by Sue Cannon
•As part of the City of Rochester’s Black History Month Celebration, a “Black Heritage Story Telling” event is planned on February 23 at Ryan Community Center, 530 Webster Avenue; and the 10th annual “Black Heritage Gala” is scheduled for February 25 at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom, 125 E. Main St. Visit www.cityofrochester.gov/bhm.
•On Saturday, February 25, the Bon Ton Court at EastView Mall will be the site of a special event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. sponsored by Thompson Health. Day of Dance For Your Health will offer free demonstrations and dance lessons in Ballroom, Jazzercise, Nia, Swing and Zumba; as well as free health screenings for cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body fat, cardiovascular risk and more! Call (585) 919-3899.
•You can celebrate the opening of “Crafting Modernism: Mid-century American Art and Design” with an Exhibition Party at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue. The February 25th event offers music, food and more. Participants can purchase cocktails, coffee, snacks and desserts or a full dinner! Call (585) 276-8939.
•On February 25, the Riverside Convention Center at 123 E. Main Street, hosts the 2012 Ugly Disco Bash – Party for a Cause. Billed as the best “swing ‘n eat bash this side of Hawaii-Five-Oh,” the event offers live music by Atlas, the Skycoasters, Fever – The Wrath of Polyester and a live DJ spinning radio hits from the ‘70s; and it includes plenty of food and drink! Even Barry Williams (“Greg Brady” of The Brady Bunch) will be on hand to enjoy the fun, with all proceeds going to Golisano Children’s Hospital. See our Coming to Town section for details on Barry Williams; and visit www.uglydisco.com.
•A Sock Hop for Mercy Flight Central is scheduled for February 25 at the Airport Holiday Inn, 911 Brooks Avenue. Live music for the event will be provided by “The Generations,” and there will be prizes and a silent auction. Call (585) 396-0584.
•Febraury 26 is the big day – time for the 84th annual Academy Awards show! And, what better place to celebrate than at the George Eastman House Academy Awards Celebration! This is the 16th annual movie-themed party at the Eastman House, 900 East Avenue, featuring live music, dancing, the showing of the Academy Awards in the Dryden Theatre and on monitors throughout the museum and plenty of great food! You can even pose for the paparazzi as you walk down the red carpet! Call (585) 271-3361.
•Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo), at 137 East Avenue will host Art of the Mix: Leap Day on February 29. Rochester’s top mixologists will be on hand to prepare their signature cocktails and spirits. Call (585) 461-2222.
•The 27th annual Greater Rochester International Auto Show moves into the Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main Street, for its annual four day stay, March 1 thru 4. Among the items displayed will be the Mini, the Smart Car, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van, Audi and Porsch, the Fisker Karma, and so much more. For kids, the Red Wings mascot, Spikes, will be on hand! Call (843) 686-5640.
•Running March 2 thru 4, the annual Orchid Show at Sonnenberg Gardens, 151 Charlotte Street in Canandaigua, promises flower fans of all ages a treat for the senses. Exotic blooms will be showcased in the greenhouse complex; along with educational seminars, and special sales. Call (585) 394-4922.