THEATER | Sankofa Theatre Festival

THEATER | Sankofa Theatre Festival

This week MuCCC will once again be home to the annual Sankofa Theatre Festival, which is celebrating its 12th year. Produced by MMB Theatre 1 Project, the festival spotlights the original works of emerging and established African American playwrights and has grown from a one-day event to a multi-week schedule of readings, 10-minute plays, and full-length performances.


This Saturday, August 17, Bloom: Rochester Poetry Project will host a 'Reading for RAICES' benefit event at The Avenue Blackbox Theatre. RACIES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education) is a nonprofit organization that provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children, families, and refugees in Central and South Texas.

SPECIAL EVENT | Blackfriars Theatre celebrates 70 years

To commemorate 70 years of creating art in Rochester, Blackfriars Theatre will host a party in the parking lot of its East Main Street venue this week. The free event will be family-friendly and feature local food trucks and vendors, live music, lawn games, prizes, a vendor bazaar featuring the work of local artists, children's activities, backstage tours, and much more.

SPECIAL EVENT | FLX Fermentation Festival

In an effort to celebrate the excellence of regional fermentation and educate more people on the topic, the Rochester Museum & Science Center will host the first-ever FLX Fermentation Festival this weekend at the Cumming Nature Center in Naples. Attendees can choose from hands-on workshops, demonstrations, and lectures during the three-day event, and "fermentation revivalist" and author Sandor Katz is featured as the keynote speaker.

FESTIVAL | Puerto Rican Festival

Rochester celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Puerto Rican Festival this weekend, and this year's theme is fittingly "Our 50 –– Nuestro 50." Each year, the Puerto Rican Festival organization hosts the family-friendly gathering, sharing food, music, and dance performances.

FESTIVAL | Flour City Brewers Fest

Flour City Brewers Fest celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend with its annual event, hosted by Rohrbach Brewing Company. Bringing together both local and New York State-wide brewers, the festival features more than 70 craft breweries as well as wineries, cideries, distilleries, and even kombucha makers.

FESTIVAL | Clarissa Street Reunion

This Saturday, Clarissa Street Reunion will hold its 24th annual event. Clarissa Street has a rich, musical history: Once referred to as Rochester's "Broadway," Clarissa Street was a thriving commercial corridor of the historic Corn Hill neighborhood.

FILM | 'Rushmore'

The Little Theater will continue its "Party Like it's 1999" series this week with a screening of Wes Anderson's nostalgic film "Rushmore." The series is inspired by Brian Raftery's book, "Best.

THEATER | 'Mrs. Warren's Profession'

The subject of sex work is divisive, and lots of people have a knee-jerk disdain for it that's rooted in misogyny and control over women's bodies and labor. George Bernard Shaw's 1893 play "Mrs. Warren's Profession" reflects the playwright's stance that prostitution isn't caused by moral weakness but systemic failure and economic need, and Shaw allows his title character to speak about her own life and experiences.

FILM | Rochester Teen Film Festival

The annual Rochester Teen Film Festival returns to The Little Theatre this week, featuring the work of young urban, suburban, and rural filmmakers from this region and beyond. Finalists for this year's iteration were selected by a jury, and include films from students at Allendale Columbia, Geneseo, Dake Junior High, Fairport, Penfield, Pittsford Sutherland, Edison Career and Technical High School, Randolph, and AP Mays Media in Miami, FL.

SPORTS | National Silver Ball Tournament

Genesee Country Village & Museum is host to many exhibits and events that explore the historic culture of our region, and because of its comprehensive 19th-century base ball (that's the old timey way it's spelled) program, it also hosts one of the nation's largest vintage base ball tournaments, the annual National Silver Ball Tournament. The tournament returns this weekend, featuring five men's teams from the museum's Silver Base Ball Park League facing seven teams from across the Midwest, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Canada.

RECREATION | Rochester Pride Hockey Scrimmage

Rochester's Pride Festival might be over for this year, but there are more events and activities in store for the LGBTQ community. Formed in 2018, Rochester Pride Hockey aims to provide Rochester area residents the opportunity to play ice hockey with their peers, in an inclusive environment.


The Neighborhood of the Arts Business Association (NOTABA) is hosting an event this weekend it's calling "Not-A-festival, It's a Party!" The (several) block party features seven hubs at which visitors can receive deals and discounts at dozens of businesses, and enjoy free entertainment and pop-up art, as well as buskers performing along the streets.

THEATER | 'The Taming'

William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" has been reimagined many times in contemporary culture, from the 1948 Broadway Musical (and 1953 film adaptation) "Kiss Me Kate" to the 1999 film "10 Things I Hate About You" (which deftly addressed the story's problematic misogyny). Taking looser inspiration from the Bard's story is award-winning playwright Lauren Gunderson's political satire, "The Taming," which will be performed at the Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) this week.

FILM | "Wally Got Wasted" Screening and Q&A

The Cinema Theater will host a one night only showing of indie stoner comedy "Wally Got Wasted" on Saturday night. A madcap comedy in the "one crazy night" genre, "Wally Got Wasted" follows three friends who inadvertently kill a bad guy while out for a raucous night on the town.

LITERATURE | Lauren Acampora reading

Writers & Books will host a reading and book signing for author Lauren Acampora's debut novel "The Paper Wasp" (published this year by Grove Atlantic), which has been named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, and received praise from Oprah Magazine and TIME Magazine, which calls it "hypnotic and sensual." The novel focuses on the challenges faced by two women amid their complicated friendship in contemporary Hollywood.


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