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CALENDAR: Fall Special Events Guide 

Summer may be over, but it's not time to head indoors yet. Rochester has plenty of events to keep you busy through the fall. In fact, there are so many that we couldn't possibly fit them all in one place. This listing of events — running roughly through the holidays — will get you started, but be sure to check City Newspaper every Wednesday for a full listing of that week's events.

Appleumpkin Festival Sat-Sun Sep 29-30. Harvest celebration with crafts, entertainment, and fall-flavored treats. Gaslight village of Wyoming, NY. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 495-9940, appleumpkin.com.

ARTrageous Affair Sat Oct 6. Annual gala to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester. Dinner, silent art auction. Rochester Plaza Hotel, 70 State St. 6 p.m. 473-8177, $125. bccr.org.

Autumn Festival of Ales Sat Oct 6. Craft beer tasting, live blues music, chili cook-off, food vendors, hand-rolled cigars. Fireman's Field, Honeoye Falls. 1-5 p.m. $25-$30 ($7 non-drinkers). 624-4386, cbsbrewing.com.

BOA's 35th Anniversary Dine & Rhyme Event Sun Sep 23. Readings at Memorial Art Gallery and dinner reception at Good Luck Restaurant. 3 p.m. 546-3410, boaeditions.org.

Bop Shop Fall CD and Record Show Sun Nov 4. More than 40 vendors with 60-plus tables of music and music-related merch. Location TBD. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. bopshop.com.

Fall Sky Rides Saturdays and Sundays Sep 22-Oct 28. Check out the fall foliage from a ski lift. Bristol Mountain Snow Resort, 5662 State Rt. 64, Canandaigua. bristolmountain.com.

Buccaneers' Ball 2012 Sat Oct 20. Put on pirate attire and join the ball for food, desserts, casino-style gaming, raffles, silent auction. 21+ only. Rochester Marriott Airport, 1890 W. Ridge Road. $65. 271-5519. piratetoyfun.org.

Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Fri-Sunday Nov 30-Dec 2: Gift Shop Holiday Sale. 70 Lighthouse St. geneseelighthouse.org.

City of Rochester Oct 20: Fall Foliage Tour (Mt. Hope Cemetery) | Oct 20 & 23: Grand Torch Light Tour (Mt. Hope Cemetery) | Oct 21: Rochester's Rich History Series- Rochester Reception (Central Library) | Sunday Cinema at Central (all at Central Library, 115 South Ave.): Sun Oct 14: "Akeelah and the Bee," Nov 4: "Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock," Dec 9: "A Christmas Story" | Dec 16: 4th Annual Victorian Tea (Central Library). For more info and other events check cityofrochester.gov.

Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival Fri-Sun Oct 5-7. Food, entertainment, kids' activities, race, fireworks, contest. Town of Cohocton. fallfoliagefestival.com.

Cracker Box Palace Sat Oct 6: Farm Frenzy Walk-a-thon | Sat Nov 3: Pictures with Santa | Sat Nov 10: Harvest Party. Cracker Box Palace, 6450 Shaker Rd., Alton. crackerboxpalace.org.

Cultural Diversity Conference Thu Sep 20. "Building Community through Diversity" Spirituality, State and Politics. Keynote Speaker Arsalan Iftikhar (human rights lawyer). SUNY Brockport. Free-$50. brockport.edu.

Darien Lake Family FrightFest Saturdays and Sundays Sep 21-Oct 14. Halloween activities for little kids and haunted houses for teens and adults. Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, 9993 Allegheny Rd. noon-10 p.m. godarienlake.com.

The Fair and Expo Center Fri-Sun Sep 21-23: Gun Show | Thu-Sun Sep 27-29: Ski Sale | Thu Oct 4: Health Fair | Sat Oct 13: RocCity Roller Derby | Sat-Sun Oct 20-21: New Moon Psychic Festival & Holistic Healing Expo | Sat-Sun Oct 20-21: 42nd Annual Rochester Gem, Mineral Jewelry & Fossil Show | Sat Oct 27: World's Greatest Garage Sale. 2695 E. Henrietta Road, Henrietta. fairandexpocenter.org.

Fairport Scarecrow Festival Sat Oct 13. Music, entertainment, food, kids' activities along Main Street in Fairport. Free. fairportmerchants.com.

Fashion Week of Rochester Thu-Sun Sep 27-30. Boutique bus tour, runway shows, art and music performances, more. Various locations including participating boutiques around Rochester. fashionweekofrochester.org.

Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Open Houses Sat-Sun Oct 6-7, Sat Nov 17. Tours and cheese samples. Various regional farms and creameries. flcheesetrail.com.

Finger Lakes Community College Sun Sep 30: Allan Armitage, renowned horticulturalist. FLCC, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive. 1-3 p.m. Free. flccconnects.com.

Finger Lakes Live Steamers Sat-Sun Sep 22-23: Fall Meet and Open House. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 302 Clyde-Merengo Rd., Clyde. fingerlakeslivesteamers.org.

Flour City Brewer's Festival Fri Sep 21. Beer samples, food, live music presented by Rohrbach's Brewing Co. Frontier Field. 6 p.m. fcbrewfest.com.

Ganondagan State Historic Site Sat Sep 29: "A Seneca Encounter with LaSalle" | Sun Nov 11: Canandaigua Treaty Day | Lecture Series: Thu Sep 20: "Land & Identity: Seneca and Quaker Perspectives on Two Controversial Treaties"; Thu Oct 25: "The Painful Legacy of the Native American Boarding Schools"; Thu Nov 29: "Denying Identity: The Ongoing Passport Issue." All lectures at Shults Center, Nazareth College. $10-$30 per lecture. 1488 Route 444, Victor. ganondagan.org.

Genesee Country Village and Museum Sat Oct 6: The Fall Festival featuring the Agricultural Fair | Sun Oct 7: Vintage Baseball League Championship Game | Fri Oct 19 & 26: Spirits of the Past- Theatrical Tours | Sat Oct 27: Trick or Treating in the Village | Sat Nov 24: Preparing for the Holidays- the 19th Century Way | 1410 Flint Rd., Mumford. gcv.org.

Genesee Valley Conservancy Sat Oct 20: Autumn colors walk, approx. 3 miles along Wheeler Gully. 1 Main St., Geneseo. geneseevalleyconservancy.org.

Genesee Waterways Center Sat-Sun Oct 6-7, Sat Oct 13: Head of the Genesee Regatta. 149 Elmwood Ave. geneseewaterways.org.

Geneva Historical Society Museum Sat Sep 29: Rose Hill Mansion Food and Wine Celebration | Thu Nov 1 (tentative): Annual Dinner and Silent Auction. 543 S. Main St., Geneva. genevahistoricalsociety.com.

George Eastman House Special Events: Thu Sep 27: "Wish You Were Here" lecture with Todd McGrain | Sat Oct 6: Photo Finish 5K | Mon Oct 29: Celebrating Light & Motion Gala | Wed Nov 7-Wed Dec 12: Sweet Creations Gingerbread House Display. 900 East Ave. eastmanhouse.org.

Gilda Club Rochester Hero's Ball 2012 Sat Sep 29. Rochester Plaza 70 State St. 423-9700. gildasclubrochester.org.

Glass Pumpkin Sale Sat Oct 6. Glass pumpkins, gourds, vases and bowls made by the faculty and students of the RIT Glass Program. Proceeds benefit student scholarships and the visiting artist program. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Red Barn on the west side of the RIT campus. Bette Rogers 733-5873.

Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum Fri-Sun Nov 9-11: Christkindl Market. 295 N. Main St., Canandaigua. grangerhomestead.org.

Groove Juice Swing Fri-Sat Oct 5-6: Swing Dance Featuring NYC's Gordon Webster Band (Tango Café Dance Studio, 389 Gregory St.) | Fri-Sun Oct 5-7: 15th Annual Lindy Hop Workshop Weekend (Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave.) | Fri Dec 14: Sixth Annual Red Hot Holiday Ball (Tango Café Dance Studio). groovejuiceswing.com.

Harbor Town Belle Thursdays through October: Mark Twain Cruise ($28-$30, includes dinner) | Early October: Fall Foliage Cruise ($6-$12). Departs from Port of Rochester in Charlotte. harbortownbelle.com.

Hash House Harriers A local drinking/running club that has weekly runs through various parks and trails. Each run is celebrated by drinking afterward. Runs occur on Sunday nights through the winter. rochesterhhh.com.

Haunted Hayrides of Greater Rochester Sep 29-Oct 28. Hayride through the woods as costumed actors try to spook you. 3329 Eddy Rd., Williamson. $15-$20. hauntedhayridesrochester.com.

Haunted House of Rochester Fri-Sun through October. Opens at 6:30 p.m. $11, 671-2850. 1592 Qualtrough Rd., Rochester. hauntedhouseofhorrors.com.

Hilton Apple Fest Sat-Sun Sep 29-30. Crafts, food, entertainment, car show. Town of Hilton. hiltonapplefest.org.

Holiday Hollow at Halloween Saturdays and Sundays Oct 6-31. Pirate shows, food, pumpkins, games. 1410 Main Rd., Corfu. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $10-$11. 762-8160, holidayhollow.com.

House of Pain Thursdays-Sundays through October. $20. 800 E. Main St. rochesterhouseofpain.com.

Hunt Country Vineyards Sat-Sun Sep 29-30: 23rd Annual Hunt Country Harvest Festival | Sat Dec 1: Christmas in Branchport. 4021 County Rd., Branchport. huntwines.com.

ImageOut Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Fri-Sun Oct 5-14. Film screenings, art exhibit, parties, more. Various venues including Dryden Theater and Cinema Theater. imageout.org.

Irondequoit Oktoberfest 2012 Fri-Sat Sep 14-15 & Fri-Sat Sep 21-22. Celebration of German culture, music, beer, food. Camp Eastman, Irondequoit. $4-$8. irondequoit.org/oktoberfest2012.

Jewish Book Festival Sun Oct 28-Thu Nov 15. Readings, singings, and discussions of Jewish authors and/or books of Jewish interest. Jewish Community Center, Edgewood Ave. rjbf.org.

Junior League of Rochester Sat Nov 3: Home Tour 2012 Fundraiser. Tour historical homes in the Village of Pittsford, with refreshments. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $25. jlroch.org.

Keuka Wine Trail Sat-Sun Nov 10-11: Keuka Holidays I | Sat-Sun Nov 17-18: Keuka Holidays II. 2375 Route 14A, Penn Yan. keukawinetrail.com.

Landmark Society of Western New York Fri-Sat Sep 28-29: Inside Downtown Tour 2012. 133 S Fitzhugh St. landmarksociety.org.

Letchworth State Park Sat-Mon Oct 6-8: Letchworth Arts and Crafts Show and Sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1 Letchworth State Park, Castille. nyparks.state.ny.us.

The Little Theatre Thurs Sep 20-Tues Oct 4: Witness Palestine Film Festival | Sun Sep 23, Thurs Sep 27 & Sun Sep 30: PAL Festival | Mon Sep 24: WXXI Community Cinema Series. 240 East Ave. thelittle.org.

Lift Bridge Book Shop Mon Oct 22: Le Mot Juste 2012 Anthology Publication Reading | Sat Nov 10: 16th Annual Rochester Children's Book Festival | Mon Nov 12: 3rd Annual Book Club Bash. Lift Bridge Book Shop, 45 Main St., Brockport. liftbridgebooks.com.

Locavore Month Events Sat Sep 22: Walk for Farm Animals | Sat Sep 30: Northeast Organic Farmers Association-NY statewide potluck. NYlocavorechallenge.com.

Lollypop Farm Sat Sep 22: Barktober Fest. 5-mile race and 1.5-mile walk for animals. 99 Victor Rd., Fairport. lollypop.org.

Lori's Natural Food Sun Sep 30: Taste of Lori's 31st Anniversary. Lori's Natural Food Center, 900 Jefferson Rd. lorisnatural.com.

Manhattan Short Film Festival Sat Oct 6. Global short-film festival. Little Theatre, 240 East Ave. manhattanshort.com.

MCC Alumni Week and Homecoming 2012 Thu Oct 4-Thu Oct 11. 1000 E. Henrietta Rd. monroecc.edu.

Medina Railroad Museum Sep 23, 30, Oct 21, 27: Winery Trains | Oct 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20 & 24: Fall Foliage Train Rides | Nov 24, 25, Dec 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16: Polar Express Train Rides. 530 West Ave., Medina. railroadmuseum.net.

Memorial Art Gallery Sun Oct 7: Hispanic Heritage Family Day | Thu Oct 11 & Thu Dec 13: Art and Story Stroll | Sun Dec 2: Native American Culture Family Day. 500 University Ave. mag.rochester.edu.

Mount Hope Cemetery General tours Saturdays and Sundays through October | Sat Oct 20: Fall Foliage Tour | Sat-Sun Oct 20-23: Grand Torch Light Tour. 1133 Mount Hope Ave. fomh.org.

MVP Health Care Rochester Marathon Sun Sep 23. Marathon, half-marathon and relay to benefit Arthritis Foundation. Frontier Field, 333 Plymouth Ave. 7:30 a.m. $60-$180. rochestermarathon.com.

Naples Grape Festival Sat-Sun Sep 29-30. Wine, food, arts and crafts, live entertainment, grape pie contest. Naples High School and Memorial Town Hall, Naples. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. naplesgrapefest.org.

National Hunting and Fishing Day Sat Sep 22. nhfsay.org.

New York Museum of Transportation/Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum Sundays through Nov 4: Fall Foliage by Trolley and Train | Nov 24-25, Dec 1-2, 8-9, 15-16: Holly Trolley Rides. 6393 East River Rd. nymtmuseum.org.

New York Wine & Culinary Center Sat Sep 22: New York State of Mind. Cocktails, food and wine pairings, auctions. 6:30-11 p.m. $150. 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua. nywcc.com.

Nightmare Manor Sep 30-Oct 31. Quarter-mile indoor haunted attraction. Southtown Plaza, 3333 W Henrietta Rd. Open Thu-Sun. $12-$30. nightmaremanor.com.

Ontario Pathways Sat Oct 20: The Great Pumpkin Walk (Ontario Fairgrounds). ontariopathways.org.

Planned Parenthood Annual Luncheon Fri Nov 2. Guest Speaker: Donna Brazile. Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St. Noon. $60. pprsr.org.

Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus Wed-Sun Oct 24-28. The greatest show on Earth returns to Rochester. Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Square. bluecrossarena.com.

RIT's Brick City Homecoming Fri-Sun Oct 19-21: Men's Hockey vs. Penn State (Blue Cross Arena), distinguished speaker Alec Baldwin. 1 Lomb Memorial Drive. www2.rit.edu/brickcity.

Roc City Roller Derby Sat Oct 13 & Sat Nov 10: Rottenchesters vs. 5-H8-5s vs. Midtown Maulers | Sat Dec 1: Home Team Championship. Dome Arena, Henrietta. rocderby.com.

Rochester Arts and Lectures Thu Oct 18: Jeffrey Brown | Thu Nov 8: Dennis Lehane | Thu Dec 6: Beth Howard. Continues in 2013 with Frank Delaney, Helen Simonson, and Art Spiegelman. Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh St. artsandlectures.org.

Rochester Auditorium Theatre Thu Sep 20: John Lithgow ($37-$65) | Fri Oct 5: Wanda Sykes ($49-$78) | Fri Nov 2-Sun Nov 4: Blue Man Group ($52-$81) | Fri Nov 9: Bill Cosby ($72-$94) | Tue Nov 20: Warren Miller Films (TBD) | Wed Dec 5: Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker ($50-$115). 885 E. Main St. 222-5000. rbtl.org.

Rochester Main Street Armory Fri-Sun Sep 21-23: Roc Con 2012 Rochester Sci-Fi and Anime Con | Sat Oct 1-3: Foam N' Glow "America's Largest Foam Party | Sat Nov 3: Mayday Underground Indie Crafts & Art | 900 E. Main St. rochestermainstreetarmory.com.

Rochester Museum and Science Center Thu Sep 20-Sat Sep 23: Lost in the Funhouse-Revolution | Fri-Sat Sep 21-22: Fantastic Findings Sale | Sat Sep 29: "The Big Bang: The Ball That Starts It All Gala" | Oct 6-Jan 6: "A T. Rex Named Sue." | Cumming Nature Center: Sat Sep 22: Serendipity Walk. 657 East Ave. rmsc.org.

Rochester Public Market Sundays through Oct 14: Community Garage Sale and Super Flea Market | Saturdays through Oct: Taste of the Market | Sun Dec 2, 9, 16: Holidays at the Market. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St. cityofrochester.gov/publicmarket.

Rochester's Rich History Lecture Series Sun Oct 21: Rochester History Reception | Sun Nov 18: Mary Jewett Telford | Sun Dec 16: 4th Annual Victorian Tea. Rochester Public Library, Kate Gleason Auditorium. 116 South Ave. rochesterpubiclibrary.org.

Rochester River Romance Fri Oct 5-Sun Oct 7. Variety of events celebrating Rochester's waterways, including the Head of the Genesee Regatta. Genesee River Corridor. cityofrochester.com.

Rolling Hills Asylum 13 Nights of Scares Oct 18-21, Oct 25-28, Oct 30-Nov 3. Thursdays & Sundays: 7-10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays: 7 p.m.-12 a.m. 11001 Bethany Center Rd., East Bethany. $15-$20. 502-4066. rollinghillsasylum.com.

Sam Patch & Mary Jemison Cruises Wine-tasting cruises through October. Sat Oct 6: Twilight River Romance Dinner Cruise. 270 Exchange Blvd. samandmary.org.

Seneca Park Zoo Sat Oct 6: Genesee Trail Day | Sat-Sun Oct 13-14, 20-21, 27-28: Zoo Boo | Sat-Sun Dec 8-9, 15-16: Breakfast with Santa. 2222 St. Paul St. senecaparkzoo.com.

Seneca Siberian Husky Club Sat Sep 29: AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day. Sweden-Clarkson Rec Center, 4927 S. Lake Rd., Brockport. senecasiberianhuskyclub.org.

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Site Sun Sep 23: Harvest Progressive Dinner | Sat Sep 29: Gardening Symposium featuring Dr. Allan Armitage | Fri-Sat Oct 19-20 & 26-27: Mansion Mysteries | Sat Dec 8: Holiday Tour of Homes. 151 Charlotte St., Canandaigua. sonnenberg.org.

Sterling Nature Center Sat-Sun Sep 22-23: Ontario Orchards Fall Jamboree. Sterling Nature Center, Jensvold Road, Sterling. cayuganet.org/sterlingpark.

Strasenburgh Planetarium Sep 1-Sep 28: "Fly Me to the Moon" | Saturdays: "Astronaut Mission: The Future" (ends Sep 29), "My Planets" (ends Nov 24), "Saturday Sun, Moon and Stars" (ends Nov 10) | Saturdays through Sep: Dave Matthews Laser Show | Oct 5-Nov 30: Coral Reef Adventure | Oct 6-Nov 24: Curiosity On Mars. 657 East Ave. rmsc.org/strasenburghplanetarium.

Strong National Museum of Play Sat Sep 21: The Play Ball adult playground | Sat-Sun Sep 22-23: Exhibit Opening: Dora and Diego-Let's Explore! | Sat-Sun Sep 29-30: Literature Live Event- Lilly the mouse | Wed Oct 3 & Mon Oct 8: Balloons Around the World | Mon Oct 8: eGameRevolution Celebration | Sat-Sun Oct 13-14: Literature Live Event- Stellaluna | Sat-Sun Oct 27-28: Family Halloween Party | Tues Oct 30: Toddler Halloween Party | Sat-Sun Nov 10-11: Dora and Diego Meet and Greet | Mon Nov 12: The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol | Sat-Sun Nov 17-18: National Toy Hall of Fame Celebration | Sat-Sun Nov 24-25: Literature Live Event- Brother Bear from "The Berenstain Bears" | Sat-Sun Dec 1-2: Literature Live Event-Frosty the Snowman | Sat-Sun Dec 8-9: Literature Live Event- Dr. Seuss's the Grinch |1 Manhattan Square Drive. museumofplay.org.

Town of Canandaigua Thu Sep 20 & Oct 18: Artists & Artisan Series: Meet the Cheesemakers at Simply Crepes | Sat Oct 6: Canandaigua Wine Walk. downtowncanandaigua.com.

Town of Pittsford Sun Oct 28: Family Halloween Fest | Tue Dec 4: Candlelight Night. townofpittsford.org.

University of Rochester Meliora Weekend Thu Oct 11-Sun Oct 14. Homecoming weekend for UR with reunions, lectures, performances, sports, outdoor activities, art exhibitions, movies, etc. Keynote speaker: Joe Scarborough. For a full schedule and more information visit rochester.edu/melioraweekend.

Victor Wine & Food Fest Fri Nov 9. Ravenwood Golf Club, Victor. victorny.org.

Wayne County Sat-Sun Sep 22-23: Pumpkin Harvest Festival Weekend | Fri-Mon Oct 5-8: Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour. waynecountytourism.com.

Wine and Jazz Fundraiser Thu Sep 20. Benefits Jazz 90.1. Presented by Greece Community Broadcasting Inc. Pier 45 at the Port, 1000 North River St. jazz901.org.

Writers and Books Fri Oct 26: 4th Annual Masquerade Party: Something Wicked This Way Comes. 8 p.m., $12-$15 | Oct 8-Nov 5: Beyond Reading: The Boys on the Bus Program. Movie screenings and discussions surrounding Timothy Crouse's book "The Boys on the Bus." Free. Writers and Books, 740 University Ave. 473-2590. wab.org.

YWCA Empowering Women Luncheon Wed Oct 10. Keynote speaker: founder of Raising Change Kathy LeMay. Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St. Noon. ywcarochester.org.

In This Guide...

    Fall Guide 2012

    An awesome autumn
    The air is crisp and cool, the food is bountiful (thanks, harvest!), and most importantly, our area arts and cultural groups return with packed schedules after relatively quiet summer months.

    ART: Wall wizardry

    Behind the curtains of three Rochester exhibition spaces
    When creative works are presented to the public, the illusion of a seamlessness is a necessary factor. On opening night of a theatrical production, the audience is immersed in pure experience along with the characters, and hopefully not pulled out of the story by the visible hand of the designers or director.

    ART: Best bets

    While many Rochesterians dread the shortening of the days and the increased and lingering chill in the air, I love autumn for the sudden surge in art shows. Kids go back to school and our area's many academic institutions triple the amount of shows on display.

    CLASSICAL: 2012 Highlights

    Two years ago, Rochester's concert halls swelled with the depths of the Russians. It seemed every orchestra, group, and soloist in town had something by the great masters Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev on their programs.

    DANCE: Stop, collaborate, and listen

    Partnering with composers, musicians, and designers underscores the 2012-13 dance season
    Dance is about being fully aware — completely present physically, mentally, and emotionally. That being said, let me note that it can be very difficult to get dancers and choreographers to project what they'll be doing a few months down the road, especially this year, when most of the dance groups in town seem primarily focused on their upcoming performances in the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival (September 19-23).

    OUTDOORS: Fall flavors

    Local farm stands offer the sights and tastes of autumnRochester-area farms/farmstands
    Fall always creeps in slowly. First it's a couple of red leaves here, some cool breezes there.

    FILM: Waiting for the weekends

    Your guide to this fall's buzzed-about movies
    There are nine Fridays (plus one very desirable Wednesday) between now and Thanksgiving, and, as usual, Hollywood will be pummeling you with movie upon movie. But autumn is typically a strange time for film, acting as a sort of bridge between summer's dopier action flicks and the end-of-the-year Oscar hopefuls.

    MUSIC: That's the ticket

    Local venues explore alternatives to the big-ticket enterprises
    The conversation happens all the time among concert-going friends, and it tends to go something like this: "Hey dude, you should come to this super awesome fun time special concert." "I'd love to man, how much does it cost?"

    MUSIC: Twelve for '12

    A look at a dozen of fall's must-see concerts
    When autumn leaves begin to fall, it's not just back to school — it's back to the clubs, where all kinds of music will be reverberating off the walls, and in your skull. There's almost too much talent calling Rochester home lately.

    THEATER: Let's put on a show!

    How three local theater companies plan and approach their seasons
    Geva Theater Center's artistic director Mark Cuddy calls the huge piece of kraft paper his "planning wall" for the season he is working on — lists in different colors with dividing lines between them, but also extra sheets of paper tacked up helter-skelter to give it the look of the organized chaos it probably is. Yet that list of more than 50 titles eventually leads to the six main-stage plays (plus the annual production of "A Christmas Carol") that Geva is betting on for the next 11 months.

    THEATER: Best bets

    Here are some of the plays I'm looking forward to seeing in the 2012-2013 Rochester theater season. The good news is that this season there are more plays I want to see than I have room to write about.

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