CHOICE EVENTS: 7/4-7/11

ART: New Art Openings

If you can bear going indoors for a little while this week, check out the following art openings, which are just some of the many offered on First Friday and other nights this month. For more information on art openings, visit our calendar at rochestercitynewspaper.com and don’t forget to check firstfridayrochester.org.

Right in time for Rochester Pride 2012 events, Thomas Somerville will debut “Proud,” new works at The Gallery @ Equal=Grounds (750 South Ave.). “I tried to put together a body of work that talks about the things that give me a sense of pride,” says the artist in a provided statement. Somerville used a rainbow palette for the works that are “not intrinsically gay,” he says, but are pieces that together create his identity and worldview seen through a gay perspective. The show opens Friday, July 6, 7-9 p.m., and continues through the month of July. For info, email gallery@equalgrounds.com.

Also opening Friday night is an exhibit of works by Harlem Girls Quilting Circle, which explores the traditions of quilting in the African diaspora through brightly patterned textiles that symbolize themes of family, history, and spirituality. What began as a one-day workshop evolved into a kind of needlecraft sisterhood. The show opens 6 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave.), and a reception for the artists will be held the following Friday, July 13, at 6 p.m. For more information or to RSVP call 563-2145, or visit thebaobab.com.

On Monday, July 9, drop by The Owl House (75 Marshall St.) for an opening reception for Carla Bartow’s new works of art. The restaurant will be closed so you can get up close and fully appreciate the colorful new works, many of which are painted on discarded windowpanes. Here, a diver plunges into the deep amid pillowy jellyfish. There, a T-Rex passes by. The reception takes place 6-9 p.m. For info and to preview some works, visit carlasswanktank.blogspot.com. —BY REBECCA RAFFERTY

RECREATION: Butterflies of the Swamp

We’ve reached July and have been experiencing some oppressive heat and humidity. After the red-hot American holiday, which landed smack in the middle of a chaotic workweek, we all need a little breather. Take refuge this weekend in the shade and peace of the woods and discover a wondrous world of diminutive, fluttering wings. If this sounds like paradise to you, join guides Shirley Shaw and Jackson Thomas for a “Butterflies of the Swamp” hike at The Thousand Acre Swamp Sanctuary (1581 Jackson Road, between Atlantic Avenue and Plank Road in Penfield) on Saturday, July 7. The free hike takes place at 9:30 a.m. (meet in the sanctuary parking lot), and is co-sponsored by Burroughs Audubon Nature Club. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars to enhance sightings, but no nets are allowed. For more information, call Marie Heerkens at 773-8911. — BY REBECCA RAFFERTY

THEATER: “Richard III”

Each summer, The Shakespeare Players offer free performances of a select play from the Bard’s oeuvre at the Highland Park Bowl (1200 South Ave.). This summer marks the 16th annual staging, and the work that was selected is “Richard III,” Shakespeare’s dramatization of the anti-hero sovereign’s Machiavellian machinations, rise to power, and brief, violent reign-storm.

The show’s run begins Friday, July 6, and continues through July 21. You can catch one of 12 performances: Friday-Sunday, July 6-8; Tuesday-Wednesday, July 10-11; Friday-Sunday, July 13-15 (sign interpretation on July 14, rain date July 15); Tuesday-Wednesday, July 17-18; and Friday-Saturday, July 20-21. All shows begin at 8 p.m. Since this is an open-air production, if it looks like it might precipitate, call 234-7840 for rain-out information and updates.

For more information, call 234-7840 or visit rochestercommunityplayers.org. Bring a lawn chair, and bug spray is strongly recommended, because the mosquitoes sure love it in the bowl. — BY REBECCA RAFFERTY

FESTIVAL: Corn Hill Arts Festival

Whether you’re perusing the art, sampling delicious festival food, or stopping to listen to jazz, reggae, or rock music, you’ll find something that suits your tastes at the annual Corn Hill Arts Festival. On Saturday, July 7, and Sunday, July 8, this family-friendly event will feature hundreds of artists, four stages of live music, and many food vendors spread throughout the winding streets of the historic Corn Hill neighborhood. Stop by a few of the booths to see — and maybe even take home — woodworking, painting, drawing, jewelry, glass, and even consumable crafts. Free music will be performed by the Campbell Brothers, Prime Time Funk, the Djangoners, and Kinloch Nelson, and others; check cornhillartsfestival.com for a full schedule.

Festival hours are Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. Parking can be a challenge, but shuttle busses will be running to various parking lots. For directions and more information about shuttle busses and parking, visit cornhillartsfestival.com/information/shuttle-service-parking. — BY ANNE RITZ

SPECIAL EVENT: Monroe County Fair

Rides, games, arts, talent shows, and even agricultural competitions: the Monroe County Fair truly encompasses everything you’re looking for in a summer fair. Running Wednesday, July 11, to Sunday, July 15, the event takes place at the county fairgrounds located at 2695 E. Henrietta Road.

This year’s fair includes the family-friendly Pirate Grove featuring Gary the Happy Pirate, entertainment on the Monster Energy Stage, Rochester Rampage, Spaceport USA, Genesee “G” Gauge Railway, an aerial show, chainsaw-art demonstrations, livestock areas and horse shows, as well as other exhibits. But if you are a fan of rides, a new midway company will bring in all manner of thrills for an extra fee ($15 for an all-day rides wristband, single tickets available).

The fair runs 4-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon-8 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket prices at the gate at $7 for adults, $6 for teens 13-17, $5 for seniors (50 and up), and free for children under 12. Get the details on daily themes and a full list of the many events going on throughout the fair by going to mcfair.com or by calling 334-4000. — BY ANNE RITZ

RECREATION: Fashion Week 5K Run/Walk

Ever wondered what it would it would be like to run down the street in your old prom dress? This is your opportunity to find out. On Saturday, July 7, Fashion Week of Rochester will be hosting the Rochester’s Longest Runway 5K run/walk. Fashion Week showcases boutiques, retailers, salons, musicians, as well as emerging and mid-career artists by creating a local platform for their talent. They have partnered with Center for Youth, and by participating in the 5K, you will be doing your part to create a successful local Fashion Week and support local teens in need of help.

The race will begin and end at Cobbs Hill Park, and registration on the day of the race will be held 7-8 a.m.; the race will begin at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration for the race will be held at both Fleet Feet locations (2210 Monroe Ave.; 2522 Ridgeway Ave.) on Thursday and Friday, July 5-6, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Registration is $20 per person ($25 day of the race), and includes participation, chip timing, and post-race refreshments. Free Fashion Week t-shirts will be given to the first 100 registrants.

If you are running for fun, you are welcome to be dressed in style in an old prom or cocktail dress, but it is not required. For more information, visit fashionweekofrochester.org. — BY ANNE RITZ

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