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Eight photos, one theme

An array of works from 74 artists will be on display at the Image City Photography Gallery.
The opening ceremony of “Portfolio Showcase 2017” will be on Aug. 11 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Each photographer submitted eight photos to the show that revolve around a specific topic or theme. Presented at the exhibit will be portfolios from Don Agnello, Edgar Ballestas, Susan Larkin and others.

BEST BETS

1. The New York State Wine Festival comes to the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua on Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come taste an assortment of local wines and see what the Empire State has to offer. nyswinefestival.com

2. For those looking to try local brews and learn about local landmarks, come out to Bikes, Beers & Buildings. Hosted by Young Urban Preservationists, participants will have a chance to partake in a bike scavenger hunt to discover Rochester’s hidden gems and enjoy drinks at Joe Bean. landmarksociety.org

3. Mount Hope Cemetery is bringing the history of the Revolutionary War to visitors on Aug. 12. Guided by Dennis Carr and Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution, veterans in the cemetery are brought to life to tell the harsh story of how America got its independence. fomh.org

4. Daredevils will be making their way to Frontier Field on Aug. 18. Nitro Circus is an action sports show featuring Jeremy Rawle, Gregg Godfrey, Travis Pastrana and others. From BMX biking to using contraptions, nothing is off limits for these thrill-seekers. eventbrite.com

5. The Heritage Square Museum in Ontario, Wayne County, will host its fifth annual Pioneer Family Life Day and Ice Cream Social on Aug. 13. Visitors can participate in a variety of period-appropriate activities that consumed the lives of people long before the advent of television and cellphones. heritagesquaremuseum.org

Kid Fun

This Saturday marks the ninth annual Pillage ‘n the Village Bed Race Regatta during the Palmyra Pirate Weekend.

This year’s race is a little different than prior years. Instead of each team making their own bed, Race Commodore Captain Mojito has overseen the creation of a six-racing-bed fleet for this year’s teams.

The race will be on after the Grand Parade on Palmyra’s Main Street. Racers will compete for the championship title, a cash prize of at least $100 and other treasures.

“It were a good year for plunderin’” says Mojito. “And though my bounty may not be as boundless as the sea, me booty ain’t too bad!”

Participants must be 16 years old, and each bed will have four wheels, four pushers working as the motor and a navigator to direct the bed through the race.

The race kicks off after the 11 a.m. parade. eriecanalpirates.com

Stokoe Farms Summer Fun Days brings exciting activities for families on Aug. 11 and 12.

Visitors will have a chance to take a ride on the bee zip line, jump on bounce pillows, walk along a nature trail and greet farm animals, including the newest Stokoe family member, Essa, a baby camel.

Families can enjoy a picnic by bringing lunch from home or purchasing a meal at the farm. Activities are open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. stokoefarms.com

DCT gears up for mind-blowing show 

Mentalist Marc Salem returns to Rochester for another mind-boggling performance at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre.

Studiously observing the human mind for the past 30 years, Salem has grown into an expert in how the mind creates meaning and reality. Salem has taken a particular interest in nonverbal communication and is now considered one of the leading experts in the field. He is also a research professor with degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and New York University.

The mind reader has performed on Broadway in two extended runs and has traveled around the world showing off his talent. Beyond the theater, Salem has been a guest on “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Maury” and CNN.

With various psychological techniques, a sharp eye and attention to detail, Salem is able to play mind games with audience members. Don’t expect any hypnotizing or future predictions from Salem; his goal is to look deep into the mind and get his audience to see themselves and the way they think in a new light.

Salem’s talent is not to be underestimated. He has the ability to do things from reading minds to inferring the serial number on a bill in an audience member’s wallet. In addition to his brainy gift, the mentalist brings his sense of humor to each and every performance.

Marc Salem’s Mind over Rochester, on stage Aug. 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. downstairscabaret.com

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