CHOICE EVENTS: 7/18-7/25

ART: Scott Grove Retrospective at Arts & Cultural Council

When I walked into the gallery at the Arts & Cultural Council last week to check out noted furniture maker Scott Grove’s exhibition, I expected the room to be filled with his characteristically gorgeous and innovative furniture. However, “GrovEvolution,” a retrospective of Grove’s work spanning 36 years, was packed not only with his immaculate, contemporary tables, stools, and chests of drawers, but also examples of his sculpture, drawings, photography, videos, and other mixed-media works.

The surprise left me with more information about this lighthearted, wonder-filled artist. From his masterful skill with a variety of materials, to his eye for repurposing (or just re-appreciating) architectural remnants, to his playful sensibilities (the man even became a clown in the 80’s, but turned down the opportunity to attend Barnum & Bailey’s Clown College due to lack of artistic freedom), there’s lots to marvel over. And there’s a pretty sweet love story tucked into his artist statement, with a creative relic of the relationship on view in the show.

View this great show through July 26. The gallery is located at 277 N. Goodman St.; viewing hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 473-4000, or visit artsrochester.org. —BY REBECCA RAFFERTY

SPECIAL EVENT: Movies in the Parks

Though many feel dubious about the reasons behind our record-breaking temperatures this summer, we might as well enjoy the heat before Rochester snaps back into its characteristic chill in a few months. So when you’re taking in your summer cinema, why not take advantage of the Monroe County Movies in the Park offerings?

Each Thursday through August 9, Highland Park Bowl (1200 South Ave.) plays host to movie screenings. This Thursday, July 19, catch Oscar-winning silent stunner “The Artist.” Upcoming titles include the kid-friendly “Puss in Boots,” retro-night feature “Smokey & The Bandit,” and another kid flick, “Kung-Fu Panda 2.”

On Tuesday nights through August 7, watch films offered at Ontario Beach Park (4800 Lake Ave.). Next up on July 24 is “Super 8,” followed by “Captain America: The First Avenger,” and “Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.”

All film screenings are free to attend, and pre-show fun starts at 8:30 p.m., with movies starting at dark. For more information, call 753-7275, or visit monroecounty.gov. —BY REBECCA RAFFERTY

THEATER: “Spring Awakening”

We can all relate to the heart-wrenching twists and turns a person goes through while transitioning from youth to adulthood. This summer JCC SummerStage examines that journey with “Spring Awakening,” the Tony Award-winning musical. The show combines a rock-music score by Duncan Sheik with a 19th-century narrative as it explores the path to adulthood through different themes including censorship, sex, education, rape, homosexuality, and suicide. The cast is made up of high-school and college students from the Rochester area, making the cast roughly the same age of the characters in the show.

“Spring Awakening” runs through Sunday, July 22. Show times this week are Wednesday and Thursday, July 18-19, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 21, 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. The JCC is located at 1200 Edgewood Ave. Tickets cost $18-$26. For more information visit jcccenterstage.org or call 461-2000. — BY ANNE RITZ

FESTIVALS: Macedonian/Puerto Rican/Ten Ugly Men

It’s well into summer, and if you have yet to make your way through the bustling area festival crowds, then this is the weekend for you. For both avid festival-goers and neophytes, this week’s festival offerings have a little bit of something for everyone.

The members of the St. Dimitria Macedonian Orthodox Church put on the 15th Annual Macedonian Festival Friday, July 20, 5 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, July 21, noon-1 a.m.; and Sunday, July 22, noon-11 p.m. The festival will showcase Macedonian heritage, with exotic cuisine as well as performances that represent the culture. There will also be games, live music, and other activities throughout the evening. Admission is free. The church is located at 235 Telephone Road in Henrietta. For more information visit macedonianfest.com.

The Puerto Rican Festival is back for its 43rd edition. The festival celebrates Hispanic culture and will feature three days of live music, food, and many other activities. Headliners for this year’s edition include NKlabe (Friday at 10 p.m.), Luis Enrique (Saturday at 9:30 p.m.), and Elvis Crespo (Sunday at 6 p.m.). The festival runs Friday and Saturday, noon-11 p.m.; Sunday noon-7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per day, or $25 for a three-day pass. Seniors and children’s tickets are $5 and children under 5 are free. The festival will be held in the Frontier Field VIP lot. For a full list of the many events happening throughout the festival, visit prfestival.com.

The 22nd Annual Ten Ugly Men Festival will take place Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. in Genesee Valley Park. This event is all about giving back, as all proceeds will go to the Bright Eyes fund for pediatric brain tumor treatment at Golisano Children’s Hospital, Equicenter, St. Marys Oncology Center, and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In addition to a whole pile of live music, there will be sports and recreation activities (including a new obstacle course) and all kinds of food and drink vendors. Tickets are available at participating Wegmans and cost $30 in advance, $40 the day of, kids 13-20 are $10, and kids under 12 are free. For a full list of performances and more information, visit tenuglymen.com. — BY ANNE RITZ

COMEDY: Improv Invitational/Jim Gaffigan

Do you need a laugh after a long week? This upcoming weekend has several comedic opportunities will give you plenty of chances.

Running Wednesday, July 18, through Saturday, July 21, Geva Comedy Improv will be hosting the Improv Invitational. Eight teams of improv masters from across the country (Minneapolis, Little Rock, and New York City) and even from out of the country (Canada counts!) will converge in Rochester for the ultimate comedy battle, held over the course of seven sessions. But be advised: these hilarious sketches are not for the kids and will contain mature content. The invitation takes place Wednesday at 8 p.m., and Thursday-Saturday 8 & 10 p.m. Tickets for each show cost $10 and are available at the door or at gevatheatrecenter.org. For more information and to meet the teams, visit gevatheatrecenter.org/onstage/improv/invitational.htm.

If stand-up is your comedy drug of choice, on Thursday, July 19, head to CMAC in Canandaigua to see the talented and hilarious Jim Gaffigan. Gaffigan is known for his tours “King Baby” and “The Sexy Tours,” and has won awards for his stand-up, writing, and acting. He has also made several appearances on late-night shows such as “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “Conan.” Don’t forget to bring your Hot Pockets. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $30-$50. For more information visit cmacevents.com. — BY ANNE RITZ

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