COMEDY | 'John Cleese is at it Again'

COMEDY | 'John Cleese is at it Again'

John Cleese turned 80 this year, but he shows no sign of slowing down. After a few nights of standup in Las Vegas earlier this month, the comedy legend is bringing his one-man show to The Vine venue at Waterloo's Del Lago Resort.

FILM | 'Filmi Worlds'

Since 2014, the George Eastman Museum has been home to the world's largest collection of contemporary Indian cinema outside of India. With more than 700 films now in the Museum's archive, why not have a festival to show some of them off?

COMEDY | Shane Mauss 'Stand Up Science Live'

At its core, science is the process of taking thousands of hours of tedium and distilling them into the absolute coolest stuff to talk about. Shane Mauss (pronounced like the plant, not the rodent) lets audiences skip all the calibration, data gathering, paperwork, and lab-rat husbandry to get right into the juicy parts.

THEATER | 'Twelfth Night'

Gender-blending in the works of William Shakespeare is not new: even in his own lifetime, his female characters were played by men (mostly because acting wasn't a profession deemed suitable for women). In recent decades, so-called "Bard-bending" has gained popularity, seeing folks of all and no gender portraying the different characters on stage.

ART | 'Kocktails with Kalup & Gatekeeper Adrian'

American video and performance artist Kalup Linzy's ongoing video series, "Conversations wit de Churen," nods to "Def Comedy Jam," Tyler Perry's "Medea," the early films of John Waters and Andy Warhol, and a satirical look at the absurd melodrama of such daytime soaps as "All My Children" and "As the World Turns." His recent episode in the series, "Conversations wit de Churen V: As da Art World Might Turn" stars Linzy's alter-ego, Katonya, who learns how to navigate the art world.

ART | Marilyn Anderson

Marilyn Anderson's retrospective show, "Past and Present: Art about Guatemala, Drawings, Paintings, Relief Prints and Photos," currently hanging in the Mercer Gallery at MCC's Brighton Campus, is the celebration of a life's work in preserving cultural heritage. The Maya people of Guatemala are Anderson's main focus throughout, but the works on display intersect with the US labor movement, the global fight for women's rights, and the preservation of folk craft traditions in the era of free trade.

LITERATURE | 'Like Falling Through a Cloud'

Flutist Eugenia Zukerman has been an irreplaceable figure in the American classical music scene for decades. A highly regarded musician, she's served as artistic director of the Bravo!

ART | 'Politics & Photography'

When we think of photography and the political realm, documentation of events is usually what comes to mind. But some who work in the photographic arts use images to go beyond documentation to question the state of things, to subvert the state of things, and to envision a better world.

MUSEUM | In Another Galaxy Weekend

Just because Halloween has passed doesn't mean costumes have to be retired for the year. And it's never too early to make nerds of your offspring.

COMEDY | 'Oh Watta Night!'

Rochester sketch comedy and improve group Polite Ink (PI) will again partner with Willow Domestic Violence Center to present "Oh Watta Night!," the third annual benefit event. Blending the styles of "Whose Line is it Anyway?" and "Saturday Night Live," PI presents a PG-rated evening of spontaneity, singing, dancing, dynamic characters, and audience participation.

FILM | 'Harriet'

The long-awaited major motion picture, "Harriet," is this month's selection for the Black Cinema Series, co-presented by the Rochester Association of Black Journalists (RABJ) and The Little Theatre (and this time it's also co-sponsored by The Rochester Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority). Directed and co-written by Kasi Lemmons ("Eve's Bayou," "Black Nativity"), the film chronicles tenacious abolitionist and humanitarian hero Harriet Tubman's life from being born into slavery, her escape, and her roles as Civil War scout, suffragist, and Underground Railroad conductor.

FILM | 'Empowerment in the Archive'

Older generations' tendency to underestimate and even ridicule the younger ones is nothing new, and their bad takes are often ignorant of youths' struggles, potential, and successes alike. Since 2003, Rochester Teen Empowerment has focused on bolstering area youth through employment and leadership opportunities.

THEATER | 'Division Street'

CenterStage Theatre has become a local hub for debuting challenging new plays, with a specific focus on the work of New York City-based playwright Jason Odell Williams. In 2016 CenterStage (along with Skylight Theatre in LA) debuted Williams' "Church & State," which was co-developed with CenterStage Artistic Director Ralph Meranto.

ART | 'De'VIA: The Manifesto Comes of Age'

In 1989 a group of deaf artists and a deaf art historian gathered at Gallaudet University, led by artists Betty G. Miller and Paul Johnson, and issued a manifesto that established a new genre of art. Dubbed Deaf View/Image Art (De'VIA), the founding of the genre was meant to spotlight the growing contemporary Deaf arts movement, which specifically explores Deaf culture and the Deaf experience, such as visual metaphors that are specific to Deaf culture and insight.

THEATER | 'People of the Third Eye'

Half a century ago Waterford, Connecticut's National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) unveiled its now-classic work, "My Third Eye," a collection of ensemble pieces that spotlighted the unique expressions of Deaf experiences and techniques of sign language play. This week, RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) will present a new work inspired by the first.

SPECIAL EVENT | Canandaigua Treaty Commemoration

This year marks the 225th anniversary of the Canandaigua Treaty, which was signed on November 11, 1794 by the Hodinöhsö:ni' (Six Nations Confederacy) and the infant federal government of the United States. Following the Revolutionary War, the treaty established peace between the nations and between the confederacy and the US, and recognized the sovereignty and territorial rights of the confederacy.

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