The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's and Rochester City Ballet's "The Nutcracker" carries a significant weight in Rochester holiday traditions. The annual production has been a lot of people's introduction to the orchestra, to ballet, or to Tchaikovsky's Christmas tale about a young girl, her toy turned prince, and the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Author Ibram X. Kendi argues that racist ideas, used to justify racist policies that are created out of economic and political self-interest, produce ignorance and hate, not the other way around. He also identifies a group between segregationists and anti-racists: Assimilationists, as he calls them, are well-meaning people who don't think they are racist and who fight inequality, yet still in part blame those who are oppressed for their plight.
The Broadway musical "Annie" has been a pop culture mainstay for nearly four decades: The show has been continually produced around the world; you've probably seen one of the three (yeah, 1982, 1999, and 2014) movie adaptations; and the songs "Tomorrow" and "It's a Hard Knock Life" (thanks, Jay-Z) have been hits in their own right. The Rochester Association of Performing Arts opened its main stage season last weekend with the popular musical about the optimistic red-headed orphan looking around New York City for her parents.
Thanksgiving is usually centered on three things: food, family, and football. Geva Comedy Improv is trying to add one more 'f' to the list: funny.
After more than four decades of dance, Garth Fagan continues to create new works that dazzle. Audiences got a sneak peek at some of those pieces at the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival this summer, but for those who didn't, they are worth seeing.
The bleak season is upon us, so here's a little round-up of shows that focus, in one way or another, on diminished light and bits of nature. Most of the shows end soon, so be mindful of the provided end dates.
As trailblazers in the American fight for women's rights go, Victoria Woodhull is likely the most underrated. An indispensable historical figure, Woodhull was the first woman to run for the office of United States President — all the way back in 1872.
The College at Brockport's Department of Dance has a long history of hiring teachers who are professional artists with years of experience performing and choreographing modern dance. The department celebrates its 50th anniversary this week with its annual Danscore performances.
"Brain Candy Live," an educational show, combines two big names in science entertainment. Adam Savage, the editor-in-chief of Tested.com and former co-host of "Mythbusters," and Michael Stevens, creator of award-winning YouTube channel Vsauce, have created a live stage show that's billed as "a two-hour play date with Walt Disney, Willy Wonka, and Albert Einstein."
The crisp, cold air that's finally arrived in Rochester may not be welcome to some, but it's perfect weather for stargazing. At RMSC's after-hours Star Party, amateur astronomers and extraterrestrial enthusiasts alike will get to use telescopes to get a clear glimpse of the Milky Way, Summer Triangle, and thousands of stars.