Psychologists say that January is the most dismal month of the year; everyone has just spent the last two months celebrating the holiday season, and then they abruptly come to the realization that they have to survive the next ten before the celebratory hype starts all over again.

But while most people are ringing in the new year frantically running around and finding all their school books or wondering whether or not Rochester is actually going to have a winter, here is something you can enjoy: the top five things to keep your eyes peeled for this semester.
Video Games: 2012 is primed to be an extraordinary year for video games. Anticipated new technologies, as well as new story lines, will come into play. MassEffect 3 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 is scheduled for release on Tuesday, March 6, Diablo III for PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PS3 will be released on Saturday, March 31, and Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox 360 and PS3 is anticipating a summer 2012 launch.

Kim Waale: The newest Hartnett Gallery exhibition at UR that opens on Thursday, Jan. 26 highlights the three dimensional work of this unique and forward-thinking artist. Her installation is site-specific and involves the elaborate and meticulous knitting and webbing of gossamer threads across space.

The Lilac Festival: After finals have ended, but before you leave school for the summer, this is an event you definitely want to check out. Many people are blinded by what seems like a never-ending winter here in western New York, but Rochester is also known as The Flower City. Every May in Highland Park, students, families and tourists from all over the area stop by to see more than one thousand blooming lilac bushes at this breathtaking art, music and flower festival. If you’re still in the area in early May, do not miss this beautiful sight!

Bo Burnham: The 21-year-old online sensation whose videos have received more than 70 million views will be making an appearance during Winterfest Weekend on Saturday, Feb. 4. He was named one of the “12 Rising Stars of Comedy” by Entertainment Weekly and is a YouTube sensation must-see!

The Return of ‘‘Mad Men’’: After a year-and-a-half-long break, the AMC drama ‘‘Mad Men’’ will return to televisions everywhere this March. One of the most anticipated returning series, ‘‘Mad Men’’ will continue to follow the suave advertising executive Don Draper and his colleagues as they portray the 1960s American lifestyle.



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