Again we open up the coming-events grab-bag for the region — one that will bring a barking good time at one local venue.
Sea lion in wait
This Sunday's a special day if you're a sea lion — or if you're fascinated by those aquatic mammals, found in ocean waters on both hemispheres. Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester will celebrate World Sea Lion Day on June 2, with guests getting to learn about the animals through keeper chats, feeding, enrichment and training demonstrations, games and more.
Animal care staff will share what it's like to care for Seneca Park's four California sea lions, and guests will learn about sea lion adaptations, what's being done to protect the species — and what's the difference between sea lions and seals, anyway? They'll also get to visit the Rocky Coasts diet kitchen, where the sea lions' meals are prepared.
For a donation to sea lion conservation, guests can enter drawings to win prizes — including an exclusive sea lion keeper experience and a custom sea lion painting.
In other zoo news, Seneca Park will close early Saturday, June 1 — at 1 p.m. — to prepare for that evening's "Zoobilation" fundraising gala. Guests who enter the zoo before 1 p.m. Saturday can stay on the grounds until 2 p.m.
Seneca Park Zoo is at 2222 St. Paul St., Rochester. Details: senecaparkzoo.org/conservationdays
Geneva Music Festival underway
Reminder: The Geneva Music Festival we told you about a few weeks ago is now underway, with pre-season events last week and now the season's official opening Thursday, May 30, with the Verona Quartet performing at 7:30 p.m. in the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The quartet, featuring Jonathan Ong and Dorothy Ro (violin), Abigail Rojansky (viola) and Jonathan Dorman (cello) will present a concert of works by female composers, including Kelly-Marie Murphy and Julia Adolphe.
Then on Friday and Saturday, "A Portrait of Clara Schumann," showcasing the music of the pianist and composer and her primary influences, will be presented in two concerts: 7:30 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles; and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Gearan Center on the HWS campus. The concert features Geoffrey Herd and Jinjoo Cho (violin), Rojansky and Eric Wong (viola), Max Geissler and Dormand (cello) and Michelle Cann (piano).
Tickets for each concert (with after-concert reception) are $25 (free for ages 18 and younger). For tickets, and a full season schedule, visit genevamusicfestival.com.
A Jewell of a show
Also in Geneva, Americana singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell and band will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 31 at Bottomless Brewing, 3543 East Lake Road, as part of The Smith's Jan Regan Club Series. Jewell has played this region many times over the years — Abilene, the German House, the old Water Street Music Hall, the Rochester jazz festival and Grass Roots fest over in Trumansburg — and her music encompasses country, blues, folk and the crossroads where they all meet. (Her latest album release, "Down Hearted Blues," is a collection of interpretations of a dozen songs from blues artists such as Willie Dixon, Memphis Minnie, Charles Sheffield, Bessie Smith and Moonshine Kate — while her back catalog includes a tribute disc of Loretta Lynn country covers.)
Coming up in the Jan Regan Club Series: Heather Mae and Crys Matthews, June 7 at Smith Opera House
Tickets are $25 plus service fees, available at thesmith.org and firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cotton Club days may be long gone, but the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will do its best to recreate that Jazz Age era of the '20s and '30s, when the likes of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn and their bands played that major Harlem venue. The "Lush Life: The Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn" concert, featuring Denzal Sinclaire on vocals and Jeff Tyzik conducting the RPO, will start at 8 p.m. Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St., as part of the RPO's Pops series. Tickets: 585-454-2100 or rpo.org.