BEST BETS: Nov. 21 to 27, 2014
'No Turning Back'
With all this snow, skiers and boarders are getting psyched to hit the slopes. To add to the excitement, the latest work from the company of legendary ski filmmaker Warren Miller, "No Turning Back," will be shown at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Auditorium Theatre. The film takes viewers on an action-packed journey with the world's best skiers and snowboarders. It's Miller Entertainment's 65th annual ski movie. Former Olympic mogul skier Jonny Moseley narrates. Visit rbtl.org or ticketmaster. Or check out the trailer on YouTube.
Mini Maker Faire
Rochester's inaugural Mini Maker Faire celebrates everyone who loves to make, create, craft and build. It's 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Joseph A. Floreano Riverside Convention Center and features exhibitions, demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages. Roughly 95 makers are to participate in the first maker faire, which will showcase everything from physics experiments to weaving to storytelling. Tickets cost $7 for individuals and $30 for families, including two adults and three children, before Nov. 22. At the event, tickets will cost $12 for individuals and $45 for families. Tickets can be purchased at rochesterminimakerfaire.eventbrite.com.
RPO plays 'Video Games'
RPO plays 'Video Games' "Video Games Live," featuring music from popular video games, will come to Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will play tracks to Final Fantasy, Zelda, Pong, Halo, Mario, Warcraft and more with video footage, synchronized lighting, electronic percussionists, live action and other elements not seen on traditional programs. Creator and executive producer Tommy Tallarico (pictured) plays host. Some audience members will even get to try their hand at a video game. It's being presented here in partnership with the Strong's International Center for the History of Electronic Games. A free panel discussion with video game experts will follow the show. Visit rpo.org.
On the big screen
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1" is the final installment in Suzanne Collins' best-selling trilogy. Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss, who is in the rebels' underground fortress in District 13. The rebels are President Coin (Julianne Moore), spin-savvy strategist Plutarch (Fairport native Philip Seymour Hoffman, to whom the film is dedicated), Beetee (Jeffrey Wright), Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), and Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks). They send Katniss and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) back to the front lines. Find movie times.
Expert speaks at Dryden
Ned Price, chief preservation officer for Warner Bros. Technical Operations, comes to the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film Nov. 22 to deliver the 14th annual James Card Memorial Lecture. Card, the first film curator at the Eastman House, built the foundation of the museum's film preservation program. Price is widely recognized for his work preserving the Warner Bros. catalog, which includes films from the MGM, RKO, Lorimar and Allied Artist libraries. After his talk he will introduce his latest restoration, William Friedkin's "Sorcerer," a 1977 thriller that critics are now calling an overlooked masterpiece. A discussion will follow the screening. Go to dryden.eastmanhouse.org.
Tenderloins at Auditorium Theatre
The Tenderloins, the comedy troupe behind the truTV show "Impractical Jokers," will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Rochester Auditorium Theatre. On the TV show, Joe Gatto and his co-stars James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano prank the public while a hidden camera films their absurd actions. Natives of Staten Island, the four met while attending high school, and later formed The Tenderloins Comedy Troupe in 1999. Go to thetenderloins.com or ticketmaster.com for details or tickets. You can also check them out on YouTube.
Get ready for winter
Calling all snowmobilers—or those who'd like to give it a try. The Hilton Sno-Flyers present Sno-Show, a two-day show featuring snowmobiles, accessories, trailers and other winter leisure-themed exhibitors. There will be informational seminars and safety courses. Food and prizes are planned. Admission and parking are free. There will be attractions for the kids and adults, as well as wine and beer tastings. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Garden Factory in Gates. Visit hiltonsnoflyers.com.