BEST BETS: March 27 to April 2, 2015
'A Body of Water' at Geva
"A Body of Water" is the story of a long-married couple who wakes one beautiful morning in an idyllic summer house surrounded a vast body of water—but they have absolutely no memory of who they are, or how they got there. Their world is complicated further when a mysterious young woman arrives, offering information and potential explanations. Michele Minnick directs. It's staged at Geva Theatre Center's Fielding Nextstage through April 5. Real-life husband-and-wife actors Carmen Roman and James Leaming play the long-married Avis and Moss. Lesley Gurule plays Wren and is making her Geva Theatre Center debut. Visit gevatheatre.org.
Maple Sugaring Weekend
Take a nice spring drive to Naples Saturday and Sunday for Cumming Nature Center's Maple Sugaring Weekend. Follow the trail to the sugar house and see demonstrations of Native American and Pioneer sugaring techniques along the way. Demonstrations run noon to 2 p.m. And, of course, homemade pancakes and maple syrup are on the menu. Visit rmsc.org.
Showcasing area's independent designers
Peppermint Sewn Seeds Fashion Show, a runway show dedicated to showcasing the work of independent designers in the Rochester area, is March 30 at Good Luck restaurant in Rochester. The show was conceived and organized by Tanvi Asher, who opened clothing design business Shop Peppermint LLC in April 2012. The Sewn Seeds event will show the journey of the designers, documenting their processes from inspiration to finished garment. A cocktail reception starts at 1 p.m., followed by the runway show at 2 p.m. Visit sewnseeds.com.
Ballet presents 'The SnowBall' for kids
The Rochester City Ballet presents "The SnowBall" for two performances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday at the company's studios on University Avenue in Rochester. Guests will enjoy a storybook performance by Rochester City Ballet, a hot cocoa station with all the fixings, treats, raffles, giveaways and frolicking with the Snowflakes! Tickets are $25 per person. Visit rochestercityballet.com for details.
'Harry Potter' event
Calling all "Harry Potter" fans for a special event Saturday at Lift Bridge Book Store in Brockport. Sponsored by SUNY College at Brockport's Dumbledore's Army Harry Potter club, participants are sorted into their own Hogwarts house. Other activities are in store for fans of the series. It starts at 10:30 a.m. Go to liftbridgebooks.com.
'Peter and the Wolf' at Hochstein
RPO OrKidstra presents "Peter and the Wolf" at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hochstein Performance Hall. Written by Sergei Prokofiev specifically to cultivate the love of music in young children, it has become one of the best introductions to the symphony since it was first performed in 1936. Marlene Pauley is guest conductor, and Kevin Doran narrates. rpo.org.
On the big screen
"Get Hard" is about a millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) who is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin. He turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) to prepare him for a life behind bars. "Home" is an animated feature an alien on the run from his own people who lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip, who is on a quest of her own. Jim Parsons, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna lend their voices. Find movie times.
Movement and Dance Weekend
Nazareth College Arts Center presents Movement and Dance Weekend this week. Billed as MAD, it kicked off today and features technique classes in a variety of dance styles and movement practices. Classes are open to dancers, actors and people of all skill levels who like to move, ages 15 and older. Participants can choose from more than 30 classes in Afro-Cuban, ballet, choreography, contact improvisation, contemporary, hip hop, modern, musical theatre dance, partnering, salsa, capoeira and tap. Other classes will explore related topics, such as Pilates, motion training, yoga, injury prevention, tai chi, choreography and structured improv. This is the third year Nazareth College theater and dance department is holding the event; guest artists will be coming in from New York City and other states. Visit naz.edu/mad.