Choice Events: 8/29-9/4

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SPECIAL EVENT | The Black Party

Summer — wasn’t that fun? Believe it or not, dear readers, we are hurtling toward autumn. The trees will start changing soon. Those shorts will magically transform into corduroy pants. The sunscreen in your car will be replaced by a shovel and an ice scraper. Gird your loins, because the cold months are a-comin’.

So this weekend let’s all bid adieu to summer in style with The Black Party. It’s a worldwide tradition at this point, with clubs amping up their DJs, packing the dance floors, and expecting all patrons to wear appropriate mourning garb (meaning, you should dress all in black — your most stylish black, that is).

Locally there are at least two Black Party gatherings this weekend, both on Sunday, September 2 (don’t worry — Monday is Labor Day, so you can party like it’s Saturday night). Tilt Nightclub & Ultralounge (444 Central Ave.) will host its version 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Formerly local DJ Jon Herbert returns from NYC for this show, and you can expect drag performances and drink specials. Cover is $5 for 21 and over, $15 for 18-21. Limited-edition VIP passes run $20-$30 and include guaranteed seating, line-jumping privileges, and other perks.

Meanwhile, 140 Alex (140 Alexander St.) will host its Black Party 9 p.m. to close. There will be tunes by DJ Henry and performances by drag divas Mercedes Sulay and Vanity Faire. The whole affair is hosted by Rochester’s “Queen of Mean,” Poison Waters (who is really pretty funny).

Check Facebook for details for both events, and if any other area venues are hosting a Black Party, post them to this article at — BY ERIC REZSNYAK


SPECIAL EVENT | Labor Day Parade & Film

Hooray for a Monday off…but don’t take worker’s rights for granted. This Labor Day, celebrate and commemorate the hard work of previous generations of workers, and learn about what struggles yet remain. The annual Labor Day Parade will take place Monday, September 3, beginning at 11 a.m., and will travel down East Avenue to Main Street, and then to Plymouth Avenue. For more information, call 428-6690 or visit

At 6:30 p.m. that evening, head over to the Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St.) for a worker-justice Labor Day movie night and meet & greet. From 6:45 to 7:15 p.m., meet the Worker Justice Group. At 7:15 p.m., take in a screening of “Finally Got the News,” a documentary about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers in Detroit auto factories. The film traces their efforts to build an independent black-labor organization. The screening will be followed by open discussion until 9 p.m. For more information, call 678-6870, or visit — BY REBECCA RAFFERTY


FESTIVAL | International Spanish Festival

If you get your produce at the Rochester Public Market, it’s likely that you pause your shopping long enough to visit Juan & Maria’s Empanada Stop for a delicious fix. If you’ve never heard of the cheese- or meat-filled crispy pastry pocket, it’s time to ask somebody, or better yet, get your hands on one (or three). The Contreras couple will hold the 4th Annual Juan & Maria’s International Spanish Festival at the Rochester Public Market (280 N. Union St.) on Sunday, September 2.

The theme this year is “Latinos, Differently the Same.” Let traditional international Spanish music transport you through 20 Spanish-speaking countries (plus Brazil) from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dance, enjoy community, and don’t forget the treats! Admission is free. For questions, call visit — BY REBECCA RAFFERTY


THEATER | ShakeCo Radio Theater

Before cable and before television, there was a time when people turned to the radio to hear their favorite stories and tales. This weekend, you can go back to that simpler time. ShakeCo Radio Theater will present Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” on Friday, August 31, at 7:30 p.m. at MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave.).

ShakeCo Radio Theater recreates a mood and style that once dominated radio broadcasts. Shows range from dramatic readings to more elaborate audio dramas. “Alice’s Adventures” be presented in its entirety as a multi-voice, unabridged dramatic reading of the original text.

ShakeCo Radio Theater shows are pay-what-you-will productions, and all proceeds will benefit the MuCCC. For more information visit — BY ANNE RITZ


COMEDY | Craig Robinson

You may know him as Darryl Philbin, the warehouse manager at Dunder Mifflin. But Craig Robinson’s comedic talents don’t stop there. Best known for his roles in the hit series “The Office” and in movies like “Pineapple Express” and “Hot Tub Time Machine,” Robinson will perform stand-up this week at the University of Rochester.

Catch Robinson’s set on Saturday, September 1, at 9:30 p.m. at the Strong Auditorium on the River Campus. Tickets cost $7-$15 and are available at the Common Market in Wilson Commons and online at For more information, call 275-5911. — BY ANNE RITZ


SPECIAL EVENT | New York State Fair

Though it’s an annual event, the New York State Fair is unique every time. If you didn’t make it to as many outdoor events as you hoped this summer, at trip to the fair can truly make up for all of it in just a day.

This year the State Fair runs through Monday, September 3, and will highlight “Pride of New York,” featuring local produce, meats, dairy products, and array of other agricultural products. There is truly something for everyone, from exotic farm animals, to educational exhibits, to crazy food and drink stands, to rides and games. It’s also home to an impressive array of concerts, from the free Chevy Court Series (this year including Victoria Justice, Mike Posner, Theory of a Deadman, and The Band Perry) and the ticketed Grandstand shows. This year’s Grandstand line-up includes Jason Aldean (August 31).

There are an abundance of activities throughout the fair days. The Adventure Zone is home to the Walker Brothers Circus, and features Eudora Farms Petting Zoo, the Mike Steidley BMX Stunt Show, Bixby’s Rainforest Experience, and some family thrill rides. Agriculture Extravaganza features a plethora of animals, including cows, sheep, and horses, as well as produce farmers from across the state who will educate fairgoers.

The fairgrounds are located at 581 State Fair Blvd. near Syracuse, and the gates are open 8 a.m.-midnight (except for Labor Day, when they close at 9 p.m.). Tickets cost $10. For more information and a full list of the many attractions and events, visit or call 800-475-FAIR. — BY ANNE RITZ


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