Located just north of the East End neighborhood, NOTA is a cultural center of Rochester. Only 15 city blocks long and three blocks wide, this district packs in more museums, cultural institutions, art schools, galleries, and studios than any other neighborhood in the Rochester metropolitan area. Turn-of-the-century single-family homes are neighbors to restaurants, cafes, gift shops, and dance and artists’ studios.
A variety of artists maintain studios in the Anderson Alley cooperative and Village Gate Square. Just across the street, the Memorial Art Gallery features cultural treasures from around the world. The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film is just a short walk down University Avenue. Budding and professional writers alike frequent Writers and Books, the city’s literary center. The Multi-Use Cultural and Community Center (MuCCC), housed in a 1888 mission-style church building, features eclectic performances and offbeat entertainment. Tying it all together is ARTWalk, a permanent urban art trail connecting the arts centers and public spaces within the Neighborhood of the Arts.
Events in the Neighborhood of the Arts during MARAC:
Thursday, April 24 – Saturday, April 26: Multi-use Community Cultural Center, 142 Atlantic Ave. The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, performed by The Shakespeare Players of Rochester.7:30 pm. $19 general admission; $14 anyone over 65; $9 anyone under 25. email@example.com. http://muccc.org/events/
Thursday, April 24 – Saturday, April 26: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave. (585)276-8900. Matisse as Printmaker: Works from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Wednesday–Sunday 11 am-5 pm, Thursday until 9 pm. $12 general admission; $8 senior citizens (62+), active military personnel; $5 college students with ID and children 6-18; Half-price admission every Thursday after 5 pm. http://mag.rochester.edu/
Also at the Memorial Art Gallery: Thursday, April 24: Max at the Gallery Tapas Night. 5-8 pm. Live music, wine, beer, tapas for purchase. Included in gallery admission: $2.50-$6
Thursday, April 24 – Saturday, April 26: George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, 900 East Avenue. (585) 271-3361. Ongoing exhibits: Another America: A Testimonial to the Amish by Robert Weingarten; A World Apart: Photographs of Hasidic Communities in Israel by Pavel Wolberg; XL Portfolio: A Benefit Portfolio Celebrating Large-Format Photography; Of Time and Buildings. 10 am-5 pm. Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students $5, Members free. http://www.eastmanhouse.org/
Thursday, April 24: Espada Brazilian Steak at The Village Gate, 274 N. Goodman Street.(585)473-0050. Bossa Nova Jazz featuring The Charles Mitchell Group. 6 pm. Free.
Friday, April 25 & Saturday, April 26: School of the Arts, 45 Prince Street. (585) 242-7682. Legally Blonde. 7 pm. $5-$9. www.sotarochester.org
Friday, April 25: Baobab Cultural Center, 728 University Ave. (585)563-2145. Community Dialogue Series: Last Friday Jazz Heritage Series. 7 pm. $10. The Last Friday Jazz Heritage Series presents fine performances of jazz and provides audiences with the opportunity to engage in a dialogue on its history, sociology and psychology in the United States and throughout the world.
by Cheri Crist