Consider some cultural events for your weekend wanderings. Here are a few of City's suggestions; for more events, check out the listings in our calendar.
"Every great drink starts with a plant," says Amy Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of "The Drunken Botanist." "Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley. Gin was born from a conifer shrub when a Dutch physician added oil of juniper to a clear spirit, believing that juniper berries would cure kidney disorders."
In her book, Stewart discusses the historic intersection of cultivation, chemistry, and concocting a stiff drink. Featuring more than 150 plants, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi, the work includes more than 50 drink recipes, growing tips for gardeners, and witty advice.
On Saturday, May 16, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Stewart will visit Rochester for a book signing and lecture at Broccolo Garden Center (2755 Penfield Road, Fairport). Tickets are $20 per person and advance registration is required. For more information and to secure your seat, visit broccolotreeandlawn.com/giftsandtickets
The Lockhart Gallery at the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Avenue) is specifically dedicated to hosting shows put together by MAG's curators, and spotlighting work drawn from the gallery's own collections. These exhibitions usually focus on various forms of printmaking, and have a new fascinating theme each time.
The recently-opened show, "In Search of Shadows," includes not only prints, but also paintings and drawings from a variety of artists who have used the universal theme of shadow to depict layers of symbolic, metaphorical, and psychological realms upon our experience of the physical world.
"In Search of Shadows" features serigraphs, lithographs, etchings, woodcuts, watercolors, ink drawings, photographs, and works in other media work by an international collection of artists, including Ernest W. Watson, Paride Castellan, Lyonel Feininger, Andreas Feininger, June Hildebrand, Luciano Guarnieri, Andy Warhol, Grant Wood, Martin Lewis, Edward Hopper, and others.
The moody and at times foreboding images depict our many relationships with shadow -- a familiar house transformed by the night when sleep is disturbed by an intruder, the inviting shadow of a tree on an oppressively hot day, urban walkways crisscrossed by the grids of sun-blocking constructions, sexy silhouettes, the looming specter of persecution and war, and the exciting obscurity the nightlife provides to restless souls.
This show remains on view through August 18. MAG's hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission is $5-12, half price on Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 276-8900 or visit mag.rochester.edu.