DANCE | 'Ripple'

DANCE | 'Ripple'

Rochester Dance Theatre will this week present an immersive, multimedia experience in just four performances of "Ripple," which merges the movement of bodies with the movement of light and sound. The program includes eight dancers in collaboration with spatial sound engineer Tom Montagliano, with light design and tech by Occurrent Arts.

ART | 'Dearly Departed'

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of 1975 Gallery, which emerged as a pop-up within Surface Salon in the South Wedge before gaining its own white walls on Charlotte Street. Though 1975's brick-and-mortar spot has been closed down for a few years now, owner and curator Erich Lehman has continued his work bringing creatives together for various projects, most notably in his role has lead curator for WALL\THERAPY.

RECREATION | Fall Foliage Train Excursions

After some alternating hot and cold temps, autumnal weather seems to have finally settled in. And the leaves have just begun to turn, right in time for The Medina Railroad Museum's annual Fall Foliage train excursions.

DANCE | 'Celebrate Dance'

Cobblestone Arts Center will this week present its First Annual "Celebrate Dance" event, featuring work by several choreographers and dance companies, including Mariah Maloney (formerly of the Trisha Brown Company), Mossa Dance DeLucia-Benson Dance, FuturPointe Dance's N'Jelle Gage Thorne, and Heather Roffe. "Celebrate Dance" takes place Saturday, October 20, at 6 p.m., at Cobblestone Arts Center, 1622 State Route 332, in Farmington.

THEATER | 'Hay Fever'

Noël Coward's three-act comedic romp, "Hay Fever," will this week be presented by Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department and Theatre League. Set in the 1920s, the play follows one chaotic weekend in the life of the misbehaved Bliss family.

ART | Flower City Pottery Invitational

The 4th Annual Flower City Pottery Invitational takes place this weekend, featuring 21 premiere ceramic artists from throughout North America.

ART | 'A Bunch of Baloney'

Based in a Spencerport barn, Loud Cow is an unorthodox space for holding exhibitions of fine art. But twice a year, artist and curator Aaron Delehanty hosts group shows featuring regional artists, and invites the public to the opening night party.

FILM | 2018 Polish Film Festival

A century of Poland's regained independence will be celebrated in October and November with the annual Polish Film Festival, which will explore various periods of the nation's history through several film screenings. Presented by the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, the Polish Filmmakers Association, the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman Museum, and the University of Rochester Cinema Group, the program is as follows:

LITERATURE | Rochester Small Press Book Fair

Before last year's VSW Pub Fair I set a budget for purchases and then promptly ignored that number and went to town. I'm not mad about it.

THEATER | 'for colored girls...'

Playwright Ntozake Shange's Obie Award-winning 1974 play "for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf" is what the author describes as a "choreopoem" — 20 separate poems choreographed to music and dance, and performed as monologues. It relates the experiences of seven African American women, identified only by the colors they are assigned, living in a racist and sexist society, and tackles such issues as rape, abandonment, abortion, and domestic violence.

ART | 'Seeing Shadows'

Rochester artist Nick Brandreth returns to Makers Gallery and Studio this week with "N.M. Brandreth's Phantasmagoria Presents: Seeing Shadows," featuring new work that plays off the spooky ideas he worked with in last year's "Unadulterated Overkill" group exhibit. Brandreth creates hand-constructed viewing boxes for his glass plate photographs that depict dreamt-up scenes of that appear pulled from old-timey horror films.

COMEDY | 'Good Grief'

It's no secret that a lot of comedy comes from coping — we make jokes to take some of the teeth out of the political situation, we make fun of our idiosyncrasies, and at times we use humor to deal with profound loss.

LECTURE | 'The Role of Haudenosaunee Women and Suffrage'

While the current US administration wages war on women, organizers at the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse look back at the influence Indigenous women had on the American women's pursuit of equality. This week the programming continues with a lecture, "The Role of Haudenosaunee Women and Suffrage," with Jeanne Shenandoah (Eel Clan, Onondaga Nation) and historian Sally Roesch Wagner.

ART | 'The Enigmatic Imagination of John Kastner'

Many of Rochester-based artist John Kastner's mixed media illustrations and paintings are Bosch-esque hellscapes jam-packed with clever commentary on this political, social, and environmental mess we're in. In recent years Kastner began incorporating dimensional elements to his complex creations, adding bits of plastic and other detritus he's collected from the sidewalks and streets while out walking.

MULTIMEDIA | Dani & Sheilah ReStack

Visual Studies Workshop's current experimental film series continues this week with "Strangely Ordinary This Devotion and Shameless Light: A Multimedia performance by Sheilah & Dani Restack." The Ohio-based duo Sheilah Wilson and Dani Leventhal will present a multimedia performance, "Shameless Light," which includes a participatory reading of lesbian love letters.

MUSEUM | 'SoundSense'

A new exhibit at Rochester Museum & Science Center will focus on how the phenomenon of sound helps us make sense of the world around us, and how we use it to communicate or for entertainment. The interactive elements of "SoundSense" help visitors explore the physical nature of sound, how we sense it, how different sounds are created, and the emotional experience that is music.

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  • "Christine" @ Hyatt Regency Rochester

    • Sat., Oct. 20, 7:15 p.m. $20-$35
  • Lola Flash: AIDS FLASHback @ Visual Studies Workshop

    • Mondays-Fridays. Continues through Oct. 27
  • Third Thursday: The King is Dancing @ Memorial Art Gallery

    • Thu., Oct. 18, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Third Thursday Concerts are free with Gallery admission, which is half-price on Thursday evenings and free to University of Rochester ID holders
  • Polish Film Festival: "Warsaw 44" (2014) @ Hoyt Auditorium, UR

    • Wed., Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.
  • Gerald Mead Art Collection @ Roz Steiner Art Gallery, GCC

    • Through Oct. 25

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