Watch out, a Public Art Detour is coming to the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center at 137 East Ave. This public art installation from artist William Sellers is set up to encourage those passing by to take a moment to immerse themselves in the artwork and write down their reflections. Sept. 22 and 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. rochestercontemporary.org
1. The Naples Rotary Club presents the 2017 Naples Grape Festival this weekend. In celebration of the grape harvest, there will be local cuisine served and wine makers on hand. Also, live music from local musicians. The festival will be at the Naples High School Grounds from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. naplesgrapefest.org
2. The Children’s Institute Inc. will host a Kids & Trucks event Saturday and Sunday. Families can come to the Frontier Field VIP parking lot where kids can climb into all sorts of trucks and beep the horn. From firetrucks to racecars to cement mixers, children will have a blast playing in all types of vehicles. childrensinstitute.net
3. In conjunction with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights” at Geva Theatre Center, the theater will host a reading of Broadway’s first “Hamilton.” For one night only, Mary P. Hamlin’s play from over 100 years ago will be read by cast members from “In the Heights” on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. gevatheatre.org
4. The Little will host the second Art House Theater Day this Sunday. This day recognizes the importance of art house theaters and the role they play in the community. This year’s celebration includes showings of films, “Revolting Rhymes,” “Titicut Follies,” “Lucky” and “Columbus.” thelittle.org
5. The Genesee Country Village & Museum will celebrate women’s right to vote with a Women’s Suffrage Luncheon Saturday at 11 a.m. There will be a catered meal with historic suffrage recipes and a presentation called “The Rest of the Story of the Suffrage Movement” from Sally Roesch Wagner. gcv.org
Fringe Fest highlights
The KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival is coming to a close, but there are still shows to be seen. Here are highlights for Friday and Saturday.
“The Polite Abductress”: This two-act operetta by Douglas Lowry, former dean of the Eastman School of Music, comes to life through the Eastman Opera Collective. Emmanuelle, the abductress, attempts to kidnap Henri, a prominent character in French finance. Henri’s maid aids Emmanuelle, and the well-mannered captor manages to steal Henri’s fortune. 4:30 p.m., Friday at Lyric Theatre: Cabaret Hall.
“Big Knockers: Debunking the Fox Sisters”: The Fox sisters interact with spirits for an interactive show that “mixes the challenges of an escape room with the excitement of immersive theater.” See if you can escape the hilarity. 1 p.m., Saturday at TheatreROCS Stage at Abilene.
“Geneseo’s All A Cappella Hour”: SUNY Geneseo’s five a cappella groups return to the Fringe Festival to show off their vocal talent. Hips ‘n Harmony, Southside Boys, Exit 8, Between the Lines and Emmelodics will each perform a few of their hit songs ranging from the ’70s to modern hits. 4:45 p.m., Saturday at Lyric Theatre: Main Stage.
“Silent Disco”: Grab a set of headphones and hit the dance floor for Silent Disco. Change the song with the three-channel system based on your mood. A DJ will be there to play jams, but it’s your choice what you want to listen to. At the Spiegeltent Friday and Saturday. rochesterfringe.com
Comedian John Mulaney is making his way to Rochester
Part of his “Kid Gorgeous” national tour, Mulaney will perform standup at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.
Mulaney’s resume is impressive; he has won an Emmy Award, starred in a Broadway show and has written for a number of popular television series. The most recent addition to his repertoire was his performance in “Oh, Hello on Broadway” alongside co-creator Nick Kroll. The Broadway stint may be over, but the show is available on Netflix.
In addition to performing on Broadway, Mulaney has Netflix Original standup specials including “New Kid in Town” and “The Comeback Kid.”
Mulaney’s career took off in 2008 when he started writing for “Saturday Night Live.” During his time there he co-created memorable characters like Bill Hader’s “Stefon” and was a Weekend Update correspondent.
Today, Mulaney writes for IFC’s “Documentary Now” and Netflix’s “Big Mouth” where he plays the voice of Andrew. In addition to television, Mulaney has also released comedy albums. His premier album, “The Top Part” came out in 2009, followed by “New in Town,” a Comedy Central Special and album released in 2012.
Mulaney headlines this year’s KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival, and he is sure to ignite a lot of laughter. rochesterfringe.com