COMEDY | 2019 Funniest Person in Rochester Contest

The annual Funniest Person in Rochester Contest is back at Comedy @ The Carlson, and the competition this year will be steep. The preliminary round runs from Wednesday, June 26, through Saturday, June 29, featuring 87 local stand-up comedians each doing a tight four minutes in the hopes of making it to the semifinal round in July 5 and 6.

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In partnership with the International Elephant Foundation (IEF), the Seneca Park Zoo Society is once again hosting its summer ZooBrew series. This season, the spotlight is on Masai giraffes and plains zebras, who are part of the zoo's new Animals of the Savanna expansion.

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THEATER | 'Defamation'

Religion, race, and class clash in Todd Logan's interactive courtroom drama, "Defamation." The play reveals the conflict between Regina Wade, a black woman business owner, and her client Arthur Golden, a wealthy Jewish man who has accused her of stealing his family heirloom watch.

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ART | 'Beneath the Tapestry'

Inspired by her Russian grandmother's repurposing skills, Trina Bartimer Bruno creates nature-inspired mixed media art, blending different techniques and the various textures and colors of her collected materials. Having recently moved to Rochester from Ithaca, her show at the First Unitarian Church will mark her first local exhibition of her work.

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SPECIAL EVENT | '2019 Paws Under the Dome' Dog Show

Fans of dog shows (and especially, fans of "Best in Show," the film) listen up: This week is your opportunity to experience the pageantry, the prestige, the joy and the tears, as primped and proper pups fill the Dome Arena. The Genesee Valley Kennel Club and Tonawanda Valley Kennel Club's three-day "WNY Twin Valley Cluster" is a conformation, obedience, and rally show, featuring hundreds of hopefuls within specific American Kennel Club-recognized dog breeds.

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ART | 'Paul Garland: Come In'

Only about a week remains to view Paul Garland's solo show at AXOM Gallery. The Fair Haven, New York-based artist's work continues to evolve after five decades.

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Review: "The 66th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition"

This year's iteration of the biennial Rochester-Finger Lake Exhibition has a strong emphasis on experimental drawings and many from that group were among Rebecca's favorite works in the show. She discusses her top 20 picks from the group of 62 featured artists.


Rochester Fringe announces 2019 lineup

The 8th annual Rochester Fringe Festival takes place Tuesday, September 10, through Saturday, September 21, at venues in and around downtown Rochester.


COMEDY | Joel McHale

Comedian Joel McHale has made an entire profession of satirizing pop-culture and reminding us how ridiculous some of the stuff we watch truly is (hello, "The Bachelor"). He has done a bit of everything, from hosting 12 successful seasons of E!'s "The Soup" to starring in the beloved comedy series "Community" and hosting the 2014 White House Correspondent's Dinner.

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ART | Western New York Pottery Festival

The ninth annual Western New York Pottery Festival will welcome more than 20 regional and national ceramicists with the juried show's opening this weekend. Most art festivals are focused on two things: showing and selling.

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Popular Events

  • "Mac & Cheese: Road To Queso" (2019) @ Cinema Theater

    • Mon., June 24, 12 p.m. $5
  • Eastman Rochester New Horizons Orchestra Camp @ Roberts Wesleyan College

    • Thu., June 20, 1-10 p.m., Fri., June 21, 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat., June 22, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sun., June 23, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Variable
  • Trina Bartimer Bruno: Beneath The Tapestry @ Williams Gallery at First Unitarian Church

    • Mondays-Fridays. Continues through Aug. 5
  • "King Kong" (1933) @ Dryden Theatre

    • Thu., June 20, 7:30 p.m. $5-$10
  • An Afternoon With Diana Ross @ Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County

    • Sat., June 22, 1 p.m.

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