CITY OFFICIAL GUIDE Saturday, April 21, 2012 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
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Get out and get cultured! [ INTRODUCTION ] BY ERIC REZSNYAK
This year marks the second edition of City Newspaper’s Cultural Crawl, presented by VisitRochester. Last year hundreds of Rochesterians came out to experience free and lowcost art events hosted by a variety of our city’s most exciting arts and cultural organizations. Roughly 1,000 people took in the Civil War exhibit at the George Eastman House. The open rehearsal Garth Fagan Dance School was standing room only. People packed into Little Theatre 1 to eat up an afternoon showcase featuring the area’s leading improv-comedy troupes. And all that happened on a crappy, blustery, rainy day. Here’s hoping that we have better weather for this year’s Cultural Crawl on Saturday, April 21. (We’ve been sacrificing goats to the sun god for weeks now!) Regardless, we have an amazing line-up of activities for you to enjoy, rain or shine. We also took the great feedback we received on last year’s event and have made some changes that we think will make the day even easier for you to enjoy. One of the main concerns we heard was that there was simply too much going on all at once, in too many places. So this year we’ve broken the day up into four different “zones,” with activities clustered by time in particular neighborhoods. So 10 a.m.-noon head Downtown and check out events at Geva Theatre Center, Hochstein School of Music & Dance, and the National Museum of Play. Hop over to the East End and at 12:302:30 p.m. you’ll find activities at Rochester Contemporary Arts Center, Eastman School of Music, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernunzio Uptown Music, and more. The Neighborhood of the Arts heats up 3-5 p.m. with a staggering number of happenings, including a local theater showcase at MuCCC, a free session of the Rochester International Film Festival at the Dryden Theatre, behind-the-scenes goodies at Blackfriars Theatre, and a bunch of exhibits at area galleries. And finally, we finish the day with dance performances by some amazing local troupes at Rochester City Ballet’s studio on University Avenue. Note that not all of the participating venues’ offers coincide with the neighborhood time blocks; to make sure that you don’t miss out on an activity that caught your interest, check the Cultural Crawl timeline on page 4. We hope you enjoy the sophomore outing for City Newspaper’s Cultural Crawl, and that it helps give you a sense of the truly amazing variety of arts and cultural opportunities in Rochester. City Newspaper would like to extend our sincere thanks to all of the participating arts groups and venues. They put a great deal of effort into this project, and we hope you appreciate them as much as we do.
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DAY AT A GLANCE Sat., April 21 10:00 a.m. [ THEATER ] Geva Theatre Center: FREE tours of the set of “Superior Donuts,” meet and greet with some of the actors from the play, and a musical rehearsal of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.” The box office will offer special ticket discounts. (DOWNTOWN) [ THEATER, ART, FAMILY ] National Museum of Play: Literature Live meet and greet with a storybook character Geronimo Stilton; art activities with Numbers League artist/illustrator Chris Pallace; costumed reading of “Go Dog, Go!” by TYKEs (10:45 a.m.). NOTE: Activities included with regular museum admission, $11-$13. (DOWNTOWN) [ MUSIC ] Hochstein School of Music & Dance: FREE open rehearsals of the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra. (DOWNTOWN) [ LIT ] VisitRochester: Stop by the offices to receive a FREE copy of Andy Wolfe’s booklet “A Special Bounty — A Culinary Journey into Regional History.” (EAST END)
10:30 a.m.: CONTINUING: *Geva *Museum of Play *Hochstein *VisitRochester
11:00 a.m. CONTINUING: *Geva *Museum of Play *Hochstein *VisitRochester [ ART ] Arts & Cultural Council of Greater Rochester: FREE admission to the
gallery, showing “Brian O’Neill: The Bridge Between Two Worlds.” (NOTA) [ ART ] Image City Photography Gallery: FREE admission to the gallery, currently showing “Ghosts of Auschwitz and Birkenau” by Cole Thompson. (NOTA) [ MUSIC ] Eastman School of Music: FREE admission to the Lotte Lenya Competition Finals in Kilbourn Hall. (EAST END)
11:30 a.m. CONTINUING: *Arts & Cultural Council *Geva *Image City *Museum of Play *Hochstein *ESM *VisitRochester
Noon CONTINUING: *Arts & Cultural Council *ESM *Image City *VisitRochester [ ART ] Axom Gallery: FREE admission to the gallery, featuring “Convergence” by Paul Garland. (NOTA) [ ART ] Visual Studies Workshop: FREE admission to the gallery, featuring “Postcards from America: House of Pictures,” with work from Magnum photographers. (NOTA) [ DANCE ] Garth Fagan Dance School: FREE advanced-student dance rehearsal. (EAST END)
12:30 p.m. CONTINUING: *Arts & Cultural Council
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*Axom Gallery *Garth Fagan *ESM *Image City *VisitRochester *Visual Studies Workshop [ COMEDY ] Little Theatre 1: FREE comedy showcase featuring Broken Couch, Canary in a Coalmine, Nuts and Bolts, Polite Company, Provumentary, Search Engine Improv, Unleashed! Improv, and Village Idiots Improv Comedy Troupe. PLUS: $1 bottles of water, $2 mini-popcorns. (EAST END) [ MUSIC ] Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra: Stop by RPO offices to enter a FREE drawing for a chance to win a Compose Your Own five-concert package for the 2012-13 season, or a pair of tickets to the current season. (EAST END) [ MUSIC ] Bernunzio Uptown Music: FREE performances by members of the Golden Link Folk Singing Society. (EAST END)
1:00 p.m. CONTINUING: *Arts & Cultural Council *Axom Gallery *Bernunzio *Garth Fagan *Image City *Little *Rochester Philharmonic *VisitRochester *Visual Studies Workshop [ FAMILY ] Rochester Museum & Science Center: BOGO admission to the museum 1-5pm only, plus Earth Day activities noon4 p.m. NOTE: activities included with museum admission, $10-$12. (NOTA)
[ LIT ] Rochester Contemporary Arts Center: FREE poetry reading by BOA Editions author Christopher Kennedy titled “The Rise and Fall of the Middle Class,” in conjunction with the exhibit “Work It! Artists Address Labor & Unemployment.” (EAST END) [ MUSIC ] Lutheran Church of the Reformation: FREE interactive drum circle facilitated by Bill Cahn (NEXUS Percussion Ensemble), hosted by Percussion Rochester. (EAST END) [ THEATER/MUSIC ] MuCCC: FREE MuCCC Artists-inResidence showcase, with readings and performances (1-2 p.m.) and the Kelly & Dinella Cabaret (2-3 p.m.). (NOTA)
1:30 p.m. CONTINUING: *Arts & Cultural Council *Axom Gallery *Bernunzio *ESM – Lotte (starts back up) *Garth Fagan *Image City *Little *MuCCC *Lutheran Church *Rochester Museum & Science Center *Rochester Philharmonic *VisitRochester *Visual Studies Workshop [ ART ] Rochester Contemporary Arts Center: FREE admission to the gallery, showing “Work It: Artists Address Labor & Unemployment.” (EAST END) [ MUSIC ] Eastman School of Music: FREE student-degree recital of cellist Austin Fisher in Hatch Recital Hall (East Wing). (EAST END)
2:00 p.m. CONTINUING: *Axom Gallery *ESM-Lotte *ESM-Student Recital *Image City *Little *MuCCC *Rochester Contemporary *Rochester Museum & Science Center *Rochester Philharmonic *Visual Studies Workshop
2:30 p.m. CONTINUING: *Axom Gallery *ESM-Lotte *ESM-Student Recital *Image City *MuCCC *Rochester Contemporary *Rochester Museum & Science Center *Visual Studies Workshop [ DANCE ] Memorial Art Gallery: Dance performance by Park Avenue Dance Company. NOTE: Activity included with half-priced museum admission, $2.50$6. (NOTA)
3:00 p.m. CONTINUING: *Axom Gallery *Image City *Rochester Contemporary *Rochester Museum & Science Center *Visual Studies Workshop [ ART ] Anderson Alley Artists: FREE open studios and art demonstrations by select Anderson Alley artists. (NOTA) [ ART ] George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film: BOGO admission to the museum 3-5pm ONLY,
currently showing “See: Untold Stories.” (NOTA) [ ART ] Memorial Art Gallery: Half-priced admission, plus dance and music performances in the Auditorium. NOTE: Activities included with halfpriced gallery admission, $2.50-$6; UR students free with ID. (NOTA) [ ART ] The Shoe Factory: FREE painting demonstrations. (NOTA) [ ART/FAMILY ] Studio 34 Creative Arts Center and Gallery: FREE demonstrations of glass blowing, kiln casting, and flame work glass (all ages), plus hands-on workshop in fused glass (ages 10+). (NOTA) [ DANCE ] Memorial Art Gallery: Dance performance by Borinquen Dance Theatre. NOTE: Activity included with half-priced museum admission, $2.50$6. (NOTA) [ LIT ] Writers & Books: Giant children’s book sale, writing prompts and word-based board games, sidewalk chalk art (weather permitting), discounted individual and family workshops, FREE popcorn, Le Petit Poutine food truck on site. (NOTA) [ THEATER ] Blackfriars Theatre: FREE tours of the theater, and meet-and-greet with the cast of the musical “Grey Gardens” (opening April 28). (NOTA) [ THEATER/DANCE ] MuCCC: FREE TheaterROCS showcase, including performances by Irish Players of Rochester (3 p.m.), OffMonroe Players (3:15 p.m.), Method Machine (3:30 p.m.), JCC CenterStage (3:45 p.m.), Irondequoit Theatre Guild (4 p.m.), Greater Rochester
Repertory Companies (4:15 p.m.), and Geomantics Dance Theater (4:30 p.m.). (NOTA)
3:30 p.m. CONTINUING: *Anderson Alley *Axom Gallery *Blackfriars Theatre *George Eastman House *Image City *Memorial Art Gallery *MuCCC *Rochester Contemporary *Rochester Museum & Science Center *Shoe Factory *Studio 34 *Visual Studies Workshop *Writers & Books [ DANCE ] Memorial Art Gallery: Dance showcase by Groove Juice Swing. NOTE: Activity included with halfpriced museum admission, $2.50-$6. (NOTA)
4:00 p.m. CONTINUING: *Anderson Alley *Axom Gallery *Blackfriars Theatre *George Eastman House *Image City *Memorial Art Gallery *MuCCC *Rochester Contemporary *Rochester Museum & Science Center *Shoe Factory *Studio 34 *Visual Studies Workshop [ FILM ] Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House: FREE admission to the Rochester International Film Festival. (NOTA) [ LIT ] Writers & Books: FREE selections from the School of the Arts Teen Playwright’s Festival. (NOTA) [ MUSIC ] Memorial Art Gallery: Showcase by
Medicine in Musicals: A Broadway Cabaret. NOTE: Activity included with halfpriced museum admission, $2.50-$6. (NOTA)
4:30 p.m. CONTINUING: *Anderson Alley *Axom Gallery *Blackfriars Theatre *Dryden *George Eastman House *Image City *Memorial Art Gallery *MuCCC *Rochester Contemporary *Rochester Museum & Science Center *Shoe Factory *Studio 34 *Visual Studies Workshop *Writers & Books
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5:30 p.m. CONTINUING: *Dryden *Image City [ DANCE ] Rochester City Ballet: FREE open rehearsal, tours of the RCB studios and wardrobe and scenery departments, plus FREE performances by Bill Evans Dance (6:10 p.m.), FuturPointe Dance (6:25 p.m.), and Geomantics Dance Theater (6:40 p.m.)
6:00 p.m. CONTINUING: *Image City *RCB
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[ THEATER ] Geva Theatre Center
(75 Woodbury Blvd., 232-4382, gevatheatre.org) is Rochester’s leading professional theatre and the mostattended regional theatre in New York State. Founded in 1972, Geva attracts over 170,000 patrons annually, including more than 16,000 students. The 552-seat Elaine P. Wilson Mainstage offers a wide variety of shows, from musicals to American and world classics. The 180-seat Ron & Donna Fielding Nextstage is home to Geva’s own series of cutting-edge drama, comedy, and musical theatre; Geva Comedy Improv; Geva’s New Play Reading Series; and the Hornet’s Nest, an innovative play-reading series facilitating community-wide discussion on controversial topics. The Nextstage also hosts visiting companies of both local and international renown. Geva Theatre Center offers a wide variety of educational, outreach and literary programs, nurturing audiences and artists alike. Since 1995 the organization has been led by Artistic Director Mark Cuddy. Cultural Crawl Activity: 10 a.m.-noon,
take in FREE tours of the set of “Superior Donuts,” meet and greet with some of the actors from the play, and observe a musical rehearsal of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.” The box office will offer special ticket discounts.
[ MUSIC ] Hochstein School of Music
& Dance (50 N. Plymouth Ave., 4544596, Hochstein.org) is the gathering place of the creative spirit! Here you’ll find individual instruction in virtually all instruments; instrumental and vocal ensembles of all sizes; dance; music therapy;
a variety of offerings in our state-of-the-art Music Lab; a summer of fun that includes special camps and workshops; and performance opportunities that abound! Wonder who else makes Hochstein their home? Students of all backgrounds and ages, from beginning to advanced levels. Hochstein is truly a cultural crossroads in the heart of downtown Rochester. And for those who live in the Finger Lakes region, you’ll find a smaller version, Hochstein at Canandaigua, nestled into the Canandaigua Academy. Find out more about our programs and concert series’ by dropping by one of our locations, or visiting our website. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE open
rehearsal of the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra 10 a.m.-noon.
[ THEATER, ART, FAMILY ] National
Museum of Play at The Strong
(1 Manhattan Square, 263-2700, museumofplay.org) is the only museum in the world devoted solely to play. The museum blends the best features of both history museums (extensive collections) and children’s museums (high interactivity) and provides families, children, adults, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others a multitude of offerings. Hands-on exhibits invite guests to stroll through Sesame Street, walk down the Yellow Brick Road, play your way through the history of video games, meet the Berenstain Bears, attend Super Powers school, run a kid-sized supermarket, and more. The museum is home of upstate New York’s only live indoor butterfly garden, the National Toy Hall of Fame, and the world’s largest collections of dolls, games, toys, and electronic games. The museum also houses a spacious food court; a 1,700 gallon
aquarium, an operating 1918 carousel and indoor train; and two museum shops. Cultural Crawl Activity: Meet “Numbers
League” artist Chris Pallace 10 a.m.-noon; TYKEs presents a 30-minute costumed reading of “Go, Dog, Go!” at 10:45 a.m.; meet mouse journalist Geronimo Stilton with Literature Live at 11 a.m.; plus “The Wizard of Oz” exhibit (open through May 13). NOTE: Activities included with museum admission $11-$13.
[ THEATER, FAMILY ] Theatre Young Kids
Enjoy (TYKEs) was rated the No. 1 children’s theater in Rochester, and one of the Top 10 best places to bring kids in town. TYKEs captivates young theatergoers with bestloved bedtime stories, fairy tales, and literature brought to life on stage by adult, professional actors. TYKEs was created with true regard for children and the sincere desire to make children’s theater a uniquely positive, exciting, and educational experience. TYKEs strives to inspire an appreciation of the arts, foster an awareness of literature, and promote communication and social-interaction skills while teaching important life lessons. Performances are presented in a warm and welcoming environment at the JCC’s Hart Theatre in Brighton. (TYKEs’ Cultural Crawl storytime is at The National Museum of Play.) TYKEs’ musical “Go, Dog. Go!” (based on the book by P.D. Eastman) bounds on to stage at the JCC on Saturday, April 21, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For tickets and information visit tykestheatre.org, 461-2000. Cultural Crawl Activity: Costumed
reading of “Go, Dog, Go!” at 10:45 a.m. the National Museum of Play (1 Manhattan Square). NOTE: Activity included with museum admission, $11-$13. ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM
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[ LIT ] BOA Editions, Ltd. was
founded in 1976 by the late poet, editor, professor, and translator, A. Poulin, Jr. to provide a vehicle for established and new poets to publish and market highquality contemporary literature. Over the past 35 years, BOA has published 260-plus titles, including 35 “first book” poets, and dozens of emerging and distinguished authors. Many of BOA’s authors have been contenders for and/or received prestigious literary honors including the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. BOA has also published more than two dozen translations, bringing talented international poets to Englishspeaking audiences. BOA continues to foster readership and appreciation of contemporary literature. Support for BOA’s books and programs come from the sale of its publications, grant funding from public and private sources, and from individual contributions. BOA poetry books are distributed through Consortium Book Sales & Distribution of St. Paul, Minnesota. Cultural Crawl Activity: “The Rise and
Fall of the Middle Class,” a FREE poetry
reading with BOA Editions author Christopher Kennedy at 1 p.m. at Rochester Contemporary Art Center (137 East Ave).
[ COMEDY ] Broken Couch: BJ
Scanlon and Jeff Andrews are a twoman improv team better known as the Broken Couch. They have been working together in different amalgamations for almost seven years and are now performing throughout the Northeast. Broken Couch discovers truth and comedy through playing pretend. It’s a late-night children’s show, all created and performed on the spot like a freeform jazz duo...except BJ has no rhythm. So sit back, relax, and settle into the groove; the Broken Couch is improv you can sink into. More info at brokencouch. com or check us out on Facebook. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE
performance as part of the comedy showcase (12:30-2:30 p.m.) at Little Theatre 1 (240 East Ave.).
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[ COMEDY ] Canary in a Coalmine
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shows, leaving you laughing for days as you question the sanity of those around you. All of the sketches are original and exemplify comedy as these sickos see it. Comprised of four 20-something friends; BJ Scanlon and Jeff Andrews, from the improvisational-duo Broken Couch, team up with Sean Miller and Angela Prodrick for a laugh-out-loud show. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE
performance as part of the comedy showcase (12:30-2:30 p.m.) at Little Theatre 1 (240 East Ave.).
[ MUSIC ] Eastman School of Music
(26 Gibbs St., 274-1110, esm. rochester.edu) is one of the nation’s leading and topranked music schools, educating 500 undergraduate and 400 graduate students annually in performance, composition, jazz studies and contemporary media, music education, theory, conducting, and musicology. The Eastman School was established in 1921 by George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak Company, as the first professional school of the University of Rochester. Faculty members include Grammy winners, Guggenheim Fellows, ASCAP Award recipients, and recording artists. Eastman’s prominent alumni include opera singers Renée Fleming, Anthony Dean Griffey, Joyce Castle, and the late William Warfield; jazz musicians Ron Carter, Steve Gadd, and Chuck Mangione; composer-conductor Maria Schneider; and composers Dominick Argento, Charles Strouse, Michael Torke, and Jeff Beal. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE admission
to the student-degree recital of cellist Austin Fisher in the Eastman East Wing Hatch Recital Hall 1:30-3 p.m. FREE admission to the Lotte Lenya Competition Finals in Kilbourn Hall 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (morning rounds approx.11 a.m.-1 p.m.; evening 10 CITY • CULTURAL CRAWL 2012
concert and winners announcement 8 p.m.). NOTE: This is a competition in front of judges from New York City’s musicaltheater world, with prizes on the line for competitors; please follow usher directions for entering and exiting quietly between finalists’ presentations.
[ DANCE ] Garth Fagan Dance
School (50 N. Chestnut St., 4543260, garthfagandance.org) The mission of Garth Fagan Dance School is to create an environment where an appreciation for the arts — particularly dance — is achieved through the teaching of the Fagan technique, guided field trips to local cultural institutions and concerts, and engaging students in readings, criticism, and analysis of dance and other art forms. Second, the school hopes to be a developmental tool for all ages, building self-esteem and leadership qualities, and in general, helping with the emergence of mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healthy human beings. Finally, the school has long been a place to train dancers for the professional dance world, and will continue to do so. Many of the Garth Fagan Dance Company’s dancers and former dancers teach in and help direct the instructional program. GFDS provides weekly dance classes for ages 3 to adult. The student body is economically, ethnically, and geographically diverse. More than 40 percent of students receive scholarships to attend GFDS. Cultural Crawl Activity: Check out the
school with FREE advanced-student open rehearsal 12:15-2 p.m. NOTE: open rehearsals earlier in the day for 3- to 4-year-olds (9:15-10 a.m.), 5- to 7-year-olds (10-11 a.m.), and 8to 12-year-olds (11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.).
[ MUSIC ] Golden Link Folk
Singing Society was founded in 1971, and is dedicated to presenting,
promoting, and preserving folk music in the Rochester area. Golden Link offerings include free weekly Tuesday night sing-arounds, concerts of folk performers, the annual Turtle Hill Folk Festival in September, music workshops, and more. The heart of Golden Link is participation. Come to a Tuesday night sing-around, bring your voice or an instrument, or just come to listen to a wide range of musical styles from traditional songs, gospel, and blues to the music of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez, to contemporary folk music and songs written by Golden Link members. For more information, visit goldenlink.org. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE
performances at Bernunzio Uptown Music (122 East Ave.) 12:30-2 p.m.
[ COMEDY ] The Little Theatre
(240 East Ave., 258-0400, thelittle.org) is a complex of two buildings, housing five movie theatres, a café, and an art gallery located in Rochester’s buzzing, cultural East End neighborhood. We pride ourselves on showing films that wouldn’t otherwise play in Rochester with a focus on independent, documentary, and foreign films. Plus, we have the best popcorn in town and have been voted City Newspaper’s “Best Place for a First Date” and “Best Movie Theater.” Join us in a relaxed, non-commercial film atmosphere and enjoy a night out in either our historic Art Deco theatre or our funky four-screen complex, housed in a renovated car garage. Stop in and enjoy dinner before a show, stick around after for dessert and wine, and enjoy
free music. Any night of the week, we promise you an experience that will make you join the thousands of others who say, “I love the Little!” Cultural Crawl Activity: Hosting FREE
improv comedy 12:30-2:30 p.m. in Little 1, plus $1 bottles of water and $2 mini-popcorns.
[ COMEDY ] Nuts and Bolts is
Rochester’s longest-running comedy improv show. Now in its 12th season, Nuts and Bolts specializes in shortform improv with heavy audience participation. Check out the monthly performances — including TONIGHT, Saturday, April 21, at 8 p.m. — at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 540 E. Main St. For more information visit nabcomedy.com. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE
performance as part of the comedy showcase (12:30-2:30 p.m.) at Little Theatre 1 (240 East Ave.).
musicians, including headliners Peter Erskine and NEXUS Percussion Ensemble. Ticketed events are just $10 each, or an all-inclusive PercPass is also available. Visit percussionrochester.com for tickets and a downloadable schedule. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE
community drum circle 1-2 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Reformation (111 N. Chestnut St.).
[ COMEDY ] Polite Company is the
brainchild of Karen Craft and Abby DeVuyst, two local women who have been in the theater world for more than 11 years. They have teamed up with some amazing gentlemen, and have formed a dynamic group specializing in improv and sketch comedy. They can be found performing at MuCCC theater, and around Rochester. Go to the website pcimprov. com for more details on upcoming shows and events. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE
[ MUSIC ] Percussion Rochester,
Rochester’s newest music festival, debuts Friday and Saturday, May 45, at and around the Eastman School of Music. A celebration of the art of percussion performance, PercROC embraces all genres of music: jazz, classical, rock, world, Latin, etc. It includes the first-ever John Beck Composition Prize, a $5,000 prize for a new piece featuring “percussion with others,” the world premiere of which will take place on May 4 at 8 p.m. at Kilbourn Hall. PercROC 2012 will also feature two more world premieres, as well as almost 20 FREE events for the whole family — Indian and African music, fife & drum, interactive activities, and much more. There are also eight ticketed events with world-class
performance as part of the comedy showcase (12:30-2:30 p.m.) at Little Theatre 1 (240 East Ave.).
[ COMEDY ] Provumentary is a
Rochester-based long-form improv group founded as part of Search Engine Improv’s harold teams. The group develops a mockumentary entirely made up on the spot from audience suggestions. Their training focuses on group dynamics, finding synergy, and developing strong characters. Broken Couch’s Jeff Andrews directs. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE
performance as part of the comedy showcase (12:30-2:30 p.m.) at Little Theatre 1 (240 East Ave.).
[ ART, LIT ] Rochester Contemporary
Art Center (137 East Ave., 4612222, rochestercontemporary.org) is a venue for the exchange of ideas. As a center for thoughtful contemporary art, RoCo provides unique encounters for audiences and extraordinary opportunities for artists. “Work It: Artists Address Labor & Unemployment” runs through May 13. RoCo’s next exhibition is the international small-art phenomenon “6x6x2012” opening June 2 and featuring 6”x6” artworks by famous artists, local artists, students, celebrities and YOU! “6x6” artwork entries are due on or before May 6. More information at roco6x6.org. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE
admission to the gallery, showing “Work It: Artists Address Labor & Unemployment” (gallery open 1-5 p.m.), with a poetry reading of “The Rise and Fall of the Middle Class” by BOA author Christopher Kennedy at 1 p.m.
[ MUSIC ] Rochester Philharmonic
Orchestra: Since its founding by George Eastman in 1922, the RPO has been committed to enriching and inspiring our community through the art of music. For 89 years, the RPO has been known for its high standard of artistic excellence, unique tradition of musical versatility, and deep commitment to education and community engagement. Norwegian-born conductor Arild Remmereit began his tenure as RPO Music Director in September 2011. continues on page 12 ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM 11
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Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik has earned a national reputation for excellence in pops programming during his tenure with the RPO. One of America’s great orchestras, the RPO is passionately dedicated to outstanding musical performance at the highest artistic levels and celebrates its unique tradition of musical versatility. A commitment to music education in its broadest sense, a deep and enduring engagement with our community, and a culture that inspires staff, board, volunteers and musicians to excel — along with a commitment to grow while paving a path to a financially sound future — are the organization’s core values. For more information visit rpo.org. Cultural Crawl Activity: Stop by the RPO
offices at 108 East Ave. 12:30-2:30 p.m. to enter a FREE drawing for a chance to win a Compose Your Own five-concert package for the 2012-13 season, and a pair of tickets to the current season.
[ COMEDY ] Search Engine Improv
is a three-man comedy team that combines the best of Chicago and New York City styles of long-form improvised performance. Constantly working to develop not only their skills of improvisation, but also innovative approaches to performance, SEI creates uniquely styled shows, each an exciting exploration of ways that long-form improvisation can be used to create compelling (and hilarious) theater. Having toured extensively, SEI has made a name for itself and helped put Rochester on the map of the national improv scene. Search Engine Improv is Cal Keefe-Perry, John Forrest Thompson, and Law Tarello. Locally SEI can be seen at The Space (1115 E. Main St. Door 2-Floor 2), Rochester’s newest venue for the performing arts. New shows all the time. For show, workshop, and class schedule, and further information 12 CITY • CULTURAL CRAWL 2012
or to book SEI for your own private event or class, visit SearchEngineImprov.com. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE
performance as part of the comedy showcase (12:30-2:30 p.m.) at Little Theatre 1 (240 East Ave.).
[ COMEDY ] Unleashed! Improv is
Rochester’s premier Chicago-style improv troupe, bringing you daring, original comedy since 2005. Our team of improv pros puts together a completely unique show for you every night. The cutting-edge mix of comedic styles includes anything from short skits to full-length, one-act plays. You may even catch a musical number or two. And you can get in on the action as well, as each show incorporates suggestions and volunteers from the audience. For more information visit unleashedimprov.com. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE
performance as part of the comedy showcase (12:30-2:30 p.m.) at Little Theatre 1 (240 East Ave.). [ COMEDY ] Village Idiots Improv Comedy
Troupe: if it takes a village to raise an idiot,
then the Village Idiots Improv Comedy Troupe is proof that Rochester is full of amazing, spontaneous-comedy skill. As Rochester’s largest improv comedy troupe and training institution, the Village Idiots specialize in various improv forms and experimental shows (improvised Shakespeare, improvised puppet musicals, etc.). The group performs four shows every weekend in Rochester’s only solely dedicated improv comedy theater, located among the many restaurants on the first floor of Village Gate. It has also produced the Rochester Improv Fringe Festival for the past four years, and hosts various improv competitions throughout the year. Despite
its size and influence, the Village Idiots is always seeking — and holding auditions for — new, local improv talent. And new classes are forming nearly every other month. So if you’re an idiot, or know someone who is, go to improvVIP.com for more information on shows, auditions, and classes. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE
performance as part of the comedy showcase (12:30-2:30 p.m.) at Little Theatre 1 (240 East Ave.).
[ LIT ] VisitRochester is Monroe
County’s official tourism promotion agency. Since 1932, the organization has promoted Rochester as a place to visit, learn, live, and meet. By working with local residents, VisitRochester reaches out to regional, state, national, and international organizations encouraging them to hold meetings and conventions in Rochester. With more than 7,000 hotel rooms and the award-winning Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Rochester presents an affordable, safe, and comfortable environment for most meetings. VisitRochester works closely with local hospitality and cultural institutions to market Rochester as a leisure destination to residents within 200 miles including Canada. Tourism is big business. In the past year, area visitors had an economic impact of nearly $1 billion dollars; generating $58+ million in state taxes, and $63+ million in local taxes. To learn more about VisitRochester and how the organization can assist you with visitors from 10 to 5,000, visit the website at visitrochester.com. Cultural Crawl Activity: Stop by the
office (45 East Ave.) between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and receive a FREE copy of the late Andy Wolfe’s booklet “A Special Bounty — A Culinary Journey into Regional History.” While there, learn how to be a tourist in your own town. Then, invite your out-of-town family and friends to visit with you.
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[ ART ] Anderson Alley Artists (250 N.
Goodman St., use doors A&B in the alley facing Village Gate; andersonalleyartists. com) is a community of artists with studios on the second, third, and fourth floors of the Anderson Arts Building at 250 N. Goodman Street. We are the heart of Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts, surrounded by the Memorial Art Gallery, Village Gate, ARTWalk, Craft Company No. 6, the Flatiron Building, and the George Eastman House. Dozens of artists work in various media in our studios. Cultural Crawl Activities: From 3 to
5 p.m., meet select artists and take in a loom-weaving demonstration by Jan Hewitt Towsley, Studio 202; a soldering jewelry demonstration by Marisa Krol, Studio 203; a cold wax/encaustic painting demonstration by Sherry Tulloch, Studio 208; watercolor painting demonstration by Valerie Larsen, Studio 210; foil-stamping demo by New Ridge Book Bindery’s Tom Pinzon, Studio 216; stenciling demonstration by Susan Kukle, Studio 209; works-in-progress with jewelry designer Janice Baylis, Studio 311;
an art-piece give-away and work-in-progress by Nosferatu Studios’ Matté, Studio 310; and a hand-building clay demo by Nancy Valle, Studio 402.
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show proceeds supporting AIDS Care. The exhibit continues through April 26. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE gallery
admission 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
[ ART ] Axom Gallery and
Exhibition Space (176 Anderson Ave. Suite 303, 232-6030, axomgallery. com) is Rochester’s newest contemporary art gallery, featuring new paintings by Paul Garland, a professor of art emeritus at SUNY Oswego. The exhibit, “Convergence,” is an extended series of three bodies of work, two of which, non-objective abstractions, and representational landscapes, merge and intersect into the third. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE gallery
admission noon-5 p.m.
[ THEATER ] Blackfriars Theatre
(795 E. Main St., 454-1260, bftix. com) has entertained local audiences for more than 60 years, and is proud to provide the best possible showcase for performers, theatre artists, and technicians who have chosen to make the Greater Rochester community their home. We usually present five major stage productions each season, ranging from comedy and drama to musicals. We also offer additional programming throughout the year, including cabarets, reviews, and full summer productions. This coming October, we will be presenting our first original production, “Melanie And The Record Man,” starring Billboard Award-winning artist and Woodstock legend, Melanie Safka. Overall, the 16 CITY • CULTURAL CRAWL 2012
impact of Blackfriars Theatre is twofold: to entertain local audiences with quality theater, and to offer stimulating, educational and creative opportunities in theatre-arts production to our community’s ever-growing population of actors, authors, musicians and craftsmen. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE tours of
the theater, and meet-and-greet with the cast and crew of the musical “Grey Gardens” (opening April 28) 3-5 p.m.
[ DANCE ] Borinquen Dance Theatre
uses the study and performance of Puerto Rican folkloric and Latin contemporary dance to foster physical and emotional well-being; and to build self-esteem, confidence, maturity, and a dedicated work ethic in Latino youth in Rochester. Borinquen Dance Theatre helps youth position themselves for success by training them to practice discipline, focus, and self-control in every aspect of their lives. Discipline is the basis of Borinquen founder Nydia Padilla Rodriguez’s approach to teaching. It is the mantra of every Borinquen dance class, rehearsal and performance. Borinquen Dance Theatre encourages youth to utilize personal discipline starting with intricate dance steps, developing to include diligence with school work, and extending to personal decisions about health, wellness, and relationships.
counts its evening-long “Do Animals Meditate” in an unprecedented two-week run of performances at Geva Theatre Center (2010), as well as its collaboration with Eastman Opera Theatre (2011) in Christoph Gluck’s “Orpheus and Eurydice,” making opera history with its richly psychological, strikingly kinetic choreography. This year Geomantics performed to sold-out houses at Geva Theatre in the five Rochester-dancecompanies’ collaboration called “FABO COLLABO.” “Geomantics” means “divination by means of the earth.” The company embodies the belief that all contemporary dance should be an Ethnic Art Ritual, when by Ethnic is meant anyone who likes living on the third planet from the sun, by Art is meant the only actual twin of life, and by Ritual that we live beyond out outer skin. The company enjoys appearing in unusual spaces in dances that deliver the fire in the belly and the light bulb in the mind. For more information visit projectivekinetics.org. Cultural Crawl Activity: “Dance Crafting
Through Collaboration: Creating Geomantics’ ‘Do Animals Meditate,’” a FREE 15-minute presentation featuring Artistic Director Richard Haisma, dancers Whitney Denesha, Nanako Horikawa, and Adrian Safar, presented at 4:30 p.m. at MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave.). NOTE: Also performed later at Rochester City Ballet at 6:40 p.m.)
Cultural Crawl Activity: Dance
performance at Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave.) at 3 p.m. NOTE: included with half-priced gallery admission, $2.50$6; UR students free with ID.
[ DANCE ] Geomantics Dance
Theater creates punchy, poignant and pleasureful dances reuniting serious choreography with her separated-at-birth brother called entertainment. Among its recent artistic successes, Geomantics
[ ART/FILM ] George Eastman
House International Museum of Photography & Film (900 East Ave., 271-
3361, eastmanhouse.org) combines the world’s leading collections of photography and film with the stately pleasures of the National Historic Landmark mansion and gardens that Kodak founder George Eastman called home from 1905 to 1932. Eastman is heralded as the father of popular photography and motion-picture film.
George Eastman House, which opened to the public as a museum in 1949, is the world’s oldest photography museum and third largest film archive in the United States. On view now at Eastman House is the new exhibition “See: Untold Stories,” which encompasses more than 20 smaller exhibits, all drawn from the museum’s unparalleled collections. Featured is advertising photography (Lucille Ball selling beer!), intimate photographs of Marilyn Monroe, a backstage look at how studios sold the movies, and the beauty of Ansel Adams’ nature imagery. Cultural Crawl Activity: Buy-one-get-
one-free admission 3-5 p.m. ONLY, plus FREE showings of the 2012 Rochester International Film Festival in Eastman House’s Dryden Theatre at 4 & 8 p.m.
[ THEATER ] Greater Rochester
Repertory Companies has been providing the greater Rochester area quality theater since 1996. With its first production of the original Rochesterwritten “Pocahontas,” GRRC proved its commitment to local acting, writing, and directing talent. In addition, GRRC also received a grant from NYSCA to mount Mark DeWater’s brilliant musical “Portraits.” GRRC also received rave reviews for “The Mousetrap,” “Love Letters,” “The Queen of Bingo,” and “True West,” the latter two performed at the annual Theatre Association of New York (TANYS) Festival. In 2010, GRRC presented its first critically acclaimed production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” at MuCCC, where GRRC now makes its home. Founded by Diane Nuccitelli, GRRC is committed
to presenting quality theater, as well as nurturing new writers, directors, and actors. For more information visit grrctheatre.org. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE scenes
from the upcoming “Ladies at the Alamo” at 4:15 p.m. as part of the TheatreROCs showcase at MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave.).
[ DANCE ] Groove Juice Swing LLC,
established in 2004, is based in Rochester and specializes in Lindy Hop, the original form of swing dance from the 1920’s and 1930’s. GJS offers dance classes, weekly social dances, live band dance events, performances, and dance workshops throughout the year. Staff members and instructors are passionate about all things Lindy Hop, traveling all over the world to compete against and learn from the very best Lindy Hoppers. They bring that same commitment and enthusiasm to the dance community in Rochester. Join GJS at upcoming events, GJS’s 2nd Annual Black & White Affair, featuring vintage films and dancing to swing-era recordings, on Friday, April 27, and Gordon Webster’s CD Release Party on Friday, May 11. More info at groovejuiceswing.com. Cultural Crawl Activity: Dance showcase
at Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave.) at 3:30 p.m. NOTE: included with half-priced gallery admission, $2.50-$6; UR students free with ID.
[ ART ] Image City Photography
Gallery (722 University Ave., 271-2540, imagecityphotgraphygallery. com) was founded in 2005. Every four weeks, the gallery introduces a new exhibit
of photographic art. The exhibits feature a mix of the works by Gallery Partners, Artists-in-Residence, a Featured Photographer, and guest photographers, generally from the Rochester region. During the Cultural Crawl, our exhibit, “Ghosts of Auschwitz and Birkenau,” features the renowned photographer Cole Thompson’s haunting black-andwhite photographs about the Holocaust. During his exhibit, Mr. Thompson will be presenting a workshop at 1600 East Ave., Saturday, April 21, 1-4 p.m. on “Simple Secrets to Great B&W Photography,” cost $35. Also exhibiting will be the Gallery Partners Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Steve Levinson, Gil Maker, Don Menges, Dan Neuberger, Betsy Phillips, Gary Thompson, Phyllis Thompson, and Sheridan Vincent, with Artists-inResidence Jim Patton and David Perlman. Guest Artists showing their work will be Camera Rochester, Paloma Capanna, Bruno Chalifour, TC Pellet, Stephanie Quinones-Millett, and Steve Tryon. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE admission
to the gallery 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
[ THEATER ] Irondequoit Theatre Guild
appeared on the scene as Brighton Theatre Guild more than 35 years ago; still going strong, annually producing one major musical. The Guild has produced the gamut, from such popular hits as “Chicago” to unknown gems like “Gettysburg, the True and the Free.” Productions are born out of love and nurtured with care to become a wonderful theater experience for people of our community. The Guild provides scholarships to high school seniors pursuing studies in creative arts and theater. For more information visit irondequoittheatreguild.org. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE excerpt
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[ THEATER ] JCC CenterStage has
been providing quality, affordable entertainment as the resident theatre company of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester since 1977. CenterStage presents a season of musicals, dramas, and comedies in the beautiful Hart Theatre at the JCC in Brighton. As one of the premier theater groups in the area, CenterStage attracts the best local actors, directors and design staff for an annual series of plays for the entire community to enjoy. OUR MISSION: is to entertain, enlighten, and educate the Greater Rochester community by providing quality theater that is relevant to the Jewish experience and has universal appeal. For more information visit jcccenterstage.com. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE selections
from upcoming show “Parade” at 3:45 p.m. as part of the TheatreROCs showcase at MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave.).
[ THEATER ] Medicine in Musicals: A
Broadway Cabaret: To illuminate the humanity in medicine, join us for a concert performance of songs that unite the American musical genre with the themes of the medical humanities, including songs from “Guys and Dolls,” “Jekyll and Hyde,” “West Side Story,” “Mary Poppins,” “Rent,” and many more. Please join our cast of individuals from across the University of Rochester for an unforgettable tribute to Broadway and medicine. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
5,000 years of art history. From the relics of antiquity to works in the vanguard of contemporary movements, the Gallery offers a panorama of the world’s art. The Gallery’s permanent collection of more than 12,000 objects has been called the best balanced in the state outside of metropolitan New York City. In addition to its collection, the Gallery offers a year-round schedule of temporary exhibitions, lectures, concerts, tours, and family activities. MAG also includes a community art school, an art library, an on-site gourmet restaurant, and a museum gift shop. In June, the Gill Discovery Center, a hands-on children’s center, will re-open while in October 2012, the opening of the Centennial Sculpture Park will launch a year-long celebration of the Gallery’s 100-year anniversary. Currently on view in the Grand Gallery is “Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design,” on exhibit through May 20. Cultural Crawl Activity: Half-
price admission 2:30-5 p.m. In the Auditorium, dance performances by Groove Juice Swing, Borinquen Dance, Park Avenue Dance Company, and Medicine in Musicals. NOTE: Activities included with halfpriced gallery admission, $2.50-$6; UR students free with ID.
Cultural Crawl Activity: Showcase at
Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave.) at 4 p.m. NOTE: included with halfpriced gallery admission, $2.50-$6; UR students free with ID.
[ ART/DANCE/MUSIC/THEATER ]
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[ THEATER ] Method Machine was
founded in 2007 by Marcy J. Savastano, Michael Francis O’Connor, and David Henderson as an artistic outlet to mount contemporary plays, breathe new life into classic productions, and develop multidisciplinary projects. Theatrical productions include the recent production of “Angels in America” in the Nextstage at Geva Theatre; “This Is Our Youth,” “The Second Coming
of Joan of Arc,” “Lux in Tenebris,” “Love Triangle: An Evening of Music, Improv and Drama,” “Edge” (National Tour), “The Lipstick Massacre” (World Premiere), “Closer,” “Something Cloudy Something Clear,” and “Spring It On: A Broadway Cabaret.” Curated exhibits include “POST: September11 2007/2011,” “Bushwacked!” and “Famous Faces I & II.” For more info visit methodmachine.org. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE selections
from “Angels in America” at 3:30 p.m. as part of the TheatreROCs showcase at MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave.).
[ THEATER/DANCE/MUSIC ] MuCCC
(142 Atlantic Ave., muccc.org) has reinvented theater in Rochester and made theater affordable for all audiences, offering performances from new and established voices, eclectic and classic theater and many pay-what-you-can experimental theater and staged readings. A not-for-profit theater space on Rochester’s east side, MuCCC was founded by Doug Rice in 2009 to provide community groups with a turn-key, wheelchair-accessible performing space with the flexibility to accommodate audiences in a 100plus seat, 4,000-square-foot theater in a converted church. The MuCCC is an all-volunteer run theater and hosts such groups as The Rochester Community Players, the Greater Rochester Repertory Companies, the Irish Players, John W. Borek Presents, and Limelite Productions, as well as MuCCC’s own Artists-InResidence, a program established in 2011 to recognize and nurture local talent. This program has recently received support from a grant from the Rochester Area Community Foundation. The 2012 MuCCC Artists include Michael Arve, Spencer Christiano, Annette Dragon, Philip Frey, Cassandra Kelly, Jacqueline
Moe, Kimberly Niles, Meredith Powell, Curtis Rivers and Darryll Rudy. Cultural Crawl Activities: FREE
performances, including a MuCCC Artists-in-Residence Showcase, with readings and performances 1-2 p.m. and the Kelly & Dinella Cabaret 2-3 p.m. TheatreROCs member troupes will perform 3-5 p.m., including The Irish Players of Rochester (3 p.m.), Off-Monroe Players (3:15 p.m.), Method Machine (3:30 p.m.), JCC CenterStage (3:45 p.m.), Irondequoit Theatre Guild (4 p.m.), Greater Rochester Repertory Companies (4:15 p.m.), and Geomantic Dance Theater (4:30 p.m.).
[ THEATER ] Off-Monroe Players:
In 1977, while working part-time as piano accompanist for a dance class at New Life Presbyterian Church, Esther Handleman Vail noticed that the sanctuary
provided a ready-made set for Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Trial by Jury.” A lifelong Savoyard, Esther recruited a cast of noexperience amateurs from the New Life choir and Upper Monroe neighborhood, and directed the first production in May 1977. A year later, the cast enthusiastically regrouped for “The Mikado,” and other productions of G&S operettas soon followed. Under Esther’s leadership, the group agreed to charge no admission, and to welcome anyone who wished to participate. In the time since then, OffMonroe Players has performed all the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, as well as works by other composers and playwrights. In recent years, OMP moved to a larger hall; its budgets, number of performances, and audience have grown; its productions have become more elaborate, often including a small orchestra. But in all essentials, OMP remains a reflection of
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Esther’s vision. For more information visit off-monroeplayers.org. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE selections
from the comedy “Princess Ida” at 3:15 p.m. as part of the TheatreROCs showcase at MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave.).
[ DANCE ] Park Avenue Dance
Company celebrates 35 years of creativity, innovation, and collaboration in the Rochester community. Under the direction of Christine Fendley (founder and artistic director), the company, which is noted for collaborations with visual artists, poets, composers, photographers, videographers, and performance artists, shares a work in progress, “Pathway in continues on page 20
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Fog.” The work is a collaboration between choreographer Christine Fendley and poet Kathryn Jospé. Dancers include Jennifer Clausen, Danielle Bonsignore, Samantha Locke, and Amber Marvin. Current music is by Murcof, a Canadian composer. The dance approaches the third part of life with wonder and curiosity. Park Avenue Dance Company offers a full schedule of classes in Contemporary, Floor/Barre, Tap, Jazz, Yoga, and Pilates for Adults and a Children’s program in creative dance in their studio 15 Vick Park B at East Avenue. Cultural Crawl Activity: Dance showcase
at Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave.) at 2:30 p.m. NOTE: included with half-priced gallery admission, $2.50-$6; UR students free with ID.
[ THEATER ] Rochester Community
Players has been continuously producing theater in Rochester since 1925. RCP has staged more than 600 productions, and continues to present plays that challenge actors, directors, and audiences with the finest in community theater. Most RCP productions are staged under the name of our Shakespeare Players or Irish Players program names. RCP’s Shakespeare Players program has produced a free Shakespeare at the Highland Bowl production in early July every year since 1997, and also produces Shakespeare plays indoors during the year. RCP is a member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America. RCP’s Irish Players program produces an annual production of Irish drama each spring. After its performance in Rochester, our Irish Players production hits the road (or the air) and is performed at the annual Acting Irish International Theater Festival. In the past several years, our Irish Players production has been staged in Chicago, Winnipeg, South Florida, Toronto, Milwaukee, and Calgary. RCP productions are guided by three principles: professionalquality directors, community actors, and
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open auditions. For more information visit rochestercommunityplayers.org. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE
performance of scenes from “A Moon for the Misbegotten” at 3 p.m. as part of the TheatreROCs showcase at MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave.).
[ FILM ] Rochester International
Film Festival, sponsored by Movies on a Shoestring, Inc., will present its 54th edition Thursday, April 19-Saturday April 21, featuring nearly 30 short films, including animations, documentaries, and narratives. Movies on a Shoestring, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit, volunteer organization. Formed in 1959, this group of Rochester-area film enthusiasts is charged with holding the annual Rochester International Film Festival, the oldest continuously held short film festival in the world. Each festival includes a wide variety of original and imaginative works by filmmakers from around the world. For a schedule, descriptions of the films, and biographies of the filmmakers, visit rochesterfilmfest.org. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE admission
(donations accepted) to film-festival screenings Saturday at 4 & 8 p.m. at the George Eastman House’s Dryden Theatre (900 East Ave).
[ FAMILY ] Rochester Museum &
Science Center (657 East Ave., 2714320, rmsc.org) stimulates broad community interest and understanding of science and technology, and their impact — past, present, future — on our lives. This year is the 100th anniversary of the RMSC, and the organization continues to expand and evolve to meet the changing needs of the greater Rochester community. The RMSC offers visitor experiences that engage different learning styles and communicate the excitement of hands-on science and technology. These experiences ignite the spark of inspiration
that leads to bright futures and innovation — enriching our community and our lives. Experiences include blockbuster exhibitions, programs, camps, classes, exhibits, collection objects and collaborations with community partners and expert scientists. The RMSC includes the Museum galleries, which offer interactivity and opportunities for families to share fun learning experiences from “How Things Work” to “Expedition Earth” exhibits and from “Live Science” shows to “Object Theater.” RMSC also includes the Strasenburgh Planetarium, which features giant-screen films, current event star shows and laser light shows, as well as the “Light Here | Light Now” exhibit. Additionally, RMSC’s Cumming Nature Center in Naples, NY, offers seasonal outdoor activities on its 900 acres. Visitors also enjoy a variety of menu choices at Mario’s Café and exciting science items in the gift shop in the Museum building. Cultural Crawl Activity: Buy one
admission ticket and get one free of equal or lesser value 1-5 p.m ONLY. The RMSC celebrates Earth Day noon-4 p.m. where visitors can learn, through hands-on activities, how to protect the environment. NOTE: Activities included with regular museum admission, $10-$12.
[ LIT ] School of the Arts Nestled
in the heart of Rochester’s Cultural District, School of the Arts — SOTA — is a public school for urban residents. SOTA is a teaching and learning community dedicated to infusing the arts, humanities and academics into all facets of education. Qualifying candidates are admitted through audition or portfolio. We celebrate the richness and diversity that forms our community. SOTA makes its own contributions to the arts by combining its extensive arts program with myriad community resources. Each semester students are required to participate in performances and exhibitions in their major field of study. We value the dignity and
inherent worth of self and others. School of the Arts embraces lifelong learning and reflects the values instilled by artistic disciplines. We believe that our students are cognizant of their gifts and understand the responsibility and privilege of contributing to a larger community. The School of the Arts Mission is Student Success… Academic, Artistic and Humanistic! For more information visit sotarochester.org. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE selections
from the Teen Playwright’s Festival read at Writers & Books (740 University Ave.) 4-5 p.m.
[ ART ] The Shoe Factory (250 N.
Goodman St., Studios 212, 212a & 215, 732-0036, shoefactoryarts.com) is a cooperative art gallery that provides opportunities for artists to exhibit and sell their work in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts. Housed on the second floor of a former shoe factory, the gallery features the work of local artists in group shows and solo exhibits. On display are paintings, photography, mixed media, fiber art, jewelry, and more. The Shoe Factory also offers drawing and painting classes in a private studio for teens and adults. For more information visit shoefactoryarts.com. Cultural Crawl Activity: Live painting
demonstration 3-5 p.m.
[ ART/FAMILY ] Studio 34 Creative Arts
Center and Gallery (34 Elton St., 737-5858, studio34creativeartscenter.com) is a hub of exciting classes and workshops with world-renowned artists. Featuring a stateof-the-art glass lab with nine torch stations, eight kilns, and newly designed metalsmith facilities, there are workshops for beginner through advanced master students, and independent study. Through its mentoring program, Studio 34 is an incubator for artists who want to learn how to teach others. The gallery features the work of local artists and faculty in media such
as metal, powder metallurgy (PMC), blown glass, resin, wire, cold connections, enamels, and the delicacy of fine beaded jewelry. Cultural Crawl Activity: From 3 to 5 p.m.
take in FREE demonstrations of glass blowing, kiln casting, and flame work glass (all ages), and hands-on workshop in fused glass (ages 10 and up).
[ THEATER ] TheatreROCS is an
alliance of more than two dozen theatre-arts companies supported by an excess of 250,000 arts patrons in and around Rochester. TheatreROCS is dedicated to unifying the vast and varied theatre companies of the Rochester area, in order to build our audience, increase awareness of theatre offerings, and provide a central source for theatre news and information. Look for our performance schedules in the playbills of every participating member and visit TheatreROCS.org often for up to date performance schedules and information.
association with SUNY College at Brockport, community workshops, gallery exhibitions, lectures and screenings, artist residencies, artist publications, a research center with extensive book and print collections, and the bi-monthly journal Afterimage: the Journal of the Media Arts and Cultural Criticism. With many of its alumni prominent as artists, curators, critics, and educators, the Workshop has globally and historically expanded the fields of photography, artists books, film and video production. VSW was founded by Nathan Lyons in 1969 and has resided in two historic buildings located in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts since 1977. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE admission
to the gallery noon-5 p.m., currently showing “Postcards From America: House of Pictures,” featuring work from Magnum photographers (runs through April 29).
Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE
performances by TheatreROCS member groups at MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave.) 3-5 p.m. The Irish Players of Rochester Community Players have scenes from “A Moon for the Misbegotten” at 3 p.m. The comedic classic “Princess Ida” will be brought to you by Off-Monroe Players at 3:15 p.m. Method Machine recreates its Geva Theatre run of the powerful “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches” at 3:30 p.m. JCC CenterStage offers selections from its upcoming “Parade” at 3:45 p.m. Irondequoit Theatre Guild will have an excerpt from the Broadway masterpiece “Man of La Mancha” at 4 p.m. Greater Rochester Repertory Companies will be presenting scenes from “Ladies at the Alamo” at 4:15 p.m. And Geomantics Dance Theater discusses their craft in the staging of “Do Animals Meditate” at 4:30 p.m.
[ ART ] Visual Studies Workshop
(31 Prince St., 442-8676, vsw.org) is an internationally recognized artist-run nonprofit learning and resource center for the media arts. VSW programs include a full-time Master of Fine Arts degree in
[ LIT ] Writers & Books (740 University
Ave., 473-2590, wab.org) promotes reading and writing as lifelong activities for people of all ages, through educational programs, publications, community events, and author appearances. For 30 years our programs, held at our Rochester and Finger Lakes facilities, have reached a growing audience of thousands, making us one of the largest and oldest literary organizations in the country. Our programs have received nationwide recognition while inspiring generations of Rochesterians to make literature a part of their everyday lives. Cultural Crawl Activities: From 3 to 5 p.m.
check out a giant children’s book sale — four picture books for $1, chapter books 50 cents apiece; writing prompts and word-based board games; sidewalk chalk art (weather permitting); discounted memberships; and the Le Petit Poutine food truck on site. FREE readings from the School of the Arts Teen Playwright’s Festival 4-5 p.m. ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM 21
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[ DANCE ] Bill Evans Dance Company,
founded in 1975, relocated to Western New York in 2004, when William Evans became an artistin-residence in the Department of Dance at SUNY Brockport. BEDCO has performed in all 50 states and in 22 other countries. Mr. Evans has choreographed more than 200 modern dance works and more than 50 rhythm-tap dance pieces. He has received the Guggenheim Fellowship, numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Dance Education Organization and Dance Teacher Magazine, and many other recognitions. For more information visit billevansdance.org. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE dance
performance at Rochester City Ballet studios (1326 University Ave.) at 6:10 p.m.
[ DANCE ] FuturPointe Dance is a
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that is in touch with contemporary/ urban culture. Through trans-media collaborations with choreographers, photographers, videographers, visual artists, composers, live musicians, and puppeteers, the company’s aesthetic is a collision of culture, rhythms, and varied choreographic styles expressing theme, story, and character. FuturPointe’s fusion of Caribbean and African diasporic dance, ballet, Latin movement, reggae, and urban vocabulary has engaged new and non-traditional dance audiences throughout Rochester, New York state, and the Midwest. Weekly classes are open to the Rochester community, and company members are actively involved in residencies, traditional/non-traditional performances, site-specific spectacles, performance art, and special/corporate events. The company promotes culture and diversity through training, community outreach, performance and inspired partnerships. For more information visit futurpointedance.org. Cultural Crawl Activity: FREE dance
performance at Rochester City Ballet studios (1326 University Ave.) at 6:25 p.m.
[ DANCE ] Geomantics Dance
Theater creates punchy, poignant and pleasureful dances reuniting serious choreography with her separated-at-birth brother called entertainment. Among its recent artistic successes, Geomantics counts its evening-long “Do Animals Meditate” in an unprecedented two-week run of performances at Geva Theatre Center (2010), as well as its collaboration with Eastman Opera Theatre (2011) in Christoph Gluck’s “Orpheus and Eurydice,” making opera history with its richly psychological, strikingly kinetic choreography. This year Geomantics performed to sold-out houses at Geva Theatre in the five Rochesterdance-companies’ collaboration called “FABO COLLABO.” “Geomantics” means “divination by means of the earth.” The company embodies the belief that all contemporary dance should be an Ethnic Art Ritual, when by Ethnic is meant anyone who likes living on the third planet from the sun, by Art is meant the only actual twin of life, and by Ritual that we live beyond out outer skin. The company enjoys appearing in unusual spaces in dances that deliver the fire in the belly and the light bulb
in the mind. For more information visit projectivekinetics.org. Cultural Crawl Activity: “Dance Crafting
Through Collaboration: Creating Geomantics’ ‘Do Animals Meditate,’” a 15minute presentation featuring Artistic Director Richard Haisma, dancers Whitney Denesha, Nanako Horikawa, and Adrian Safar, presented at Rochester City Ballet studios (1326 University Ave.) at 6:40 p.m.
[ DANCE ] Rochester City Ballet
(1326 University Ave., 461-5850, rochestercityballet.com), founded in 1987
by Timothy M. Draper, has a growing reputation for its excellence, versatility, and singular repertoire, which includes award-winning contemporary ballets and masterworks. Rochester City Ballet is based in its state-ofthe-art studios on University Avenue and its performance home is Nazareth College Arts Center. Rochester City Ballet was named among the Top 20 cultural attractions in the area by the Rochester Business Journal Book of Lists and was the recipient of a 2010 Arts Award presented by the Arts and Cultural
Council for Greater Rochester. For more information visit rochestercityballet.com. Cultural Crawl Activities: From 5:30
p.m. to 7 p.m., guests to the dance venue at the Rochester City Ballet studios will be able to view the company in their final rehearsal of the day and see an excerpt from one of the pieces that they will perform at their upcoming spring production, “Dance Mix.” Additionally, Rochester City Ballet will open its building for tours of their wardrobe and scenery departments throughout the evening. All activities FREE.
Keep on crawling! [ EVENTS ] BY ERIC REZSNYAK
We hope you’re not all cultured-out yet. Saturday, April 21, is loaded with an astonishing number of arts and cultural events, many of which fall outside the time or geographic parameters of Cultural Crawl. Once you’ve gotten your fill of the great free and low-cost Crawl activities during the day, consider heading out to some of these other great events taking place Saturday night. [ ART/MUSIC ] ArtAwake 2012, put on by University of Rochester students, takes over part of the Rohrbach Brewing Company space (97 Railroad St.) with interactive art exhibits, live music performances, food and drink tastings, etc. Event runs 2 p.m.midnight, and is open to the general public. $7-$11. artawake.org. [ COMEDY ] Geva Comedy Improv will wrap its “TV on Stage Test Pilots” show Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Geva Theatre Nextstage (75 Woodbury Blvd.). gevacomedyimprov.org. [ COMEDY ] Nuts and Bolts holds its monthly performance at Downstairs Cabaret Theatre (540 E. Main St.) Saturday at 8 p.m. $10. nabcomedy.com.
[ COMEDY ] Village Idiots Improv Comedy Troupe hosts two events Saturday at its Village Gate theater (274 N. Goodman St.), with “Director’s Cut” at 7:30 p.m. and “Last Idiot Standing” at 9:30 p.m. $5/show. improvVIP.com.
[ FILM ] The Rochester International Film Festival holds its final showing of the year at 8 p.m. at the George Eastman House’s Dryden Theatre (900 East Ave.). Admission to the short-film festival is free. rochesterfilmfest.org.
[ DANCE/MUSIC ] Bush Mango Drum & Dance (34 Elton St.) holds its Beat the Drum fundraiser. Traditional African drumming and dancing, silent and live auctions, food and drink. 710 p.m. Tickets $75+. 2353960, bushmango.org.
[ MUSIC ] Eastman School of Music continues the Lotte Lenya Competition at Kilbourn Hall (26 Gibbs St.) with its evening concert and winners announcement at 8 p.m. Admission is free to this national theatersinging competition, but be conscious that it IS a competition. esm.rochester. edu.
[ FAMILY/THEATER ] Theatre Young Kids Enjoy (TYKEs) wraps “Go, Dog, Go!” Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center (1200 Edgewood Ave.). $14. 4612000, tykestheatre.org.
[ MUSIC ] National Record Store Day takes place Saturday, April 21, and will be celebrated locally by Lakeshore Records, NeedleDrop Records, the Bop Shop, Record
Archive, House of Guitars, and the CD Exchange. For more information visit recordstoreday.com. [ MUSIC ] The Golden Link Folk Singing Society hosts the Canal Street String Bang at 7:30 p.m. at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church (2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield). $10-$18. goldenlink.org. [ MUSIC ] The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra concludes its “Russian Masters” program Saturday at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.). $15-$77. 4542100, rpo.org. [ SPECIAL EVENT ] The Genesee Center for Arts & Education holds its Evening with the Arts auction and carnival 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Center for High Falls (60 Browns Race).
Food, live entertainment by Krypton 88 and the Margaret Explosion, silent art auction, and New Orleans-style fun. $25. 244-1730, geneseearts.org. [ THEATER ] Geva Theatre Center (75 Woodbury Blvd.) stages “Superior Donuts” Saturday at 4 & 8:30 p.m. The production runs through April 29. Tickets start at $25. 232-4382, visit gevatheatre.org. [ THEATER ] School of the Arts (45 Prince St.) will hold its Playwrights Festival Saturday at 7 p.m. sotarochester.org. [ THEATER ] The Irish Players of Rochester will continue “A Moon for the Misbegotten” at MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave.) at 8 p.m. $5-$15. 234-7840, muccc.org.
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