"Winnie-the-Pooh: The Musical" begins the 2016-17 Family Theatre season for the Rochester Association of Performing Arts — the company's Broadway Classics season just opened with "My Fair Lady." Based on the household children's character that's been a favorite since the 1920's, "Winnie-the-Pooh" will be performed by RAPA's professional cast of adult and youth actors.
In a flashback to the 19th century, guides will lead lantern-lit tours through the historic Genesee Country Village, populated by costumed characters reading from the works of the iconic Edgar Allen Poe. Vignettes will include Poe's well-known stories such as "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Tell-Tale Heart," which will transport attendees 150 years into the past, and bring the Halloween spirit to life.
In homage to classic 1980's slasher films, Geva Comedy Improv will perform two nights of quick-witted, on-the-fly skits featuring your favorite horror movie stereotypes. Classic storylines will combine with audience-led plot suggestions to generate an unpredictable performance each night.
Each month, Main Street Arts (20 West Main Street, Clifton Springs) hosts a free film screening with a focus on artists, collectors, movements, and designers. This month's featured film will be the documentary "Werewolves Across America," the first in the series to spotlight a musician: Viking Moses front man Brendon Massei.
The first annual DasFilmfest, showcasing the best of contemporary German, Austrian, and Swiss films comes to The Little Theatre (240 East Avenue) on Saturday, October 22, through Monday, October 24. The festival will screen a lineup of seven feature films, including the US premiere of the drama "Icons of Light" ("Lichtgestalten"), starring Max Riemelt ("Sense8"), and a free screening of the documentary "Streif: One Hell of a Ride," about the annual Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbühel, Austria — the "Superbowl of skiing."
What's new in local and national theater? Geva has several answers to that question in its annual Festival of New Theatre, beginning Wednesday night and running through October 23.
Upstate Social Sessions is helping teach professionals to keep up with the ever-growing presence of social media. The day-long conference will host national and local social media gurus, like New York Times's Neeti Upadhye, multimedia producer Corey Takahashi, and WXXI's Helene Biandudi Hofer, to help guide attendees through personal and professional skills for the web, like how to create a brand or manage businesses.
The dancers of New York State Ballet are preparing for their next adventure down the rabbit hole with "Alice in Wonderland." Following the classic story by Lewis Carroll, a young woman named Alice finds herself in a tea party with a Caterpillar, the Mad Hatter, and the Cheshire Cat, as well as playing croquet with the Queen of Hearts.
“Wings” is a landmark movie of its time, breaking barriers for on-screen nudity, intense shooting conditions, realistic air-combat scenes, and men kissing. The 1927 silent war film, which captured Air Force pilots and actual infantrymen on camera to ensure the production’s authenticity, earned preservation in the US Library of Congress for its cultural and historical significance.
To say "My Fair Lady" is a stage classic might sell it short. The musical — about a phonetics professor, Henry Higgins, who takes a bet to transform a Cockney working-class woman, Eliza Doolittle, into a high society lady — premiered on Broadway in 1956, winning several Tony Awards (including for Best Musical), and set a record at the time for longest running Broadway show.
This weekend, the 5th annual Spectral Carnival returns to the spooky setting of St. Joseph's Park (118 Pleasant Street). Each fall, the gothic stone bones of the 19th century church — all that remains from a 1974 fire — are transformed from a quiet-as-the-grave space filled with sylvan overgrowtn and birdsong, to the site of creative wonders.
I sometimes joke with my friends that you're more of an anomaly these days if you don't have any tattoos. Though getting inked is a relatively commonplace practice, we often overlook the varied, globe-spanning traditions that tattooing emerged from, and the meaning behind certain permanent marks.
Mark Medoff's "When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?" brings a quiet New Mexico diner to life, as characters come to terms with their fears, aspirations, and inner desires at the gunpoint of a Vietnam War veteran. The play is now being performed by University of Rochester's International Theatre Program, as the cast takes on the disappearance of the "American Dream" in Medoff's critique of post-Vietnam culture.
Rochester Museum and Science Center is kicking off this year's Science on the Edge lecture series with a lesson in fashion. Syracuse University professor Jeffrey Mayer will discuss drastic changes in fashion since the mid-1900's and how recent scientific discoveries and advances in technology — like 3D printing and "lab-grown" fabrics — have helped make the field what it is today.
The Hungerford, home of local artisans, craftsmen, and merchants, is in the Halloween spirit as it prepares for its annual Haunted Hungerford. Haunted Hungerford will mark the First Friday in October by joining in on the spooky celebrations early, with more than 20 open studios, live music, and food trucks.
Beneath the wit, humor, and satire, David Sedaris tells stories that are intensely personal. The writer and occasional "This American Life" contributor holds nothing back, and it's that willingness to share himself with his audience that has made Sedaris one of today's indispensable humorists.