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Comedy extravaganza

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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Alumni artwork

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.



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.

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.

“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.

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Art detour

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.


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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Celebrating survivors

Come raise money for cancer research at the fifth annual Wilmot Warrior Walk on Sept. 10 at the Highland Park Bowl. In celebration of cancer survivors, there will be a 5K, 10K and a one-mile walk. At the event there will also be live music from the No-Name Band, bounce houses, food trucks, free massages and yoga.


1. Image City Photography Gallery will be featuring the works of Sheridan Vincent in its newest exhibition. “Rochester at Large” will exhibit photos of the Greater Rochester area, highlighting local beauty.

2. Kadan Bart Rockett and his sister Brooklyn Nicole are bringing magic to the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre on several dates this month. The enchanting duo made their television debut on “America’s Got Talent,” and Rockett is considered the youngest professional magician/illusionist in the world.

3. The Rochester Cyclocross comes to Genesee Valley Park on Sept. 9 and 10. The races begin on Saturday with a variety of courses for riders of all skill levels. Some of the world’s top male and female Cyclocross racers will be there.

4. Two musical acts, Montgomery Gentry and Parmalee are coming to del Lago Resort & Casino’s The Vine this month. The duo has numerous country hits and have been recognized with both Academy of Country Music awards and Country Music Association awards.

5. The Memorial Art Gallery will host the 2017 M&T Bank Clothesline Festival this weekend. With family art activities, local eats and beverages and live entertainment all day long, there will be no shortage of excitement.

Fringe Fest highlights

This year marks the fifth annual KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival. Over 500 performances are on the lineup during the 10-day fest. Drawing tens of thousands of spectators, this festival is a hit for the Rochester area.

The following are some events to check out for Sept. 14 through 16.

“Cirque du Fringe: Eclectic Attraction”: This saucy circus act features ringmasters Matt Morgan and Heidi Brucker Morgan with a new cast of performers. There will be foot jugglers, Chinese pole acrobats and more. Eclectic Attraction delivers thrills, laughs, and mind-bending physical feats. 7:30 p.m., Sept. 14; 7 p.m., Sept. 15; 2:30 and 7 p.m., Sept. 16 in the Spiegeltent.

“Left for Dead Improv”: Rochester-based improvisation group will perform long and short-form improv and standup. The crew of 50-year-olds and up that make up the group have decades of experience and have performed at comedy festivals throughout the Northeast. 8 p.m., Sept. 15 at Writers & Books.

“Ball in the House: Music that’ll MOVE Ya”: This a cappella group mixes soul, R&B and pop genres together for a dynamic performance. They perform a wide range of hits from the classics to popular tunes of today. 6 p.m., Sept. 15 and 8 p.m., Sept. 16 at School of the Arts: Ensemble Theatre.

“Lady Philosophy on Trial”: Based on Socrates’ 399 B.C. trial for corrupting youth, this play features Lady Philosophy on trial for corrupting young minds. Important Western, historical figures are called to testify, including William Shakespeare. An interactive show, the audience members serve as jurors. 7 p.m., Sept. 15 at Lyric Theatre: Cabaret Hall.

“Plasticiens Volants in BIG BANG”: This is the French company’s United States debut with their new show BIG BANG. Featuring giant inflatables, this show uses projected images, music and pyrotechnics to tell an unforgettable story. 8 p.m., Sept. 15 and 16 at Parcel 5.

kid FUN

It’s Family Archaeology Weekend at the Rochester Museum and Science Center on Sept. 16 and 17.

Families can excavate a farmhouse foundation from the 1700s and uncover artifacts from pioneer days.

Shuttles will take people from the Cumming Nature Center to the Hall Homestead where there will be excavating and guided activities teaching about different archaeological disciplines, techniques and how to date artifacts.

Excavation will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. both days.


This weekend, Irish and Celtic culture comes to life downtown.

Hosted by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and the Irish Children’s Program, The Celtic Festival will be chock-full of live entertainment, with music from The Dady Brothers, Dave North Trio and more. There will also be plenty of dance performances, including McMahon Irish Dancers and Shannonside Ceili Dancers. In addition: storytelling with “Tales from the Chicken Coop” and traditional dance and instrument lessons for all skill levels.

Food vendors with both Irish and American cuisine will be on site for visitors to snack on all day.

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Cubism redefined

International Art Acquisitions, 3300 Monroe Ave., Pittsford, is unveiling an exhibition dedicated to a 20th century art movement. “Cubic Edge” features the works of artist and New York native Marilyn Sica. Sica is a mixed-media artist whose work reflects the cubist movement. She fills her artwork with rich colors and has been featured in galleries around the country. The exhibit will be on display from Sept. 1 to 30.


1. The Rochester Contemporary Arts Center is featuring works by Mizin Shin in its LAB Space. Her work looks at the codependency of different societies and the way they intertwine. Sept. 1 to 24.

2. ZooBrew returns to the Seneca Park Zoo on Sept. 8 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Adults 21 and over can help save the elephants by coming to the zoo and enjoying some beer. There will be live music and, of course, plenty of animals to see.

3. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights” comes to Geva Theatre Center starting Sept. 5. Based in a Hispanic-American neighborhood in New York City, the musical features a variety of genres from hip-hop to soul and dance numbers that will make audience members want to jump out of their seats. Through Oct. 8.

4. The Golden Link Folk Singing Society will host the Turtle Hill Folk Festival this weekend with concerts, workshops, food and lots of singing. Bob Zents, Low Lily, Brother Sun and others will perform. It’s at the Rotary Sunshine Campus in Rush.

5. The Flower City Arts Center will host an exhibit featuring the works of Colleen McCall. “All Blossom, No Roots: Cultivating an American Pottery Aesthetic” explores international history through her colorful, patterned pieces of pottery. Sept. 8 to 29.


Seneca honored at Heritage Day 

Middlesex Heritage Group will host its 26th annual Seneca Heritage Day on Sept. 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Overackers Corners Schoolhouse in Middlesex, Yates County.

Representatives from the Ganondagan State Historic Site will teach visitors about the history of the Seneca Nation. This year’s Heritage Day will emphasize the Seneca people’s influence on women’s suffrage in recognition of the New York centennial of women’s right to vote. Peter Jemison and Ronnie Reitter of Ganondagan will discuss the role of women in the Iroquois Confederacy as well as the impact they had on early feminists.

Seneca singers and social dancers will perform in traditional garb. There will also be a children’s storyteller.

“Seneca Heritage Day is our way of honoring the original people of the area and their contribution to our culture and way of life,” said Win Harper, president of the Middlesex Heritage Group.

Nazareth Arts Center celebrates 50 years

The Nazareth Arts Center welcomes its 50th anniversary season with an exciting lineup of performances.

The season begins with a performance by music department faculty of Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale” in collaboration with the art and theatre and dance departments. The story centers on a soldier who trades his fiddle with the devil in exchange for wealth. As one might assume, trials and tribulations ensue for the soldier after making the deal. The Arts Center puts a twist on this performance by adding dance.

Following the show, a soiree will be held in the sculpture garden to celebrate the semicentennial. Performances Sept. 8 and 9.

Rochester Reads

The 45th Annual Antiquarian Book Fair returns to Rochester on Sept. 9.

For those who love to collect rare finds and first editions, this fair is for you. Hosted by the Rochester Area Booksellers Association and the Rochester Institute of Technology Press, almost 50 booksellers from the United States and Canada will bring rare books for antiquarian enthusiasts. There will be books and other scholarly texts, prints, maps, photographica and other collectible memorabilia.

Local authors will be in attendance giving readings and signing books, and several special collections libraries will also be at the fair.

The fair begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. at the Main Street Armory.

Writers & Books presents a reading from Harry Lang called “Fighting in the Shadows: An Evening with Harry Lang.” Lang will read from his latest novel “Fighting in the Shadows: Untold Stories of Deaf People in the Civil War.”

The novel explores deaf soldiers and civilians’ roles in the Civil War and what life was like for them during this tumultuous time in American history. Lang will offer anecdotes from Civil War soldiers, artists, cooks, clerks and others.

Lang has been an educator at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf since the late 1960s, and was honored with the Rochester Institute of Technology Trustees Scholarship Award in 2006 for his noteworthy contributions to academia.

The reading will be on Sept. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rochester Academy of Medicine.

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Sunflower Spectacular

Over 85,000 sunflower seeds were planted at Wickham Farms this spring, and they are now in full bloom. Sunflower Spectacular contributes to sustainable farming practices and helps Wickham Farms keep its soil healthy. As part of the Spread the Sunshine initiative, the farm will donate sunflowers to Golisano’s Children’s Hospital. Visitors are welcome to come and pick from 15 different types of sunflowers from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday Aug. 26 and 27 and Saturday and Sunday Sept. 2 and 3.


1. A Night with Frank, Ella & Beyond comes to the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre on Sunday, Aug. 27. Percussionist Dave Mancini returns to the DCT with vocalist Erin Boheme. Produced by Michael Buble, Boheme has performed at major venues, including this year’s Presidential Inauguration Ball.

2. Arleen Thaler explores the downsides of plastic in Flower City Arts Center’s “Plastics: Our Weakness” exhibit. With poignant photographs of plastic in different forms, Thaler recognizes how plastic pervades society. The exhibit is on display through Sept. 2.

3. The Food Truck Rodeo returns to the Public Market on Aug. 30 with music from local band Significant Other. With a hoard of food trucks from local vendors, foodies won’t want to miss this event.

4. The Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s new exhibit, “Under Pressure: Redefining the Multiple,” debuts on Sept. 1 and will be on display until Sept. 24. The exhibit will feature works from local artist Nick Ruth, as well as other artists throughout the country.

5. Vicki Schmitt guides visitors through “The Push for Equality in 19th Century America” in Mount Hope Cemetery on Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. The tour will feature stories of people who were dedicated to women’s rights and ending slavery.


Historic local tavern resurrected 

The oldest house in Monroe County will be open to the public one evening next week.

The Stone-Tolan House will be open for the Tavern Takeover, hosted by the Landmark Society of Western New York’s Young Preservationists and Emerging Rochester Architects.

According to Caitlin Meives, Landmark Society preservation planner, the historic house was built in the late 18th and early 19th centuries as a farmstead. Located in Brighton, Orringh Stone and Elizabeth Stone made it their home and their workplace. It also served as a tavern and a shelter for travelers.

Visitors will be able to see the tavern room, the kitchen, the parlor-bedroom, the kitchen gardens, the privy and more.

Tavern Takeover will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 30.

Role reversals in Twelfth Night

Blackfriars Theatre will have women under the spotlight in an all-female version of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”

In the play, Viola is shipwrecked on an unfamiliar shore and worries that her twin brother is dead. To figure out what has happened to him, she poses as a man to get a job with Duke Orsino and ends up tangled in a silly love triangle. Viola weaves through tricky situations involving magic and chaos in this classic Shakespearean rom-com.

Blackfriar’s upcoming season will highlight female artists, and, since Shakespeare’s era featured all-male casts, “it seems only right to see the women play all the roles now,” said Alexa Scott-Flaherty, director of this production of “Twelfth Night.”

The show runs from Sept. 1 to 24 at Blackfriars Theatre.


The George Eastman Museum is featuring Eugene Richards’ photography in “The Run-On of Time” exhibit.

Richards’ reflective exhibition centers on struggles in American society and the suffering of the poor. The exhibit explores birth, family, mortality, economic inequity and the impact of war on humans.

Richards is a photographer, filmmaker and writer. He joined Volunteers in Service to America in 1968 to fight in the war on poverty, and he often explores this theme in his photography. In addition to his photographs, Richards directed the short film “Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue,” the first in a series of seven films.

As for Richards’ literary side, he has published 17 books. He documents urban and rural poverty in his book “Below the Line: Living Poor in America.” Richards received special recognition for the book, including an Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography.

The Eastman website refers to Richards’ photography as “unflinching yet poetic, his photographs deeply rooted in the texture of lived experience.” Poverty in America is frequently overlooked, but Richards is able to bring attention to a sensitive topic with his poignant photographs.

Don’t miss a prolific look at human life, on display through Oct. 22.

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Art & Bubbly

Arts at the Gardens will debut their newest event this weekend, a VIP Champagne Brunch. Located at the Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, patrons can indulge in tastings from Black Button while enjoying live music from Ade Adu. Bottomless mimosas are on the menu, as well as exclusive art offerings. Brunch begins at 11 a.m. on Aug. 20.


1. Get ready for a rare siting on Aug. 21. A solar eclipse is hitting the sky and Rochester will get 70 percent coverage at mid-eclipse. Visit the Strasenburgh Planetarium on Solar Eclipse Day at the Rochester Museum & Science Center to see the moon’s shadow cover more than half the sun.

2. Celebrate summer’s conclusion with Tasting on the Terrace at the Del Monte Lodge Renaissance Rochester Hotel & Spa in Pittsford on Aug. 23. Featured at the tasting is Ravines Wine Cellars from Keuka Lake. In addition to the wine, Del Monte is also offering food from Erie Grill and live music.

3. Networking gets a fun twist with Causewave’s Summer Smash. Dubbed “corporate challenge goes to the beach,” there will be music, team-building games, a scavenger hunt competition, prizes and food trucks. Summer Smash will be at Ontario Beach Park on Aug. 24 at 2 p.m.

4. Come out to the Strong National Museum of Play to learn about the history of the ball. The round, bouncing type of ball. From a life-sized billiards game to an air-powered ball fountain, there is a wide range of activities at the “Have a Ball” exhibit for the whole family.

5. Ben Morey and The Eyes will headline the George Eastman Museum’s Hidden Garden Concert this Saturday. The local indie folk musician has recorded over a dozen albums, and with The Eyes he is accompanied by an orchestra of up to 30 players.

Hits performed at Hochstein 

The Hochstein School of Music & Dance will host a free concert for the public on Sunday.

The Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra are collaborating for the Summer Pops Concert. Conducted by Paul Shewan, professor of conducting and trumpet at Roberts Wesleyan College, the Pops concert is set to perform hits from Broadway musicals and blockbuster movies. The HYSO and the RPYO will play sections from Rodgers and Hammerstein, “Star Wars,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Bizet’s “Carmen” and more.

In addition to the combination of orchestras, Amanda Meldrum, vocal soloist, will sing Ella Fitzgerald’s “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” in celebration of what would have been Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday. Meldrum is heavily involved in the music and performance community as a board-certified music therapist, rehabilitation therapist, private voice instructor and a youth musical theater director.

The HYSO consists of nearly 80 local students from grades seven to 12. The group has performed at Carnegie Hall and has toured internationally, including Italy, France and England. In 2018, the HYSO will visit Portugal and Spain.

The RPYO is comprised of approximately 100 local middle and high school student musicians. Formed in 1970, the RPYO was created to “provide highly enriching musical ensemble experiences to very accomplished young musicians from varied backgrounds.” Akin to the HYSO, the RPYO has also toured in different countries, including Germany, Canada and Eastern European nations and has performed in Carnegie Hall.

The Summer Pops Concert begins at 3 p.m.


Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport will host the Rochester Twilight Criterium Saturday.

A crit is like a bicycle race, but it’s not a typical race. It focuses on high-paced racing on a short, closed loop circuit. Because of the small course, spectators will have an excellent view of the race.

Criteriums are shorter and more technically challenging than a typical road race with an abundance of turns at high speeds. Cyclers in the race don’t have as much time to strategize a move that will put them ahead, so competitors are more likely to push themselves and take a risk to get ahead of the pack.

Described as “Nascar on two wheels,” criteriums generate a dynamic atmosphere. Over 100 cyclists will race at speeds over 30 mph.

For those who aren’t into hard-core bike racing, there will be a beer garden on the interior of the course as well as food trucks to satisfy any foodie. Visitors will also have the opportunity to run a mile to bring extra energy to the event.

The first crit came to Rochester in 2004, and that year there was only one other notable Twilight Criterium in the United States. By 2007, the Union Cycliste Internationale had upgraded the local event to the highest level of professional cycling.

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Eight photos, one theme

An array of works from 74 artists will be on display at the Image City Photography Gallery.
The opening ceremony of “Portfolio Showcase 2017” will be on Aug. 11 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Each photographer submitted eight photos to the show that revolve around a specific topic or theme. Presented at the exhibit will be portfolios from Don Agnello, Edgar Ballestas, Susan Larkin and others.


1. The New York State Wine Festival comes to the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua on Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come taste an assortment of local wines and see what the Empire State has to offer.

2. For those looking to try local brews and learn about local landmarks, come out to Bikes, Beers & Buildings. Hosted by Young Urban Preservationists, participants will have a chance to partake in a bike scavenger hunt to discover Rochester’s hidden gems and enjoy drinks at Joe Bean.

3. Mount Hope Cemetery is bringing the history of the Revolutionary War to visitors on Aug. 12. Guided by Dennis Carr and Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution, veterans in the cemetery are brought to life to tell the harsh story of how America got its independence.

4. Daredevils will be making their way to Frontier Field on Aug. 18. Nitro Circus is an action sports show featuring Jeremy Rawle, Gregg Godfrey, Travis Pastrana and others. From BMX biking to using contraptions, nothing is off limits for these thrill-seekers.

5. The Heritage Square Museum in Ontario, Wayne County, will host its fifth annual Pioneer Family Life Day and Ice Cream Social on Aug. 13. Visitors can participate in a variety of period-appropriate activities that consumed the lives of people long before the advent of television and cellphones.

Kid Fun

This Saturday marks the ninth annual Pillage ‘n the Village Bed Race Regatta during the Palmyra Pirate Weekend.

This year’s race is a little different than prior years. Instead of each team making their own bed, Race Commodore Captain Mojito has overseen the creation of a six-racing-bed fleet for this year’s teams.

The race will be on after the Grand Parade on Palmyra’s Main Street. Racers will compete for the championship title, a cash prize of at least $100 and other treasures.

“It were a good year for plunderin’” says Mojito. “And though my bounty may not be as boundless as the sea, me booty ain’t too bad!”

Participants must be 16 years old, and each bed will have four wheels, four pushers working as the motor and a navigator to direct the bed through the race.

The race kicks off after the 11 a.m. parade.

Stokoe Farms Summer Fun Days brings exciting activities for families on Aug. 11 and 12.

Visitors will have a chance to take a ride on the bee zip line, jump on bounce pillows, walk along a nature trail and greet farm animals, including the newest Stokoe family member, Essa, a baby camel.

Families can enjoy a picnic by bringing lunch from home or purchasing a meal at the farm. Activities are open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

DCT gears up for mind-blowing show 

Mentalist Marc Salem returns to Rochester for another mind-boggling performance at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre.

Studiously observing the human mind for the past 30 years, Salem has grown into an expert in how the mind creates meaning and reality. Salem has taken a particular interest in nonverbal communication and is now considered one of the leading experts in the field. He is also a research professor with degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and New York University.

The mind reader has performed on Broadway in two extended runs and has traveled around the world showing off his talent. Beyond the theater, Salem has been a guest on “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Maury” and CNN.

With various psychological techniques, a sharp eye and attention to detail, Salem is able to play mind games with audience members. Don’t expect any hypnotizing or future predictions from Salem; his goal is to look deep into the mind and get his audience to see themselves and the way they think in a new light.

Salem’s talent is not to be underestimated. He has the ability to do things from reading minds to inferring the serial number on a bill in an audience member’s wallet. In addition to his brainy gift, the mentalist brings his sense of humor to each and every performance.

Marc Salem’s Mind over Rochester, on stage Aug. 11 and 12 at 8 p.m.


Carriage competition

The Victorian era comes to life at the 46th annual Walnut Hill Farm Driving Competition next week. People of all ages compete in hundreds of competitions and are judged on turnout, reinsmanship, cross-country and obstacle driving. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the horses and drivers, as well as visit the stables and watch the horses being bathed and groomed. The competition takes place from Aug. 9 to 13.


1. The New York Museum of Transportation recognizes train and railroad history at “Railroad Day” on Sunday, Aug. 6. There will be gandy dancers, a 100-year-old caboose from the Genesee and Wyoming Railroad, a velocipede and unlimited trolley rides.

2. Rochester’s annual Park Ave Summer Art Fest comes this weekend, Aug. 5 and 6. Work from over 350 artists will be on display as well as live music and performances from three different stages and over 40 local food options. The festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

3. Young actors from the Bristol Valley Theatre Apprentice Program will perform in the pine grove at Cumming Nature Center this weekend. The play is an original, site-specific work created by the innovative thespians in the program. Theater in the Pines starts at 5 p.m. Aug. 5.

4. Jam on the Canal: Music & Food Festival comes to the Homesteads for Hope Community Farm on the Erie Canal, 2185 Manitou Road in Ogden, on Aug. 5. Food and spirits from local vendors will be available as well as music from DJ ZIP, Begging Angels, 6’s & 7’s and others.

5. The Rochester Contemporary Art Center will have a new exhibit on display from Aug. 3 to 12. “On the Side” features artwork by members of the Rochester Advertising Foundation that they make time to create outside the workplace. 


Bruce Springsteen was born to run, and his story hits the stage at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre at Winton Place this weekend. “Born to Run in the USA” features Eric Brown & The L Street Band who pay homage to the legacy of The Boss.

Springsteen grew up in Long Branch, N.J., and his rocky relationship with his father provided inspiration for many of his songs. The Boss fell in love with music after seeing Elvis Presley perform on the “Ed Sullivan Show,” but his rise to fame was slow going. He started out playing in various bands, and eventually went on to form the E Street Band.

Shortly after putting together the band, The Boss got his nickname from his routine of issuing each of his band members an equal amount of money that they made from their show.

It was his third album, “Born to Run,” that really shot Springsteen to fame and put him high on the charts. This record delved into his experiences growing up in New Jersey.

Springsteen’s classic hits such as “Born to Run,” “Dancing in the Dark,” “Born in the USA” and “Rosalita” will all make appearances on stage at the Downstairs Cabaret. “Born to Run in the USA” runs Thursday through Sunday this weekend and Aug. 10 through 13.

Barbecue aficionado visits Rochester 

Award-winning cookbook author, PBS star and Barbecue Hall of Famer Steven Raichlen is coming to Frontier Field for BBQ, Brews & Blues.

As part of a fundraiser for WXXI Public Broadcasting, Raichlen will debut his newest cookbook, “Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades,” which features an abundance of recipes that are perfect for barbecues, cookouts or everyday meals. From brines to glazes, there are choices for all types of eaters, including char siu chicken thighs, smoked venison jerky and spice-grilled pineapple with smoky whipped cream.

The barbecue expert is known for his PBS show “Barbecue University” based on his cookbooks, and “Project Smoke” where he demonstrates different ways to smoke all sorts of food. Raichlen also hosts “Primal Grill,” a competitive cooking show for grillers.

BBQ, Brews & Blues will be on Aug. 5 at 1 p.m.

GCVM gets ‘Wilder’

The Genesee Country Village & Museum revives “Little House on the Prairie” this weekend by honoring its author with “Laura Ingalls Wilder Days.

Special guest Dean Butler, who portrayed Almanzo Wilder on the 1970s hit television show based on the series, will be in attendance. Butler will deliver a presentation on Saturday and Sunday followed by a question and answer session about his time on “Little House.”

Pamela Smith Hill will also be at the GCVM to celebrate “Wilder Days.” Hill is an expert on all things Wilder and penned “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Bibilography” and “Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life.” She will also be presenting and offering time for book signing.

In addition to Butler and Hill, the museum will host activities from 19th-century frontier life. Visitors will have the chance to churn butter, create handkerchief dolls, play in sack races and more.

“Wilder Days” takes place on Aug. 5 and 6 and the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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“On the Edge”

Artist Virginia Wood’s works will be showcased in an exhibit titled “On the Edge” at the International Art Acquisitions gallery. A primarily abstract artist, Wood also explores painting landscapes and horses. Although many of her works appear to have a geometric pattern, Wood says these are unplanned. International Art Acquisitions displays a variety of styles from impressionism to abstract expressionism. “On the Edge” will be on display from Aug. 1 to 31. 


1. Rochester A-List and local blogger Sip and Savour Rochester are collaborating for an Outdoor Waffle and Craft Beer Pairing event on July 29 at the Genesee Brewhouse Beer Garden. Local chefs will compete to find the best waffle and craft beer combination. The winner, chosen by attendees, will receive a donation to The Fruit Belt Project.

2. The Rochester Public Market is offering more than just local produce this summer. Bands on the Bricks continues on July 28 with Something Else. This trio of guys forms a cover band committed to providing a unique experience for their audience at every show.

3. Rochester Association of Performing Arts continues their performance of “The Wild Party: The Musical” on July 28, 29 and 30 at the Kodak Center Theatre-in-the-Round. In the play, couple Queenie and Burr decide to throw a huge party in their Manhattan apartment, but things turn sour when another man catches Queenie’s eye. Burr becomes infuriated, grabs his gun and pulls the trigger. See the play to figure out who has been shot.

4. The annual Spencerport Canal Days will be held on July 29 and 30. There will be hours of live music, a craft cabana for kids, local wines for adults, fireworks and more. Some of the featured bands include Rockhouse Riot, Feedback and Uptown Groove.

5. The Rochester Academy of Science, Astronomy Section, will host the 20th annual RocheSTAR Fest from July 28 to 30. Throughout the weekend, ASRAS offers astronomy lectures, demonstrations and an opportunity to camp out at ASRAS campgrounds in Ionia, a hamlet in West Bloomfield, Ontario County.

Mystical evening at WAB 

An enchanting event is coming to Writers & Books on July 29. A Night at Hogwarts invites children and adults alike to come and enjoy a Harry Potter-themed night to celebrate the birthday of “the chosen one.”

WAB encourages visitors to wear costumes and suit up in their best robes and cloaks. Come relish in the opportunity to walk through Platform 9 3/4, get sorted into a house, design a wand, play wizard chess and Quidditch, mix up potions, have your fortune told and more. In addition to all of these charming activities, visitors can also enjoy Harry Potter-themed food and drinks, including butterbeer.

Otherworldly exhibition

Rebecca Lomuto and Cat Clay are in the midst of curating a new exhibit that’s sure to be out of this world. Presented by Pop Up ROC, “Live Now & Prosper” will be on display for one night at the Cat Clay studio in the Hungerford Building on East Main Street.

The art in this otherworldly exhibition emphasizes the extraterrestrial. Featuring 18 artists who “respond to the call for things that go bump in the dark,” “Live Now & Prosper” is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit. Some artists whose works will be on display include Gretchen Arnold, Christine Meyer and Beckett Wood. The curators assure their audience, “The truth is out there. And we believe.”

The opening and closing party for “Live Now & Prosper” will be on Aug. 4 from 5 to 9 p.m.


The longest-running cultural festival in Monroe County returns this weekend. The Puerto Rican Festival Inc. began in 1969, and over the years Rochester has become home to the second largest population of Hispanics in New York.

At this year’s festival, there will be Hispanic art for sale, Hispanic food, a cultural pageant to crown the 2017 Miss Puerto Rico of Rochester, a 5K race, a fitness walk and dance performances. Visitors will also hear live music from K Rose, Las Voces Originales de Los Adolescentes, Trovador Wilfredo Gonzalez, Andy Montanez, Tono Rosario and Tito “El Bambino.”

The Puerto Rican Festival hosts other events throughout the year. On July 28, comedians Joey Vega and Eli Castro will perform at The German House. This event is for adults only.

This year marks the 44th annual Waterfront Art Festival in Webster. There will be a tastings tent with wine, beer and cider, live music from Inner Loop, Jimmy Highsmith, Tom Passamonte and Special Blend and Honky Tonk Hindooz and, of course, loads of artwork on display.

Vendors, including Norwegian Woodworks, S and I Signs and Laura’s Beaded Treasures, will present their artworks, ranging from jewelry to woodwork.

The festival is July 29 and 30 at North Ponds Park in Webster.

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Brunch Queens

The Memorial Art Gallery will host a Drag Brunch on July 23 at which local drag queens Wednesday Westwood, Samantha Vega and the recently crowned 2017 Miss Gay Rochester Veronica Lace will perform. Amid the glitz and glamour, attendees will enjoy a buffet provided by Brown Hound Downtown and a cash bar. Brunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

1. Long Acre Farms will host a Rescue Round Up on July 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In collaboration with 10 organizations, the farm will be full of animals up for adoption. Those who rescue a pet will receive a free K-9 cone and a free ice cream cone.

2. Enjoy live music, food and a weekend of fun at the 10th anniversary Webster Jazz Festival. The lineup includes El Rojo Jazz, Paradigm Shift, The Mambo Kings and others. The festival starts on July 21 and ends July 22 on Main Street in the village of Webster.

3. The National Coalition Building Institute of Rochester, New York Inc. will host a training session on July 27 called “PRIVILEGE: Taking out the Sting…Taking in the Reality.” In conjunction with Rochester Young Professionals, RocCity Coalition and NextGen’s Equity Series, this training aims to explore how privilege pervades our everyday lives, especially the workplace. The

4. Strong National Museum of Play’s New York State Summer of Fun continues this weekend with a focus on Central New York. Staff from Cooperstown’s National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will be at the Strong Museum illustrating how a baseball is made and to teach the history of the sport. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about minerals found in Herkimer Diamond Mines and discover the rich history of Fort Stanwix.

5. Mark your calendars; the Monroe County Fair is open from Aug. 4 to 6. This year’s fair will comprise all sorts of animals, plants and arts. Art enthusiasts can check out a variety of photography, fabric arts and woodworking. Visit the website for additional details and activities.

Historical moment in Irish history takes local stage

Every country has experienced waves of social movements, and Ireland is no different.

Brian Friel’s “The Freedom of the City,” a story based on the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland, comes to the stage this weekend at the Multi-use Community Cultural Center.

“Freedom” is set in 1970 in Derry, Northern Ireland. The play centers on three protesters who accidentally end up in the mayor’s office amid a civil rights march that was bombarded with tear gas. Jumping back and forth between the past and present, Freedom explores each of the three protesters’ personal lives before they are caught in the town hall and how the trio of peaceful activists went from faces in the crowd to central figures in the conflict.

The three citizens plead for their release and even go so far as to attempt to escape from their imprisonment, but they ultimately surrender and are killed by British soldiers.

Students in America are taught about the Civil Rights Movement that occurred in the United States, but history classes usually turn a blind eye to movements that took place in other countries. “Freedom” brings to light the fight against discrimination and inequality that pervaded Northern Ireland, a country with a typically peaceful reputation.

“The Freedom of the City” is presented by the DVC theater company. DVC is comprised of Wilson Magnet High School students, alumni and local actors, and the company is dedicated to bringing difficult stories to the stage. “Freedom” will run from July  21 to 23.


Beer buffs can quench their thirst at the sixth annual Bluebell Hopyard Tour & Tasting on July 22 in Farmington.

Owners Fred Armstrong and Kurt Charland founded the business in 2012 on the Bowerman family farm. The site started out as a dairy farm with cornfields and field grasses in the early 1900s.

Bluebell Hopyard consists of approximately two acres of high alpha hops. Situated along Ganargua Creek—better known as Mud Creek—cultivars at Bluebell include Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Glacier, Nugget and Willamette.

Armstrong and Charland have worked tirelessly to remain environmentally friendly at Bluebell, and conservation continues to be a priority at the hopyard. The two have harvested black locust trees for the trellis system and use local organic compost fertilizer in the soil.

The 2017 Hopyard Tour & Tasting offers insight into how hops are grown and the role they play in beer. There will be cash food, beer and wine tastings. Visitors can relish pints from local brewers such as VB Brewery, Swiftwater Brewing Co., ROC Brewing Co. and The Lost Borough Brewing Co. There will be live music from The Chinchillas.

Bluebell Hopyard is located at 319 Cline Road in Farmington. The event runs from noon until 6 p.m. and is suitable for all ages.