While there are a limited (but important) amount of concrete things we can do to challenge racist and sexist national policies, our ability to creatively tackle inequity on local levels is just about boundless. Arts community organizer Rachel DeGuzman is continuing her series of creative forums, "At the Crossroads: Activating the Intersection of Art and Justice," on Saturday, December 9, with the audience-interactive performance "And, Ain't I a Woman: A Long Table Conversation and Installation."
Alright, now that it's December, there's not much time left to procrastinate — I'm mainly writing that for myself — to get together gifts for the holiday season. CITY always endorses conscious gift-giving, or even giving your time to help a neighbor, and we hope you'll keep local makers and artists at the top of your sources list.
Never expect Brad Williams to be PC in his delivery, but for good reason: there are things that make us unique, we should own them, and we should laugh about them. A large chunk of Williams' energetic, smooth comedy centers on being a dude with dwarfism and how it shapes his perspective — on sex, relationships, family, race, comedy, and culture.
Grab your glasses and pink bunny costume — "A Christmas Story" is coming back to Rochester. The touring musical based on the 1983 movie of the same name follows Ralphie Parker, a bespectacled kid in 1940s Indiana as he tries to scheme his way to getting the perfect gift: an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle — despite warnings that he'll shoot his eye out.
Ever wonder how you measure up against the world's tallest man? Well, let's just say you're going to need a really big selfie stick to get a snapshot with a model of Robert Wadlow, who stood 8 feet 11 inches tall! It's part of The Science of "Ripley's Believe it or Not" on display at RMSC (657 East Avenue) through January 2.
Flower City Arts Center's photography program is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a fundraiser and exhibition that looks back at its origins — the program was founded in 1977 by Anne Beach as Cucumber Alley School of Printing. This history is illustrated through archival materials, a documentary video screening, and display of photos by volunteers and staff in "From the Seeds of Cucumber Alley: Celebrating 40 Years of Photography," on view at the center through December 21.
RIT's University Gallery on October 27 hosted its second annual Beaux Arts Ball, for which all first year RIT Design, Art, and Crafts students create functional costumes using limited materials, basing their designs on art history research. The ball has a history dating as far back as the 1950's; RIT lecturer Graham Carson revived the event in 2016 after years of dormancy.
When Screen Plays announced a production of "Meet Me in St.
Louis" at the Lyric Theatre this month, it caused a quick double take. Wasn't
that last year's show?
Rochester Contemporary Art Center this weekend will celebrate 40 years in operation with its 27th Annual Members Exhibition, opening Friday, December 1, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and with a Mortgage Burning Bash to be held on Saturday, December 2. The organization began as Pyramid Arts Center in 1977 and became Rochester Contemporary in 2000.
Garth Fagan and his dancers are pushing their own boundaries by pioneering new works that encourage audiences to look at cultural and societal issues through the lens of movement.