Genesee Country Village & Museum is gearing up for the holiday season with a variety of themed events throughout the rest of the year. GCV&M will be Preparing for Winter this weekend, with demonstrations of candle-making, weaving and meat preservation, skills that were imperative for 19th-century New Yorkers to survive a cold winter. The Nature Center will host a maple tap carving demonstration and trail walks, and in the Banquet Center guests can choose from various make-and-take Victorian crafts. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. gcv.org
The Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department and Theatre League present the Tony Award-winning musical “Spring Awakening.”
Directed and choreographed by guest artist Brett Smock, “Spring Awakening” has won numerous accolades including Best Book, Best Musical and Best Score at the 2008 Tony Awards.
The story depicts two teen worlds set in a rural German town in the late 1800s: the outer repressive society they live in and their colorful and complex inner life. The alt-rock music in the show captures the teenage group’s struggles toward maturation both physically and mentally.
“Spring Awakening” made its Broadway debut in 2006 with what have become big names today like Lea Michele (“Glee”), Skylar Astin (“Pitch Perfect”) and Jonathan Goff (“Hamilton,” “Glee” and “Frozen”).
“The musical capitalizes on identity, sexuality, growth, parenting, friendship, feelings of loneliness and isolation, teenage bonds, responsibility, depth of character and life choices,” explains Smock. “There isn’t a single piece of ‘Spring Awakening’ that isn’t relevant today. Everyone should find themselves somewhere in this show, understanding that, for some, that discovery and admission may be difficult.”
Performances tonight through Sunday in Studio Theater A48 at Nazareth College. naz.edu
Tom Paxton, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and folk icon, has teamed up with the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter duo Don Henry and Jon Vezner, better known as The DonJuans.
Paxton has been performing worldwide and writing and recording innumerable songs for over 50 years. He has performed in venues ranging from coffeehouses in New York City to Albert Hall in London. Paxton has done over 50 concert tours in Great Britain and Ireland and has recorded more than 50 albums of his original songs. He has also written hit tunes that have gone on to be recorded by renowned artists such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton, to name a few.
Judy Collins says, “Tom Paxton’s songs are so powerful and lyrical, written from the heart and the conscience, and they reach their mark, our most inner being…they are beautiful and timeless and meant for every age.”
It’s been almost 25 years since “Where’ve You Been” —the song The DonJuans wrote that was recorded by Kathy Mattea—was the first song in country music history to sweep all major Song of the Year honors at music awards. The DonJuans have performed in venues ranging from New York’s Bottom Line to Nashville’s Bluebird Café.
The duo has shared stages with artists as diverse as Joey Ramone, John Hartford and David Crosby, and their songs have been recorded by a multitude of big names like Ray Charles, John Mellencamp and Miranda Lambert. The DonJuans collaboration offers an impressive array of songs, experience and gifted musicianship.
Hosted by Golden Link Folk Singing Society Inc., Paxton and The DonJuans take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church. goldenlink.org