SPECIAL EVENT | Cider Week FLX

SPECIAL EVENT | Cider Week FLX

Fresh from across the Finger Lakes region, Cider Week FLX will bring 17 cider makers together in more than 50 locations. Several Rochester venues — including Mullers Cider House, ButaPub, and Cure — will offer tastings, festivals, and cider workshops for fans of the old craft beverage.

LECTURE | Nasim Pedrad and John Favreau

Former Saturday Night Live cast member Nasim Pedrad and former White House Director of Speechwriting Jon Favreau will give lectures to headline St. John Fisher College's Alumni Weekend. Pedrad, an Iranian-American comic, has acted in SNL, Fox's "Scream Queens," and her own one-woman show.

THEATER | "La Ronde"

Arthur Schnitzler's play "La Ronde" has had somewhat of a turbulent history in its 116 year history — not surprising for a work that so frankly discusses sexuality and class. Set in 1890's Vienna, the play consists of 10 scenes between pairs of lovers, each from various social backgrounds and professions, shown just before or immediately after their sexual encounter.

THEATER | Ebisu Sign Language Theatre Laboratory

As part of Deaf Awareness Week, Ebisu Sign Language Theatre, which presents a combination of Israeli Sign Language, expressive gestures, and physical theater, will perform at NTID on Wednesday, September 28. Named for the Japanese god Ebisu — the only deaf god in world's pantheon — the Haifa-based group emphasizes facial expressions and body language.

ART | "We Felt it Desirable"

Darumas or Dharma dolls are dolls modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism, and are traditionally given as talismans of good luck in Japan. The symbol-rich, hollow, round, papier-mâché objects can be figures or just heads, and are seen as a symbol of perseverance, making them a popular token of encouragement from one person to another, or a maker of goal-setting by an individual.

KIDS | Kids and Trucks

From school buses to construction vehicles, children will have the opportunity to explore different trucks, climb in the driver's seat, and beep the horn at Kids and Trucks, a fundraiser hosted by The Children's Institute. The weekend event will benefit the institute's programs dedicated to early childhood research and positive development while letting children explore a multitude trucks they've only ever read about or played with as toys.

ART | "Fashion in Art"

As Fashion Week of Rochester approaches, a new Nan Miller Gallery exhibit will be in the stylish spirit. "Fashion in Art" will include more than 50 works from local, national, and international artists, featuring avant-garde, contemporary, classical styles.

RECREATION | Rob's Trail Opening and Inaugural Hike

Rob's Trail, the first of its kind traveling from Hemlock Lake to Canadice Lake is opening this weekend. Rob van der Stricht, a lover of the Finger Lakes and a dedicated environmentalist who died in 2006, dreamed of a trail connecting the lakes, and this grand opening will finally make it a reality.

THEATER | "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time"

Following a two-year run on Broadway, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" is about to launch its first US tour from right here in Rochester. Based on the novel by Mark Haddon, "Curious Incident" focuses on Christopher Boone — an exceptionally intelligent 15-year-old boy who is "ill-equipped to interpret everyday life" — as he investigates the murder of his neighbor's dog.

FESTIVAL | Springwater Music Fair and American Crafts Show

The 8th Annual Springwater Music Fair and American Crafts Show will be held Saturday, September 17, and Sunday, September 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on the lovely ramble of Punky Hollow Farm (8277 Pardee Hollow Road in Wayland). This year's event is held in celebration of Springwater's Bicentennial, and will feature fiddling-focused live music, Finger Lakes regional artisans selling their wares, music workshops, food vendors, and kid-friendly activities — take the tykes for a woodland walk, and then use materials you've gathered to build fairy houses.

THEATER | "The Rocky Horror Show"

"The Rocky Horror Show" has always had a strong cult following in Rochester — just take a look at how many groups screen "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" throughout the fall — and now RAPA will stage its own production of the original 1973 classic. The musical premiered in the West End in 1973, opened on Broadway in 1975 (the same year as the film adaptation), and saw a Broadway revival in 2000.

PHOTOGRAPHY | RIT Big Shot

The Rochester Institute of Technology's Big Shot photo project gathers hundreds of volunteers to shine lights on historical landmarks in the nighttime as cameras capture a unique photograph. This year's challenge: Rochester's Kodak Tower.

ART | Ronald Gonzalez: Recent Sculpture

Ronald Gonzalez's artistic path began by creating figures out of dirt and sticks in the woods around his house as a young man. Now, he sculpts his figures by manipulating wire, wax, found items, and metal until his sculptures convey the "existential angst of the human condition," according to the statement on his website. Channeling present-day politics and society into his work, the sculptor and Binghamton University art professor imitates the human figure in his work.

SPECIAL EVENT | Festival of Food

Foodlink's annual Festival of Food will gather more than 100 local restaurants, bakeries, specialty food vendors, wineries, and breweries together in the Public Market for an evening of tastings and music. It might be impossible to eat your way through everything at the Festival of Food, but among the participants (to name just a fraction) are Cheesy Eddie's and Get Caked; food trucks Effortlessly Healthy and Neno's Gourmet Mexican; Happy Earth Tea and Red Jacket Orchards; establishments such as ButaPub, Cure, Daily Refresher, Ox and Stone, and Roux; and spirits from Black Button, Naked Dove, and Three Brothers Winery.

SPECIAL EVENT | KettleFest

As we inch closer to fall, many local farms will begin hosting events celebrating the area's agriculture. Kettle Ridge Farm wants to focus on sustainability in local farming and artisanship with its KettleFest, now in its second year.

DANCE | "Slightly Sinful"

Rochester City Ballet will open its 2016-17 season — its first full season under Artistic Director David Palmer — with "Slightly Sinful," a three-piece program that includes renowned Flemish choreographer Danny Rosseel's work of the same name. Rosseel, the former resident choreographer of the Royal Ballet of Flanders, set his "Slightly Sinful" to the music of Thomas Oboe Lee, and presented it in 1996 on Flemish national public broadcaster BRTN to acclaim.

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