OPERA | 'Mrs. President'

OPERA | 'Mrs. President'

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.

RECREATION | Star Party

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.

LITERATURE | Book Signing and Fundraiser for Haiti

At a time when so many refugees in America are facing an uncertain future, one man's story may offer them hope. Born into Haiti's poorest class, Jocelyn "Josh" Apo was just 20 years old when he and 60 others crammed onto a makeshift boat and set out on a 17-day overseas trek to the United States, seeking a better life.

THEATER | 'Fun Home'

When it opened on Broadway in April 2015, "Fun Home" was already making history as the first musical to feature a lesbian protagonist. The production, which is an adaptation of the 2006 graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel, chronicles the author's relationship with her closeted gay father and her own coming out journey.

ART/TECH | Rochester Mini Maker Faire

The Rochester Mini Maker Faire returns this week for its fourth annual showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, spotlighting not just the shiny end results, but also the process and the learning along the way. The first Maker Faire was founded in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area by the editors of "Make:" magazine, and has grown into a world-wide network of events.

ART | 'Good Things...come in small packages'

A celebration of small ceramic work, "Good Things...come in small packages" opens at Flower City Arts Center this week, providing a great opportunity to tick some names off your gift list while supporting makers. Each piece in the show measures no more than eight inches long, high, or wide — it's a given that there will be mugs; there will also be small sculptural work.

LECTURE | Zanele Muholi on Visual Activism

South African artist Zanele Muholi works in photography, video, and installation, and is dedicated to increasing representation through her breathtakingly gorgeous black and white portraits of black lesbian, gay, transgender, and intersex people. Despite policy changes — South Africa legalized same-sex marriage in 2006, for example — discrimination and violence against LGBTQ people persist.

THEATER | 'Coriolanus'

Shakespeare's plays captured the essence of humanity so effectively that his plots and characters can don the skin of any era, and the audience will collectively nod their heads and bark a wry laugh in response. The Bard's tragedy "Coriolanus" tells of a Roman warrior returning home to political unrest.

SPECIAL EVENT | 'Come As You Are'

After covering the 2017 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival, "Come As You Are" was my top pick for the show I'd like to see again. During the hour-long spoken word production, four women shared their personal stories dealing with identity and acceptance — topics varied from the experience of being a single mother to being the child of immigrant parents — and I left feeling connected to both the performers and the other audience members in a way that I definitely did not expect.

THEATER | 'The Mikado'

W.S. Gilbert saw a benefit to setting "The Mikado," his 1885 comic opera with Arthur Sullivan, in a fictional Japanese village: Establishing the action in a faraway location would hopefully give Gilbert and Sullivan more room to satirize absurd British law, mores, and institutions — not to mention there was a fascination with Japan at the time. It'll be interesting to see how that satire transfers when Off-Monroe Players updates the story with modern dress and a Rochester skyline in "The Mikado, or The Town of Rochacha."

COMEDY | Comedy Benefit Shows

Two comedy shows this week are aiming to fill seats for good causes. Rochester troupe Polite Ink Sketch & Improv on Saturday, November 11, will throw its first "Oh Watta Night" benefit show for Willow Domestic Violence Center.

THEATER | 'Red Herring'

Michael Hollinger's "Red Herring" certainly gives you your money's worth. This film noir farce, set in the rip-roaring, Red-baiting year of 1952, juggles three love stories among American and Russian spies, assumed identities, a murder mystery, a nuclear espionage plot, and (to be sure) the identity of a red herring — just to cover the basics of its 24 free-form scenes.

THEATER | 'Little Miss Sunshine'

Michael Arndt's 2006 Academy Award-winning, quirky comedy film "Little Miss Sunshine" had audiences rooting for the unflappable, precocious Olive, played by the Abigail Breslin. The story follows a family that, despite its dysfunctions, takes a cross-country trip in support of the young girl's ambition to win a beauty pageant.

ART | 'Screen Saviors'

Rochester artist Shane Durgee is the guest curator for a short-run exhibit that will completely transform The Yards Collective art space. "Screen Saviors" features the multi-media work of Denton Crawford and Jackie Spaventa, including a psychedelic painting in a lose-your-ego scale and immersive video installations.

KIDS/LIT | Rochester Children's Book Festival

This year's Rochester Children's Book Festival — an annual literature wonderland for kids — is slated for Saturday, November 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Monroe Community College's Flynn Campus Center (1000 East Henrietta Road). Forty-five children's authors and illustrators will be there signing books, and participants will give presentations and readings in three different rooms every half hour.

SPECIAL EVENT | South Wedge Record Fair

Collectors, audiophiles, lightweight fans, and heavy weight collectors will all gather for the fall edition of the South Wedge Record Fair. It's swap meets, conventions, and fairs that fill the need in music to have something tangible to touch and to hold.

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  • Annie the Musical @ RAPA, Kodak Center

    • Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 26
  • Disney's High School Musical Jr. @ Greece Odyssey Academy

    • Sun., Nov. 19, 2-4 p.m. $8-$10
  • Big Fish @ Wayne Central High School

    • Through Nov. 18, 2-5 p.m. $11-$12
  • RIT Jazz Ensembles Fall Concert @ Ingle Auditorium at RIT

    • Sun., Nov. 19, 1 p.m.
  • The Mikado, or the Town of Rochacha @ Salem United Church of Christ

    • Sundays, 2-5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 19

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