MUSICAL COMEDY | Matt Griffo

MUSICAL COMEDY | Matt Griffo

Chicago-based musician and comedian Matt Griffo is no stranger to Rochester. Not only has he performed at the Rochester Fringe Festival, but things will come full circle cosmically when he plays Comedy @ The Carlson on Friday and follows in his maternal grandparents' footsteps.

MUSEUM | The Dutch Connection

George Eastman's legacy includes changing the way the world experienced color, as technologies like Kodakchome and Eastmancolor defined generations of still and motion pictures. His drive to innovate may have been inspired by an 1895 bicycle trip through The Netherlands, where a young Eastman began a lifelong fascination with brilliantly colored tulips.

SPORTS | Empire State Wrestling

Since its founding in 2002, Empire State Wrestling has been promoting professional wrestling events featuring local talent around Western New York. Though the spectacle is typically associated with mega-stars and national stadium tours, pro wrestling has a long history of regional promotions that develop tomorrow's top talent in front of crowds of die-hard fans.

ART | 'Painters Painting Painters'

The genre of paintings of painters has a surprisingly rich history. From Picasso's portraits of Dora Maar to Kahlo's portraits of Diego Rivera, the act of painting another painter challenges an artist to capture something outside the realm of what can be done with self-portraiture.

DANCE | inspireDANCE Festival

The inspireDANCE festival is a community-driven event hosted by the Program of Movement and Dance at the University of Rochester. Now in its tenth year, the festival offers a chance for hundreds of students and professional dancers from around the Rochester area to learn together, share ideas, and experience performances.

LECTURE | 'When They See Us'

One of the most infamous cases in the history of New York's criminal justice system is that of the Central Park Five. After an investment banker was assaulted while jogging in Central Park in 1989, a number of juvenile suspects were rounded up and interrogated for hours without counsel.

THEATER | Bronze Collective Theatre Fest

Now in its 6th year, the Bronze Collective Theater Fest is a week-long winter festival of African American theater works. This year's theme is "Moving Forward," and some of the shows offer an early look at productions Rochester audiences can see throughout the 2020 calendar.

THEATER | 'Blues for Mister Charlie'

Emmett Till's 1955 murder in Mississippi was a galvanizing event in the early days of the Civil Rights movement. The 14-year-old was killed by vigilantes after being falsely accused of making advances toward a white woman.

LITERATURE | Toni Morrison Celebration

Toni Morrison was a giant of American literature, with career highlights that include the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Medal of Freedom. Aside from her luminary literary output, Morrison was also a lifelong scholar and educator who held professorships at a number of institutions including Harvard, Rutgers, and Bard.

FAMILY | Animals as Superheroes

For years, the creators of superhero stories used animals as a shorthand to convey a hero's greatness — a name can signal the agility of a spider, the ferocity of a wolverine, or the secretive nature of a bat. For kids raised in a world where superhero stories have taken over film and television, the relationship works in the other direction, meaning the fictional characters can be a launching point to learn about the amazing things real-world animals can do.

SPECIAL EVENT | Roc the Love

Arc of Monroe has been offering enriching programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Rochester area for more than 60 years. Local arts advocacy group OFC Creations has partnered with a variety of local artists and creative organizations to deliver "Roc the Love," an upcoming variety show fundraiser to benefit Arc of Monroe.

FILM | 'Always in Season'

"Always in Season" is an award-winning documentary that examines the history of lynching in America by following the grim particulars of one family's experience. African-American teenager Lennon Lacy was found hanged from a swing set in Bladenboro, North Carolina in 2014.

RECREATION | NordicFest

Cumming Nature Center in Naples is a 900-acre wilderness preserve that features six miles of trails. This weekend the center is hosting its annual NordicFest event to benefit the Genesee Valley Nordic Ski Patrol, which keeps these trails safe year-round.

COMEDY | Jim Breuer

The casual fan may remember Jim Breuer from his role opposite a young Dave Chappelle in the 1998 stoner comedy "Half Baked," or from his SNL days alongside Will Ferrell and David Spade. He's been busy since — his most recent record, "Live in Portland," hit No. 1 on the iTunes comedy chart early last year, which was an impressive way to top off a national arena tour as the opening act for Metallica.

MUSEUM | The Lost World of Dragons

From ancient myths passed down around the campfire to the modern CGI versions on premium cable, people love stories about dragons. Through some pretty impressive technological innovation, The Strong Museum is hosting seven full-sized animatronic dragons this winter and spring in its rotating exhibition space.

ART-SPECIAL EVENT | Cocktails with Creatives

MAGsocial's Cocktails with Creatives series offers a chance for members of the community to meet up in an informal setting and hear from up-and-coming Rochester artists. This installment features a variety of talented visual artists from across different media.

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