April 28 to May 5
Grand-scale magic and illusions
Illusionist Bill Blagg brings his show to Nazareth College Arts Center at 8 p.m. Saturday. The award-winning illusionist has delighted audiences around the country with his high-energy, interactive show featuring large-scale magic and illusions. People will float in midair, vanish in the blink of an eye and more. Visit artscenter.naz.edu. You can check out Blagg on YouTube.
Jim Brickman in concert
Pop pianist Jim Brickman takes the stage with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Saturday at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. They will perform Brickman's chart-topping songs "Valentine," "The Gift" and "If You Believe." Electric violinist Tracy Silverman and vocalist Anne Cochran also will be featured. Matthew Kraemer is guest conductor. There's also a chance to meet Brickman; special tickets for a post-concert meet-and-greet are available. Visit rpo.org.
On the Big Screen
"Keanu" was written by and stars "Key and Peele," Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. They play cousins who must impersonate ruthless killers to recover their catnapped feline, Keanu. "Mother's Day" is the latest star-studded ensemble comedy from director Garry Marshall. It shows three generations coming together in the week leading up to Mother's Day. Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts and Jason Sudeikis star. Find movie times.
WNY Flash home opener is Friday
The WNY Flash will begin its home campaign Friday against the Washington Spirit at Sahlen's Stadium. The National Women's Soccer League team kicked off its season this month, chalking up a win vs. Kansas City and a loss against Chicago. The squad features 11 new Flash players, including Abby Erceg and Britt Eckerstrom. Gametime is at 7 p.m. Visit wnyflash.com.
The Webster Quilt Guild presents "Our Stories Told, Celebrating 40 Years of Quilting" Saturday and Sunday. Roughly 250 quilts will be showcased at Klem South Elementary School, 1025 Klem Road, Webster. Highlights include special displays of quilts created for "The National Whatever Day Challenge," Wounded Warriors and Quilt Pink. There will be books and patterns for sale. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Visit websterquiltguild.com.
Nitrate Picture Show
The Nitrate Picture Show at the George Eastman Museum runs Friday to Sunday. The world's first festival of film conservation features workshops, vault tours, lectures and screenings of vintage nitrate prints from all over the world. Delicate 35mm nitrate prints were made from around 1895 to the early 1950s. The inaugural event was last year. George Eastman House is one of only a few archival venues in the world that can project nitrate films. They'll be shown in the Dryden Theatre. Organizers keep the film titles under wraps till tomorrow morning. Visit eastman.org/nps for details.