Wednesday, July 18, 2012

ARTS NEWS: Inaugural Rochester Fringe Festival schedule announced

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 9:31 AM

This morning the organizers of the inaugural First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival announced the schedule for the new arts & cultural event, which will feature more than 180 performances of 120 shows in 21 venues in downtown Rochester. Shows range from theater to music, visual art to comedy, dance to family-friendly fare, and will take place Wednesday, September 19-Sunday, September 23.

At this morning's press conference, Festival Producer Erica Fee touted the Fringe Festival's "mind-boggling variety of choices and depth of offerings."

Joining previously announced headliner Project Bandaloop -- an aerial dance troupe that will perform on the side of One HSBC Plaza in a free show on Thursday, September 20 -- are headlining acts the Harlem Gospel Choir, with will perform with Rochester's Campbell Brothers Friday, September 21, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (8 p.m., $10-$40) and comedy superstar Patton Oswalt, who will be on the Kodak Hall stage Saturday, September 22 (8 p.m., $15-$55). Additional headliner announcements may be forthcoming.

But the real heart of this festival will be the more than 100 shows taking place at a variety of downtown Rochester venues, among them Bernunzio Uptown Music, Blackfriars Theatre, Gallery r, George Eastman House, Geva Theatre Nextstage, Java's, The Little, Memorial Art Gallery, Monage Music Hall, RAPA's East End Theatre, RMSC's Strasenburgh Planetarium, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, The Hungerford Building, Xerox Auditorium, and Writers & Books.

These shows are a mix of award-winning traveling acts (such as plays "The Bicycle Men" and "The Event," both at Geva), original collaborations (RIT is combining 3D light displays with local dance troupes), and a variety of homegrown artists. A full line-up of this year's shows from the Fringe press release appears at the bottom of this article.

The festival will feature more than 40 free shows, including street entertainment that will take place on Gibbs Street -- the festival's "hub" -- which will be closed for traffic September 21-23.

Single tickets for most shows will run $5-$15. A limited number of Fringe Fanatic passes, which grant admission to all Fringe shows except the Kodak Hall headliners (similar to the Jazz Festival's ClubPass) will cost $150. Tickets are now on sale at the Eastman Theatre Box Office (433 E. Main St.) and Wegmans' That's the Ticket locations, by phone (877-368-2207), or online at rochesterfringe.com.

City Newspaper will continue to cover the Fringe Festival leading up to its debut. Check back at rochestercitynewspaper.com for updates.

Fringe Festival 2012 Show Line-Up (via press release)

44 PLAYS FOR 44 PRESIDENTS (theatre)

GevaTheatreCenter Nextstage; Sat.,

Sept. 22, 8-10pm; Sun., Sept. 23, 3-5pm; $15

GevaTheatreCenter presents the Geva Theatre Conservatory production of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, in association with "Rock the Vote." Written by the Neo-Futurists of Chicago, this is a smart, hilarious and irreverent look at whom our country chooses as its President...and why. Each President gets a two-minute play in a surprisingly informative yet moving view of American History, with a 2012 Presidential vote by the audience at the end of each performance. Middle school and up

A CAPPELLA HOUR (music)

RAPA's East End Theatre; Fri., Sept. 21, 5-6pm; $12/$8 students

A Cappella Hour features the University of Rochester's all-male Yellow Jackets and RAPA's Roc City Singers! The Yellow Jackets recently competed on Season Three of NBC's The Sing-Off, and the Roc City Singers are Rochester's own "Glee!" This highly-prestigious regional show choir features the top high school and college talent in the area. Complimentary wine. All ages

A NIGHT OF LAUGHS (comedy)

RAPA's East End Theatre; Fri., Sept. 21, 9:30-11:30pm; $12

Free workshop, 17+: Fri., Sept. 21, 6:15-7:15pm; www.rapatheatre.org

Representing NYC, Chicago, LA and Philly - eight name comedians - all on one stage! Hosted by NYC's Burlesque bombshell, Kitty Cockpit, this show features witty composer-lyricist, Mark Nutter; NYC sketch comedians, Kirsten O'Brien and Evan Zelnick; Philly's brash and brazen, Judy Clay; Chicago's musical comedian Matt Griffo; and character comedy from LA's Joe Liss (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Second City) and John Rubano (According to Jim, Second City). 18+

AL BILES AND GENJAM (music)

The Little Café; Sat., Sept. 22, 1-2pm; Free

Al Biles and GenJam play jazz, which doesn't sound all that fringy. Well, the music may be straight-ahead, but the band is far out. Al (a human trumpet player) and GenJam (the Genetic Jammer) improvise on tunes ranging from swing and bop to Latin and pop. Al and GenJam listen and reply to each other, but since GenJam is computer software that evolves its musical ideas in real time, it's spontaneous, responsive, and definitely on the fringe! All ages

AN EVENING WITH CHRIS WILSON (music)

The Space at Hungerford; Sat., Sept. 22, 8-10pm; $12

Chris Wilson is a unique singer/songwriter whose voice sets him apart from anyone else in his genre today. Chris burst onto the scene on the MTV television series, The Cut, where he placed second out of 10,000 hopefuls from around the country. A modern folk artist with influences ranging from Paul Simon to Johnny Cash, Chris has entertained audiences all over the world. Now he brings his intimate storytellers style concert to The Space.14+

ANONYMOUS WILLPOWER (music)

Java's; Wed., Sept. 19, 7-8pm; Free

Don Anonymous and Suzi Willpower are a husband-and-wife team of soul-inspired songwriters and genre-bending interpreters. Willpower's vocals have been described as ʺa blast of psycho-sexual seduction and wail.ʺ The band's four instrumentalists lay down a variety of hip-shaking grooves. The result is soul-baring vocals married to jazz, blues and New Orleans traditions, with a dash of reggae and punk-rock attitude. There's a dynamic push and pull within the songs: a poetic polemic of love. 16+

THE ARKANSAS TRAVELER MEETS MULLA NASRUDIN (music/storytelling)

The Little Café; Sat., Sept. 22, 10pm; Free

In the spirit of a Gypsy campfire, a Turkish coffee house, a Greek Hash house and a New Mexican Matachine, Howie Lester tells stories with music. "The Great Topanga Fire," "My Father's Violin," "Learning a tune from the son of a slave," and "The Arkansas Traveler meets Mulla Nasrudin" are just some of the stories, with songs from Blues, Gypsy, Klezmer, Cajun and Appalachian roots traditions - sometimes all at the same time. All ages

BATA CON PIES (music)

Java's; Sat., Sept. 22, 3pm; Free

This African/Caribbean drum and dance company promotes the concepts of cultural diversity, performing music from Africa, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti and Brazil. The name Bata Con Pies translates to "African drums with feet." The group uses bata drums, a family of sacred double-headed drums from the Yoruba culture in present-day Nigeria. All ages

ASTRO DANCE (dance)

The Little, Theatre 1; Sat., Sept. 22, 6:00pm; Free

An astrophysics/dance project funded by National Science Foundation, this RIT collaboration pairs the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) with the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. RIT/NTID Dance Company performers present an aesthetic, educational experience representing concepts of gravitational physics interpreted through dance, which was conceived and choreographed by RIT faculty Thomas Warfield. All ages

BEE EYE (video installation)

Gallery r; Throughout Fringe; Free

Immerse yourself in the world of the honeybee in BeeEye, a video installation by Cat Ashworth. Enter the hexagon-shaped structure and be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the honeybee. The honeybee has been in the public mind ever since Colony Collapse Disorder threatened their survival. This artwork takes a unique perspective on the human-honeybee relationship. All ages

BEFORE DAWN (film)

The Little, Theatre 1; Sat., Sept. 22, 2:45 & 3:45pm; Free

According to filmmaker, Haoran Li, Before Dawn is: "a response to my idea and understanding of the human perception of the universe...I wanted to create an underwater experience that is unique and familiar and that parallels the intuitive experience of being in space. The underwater acts as a barrier to the world we live in and the world that we don't know." Xiaoyo Liu composed the music. All ages

BETTY (theatre)

Blackfriars Theatre; Thurs., Sept. 20, 9-10pm; $5

It's 1963. Betty Parsons, the ʺden motherʺ of abstract expressionism, is about to lose her famous art gallery to a rival dealer who's lured away her ʺgiants of the art world,ʺ which include Jackson Pollack. Simultaneously, her career as an artist is being reignited. As the fiery Parsons dreams of her perfect gallery - a royal court with Betty as the Queen - she must face a world of loss that includes her former lover. Will Betty reclaim her gallery, or will losses so great destroy her? 18+

BEYOND THE SPHERES (film)

The Little, Theatre 1; Sat., Sept. 22, 2:15 & 3:15pm; Free

Saturn and Jupiter "space voices", recorded by Cassini and Voyager satellites, create a backdrop of inspiration in Beyond the Spheres. By extracting the features of these space audios, controlled properties of particles create the arresting visuals. Some mathematical equations are used to control the movements of those particles in their unfolding and changing sequences throughout the work. By Meghdad Asadi-Lari (MFA graduate candidate, RIT School of Film and Animation). All ages

THE BICYCLE MEN (theatre, musical comedy)

Geva Theatre Center Nextstage; Wed., Sept. 19, 8:30-9:30pm;Thurs., Sept. 20, 6-7pm; Fri., Sept. 21, 7:30-8:30pm; Sat., Sept. 22, 1:30-2:30pm; $15

The Bicycle Men is a sublimely silly musical comedy about a hapless American tourist whose bike breaks down in a quaint French village. Mayhem ensues as he steps into a surreal world of depraved marionettes, creepy bicycle repairmen, and off-the-wall cabaret performers. "Nothing could possibly lift your spirits as quickly as 'The Bicycle Men." -NY Times; "Absolutely not to be missed...delicious...intensely funny." -Chicago Tribune. Award-winning show features Dave Lewman, Joe Liss, Mark Nutter and John Rubano. Ages 16+

BIG VAUDEVILLE HOOK COMEDY HOUR (comedy)

The Space at Hungerford; Sat., Sept. 22, 10-11pm; $5

The Big Vaudeville Hook Comedy Hour showcases the best improv, stand-up and sketch comedy in Rochester! Hosted by Anna Hall. 18+

BILL EVANS and COMPANY: Modern Jazz, Modern Tango and Contemporary Dance (dance)

Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music; Sat., Sept. 22, 8pm; Sun., Sept. 23, 2pm; $10/$5 student

This exciting, dynamic, emotionally-moving and entertaining choreography by award-winning dance-maker, Bill Evans, will be performed by nine world-class dance artists. The 50-minute program includes athletic modern jazz, visually stunning modern tango, and both humorous and lyrical contemporary dance. This fast-paced and uplifting event includes a variety of musical styles and is suitable for all ages.

BREAKDOWN: DANCE/SOUND (dance/music)

Christ Church; Sat., Sept. 22, 4-5pm; $10/6 students

The fusion of orchestral music and contemporary dance has never been more interactive, surprising, and engaging. Dancers and musicians alike will test assumptions about the roles of audience and performer, stage and house. This family-friendly, multi-art experiment invites all to become part of the visual and aural landscape. Featuring "some of the area's top modern dancers" (Anna Reguero, D&C), BIODANCE will playfully premiere new dance works that will fuse seamlessly with the power of Sound ExChange's 30-member orchestra. All ages

BROKEN IMAGES (theatre)

TheatreROCS at Xerox; Sun., Sept. 23, 8-9 pm; $15, $10 seniors

Presented by Indo American Community Theater Group, KALIDAS, Girish Karnad's play is about a regional short story writer who becomes a literary phenomenon overnight when she decides to write a novel in English. Although the novel explores the complex relationship between the writer and her invalid sister, her own 'image' explores the 'real story.' A psychological thriller that keeps the audience guessing till the end. 18+

CANARY IN A COAL MINE: A Sketch Show (theatre)

The Space at Hungerford; Fri., Sept. 21, 8:30pm-9:30pm; $5

Experience a night of dark, irreverent, all-original sketch comedy with Rochester's very own Canary In A Coal Mine, featuring the talents of BJ Scanlon, Jeff Andrews, Kirk Stevens and Angela Prodrick. They may make you laugh, they may make you cry, they may make you sick, but most importantly - they'll make you feel. 16+

CASEY JONES COSTELLO Sings the Great American Songbook (music)

Java's; Fri., Sept. 21, 5-6pm; Sat., Sept. 22, 7-8pm; Free

Prepare to be wowed. Young crooner, Casey Jones Costello, takes you on a time trip through the early and mid Twentieth Century songbook. Along with veteran Broadway musician and conductor, Craig T. Raisner, Costello croons out the classics and forgotten gems, taking you on a sentimental journey in song. His silky-smooth vocals cushion you like a cat's pillow. Close your eyes and you'll see Bing Crosby. All ages

CHARLIE BETHEL'S GILGAMESH (theatre)

Geva Theatre Center Nextstage; Sat., Sept. 22, 3pm & Sun., Sept. 23, 8pm; $15

Friendship and enmity. Joy and lament. Sex and violence. Gods and Men. Life and death. Huge antitheticals of the human experience come together in this 3,000-year-old tale from ancient Mesopotamia. Cross into the underworld with the king who did not want to die and learn the Big Secret of the Gods. 13+

CIAS ALUMNI AT THE LITTLE CAFÉ (visual art)

The Little Café; Throughout Fringe; Free

Recent fine arts, illustrations and photography of RIT alumni from the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences are on view at the Little Theatre Café, September 15-29. Check out the artwork while attending RIT performances, poetry readings or other scheduled events at this familiar venue. All ages

CLUB RIT: Poetry Readings Sponsored by Signatures Magazine (poetry)

The Little Café; Sat., Sept. 22, 2:30pm; Sun., Sept. 23, 12:00pm; Free

Poetry in a variety of modes by RIT students, staff and faculty. All ages

COMMUNITY MOVES KIDS SHOW (children's/dance)

RAPA's East End Theatre; Sat., Sept. 22, 12:30-1:30pm; Free

From the sibling rivalry in "Perpetual" to the working cogs of a "Machine" to the feather brains in "South for the Winter," Core Project Chicago's Community Moves Kids Show will appeal to a child's senses of adventure, humor and excitement. All ages

CULTURE CLASH JAZZ QUARTET (music)

The Little Café; Sat., Sept. 22, 5:30pm; Free

Playing improvisational music, influenced by a range of world cultures and the music known as "jazz," Cultural Clash Jazz Quartet is led by noted saxophonist and composer, Carl Atkins, who's also professor of fine arts and director of the music program at RIT. All ages

DANGEROUS SIGNS (poetry/multidisciplinary)

The Little; Fri., Sept. 21, 6PM, Café; Sat., Sept. 22, noon, Theater 1; Free

Dangerous Signs is an exploration of African-American, Deaf and original poetry presented by RIT's Masquerer's Drama Club. A fusion ASL (American Sign Language)/poetry performance using music, dance, mime and spoken word, this performance is accessible to Deaf and Hearing audiences. 6+

DAY OF DANCE, SATURDAY (dance)

RAPA's East End Theatre; Sat., Sept. 22, 12:15-3:15pm; Suggested donation: $5

12:15pm: Next Best Thing is a collective of energetic choreographers celebrating their quirkiness through dance.
1pm: Pokerfaced cat fights, raw female prowess and absurd infatuation with food illustrate Kristi Faulkner Dance's intimate, unapologetic performance.
1:45: I am Cooper explores the battles and successes of former slaves of America settling in their homeland, Africa.
2:30 - Geomantics Dance Theater premieres "Twisted Surveillance," a satire on spying eyes, ears and pelvises of our times.

DAY OF DANCE, SUNDAY (dance/music)

RAPA's East End Theatre; Sunday, September 23rd 12pm-3pm; Suggested donation: $5

Noon-12:45pm: Juxtapose, by Juliana Utz and Nicole Kaplan, demonstrates the complexities of concert dance in a presentation of technique, artistry and strength;12:45-1:30pm: Rochester's four-piece GrooveDogs deliver 'cool' jazz animated by the dauntless dynamic tap dance artistry of Cheryl Johnson.
1:30-2:15pm: Percussive dance specialists, Brouhaha, led by Janet Schroeder, raises a rhythmic ruckus in the show "Tap and..."
2:15-3pm: NYC's modern dance company, Areadance, premiers Britney Falcon's newest work. Join them for a highly visceral, engaging experience!

DEAR DEXTER (music)

Java's; Thurs., Sept. 20, 9:30pm; Sat., Sept. 22, 5 pm; Free

Dear Dexter plays acoustic rock 'n' roll, meshing acoustic guitar styles with classic rock for a unique sound. We shoot for melodic and simple with driving progressions. The show will be mostly original material with reformatted covers to suit our style. We're excited to be a part of this festival and know we'll give you a good show. 13+

DEATH OF (AN) ARTIST (theatre/multidisciplinary)

RAPA's East End Theatre; Fri., Sept. 21, 8-9pm; Sun., Sept. 23, 8-9pm; $12/$10 students. Free workshop, 12+: Fri., Sept. 21, 9:15-10pm; www.rapatheatre.org

In this multi-disciplinary drama written and directed by classical cellist Esther Rogers, actors, musicians and dancers participate as equal performers, asking: "Who killed Artist?" With a strong element of traditional theater script, the real energy of the play comes from the improvisatory language shared between performers from different disciplines. Surprising, simple and honest, this show will be unique and thought-provoking. 12+

DIVINE MILIEU: The Last Confession of Teilhard de Chardin (theatre)

TheatreROCS at Xerox Auditorium; Fri., Sept. 21, 4:30-5:30pm; Sat., Sept. 22, 11:30am-12:30pm; $10

Reverand Edward Heidt delivers a compelling performance as twentieth-century philosopher, theologian, paleontologist and priest, Teilhard de Chardin, in L. John Cieslinksi's Divine Milieu. Discouraged and frustrated by the Vatican's efforts to silence him for his views on evolution and his order's heavy-handedness in dealing with him, Teilhard confides his feelings to a sympathetic friend. Fighting with his frustrations and his unwillingness to leave the Jesuit Order, he only wishes to show the Church that it has nothing to fear from science. 14+

DOUG WATERMAN'S FUN WITH FAIRY TALES (children's)

Writers & Books; Sat., September 22, 10-10:40am; Sun., Sept.23, 1-1:40pm; $7

Doug Waterman puts you and your family into some of your favorite stories, using music, laughter and lots of participation. You'll howl with the Big Bad Wolf, fall under a Wizard's spell, and end up dancing in the Deep Dark Wood. The show is based on Doug's CD, Truly Hairy Fairy Tales, which won WRUR's Open Tunings' 2006 Listeners' Poll for best local release in any genre. The CD will be available at the performances. All ages

DRAG 101 (theatre)

Sproull Atrium, Miller Center, Eastman School of Music (next to Max of Eastman Place); Fri., Sept. 21, 11pm-12:30am; Sat., Sept. 22, 12-1:30am; $8

DeeDee Dubois hosts Drag101, a unique blend of Rochester's best drag entertainers! A different show each night, featuring seasoned and fresh drag performers. Big heels, bright colors, spectacular costumes, lots of laughs, amazing illusion and fabulous impersonations. This high-energy show is guaranteed to leave you wanting more and wondering, "How'd they do that?" Don't forget your cameras! 16+

DRAGON'S LAIR (3D projection)

Christ Church; Thurs., Sept. 20, 9pm; Free

Crazy graphics and a fairy tale projected onto the exterior of Christ Church created by 3D Digital Design students at RIT, Professor Marla Schweppe and others. Perhaps the first projection-mapping experience in Rochester! Step inside the church afterwards to see more mapping, but this time on the organ. All ages

THE DUST (multidisciplinary)

RAPA's East End Theatre; Sun. Sept. 23, 5-6pm; $10/$8 students. Free workshop, 14+: Fri., Sept. 21, 7:45-8:30pm; www.rapatheatre.org

A multi-media exploration of contemporary myth and belief, Core Project Chicago's The Dust explores the archetypes of Death, Fate, Memory and Man through dance, poetry, experimental music and visual art. The Dust takes audiences into the collaborative creative mind, as the artists of CPC debate, reminisce, narrate, philosophize, make fun of, dance around and dive headlong into the BIG questions of life and death. All ages

EIGHT BEAT MEASURE: Live A Cappella (music)

The Little Café; Sun., Sept. 23, 1-1:30pm; Free

Now in their 24th year of existence, Eight Beat Measure is RIT's original a cappella group. Begun as a faculty-led extension of RIT's choir, they quickly expanded their horizons and branched into the world of contemporary a cappella, where they're constantly taking risks and exploring new territory to make sure you get the best show possible! Make sure you pick up their latest album, "No Safety Nets," available on iTunes. 16+

ENCORE A CAPPELLA (music)

The Little Café, Sun., Sept. 23, 1:30-2pm; Free

Started in 1996, Encore A cappella is RIT's original, all-female a cappella group, consisting of a selected number of talented singers! Encore loves to entertain both on campus and off, and performs a diverse assortment of music from many different genres - all without accompaniment! All ages

THE EVENT (theatre)

Geva Theatre Center Nextstage; Wed., Sept. 19, 7- 8:05pm; Fri., Sept. 21, 6- 7:05pm; $15

A man stands in a pool of light and attempts the ultimate magic trick: disappearing while remaining in plain sight. John Clancy's "extraordinary tour de force" (Scotsman), comes to Rochester via Amsterdam, Australia, Belfast, Berlin, Edinburgh, London and New York. "Performed with a conjurer's élan" (Guardian, London) by Edinburgh & Adelaide Fringe Best Actor Winner, David Calvitto, "one of the funniest and cleverest performers around" (Herald, Scotland), "a single performer gifted enough to rivet any audience" (London Times) 14+

FACES OF MADNESS: Classic Tales of the Insane Mind (theatre)

RAPA's East End Theatre; Sat., Sept. 22, 5.30-6.30pm; $12/$10 students. Free workshop, 14+: Sat., Sept. 22, 6:45-7:30pm

Experience a glimpse into madness as four actors recount tales of insanity by such classic authors as H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Lord Dunsany, Clark Ashton Smith and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Through dramatic, horrifying monologues and haunting physicality, MCC's On the Edge Drama Troupe will transport audiences to the depths of madness and present the circumstances that drove such minds into lunacy. 12+

FLOWER CITY VAUDEVILLE (variety)

RAPA's East End Theatre; Sat., Sept. 22, 2pm; Sun., Sept. 23, 12:30pm; $10/$5 kids. Free workshops, all ages, following each show! www.rapatheatre.org

What do you get when you combine fantastic feats, family fun, and a variety show with a flair for the fabulous? The answer is: a multi-talented troupe of top Rochester performers skilled in juggling, music, clowning, circus arts and comedy whose name is FLOWER CITY VAUDEVILLE! There'll be club and knife throwing, plate spinning, washboard playing, unicycle riding, tale telling, rope walking, and a big wheel that keeps on turning! All ages

FOOTBALL [and other things theatrical] (theatre)

RAPA's East End Theatre; Fri., Sept. 21, 6.30 -7.30 pm; Sat., Sept. 22, 4-5pm; $7

The brainchild of several young actors from Brighton High School, Football [and other things theatrical] features two one-act plays by highly-acclaimed playwright, Christopher Durang: For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls and A Business Lunch at the Russian Tea Room. These hilarious plays satirize the more famous Glass Menagerie and skewer the film industry. And then...there's a football. Directed by Judy Shomper. 13+

GALLERY r SHOWCASES CIAS (visual art)

Gallery r; Throughout the Fringe; Free

Visit Gallery r's metro showcase and learning laboratory, where global thinking and creative solutions are the results of investigations by RIT's undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences. Appreciate the convergence of art and technology, interpreted through an impressive range of techniques and processes. Many of the works exhibited are interactive and encourage audience participation. All ages

GARDEN FRESH (music)

Bernunzio Uptown Music; Fri., Sept. 21, 9.30-10.30pm; Sat., Sept. 22, 9.30-10.30pm; $5

Garden Fresh began in 2010 when Chris Coon and Pete Johnson set out to create hip-hop alter egos who could espouse the polar opposite of the genre's stereotypical content while still reveling in its music and machismo. Dubbing themselves Professor Fizizizt (read: physicist) and Tha Dome, Garden Fresh eschews praising money, intoxication and misogyny, and instead pens clever odes to thrift, water and politeness to a fault. The result is a jovial, all-ages performance full of catchy choruses and witty wordplay. All ages

THE GAY FIANCÉE (theatre)

Writers & Books; Fri., Sept. 21, 10-11pm; Sat., Sept. 22, 8-9pm; $15

In The Gay Fiancée, we meet blushing groom-to-be, Harvey, when he locks himself in the tux shop dressing room to soothe his cold feet. In this fantastical tale of love and mystery, Harvey must come to terms with the past before he walks down the aisle for his ninth life with the perfect guy, The Man in the Moon. From Method Machine, the company that brought you ʺThe Lipstick Massacreʺ and ʺAngels in America.ʺ 13+

GCI's ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE (comedy improv)

Geva Theatre Center Nextstage; Sat., Sept. 22, 10:30pm-12:00am; $10

Geva Comedy Improv's live-action, improvised Zombie gore-fest returns with even more rotten flesh, grisly dismemberment and hilarious, undead ultra-violence. Pack up your chainsaw, gas up the flamethrower, and rummage through your purse for shotgun shells. GCI is waking the dead and we want you there - for bait! **Strong language, violence and adult content - viewer discretion is advised** 18+

GENESEO BHANGRA (dance)

RAPA's East End Theatre; Sat., Sept. 22, 4:30-4:45pm; Free

Since 2005, SUNY Geneseo's Geneseo Bhangra has been traveling throughout the Northeast, performing high-energy Punjabi dance in competitions and shows. The dance team performs for numerous fundraisers in addition to participating in local community service. Now, Geneseo Bhangra brings its wild, entertaining fun to the Rochester Fringe Festival. Watch this exciting routine and become immersed in the awe-inspiring world of Punjabi dance! All ages

GEVA COMEDY IMPROV PRESENTS FACE-OFF! (comedy improv)

Geva Theatre Center Nextstage; Thurs., Sept. 20, 10:30pm-12:00am; Fri., Sept. 21, 10:30pm-12:00am; $10

A nail-biting comedic competition based upon suggestions from the audience. Two teams of improvisers go head-to-head in a contest of quick thinking, bold action, and wanton humiliation. It's hilarious improvised theatre featuring songs, scenes and an unforgettable evening of custom made, on-the-spot entertainment. 18+

GOOD MORNING (film)

The Little, Theatre 1; Sun., Sept. 23, noon-3 pm; Free

RIT student, Jieting Chen, tells the compelling story of a girl's morning using hand-drawn animation. 13+

THE GREAT CHERNESKY (variety)

Java's; Fri., Sept. 21, 8pm; Free

The Great Chernesky is a folk performer hailing from Auburn NY, who has mastered the art of ʺvagrant vaudeville,ʺ which is a performance style incorporating folk songs, joke telling, skits and stunts. Always a high-energy, entertaining act that engages the audience, The Great Chernesky is the greatest performer east of the Mississippi...and west of that don't matter! 16+

GRR! (music)

Max of Eastman Place/Sproull Atrium, Eastman School of Music; Sat., Sept. 22, 8-9pm; $10

The GRR! trio will take you on a genre-bending musical journey. Expect original compositions and select cover tunes ranging from fun and quirky to dark and haunting, always with carefully-crafted arrangements and provocative twists and turns along the way. The brainchild of guitarist Geoff Tesch, bassist Ron Broida and vocalist Robin Whiteman, GRR! will travel from stark, riveting Blues, to Folk, Jazz, Funk, and beyond. All ages

HANDS ON (Even If They're Sticky!) (children's)

TheatreROCS at Xerox Auditorium; Sun., Sept. 23, 11am to noon; $7

Watching a live theatre show is fun and exciting - so much so that lots of kids wish they could jump out of their seats and come right up on stage to be a part of the action. Here's their chance to get HANDS ON with live children's theater! TYKEs (Theatre Young Kids Enjoy) brings little volunteers from the audience up on stage to help create a little show - right before your eyes! 5+

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (theatre)

TheatreROCS at Xerox Auditorium; Fri., Sept. 21, 10:30pm-12am; $10

This rock musical, written by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, follows a post-botched-op transsexual East German singer on her journey to find her other half. Also a Sundance award-winning film, Echo Productions' cast features local actors Carl Del Buono and Sammi Cohen, along with a live band, The Angry Inch. Through beautifully-crafted music and clever anecdotes, this one-night-only performance about the ʺinternationally-ignored song stylistʺ is bound to captivate and entertain. Directed by Wayne Alan Dunbar. 17+

HIDE THE MOON: BASED ON SALOME (theatre)

RAPA's East End Theatre; Wed., Sept. 19, 8:30-9:30pm; Sat., Sept. 22, 10:30-11:30pm; Free

Infatuation. Loathing. Fear. Lust. Hide the Moon: based on Salome leaves no emotion undiscovered. In this reinvention of Oscar Wilde's scandalous 1891 play, Eastman School of Music students combine drama, music and movement in what promises to be a wild and fresh theatrical event. Featuring a live instrumental ensemble and original arrangements of music by artists like Fiona Apple, Björk, and the Dresden Dolls, Hide the Moon is one Fringe Festival production you simply won't want to miss. 16+

HOWARD & EMILY (theatre)

Writers & Books; Fri., Sept. 21, 8-9 pm; Sat., Sept. 22, 4-5 pm; $10

In this theatrical/literary/psycho-musical mashup, (ghosts of) Emily Dickinson and Howard Phillips (H. P.) Lovecraft share the stage, unaware of each other's existence, speaking in quotes from their writings and letters. Between them sits Doktor Bronisław Kielbasa-Funk, a Polish acolyte of Sigmund Freud, who has fallen into ill repute. Emily and Howard find each other and fall in mad love; Doktor Kielbasa-Funk analyzes the proceedings and is forever changed by what he sees. Period music serves as accompaniment. 15+

I REMEMBER YOU: A Coffee Cabaret (music/cabaret)

Java's; Fri., Sept. 21, 6-6:40pm; Sat., Sept. 22, 8-8:40pm; Free

This caffeinated cabaret is the journey of five people discovering who they are through past experiences, relationships, and cherished friendships. Throughout the evening, they sort through this hectic, but beautiful, cup of life. This cabaret of classic and contemporary musical theatre features talented Nazareth College students Scott Charles, Erin Hassett, Katie LeSuer, Jennifer Menter and Brian Ziemann, with Don Kot at the piano. All ages

I WRITE...TO DISCOVER... (theatre)

Writers & Books; Wed., Sept. 19, 8-9pm; Sun., Sept. 23, 5-6pm; $10

Process Productions presents a monolog of opinions, biography and excerpts from the works of mid-twentieth-century American Southern writer, Flannery O'Connor. Her darkly coming fiction has entertained and challenged readers for 60 years. Gretchen Woodworth portrays the author in the twilight of her short life, but at the height of her career. Joan D. VanNess directs this award-winning production by Ed Scutt. High school+

THE ISLE OF DOGS (theatre)

Writers & Books; Thurs., Sept. 20, 9-10pm; Sun., Sept. 23, 7-8pm; $8

The Isle of Dogs, presented by Spanner Theatre Company and Method Machine, is Kimberly Niles's original, dark, British comedy written in the style of Magical Realism and Dadaism. The unlawful use of veterinarian- grade pharmaceuticals and victimless misdemeanors are considered charmingly normal at this holiday destination. Visitors to The Isle of Dogs have been described as narcissistic, glue-sniffing sex pests-in-training, but they can't stay that way forever - someone always raises the stakes. Mind the gap. Mature audiences

THE LIFE OF LEO WOOL (theatre)

Writers & Books; Sat., Sept. 22, 6-7pm; Sun., Sept.23, 11am- noon; $10

Literature is dying. And so is Leo Wool, the last American superstar literary critic. When visited in his home by a feminist colleague, an outraged writer, and an adoring co-ed, Leo must confront the real life he has led and what he may have sacrificed in search of the sublime. 13+

THE LIGHT COLLECTOR (film)

The Little, Theatre 1; Sat., Sept. 22, 2:30 & 3:30pm; Free

A collaboration by Jim Downer (Animator, RIT Alumnus) and Billy Vazquez (Graduate student, Astrophysics, RIT), The Light Collector is an experimental, stop-motion animation and a portrait of an astronomer. Downer was inspired by Vazquez' extensive space photographs and telescope research, and the astronomer's attempt to create an understanding of the universe around us. All ages

LIGHTER TONES (dance)

RAPA's East End Theatre; Sat., Sept. 22, 3:30-4:30pm, $10

Collections Dance Company and Company Mariko Yamada share the stage in this Fringe show. Collections Dance Company premieres Other Homes, which examines the close relationship between environment and identity by exploring the shifting dynamics between two separate realities. Company Mariko Yamada presents Lime is the sweet name I call. Witty, poetic and musical, this delightful collection of satisfying images is an experience of moments of beauty created by an exquisite balance between perfection and imperfection. All ages

LOST IN THE FUNHOUSE: REVOLUTION (multidisciplinary)

RMSC's Strasenburgh Planetarium; Thurs., Sept. 20, 6-7pm; Sat., Sept. 22, 8-9pm; Sun., Sept. 23, 6-7 pm; $12

Lost in the Funhouse: Revolution is a one-hour presentation of one revolution of the earth around the sun. Using live computer music, field recordings, spoken text and projected planetarium star maps and videos, Revolution will depict both the science (physics) and psychology (emotions) of the passage of seasons, solar/lunar cycles, celestial mechanics and harmony of the spheres. 5+

LOVE AT FIRST WALTZ: Biodance & Resonanz (dance/music)

RAPA's East End Theatre; Sun., Sept. 23, 6:30-7:30pm; $12/$8 students

Close harmonies, creative dance and cabaret mix when BIODANCE and RESONANZ celebrate love in the time-honored traditions of the American Songbook and romantic Austria. Two polished ensembles perform music of Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Johannes Brahms in an intimate cabaret setting. Featuring original choreography by Missy Pfohl Smith and musical direction by Eric Townell. All ages

MANSFIELD AVENUE BAND (music)

Sproull Atrium, Miller Center, Eastman School of Music (next to Max of Eastman Place); Thurs., Sept. 20, 10pm-1am; $8

Whether you enjoy your live music served up at center stage or prefer to chill with friends just tapping your toes, this foursome will keep you moving. Mansfield Ave delivers a high-caliber, modern, acoustic-rock sound, and covers music from the 90's to now. Between the fluid, jam-band grooves of DMB, and pop gems revived from a time before Bono put on the orange shades, this group delivers. 21+

MARIAH MALONEY DANCE (dance)

George Eastman House Terrace Garden; Sat., Sept. 22, 1-2pm; Free

International choreographer, Mariah Maloney, is a former member of the world-renowned Trisha Brown Dance Company. Celebrate the Terrace Garden's elegant floral setting as you take in choreography inspired by Baroque choral compositions and set on a 14-member ensemble; a solo infused with traditional Irish Music by Lad Lane; and an edgy, empowering female sextet dancing to music ranging from Brazilian Girls to Carl Orff. All ages

MARY'S WEDDING (theatre)

TheatreROCS at Xerox; Thurs., Sept. 20, 5:30-7pm; Sat., Sept. 22, 2:30-4pm; $15

Bristol Valley Theatre presents Stephen Massicotte's haunting, dreamlike romance set at the outset of the First World War. Charlie and Mary duck in to a barn to escape a summer storm, only to find each other. But the world is at war and duty calls Charlie. Will their love pay the price? Directed by NYC's Innovative Theater Best Director Award Winner, Suzi Takahashi, this is a heart-stirring tribute to those who serve their country and those who wait for them. 12+ and up

MATT GRIFFO (comedy/music)

Geva Theatre Center Nextstage; Thurs., Sept. 20, 9-10 pm; Fri., Sept. 21, 9-10pm; $15

Matt Griffo is a Chicago musical comedian, combining serious piano and ukulele chops with hilarious lyrics. The composer of the smash Chicago production, Jersey Shore: The Musical, Matt has opened for Reggie Watts; plays regularly at the Laugh Factory; and has performed for Chicago Sketchfest, LA Comedy Festival, Black Box Comedy Festival Atlanta, Big Little Comedy Festival Michigan, and the Milwaukee Comedy Festival. 16+

MELIA with STARLIGHT CITIES (music)

Montage Music Hall; Thurs., Sept. 20, 8-11pm; $5

Rochester's Melia won three awards at 2012's Indie Music Channel Awards in Hollywood: Best Female Rock Artist, Best Rock Song and Song of the Year. Melia and her band will start off the night at 9pm, followed by Rochester pop/rock band, Starlight Cities, for an unforgettable night of great, high-energy, pop-radio-friendly music. 16+

MICHAEL VADALA TRIO (music)

George Eastman House Terrace Garden; Sat., Sept. 22, 2-3pm; Free

The Michael Vadala Trio features writer/pianist Michael Vadala, along with drummer Jamie Greene and bassist Robert Ferguson. MVT began as an engineering project at Finger Lakes Community College, but after finishing its first full album in May of 2011, the trio's looking to create a reputation as a young jazz trio with a great upside. MVT is looking to bring a new, fun dance-ability to the jazz scene. All ages

MY PLASTIC SUN (music)

Bernunzio Uptown Music; Fri., Sept. 21, 8- 9pm & Sat., Sept. 22, 8-9pm; $5

Although a relatively new band, My Plastic Sun has already received a tremendous amount of positive press from major indie music blogs who have been comparing them to Radiohead, Coldplay and the Beatles. Two-time Emmy award-winning cinematographers, the Olson Brothers, have just completed My Plastic Sun's first music video and their live shows have been drawing rave reviews. Come and see what the buzz is all about! All ages

NUTS AND BOLTS COMEDY IMPROV (comedy improv)

TheatreROCS at Xerox; Fri., Sept. 21, 7:30 pm; $10

Around since 2000, Nuts and Bolts Comedy Improv is Rochester's longest-running improvisational comedy show. Enjoyed by audiences across the country, Nuts and Bolts is a comedic, short-form improv show that will have you rolling on the floor with laughter. Come see why they've been around so long! 13+

OLIVER BROWN AND HIS EXTRAORDINARY UKULELES (music)

Bernunzio Uptown Music; Fri., Sept. 21, 7-8pm; $5

Described by the Santa Cruz Good Times as the ukulele's answer to Jonathan Richman, Oliver Brown performs Shakespearean tales about milk runs, girls with cotton-candy hair, and master-servant deli situations. During his 25-year career, he has delighted audiences in nightclubs, living rooms and parking garages from New York to San Francisco (where he once got heckled by Jello Biafra). Featured in the documentary, Rock that Uke, Oliver also has a song on Sesame Street. All ages

ON TAP: ORIGINAL MUSIC with DANCE (music/dance)

Sproull Atrium, Miller Center, Eastman School of Music (next to Max of Eastman Place); Fri., Sept. 21, 7pm; $10

Live contemporary jazz and classical music - composed by Eastman School of Music and Nazareth College students and alumni - meets local professional dancers. Featured composers Jennifer Bellor, Matt Evans, Josh Forgét, Colin Gordon and Aaron Staebell collaborate with featured dancers and choreographers, including Hannah Beach Chisholm, Alex Dugdale, Rebecca McArthur, Missy Pfohl Smith and Courtney World. All ages

ONE WORLD: Hamlet and the Rest of Us (theatre)

Blackfriars Theatre; Sat., Sept. 22, 2:30-3:30pm; $10

Monarch Players is an inspirational troupe of actors with and without disabilities. They make Shakespeare's Hamlet accessible to all with text, music and dance, and the play comes alive with the raw emotions only available to actors with developmental disabilities. You will never see the world the same way again after you watch the Monarch Players perform Hamlet! All ages

OPERATION SUPERPOWER (children's)

RAPA's East End Theatre; Sat., Sept. 22, 11am-12pm; Sun., Sept 23, 2-3pm; $10/$5 students

Every child has an inner gift - a superpower! Whether its singing, sports, kindness or friendship - Operation Superpower is here to take children on an inspirational musical journey to help them discover their superpowers and become real-life superheroes. Juilliard graduates Armand Ranjbaran, Tobias Greenhalgh and John Brancy combine their superpowers of composing and operatic singing to create an action-packed show filled with original music and audience participation. All ages

PEACH PRESERVES (music)

Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music; Sat., Sept. 22; 5-6pm; $5

Peach Preserves is the inspired music child of Adrian DiMatteo, several rhythm players from Eastman School of Music, and a night of jamming. The jazz, rock, funk fusion with uniquely smooth melodies was too good to confine to just one jam session, and so Peach Preserves was born. Peach Preserves has released its first, self-titled album graced with the artwork of young Rochester artist, Khari Thompson. All ages

PERFORMING PUBLIC SPACE w/ Rochester Contemporary Dance Collective (dance/multidisciplinary)

RoCo (Rochester Contemporary Art Center); Sat., Sept. 22, 3-6pm; Free

How are dancers, artists and activists redefining public space today? As part of the exhibition, ʺState of the City 2012: Whose Space? Our Space!ʺ, RoCo and The Memorial Art Gallery present: Performing Public Space with Rochester Contemporary Dance Collective. The performers included in this original program will challenge us to think differently about the public spaces we all inhabit. The exhibition takes its title from the popular protest chant: ʺWhose Streets? Our Streets!ʺ All ages

PICK LOVE (theatre)

RAPA's East End Theatre; Thurs., Sept. 20, 9-10:30pm; Sat., Sept. 22, 7- 8:30pm: $15. Free workshop, 14+: Fri., Sept. 21, 7:15-8pm

Join Partridge Place Productions and a cast of romantic yet zany characters for a humorous and heartfelt look at the different stages of love: Passion, Intimacy and Commitment! Michael Radi returns to his native Rochester as Composer/Librettist and Musical Director for this Fringe performance of PICk Love, with direction by David E. Shane and an all-star cast directly from NYC! Come and experience this premier new musical and decide for yourself: would you PICk Love? High school and up

THE PIPES ARE CALLING: An Elegy to Dan Higgins, Sr. (theatre)

TheatreROCS at Xerox; Sat., Sept. 22, 1-2pm; Sun., Sept. 23, 6:30-7:30pm; $10

Dan Higgins laid bricks, served the Buffalo Common Council and raised five children. His grandson, Matt Crehan Higgins, could not relate. But when his grandfather's memory begins to fade, he is overcome with a desire to make up for lost time. As Dan's ability to relate in the present tense is lost, family roles change, decisions are made, unfiltered feelings surface and Matt sees clearly how the man his grandfather was shaped the one he has become. All ages

PREDICTIONS (magic)

Max of Eastman Place/Sproull Atrium, Eastman School of Music; Sat., Sept. 22, 4-5pm; $8

Magic, mind reading and mentalism by Nickle. A high-energy show crammed with humor and mind-numbing magic that will tickle your funny bone and fry your brain. Ages 10+

PROOF OF PURCHASE (music)

The Little Café; Sun., Sept. 23, 4pm; Free

RIT's newest and only co-ed a cappella group, Proof of Purchase, just finished recording its first CD, Yay!, and is ready to take on the world. PoP does it all - sing, dance, create original songs, and cover a variety of different genres. But above all else, they just have a blast singing together! All ages

PUSH Physical Theatre (physical theatre)

TheatreROCS at Xerox Auditorium; Fri., Sept. 21, 6-7pm; Sat., Sept. 22, 10:30-11:30pm; $15

This talented group of performers inspires awe with physical illusions and gravity-defying, dance-infused, acrobatic high-jinx. Masters of physical storytelling, PUSH Physical Theatre grab hold of audiences' emotions and "push" the boundaries of traditional theatre. Award-winning PUSH will perform two new pieces: "The Evolution of Aviation" (world premiere) and "The Natural World" (Rochester premiere) - and begin their show on You Tube before the Fringe even opens! All ages

RADIO RONNIE'S AMAZING FINGER LAKES JUICY SECRET! (children's)

Black Radish Studio; Sun., Sept. 23, 2 - 2:45pm; $5/$3 children

Are you ready to hear the coolest story since the last Ice Age about planet Earth and the unique Finger Lakes region? Radio Ronnie is lively and engaging, and he knows how to connect with young audience members and their accompanying adults. Colorful visuals, interesting sounds and props make this fresh, family entertainment. When you hear about the EarLectrics, the GrapeHeads & Their Bunch, and the Amazing Finger People, you'll know why this story has to be kept a juicy secret! Ages 7-10/family

RENAISSANCE REMIX: 16th-century Art, Music, and Dance for All Ages (multidisciplinary/children's)

Memorial Art Gallery; Sat., Sept.22, Noon-4pm; Free with gallery admission

This multi-faceted event celebrates the Memorial Art Gallery's new Gill Discovery Center exhibit, Renaissance Remix: Art & Imagination in 16th-century Europe. Designed especially for families, the afternoon features performances and mini dance lessons with the Rochester City Ballet, interactive organ demonstrations and concerts by Eastman School of Music faculty and students on the antique Italian Baroque Organ, and guided tours of the Gill Discovery Center and other Renaissance artworks. All ages, especially 10-13

RICHARD III, by William Shakespeare (theatre)

TheatreROCS at Xerox Auditorium; Fri., Sept. 21, 9-10pm; Sun., Sept. 23, 2-3pm; $15/$10 seniors/$5 under age 25

The Shakespeare Players program of the Rochester Community Players presents Richard III, Shakespeare's historic tragedy of a wickedly ruthless king. Period costumes, sizzling battle scenes, murder and mayhem all abound in Shakespeare's incomparable original text. Originally staged at the Highland Park Bowl in July, 2012, this specially-edited, hour-long presentation has been recreated exclusively for the Fringe. 12+

RIT JAZZ COMBO (music)

The Little Café; Sat., Sept. 22, 4-5pm; Free

The RIT Jazz Combo, directed by John Kruger, consists of trumpets, trombones, saxes, piano, drums, bass and guitar. Repertoire typically includes traditional big band music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Woody Herman, as well as more contemporary music from groups such as Spyro Gyra. The ensemble also performs musib by local composers, including Matt Harris. All ages

RIT's SURROUND SOUND (music)

The Little Café; Sun., Sept. 23, 2-3pm; Free

An a cappella group, RIT's Surround Sound specializes in Comedy and Barbershop.

ROCHESTER PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA (music)

Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music

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RUDDY WELL BAND (music)

Java's; Fri., Sept. 21, 7-8pm; Free

The Ruddy Well Band is a contemporary folk/rock band, driven by the harmonies of guitarist and banjo player, Andrew Ruddy, violin and accordion player, Monique Ritter, and guitarist, Ryan Burdick. "So the musical chemistry began...Ruddy and Ritter, of Pulaski, and Burdick, of Baldwinsville, are cutting into a huge slice of American pie as the Ruddy Well Band." - Mark Bialczak of the Post Standard. All ages

RULES AND REGULATIONS (multidisciplinary)

Writers & Books; Fri., Sept. 21: 6-7 pm, Sat., Sept. 22: 2-3 pm; $10

Detroit-based writer Caedra Scott-Flaherty, New York City-based choreographer Lauren Hale Biniaris, and Rochester-based composer rachMiel each use their respective mediums - language, movement, and sound - to explore the nature of rules: how they are made, how they are obeyed, how they interact, and how they are broken. And most importantly: how they can be used to enhance, rather than limit, personal and group freedom. 13+

RUN FOR THE ROSES: a Tribute to the Grateful Dead (music)

Montage Music Hall; Sat., Sept. 22, 9pm-2am; $6

This a MUST SEE show for any music fan! A magical night of sound and lights as the band RUN FOR THE ROSES pays tribute to The Grateful Dead and their music - note for note. Come see the band's over-two-hour set, as they represent one of music's best jam bands. Doors are at 9pm. 16 +

SAVOR: PORTRAITS OF EATING (visual art)

Max of Eastman Place/Sproull Atrium, Eastman School of Music; Wed., Sept. 19 - Sat., Sept. 22; Free

Savor is a series of portraits by Sara Basher, a recent MFA graduate of RIT who appreciates people and the way in which food and drink bring people together, time and time again. The series was inspired by friends and coworkers from Sara's serving job at Questa Lasagna. It should be said here that coworkers are friends, especially if one works in a restaurant. All ages

SEARCH ENGINE IMPROV (comedy improv)

The Space at Hungerford; Wed., Sept. 19, 7:30-8:30pm & 8:45-9:45pm; Thurs., Sept. 20, 9-10pm; Fri., Sept. 21, 7:30-8:30pm & 9:30-11:00pm & 11:30pm-12:30am; Sat., Sept. 22, 11:30pm-12:30am; $7

Three-man comedy team, Search Engine Improv (SEI), combines the best of Chicago and New York City styles of long-form improvised comedy performance. SEI creates award-winning, uniquely styled live comedy shows, each an exciting exploration of compelling characters and hilarious scenarios and all created on the spot, in the moment, as you see it happening. SEI is Cal Keefe-Perry, Law Tarello and John Forrest Thompson. 13+

SETH FAERGOLZIA & THE 23 PSAEGZ (music)

Bernunzio Uptown Music; Wed., Sept. 19, 10-11pm; Thurs., Sept. 20, 10-11pm; $8

Seth & the Psaegz concoct music which remains outside the scope of particular genre-labels or classification. With their harmonic subtlety, poetically-experimental lyricism, quirked-out energy and -of course - Seth's soaring, roaring, gurgling, whip-crack-acrobatic vocals, each Psaegz performance lovingly unweaves time, revealing moments honest and organic in their exploration of possibility. 18+

SHIMMY SHAKE DOWN (dance)

Max of Eastman Place/Sproull Atrium, Eastman School of Music; Thurs., Sept. 20, 9-10pm; $10

Tribal Goddess Collective presents a breathtaking display of Middle Eastern-inspired dance featuring a dozen Rochester dancers showcasing swords, veils and more. Trained by world-renowned belly dance professionals, Shimmy Shake Down is a celebration of the feminine power in all women - young or vintage, thin or curvy. You will not want to miss this one-of-a- kind extravaganza! All ages

SIGNAL (film)

The Little, Theatre 1;Sat., Sept. 22, 2 & 3pm; Free

In Signal, visual compositions of Sun images interwoven with animated sequences respond to the perceived chaos on the Sun. Following a musical trajectory that features sharp contrasts of dynamics, register, timbre and texture, Signal is "a dramatic revelation...of chaos that is pleasing to see." A collaborative work by Prof. Stephanie Maxwell (RIT School of Film and Animation), Peter Byrne (Associate Prof., RIT School of Design), David Saroff (RIT PhD student, Astrophysics), and composer Elizabeth Kelly (PhD candidate, Eastman School of Music). All ages

THE SILVER THREADS (music)

Writers & Books; Sat., Sept. 22, noon; $8

The Silver Threads are an original, roots-Americana band, with a literate take on classic musical forms birthed by our fair nation. Harmonies, red-hot banjos, sad songs played fast, and happy songs played slowly will all appear. All ages

SKOOBA & COMPANY (music/multidisciplinary)

Black Radish Studio; Sat., Sept. 22, 8-11pm; $5

Progressive, ambient, upbeat. Moving through different realms to sculpt soundscapes of imagination, sKoOba (Steven Bertolone) takes his audience into an alternate universe outside the everyday perception. Inspired by new ideas and old video games, he strives to remind society that the imagination and the self are endless. sKoOba's musical performance will also feature visual art by John Bertolone and a beautiful flowing hoop dance by Libby Miga. 16+

SMITH (theatre)

TheatreROCS at Xerox Auditorium; Sat., Sept. 22, 6pm; $8

Smith tells the true story of Zach Smith, an infectiously positive young man who followed his dreams of becoming a US Marine. Four days into his first mission and six months into his marriage, he was killed in Afghanistan - changing his hometown of Hornell, NY forever. This play, derived from a series of interviews with his family, friends, and members of the community, calls attention to the sacrifices being made by young men, women, and their families every day. Ages 13+

SOLITUDE OF SELF: The Journey of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (theatre)

Blackfriars Theatre; Sat., Sept. 22, 5-6pm; $10

Recipe for a women's revolution: take one brilliant housewife stranded in Seneca Falls, NY, c.1848; fold in 7 children and a healthy pinch of outrage; mix with humor and passion. Let simmer. Solitude of Self is the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, friend and partner of Susan B. Anthony and the force behind the Women's Rights Convention of 1848. Written and performed by well known local actress, Patricia Lewis. 12+

SOLO PERCUSSION & MULTIMEDIA: Peter Ferry (music)

Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music; Thurs., Sept. 20, 6-7pm; Sat., Sept.22, 1-2pm; $5

Peter Ferry is an enthusiastic performer of new works written for percussion, using multimedia technology to create an unforgettable experience for all audiences. This Fringe performance will include the Nostalgia Project, a collaboration exploring personal memories created with composer Matt Evans, students and faculty from RIT (artists, designers, computer scientists), and YOU! Become a part of the project by visiting http://nostalgia.cias.rit.edu/ to upload an image which evokes a feeling of nostalgia for you. All ages

SONGS BY DAVID TEMPERLEY (music)

Max of Eastman Place/Sproull Atrium, Eastman School of Music; Sat., Sept. 22, 6-7pm; $10

David Temperley is a professor of music theory at the Eastman School of Music, but in his spare time, he's written more than 100 songs. The style is a unique blend of rock, classical and cabaret, with engaging melodies, witty and touching lyrics, and intricate piano accompaniments. Two talented Eastman graduates, Noelle McMurtry and Carli Miller, will sing, accompanied by Temperley at the piano. All ages

SPECTION - INTRO/RETRO (dance)

Geva Theatre Center Nextstage; Sat., Sept. 22, 4:30-5:30pm; Sun., Sept. 23, 6-7pm; $15

Spection - Intro/Retro is a presentation of choreography by Rochester's Heather Roffe. Set to a range of music from Aretha Franklin to Tango to Meredith Monk, the dance works are inspired by observations of humanity. Celebrating irony, vulnerability, and topics of gender, technology, love and loss, the works span the past five years. A new piece will be premiered: ʺHier,ʺ an abstract reflection on the societal constructs that divide and distance us from others and ourselves. All ages

SPIRITS WITHIN (multidisciplinary)

Christ Church; Thurs., Sept. 20, 9:30pm; Fri., Sept. 21, 8 & 9pm; Sat., Sept. 22, 8 & 9pm; $10

Eastman School of Music's Stephen Kennedy will improvise on the amazing scientifically-restored 1790 Christ Church organ while dancers from FuturPointe improvise in movement, and RIT Professor Marla Schweppe and her 3D Digital Design students improvise graphics projected on the organ and dancers. Improvisation times three! Every performance will be different. Thanks to Geva for projection support. All ages

STUART LITTLE (children's)

TheatreROCS at Xerox Auditorium; Sat., Sept. 22, 10-11am; Sun. Sept. 23; 3:30-4:30pm; $10

E.B. White's classic tale of a tiny mouse with a giant yearning for adventure comes to life in Rochester Children's Theatre's production of Stuart Little. Whether it's ice skating in Central Park on paper clips, racing boats at Sailboat Pond, rescuing his friend Maragala from the family cat, or posing as a substitute teacher - one things is clear: Stuart never lacks for fun and excitement. Join Stuart and his friends as they search for what is important in their lives: family, loyalty, friendship and - of course - adventure! 5+

THERE'S ALWAYS TIME FOR A COCKTAIL (theatre)

TheatreROCS at Xerox Auditorium; Thurs., Sept. 20, 10pm; Sat., Sept 22, 9pm; Sun., Sept 23, 5pm; $15

Kasha Davis knows fringe...and she looks fabulous in it! The story of little Eddie Popil's transformation from a young boy in Scranton, PA, to "International Celebrity Housewife, Mrs. Kasha Davis," the star of Big Wigs, makes its world premiere at the Fringe. Join the ultimate hostess for an evening of music, stories and party games with a heartfelt story of love, acceptance and finding your own path. 13+

THREADING (theatre)

Writers & Books; Sat., Sept. 22, 10-11pm; Sun., Sept. 23, 3-4pm; Free

Theading is a modern retelling of the Greek myth of the three Fates, the legendary figures charged with spinning, measuring and cutting the thread of life. It follows three co-workers cooped up in a corporate office, accompanied by their otherworldly supervisor, Moros. Life outside of the office is a child, a husband and a lover, all of whom seem to slip further away each evening. Farcical reality meets melodrama as fate entangles with self-fulfilling prophecy. Wine will be spilled. 12+

TRAVELING WITH A BROKEN COMPASS (theatre)

Geva Theatre Center Nextstage; Sat., Sept. 22, 6:30-7:30pm; Sun., Sept. 23, 1:30-2:30pm; $15

It's 2012 - the year it's all supposed to change. The world's a mess, we all seem to have lost our way, and the maps they gave us are out of date. So, we had better pay attention to the road signs. Traveling With a Broken Compass is a ʺhow toʺ for navigating this new world. With humor, political satire, memoir and a dose of performance art, Linda Starkweather offers some crazy ideas for finding a path out of the madness. 16+

UNLEASHED! IMPROV PRESENTS: You Never Know, featuring Puppetrov, The Musical (comedy/musical)

TheatreROCS at Xerox Auditorium; Thurs., Sept. 20, 8:30 -9:30 pm; Sat., Sept. 22, 7:30-8:30pm; $10

Unleased! has performed at the Toronto Improv Festival, the Baltimore Improv Festival and the prestigious North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, but this is their newest challenge: a complete musical, improvised, with puppets! The brainchild (well, brainpuppet, really) of three of the silliest and most sincere founding members of Unleashed!, and one newer (but equally silly and, frankly, more talented improviser), this is by far the craziest show they've ever attempted - don't miss it! 12+

THE UNSEEN (theatre)

RAPA's East End Theatre; Wed., Sept 19, 7-8pm; Sun., Sept 23, 3:30-4:30pm; $10

From the producer and writer of TV's Lost, Six Feet Under, Brothers & Sisters and Dirty, Sexy Money, comes The Unseen: a contemporary drama that explores the boundaries between faith and intellect, religion and science. Two men are imprisoned in an unknown place, in an unknown time, interrogated about an unknown crime. Their conversations and word games reflect upon the personal prisons in which human beings often find themselves entrapped. Adults

UR AFTER HOURS A CAPPELLA (music)

Bernunzio Uptown Music; Sat., Sept. 22, 6-7pm; $8

After Hours, the University of Rochester's co-ed a cappella group, began in 1998 as a vocal jazz group, and was originally called Charivari, after the Old French term for ʺrough music.ʺ Two years later, the group dynamic changed from vocal jazz to rock and pop, making way for the UR's newest a cappella ensemble, After Hours. All ages

VANESSA MANGIONE QUARTET (music)

Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music; Fri., Sept. 21, 7-8pm; $5

The Vanessa Mangione Quartet is a young-blood jazz/R&B group with its own take on standards and contemporary hits. With original arrangements of repertoire from Cole Porter to The Beatles to Amy Winehouse, VMQ offers performances that blur the lines between jazz and pop; old and new. Vanessa's scintillating vocals compliment the rhythm section of Adrian DiMatteo on guitar, Chris Potter on drums and Kyle Vock on bass - all graduates of the Eastman School of Music. All ages

VERITAS (dance)

Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music; Thurs. Sept. 20, 6:45-7:30pm; $7

Present Tense Dance Company examines the bluntness of truth in this compelling new work, Veritas, by choreographer Anne Harris Wilcox. Additional highlights in the concert will be Wilcox's comical work, Magnum Opus; the upbeat and swinging Reunion; and Wild Swans at Coole, a collaboration with Eddie Murphy of Drumcliffe Irish Arts. Wilcox delivers work that engages your eyes, your mind and your heart. 10+

VIRTUE: THE CAT PLAY (theatre)

Writers & Books; Wed., Sept. 19, 6pm; Fri., Sept. 21, 4 pm; $5

Do you like cats? How about sad people? Well, this has both. Come see a man drink, smoke and chat his way to victory over depression through the use of drugs and cats. "It'll be a blast. I promise," says author/actor Andrew Jones. 15+

VOCAL ACCENT (music)

The Little Café; Sun., Sept. 23, 3-4pm; Free

RIT's Vocal Accent is an all-female a cappella group re-created in 2009 at RIT. Using only their voices to create a magnificent sound, the lovely ladies of Vocal Accent have proven that they are a force to be reckoned with. Vocal Accent's repertoire spans from crowd-pleasers, to pop, to rock/alternative and even the occasional modern hip-hop piece. Come check us out!

WE WERE THERE (theatre)

Geva Theatre Center Nextstage; Fri., Sept. 21, 4-5pm & Sat., Sept. 22, 11:30am-12:30pm; $15

We Were There, an original work by Rochester's Geriactors, dramatizes true stories from personal and ancestral experiences of company members during the Napoleonic wars to WWII. These are not war stories per se, but stories of what happens to ordinary people in extraordinary times: a Jewish merchant following Napoleon's armies, a Polish youth after WWI, an American second lieutenant in North Africa and more. The stories are light -- you will laugh -- and complemented with appropriate song. All ages

WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY SHOW (tech fashion)

The Little, Theatre 1; Fri., Sept. 20, 6-7:30pm; Free

See the latest not-so-serious fashions that incorporate technology. What do flying birds, fireflies, invisibility and blinking lights have to do with clothing? Come and find out! RIT student creators will explain the technology and answer any questions. All ages

THE WORLD IN TIME (theatre)

The Little, Theatre 1; Sat., Sept. 22, 4pm; Sun., Sept. 23, 3:30pm; Free

This series of short, one-act plays, written by RIT students for the annual Spring 24-Hour Show, features a theme of time and different cultures. The 24-Hour Shows, put on each fall and spring by the RIT Players, are auditioned on a Friday night, written and cast overnight, then rehearsed and performed on Saturday night! Works include: "Time's Up" (Shawn Gray), "A King's Lament" (Allie Trimboli), "A Long History of Time" (Reginald D. Pierce), and "Time Highway" (Robert Paul Hoops). 10+

YUM! (music/multidisciplinary)

Writers & Books; Wed., Sept. 19, 4-5pm; $10

Life is short - eat dessert first! YUM! is a delicious mix of original and traditional food stories, songs and poems. Win a serving of Love Cake. Witness a live whipped-cream demo. Help make pomegranate jam. Entertainer, Home Ec teacher, knitter and composer Beth Ely Sleboda will use voice, mountain dulcimer, guitar, ArtScarves and a variety of percussion instruments to cook up interactive musical fun! Songs include ʺGimme Another One of Them Creme-Filled Donutsʺ and ʺShortnin' Bread." All ages

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