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Nancy Bernardo and Mitch Goldstein

September 14th at 1:00pm

Gallery r presents the work of Nancy Bernardo and Mitch Goldstein, two professors from RIT’s School of Design whose work reaches beyond conventional practice to incorporate accidents, glitches, and intentional malfunction. Part of the annual RIT Faculty in Focus series, the two artists will display new solo work, including photography, video, and installation.

  • Length: 240 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Gallery r
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film

Under Pressure: Redefining the Multiple

September 14th at 1:00pm

Under Pressure: Redefining the Multiple returns for its second year in this new series of collaborations between Rochester Contemporary Art Center and The Print Club of Rochester. Including national, regional and international artists, this exhibition recognizes a paradigm shift in how prints are considered and the expansion of the definition of print media. UNDER PRESSURE 2017 will include a wide range of work that transcends traditional approaches and moves beyond two dimensions.

  • Length: 240 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Rochester Contemporary Art Center
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film

A Tribute to Sinatra and Friends

September 14th at 4:00pm

Daniel Henry returns to Java's Café for two performances of jazz standards and The Great American Songbook. In his rich, soothing tone, Daniel will deliver an hour of song that will have you travelling down memory lane and singing along. Join this Churchville-Chili native in his tribute to some of the greatest entertainers of all time.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Java's Cafe
  • Genre: Music

Osher Lifelong Learning Art Exhibit

September 14th at 5:00pm

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at RIT is an organization of active seniors who love to learn, teach, and share their interests and talents. This exhibit highlights some of the talented artists from that organization.

  • Length: 300 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Little Theatre Cafe Lobby
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film

Photo House – Visual Anticipation

September 14th at 5:00pm

Photo House is a special-interest housing community at the Rochester Institute of Technology. More than a place to live, Photo House is a community. Its residents live together – but more importantly – they work and play together.

  • Length: 300 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Little Theatre Cafe Lobby
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film

RIT Art House Showcase

September 14th at 5:00pm

Art House is a community of RIT students who all have a passion for the arts. Founded in 1974 as RIT's first special-interest house, Art House loves supporting its members as well as the art community in RIT and Rochester. They enjoy helping members to discover their own potential in the arts and to showcase their abilities.

  • Length: 300 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: The Little: Little Theatre Cafe Lobby
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film

Storychick Rochester Storybooth

September 14th at 5:00pm

Step inside Storychick's Storybooth and experience the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival from a new point of view. Listen to stories from past and present Fringe performers, guests, and volunteers. Plus, anyone can record his or her own story! Favorite part of the festival? An unbelievable or incredibly touching moment? A discovery of a new type of performance? Fringe fans tell it all – and hear what others thought – in the Storybooth! (Photo by Antoine Barrès)


  • Length: 300 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Spiegelgarden
  • Genre: Spoken Word

Inner Loop

September 14th at 5:30pm

Inner Loop features three, top-notch veteran Rochester musicians: Meg Gehman, Ray Bellizia, and Doug Kanter. This acoustic trio performs re-imagined pop songs, standards, ballads, and funky, pared-down versions of old R&B classics. In an 'unplugged' show full of surprises, Inner Loop also showcases singer/songwriter Meg's original material, influenced by pop, blues, and soul.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: School of the Arts: Allen Main Stage Theatre
  • Genre: Music

Wild Horses by Allison Gregory

September 14th at 5:30pm

CenterStage Theatre of the JCC presents a National New Play Network's Rolling World Premiere of WILD HORSES by award-winning playwright Allison Gregory. Savagely funny and packed with an emotional punch, a woman takes us on the ride of her life as she explores her teenage self and the transformative summer that forever changed her. The music of the 1970s serves as a background for this universal tale of the search for identity, independence, and authenticity in a complex world.

  • Length: 80 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: School of the Arts: The DS Comedy Club
  • Genre: Theatre

Dashboard Dramas IV

September 14th at 6:00pm

TOTALLY SOLD OUT FOR 2017! A total Fringe sell-out in 2014/2015/2016, this intimate theatre experience puts you so close to the action, you can smell the actors’ breath...if you’re lucky! You’ll find yourself immersed in four, all-new, ten-minute plays as you rotate from one car to the next. Don’t miss this hilarious, heartwarming, weird, and – most of all – one-of-a-kind show. Only eight tickets per performance!

  • Length: 50 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegelgarden
  • Genre: Theatre

Elephant Grass: An Afrofutur-Mystic Tale

September 14th at 6:00pm

ELEPHANT GRASS: AN AFROFUTUR-MYSTIC TALE is Sci-Fi Dance Theater. A SHE-ro on a mission. Visions. Ritual. Initiation. Is it safe for a girl to surf the universe alone? Shamen & her Ancestors make safe passage beyond the mystical Grass. When was the last time YOU had to face doubt and fear? A ‘Fire Gorgon’ and a ‘Water Maddah’ are no ordinary ordeals! A Guy & N’Jelle Thorne original dance-centric performance art experience of philosophical nuggets and choreographic swagger.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Geva Theatre Center: Fielding Stage
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary

Howie Hypnotize

September 14th at 6:00pm

Ever wonder what it's like to be on stage? Then volunteer for THE HOWIE HYPNOTIZE SHOW, an interactive experience that makes YOU the star of the show! Howie is always looking for audience members who want to have the most fun, so before each show, he conducts an entertaining experiment to see who can be hypnotized. Whether onstage or in the audience, though, you will have fun!

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: School of the Arts: Ensemble Theatre
  • Genre: Comedy

Orgone Machine

September 14th at 6:00pm

Sacred Geometry and Metaphysical Art Exhibit. Raise your vibration with this magical display combining precious metals, gemstones, and plants. Peer into the mysterious realm of Orgone energy against the backdrop of the beautiful and historical space at Lyric Theatre. Free admission and on display to view between other Cabaret Hall performances.


  • Length: 120 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Lyric Theatre: Cabaret Hall
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film

Among the Nettles

September 14th at 7:00pm

AMONG THE NETTLES is the true story of HAMLET'S DRESSER author Bob Smith's childhood. A fragile and lonely one, it was spent largely caring for his handicapped sister, Carolyn. At age ten, Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE transformed him. In Shakespeare's penetrating language – “In sooth I know not why I am so sad" – he had found a window through which to view the world. Rochester's Peter Doyle is stunning as Bob – a performance not to be missed.

  • Length: 75 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: MuCCC
  • Genre: Theatre

Dashboard Dramas IV

September 14th at 7:00pm

TOTALLY SOLD OUT FOR 2017! A total Fringe sell-out in 2014/2015/2016, this intimate theatre experience puts you so close to the action, you can smell the actors’ breath...if you’re lucky! You’ll find yourself immersed in four, all-new, ten-minute plays as you rotate from one car to the next. Don’t miss this hilarious, heartwarming, weird, and – most of all – one-of-a-kind show. Only eight tickets per performance!

  • Length: 50 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegelgarden
  • Genre: Theatre

Hard Logic

September 14th at 7:00pm

Hard Logic has been gracing the stages of Western NY clubs and festivals for almost 15 years. Audiences experience a palette of music styles enveloping mainstream jazz, rock, latin, funk, and R&B. The virtuosity and experience of the band’s musicians on sax, keyboards, electric bass, and drums contribute to an energetic and soulful performance of their genre-defying, all-original instrumental music.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Lyric Theatre: Main Stage
  • Genre: Music

Listen to Your Mother, Rochester: Mama Said

September 14th at 7:00pm

Stories about motherhood unite us as a community. They bind reader to listener, they connect us with our own stories, and – in doing so – strangers become familiars. A definitive ritual of Rochester's springtime celebration of motherhood and the power of spoken word, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER is back for two performances! Hear impassioned, true stories about the humor, messiness, joys, sorrows, and wisdom that motherhood brings. Join an audience of mother-lovers for a riveting hour of storytelling. Bring someone you love.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Writers & Books
  • Genre: Spoken Word

Sand Mandalas

September 14th at 7:00pm

Witness the creation of a sand mandala, in which impermanence and patience meet artistry and spectacle. Each day of the festival, artist Katie Jo Suddaby will delicately place thousands of grains of colorful sand, only to destroy the work when it's complete. Stop in several times to check the progress. Then, participate in the Destruction Ceremony on the final day. This Tibetan Buddhist art form teaches that nothing is permanent, so check it out while you've got the chance!

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Geva Theatre Center: Godot's Bar
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film

The Blues Brothers

September 14th at 7:30pm

(R, 1980, 133 min.)

Action, comedy, and music collide in this cult classic, chock-full of performances from R&B, blues, and soul masters including Rochester legend Cab Calloway.

  • Length: 133 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: Spiegelgarden
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film

Brianna Musco

September 14th at 7:30pm

New Jersey's Brianna Musco is a solo acoustic act blending the styles of James Taylor and Ed Sheeran with a few covers and catchy originals.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: TheatreROCS Stage at Abilene
  • Genre: Music

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