When Princess Diaries 2 opens this week, there will finally be a G-rated movie playing in town. Two weeks ago, the fact that there wasn't infuriated us when we tried to take a mess of kids under 10 to a movie. Good thing we remembered Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey, playing at the StrasenburghPlanetarian at RMSC. It's actually been there for a couple of months, and I'll bet you haven't been yet. What's up with that?
From the opening scene of the Stomp cast members jamming on boxes out the windows of a tenement set, everyone in our crowd --- ages 2 to 38 --- was completely enthralled. The idea is that the Stomp folks play a bit, then pass us off to another part of the world, where we see and hear their influences. The premise might be thin, but the edits are clever and the pace is, well, pulse-pounding.
Not a single scene even approaches dullness, from the spectacular quintet of master drummers in Les Percussions de Guinée to the Winchester Cathedral Bellringers to the Stomp guys on bicycles. In the planetarium, the drumming, dancing, and mouth percussion quite literally surrounds you. The virtuosic moments --- notably Indian tabla player Shafaatullah Khan and Spanish flamenco dancer Eva Yerbabuena --- will astonish even the most jaded in the crowd.
Pulse has several shows every day of the week, is free for RMSC members ($7 adults, $5 children non-members), and runs less than an hour. You've got till the end of November; don't miss it.
Arts in Action for TweensAug 16-20. For 10- to 12-year-olds, HochsteinSchool, 454-4596, www.hochstein.org
Brighton Memorial Library Drop-in storytimes: Mondays, toddlers, 10:30 a.m.; Mondays, preschoolers, 11:30 a.m., Thursdays, families, 7 p.m. | 2300 Elmwood Ave. 784-5300
City Summer Kids Club Mon-Fri through Sept 3. For ages 6-10, various recreation centers, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $50 per week. 428-6767, www.cityofrochester.gov
Cool Kids Thurs, Aug 12: Empty Hats, 7-9 p.m. | Fri, Aug 13: Blarney Blast, 7-8 p.m. | SagawaPark, Main and Erie Sts, Brockport. Free. 637-3984
ECO Camp Mon-Fri, Aug 16-20. For kids grades 6-8, Tinker Nature Park/Hansen Nature Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $50. 461-1000
Henrietta Public Library toddler storytime, Wed, Aug 11, 10:30-11 a.m. | preschool storytime, Thurs, Aug 12, 11-11:30 a.m. | American Red Cross babysitter training, Tues, Aug 17, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $30. | Summer celebration, Fri, Aug 13, 2 p.m. | 455 Calkins Rd. 359-7093
Kids Café Mon-Thurs through Aug 19.Meal program for kids up to age 17, Church of Love Faith Center, 700 Exchange St, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Kids Club Mon-Fri, Aug 16-20. For kids grades K-5, St. Mark's and St. John's, 1245 Culver Rd, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $25. 654-9229
Kids Safety Day Wed, Aug 18. ID cards, Eckerd Drug, 550 Stone Rd, Greece, 2-7 p.m. 242-0900
Make Your Own SundaeGarden Party Sun, Aug 15. SonenbergMansions, 151 Charlotte St, Canandaigua, 3-5 p.m. $8.50
RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium657 East Ave.A Trip to Saturn and Pluto: 1 p.m. Mon-Sat; Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey: 2, 3, 4 p.m. Mon-Sat; 11 a.m. Tues-Fri; 8 and 9 p.m. Sat; I See the Sky: 9:30 a.m. Sat; The Sky Tonight: 10:30 a.m. Sat; The Beatles in Laser Light: 10 p.m. Sat. Reserve seats. Tix: $4-$7. 271-1880
Rochester Museum and Science Center657 East Ave. Challenger Center, Sat, Aug 14, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $14, $11 kids. | Surprise! It's Science, through May 2005. | Rochester's Frederick Douglass, through January 2006. | Live Science! demos and theater, 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m. Mon-Fri. Wed 2 p.m. show sign-interpreted. | Ongoing exhibits include: AdventureZone, Carlson Inquiry Room, At the Western Door. | Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m.Tix: $5-$7. 271-1880, www.rmsc.org.
SenecaPark Zoo 2222 St Paul St. BugZoo, through Wed, Aug 18. | In Praise of Predators, Sat, Aug 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Penguin Awareness Day, Sat, Aug 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Common Folk Singers performance, Sun, Aug 14, 3 p.m. | Hours: daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Tix: $5, $4 seniors, $2 kids. 467-9453, www.senecazoo.org.
Seussical the MusicalThurs-Sat, Aug 12-14.Pittsford Summer Enrichment Institute, MendonHigh School, Rte 64, Pittsford, 7:30 p.m. Thurs-Sat, 2 p.m. Sat. $8. 218-1185
Springdale Farm Camps Advanced farm camp and Springdale camp for kids, various dates in August. 352-5320, www.springdalefarm.org
Strong Museum1 Manhattan Square. Long-term exhibits include National Toy Hall of Fame,Can You Tell Me How To Get To Sesame Street?andSuper Kids Market. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m.Tix: $7; $6 seniors, students; $5 children. 263-2700
Summer Food Service Program Free lunch and breakfast for kids under 18, Mon-Fri, various sites. Call for registration and info. 428-7872, 325-1440
Twilight Campfire Tales Thurs, Aug 12. Stone-Tolan House, 2370 East Ave, flashlight tour and games, 7:15 p.m., stories, 8:15 p.m. $6 adults, $3 kids. 546-7029, www.landmarksociety.org
Volunteers of America Universal Pre-K Programs Openings available, for 4- and 5-yr-olds, free to city residents, 100 State St or 214 Lake Ave, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 647-1344, 263-3103
Are your kids begging to see the new horror movie The Village? Mine sure are. I've told them they can see it. After they complete an exhaustive study of its 19th-century American setting, that is.
We'll get started Thursday, August 12, at the Sixth Annual Twilight Campfire Tales at the Stone-TolanHouseMuseum. It's sponsored by The Landmark Society of Western New York, so you know it'll be a classy experience.
This event is perfect for American Girl and Little House on the Prairie enthusiasts. Sure, the Stone-Tolan House, located at 2370 East Avenue, is a far cry from the prairie. But I for one appreciate the convenience. And the authenticity can't be beat.
The evening starts at 7:15 p.m., with an hour of pioneer lawn and table games and a fun flashlight tour of the Stone-Tolan House. You're invited to bring a flashlight from home to help shed some light on the past.
Next, a costumed storyteller will spin tales by a campfire in the orchard. Lantern-bearing guides will make sure everyone is seated safely on bales of straw. Remember to BYOB (bring your own blanket) for extra comfort.
After the stories, enjoy light refreshments in the barn. If you want heavy refreshments, stay in the 21st century and load up on some of those carbs everyone's shunning like poor Hester Prynne.
Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are $6 (adults) and $3 (children). Members are $5 and $2.50. For more information call 546-7029 or go to www.landmarksociety.org
--- Linda Kostin (www.junkstorecowgirl.com)