[Updated 01/25 to correct the listing for the RPO's "Winter Sing," which is not open to the public]
The Rochester winter can be a brooding time of year that can occasionally feel a little hopless. Sure, you can stay inside in your own private hibernation — until the inevitable sense of cabin fever sinks in. So we're here to fight that hermit-like temptation with a list of 18 events worth braving the weather for in the first quarter of 2018.
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COMEDY | Sebastian Maniscalco
Sebastian Maniscalco is something of an American success story. Born to Italian immigrants, the Chicago native got his start by moving to Los Angeles, where he began doing stand-up at open mics in bars and bowling alleys while hustling a day job. He worked his way into regular gigs and eventually landed on Comedy Central Presents, which then led him to a list of television gigs on shows hosted by Vince Vaughn, Jay Leno, and Jimmy Fallon, to name a few.
Maniscalco will perform Thursday, January 25, and Friday, January 26, at the Auditorium Theatre, 885 East Main Street. 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Friday. $42.75-$62.75. 222-5000; rbtl.org.
FILM | 'Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India'
Back in 2014, the George Eastman Museum acquired 775 Indian film prints that were discovered in an abandoned multiplex in Southern California. Since November, the Dryden Theatre has been screening a selection of those films. "Lagaan" is considered one of the biggest sensations of modern Indian cinema — an epic tale of love and power (and sports!) set in a small village under British occupation.
"Lagaan" screens Thursday, January 25, at the Dryden Theatre, 900 East Avenue. 7:30 p.m. $10 nonmembers; $7 members; $5 students. 327-4800; eastman.org/dryden-theatre.
MUSIC | THAW X 2018
THAW is an annual celebration of the life, music, and birthday of the late, great Tony Cavagnaro, one of the original members of The Buddahood. This is the 10th and final THAW concert, but The Buddahood, along with many of its friends, is leaving it with a packed lineup. Other acts include Bombshell Belly Dance, Jeffery Woody Woodruff, Addison Heffernan, and a lot more. All the proceeds go to the "Tony Cavagnaro Young Musician's Scholarship Fund" to benefit Hochstein School of Music & Dance.
THAW X takes place Friday, January 26, at Anthology, 336 East Avenue. 8:30 p.m. $10. 484-1964; anthologylive.com.
THEATER | 'Anything Goes'
Skip the cold and take a trip on the SS American. The 1934 musical follows Billy Crocker, a young Wall Street broker who falls in love with a mysterious girl named Hope. When he sees her forced onto a boat heading from London to America, he boards the boat to save her, only to find out she's an English heiress on the run. Music and lyrics by Cole Porter.
"Anything Goes" will be onstage Friday, January 26, through Sunday, January 28, at Roberts Cultural Life Center, 2301 Westside Drive. 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sunday. $17-$23. 594-1008; roberts.edu.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The RPO's "Winter Sing," below, is not open to the public to attend. Deadline to apply for participation passed in November, and the event is for performers only.
MUSIC | 'Winter Sing'
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will accompany a community chorus in a reading of the Brahms Requiem. The deadline to apply to participate passed in November,
but it's free to come by and watch. It'll be directed by William Weinert, director of the Eastman-Rochester Chorus.
"Winter Sing" takes place Saturday, January 27, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs Street. 1 p.m. 454-7311; rpo.org.
THEATER | 'Glengarry Glen Ross'
"Always be closing," Alec Baldwin viciously repeated in his iconic role as a real estate salesman in the 1992 to film adaptation of "Glengarry Glen Ross." In this case, Blackfriars Theatre is opening its 2018 with a rendition of David Mamet's Tony-winning dark comedy about cutthroat real estate salesmen.
'Glengarry Glen Ross' takes place February 2 through February 18 at Blackfriars Theatre, 795 East Main Street. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $28.50-$36.50. 454-1260; blackfriars.org.
ART | 'No Soil Better'
Commemorating the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass's birth, the Rochester Contemporary Art Center is featuring work that reflects on how Douglass has been memorialized and the importance of his legacy today. The exhibit will display new pieces by a diverse group of emerging and established artists.
'No Soil Better' will be on display February 2 through March 18 at Rochester Contemporary Art Center, 137 East Avenue. Opening reception Friday, February 2, 6 p.m. $2. 461-2222; rochestercontemporary.org.
KIDS THEATER | 'The Gingerbread Man'
RAPA Theatre opens its 2018 with the tale of that brash gingerbread cookie that leaps from the oven and taunts a young girl to catch him. In her attempt to do so, she finds herself on adventure involving a karate-kicking donkey and a fashionable skunk. Directed by Adele Fico.
"The Gingerbread Man" will be on stage February 3 through February 11 at the Kodak Center, 200 West Ridge Road. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays; 2 p.m. on Sundays; 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. A sensory-friendly performance will be held 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 4. $10-$20. 254-0073; rapatheatre.org.
THEATER | 'On Your Feet!'
The Broadway musical "On Your Feet!" follows the lives and music of husband-and-wife team Gloria and Emilio Estefan, who combined have won 26 Grammy Awards. The jukebox musical is now on its first US tour, with a stop in Rochester.
"On Your Feet!" will be on stage February 6 through February 11 at the Rochester Auditorium Theatre, 885 East Main Street. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. $38-$78. 222-5000; rochestertheatre.org.
KIDS | Royal Ball Weekend
It's not every winter you get to attend an event as royal as this one. Dress in your most regal attire and meet Her Majesty, the Queen of Play. The weekend will be full of dancing, lively music, quests to fulfill, and the chance to be knighted by the queen herself.
The Royal Ball Weekend takes place February 10 and February 11 at The Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Normal museum admission ($15 ages 2 and up). 263-2700; museumofplay.org.
MUSIC | Tiempo Libre
Tiempo Libre is bringing the warmth of the Caribbean to Nazareth College with its dance-inducing mix of Latin Jazz and Cuban-influenced music. The Miami-based ensemble has been featured on "The Tonight Show," "Live from Lincoln Center," and "Dancing with the Stars."
Tiempo Libre performs February 10 at Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Avenue. 8 p.m. $25-$35. 389-2170; naz.edu.
SPECIAL EVENT | Polar Plunge
Winter is no obstacle in this courageous feat. Plunge into the winter waters to show support and raise money for the Special Olympics.
The plunge takes place Sunday, February 11, at Ontario Beach Park, 4799 Lake Avenue. Registration at 9 a.m. Plunge at noon. 586-7400; polarplunge.net.
THEATER | Bronze Collective Theatre Fest
In its 4th year, the Bronze Collective Theatre Fest is a week-long celebration and display of local African-American and African Diasporic artists and producers. They'll be a variety of spoken word, theater, storytelling, and more.
THEATER | 'Two Tickets to Paradise'
Eddie Money's claim to fame is a tale to tell, and what better representation then through the medium that took him to stardom: music. "Two Tickets to Paradise" is premiering in Rochester and will be narrated by none other than Money himself.
"Two Tickets to Paradise" will be on stage February 14 through February 18 at the Kodak Center, 200 West Ridge Road. Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; 2 p.m. on Sunday. $34.50-$59.50. 254-0073; rapatheatre.org.
MUSIC | Tyler, the Creator
Tyler, the Creator is a force to be reckoned with. He came onto the hip-hop scene with an aggressive sensibility and a humorous grit few of his contemporaries could come close to. Vince Staples also performs on this bill.
Tyler, the Creator performs February 21 at the Main Street Armory, 900 East Main Street. 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$105. 232-3221; mainstreetarmory.com.
MUSIC | Anthrax
If the winter isn't over by the time Anthrax takes the stage at The Dome Arena, then Mother Nature is going to get a fist full of metal. This is a pretty savage lineup: Anthrax will be sharing the stage with Killswitch Engage and Havok
Anthrax performs March 2 at The Dome Arena, 2695 East Henrietta Road. 7 p.m. $30-$250. 334-4000; therocdome.com.
SPECIAL EVENT | The Happiest Hour
Nothing warms the heart in the bitter cold quite like booze and a little child-like fun. Play with a purpose at the Happiest Hour, a 21-and-older, after-hours fundraiser to support the Museum of Play.
The Happiest Hour takes place Wednesday, March 7, at The Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $15. 263-2700; museumofplay.org.
THEATER | Miss Richfield 1981's 'Born Again'
Miss Richfield 1981 is a national treasure among the drag community, and has been referenced as the root of inspiration for Rochester's own Mrs. Kasha Davis. She's bringing her new show, "Born Again," an off-kilter combination of interactive theatrics and improv comedy about finding a new religion to bring our divided nation together, to Rochester.
"Born Again" will be onstage April 6 and April 7 at the Kodak Center, 200 West Ridge Road. 8 p.m. $35-$60. 254-0073; rapatheatre.org.