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The calendars in City Newspaper will keep you apprised of event details and updates on a weekly basis. But here is an outline of important winter happenings to help you sketch out in advance your personal must-do and must-see lists. Mark days on the calendar, scout out tickets, and look forward to a season ripe with theater, art, dance, lectures, and museums.


At the Tower Fine Arts Gallery at SUNY Brockport, Real/Abstract, paintings by Virginia Derryberry and Craig Drennen, will be on display from January 27 through February 27. Brockport faculty will display their work in a exhibit on display from March 4 through April 2. (Info: 395-2787, brockport.edu)

            Text and Texture will open the Center at High Falls Gallery's winter season on January 23 and continue through February 21. The show features artwork by various artists and in various mediums, but where text is incorporated or texture is emphasized. And the Center at High Falls' seventh annual photography show, A Photographer's Path, opens on Friday, March 12, and runs through May 1. (Info: 324-2030, www.centerathighfalls.org)

            Rochester Institute of Technology's Bevier Gallery will host an exhibit of award-winning art by junior- and high-school students from January 31 through February 18. (Info: 475-7680) RIT's city gallery, Gallery r, will display Inspired by Light, with the winning entries from an RIT student competition, from January 16 through February 22. (Info: 242-9470, www.galleryr.org)

            The glass art of Nancy Gong will continue at the furniture store Maitlins through February. The glass sculptures, a departure from her previous work in glass, are a part of the artist's new "Character Series." (Info: 586-4660)

            Personal Statements and Observations is the name of the new exhibit by painter Frank Anders, on display in City Hall's Link Gallery through Monday, February 2. The paintings are done in watercolor, oil, pastel, and gauche; Anders's previous work includes fashion illustration, children's book illustration, and covers for the New York Herald Tribune. (Info: 624-4913)

            The All-Purpose Room will have artwork by former Visual Studies Workshop exhibitions coordinator Scott Laird. The show of photographs and installation is titled Balls and Pins and will be on display from January 16 through February 7. An exhibit called Gods and Spirits will open February 13 and continue through February 28, and Prepare for Judgment, an environmental installation by All-Purpose Room cofounder Heather Gardner, will be on display from March 8 through March 28. (Info: 423-0320, www.allpurposeroom.org)

            Rochester Contemporary will host the work of the Rochester Art Club alongside an exhibit of paintings by Marla Friedrich from January 24 through February 21. An installation by Elizabeth Lyons and recent work by Mark Sawrie will be on display from March 12 through April 16. (Info: 461-2222, www.rochestercontemporary.org)

Theater and dance

On the Centerstage at the Jewish Community Center, a song and story tribute to Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered, will be up for two nights, Saturday and Sunday, February 7 and 8. For two weeks, March 6 through March 20, the JCCenterstage will perform John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation, a dark but humorous look at race, class, and morals. (Info: 461-2000 ext 235, www.jccrochester.org)

            Geva Theatre Center will have two productions on their Mainstage this winter. The Smell of the Kill, a dark comedy about three couples whose monthly dinner parties take a devious turn,will continue from early January through February 8. Picking up on February 17 and continuing through March 21 will be Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, the heartbreaking drama about a man whose career and life are dwindling. (Info: 232-4382, www.gevatheatre.org)

            Blackfriars Theatre will bring us Pride's Crossing, on the stage from February 21 through March 7, in which a 90-year-old woman tells her family the story --- and one glorious accomplishment --- of her life. (Info: 454-1260, www.blackfriars.org)

            At the Tower Fine Arts Theatre at SUNY Brockport the Laramie Project will be on stage February 27 through 29 and March 5 through 7. It is a play based on interviews with the Laramie, WY, community after the hate-murder of Matthew Shepard. On Thursday, March 4, The Neo-futurists, an avant-garde theater troupe from Chicago, will perform. (Info: 395-2787)

            Downstairs Cabaret Theatre will continue showing the wildly successful musical, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, through the end of February. Run For Your Wife, a British farce by Ray Cooney about a taxi driver with two wives, will open January 16 and continue indefinitely. Stevie Holland, a jazz cabaret artist, will be at DCT for two weekends in February (one of them Valentine's weekend). (Info: 325-4370, www.downstairscabaret.com)

            The International Theatre program at the University of Rochester will perform Pterodactyls, the story of a family's slow and tragic breakdown, February 26 through March 6. Nigel Maister, known for his challenging work with the UR theater group, directs. (Info: 275-4088)

            Shipping Dock Theatre, back up and running in their new home at Visual Studies Workshop, will follow their comeback performance with the drama Coyote on a Fence by Bruce Graham February 6 through 29. (Info: www.shippingdocktheatre.org)

            The talented students in the Eastman Theatre Opera will bring Dialogues of the Carmelites, Poulenc's libretto set during the French Revolution, to the East Avenue Christ Church February 11 through 14. (Info: 232-1900, www.ticketmaster.com)

            Under Milk Wood, Dylan Thomas's poetic journey through a isolated Welsh fishing village, will be performed at the Nazareth Arts Center Studio 48 from February 27 through March 7. (Info: 389-2456)

            Three Broadway musical favorites will be in town this winter thanks to the Rochester Broadway Theatre League. February 6 through 8 is Cats; February 24 through 29 is Les Miserables; and Grease will be up March 26 through 28. (Info: 222-5000)

            Eve Ensler's outspoken and political The Vagina Monologues will be performed at Monroe Community College's Brighton Campus Theatre February 12 through 14 (V-Day). (Info: 292-2060)

            And children have their own theater to attend. Rochester Children's Theatre will perform three shows for kids this winter: Mr. Popper's Penguins from January 9 through 11, The Diary of Anne Frank January 31 and February 1, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day --- a fun story about looking on the bright side --- on February 13 through 15. RCT is now performing at Nazareth College. (Info: 389-2170)

            Also at Nazareth College, the Omaha Theatre Company will present Miss Nelson is Missing, based on the children's story, on Saturday, March 13. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, a musical adaptation staged by the Kennedy Center, will be performed Saturday, March 27. (Info: 389-2170)

            Garth Fagan Dance will dance at SUNY Geneseo (Info: 245-5873) on Sunday, February 8, and at SUNY Brockport (Info: 395-2787) on Wednesday, February 25. Also at SUNY Geneseo, on Friday, March 26, Break! will be in town for a night of urban funk dancing. A drive to Buffalo will earn you an evening with Mikhail Baryshnikov and pianist Pedja Muzijevic. Together, they will put on a performance called "Solos with Piano or not..." at the University of Buffalo. Baryshnikov will dance solo to works by American and European choreographers, including some created just for him. (Info: 716-645-2787, www.ubcfa.org)

            Parsons Dance Company will be at Nazareth College on Saturday, January 17, and Les Ballets Africains, a touring company from the Republic of Guinea, will be at the college on Saturday, March 20. (Info: 389-2170, www.naz.edu)

            Three special comedian appearances this winter are worth noting. Comedian Tracy Morgan, of Saturday Night Live and more recently TheTracy Morgan Show, will be at Rochester Institute of Technology on Friday, January 30. (Info: 475-2239) Mitch Hedberg, recently off the Comedy Central tour, will perform at the University of Rochester on Friday, February 6. (Info: 275-5911) Political satirist and comedy writer Al Franken will entertain guests at Jewish Family Service fundraiser on Sunday, March 28. (Tix: $50. Info: 461-0110)


Two exhibits based on loved children's books will open at Strong Museum this winter. Where the Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak in his Own Words and Pictures opens January 31 and is up through May 9. The Berenstein Bears Celebrate: The Art of Stan and Jan Berenstein will go up March 13 and stay up through June. Each exhibit allows kids to interact with the stories: They can dress up like a "wild thing," slide in a bowl of chicken soup, or become a game piece on a giant game board. Other, ongoing exhibits at Strong include the National Toy Hall of Fame, Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street, and Super Kids Market. (Info: 263-2700, www.strongmuseum.org)

            At the Memorial Art Gallery, Fields and Falls: Images of Rochester, images of Rochester from 1829 to present, will be on display in the Lockhart Gallery from January 16 through March 14. Beginning February 15 and on display through April 11, American Sculptor of the Gilded Age will include 71 works by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. You can see some of the artists' most famous pieces, like images of Abraham Lincoln and portraits of African-American soldiers. (Info: 473-7720, mag.rochester.edu)

            The Rochester Museum and Science Center just opened Rochester's Frederick Douglass. The exhibit, which helps kids understand the man's life and experiences, will be up through 2006. Their other exhibits include Hear Here, an interactive exhibit on sound and ExploraZone. (Info: 271-4320, www.rmsc.org)

            For outdoor museum fun, the Granger Homestead Society in Canandaigua will be offering horse-drawn sleigh rides on Saturdays and Sundays through March 14. (Info: 394-1472, www.grangerhomestead.org.)

            The Best of Photo and Film: Right Before Your Eyes is an exhibit up through April at the George Eastman House. See more than 200 artifacts from the museum's photography, motion picture, and technology collections, including original negatives from Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz, and the camera that shot the flag raising at Iwo Jima.

Lectures and literature

Monroe Avenue's Community Darkroom will host lectures by Rochester-area photographers in a series of five Monday Meet the Photographer talks. All the photographers --- Robert Harris, January 26; Stephen Spinder, February 2; Carl Chiarenza, February 9; Gary Lee Heard, February 16; and Willie Osterman, February 23 --- have published books of their work. (Info: 271-5920, www.geneseearts.org)

            Gail Collins, New York Times editor and author of America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines, will give the keynote speech at a fundraising luncheon for the Susan B. Anthony House on Thursday, February 12. (Tix: $50. 279-7490 ext 14.)

            SUNY Brockport has an impressive lineup of poets and writers: On February 11 Irish poet Conor O'Callaghan will speak (Info: 395-5713); Maya Angelou is slated to visit the campus on February 15 (Info: 395-2487); short story writer and novelist Dan Chaon will be there February 25 (Info: 395-5713); and Ray Gonzalez, poet and creative nonfiction writer, will be there on March 10 (Info: 395-5713).

            At the University of Rochester, Christopher Edley, Jr., civil rights legal scholar and dean of the UC Berkeley Law School, will speak on "The New Civil Rights Agenda" on Friday, January 23. (Info: 275-0651) Carol Mosely Braun, potential presidential candidate, will be in the Strong Auditorium on Thursday, February 19, at 8 p.m. (Info: 275-5911) Wrapping up the political list will be Ralph Nader, who will speak at the university on Wednesday, March 24. (Info: 275-5911) On the literary side, you can hear Linda Sue Park, 2002 Newbery Medal winner for her novel A Single Shard, on Thursday, February 26.

            Rochester Arts and Lectures can be relied upon to bring the can't-miss lecturers to town. On Thursday, March 11, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Robert Caro will speak. He is maybe best-known for his multi-volume biography of President Lyndon Johnson. (Info: 546-8658, www.artsandlectures.org)

            Writers and Books's effort to get all of Rochester sharing one literary experience continues with this year's selection for the "If All of Rochester Read the Same Book..." campaign: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. Enger will be in town March 24 through 26. Leading up to his visit, W&B, local bookstores, and literary groups will sponsor book discussions, lectures, art exhibits, and other activities surrounding his best-selling novel. (Info: 473-2590, www.wab.org)

In This Guide...

    Winter Guide 2004

    Don't forget the wonder
    It's just too easy to sit around and lament Rochester's winter weather. We all live here; we know how cold and snowy it is outside.

    Going to great speeds to enjoy nature

    It wasn't a smart decision, and deep down Darrell Dietrich had to know that. But the idea of snowmobiling for a few days at his family's campsite was just so alluring that no ferocious snowstorm --- not even one that dumped four feet of snow in a matter of hours --- was going to cancel the family fun.

    Killing Bill, Christ, and many more

    We're going to break from movie preview dogma a little bit here. Usually, I refuse to write about sequels or remakes.

    Listen and you will hear

    Eastman School of Music Eastman Wind Ensemble, Fri, Jan 23, Jim Pugh, trombone, Mark Davis Scatterday, conductor. | Sun, Jan 25, Zvi Zeitlin, violin, Barry Snyder, piano, the Amernet String Quartet, 3 p.m.

    Winter blues? Stuff it.

    I know I'm not alone in my post-holiday hangover, a mixture of queasiness brought on by the credit card bills rolling in and stress from all the extra stuff I now have to find room for. Despite the fact that fifty-four percent of consumers started the season paying off credit card debt, polls showed that we still planned to increase our holiday spending by more than six percent.

    Six ways to celebrate winter

    Our winter scene breeds Scrooges if left to its own devices. Prizes like the Golden Snowball Award, an unofficial prize given last year to the Upstate city with the highest snowfall, bring only a small smile amidst snow heaps, icy winds, and flu strains.

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