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Upcoming Events at The Smith Opera House

January 6 – The Dark Knight – 7 pm. Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St., Geneva. $5 adults; $3 students and seniors. Dark, complex and unforgettable. The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga. The follow-up to the action hit Batman Begins reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who once again embodies the man behind the mask. The Dark Knight takes Batman across the world in his quest to fight a growing criminal threat. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman has been making headway against local crime…until a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker (Heath Ledger) unleashes a fresh reign of chaos across Gotham City. To stop this devious new menace – Batman’s most personal and vicious enemy yet – he will have to use every high-tech weapon in his arsenal and confront everything he believes. 153 minutes. Rated PG-13. www.thesmith.org. January 9 – Geneva Tango Social Dance – 7-9:30 pm. Smith Opera House Dance Studio, 2nd Floor, 82 Seneca St., Geneva. $5. Open floor to practice Argentine Tango. www.genevatango.com. January 9-13 – Twilight – Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday 7 pm; Sunday 2 pm. Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St., Geneva. $5 adults, $3 students/seniors. Based on the best-selling book series by Stephenie Meyer, Twilight is an action-packed, modern-day love story between a teenage girl and a vampire. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) has always been a little bit different, never caring about fitting in with the trendy girls at her Phoenix high school. When her mother re-marries and sends Bella to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she doesn’t expect much of anything to change. Then she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a boy unlike any she’s ever met. Edward is a vampire, but he doesn’t have fangs and his family is unique in that they choose not to drink human blood. Intelligent and witty, Edward sees straight into Bella’s soul. Soon, they are swept up in a passionate, thrilling and unorthodox romance. To Edward, Bella is what he has waited 90 years for – a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. But what will Edward & Bella do when a clan of new vampires – James (Cam Gigandet), Laurent (Edi Gathegi) and Victoria (Rachelle Lefevre) – come to town and threaten to disrupt their way of life? 120 minutes. Rated PG-13. www.thesmith.org. The Smith Opera House Gallery and Gift Shop: Located at street level on the Smith’s east end, the shop boasts original art work from nearly 100 area and regional artists. From puppets to paintings, soaps to scarves, baskets to bracelets, there is something for everyone. Also available are a variety of Smith-imprinted items such as mugs, wine glasses, books, ornaments, as well as posters from films that have played here; Wed – Fri 11-4 pm and Saturday 10-2 pm and during most live events.; 82 Seneca St., Geneva. Visual ArtJanuary 9-11 – 4th Annual Art from the Heart Exhibit and Auction – Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Houghton House, Geneva. Free. Lakeview Mental Health Services, Inc. is holding the 4th Annual Art from the Heart Exhibit and Auction. Opening night reception held January 9th, closing on January 11th. This event is a fundraiser and opportunity to show the community the talents and creativity of those who suffer from mental illness. The event is free to the public, with some of the art for sale. There will be live music and hor d’oeuvres along with the silent auction. For more information please call 789-5501. Special EventsJanuary 15-16 – 3rd Annual NY Rural Tourism Conference (REGISTRATION DEADLINE JANUARY 7) – Holiday Inn, Batavia. $175 registration. The New York State Travel & Vacation Association will be sponsoring Harvesting Tourism Dollars from Creative Seeds, the 3rd Annual NY Rural Tourism Conference on January 15-16 in Batavia. Conference includes seminars on Civic Tourism; Using Heritage to Develop Sustainable Tourism; Guerilla Marketing in Tough Times: an MBA’s Curriculum in Seven Essential Sentences; Cultivating Festivals to Reap Rewards; How to Create a Collaboration Connection Plan: Improving the Link Between Customers, Stakeholders, Vendors, Staff and the Community you Serve; Energy Conservation for Businesses in the Hospitality Industry. For more information: www.nyruraltourism.org, rural@nystva.org or 888-698-2970. HistoryHorse Drawn Sleigh Rides – Sunday afternoons 1-3 pm. Granger Homestead, 295 N. Main St., Canandaigua. Adults $5, Children (ages 4-12) $3, Children under age 4 free. Experience the fun of yesteryear as you dash across the snow covered grounds and woods of the historic 1816 mansion and home of four generations of Granger family. Our horses will amuse and amaze you, as they pull the Homestead’s fully restored antique sleighs. Sleigh bells ring, as you listen to the laughter, all bundled up in a warm lap blanket. We offer hot chocolate following your adventure. This popular past time activity will be offered every Sunday afternoon 1 pm to 3 pm, weather permitting. The sleigh ride season usually begins about mid-January and continues until mid-March providing Mother Nature gives us adequate snow cover and frozen ground. If we continue to experience below average temps and snow cover, expect an earlier start date. Due to the unpredictability of our weather, it is advised to call the Homestead 585-394-1472 on the weekends to listen to a recorded message about conditions and availability. No reservations required. Additional information and photos available at www.grangerhomestead.org.

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