City's winter choices 

City's winter choice: dancing

There are plenty of ways to raise your body temperature this winter and have some fun doing it (i.e. you don't have to use words like "cardio," "reps," or "ow") That's right, you should be dancing.

Many local groups and venues offer dance nights in their genre of choice, often at low cost and with some sort of basic instruction.

Sundays: Argentine Tango atDancEncounters, HungerfordBuilding, 1115 East Main Street, 7-10 p.m. $7. 325-2101

Mondays: Argentine Tangoat Tango Café, 700 South Clinton Avenue, 8:30 p.m. (lesson at 8 p.m.) $5. 475-0249

International Folkat the Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, 7:45-9:45 p.m. $5. 624-1964

Tuesdays: Ballroom Series at EdgertonCommunity Center, 41 Backus Street, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $2. 428-6769

Wednesdays: Irish Country WorkshopsMcGinnity's, 534 West Ridge Road, Greece, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $2. 342-2756,

Swing and Ballroom atDance Biz, 1742 Long Pond Road, Gates, 8 to 10:30 p.m. $7. 254-0300

Swing DancEncounters, 1115 East Main Street, 2nd Floor, 5:30 (classes), 8:30-10:30 p.m. (dance). $6. 748-9574

Argentine Tango, NeoTango Nasty D's, 140 Alexander Street, 8 p.m. (lesson at 7 p.m.) $4. 256-1000,

Thursdays: African Dance, with live jembe drums, at Bush Mango Drum and Dance, 34 Elton Street, 7 p.m. 235-3960,

Contra at Covenant United, 1124 Culver Road, 8-11 p.m. $6. 244-2815,

Swingat St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2000 Highland Avenue, 8-11 p.m., lesson 7:15 p.m. $10. 244-2815,

Salsa at Tapas 177 Lounge, 177 St Paul Street, 9:30 p.m. Free. 21+ 262-2090,

City's winter choice: cinema


Because it's not necessarily the big season for blockbuster openings, winter can be a great time to catch up with old favorites.

The George Eastman House's Dryden Theatre (900 East Avenue,, 271-3361) has a number of film programs this winter to keep you occupied. "Intimate Stories" is a program screening in January and February of eight films from Argentina's New Wave --- the world's most recent cinematic talent surge. There is also a collection of "The Films of Louis Malle, Part 1," including A Very Private Affair, Murmur of the Heart, Elevator to the Gallows, and The Lovers. (Part 2 is in March and April.) On January 28, Tom Schiller, one of Saturday Night Live's original staff writers, will be in town to present a collection of the short films he made for the show's segment called "Schiller's Reel." And on Tuesdays in February, the Dryden will screen four of Michael Caine's earlier movies, made between 1966 and 1970, in a celebration of mod cool.

And if you like your movies cheap and in quantity, check in with the Cinema Theater (957 South Clinton Avenue, 271-1785). There are double features of second-run movies at ridiculously low prices ($3) in a lovely old theater --- a theater, by the way, badly in need of business. You'll miss it when it's gone.

WendaGu's "100,000 Kilometers, 2004-5," an installation of hair bricks and panels, is on display at Albright-Knox.

City's winter choice: out of town museums


Sometimes cabin fever is so strong, it pushes you right out of town. And sometimes that coincides with some really good reasons for museum lovers to go. Here is a handful of destinations:

Buffalo: There's still time to see The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art at Albright-Knox Gallery (, 716-882-8700); it's on display through January 29. And A-K also has the Gusto at the Gallery program, free admission for activities on Friday evenings. And you can be there for HallwallsContemporaryArtCenter's (, 716-854-1694) January 14 grand reopening after extensive rehabbing of the facility. Or, you can check in later for any of the wealth of programming on tap: film retrospectives, visual art exhibits (see SuzyLake's photos), and performing arts events.

Corning: Right now at the Corning Museum of Glass (, 800-732-6845) the big exhibit is on the glass of the '60s, but there are tons of side exhibits, family activities, and glassmaking demonstrations to keep everyone engaged, whether they think they're a fan of glass art or not. Plus, CMOG has the Free to Rediscover program; if you pay admission once you can go back free as often as you want the whole year. Corning also has the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, where right now they are showing a collection of Inuit Art. (, 607-937-5386)

Ithaca: Sciencenter (, 607-272-0600) has a new exhibit, Mars and Stars, opening on January 15; Radio Days family workshops are on January 21 and March 4; and there's free admission on Sundays, February 5 and March 5.

Syracuse: Aftermarket: Art, Objects and Commerce is an exhibit on display now through February 19 at the Everson Museum of Art (, 315-474-6064). It includes several projects:, excerpts from an online performance piece; the giant installation Surplus; and Walm-Art.Com, a shop where Wal-Mart items are sold at museum store prices.

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  • Play

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  • Hear

    Yup, it's DVD, CD, and fireplace weather for the next few months. But if you live alone, you might get a little lonely.

  • Frozen in pictures

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  • Listen

    Hear that? Because so many local organizations and institutions go all out planning them for this slow time of year, winter is a great time to attend lectures.

  • Celebrate

    The heartiest and most enterprising souls among us realize winter can be not only a time of fun, but a time of tourism! Why not get the people out of their huts and into the open, they reason, if only for a brief while?

  • Applaud

    Here's an outline to plan your ticket-foraging with. Scatter a few of these evenings through the season like little culture outposts and absorb some of the talent --- both local and bussed in --- at hand this season.

  • Look

    After some brief holiday downtime, local galleries and museums are back in full force. So you have an array of culture to choose from, if you're into that kind of thing.


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