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'Phantom of the Opera'

Cameron Mackintosh has redesigned Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical "The Phantom of the Opera," and it makes its Rochester premiere this week. The production features new choreography, a new set, new lighting and new costumes. There are several shows through April 27 at the Auditorium Theatre. Based on the French novel "Le Fantome de l'Opera" by Gaston Leroux, its central plot involves a beautiful soprano, Christine, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius. Go to, or Check out a sample on YouTube.

Knighthawks, Amerks have home games
The Rochester Knighthawks play the Buffalo Bandits at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Blue Cross Arena. It's First Responder Night, and ticket sales will benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Badge of Honor Association. Go to or The Rochester Americans challenge the Syracuse Crunch at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Blue Cross Arena. It's fan appreciation night and the last scheduled home game of the season. Go to or

Deckman presents one-man show
Rochester native Tom Deckman presents his one-man show "Singin' and Talkin'" at Downstairs Cabaret. Rochester audiences have seen Deckman in "City Lights," "Take Me Home" and "Old Jews Telling Jokes." His current show is an interactive journey of ups and downs as he shares his humbling experiences through song and story. The theater is at 20 Windsor St. in Rochester. There are shows through May 3. Visit

On the big screen
"Transcendence" stars Johnny Depp as the foremost researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. "A Haunted House 2" is the sequel to the box-office hit starring Marlon Wayans as Malcolm, who, after exorcising the demons of his ex, is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature's new True Life Adventure "Bears" showcases a year in the life of two mother bears as they impart life lessons to their impressionable young cubs. Find movie times.

Current exhibits at MAG
Henri Matisse is best-known as a painter and sculptor, but he was also a printmaker. "Matisse as Printmaker" runs through June 8 at the Memorial Art Gallery. The show includes examples of every printmaking medium that Matisse used— 63 etchings, monotypes, aquatints, lithographs, black-and-white linocuts and two-color prints. A companion exhibition will feature ceramics by Alexander Matisse, right. The artist's great-grandson, Matisse, 29, is making a name for himself at his East Fork Pottery near Asheville, N.C. Sotheby's experts Mary Bartow and Jeremiah Everts will talk about Henry Matisse's works on paper at 7 p.m. today. Go to Also at MAG, Eduardo Paolozzi's General Dynamic F.U.N. is in the Lockhart Gallery. British pop artist Paolozzi's 1970 portfolio of screenprints and photolithographs featured 50 dizzying images drawn from the artist's personal collection of American magazines and comics. It runs through May 4. Visit

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