Spring into the Arts with GCC’s Calendar of Arts and Cultural Events

Batavia, NY- You can laugh. Listen. Learn. Be moved and motivated this spring at Genesee Center for the Arts located at Genesee Community College’s Batavia Campus. The wide-range of entertainment this spring semester features a lineup of events that includes comedy, fairy tales, the fine arts, hands-on artistic opportunities and much more! And all ticket prices are generally less than the cost of Hollywood produced movie and some events are FREE!

The spring semester schedule commences Friday, January 29, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. with the Rochester Rat Pack. Reminisce in the cocktail lounges of yesteryear as the Rochester Rat Pack relives the magic of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Keely Smith, Etta James, Jimmy Durante, Bobby Darin, Judy Garland, Jerry Lewis and the gang.

“An Evening of Comedy with Etta May” will have you laughing in your seat on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Learn the true meaning of LOL (laughing out loud) with an evening featuringthe “Queen of Southern Sass” who is also the winner of American Comedy Awards’ “Stand-Up Comic of the Year.” For further information, check out www.ettamay.com

The Forum Players Theatre Company presents “A Celebration of Black History Showcase” on Friday and Saturday, February 25 – 27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. The annual recognition of Black History Month will feature a collage of songs, dance, poetry and monologues honoring the achievements of black Americans and the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.

We’ve all seen fractured fairy tales before, but never quite like this one! On Friday, April 29, 2016, the GCC Forum Player’s presents Little Red Robin Hood, a hilarious detour through Robin Hood’s Nottingham and Sherwood Forest! The performance will begin at 7 p.m. and is appropriate for all ages.

Tickets for all shows are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors (55+), students (16+) and GCC faculty/staff. GCC students with ID are $3 and GCC alumni with ID will receive a $2 discount on adult ticket. To reserve your seats contact the GCC box office at boxoffice@genesee.edu or (585) 345-6814.

In addition to GCC’s line-up of performing art events occurring in the Stuart Steiner Theatre, the annual Festival of the Fine Arts is scheduled Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. in the College’s central Forum. The program offers a variety of art workshops and demonstrations by GCC faculty and students from drawing to painting, photography to printmaking, origami and much more. The program is free and open to public, with elementary age school groups to senior citizens all encouraged to attend.

At the Roz Steiner Art Gallery, Ashley Blalock’s Keeping Up Appearances will kick off the spring schedule with her site-specific crochet installation January 28 and on display through February 24, 2016. An artist’s lecture is scheduled on Thursday, January 28 at 12:30 p.m., along with two receptions from 1 – 2 p.m. and from 5 – 7 p.m. The other spring exhibitions in the Roz Steiner Art Gallery include the GCC Student Fine Art Exhibit from March 7 through April 13, 2016 with the artists’ reception on Thursday, March 10 at 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., and the GCC Student Digital Art Exhibit from April 25 through May 18, 2016 with artists’ reception on Thursday, April 28 at 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Finally, GCC is proud to host the Genesee Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert “Flutes and Flourishes” featuring Conductor Nicholas DelBello on Sunday, February 14 at 4 p.m. A perfect sweetheart serenade!
Tickets prices range $7 to $15, with a family pack available. Tickets can be purchased at GCC’s Box Office, Roxy’s Music, GoArt!, Batavia Senior Center—all in Batavia, or at the Bank of Castile in LeRoy.

For more information or the opportunity to interview Etta Mae, please contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.