KIDS | 'Charlotte's Web'

KIDS | 'Charlotte's Web'

E. B. White's classic children's book "Charlotte's Web" tells the story of how a determined farm girl and a special spider save a radiant pig from the dinner plate.

SPECIAL EVENT | Happiest Hour: Space Cadet Camp

Calling all space cadets: Report for training, dancing, and a sci-fi costume contest at The Strong's next event in its popular Happiest Hour series for ages 21 and up. "Happiest Hour: Join Me, Human, for Space Cadet Camp" is an after-hours event filled with lightsabers, arcade games, access to the "Rockets, Robots, and Ray Guns" exhibit, snacks, and a cash bar.

FILM | Rochester Teen Film Festival

The Rochester Teen Film Festival each year presents young filmmakers in Rochester with an opportunity to participate in a true, competitive film festival. A jury reviews all submissions, screenings are held at The Little Theatre, and and a variety of rewards are given to the winners.

ART | 'The Visionary Works of Cathal Brendan O'Toole'

AXOM Gallery's latest exhibition, "The Visionary works of Cathal Brendan O'Toole," honors the work of the late Dublin, Ireland-born artist. O'Toole traveled around the world learning drawing, printmaking, and painting starting in the 1920s before landing in Rochester, where he retired as an art director in television in 1971.

THEATER | Summer Academy Showcase

Local teen actors each summer have the chance to hone their skills at Geva Theatre's Summer Academy, a professional theatre training program that provides students at all levels of theatre experience with personalized training from professional artists in the industry. The program auditions actors ages 12 to 18 who want to define and develop their theatrical skills, and allows them five weeks in an intensive conservatory, which culminates in a free showcase that's open to the community.

SPECIAL EVENT: 'Meteor Showers, Storytelling, and Song'

The final summer event in the Friends of Ganondagan series brings award-winning singer Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida, Wolf Clan) to the Seneca Art & Culture Center for an evening of "Meteor Showers, Storytelling, and Song." Shenandoah will give a presentation based on her 2018 audio recording, "A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison."

ART | 'The Man with the Eye'

"The Man With the Eye" is the first major exhibition of photographer, painter, and gallery owner Ralph Thompson's work since he opened Gallery Seventy Four on Tremont Street. The title of the exhibition comes from a nickname Thompson was given by renowned artist Albert Paley, who will also have a few pieces in the show.

THEATER | Shake on the Lake's 'Richard III'

The rural-based theater company Shake on the Lake is making its Rochester debut with a performance of "Richard III." Based in Silver Lake, New York, the professional Shakespeare touring company is known for fun, fast, physical theatrical performances that feature live music, improvised comedy, and 360-degree staging.

FESTIVAL | Chalk Walk & ArtsFest

ArtWorks in Dansville will host its seventh annual Chalk Walk and ArtsFest this weekend. Chalk artists Rebecca Crocker and Derek Crocker will return as the event's featured artists, and they along with a group of community chalk artists will create signature pieces near ArtWorks.

COMEDY | 'The Roast of Grandma ReRe'

After years of being addicted to crack cocaine, and now more than a decade of sobriety, comedian Renetta Thomas is talking about her addiction in a unique way: as Grandma ReRe, a straight-forward elderly lady who is focused on raising awareness about drug addiction and the impact it has on families and children in Rochester. Thomas will host a comedy roast, featuring six local comedians, to raise awareness for drug addiction and mental illness and to benefit the Sojourner Home, the institution that helped her become drug-free.

SPECIAL EVENT | '3's Company'

Rochester's favorite drag queens (don't @ us), Mrs. Kasha Davis, Pandora Boxx, and Darienne Lake will be giving a special two-night performance titled "3's Company." The queens are known nationally for their appearances on "RuPaul's Drag Race," but have been setting the bar for drag and comedy in Rochester for many years.

LECTURE | 'Frederick Douglass, Rochester Quakers, Social Reforms'

Frederick Douglass's legacy and how it impacted so many parts of Rochester continues to be explored this year. "Frederick Douglass, Rochester Quakers, and Social Reforms in 19th Century" will take a look at how the Quakers in the Rochester area influenced Douglass's decisions and contributed to the ideas espoused in his rhetoric.

FESTIVAL | Native American Dance & Music Festival

Ganondagan's Native American Dance & Music Festival, held this week, will give all people the chance to experience the vibrancy of both contemporary and traditional Native American culture. The event will present traditional dance in regalia, artisan demonstrations, Hodinöhsö:ni' storytelling, and a Native American Arts Market.

THEATER | 'The Trials of Robin Hood'

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic to this week's free performance of "The Trials of Robin Hood," held at the Penfield Amphitheater. Presented as a dramatic reading of Will Averill's play, the story is told from the perspectives of the fabled thief himself, Maid Marian, and Prince John, and contains three different endings.

FESTIVAL | Puerto Rican Festival

Rochester's longest-running cultural festival, the Puerto Rican Festival, celebrates its 49th anniversary this week with three days of live music, food, cultural events, and celebrity guests. The fest will feature local bands and dance groups as well as national headliners, and honor this year's theme of Tradition, Rhythm, and Culture.

SPECIAL EVENT | Jazz & Jambalaya Fundraiser

Laissez les bon temps rouler! An afternoon of Jazz & Jambalaya will be held this weekend at French Quarter Café as a fundraiser in support of the Baobab Cultural Center and Ujima Rochester.


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