The Weekend Playbook: Train Shows and Hockey

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With the end of the semester in sight, you’re probably bogged down with tons of last-minute assignments to complete. With classes coming to a close for the semester this Friday, hopefully you’ll have some time before finals to unwind and celebrate the end. This weekend, there’s a hockey game and a model train show for you to enjoy.

On Friday night, the Tigers will be taking on Niagara University’s Purple Eagles in another exciting game at the Polisseni Center. With the all-time series record between the Tigers and the Purple Eagles being 14-5-11 in Niagara’s favor, RIT will have to give it their all to pull out the W. The theme of this week’s game is “Star Wars Night,” so the rink is likely to be packed with all kinds of uniquely dressed fans. Why not join in on the fun? If you’re unable to make it to the game in person, don’t worry; it’ll be broadcast on both Time Warner and WITR. To purchase tickets, check out the box office’s website. For more information on the Tigers’ second season at the Polisseni Center, head on over to RIT Hockey’s homepage.

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Friday and Saturday, RIT’s Model Railroad Club will be showcasing its collection to the public for their annual Tiger Tracks train show. Beautifully modeled trains and scenery will be on display in the Gordon Field House. If you’re into model trains, you’ll want to check this out, as it’s Rochester’s largest train show. Plus, admission is free for students and there will be door prizes and refreshments. With tons of new and used train vendors, free refreshments and beautiful displays to look at, what’s not to love? While student admission to the event is free, anyone outside of RIT can pay just $5 to get in. For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page. Also don’t forget to like the group’s main page for more information on future shows.

The Weekend Playbook: Rocky Horror and the Walk to Cure Pancreatic Cancer

 

With last weekend’s hockey double header in the books, the RIT Men’s Hockey team won’t be playing at home for another two weeks. The women’s hockey team has two more home games on deck this weekend and there are plenty of other interesting activities and events going on throughout the weekend. There will be a walk to help raise money for pancreatic cancer research, as well as Rocky Horror, a personal favorite of mine.

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Rocky Horror is a performance put on by the College of Liberal Arts Theatre Program, where members of the program act out Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show while the movie is played on screen. This unique narrative is complimented by audience participation, where everyone is encouraged to “heckle” throughout the movie, and interact with a variety of silly props. While Mystery Science Theater 3000 may have popularized heckling, Rocky Horror was the cult classic that started it all. The performance is an amazing throwback to the days of B-movie horror and is sure to keep you on your feet (literally) and involved every minute. The show runs Thursday through Sunday at different times in Panera Theatre, and costs just $5 for students (and $10 for general admission). For exact show times and more information about the performance, check out NTID’s website.

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Also this weekend is the Walk to Cure Pancreatic Cancer. This annual event is held in the Gordon Field House, and offers great food and family fun for all ages. Fun activities like a bounce house and a performance by U of R’s Yellowjackets a capella group are planned throughout the event and proceeds from the event go toward research as well as patient care for people with pancreatic cancer. The Pancreatic Cancer Association of Western New York is also using proceeds to support developing a Pancreatic Cancer Center of Excellence in Rochester. Registration for the event starts at 12 p.m. Saturday, and the event lasts from 1:30-4:30 p.m. For registration fees and more information, visit the Pancreatic Cancer Association’s website.

The Weekend Playbook: Hockey and Acting

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The RIT Players performing in Clue!

Fall semester is quickly coming to a close as finals week approaches. If you’re like me, you’re probably  starting to stress out just a little bit. Why don’t you take some time this weekend to do something fun and get your mind off the looming end-of-semester deadlines? This weekend, there are hockey games Friday and Saturday, as well as a theatrical performanceby the RIT Players!

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This weekend, the Tigers will be taking on Bentley University in a double header that’s sure to excite fans. After kicking off the season to a fairly rough start, RIT has come back and is now on a four game unbeaten streak. With this weekend’s double header, the Men’s Tigers are hoping to increase that unbeaten streak to six games. Judging by the Tigers’ past series versus Bentley (17-9-2), there’s a good chance that they’ll pull it off. The first  game starts at 7 p.m. Friday and the second game will be held Saturday at the same time. Both games will be broadcast on Time Warner, as well as WITR 89.7 and witr.rit.edu. For more information on this season’s hockey schedule, visit rithockey.com. The last hockey game at the Polisseni Center sold out, so let’s see if we can do it again this weekend! The Women’s Hockey team will be playing at home against Colgate Friday from 2-4 p.m., and tickets for that game are free to students.

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If you’re looking for something to do this weekend other than hockey, the RIT Players will perform their main stage show, The Laramie Project. The Laramie Project follows a theater group that travels to a town in Wyoming where a gay student, Matthew Shepard, was murdered because of his sexual identity. This documentary-style play beautifully captures the reactions of town members who were affected by Matthew’s death. The play will be performed Friday and Saturday from 8-10 p.m. in the 3D Projection Lab (in the basement of Booth). Tickets are free, so come support the RIT Players’ biggest show of the semester. For more information on this performance, check out their event page.

 

The Weekend Playbook: Halloween Edition

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If you’re looking for something Halloween-related to do this weekend, RIT has plenty of festivities going on. If you’re into spooky movies, music and/or games, you’re in for a good time. What’s more is that the two events we’re eyeing the most don’t overlap, so you can catch both of them if you’d like.

 

From 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday, the RIT Orchestra will host their Halloween Family Concert, performing scores from Mozart and Tchaikovsky. The RIT Orchestra is comprised of 50+ students, faculty and staff, as well as musicians from outside of RIT. Orchestra members come from multiple academic and social backgrounds, and give a truly unique performance at every show. The RIT Orchestra was even recently asked to play for the NYS Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker, so be sure to check out this weekend’s performance, as well as their other shows. For a full list of their future performances, check out their website. This weekend’s performance is free of charge.

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If you’re into Halloween parties, the Global Union’s Halloween Blowout party is for you. This year’s event has free food from Moe’s, music, games and performances, as well as mask and pumpkin painting. Plus, if you come in a costume, you can enter their costume party and compete for a cash prize. Best of all, there is no cover charge for any of the event’s festivities. With support from almost every major organization on RIT’s campus, this party is sure to be a blast! For more information about the party, check out the Global Union’s event page. The event runs from 7-10 p.m. Saturday.

 

The Weekend Playbook

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With another Brick City Homecoming in the books, RIT’s events schedule is going to look a little shorter this weekend. Luckily, there are still plenty of activities to take part in this weekend, including a student design conference and a special  hockey night challenge from Dr. Destler himself.

Thought at Work is an annual student-run conference that showcases and encourages students from CIAS and industry professionals working together on amazing projects. The conference runs for 3 days from October 23rd through the 25th, with this year’s keynote speaker being Seb Lester, an acclaimed illustrator and “master calligrapher.” During the conference, there’ll be tons of presentations and interactive workshops from a wide variety of artists and designers, as well as food and swag! This year’s conference is bigger than ever, continuing the tradition of being one of the largest student-run design conferences in the world. Tickets for the event are $30, and can be purchased by registering on the official website. A schedule for the entire weekend is also available online.

With the Tigers’ stalemate game against Bowling Green University last weekend in the books, hockey returns to the Gene Polisseni Center on Saturday. Being the season home opener, Dr. Destler has a special treat planned, but only if you help sell out the Polisseni Center. Dr. Destler has promised that if every seat in the rink is filled, he will dye his hair orange during intermission. With the Tigers’ less than perfect 1-8 all-time record against Colgate, they’ll need your support, so  head to the Polisseni Center and enjoy a great game. For more information  on the Tigers’ hockey schedule, check out their website. If you can’t make it to the game, it will be broadcast over the air on witr.rit.edu.

The Weekend Playbook: Out-of-Towner Edition

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One of RIT’s busiest weekends is coming up, and you’ve probably already created an itinerary for what Brick City Homecoming events you’ll be attending. While you’ve likely put a lot of thought into what to do on campus, have you thought about off-campus activities to partake in when your family inevitably asks you to show them around Rochester? As usual we’ve got you covered, with food and entertainment suggestions that’ll enhance your homecoming weekend.

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The first thing your family will probably ask you when they arrive in Rochester (after expressing how much they’ve missed you) is for a place to eat. While RIT offers tons great of options on-campus, they may want to try something closer to their hotel. If you’d like to take your family to somewhere quick and tasty, try Henrietta Hots. Henrietta Hots is likely a staple of any RIT student’s diet, offering seemingly endless variations of Rochester’s famous garbage plate. As a repeat customer myself, I’d highly recommend getting a pulled pork plate with mac salad, home fries and bacon added in. If your family isn’t so excited to try a garbage plate, or perhaps they would prefer a vegetarian option, Hots has something for them, too. Hots sells sandwiches and meatless garbage plates alongside their usual meat-loaded plates. If Hots becomes too crowded (which is likely due to its close proximity to RIT), I’d recommend a drive downtown to Dogtown or the original Nick Tahou’s. Some garbage plate alternatives include Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (one of the few Bar-B-Que joints up north that’ll impress even a southerner), Peppermints (known for their great and cheap diner food) and Victoire (if you’re looking for something more upscale).

Outside of food, Rochester is also home to tons of entertainment destinations. In my opinion, the best place to take your family for fun is the Strong Museum of Play. The Museum of Play is host to a plethora of natural and man-made exhibits, including large fish tanks, an interactive butterfly garden and even a retro game arcade. With such a wide range of exhibits, the Museum of Play will certainly fulfill the interests of family members of all ages. Another great destination for families to check out in the city is the Memorial Art Gallery. The MAG displays art from different artists and cultures, with a variety of art from both famous and lesser-known artists. It was recently renovated, so it’s a great place to go to if you haven’t been there in a while. Outside of art galleries and museums, Rochester and Henrietta are home to basically every type of store you can think of. While the Marketplace Mall is nice, it may be worth the extra distance to go to Pittsford Plaza. Pittsford Plaza has clothes stores, the flagship Wegmans store, various specialty shops and even a movie theater.

Even though Brick City Weekend is supposed to be quite rainy, there are still plenty of places to go and things to do in the Rochester area. Knowing the best spots to go to will make your Homecoming weekend much better.

The Weekend Playbook: Hip-Hop and Soccer

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As Week 8 is wraps up, you may be looking for something to do this weekend. Luckily, there are plenty of choices for everyone. While last weekend was heavy on hockey games, this weekend has some more variety, including a hip-hop performance by RIT alum and YouTube star Sean Forbes and a women’s soccer game.

Sean Forbes rose to YouTube fame since graduating from CAST in 2008. His first hit video, “I’m Deaf,” has been viewed over 700,000 times on YouTube, leading him to be featured on several television shows and articles. Forbes’ performance this Friday will hopefully be another great show among his hundreds of performances to deaf and hearing audiences across the country. To give you a sense of how talented Forbes is, check out his YouTube channel. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Panara Theatre. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the NTID Box Office. For more information, check out ntid.rit.edu/theatre/

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If that isn’t quite your speed support your #18 ranked Lady Tigers soccer team as they take on the Ithaca College Bombers. The women’s team has been on quite the roll this season getting off to an 8-1-1 start with their only loss coming two weeks ago against our hometown rivals U of R. The Bombers are also off to an impressive start at 6-3-1 and are sure to put our Tigers to the test. The game takes place this Sunday at noon in Tiger Stadium.