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Fall Guide 2014 

Rolling into fall

Did we even have a summer? Granted, I'm still pretty new to Rochester's weather, but it seems like spring just extended itself — with a small handful of slightly warmer days — and rolled right into the beginning of fall. But it seems to be a welcome transition. People are already buzzing about leaves changing, swapping beer for hard cider, and everyone is planning for Halloween.

The most noticeable part of fall, though, is the launch of the new season for many organizations in the arts community. In City's annual Fall Guide, our cultural critics give their recommendations for the coming 2014-15 season — their picks for can't miss art exhibits, theater productions, dance performances, music concerts, and films. These lists are by no means comprehensive, but rather our critics' opinions for the events that every arts lover in Rochester should mark on their calendar, and a way to jumpstart your own consideration of the coming seasons.

Beyond our critics' suggestions, be sure to check this Fall Guide for activities to get you outside and out of the city. If you're taking that fall foliage tour through the Finger Lakes, check our Ithaca restaurant suggestions. And if you want some fresh produce, corn mazes, or pumpkin patches this fall, we have a list of farm events coming up.

As always, for up-to-date information, and complete listings for what is going on each week, be sure to check out the calendar section of each week's City Newspaper, or visit the events section of our website at rochestercitynewspaper.com.

-- JAKE CLAPP

In This Guide...

    Artists with class

    Meet three teaching artists who are shaping the next generation of creative thinkers.
    The old adage, "To learn, read. To know, write.

    Fall's palette

    Yes, there has been talk of the dreaded polar vortex revisiting Rochester again. But resist the temptation to slip into that cocoon of hibernate-y despair — we're at the top of the arts season, and there are plenty of engaging exhibits and events to distract us.

    Going alone

    Though the productions are drastically different, two solo shows this fall take a similar approach to preparation.
    One of the most theatrical of theatrical genres is the solo show: 90 minutes or so featuring one actor, and one actor alone. They may be playing a character in the playwright's imagination, or a historical person, or, if the actor is skilled enough, a stage full of memorable characters.

    Stage lights

    Our Top 10 critic picks for the 2014-15 theater season.
    The 2014-15 theater season is going to be packed, so let's dive right in: "Curtains"

    Autumn moves

    Once fall sets in, be on the lookout for the 2014-15 dance season to be in full swing.
    It's never easy previewing the upcoming dance season and singling out which performances promise excellence, but with Rochester dancers and choreographers focused like a laser on the imminent Rochester Fringe Festival (September 18-27), information about later dance shows was hard to pin down. So, along with the picks outlined below, look for pop-up performances from smaller groups as the cultural year progresses.

    Hearing the season change

    The fall always brings out the best of classical music. Here are our critic picks for the fall season.
    The 2014–15 classical season is stirring up a wide variety of talents and mediums for the fall. World-renowned guest artists, fearless programming, and interactive concerts are pillars to this fall's offerings.

    Back-yard scenes

    Rochester's local film scene is growing. Here are a handful of flicks currently in production.
    Being the birthplace of film, Rochester has always prided itself on being a city with a deep, abiding love for the movies, so it only follows that we would have a vibrant, active community of filmmakers as well. Add in RIT's renowned school of film and animation constantly pumping out new generations of auteurs, and you've got a veritable hotbed of activity of the cinematic variety.

    Hollywood screens

    The fall movie schedule promises some mainstream film gems. Here are our critic picks.
    There are plenty of mainstream films coming out this season. Along with those local productions in the works, here are the larger-release films I'm most looking forward to.

    Down on the farm

    As fall kicks in, Western New York celebrates with a bushel full of agricultural events.
    As the calendar and the seasons change, so does the nature of our harvest, and by proxy, our recreation. With our roots and heritage so closely tied to the land of Western New York, it should come as no surprise that many people gravitate toward agriculturally themed events as the leaves change.

    Ithaca is gorging

    If you get hungry while driving through the Finger Lakes, make a stop in Ithaca to fill up.
    According to the all-too-true joke, 'round these parts there are only two seasons: winter and roadwork. But there's actually a third: leaf-peeping season.

    Special Events Guide

    Summer may be over, but it's not time to head indoors just yet. Rochester has plenty of events to keep you busy through the fall.

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