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5 things to do this weekend

May 3, 2017

Danielle Douglas ’17 offers her selection of events and activities to check out this weekend. Find information on upcoming events at the University Events Calendar at

#1: Revel in drinks and art

Sip vintage-inspired cocktail creations at the Memorial Art Gallery’s Renderings and Revelations: The Art of Imbibing, from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 4. The  collaborative event with Rochester Cocktail Revival offers an alcohol-themed evening with live art demonstrations. Enjoy cocktail creations by Beam Suntory, hors d’oeuvres in the museum pavillion, and live music by Quartet442. Explore the art collection on a guided alcohol-themed tour, which will center on why and how artists produce their work. Tickets are available online for ages 21+ and cost $35 per person. Read more.

Ian Von Fange ’17 and Sara Crane ’20

#2: Get seats for final play performances

It’s not too late to catch a performance of the International Theatre Program’s Buried Child, with performances through Saturday, May 6. The 1979 Pulitzer Prize-winning play—a modern version of a Greek tragedy written by Sam Shepard, features a cast and crew of students, including Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy ’17, Catherine Mawn-Mahlau ’19, set designer, Stephanie Busch ’17, costume designer, Todd Kelmar ’16, lighting designer; and Adam Parker ’17, sound designer. The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the Common Market in Wilson Commons, online, or at the door. Admission is $8 for students; $12 for faculty, staff, alumni, and seniors; and $15 for the general public. Read more.  

“Hearts” by Yue Li ’17

#3: Make date night an art night

The Department of Art and Art History features its last round of  art receptions for its Senior Thesis Exhibitions on Friday, May 5.  The student exhibitions are a culmination of study in contemporary visual art-making. Yue Li’s reception will be held at the gallery at the Art & Music Library at Rush Rhees Library, from 4 to 6 p.m.; Allison Froio and Wanquin Xu’s receptions will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the AsIs Gallery at the Sage Art Center; Mamiko Nagasaka’s reception will be held, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Studio 401, Anderson Arts Building; and Caitlyn Childress’s art reception will be held, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Luna Gallery on the second floor of the Anderson Arts Building. All shows are part of Rochester’s citywide gallery night, First Friday. The shows are free and open to the public. If you’re already on the River Campus, buses will make loops from the back of Rush Rhees Library, to the Sage Art Center, and then to 50 Anderson Avenue (near the Anderson Building).

#4: Bring the family for a day of hands-on fun and live performances

The Memorial Art Gallery will host its annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Family Fun Day on Sunday, May 7, from noon to 5 p.m.  Celebrate art, culture, and community with music and dance performances throughout the day. Explore cultural display tables, hear Asian tales with a local storyteller, and see guided tours of the museum’s current collections. There will be live music by the Chinese Music Ensemble of Rochester as well as Indian and Middle Eastern music performances. Hands-on art activities include dragon puppet-making and origami at noon, a Chinese ribbon dance workshop at 2 p.m., and a taekwondo workshop at 3 p.m.  A donation of $5 per family is suggested. Read more.

#5: Feel the beat with percussion ensemble

The Eastman Percussion Ensemble performs on the Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Hall on Saturday, May 6. Directed by Michael Burritt, the ensemble presents a year-end concert featuring a variety of sounds of percussive instruments. Listen to music composed by Steve Reich, Rudgar Pawassar, and Alejandro Viñao. Admission is free and open to the public. The concert begins at 8 p.m. If you can’t make it in person, the show will be streamed live at


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