The Strong National Museum of Play is hosting a preview of two magical holiday favorites, “The Nutcracker” and “A Christmas Carol.” The Rochester City Ballet will perform an excerpt from “The Nutcracker,” brought to life by music performed by members of Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Then a cast member from Geva Theatre Center’s production of “The Christmas Carol” will read selections from the Charles Dickens classic. Holiday Classics Preview happens on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. museumofplay.org
Finger Lakes Community College’s George M. Ewing forum continues with Don Ragona, an attorney for Colorado-based Native American Rights Fund.
Ragona has an insider’s view of the battle that pits two Native American tribes against big industry and the federal government. The NARF represents two tribes in a lawsuit filed against the Trump administration to halt an extension of the Keystone oil pipeline from Nebraska to Alberta, Canada. The suit alleges that the pipeline poses a threat to the environment and people of the sacred, ancestral lands and violates centuries-old treaties.
Ragona will discuss the Keystone case as well as the enduring relevance of Native American treaties. Joining Ragona is G. Peter Jemison, the longtime manager of the Ganondagan State Historic Site. Evan Dawson of WXXI will moderate the discussion.
Titled “Turtle Island’s Treaties: Honor and Activism,” Turtle Island is the name for land in North American commonly used by Native Americans and indigenous rights activists.
“One of the points we’re going to make is that treaties are the law of the land. They are in the Constitution. They are living documents. They don’t expire. They don’t have shelf life,” says Ragona. “Tribes do rely on them today.”
Jemison adds, “The Constitution says treaties are the Supreme Law of the land. How then can laws passed by Congress supersede a treaty signed by the president and ratified by Congress?”
This talk is the third of four in the forum’s 2019-20 season. The final talk will be on Jan. 26 with Forrest Pritchard, an organic farmer and author.
Ragona and Jemison take the stage at 4 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium on Sunday, Nov. 10. gmeforum.org
The new film fest is dedicated to showcasing and supporting independent genre films that exist in the murky boundaries among horror, science fiction, fantasy, action and dark comedy.
Anomaly will screen at the Cinema Theater, the oldest movie theater in Rochester. Film screenings begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 with “Passholder Happy Hour.” The night finishes with an opening night after-party at 11:15 p.m. at Nox.
On Saturday, Nov. 9, “Shocking! Spooky!” kicks off the day at 10:15 a.m. followed by a post-film Q&A. Films continue throughout the day and wraps up with an after-party at 11 p.m. at Skylark Lounge.
Sunday, Nov. 10 opens with “Deathcember” (pictured) at 11 a.m. There will be a post-film Q&A to follow with writer-director Vivienne Vaughn, composer Andrew Scott Bell and co-writer/director Zach Shildwachter. “Deathcember” contains 24 terrifying visions by 24 genre directors from all over the world.
Anomaly closes with “VHYes” at 8 p.m. on Sunday. anomalyfilmfest.com