There are some unknowns in human existence that might never be answered. But that doesn't mean we won't eternally ask questions about our purpose (or lack thereof), the nature of death, and the slippery slope of human cognition. Core Project Chicago's "The Dust" will explore these themes of death, fate, memory, and man through dance, poetry, experimental music, and visual art. The performance is recommended for all ages. (Sunday 9/23 5-6 p.m. at RAPA's East End Theatre. Tickets cost $8-$10. A free workshop for ages 14+ will take place Friday 9/21 7:45 p.m. For more information, visit rapatheatre.org.)
Ever wonder what would happen if two unlikely people from history met up? No time machine is required to rewrite history in the play, "Howard & Emily," because the title characters connect post-mortem. The shades of pseudo-morbid Emily Dickinson and arcane-obsessed Howard Philips (H.P.) Lovecraft share the stage, unaware of each other at first, their lines comprised of quotes from their writings and letters, before the two eventually fall in love to the sweet serenade of period music. Add one DoktorBronislaw Kielbasa-Funk, a Polish acolyte of Freud who has fallen into ill-repute, and whose life is severely altered by what he witnesses. Recommended for ages 15 and older.(Friday 9/21 8-9 p.m. and Saturday 9/22 4-5 p.m. at Writers & Books. Tickets cost $10.)
RIT's visual arts will be represented throughout Fringe at various locations, including Gallery r (100 College Ave.), where you can view Cat Ashworth's video installation, "Bee Eye." Visitors may enter the hexagon-shaped structure and be immersed in the sights and sounds of the honeybee, and explore the artist's perspective on the fragile and crucial honeybee-human relationship. While there, check out the showcase of works by RIT undergraduates and graduate students from RIT's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, many of which are interactive and encourage audience participation. And at the Little Theatre Café (240 East Ave.), visitors can view a showcase of CIAS alum works in the fine arts, illustration, and photography. (All shows are free and take place throughout the Fringe Festival, and are recommended for all ages.)
Does your shirt just sit there on your back, keeping you warm and presentable, but otherwise bored? Should we expect a little bit more? I mean, this is the future, right? On Friday, The Little Theatre will host RIT's Wearable Technology Show, which will feature the convergence of aesthetics and technology in surprising and silly ways. Learn what flying birds, fireflies, invisibility, and blinking lights have to do with adornments. RIT student creators will be on hand to explain the technology and answer questions from the audience. (Friday 9/21 6-6:45 p.m. at Little 1. Admission is free.)
The title of Rochester Museum and Science Center's artsy presentation about the passage of time, "Lost in the Funhouse: Revolution," calls up images of tripping clumsily through cosmos and this confounding existence. I'm intrigued by the promise of projected planetarium star maps and videos, live computer music, field recordings, and spoken words, all combined to discuss how the shifting of seasons, solar and lunar cycles, and celestial mechanics affects us physically and psychologically. (Thursday 9/20 6-7 p.m., Saturday 9/22 8-9 p.m., Sunday 9/23 6-7 p.m. at RMSC's Strasenburgh Planetarium. Admission is $8, program is recommended for ages 5+.)
RIT is practically dominating the visual-arts aspect of the Fringe Festival, and on Saturday, members of the institute's community will take over the surface of a downtown church. RIT Professor of Digital Design Marla Schweppe and students will project "crazy, fairy tale graphics" (according to provided info) on the exterior of Christ Church (141 East Ave.) in an enigmatic and imaginative, temporary transformative project titled "Dragon's Lair."(Saturday 9/22 9-9:30 p.m. at Christ Church. Free to spectators of all ages.)
Theater: "50 Shades! The Musical," the parody of the book series "50 Shades of Grey," comes to the Auditorium Theatre (885 E. Main St.) tonight. The 7:30 p.m. show sold out, and a 5 p.m. show has been added. Tickets cost $39.50-$47.50, and the musical is recommended for ages 18 and over. For more information, call 222-5000 or visit rbtl.org.
Sports: The Rochester Americans take on the Syracuse Crunch tonight, 7:05 p.m., at Blue Cross Arena (One War Memorial Square). Tickets are $15-$20. For more info, call 800-745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com.