COMEDY | Randy Rainbow

Following a sigh-filled tirade about a recent stunt of 45's, a fellow satire-loving friend introduced me to the delightful phenomenon that is Randy Rainbow. The New York-based performer got his start making videos in his apartment, splicing himself as a "cut the b.s." interviewer into real interview clips and lambasting Trump and his cronies with parodies of songs ripped from famous musicals (think Weird Al for Broadway fans who loathe this administration.

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LITERATURE | 'Bridging Silos'

In her book "Bridging Silos: Collaborating for Environmental Health and Justice in Urban Communities," Katrina Smith Korfmacher points out that residents of marginalized communities experience disproportionately high exposure to environmental hazards and associated health problems. As examples, her work studies the efforts that have been made to assuage three long-standing problems, including childhood lead poisoning in Rochester, and she proposes ways in which community groups, government agencies, academic institutions, and private organizations can work together to address environmental health disparities.

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FILM | 'Black & Female in Rochester'

The next scheduled event in the valuable "At the Crossroads: Activating the Intersection of Art & Justice" series is "Black & Female in Rochester: After the Marching Stopped," and will be hosted at Visual Studies Workshop. The artistic prompt for this event will be locally-produced film and video that provokes discourse about the roles black women have played in Rochester 's cultural, social and political movements.

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CULTURE | 'Hodinöhsö:ni' Healthy Roots, Culture, and Traditions'

Year-round, Ganondagan State Historic Site provides insight into the history of the Rochester region's Indigenous people. And this weekend it will host an event that brings history to life and spotlights living culture at the "Hodinöhsö:ni' Healthy Roots, Culture, and Traditions" event, which features 18th-century re-enactors (pictured: Darwin John, Elmer John, and Alvin Parker) in traditional clothing, hands-on demos of traditional arts and food practices, Iroquois Social Dance performances (11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.), outdoor games including archery, guided trail walks, family craft activities, gallery exhibits, and a preview of this fall's event commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Canandaigua Treaty.

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SPECIAL EVENT | Lebowski Fest

Bowling center and cutie pie bar Radio Social is hosting a Lebowski Fest this week, creating a ripe opportunity for fans to leave the house in a bathrobe, dressed as a Valkyrie, or in every New Yorker's favorite hue: Nihilist Black. Honestly, the possibilities for costumes are endless.

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FESTIVAL | Festival of Food

A few days a week, year round, The Rochester Public Market is filled with vendors offering produce, poultry, and other food for shoppers to take home and make into meals. But once a year, these raw materials are swapped out for vendors offering finished dishes.

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SPECIAL EVENT | Family Archaeology Weekend

Rochester Museum and Science Center's annual outdoor, hands-on learning activity, Family Archaeology Weekend, returns this weekend to the Cumming Nature Center. Archaeology professors and students from The College at Brockport will be on hand to assist attendees with a guided excavation of an 18th-century farmhouse foundation on the center's property.

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Review: 'La Cage Aux Folles'

At its core, it's a flashy, an undeniably fun night out — albeit difficult to pull off without a talented male cast. Fortunately, Geva's cast is more than equipped to handle the high-heeled, leather- and feather-filled dance numbers.

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FILM | 'Ratatouille'

George Eastman Museum's Dryden Theatre is closed until early October to accommodate some renovations, but you can still catch a flick at the museum this week. Families can bring blankets, chairs, beverages, and a picnic to the north lawn behind the rock garden and watch a screening of the 2007 Pixar hit "Ratatouille," presented by The Eastman Museum Council.

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FESTIVAL | Clothesline Festival

One of the biggest and oldest arts festivals in Rochester returns this weekend, also functioning as an annual fundraiser for the Memorial Art Gallery. Visitors to the Clothesline Festival can stroll the MAG's campus (rain or shine), browsing the showcase of more than 400 artists from the region and across the nation, enjoying food for purchase from festival food vendors and food trucks, hands-on art activities, and enjoy family-friendly entertainment.

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Popular Events

  • Through Eyes of Pastel @ My Sister's Gallery at the Episcopal Church Home

    • Thu., Sept. 19, 5-7 p.m.
  • "URGH! A Music War" (1982) @ Memorial Art Gallery

    • Thu., Sept. 19, 6:45 p.m.
  • Frank Argento: Floral, Fauna & Figure @ Frank Argento Studio

    • Fri., Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. & 6-9 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Projecting Our Voices: Video Activism & Documentary Filmmaking in Rochester @ Visual Studies Workshop

    • Thu., Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m.
  • Lynne Feldman: Collages Two Ways @ Patricia O’Keefe Ross Gallery at St. John Fisher

    • Fri., Sept. 20, 5-8 p.m.

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Fall Guide 2019
To many of us culture enthusiasts, autumn is the most magical time of the year. Sure, the cooler temps are comfortably cozy and fall flavors are seriously palatable, but it's also the top of the season for theater, visual arts, classical music, and other cultural offerings. The arts community comes fully alive again after a relatively slow spell. read more ...

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