COMEDY: Charlie Murphy’s Acid Trip Tour

It can’t be easy to come from a family where one sibling has made it big in the profession you too have chosen. But even though Eddie is the better known name of the Murphy clan, big brother Charlie holds his own as an actor, comedian, and writer and performer, perhaps best known for his work on Comedy Central’s beloved “Chappelle’s Show.” That’s where I first saw Charlie Murphy, and I still fondly remember his hilarious skit about the time that he and his friends played basketball with Prince and The Revolution at Paisley Park.

Catch Charlie Murphy’s Acid Trip Tour stop in Rochester on Thursday, June 28, at the Auditorium Theatre (885 E. Main St.). Murphy will be accompanied with special guests Faizon Love and Freez Luv. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 6:30) and tickets cost $49-$69, available by calling 800-745-3000 or by visiting For more information on Murphy visit — BY REBECCA RAFFERTY

KIDS: Space Travel at RMSC

It was only a matter of time before even space travel became democratized. Well, OK, it’s still not upon us, and it definitely won’t be accessible to everyone, but soon humans won’t need to be ordained astronauts to breach the atmosphere. Commercial spaceflight is in the works in a serious way due to entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson of The Virgin Group.

A new family-friendly star show at Rochester Museum & Science Center’s Strasenburgh Planetarium (657 East Ave.) will explore the next generation of space travel. “Astronaut Mission: The Future” explores the topic through high-definition visualizations of the new generation of space vehicles from NASA, as well as private companies such as SpaceX and Virgin Galactic. The show will “help visitors imagine themselves flying in one of the new spaceships now under development or on the drawing board,” says Steve Fentress, director of Strasenburgh Planetarium, per a press release.

“Astronaut Mission” considers asteroids, other planets, and their moons as possible targets of exploration, and touches on such popular topics as warp drive and faster-than-light travel. The show opens Monday, July 2, and will be shown throughout the summer. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, college students, and kids ages 5-18, and free to RMSC members. For more information, call 271-4320 or visit — BY REBECCA RAFFERTY

SPECIAL EVENT: Great Space Duck Race

On Sunday, July 1, take part in a fun-in-the-sun fundraiser for The Space, a downtown Rochester venue for performing arts located in the Hungerford Building (1115 E. Main St., floor 2). Groups that hold events at The Space include the Search Engine Improv Harold Teams and other improvisers and comedians. Progressive Implantology & Periodontics will sponsor The Great Space Duck Race, a 20-minute race at Irondequoit Creek in Ellison Park beginning at 1 p.m.

Participants may purchase rubber ducks for $5 each (no more than 500 ducks will be sold), and compete prizes including a kayak and paddles valued at more than $550, gift certificates to local restaurants, and fine arts and crafts from Hungerford Urban Artisans. Unless they sell out sooner, ducks will be offered for sale on the day of the race at the park. Duck owners don’t need to be present to win, but if you’re not in attendance, you’ll miss the festive concert by Chris Wilson, mini-craft show, and potluck picnic.

The party takes place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Ellison’s Orchard Grove Pavilion. For more information on the race or to purchase your ducks in advance, visit — BY REBECCA RAFFERTY

SPECIAL EVENT: Art & Treasures Sale

There’s nothing like that feeling of finding the perfect treasure at a garage sale. And at this dignified version, you won’t be seeing any broken bobble heads. On Friday, June 29, and Saturday, June 30, the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave.), will be hosting “Rochester’s Most Prestigious Garage Sale” with the annual Art & Treasures Sale. Check out high-quality antiques like artwork, jewelry, small furniture items, crystal, fine linen, and china. Entry is free and all sales go to benefit the MAG.

The event runs Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. You can get a jump on the crowd Thursday, June 28, 6-8 p.m. at the “Bargains and Beer” preview party. Enjoy a cold one and snatch up your treasures early. Tickets are $15 in advance (but you must reserve a spot by June 27) and $18 at the door. Purchase tickets by calling 276-8910.

If you feel that you have some treasures of your own that you’re willing to part with, there will be drop-off days Wednesday, June 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Thursday, June 28, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information, visit — BY ANNE RITZ

DANCE: Bill Evans Dancing the Summer Solstice

Summer solstice: the day where the tilt of the planet’s axis makes for the longest day of the year. This year the solstice occurred on June 20, but the Bill Evans Dance Company invites you to celebrate it a few days late. On Saturday, June 30, SUNY Brockport will be hosting “Dancing in the Summer Solstice: An Evening of Choreography by Bill Evans” at 8 p.m. in the Hartwell Dance Theater. The BEDCO formed 38 years ago in Seattle, and now makes its home in Rochester. The company performs a blend of modern dance and rhythm tap, and it has performed in all 50 states, including in prestigious venues like the Kennedy Center.

General admission tickets are $15 ($10 for students and children). For more information visit For directions to SUNY Brockport, visit — BY ANNE RITZ

SPECIAL EVENT: Independence Day Celebrations

Rochester and its surrounding communities tend to go all out when celebrating Independence Day. Just about every nearby town has special events and fireworks to recognize the anniversary of our nation’s birth. This year July 4 falls on a Wednesday, which makes for all kinds of interesting schedules (and a very weird workweek). Below is a list of major area July 4 events. If you think of something we missed post it to this article at — BY ANNE RITZ

Saturday, June 30

Penfield: A parade begins at 10 a.m. at Penfield High School (25 High School Drive), and continues on Five Mile Line Road, Route 441, and Baird Road to the Penfield Community Center. After the parade, head to Harris Whalen Park (126 Penfield Road) at 6 p.m. for the remaining events, including activities for kids, food vendors, local musicians Bobby Henrie & The Goners (6 p.m.) and Dog House (8 p.m.), and fireworks at 10 p.m. For more information, visit or call 340-8651.

Tuesday, July 3-Wednesday, July 4

Irondequoit: On Tuesday, an arts and crafts show and community fair will run 11 a.m.-11 p.m. From noon until 6 p.m. stop by for the Pioneer House Blacksmith Shop Open House. For ages 21 and up, there will be a beverage garden 2-10:30 p.m. that will feature performances from Jeff Elliot & Danny Blues at 3 p.m. and the Lakeside Hooligans at 6:30 p.m. A street dance will be held 7-11 p.m. with music by Ruby Shooz and youth performer showcases 8-8:30 p.m. 9:30-10 p.m. On Wednesday, start your day with the 2-mile fun run at 8 a.m. or the 10K race at 8:15 a.m. A parade starts at 11 a.m. on Titus Avenue and continues from Irondequoit Town Plaza to Town Hall. The beverage garden will be open 2-10:30 p.m. There will be several activities and food vendors throughout the day, closing the evening with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Activities take place at Irondequoit Town Hall (1280 Titus Avenue). For more information, visit

Wednesday, July 4

Brighton: The town will begin its festivities with a 5K race beginning at Twelve Corners Brighton High School (2643 Elmwood Ave) at 8 a.m. The rest of the day’s festivities will begin at 2 p.m. at Meridian Centre Park (located at 2025 Winton Road), and will include rides, food, entertainment by the Skycoasters, and a fireworks display. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Brockport: Gather on the lawn of the Morgan-Manning House (151 Main St., Brockport) for a day of patriotic activities. At 10 a.m. a children’s parade will go from Remembrance Park to the Morgan Manning House along South Street; the parade will be accompanied by the music of the Excelsior Brigade Drum & Fife Corp. Followed by the parade, the new Brockport Community Concert Band will provide music on the Morgan Manning House lawn beginning at 11 a.m. and the Community Jazz band will follow. Other activities include old-fashioned games, face painting and chalk painting, and a traditional cakewalk. For more information, call 637-3645 or visit

Chili: This will be Chili’s 23rd annual Chili-E Festival. Come down to the Chili Senior Center (3235 Chili Ave.) starting at noon for food vendors and craft exhibits, a car show, live entertainment by Coup De Villes and Wooden Nickel, children’s activities, a 2 p.m. screening of James Cagney’s “Yankee Doodle,” and more. A parade will begin at 5 p.m. and continue from Bucky Drive to Chili Avenue. Fireworks cap off the event at 10 p.m. For more information and a full list of events visit or call 784-5250.

City of Rochester: Head to Main Street from the South Avenue exchange to see Steve Grills & the Roadmasters performing at 7:30 p.m. and patriotic pops by Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at 9 p.m. After the performances, a massive fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m. You can park for free South Avenue Garage (39 Stone Street), Court Street Garage (194 Court Street), or Sister Cities Garage (28 N. Fitzhugh St.). Bring blankets or lawn chairs, unless you plan on standing. For more information, visit

Fairport:/Perinton: The Firecracker 5-mile Race begins at 8 a.m. at Perinton Park (off of Fairport Road). A parade begins at 10 a.m., featuring floats of historic events, places, people, and eras. After the parade, take a tour of the historic Bethlehem Lutheran Church (48 Perrin St.); free hot dogs and lemonade will be available to tour goers. Relax the rest of the day at a picnic at Perinton Park, which will include activities and music starting at noon. For more information, visit

Greece: The First Bible Baptist Church will put on “Spirit of America” at the Grace & Truth Sports Center (373 North Greece Road). The festival is a tribute to all branches of the Armed Forces with a special presentation to honor fallen soldiers. Country-Western artist Josie Waverly will perform and fireworks will commence at 10 p.m. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. For more information, call 392-0777.

Henrietta: Henrietta holds its 4th of July Garage and Craft Sale at 595 Calkins Road 9 a.m.-2 p.m. After that, festivities begin at 4 p.m. at the Henrietta Senior Center (515 Calkins Road) with entertainment, children’s activities, and concessions. Kids won’t be bored with pony rides, inflatable amusements, and arts and crafts. The night concludes with a fireworks display beginning at 9:40 p.m. For more information, call 359-2540 or visit

Mumford: Genesee Country Village & Museum (1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford) will celebrate Independence Day on July 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with traditional activities such as parade, concerts, a pie-eating contest, egg toss, sack races, pea-shooter contest, and town ball match. At 11 a.m. a naturalization ceremony will occur on the steps of the village Town Hall, where new citizens take the oath of allegiance. A Civil War-era replica balloon will be on display surrounded by a Civil War encampment (balloon rides are available for an extra fee starting at 10 a.m.). Two ceremonies will honor the nation’s birth, one set in 1826 and the other in 1876, along with the recreation of a duel using flintlock pistols handmade by the museum’s gunsmith. Admission costs $10.50-$16.50; children under 3 admitted free. For more information call 538-6822 or visit


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