1 TAKE IT DOWN: The "Take It Down! Organizing Against Racism" exhibit on display at the Phillis Wheatley Community Library, 33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way, Rochester, has been extended through Jan. 26. In 2016, a panel featuring racist artwork was removed from the Dentzel Carousel at Ontario Beach Park in Rochester after being on display for 111 years. The exhibit explores the controversy around the removal and has been planned to create meaningful and sustained dialogue and action regarding individual, institutional and structural racism. Exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and some Saturdays as announced. It's organized by the Take It Down Planning Committee in conjunction with the City of Rochester and the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Admission: Free.
2 MUSIC, ART AND ROADWAYS: Historian Douglas Fisher will present “400 Years of Music, Art and Roadways at Victor’s Cole and Parks” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at Victor Town Hall, 85 E. Main St., Victor. Music, art and roadways tell the central history of Victor via their intersection at Main Street Fishers and state Route 96. The talk will explore the historical relationship between roadways and the evolution of settlement and commercial activity in Victor over the centuries. Fisher, of Rochester, previously served as Victor town supervisor. The presentation is sponsored by the town of Victor Historic Advisory Committee. Details: email@example.com.
3 WINE TIME: Want to boost your wine IQ? The New York Wine and Culinary Center, 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua, will host Wine Club, a six-part tasting series that takes an in-depth look into viticulture, starting Sunday, Jan. 7. Guests will learn about chardonnay on Jan. 7, cabernet sauvignon on Feb. 4, merlot on March 4, riesling on April 15, sauvignon blanc on May 6 and pinot noir on June 3. Class discussions will include a tasting review and hors d’oeuvres. Registration costs $180 for the series, or $40 for each class. Details: 585-394-7070 or nywcc.com.
4 FIRST FRIDAY: Jan. 5 is the first Friday of the month, which is always a special evening for the Rochester arts community. Several studios, galleries and artists' spaces throughout Rochester open their doors to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. (sometimes later), some offering special events as visitors meet the artists in their workspace. A handful of this Friday's events include the Stars and Stripes display at 6-by-6-inch artworks created by veterans, families and VOC staff at Our House Gallery, 783 South Ave.; a reception for "The Magic of Light — The Eleventh Juried Theme Show" featuring the work of 88 photographers at Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Ave.; and a reception for Rick Muto's "Embracing the Landscape" exhibit at his AXOM Gallery, 176 Anderson Ave., Suite 303. A complete list of events and participating studios and galleries is at www.firstfridayrochester.com.
5 WARFIELD BENEFIT CONCERT: Eastman School of Music will present its 41st anniversary benefit concert for the William Warfield Scholarship Fund at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7 at Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St., Rochester. The fund provided financial aid to more than 35 students since its establishment in 1977. Scholarship recipient Jonathan Rhodes will perform with Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church Male Chorus, ROCmusic Collaboration and Taliz Oscasio, of School of the Arts. Online tickets: $18. Admission at the door : $20, or $10 for students with ID. The Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 E. Main St., will open at 3 p.m. Details: bit.ly/2ClTSdF.