Some choice events this weekend to help celebrate and honor your mother.
Thursday, May 10
“The Calamari Sisters’ Big Fat Italian Wedding”
East End Theatre at RAPA, 727 E. Main St., Rochester, previews: 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Tuesday; opening 7 p.m. Wednesday, stirring in a big dollop of wedding drama, Carmela and Delphine Calamari will sing, dance and cook their way through such favoriates as “Chapel of Love,” “Love and Marriage” and “Daddy’s Little Girl” with some tasty surprises for the audience, $39 previews and run house seating, $45 opening night and run table seating, tickets at (585) 420-8338, www.thecalamarisisters.com.
“Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show”
Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St., Geneva, 2 and 8 p.m., Vicki Lawrence and “Thelma Harper” also known as Mama, performs in a mixture of stand-up comedy, music and observations about real life, expect the unexpected where Mama is concerned, $35 and $45, tickets at www.thesmith.org, (315) 781-5483.
Blackfriars Theatre, 795 E. Main St., Rochester, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through May 19, a musical that recounts the hilarious and heartbreaking story of Jacqueline Kennedy’s eccentric aunt and cousin, once bright names on the social register who became East Hampton’s most notorious recluses, $27 ($25 seniors, $17 students), tickets at www.bftix.com or (585) 454-1260.
“You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up”
Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 20 Windsor St., Rochester, 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday (through June 9), the play by real-life married couple Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn takes a humorous look at a relationship that seemed doomed by opposing personalities from the start, $29-$36 (discounts for seniors 60/older, military personnel, full-time students 22/younger, DCT members, and groups of 10/more), reservations at (585) 325-4370, details at www.DownstairsCabaret.com.
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
"Beethoven's Second" from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Price:$15 to $75. Performances are on Thursday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Concert with Arild Remmereit as conductor and Tarin Supprakorn, piano. Works by Fry, Clara Schumann, Rabinovitch and Beethoven. For more information call (585) 454-2100 or go to http://www.rpo.org/
Friday, May 11
Opening of the Lilac Festival
The 10-day free festival will be open daily from Friday, May 11 to Sunday, May 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. On Friday, there will be opening ceremonies beginning at 12 p.m. at the Tops Lilac Stage. More information about the festival is available here.
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Saturday, May 12
Women and Wine— Ladies Day Out
Three Brothers Winery in Geneva will host a Women and Wine day on Saturday, May 12 from 12 to 6 p.m. The winery will be hosting live demonstrations throughout the day (admission free with ticket purchase). There will also be vendors sampling and selling their products, live music, food and wine tasting at the three wineries and beer tasting at the microbrewery. Tickets are $15, available here.
Mother's Day Tea
Enjoy a special event with family with Mother's Tea on Mother's Day at Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion. Tea will be served at the mansion by maids and butlers in Victorian costume. This event features an elegant setting with a multi-course menu, including sandwiches, scones, sorbet and sweets.There are two seatings at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. Price is $24 for adult, $14 ages 4-12. Prepaid reservations are required. Call (585) 394-4922 to make your prepaid reservation or purchase tickets here.
Teen Mother’s Day Craft
Red Jacket Community Library, 7 Lehigh Ave., Shortsville, 1 p.m., those in grades 6-12 can make a handmade gift for their moms, free, (585) 229-3559.
Sunday, May 13
Rochester Auditorium Theater, 885 E. Main St., Rochester, 2:30 p.m., Walt Strony will perform on the mighty RTOS-Grierson Wurlitzer 423 theater pipe organ, presented by Rochester Theater Organ Society, $15 (free ages 12/younger), (585) 234-2295, http://www.rtosonline.org
Mother's Day at Casa Larga Vineyards
Casa Larga is offering Moms complimentary tastings and complimentary tours, which leave at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 13. Pick up a gift for Mom – a bottle of Casa Larga wine with a Mother’s Day label and a commemorative wine glass for $25. No reservation necessary. Call 223-4210 x 2 for more information.
Mother’s Day at Genesee Country Village & Museum
1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., treat Mom to a day in the 19th century with a variety of activities, including a special “tea” in Hosmer’s In, Moms get in for free, for others: $15.50 ($12.50 seniors 62/older, students with ID, $9.50 ages 4-16, free 3/younger), www.gcv.org, (585) 538-6822.