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1. Archaeology Weekend


You don’t have to be a trained archaeologist to come dig through an 18th-century farmhouse foundation and discover artifacts from the pioneer era. The public is invited to participate in scientific research at Rochester Museum & Science Center’s Archaeology Weekend. ...

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2. Wendell Castle: A Portrait

WXXI-TV’s production team took a year to film the life of master furniture artist, designer, sculptor and educator Wendell Castle. The hour-long documentary, “Wendell Castle: A Portrait,” premieres next week and it gives the audience a unique opportunity to see ...

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3. Her Voice Carries

The citywide public art project Her Voice Carries is wrapping up with a celebration this weekend. Sarah Rutherford led the exhibition and the party will feature an exhibit of her work, photography and murals by Lives Styled, refreshments and live ...

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4. Be the Astronaut

The Strong National Museum of Play invites visitors to come Be the Astronaut and explore the wonders of outer space. Kids can plan a mission, learn about the technology and math skills necessary to be an astronaut and fly spaceships, ...

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5. Open House

The doors of WXXI will be open to the public on Saturday for a day of fun and exploration of Rochester’s public media organization. At the Open House, kids can meet PBS Kids’ Cat in the Hat, Jet from “Ready ...

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1. Eastman School of Music Trombone Choir


This year’s Fine Arts Series at SUNY College at Brockport is kicking off with a performance from the Eastman School of Music Trombone Choir. The program features J.S. Bach’s “Passacaglia in C Minor,” Claude Debussy’s “Trois Chansons” and an arrangement ...

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2. AIDS Flashback

ImageOut and Visual Studies Workshop are presenting AIDS Flashback. The exhibition features works by Lola Flash, who mainly deals with portraiture of well-known intellects and activists who confront issues of sexuality, gender identity, racism, ageism and AIDS. Opening reception tonight ...

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3. Indigenous Food Gathering and Tastings

Ganondagan is hosting its premier event that is both culturally immersive and a community culinary experience. Indigenous Food Gathering and Tastings highlights authentic foods of the Haudenosaunee people. Attendees can enjoy presentations and interactive culinary experiences with Native American chefs, ...

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4. Rise and Shine U.S. Tour

Singer Vanessa Silberman and songwriter Carissa Johnson have teamed up for the “Rise and Shine U.S. Tour” and have booked a local stop. Silberman’s sound is a mix of Nirvana’s punk with the energy of Green Day and The Ramones. ...

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5. Sixth Annual Wilmot Warrior Walk

UR Medicine’s Sixth Annual Wilmot Warrior Walk celebrates cancer survivors and raises money for cancer research in Rochester. Walkers can participate in a 5K, 10K or 1-mile walk. There will also be bounce houses, food trucks, face painting and other ...

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1. Hop Harvest Festival


The Genesee Country Village & Museum is celebrating hops with the Hop Harvest Festival, featuring Flint Hill Folk, Mount Pleasant String Band (pictured above) and the Niagara Regional Police Pipe Band. Guests can enjoy live music along with craft brew ...

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2. 46th Annual Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair

Rochester Area Booksellers Association is hosting the 46th Annual Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair—the oldest consecutively run antique book fair in the country. Rare and antiquarian books from dealers around the nation will be available, including scholarly texts, prints, maps, collectible ...

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3. Sankofa Festival 2018

The Multi-Use Cultural Community Center is hosting two weeks of theatrical fun with Sankofa Festival 2018. This marks the 11th year of the festival and features works from local African American playwrights, actors and directors including “The GreenBook Chronicles,” “Night ...

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4. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Rockers Breaking Benjamin and Five Finger Death Punch will be at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Sept. 3. Curtains rise at 6 p.m. Come see Breaking Benjamin perform tracks from their recently released sixth studio album, “Ember.” darienlake.com/concerts

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5. Hair

Geva Theatre Center kicks off its 46th season with “Hair.” The love-rock musical celebrates the free-spirited vibes of the 1960s with hit songs like “Aquarius,” “Good Morning, Starshine” and “Let the Sunshine In.” It’s a summer of barefoot, long-haired, bell-bottomed, ...

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