SUMMER GUIDE 2012: Calendar – June

Darien Lake features major roller coasters, a water park, and a new live entertainment schedule. PHOTO PROVIDED

Tom Somerville teaches yoga at the Memorial Art Gallery on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. PHOTO PROVIDED


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.

Wednesday, June 6

SPORTS: Kick off summer by heading out for a night of peanuts, crackerjacks, and that great American summer sport: baseball. On June 6 at 7:05 p.m., the Rochester Red Wings minor-league baseball team will take on the Norfolk Tides at Frontier Field. If you can’t make it to Wednesday’s game, don’t worry; the Red Wings will present home games throughout the summer, many featuring special events before or after the action. After every Sunday home game, kids can run the bases with mascots Spikes and Mittsy. For Monday afternoon home games, take your children out for lunch — the first 500 kids under 12 receive a hot dog, soda, and snack. Or start your weekend with a bang, as there will be fireworks following every Friday and Saturday home game (with the exclusion of Saturday, July 7). Frontier Field is located at 1 Morrie Silver Way in the High Falls District. Single-game tickets cost $7-$12. For tickets, a schedule, and more information, go to or call 423-WING. (AR)

Thursday, June 7

CLASSICAL: The year was 1912. The Republic of China was proclaimed on New Year’s Day, Albert Berry made the first parachute jump from a flying airplane, and the RMS Titanic sunk. It was also the last year for Rochester’s weekly Friday Sings, using the Rochester Songbook. Join the Rochester Oratorio Society and Gibbs & Main Chamber Ensemble as they revive this historic Rochester tradition, singing anthems, patriotic selections, and other long-time favorites in its program, “Rochester Sings.” They’ll blend the past with the present, as Gibbs & Main premieres “Lulu” by Rochester composer Diego Garcia. Need some practice with your fa-la-la? Go to the ROS website ( and print out selections from the Rochester Songbook to warm up your vocal cords. The concert takes place June 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Hochstein School of Music & Dance (50 N. Plymouth Ave.). Tickets cost $25. For more information call 473-2234 or visit the website. (PC)

Friday, June 8

MUSIC/ART: Prince Rogers Nelson — better known as musician/actor/writer Prince, and briefly as that bizarre symbol I can’t find on my keyboard — celebrated his 54th birthday on June 7. If you would die for Prince, or at least like to hear some of his awesome music live, check out “A Tribute to Prince” tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.). The Lobby is hosting this Paisley Park-packed evening of Prince covers by Hassan Mackey, Sound Principals, George Grady and the Beautiful Ones, Filthy Funk with Danielle Ponder, and others. You’ll also get a group art show hilariously titled “The Artist Formerly Shown as Prints.” Bear in mind that, in addition to Prince’s own formidable catalogue (“1999,” “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” “Kiss”), he wrote major songs for artists including The Bangles, Sheila E., The Time, and Sinead O’Connor (Prince wrote “Nothing Compares 2 U”), so there’s plenty of material for these local musicians and artists to draw upon. Plus, per Wikipedia, the man once scrapped an entire album after having a spiritual epiphany that it was evil. That is pretty badass. The event takes place 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Admission costs $6. For more information visit (ER)

Saturday, June 9

ART/FESTIVAL: There’s a lot of mystification surrounding the creative process, but not all artists create work while holed up in a studio until exhibition time. Perhaps less common is the plein-air artist, who works in the open, depicting the beauty found in nature. The Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition and Festival will take place June 8-10 in Canandaigua, and will include a juried and judged competition of plein-air art. Media includes soft pastel, oil, acrylic, gouache, and transparent watercolor, and subject matter will range from Canandaigua Lake to city streets, historic structures, and regional wildlife. Cash prizes will be awarded to artists after judging. The public sale and exhibition of art will take place June 10, 1-6 p.m. Other aspects of the festival include a June 9 sidewalk-chalk competition with three age group divisions. For more information, call 234-6032 or visit (RR)

Sunday, June 10

THEATER: Take in a free script-in-hand reading of “Bent” as part of the Jewish Community Center’s Reader Theatre SummerFest. “Bent” is a 1979 play about the Nazi persecution of homosexual men, and it’s one of a series of theatrical offerings this summer at the JCC that coincide with the traveling exhibition “Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945,” which will be showing at the center through July 22, in partnership with the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley. Future readings in the SummerFest schedule include “No Word in Guyanese for Me” (June 24), “The Zero Hour” (July 1), and a fully staged production of the Tony-winning show “Spring Awakening” (July 14-July 22; tickets cost $18-$26). The JCC is located at 1200 Edgewood Ave. For more information on the center, its many special events, or the traveling exhibition, call 461-2000 or visit (ER)

Monday, June 11

THEME PARK: Time to play hooky. Extend your weekend by a day and head to Darien Lake. The theme park — about an hour west of Rochester, in Darien, NY — is boasting $5 million worth of improvements this year, with an emphasis on its new live entertainment line-up. Acts include jugglers, hypnotists, “extreme” parrots, percussion crews, a canine-thrill show, and more (acts change throughout the season; check the park website for schedules). Of course, Darien Lake is best known for its jaw-dropping roller coasters, including Predator, Mind Eraser, Boomerang, and Ride of Steel, as well as its 10-acre water park. On June 11 the park will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and it’s before the regular season starts (the park opens daily for the summer starting June 15), so the lines should be more manageable. A day pass to Darien Lake costs $26.99-$44.99 (children 2 and under free), while season passes run $59.99-$69.99. For more information call 599-4641 or visit (ER)

Tuesday, June 12

MUSIC: Upstate New York is no stranger to rap-rock juggernauts Gym Class Heroes. The band got its start in nearby Geneva, and found chart-topping success by mixing hip-hop and rap music with pop and rock. That blend can be tricky, especially when you have to balance each genre’s respective loyal fans, but the recipe has given the group nothing but success, making them heroes of more than just gym class. The Heroes will be headlining tonight’s 98PXY Summer Jam at Frontier Field, which will also feature Carly Rae Jepsen (“Call Me Maybe”) and “Brokenhearted” duo Karmin, two acts that seem poised to rule the airwaves and dance floors this summer. Summer Jams tend to sell out, so plan early and be ready to party. The show kicks off at 5 p.m. and tickets cost $30-$50. For more information visit (WC)

Wednesday, June 13

FILM: With all the outdoor options this summer, from festivals to parks, there is nothing wrong with staying inside for a few hours. And what better way to do that than to catch a double feature at Rochester’s oldest neighborhood theater, the Cinema Theater. Since the Cinema usually features movies that have recently come and gone from the megaplexes, it’s a good opportunity to see a flick you may have missed. On top of that, you won’t be spending a lot of dinero. A double feature costs $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors, and the concessions are affordable too. Be sure to check the website before you head out to see that week’s offerings. The Cinema is located at 957 S. Clinton Ave. For more information call 271-1785 or visit (AS)

Thursday, June 14

MUSIC: Looking for something to do on Thursday nights through the summer? Every Thursday, June 7-August 9, Party in the Park will start off the weekend one night early, including Bruce Hornsby &The Noisemakers on June 14. Singer, pianist, and accordion player Hornsby and company mix together a jazzy rock improvisational style rooted in Hornsby’s familiar songwriting and soaring vocals. He might not actually make it rain mandolins, but that’s just the way it is. Other acts playing this year’s Party in the Park include Molly Hatchet (June 7), Rusted Root (June 21), Tower of Power (July 5), Young the Giant (July 12), and George Thorogood & The Destroyers (August 9), just to name a few, so it’s a guarantee that your Thursday nights won’t be musically deprived this summer. Just remember there’s still work the next morning. Party in the Park kicks off every Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Riverside Festival Site (Court Street and Exchange Boulevard), and admission is $2. For a full line-up or more info check (WC)

Friday, June 15

MUSIC: Who knew our dreams were made of such metallic melodies? Since 1985 Dream Theater has been showing fans exactly what the stages of our dreams are filled with: writhing guitar licks, fierce drums, and 23-minute-long epic song compositions. After 11 studio albums, a recent Grammy nomination, and countless accolades given to members being the best on their individual instruments, Dream Theater continues to prove that the band still has its chops, and just may be the stuff dreams are made of after all. The band plays the Main Street Armory (900 E. Main St.) June 15 for an 8 p.m. show (doors at 6:30); tickets cost $39.50. For more events coming up this summer at the Armory check (WC)

Saturday, June 16

ART: Take a day to stroll the Memorial Art Gallery, including its big summer show, the 5th “Rochester Biennial.” The show runs June 10-August 5 at the gallery, and will showcase recent works by some of our region’s best artists. This year’s invitational features sculptures by Roberto Bertoia of Ithaca, video work by Yvonne Buchanan of Syracuse, ceramic art by Val Cushing of Alfred, glass works by Eunsuh Choi of Rochester, paintings by David Higgins of Corning, and photography by the team of Larson & Shindelman (Marni Shindelman of Rochester and Nate Larson of Baltimore). In following tradition, one artist (Buchanan) was selected based on the strength of her work in last year’s “Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition.” The Memorial Art Gallery is located at 500 University Ave. The exhibition party will take place Saturday, June 9, 8-11 p.m., and tickets ($25, free to MAG members at the Supporter level and above ) are required. Artists’ lectures and exhibition tours will be offered throughout the run of the exhibition. For more information, call 276-8900, or visit (RR)

Sunday, June 17

MUSEUM: Chug and choo choo on down to the NY Museum of Transportation (6393 E. River Road, Rush) and learn the ins and outs of the world of railroading. Discover how the each car connects to one another and stays connected. Learn what makes a train go and propel different types of cargo around the United States. Hop on the rails in an old time caboose and discover the railroading history of our region. The museum is open Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission costs $5-$7 — which includes rides on trolleys, diesel engines, or track cars — and just a dollar more for special events. For more information on the museum or a schedule of special events visit (AS)

Monday, June 18

SPECIAL EVENT: Like wine, when beer is done right, it can be art in a bottle. Well-crafted beers can contain different flavor notes or offer up various finishes. Given the rising interest in home brews and craft brews alike, Rochester Real Beer Week — running June 15-23 — is a new week-long event that showcases craft brews, beer parings and dinners, socials, craft beer launches, and live entertainment.  For the beer snob, beer lover, or brave soul that likes to try new things, this multi-venue event will be sure to make you tip a few back and enjoy the summer a little more. The day-long Reel Beer Expo will kick things off on Friday, June 15, in the South Wedge. A variety of other events will continue the following week. Tonight, check out beer-themed trivia at The Old Toad, a Sly Fox beer tasting at Nathaniel Square Corner Store, a Rohrbach Beer Dinner at Next Door Bar & Grill, or “Can You Dig?” at Donnelly’s Public House. For more information visit (AS)

Tuesday, June 19

RECREATION: You’re stressed, and it’s only the beginning of the week. That’s no way to experience summer. Get in some relaxation, work on your fitness, and grab a bit of culture at the same time by doing yoga at the Memorial Art Gallery. On Tuesdays at 5 p.m. and Thursdays at 7 p.m. join yoga instructor Tom Somerville for an hour-long yoga session in various areas of the gallery. Somerville practices a form of hatha yoga that is accessible for beginners, but still totally worthwhile for regular yoga practitioners. (This writer has taken many classes with Somerville and recommends him highly; I always leave totally blissed out and feeling great.) Somerville says, “art museums are a place for reflection, solace, and to go inside as you look at the beauty out and around you. Yoga also helps you go inside yourself and reflect. Being in the midst of artistic expression and creativity may inspire your practice, help you relax and meditate.” Classes cost $10, and drop-ins are welcome; be sure to bring your own yoga mat. Note that there are no classes on June 12, 26, or 28. For more information call 276-8950 or visit (ER)

Wednesday, June 20

SPECIAL EVENT: So you think you’re smart? You know your sports, your current events, your pop culture? Put your hubris to the test at Geeks Who Drink Trivia at Scotland Yard Pub. Geeks Who Drink is a national trivia competition. A former “Jeopardy” champion writes a new set of questions for each night of the week (eight rounds, eight questions, including visual and audio categories), and the quiz goes down at approximately the same time at bars and pubs across the country. (In Rochester Geeks Who Drink happens every Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Jeremiah’s Tavern on Monroe Avenue, and every Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Scotland Yard.) The following morning all of the scores are posted on the Geeks Who Drink website (, so you can compare yourself to smartasses across the country. It’s a good time, a chance to win some prizes, and a great excuse to grab some burgers and beers with friends. Scotland Yard is located at 187 St. Paul St.; for more information visit (ER)

Thursday, June 21

RECREATION: Dust off those running shoes and put on your game face, the eye of the tiger is upon you — literally. Starting at 5:45 p.m. at the Seneca Park Zoo (2222 St. Paul St.) is the Downtown Fitness Club’s Fitness Challenge. Teams of four (two men and two women) will compete in three highly physical stations, each requiring the brains and brawn of all team members. There will also be a stand-alone competition that individuals can compete in for additional prizes. Each challenge will take place next to tigers, alligators, and other zoo animals. It’s $200 per team to sign up and pre-registration is required. If you’d like to compete as an individual it’s $15, or $5 for spectators. For more information on the event visit (AS)

Friday, June 22

FESTIVAL: It may be starting a few weeks later this year, but the 11th edition of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival is shaping up to be well worth the wait. You may come for the big guns — the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Steve Martin, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, and Dweezil Zappa are headlining this year — but it’s the myriad acts from all over the world that afford the real musical discoveries. There’s a reason the festival continues so strongly year after year, and has moved past being a Rochester music scene staple to a world-renowned and respected jazz institution. The 2012 XRIJF runs June 22-30 at multiple venues in Rochester’s East End. Many of the headlining shows and all of the Club Passes have already sold out, but individual tickets are available at the doors of the dozen Club Pass venues, and the festival includes a variety of free shows every day. For more information check And make sure to check out City’s Jazz Guide, publishing June 13, as well as our daily jazz blogs on (WC)

Saturday, June 23

SPORTS: Rochester is loaded with various minor-league sports teams, including those for major sports like baseball, hockey, basketball, and soccer. One local sport that may have slipped off your radar is lacrosse, that game started by Native Americans hundreds of years ago. This is a pastime that predates America, baseball, hotdogs, and Super Bowls. Get some in-your-face lacrosse action this summer as our home team, the Rochester Rattlers, play in Sahlen’s Stadium (460 Oak St.). On June 23 at 7 p.m. the team will be taking on the Hamilton Nationals in a game of speed, strategy, and accuracy. Tickets, more information, and a full schedule of other Rattler games can be found at (AS)

Sunday, June 24

SPECIAL EVENT: Unless you’re in a particularly historically minded circle, it’s probable that your knowledge of wars is a bit more skewed toward the bloody so-called Civil War and the horrors of the two World Wars. The War of 1812, often called “the forgotten war,” reaches its bicentennial this year, and a commemoration will be held at the Genesee Country Village & Museum (1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford) June 23-24. Events for the War of 1812 & Jane Austen Weekend will take place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, and will include re-enactors who will contextualize the events of the war for our region in particular, as well as a special focus on Jane Austen and the Regency Era. Activities include parades and flag raisings, fashion shows, musket and artillery target shooting, militia drills, dance demos, craftspeople, fife and drum concerts, and information on the Native Americans’ role in the war. Tickets cost $10.50-$16.50, free for children age 3 and under. Other GCVM summer events include Independence Day: A Celebration across Time (July 4), Civil War Reenactment (July 14-15), Concert on the Meadow: BeatleMagic! (July 28), Laura Ingalls Wilder Days (August 11-12), and the Old-Time Fiddlers’ Fair (August 18-19). For more information, call 538-6822 or visit (RR)

Monday, June 25

RECREATION: Take the night off and go for a leisurely stroll, run, or bike ride along the Erie Canal in Pittsford. The Canal intersects the heart of Pittsford, so you can explore all of the unique shops in Schoen Place, as well as on Main Street. Grab some ice cream at Bill Wahl’s Microcreamery & Ice Cream, dine at Simply Crepes, or browse all of the unique shops and retailers downtown Pittsford has to offer, like Towpath Bike, Pittsford Wine & Spirits, Naples Creek Leather and Embrasse-Moi. Stop and feed the ducks with the kids or rent a kayak, canoe, or bicycle. Just make sure to wear a hat; the canal doesn’t offer much shade from the sun, but the open area provides a terrific breeze. It’s perfect for a peaceful evening spent out enjoying the weather, as well as a pretty important and special part of New York history. (TR)

Tuesday, June 26

MUSIC: On June 26 two acts will fill Water Street Music Hall on the same night, but they couldn’t be further apart. Country singer, humorist, politician, and singer of songs such as “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore,” Kinky Friedman mixes Tenacious D-style humor with acoustic country ramblings, and will be performing on the club side (6 p.m., $25-$30). Rockers Motion City Soundtrack will take the music hall proper, with the group’s powerful pop-rock mix (7 p.m., $16-$18). But they aren’t the only big names WSMH is pulling in over the next few months. Dick Dale (July 13), Melvins Lite (July 1), Ingrid Michaelson (July 21), and The Toadies and Helmet (August 4) will call Water Street home this summer as well. (WC)

Wednesday, June 27

THEATER: RSVP for the social event of the season – tonight you’re taking in “The Calamari Sisters Big Fat Italian Wedding” at the East End Theater (727 E. Main St.). This marks the third show for local favorites The Calamari Sisters, who slayed audiences with their previous two shows at Downstairs Cabaret Theatre. This new musical-comedy production sees Carmela and Delphine preparing for their arranged marriages. Expect new songs, new fights, new laughs, and new recipes. Who’s hungry? “The Calamari Sisters Big Fat Italian Wedding” will run throughout the summer. The June 27 show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets cost $39-$45. For more information, including a full schedule of performances, call 428-8338 or visit (ER)

Thursday, June 28

ART: Take a long lunch break and check out the “6x6x2012” exhibit showing at Rochester Contemporary Art Center. The “6×6” show has become something of a phenomenon for RoCo. The concept is simple, elegant, and fun: the show is made up of more than 7000 6”x6” artworks in a multitude of media, created by…you. Well, maybe not you specifically, but hundreds of people from the Rochester area and the world over submitted pieces to the gallery, including local celebrities and big names from the art world. But here’s the trick: all of the works are anonymous, and you won’t find out who created a piece unless you purchase it from the gallery for $20 (you can buy the art in person, or online at It’s a fantastic fundraiser for the modern-art space, but beyond that, it’s a cool exhibit, one you can easily spend hours studying and possibly STILL not see every piece. The exhibit continues through July 15. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday 1-5 p.m., Friday until 10 p.m., and admission is $1. For more information on RoCo or “6×6” visit (ER)

Friday, June 29

MUSIC: Thirty years is a milestone worth celebrating for any band, and legendary hardcore outfit Agnostic Front is reveling in its anniversary in style. The 30-year anniversary tour hits Dub Land Underground in Rochester on June 29, with the band bringing its fierce and raucous, hard-edged, hardcore rock. Agnostic Front will be performing its “Live At CBGB’s” 1989 set list, so get ready to mosh and sweat and dance in a circle pit like there’s no tomorrow. If you had any doubt before, Agnostic Front may just yet make you a believer. The show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets cost $15-$23. Dub Land Underground is located at 315 Alexander St. For more information on the club and other upcoming events visit (WC)


Saturday, June 30

THEATER: You need a little drama in your life. Head over to community performance space MuCCC for the closing night of “An Evening of Albee,” a John W. Borek Presents production. Edward Albee is one of the great American playwrights. His perceptive, unflinching examinations of domestic life in such legendary plays as “The Zoo Story” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” are impossible to ignore, and his gift for wit and dialogue is breathtaking to behold. For this production – running June 21-30 – Director Micharl Arve will oversee three short Albee plays, “The Sandbox,” “The American Dream,” and “Listening.” Tickets cost $10-$20. If you can’t make this show, note that there’s almost always something exciting going on at MuCCC. Nary a weekend goes by when the converted church isn’t hosting some brave, thoughtful piece of performance art put on by one of the many arts groups and performers that call the space home. And best of all, tickets are always affordable. MuCCC is located at 142 Atlantic Ave. For more information call 234-1254 or visit (ER)


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