"Glorious, vibrant, and vital" are the words that Rochester architect, writer, and stage designer Claude Bragdon (1866-1946) accurately used to describe the women in his life. Bragdon's varied career led him through many social, artistic, and physical locations, and each step of the way provided him new women who mentored and nurtured him both personally and professionally.
Since "Pride and Prejudice" was published in 1813, the British novel has inspired everything from comic books and fan fiction to plays, films, and TV shows. But with the exception of one 1959 Broadway musical – "First Impressions," named after Jane Austen's first draft of the novel – the romantic tale of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet has not been adapted for the musical stage.
Ganondagan will celebrate the diversity of the Native American culture with the 25th annual Native American Dance and Music Festival. Performances throughout the festival include singer-songwriter Darryl Tonemah with his mix of rock, folk, and country music; Zuni Olla Maidens, who perform dances with pottery resting on their head; Iroquois Social Dancers, and more.
Once banned in early 20th-century Germany for its themes of youthful lust and exploration, Frank Wedekind's 1891 play "Spring Awakening" has produced one of the most cutting-edge musicals of the past decade. The adaptation, created by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, opened on Broadway in 2008 and went on to win eight Tony awards, including best musical.
The experimental WallByrd Theatre Co., led by Virginia Monte, returns to the stage this month with a new take on Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." Monte directs the show in partnership with the Shakespeare Players of Rochester and Rochester Community Players, which offer an annual outdoor Bard show run.
Among the 26 feature films at
this year's JCC Ames Amzalak Rochester International
Jewish Film Festival, which continues through July 18, is a special preview of
the inspirational sports documentary, "On the Map." The film, which
will be screening for Rochester audiences ahead of its official U.S. premiere, chronicles
the gripping story of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team's unprecedented
success in the 1977 European Championship Tournament.
On Saturday, July 16, Writers & Books (740 University Avenue) will present "Books Alive!," a multimedia experience featuring regional noise and music acts paired with spoken word performances by writers. "Basically, we're going to take over the first floor of W&B and put on this long literary-music-visual art performance," says Director of Adult Programs Albert Abonado, who is co-coordinating the event with Autumn in Halifax singer-songwriter David Merulla.
The Rochester-based Theatre/Theater Company will perform the Tony Award-winning dramatic comedy "Art" this weekend at MuCCC. A mixture of humor and existential crises, "Art" follows a successful dermatologist, a self-proclaimed mentor, and a neurotic groom-to-be in a struggle for power and reconciliation within their long-term friendship.
Food and rock 'n' roll will collide in the first annual Westside Music and Food Festival. Bands playing include Springer, Cherry Bomb, Catch 22, Bonfire, Guy Smiley, and Rock 'n' Roll Social Club.
College Town is changing up the Drive-in movie night experience by moving it to the roof of a parking garage in the middle of Rochester. About 80 cars are expected to fit on top of the College Town parking garage for a free showing of "Goonies" and "Back to the Future."