1 Standup comic Sebastian Maniscalco is in town for two shows—at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 4—at Rochester Auditorium Theatre. Maniscalco was seen in an episode of “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” with Jerry Seinfeld. ticketmaster.com
2 The George Eastman Museum will be displaying dozens of cleverly designed and decorated gingerbread houses. The Sweet Creations Gingerbread House Display, on view throughout the restored historic mansion, features confections produced by professional bakers, hobbyists, Scout troops, families, schools and community groups. It runs through Dec. 14. eastman.org
3 Rochester City Ballet continues its “InStudio” series with an open rehearsal of its seasonal favorite “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Nov. 5. The InStudio session gives attendees an exclusive behind-the scenes, front-row look into building components of a ballet, as well as the rehearsal process for “The Nutcracker.” To RSVP call 461-5850. rochestercityballet.com
4 Geva Theatre Center presents “Mother (and me),” Broadway performer and comedienne Melinda Buckley’s award-winning, one-woman show about her relationship with her larger than life mother who is slowing slipping into dementia. It is performed on the Fielding Stage through Nov. 20. gevatheatre.org
5 Girls World Expo features workshops, speakers, demonstrations, science exhibits and visiting one-on-one with women who are leaders in business, government, industry and the arts. It’s noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 6 at the N.Y. State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. girlsworldexpo.com/syracuse2016
New York’s booming craft beer industry will be out in full force during the N.Y. Craft Brewers Holiday Release Nov. 5 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua. Nearly 40 N.Y. brewers will share their seasonal and specialty beers. Pros will lead seminars on pairings, tasting tips and cooking. The festival is a fundraiser supporting NYWCC’s beer programs and industry promotional efforts by the state brewers association. Tickets are available online. nywcc.com
Zelda and the RPO
“The Legend of Zelda” video game series by Nintendo hits the big screen at a Nov. 11 Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra concert.
“The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” will project scenes in high definition as the RPO plays 28 years of music from the series. Madrigalia, the Rochester chamber choral ensemble, also will perform.
After the concert, a panel of local experts will discuss electronic games. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.
Vinay Parameswaran guest conducts the second OrKIDStra concert of the season Nov. 13 at Hochstein Performance Hall. “Wands & Wizards: The Magical Music of Harry Potter” features music from the John Williams score. Free kids’ activities start at 1 p.m., and the concert begins at 2.
In his only Pops concert of the season, Music Director Ward Stare conducts the RPO for Cirque de la Symphonie at 8 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19 in Kodak Hall. It’s a return visit and new show by the aerial artists. rpo.org
The art of the craft
Browse and buy the work of some of the finest craft artists in the Northeast and Canada during the Fine Craft Show & Sale at the Memorial Art Gallery Nov. 4 to 6.
The 16th annual event, timed at the start of the holiday shopping season, has become a favorite among the craft-show crowd. Most of the 40 artists are returning, including Kaete Brittin Shaw (ceramist, below); seven are newcomers.
In an era of proliferating craft shows, the MAG show has managed to stay true to the highest standards of craft art. The artists participate in the most prestigious shows in the country. They will bring one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces in ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, mixed media, wearables and wood. It’s a great place to find unique adornments, with jewelry and wearables dominating.
Tickets to a Friday night opening party Nov. 4 are available online. The general show and sale takes place Saturday and Sunday; tickets, available at the door, include museum admission. mag.rochester.edu
ARTS and CULTURE
The organ program at Eastman School of Music supplies talented musicians who play in local church services. But the department’s community connection doesn’t stop there; students present short recitals on church organs every month.
Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.—St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Penfield;
Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.—First Baptist Church, Penfield; and
Jan. 28, 3 p.m.—Immanuel Lutheran Church, Webster.
In addition, Tuesday Pipes at Christ Church on East Avenue are 25-minute organ recitals at 12:10 p.m. Upcoming performances are Nov. 8, 15, 22 and 29. esm.rochester.edu/organ/events
Katherine Crumley says Rochester is a photographer’s paradise. A native of Tennessee who also lived out west, Crumley, 96, started photographing in earnest eight years ago after moving to Rochester.
Her son, Carl Crumley, is a partner in Image City Photography Gallery. He says he sometimes calls his mother Grandma Moses, after the famous American artist who took up painting at the age of 78. Crumley takes full advantage of the view from her seventh-floor apartment to capture unique perspectives (“Tracks,” above).
This month, Crumley’s photographs are on display in the East Gallery at Image City. They will accompany the gallery’s Black & White Invitational, on view through Nov. 27. An opening reception will be held Nov. 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. imagecityphotographygallery.com
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