Theater review: 'The Addams Family'

Theater review: 'The Addams Family'

It's a kitschy, corny ride that immediately breaks the fourth wall, and the entire two-hour show is based on the premise of daughter Wednesday falling in love with a boy at school and inviting him and his parents to dinner.


LITERATURE | Poetry with Terry Blackhawk

Ekphrastic writing is about creating vivid descriptions that help the reader visualize something, very commonly a work of art, but it also lifts off from what the senses detect into existential ether. Two of the most famous examples in poetry are John Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn" and W. H. Auden's "Musée des Beaux Arts."

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MUSEUM | SciFiTech

The newest interactive exhibit at Rochester Museum & Science Center focuses on the impact that pop culture has had on real technological advances and everyday tools, while it celebrates humanity's innovation and imagination. The 8,000-square-foot "SciFiTech" exhibit is divided into four zones that explore: "How We Play" with an "Oculus Rift" virtual reality experience, 3D-projected games, musical instruments, and holograms; "How We Connect" through a look at the history and future of communications technology, from rotary phones and VCRs to self-aware computers; "How We Move" featuring replicas of iconic pop-culture modes of transportation including a jetpack, hoverboard, a Delorean time machine, as well as the world's first 3D-printed car, Mars rovers, and sketches of the Hyperloop and flying cars; and "How We Live & Work," which explores robots and cities of the future.

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LITERATURE | ImageOutWrite Reading

This year's iteration of ImageOut, Rochester's LGBT Film Festival, is well underway, with screenings and events continuing through Sunday, October 20. On Wednesday, October 23, the literary side of LGBT creative expression will be celebrated with the release of ImageOutWrite Volume 8, which features 25 moving, heartbreaking, humorous, and poignant personal stories from Rochester writers, as well as authors based in Australia, Japan, and England.

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LITERATURE | Antiquarian Book Fair

The annual Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the Main Street Armory this week, featuring three dozen book dealers from six states. Celebrating 47 years, the event is a collaboration between the 10-member Rochester Area Booksellers Association and RIT Press.

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FILM | 'Stephen King's Dollar Babies'

Okay, it's October and some of us are cramming in monster movie marathons, but maybe this is the year for something a little different. The Dryden Theatre has reopened after renovations to the Eastman Museum property kept it closed for the summer, and its fall programming is off to a strong start with ImageOut screenings and last Sunday's screening of "Gandhi," 150 years after his birth.

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SPECIAL EVENT | Celebr8 24-hour Fundraiser

Over the years indie arts hub The Yards Collective has grown beyond a collaborative creativity venue to add artist studios, art residencies, and an ambitious calendar of exhibitions and events. This month The Yards celebrates its 8th anniversary by announcing it will shift to a non-profit status in the next two years, and by hosting a 24-hour fundraiser to create more residency scholarships, a teen ambassador program, and improved technology and facilities.

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ART | 'Beings'

When an artist draws from life, they attempt to record or capture the essence and specifics about an individual, whether that's a person, animal, or plant. Taking flora — from trees to flowers — as her inspiration, painter Amanda Parry Oglesbee creates what she calls portraits of individual plants.

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LITERATURE | Celebrating Joy Harjo

Update: this event's original emcee, Monty Campbell Jr., has had to bow out. Rochester poet Rich Forster will be the emcee for the evening.

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FAMILY | 'Batty About Bats'

This weekend The Strong is hosting a two-day event called "Batty About Bats," and being that it's October and superhero culture is more popular than ever, I wasn't sure if the programming was about the animal or the Caped Crusader. Why not both?

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ART-LECTURE | Polish Feminist Artists

This week the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies will host two celebrated feminist artists from Kraków, Poland. Fiber artist and activist Monika Drożyńska, who focuses on socially-engaged art in public spaces, and painter-performer and activist Cecylia Malik, whose work blends ecological defense and social activism, will visit the University of Rochester for participatory public art activism projects and artists talks.

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Museum Open House @ Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society Station Museum

Frankenstein: A Live Radio Play @ Record Archive

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Rochester Poets: Deb Koen @ Legacy at Cranberry Landing

Rochester Poets: Deb Koen @ Legacy at Cranberry Landing

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  • Country Dancers of Rochester: A Masquerade Ball @ First Baptist Church

    • Sat., Oct. 26, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $15
  • Kathryn Mariner & Miguel Cardona: Fertile Ground @ Community Design Center

    • Fri., Nov. 1, 5-7 p.m.
  • Frankenstein: A Live Radio Play @ Record Archive

    • Sun., Oct. 20, 2 p.m.
  • Rochester Poets: Deb Koen @ Legacy at Cranberry Landing

    • Sun., Oct. 20, 2 p.m.
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    • Sun., Oct. 20, 1-3 p.m.

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