THEATER | 'Vinegar Tom'

THEATER | 'Vinegar Tom'

Despite the fact that locations of the historic witch trials are thriving tourist destinations, it's fairly well known that there was nothing supernatural going on (right?). The women and men caught up in the witch hunts were subject to a systematic oppression and demonization of women.

THEATER | Bronze Collective Theatre Fest

Celebrating 5 years this week is the annual Bronze Collective Theatre Fest, presenting a week of African American theatrical arts that includes a series of spoken word and storytelling performances, capped at the end with a community forum at the Multi-use Community Cultural Center. Kicking off the fest on Monday, February 18, at 7:30 p.m., is a reading of Gary D. Marshall's "You Shouldn't Have Told."

ART | 'A Day's Gonna Come

The inaugural season of shows at RIT's downtown City Art Space continues this month with an exhibition of work by emerging artists Zach Dietl and Jacquelyn O'Brien as part of the Alumni Spotlight Series. Both recent graduates of RIT's Fine Arts Studio MFA program, the duo will show recent work featuring form-focused mixed media installations and sculpture.

DANCE | 'Challenging Convention'

This week the Department of Dance at The College at Brockport will present "Challenging Convention: An MFA Thesis Concert," featuring a program of two students' thesis work. Zhongyuan Fa's "Unabridged Emotions" is a mixed-reality dance performance created in collaboration with RIT students that includes projected facial avatars controlled by off-stage users.

KIDS | February Fun Week

If figuring out what to do with the kiddos during February school recess is looking like a challenge, take a look at Ganondagan's family programming. With daily participatory learning opportunities, you can keep those young minds primed while school's out.

SPECIAL EVENT | Chili Cookoff

Bring your appetite to the Flower City Arts Center this week, where you can check out its current exhibition, "The Painted Photograph: Kallitypes by Jen Pereña," and partake of the annual Chili Cookoff. More than a dozen Rochester restaurants will compete in a variety of categories, including meat and vegetarian.

DANCE | 'Voyeur'

Taking the paintings of Edward Hopper as inspiration, New York City-based Bridgman|Packer Dance will this week present its performance, "Voyeur," at Nazareth College. A 2017 Bessie Award-winner, the work blends live performance with cinematic projections and interactive sets as it explores the fragmented moments of private lives.

RECREATION | Lakeside Winter Celebration

Now that the polar vortex has come and gone, we can safely enjoy the 35th annual Lakeside Winter Celebration this weekend on the shores of Lake Ontario. A variety of events and activities are planned for each day of the family-friendly festival.

SPECIAL EVENT | Cocktails with Creatives

The Memorial Art Gallery's Cocktails with Creatives series provides an opportunity to pick the brains of some of Rochester's talented artists. The series continues this week, this time featuring photographer and book artist Amanda Chestnut, musician Danielle Ponder, and painter Bradd Young.

FILM | History of the Attica Uprising

In September of 1971 a prisoner-led uprising took place at Attica Correctional Facility, with more than half of the prison's population taking control of the facility and holding 42 staff hostage. After four days of negotiations, authorities agreed to dozens of the prisoners' demands for better living conditions and political rights.

ART | 'Continuity to Change'

A survey of works from throughout the history of the Abstraction artistic movement are currently on view at The College at Brockport's Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery. "Continuity to Change: Recent History of American Abstraction" explores the movement from 1936 to today, and the work is presented courtesy the University of Tennessee's Ewing Gallery, members of the American Abstract Artists group, and private collectors.

THEATER | 'Walk the Walk'

Since 1996 the Landmark Society has celebrated Black History month with a presentation of "Walk the Walk: Encounters with Rochester's African-American Ancestors." The theatrical production brings to life abolitionists Frederick Douglass and Austin Steward, and Bessie Hamm, who raised college funds for Rochester youth.

WORKSHOP | The Molok: Puppetry Workshop

As part of the programming associated with "The Molok," a live-action fantasy film being filmed partly in Rochester, Broadway puppeteer Leah Hofmann ("Warhorse," "Something Rotten!" and "Big Fish") will be in town this week to teach a puppetry movement workshop. Offered in four sessions and in partnership with Rochester Dance Theatre Director Erika Ruegemer, the workshop will feature the 13-foot live action puppet from the film.

ART | 'Dear Jeff'

Opening at Gallery Q this week is "Dear Jeff," an exhibition of collaborative photographic works by Out Alliance youth. The work is a result of a workshop the youth took last summer led by Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman (art duo Larson Shindelman), whose own project "#Mobilize," is currently on view at George Eastman Museum through May 26.

ART | 'Among Untrodden Ways'

There's something profoundly calming about being out under an open sky, or walking a path under light filtered through a tree canopy. If the biting winter weather is keeping out from the great outdoors, you can catch some glimpses of glorious vistas in Oxford Gallery's next exhibit, "Among Untrodden Ways."

SPECIAL EVENT | 'Black AF February'

In honor of Black History Month, The Avenue Blackbox Theatre will host a "Black AF February" series each Friday. The events showcase artists of color vending their creations and live musical entertainment, as well as performances, brunches, and screenings on some other days of the week.


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