to reconcile with her parents in an enchanting evening of story and song.

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.

SUNY Geneseo Jazz Ensembles in Concert

  • Date(s): 04/27/2015 - 04/27/2015
  • Times: 8:00 pm
  • Location: Doty Recital Hall
  • Contact: Tammy Farrell
  • Phone: (585) 245-5824
  • Admission: Free

The concert will feature two big bands and two small groups conducted by David Gibson and Mark Collins. Mr. Collins' groups will dig deep into the jazz repertoire by performing classics from the Great American Songbook of composers like Jerome Kern and Duke Ellington along with music of iconic jazz musicians Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

Seaman & Nakamatsu Return

  • Date(s): 04/30/2015 - 04/30/2015
  • Times: 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
  • Contact: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Phone: (585) 454-2100
  • Admission: Buy tickets online at rpo.org, by phone at 585-454-2100, or in-person at the Eastman Theatre Box Office

Christopher Seaman, Conductor Laureate (The Christopher Seaman Chair, Supported by Barbara and Patrick Fulford and the Conductor Laureate Society) Jon Nakamatsu, piano ELGAR In The South (Alassio) SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor STRAVINSKY Petrushka (1947) Join us in welcoming back two Rochester favorites! No one does British music like Christopher Seaman, and his 2015 Rochester return kicks off with music by his countryman, along with Stravinsky's wonderfully colorful rendering of a puppet brought to life. The incomparable Jon Nakamatsu re-unites with Seaman for Saint-Saëns' beloved concerto.

The Personal Childhood Collection of Shirley Temple Special Showing

  • Date(s): 04/30/2015 - 05/03/2015
  • 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
  • Admission: Age 2 and older $13.50, under age 2 free, members free.

Be among the first to view rare memorabilia from the life of American icon Shirley Temple when the Personal Childhood Collection of Shirley Temple display kicks off its nationwide tour at The Strong. The display includes dozens of objects from Temple’s early life and from her years as America’s sweetheart, such as original costumes used in her Hollywood films, dolls from her personal collection, and childhood gifts from other artists and actors spanning her classic years from 1930 to 1941. The display is sponsored by Theriault’s.

Children Awaiting Parent's Kentucky Derby

  • Date(s): 05/01/2015 - 05/01/2015
  • Times: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Location: Ballroom 384, 384 East Avenue
  • Contact: Melanie Schmidt
  • Phone: (585) 232-5110
  • Admission: $50 per person or two for $90

This event will feature derby-inspired races, live jazz music, mint juleps, and locally-donated prizes. Break out your big frilly hats and bow ties for a festive evening as a southern belle or gent at their Kentucky Derby. All proceeds will go to find permanent families for children waiting to be adopted in foster care.

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.

"Put That Woman First"

  • Date(s): 05/02/2015 - 05/02/2015
  • Times: 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Location: Kodak Center of Performing Arts
  • Contact: Michael Atkins Yawn
  • Phone: (585) 503-7633
  • Admission: $17.00 Advance Tickets & $20.00 At The Door

'Put That Woman First" is a story about four ladies who are trying to get their men to put them first, well at least three of them are because one of the ladies is a self proclaimed independent Black Woman who said, "I make good money. I don't need a man to define my womanhood and as fine as I am, I could get any man I want to."

AutismUp's 10th Anniversary Celebration Gala

  • Date(s): 05/02/2015 - 05/02/2015
  • Times: 6:00PM
  • Location: The Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center
  • Contact: Beth Ciardi
  • Phone: (585) 248-9011
  • Admission: Visit www.autismup.org for ticket information

Celebrating a decade of inspired work on behalf of local individuals living with autism. The evening will include fine food, musical entertainment, silent and live auctions, raffles, and opportunities for attendees to learn about and support our excellence in programming that is a lifeline for more than 2,000 family and professional member households in our local community.

Brazilian Folktales

  • Date(s): 05/02/2015 - 05/02/2015
  • Times: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Location: The Strong Museum, One Manhattan Square
  • Admission: Age 2 and older $13.50, under age 2 free, members free.

Explore the ancient culture, humor, and wisdom of Brazil. B e enchanted by folktales performed live on stage—complete with monkey, goat, jaguar, and other animal characters—by the Genesee Community College Forum Players Theatre Ensemble at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. And enjoy contemporary music based on folktales performed throughout the museum by Eastman School of Music’s OSSIA New Music group. Included with general admission fees.

I Love My Parks Day

  • Date(s): 05/02/2015 - 05/02/2015
  • Times: 10:00 am until noon
  • Location: Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
  • Contact: Sonnenberg for more information
  • Phone: (585) 394-4922
  • Admission: Free

Be part of a state-wide volunteering event and show your love for Sonnenberg! See website for details.

JCC CenterStage presents: Into the Woods

  • Date(s): 05/02/2015 - 05/17/2015
  • 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: 5854612000x236
  • Admission: $29/$27 JCC members, $20 students

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by James Lapine Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rupunzel are just a few of your favorite storybook characters that collide in one epic adventure.

Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train LIVE!: Buddy’s Big Adventure

  • Date(s): 05/02/2015 - 05/02/2015
  • Times: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Location: Nazareth College Arts Center
  • Contact: Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office
  • Phone: (585) 389-2170
  • Admission: Tickets: $17-$20

Suggested for children ages 3+ and their families; 75 minutes including intermission Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train LIVE!: Buddy’s Big Adventure brings the beloved stars of the hit PBS series to the stage for the first time. This exciting original musical story features lush projected backgrounds, magical special effects that fill the theater, a full- sized replica of the Dinosaur Train, unique hybrid puppeteered characters, and an engaging live host. Through interactivity, music, and laughter, Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train LIVE!: Buddy’s Big Adventure will have kids up and dancing in the aisles.

Julie Budd in "Center Stage"

  • Date(s): 05/02/2015 - 05/02/2015
  • Times: 8:00 pm
  • Location: Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St.
  • Phone: (315) 253-6669
  • Admission: $50/ticket

Auburn Public Theater in association with Barbara Walsh presents JULIE BUDD in "Center Stage". A Benefit for the Thommie Walsh Education Scholarship. Julie Budd is considered to be one of the most exciting singers on the scene today. While enjoying a multi-faceted musical career, Julie Budd's credits range from television to film, the New York stage, and symphonies all over the country, along with the most lavish casinos and showrooms everywhere. The New York Times raved with a full 2-page glowing retrospective of Julie's career, declaring Ms. Budd "The Consummate Performer." She began her professional career at the tender age of twelve, after meeting record producer/orchestrator Herb Bernstein. He immediately took Julie under his wing and introduced her to Merv Griffin at a recording session in New York City. After hearing Julie sing, this "Mini Girl with the Maxi Voice" was invited to appear on more than 100 of Merv's Shows. From there Julie went on to appear on The Tonight Show, Entertainment Tonightand every major TV show. In the years that followed, Julie co- starred with such legendary performers as Frank Sinatra, Bill Cosby, Carol Burnett, and Lib

Madre Mia: A Tribute to Mothers

  • Date(s): 05/02/2015 - 05/02/2015
  • Times: 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.
  • Location: Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave.
  • Contact: Nydia Padilla-Rodríguez
  • Phone: (585) 263-2623
  • Admission: $20 in advance, $25 at door, $10 for children and seniors

Borinquen Dance Theatre will celebrate motherhood through dance, song and spoken word during “Madre Mia: A BDT Tribute to Mothers” its 34th anniversary community performance. The evening will include the debut of “Tonantzin (Our Sacred Mother), which represents the spiritual journey of the Aztecs as it transformed into the devotion to La Virgen de Guadalupe. In addition to performances by the Borinquen’s senior and junior members, the event will also feature a song in honor of mothers by Damaris Rivera, who works at the 911 call center and in real estate, and was an “Anerican Idol” contestant. Harry Roldan, a counselor with the Rochester City School District, will also perform “Madre,” which he wrote for “Shadows of Our Faces,” a Rochester Latino Theatre Production in 2012. So, bring your moms our for a special pre-Mother's Day treat!

MOPS Craft Show, Silent Auction and Bake Sale

  • Date(s): 05/02/2015 - 05/02/2015
  • Times: 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Location: Lakeshore Community Church 3651 Latta Rd
  • Contact: Courtney Smith
  • Phone: (585) 750-0254
  • Admission: 0

Event Date and Location: May 2, 2015 9am to 3pm at Lakeshore Community Church, 3651 Latta Road, Rochester, NY 14612 Event info: MOPS Craft show featuring craft vendors, silent auction, bake sale and food concessions. Benefits Mothers of Preschoolers.

Seaman & Nakamatsu Return

  • Date(s): 05/02/2015 - 05/02/2015
  • Times: 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
  • Contact: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Phone: (585) 454-2100
  • Admission: Buy tickets online at rpo.org, by phone at 585-454-2100, or in-person at the Eastman Theatre Box Office

Christopher Seaman, Conductor Laureate (The Christopher Seaman Chair, Supported by Barbara and Patrick Fulford and the Conductor Laureate Society) Jon Nakamatsu, piano ELGAR In The South (Alassio) SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor STRAVINSKY Petrushka (1947) Join us in welcoming back two Rochester favorites! No one does British music like Christopher Seaman, and his 2015 Rochester return kicks off with music by his countryman, along with Stravinsky's wonderfully colorful rendering of a puppet brought to life. The incomparable Jon Nakamatsu re-unites with Seaman for Saint-Saëns' beloved concerto.

Spring 5K Race and Stroll

  • Date(s): 05/02/2015 - 05/02/2015
  • Times: Starts at 9:00 am
  • Location: Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
  • Contact: Sonnenberg for more information
  • Phone: (585) 394-4922
  • Admission: $20/Pre-registration; $25/day of race

Run or walk through the Sonnenberg estate among beautiful spring foliage and flowers. Details & registration at website.

Welcome Back Weekend

  • Date(s): 05/02/2015 - 05/03/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 10:00a - 7:00p
  • Location: Long Acre Farms
  • Contact: Terri Goebel
  • Phone: (315) 986-4202

Long Acre Farms will open for their 22nd season at 10:00am on Saturday May 2, 2015. The Farm’s “Welcome Back Weekend” will continue through Sunday May 3rd with special promotions, deals, samples and activities for the whole family. 2015 Season passes are currently on sale online and will be available for guests to purchase during the Farm’s “Welcome Back Weekend.” Guests who purchase any size/flavor Ice Cream will automatically receive a free wristband for the Back 40 Adventure- a play area or stop by and pick up your "Where's Captain Kernell?" activity sheet and receive a free wristband for the Back 40 for the day! Captain Kernell will be flying around the farm on a new adventure all season...can you find him??

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