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City’s choice: family theater 

Theater is not just for grownups. Besides the magical tradition of The Nutcracker, during the fall there are other performances around town for the family to enjoy. These are inexpensive, low-key, and sometimes interactive shows --- made just for the little ones.

Rochester Children's Theatre continues its residency at Nazareth College with The Miracle Worker, the story of one of the most famous teacher-student pairs, Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller. Also at the Arts Center at Nazareth College, the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will visit with Very Eric Carle, a puppet show that stages three Eric Carle stories.

And there's a new venture on the children's theater scene: TYKEs (Theater Young Kids Enjoy). The group is performing at the Auditorium Center's little upstairs theater, UpStage3. They start this fall with a musical retelling of Rapunzel and continue with Toddler Tales, interactive stagings of the Peter Rabbit and The Three Billy Goats Gruff stories. Next year they'll bring the Catskill Puppet Theater, who will stage The Willow Girl (pictured).

In This Guide...

    Seeking the artful bounty

    Members of the Rochester Association of Art Dealers already inaugurated the new season; they strutted their stuff during Galleries Week, which started the second weekend of September. Most of their exhibits will remain up for several weeks, giving you plenty to see.

    Putting on a good show

    It is, in my opinion, the best moment in the world: after the lights go down and before the show starts. Voices hush, bodies settle, and you wait.

    Searching for the Holy Grail (of fruit)

    The fall harvest season is one of my favorites, with cool nights and an almost endless variety of fruits and vegetables to sample, some more well-known than others. Lately, I have fallen in love with the heirloom tomato "Brandywine" --- which is not very red, is impossible to slice for the perfect sandwich, and has a thin skin unsuitable for shipping.

    Only the movies you want to see

    As I was thinking about how to structure this piece on the films of autumn, I became hung up on the notion of film criticism versus movie reviewing. Film criticism is an art that seems to require a thorough steeping in film history, astute reasoning, an extremely keen eye, and the ability to concisely convey your thoughts using clever word-type thingies.

    Lack not music’s pleasures

    It may be years, decades, centuries, before the Olympics come to Rochester. While you're waiting, enjoy the abundant classical music Rochester offers every year, all year round.

    Failure is so possible

    Fall arrives in Rochester with a flurry of colorful brochures announcing dance, music, and theater events. It's an exciting time of year for arts lovers --- authors start arriving, film festivals hit town, and art exhibitions open.

    Hear your live delights

    I figure since we got screwed out of summer we deserve a cool fall. And I'm not talking about the mercury either.

    Hitting the lecture circuit

    OK, all you nerds out there, it's time to get down to work. Stock your pencil boxes, pull out your literary anthologies, and check the batteries in your tape recorders: fall is bursting with enough lectures and literary events to make us all feel like we're back in school again.

    Fall Guide 2004

    Fall with grace It leads us into the grip of colder, darker winter, but fall is a gentle warden.

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