Time Out

The folks at Groove Juice Swing know how to have fun on the dance floor. (Shown here is the lindy hop.) They’re offering beginner swing dance lessons on five Mondays starting Nov. 23. Swing Basics covers footwork, fun turns and spins, and the Charleston; organizers promise you’ll be dancing after just one session. The class is held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Tango Cafe Dance Studio on Gregory Street. Visit groovejuiceswing.com for details and registration.

Corn Hill residents once again will share the holiday spirit by inviting others to enjoy the charming architecture of their neighborhood during the Corn Hill Holiday Tour of Homes.

The tours will be held at 9 a.m. and noon Dec. 5, guided by residents of Rochester’s oldest neighborhood. Participants will see private homes decked out in their holiday finest. And not to worry: Holiday refreshments have not been forgotten. They will be provided at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, one of the tour stops.

Tickets to an early-evening candlelight tour have sold out.

Homes open for viewing include past favorites as well as a few new stops. This year’s tour will feature an apartment in Corn Hill Landing with a beautiful view of the Genesee River. Also on the tour is Miller House, the 1895 Queen Anne-style home pictured; it has retained virtually all of its original details.

Many of the area’s stately homes were knocked down during urban renewal in the 1960s and ’70s. Grassroots efforts preserved the neighborhood, and the tour gives an insider’s look at what remains.

The event is sponsored by the neighborhood association and the Landmark Society. For tickets, visit landmarksociety.org.
-Nicole Briand

Shop handmade this holiday season at a different kind of craft show.

The third annual Second Storie Indie Market will showcase handmade creations with an artistic flair.

"It’s old school with a current edge to it," says Cris Sasso, one of Second Storie’s founders.

The 38 vendors attending this year offer creations ranging from handmade jewelry and knits to paper products, including journals, letterpress stationery, screen prints and even paper dolls.

Second Storie began when a group of local women brought crafters and artists together. The movement has grown beyond Rochester.

"It’s become more of a community than we ever thought it could be," Sasso says.

Still don’t understand what this new craft movement is all about? Learn more at the first Western New York screening of "Handmade Nation," a documentary on the world of indie arts and crafts, at 8 p.m. Nov. 27 at Visual Studies Workshop. Happy Owl Glasswork, featured in the film, will be at the weekend show and sale.

The Second Storie Indie Market will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 28 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 29 at Visual Studies Workshop. For more information, visit secondstorie.net.

Behind the scenes
Steal a peek behind the curtain at Geva Theatre Center during its annual open house Dec. 7.

Guests can visit the costume shop, props shop, below, dressing rooms and other areas typically off limits, where artisans pull together all the pieces of a production. Staffers will explain their work and show what it takes to light a show, design sound and handle other tasks.

Guests can visit Ralphie’s house from "A Christmas Story" and see where actors rehearse Geva productions. And they’ll get a taste of Geva’s educational and literacy programs and the theater’s popular Comedy Improv series.

The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on that Saturday. Admission is free, and reservations are not required. Call the box office at 232-1366 for more information.

Annual RMSC hit
As if we needed more proof that Rochester is a great place to find handmade, original gifts for the holidays, the Holiday Bazaar returns for a 39th run at the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

Handmade items will fill the galleries and Eisenhart Auditorium. Nearly 200 artists will be selling ceramics, jewelry, glass, woodwork, photography, paintings, prints, sculpture, fiber arts and floral crafts.

The event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 20, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 21 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 22. Visit rmsc.org for details.

The business of art
Grants to area artists from the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester are ongoing proof of the creative work the region produces and the rest of us can enjoy.

The most recent awards, called strategic opportunity stipends and funded by the state, were announced this month. While amounts are not large, they fund participation in career-boosting opportunities that might otherwise be out of reach.

Take a look at the artistic pursuits of recent recipients:

  • Gloria Betlem, visual artist, for an exhibit of paintings focused on environmental issues;
  • Cecilia Charlton, potter, for an apprenticeship with the Rochester Folk Art Guild;
  • James Hansen, dancer and choreographer, for travel, to perform and present his choreography with a Chilean dance company;
  • Kim Lesslie, visual artist, for her first solo photography exhibition;
  • Mary Lewandowski, performance artist, to perform at the New Orleans Fringe Theater Festival;
  • Sonja Livingston, writer, to read in True Story: The Nonfiction Reading Series in New York City;
  • Ruben Ornelas, dancer and choreographer, for travel to Mexico to present work at the international Festival Rodara;
  • Carla Rodriguez, visual artist, for an exhibition of her photography;
  • Rebecca Kay Smithorn, musician, for a conducting mentorship and performance; and
  • Joseph Sorrentino, visual artist, for photography exhibitions in Mexico City. ("Campesina" is shown.)

Grants are available to all artists, full-time or not. The deadline for the next round is Jan. 27. More information is available at www.artsrochester.org.

11/20/09 (c) 2009 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail rbj@rbj.net.


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