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Grounding Grapes

The 22nd annual Purple Foot Festival stops by Casa Large Vineyards this weekend. Guests both young and old can stomp grapes in the centuries-old tradition of wine-making. There will also be a hayride offering rides around the vineyard, a sangria tasting bar and a harvest tasting bar. Kids can craft or sing karaoke. Don’t worry about packing a lunch—there will be vendors and food trucks to keep families full. The festival will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 17.


1. Pianist and music critic Jeremy Denk will present a lecture titled “The Ten Worst Things About Being a Musician, and What to do About Them” at the Eastman School of Music. Part of the Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Series, Denk has been honored with numerous awards and toured around the world with various orchestras. Lecture is on Monday at 3:30 p.m.

2. The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce will host a We #ROC Young Professionals Trivia Night. The team trivia night will test participants’ knowledge on the Rochester and Finger Lakes region. Prizes include Rochester Amerks hockey tickets, Constellation Brands wine and more. At Marshall St. Bar & Grill on Sept. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m.

3. Foodlink’s annual Festival of Food fundraiser will have local eats and beverages from over 100 restaurants, wineries, breweries and bakeries. Join in the fun at the City of Rochester Public Market on Sept. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.

4. Come immerse yourself in Native American culture at the Living History Event: Gifts of the Haudenosaunee at the Ganondagan State Historic Site. At the event there will be demonstrations of open-pit pottery firing and basketmaking, performances from Iroquois social dancers and more. On Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

5. Grounding grapes The Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium invites the public to celebratory event at the Abandon Brewing Co. this next weekend. Chris Stephens will perform live and visitors can learn about the museum’s plans as well as meet the board members. Local artwork will be on display and bid on in a silent auction. On Sept. 23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Fringe Fest highlights

With the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival officially underway, here are some highlights for Sept. 17 to 21.

“EstroFest Comedy: Cinderella, Sci-Fi & Drones”: EstroFest, an all-female sketch-comedy group featuring 13WHAM news anchor Norma Holland, comes to Fringe with hilarious material that has been compared to the likes of Saturday Night Live. 2:30 p.m., Sept. 17 at Geva Theatre Center: Fielding Stage.

“Garth Fagan Dance”: For nearly 50 years, Garth Fagan Dance has been hitting international stages, and the company is making its way to the Fringe Fest this year. The company will perform new pieces as well as works-in-progress for audiences. 7 p.m., Sept. 18, 20 and 21 at the Garth Fagan Dance Studio.

“The Heart of the Hydrogen Jukebox”: Contrary to the title, this event is a celebration of American Sign Language poetry. There will be interviews with ASL poets and clips of historic poetry performances. 7:30 p.m., Sept. 19 at the Spiegelgarden.

“American Skin”: This performance consists of a series of monologues from eight characters who share impactful stories about their experiences living in America. The play was created by local writers who were inspired by the music and stories of Bruce Springsteen. 7 p.m., Sept. 20 at the Multi-Use Cultural Community Center.

“Dead Metaphor Cabaret”: Dead Metaphor Cabaret fuses poetry and song for a performance full of jazz and blues. “Conjuring voices both familiar and obscure…you can expect a torchy night of song and spoken word.” 7 p.m., Sept. 21 at Writers & Books.


The Golisano Foundation presents “Positive Exposure—Change How You See, See How You Change” at Roberts Wesleyan College in the atrium of the Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center. Featured photographer Rick Guidotti takes snapshots of people from Rochester living with genetic, physical, intellectual and developmental differences.

The photography exhibit premiered locally at the George Eastman Museum in 2015, and Deana Porterfield, president of Roberts Wesleyan, found it to be a powerful display.

“These photographs make us see beyond labels or disabilities, and people are the beautiful, vibrant individuals that they are,” Porterfield said in a statement. “‘Positive Exposure’ highlights an important social issue that impacts and reflects on all of us. It’s a movement about difference, beauty and diversity.”

This is the first time the exhibit is available to the public in Rochester in the last two years. In addition to the photographs, there will be a screening of the Emmy-nominated film called “On Beauty.” Directed by Joanna Rudnick, Guidotti is in the film and will be at the screening for a live Q&A following the film. The showing will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at The Little Theatre.

Guidotti will also give a keynote address titled “Change How You See, See How You Change” on Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. at the college. The lecture emphasizes embracing differences and accepting all members of the community.

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