DANCE | '50Live'

DANCE | '50Live'

SUNY Geneseo is celebrating 50 years of dance with a performance that will bring together former students from across four decades for a program of original works by alumni, faculty, current students, and guest artists. Alumni from 1976 through 2017 will join the Geneseo Dance Ensemble for "50Live: Dancing Past to Present Celebrating 50 Years" this weekend.

THEATER | 'Natural Shocks'

In an act of theater activism against gun violence, playwright Lauren Gunderson (who at 36 is already the most produced playwright in the US) has organized a nation-wide campaign of royalty-free readings of her unpublished, new play "Natural Shocks." By the end of March, more than 50 readings were already planned, most intentionally taking place on Friday, April 20, in commemoration of the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting and in solidarity of the National School Walkout.

LECTURE | 'A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time'

While Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony are Rochester's most well-known social reformers, the region's history as a hotbed for abolitionists, suffragists, and justice-seekers means there are countless stories of people who lived a life worth learning about. Julia Wilbur led a courageous life.

ART | Jason Tennant 'Evanescent'

Sculptor Jason Tennant carves elegant forms from domestic wood that he forages from the forest. His main subjects are birds, whether splayed-feathered wings emerging from a gnarled log, or the face of a cackling crow lit up with mischief.

FILM | 'Last Light of a Dying Star'

Filmmaker, curator, and Ohio State University professor Roger Beebe's experimental film projection performances draw from found images and blend levity and gravitas as they grapple with American capitalism's late stages. His work tackles a wide range of subject matter, from exploring the materiality of film to Las Vegas suicides and the forbidden pleasures of men crying.

LECTURE | 'How to be an Antiracist'

Historian, author, and American University Professor Dr. Ibram X. Kendi argues that ignorance and hate aren't what informs racist policies, but that it's the policies — created out of economic and political self-interest — that influence and encourage racist attitudes. He also maintains that we need to better understand and stand against these policies that pervade our systems.

THEATER/KIDS | 'The Wonderful World of Oz'

The performing arts department at Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf this week will produce "The Wonderful World of Oz," accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing audiences. But the show won't simply have ASL interpreters off to the side translating the story; the actors themselves will perform in both ASL and spoken English.

ART | 'Mass MisEducation'

The newest installment in 21st Century Arts' intersectionality-focused "At the Crossroads" series is "Mass MisEducation: A Long Table Conversation." This weekend's event will feature screenings — first a segment of Susan Gray and Bestor Cram's "Birth of a Movement," as well as various TED talks that caution against single-view narratives about race and intend to expand our thinking beyond spoon-fed propaganda — which serve as provocations for the Long Table Conversation that follows.

FILM | Fast Forward Film Festival

The annual Fast Forward Film Festival is dedicated specifically to celebrating local filmmakers making short films about a range of environmental concerns. This year's screening program takes place on Friday, April 13, and the festival's gala and awards ceremony will happen on Saturday, April 14.

THEATER | 'Family Affairs'

Black Sheep Theatre this weekend and next will take on two, unique one-act plays, each with interesting takes on what it means to be family and confronting the past together. In Downstate New York playwright Albi Gorn's "Othertown," two siblings — and former child TV stars — reunite to settle their mother's estate after her death.

DANCE | 'Awaken and Arise'

More than six months after Hurricane Maria thrashed through Puerto Rico, more than 50,000 people — US citizens — are still without power. And help from the federal government has been slow to come.

ART | 'Vision of the Voice'

Artist Joel Dow has long been a fixture in the Rochester music scene, from their work in indie folk band The Pickpockets to their experimental sound compositions under the moniker City Harvest Black. Dow's March artist residency at Visual Studies Workshop culminates this Friday in a video exhibition called "Vision of the Voice," their first formal show of visual art.

FILM | 'The Wrath of Khan' Screening with William Shatner

Before his celebrated music career, lengthy output as a writer, and star turns in "T.J. Hooker" and "Boston Legal" — and who could forget "$h*! My Dad Says" and the Priceline Negotiator — William Shatner had a small role on a humble 1960's science fiction TV show called "Star Trek."

KIDS/THEATER | 'Madagascar: A Musical Adventure'

Marty the zebra is pretty bored with his life in New York's Central Park Zoo. While he and his friends — Alex the lion (King of the Urban Jungle), Melman the giraffe, and Gloria the hippo — have it pretty easy with an admiring public and caretakers, they're curious about the outside world.

COMEDY | 'Don't Grab My Pussy 2.0'

After America's illustrious commander-in-grief bragged about assaulting women on tape and his administration launched attacks on women's sexual and reproductive services, some locals led by comedian Kelsey Claire Hagan took a stand with standup. The inaugural "Don't Grab My Pussy" event held in the fall of 2016 featured monologues, poetry readings, and comedy, and raised $3,300 for RESTORE Sexual Assault Services — a program that provides an advocate for anyone who reports sexual assault, abuse, or rape.

LITERATURE | We All Write poets

Wednesday, April 4, marks 50 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. In celebration of his messages of love and justice, a spoken word performance, "Rise Up!


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