Rochester-based artist Jordan Seefried creates minimalist, often gritty artwork that incorporates elegant mark making with industrial detritus. His latest body of work, "Curtains," opens on Friday, March 24, at The Yards (50-52 Public Market).
For the last five years, Rochester's Broads Regional Arm Wrestling League (BRAWL) has organized semi-annual fundraising events for local causes in need of community support. The group has raised more than $20,000 for various organizations, including Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, Teen Empowerment, RESTORE, and Alternatives for Battered Women.
Beginning Wednesday, March 22, and running through Saturday, March 25, the fifth installment of the Deaf Rochester Film Festival will bring three days of narrative, documentary, and short films that highlight the work of talented deaf and hard-of-hearing filmmakers from around the world. In addition to the program of film screenings, DRFF will also host panel discussions, workshops, and receptions that will offer attendees a unique perspective on deaf culture as well as instructional opportunities for future generations of filmmakers.
Screening as the final selection in The Little Theatre's Women's History Month Film Series, "Born in Flames" is a fierce, feminist science-fiction allegory from cult director Lizzie Borden. Made in 1983, the film imagines a future 10 years after a peaceful social revolution in the US, the film follows two separatist factions of radical activists who find that, despite the strides forward, not much has changed for women of the future.
Kevin Lee's magic, juggling, and love for audience involvement are key to the comedian's one-of-a-kind, in-your-face performances. Lee's stand-up comedy holds nothing back.
Following a harsh divorce, Elyot and Amanda go their separate ways, but five years later, when they end up in neighboring suites on their honeymoons with new spouses, passion comes creeping back. This 1930's comedy, "Private Lives," by Noël Coward, follows what happens when a once dreary couple reconnects on the French Riviera.
As part of the Rochester's Rich History series at Central Library, Bill Pruitt intertwines the stories of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass and the legacies of the two human rights activists in "Two Kinds of Fear." Based on published archives, Pruitt takes listeners from Anthony and Douglass' youth through their times in Rochester when their paths began to meet.
Self-taught painter and graphic designer John Bertolone defines his art "as a striving to visualize the unseen forces that are at play and how they influence our seen world." His acrylic and digital paintings blend feminine portraiture, animal deities, geometry, and cosmic debris in the full and glorious color spectrum.
If you're fond of scary stories, but you could do with some lightheartedness these days, check out Jeanine Harvey's madcap play, "Twisted Tales of Terror," which will be performed this week under the direction of Dianne Schaumberg at Stages (third floor at the Auditorium Center, 875 East Main Street). Set in a graveyard, the story incorporates many classic creepster tales — including "Dracula," "Frankenstein," "The Three Werewolves," "Jekyll and Hyde," "The Tragic Tale of the Mummy," and "The Three Witches" — as narrated by Claudia, the Dark Tales Guardian, to her husband, Igor.
People will go through a lot for the chance to win a new vehicle. In the musical "Hands on a Hardbody" — Blackfriars Theatre's next show, and the audience pick at the company's Season Soiree last year — the competition is simple: 10 Texans try to outlast each other with their hands on a brand-new Nissan "hardbody" pickup.
Through the month of March, Ugly Duck Coffee (89 Charlotte Street) is celebrating Women's History Month with a retrospective exhibition of more than five years of art made in support of Girls Rock! Rochester.
Boston-based artist Christopher Lineberry's work embodies the intersection of research, experience, ethics, and desire. Through April 2, Hartnett Gallery (Second floor, Wilson Commons, University of Rochester) will present "Rapture," Lineberry's latest body of digital collage, rooted in his negotiation of queer sexuality and an evangelical upbringing in North Carolina.
Rochester comedians Kelsey Claire Hagen and Madelein Smith this Thursday are hosting some of their favorite comedians from the regional stand-up scene, including Rochesterian-turned-Texan Andrew Youngblood, in the comedy show "Two Feminists Walk Into a Bar." The show will also feature Brian Netzel, Sarah Benson, and Kevin Thomas Jr. Hagen and Smith previously appeared at Skylark with the comedy nights "Don't Grab my Pussy" and "Hateful Eight," and are producing and hosting together for the first time.
The title "That Poor Girl and How He Killed Her" already sets things up. In the darkly comedic play by emerging playwright Jen Silverman, the wealthy, young Alyssa Long attracts the attentions of a cryptic stranger, Felix Maia, and Alyssa disappears soon after.
RIT/NTID performance groups MDC and Dangerous Signs — troupes that have done a lot to bring together American Sign Language, spoken English, music, and dance for Rochester stages — will tackle the popular, Tony Award-winning musical "Pippin" this weekend. The show, with book by Roger O. Hirson and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, follows another troupe of performers as they tell the story of the young prince Pippin, who is searching for his own place in the world: should he settle down or continue looking for adventure?
The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, now marking its 40th year, will roll through Rochester this Saturday, back along its traditional route. The last two parades have used a different route due to the East End construction filling in the Inner Loop, but this weekend's parade will return to its original starting point at East Avenue and Alexander Street.