The Bronze Collective annually brings together local performers and theater groups of color at MuCCC for a week of drama, dance, storytelling, comedy, and music. It returns for its third festival next week, running from Monday, February 20, to Sunday, February 26, with new work by local writers, and a classic play by the great James Baldwin, exploring black identity, roles in society, civil rights, the history of black women, and the expressive power of dance and music.
Murderous mermaids, Europop music, and tasty sushi rolls make for a great night out at the movies as The Little Theatre (240 East Avenue) reteams with Bubble Fusion for its second "Sushi Night at The Little" on Friday, February 17. Bubble Fusion is offering thematically appropriate pre-movie fare with a select menu of sushi and bubble tea before a showing of the wonderfully bonkers fantasy-horror-musical, "The Lure," from Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska.
The Rochester Museum and Science Center will host a two-day Nordic Fest this weekend in celebration of the winter season and Scandinavian tradition, with skiing, snowshoe races, and chili to keep you warm. For those looking for a good competition, a 10K Snowshoe Race on Saturday, February 18, takes competitors through backcountry Finger Lakes trails.
To celebrate the accomplishments and give recognition to Rochesterians actively involved in their community — from music, arts, and fashion design to business management — comedian Yolanda Smilez created the ROC Awards, which is now in its fifth year. This weekend's ROC Awards ceremony will feature music by Grammy nominated R&B musician Jon B., and appearances by Assemblyman David Gantt, Melany Silas of MJS Productions, and more.
Rochester Institute of Technology's annual FreezeFest offers some mirth amid the chill this week, with a lineup of winter-themed programs and events planned for Thursday, February 16, through Sunday, February 19. This year's headlining act is actor and comedian T.J. Miller, whose standup style consists of charmingly casual observations and wild-eyed anecdotes.
RIT Outdoor Education will host the Rochester-area showings of The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour on Friday, February 10, through Sunday, February 12, at the Ingle Auditorium in the RIT Student Alumni Union (113 Lomb Memorial Drive). Presenting selected short films from the 41st Banff Mountain Film Festival in Alberta, Canada, the program highlights beautifully photographed works by filmmakers from across the globe that center around all aspects of mountain culture — from expeditions in remote locations to documenting the most adrenaline-fueled extreme sports.
The Memorial Art Gallery is offering a unique perspective on the film viewing experience with two works from artists Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder. In "Threadbare" and "Light Spill," Gibson and Recoder deconstruct the basic elements of cinema (celluloid, projector, screen, and light) and ask viewers to consider the art of the moving image once it's divorced from the purposes of storytelling entertainment.
It sounds like a long shot, but hiring Norwegian hit men to get rid of an ex-boyfriend might just result in new love. In C. Denby Swanson's dark comedy, "The Norwegians," two Southerners, Olive (Lynne Sanchez-Fries) and Betty (Gretchen Woodworth), find the perfect pair of Scandinavian gangsters, Gus (Tom Bigongiari) and Tor (James Heath), to kill Olive's ex.
In Taj Express' "The Bollywood Musical Revue," the sounds, colors, and dances of India's Bollywood culture erupt in a performance that crosses traditional and contemporary, with authentic costume designs and graceful choreography. Produced, directed, and choreographed by sisters Shruti and Vaibhavi Merchant — both accomplished Bollywood dance choreographers — and combined with scores composed by Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman, the musical presents a fiery Indian romance told through elaborate backgrounds and an energetic cast of dancers.
Rochester-based artist and New York Figure Study Guild founding member Margot Fass creates vibrant mixed media works that combine painted figure studies and portraiture with photos, colorfully patterned paper and fabric, and beads. The resulting work is whimsical and joyful, but Fass often includes serious messages about love and ecological preservation.
In Samuel Hunter's play "The Whale," a morbidly obese, reclusive man living in rural Idaho is on a slow descent of self-destruction as he eats himself to death. But as he begins to prepare for the inevitable, he reaches out to his estranged teenaged daughter in an effort to mend fences and finds he may have another chance at redemption.
Made on State, a collective of artists and makers located at 510 State Street, is a home for creativity. The 26,000-square-foot campus of recently renovated studios will host a winter open house on Saturday with 15 working artists offering tours of workshops, demonstrations, and gallery showings.
It's exactly what it sounds like. Six naked men — Kable Barnhart, Danny Burgos, Tim Garnham, Anthony Massarotto, Stephen Millett, and Charles Walljasper Robinson in this touring production — perform a Vaudeville-style revue with songs like "Perky Little Porn Star," "The Bliss of a Bris," and "Fight the Urge."
Geva Theatre Center continues its Fielding Stage series with Rajiv Joseph's drama "The Lake Effect." Set in Cleveland, Ohio, this one-set, three-character show tells the story of Priya, a self-made man who receives word that his father is ill and must now travel home to a family he's withdrawn from.
In 2016 the world took a hit with the loss of many important art and cultural figures. One of the first cultural losses of 2017 happened with historian and critic John Berger's death in early January.
Rochester City Ballet this weekend will present a charming retelling of "Green Eggs and Ham," that iconic Dr. Seuss children's book about Sam-I-Am pushing his odd-colored meal on the stubborn narrator. RCB Artistic Director David Palmer created the family-friendly production and included narration and sign language interpretation in order to make the ballet accessible to all new theatergoers.