BEST BETS: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014
High Falls Film Festival
The High Falls Film Festival kicked off this week and continues through Sunday. The annual festival highlights the achievements of women in filmmaking. Films are shown at the Little Theatre and the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. There also is a free panel discussion offering tips for local filmmakers Saturday at The Century Club. Tonight, Emmy-winning poet, producer and playwright Elaine Madsen (pictured) and her daughter, actor Virginia Madsen, will be on hand to discuss the opening night film of High Falls Film Festival. The film, "I Know a Woman Like That," was a joint project about women who sidestep retirement to pursue their passions. Elaine directed the film, and Virginia, who earned an Academy Award nomination for her role in "Sideways," produced it. New for this year's festival is a children's short film program with free admission. Three other shorts programs will be presented as well. Find all the festival details at highfallsfilmfestival.com.
'King of Queens' in Rochester
Emmy-nominated TV star Kevin James brings stand-up comedy to Rochester at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The show is at Auditorium Theatre. The SUNY Cortland alumnus is best known for his TV series "The King of Queens." His films include "Hitch," "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," "Zookeeper" and "Here Comes the Boom." ticketmaster.com Go to ticketmaster.com.
Jazz star's CD release party
Rochester native and noted jazz singer Nancy Kelly is in town for a CD release party Sunday at Lovin' Cup. The Eastman School of Music alum is a nationally prominent vocalist. For more information, visit nancykelly.com or lovincup.com.
On the big screen
"John Wick" stars Keanu Reeves as an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters who took everything from him. "Ouija" is a horror flick about a group of friends who must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, "Dear White People" is a provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African-American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college. Find movie times.
'I'm Not Rappaport'
Blackfriars Theatre presents Herb Gardner's compelling comedy "I'm Not Rappaport!" It opens Friday and runs through Nov. 9. It's about a pair of senior citizens who discuss issues including society's treatment of older people, the difficulties dealing with adult children who think they know what's best for their parents, and the dangers that lurk in urban areas. It stars Fred Nuernberg and Reuben J. Tapp. For details, visit bftix.org.
'Harvest of Caring'
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery and Ascension Garden plan the "Harvest of Caring," which will be held Saturday in the harvest tent at Ascension Garden, 1900 Pinnacle Road in Henrietta. The event will offer tastings from Healthy Sisters' Soup and Bean Works, Holy Childhood and Coffee Connection. Go to holysepulchre.org.
Fine arts and crafts at MAG
The Memorial Art Gallery rolls out its 12th annual Fine Craft Show Saturday and Sunday. More than 40 artists in ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, metal and wearable art have been invited to show and sell their creations. The weekend begins with a preview party from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Guests can mingle with the artists and purchase artwork before the show opens to the public. There will be live jazz. Click here to see a list of exhibitors. The sale is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12. For details and preview event costs, visit mag.rochester.edu for details. To see more museums in the area, go to the digital edition of Explore or visit the Explore website.