SPECIAL EVENT | 'Snap Ya Fingers' Open Mic

Open mics can be ideal venues for performing artists to cut their teeth and sharpen their skills. Record Archive on Tuesday will provide that opportunity for musicians and poets alike with "Snap Ya Fingers."

RECREATION | Cumming Nature Center

Getting out of the house to enjoy the fresh air can be a great way to break through the winter doldrums, and a great way to embrace the current weather is skiing or snowshoeing. Rochester Museum & Science Center's Cumming Nature Center has you covered — with more than 900 acres to explore, you can take advantage of the three-mile snowshoeing loop or 15 miles of picturesque ski trails.

DANCE | inspireDANCE Festival

The inspireDANCE Festival returns to the University of Rochester for its eighth year, starting this Saturday and running through Friday, January 26. The weeklong celebration of offers numerous opportunities for local dancers to hone their craft with more than 30 master classes.

MUSEUMS | Museum Selfie Day

Once upon a time, you'd get scolded for taking photographs of artwork in museums and galleries. That was, of course, before social media became what it's become and art houses had the revelation that snap-happy visitors were actually helping get the word out about their exhibits and collections.

ART | 'Dreaming in Color'

It may be difficult for most people to recall or conceive of a time before color film graced the silver screen. But we can peep artifacts from the early years of cinema and the transition to color technology, thanks to Italian film historian Davide Turconi, who preserved frames of 35mm films — made in the late 19th century to early 20th century — that were collected by Jesuit priest and cinephile Josef-Alexis Joye.

LECTURE | 'Let's Talk About Intersectional Feminism'

Is your brand of feminism inclusive of all women, or do they have to have a certain skin tone, be of a certain class, or fit a certain standard of respectability? Do you uphold the equal rights and treatment of trans women?

LECTURE | 'The Three Erie Canals'

The Erie Canal is currently in a bicentennial period — construction on the canal broke ground in 1817 near Rome and was celebrated as complete in 1825 — but 2018 also marks the 100th year since the completion of the New York State Barge Canal. The Perinton Historical Society, on Tuesday, will host a lecture about the three eras of the Erie Canal, from "Clinton's Ditch" of the early-1800's and the enlarged canal system completed in 1862 to the current barge canal system.

KIDS/THEATER | 'Fly Guy: The Musical'

Buzz has something of an odd pet: a fly. The "Fly Guy" series by children's book author and illustrator Tedd Arnold (who happens to live in Elmira) has become a modern kids' classic for its silliness and heart, and it's now up to 17 stories in the set.

COMEDY | 'Making Our Mark'

Sketch and improv troupe Polite Ink. is marking (we promise we won't fill this write-up with puns) five years with an anniversary show, "Making Our Mark."

KIDS | Science Olympics

The world will turn its eyes toward 2018 Winter Olympics host Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month as top athletes from around the globe execute remarkable feats of physical capacity. But observing the impressive abilities of the Olympians gains an added fascination when you learn the science behind the blade of a skate gliding over ice.

SPECIAL EVENT | 'Winter Warmth: a Soup(er) Benefit'

Cat Clay's annual "Winter Warmth: A Soup(er) Benefit," is a popular charity event that donates 100 percent of proceeds to the Healthy Sisters Soup & Bean Works, a non-profit organization that helps prepare women in recovery to re-enter the workforce. Last year, the event raised more than $4,000.

ART | 'Dream State'

Main Street Arts Gallery is opening 2018 with an invitational exhibition of work by four artists that explores the personal territory of unreality, reverie, and the push and pull of time and space. "Dream State" includes symbol-laden paintings by Buffalo artist Matt Duquette, surreal photographs by Bill Finger of Seattle, hybrid human and animal ceramic sculptures by Rochester artist Carrianne Hendrickson, and paintings of figures in the shifting substance of landscapes and domestic scenes by Lin Price of Ithaca.

THEATER | 'The Other Josh Cohen'

Life hasn't exactly worked out for Josh Cohen, the protagonist in David Rossmer and Steve Rosen's musical comedy "The Other Josh Cohen." Overweight, underemployed, unlucky at love — on the edge of Valentine's Day, to boot — and clinging on to an out-of-date mustache, Cohen can't get ahead.

SPECIAL EVENT | 'Victoria' Screening

Fans of TV period dramas will probably already know about the coming second season of "Victoria," Daisy Goodwin's series that's been airing as part of PBS' "Masterpiece." The show's first season — about the rise, coronation, and early reign of Queen Victoria (played by Jenna Coleman) as she fights for power, personal freedom, and romance — was a hit, and the second season just aired in the UK last fall.

ART | 'Mise en Place Salon'

The recent closing of popular South Wedge eatery Mise en Place will not pass without commemoration — seven artists, this month, will pay tribute with a group show, "Mise en Place Salon," on display in the Little Café from Saturday, January 6, through Saturday, February 3. Participating artists Kurt Feuerherm, Bill Keyser, Bob Conge, Peter Monacelli, Ed Buscemi, George Wegman, and Paul Brandwein were each inspired by their weekly meet-ups at Mise en Place, (683 South Avenue).

HOLIDAY | Trulla Navideña

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the weather, this event has been cancelled. The Rochester Puerto Rican Festival on Saturday, January 6, will host its annual Trulla Navideña party in celebration of the New Year and Three Kings Day.

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