Katherine Marino brings "A Show with Cookies" to Farmington

Muffin Theatre's "A Show with Cookies" — Katherine Marino's enchanting one-woman show that we introduced you to in this space last fall prior to her Rochester Fringe Festival performance — will come to Farmington next month, with a performance at the Cobbletone Theatre.

Marino tells a story while spinning trays, juggling hats, climbing mountains, falling in love and, of course, baking cookies, all without saying a word, in her playful show that incorporates elements of mime, dance and comedy. She makes the simple act of making cookies into something epic.

"I liked the idea of taking that everyday activity that everyone can relate to, and giving it to this character who's quirky and fun," Marino told Messenger Post Media last year. The show arose out of a sold-out variety show in the 2018 Fringe Festival, in which she created the character of a whimsical, poofy-skirted mime hostess, a character she brought back for the 2019 Fringe.

The Rochester narive graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva in 2012 with a dual degree in dance and environmental science, followed by a year-long Fullbright Scholarship to Mendoza, Argentina, and three years with Rochester's PUSH Physical Theatre before striking out as an independent artist. She has taught and performed her original material across the country, as well as in Canada and China.

And while the cookies in the act may be mimed, that doesn't mean there's none to be had: The audience will get to enjoy fresh-baked treats, a staple of the aptly named Muffin Theatre.

"A Show with Cookies" will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Cobblestone Theatre, located in the Cobblestone Arts Center, 1622 Route 332, Farmington.

Gateways to become an annual event

A biennial series featuring world-class classical musicians of African descent has proven successful enough that it's now becoming an annual event.

Gateways Music Festival, in collaboration with Eastman School of Music, announced the 27-year-old festival will become an annual event beginning in the fall of 2020.

“Becoming an annual event has been a long-held dream of Gateways and it was also something we heard a lot of demand for in audience surveys,” Lee Koonce, Gateways' president and artistic director, stated in a release provided by Eastman School of Music. He added that staging the festival yearly is part of the organization’s 2016-2021 strategic plan.

Scheduled for Oct. 13-17, the festival "will offer a slightly scaled-back version of its event-packed programming while maintaining the festival's high level of musicianship and impact," Koonce stated. "The focus will be on chamber music, which has always been an important part of the festival's programming."

The festival is moving to the fall after several years in the summertime — which will offer opportunities to connect with students while schools and colleges are in session, according to James Norman, chairman of the Gateways Board of Directors. Koonce said it also gives more opportunity to take the festival on the road afterward.

The 2019 festival was the largest in Gateways' history, according to the release, with over 30 community performances, 125 musicians and 17 public programs.

For more information, visit www.gatewaysmusicfestival.com.

Get your tickets now

It's time to start booking your tickets for some high-profile shows coming to the area, as some of these shows may sell out pretty quickly:

• Stars of the cult-classic 2004 indie film "Napoleon Dynamite" — Efren Ramirez (Pedro), Jon Gries (Uncle Rico) and, of course, Napoleon himself, Jon Heder — will be on hand at del Lago Resort & Casino (1133 Route 414, Tyre) for a screening of the movie at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 16, followed by a free-wheeling discussion moderated discussion. Tickets state at $25 and are available in person at the del Lago box office, by calling 315-946-1695 or going to dellagoresort.com/entertainment.

• Comedian Jay Leno will appear at del Lago for two nights, Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, both at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $55; see above for ticket information.

• Classic rock band Grand Funk Railroad ("We're an American Band," "I'm Your Captain/Closer to Home") will perform at The Vine in del Lago at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7. Tickets go on sale this Friday starting at noon.

• Two-time Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge will appear in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St., Geneva. Tickets range from $45 to $75; go to thesmith.org.

• Co-founder of both The Byrds and Crosby, Stills and Nash, David Crosby will appear in concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, at Smith Opera House with his band The Sky Trails Band. Tickets range from $45 to $75; go to thesmith.org.

• The Blue Man Group will perform at 8 p.m. March 3-5 at Rochester Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St., Rochester. Tickets range from $40 to $78 and are available at rbtl.org.

• Comedian and provocateur Bill Maher will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 31 at the Rochester Auditorium Theatre. Tickets range from $39 to $129 are are available at rbtl.org.

• Three Dog Night ("Joy to the World," "Old-Fashioned Love Song") will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Kodak Center, 200 W. Ridge Road, Rochester. Tickets start at $42 and are available through Ticketmaster.