Fall Guide 2013

Arts Preview, Events and more
In our annual fall arts preview, City's cultural critics sound off on their picks for the most exciting art exhibits, theater shows, dance performances, music concerts, and films coming in the 2013-14 season.

ART: A separate piece

Artist residencies in Rochester
I don't know how many artists in Rochester make their living solely from their artwork, but life being what it is, it's certainly not the easiest endeavor. So working artists cram their passions where they fit, between day jobs and second jobs and perhaps parenting duties, and amid all of the little details that must be attended to.

ART: The end is the beginning

As 2013 comes to a close, local art spaces come alive with fantastic exhibitions
Even though autumn heralds the close of the year, and the death, decay, or otherwise slumberfest of nature, to me the crisp, fresh air always feels like a beginning. This probably comes in part from our everlasting association of autumn with going back to school.

THEATER: The trials of trying out

Local theater companies take different approaches to auditions
When depicted in the movies, theater auditions are usually fraught and drama-ridden. They can be that way in real life too, but most theater companies try to save the drama for the production, and to be as fair as possible.

THEATER: The next act

The 2013-14 theater season is awash with classics and contemporary works
I've always heard Rochester described as a "theater town," a distinction that seems like a rare one in the days of TV on demand, web series, and all the other performance media that keep a distance between you and the performers. Judging from a look at the Greater Rochester area's 2013-2014 theater calendar, we're still a theater town — and a very busy one, at that.

DANCE: On their toes

Rochester's leading dance organizations have a busy 2013-14
You can't discuss the dance year in Rochester without bringing up Garth Fagan Dance, now in its 43rd year. Most locals — at least those with an interest in the arts — know about this powerhouse troupe, but, then again, the name should trip automatically off the tongue of anyone citing Rochester as their home town.

MUSIC: The sounds of autumn

A dozen popular-music concerts to add to your fall calendar
The summer concert season might be dominated by large-scale festivals, giant outdoor concerts, and get-together shows everyplace that can throw together a stage. But just because summer is ending doesn't mean that the musical good times have to stop once the leaves hit the ground.

MUSIC: Classical smorgasbord

No matter what your tastes, the 2013-14 classical season has a flavor for you
This is the first classical season since I started writing for City that I believe includes a concert and a composer for everyone. For someone like me, with far-flung musical tastes, it means I will be at concert after concert, throughout the entire season.

FILM: Cinema paradiso

The fall movie schedule is packed with promising pictures
It used to be that there was a sharp, clear-cut line dividing the popcorn-movie trifles of summer from the highbrow, cerebral films of the fall movie season. But over the past several years, it's become virtually impossible to distinguish between the two.

OUTDOORS: Whatever floats your boat

Fall boat tours offer relaxing views of Rochester's past and present
When fall rolls in, and the temperatures cool down, spending time outdoors becomes even more enjoyable. No more sunburns, no more sweating, and no more humidity.

FOOD: Cider house rules

Make the most of fall's most flavorful fluid with apple-cider-based recipes
It's one of those magical signs that fall has arrived: our favorite autumnal flavors show up on restaurant menus. Pumpkin and apple everything are suddenly everywhere.

CALENDAR: 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.


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