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Here are music writer Frank De Blase's concert picks for the fall.

Leon Redbone
September 21
Water Street

John Hammond
September 22
Montage Grille

Garnet Rogers
September 23
Harmony House

Tarbox Ramblers
September 24

Acoustic Alchemy
September 25

Danielia Cotton
September 29
Montage Grille

Hot Tuna
September 29
Water Street

Michael Smith
September 30
Harmony House

Gavin DeGraw
September 30
St John Fisher

Dashboard Confessional
September 30

Derrick Smith
October 2
St Paul's Episcopal Church

October 2
Town Ballroom (Buffalo)

Built To Spill
October 4
Water Street

Fallout Boy, Motion City Soundtrack, The Starting Line
October 5
ESL Center

Robert Fripp
October 5
Town Ballroom (Buffalo)

Bruce Springsteen
October 6
Blue Cross Arena

Jason Mraz w/Carbon Leaf
October 7

Annie Gallup
October 8
Harmony House

The Horror Pops
October 9
ICON (Buffalo)

October 10
Water Street

Murphy's Law
October 11
Bug Jar

Vanessa Rubin Quartet
October 12 & 13
Lodge @ Woodcliff

Bonnie Raitt
October 13

The English Beat
October 15
Water Street

The Bellrays
October 15
The Bug Jar

Kevin Mahogany w/Cyrus Chestnut
October 15
Eastman Theatre
Duncan Sheik
October 20

Brides Of Destruction
October 20

The Temptations
October 21

RPO Salute To Tommy Dorsey
October 21 & 22
Eastman Theatre

October Project
October 22

Electric Eel Shock
October 22
Bug Jar

The Mammals
October 22
Harmony House

Henry Rollins
October 25
Town Ballroom

The Wailers
October 27
Water Street

Jessye Norman
October 28
Eastman Theatre

Eric Garrison
October 29
Harmony House

Duke Robillard Band
November 3
Montage Grille

Sheryl Baily Trio
November 9 & 10
Lodge @ Woodcliff

The Fleshtones
November 10
Bug Jar

Marshall Crenshaw
November 10
Montage Grille

Electric Frankenstein
November 12
Bug Jar

Quintron & Miss Pussycat
November 15
Bug Jar

The Sadies
December 1
Bug Jar

Living Colour
December 2
Town Ballroom (Buffalo)

December 9
HSBC Arena (Buffalo)

Wynton Marsalis
December 12
Eastman Theatre

In This Guide...

    Fall Guide 2005

    A big autumn embrace Jewel-bright leaves trapped between sheets of wax paper.

    What's so great about Mozart?

    Why, over two centuries after Mozart lived, is he still such a fixture in our cultural consciousness? Why, as we near the 250th anniversary of his birth, is a worldwide celebration mounting, with orchestras clamoring to produce concerts of his music, tourists tracing his footsteps in Austria, and Steinway and Sons giving away an all-expenses-paid trip to Salzburg, the city of his birth?

    How'd you get so lucky?

    When people stumble upon my not-so-secret identity as a movie critic, they often start chucking questions at me. Most believe that getting paid to give your unsolicited and subjective opinion sounds like a dream, and I do spend a great deal of time pinching myself. But when the clock strikes midnight and I'm trying to get enthusiastic about a film I had zero interest in seeing, it can seem a little nightmarish.

    Satisfy your inner nerd

    The autumnal re-opening of school doors calls us back inside to the world of books. Summer paperbacks with sand trapped between the pages get shelved.

    It's the season for eating well

    "It is a time when every cook wishes time could stand still and the bounty of the fall last forever." So says Max chef-owner Tony Gullace, and you'll get no argument from the dozens of food-loving friends who jumped to say what they like best about food in the fall.

    The learning never stops

    School is great, but why stop there? There are plenty of museums offering kid-friendly exhibits and events to keep the structured (but fun!)

    The best of all grapes

    Late this summer there were at least two terrific "Winemaker" dinners at Ravines Wine Cellars overlooking Keuka Lake --- Chasing Pinot: In Search of the Perfect Pinot Noir and Meritage: The Art of Blending. "Meritage"?

    Turn on the reading light

    Well, the Rochester Arts and Lectures series is already sold out. If you don't have tickets, you may be able to get standing-room-only tickets to hear Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner)and Alexander McCall Smith (The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, The Sunday Philosophy Club) --- both worth it.

    They'll fight their hearts out

    There's a certain smell to freshly mowed grass on a high school football field, a mixture of chlorophyll and dew and mud that wafts into a player's nose and triggers a release of adrenaline and testosterone that carries him through the picturesque violence that will consume his mind and body and soul for a quartet of 12-minute quarters. Books and movies like Friday Night Lights can only go so far in relaying the passion and release that is a high school football game.

    Of particular note

    The opening of the concert season is a cause for celebration any time, but this year is particularly noteworthy. Resident musicians --- in the Rochester Philharmonic and smaller classical groups, from the Eastman School's outstanding faculty, and in churches and other venues --- will continue to provide exceptional performances.

    Let them entertain you

    It's time for the local theatrics to gear up and people to start dancing. You will have your pick of performances to attend, from community theater shows in school gymnatoriums to visiting blockbusters --- along with a matching range in ticket price --- but here's what we're excited about.

    Keep it on ice

    Not too many things have lasted for 50 years in Monroe County, but the Rochester Americans have. Since the Amerks were founded a half-century ago, the demographics of its hometown have completely changed, Kodak has withered away, and countless other American Hockey League teams have come and gone.


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