Now in its ninth year, the Sankofa Evening of Theatre and Jazz Festival is a late-summer staple on the Rochester arts scene, and an important showcase for original plays by African-American writers. The featured play for the first weekend is "4 Men on a Couch," an "urban comedic drama" by award-winning playwright Anne L. Thompson-Scretching, who will be present for the opening night performance and reception on Saturday, August 25. The second weekend will feature seven contemporary one-act plays in settings ranging from the Civil War to Motown, dealing with such topics as crime, racism, and family relations.
Pittsford fine art photography venue Gallery 96 opened the exhibit "The Winning Images," last week, featuring work by the Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Clubs. The NFRCC is a coalition of 17 camera clubs, spread across an area from the Niagara Peninsula in Southern Ontario, through Western New York, and into Pennsylvania.
On Thursday, a fundraising event will be held for the Student Arts Foundation, a non-profit that supports art education and artistic advancement for students in Rochester. The Wave Fest will bring together art, fashion, and music for a party at E|R Studios (470 State Street).The night will feature live painting by Bariq Cobbs, the creator of hand-painted T-shirt line Miskeen Originals, and works by locals Lujar Art, Fleezy Art, Ahgee the Artist, and Oshi, and student artist Nassor Myers.
There's still a little time left this summer to catch a vintage base ball game in the Silver Base Ball Park at Genesee Country Village and Museum. Matches at GCVM are played according to the rules adopted on December 14, 1864, by the National Association of Base-Ball Players in New York — meaning no gloves, woolen uniforms, brown balls, umpires in top hats, and period-correct field, bleachers, press box, and vendors selling peanuts.
East End City Celebration is wrapping up the summer with one more downtown party. Similar to its other celebrations during the summer, there will be one stage with performances by Sophistafunk — indie, funk, hip-hop out of Syracuse — and local groups Subsoil and Upward Groove.
The Arts at the Gardens festival is back in Canandaigua with more than 100 artists from across the country showcasing and selling their work, including ceramics, digital art, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, wood, and more. Live performances will take place near the wine and beer tents, featuring Jackson Cavalier, Tahlia Cott, Ryan Johnson Project, Music After Dark, Big Blue House, and Meyer and McGuire.
The Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood Association and 540WMain will team up to host a celebration for the 96th anniversary of the 19th amendment's ratification, granting women the right to vote in the US. Throughout the weekend, the festival will offer a variety of activities, including voter registration and updates with the League of Women Voters, gluten-free meet and mingle brunches, party in Hendrix Courtyard, and a historical urban art tour and a voter's block walking tour, both led by 540WMain and their teen interns.
Through September 4, Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Avenue) will host its annual "Portfolio Showcase" exhibition, in partnership with Lumiere Photo, Kodak, and Rowe Photo. This year's submissions were juried by RIT professors Howard LeVant and Alan Singer.
The Flour City Brewers Fest will take over the Rochester Public Market for an evening filled with craft beer, cider, wine, live music, and grub from some of Rochester's favorite food trucks like Le Petit Poutine and Smokin' Pete's BBQ. Selections from more than 50 breweries will be available, including local brews from Three Heads, Swiftwater, and more.
Gallery 384 continues its summer season with "Engaging the Gamut." The exhibit features oil paintings of animals and people in everyday situations by Elisa Root, who is known to create scenes of nature and moments of everyday life in bold color.
The comedy "Rounding Third," directed by Donald Bartalo, will jog some memories of your little league days. In the play, written by Richard Dresser, two men — the veteran "win-at-all-costs" little league coach, Don, and the new "just have fun, guys" assistant coach, Mike — battle it out while directly addressing the audience as if they're the team.
The Walnut Hill Carriage Driving Competition is back for its 45th long weekend of friendly matches and costumes in a 19th century Victorian Country Fair setting. More than 200 competitors from 20 states and Canada will participate in more than 100 classes in varying divisions.
Rochester's Federation of German-American Societies is celebrating its 112th German Festival in Spencerport with music — from local bands Die Lustigen Almdudler, The Frankfurters, and Die Auslanders — homemade German food, and traditional German beverages (i.e. beer). There will be a variety of kids and family events going on throughout the weekend, along with a traditional a German Church Service.
The Rochester Twilight Criterium, produced by Full Moon Vista bike shop, is expecting around 350 bicycle racers and another big spectator turn-out for this year's crit, a US national event on the Professional Road Tour. The day starts in the early afternoon with amateur racing events for anyone who registers.
This is only its third year, but the Finger Lakes Opera has already become a go-to summer music place in our area. FLO's 2015 production of Donizetti's "L'elisir d'Amore" was a treat, and the organization has expanded its summer bill by adding a revue of songs by a musical theater great (last year's saluted Rodgers and Hammerstein).
In a city known for its film preservation, "Endangered Features," a one-man play appearing at MuCCC, seems a perfect fit. The play is a coming-of-age story about a young man whose love for film turns him into an accidental archivist.