CHOICE EVENTS: 6/20-6/27

ART EVENT: Nicktoons Figure-Drawing Party

If you remember Doug’s adventures as Quail Man, the hijinks of Ickis, Oblina, and Krumm, or you ever called your sibling “football head,” you probably hail from a specific generation that enjoyed a little after-school Nicktoons indulgence. We’re all grown up now, but you can reminisce about those animated days at the upcoming Dr. Sketchy’s Rochester Throwback Nicktoons Figure Drawing Party.

Originated by artist Molly Crabapple in 2005, Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art Parties are held in different cities internationally, and include themed “dames, drinking, and drawing” nights for adults, flash mobs in museums, and more. The Rochester branch, run by Greg Caggiano, will host an event on Friday, June 22, 7-10 p.m., at The Space (Hungerford Building, 1115 E. Main St.), featuring some of your favorite Nicktoons characters. For $10, the organizers promise contests, prizes, and boobs, but you have to BYOB. Obviously, this is an adult party. Free slime shots are included, for all you true fans of Nickelodeon. For more information visit — BY REBECCA RAFFERTY

DANCE: Scene & Herd: a Carnival of Animals

The term “carnival” most commonly brings up associations of bratty kids blowing their parents’ money on terrible food, tricky games, plastic souvenirs, and nausea-inducing rides. If you’re slightly more cultured, you might recognize Carnival as the festival season that takes place before Lent, perhaps best known for the Brazilian celebration of the more, shall we say, unbuttoned, Dionysian side of human nature. Between the masquerade and the parade, the celebration is about shedding our daily, constructed identities and embracing the wilderness that lives inside each of us.

The origin of the word carnival is disputed — the two parts, carne and vale, are generally interpreted to indicate “a farewell to meat” at the onset of Lent, or “a farewell to the flesh,” as in letting go of yourself.

I think the sultriness of summer is the most fitting time for these themes, and I am apparently not alone. On Friday, June 22, two days after the solstice, Erika Ruegemer and One Dance Co. will present “Scene & Herd; a Carnival of Animals,” at 7 p.m., beginning at Rochester Contemporary Art Center (137 East Ave.). The performance will make its way outside among the Jazz Festival revelers, to the corner of East Avenue and Scio Street. The artists invite the audience to experience the “structured improvisation” up close or from afar, and photography is highly encouraged. Admission to the performance is $1, payable to Rochester Contemporary; for more information, call 461-2222, or visit — BY REBECCA RAFFERTY

ART: Dragonflies & Damselflies

If you visit Rochester Museum & Science Center’s Cumming Nature Center (6472 Gulick Road, Naples) this weekend, you’ll encounter a world of dragons and damsels. OK; add “flies” to the end of each of those words, and it’s a bit more accurate, but no less amazing. The macro photo exhibit “Dragonflies and Damselflies” by RIT professor Stephen Diehl and Indian River Lakes Conservancy environmental consultant Vici Zaremba celebrates the “spectacular hues and amazing details of these flying jewels that existed more than 350 million years ago,” per the press release.

The exhibit opens Saturday, June 23, offering a continuous slide show in the Riedman Theater of dragonfly and damselfly images, 2-4:30 p.m., as well as a nature walk devoted to the wee beasties (weather permitting) 3-4:30 p.m. The exhibit will continue through September 2. Admission is $3 per person, $10 per family, and free to RMSC members. For more information, call 374-6160, or visit — BY REBECCA RAFFERTY

SPECIAL EVENT: Food Truck Rodeo

Street-food connoisseurs, this is the event for you. The Rochester Public Market (280 N. Union St.) is gathering up some of Rochester’s favorite mobile vending units for the Food Truck Rodeo. On Thursday, June 21, 5-9 p.m., you’ll be able to sample food from such local trucks as La Petit Poutine, The Sammich Guy, Cheese & Confused (the menu includes bacon-wrapped tater tots; you’ve been warned), Potatoes to Go, and many others.

After munching on this eclectic assortment of food, grab some local brew to wash it down. As part of Rochester Real Beer Week, members of the Upstate New York Homebrewers Association will be holding a summer beer competition, featuring selections from Rohrbach’s along with other micro-brewers.

No rodeo would be complete without some music. Throughout the evening there will be sets by local musicians, including (appropriately) The Public Market Band featuring Dick Storms. There will not be seating available, so if you plan on sticking around for the whole night of festivities, make sure to bring a lawn chair. For more information, call the Public Market Office at 428-6907 or visit — BY ANNE RITZ

SPECIAL EVENT: Barbecue at the Wineries

If you’re not already sold by the prospect of spending a June weekend taking in the beautiful scenery of the Finger Lakes and sampling great wine, maybe adding Dinosaur Bar-B-Que into the mix will clinch the deal. The Keuka Lake Wine Trail is throwing Barbeque at the Wineries on Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24. Make your way through the trail’s eight wineries, try out their wares, and chow down on delicious summer barbeque. Each participating winery will use a different Dinosaur sauce or rub on the food it serves. Options include pulled-pork sliders, smoked beef brisket in Wango Tango sauce, and roasted mojito chicken.

Weekend tickets cost $25 per person, and Sunday-only tickets for $19 (designated-driver tickets available at a $5 discount). Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 800-440-4898. — BY ANNE RITZ

SPECIAL EVENT: GirlsRock! Screening/Instrument Drive

This weekend affords you two opportunities to support women in music. On Saturday, June 23, The Little (240 East Ave.) will screen “From the Back of the Room.” The film chronicles female involvement in the DIY punk scene over the last 30 years, proving that the mid-90’s Riot Grrrl movement was not the be-all end-all for women. By attending the screening you’ll also be helping girls reach their musical dreams. Tickets for the screening are $9, and proceeds will go to Girls Rock! Rochester, an organization trying to start a summer camp to empower girls age 8 to 17 through rock music. Attendees of the film will get the chance to meet the Girls Rock! team, and learn more about its mission.

To further support Girls Rock, you can take part in its Gear Drive Sunday, June 24, noon-3 p.m. at NeedleDrop Records (304 Gregory St.). Help area women learn how to rock by donating any old instruments you have laying around.

The film screening starts at 12:30 p.m. For more information visit about Girls Rock, visit For more information about the film, visit — BY ANNE RITZ



  1. Ron Wheeler · · Reply

    I definitely miss the old calendar style search engine for looking over all the venues on a day at one time. Made it easier to find something to do on a given day.

  2. Ron: Thanks for your comment. We’re sorry you find the current website more difficult to use than the former. Just so you know, this site is a temporary solution. Our previous website was destroyed due to a server malfunction over Memorial Day weekend. We are currently working on launching a new permanent site, which should be up and running by the end of summer. But in the meantime WordPress was a quick, efficient solution. Rest assured that when the new permanent site launches it should address your concerns about the ease of use with the calendar and choices.

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