SUMMER GUIDE 2012: Calendar – July

Firework displays will light up the Rochester skyline on Wednesday, July 4. PHOTO PROVIDED

The gay pride flag raising at City Hall will take place July 6 to kick off Rochester Pride 2012. FILE PHOTO

BY PALOMA CAPANNA, WILLIE CLARK, KATHY LALUK, REBECCA RAFFERTY, ERIC REZSNYAK, TODD REZSNYAK, ANNE RITZ, AND ALEX STEINGRABER

There’s so much to do in Rochester in the summer. So much, in fact, that just looking at pages and pages of endless listings can leave you, dear reader, nearly paralyzed by the sheer number of events that fill nearly every day of the next three months. So let us do the work for you.

Sunday, July 1

SPECIAL EVENT: And you thought 50 was a big birthday. This year the town of Perinton will celebrate its bicentennial — that’s 200 years. Celebratory events for the Perinton Bicentennial will take place July 1-15, and feature a plethora of activities for families to witness and enjoy. There will be a 4th of July themed parade, and concerts taking place throughout the week at the Center Stage at Center Park, with day activities taking place at the Fireman’s Field. A bicentennial scavenger hunt, historical walking tours of Fairport Village, Bushnell’s Basin, and Egypt will be offered in addition to the activities mentioned above. On July 1 look for events starting at noon, with live music, an opening ceremony at 5:30 p.m., and more. For additional info visit perinton.org. (AS)

Monday, July 2

THEME PARK: Chances are you’re going to have Wednesday off for the holiday. Be bold, use this weird calendar to your advantage, and call in Monday and Tuesday — five-day weekend! And how better to spend July 2 than by having a hooky day at Seabreeze Amusement Park. There’s a lot to love about Seabreeze. First, it’s right in your backyard, right on Irondequoit Bay. Second, it packs all the thrills of the bigger theme parks into a smaller, more manageable location, and lines are rarely a problem. Among Seabreeze’s claims to fame is the historic Jackrabbit rollercoaster, a bevy of other “dry” rides, live entertainment including Cirque en Vol, and an extensive water park. New this year is the Hydro Racer, the first slide of its kind in New York. There’s also the Cool Down Cove water-play area, modifications to the Lazy River, more lounging areas, and other updates. Seabreeze is open daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m. through Labor Day. Ride & Slide passes cost $21.99-$26.99, or you can get the Night Rider pass for $19.99 for unlimited rides after 5 p.m. or the Spectator Pass for non-riders for $11.99 (check the website for various discount opportunities). (ER)

Tuesday, July 3

SPECIAL EVENT: Our national vocabulary includes the term “Holocaust.” Less widely used is the biblical term “Shoah,” which, depending on who you ask, means whirlwind, destruction, calamity, or catastrophe, and refers to the same series of events that we should never let slip from our consciousness. But very few Americans are familiar with the equally important Swahili term, “Maafa,” though we really should be. Maafa means disaster or horrific event, and refers to the horrors of the Middle Passage during the time of slavery, and its ongoing impact in the lives of African-American people today. Maafa: Day of Remembrance is held to honor the struggles and triumphs of people of African descent worldwide, and to honor and recognize the 2012 Local Warriors who have contributed to the well-being of the Rochester community. The 14th annual event will take place July 3 6-8 p.m. at the Durand Eastman Park shoreline. This year’s theme is “Moving from Chaos to Community” and will include speakers and love circle drumming. The event is free and open to all who desire to gain history, information, knowledge and to honor those lost in the Middle Passage. For more information, call 748-7727 or 313-3685, or visit maafacc.webs.com. (RR)

 

Wednesday, July 4

HOLIDAY: Whistle, crack, and boom! There aren’t many days in the year that you get to play with fire — or at least delight in watching things explode — and celebrate your patriotism at the same time. So make sure to use the Fourth of July to celebrate everything that is red, white, and blue at one of our many local 4th of July celebrations. The City of Rochester will have fireworks and music (courtesy of Jimmie Highsmith, Jr. and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra) on the Main Street Bridge, but most of the other local towns and municipalities have their own unique and festive celebrations as well. Make sure you check your local town’s website for details, or at least look around the sky around 9 p.m. to see the corona of competing fireworks displays. Whatever you do, make Uncle Sam proud, and don’t forget to bring out the sparklers. (For more information on the city’s July 4 display visit cityofrochester.gov.) — BY WILLIE CLARK

Thursday, July 5

MUSIC: It can be hard to be a cowboy in modern times. But Orlando-based band Hindu Cowboys will take you back to the good old days of gun slinging, horse riding, and showdowns at high noon when it plays Downtown’s Abilene Bar & Lounge on July 5. Mixing together acoustic guitar, string bass, and electric guitar, the Cowboys bring to mind a time when country music was good and still actually called country. Get ready to ride off into the sunset with its tried and true tales and tunes. Time and price for the show are TBD; Abilene is located at 153 Liberty Pole Way. Other notable acts to take the Abilene saloon by storm this summer include Scott H. Biram and Lydia Loveless, Ana Egge, and Hinkley. For more information and a full concert schedule visit abilenebarandlounge.com. (WC)

 

Friday, July 6

FESTIVAL: It’s the official kick-off for Rochester Pride 2012, the annual celebration of Rochester’s gay, lesbian, and transgender community. The theme for this year’s Pride is “Pride Power: Superheroes,” and as a gay comic-geek, I am personally hoping to see some very creative, and very tight, spandex superhero outfits moseying down the Pride Parade when it takes place on Saturday, July 14. But on July 6 you can take in a rainbow flag-raising ceremony at City Hall at 5 p.m., and then check out one of Rochester’s funkiest, most welcoming neighborhoods with Sassy in the South Wedge, an event that will feature various merchant deals. Other events for Rochester Pride include a July 13 kick-off party at the Holiday Inn Airport, the post-parade Pride Festival on July 14 in the Auditorium Theatre parking lot, and the annual Pride Picnic on July 15. For more information – and additional events as they are booked – check gayalliance.org/pride/events. (ER)

Saturday, July 7

FESTIVAL: It’s time for one of the summer’s most popular events: the family-friendly Corn Hill Arts Festival. This festival offers no shortage of sights and sounds to enjoy. Local and out-of-town artists and crafters will display their wares. Jazz and rock bands put on free concerts. And there are plenty of food and drink booths, including possibly the largest number of kettle corn stands in the Western New York area. Plus it all goes down in the charming, historic neighborhood that is Corn Hill. The fest runs July 7-8. Note that parking can be tricky for this free event, so shuttles will run from several downtown locations. For more information on the festival, including a line-up of artists, an entertainment schedule, and parking information, visit cornhillartsfestival.com. (AS)

Sunday, July 8

THEATER: Head to the theater for an afternoon matinee of “Avenue Q,” the raucous, infectious musical playing this summer at Geva Theatre. “Avenue Q” won the 2004 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score. Totally deserved. The comedy blends Generation X humor with “Sesame Street” trappings, creating a totally inappropriate but equally awesome show about the struggles of a bunch of economically struggling neighbors – and puppet monsters – trying to grow up in modern New York City. The show is at times sweet (“Mix Tape”), wistful (“I Wish I Could Go Back to College”), hopeful (“For Now”), and almost consistently raunchy (“You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want (When You’re Makin’ Love)”) and politically incorrect (“Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist”). If you don’t like this show you have no soul, were born prior to 1965, or desperately need an enema. “Avenue Q” runs on the Geva Mainstage June 28-July 21; tickets start at $25. Also on stage this summer at Geva is “The Tribute to Sir Elton John and Billy Joel Through the Years,” which previously played at Las Vegas’s Caesar’s Palace, and will run here July 27-August 11. Geva is located at 75 Woodbury Blvd. For more information call 232-4382 or visit gevatheatre.org. (ER)

Monday, July 9

FILM: The 2012 JCC Ames Amzalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival will be held Sunday, July 8-Monday, July 16, at the Jewish Community Center, the Dryden Theatre, and the Little Theatre. The festival will feature 21 films ranging widely in genre from comedy to suspense, to drama, to romance. Highlights include the July 11 screening of “Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom,” and the Dryden’s July 15 screening of “The Yankles,” a comedy about a troubled old ball player carrying out his community-service sentence by coaching an amateur team of Orthodox yeshiva students. On July 9, check out “Dolphin Boy,” (6 p.m., Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House, 900 East Ave.), a true story in which top Israeli doctors tell a father that “dolphin-assisted therapy” is the last treatment option before his catatonic teenage son is institutionalized. Also screening that night is “My Best Enemy” (8 p.m., Dryden), a World War II thriller that kicks off the Film Fest’s annual ice-cream night. The film screening will be followed by a Friendly’s Ice Cream Party and complimentary access to George Eastman House. Tickets are $11 general admission, or $9 for JCC members, weekday matinee tickets are $9 or $7 for members, and Ice Cream Night or Closing Night tickets are $15 or $12 for members. For more information, call 461-2000, or visit rjff.org. (RR)

Tuesday, July 10

THEATER: Forget the winter of your discontent; this is your summer of awesomeness. As such, spend your Tuesday night with Shakespeare in the park as “Richard III” plays at the Highland Bowl starting at 8 p.m. “Richard III” is the 17th annual Shakespeare at the Bowl production by Rochester Community Players’ Shakespeare Players company. Performances – which are completely free, and always start at 8 p.m. – take place July 6-21. The Shakespeare Players do a marvelous job. Talented actors and brisk stagings bring to life the Bard’s eternal classics (last summer’s production of “Othello” was truly captivating), and watching them while sitting in the cool summer-night air is a rare urban pleasure. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, a picnic dinner (although concessions are available), and plenty of bug spray. And bring your friends to see how the deformed, scheming Richard ascends to the throne of England, and quickly loses more than his power. Highland Bowl is located at 1200 South Ave. For more information and specific show dates visit rochestercommunityplayers.org. (ERIC)

Wednesday, July 11

CLASSICAL: Now in its 10th season, the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival has been bringing chamber music to the Finger Lakes region from mid-June to early-August. Artistic Director Richard Auldon features members of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra at locations from the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum to Hunt Country Vineyards to Keuka College and Penn Yan Academy. Programming spans traditional classical works of Beethoven and Mozart, includes the lighter American fare of Gershwin, Ellington, and Berlin, and gets creative enough to accompany a silent film with Stravinsky’s “L’histoire du soldate” (“The Soldier’s Tale”). On July 11 take in a free public concert on the lawn of the Yates County Courthouse, headlined as “Bach to Rock.” The show begins at 6:30 p.m. The festival runs June 16-August 4. For more information, including a full schedule, visit FingerLakes-Music.org or call 315-536-0383. (PC)

 

Thursday, July 12

FESTIVAL: Grab your friends and head out for a night at the Monroe County Fair. This year the fair runs July 11-15 at the county fairgrounds (2695 E. Henrietta Road in Henrietta), and while a full schedule of events was not available at press time, you can expect the usual awesome mix of Americana plus a few new attractions. At the fair you’ll find competitions ranging from talents to gardening to home arts; daily motor sports at the grandstand; live animals on display at the livestock barn; free performances on the Monster Energy Stage; family activities at Gary the Happy Pirate’s Pirates Cove; robot battles at SpacePort USA; and of course a bustling midway, this year with a new ride purveyor. Plus all those great, fattening fair foods and games where you can embarrass yourself while trying to win your sweetie a giant pink cat stuffed animal. The fair opens at 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, noon Friday-Sunday. Tickets cost $5-$7, free for kids under 12. For more information visit mcfair.com. (ER)

Friday, July 13

FESTIVAL: You don’t have to go to the South to enjoy some mouth-watering BBQ or sample soulful blues music. In addition to Rochester’s excellent local barbecue restaurants, several rib events roll through town every summer. Running July 12-15 in Highland Park (South Avenue and Highland Avenue) is th2 2012 Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest. Open daily 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., this festival features samples from rib masters from all over the United States and Canada, plus the sweet sounds of local and national blues musicians. This year’s performers include Carolyn Wonderland and Shemekia Copeland (July 13), Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds (July 12), The Fabulous Thunderbirds (July 14), and more. Admission to the festival is free during lunchtime, and costs $5-$10 after 3 p.m. (children 12 and under free). You can also get a Use It Abuse It four-day pass for $25 — it’s transferable! — or the Meals on Wheels VIP Party Tent Pass for $55, which includes up-close parking, premium stage-side viewing, and an all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet. For more information on this year’s festival visit rochesterevents.com. (AS)

Saturday, July 14

MUSIC: Hurry up, and bring your jukebox money: legendary party band The B52s and Squeeze play tonight, and they’re sure to turn CMAC in Canandaigua into a love shack. You probably know the B52s from their mainstream hits like “Love Shack,” “Roam,” “Rock Lobster,” or “My Own Private Idaho,” but this band – which has been recording and performing for nearly four decades – has a deep catalogue just bursting with funky, dance-demanding cuts. Squeeze is no slouch, either. The New Wave band scored a major American hit with “Tempted.” The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $20-$75. This Summer Dance Party is just one of the great concerts lined up this summer for CMAC. Other highlights include Sarah McLachlan with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (June 26); the Last Summer on Earth Tour with Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Cracker, and other (July 7); Meat Loaf (July 21); Snoop Dogg (August 2); Journey with Pat Benatar (August 15); Train (August 24); and Kelly Clarkson with The Fray (August 29), but that’s only a sampling. For a full line-up visit cmacevents.com. CMAC is located on the Finger Lakes Community College campus at 3355 Marvin Sands Drive in Canandaigua. (ER)

Sunday, July 15

SPORTS: Head out for the final day of the 23rd Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials, the triathlon of equestrian sports, taking place July 12-15 in Victor. The trials annually draw more than 300 top international riders and horses and more than 18,000 spectators. Horses and riders will show off their strength and elegance in cross-country riding, stadium jumping, and dressage. The cross-country phase includes obstacles that challenge the horse and rider to jump uphill or downhill, drop into or out of water, and adjust to changes in lighting and footing. For 2012, a new beginning/novice course is being added for new eventers or young horses. The posted safety rules for the trials begin with “Horses always have the right of way.” The trials take place at Townline and Murray roads in Victor. Spectator admission is free, although there is a fee to park. For more information call 657-6980 or visit StuartHorseTrials.org. Check the website before heading over; weather can impact the show schedule. (PC)

Monday, July 16

DANCE: Tonight FuturPointe Dance performs as part of the 2012 Nazareth College Arts Center Dance Festival. Rochester-based FuturePointe is a contemporary dance company that blends a variety of dance genres — Caribbean and African, ballet and Latin, reggae and more urban styles — into thoughtful, riveting pieces. Tonight’s 8 p.m. performance ($15-$25) in the Callahan Theater is only one of the events that make up the 2012 Dance Festival, running July 12-21. Other festival highlights include black-box performances of Bessie Award-winner Beth Gill’s “Electric Midwife” (July 14-15), Chicago’s Luna Negra Dance Theater (July 14), Buffalo’s jazz-dance-inspired LehrerDance (July 15), and the world-renowned Martha Graham Dance Company (July 20-21). Nazareth College Arts Center is located at 4245 East Ave. For more information on the Dance Festival visit artscenter.naz.edu/dance-festival. (ER)

Tuesday, July 17

THEATER: Take in a showing of “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” one of the productions being put on this summer at Blackfriars Theatre. The names Nora and Delia Ephron are probably familiar to even the most casual fan of romantic-comedy films. The sisters have written and/or produced such films as “When Harry Met Sally,” “You’ve Got Mail,” and “Sleepless in Seattle.” They also adapted Ilene Beckerman’s novel “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” into a popular off-Broadway show that has won over audiences with its monologues about women, relationships, and yes, even some thoughts on fashion and its deeper connections to life. Blackfriars is staging the regional debut of the show, which will feature a rotating cast of local actresses (and if you know some of the local actresses who frequently work with Blackfriars, you know there will be no shortage of amazing performances coming out of this). The show runs July 13-22. Also on stage this summer at Blackfirars will be a return engagement for “Tom Foolery,” the musical featuring the songs of political satirist Tom Lehrer. Blackfriars is located at 795 E. Main St. For more information call 454-1260 or visit bftix.com. (ER)

Wednesday, July 18

SPECIAL EVENT: High-flying action, tricky maneuvers, and speed. No, it’s not the Blue Angels. July 18-21 the 1914 Historical Aircraft Group will be hosting a model-airplane show featuring the Flying Aces. Watch as members of both the Flying Aces and HAG show off their hard work and flawless replicas as they launch them into the blue sky. The group is dedicated to the restoration, preservation, display, and flight of aircraft from the World War II and Korean War eras. Other events being put on by the HAG this summer include the Geneseo Airshow July 14-15, a MARS Rocket Sport Meet August 18-19, and the WNY Free Flight August 24-26. The HAG museum is located off Route 63 just west of Geneseo. For more information visit 1941hag.org. (AS)

Thursday, July 19

SPECIAL EVENT: Mormonism is so big right now. “The Book of Mormon” is one of the hottest tickets on Broadway (the show will actually be coming to Rochester next season, thanks to the Rochester Broadway Theatre League), and Mormon Mitt Romney is the presumptive Republican nominee for the 2012 national presidential election. What you might not know is that the Mormon faith got its start not too far from Rochester, in Palmyra, NY. That’s where Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saints movement, allegedly first experienced his divine visions. Every year, to celebrate that fact, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints presents the Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra. It’s not a pageant in the most colloquial sense (although last year I witnessed two local drag queens offer color commentary on the event over Facebook, as if it were Miss America – that was amazing, and also sacreligeous). This is an epic live theater presentation that retells scenes from the Bible and the Book of Mormon. This is the 75th anniversary of the pageant, which runs July 13-14 and 17-21 at Hill Cumorah, on Highway 21 between Palmyra and Manchester. The processional begins at 9:15 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Bear in mind that this is a serious religious experience for people of the Mormon faith. For more information visit hillcumorah.org. (ER)

 

Friday, July 20

ART: Perhaps you’re an art enthusiast, but new to collecting artwork. Besides pure taste, what other considerations go into making a sound art investment? Join Peter and Brad at Genesee Center for the Arts’ Firehouse Gallery (713 Monroe Avenue) for a Friday Fling! Art Collecting 101 workshop on July 20, 7-9 p.m. Participants will enjoy cocktails (for ages 21+ with ID) or other beverages, learn how to make educated decisions on art acquisitions, and get a tour and critique of the Firehouse Gallery’s national show, the “College Clay Collective.” The event costs $35, $25 for members. For more information, call 244-1730 or visit geneseearts.org. Genesee Center will also host a Summer Photo Camp for Adults July 16-20, and the second annual Spokes & Ink Bike and Poster Party on August 25. For more info on these events, visit geneseearts.org. (RR)

Saturday, July 21

MUSIC: Yo, ho, ho, and a bottle of fun! The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra brings the modern Disney classic “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” to the shores of Kodak Hall on July 21 as part of the Disney Live in Concert program. The movie, shown in its entirety at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.), will be accompanied by the RPO playing the score live. The show begins at 7 p.m.; tickets cost $20-$75. Looking for more RPO action? This summer the orchestra will be playing a variety of concerts in a variety of styles. Highlights include the music of Queen at CMAC (July 28), “A Summer Night with Tchaikovsky” (July 14), and the annual July 4 downtown fireworks celebration. For a full schedule of concerts and more information visit rpo.org. (WC)

Sunday, July 22

SPECIAL EVENT: Sunday brunch is undeniably the most fabulous meal of the week. Today make it even more special by heading to Drag Brunch at Edibles (704 University Ave.). Billed as “just the right amount of wrong,” the Edibles Drag Brunch features delicious brunch selections (and cocktails!) from the staff at Edibles, and non-stop entertainment from some of Rochester’s most astonishing drag performers. The line-up rotates, but among the queens who frequently appear are Aggy Dune, Darienne Lake, Poison Waters, and Kasha Davis. These ladies are a hoot, the eleganza is sickening (in a good way), the food is delicious, and the audience typically ain’t tough to look at, folks. The July 22 Drag Brunch will have two sittings, at noon and 2 p.m. (that’s like 9 a.m. in gay time). Admission costs $22 and includes food and entertainment. Reservations are strongly recommended. For more information call 271-4910 or visit ediblesrochester.com. (ER)

Monday, July 23

THEATER: Join The Guild of Mercury Opera Rochester as it takes a tour to the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown. Glimmerglass presents four, primary productions this season: “Aida,” “The Music Man,” “Armide,” and “Lost in the Stars.” If you go on July 23, you can take in the glory of Verdi’s “Aida,” the story of an Ethiopian princess, captured and taken into slavery in Egypt, with a drama that only builds from there. Glimmerglass takes place in the Alice Busch Opera Theater, where the theater itself is a unique part of the experience. Intimate and surrounded by natural beauty, it offers a true voice and orchestra sound, without the need for amplification. Start your day with a backstage tour, nosh on a pre-ordered, gourmet picnic on the shores of Otsego Lake, learn during the pre-performance chat, and then sit back and enjoy world-class productions. To get more information on the Mercury Opera Rochester organized trip visit mercuryoperarochester.org. The Glimmerglass Festival runs July 7-August 25. For a show schedule and ticket information call 607-547-2255 or visit glimmerglass.org. (PC)

Tuesday, July 24

SPECIAL EVENT: Summer is a great time for trying new recipes. As part of its numerous offerings, the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua puts on a variety of different cooking classes throughout the season. For meat lovers looking for healthier alternatives to the typical hot dogs and hamburgers, the center has a class just for you. By taking July 24’s “Meatless Meals for Carnivores” you’ll learn how to prepare tasty, meatless meals, without having to purchase specialty health-food items. The recipes will feature products from New York State and are a great way to expand your summer menu. If you’re not ready to go completely meatless, NYWCC has plenty of other classes that may suit your style. Visit nycc.com/classes to find a huge list of classes, including “Cooking with Wine,” “Summer Entertaining-Tapas Style,” and “New York Steakhouse.” Fees vary per class, and there are a limited number of seats; reserve your spot by going to the website or by calling 394-7070. The center is located at 800 S. Main St. in Canandaigua. (AR)

 

Wednesday, July 25

CLASSICAL: Mark your calendars starting Wednesday, July 11, and head out for your weekly Wednesday chance to get your Renaissance on. For the annual Renaissance Summer Sings program, members of Musica Spei search through filing cabinets and boxes of Renaissance music to pull out a different selection each week for you to enjoy — and sing along to, a cappella. Musica Spei performs works from the 13th to 17th centuries, and its library is drawn from Sibley Library at the Eastman School of Music, England, Spain, Italy, Germany, the Franco-Flemish region and others. Those who are new to these summer sings are partnered with a more experienced member of the group. The gatherings happen Wednesdays 7:30 p.m. July 11-August 1 at Saint Anne Church, 1600 Mt. Hope Ave. There is a $3 requested donation; for more information visit MusicaSpei.org. If you’re not already aware, there is a second summer singing event on Tuesday nights July 3-24. Eastman Summer Sings with Conductor William Weinert will feature one master work per week at Kilbourn Hall, this year including the likes of Mozart’s “Requiem Mass in D-minor” (K.626) and Bach’s “Magnificat in D-Major.” Check esm.rochester.edu for more info. (PC)

 

Thursday, July 26

MUSIC: The Invictas started in the 1960s, when rock and roll was new. The band has played with The Beach Boys, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, and Otis Redding, and that’s just the tip of the musical iceberg. And now, more than 30 years after getting started, the band is back together, playing and rocking out like the 60’s never did — and never will — stop. Herb Gross and The Invictas play July 26 as part of the Garden Vibes series at the George Eastman House. This is classic rock played by quality musicians who actually lived through the days before it became “classic” — and don’t forget to do “The Hump.” The full 2012 Garden Vibes schedule includes Matuto on July 12, Hypnotic Clambake on August 9, and Brave Combo on August 23. Concerts start at 6 p.m. in the Eastman House garden and tickets cost $12. The Eastman House is located at 900 East Ave. For more information call 271-3361 or visit eastmanhouse.org. (WC)

Friday, July 27

COMEDY: Go out for some drinks and some laughs at The Comedy Club in Webster. Syracuse University alum and VH1 commentary veteran Marianne Sierk takes the stage July 26-28. Other comics coming to town this summer include former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Chris Kattan (August 9-11), regular “Opie & Anthony” contributor Joe DeRosa (July 12-14), and Robert Kelly (June 21-23), who has appeared in numerous films and television shows including “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” and the Tourgasm comedy tour alongside Dane Cook, Gary Gulman, and Jay Davis. In addition, The Comedy Club offers a comedy class where you can learn how to be a stand-up comedian, and open mic ‘showcases’ for those that are itching to get up on stage and show what they’ve got. The Comedy Club is located at 2235 Empire Blvd., Webster. For more information check out thecomedyclub.us or call 671-9080. (TR)

Saturday, July 28

MUSIC: If you haven’t heard the local Beatles cover band Mr. Mustard, perhaps it’s about time you played a little catch up. There’s a reason The Beatles remain a household name, and if you want to hear your favorite tunes from the Fab Four played right here in town, Mr. Mustard is the way to go. The band will be playing July 28 as part of Lovin Cup’s Sound Source Stage series, Saturday night concerts on the venue’s outdoor stage. Other highlights for the series include Celtic rockers Enter the Haggis on June 20,and Lovin’ Cup’s 4-Year Anniversary Party on August 25. Concerts start at 8 p.m. Lovin’ Cup is located at 300 Park Point Drive, near RIT. For more information visit lovincup.com. (WC)

Sunday, July 29

FESTIVAL: If your experience with Native American culture begins with biased Western films and ends with dusty museum exhibits, visit Ganondagan State Historic Site (1488 State Route 444, Victor) immediately and learn firsthand from site interpreters about Haudenosaunee culture in our region. A great opportunity to learn more, the Native American Dance & Music Festival will take place Saturday-Sunday, July 28-29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at Ganondagan. The festival features a wide range of Native American traditional dancers, musicians, storytellers, artists, as well as workshops for children and adults, interpreted programs in the Visitor’s Center and Bark Longhouse, guided trail walks, and the family drum jam. Admission to the festival is $5-$12, free to Friends of Ganondagan members and kids age 2 and under. For questions, call 742-1690; more details are available at ganondagan.org. (RR)

Monday, July 30

RECREATION: I am not remotely a sports fan, but for some reason I become obsessed every two years when the Olympics grace my TV screen. This summer the XXX Olympic Games will be taking place July 27-August 12 in London. Take the opportunity to throw an Olympics-themed party for your friends. Sure, you’ve missed the July 27 opening ceremonies (love the parade of nations!), but there’s plenty going on July 30. Archery, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, fencing, men’s gymnastics (yes!), tennis, table tennis, water polo, and weightlifting, are all on the schedule (although god knows what NBC and its affiliates will be showing). Invite people to bring various event-related dishes to pass (diver scallops, perhaps; or bullseye cookies for archery), tune in to see what Bob Costas and the rest of the crew have to say, and either marvel at the thrill of victory or revel in the agony of defeat. For more information visit london2012.com or nbcolympics.com. (ER)

 

Tuesday, July 31

RECREATION: Act like an animal tonight at Seneca Park Zoo. On Tuesdays throughout the summer the zoo has extended hours until 6:30 p.m. so families can spend more time interacting and learning about the wild world around us. In addition to the tigers, polar bears, reptiles, and other regular attractions, throughout the week the zoo offers a large assortment of programs, eight per day from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., one starting every half hour. Shows include “Close Encounters of the Bird Kind” as well as the ever-entertaining elephant baths and otter training shows. A new exhibit to the zoo this summer is “A Step Into Africa,” featuring elephants, baboons, and the new lion exhibit that you can experience via the a stationary double-decker tour bus. The zoo also offers a variety of special events, including the popular Zoo Brews (June 22, July 20, August 10), with live music and beer tastings. Seneca Park Zoo is located at 2222 Saint Paul St. The zoo is open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and admission costs $7-$10. For more information check out senecaparkzoo.org or call 336-7200. (TR)

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