SPECIAL EVENT | Solar Eclipse Show

SPECIAL EVENT | Solar Eclipse Show

Everyone's been talking about the rare solar eclipse that will sweep across North America on Monday, August 21. If you can't travel to an area of the US where you can witness it live, head over to the Rochester Museum and Science Center (657 East Avenue) to get the most out of the astronomical phenomenon.

FESTIVAL | Flour City Brewers Fest

Rochester has craft beer enthusiasts aplenty. For this year's Flour City Brewers Fest, the organization will bring in 60 breweries, including local companies Rohrbach, Genesee, Swiftwater, Roc Brewing, and Three Heads.

ART | 'Plastics: Our Weakness'

It's so much easier to use a plastic fork and toss it than it is to labor over the kitchen sink. Flower City Arts Center artist-in-residence Arleen Thaler, a photojournalism graduate student at Empire State College, highlights this shortcoming in her show, "Plastics: Our Weakness."

SPECIAL EVENT | Rochester Twilight Criterium

Tens of thousands of people will head downtown this weekend to watch hundreds of racers speed through the city by bicycle and, new this year, by foot. The Rochester Twilight Criterium will have a few other new features as well, including a beer garden that takes over the interior of the course — which stretches one mile around downtown, most of which takes place on East Broad Street and Court Street.

THEATER | 'Agnes of God'

When a newborn infant is found dead in novitiate Roman Catholic nun Agnes's room, the local court appoints a psychiatrist, Dr. Martha Livingstone, to assess whether or not Agnes is capable to stand trial. Agnes insists she has no memory of the birth of the child, and claims it to be the result of a virgin conception.

ART | 'Drawing in the Dark'

When a lot of people draw or think about drawing, they tend to focus on what the finished piece will be, rather than on the actual process of what they're doing. In an effort to get people to think differently about drawing, Rochester artist Ray Ray Mitrano is hosting a weekend of interactive art workshops at The Little, "Drawing in the Dark."

OPERA | 'Tosca'

A melodrama with plenty of melodies and plenty of drama — that's Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca," which has been packing audiences in since 1900. Puccini's operatic adaptation of a once-famous play by Victorien Sardou is full of romance, politics, and mayhem.

FESTIVAL | Rochester Black Pride

For five days, Rochester Black Pride will celebrate the black LGBTQ community in a welcoming and family-friendly way to foster community growth, highlight small businesses, and advance voter registration efforts. The festival's opening reception will take place on Wednesday, August 9, at 6 p.m., at 60 Brown's Race, and will feature MOCHA Art Gallery and Fashion Show, where attendees can watch models strut down the runway.

ART | 'Barrier'

"Barrier" is a series of large portraits by artist Marisa Bruno that investigate the impact of time and change on the body, specifically through how surgeries, age, weathering, and injuries alter our skin. "Even if an injury or surgical cut doesn't heal perfectly or wrinkles are permanently etched, it proves that our bodies are resilient and capable of shielding and repairing," Bruno says in a provided statement.

FESTIVAL | Little Italy Festival

If you can't afford to walk the streets of Rome, Florence, or Milan, you might be able to find what you're looking for in Rochester this weekend at the Fourth Annual Little Italy Festival: two days of Italian food, music, and entertainment. The festival begins Saturday, August 12, and will feature the musical talents of Rome native Marco Amadio, Sicily native Franco Ciffa, the Rochester Rat Pack, New York City's Tre Bella, and Sal Valentinetti, a 2016 finalist on "America's Got Talent."

COMEDY | Gilbert Gottfried

Gilbert Gottfried, known by some as "America's Creepy Uncle," stepped onto the stage when he was 15 years old, starting with standup comedy at open mic nights in New York City. Within a decade, he was hired by NBC as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, where he began his TV career.

ART | 'On the Side'

What lies at the root of commercial artists' work is still their original passion to create beautiful images. "On the Side" highlights that artwork created by local advertisers in their free time.

FILM | Free Our People Film Festival

The first Free Our People Film Contest, developed by the Center for Disability Rights here in Rochester, called for video submissions that focused on institutional biases that keep people with disabilities in nursing homes instead of playing active roles in their communities. The winning submissions have been selected and will be shown at a festival on Monday, August 7, at The Little Theatre.

THEATER | 'Fielder's Choice'

Hummingbird Theater Company will present "Fielder's Choice," written by the Democrat and Chronicle's David Andreatta, a drama about a strained father-son relationship that relies heavily on a mutual love for Major League baseball parks. Produced and directed by Donald B. Bartalo, the show is small with a three-person cast: Peter Doyle plays the role of Frank Fielder, the father; Danny Kincaid Kunz will portray a grown version of Owen Fielder, the son; and a young version of Owen Fielder is played by Andreatta's own son, also named Owen.

FESTIVAL | Park Ave Summer Art Fest

Each year, Rochester's Park Ave Summer Art Fest blows out the first full weekend in August as the neighborhood showcases the area's culture, art, and businesses. Park Avenue will be closed to vehicles, allowing ample room for a juried art show — featuring more than 350 artists in 13 different categories — vendors with varied arts such as ceramics, glass, and jewelry; five food courts and other food trucks; and three stages set up throughout the festival with performers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

ART | 'Illuminate'

As part of the August First Friday, Gallery Q, The Triangle neighborhood, and ImageOut are partnering to present "Illuminate," a gallery event celebrating the LGBTQ community. "Illuminate" will feature artists Chen Wang, Citlali Fabián, and Katie Efstathiou, and puts a focus on projection and installation-based art.


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