Performing Arts Coldrush Events
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change -www.downstairscabaret.com. Rochester's longest-running show continues in its fifth year. Don't miss the hilarious hit musical about relationships. Downstairs Cabaret Theatre. 585-325-4370.
Water Coolers- www.downstairscabaret.com. High-powered laugh-out-loud, new musical revue about what we go through just making every workweek happen. Downstairs Cabaret Theatre. 585-325-4370.
Nuts and Bolts Improv Troupe- www.downstairscabaret.com. Each show is customized to the audience, taking suggestions to determine the theme and subject matter of the individual sketches. Downstairs Cabaret Theatre. 585-325-4370.
Cindy Miller's "I Got the Music In Me"-www.downstairscabaret.com. Miller is a cabaret-style singer and impersonator. Downstairs Cabaret Theatre. 585-325-4370.
The Beatles in Laser Light-Saturday nights in January-www.rmsc.org. Brilliant argon and krypton laser effects shimmer across the planetarium dome, interpreting a broad spectrum of Beatles favorites. Strasenburgh Planetarium. 585-271-1880.
Pink Floyd Laser- Saturday nights in January-www.rmsc.org. Experience your favorite Floyd tunes. Strasenburgh Planetarium. 585-271-1880.
Gap Mangione-January 6,7,13,14,20,27 & 28-www.woodcliflodge.com. New Blues Band. Lodge at Woodcliff. 585-381-4000.
Philharmonics 6 - January 12 & 14-www.rpo.org. European Masters. Music of Mozart, Grieg and Schumann. Eastman Theatre. 585-454-2100.
"From New Orleans to Chicago"-January 14- www.naz.edu Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Jazz 101. From the steamy back streets of the French Quarter to the music halls of Chicago's bright-light districts came a music that changed this country. The Arts Center will be transformed into a jazz-era speakeasy for this ode to America's music, performed by the Rochester Classic Jazz Band with narration by Peabody Award-winner Michael Lasser. Nazareth College Arts Center. 585-389-2170
Musical Portraits-January 15-www.rpo.org. Like a painting, music has the power to capture the spirit of a person. In this concert, the RPO paints musical portraits both of famous people and more anonymous ones. Eastman Theatre. 585-454-2100.
"Vigil"-Through February 5-www.gevatheatre.org. A self-professed neurotic named Kemp quits his job at the bank to sit by his dying aunt's bedside. With wicked humor, sly plot twists and surprising poignancy, two people find that neither one is what the other expected in this deliciously brilliant black comedy. Geva Theatre Center. 585-232-1366
WPOP 4 - January 14 & 15-www.rpo.org. Feelin' Groovy: The Hits of 60s and 70s. Jeff Tyzik leads to New York Voices, vocal ensemble. Eastman Theatre. 585-454-2100.
George Carlin- January 20-www.rbtl.org. Auditorium Theatre. 585-222-5000
Winemakers Dinners-January 20, February 24 & March 24-www.bristolharbour.com. Bristol Harbour Resort. 1-800-288-8248.
Joey & Maria's Wedding - January 21, February 18 & 19- www.woodclifflodge.com
The Lodge at Woodcliff. Reservation Required. 585- 381-4000
World Music Series: Huun-Huur Tu-January 24-www.rochester.edu/eastman/concerts. Mongolian Throat Singers. Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. 585-454-2100.
Windows of the Soul-January 26-28 & 29. www.rit.edu/ntid/theatre. Through "Windows of Soul," we catch glimpses of today's young deaf people and compare their hopes, dreams, and struggles with the central themes of Deaf literature, history and lore across generations. NTID at Rochester Institute of Technology. 585-475-6251.
"Stages 2006"- January 26-March 18-www.mjtstages.com.The Broadway Musical Revue "STAGES 2006" will include solos, duets, small groups and ensembles performing favorite songs from popular Broadway shows, old and new. The cast of 50, ranging in age from 8 to 70, will dazzle you with a sparkling display of vocal and dancing talent. Auditorium Center's 3rd Floor Stage, UpStage3. 585-234-8688.
Geva Comedy Improv - January 27-28-www.gevatheatre.org. Packed with songs, scenes and all around silliness, all made from your suggestions. Geva Theatre Center. 585-232-1366.
Madama Butterfly-January 27-29-www.mercuryoperarochester.org. Cultures collide in Puccini's masterpiece, where blind faith meets faithless love and the ultimate maternal sacrifice is demanded. Eastman Theatre. 585-473-6567.
Dave Matthews Laser- Saturday nights in February-www.rmsc.org. Experience your Dave Matthews Band tunes. Strasenburgh Planetarium. 585-271-1880.
Led Zeppelin Laser- Saturday nights in February-www.rmsc.org. Experience your favorite Led Zeppelin tunes. Strasenburgh Planetarium. 585-271-1880.
Battleworks Dance Company-February 2 & 3-www.brockport.edu. The Student Dance Organization presents a residency by this New York City based dance troupe, culminating in two performances. SUNY Brockport. 585-395-ARTS.
David Copperfield- February 2-www.rbtl.org. Rochester Broadway Theatre League, Auditorium Theatre. 585-222-5000.
Philharmonics 7 - February 2 & 4 - 8pm - www.rpo.org. American Contemporaries. Bold, intriguing rhythms. Music of W. Schuman, Richard Danielpour, John Corigliano and Hanson. Eastman Theatre. 585-454-2100.
WPOP 5 - February 10 & 11 - 8pm - www.rpo.org. Pink Martini twelve-piece ensemble with their distinctive fusion of French film noir and Latin Jazz. Eastman Theatre. 585-454-2100.
Beauty and the Beast-February 10,11,12,18 & 19-www.naz.edu. In this much-loved classic, children of all ages will discover the truth as Belle learns to trust her own heart. Nazareth College Arts Center.585-389-2170.
Eastman-Ranlet Series: Ying Quartet- February 12- www.rochester.edu/eastman/concerts. Life Music: New quartets by Tod Machover and Patrick Zimmerli. Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. 585-454-2100.
Kilbourn Concert Series Christopher O'Riley, grand pianist-February 14-www.rochester.edu/eastman/concerts performs Shostakovich, Preludes & Fugunes, op. 87, nos. 11-17; arrangements by Mr. O'Riley of songs by Radiohead, Elliott Smith, Tori Amos, Cocteau Twins, Tears for Fears and others. Eastman Theatre. 585-454-2100.
Dame Edna- February 14-19-www.rbtl.org- Tony ® Award winner for Live Theatrical Event, this therapeutic comedy extravaganza stars the one and only DAME EDNA, international mega-star, housewife, journalist, talk show host and guru! Created by Australian actor, author, painter and composer and racing car driver, Barry Humphries, DAME EDNA is a national icon in her native Australia and author of several books. Auditorium Theatre. 585-222-5000.
Jane Comfort and Company- February 16 & 17-www.brockport.edu. Jane Comfort and Company creates dance theater works that push the intersection of movement and language to a new form of theater while addressing contemporary social and cultural issues with compassion and wit. SUNY Brockport. 585-395-ARTS.
Eastman Opera: Chabrier, L'Etoile-February 16-19. www.rochester.edu/eastman/concerts. Benton Hess, music director, Steven Daigle, stage director. Annex 804 at the Eastman School of Music. 585-454-2100.
The Crucible- February 16-18-www.rit.edu/ntid/theatre. Winner of the 1953 TONY Award for Best Play, "The Crucible" is a true classic of the American theatre. Based on the infamous Salem witch trials, this gripping drama depicts the arrest of a farmer's wife and his neighbors. NTID at Rochester Institute of Technology. 585-475-6251.
Philharmonics 8 - February 16 & 18 www.rpo.org. An Evening of Emotion. Christopher Seaman leads Rochester favorite, Leila Josefowicz through music of Elgar, Shostakovich, Delius and Bartok. Eastman Theatre. 585-454-2100.
Symphony 101-3 - February 17 & 19 www.rpo.org. Mozart and the Symphony. Performance Hall at Hochstein and Hale Auditorium in Roberts Cultural Life Center, Roberts Wesleyan College. 585-454-2100.
"Inherit the Wind"-February 21- March 19 www.gevatheatre.org. An American powerhouse. In this unique show, a high school science instructor is jailed for teaching evolution. His court case becomes a battleground of truth and faith, and freedom itself is on trial in this American classic that's as powerful today as when it premiered a half century ago. Inherit the Wind had its Broadway debut in 1955, 30 years after the Scopes Monkey Trial that inspired the play. Geva Theatre. 585-232-1366.
"Groucho!" Starring Gabe Kaplan - February 24 www.naz.edu. From the moment he struts on stage, cigar in hand, you'll know you're in the presence of a legend. This show is a fascinating window into the life of a funny, demanding and complex performer. Nazareth College Arts Center. 585-389-2170.
Brian Regan- February 24- www.rbtl.org. Rochester Broadway Theatre League, Auditorium Theatre. 585-222-5000.
Trinity Irish Dance Company- February 24 & 25-www.naz.edu. It's not your parents' Irish dance company. Based on traditional Irish step dance, the wizards of Trinity Dance cross cultural boundaries, mixing breathtaking aerial grace with hard driving percussive power and lightening-fast agility. Nazareth College Arts Center. 585-389-2170.
Pink Floyd Laser- Saturday nights in March-www.rmsc.org. Experience your favorite Floyd tunes. Strasenburgh Planetarium. 585-271-1880.
Soldier's Heart-March 3- April 2-www.shippingdocktheatre.org. A moving story of two brothers and a father and son. Six years after Esau Mercer has returned home from WWI, his son Jacob, demoralized by his father's emotional distance, is determined to run away from home. The only thing that can renew their strained relationship is for Esau to finally reveal the terrible secret he brought back from The Great War. Shipping Dock Theatre. 585-232-2250.
Philharmonics 9 - March 2 & 4 -www.rpo.org. Glimpsing Greatness. Be entertained by Allen Shawn's melodic symphony, dazzled by the winner of the world's most prestigious piano competition, and experience Brahms' sunniest symphony. Eastman Theatre. 585-454-2100.
MOMIX- March 3 -www.naz.edu- Arts Center audiences are no strangers to contemporary dance, but even the most seasoned audience members will be astounded by the international phenomenon that is MOMIX. Using props, light, shadow, humor and the contours of the human body, the MOMIX dancers conjure a world of surrealistic images that forever change the limits of dance. Nazareth College Arts Center, Studio 4. 585-389-2170.
Philharmonics 11 - March 3 & 5-www.rpo.org. A Violin Virtuoso. Music by Haydn and Mozart. Eastman Theatre. 585-454-2100.
Disney's THE LION KING. March 9- April 16-www.rbtl.org. Experience the phenomenon of Disney's THE LION KING. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor and Rochester's own, Garth Fagan. Rochester's most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the Auditorium Theatre stage this season! Auditorium Theatre. 585-222-5000.
Symphony 101-4 - March 10 & 12-www.rpo.org. Mozart and the Concerto. Hall and Hochstein and Hale Auditorium, Roberts Cultural Life Center, Roberts Wesleyan College. 585-454-2100.
Nickel and Dimed- March 10, 11, 12, 16,17, 18, 19, 23, 24-www.blackfriars.org. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich set out to find out how anyone can survive, let alone prosper, on the minimum wage of six to seven dollars an hour. Blackfriars Theatre. 585-454-1260.
Iron Kisses-March 15-April 2-www.gevatheatre.org. The story of an American family and the unique relationship between a brother and sister. Geva Theatre Center. 585-232-1366.
New Shanghai Circus-March 17 -www.naz.edu. These astonishing athletes defy gravity and execute breathtaking feats as they stretch the limits of human ability. Fearless performers, ranging in age from 13 to 45, demonstrate more than 2,000 years of Chinese circus traditions with boundless enthusiasm…if it's humanly possible - and even if it's not! Nazareth College Arts Center, Studio 4. 585-389-2170.
WPOP 6 - March 17 & 18-www.rpo.org. Celtic Celebration. RPO delivers a rollicking evening filled with traditional Irish music and dancing. Eastman Theatre. 585-454-2100.
Casual Sunday Matinee 3 - March 19-www.rpo.org. The Symphony Strikes Back: Music of John Williams. Eastman Theatre. 585-454-2100.
Philharmonics 10 - March 17 & 19-www.rpo.org. Grace and triumph. Eastman Theatre. 585-454-2100.
Making American Music - March 22-www.strongmuseum.org. Performance series for adults. "The Long Steel Rail: American Railroads in Song and Story." Strong Museum. 585-263-2700.
Kilbourn Concert Series: Jennifer Larmore, mezzo-soprano-March 28- www.rochester.edu/eastman/concerts-Antoine Pollac on piano including American songs and works of Mozart, Rossini, Debussy and Bizet. Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. 585-454-2100.