Monster Jam returns to the Blue Cross Arena this weekend, featuring the roaring engines of beastly machines "Grave Digger" and "El Toro Loco." Drivers will compete together on a dirt motorsport track, performing gravity-defying stunts in the monster-sized vehicles.
Science and engineering come together with art and creativity at the annual Maker Faire Rochester. This year more than 150 makers will gather and showcase their inventiveness and creativity, bringing exhibitions, demonstrations, and activities to this family-oriented event.
Rochester-based artist and internationally-known muralist Sarah Rutherford's years-in-the-making mural series, "Her Voice Carries" was an artistic quest to understand how the women of Rochester have come to shape the city. A documentary film named for her mural series explores the stories of the women in the murals, and Rutherford's own journey of creating the large-scale works.
The beauty and ecological diversity of the Genesee Valley region has long been a source of artistic inspiration. The Genesee Valley Conservancy (a group charged with protecting land preserves, habitats, and farmland) gave 100 artists of all walks a 12-inch-square canvas to record the beauty of the region upon, and has brought the works of art together for a unique exhibit.
The annual national juried exhibition of drinking vessels, "The Cup, The Mug," returns to Main Street Arts this weekend, featuring nearly 100 cups by 56 artists from 26 states. From clean and subtly detailed minimalism to bright colors and anthropomorphism, there's something for every taste in this show that blends form and function.
Signs of the approaching winter in Western New York include digging leaves out of our gutters, switching to snow tires, and plastic-wrapping drafty windows. As you get ready for the harsher weather, you can take a trip through time to see how cold weather preparations would have been tackled in our region in the early 19th century.
TYKEs (Theatre Young Kids Enjoy) opens its 15th season this week with the musical "Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly." Based on the clever, colorful New York Times best-selling book series by Doreen Cronin and The New Yorker cover illustrator Harry Bliss, the family-friendly performance is recommended for kids age 3 and up.
Rochester-based filmmaker Matt White's new documentary, "House of Stronzo," tells the story of Pete Cecere, a devout collector of folk and outsider art from the Americas. Cerere has spent more than 50 years amassing more than 5,000 pieces of art, all of which he stores in his home, dubbed "House of Stronzo."
"Grounded," an exhibit featuring the work of regional artists Helen Santelli and Virginia Cassetta, opens this week at Nu Movement Gallery. Each artist creates abstract landscapes with mixed media including oils, pastels, wax, and encaustics.
Ceramic artist Nancy Valle will this month open her Anderson Alley studio to two other artists. The exhibition "Face it!" features works from John Kosboth and Richard Harvey, who have each used portraiture to delve into their emotional responses to our current social and political atmosphere.