1Every year, George Eastman Museum fills the historic conservatory with tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, amaryllis and freesias in the same colors Eastman featured 100 years prior. This year’s crop, on view from Feb. 10 to 26, mirrors George Eastman’s 1917 flower order. Tropical orchids also will be on display. eastman.org
2 What was life like for Rochesterians of African-American descent in the 19th and early 20th centuries? Find out during Walk the Walk on Feb. 10. Local actors will portray Frederick and Anna Murray Douglass, frontiersman Captain Sunfish and community activist Bessie Hamm at the free 7 p.m. performance at AME Zion Church in Corn Hill. landmarksociety.org
3Eight wineries that make ice wines will be at the New York Ice Wine & Culinary Festival at Casa Larga Vineyards Feb. 11. Produced from the hardiest of grapes, ice wine is a New York specialty. There will be wine and food tastings, vendors and live music. casalarga.com
4Wear your finery to the Royal Ball Feb. 11 and 12 at the Strong museum. Kids can dance to live music, be knighted by the queen, visit the Fairy Godmother and get a braided up-do in Rapunzel’s hair salon. museumofplay.org
5Nazareth College theater and music students are staging “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” an award-winning, Irish dark comedy by Martin McDonagh. Performances will be held Feb. 10, 11, 16, 17 and 19 at the arts center. naz.edu/arts-center
Joan Miró’s “Oda a Joan Miró” is one of more than 35 works of investment art in “Modern Masters,” a rare, up-close look at works by pioneers of the 20th century opening Feb. 11 at the Nan Miller Gallery. Among the highlights are the pop art of Roy Lichtenstein, the surrealism of Salvador Dali and Robert Motherwell’s groundbreaking abstracts. Also on view will be works by Lynn Chadwick, Jim Dine, Janet Fish, Red Grooms, Helen Frankenthaler, David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, Robert Indiana, Paul Jenkins, R.B. Kitaj, Harvey Littleton, Albert Paley, James Rosenquist, Victor Vasarely and Tom Wesselmann. The free exhibition opens with a reception at the Pittsford gallery from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 11. Miller will give a collection overview at 2 p.m. Reservations are requested. The show will be on view through Feb. 27. nanmillergallery.com
Fifty years after the screen debut of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” Geva Theatre Center presents a stage adaptation Feb. 14 to March 12.
In her Geva debut, Annie Munch plays Joanna, who brings her fiancé, John, home to meet her parents. Joanna is white; John, played by Chicke Johnson, is African-American. She also invites John’s parents without telling him, making the dinner a poignant test of long-held beliefs about race and social expectations.
A co-production with Indiana Repertory Theatre, a professional regional theater in Indianapolis, the stage adaptation by Todd Kreidler premiered in Atlanta five years ago and has been performed around the country. Skip Greer directs.
The film received 10 Academy Awards nominations and won two: best screenplay, by William Rose, and best actress in a leading role, by Katharine Hepburn. It also starred Sidney Poitier and Spencer Tracy. gevatheatre.org
RPYO to play Carnegie
Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will perform in a Presidents Day concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City Feb. 19.
First on the program, RPYO will play Wagner’s “Prelude to ‘Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg,’” Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, third movement; and Marquez’s “Danzon No. 2.” Music Director James Mick will conduct. The West Point Glee Club and a dozen choruses from around the country also will perform selections that include Thompson’s “The Testament of Freedom” and Poulenc’s “Gloria.”
The orchestra will have a special rehearsal with musicians of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and do some sightseeing.
The Carnegie Hall show will be the second time RPYO has played in the famous concert hall. Former music director David Harman led the orchestra in a performance there in 2013.
The RPYO will reprise part of the concert in a show with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra March 5 at 3 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.
Tickets to the Carnegie Hall concert are available
Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro will receive the George Eastman Award in a ceremony March 25 at the Dryden Theatre.
Storaro is considered one of the most influential cinematographers in the history of film. During a five-decade career, he has collaborated with Francis Ford Coppola, Bernardo Bertolucci, Woody Allen, Warren Beatty and Carlos Saura. He won Academy Awards for “Apocalypse Now,” “Reds” and “The Last Emperor.”
On March 24 at 7 p.m., Storaro will introduce a screening of “Apocalypse Now Redux,” a re-edited version with 50 minutes of footage not included in the original film.
The March 25 induction ceremony starts at 8 p.m. and includes a conversation with Storaro and a screening of a rare 35mm print of “Dick Tracy.” Get tickets early; they tend to sell out.
Storaro will introduce “Muhammad: The Messenger of God” at 2 p.m. March 26. It is a rare screening and the East Coast premiere of an epic about the first 13 years in the life of Prophet Muhammad. eastman.org
Kids and grownups who started their own companies will make 90-second business pitches at an event Feb. 16—and they are looking for audience feedback.
Young Entrepreneurs Academy and Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce will hold a CEO roundtable with entrepreneurs of all ages who will tell their startup stories. Audience members will vote for a people’s choice award winner in the business pitch contest.
The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Strong museum. greaterrochesterchamber.com
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