Over 85,000 sunflower seeds were planted at Wickham Farms this spring, and they are now in full bloom. Sunflower Spectacular contributes to sustainable farming practices and helps Wickham Farms keep its soil healthy. As part of the Spread the Sunshine initiative, the farm will donate sunflowers to Golisano’s Children’s Hospital. Visitors are welcome to come and pick from 15 different types of sunflowers from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday Aug. 26 and 27 and Saturday and Sunday Sept. 2 and 3. wickhamfarms.com
1. A Night with Frank, Ella & Beyond comes to the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre on Sunday, Aug. 27. Percussionist Dave Mancini returns to the DCT with vocalist Erin Boheme. Produced by Michael Buble, Boheme has performed at major venues, including this year’s Presidential Inauguration Ball. downstairscabaret.org
2. Arleen Thaler explores the downsides of plastic in Flower City Arts Center’s “Plastics: Our Weakness” exhibit. With poignant photographs of plastic in different forms, Thaler recognizes how plastic pervades society. The exhibit is on display through Sept. 2. rochesterarts.org
3. The Food Truck Rodeo returns to the Public Market on Aug. 30 with music from local band Significant Other. With a hoard of food trucks from local vendors, foodies won’t want to miss this event. cityofrochester.gov
4. The Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s new exhibit, “Under Pressure: Redefining the Multiple,” debuts on Sept. 1 and will be on display until Sept. 24. The exhibit will feature works from local artist Nick Ruth, as well as other artists throughout the country. rochestercontemporary.org
5. Vicki Schmitt guides visitors through “The Push for Equality in 19th Century America” in Mount Hope Cemetery on Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. The tour will feature stories of people who were dedicated to women’s rights and ending slavery. fomh.org
Historic local tavern resurrected
The oldest house in Monroe County will be open to the public one evening next week.
The Stone-Tolan House will be open for the Tavern Takeover, hosted by the Landmark Society of Western New York’s Young Preservationists and Emerging Rochester Architects.
According to Caitlin Meives, Landmark Society preservation planner, the historic house was built in the late 18th and early 19th centuries as a farmstead. Located in Brighton, Orringh Stone and Elizabeth Stone made it their home and their workplace. It also served as a tavern and a shelter for travelers.
Visitors will be able to see the tavern room, the kitchen, the parlor-bedroom, the kitchen gardens, the privy and more.
Tavern Takeover will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 30. landmarksociety.org
Role reversals in Twelfth Night
Blackfriars Theatre will have women under the spotlight in an all-female version of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”
In the play, Viola is shipwrecked on an unfamiliar shore and worries that her twin brother is dead. To figure out what has happened to him, she poses as a man to get a job with Duke Orsino and ends up tangled in a silly love triangle. Viola weaves through tricky situations involving magic and chaos in this classic Shakespearean rom-com.
Blackfriar’s upcoming season will highlight female artists, and, since Shakespeare’s era featured all-male casts, “it seems only right to see the women play all the roles now,” said Alexa Scott-Flaherty, director of this production of “Twelfth Night.”
The show runs from Sept. 1 to 24 at Blackfriars Theatre. blackfriars.org
ARTS & CULTURE
The George Eastman Museum is featuring Eugene Richards’ photography in “The Run-On of Time” exhibit.
Richards’ reflective exhibition centers on struggles in American society and the suffering of the poor. The exhibit explores birth, family, mortality, economic inequity and the impact of war on humans.
Richards is a photographer, filmmaker and writer. He joined Volunteers in Service to America in 1968 to fight in the war on poverty, and he often explores this theme in his photography. In addition to his photographs, Richards directed the short film “Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue,” the first in a series of seven films.
As for Richards’ literary side, he has published 17 books. He documents urban and rural poverty in his book “Below the Line: Living Poor in America.” Richards received special recognition for the book, including an Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography.
The Eastman website refers to Richards’ photography as “unflinching yet poetic, his photographs deeply rooted in the texture of lived experience.” Poverty in America is frequently overlooked, but Richards is able to bring attention to a sensitive topic with his poignant photographs.
Don’t miss a prolific look at human life, on display through Oct. 22. eastman.org
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