Seven things to do in the Rome region this week
1. Mentalist Robert Channing performs 7 p.m. Thursday at MVCC Rome. Admission $10, $5 staff. “Mysteries of the Mind: ESP, Mind-Reading, and Mental Telepathy,” Channing has been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox. Hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. Call 315-731-5721, visit www.mvcc.edu/culture or robertchanning.com.
2. Cinema Capitol screens “The Trip to Spain” Friday and Saturday, 3:45, 7:15 p.m. Sunday 12:45, 3:45. Tickets are $7 and $5 for members, students. On the road for the third time with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in ‘The Trip To Spain’, the follow up to their success with ‘The Trip’ and ‘The Trip To Italy’. Steve and Rob embark on a six-part episodic road trip through Spain. Sampling the restaurants, eateries and sights along the way. Call 315-337-6453, visit www.romecapitol.com.
3. Henry Rollins’ Occupants Slideshow, 7 p.m. Friday at MVCC Utica. Admission $15, $10 staff. The book “Occupants” pairs actor Henry Rollins’ photographs —taken in Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Northern Ireland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and elsewhere — with writings that lift them to the level of political commentary. “Occupants,” and this 60-minute visual presentation, discussions, and performance, will help us realize what is so easy to miss when tragedy and terror become numbing, constant forces — the quieter, stronger forces of healing, solidarity, faith, and even joy. Visit www.mvcc.edu/culture
4. Wildlife Festival at the Utica Zoo Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. New York Power Authority’s annual Wildlife Festival at the Utica Zoo features free admission and parking, face painting, magic by Jim Okey, chainsaw sculpting by Mark Tyoe, animal shows, vendors and more. Call 315-738-0472, visit www.uticazoo.org.
5. Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica. Tickets $36.50, $31.50 members. Music of the Night: The Miraculous and the Macabre. Nocturnes of Chopin, the Scherzo from Mendelssohns’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Saint Saens Dance Macabre, as well as compositions of Debussy, and others. Call 315-797-0055, visit www.mwpai.org.
6. Nook & Crannie perform Saturday 7:30 p.m. at Park Coffee House, Holland Patent. Admission $12, $5 for students, ages 12 and under enter free. Nook and Crannie cover artists such as John Prine, Allison Krause, and Joni Mitchell. Homemade desserts and beverages are available for a donation. Call 315-865-4504.
7. A stage version of George Orwell’s “1984” Sunday, Sept. 10, at 3 p.m. at the View arts center, Old Forge. Tickets $22, $18 members. The show is produced by Pendragon Theatre, an ensemble of performers from the Adirondacks. In the show, Winston Smith wrestles with oppression in Oceania, a place where the ruling party scrutinizes actions with ever-watchful Big Brother. Call 315-369-6411, visit www.ViewArts.org.