CHOICE EVENTS: 8/15-8/22

RECREATION: Rugged Run for Respect

Supporting the 55,698 athletes of the Special Olympics New York has never been more challenging (in a good way): 5 kilometers of dirt trails, mud pits, and a 5’ wall to scale. Join the thousands of runners who will come out to Bristol Mountain Resort (5662 Route 64, Canandaigua) on Saturday, August 18, at 9 a.m. to get “down and dirty” in the first Rugged Run for Respect, a run where participants will face “extreme obstacles” that will test their endurance and give them an athletic experience of a lifetime.

Registration starts at 7 a.m., is open to people 16 years or older, costs $100, and includes a t-shirt as well as access to post race festivities. Not in shape? Training tips for cardio endurance, core, and upper-body strength for the Rugged Run are posted on the event’s website or its Facebook page. For more information visit — BY ANTOINETTE ENA JOHNSON

COMEDY: The Pleasant Show

Add some variety to your end of summer with The Pleasant Show, a mixed entertainment featuring comedy sketches, music, and more this weekend at the Multi-Use Cultural Center (MuCCC, 142 Atlantic Ave.) Tom Clifford, Solomon Blaylock, and the rest of the Pleasant gang take no prisoners in their short acts of random interactions. If the smart attire or clever wit lured you in, then the beer and mischief is sure make you stay. The Pleasant Show will run Friday, August 17, and Saturday, August 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $8. For more information visit or — BY ANTOINETTE ENA JOHNSON

FESTIVAL: Arts at the Gardens

This weekend provides the perfect opportunity to surround yourself with beauty. The 12th annual Arts at the Gardens will be held Saturday, August 18, and Sunday, August 19 at the Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park in Canandaigua. This two-day fine art and craft show will be featuring paintings, sculptures, prints, jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, glass, photography, and other works created by 100 artists from around the country, alongside the beauty of the Victorian gardens.

In addition to the great sights, great tastes can be found at the Finger Lakes Wine/Beer Garden Tent, featuring selections from the Canandaigua Wine Trail and local ales from Custom BrewCrafters, Rohrbach’s, and Naked Dove Brewing Company. Visitors will also find live musical entertainment as well as tasty dishes sold by food vendors.

Sonnenberg is located at 151 Charlotte St., Canandaigua. Arts at the Gardens will run 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, rain or shine. Admission is $6 and includes access to the gardens and mansion. For more information, visit — BY ANNE RITZ

THEATER: A Taste of Broadway

Indulge in a bit of Broadway this weekend without having to leave Western New York. The Irondequoit Theatre Guild will present “A Taste of Broadway… There’s Nothing Like a Dame” at West Irondequoit High School (260 Cooper Road). The event is a musical revue of favorite and classic Broadway numbers like, “It’s a Hard Knock Life,” from “Annie” and “Castle on a Cloud” from “Les Misérables,” among others. The cast is composed of talented local performers of all ages.

Performances take place Friday, August 17, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, August 18 at 2 & 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, August 19, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors, and free for children under the age of 12. Note that there are dinner-and-a-movie packages available in conjunction with Gigi’s Italian Kitchen for $7-$28. For more information, visit — BY ANNE RITZ


If you’ve been to a movie theater lately, you know that the third dimension has never been hotter. The Rochester Museum & Science Center is exploring height, width, and depth this coming week as part of its 3-D Technology Expo, running Saturday, August 18, through Sunday, August 26, as part of the RMSC’s ongoing centennial celebration.

The 3-D Expo is packed with eye-popping activities, including a Sunday, August 19, Skype session with former Rochesterian Duncan Crawford, who has gone on to do 3D sculpting for Hollywood blockbusters like “The Avengers,” “Thor,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean”; demonstrations of MakerBot, the RMSC’s 3-D printing robot; create-your-own 3-D holograms; a 1000-piece sculpture of KEVA planks by area architecture firms; 3-D sidewalk chalk drawing; and much more.

A full list of activities can be found on the RMSC’s website, The museum is located at 657 East Ave., and is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $10-$12. — BY ERIC REZSNYAK

SPECIAL EVENT: Music and Art Fair

Celebrate and support local artists and musicians this weekend with Bread & Water Theatre’s Music and Art Fair. Running Saturday and Sunday, August 18-19, the event will feature live performances by a wide variety of Rochester performing artists, from musicians like Jeff Slutsky and Bogs Visionary Orchestra, to dance groups like Desert Rhythms Middle Eastern Dance Troupe. Different performers will take the stages throughout each day, and the promoters promise a family-friendly environment. While there, check out and buy works by local visual artists and craftspeople.

The Music and Art Fair runs 2-8 p.m. at the corner of Monroe Avenue and Rosedale Street. Admission is free. For more information visit — BY ERIC REZSNYAK


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