SPECIAL EVENT | The Erie Armada

SPECIAL EVENT | The Erie Armada

An event that celebrates both the history and future of an important NYS waterway as well as regional food and beverages is planned for this weekend. The Erie Armada will provide visitors with an immersive experience including recreational activities along the Erie Canal, canal-inspired collaborations between New York State breweries and cideries, and a swarm of regional food trucks.

COMEDY | Randy Rainbow

Following a sigh-filled tirade about a recent stunt of 45's, a fellow satire-loving friend introduced me to the delightful phenomenon that is Randy Rainbow. The New York-based performer got his start making videos in his apartment, splicing himself as a "cut the b.s." interviewer into real interview clips and lambasting Trump and his cronies with parodies of songs ripped from famous musicals (think Weird Al for Broadway fans who loathe this administration.

LITERATURE | 'Bridging Silos'

In her book "Bridging Silos: Collaborating for Environmental Health and Justice in Urban Communities," Katrina Smith Korfmacher points out that residents of marginalized communities experience disproportionately high exposure to environmental hazards and associated health problems. As examples, her work studies the efforts that have been made to assuage three long-standing problems, including childhood lead poisoning in Rochester, and she proposes ways in which community groups, government agencies, academic institutions, and private organizations can work together to address environmental health disparities.

FILM | 'Black & Female in Rochester'

The next scheduled event in the valuable "At the Crossroads: Activating the Intersection of Art & Justice" series is "Black & Female in Rochester: After the Marching Stopped," and will be hosted at Visual Studies Workshop. The artistic prompt for this event will be locally-produced film and video that provokes discourse about the roles black women have played in Rochester 's cultural, social and political movements.

CULTURE | 'Hodinöhsö:ni' Healthy Roots, Culture, and Traditions'

Year-round, Ganondagan State Historic Site provides insight into the history of the Rochester region's Indigenous people. And this weekend it will host an event that brings history to life and spotlights living culture at the "Hodinöhsö:ni' Healthy Roots, Culture, and Traditions" event, which features 18th-century re-enactors (pictured: Darwin John, Elmer John, and Alvin Parker) in traditional clothing, hands-on demos of traditional arts and food practices, Iroquois Social Dance performances (11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.), outdoor games including archery, guided trail walks, family craft activities, gallery exhibits, and a preview of this fall's event commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Canandaigua Treaty.

SPECIAL EVENT | Lebowski Fest

Bowling center and cutie pie bar Radio Social is hosting a Lebowski Fest this week, creating a ripe opportunity for fans to leave the house in a bathrobe, dressed as a Valkyrie, or in every New Yorker's favorite hue: Nihilist Black. Honestly, the possibilities for costumes are endless.

FESTIVAL | Festival of Food

A few days a week, year round, The Rochester Public Market is filled with vendors offering produce, poultry, and other food for shoppers to take home and make into meals. But once a year, these raw materials are swapped out for vendors offering finished dishes.

SPECIAL EVENT | Family Archaeology Weekend

Rochester Museum and Science Center's annual outdoor, hands-on learning activity, Family Archaeology Weekend, returns this weekend to the Cumming Nature Center. Archaeology professors and students from The College at Brockport will be on hand to assist attendees with a guided excavation of an 18th-century farmhouse foundation on the center's property.

FILM | 'Ratatouille'

George Eastman Museum's Dryden Theatre is closed until early October to accommodate some renovations, but you can still catch a flick at the museum this week. Families can bring blankets, chairs, beverages, and a picnic to the north lawn behind the rock garden and watch a screening of the 2007 Pixar hit "Ratatouille," presented by The Eastman Museum Council.

FESTIVAL | Clothesline Festival

One of the biggest and oldest arts festivals in Rochester returns this weekend, also functioning as an annual fundraiser for the Memorial Art Gallery. Visitors to the Clothesline Festival can stroll the MAG's campus (rain or shine), browsing the showcase of more than 400 artists from the region and across the nation, enjoying food for purchase from festival food vendors and food trucks, hands-on art activities, and enjoy family-friendly entertainment.

CULTURE | 'Haudenosaunee Traditions'

Dance and sport are two enduring elements of traditional Haudenosaunee culture, both of which will be spotlighted at an event in neighboring Auburn this week. Co-presented by the Schweinfurth Art Center, folklorist Beth Bevars, and the Cayuga Museum of History and Art, "Haudenosaunee Traditions" will feature celebrated smoke dancer Chris Thomas as he leads others in social dances, including the Rabbit and Old Moccasin dances.

ART | 'Scouting'

An art exhibition held in collaboration with ImageOut opens this week at Gallery Q, featuring mixed media work by Rochester-based artists Evan Bobrow and Kes Efstathiou. "Scouting" connects the two artists' mutual interest in landscape through their diverse perspectives and approaches to the genre.

SPECIAL EVENT | 'Two Scientists Walk into a Bar'

Switch up your "Thirsty Thursday" plans and haul your friends over to a happy hour that'll feed your brain while you get your almost-the-weekend unwinding started. This week, the Rochester Museum and Science Center will present an informal, 21+ event with two local scientists who will welcome your questions, as the provided info puts it: "science related or not, in their field of not."

SPECIAL EVENT | Charlotte Branch Library Centennial

The Charlotte Branch Library is celebrating its 100th anniversary this weekend with a family-friendly, kiddie carnival-esque event, plus books. The celebration includes a sidewalk book sale (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), petting zoo with Mini Ark Farms (11 a.m. to noon), face painting (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.), Abbot's Ice Cream (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), a magic show with Professor Klutzo (1:30 to 2:30 p.m.), as well as hot dogs and other refreshments, birthday cake, and drawings for prizes all day.

ART | 'Take Back the Walls'

Few artists make a living solely from their own artwork, but many teach or work in art-supporting fields that are adjacent to creation. They curate or work as exhibition preparators.

EXHIBIT | 'Everyday People'

A new exhibit at Central Library sheds light on Rochester's history — touching on segregation, the Civil Rights era, and visits by Malcolm X — through one family's collection of photographs, documents, and ephemera that spans 150 years. "Everyday People: the Dinkle Family and Rochester's African American Past," tells the story of an African American family that has lived in the Rochester area since the late 19th century, revealing five generations of ordinary lives impacted by historical events and sociopolitical movements.


Lynne Feldman: Collages Two Ways @ Patricia O’Keefe Ross Gallery at St. John Fisher

Mary Pat O'Brien: Motivational Muses @ 1570 Gallery at Valley Manor

Mary Pat O'Brien: Motivational Muses @ 1570 Gallery at Valley Manor


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