COMEDY | 2019 Funniest Person in Rochester Contest

COMEDY | 2019 Funniest Person in Rochester Contest

The annual Funniest Person in Rochester Contest is back at Comedy @ The Carlson, and the competition this year will be steep. The preliminary round runs from Wednesday, June 26, through Saturday, June 29, featuring 87 local stand-up comedians each doing a tight four minutes in the hopes of making it to the semifinal round in July 5 and 6.

SPECIAL EVENT | ZooBrew

In partnership with the International Elephant Foundation (IEF), the Seneca Park Zoo Society is once again hosting its summer ZooBrew series. This season, the spotlight is on Masai giraffes and plains zebras, who are part of the zoo's new Animals of the Savanna expansion.

THEATER | 'Defamation'

Religion, race, and class clash in Todd Logan's interactive courtroom drama, "Defamation." The play reveals the conflict between Regina Wade, a black woman business owner, and her client Arthur Golden, a wealthy Jewish man who has accused her of stealing his family heirloom watch.

ART | 'Beneath the Tapestry'

Inspired by her Russian grandmother's repurposing skills, Trina Bartimer Bruno creates nature-inspired mixed media art, blending different techniques and the various textures and colors of her collected materials. Having recently moved to Rochester from Ithaca, her show at the First Unitarian Church will mark her first local exhibition of her work.

SPECIAL EVENT | '2019 Paws Under the Dome' Dog Show

Fans of dog shows (and especially, fans of "Best in Show," the film) listen up: This week is your opportunity to experience the pageantry, the prestige, the joy and the tears, as primped and proper pups fill the Dome Arena. The Genesee Valley Kennel Club and Tonawanda Valley Kennel Club's three-day "WNY Twin Valley Cluster" is a conformation, obedience, and rally show, featuring hundreds of hopefuls within specific American Kennel Club-recognized dog breeds.

ART | 'Paul Garland: Come In'

Only about a week remains to view Paul Garland's solo show at AXOM Gallery. The Fair Haven, New York-based artist's work continues to evolve after five decades.

COMEDY | Joel McHale

Comedian Joel McHale has made an entire profession of satirizing pop-culture and reminding us how ridiculous some of the stuff we watch truly is (hello, "The Bachelor"). He has done a bit of everything, from hosting 12 successful seasons of E!'s "The Soup" to starring in the beloved comedy series "Community" and hosting the 2014 White House Correspondent's Dinner.

ART | Western New York Pottery Festival

The ninth annual Western New York Pottery Festival will welcome more than 20 regional and national ceramicists with the juried show's opening this weekend. Most art festivals are focused on two things: showing and selling.

SPECIAL EVENT | Wine Tasting Cruise

Boozin' while you're cruising, cruisin' for a boozin', booze on a cruise, and I'll stop there. The Sam Patch Packet Boat has been a beloved member of the Erie Canal culture for 25 years, its yellow exterior as characteristic of the canal as the flocks of pigeons and hungry ducks.

SPECIAL EVENT | Brighton Eco-Fair

With all of the news of the increasingly dangerous climate changes, it's important for people to come together as a community and decide to alter our ways. This weekend, the Brighton Farmer's Market will welcome nonprofits and green vendors as part of the Brighton Eco-Fair.

SPECIAL EVENT | 'Cultivating Creative Agency'

This weekend's "Cultivating Creative Agency" conference is all about creating a more inclusive space within the art and design fields for Black and Indigenous People/Persons of Color, or BIPOC. Through a panel discussion and plenty of time to mingle, the event is poised to create an honest, educational conversation about agency and inequity in the arts.

THEATER | 'Four Men on a Couch'

This weekend Dark Blue Mondaze and {theater}+{náfsi} will present "Four Men on a Couch" at Bread and Water Theater this weekend. The urban comedy by acclaimed playwright Anne L. Thompson-Scretching focuses on four men who are down on their luck.

FILM | 'EVA: A-7063'

Earlier this month we passed the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the pivotal Allied victory during World War II. Surrounding worldwide commemorations were discussions of the importance of recording memories directly from those who lived through that time, before those voices are lost to history.

DANCE | Dances at MuCCC

Six years in, Dances at MuCCC is still dazzling audiences with contemporary dances and awe-inspiring performances. Gathering more than 30 choreographers and companies — both local and visiting — the 10-day event celebrates every aspect of dance, from performers to choreographers as well as live musicians.

SPECIAL EVENT | Outdoor Expo

With all the climate-related news and devastation that seems to never end (hello, fishless oceans by 2048), the world can be a bit overwhelming for people who just want to help, but are not so sure how. And while cursing people out may work for Bill Nye, it's not exactly user-friendly.

LECTURE | Artist Talk: Diversity

Launched in 2018, the Rochester Artist Collaborative is a digital community that aims to empower underrepresented artists by supporting and encouraging their work. The Collaborative hopes to help multidisciplinary artists distribute their work around Rochester and beyond.

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  • America's Best Idea: Our National Parks @ My Sister's Gallery at the Episcopal Church Home

    • Wed., June 26, 5-7 p.m.
  • "Do The Right Thing" (1989) @ Little Theatre

    • Sun., June 30, 6:30 p.m. $4-$9
  • "The Image Book" (2018) @ Dryden Theatre

    • Fri., June 28, 7:30 p.m. $5-$10
  • Nicole Byer @ Comedy @ the Carlson

    • Thu., July 11, 7:30 p.m., Fri., July 12, 7 & 9 p.m. and Sat., July 13, 7 & 9 p.m. $20/$40
  • "The Affairs of Cellini" (1934) @ Dryden Theatre

    • Tue., June 25, 7:30 p.m. $5-$10

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