As daylight hits the graveled lot of Parcel 5 on crisp early September Rochester morning, anything remarkable about the barren sliver of downtown directly across from Sibley Square is hard to see. But for two days beginning Sept. 13, the ...Read More »
The big, weird balloons are coming back. Organizers of the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival announced this morning the return of Plasticiens Volants to the festival on Sept. 13 and 14. The French street theater group last appeared at Fringe in ...Read More »
After 40 years in the business, 26 stores, 1600 employees and recovery from a nearly devastating stroke, Sam Fantauzzo may be taking it a little easier in the future. But don’t sign him up for a rocker just yet. The ...Read More »
Audience participation band Massaoke will headline the seventh annual KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival in September, festival organizers announced this week. Massaoke, a live band that started in London in 2011, plays the best-loved “hairbrush” anthems—songs you know by heart and ...Read More »
Midtown EATS, a mobile restaurant row near Parcel 5, is back for the summer. The collection of pop-up restaurants will be available every other Thursday through August for lunch and dinner starting this week. According to the organizer, Rochester Events, ...Read More »
In a city of festivals, what’s one more? Summit Federal Credit Union and Galaxy Events announced this week that Rochester will have a new festival this summer, the ROC The Taste festival, combining food and live music. The event is ...Read More »
Drive down East Main Street during any hour of the day and you will surely pass the desolate site where Midtown Mall once stood. Of course, it's not always quite so desolate. During Rochester's beloved Fringe Festival and the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, the humble 1.2 acre plot of land swells to life, brimming with dance, laughter, musical vigor and, occasionally, monstrous balloons liberated from the contentious plot of land, hovering in the night sky above. Parcel 5, as it's referred to, has been possibly the most highly debated subject in the City of Rochester over the past couple years. Every time the City Council takes up the subject, citizens pack the room, voicing their concerns about the future of the site.
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