KIDS: Cool Kids Ninja Storm
It can be challenging to keep the tykes active during the sweltering month of July, especially if all they want to do is stay parked in front of the television. Thankfully, many institutions and clubs offer programming geared toward keeping kids interested in exercising their bodies and their brains.
Join Cool Kids! this Friday, July 13, at Sagawa Park (corner of Main/Route 19 and Erie streets, Brockport) for “Ninja Storm.” Master Lim’s Taekwondo Academy will perform or demonstrate board breaking, self defense, nunchakus, and flipping. After the show, your kids can join in with the demo kids to try out their ninja skills. That is waaaay cooler than watching ninjas on TV.
Future Cool Kids programming includes Celtic music on July 20 and the Catskill Puppet Theater on July 27. All programming is free and takes place 7-8 p.m. For more information, call 637-3984, or visit generationcool.biz. — BY REBECCA RAFFERTY
SPECIAL EVENT: Gothic Garage Sale
Itching for some new-to-you dark duds, but low on dough? Vertex’s 4th Annual Gothic Garage Sale, Swap Meet, and Bazaar, held Sunday, July 15, will be packed with eclectic collections, art, music, toys, clothing, jewelry, and more. Goth not precisely your thing? Fear not: the sale will also offer other styles such as steampunk, punk, pin-up, industrial, and more. Abercrombie and Gap lovers need not to stray from the mall.
Mingle with other interesting folk at the sale from 5-10 p.m. at Vertex (169 N. Chestnut St.). In addition to goods for sale, barbecue and refreshments will be offered. The bar and the dance floor won’t be open for biz on Sunday, but return Wednesday through Saturday for darkly decadent tunes, drinks, and dancing the night away. For more information, call 232-5498. — BY REBECCA RAFFERTY
ART: Women of DRAW
In addition to assisting in the development of skills, artists’ mentors can provide crucial insights into navigating the inner, creative world, and the outer, art-business world. The current exhibit at NTID Dyer Arts Center’s Williams Gallery at Rochester Institute for Technology (Lomb Memorial Drive) pays tribute to this relationship between artists and their mentors. “Under the Influence: DRAW Artists and their Mentors” is a collaborative endeavor between the 10 women of the DRAW group and their mentors.
DRAW was founded in 2003 and is made up of artists with varied styles, who work in diverse media. Membership includes Mary Buchan (work pictured), Elyse Capell, Jean DeHaven, Connie Ehindero, Christine Knoblauch, Kate Lipsky, Anne Marcello, Carolyn Marshall, Andrea Sands, and Debra VanWert. Their mentors, and guest artists in this exhibition, include Steve Carpenter, Lynne Feldman, Sari Gaby, M. Wendy Gwirtzman, Laurie Klein, Paul Knoblauch, Christian Kolupski, JFK/AJVK, Judy Levy, Peter Macon, and Joseph James Ventura.
An opening reception for the show will be held Friday, July 13, 6:30-9 p.m., and the exhibit will continue through August 10. Attendance is free of charge. For more information, visit drawgrouprochester.com. —BY REBECCA RAFFERTY
THEATER: “Mirror of Love”/”Lifting Belly”
It’s not often that you get to see poetry literally come alive, but this weekend you can take in a double-feature that does exactly that. Just in time for Rochester Pride, Bread & Water Theatre will present stage adaptations of Alan Moore’s “Mirror of Love” along with Gertrude Stein’s “Lifting Belly.” The performance of “Mirror” is based from the epic poem that recounts the history of same-sex love while revealing a hidden side of Western culture through the lives of artists such as Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, and Oscar Wilde. Stein’s “Lifting Belly” was written for her longtime companion, Alice B. Toklas, and explores the hardships of gay estrangement from society and the choices made for love’s sake.
Both pieces will be performed at each showing, which take place Friday and Saturday, July 13-14, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 15, at 2 p.m. at 243 Rosedale St. Tickets cost $6-$12 and can be purchased in person or at breadandwatertheatre.org. For more information, call 271-5523. — BY ANNE RITZ
SPORTS: Equestrian Triathlon
The London Olympics don’t start until August, but you can watch some amazing physical challenges this weekend with the Cosequin Stuart Horse Trails, taking place Thursday, July 12, through Sunday, July 15, in Victor. The trials are an extreme athletic triathlon of equestrian sports. More than 100 acres of rolling hills in Victor will be transformed into three distinct venues in which approximately 300 riders from across the country — and even the world — will show their stuff in dressage, cross-country, and stadium jumping.
The event is located between Townline and Murray roads. For directions, visit stuarthorsetrials.org/directions. Admission to the event is free and parking is $10 per car/day. Or, if you plan on seeing all of the events, you can purchase a $25 parking pass for all four days. In addition to the competition, on Sunday there will be a kid’s activity day with face painting, an obstacle course, and pony rides. For a full list of the competition’s events and more information, visit stuarthorsetrials.org. — BY ANNE RITZ
SPORTS: Sports & Music Festival
Baseball, soccer, golf — you know all about these popular summer sports. But spend this weekend checking out sports that are a little offbeat, a little…grittier. The sands of Ontario Beach Park will be put to good use Friday, July 13-Sunday, July 15, as the Monroe County Sports & Music Festival brings in such exotic events as beach wrestling, pickleball, sand soccer, and even a bench-press competition. It’s like the prequel to a Charles Atlas ad!
The festival actually incorporates several different events. Picklefest will take over the Ontario Beach basketball courts Friday through Sunday for singles and doubles competitions of the sport that’s a kind of hybrid of ping-pong, whiffle ball, and tennis. Bench at the Beach, the bench-press competition, takes place Saturday starting at 2 p.m. (weigh-ins take place Friday evening and Saturday at noon). Also on Saturday, ROC Boxing will put on a kettlebell sport exhibition starting at noon (if you’ve never used kettlebells, they are the devil’s workout of choice, and can lead to some significant muscle-building results). The USA Wrestling/Team Titan Worldwide Wrestling Club puts on the annual Beach Wrestling Championships Saturday starting at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday starting at 10 a.m. And Saturday and Sunday, noon-4 p.m., you can catch soccer being played on 60’x40’ sand courts.
All that action and more will be going down at Ontario Beach Park, 4800 Lake Ave. in Charlotte. For registration or more info on the events listed above, check monroecountysports.org/events.php. — BY ERIC REZSNYAK