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ART EVENT | The City Is Asleep And Dreaming 

The gorgeous architecture of the vacant National Bank, set in downtown Rochester at 35 State Street, was the backdrop for the University of Rochester's student-run indie arts festival, Art Awake, in 2010. The underused space will again serve as the staging for an arts event on Friday, December 7, when more than a dozen artists transform it for the site-specific exhibition, "The City is Asleep and Dreaming."

Rochester artists Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge and Jason Bernagozzi organize the series of exhibitions in order to "help develop a public dialogue about the transitioning identity of the city of Rochester and provoke a re-imagination of what public space is and what it could be," per provided information. The show takes place 6-10 p.m. and will include 18 visual, dance, and performance artists from Western and Central New York, each addressing concepts surrounding the act of transformation while operating within a public space that appears to be frozen in time. The event is free to attend. For more information, visit firstfridayrochester.org.

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