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5 things to do this weekend

March 7, 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.

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#1: Watch film on ‘women who fight’

The Women’s History Month Film Series, hosted by the Little Theatre, WXXI, and the University’s Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, will host a screening of the 2014 film Viktoria at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Little Theatre. The film tells the story of a relationship between a woman and her young daughter during the fall of communism in Bulgaria. The film series theme this year is “Women Who Fight.” The screening is presented with community partner Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York Action Fund. A panel of discussion will follow the screening.  Tickets are $5 and free for students.

#2: Listen to the sounds of studio orchestra music

The Eastman Studio Orchestra takes the stage for a free concert on Friday, March 9. The ensemble combines the personnel of the Eastman Jazz Ensemble with a full complement of strings, woodwinds, French horns, tuba, harp, and percussion from Eastman’s two symphony orchestras. The Eastman Studio Orchestra has performed a broad repertoire that incorporates jazz, classical music, music for film, contemporary pop, and world music. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

#3: Try out an art class at the museum

Take the whole family to an open house event at the Memorial Art Gallery and try out a selection of creative art classes from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 10.  Instructors will demonstrate a variety of art activities. Find out about family discounts, camps, and perks for museum members during your visit. The class catalog and registration is available online.

#4: Learn about Rochester’s history at Todd Theater

Last chance to get seats to newly devised We Don’t Live on Mars Yet, which runs this weekend, from Thursday, March 8, through Saturday, March 10. A work commissioned by the International Theatre Program, the theatrical piece is created by Australian-South African director and theatre artist Talya Chalef and an ensemble of University students. Exploring themes of social justice, the play is a thought-provoking experiential piece that explores Rochester’s history of immigration and refugees. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for University students; $12 for alumni, faculty, staff, and seniors; and $15 for the general public. They can be purchased up to an hour before the show at the door or online at, or by calling (585) 275-4088.

#5: Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s Birth

The exhibition Rochester’s Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass’s World is open Saturday, March 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation at Rush Rhees Library. Visit Rochester’s library and peruse the rich collection, which showcases many aspects of Douglass’s life and legacy as reflected through archival material including letters, publications, maps, photographs, newspapers, and ephemera. The exhibit is part of the year-long celebration of Frederick Douglass in the city of Rochester, of which the River Campus Libraries is a partner.  Free and open to all. Read more about the exhibit online.

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