Variety shows in Farmington and Rochester, plus a NordicFest at Cumming Nature Center, are among this weekend's events
It'll be a weekend for warmed hearts despite the winter chill, with a couple Valentine's Day-themed variety shows in Farmington and Rochester. There's also a celebration of winter fun in general at Cumming Nature Center in Naples, and a tribute to the music of father-daughter musical titans Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. (There's also, of course, the Fire & Ice Winter Festival in Canandaigua, and an impressive lineup of local live music).
Let's get right to it:
A Cobblestone showcase
Planning your date night for Valentine's Day? Cobblestone Theatre in Farmington is hoping you'll include its "Valentine's Variety Show" in your plans. The show — featuring ballet, opera, jazz, tap and musical revue — will showcase some of the finest local talent that has taken the Cobblestone stage since the theater opened in 2017.
• Rochester City Ballet members Chris Collins, John Deming, Jessica Tretter and Katherine Duffy will perform two pas de deux, a winter piece from "The Nutcracker" and a sneak piece from their neest creation, "Moulin d'Paris."
• Finger Lakes Opera's Rose Kearin (soprano), Davie Fournie (baritone) and Brock Tjosrold (collaborative pianist) will present two Broadway duets as well as classical selections.
• Members of the Cobblestone Players — Hannah Sharp, Justin Mapes, Alli Mapes and Emily Virgil — will reprise songs and scenes from the love/relationship-themed comedy "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!," a favorite on Rochester area stages.
• Local tap and jazz artist Cheryl Johnson will create a vintage jazz club feel with two light and playful duets.
The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at Cobblestone Theatre, located at Cobblestone Arts Center, 1622 Route 332, Farmington, with a happy hour starting at 6 p.m. The $25 admission includes cocktails and hors d'oeuvres from Green Front Restaurant in Canandaigua, followed by the show.
'ROC the LOVE!'
OFC Creations will presen "ROC the LOVE! A Benefit for the Arc of Monroe" — featuring comedy, music, acting, dance and more — at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Comedy at the Carlson, 50 Carlson Road, Rochester.
The show will including performances from some of Rochester's premiere performance groups, including Garth Fagan Dance Student Ensemble and Rochester City Ballet, presenting group dance numbers from their current seasons. Such Rochester performance icons as Diane Chevron, George DeMott, Dresden Engle and Thomas Warfield, and more, will sing classic tunes about love and friendship throughout the show. Nationally known comedian/magician Sky Sands will lead the show as master of ceremonies.
Tickets ($25, with discounts available for children under 12) are available in advance at www.OFCCreations.com or at the door.
There's no fun like snow fun
We may gripe and grumble about the sleet and slush and bitter chill — but winter can also bring a lot of fun.
Cumming Nature Center's NordicFest this Saturday, Feb. 15, will be a celebration of the season, with a 10K snowshoe race at 10 a.m. organized by Goose Adventure Racing (with a looped course entirely in the woods); a Snowga session (that's yoga in the snow, naturally) with Yoga Revolution at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Ski Orienteering spearheaded by the Rochester Orienteering Club (2:30-4 p.m., with beginning, intermediate and advanced courses); cross-country ski lessons; a SnOlympics of events for kids from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. hosted by the Rochester XC Ski Foundation (including ski-pole slacklining, people-powered dog sledding and more) and more wintry wonderment. The Scandinavian Heritage Society will give presentations about Scandinavian culture, and the ski and snowshoe trails will be open (with rentals available). Outdoor experts from L.L. Bean will share "Snowshoe Essentials" from 2 to 3 p.m.
And with all that chilly fare, you'll need some chili fare: Locally sourced chili from Roots Café in Naples (with vegetarian and vegan options available), plus homemade baked goods, will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to benefit the Genesee Valley Ski Patrol.
NordicFest runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rochester Museum & Science Center's Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples. For more information, or to register for some of the events, go to rmsc.org.
An 'Unforgettable' evening
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra this weekend will celebrate the legacies of a father and daughter who each made quite a mark on the jazz and pop worlds of their respective eras. "Unforgettable: 100 Years of Nat & Natalie," showcasing the music of Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole, will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 16, both in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St., Rochester.
Vocalists Denzal Sinclaire and Dee Daniels will join forces with the orchestra, conducted by Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, for the concerts, which will include such well-known selections as "Route 66," "Mona Lisa" and, of course, "Unforgettable." The concerts come in Nat King Cole's centennial year — March 17 would have been his 101st birthday.
The concert is part of the RPO's Pops Series, presented by Canandaigua National Bank & Trust and Wegmans. Single tickets start at $24 and can be purchased online at rpo.org or by calling the RPO’s Patron Services Center at 585-454-2100.
Send in your scripts
Young playwrights ages 13-18 take note: Geva Theatre Center wants to see your scripts. Geva is inviting people to submit plays in consideration for the Young Writers Showcase, which gives young writers the opportunity to have their work go from page to stage in a script-in-hand reading format with actors, directors and dramaturgs from Geva on May 16 in Geva's Fielding Stage.
Plays must be submitted by March 2, either hand-delivered or postmarked by that date, to Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester, NY 14607. Mark your manuscript for the attention of Jean Ryon, Young Writers Showcase. You can also send the script to firstname.lastname@example.org. Writers may submit up to three plays, with scripts no longer than 10 pages and containing no more than eight characters. It's open to people 13-18 living (or having lived) in Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, Livingston, Orleans or Genesee counties.
Selected authors will be notified in April. They must be available to attend a rehearsal of their piece on the May 16 performance day. For more information, call Jean Gordon Ryan, Geva's new plays coordinator, at 585-420-2034 or email email@example.com.