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In conjunction with the art department’s 50th anniversary, SUNY Brockport is hosting an exhibit of alumni artwork. Even though art was a central focus of their time at Brockport, these alumni have gone down different career paths. Their life’s work may not involve art, but this exhibition shows how creativity has remained a part of their lives. The “Department of Art Alumni Exhibition” is on display at the Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery through Oct. 13. brockport.edu

BEST BETS

1. International Art Acquisitions is placing the work of contemporary artist Linda Kall on display. Much of Kall’s work is abstract, and her medium of choice is acrylic on canvas. The “French Blooms” exhibit will run from Oct. 1 to 31. internationalartacquisitions.com

2. Get ready for the 2017 Barktober Fest Walk for the Animals at Lollypop Farm. Come join the walk and fundraise for services and programs for homeless and abused pets in the Rochester area. At Lollypop Farm on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. lollypop.org

3. The Rochester Broadway Theater League presents School of Rock at the Auditorium Theatre beginning Saturday. Based on the hit film starring Jack Black, School of Rock will feature all of the original songs from the movie. And—for the first time ever—the live band on stage will be made up of kids. rbtl.org

4. Beer connoisseurs rejoice; the Annual Autumn Festival of Ales is upon us. Featured at the fest will be live music from Dave Riccione and Friends, a chili cook-off to benefit Mercy Flight Central and, of course, a wide variety of craft beer. At the Honeoye Falls Fireman’s Field on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. cbcraftbrewers.com

5. ImageOut, Rochester’s LGBT film festival, returns on Oct. 5 for a 10-day run. Films like “Princess Cyd” and “God’s Own Country” will be featured, as well as a visual studies workshop and a closing night party. Check the website for the full schedule and venue information.  festival.imageout.org

 

FESTIVALS

The Annual I-Square Festival returns to Irondequoit, bringing friends and families together in celebration of fall.

I-Square LLC was created in 2011 as part of a redevelopment project in a distressed retail/residential area in Irondequoit. While the area is still undergoing construction, the Market at I-Square, The Irondequoit Conference Center, Office Space and Outdoor Stage are all open to the public.

At this year’s festival there will be live music from Old Time Hoe Down, Mystic Stew and The Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers. Visitors can also participate in a square dance called by Margaret Matthews. Attendees are invited to sign the “Grateful Wall Mural” to convey messages of thanks for 2017. At the Reserve Bar and in the stage area, adults can enjoy seasonal craft beers and wines. In addition to beer and wine, there will be a Fall Cocktail Contest. Participants can mix their own cocktails for judges, and the winner will receive a “Spirits Basket” from Irondequoit Liquor.

Create Art 4 Good is sponsoring a Pop-Up Art Market at which local artists’ work will be on display, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This is what I-Square is all about: family and friends gathering and enjoying time together,” Mike Nolan, owner of I-Square, said in a statement. i-square.us

Calamari Sisters stir up trouble

The fabulous Calamari Sisters return to the JCC CenterStage with a fresh performance garnering more laughs than ever.

The Calamari Sisters began locally at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre in 2010. The show took off and has expanded to seven different shows traveling coast to coast.The hard-working siblings have sung, danced and cooked their way through shows about weddings, babies and even a funeral. Humor saturates each performance, and the importance of family traditions is a motif that is carried through each show.

“Oy Vey, It’s the Calamari Sisters” hits CenterStage next week. There will be laughs, failed recipes and food fights as the sisters try to make it through a “live broadcast” of their own public access cooking show. Come to the show to see if they make it through in one piece.

From Oct. 5 to 29 at the JCC CenterStage Theatre. jcccenterstage.org

“Smart People” examines society’s complexities

“Smart People” will kick off Geva Theatre Center’s Fielding Studio Series this year.

Written by Lydia R. Diamond—award-winning playwright of Broadway’s “Stick Fly”—the show originates with the Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca.

The story takes place on the evening of the 2008 presidential election. Four intellects debate social and sexual politics in a time of political unrest. There is Brian, the neuroscientist studying how the brain responds to race and the social implications that accompany it. Next is Ginny, a psychiatrist looking at impoverished Asian-American women’s responses to stress. A young doctor named Jackson has just opened a clinic for low-income patients. Finally, Valerie is an actress who is working hard to pay the bills by working as a maid. “Everyone wants to be successful, to find love and to feel as if they’ve made a positive impact on the world. But what influence does race have on that quest?”

“Smart People” debuts on Oct. 5 and will run through Oct. 22 at Geva Theatre’s Fielding Stage. gevatheatre.org

(c) 2017 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-363-7269 or email [email protected].

 

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