Puerto Rican Festival Inc. Presents “¡Qué Locura!”


7:00 pm
7:00 pm
2:00 pm

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“¡Qué Locura!”

(an original and very funny yet poignant play, having to do with Latino families and their issues, written in both Spanish and English (Strong Language )

Written and directed by Ricardo Nieves and Harry Roldan

queLocura5 (2)Friday, December  4th @ 7pm/Saturday, December  5th @ 7 pm and Sunday, December 6th @ 2 pm

Admission prices:  on-line advance sales $12, at the door $15

Note: Adult Language:  For mature audiences only.


An original and very funny play about Latino families and their issues. Play is written in English with some Spanish words and expressions throughout the dialogue. “Such Craziness!” (“¡Qué Locura!”) is a peek into a family’s life that presents a full spectrum of emotions as the characters confront their hopes for tolerance, empathy, compassion and mostly, love.  WE ARE FAMILY AND FAMILY FIRST is the simple but meaningful message at the core of this entertaining yet thought-provoking play.

About the Puerto Rican Festival:

The Puerto Rican Festival was formulated in 1969 for the express purpose of celebrating and recognizing the culture of Puerto Ricans.  Puerto Ricans continue to be one of the largest growing Hispanic populations in New York State.  This growth now makes Monroe County and the City of Rochester home to the second largest population of Hispanics in New York State.

The Puerto Rican Festival Incorporated sponsors a variety of events, which serve to share and celebrate Puerto Rican culture.  The largest event is the Puerto Rican Festival, the longest running cultural festival in the County of Monroe. The festival is an annual three-day event, which averages a daily attendance of 7,000 people of all cultures and ethnic backgrounds.

Please visit our website www.prfestival.com for more up to date information about the festival.

Almost Famous: a showcase of Dream/Visual/Create (DVC) performances all weekend at the MuCCC!

7:00 pm
7:00 pm

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Almost Famous: a showcase of performances by members of Dream/Visualize/Create at the MuCCC!


$6 gets you admission to an entire evening’s events! That’s five performances for only $6 ($8 at the door day of show)!

Events listed below are for both Friday and Saturday, in order of performance (each event runs approximately 30 minutes):

Film: PAYBACK- world premiere, Royal Autumn Entertainment

Music: Claire Janezic plays pieces by Bach, Chopin, & Schumann on piano, followed by Marty & Yeslyann, a high-energy guitar duo covering pop/rock hits!

Theatre: Grrl Gang- world premiere of a monologue-driven play by Zoe Behncke

Improv: interactive adventures with Amateur Sqwad

Musical: The Truth about Love- world premiere production featuring the music of P!nk

Show times:

Friday, December 11 @ 7pm

Saturday, December 12 @7pm

About DVC:

Dream/Visualize/Create, a collection of students and graduates of Wilson Magnet High School’s drama club and local artists, is celebrating its 15thyear of bringing thought-provoking, challenging productions to audiences. In keeping with the club’s mission to bring affordable, meaningful, socially-conscious theatre to Rochester, DVC has performed shows such as Stop Kiss, The Shadow Box, No Exit, and a double bill of The Trojan Women and Necessary Targets, and original projects such as Overcoming Andromeda, More Than This (featuring the music of Vanessa Carlton), Somewhere Under Wonderland, American Skin and JUNK: the Musical. For more info on DVC: www.facebook/DreamVC

Anthony T. Carter, a founding member of Dream/Visualize/Create is excited to collaborate with the organization as the Writer/Director of PAYDAY. Sometimes known as a High Falls Autuer, his training in acting has given him a strong foundation for writing and directing dynamic and multi-layered character driven narratives. Through his production company Royal Autumn Entertainment, he seeks to continue developing creative, innovative, and motivational dramatic works and media content for local and international audiences. http://tinyurl.com/RAE-1203

Zoe Behncke is excited that her second work, Grrrl Gang, has been chosen to be performed in the DVC winter showcase. She would like to thank Mario and M.J. Savastano for reading her mediocre writing over and over again until it is mildly decent. She would also like to thank Kate Nash, Carrie Brownstein, Kathleen Hanna and Alexis Krauss for simply existing, making amazing music and being an inspiration for strange, pale girls everywhere. #Bernie2016

Amateur Sqwad consists of 9 friends committed to providing audiences with the dankest, most on-fleek improvisational theater performances. When not coming up with goofy ways to describe themselves or spell their name, you can find members of Amateur Sqwad teaching improvisation skills at RIT, performing on several teams in the Rochester area- including the Photo City Players, and coaching several teams as well including those formed as part of the Rochester Long Form League. The members of Amateur Sqwad are talented local actors who have eschewed the script in order to ride along the journey of simultaneous creation and presentation with you. With a combined 30+ years of experience coaching, teaching, and performing, Amateur Sqwad is anything but. https://www.facebook.com/AmateurSqwad

Claire Janezic is a junior at Wilson Commencement High School. She has studied piano under the tutelage of Ruth Peck for nine years, and is now studying with Elier Suárez.  In addition to her piano studies, Claire has taken music history, many music theory classes, and clarinet through the Eastman Community Music School. Claire is part of Hochstein’s Philharmonia as a clarinetist.  She is also studying classical composition with Margaret Henry. Claire has played keyboards in DVC’s shows Overcoming Andromeda, which was almost entirely composed of the music of Tori Amos, and Somewhere under Wonderland  which incorporated the music of the band Counting Crows,  and has both acted and played piano in their productions 14 Years and American Skin.

Made possible with a generous grant from The Palma Foundation.

WEC presents: Diversity of Life with live, exotic animals.

2:00 pm
4:00 pm

Diversity of Life with live, exotic animals.


Do you love animals? Would you like to pet some cool critters, learn some new animal facts?

You can do all that AND support a local, private wildlife education and rescue group on December 13, 2015 with WILDLIFE EDUCATORS COALITION at the MuCCC Theater, details below.

WEC will present DIVERSITY OF LIFE programs at 2 and 4 PM. You will get a chance to see some amazing animals up close and personal. You will hear basic facts, odd facts and personal-experience stories about each one.

Some of the animals in the program include a giant tortoise, a talking cockatoo, and a capuchin monkey. The show features a variety of exotic animals plus a special surprise guest!

Howler the Wolf – a young man in wolf’s clothing actually – will welcome you and teach you how to howl!

There will be a small petting zoo where kids (of all ages) can interact with some unusual pets.  You can snap some pictures with these guys and take a chance to win a birthday party.  Come join the fun.  A wild time will be had by all.


2PM and 4 PM shows, petting zoo open 1-5 pm

Tickets at $5 for kids, $10 for adults





“Cool People Singing with Justin Borak”

7:30 pm

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Music Direction by Julie Covach!
“Cool People Singing with Justin Borak”  features music from current Rochester shows like Music Man (WTG), Janine Mercandetti Out Of Costume (JCC), Alec Michaels Rainbow Fish, and Cougar and The Cabana Boy!
Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults!! 

“Rented Christmas – The Musical” BY NORMAN C. AHERN, JR. AND YVONNE AHERN

6:00 pm

 BuyTickets_240px-no-fee“Rented Christmas – The Musical” BY NORMAN C. AHERN, JR. AND  YVONNE AHERN


Ticket price: $6 per person

John Dale, a middle-aged bachelor and prominent businessman, has a challenging job for Anne Weston, proprietor of the local rent shop.  He wants to rent a Christmas, not just with a tree and Christmas carols, but complete with a wife, a family, and all of the happiness for which he has been secretly longing.  Anne hires local theater actors to play the part, but when everyone comes down with the flu, her last hope is to turn to the local orphanage.  Unable to find someone to play the Mother, Anne steps in at the last minute to play the role herself.  A ’rented’ Christmas soon turns into a new life for all concerned, which makes this a very warm and special holiday musical.

Performers: Spectrum Showstoppers from Spectrum Creative Arts

Spectrum Showstoppers feature performers from our music education, music therapy, art, and theater departments at Spectrum Creative Arts.

At Spectrum Creative Arts, we pride ourselves on offering the highest quality arts programming to individuals of ALL ages and abilities. It is our mission to inspire and empower our students through active participation in the creative arts.  

Dale Klein Post-Industrial Landscapes Lithographs and Etchings

6:00 pm


Dale Klein

Post-Industrial Landscapes

Lithographs and Etchings

Artist Reception:

Wednesday | December 16 | 6 – 8pm

Dale is a painter and printmaker whose primary interest is in the post-industrial landscape of the Northeast United States as a microcosm of what is happening to our country and most of the developed world.

Interested in the concept of entropy and how it affects contemporary life, she works on the boundaries of abstraction and realism. Dale transforms her world in order to delve into it deeper emotionally; letting the viewer bring his or her preconceptions to it.

Since 2006, Dale’s prints have been in numerous national juried shows and have won several prizes including the Purchase Prize at Hunterdon Museum of Art.

She had a solo show at the Washington Printmakers Gallery in 2012, A three-person show at Nazareth College in Rochester in 2015. She has been chosen to participate in two juried portfolios, the Syracuse University Printmaking Department MFA Portfolio and the Purdue University Portfolio, Disguise. In 2012 Dale was commissioned to create the annual patron print for the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester and in 2015.

Her work was also selected to be in the Los Angeles Printmaking Society’s 20th annual show and she was admitted to the LA Printmaking Society. She has been awarded a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, the Hambidge Center, and The Millay Colony. She has taught printmaking at the Garfield Middle School in Revere, MA and printmaking, painting, and drawing at the Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester.



An Evening of “Christmas” Music

7:30 pm

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time 7:30
title: An Evening of “Christmas” Music
Sick and tired of Christmas music? Well, so are we, so come join us as we pay homage to these terrible tunes in ways you’ve never heard before with some of Rochester’s finest local musicians!

Swimming to Cambodia

8:00 pm
8:00 pm

BuyTickets_240px-no-feeAcclaimed actor-monologist Spalding Gray’s defining work about his experiences making the Vietnam War drama “The Killing Fields” (later adapted into a cult classic movie) returns to the stage via this Aspie Works production. Presented by company founder Justin Rielly – who performed Gray’s “Interviewing the Audience” at the 2013 Fringe.

$8 advance, $10 at the door

  • Show Length: 90 minutes
  • Ticket Price: $10.00
  • Genre: Spoken Word
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Ages: 18 and Over
  • Production Company: Aspie Works



“My Fair Eliza”, an original adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” for young audiences, presented by ShakeCo: The Shakespeare Company in association with Classics Theater of Rochester

2:00 pm
7:00 pm
2:00 pm
Jan ’16
7:00 pm
Jan ’16
2:00 pm
Jan ’16
7:00 pm
Jan ’16
2:00 pm

ShakeCo: The Shakespeare Company in association with Classics Theater of Rochester presents “My Fair Eliza”, an original adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” for young audiences.  It is directed by ShakeCo Artistic Director and MuCCC Artist-in-Residence Philip R. Frey. “My Fair Eliza” will be presented December 26 – Jan 3, 2015 at MuCCC, the Multi-use Community Cultural Center, 142 Atlantic Avenue, Rochester.


Tickets are $5.00 in advance a

twww.MuCCC.org or at the door.

Showtimes are as follows:
December 26 – 2:00 pm
December 26 – 7:00 pm
December 27 – 2:00 pm
January 1 – 7:00 pm
January 2 – 2:00 pm
January 2 – 7:00 pm
January 3 – 2:00 pm
About the play:
The classic story of Professor Henry Higgins and his attempt to turn “guttersnipe” Eliza Doolittle into a lady who could pass as “a duchess at an ambassador’s garden party” was first performed in 1913 (as a German translation) in Vienna, followed by its New York premiere in March of 1914 (again in German) and finally in English in London in April, 1914.  It was an immediate sensation wherever it played and Higgins and Eliza became household names.  The public’s tendency to favor romantic underpinnings to the show was a constant irritant to Shaw, despite his subtitling the work “A Romance in Five Acts” for its publishing debut in November of 1914.  In 1938, Shaw worked on a film version that featured Leslie Howard as Higgins and Wendy Hiller as Eliza.  This would be the definitive version and (over Shaw’s objections) cement the romance angle for many.  It is the film of 1938, not Shaw’s play, that formed the basis for “My Fair Lady”, the musical adaptation by Lerner and Loewe that would ultimately eclipse Shaw’s original.


About the production:
“My Fair Eliza” (taking its name from both the musical and Shaw’s original working title, “Fair Eliza”) returns to Shaw’s original version, editing the work for time and clarity.  It serves as a perfect introduction to one of the great works of the theater for the uninitiated and (at around an hour runtime) a breezy refresher for fans of “Pygmalion” and “My Fair Lady” alike.

About the playwright:
George Bernard Shaw (invariably credited as simply “Bernard Shaw”) was one of the most celebrated and influential playwrights in history.  A proponent of theater as a tool to educate the masses, Shaw’s works were often morality plays hidden inside clever dialogue, fascinating character studies and (often) shocking plot developments.  Though it is his earlier (pre World War I) works that are best remembered, he remained active well into the late 1940s, with his final play (“Why She Would Not”) produced in 1950.  In addition to the 1938 “Pygmalion”, for which he won an Academy Award, Shaw also worked directly on film versions of his plays “Major Barbara” and “Caesar and Cleopatra”.

About the Company:
ShakeCo: The Shakespeare Company of Greater Rochester is a locally based small-scale production company devoted primarily to the performance of Shakespeare’s works throughout the Greater Rochester area. The Company put on its first production, “Hamlet, Prince of Denmark”, in August of 2000 and produced nine shows over the next five years. Returning from an extended hiatus with 2010’s production of “R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots)”, the “Young Audiences” program was re-launched later that year with “Young Prince Hal”.  ShakeCo has also produced a series of “ShakeCo Radio Theater” live “old time radio” dramas.

For more information and to see an archive of past productions, find us on facebook.

The Woolgatherer by William Mastrosimone.

Jan ’16
7:00 pm
Jan ’16
7:00 pm
Jan ’16
7:00 pm

The Woolgatherer by William Mastrosimone.

Show dates: Jan. 6, 7, 8 7:00pm

Truck driver, Cliff, meets a a clerk, Rose, at a southern Philadelphia five-and-dime. Rose invites Cliff back to her apartment while Cliff’s truck is being fixed.

Who were once two strangers soon come to realize that they have much more in common than they first expected.