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Finally: winter This season, winter came to Rochester on Friday, January 13, 2012. That’s appropriate, since prior to that it was starting to feel like a horror movie around here. I’m talking about one of those thrillers where you know some creepy slasher is lurking in the shadows, but he won’t actually make his move. He just taunts his potential victims. A light dusting of snow here, perhaps a bit of a frost there. But we were all waiting with baited breath for that big final scare. So I was actually relieved when we got some snow and ice that stuck around for a bit — at least the shoe finally dropped. But the truth is, winter is actually great. The snow is beautiful. That chill in the air snaps you awake. Sledding is the most
fun adults can have without chemical enhancement. We will all probably be complaining about it come March (or, realistically, by mid-February), but the reality is that winter brings with it countless opportunities that we cannot experience any other time of the year. For instance, ice surfing. Not my bag, but there are dozens of locals who brave the elements (and the law) and paddle out to catch waves on Lake Ontario. Learn about it and other bizarre extreme winter sports with Eric LaClair’s feature on page 4. There are also a host of winter-only events, like snowshoeing or winter festivals. Get City’s picks for 12 great events coming up in the next three months on page 15.
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Wild in the winter Extreme sports to keep you active in the snowy months FEATURE | by eric laclair
Surfer Darrell Licata riding a wave on Lake Ontario. Photo courtesy mark deff
There are plenty of options for outdoorsy types in Rochester during the winter months. You can hit the slopes for some skiing or snowboarding action, head to one of the various public ice rinks and pretend you are Tonya Harding, or even spin the tires in a deserted parking lot for some late-night donuts. Traditional winter activities abound in Upstate New York, but true adrenaline junkies may not be appeased with the norms. Take, for example, the crew that paddles into the frigid waters of Lake Ontario in some of the nastiest conditions imaginable. Or the skiers and snowboarders who add kites to the equation to pick up speed. Or even the sailors that prefer to skim across ice instead of water. Yes, there are surfers on Lake Ontario. Yes, there are other means of propulsion on skis and snowboards besides hills. And yes, iceboating does allow sailors to take advantage of our frozen waterways during months that they typically could not get out on the water for traditional sailing. On a logical level these pastimes may seem odd, or downright crazy. However, the die-hards that practice these sports have dedicated their time and money to excelling at and spreading their love for these unique winter sports. City
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Just like many waterfront cities, Rochester has its own dedicated group of surfers. While you won’t find the customary swells of the Atlantic or Pacific oceans, when the conditions are right, there are surfable waves on Lake Ontario. It just so happens that these waves typically occur in the dead of winter. The same wind that blows the dreaded lake-effect snow into our area also creates waves that can at times reach more than six feet tall, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the parent organization for the National Weather Service. While most people try to stay away from the lake in cold weather, the Rochester Surf Club has more than 170 members in its Facebook group; however, only about 20 go out surfing on a regular basis, according to club member Willie Burton. Formed just more than a year ago, the informal club does not have regular meetings, but is more of a forum for local surf enthusiasts to share their stories and information. “I decided to try and give all of the local mystery surfers a face; a place to share pictures, news, and whatever,” says Burton. During the surfable months, the water temperature typically hovers in the mid-30s.
Ice chunks replace sandy beaches as Darrell Licata looks out across the lake, near Sea Breeze. Photo courtesy Cole Slutzky
To combat the cold, winter surfers wear wetsuits that can be up to 6 mm thick, three times thicker than the standard 2 mm wetsuits worn in warmer waters. They also don neoprene gloves, boots, hoods, and sometimes even masks. Aside from the thicker wetsuits, the rest of the gear is generally the same used by ocean surfers. Long boards are usually better for surfing the lakes, as they are better at catching smaller waves. However, skilled surfers can catch lake
waves using whatever type of board on which they feel comfortable. While their gear helps the surfers to keep warm, it is still a common sight to see surfers leaving the water shivering, or with icicles hanging from their beards or brows. “Surfing the lake in the winter is a dangerous thing, and it couldn’t be done without us all looking out for each other,” says Trevor Cranmer, local surfer and member of the Rochester Surf Club. continues on page 6
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Freezing temperatures and dangerous currents are not the only challenges winter surfers must face to engage in their outdoor hobby. Using public beaches and waterfronts is technically illegal during the winter months, when the public property is closed. While the surfers interviewed for this article say they have not had run-ins with the law, it is one more thing in the back of their minds as they paddle in to the frigid waters near the Seabreeze pier or Webster Park. The Rochester Surf Club is planning to host its first surfing competition on Lake Ontario, “Battle of the Great Lakes,” as soon as conditions are right. The surf club is also featured the upcoming lake-surfing film “Preconceived Noceans,” produced by RIT grad Cole Slutzky. If you want to see the surfers in action, head to the shorelines of Lake Ontario on most windy days in either the early mornings or late afternoons, and you may be lucky enough to learn how to shred a lake wave. For more information about lake surfing in Rochester, search “Great Lakes Surfing and Rochester Surf Club Lake Ontario Chapter” on Facebook.
Much like the Rochester Surf Club, there is another group in our area that takes to the water — or in this case, ice — in the middle of winter. Members of the Irondequoit Bay Ice Boat Club flock to local waters during the winter, but prefer them to be frozen over. Popularized in the early 1800’s on the Hudson River, ice boating is still practiced in New York today. What started as a means of transportation along frozen waterways has evolved into a sport that helps many sailors cope with the icy weather that City
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usually grips Rochester for several months out of the year. Much like traditional sailboats, ice boats are propelled by a wind-catching sail. But unlike traditional sailboats, ice boats glide on runners to prevent damage to the boat’s hull. According to the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association, ice boats are typically composed of a T-shaped frame, a hull to carry passengers, a sail, and three runners similar to ice skates, but longer. While they can vary in size, the most common boats are about 12 feet long and 8 feet wide and carry only a single passenger. However, some larger models can be more than 20 feet long and have enclosed cockpits capable of carrying multiple passengers. While ice boating was once very popular on the Irondequoit Bay, according to the IBIBC changing climates haven’t allowed for many good sailing days on the bay in recent winters. Ideal conditions call for solid, smooth ice with limited snow cover, and consistent winds. Sailors take to the ice on Sodus Bay, and many of the smaller lakes nestled between the Finger Lakes, where conditions are often better. Just like any sport, ice boating has its perils. Cold temperatures along with high speeds greatly increase the risk of exposure and hypothermia. There are no brakes on the boats, and in ideal conditions speeds can reach more than 45 mph. And of course there is the very real risk of thin ice. Although the heyday of ice boating may be a thing of the past, if the wind is blowing, and the ice is clear, there will likely be sailors heading to the frozen waters of Upstate New York. The Irondequoit Bay Ice Boat Club hosts regular meetings, and even runs an
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Just like lake surfing and ice boating, snow kiting is another winter activity that relies on the wind. Sure, you could head to the mountains and let gravity do the work. But why not take advantage of the frigid winds that blow across open fields and frozen waterways to get up to speed? Snow kiters do just that. Utilizing large kites that resemble parachutes, snow kiters catch the wind and are pulled along on skis, snowboards, or really any other object capable of gliding across snow and ice. Local kiting enthusiast Andy Kinsman has been taking advantage of the wind for nearly 10 years now. “My friends and I mostly kite at Canandaigua Lake, Honeoye Lake, and Mendon Ponds as ice permits,” says Kinsman. However, he says there are other groups that kite at Irondequoit Bay, and that the sport can be practiced virtually anywhere you can find a large open patch of land or ice. Much like the lake surfers, kiters must rely on mail order and online stores for their kiting gear. However, Kinsman notes that much of his equipment is homemade. There are dangers in kiting as well. Trees and power lines pose a huge threat if you aren’t careful about where you kite. Strong winds can propel kiters to more than 45 mph if conditions are right, and stopping is not always easy. And just like ice boating, kiters must beware of thin ice. Kinsman takes precautions to make sure he does not run into any problems while kiting. He checks ice conditions, makes sure there are no power lines or hard-to-spot barbed wire fences in the area, and of course he checks his gear. While it can be dangerous, Kinsman says that the benefits far outweigh the fears. “It makes a nice workout, and if the ice is smooth, the workout is less and the speeds are higher. And, there are never any lift tickets.” Even though there are no formal kiting groups in the area, kiters are known to meet up on the Irondequoit Bay, Hundred Acre Pond in Mendon Ponds Park, and Canandaigua Lake, says Kinsman. Kiters also regularly put on demonstrations at Mendon Ponds Park Winterfest each January.
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I was a naive young thing when I wrote my first starry-eyed movie preview back in the summer of 2005. It was a simpler time, and I believed that movies loved us as totally as we loved them. But now that I’m a jaded old crone, I understand that movies only want one thing from us, and that’s sex. No, wait; it’s money. Movies exist to separate you from your cash, while any satisfaction you might get as part of the relationship is strictly incidental. And in the dead of winter, you have to wonder: is this movie so bad that it didn’t deserve a better release date? Or is this movie so good that the distributor risked blizzard conditions in hopes that it wouldn’t get lost in the glut of summer movies? So let’s highlight some interesting films to watch for in the next couple months, but let’s also try to identify the celluloid flotsam soon to clutter theaters. Remember, you’ve got to save your pennies for later stuff like the “Alien” prequel, the Batman finale, the other Snow White flick, and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” But first...
attracting attention with his apparent suicide attempt while simultaneously masterminding the theft of a diamond. With Jamie Bell, Elizabeth Banks, Anthony Mackie, and Ed Harris as The Villain. (1/27)
“Albert Nobbs” Glenn Close leads a stellar
cast, including Mia Wasikowska, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Janet McTeer, in this drama from Rodrigo García (“Mother and Child”) about a 19th-century Irishwoman masquerading as a man to find employment as a butler. (1/27)
a critical drubbing for your latest directorial effort, which juxtaposes the affair between a married woman and a Russian security guard against the inconvenient romance of King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson. How about a lower-profile hobby, like scrapbooking? (2/3)
“Man On A Ledge” This heist thriller stars
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Sam Worthington (“Avatar”) as an ex-con
“One For The Money” Maybe Katherine Heigl
thinks we won’t recognize her with dark hair and pony up for another action rom-com, this one a Janet Evanovich adaptation that casts her as a bail bondswoman chasing down a square-jawed mouth breather from her past (Jason O’Mara). (1/27) “W.E.” Oh, Madonna. You’re certainly taking
(“The House of the Devil”) blends workplace
comedy with horror flick, tagging along as two employees of Connecticut’s supposedly haunted Yankee Pedlar Inn explore paranormal activities during the hotel’s final days. (2/3 ltd.) “Big Miracle” Listen; I love nature as
much as the next guy, but just writing about this fact-based family film starring John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore as former flames on a campaign to save gray whales at the Arctic Circle is making my teeth hurt. (2/3) “Safe House” Denzel Washington appears
to be in sexy, swaggering bad-guy mode as Tobin Frost, a rogue CIA operative who becomes Ryan Reynolds’ problem when even badder guys come gunning for them. With Sam Shepard, Vera Farmiga, and Brendan Gleeson. (2/10) “The Vow” Take the lovable hunk from
“Dear John” (Channing Tatum), add the tempestuous rich girl from “The Notebook” (Rachel McAdams), marry ‘em off, throw in a pinch of amnesia, and make him woo her all over again. Next, start crying. (2/10) “Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace 3D” Really? You want to spend $13
to watch a film you’ve already seen? One that wasn’t even originally filmed in 3D? Sucker. (2/10)
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David Wain follows up “Role Models” with this comedy about a downsized Manhattan couple (Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston) who wind up in a rural hippie commune. With Justin Theroux, Alan Alda, and Ray Liotta. (2/24) “We Need To Talk About Kevin” Tilda
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into live action is a sci-fi epic based on an Edgar Rice Burroughs serial about a Civil War veteran who gets involved with local politics after being transported to Mars. With Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe, and Samantha Morton. (3/9) “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” Lasse
Hallström’s treacly streak continues, following up 2010’s “Dear John” with another feel-good literary adaptation, this one starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt as hirelings of a sheik hoping to bring fly-fishing to the desert. (3/9)
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“Jeff, Who Lives At Home” Jason Segel
plays the title character in the latest from Jay and Mark Duplass (“Cyrus”) about a 30-year-old slacker who encounters his destiny when he finally leaves mom Susan Sarandon’s basement to go buy wood glue. (3/9) “21 Jump Street” Jonah Hill co-wrote
the script for this tacky-looking 80’s redo, in which he and Channing Tatum go undercover at a high school to bust a drug ring. Johnny Depp cameos, and Ice Cube yells. (3/16)
“Casa De Mi Padre” Will Ferrell speaks
Spanish in this comedy as Armando Alvarez, who risks losing his father’s ranch when he and his little brother (Diego Luna) take on a powerful drug lord (Gael García Bernal). Bonus: the mighty Nick Offerman and his mustache co-star! (3/16) Oh, don’t forget that release dates are subject to change!
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Having lived in Upstate New York for 20 of my 21 years, there has always been one absolute come winter time: snow. I remember years when we had it as early as Halloween, and times that it has stuck around (or shown back up) as late as April. As long as I’ve been here, snow has been a part of winter life as I’ve known it. And yet this winter, be it at the hands of global warming, a begrudged Snow Miser, or those mystic Mayans, we’ve barely seen any of the fluffy white stuff. Up until the second week of January, we had yet to have any appreciable snowfall. According to National Weather Service, in December 2011 Rochester saw one of its least snowy starts to a winter on record. We received only 4.9 inches of snowfall, 16.9 inches below average, and the sixth-
lowest snowfall total on record. If you include the whole snow season total up to December 31 — a mere 5.2 inches — it ties for the third least-snowiest season on record. For the visual learners among us, we’ve received less snow than the length of the average human hand. While we may revel in the dearth of driveway shoveling and windshield scraping, for many Rochester-area businesses that depend on snow, its seriously late arrival has been problematic. The American Rock Salt mines in Mt. Morris, for example, have faced layoffs: no snow storms mean no use for piles of salt. In Naples, the Cummings Nature Center’s cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails — which were set to open on December 28 — remained unused for nearly a month.
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But this season’s warm wave hasn’t hurt all cold-related area businesses. The truth is that, even without the snow, some of the activities strongly associated with ice and cold have ways of coping just fine without it. Bristol Mountain Winter Resort outside of
Canandaigua opened December 12, and is only roughly a third of the way into its planned 125-day-long season. So for Bristol, it’s still very early in the snowball game, and the warm weather hasn’t dampened spirits. Turns out you don’t need snow to ski or snowboard — at least not natural snow. “This part of New York State doesn’t get a lot of natural snow,” says Drew Broderick, Bristol Mountain’s director of marketing. “We don’t rely on natural snow. It’s nice but it’s not what gets the trails open.” Instead, the resort puts its efforts into a constant stream of manmade snow. The process is a complex affair, with a team on-call 24 hours a day to keep track and monitor the snow-making conditions. Lower temperatures are best, and the type of snow being made can be changed to adjust to conditions as well —water can be added to make wetter, denser snow, which helps build the base, or lighter snow can be made for other areas. The resort deploys two types of snow guns: 174 tower-mounted and 36 sled-mounted air-water guns, along with 96 towermounted fan guns and 17 carriage fan guns to help spread the man-made snow. Single digits and low teen temperatures are best, but snow can be made when outside temps rise above that. Also bear in mind that while it may be warmer at ground level, temperatures are also colder
at the top of the mountain, and manmade snow is more melt resistant at higher temperatures than natural snow. “[It’s like] squirting a water hose and you’ve got it turned cold blast. In cold temperatures you’ve got the full hose. When the temperate turns up it’s almost like there’s a kink in the hose, there’s less productivity,” Broderick says. As of mid-January Bristol had 18 of its 34 trails open, three of its six lifts, one of its four parks/pipes, and one of its two Nordic trails. “Typically at this time we would have all 34 trails open, but we have 18 trails and a lot of terrain open,” Broderick says. “We would like more colder temperatures, absolutely. But given how the weather has shorted out this winter, our team has done a phenomenal job.” Broderick noted a high attendance for this year’s New Year’s Eve events at the resort, which he says brought in around 1800 people, and says that the resort is currently ranked third in the state in terms of amount of resort terrain open, in a season where some resorts haven’t even opened yet. “Weather didn’t stop us. Everything that we’ve planned for this year is still going on,” Broderick says. “Despite the weather we are still going on, business as usual.” Closer to home, the Manhattan Square
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You would be forgiven if you decided to stay inside during a typical Upstate New York winter, bundled up warm on your couch, sipping hot chocolate and dissecting “American Idol.” But then you’d miss all the fun. The arts and entertainment in Rochester never stop, not even with the snow starts drifting and the arctic air starts cutting through. While it would be impossible to list every event happening between now and April (when, weather willing, spring should arrive), City’s arts staff has picked a dozen events that are too hot to miss during the winter months. From music to dance to art to festivals there are some fantastic happenings that are worth braving the cold and frost, so set your DVR and start warming up the car now. RECREATION:
If you’re looking to stay active during the snowy season, the City of Rochester’s Bureau of Recreation’s Winter Adventures program offers various indoor and outdoor familyfriendly happenings through to the start of spring. If you are catching cabin fever and want to spend some time outdoors, check out the snowshoe hikes and other sporting events that will travel to new locations every Saturday through February 25. Following the same schedule, Sunday park hikes will take place every week through February 26. For some more family fun there are plenty of open-skates at Manhattan Square Park’s outdoor ice rink, or indoor at the Genesee Valley Park Sports Complex. And if your green thumb is itching, the “Urban Gardening is Growing!” series will provide free workshops with information
about indoor gardening. Fees vary for each event. For more information, including a full schedule of activities and prices, visit cityofrochester.gov/winteradventures. (EL)
Rochester City Ballet’s “The Blood Countess”
It sold out last season, so Rochester City Ballet is bringing back its original production of “The Blood Countess” this February for another twisted run. The fulllength, original ballet was choreographed by RCB artistic director Jamey Leverett, and was inspired by the story of 16th century Hungarian countess Elizabeth Bathory, who is alleged to have bathed in the blood of virgins. Leverett’s take has Bathory crossing paths with legendary vampire Count Dracula, raising the question of who is predator, and who is
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prey. If the subject matter makes you a bit nervous, you’ll have to grab a bouquet of garlic and make your way over because the performance will feature live performances by the Grammy-winning Ying Quartet and pianist Elinor Freer. Note that RCB recommends the show for ages 13 and over, with parental discretion advised. “The Blood Countess” will run Friday, February 3, through Sunday, February 5, at Nazareth College Arts Center (4245 East Ave.). Tickets cost $50-$65. For more information call 389-2170 or visit rochestercityballet.org. (PC)
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Winter Celebration at Ontario Beach Park. Still, with both indoor and outdoor events scheduled, the weather should be almost incidental. While some may not enjoy the cold, many will take the annual Polar Plunge into the icy waters of Lake Ontario to benefit the New York State Special Olympics. Other events for the day include the Lake Ontario Ice Wine Festival and Farmers Market in the Port Terminal, the 18th annual Chilly Chili Challenge, a snow sculpture contest, live music, and more. The event takes place on Sunday, February 12, and will run 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, including a full schedule of events, visit cityofrochester.gov/wintercelebration. (EL)
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What says “I love you” better than the brown eyes and sweet smile of Richard Gere? Perhaps it’s the George Eastman Award that says, “We love you,” which will be given to Gere on Thursday, February 16, when he appears here in Rochester. Whether playing Zack Mayo in “An Officer and a Gentleman” (1982) or Edward Lewis in “Pretty Woman (1990), Richard Gere has broken many a woman’s heart for decades. But what you might not know about Gere are his efforts in support of Tibet. In 1997, Gere published “Pilgrim,” a book of his own black-andwhite photographs from traveling in Tibet. The book’s introduction was written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who has been Gere’s teacher of Tibetan Buddhism since the early 1980’s. The George Eastman Award will recognize Gere both
Film legend and activist Richard Gere will receive the George Eastman Award February 16. photo PROVIDED
for his screen acting and his humanitarian work. The George Eastman Award was established in 1955 and has gone to such legendary stars as Fred Astaire, Jimmy Stewart, Audrey Hepburn, and Meryl Streep. The George Eastman House is located at 900 East Ave. Tickets to Gere’s award ceremony start at $125. For more information call 271-3361 or visit eastmanhouse.org. (PC)
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which reached No. 1 on iTunes and No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Or maybe you’ve never heard of her at all. Regardless, this winter Frampton will be playing a show at Water Street Music Hall that deserves your attention. After years of recording and touring with her sister Meg in the alt-rock band Meg & Dia, Frampton split off to work on her recently released solo album, “Red.” With her powerful voice, intimate lyrics, and indie pop-rock-influenced instrumentals, Frampton seeks to bring back the classic singer-songwriter style in a music cluttered with soulless artifice. Dia Frampton performs Monday, February 20, at 7 p.m., at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.). Tickets cost just $10. For more information, visit waterstreetmusic.com. (EL)
Greg Brady — now there’s a name from the early 1970’s that doesn’t need an introduction. This February, Barry Williams, who played Greg Brady on the classic sitcom “The Brady Bunch,” will take to the Rochester stage alongside the ladies of EstroFest to perform a series of sketches, improv comedy, and video vignettes. The EstroFest comedy troupe includes Andrea Holland, Allison Roberts, Dresden Engle, Marlena Gaby-Dater, Freyda Schneider, and Channel 13’s Norma Holland. The ladies will perform some of their best sketches alongside Williams on Thursday, February 23, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, February 25, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, February 26, at 2 p.m. Also on Saturday at 2 p.m., Williams will present his solo show, “Growing Up Brady,” a multimedia production featuring behind-the-scenes video, singing, and audience participation. All performances will take place at the JCC CenterStage (1200 Edgewood Ave.). Tickets cost $30 per show. For more information visit estrofestlaughs.com. (PC)
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War II. Often overlooked in our area history, the Rochester Institute of Technology continues to offer degrees in fine arts design and execution, and counts renowned Wendell Castle among its notable graduates and teachers. The elegance and strength of the lines of modernism made ordinary objects into works of art for homes and offices, transforming everyday life. Still discoverable at estate sales in our region, modernist objects are the sometimes whimsical (or even odd) yet functional objects of glass, metal, wood, fiber, and ceramics that readily catch one’s eye. Finally, modernism comes to the forefront with this exhibition, and the MAG is giving it the pedestal the style well deserves. The Memorial Art Gallery is located at 500 University Ave. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission is $5-$12, with a special $25 for the exhibit preview party on Saturday, February 25, 8-11 p.m. For more information call 276-8900 or visit mag.rochester.edu. (PC)
“Art of the Mix”
Leap Day: an extra evening this year for men and women to point their design-inspired toes in the direction of the l’homme of their choice. And what better atmosphere could you have than interesting art, interesting food, and interesting drink at the “Art of the Mix” event at Rochester Contemporary Art Center? Limited to 80 tickets, the event will feature cocktails, spirits, and amuses bouche from area restaurants including The Owl House, Lento, and more. Rochester Contemporary has been a fixture of the local art scene since 1977, and was originally founded as Pyramid
Christopher Seaman returns to conduct the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra March 8 & 10. Photo PROVIDED
Arts Center. The gallery brings local audiences the annual “6x6” exhibit, which last year attracted 1,775 submissions of 6”x6” works of art from all 50 states and 36 countries. On display in time for this mixer will be “Makers & Mentors,” including works by Robert Ernst Marx, Ron Pokrasso, and David Bumbeck. “Art of the Mix” takes place Wednesday, February 29, 6-9 p.m. at the gallery (137 East Ave.). Tickets cost $50. For more information call 461-2222 or visit rochestercontemporary.org. (PC)
Having inspired an entire generation of bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction is both a pioneer of and legend in alternative rock. The band created a new sound and attitude that was often mimicked but never replicated. After a series of brief hiatuses, three of the four original members are back on tour — including frontman Perry Farrell — and will be making a stop in Rochester. Ranked
35th on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock,” Jane’s Addiction is known for its high-energy, heavy-hitting live shows. The band will play the Auditorium Theatre (885 E. Main St.), on Wednesday, February 29, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $42.50-$49.50. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit rbtl.org. (EL)
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While new Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Arild Remmereit has made a big splash in the community, this March RPO fans will get an opportunity to welcome back his predecessor, Christopher Seaman, in his new role as “conductor laureate” of the RPO. Seaman, who was the music director and conductor of the RPO for 13 years, from 1998 to 2011, will return annually in this role. The program for this year’s pair of concerts is a smashing combination of the Shostakovich “Festive Overture,” the Beethoven Piano Concerto
Alt-rock legend Jane’s Addition plays the Auditorium Theatre on February 29. photo Provided
No. 1 in C Major, and Elgar’s Symphony No. 1. At the piano will be John Lill, who built an international reputation from an early age, including first prize in the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1970. Seaman will also be celebrating his 70th
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birthday that weekend. I’ll be the one in the balcony waiving the baton for the audience rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Christopher Seaman returns Thursday, March 8, and Saturday, March 10, at the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.). Tickets cost $15-$87. For more information call 454-2100 or check RPO.org. (PC)
displays, and roughly 100 vendor booths, there will be plenty of information and inspiration for visiting gardeners. Gardenscape 2012 will be held at the Rochester Fair and Expo Center (2695 E. Henrietta Rd.) from Thursday, March 15, through Sunday, March 18. Admission is $12. For more information, visit rochesterflowershow.com. (EL)
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“Angels in America” comes to the Geva Theatre Nextstage starting March 22. photo provided
“Angels in America”
This winter local theater company Method Machine will present Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play “Angels in America” for an eight-run stand in Geva Theatre’s Nextstage. The year is 1985. Ronald Reagan has just been elected to his second term as president, and the AIDS epidemic is escalating at alarming rates in the United States. This play
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