THEATER | 'Swans'

THEATER | 'Swans'

The world premiere of Rochester playwright Maria Brandt's new work, "Swans," will be presented this week at Geva's Fielding Stage. In the era of #MeToo, Brandt's story tackles the still under-acknowledged incidences of domestic violence.

KIDS | The Whalemobile

It's never too early to get kids thinking about the health of the oceans and the creatures that inhabit it. Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County will this weekend host a fun interactive exhibit that allows kids to explore and appreciate the ocean using the humpback whale as an entry point — literally.

ART | 'I Am a Naked Person' tour launch

This Friday night Small World Books will host a gathering in celebration of the 10th anniversary of "I Am a Naked Person," a short and sweetly humorous illustrated story about being naked by Rochester-based artist Ray Ray Mitrano. The party also serves as a tour kick off — Mitrano will travel throughout the summer to various venues, events, and gatherings across the country.

MUSEUM | 'Discover Martha's Magic'

The words entrepreneurship and invention in Rochester's history are nearly synonymous with the names Eastman and Kodak. There are other individuals and companies that we associate with those words, but our town also has some early inventors and business people whose names have fallen into obscurity.

ART | 'Birds in Art'

On view at Cumming Nature Center this summer is "Birds in Art," a touring exhibit featuring 60 works by international artists, drawn from the 42nd annual exhibition of the same name held at Wisconsin's Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Visitors can check out avian interpretations by contemporary artists working in an array painting and sculptural media.

DANCE | Dances at MuCCC

Festival season is well under way, and this week marks the start of the fifth iteration of Dances at MuCCC. This year's festival celebration of movement features an expanded lineup of nearly 30 choreographers and performance groups presenting 10 performances.

ART | 'Uncharted Tails'

There is something surrealistic yet understated about the art of Jonathan Schnapp in his new exhibition "Uncharted Tails" at Create Art 4 Good Gallery. Sure, Schnapp's paintings evoke children's book illustrations, with their vivid colors and fantastical, detailed depictions anthropomorphized animals.

THEATER | 'Italian Bred'

For one performance only, writer and actress Candice Guardino brings her successful one-woman show "Italian Bred" — now being developed into a T.V. series — to The Lyric Theatre this Friday. The comedy, originally developed through a series of stand-up performances, draws from Guardino's Italian upbringing in Brooklyn.

KIDS | 'Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns'

The Strong National Museum of Play has brought back its popular "Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns," a showcase of science fiction's influence on culture and in particular, the way people play. The exhibition — with themes like "Space Heroes" and "Aliens and Monsters" — already had prominent interactive features, but this new version has been retooled to include an addition to the Robot Park and the arcade game "Space Invaders" in a nostalgic multiplayer format.

ART | 'Political Impressions'

Print Club of Rochester's current exhibit, "Political Impressions," is the organization's second international exhibition developed in partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology, with the aim of introducing fresh perspectives and technical approaches to Rochester audiences. The group show is curated by Miranda Metcalf, Director of Davidson Galleries in Seattle, and this year's theme is based on the historic role that printmaking has played in shaping culture.

SPECIAL EVENT: Flower City Comic Con

You don't have to have super powers to be considered a superhero. Flower City Comic Con (FC3) is giving its patrons the opportunity to do something a little extra extraordinary this year by teaming up with the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association Upstate NY Chapter to raise awareness of the organization and how it can help those affected by ALS.

ART | 'Ode to Joy'

When Friedrich Schiller wrote his "Ode to Joy" in 1785, he probably didn't imagine it would eventually be much more successful as the final choral movement of Beethoven's ninth symphony (also the composer's last). This year, the annual Oxford Gallery invitational exhibit is built around "Ode to Joy" as well, featuring the works of more than 50 artists who have interpreted the theme using paint, pencil, watercolor, and other media.

SPECIAL EVENT | Art & Treasures

Garage sales aren't really known for being prestigious, but that's exactly the idea behind the Memorial Art Gallery's annual "Art & Treasures" fundraiser. Gently used items including antiques, fine art, jewelry, china, pottery, porcelain, silver, crystal, fine linen, and small furniture items will be available, with all proceeds benefitting future MAG programs.

THEATER | "The Dusk Cages"

The latest offering from John W. Borek's community theater group Elephant Productions is "The Dusk Cages" by local playwright Louie Podlaski. The plot follows a crew of employees at a major TV network as they report on a potential extinction event.

ART | Shane Durgee: 'Higher Plane Drifter'

After graduating from Syracuse University with a BFA in Illustration in 1998, Shane Durgee spent years pursuing work in the fantasy and science fiction illustration market. He eventually shifted his focus to expressive work, earned an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, and currently works as an instructor and a Gallery Coordinator for the RIT's Bevier Gallery.

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