"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.
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.
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."
JCC CenterStage this weekend will begin a run of "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" which tells the story of our seventh president, using modern rock and emo music. In the show, Andrew Jackson is a loose cannon rock star and his voters are the star struck fans.
The "We Hate Movies Podcast" will be coming to Rochester to record a live episode on Saturday, July 16, 9 p.m., at The Little Theatre (240 East Avenue). The comedy group will provide live commentary for no one's favorite live-action Ninja Turtle movie: 1993's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III," which finds the Heroes in a Half Shell traveling back in time to ancient Japan and assisting a scrappy band of villagers in their rebellion against an evil samurai warlord.
Irondequoit's popular pop-up and explorative art gallery, the Irondequoit Art Trail, returns for its fifth year to showcase the town's artistic talent. The Art Trail allows local artists and makers to display and sell work in their own homes and studios, and the public can follow a provided map to hit any of the locations.
The Corn Hill Arts Festival is back for its 48th edition in Rochester's oldest residential neighborhood. More than 350 artists from across the US and Canada will display their artwork throughout the weekend on Frederick Douglass Street and the surrounding area.
When he's not penning columns or chasing down stories for the Democrat and Chronicle, it's safe to assume reporter David Andreatta is whittling away at a theater project of some sort. Andreatta has spent a fair share of time on local stages, but he's also a prolific playwright — good enough to make Geva Theatre Center take notice, in fact, and help him develop a script.
Rochester's annual Pride festivities are a time when the LGBTQ and allied communities can come together to have fun, celebrate our diversity, and maybe have a few cocktails while we're at it. The recent events of this year have showed exactly why pride events are still necessary today, and they've also proved why it's more important than ever that we move forward in solidarity.
When Danny Hoskins became Blackfriars Theatre's artistic director last summer, one of his goals was to develop educational programming at the theater to train the next generation of artists. Hoskins and his team have recently launched Blackfriars Theatre's Summer Intensive, a program for rising high school juniors through newly graduated college seniors.
As we've come to expect, the Rochester area will be full of Independence Day celebrations this weekend. There are far too many to list in one sitting, but below are two of Rochester's more unique takes on celebrating the Fourth of July beyond the traditional fireworks and parades.