ART EVENT: Spokes & Ink
Calling all bike lovers, art enthusiasts, or those who just love a festival atmosphere. On Saturday, August 25, the Spokes & Ink event will celebrate cycling enthusiasts as well as bike-inspired art. The Genesee Center for the Arts & Education-sponsored event will be held noon-6 p.m. on Monroe Avenue, between Oxford and Rutgers.
Throughout the day, there will be a poster show and sale of bicycle-inspired art. Several bands will play live music all day, and you can purchase Genesee beer to go with your favorite Rochester dishes, including food from Le Petit Poutine, DogTown, and Simply Crepes. You’ll also have your chance to win your own creative prizes during raffles; win items from Even Odd Creative and a Ramon Santiago print courtesy of SC Fine Art Gallery & Ramon Santiago Studio. For the kids, there will be a tent with many different activities, like sports, games, health and wellness activities, art, music, and more.
For more information on Spokes & Ink visit geneseearts.org/spokesandink. — BY ANNE RITZ
FESTIVAL: Greek Festival
If you have yet to indulge in the perfect summer getaway, this weekend set your sails for Greece by way of Rochester. The Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit, located at 835 South Ave., will host its annual Greek Festival.
The festival features authentic activities that call to mind the coast of the Mediterranean. Musical performances by Greek bands as well as dance performances will be held throughout the day. No day in Greece would be complete without sampling delicious dishes, and favorites like spanakopita and souvlaki dinners will be available — just make sure to save room for the baklava sundaes.
The festival will be held Thursday, August 23, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, August 24-25, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday, August 26, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Parking will be available in the Highland Hospital garage next to the church Thursday and Friday after 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday all day. For a full list of events and more information, visit highlandgreekfest.com or call 271-3150. — BY ANNE RITZ
ART: Frans Wildenhain Exhibit
You don’t have to be a student enrolled in the School for American Crafts to benefit from Rochester Institute of Technology’s focus on design and crafts. A new exhibit held at two galleries within the Henrietta campus celebrates the school’s collection of a prominent Bauhaus ceramicist, and co-founder of what became the School for American Crafts, in “Frans Wildenhain 1950-75: Creative and Commercial American Ceramics at Mid-Century.”
The exhibit includes roughly 150 gorgeous midcentury ceramic works by the artist, displayed through October 2 in two galleries: RIT Bevier Gallery in Booth Building, 7A, and at NTID Dyer Arts Center in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Building, 52 Lomb Memorial Dr. The Bevier Gallery is open weekdays 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays 7-9 p.m., Saturdays 1-4:30 p.m., and Sundays 2-4:30 p.m. The Dyer Arts Center is open Mondays-Thursdays 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., and Saturdays 1-3:30 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public, but if you visit during weekdays before 5 p.m. grab a visitor parking pass from the RIT Welcome Center.
Though the opening reception for the exhibit doesn’t take place until Friday, September 7, 5-7 p.m. in the Bevier Gallery, this week you can partake of a book signing event for the exhibition catalog written by the show’s organizer, Bruce Austin, with photos by A. Sue Weisler. The book signing takes place at Phillips Fine Art (248 East Ave., 232-8120) on Friday, August 24, 6:30-9 p.m. The month of September is filled with more events related to the show, including book signings, lectures, an art pottery appraisal event, and a closing reception. For more information, visit rit.edu/wild. — BY REBECCA RAFFERTY
LECTURE: “Dressing for Tea”
I don’t know about you, but when I need an afternoon snack, my eyes barely leave the glowing screen in front of me long enough for me to crack open a ginger beer and stick my hand in a bag of popcorn. But there was a time when it was customary to put on nicer clothing and gather in a sunny parlor or shady area outdoors to have tea and biscuits, enjoy conversation and gossip, and take a break during the afternoon. Well, maybe this ritual wasn’t normal for every level of the social strata, but doesn’t it sound nice? It’s as close to a siesta as Anglo culture ever got, I suppose.
Fans of the hit Brit television series “Downton Abbey” will delight in the lecture “Dressing for Tea: 1890’s-1920’s Clothing & Customs,” offered on Friday, August 24, at Brighton Memorial Library (2300 Elmwood Ave.). The 2 p.m. event is presented by the Costume Resource Center at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, and will include displays of antique clothing and the opportunity to try on vintage hats and learn about proper tea-time traditions. The program is free; call 784-5300 or visit brightonlibrary.org for more information. — BY REBECCA RAFFERTY
THEATER: “The Living Canvas”
This weekend, join the Downstairs Cabaret for a performance that celebrates the human body. On Friday, August 24, and Saturday, August 25, Chicago’s critically acclaimed “The Living Canvas: Eureka!” will take the stage. The performance highlights the beauty and expression of the human form through performance art and photography. Creative lighting, sound, and multimedia imagery are projected on to human canvases to create a sense of body acceptance.
The performance will take place at Downstairs Cabaret’s location at 3450 Winton Place. Performances will be held Friday at 10 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m. General admission tickets are $26-$29. For tickets and more information, visit downstairscabaret.com or call 325-4370. — BY ANNE RITZ
THEATER/MUSIC: Sankofa Theater Festival
A celebration of African-American heritage and history in the arts, the annual Sankofa Theater Festival presents “Bringing the Community Together” this week. The event will showcase local playwrights, stage performers, and musicians in a three nights of theater and jazz. The Multi-Use Community Center (MuCCC, 142 Atlantic Ave.) will host works such as “Love, Uncle Kane” by Laura Thomas, “Back Yard Stories from 1018” by C. Kirkland Rivers, “The Shadows of Our Faces: A Matter of Latino Identity” by the Rochester Latino Theatre Company, and many more. Each night features a different set of works.
The Sankofa Festival runs Thursday-Saturday, August 23-25, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Advanced tickets are available at Mood Makers Books for $12.50, three-night passes are $35, and door price is $16. For more information call 271-7010 or visit muccc.org. — BY ANTOINETTE ENA JOHNSON