CHOICE EVENTS: 8/1-8/8

ART: New Art Openings

Summer is running thin, but the weather is fine and there are plenty of openings this week to keep art lovers engaged. Here are a few gems; for more information on art openings, visit our calendar at rochestercitynewspaper.com. All events are free to attend unless otherwise noted.

On Friday, August 3, Black Radish Studio (274 N. Goodman St., Suite 501) will hold a reception for “nineteen forty-seven,” an art exhibition and cultural event featuring works by Pakistani artists A. S. Rind, Momin Khan, Mashkoor, Rahi, and Farrukh Shahab. Enjoy Pakistani hors d’oeuvres and music as well 6-10 p.m. For more information, call 413-1278 or email jen@blackradishstudio.com.

Also opening on Friday night the “Member Showcase 2012” exhibition at Arts & Cultural Council (277 N. Goodman St.), which will showcase works by those who support the institution. A reception and awards ceremony takes place 5-9 p.m. For more information, call 473-4000, or visit artsrochester.org.

Visit Crocus Clay Works (Hungerford Building, 1115 E. Main St., door 2, suite 225) on Friday, 5-9 p.m., for the opening reception of “Conjunction and Opposition: Jewelry Designs from Interstellar Love Craft by Marisa Krol” (pictured). For info, call 414-5643, or visit crocusclayworks.com.

Joe Bean Coffee Roasters (1344 University Ave.) will present “Distilling the Flipside: Art by Heather McKay” also on Friday, 6-10 p.m. The show will function as a fundraiser for Roc City Skatepark and debut Debajo Del Puente, a blend of coffee specifically created for the Roc City Skatepark. For more information, call 319-5279 or visit joebeanroasters.com.

On Sunday, August 5, 4-8 p.m., McKay will hold a second event at The Yards (50-52 Public Market), which will introduce the rebranding of McKay’s Photography, and include a retrospective of the decade-old business and a launching of Kamay Vintage Rentals. For more information, visit wp.me/pvNwj-1nV.

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (137 East Ave.) will hold a Friday reception for “Whose Space? Our Space!” in which artists, dancers, and activists will redefine public space. Participating individuals and groups include The Bloody Noes, Jim Day, inFluxdance, Matthew Keeney, James Paulsen, and Occupy Rochester. The event will take place 6-10 p.m. on Friday, with performances by Heather Roffe at 7:30 p.m. and K. Reagan at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $1 and free to members. An artists’ talk is scheduled for Sunday, August 5, at 1 p.m. For more information, call 461-2222, or visit rochestercontemporary.org. —BY REBECCA RAFFERTY

FESTIVAL: Park Ave Summer Art Festival

Celebrate one of the city’s oldest and most unique neighborhoods at this summer’s annual Park Ave Summer Art Festival. The namesake street will be lined by 300 artists, vendors, and exhibitors from more than 21 states and Canada. As always, there will be a variety of food choices to satisfy any craving. From crepes and jambalaya, to fried dough and giant turkey legs, the festival has you covered (be sure to save room for espresso and Italian ice).

In addition to these yummy treats, there will be more than 60 musical and entertainment groups playing throughout the festival. Acts include an eclectic assortment of jazz, rhythm, blues, acoustic, and more.

The festival will run Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, August 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and runs down Park Avenue from Alexander Street to Culver Road. Traffic on Park Ave along those roads will be closed 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission to the festival is free, and there will be shuttle available from designated parking areas for $1 round-trip. For more information, parking, and directions, visit park-avenue.org/events or call 244-0951. — BY ANNE RITZ

COMEDY: Paula Poundstone

This weekend, comedy fans will not want to miss a woman most known for her wit, sarcasm, and a can of Diet Pepsi. On Friday, August 3, the Cathedral Hall at Auditorium Theatre (875 E. Main St.) will present comedian Paula Poundstone. Poundstone has been in the stand-up business since 1979. She’s appeared on “The Tonight Show” and “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” had her own comedy specials on Bravo and HBO, and was named No. 88 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all time. She has also won several awards, has become the Nation Spokesperson for the Association of Library Trustees Advocates Friends & Foundations, has written her first book, and has become a regular contributor to NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.”

The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets range from $30 to $35. To purchase tickets call 888-512-7469 or visit waterstreetmusic.frontgatetickets.com. — BY ANNE RITZ

THEATER: “To My Friends: The Life and Death of George Eastman”

Kodak founder and philanthropist George Eastman will never be forgotten, especially in Rochester. This weekend, head to MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave.) for an original, local performance that explores the man and his legacy. Rochester-based playwright Spencer Christiano has written a piece that takes place the night of Eastman’s suicide in 1932, and which explores the rumors of Eastman’s life, relationships, and death. The play was presented as a staged reading this past March to mark the 80th anniversary Eastman’s death and will now be presented as a full-length production.

Performances will take place Thursday and Friday, August 2-3, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, August 4, at 2 & 8 p.m. Tickets are available online for $7 or $10 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit muccc.org. — BY ANNE RITZ

THEATER: “The Pitch: Gettysburg”

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival in Auburn continues its inaugural summer season, and this weekend it offers Rochesterians an opportunity to take a peek into the creative process of local playwrights. On Thursday, August 2, and Friday, August 3, “The Pitch” — the festival’s forum to help develop new musical-theater works — will feature “Gettysburg,” the story of two soldiers and best friends who find themselves serving on opposing sides of the Civil War and find themselves in an epic battle after two years of separation. The book, music, and lyrics were written by Rochester’s Jim and Deborah Schmitt, and the show was initially staged by a local theater troupe several years ago.

For $20, “The Pitch” allows you to see vignettes of the show — including songs, scenes, and a few dance numbers — and be able to provide feedback after the performance.

Check out “Gettysburg” Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 5 & 8 p.m. at the Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum in Auburn. This week’s installments of “The Pitch” will also feature “Gathering Blue.” For more information visit fingerlakesmtf.com. — BY ANTOINETTE ENA JOHNSON

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