Following a rough election, and coping with its result, local comedian Kelsey Hagen decided to put her thoughts into action with "Don't Grab My Pussy," a concert of live music, poetry, monologues, and comedy, run by women, for women. Featuring Marianne Sierk, Penny Sterling, Delaney McLemore, Madelein Smith, and more, 100 percent of the proceeds will be given to Planned Parenthood and RESTORE, sexual assault services.
When you combine 30 artists, 20 acts, fantastic feats of athleticism, and just the right touch of Christmas music, costumes, and decorations, you get the Cirque Dreams show "Holidaze." The production has been critically acclaimed for its dangerous, energetic, and high-flying acts, which have been featured on shows like "America's Got Talent."
The Perinton Historical Society will host Michael Lasser — a lecturer, writer, and teacher (and a former CITY theater critic) — for a presentation on the Christmas classic "White Christmas," and how the song became a hit and led to the success of other holiday tunes like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Let it Snow." Lasser is a former host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Fascinatin' Rhythm," and is the co-author of "America's Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley."
Along with being a staff writer for the Netflix series "Narcos," Martin Zimmerman is an award-winning, multi-ethnic, bilingual playwright. His work is largely current issue-based, making it a perfect match for The Hornets' Nest, Geva Theatre Center's annual script-in-hand series that investigates "the most challenging and controversial ethical dilemmas of our time."
In September, local literary organizations kicked off a new "Read Local" series of featured author events, presenting opportunities for local businesses to collaborate while supporting home-grown literature. Each event is held in a bar, where attendees are encourage to meet and talk with the author over a drink.
Now that you've stuffed your turkey, prepare to have your bells jingled and your chestnuts roasted as Mrs. Kasha Davis and Aggy Dune don their gay apparel for "Holiday Hams," a seasonally festive rendition of their irreverent "Big Wigs" Las Vegas-style revue. Featuring bawdy comedy, high-energy costume changes, and impeccable impersonations of your favorite divas — from Cher and Tina Turner, to Celine Dion, Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers, and more — the ladies are sure to sleigh the house down.
Needless to say, Geva Theatre Center's production of "A Christmas Carol" has become a Rochester holiday tradition for many families, for the theater, and for the actors themselves. The current adaptation — by Artistic Director Mark Cuddy, with music and lyrics by Gregg Coffin — premiered in 2010, and continues to draw large crowds every season.
Feminist Fiber Art, a traveling art exhibit curated by Rochester-based artist Iris Nectar, hosts shows, craft workshops, performances, and concerts in DIY spaces with a mission to show how feminists use fiber art to "subvert its history as 'women's work' in colorful, fun, and sexually liberated ways." For its third formal gallery exhibit, Feminist Fiber Art will fill The Yards' space with work from American and international artists — including Canadians Emily Hiller and Michelle Gauthier, Icelandic artist Yrurari, and Lhama, who's based in Brazil.
Adapted as a live radio play, "Meet Me in St. Louis" celebrates the holiday season with the Smith family as they prepare for the 1904 World's Fair. Produced by Screen Plays, and directed by Karen Tuccio, "Meet Me in St. Louis" will transport audiences back in time with a performance reminiscent of the live radio broadcasts of the 1940's, including traditional Christmas tunes and commercial jingle breaks true to the production.
Garth Fagan Dance will present its home season this week at Nazareth College's Arts Center, with rare first looks and Rochester premieres of two new works. The company will premiere "In Conflict," a four-part piece choreographed by Fagan and set to music by composer Arvo P#rt, and "A Moderate Cease," which was choreographed by Norwood Pennewell to music by Steven Isserlis.
Written and performed by Vietnam War veteran Thomas Bird, "Bearing Witness" tells his story of visiting the concentration camp his father helped liberate during World War II. While recalling his own personal war experiences, Bird journeys to find peace through theater and performance as well as coming to terms with a secret his father kept until just before his death.
The Folk Art Guild will host its annual Holiday Festival of Crafts for another weekend of live entertainment and one-of-a-kind, handmade products from Western New York. From artisanal pottery and hand-carved kitchen wares to clothing made for the cold, winter season, the festival will feature a wide array of vendors and demonstrations.
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rochester City Ballet, and the Bach Children's Choir are coming together again to perform "The Nutcracker," an annual ode to the winter season and an honor to Russian composer Tchaikovsky. The RPO will perform the much-beloved live score as RCB delivers a striking presentation of the classic Christmas story about a young girl who accompanies her toy, which has come to life, on a journey to a magical kingdom.
This weekend, the Country Dancers of Rochester will present its 33rd annual Thanksgiving Dance Weekend, a two-day event featuring contra dances (folk dances made up of long lines of couples), Americana tunes, and experienced callers to lead participants in feet-stomping and hand-clapping routines. Pete's Posse, Tempest, Mary Wesley, and more will provide the music.
Earlier this month, America's xenophobic rhetoric won the White House, leaving many people justifiably freaked out about how far our president-elect will be able to take his plans for targeted groups. For months, people have been drawing parallels between our current socio-political mess and the European climate that led up to the Second World War.
The practice and promotion of an artistic life can be an ego-riddled, individualistic thing, with a massive potential for contention between two of a kind. But successful partnerships, such as that of designer-couples Massimo and Lella Vignelli and Charles and Ray Eames form the few exceptions where lasting harmony was achieved in the relationship as well as in artistic achievements.