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5 things to do this weekend

October 24, 2018

Jeanette Colby, the University calendar editor, offers a selection of events and activities to do this weekend. Log in and check out the University Events Calendar  for more things to do. The calendar features a variety of events at all campuses, including the River Campus, Eastman School, Memorial Art Gallery, and Medical Center.

#1: Celebrate fall and enjoy free appetizers at campus community event

It’s an autumn celebration at Club Rochester on Friday, October 26, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Start the weekend a little early and join the University community in a mix and mingle— at the Feldman Ballroom at Douglass Commons—while enjoying free, fall-themed appetizers, and low cost drinks at the River Campus happy hour event. Listen to tunes of WRUR and pick up a free tumbler while supplies last. Snap some pictures while you’re at the event and get a print out from the new Hashtag Printer to remember the event. The event is sponsored by Wilson Commons Student Activities, Dining Services, and Students’ Association Government. Check out all the student hosts, including Habitat for Humanity, Linguistic Undergraduate Council, Optical Society of America, Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, STEM Initiative, and Society of Undergraduate Mathematics Students, as they put on demonstrations and discussions in honor of the fall season.

#2: Hear Women’s Chorus perform tribute to women’s history

On Friday, October 26, the Eastman School of Music’s Women’s Chorus will present an evening of music focused on celebrating the suffrage movement and powerful women leaders throughout history . The repertoire is focused on Harriet Tubman, Emily Dickinson, Malala Yousafzai, and others. In addition to original content, concert selections explore the theme of “unstoppable” women leaders as well as works by women composers such as Joan Szymko and Rospehanye Powell.  Visual and symbolic staging will enhance the dramatic aspects of the performance including a chorus of spoken phrases describing the achievements of women inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.  The concert will also feature programs by the Eastman Repertory Singers and the Eastman Chorale. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The performance will be held at Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 111 N Chestnut Street in Rochester.

#3: Take the kids to Halloween Town at College Town

College Town will host its annual Halloween Town on Sunday, October 28. The family-friendly event, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., features trick-or-treating, free cider and donuts, and games. Bring the kids out for a bounce house, face painting, slime making station, and balloon fun. There will also be a photo booth, storytime at Barnes & Noble, and free apples for the first 300 kids.

#4: Get in the Halloween spirit at “Spooktacular” Concert

The Music Department’s Brass Choir will present its annual Halloween-themed music event, “Spooktacular,” on Saturday, October 27. Directed by Bill Tiberio, the family-friendly show will feature a traditional brass ensemble with drum set, electric bass, and guitar. The music will range from Michael Jackson’s Thriller to Bruno Mars’ uptown funk. The center piece song is an arrangement by Eastman School professor Eric Limbach who incorporates themes form the Minecraft video games. The performance begins at 8 p.m. at Strong Auditorium. And come back on Sunday, October 28, for the Rock Repertory Ensemble performance starting at 7 p.m., in lower Strong Auditorium. Both concerts are free and open to all.

#5: Spend a spooky evening at the art museum

Explore the museum after dark for the Memorial Art Gallery’s “Museum of the Dead: What the Hex!?!” on Friday, October 26. The 21 and over event, from 8 to 11 p.m., features dancing, tastings, and art and costume watching. Drinks and cocktails will be available for purchase at the bar sponsored by Iron Smoke Whiskey. The spooky night at the museum includes art making, visiting with a fortune teller, sharing ghost stories with Monroe County Paranormal Investigations, and listening to the haunting sounds of organ music from the Fountain Court. Participate in a scavenger hunt of the museum’s sinister works of art and pick up giveaways from the Little Theatre, Salena’s Restaurant, Trader Joe’s, and Urban Decay Cosmetics. Costumes are strongly encouraged and will be rewarded. Tickets are $20 presale and $25 general admission the day of the event.

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