BEST BETS: April 17 to 23, 2015
Acrobats join RPO
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes the Peking Acrobats, China's top troupe of contortionists, jugglers, cyclists and gymnasts, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. They defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. World-renowned drum and percussion virtuosos JIGU! Thunder Drums of China will also perform. Jeff Tyzik conducts. Visit rpo.org or chineseacrobats.com. Check them out on YouTube.
Family Day at George Eastman House
"History: Photographs by David Levinthal" is on view at George Eastman House through May 24. Levinthal returns to Rochester for Playing with History: A Family Day at George Eastman House Sunday. Learn about history and photography while using art supplies and toys to create your own interpretations of historical scenes. Then take photographs of the creations, exploring the reality of fiction and paying homage to Levinthal's work. Levinthal, history students from the University of Rochester, and photography students from RIT will be on hand. It's free for members. Visit eastmanhouse.org.
'Anything Goes' opens
The national tour of "Anything Goes," the new Broadway revival of Cole Porter's timeless classic musical theatre masterpiece, makes its Rochester premiere at the Auditorium Theatre. The 1934 musical comedy is about the lovers, liars and clowns on a transatlantic cruise. Emma Stratton, Brian Krinsky and Rachelle Rose Clark star. Visit anythinggoesontour.com or ticketmaster.com.
Student-run festival of creativity
ArtAwake, the annual city-centered creativity fest led by University of Rochester students, will be Saturday at 936 Exchange St., the old FoodLink Building. More than 140 original pieces will be displayed, and a diverse lineup of live music is planned as well. Go to artawake.org. Check it out on YouTube.
On the big screen
"Child 44" is a politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia that chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" finds the title character six years later, on a well-deserved vacation in Vegas with his teenage daughter. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers. Find movie times.
TV, film composer returns to alma mater
Emmy Award-winning television and film composer Jeff Beal returns to his alma mater for a concert at the Eastman School of Music at 8 p.m. Sunday in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Beal created main title theme for the Netflix series "House of Cards." The show, which is free and open to the public, will feature film screenings accompanied by live music by the Empire Film Music Ensemble. The group was formed by Eastman and University of Rochester students to prepare musicians to play in the film industry. Go to esm.rochester.edu. Listen to Beal's music from "House of Cards" here.