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The Second City improvisation troupe is coming to St. John Fisher College for alumni weekend. Second City alumni include John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner, who all went on to join the cast of “Saturday Night Live.” The troupe will perform Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Athletic Center.


1. The Landmark Society of Western New York will host the 14th Inside Downtown Tour this weekend. Midtown is the central focus this year, and featured on the tour are Tower 280, The Metropolitan, 88 on Elm, Spectra at Sibley Square and more.

2. Attention fashionistas: next week is Fashion Week of Rochester. From Oct. 10 to 14, there will be a variety of shows including a show dedicated to the edgy side of fashion, unique Rochester styles show, a doggy runway and a final show featuring wedding gowns, dance outfits and lingerie.

3. ROCmusic Collaborative, Three Heads Brewing and Marshall Street food truck are combining forces to host Brewing the Future of Music to support ROCmusic’s after-school music program. There will be tons of live music from local musicians, including Dave Chisholm, Bob Pycior and more. Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at 186 Atlantic Ave.

4. The George Eastman Museum’s Wish You Were Here lecture series continues with photographer Michael Crouser. Crouser will be lecturing on works from his most recent book “Mountain Ranch.” The book looks at the disappearance of cattle ranching in Colorado. Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. at the George Eastman Museum.

5. The Roc Awards committee will host Bake Off Wars II this weekend. Categories include best cupcake, best cookie, best cake and best baker’s choice. Local baking enthusiasts are welcome to enter the competition. Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at SouthWest Area Neighborhood Association.


Spooks and Spirits at Haunted Hungerford 

It’s October, which means haunted houses will be popping up all around town.

The Hungerford Building is no exception, and the public is welcome to come to Haunted Hungerford this weekend. There will be a haunted art gallery, a costume contest and a variety of studios for art enthusiasts to check out along the way. Aslam Fine Art, Brow Witched, Cat Clay and more studios will be participating in Haunted Hungerford. Ghostly food trucks will be outside for visitors to enjoy—if they dare.

On Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Hungerford Building.

Blues & Booze on the tracks

Adults are welcome to enjoy a two-hour train ride through Medina during Medina Railroad Museum’s Blues & Booze event on Saturday.

Attendees will be able to relax on the ride and look out the window at beautiful scenery as fall approaches and the leaves change colors. There will be an option of indulging in wine with cheese, crackers and chocolate or beer with pretzels, peanuts and chocolate, all while listening to classic blues tunes.

There will be an option for first class rides or coach seating. Guests are also welcome to explore the museum, as admission is included in their ticket.

On Oct. 7, train departs at 2 p.m.


The Naples Open Studio Trail is open to the public this weekend.

This year, 10 studios surrounding Canandaigua Lake house works from 17 different artists. Spectators can enjoy works in a variety of media including oil, ceramics, metal, wood, yarn, pastels, clay and paper. Visitors can purchase paintings, sculptures, furniture, jewelry and more.

New artists this year include David Gould, Joan Mitchell and Judith Reifsnyder. The guest artists on this year’s trail include Anne Fischer, Michael Hunter, Patricia Kramer, Nancy Napurski and Barb Rathbun.

Come out to support local artwork on the 16th Naples Open Studio Trail and find beauty in tumultuous times.

The Memorial Art Gallery will host the first exhibition of the digitally crafted works of Wendell Castle beginning Sunday. “Wendell Castle Remastered” will feature nearly 40 works. Throughout his career, Castle has designed pieces ranging from sculptures to furniture.

The exhibition demonstrates the innovation and complexity of Castle’s works. He developed a stack-lamination technique and from there has gone on to create a state-of-the-art robot, which utilizes a process similar to his early stack-lamination carving, but with greater precision and complexity.

Some highlights of the exhibit include “Walnut Sculpture,” “Library Sculpture,” and more recent works like the soaring lamp, “High Hopes,” from 2015. Castle is an artistic pioneer and this exhibit is not to be missed.

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