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5 things to do this weekend

February 26, 2020

Sakhile Ntshangase ’21 offers a selection of events and activities to check out this weekend. Browse, discover, and share upcoming events on the University Events Calendar by logging in with your University NetID. The calendar features a variety of events at all campuses, including the River Campus, Eastman School, Memorial Art Gallery, and Medical Center.

Oti Yonwuren ’22, left and Daniela Shapiro ’20

#1: Catch ‘Everybody’ at Todd Theater

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s Pulitzer Prize finalist Everybody opens Thursday, February 27 at Todd Theater. In this modern, comedic morality play, fate decides the roles by lottery each night, so—as is true in life—Everybody could be anybody. The story takes inspiration from the 15th century morality play Everyman. “I have a love and appreciation for the classics,” says Pirronne Yousefzadeh, who directs the spring production. “But I tend to be more drawn to how we can examine universal and timeless questions through a more contemporary lens.” The show runs from Thursday, February 27, through Saturday, March 7. Tickets are available online and at the Common Market at Wilson Commons, or one hour before performances at the Todd Theater box office. The cost is $15 for the general public; $12 for seniors (65+) and for University faculty, staff, and alumni; and $8 for students.

#2: Attend free Eastman School concert at Kodak Hall

The Eastman School Symphony Orchestra will present a free concert in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on Friday, February 28. Conducted by Neil Varon and Austin Chanu, the performance will feature “Merry Wives of Windsor” by Otto Nicolai, “Concerto for Guitar” by Heitor Villa Lobos; and “Romeo and Juliette Suite No. 2” by Sergei Prokofiev. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

#3: Spend Friday night at the art museum

The Memorial Art Gallery will offer several things to do during its $5 Friday event on Friday, February 28. The museum offers a $5 admission to see the art collection from 5 to 9 p.m. Pick up drink specials at Brown Hound Downtown with $5 wine, beer, and/or signature appetizer. Meet up with friends for ARTSocial—art you make and take home—inspired by the Judith Schaechter’s stained glass art exhibition. The art class is $20 and includes museum admission. Participate in a scavenger hunt of women artists in the museum collection and see a slideshow in the pavilion of historic Rochester suffragettes. At 6:30 p.m., in the auditorium, there will be a screening of the 2015 film Suffragette. The museum store will offer a $5 discount with any purchase of $35. Admission to the gallery is free for members, University faculty, staff, and students with a University ID.

#4: Cheer on Yellowjackets basketball

Rochester basketball takes on Emory University on Saturday, February 29 at the Louis Alexander Palestra in the Georgen Athletic Center. The women’s team plays at noon.  The men’s team hit the court at 2 p.m.  Senior day ceremonies take place prior to the start of each game. Admission is free.

#5: Hear American classical compositions

The Department of Music’s Symphony Orchestra will play a free concert on Friday, February 28. The program will feature “The Unanswered Question,” by composer Charles Ives. Aaron Copland referred to Ives’ composition as “among the finest works ever created by American artist; Emanuel Cohen ’20 will conduct. Also on the program is “Also Sprach Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss. The composition—based on Nietzsche’s novel of the same title—is the opening theme in Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble conducted by Rachel Waddell, is a blend of University undergraduate and graduate students as well as musicians from the greater Rochester area. The concert is free and begins at 8 p.m. at Strong Auditorium.

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