Wanna get away? Escape winter this weekend at the Greater Rochester Boat Show. All kinds of boats and watercraft will be on display and for sale: fishing boats, sport boats, kayaks, jet skis, pontoon boats and cruisers (such as the Sea Ray Sundancer 350 Coupe, shown). The show is on through Feb. 5 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. rochesterboatshow.com
From the ’60s to today
A new monthly film series explores films by and about African-Americans.
Presented by the Little Theatre and the Rochester Association of Black Journalists, the Black Cinema Series will debut at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 with “I Am Not Your Negro,” based on an unfinished manuscript by writer James Baldwin.
In a 1979 letter to his agent, Baldwin explained his book in progress, “Remember This House.” It was to be about the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Baldwin did not finish it before he died, and his estate put the manuscript into the hands of director Raoul Peck.
The movie explores the legacies of the leaders’ lives and deaths. Peck pairs Baldwin’s words with footage of the civil rights and black power movements and connects them to modern-day causes. Actor Samuel L. Jackson narrates.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion. It will continue a limited run at the Little throughout February. thelittle.org
Reviving a community
The head of city planning for Detroit will talk about how that city is rebuilding in the next Reshaping Rochester lecture Feb. 9.
Maurice Cox is an expert in community design and former mayor of Charlottesville, Va. He will explain how Detroit is tapping innovative land use, new construction and building renovations to bring the Motor City back—and discuss how those principles can be applied to Rochester. Part of the trick of rebuilding, he says, is to take what works in healthy neighborhoods and apply it to the wider community.
Cox was a dean for community engagement at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he directed Tulane City Center, the school of architecture’s community design center. He has taught at a number of universities, including Syracuse and Harvard. Named one of 20 Masters of Design in 2004 by Fast Company magazine, he was design director of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2007 to 2010.
The talk will be held at 7 p.m. in the Gleason Works auditorium. cdcrochester.org
1The specs say it all: Monster Jam trucks are about 12 feet tall and 12 feet wide. They can go up to 100 miles an hour and fly up to 130 feet—and 35 feet in the air. Monster Jam’s Rochester competition returns to the Blue Cross Arena for three shows Feb. 3 and 4. monsterjam.com
2Genesee Country Village & Museum holds its first Kohlfahrt, a German tradition, Feb. 4. It starts with a walk involving games and a booze wagen and ends with a hearty German meal topped off with a slice of Black Forest cake. gcv.org
3Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Eastman-Rochester Chorus perform Mozart’s Requiem Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Linked by modern audiences to the film “Amadeus,” the piece was Mozart’s own funeral music. Also on the program: Hovhaness’ Fugue and Stravinsky’s “War Symphony.” rpo.org
4An all-new star show at Strasenburgh Planetarium will roll out in a series during 2017, shedding light on upcoming solar eclipses. “Eclipses 2017 and 2024” will show on select dates from Feb. 4 to March 4, July 1 to Sept. 9 and Aug. 21, the day of the 2017 eclipse. rmsc.org
5The Opera Workshop in Nazareth College’s Department of Music will present a full production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Old Maid and the Thief” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Lyric Theatre. It’s a double bill with Menotti’s “The Telephone,” featuring Rochester Lyric Opera artists. naz.edu
Winter seems to be a busy time for artists. Perhaps the cold makes them more creative.
At Axom Gallery, Kurt Moyer’s “In the Forest” opens with a 6 p.m. reception Feb. 3. Inspired by the masters (in particular, Cezanne and Corot), Moyer favors landscapes and figurative art.
It is the Rochester artist’s second solo show at the Neighborhood of the Arts gallery.
The Oxford Gallery opens a new show, “Confluence,” with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 4.
Barbara Fox (“Ebb and Flow,” above) and Ray Hassard will be exhibiting paintings and drawings at the gallery through March 4.
Image City Photography Gallery’s upcoming juried show, “Into the Light,” is its 10th annual. More than 150 framed photographs will be on display, including Sheila Nelson’s “Reaching Out,” above.
Receptions are planned for Feb. 3 (5 to 9 p.m.) and Feb. 4 (2 to 5 p.m.).
Rochester Contemporary Art Center opens “Michael Harris: Works on Paper” in the LAB Space Feb. 3.
Landscape paintings by Jim Mott and Liz Durand are on exhibit in the Little Theatre Cafe in February. A reception will be held at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 5.
Made on State, a creative collective at 510 State St., will hold an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 4. axomgallery.com,
oxford gallery.com, rochestercontemporary.org, thelittle.org, madeonstate.com
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