May 8-14, 2013 - City Newspaper
News: RCSD's longer days | News: Bike Film Festival | Dining: Mother's Day brunches | Music: Vinyl Orange Ottoman | Music: Lilac Festival Schedule | Theater: Funny Girl @ JCC | Art: Huckle Buckle Boys @ 1975 | Movies: "Renoir," "Iron Man 3"
EVENTS: ROARING 20’S PARTY, REEL MIND FILM FEST FILM: “RENOIR,” “IRON MAN 3” ART REVIEW: THE HUCKLE BUCKLE BOYS @ 1975 GALLERY CHOW HOUND: MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH OPTIONS CROSSWORD, NEWS OF THE WEIRD 21 28 24 11 39 BOW THAYER • SILVERSUN PICKUPS • YELLOW RED SPARKS • HOCHSTEIN YOUTH SYMPHONY • TEDDY GEIGER • AND MORE MUSIC, PAGE 12 MAY 8-14, 2013 Free • Greater Rochester’s Alternative Newsweekly • Vol 42 No 35 • News. Music. Life. None of us is going to wow you with technicality.” MUSIC PROFILE, PAGE 14 RCSD gambles on longer days. EDUCATION, PAGE 6 A cycling film fest? How cool is that? NEWS, PAGE 4 Mayor reports on the state of the city. NEWS, PAGE 5 FOOD & RESTAURANT GUIDE | BY CITY FEATURES STAFF | INSIDE | PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN Rochester Lilac Fest 2013 schedule. EVENTS, PAGE 18 Dish 2013 If there is a theme to this edition of Dish, it is “starting early.” Each of the three features in our annual dining guide refers to that concept in one way or another. Dayna Papaleo’s feature on Tōcōti Chocolate profiles the Walworth-based small business that takes the chocolate-making process all the way back to its roots — or, rather, its beans. City Food Critic James Leach explores the “early” concept from a totally different perspective. He recently had a new addition to his family, and as he looked at his food-friendly 8-year-old son and at the mass-produced baby food awaiting his infant daughter, he reflected on how the ways parents feed their children can have a big impact on what kind of eaters they become. Finally, Jason Silverstein’s piece on late-night dining options goes so late, that it arguably becomes mega-early. REVIEW: JCC’s “Funny Girl.” THEATER, PAGE 20 Feedback We welcome your comments. Send them to themail@ rochester-citynews.com, or post them on our website, rochestercitynewspaper.com, our Facebook page, or our Twitter feed, @roccitynews. Comments of fewer than 350 words have a greater chance of being published in print, and we do edit selections for print. We don’t publish comments sent to other media. awkward, inconvenient, and somewhat dangerous) for a cyclist to request a green light at a traffic signal by going onto the sidewalk and pushing the pedestrian cross button in the summer, it is impossible to do so in the winter when access to the pedestrian cross button is obstructed by a 6 foot wide, 4 foot high snow bank. Bike-specific infrastructure will require winter maintenance. As with sidewalks, bicycle and multiuse paths must be plowed promptly with the intent that they be open when commuters need them. There is no such thing as bad cycling weather, only bad cycling gear! SCOTT WAGNER relatively non-descript Tudor Revival, but yet be quiet and even supporting of the demolition of a significantly sited and unique landmark that was important not only to local cultural heritage, but also national brewery architecture as a whole? If City is going to battle for the good of preservation, there is much needed reassessment of your values. CHRISTOPHER BRANDT Cycling in Rochester On Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer’s insistence that Rochester, like Portland, can become a bicycling mecca (News Blog): Rochester is NOT Portland. Even though Portland gets plenty of rain, and cyclists there don’t mind riding in it, they rarely get extremely cold weather or snow – unlike Rochester. Rochester can be a bike-friendly city as long as it’s kept in the perspective that people will only ride bikes about half of the year and only in good weather. TOBY Morgan’s plan for University Toby, in past years, you were right – I was part of a very small group riding in Rochester in the winter, and I did not do so consistently. However, that is changing. This year I commuted to work and ran errands almost every day on my bicycle, with studded snow tires. I saw many cyclists out on the streets along with me. Not thousands, or even hundreds, yet – but dozens. Rochester is not Portland, as you point out. We are much more like Minneapolis and Boston, two other very active year-round cycle transportation communities. For Rochester to be a more attractive year-round cycling city, some changes will have to be made. Snow removal on major cycle routes must be done to accommodate bicycles as well as automobiles. Traffic signals need to be modified to be able to detect bicycles. While it is “feasible” (albeit 2 CITY MAY 8-14, 2013 It’s sad when we turn away progress to install a parking lot. (That is what the Eastman House proposes to do with the lot.) Morgan Management’s proposed buildings are beautiful and much needed. There is no new construction to live in in this area of University Avenue. STEVE VOGT Density gives vibrancy. Also with increasing density and walk-ability, the use of automobiles inherently decreases. Furthermore, the parking added by this building is self-contained. I absolutely agree with your notion that the Voiture Building should not be torn down. Hanlon Architects should try to more creative in the inclusion and rehabilitation of this building into design of the site. I also would stress that the Preservation Board be pointed in their criticism and recommendations. This project demands a significant level of care and detail. Bring on the density and the main building, but save the Voiture Building! Where was the lengthy and supporting article for the Cataract Building? Why be so vehement for the opposition of the demolition of a My big problem with this and other apartment proposals is the amount of parking “required” to make the proposal “viable.” It seems as though our city is finally on the rebound, with more and more interest in development. Now would be a good time to start thinking about how to rid this city of its car-dependency. Parking lots are not our city’s path to vibrancy. If we cannot improve our prospects for car-free living, our current rebound will be very short-lived. This means continuing the city’s push for better walking and bicycling, but also incentivizing active first-floor uses, expanding car-sharing opportunities (ZipCar), starting a bikesharing program, and working with RGRTA on more and better transit options (i.e., increased bus frequency, bus rapid transit, streetcars, and yes, even light rail). It will also require smarter land-use planning on the regional level to discourage Victor-style sprawl and instead build more compact communities that have a fighting chance at being transit-supportive. MAT The primary design concern is: how can we minimize the future impact of those 2.5 acres upon the carefully restored landmark site? By inserting a four-story building (with a noisy outdoor swimming pool abutting the historic garden grounds)? Or by adopting a use that respects the historic site? The design solution proposed by the Eastman House provides this low impact while also helping to solve the pressing museum problem of parking. DOUGLAS FISHER in even halfway decent shape either had insane rents or was snatched up immediately. The neighborhood could use more higher income young tenants. Don’t hate on renters; these are the people with wellpaying jobs. Shame on the Eastman House for offering up yet another parking lot as the only viable alternative. CONAN News. Music. Life. 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No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, photocopying, recording or by any information storage retrieval system without permission of the copyright owner. This development is not an improvement for the immediate area. It will reduce our property values and increase apartment inventory (which will reduce rents and likely make the overall neighborhood less desirable). In a region and city that is seeing zero population growth, a ton of new living spaces are coming online in the next few years. This development will only cannibalize other renters and help to decrease the value of other new developments and existing rental prices in the neighborhood. There is value in preserving the aesthetics and livability of an area. Development at any cost is not worthwhile. NATHAN When it comes to economic need or viability, a rational person would trust the investor risking his own capital before the assorted cranks, naysayers, and axgrinders. You can go on about “aesthetics” and “development at any cost,” but you ought to be terrified of ending up another failed city. J.A.M. What’s been proposed by Morgan is clearly an improvement over the house and parking lot that are there now. I see no green space now that won’t be there after these apartments are built. The 120-year-old, beautiful Cataract Brewery building in the historic High Falls neighborhood was a Designated Building of Historic Value; supposedly protected from demolition. Yet, we had no problem demolishing that so it could be replaced with a HUGE parking lot forever altering the rim of the High Falls gorge. Here we have the George Eastman House now saying it wants to build a sculpture garden and A PARKING LOT on this site? I don’t see how that would be better than adding residents to this section of University. Also, I find it a bit ironic this article mentions Louis Kahn. The very first design by Morgan for this site looked like it could have been designed by Kahn himself. Personally, I don’t believe his aesthetic or his teachings belong anywhere near this neighborhood. MIKE GOVERNALE If the market for new apartment construction is truly there, then it will happen someplace. But does it need to happen in such a sensitive location? Is it “progress” to undercut an important component of what makes the George Eastman House grounds a National Historic Landmark? This is exactly like what I was looking for when I still lived in this neighborhood. As part of the young professional demographic the city so desperately wants to retain, I was tired of the endless succession of dumpy absenteelandlord college-student apartments around East-ParkMonroe. Anything that was The East-Park area has survived 100 years because of its preservation. While we are at it, why don’t we tear down the Eastman House and build apartments there, too? And for those against a parking lot, there is already a massive parking lot there. Eastman’s plan would beautify the lot, increasing green space and including a new sculpture garden adding to the ArtWalk. PARK RESIDENT URBAN JOURNAL | BY MARY ANNA TOWLER Blacks, poverty, and the future of Rochester It’s tempting to feel optimistic about some of the things happening in Rochester, especially in a spring like this one, with the weather in the 70’s and neighborhoods throughout the city awash in flowers. The Midtown site is getting ready for new streets (and, we hope, new development), stories keep trickling in about new businesses opening and new developments planned, the Jazz Festival is just six weeks away…. And then we get a wake-up call like “The State of Black Rochester 2013.” The book, issued last week by the Rochester Area Community Foundation’s African American Giving Initiative, is patterned after the National Urban League’s important “State of Black America” reports. Like the national surveys, the Rochester book details the status of African Americans in a variety of key areas. And there’s little good news to be found. As City Council member Dana Miller notes in his preface to the Rochester report, “Although the nation has re-elected the country’s first African American president, the economic realities for many African Americans, especially young men, remain bleak.” Here are some of the statistics, drawn from studies by ACT Rochester, the Community Foundation’s program that assesses key local data: About 32 percent of blacks and Hispanics in the Rochester region live in poverty. The regional poverty rate for children is worse: 44 percent for blacks and 39 percent for Hispanics, compared to 11 percent for whites. And in the City of Rochester, according to ACT’s 2006-2010 data, nearly 50 percent of black children and more than 50 percent of Hispanic children are poor. The figure for white children – more than 30 percent – was better, but the three totals together underscore the growing concentration of poverty in the city. In 2011, only 32 percent of Hispanic children and 29 percent of black children passed fourth-grade math tests. Only 26 percent of black children and 28 percent of Hispanic children passed fourth-grade English tests. And in eighth grade, the news was worse: Only 16 percent of blacks and 20 percent of Hispanics passed English tests. In 2006-2010, African Americans in the city spent 51 percent of their income on rent, Hispanics 55 percent. The median household income for African Americans in the region was 52 percent that of white households. From Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard: Sixty-six percent of the arrests in the city in 2011 were of blacks; 78 percent of those arrested for violent crimes were black. Despite the re-election of our first African American president, “the economic realities for many African Americans, especially young men, remain bleak.” DANA M I L L E R C E L E B R AT E Mother’s Day Serving regular menu plus specials Sunday, May 12 • 12-7pm Stay, relax and enjoy live music! Make your reservations now. 385- 8565 lemoncello137.com 137 East Commercial treet East Rochester Fifty-seven percent of the violent-crime victims were black. Seventy-five percent of the city’s violent crimes took place in mostlyblack neighborhoods. And most of the city’s homicides were young black males killing other young black males. Wade Norwood of the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency offers these statistics in his chapter on the health of the region’s African Americans: More of them are obese than are Hispanics or whites; more of them smoke; more die of diabetes, heart disease, and HIV/AIDS. More are hospitalized for substance abuse. In the section on education, Rochester Superintendent Bolgen Vargas offers what to me is the most ominous information: In Rochester’s elementary schools, “African American students are not meeting any of the state standards in the areas of English, math, science or social studies.” Neither, in fact, are Hispanic children. Only white children are. And, writes Vargas, “this gap in academic achievement is strongly associated with race, ethnicity, socialeconomic background, and family and neighborhood stability,” which are having a major, negative effect on children’s achievement in school. “If this is left unaddressed,” writes Vargas, “the Rochester community can’t prosper, given that a significant proportion of the continues on page 8 FRESH CUT BEAUTIFUL FLORAL BOUQUETS E V E RY D AY IS LONG STEM ROSES MOM’S DAY AT G A L L E A’ S MOM’S FAVORITES Flowering Hanging Baskets Begonias • Hydrangea’s Lush Boston Ferns African Violets • Geraniums RAINBOW OF COLORS COMBINATIONS! STARTING AT BEAUTIFUL MIXED POTTED PLANTS $12.99 FLOWERS ALL SUMMER LONG! LARGE PATIO FLOWERING Passion Plants • Hibiscus Gardenia • Madeville Bougainvilla Jasmine • Lantata TROPICAL PLANTS HARDY AZALEAS (2 gal pots, over 10 colors!) $10.99 #1 GAS GRILL REG. $29.99 EACH Great for outdoor patios! AND MORE! 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News Sampson felled Food on wheels Brick-N-Motor is once again operating at the Eagle’s Landing Business Park in Henrietta. The Town Board approved a special permit — the first its ever granted to a food truck — by a 4 to 1 vote at its May 1 meeting. The permit allows the truck to operate only at the office park. Democratic State Senator John Sampson, the chamber’s former minority leader, was indicted on charges including embezzlement and making false statements to the FBI, according to news reports. Sampson is one of a handful of state legislators brought up on charges in the past few months. Senate Democrats have stripped Sampson of his committee assignments, reports the Albany Times Union. Scott Wagner has organized the 2013 Rochester Bicycle Film Festival, which is one of the events happening during Rochester Bike Week. PHOTO BY MIKE HANLON Kodak rising? Drilling bans survive appeals A panel of state Appellate Division justices upheld two towns’ bans on oil and gas drilling in separate but similar cases. One case challenged a ban in the Town of Dryden, and the other, in the Town of Middlefield. Generally, the state regulates Eastman Kodak will emerge from bankruptcy sometime in July, according to court documents. The company plans to issue new stock to its second lien note holders, who would essentially control the company. The company still owes creditors about $2.2 billion. BIKE CULTURE | BY JEREMY MOULE Film fest showcases cycling Scott Wagner sees Rochester as both a film town and a bike town. So why not bring the two aspects of local culture together? Wagner has founded the Rochester Bicycle Film Festival, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, at the Cinema Theatre on South Clinton Avenue. The festival is part of Bike Week in Rochester, which is from May 11 to May 19. Wagner is an active cyclist and he’s putting up $1,200 of his own money to finance the film festival; he says he’s hoping to sell enough tickets to break even. He says the event is bringing together different groups of cyclists, from BMX riders to mountain bikers and competitive road cyclists — which is something he hoped it would do. But Wagner is also hoping that the festival draws in people from outside of the cycling community. In making his programming selections, Wagner says he sought out cycling films that showcase human achievement. “I wanted something that was inspiring outside of the general context of cycling,” he says. “Singletrack High” follows a group of high school students competing in an interscholastic mountain biking league. And “Race Across America” is about cyclists competing in an extremely challenging endurance race across the United States. The festival will also include shorts, including two films produced by local college students. 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Herman Mackey III, 30, Bakersfield, Calif. SOURCES: ENVIRONMENT | BY JEREMY MOULE AND CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN The Hemlock-Canadice balancing act Anti-fracking groups in the Rochester area want the state Department of Environmental Conservation to state strongly and unequivocally that it won’t allow drilling on the Hemlock-Canadice forest lands. And they’re pushing for the state to make the property either a unique area or a state nature and historic preserve — defined designations that limit use of the land. The restrictions include prohibitions on gas and oil drilling, the activists say. But City of Rochester officials say that such high levels of protections and restrictions could interfere with routine maintenance of the property, such as erosion control measures and efforts to diversify tree populations and vegetation. The land can be pristine, says Rochester Mayor Tom Richards, it just can’t be left entirely to nature’s hand. “In order to preserve that as a water source, there has to be active management,” Richards says. “That means you’ve got to clean it up every so often.” Hemlock and Canadice Lakes provide drinking water for the city and several towns in the region, so ensuring that the water remains unspoiled is critical. The city used to own all of the shoreline property around the lakes, but sold it to the state in 2010 for permanent protection. The state DEC is developing a management plan for Mayor Tom Richards. the forest land, but a FILE PHOTO draft of the document did not clearly prohibit gas and oil drilling; it stated that the activity probably wouldn’t be allowed on the property. The DEC has received approximately 400 comments on the draft plan, most dealing with the language on gas and oil drilling. DEC representatives say that the final plan will clarify that the department has no intention of allowing gas and oil drilling on the property. Mayor Richards agrees that oil and gas drilling are not appropriate for the CanadiceHemlock forest land. He, too, wants the DEC to directly state that the activity will not be permitted, and the city raised that point in comments it submitted to the DEC. STATE OF THE CITY | BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN Rochester report Rochester is in need of fundamental transformation, said Mayor Tom Richards in his State of the City address on Monday night. Refusal to acknowledge that fact or to insist that nips and tucks will do the trick is to condemn the city to failure, he said. | Richards’ speech touched on public safety, education, housing and business development, municipal funding, and opportunities for minorities. | He said the city would engage neighbors by offering competitive grants for neighborhoods to work with police to develop their own ideas for fighting crime and violence near their homes. The city will also continue to work to break up gangs, Richards said. | Richards has also put money in the upcoming budget to study how best to deploy police resources. Some people in the community want the city to add police sections — Rochester once had seven, but is now down to an east-west model. A smaller downtown section will open this summer. | On education, much of what Richards said was similar to goals stated by Rochester schools Superintendent Bolgen Vargas, including making sure children are reading at grade level by the third grade. He also said he supports universal pre-k and longer school days — both also favored by Vargas. iraqbodycount. org, icasualties.org, Department of Defense rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 5 EDUCATION | BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO RCSD’s big gamble: longer days Twenty or 30 years ago, staying after school for anything other than football practice usually meant bad news. And the mere mention of summer school could send chills up your spine. But longer school days and shorter summer vacations, especially in urban districts, are quickly becoming standard ingredients of elementary and secondary public education. Rochester schools Superintendent Bolgen Vargas launched his plan for longer school days in three city schools last year — All City High, Northeast College Preparatory High School, and School 9. And the district has confirmed that Schools 10, 23, 45, and tentatively, 46, are among a total of 10 schools Vargas plans to operate with longer days beginning this fall. For a district that critics often complain has ossified, shifting to what educators refer to as extended or expanded learning is nothing short of tectonic. The undertaking has required origami-like planning to reshape and invigorate the school day for students. Nearly every aspect of the Rochester school system will feel the impact: schedules for students, parents, and teachers; transportation; and facilities modernization and maintenance. The effort is being supported by a dizzying patchwork of foundations, businesses, and community organizations. For example, a grant proposal submitted by the Rochester Area Community Foundation and the Rochester school district resulted in $500,000 in initial planning and implementation grants from the Ford Foundation. The foundation also awarded the district a multimillion-dollar grant to further support expanded learning. And many of the area’s government and nonprofit agencies are working with the district to offer services like health care and afterschool programs. But there are still many unanswered questions about the expanded learning strategy: Will it work? What lessons did school officials learn from the pilot programs at All City High, Northeast College Prep, and School 9? And if expanded learning does work, how will the district sustain it? Though Vargas may be remembered as the person who brought longer days to Rochester’s schools, in some respects, the decision wasn’t entirely his. The expedition into expanded learning can be traced to former President Bush’s signature education legislation, No Child Left Behind, and the 2009 passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The ARRA included $3 billion to shore up NCLB’s School Improvement Grant program. MAY 8-14, 2013 The SIG program, which is managed by state education departments, requires the nation’s lowest achieving public schools to fundamentally reform using one of four models: closing persistently low-performing schools; converting or restarting the schools as charter schools; developing a plan to turn around a school [which could include firing half of the teachers]; or working to completely transform the school using a different educational model, such as longer school days. Former Rochester schools Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard, Vargas’s predecessor, favored closing some schools as he opened new schools. But Vargas opened All City High largely because many students in the schools that were being phased out were falling further behind, he says. Vargas has said he would not subject the district to the disruptions involved with the phase in-phase out model. He has instead chosen the transformational model, which relies heavily on strategies like longer school days. It’s also a model that New York State Education Commissioner John King supports for what the SED calls “priority schools,” those that are persistently failing. Since the majority of Rochester city schools are priority schools, the shift to longer schools days isn’t an entirely unexpected progression. But Rochester’s schools are something of an exception: the social and economic needs of most of Rochester’s children and families are greater than almost anywhere else in the state. “We went from 34 percent childhood poverty in the last decade to 54 percent, from 11th in the nation to seventh,” says Caterina Leone-Mannino, the district’s director of extended learning. “The needs are getting worse and more intense.” The urgency has been evident for a while, she says, but the district has struggled with what to do about it. “The problem is so huge,” LeoneMannino says. “This is what Superintendent Vargas means when he says, ‘We can’t do this alone.’ I think he’s repeated it so many times that the community really believes him.” Building an additional 200 to 300 hours into the school year and corralling help from Ty Kelly (right), Wegmans' director of youth services, works with student Joshua Salters. PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN the community is at the core of extended learning. How those hours are spent and tailored to the specific needs of students is the challenge. If implemented correctly, increased student achievement is not only possible, Leone-Mannino says, it can be expected. “It’s logical that you would have an increased rate of learning because you’re spending more time that is focused on what those students need to accomplish,” she says. “It’s not time for time’s sake; it’s adding time to drive the instructional agenda.” Leone-Mannino says it’s also important to conceptualize extended learning in the context of the state’s reform agenda. The district’s introduction of New York’s more rigorous curriculum, teacher evaluations, and the use of data from testing and assessments to drive instruction should have synergy, she says. “In those three big spheres, extended learning hits at the heart of the problem to make reform possible,” she says. While it’s tempting to conclude that a longer school day will automatically mean more time for instruction in core subjects, the concept is much more nuanced and complex. For example, while many of the district’s schools are high need, priority schools, the next group of schools targeted for longer days represent a cross-section of city schools, and they are at different levels of performance. Each school has developed an individualized plan to address the needs of its students. That could mean longer instruction time in math and English in some cases, but it could also mean more time for afterschool and extracurricular activities. The distinction is that even the afterschool and summer programs need to address the areas where students need help, LeoneMannino says. She calls this “full integration,” and cites an afterschool program run by the YMCA at School 8. “Typical of what happened traditionally was, we got the YMCA application for the program,” Leone-Mannino says. “We passed it out to every kid in the school for maybe 80 slots. Those 80 kids got selected and stayed after school. Very little information was exchanged between the school and the YMCA staff. Yes, there’s a caring staff, it’s safe, and there’s some integration of curriculum. But that’s not strategic and intentional.” In a fully integrated program, school officials identify the 80 children who would most benefit from extra attention in science and reading, for example, says Leone-Mannino. Then school officials match the children with the agency that can offer that level of support. Some of the lessons learned in the first year with the pilot schools have been difficult, though not insurmountable, Leone-Mannino says. Northeast College Prep was initially open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but the hours were shortened to 7:10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Some parents were concerned about such a long school day, and some students were 6 CITY not participating in the program, often because of transportation problems. Another problem that drew community attention was Wegmans’ difficulty finding volunteers to support teachers at Northeast College Prep. Critics said that there were too few volunteers to offer meaningful help, and the screening process took too long. Ty Kelly, Wegmans’ director of youth development, has been recruiting and coordinating volunteers for Northeast College Prep. He has 35 volunteers who provide more than 100 hours a week of support to the school’s teachers. For example, a teacher working on a math lesson might break the class into groups. And the volunteer might work with some students who need to review a prior lesson, while the teacher works with students who are ready to advance to the next lesson. But Kelly says there are limits to what volunteers can do. “The perception was that volunteers could take some of the pressure off of teachers, but for safety reasons volunteers can’t be left alone with students,” Kelly says. There were close to 60 volunteers at one point, Kelly says, but many were between jobs. As the economy improved, many volunteers found employment, and that reduced their availability. But Kelly says the larger problem has been matching volunteers’ availability with the schedules and needs of teachers. “It takes an enormous amount of juggling and attention to detail,” he says. Leone-Mannino says the pilots, particularly Northeast College Prep, rushed to open last year. “Real important lesson from the first year — if you’re going to bring volunteers into the school, you better have a really crisp plan for how they’re going to integrate into the day,” she says. Kelly says that a critique of any program is necessary to improve. But he says Northeast principal Mary Aronson, the volunteers, and Wegmans should be commended. “Dr. Aronson deserves credit for jumping into this and taking the risk at doing something that had not been done before,” Kelly says. “The community is so desperate for the district to succeed that when something new is suggested, everybody expects a continues on page 8 AJI ZONING & LAND USE ADVISORY 50 Public Market | 208-2336 AWAKEN: Qi gong, yoga, tai chi, ﬁne art 8 Public Market | 261-5659 BOULDER COFFEE CO. 1 Public Market | 232-5282 CARLSON METRO CENTER YMCA 444 East Main Street | 325-2880 CITY NEWSPAPER 250 N. 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Ridge Rd • Irondequoit • 697-0615 Mother’s Day Specials on the menu # 1 8 CITY MAY 8-14, 2013 BEST COMFORT FOOD! Slow smokin’ the Best Grilled and Pit Style from the Legendary Barbeque Regions across the country! Memphis Pit Smoked BBQ Ribs Uncle Frank's State Fair Chicken Homemade Sides • Vegetarian Entrees Open for Lunch & Dinner Live Music & Full Bar 830 Jefferson Rd • Henrietta • 292-5544 Original Location 625 Culver Rd. at Atlantic • 288-1910 www.stickylipsbbq.com future growth of the population is projected to be largely African American and Latino.” In their section on economic development, Clay Osborne, president of True Insights Consulting, and Eltrex CEO Matt Augustine write of two different Rochesters. One, they say, is “vibrant, hopeful, functional, wealthy, and highly livable.” The other is “a deeply disenfranchised community represented by escalating poverty, social and community dysfunction, burgeoning unemployment, and economic adversity aggravated by a deficient educational system that breeds sustained underperformance.” And that Rochester, Osborne and Augustine say, correctly, is “reflective of an ‘American Nightmare’ from which we cannot awaken.” The book addresses the documented racial discrimination that continues to exist in employment, in housing, in zoning regulations, in lending. And Action for a Better Community CEO James Norman reminds us that the discrimination and the disparities can be traced back to slavery, and, more recently, to government-sanctioned racial segregation. It is a depressing, and terribly important book. It is written, in part, as Dana Miller notes in his preface, to help the community determine “where to focus its giving to provide the greatest impact.” Rochester is historically a generous, concerned community. The information that this new book lays out isn’t new. And we’re a small enough, engaged enough community that we ought to be able to take this information and act on it – effectively. I worry, though, that in her foreword to the book, Rochester Community Foundation CEO Jennifer Leonard has singled out a terrible truth about the Greater Rochester area. “Though the racial inequities that Rochester faces, as documented in this book, reflect national trends,” Leonard writes, “ours are in many cases worse – driven, I believe, by a persistent disinclination either to address them or to find out how to do so.” Concentrated poverty, poor education, racial discrimination: all of these have been at work, and this new book shows us the result. It’s not just a “city” problem; it’s affecting all of us. And all of us have to be willing to address it. I’ll come back to some of the topics raised in “The State of Black Rochester” in future columns. Meantime, get the book. It’s on sale at Mood Makers in Village Gate (and on Amazon, but you ought to support a local business, particularly, in light of the economic concerns laid out in this book, a black owned business). quick fix. There are no quick fixes. This is going to take a lot of work.” E’Tiana Larkin is one Northeast’s volunteers and a full time, entry-level manager at Wegmans. She has been volunteering since the program began, and says she can pitch in on almost anything that’s needed. Kelly says it helps students to see volunteers like Larkin — people of color — working in the classroom. “I’ve learned the personalities of the different students and they’ve shared some of their life experiences, and I’ve shared some of mine,” Larkin says. She says she wants them to know that finishing high school is not the end goal. “They’ll say things like, ‘You have a job and you’re in college and you’re getting a master’s degree,’ with a sense of amazement,” Larkin says. “And they know I’m a single mother doing this. A lot of young people are faced with similar challenges, but I did not give up on my dreams and ambitions, and they don’t have to, either. I want them to know that there are so many different pathways to success.” Both Kelly and Larkin say that even though E'Tiana Larkin volunteers at Northeast College Prep. PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN they are not teachers, their work with the district has convinced them that the RCSD is on the right track with extended learning. And they are not alone. The model has been embraced at the highest levels of government and the business community. But whether extended learning works depends on some key elements. Merely adding another hour or two to the school day accomplishes little, experts say. A fully integrated program, as Leone-Mannino has promised for Rochester’s schools, is critical. But hard data on student performance in the city’s pilot program isn’t available yet, according to the district. “It’s too early for us to say that this has had a strong academic impact in year one,” LeoneMannino says. “What we’re anticipating is that kids in the expanded learning schools will have an accelerated rate of growth.” Rochester school officials cite a report from the After-School Corporation on extended learning programs in New York City, New Orleans, and Baltimore schools. Those schools reported increased proficiency in math, improved student attendance, and a decrease in chronic absenteeism. A survey of parents, students, and teachers also showed that schools with extended learning ranked higher than the non-program schools in safety and student engagement. Leone-Mannino says that some of the “soft” indicators at School 9 are similar to those reported in the study: increased attendance and a decrease in student behavior problems. She says harder data should be available later this year. But sustaining the extended learning programs is a major concern. A recent article in the Washington Post cited a study by the Government Accountability Office. Their researchers found that in 26 states that have implemented extended hours programs, only 10 report they will continue with the programs. The main reason for abandoning the programs: insufficient funding. If you examine the city school district’s proposed budget for 2013 to 2014, figuring out how the district is paying for extended hours is a challenge. The numbers don’t jump off the page. That’s partly because the funding and services come from a labyrinth of government, private, and nonprofit agencies. For example, five schools offering longer days in the fall are with the TIME Collaborative, which is part of a pilot program funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Center on Time and Learning. Those schools will receive a total of $3.64 million a year for three years. School 9’s program is covered by an $894,000 grant from the School Innovation Fund. Another four schools will get roughly $2.8 million from the district’s general fund. And some schools are still waiting for their plans and funding to be approved by the state, so they aren’t reflected in the district’s budget. The funding questions raise concerns about effectively coordinating and managing the programs, auditing how productively the money is invested, and analyzing students’ academic data. Leone-Mannino says she’s heard the objections and concerns about sustainability, but she’s undeterred. “A big part of this is working with local organizations,” she says. “There are local investments that can be organized around this vision. This is not about doing something just at the school level. It’s the school, district, and community. It’s got to be a program in that larger context if we’re going to be successful.” rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 9 Celebrate Mom With a fine wine Bring this coupon into our store before May 31, 2013 and receive SUNDAY MAY 12TH your next wine purchase. *Sale items excluded* 15% OFF New name, but still Jim Yaeger’s Fine Wines and Spirits, in the former White House Liquor location! wine & liquor pinnacle 1720 Monroe Ave • 271-4931 Find us on For more Tom Tomorrow, including a political blog and cartoon archive, visit www.thismodernworld.com URBAN ACTION This week’s calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.) in a Program-Centered System,” a one-day workshop to help human service agencies and their employees prepare for the major changes about to occur in the Medicaid system. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, May 13, at the RIT Inn and Conference Center, 5257 West Henrietta Road. There will be an hour break at noon. Tickets: $25. Registration and information: www.heritagechristianservices.org, or call Wendy Quarles, 340-2000. be some signs available, but protesters are welcome to bring their own. Fracking forum RCSD budget vote The Rochester Institute of Technology will host “Hydrofracking as Seen Through the Lens of Public Health,” a public forum at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. Dr. David Carpenter, a public health physician and director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany, and David Kowalski, a principal investigator at Roswell Park Cancer Institute are the speakers. The event will be held in the Panara Theater in the LBJ Building. Rally against drones Learn about Medicaid changes Heritage Christian Services and Lifetime Assistance will present “Weaving it Together: Providing Person-Centered Services 10 CITY MAY 8-14, 2013 Several anti-war organizations will hold a “Stop the Drones” rally from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 12 Corners in Brighton on Wednesday, May 8. The rally is to increase awareness about the use of drones by the US in Afghanistan and other foreign locations, which critics say are killing innocent people. There will The Rochester Board of Education will vote on Superintendent Bolgen Vargas’s proposed budget for the 2013 to 2014 school year on Thursday, May 9. Vargas says his budget emphasizes reading to proficiency by third grade, longer school days in as many as 10 schools, and creating more extracurricular activities. Reductions in employees should occur through attrition, Vargas said at prior budget hearings. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at the district’s central office, 131 West Broad Street. Dining serving up things like carrot-cake silver dollar pancakes with cream cheese frosting, an array of sliders both meatless and meatful, and something called the Compost Plate. It’s rosemary sweet potato homefries, broccoli and veggie bacon salad, and a vegan carrot slider in a whole-wheat flatbread bowl. Want a fried egg on that? Sure, you do. It’s Mother’s Day! (957 S. Clinton Ave., 708-9515, lettucebfrank.com) For Fraîche Bistro & Dessert Bar’s first Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12, moms will receive a complimentary mimosa, which she might enjoy while perusing Fraîche’s brunch menu, available 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Special entrées will accompany Fraîche favorites like housemade mini pastries, torta rustica, sour cream and blueberry pancakes, and a ratatouille omelette. (130 East Ave., 319-4313, fraiche-bistro.com) Or you could make the picturesque trip to Skaneateles to indulge in a swanky Mother’s Day brunch buffet at Mirbeau Inn & Spa. For $44 ($18 for ages 6-16, free for the under-5 set) you get a stunning spread that includes carving stations with filet mignon and stuffed pork loin, warm dishes like risotto and roasted vegetables, chilled salads and seafood, plus kid-friendly grub and decadent desserts. Choose from five seating times between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, but keep in mind that the Bloody Mary Bar doesn’t kick off till noon. (851 W. Genesee St., Skaneateles, 877-647-2328, mirbeau.com) OK; maybe your mother doesn’t want to spend her special day stuffing her pretty face. Perhaps she’d dig a trip to Casa Larga Vineyards on Sunday, May 12, where from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. award-winning local wines will be paired with nibbles from Hedonist Artisan Chocolates and Waterloo’s Muranda Cheese Company. For $7 per person, guests select either the chocolate or cheese tasting, which seems like an enviable dilemma. (2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, 223-4210, casalarga.com) Lastly, I’ve been hearing excellent buzz on the Sunday brunch available from noon until 6 p.m. at John’s Tex-Mex, where the menu expands a bit to include a Southern vibe in addition to its usual South of the Border feel. Now, the offerings can change from week to week, but along with burrito bowls and different huevos preparations, there might be fried chicken, plantain-stuffed french toast, and Southern breakfast poutine with sausage gravy. Check the restaurant’s Facebook page for the latest. (489 South Ave., 232-5830, johnstexmex.com) Chow Hound is a food and restaurant news column. Do you have a tip? Send it to food@ rochester-citynews.com. Cycling on a personal level “MOST USER FRIENDLY – CITY NEWSPAPER Great Service • e Best Advice No Pressure • No “Attitude” Find us on BIKE SHOP” Experienced Mechanic/Wheelbuilder 1757 Mt. Hope Ave (next to Rowe) 473-3724 • freewheelersbikes.com Bicycle Store and Repair Center Consider taking Mom out for Mother's Day brunch at Mooseberry Cafe in Penfield, which serves up a variety of dishes, like frittatas (left), and desserts like brownies (right). PHOTOS BY MATT DETURCK Your mom [ CHOW HOUND ] BY DAYNA PAPALEO “Every day is Kid’s Day!” Mom would no doubt reply when you wondered where your designated holiday was. And now that you’re big, you know she was right. Hopefully you’re able to spoil your mother on a regular basis, but the second Sunday in May is the day that businesses set aside to be especially kind to moms, too. Now, I really don’t know how brunch became so entwined with Mother’s Day, but it is. So while there are probably a number of spots to take your mother if she wants to chase a dry-aged ribeye with a bottle of Brunello and a fat slab of Brooklyn blackout cake, these Mother’s Day ideas are mostly confined to not quite breakfast, not quite lunch. That should leave you adequate time to grill the lady a steak for lupper. And remember to make reservations! There are many, many moms out there... Tucked away in a little warehouse complex on Baird Road in Penfield — just follow the “Café” sign and you’ll be good — Mooseberry Café is a cozy blend of homespun and offbeat, serving all-day breakfast as well as soups, salads, sandwiches, smoothies, coffee, and sweets. The annual Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea happens on Saturday, May 11, noon-2 p.m., where guests will enjoy Mooseberry Café’s housemade organic pastries and chocolates, along with freshly brewed teas from Tea-Licious and finger sandwiches, while the café’s sister business, Mooseberry Soap Co., does a sugar-scrub demo and provides the guests of honor with a handmade bar of Her Majesty’s Mother’s Day soap. Advance tickets are $25 ($7 for children under 12; includes bag lunch and fun soap), but maybe bring some extra cash to treat Mom — or yourself — to something from Mooseberry’s line of natural beauty products. (2555 Baird Road, Penfield, 348-9022, mooseberrycafe.com) Voula’s Greek Sweets is closed on Sundays, so weekend brunch goes down on Saturdays, which means that moms who are into Greek cuisine, vegetarian fare, or just yummy food can hit this cheerful eatery on Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., for Mother’s Day. In addition to Voula’s increasingly popular brunch menu, which features simple but inspired egg dishes, fruit, yogurt, and housemade spreads with warm flatbread, Easter bread French toast will be offered, and of course there’s that irresistible display of Greek pastries, plus Voula herself handing out flowers and cookie bags to all mothers. (439 Monroe Ave., 242-0935, Voula’s Greek Sweets on Facebook) Naples’ acclaimed Brown Hound Bistro is throwing its annual Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., with offerings like rhubarb crunch pancakes; asparagus, wild leek and goat cheese quiche; and smoked salmon benedict. Plus Mom gets to walk out of there with a potted plant from Brown Hound’s neighbor, Gannett Hill Gardens. And, hey, as long as you’re in Naples, bring home a little something from Monica’s Pies on Route 21 for after dinner. Or for dinner; who’s gonna know? (6459 State Route 64, Naples, 374-9771, brownhoundbistro.com) Lettuce B. Frank Bistro incorporates its “farm-to-foil” ethos into a special brunch menu on Sunday, May 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., FLOWERS FOR MOTHER’S DAY Sunday, May 12 585.271.0610 • wiseriaﬂowersandgifts.com 350 Culver Road, Rocheser, NY Welcome to Now Open for the Tour the 1887 Mansion, 9 themed gardens, and greenhouses Savor wine, art, and more at Finger Lakes Wine Center and Gift Shop Specialty events featuring wine, art, & music 2013 Season! Kids trail, walking tours, and more! FA S H I O N S & F L OWE RS 151 Charlotte St., Canandaigua • 585-394-4922 Visit www.sonnenberg.org for our events schedule rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 11 COMING May 16-October 13: Upcoming [ POP/ROCK ] The Fleshtones Thursday, July 11. Abilene Bar and Lounge. 153 Liberty Pole Way. $12-$15. 9 p.m. 232-3230. abilenebarandlounge.com [ CHIPTUNE ] Anamanaguchi Sunday, July 28. Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. TBA. 352-5600. waterstreetmusic.com [ POP/ROCK ] Joan Osborne Friday, September 27. German House Theater. 315 Gregory St. 8 p.m. $30.50-$35. 857-8358. upallnightpresents.com Music Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra SATURDAY, MAY 12 HOCHSTEIN SCHOOL OF MUSIC & DANCE, 50 N. PLYMOUTH AVE. 7 P.M. | $5 | 454-4596, HOCHSTEIN.ORG [ CLASSICAL ] The program for this Mother's Day concert includes the lovely Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture by Tchaikovsky, which Director Casey Springstead says is the most challenging piece this year for the HYSO. Additional composers on the program include Dvorak, Bizet, Hue, Bruch, and Novotney. The concert will feature concerto competition winners Naomi Harrow, violin, and Kaia Megiel, flute. The HYSO is a full orchestra for advanced musicians in grades 7-12. — BY PALOMA CAPANNA Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck SATURDAY, MAY 11 TALA VERA, 155 STATE ST. 9 P.M. | $5-$7 | TALA-VERA.COM [ ROCK ] Many bands walk along the roots-rock path, but few sound as fresh as Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck. The quintet infuses banjo twang with elements of prog rock and jam band to create what it describes as “mountain soul.” Boston native Thayer moved to Vermont to write songs, and as a result his group has earned a dedicated fan base along with heaps of love in the Green Mountain State. The band’s latest, “Eden,” is a concept album about the environment that lays down a foundation of organic goodness and tops it off with a muscular groove. With Worthy Duncan, Eric and The Bluesbirds, Jeremy Laursen. — BY ROMAN DIVEZUR FOR MOTHER’S DAY LET DAD DO THE GRILLING! Lobster • Crab Legs Scallops • Shrimp Salmon • Fresh Fish Stop in Saturday and get Mom’s favorite! LUNCH, DINNER FISH FRY DAILY! CAPTAIN JIM’S FISH MARKET DINE IN TUES-THURS 9-7 • FRI 9-9 • SAT 9-7 • CLOSED SUN-MON 12 CITY MAY 8-14, 2013 Corner of N. Winton & E. Main St. 482-3640 TAKE OUT WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 [ ACOUSTIC/FOLK ] Rob & Gary Acoustic. Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 199 Woodcliff Dr. 248-4825. 5:30 p.m. Free. Scott Regan. Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint, 830 Jefferson Rd. 292-5544. 7 p.m. Free. St. Luke’s Night Out, Session w/Cathy & Lynn. McGraw’s Irish Pub, 146 W Commercial St. 348-9091. 5 p.m. Free. [ CLASSICAL ] Bella’s Bartok FRIDAY, MAY 10 THE BUG JAR, 219 MONROE AVE. 9 P.M. | $5-$7 | BUGJAR.COM [ POST-PUNK ] Massachusetts-based band Bella’s Hate Machine performed its farewell show Friday, May 3, at Montage. PHOTO BY FRANK DE BLASE No room for melancholy [ REVIEW ] BY FRANK DE BLASE Bartok plays a distinct mix of punk-rock, bohemian/ folk, and dance music, complete with creative, broad instrumentation and unexpected group harmonies. The band describes its sound as being akin to, “Tom Waits kicking the crap out of the Fleet Foxes, whilst being serenaded by a klezmer wedding band.” While that description seems rather unusual, it paints a surprisingly accurate sonic portrait of what the band has to offer. Similar to eccentric post-punk artists like Man Man and Gogol Bordello, Bella’s Bartok offers music that combines raw, punk-rock energy with a love for experimentation. — BY LEAH CREARY Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N Plymouth Ave. 454-4596. 12:10 p.m. Free. Lara Downes, piano. Denton Cottier & Daniels, 349 West Commercial St. 586-3020. 7 p.m. Donation of canned food item for Food Bank. [ POP/ROCK ] Amanda Ashley. The Cottage Hotel, 1390 Pittsford Mendon Rd. 624-1390. second Wednesday of every month, 9 p.m. Call for info. Eyesalve, Battle Beneath. Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. 585-325-5600. 8:30 p.m. $5-$7. Lions Lions w/From the Sky. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. 7 p.m. $8-$10. Live from Hochstein: Fredonia Faculty Piano Quartet. Thursday night was splendid for City Competition for those precious little guitar picks was heated, as artists of varying degrees of talent and style whipped it out like there was no doubt. The streets were teeming with the curious, the converted, and the convinced. That begs the question: why doesn’t our fair city implement buskers everywhere, all the time? Everybody needs a soundtrack. I know there’s more cut in my strut when I hear a mellow saxophone or a snaky walking bass. One thing that struck me was that there ain’t no room for melancholy on the streets of Rochester. Those who pined or waxed forlorn did it alone. The highlights had to be the cat plucking at a genuine washtub bass, all the Delta-inspired bluesers, and one dude who would write a tune for you on the spot — and I mean on the spot. Mine was entitled, “The laws against busking make Baby Jesus cry.” It takes a lot of guts to leave the party while it’s still hoppin’, but that’s exactly what Hate Machine did Friday night at Montage Newspaper’s 4th Annual Best Busker Contest in Rochester’s East End. Silversun Pickups FRIDAY, MAY 10 MAIN STREET ARMORY, 900 E. MAIN ST. 7:30 P.M. | $20-$25 | ROCHESTERMAINSTREETARMORY.COM [ POP/ROCK ] Silversun Pickups has done pretty much everything right in its relatively short, celebrated existence. Since it arose from the Silver Lake music scene in 2002, the LA four-piece has been nominated for a Grammy and sold well over 1 million records worldwide. The band has drawn comparisons to heavy-hitting indie outfits of yore, but in reality it is modern alternative-rock at its best. With bits of dreamy pop and shoegaze thrown into the mix, the group’s sound is its own. — BY DAVID YOCKEL, JR. Music Hall to a rabid — albeit bummed — crowd. Early in the set singer Jed Seaver stopped between songs to explain. “We’ve hit the plateau and have nowhere else to go,” he said. I can totally dig this; bowing out before you undo your cool, before fans start referring to your old material as your best. Still, it was a shame to see the band go (unless this is a break-up a la The Who and KISS and countless other “retirees” who get back together whenever their kids need braces or the alimony gets a little steep). So far this was a farewell in style, with a brilliant, thundering, and exuberant set of heavy and hard from the band and a volatile mix of flying elbows, pumping fists, and general mayhem in the crowd. I suppose you could call it a love machine for Hate Machine. RIP. Absolution Project offered heavy absolution prior to The Hate Machine send off as I shuffled into the packed house. In the same vein and strain as Hate Machine, AP punctuates its punches with patches of melodic free-fall. Consequently, when the pounding returns it takes your breath away. State St. 546-3845. 8 p.m. $5-$7. The Reactions, PAXTOR, and Kaiser Solzie. Tala Vera, 155 Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby. Lovin’ Cup, 300 Park Point Dr. 292-9940. 8:30 p.m. $10-$15. THURSDAY, MAY 9 [ ACOUSTIC/FOLK ] Bluegrass Jam. Bernuzio Uptown Music, 122 East Ave. 473-6140. 7 p.m. Call for info. Jim Lane. Murph’s Irondequoit Pub, 705 Titus Ave. 342-6780. 8 p.m. Free. continues on page 15 CLASSIC BELGIAN CUISINE MODERN AMERICAN TWIST SERVING LUNCH MONDAY – SATURDAY SERVING DINNER EVERY EVENING WITH A Celebrate M OT H E R’ S DAY Sunday, May 12 • 12-7pm Serving regular menu plus specials Stay, relax and enjoy live music while you dine IN ROCHESTER’S EAST END 120 East Avenue 325-3663 Make your reservations now! 1550 route 332 • Farmington on the wine trail 924-8000 • www.proseccoitalianrestaurant.com rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 13 DRACARYS! @ROCCITYNEWS on twitter GAME OF TWEETS Music Bar & Lounge THE TARBOX RAMBLERS AT 7:30PM THEN AT 10PM..THE THIS FRI & SAT 2 VERY SPECIAL SHOWS!!! FRI, MAY 10.. DAVID MAYFIELD PARADE!! DAVID MAYFIELD PARADE RETURNS!! MAY 15…HEATHER MALONEY MAY 16…JIM AVETT …7PM UPSTAIRS... 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Creative Delicious Gifts Chocolates • Dried Fruits Fresh Roasted Nuts Gourmet Foods Candy • Gift Baskets The reason it’s so hard to find adjectives to accurately describe Rochester’s Vinyl Orange Ottoman is simple: the band itself is an adjective. The timing is just out of whack. If bands like The Black Crowes or Stone Temple Pilots or Pearl Jam hadn’t come first, chances are hack scribes like Frank De Blase would be spitting out phrases like “Vinyl Orange Ottoman-esque” or “kicks back and puts its feet up on a Vinyl Orange Ottoman” in describing those bands. But alas, Vinyl Orange Ottoman — vocalist Pete Griffith, bassist Gopi Joaquim, drummer Ray Cordello, keyboardist JJ Stasiw, and guitarists Noah Swartele and Brady Hoover — came together in 2009, leaving me and Griffith to search for unique observations, comparisons, and descriptions. VOO is a dynamic band with a big kick of bluesy soul in its tone, mood, and groove. The band comes off cool in its delivery. It doesn’t try too hard. There’s no flash, there are no pyrotechnics. It is simple, direct, and to the point. That’s not to say the band isn’t made of excellent musicians. They just don’t try that hard. They let it be. Griffith sat down to answer a few questions and raise a few of his own. An edited transcript of the conversation follows. CITY: How did Vinyl Orange Ottoman get its start? Once the guts and blood are put out on the table, then we have to figure out what we’re going to do with it. So there is some thinking going on. How important is the blues to your sound? I had stuff going on with the Dirty Bourbon Blues Band and these guys were still stuck in Canandaigua with zero scene. So I said, “Let’s get a band together.” So we did and we just started writing stuff. What did you set out to do with your music, what was the plan? I always listened to the blues growing up. And that was the first thing I ever did musically. But we’re not a blues band, we’re more of a rock ’n’ roll band. But aren’t the blues is the gateway drug to rock ’n’ roll? We just play. We’re not going to be those guys and that get up there and wow you with these face-melters and jump around. Everything we do has taste, a purpose to it. Sometimes you’ve just got to hunker down, get your feet shoulder-width apart, and give them a spoonful of taste. “Take some of this.” Your newer material seems more dynamic, yet relaxed and controlled. Has the music matured with the band? Yeah. If you take a rock ’n’ roll song and slow it down, what have you got? You’ve got the blues. You’re still singing about heartache, you’re singing about girls, falling in love, falling out of love. Some of us have been though a lot; hard times in the last year. The new stuff is very honest. So you’re pointing fingers and naming names? I leave a little to the imagination. I’m not just going to come out and say, “Hey, I miss this chick,” or, “My heart hurts because of this.” What else colors the Vinyl Orange Ottoman sound? The stuff we’re working on now, for this second record, is more focused, less our influences, and more of our identity. Before we were pulling off of everything, but now we have a renewed sense of focus. But it’s still compelling. It still sounds fun. I don’t listen to music that much. I spend a lot of my time listening to what I’m doing in my own projects. Isn’t that a bit arrogant? 1520 Monroe Avenue www.thenuthouseonline.com 14 CITY MAY 8-14. 2013 (585) 244-9510 PETE GRIFFITH: I had played with Noah and Brady for years and years and years, starting when they were 17, 18 years old and I was like That’s because the vibe is so relaxed. We’re not a band that sits around and dissects stuff. It just comes from the heart. None of us is going to wow you with technicality. I study it to get better at it. I always want to better myself musically because I love it so much. I — we — want you to feel what we feel. THURSDAY, MAY 9 Park Point Dr. 292-9940. 9 p.m. $10. Peg Dolan. McGraw’s Irish Pub, 146 W Commercial St. 348-9091. 7 p.m. Free. Laura Cortese. Lovin’ Cup, 300 Trindad & Tabogo Steel Drum Band. Pelican’s Nest, 566 River St. 663-5910. 7 p.m. Call for info. Wheatherman. Boulder Coffee Co., 100 Alexander St. 585-454-7140. 8 p.m. Call for info. [ BLUES ] Grille and Bar-South Ave., 693 South Ave. 271-4650. 7:30 p.m. Call for info. Nightfall. The Beale New Orleans CHAMBER POP | THE LIGHTHOUSE AND THE WHALER The Rabbit Room, 61 N. Main St. 582-1830. 6 p.m. Free. [ CLASSICAL ] 1st Universalist Church, 150 S. Clinton Ave. 274-1400. 12:15 p.m. Free. NEXUS and the RPO. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater, 60 Gibbs St. Thursday: 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 8:30 p.m. $15-$82. [ POP/ROCK ] Steve Grills & The Roadmasters w/Steve Melcher & Drew Moore. Eastman at Washington Square Lunchtime Concerts. On the heels of a brief tour with Central New York sweethearts Ra Ra Riot, Cleveland-based band The Lighthouse and The Whaler bring its melodic folk-rock, replete with glockenspiel and strings, to town. The outfit has released two albums and an EP over the course of its five-year existence, each showcasing enough catchy sing-along choruses and handclaps to thaw even the coldest heart. The band has shared stages with the likes of Sufjan Stevens and The Dodos, and its music has found its way to both television and radio, so you may just have heard it before and not even been aware of it. Local bands Gin & Bonnets and Archimedes both perform as well. The Lighthouse and The Whaler performs Sunday, May 12, 9 p.m. at Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $7-$9. bugjar.com. — BY ANDY KLINGENBERGER Ave. 7 p.m. $12-$17. Five Alarm Open Jam. Firehouse Saloon, 814 South Clinton. 3193832. 9 p.m. Call for info. The Fools. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 99 Court St. 585-325-7090. 9 p.m. Free. Myra Brown. 1872 Cafe, 431 W. Main Street. 585-730-7687. 6:30 p.m. Free. Emery w/Wolves at The Gate, The Seeking, Peace Mercutio, The September Campaign, Inneriot. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe 100 N. Main St., Fairport • 377-4641 106 N. Main St., Fairpor t • 377-8277 Watch Batteries installed $1.99 Hotel, 70 State St. 546-3450. 6 p.m. Free. [ BLUES ] Ralph Louis. Rochester Plaza FRIDAY, MAY 10 [ ACOUSTIC/FOLK ] Acoustic Brew, Earthtones. Johnny’s Irish Pub, 1382 Culver Rd. 224-0990. 5 p.m. Free. Pub, 146 W Commercial St. 3489091. 5 p.m. Free. Catch and Release w/Ciaran’s Pride Open Session,CCE Second Friday Session. McGraw’s Irish The David Mayfield Parade, The Taxbox Ramblers. Abilene Bar The Blue Birds. The Beale New Orleans Grille and Bar-South Ave., 693 South Ave. 271-4650. 7:30 p.m. Call for info. Dan Schmitt & The Shadows. Smokin’ Joe’s Bar & Grill, 425 Lyell Ave. Call for info. The Fabulous Ripcords. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 99 Court St. 585325-7090. 10 p.m. Free. Gap Mangione New Blues Band. Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 199 Woodcliff Dr. 248-4825. 7:30 p.m. Free. Sons of Synergy. The BealeWebster, 1930 Empire Blvd. 2161070. 7:30 p.m. Call for info. [ CLASSICAL ] Immanuel Baptist Church, 815 Park Ave. 473-7664. 7 p.m. Call for info. Cordancia. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N Plymouth Ave. 454-4596. 7 p.m. Call for info. If Music Be the Food... St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Rd. 271-2240. 7:30 p.m. Canned goods/cash donations accepted. School, 140 Hulburt Avenue. 585-234-2585. 8 p.m. $3-$7. Stringplicity. Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave. 8:30 p.m. Free. [ DJ/ELECTRONIC ] On the House Fridays. ONE Nightclub and Lounge, 1 Ryan Alley. 546-1010. 21+. Call for info. Chill Out Fridays Happy Hour. Lovin’ Cup, 300 Park Point Dr. 292-9940. 5:30 p.m. Free. DJ/Karaoke w/Coyote Cody. McKenzie’s, 3686 West Henrietta Rd. 334-8970. 9:30 p.m. Call for info. DJ Bac Spin. Plush, 151 St. Paul St. 232-5650. 8 p.m. Call for info. DJ Blake. 140 Alex Bar & Grill, 140 Alexander St. 585-2561000. 10 p.m. Call for info. DJ Cedric. ,. 10 p.m. $3-$8. DJ Energon. ,. 10 p.m. $3-$8. DJ Mi-T-Mo. Richmond’s Tavern, 21 Richmond Street. (585) 270-8570. 9 p.m. Free. Nightclub & Ultralounge, 444 Central Ave. 232-8440. 11:15 p.m. & 12:30 a.m. $4-$12. Lube After Dark.. Quaker Steak & Lube, 2205 Buffalo Rd. 585-6979464. 9:30 p.m. Free. Reggaeton w/DJ Carlos. La Copa Ultra Lounge, 235 W. Ridge Rd. 254-1050. 10 p.m. Free. Sexy Fridays w/DJ Wizz. Pure Night Club, 117 Liberty Pole Way. 454-7230. 10 p.m. Call for info. continues on page 16 Fresh Meat Fridays w/Samantha Vega, DJ Mighty Mic. Tilt & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. 232-3230. 7:30 p.m. $10-$18. Frankie & Jewels. 140 Alex Bar & Grill, 140 Alexander St. 585256-1000. 6:30 p.m. Call for info. The Bowties w/Madeline. Happy Hour: Honest John & Super Sarah. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. 6 p.m. Free. 4909 Culver Rd. 585-323-1020. 7 p.m. 21+. Free. Jim Lane. 58 Main, 58 N. Main St. 585-637-2383. 8 p.m. Free. Johnny Bauer. Lucky’s Irish Bar Chili, 3240 Chili Ave. 889-1005. 9:30 p.m. 21+. Call for info. Kinloch Nelson. Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Ave. 2 p.m. Free. Jeff Elliott. Marge’s Lakeside Inn, Perinton Concert Band: Songs of Sailor & Sea. Minerva DeLand rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 15 FRIDAY, MAY 11 T.G.I. Bucket Friday ft. DJ Jestyr, Dr. Jamo. Grotto, 7 Lawrence St. 739-5377. Call for info. [ JAZZ ] Commercial St. 585-662-5555. 5:30 p.m. Free. Classic Tracks Current Grooves Future Legends FOR REAL JAZZ IN ROCHESTER, TUNE TO 90.1 FM OR JAZZ901.ORG. The Midnight City w/Bobby DiBaudo Duo. Bistro 135, 135 W. The Music of Ferrante & Furioso. DOWNTOWN united presbyterian church The 30th Anniversary of Our Fisk Pipe Organ With a joint recital by former and current Directors of Music: CELEBRATE! Dr. Melvin Butler & Lee Wright. JOIN US AS WE Yummy Garden Hot Pot, 2411 W. Henrietta Rd. 368-9888. 5:30 p.m. Call for info. Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes. Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St, Williamson, NY. 315-589-4512. 7 p.m. Free. The Westview Project. The Mendon House, 1369 PittsfordMendon Rd. 624-7370. 6 p.m. Free. The White Hots. Lemoncello, 137 West Commercial St. 385-8565. 7 p.m. Free. [ REGGAE/JAM ] Lovin’ Cup, 300 Park Point Dr. 292-9940. 9 p.m. $3-$5. House on a Spring. Temple Bar and Grille, 109 East Ave. 2326000. 10 p.m. Free. [ POP/ROCK ] 7 Sense. TP’s Irish Pub, 916 Panorama Trail. 385-4160. 9 p.m. Free. FOLK | YELLOW RED SPARKS The Goods w/Grace Stumberg. Los Angeles-based band Yellow Red Sparks began as a solo project for lead singer/songwriter Joshua Hanson, but eventually developed into the trio that it is today, featuring additional musicians on the upright bass and drums. Yellow Red Sparks creates folk-inspired indie rock, following in the newly founded tradition of bands such as The Head and The Heart, The Lumineers, and Blind Pilot. Through his lyrics, Hanson paints intimate scenes that are rich in imagery, which has led the band to brand its music as “cinematic folk.” The band released its self-titled debut album this past year to high praise and a slot at the noteworthy South by Southwest festival. Yellow Red Sparks perform on Monday, May 13, 8 p.m. at Boulder Coffee, 100 Alexander St. Free. bouldercoffeeco.com. — BY LEAH CREARY Sunday, May 19th, at 3:00PM. Reception to follow The program will feature works performed on the original dedication recital on May 15, 1983 as well as a duet for four hands and four feet! Bella’s Bartok w/Green Dreams, Big Brain & the Drug Cartel. SATURDAY, MAY 11 [ ACOUSTIC/FOLK ] Acoustic Brew. Flaherty’s Webster, 1200 Bay Rd. 6710816. Call for info. A.L.L. Acoustic. Boulder Coffee Co., 739 Park Ave. 585-6970235. 8 p.m. Call for info. The David Mayfield Parade. Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. 232-3230. 9:30 p.m. $10. W. Commercial St. 381-6490. 7 p.m. $10-$18. Jim Lane. Prosecco Italian Restaurant, 1550 New York 332. 924-8000. 7 p.m. Free. Jon Akers. Flaherty’s Macedon, 113 Pittsford Palmyra Rd. 2231221. Call for info. Red Molly. Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave. 7:30 p.m. $18-$22. [ BLUES ] Beale-Webster, 1930 Empire Blvd. 216-1070. 7:30 p.m. Call for info. 121 N. Fitzhugh St. Rochester, NY www.downtownunitedpresbyterian.org 585-325-4000 A free-will offering will be accepted to support the continued maintenance of this fine instrument for the next generation. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Limited entry for unders. $5-$7. The Billionaires. Captain Jack’s Goodtime Tavern, 8505 Greig St. 315-483-9570. 9 p.m. Call for info. Brian Lindsay Band. Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint, 830 Jefferson Rd. 292-5544. 9:30 p.m. $5. St. 546-3845. 9 p.m. $5-$7. Emma Lane. Boulder Coffee Co., 100 Alexander St. 585-454-7140. 8 p.m. Call for info. Gator Face. Nashvilles, 4853 W Henrietta Rd. 334-3030. 9 p.m. Call for info. Lilac Festival. Highland Park, 171 Reservoir Ave. -19, 10:30 a.m. See website for full festival schedule. Free. Lowdown. California Brew Haus, 402 Ridge Rd. West. 621-1480. 9:30 p.m. $5-$7. Armory, 900 E. Main St. 2323221. 7:30 p.m. $20-$25. Springer. Pelican’s Nest, 566 River St. 663-5910. 10 p.m. Call for info. Starlight Cities. Montage Music Hall, 50 Chestnut St. 232-1520. 6:30 p.m. $10-$12. Burden My Surrender, Fire Red, Lost Elysium. Tala Vera, 155 State What Mom wouldn’t want an Eye Opener Look? An Evening of Native American Flute. Balance Acupuncture, 152 Church, 6511 Pittsford Palmyra Rd. 223-1203. 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. Jessie Kneisel Competition. Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St. 11 a.m. Free. NEXUS and the RPO. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater, 60 Gibbs St. Thursday: 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 8:30 p.m. $15-$82. Sungmin Shin. Chakara Bistro & Bar, 7328 Pittsford Palmyra Rd. 223-8101. 6 p.m. Call for info. Genesee Valley Orchestra & Chorus: Love, Beauty, and Laughter. Perinton Presbyterian Auditorium, 1 College Circle. 245-5516. 8 p.m. Free. SUNY Geneseo Chamber Singers Spring Choral Concert and Alumni Reunion. Wadsworth [ COUNTRY ] BorderTown. Nashvilles, 4853 W Henrietta Rd. 334-3030. 9 p.m. Call for info. [ DJ/ELECTRONIC ] Tilt Nightclub & Ultralounge, 444 Central Ave. 232-8440. 10 p.m. 21+ free until 10 p.m.; 2 for 1 admission w/College ID. [ JAZZ ] Silversun Pickups w/Bad Books, The Features. Main Street Johnny B and The MVPs. The DeeDee’s Wild College Party. ift aG Get Car d Fo r M ay r’s D othe 204 N. Water St. 585-325-5600. 7 p.m. $15-$20. This Life w/Patrick Jaouen. SPoT Coffee, 200 East Ave. 585-6134600. 7 p.m. Free. Teddy Geiger w/Tyler Hilton, Ryan Cabrera, and Kaylin Cervini. Water Street Music Hall, The Beale New Orleans Grille and Bar-South Ave., 693 South Ave. 271-4650. 7:30 p.m. Call for info. Mama Hart Band. The Argyle Grill at Eagle Vale Golf Club, 4344 Nine Mile Point Rd. 585-3772452. 8 p.m. Free. [ CLASSICAL ] Luca Foresta & Electro Kings. Annie Wells. Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave. 8:30 p.m. Free. W. Commercial St. 585-6625555. 6 p.m. Free. John Payton Project. Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint, 830 Jefferson Rd. 292-5544. 10 p.m. Free. Gap Mangione. Bistro 135, 135 2929 Monroe Ave. | 585.442.0123 | Appointments Suggested 16 CITY MAY 8-14. 2013 The Chorus of the Genesee: “Ask Beatrice”. Penfield High School, 25 High School Dr. 7 p.m. $15. Pot, 2411 W. Henrietta Rd. 3689888. 5:30 p.m. Call for info. Norman Tibbils Solo. Lemoncello, 137 West Commercial St. 385-8565. 7 p.m. Free. Special Blend. Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 199 Woodcliff Dr. 248-4825. 7:30 p.m. Free. The Music of Ferrante & Furioso. Yummy Garden Hot Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes. Jasmine’s Asian Fusion, 657 Ridge Rd. 216-1290. 6:30 p.m. Free. The White Hots. The Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St. (315) 589-4512. 6:30 p.m. Call for info. [ REGGAE/JAM ] Jammin’ for Jamaica ft. The Buddhahood, Mosaic Foundation, The Deep Blue Dream, and Anonymous Willpower. Lovin’ Cup, 300 Park Point Dr. 292-9940. 6 p.m. $10. Kozy Soul. Boulder Coffee Co., 100 Alexander St. 585-4547140. 8 p.m. Call for info. [ POP/ROCK ] American Villain Apparel Launch Show ft. Aggressive Betty, Mobday. Montage Music Hall, 50 Chestnut St. 232-1520. 8 p.m. All Slip-Not tickets will be honored at the door. $8-$10. State St. 546-3845. 9 p.m. $5-$7. Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck w/Worthy Duncan, Eric and The Bluesbirds, and Jeremy Laursen. Tala Vera, 155 Cavalcade Album Release w/Fowls, Penetrator. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Limited entry for unders. $6-$8. Cold Sweat. Johnny’s Irish Pub, 1382 Culver Rd. 224-0990. 8 p.m. Free. Divided by Zero. Captain Jack’s Goodtime Tavern, 8505 Greig St. 315-483-9570. 9 p.m. Call for info. Ernie Capone. Hamlin Station Bar & Grill, 52 Railroad Ave. 964-2010. 8:30 p.m. Call for info. Joe Brucato. Nola’s Restaurant & Nightclub, 4775 Lake Ave. 663-3375. 8 p.m. Call for info. Lilac Festival. Highland Park, 171 Reservoir Ave. May 19, 10:30 a.m. See website for full festival schedule. Free. The Lowdown. Pelican’s Nest, 566 River St. 663-5910. 10 p.m. Call for info. Mansfield Ave. Flaherty’s Honeoye Falls, 60 W. Main St. 497-7010. Call for info. Mr. Mustard. McGraw’s Irish Pub, 146 W Commercial St. 348-9091. 8 p.m. Free. continues on page 18 rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 17 SATURDAY, MAY 11 Something Else. Brickwood Grill, 250 Monroe Ave. 7308230. 10 p.m. Call for info. Teressa Wilcox Band. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 99 Court St. 585325-7090. 10 p.m. Free. SUNDAY, MAY 12 [ ACOUSTIC/FOLK ] 109 East Ave. 232-6000. 7 p.m. Free. Fandango at the Tango. Tango Cafe, 389 Gregory St. 271-4930. 7:30 p.m. Free, donations accepted. Celtic Music Sundays: Trace Wilkins. Temple Bar and Grille, POP/ROCK | ROCHESTER LILAC FESTIVAL 2013 This year’s Lilac Festival entertainment schedule has some summer-festival standards Rochester has come to expect, like The Skycoasters, Marshall Tucker Band, and Rusted Root. There are classic acts that ought to scratch your nostalgic itch like Eddie Money, The English Beat, and The Smithereens, plus newer-on-the scene sensations like lake Street Drive, J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound, The Lone Below, and many more, plus a ton of homegrown sensations like The Campbell Brothers, My Plastic Sun, the Crawdiddies, AudioInflux, and Teressa Wilcox to name a few. Dig it all with some fried dough and the one you love. The Rochester Lilac Festival runs May 10-19, 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. daily in Highland Park. Admission is free. For more information visit rochesterevents.com. — BY FRANK DE BLASE POP | TEDDY GEIGER The Lighthouse and the Whaler w/Gin & Bonnets, and Archimedes. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $7-$9. [ CLASSICAL ] Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra Mother’s Day Concert. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N Plymouth Ave. 454-4596. 7 p.m. $5. Friday, May 10 10:30 a.m.: Le Roy Jr. High School Swingin’ Knights Jazz Band (Center Stage) 11:30 a.m.: Brockport 5th Grade Hilltop Singers & Top Brass Players (Center Stage) Noon: Opening Ceremonies 12:30 p.m.: Dr. Charles T. Lunford School No. 19 School Band (Center Stage) 4 p.m.: Mr. Mustard (Center Stage) 5 p.m.: Joe Cappon (Children’s Stage) 5:30 p.m.: The Fat City Band (Center Stage) 6 p.m.: Joe Cappon (Children’s Stage) 7 p.m.: Skycoasters (Center Stage) Sunday, May 12 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Art in Bloom - Juried Art & Craft Show 10:30 a.m. Alysia Groth Band (Center Stage) 11:30 a.m.: Blue Jimmy (Center Stage) 12:30 p.m.: The Dirty Bourbon Blues Band (Center Stage) 1 p.m.: Dinner Dogs (Children’s Stage) 2 p.m.: The Magical John Show (Children’s Stage) 2:30 p.m.: Natalie B Band (Center Stage) 3 p.m.: Mike Kornrich (Children’s Stage) 4 p.m.: Dinner Dogs (Children’s Stage) 4 p.m.: My Plastic Sun (Center Stage) 5 p.m.: The Magical John Show (Children’s Stage) 5:30 p.m.: Teagan and the Tweeds (Center Stage) 7 p.m.: Eddie Money (Center Stage) Tuesday, May 14 10:30 a.m.: Paul Road Elementary School Band (Center Stage) 11:30 a.m.: Indian Landing School Band (Center Stage) 12:30 p.m.: Mike Kornrich (Children’s Stage) 12:30 p.m.: Palmyra-Macedon Middle School Honors Band, Jazz Band, Con Brio (Center Stage) 1:30 p.m.: Spencerport High School Jazz Band (Center Stage) 4-8 p.m.: Wine & Chocolate Tasting (fees apply) 4 p.m.: Audio Influx (Center Stage) 5:30 p.m.: J.C. Brooks & the Uptown Sound (Center Stage) 6 p.m.: Mike Kornrich (Children’s Stage) 7 p.m.: Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express (Center Stage) Clarion Presbyterian Church of Pittsford, 415 Thornell Rd. 85-2106. 3:30 p.m. $15. RPO: Haydn’s Big Surprise. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N Plymouth Ave. 454-4596. 2 p.m. $10-$24. RPYO: Classic Tales. Hale Auditorium, Roberts Cultural Life Center, Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Dr. 3 p.m. $5-$10. Rochester Folk Art Guild: Mozart for Mom’s Day. Christ Teddy Geiger is back in town to show us the softer side of his heart. Playing to the hometown crowd, one would assume his particularly heart-felt blend of blue-eyed pop (seriously — his eyes are disturbingly blue) would be even more so this evening as he swings in to promote his upcoming album “The Last Fears.” Tyler Hilton is taking a break from the demands of acting to show off his particular blend of folky rock and Americana, and Ryan Cabrera rounds out what has to be the best-looking selection of young men to come though town in some time. You can see Geiger, Hilton, and Cabrera Friday, May 10, 7 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. $15$20. 13+ w/guardian, 16+ w/o. waterstreetmusic.com. — BY SUZAN PERO [ CLASSICAL ] The Bowties. Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free. [ DJ/ELECTRONIC ] String Theory. Johnny’s Irish Pub, 1382 Culver Rd. 224-0990. 8 p.m. Free. [ POP/ROCK ] Lilac Festival. Highland Park, 171 Reservoir Ave. May 19, 10:30 a.m. See website for full festival schedule. Free. [ R&B ] Mitty & The Followers. Manic Monday Retro Dance: C. Darren, DJ MaryKate. Bug Smokin’ Joe’s Bar & Grill, 425 Lyell Ave. Call for info. Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. 11 p.m. 21+. Free. [ JAZZ ] Saturday, May 11 10:30 a.m.: YNN Lilac Parade 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.: Art In Bloom – Juried Art & Craft Show 12:30 p.m.: The Spanky Haschmann Swing Orchestra (Center Stage) 1 p.m.: Dinner Dogs (Children’s Stage) 1:30 p.m.: Zac Brown Tribute Band (Center Stage) 2 p.m.: Gary the Happy Pirate (Children’s Stage) 2:30 p.m.: Deborah Mangone (Center Stage) 3 p.m.: Dinner Dogs (Children’s Stage) 4 p.m.: Gary the Happy Pirate (Children’s Stage) 4 p.m.: Mitty and The Followers (Center Stage) 5 p.m.: The Magical John Show (Children’s Stage) 5:30 p.m.: Amanda Lee Peers and The Driftwood Sailors (Center Stage) 7 p.m.: Spin Doctors (Center Stage) When A Woman Loves: Celebration of a Mother’s Love ft. Anthony Dante, Danielle Ponder, Carlton Wilcox, Renee Anderson, Nate Anderson. WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 [ ACOUSTIC/FOLK ] The Dady Brothers. Johnny’s Irish Pub, 1382 Culver Rd. 224-0990. 7:30 p.m. Free. Heather Maloney. Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. 232-3230. 8:30 p.m. $8-$12. Hinkley, NOD, The Years. Tala Vera, 155 State St. 546-3845. 8 p.m. $5-$7. Jed Curran. Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint, 830 Jefferson Rd. 292-5544. 7 p.m. Free. 219 Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $6-$8. [ POP/ROCK ] ECMS Spring Festival New Horizons Chamber Ensembles. Wednesday, May 15 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Seniors Day 10:30 a.m.: St. Joseph’s School Band (Center Stage) 11:30 a.m.: St. John’s Jam Band (Center Stage) 12:30 p.m.: Twelve Corners Middle School Jazz Band & Select Choir (Center Stage) 12:30 p.m.: “Farmer Tom” Walsh (Children’s Stage) 1:30 p.m.: Smugtown Stompers (Center Stage) 4 p.m.: Meghan Koch and the Gentleman Callers (Center Stage) 4-8 p.m.: Wine & Chocolate Tasting (fees apply) 5:30 p.m. Tommy Brunett Band (Center Stage) 6 p.m.: “Farmer Tom” Walsh (Children’s Stage) 7 p.m.: The Marshall Tucker Band (Center Stage) Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. 585-325-5600. 5 p.m. $20-$45. [ HIP-HOP/RAP ] Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St. 7 p.m. Free. Jim Nugent. Bistro 135, 135 W. Commercial St. 585-662-5555. 5:30 p.m. Free. Monday, May 13 10:30 a.m.: Abraham Lincoln School 22 Choir (Center Stage) 11 a.m.: Cobblestone School Band (Center Stage) Noon: Our Lady of Mercy High School Orchestra (Center Stage) 12:30 p.m.: Bishop Kearney Murder of Crows Band (Center Stage) 12:30 p.m.: “Farmer Tom” Walsh (Children’s Stage) 4 p.m.: MoChester (Center Stage) 5:30 p.m.: Lake Street Dive (Center Stage) 6 p.m.: “Farmer Tom” Walsh (Children’s Stage) 7 p.m.: The English Beat (Center Stage) Community Space, 285 Clarissa St. 6 p.m. $3, or $1 w/chicken wings. [ POP/ROCK ] Lilac Festival. Highland Park, 171 Reservoir Ave. May 19, 10:30 a.m. See website for full festival schedule. Free. Mother’s Day Special ft. Tugboat, Tony Nelson, Joel Dow. Flying Squirrel [ POP/ROCK ] Lich King w/ Cthulhu, The Gutted. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. 8 p.m. $6-$8. Lilac Festival. Highland Park, 171 Reservoir Ave. May 19, 10:30 a.m. See website for full festival schedule. Free. Tristan Omand w/Barry, Emma Lane, and Peter House. Bug Jar, TUESDAY, MAY 14 [ ACOUSTIC/FOLK ] Drum Wars: Vinny and Carmine Appice. Pineapple Nest, 566 River St. 663-5910. 5 p.m. Call for info. Me & The Boyz Special Mother’s Day Show. Pelican’s Jack’s, 485 Spencerport Rd. 247-5225. 7:30 p.m. $12-$15. Cory Kesselring w/B-FREE, Gamma Raid. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $5-$7. MONDAY, MAY 13 [ ACOUSTIC/FOLK ] Yellow Red Sparks. Boulder Coffee Co., 100 Alexander St. 585454-7140. 8 p.m. Call for info. Don Christiano-The Beatles Unplugged. Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. 232-3230. 8 p.m. Free. Jim Lane. The Titus Tavern, 692 Titus Ave. 270-5365. 7 p.m. Free. 18 CITY MAY 8-14. 2013 Y’s CIT THANK YOU! to the hundreds of people who came out to CITY Newspaper’s 4th Annual Best Busker Contest on Thursday, May 2 in the East End. As determined by YOUR votes, this year’s Best Buskers were: 1st Jug Band Dan Walpole 2nd Roger Kuhn 3rd Hieronymus Bogs PRIZES SPONSORED BY MADE POSSIBLE WITH SUPPORT FROM rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 19 Theater dramatic license, I guess, and even though Fanny necessarily gets to affirm her indomitable courage at the end, the finale is greyer and more shadowed than audiences were used to in such conventional fare. Post Stephen Sondheim, we take that sort of thing in stride. But the same bag that contains a revival’s advantages also shleps its pitfalls, and they are on full display in the CenterStage production currently playing at the Rochester JCC. “Funny Girl” is an oldfashioned vehicle, a non-stop star turn for a performer who can walk onstage and, until the final curtain, command the attention of the audience through the insistence of her personality and the force of her talent. Think Ethel Merman. Even think Barbra Streisand. Instead, this production offers us the likeable, talented Brynn Lucas, who is no Streisand, though much of her performance tries to imitate her predecessor’s authoritative belting and gamine-like awkwardness. She never escapes the burden of Streisand’s definition of the character. Despite the fine songs Styne and Merrill wrote for Fanny — “People” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” among others — Lucas also has a tendency to go flat whenever she starts to belt. The book calls for Brice to mug whenever she feels self-conscious or inadequate — and she feels that way a lot. But Lucas consistently overplays the already mannered dialogue and has little feel for comedy. She just isn’t especially funny. Part of the problem might lie in the fact that the story and its songs are so familiar that the comic production numbers featuring a pregnant bride and a soldier with a Yiddish accent aren’t surprising anymore. The book, sprinkled with bits of dialogue and business designed to get laughs, rarely got more than an occasional titter. Likewise, in the story’s most dramatic moments — the collapse of Fanny and Nick’s marriage — I felt little connection to them or between them. What you ask of a community theater doing a large musical is not what you ask of Broadway or even Geva. If the leading roles are good, you try to be flexible about supporting roles and production numbers. But Jake Purcell as Arnstein was stiff and unconvincing; there was little believable emotion between him and Lucas. Ed Popil hoofed gracefully as Fanny’s friend, Eddie Ryan, and Mary Krickmire as her mother got most of the laughs. Despite the limited budgets that many local theaters struggle with, Peggy Zorn’s costumes were too often ill fitting, and saddle shoes just won’t do as a substitute for spectators. The production lists no set designer; the anonymous work was adequate in a minimal sort of way — a table and a few chairs to suggest an apartment; a sofa, table, and grand piano to suggest a large house. Beth LaJoie’s lighting was properly gaudy during the production numbers and straightforward the rest of the time. Although “Funny Girl” is a conventional musical — just the sort of thing you expect a community theater and its audience to embrace — director Ralph Meranto’s production never sparkles. It lacks lift. And therein lies the mystery of theater. Last time out, CenterStage mounted an extraordinary production of a much more difficult work, Tracy Letts’ “August: Osage County.” This time around, with something that sits square in the palm of anyone who has ever wanted to go out on stage to sing a note or tap a toe, the result is a little too close for comfort to being merely mediocre. Brynn Lucas and Jake Purcell in “Funny Girl,” now at the JCC CenterStage. PHOTO BY STEVEN LEVINSON A not-especially-funny girl “Funny Girl” THROUGH MAY 19 JCC CENTERSTAGE, 1200 EDGEWOOD AVE. $18-$26 | 461-2000, JCCROCHESTER.ORG [ REVIEW ] BY MICHAEL LASSER You can understand why a community theater would want to revive a fondly remembered musical like “Funny Girl.” It ran for more than 1300 performances when it first opened in 1964, thanks to a strong dramatic score by composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill (despite some amateurishly clumsy wording in some of the songs) and a star-making performance by a young unknown named Barbra Streisand. Isobel Lennart’s book purports to tell the story of Fanny Brice, a beloved comedian and singer who had died only 13 years earlier. Today, an audience remembers, if not Brice, then Streisand’s bravura performance in the 1968 movie adaptation from its countless reruns on television. The book begins with Fanny, a starstruck teenager living with her working-class mother near their Brooklyn saloon; the reallife prosperous but drunken father does not get a mention. Much of the story plays fast and loose with the facts so it can romanticize Brice’s life from her achievement of stardom, to her successful wooing by gambler Nick Arnstein and their parting after his imprisonment for embezzlement. Acceptable 661 South Ave 20 CITY MAY 8-14, 2013 585•546•4030 fullmoonvista.com Professional Sales, Service, Fitting, & Quick Repairs! Rochester’ premier bicycle hop in the South Wedge Art Exhibits [ OPENING ] Axom Gallery, 176 Anderson Ave., 2nd floor. Paul Garland: “In Retrospect.” Through June 22. Wed-Sat noon-5 p.m. and by appointment. Reception May 31, 5:30-8:30 p.m. 232-6030. axomgallery.com. Geisel Gallery, Bausch & Lomb Place, One Bausch & Lomb Place. Paul Garland: “Confluence.” Through June 22. Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Reception May 9, 5-7 p.m. thegeiselgallery.com. Link Gallery at City Hall, 30 Church St. Artists Breakfast Group Art Show. Through Jun 17. Reception May 10, 5-8 p.m. 271-5920. facebook.com/ABG.Rochester. Livingston Arts Center, 4 Murray Hill Dr. Apartment One Gallery: “Simple Gifts: The Artwork of Sharon Leary and Anne Clements”. Through Aug 10. 585 243-6785. livingstonarts. org.; New Deal Gallery: “Under the Influence: New Deal Painters And Their Artistic Influences.”. Through October 5. 585 243-6785. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave. Creative Workshop Spring Children’s Show. Creative Workshop. Wed-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m., until 9 p.m. on Thu. 2768900. mag.rochester.edu. New Deal Gallery, 4 Livingston County Campus. “Under the Influence: New Deal Painters And Their Artistic Influences” and “Simple Gifts: The Artwork of Sharon Leary and Anne Clements.” 243-6785. livingstonarts.org. Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery, 71 S Main St. “Floral & Figures of Spring.”. Through June 16. Reception May 10, 6-8 p.m. 394-0030. prrgallery.com. [ CONTINUING ] 1975 Gallery, 89 Charlotte St. Our Cryptozoological Expedition into “The Elusive” A Presentation by the Huckle Buckle Boys.. Through May 25. 1975ish.com. Acanthus Café, 337 East Ave. “Bestest of Friends.” New artwork by Kristine A. Greenizen. 3195999. acanthuscafe.com. Aviv Cafe, 321 East Ave. “For Those Who Served” by John Retallack. Through May 31. 729-9916. Black Radish Studio, 274 N. Goodman. “Spirit of the River” by Richard Margolis. Through May 18. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 12-6 p.m. 413-1278. blackradishstudio.com. ART EVENT | “SILVER AND WATER” PRINTING PERFORMANCE Artist Lauren Bon and The Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio created “Silver and Water,” the brilliant, giantpinhole-camera-print installation currently on view at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.). The idea was to explore the ways that silver and water are interconnected through the themes of westward expansion, documentation of the west, the birth and growth of the silver screen, the plunder of vital resources, the resultant pollution, uncertain futures, and more. For the last two months an 8-foot-by-12-foot negative of Kodak’s chemical factory has been soaking in a shallow bath of water at Eastman House, its silver image slowly decaying and shifting over the paper. On Wednesday, May 8, at 6 p.m., Bon and her team will return to Rochester to complete the performance aspect of this installation. They invite the public to participate as they convert the Eastman House’s South Gallery into a darkroom for the evening. With audience participation, they will create a giant contact print from the decayed negative. The team will re-mine the silver from the water and reuse it in the future. The event is included in museum admission ($5-$12, free to members). For more information, call 271-3361, or visit eastmanhouse.org. — BY REBECCA RAFFERTY Books Etc., 78 W. Main St. “Backdoor Artists.” Through June 10. With Sue Higgins, Martin Heit, Nicki Millor, Emily Osgood, and Susan Sweet. 474-4116. email@example.com. Bridge Art Gallery University of Rochester Medical Center, 300 Crittenden Blvd. Beyond Barriers Exhibit. Through June 30. 275-3571. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. “Man vs Machine” Through May 30. Hours 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Featuring Bile, Cruk, Yewzer, John Magnus, Thievin’ Stephen, Spaceman, Derek Crowe, Mike Turzanski, Sidhe, Matt Ely, Doe Gawn, Adam Maida, and Clayton Cowles. lobbydigital.com. Community Darkroom Gallery, 713 Monroe Ave. “Draft 10” Through May 18. Mon 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Tue-Thu 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Fri 12-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 271-5920. Cumming Nature Center Hurst Gallery, 6475 Gulick Rd. Nature in Art: Selections from the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. Wed-Fri 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 3746160. rmsc.org. Davison Gallery, Cultural Life Center, Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Dr. Senior Showcase. Through May 11. Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 1-4 p.m. 594-6442. roberts.edu. A Different Path Gallery, 27 Market St. “A Little Twisted: An Exploration of the Self.” BFA Painting Exhibit by Karen Nelson. Wed-Fri 11 a.m.noon, Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. adifferentpathgallery.com. Equal=Grounds, 750 South Ave. “My journey of life through my art: a collection of work from my soul:” Mixed media work by Jessica Bell. Through end of May. gallery@ equalgrounds.com. Friendly Home’s Memorial Gallery, 3165 East Ave. “Searching for Spring” by Elizabeth Liano.. Through Jun 30. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org. Gallery r, 100 College Ave. The School for American Crafts BFA Exhibition. Through May 11. Wed-Sun 1-5 p.m. 256-3312. email@example.com. Geneva Historical Society, 543 South Main St. Geneva City School District Art Show. Through May 18. Mon-Fri, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat, 1:30-4:30 p.m. 315-789-5151. genevahistoricalsociety.com. George Eastman House, 900 East Ave. “Silver and Water” Through May 26. 271-3361. eastmanhouse.org. Hartnett Gallery, Wilson Commons, University of Rochester, River Campus. Sweet Tea and Pecan Pie, Student Show. Through May 12. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m. blogs. rochester.edu/hartnett.; Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat-Sun 12-5 p.m. 275-4188. blogs. rochester.edu/hartnett. Hungerford Building, 1115 E. Main St. Senior Art Exhibitions. Through May 20. Rooms 248 and 258. UR students Lauren Blair, Sharon Hector, Olivia Morgan, Kirsten Williamson, Carlos Tejeda, and Jacq Carpentier. 315-264-3151. firstname.lastname@example.org. Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Ave. Worlds Apart: Ethiopia and Elsewhere. Featuring Jim Patton and David Perlman. Through May 12. Wed-Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun 12-4 p.m. 482-1976. imagecityphotographygallery.com. International Art Acquisitions, 3300 Monroe Ave. “Living Fabric” by Kathleen Kinkopf.. Through May 31. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m. 264-1440. internationalartacquisitions.com. Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave. Alan Singer: Fact of Fiction. Through May 24. thelittle.org. Lux Lounge, 666 South Ave. The Art of J. Nevadomski and Allie Hartley. 232-9030. lux666.com. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave. “Becoming Modern: Armory Show Artists at MAG” Through May 12. In Lockhart Gallery. “It Came From the Vault: Rarely Seen Works from MAG’s Collection. Wed-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thu until 9 p.m. 276-8900. mag.rochester.edu. Mental Health Association, 320 N Goodman St. “Luminaria” Art lighting the path to wellness. Creative Wellness Coalition. 3253145 x144. My Sister’s Gallery, 505 Mt. Hope Ave. “Under the Influence,” Artwork by Students from School Without Walls. Through May 12. Hours 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 546-8400 x3716. abmiller@ episcopalseniorlife.org. Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave. Annual Art Education Graduate Art Show. Through May 12. Tuesday-Thursday 12-5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 12-8 p.m.; Sunday 12-5 p.m. 389-2170. artsceneter.naz.edu. Ock Hee’s Gallery, 2 Lehigh St. Eastern Sensibility: Fine Art in Women’s Clothing. Through May 11. With Etsuko and Jae Hee. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 6244730. Orange Glory Café, 240 East Ave. “Your Body” Anatomy Drawings by Carla Bartow. Through May 28. Reception May 11, 6-9 p.m. carlasswanktank.blogspot.com. Oxford Gallery, 267 Oxford St. “The Four Humors.” Through Jun 1. Tue-Fri 12-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 271-5885. oxfordgallery.com. Rochester Contemporary Arts Center, 137 East Ave. EAT IT. Including Stefani Bardin, Christine Chin, The Counter Kitchen (Stefani Bardin & Brooke Singer), Brady Dillsworth, Tatiana Kronberg, Andrzej Maciejewski, Spurse. 461-2222. rochestercontemporary.org. Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester, River Campus. Alice in the Looking Glass: Illustrations and Artists’ Books 1865-2012. Through Aug 16. Rare Books & Special Collections, Rush Rhees Library. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 275-4477.; Memorial Art Gallery: 100 Years of Art for the Community. Through Sep 30, 2013. mag.rochester.edu. Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St. Made in NY 2013. Through Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. 315-255-1553. mtraudt@schweinfurthartcenter. org. myartcenter.org. The Shoe Factory Art Co-op, 250 N. Goodman St. Mona Oates and Wen-Hua Chen. Second Saturday, May 11, 12-4 p.m. Additional gallery hours are on Wednesdays from 12-5 p.m. shoefactoryarts.com. Spectrum Gallery at Lumiere Photo, 100 College Ave. Rare and Vintage Prints from the Collections of Nathan Lyons, Carl Chiarenza, and Spectrum Gallery. 461-4447. lumierephoto.com. St. John Fisher College, 3690 East Ave. Rochester Art Club Spring Show. Through May 9. Patricia O’Keefe Ross Gallery in Joseph S Skalney Welcome Center. rochesterartclub.org. Starry Nites Café, 696 University Ave. “Let Them Eat Cake! Portraits of Pastries.”. 732-0036. email@example.com. shoefactoryarts.com. Tap & Mallet, 381 Gregory St. “It’s a Funny Story” Illustrations by Aarom Humby. 473-0503. tapandmallet.com. The Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery, 713 Monroe Avenue. “One” by Aaron Benson.. Through May 24. On Saturday, May 25th, the artist will be sharing his techniques in a workshop at Genesee Pottery entitled Large Scale Architectural Handbuilding. The workshop is $60 for non-members and $50 for members, register. 2715183. geneseearts.org. University Gallery, James R. Booth Hall, RIT, Lomb Memorial Dr. “Connections” Arena Art Group. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri & Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 475-2866. firstname.lastname@example.org. rit.edu/fa/gallery. Valley Manor, 1570 East Ave. “Shared Visions” by Jim and Gail Thomas. Through Jun 28. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Fri or by appointment. 770-1923. Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street. “ChemoToxic, I Am That, and other stories” by Willie Osterman. 442-8676. vsw.org. West Side Gallery, SUNY Brockport, 180 Holley St. “Inside Out.” Solo thesis exhibition of Brockport BFA Student Ali Campbell. 7375191. brockport.edu. The Yards, 50-52 Public Market. “Based on a True Story: An Investigation of Family & Self Through Narrative Objects.” Through May 12. MFA Thesis continues on page 22 A UNIQUE NEIGHBORHOOD BAR! 80 GAMES A WEEK MLB PACKAGE BLUE POINT SPRING FLING ALE SHIPYARD IPA MAGIC HAT TICKET TO RYE VICTORY UNCLE TEDDY’S BITTERS MAY BEER L&M S LANE Any denomination - Great gift idea! L&M Lanes Gift Cards Now Available! SPRING LEAGUES FORMING NOW! 873 Mercha Merchants Rd. • 288-1210 www.LMlanes.com www.L Find us on rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 21 DANCE | GEOMANTICS AT DOWNSTAIRS CAB Enjoy a night of serious contemporary choreography paired with ragingly fun entertainment this weekend at Downstairs Cabaret Theatre Center (540 E. Main St.). “Your Life is Not Your Own” strings a dozen short stories together with brawny text and features the five-member Geomantics Dance Theater ensemble. The troupe will be joined by nine guest dancers from the SUNY Brockport Department of Dance and dancers from School of the Arts, as well as the quirky characters Quentin Corks, Shuffling Bags, Joy Jump Lightness, Cutouts Lady, Newton Newsby, and Frank the Flasher, who promise to kinetically illuminate these muchtoo-serious times. The show will be accompanied by live singing by the Rochester Women’s Community Chorus and original music by composer Eric Zabriskie. Performances take place Thursday-Friday, May 9-10, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at 3 & 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 12, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission, with discounts available for seniors age 60+ and for full-time students. Get more information by call 325-4370 or visit downstairscabaret.com. — BY REBECCA RAFFERTY to be eligible for consideration 315-255-1553. mtraudt@ schweinfurthartcenter.org. myartcenter.org. Member Showcase 2013. Through May 31. Arts & Cultural Council, 277 N. Goodman St Entry Deadline: May 31. 4734000. ArtsRochester.org. Vendors for Maplewood Rose Celebration. Through May 31. Takes place June 15-16 at Maplewood Park and Rose Garden $50 for both days 2333535. Yarn Bombing the South and Broad Street Area. Central Library, 115 South Ave. www. facebook.com/pages/ROC-theYarn-Bomb/494411860595773?ref=hl. 585-428-8150. Dance Events [ THU., MAY 9 ] “Your Life is Not Your Own.”. May 9-12. Downstairs Cabaret Theatre Center, 540 E. Main St Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m., sat 3 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m $20. 325-4370. downstairscabaret.com. Festivals [ FRI., MAY 10 ] Lilac Festival. May 10-19, 10:30 a.m.-8:03 p.m. Highland Park, 171 Reservoir Ave Music, vendors, food, entertainment Free admission. lilacfestival.com. [ SAT., MAY 11 ] Tree Peony Festival of Flowers. Sundays, 10 a.m Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Rd. Suggested contribution $8, guided tour $12. 584-3913. email@example.com. linwoodgardens.org. FESTIVAL | TREE PEONY FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS Art Events [ WED., MAY 8 ] Lauren Bon and The Optics Division/AgH2O Exhibition. May 8, 6 p.m. George Eastman House, 900 East Ave. Ingallery photograph printing performance. The team will create a print a giant negative included in the Silver and Water exhibition Included in museum admission $5-$12. eastmanhouse.org. [ SAT., MAY 11 ] Anderson Alley Artists Second Saturday Open House. second Saturday of every month, 12-4 p.m. Anderson Alley Building, 250 N. Goodman St firstname.lastname@example.org. andersonalleyartists.com. [ MON., MAY 13 ] Annual School for American Crafts Walkthrough. May 13, 4 & 7 p.m. School for American Crafts, 73 Lomb Memorial Dr., Bldg 7A, Rm 2514. Free. 4756114. email@example.com. Kids Events [ WED., MAY 8 ] Pitch, Hit, and Run Event. May 8, 5 p.m. Edgerton Community Center, 41 Backus St Official skills competition of Major League Baseball. Open to kids ages 7-14 Free 428-7521. cityofrochester. gov/sports. Submit Work for Rochester Teen Film Festival. Through June 7. Open call for film and videos in all genres from regional high school students. Deadline June 7. Festival takes place August 7 at Little Theatre go.naz.edu/rtff. [ THU., MAY 9 ] You’re Hired! For Teens. May 9, 3:30 p.m. Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Rd. Grades 8-12 Free. 340-8720. penfieldlibrary.org. [ FRI., MAY 10 ] Day Out with Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013. May 1012, 8:45 a.m. Medina Railroad Museum, 530 West Ave. Activities and storytelling aboard Thomas the Tank Engine $18. 798-6106. thomasandfriends.com/dowt. [ MON., MAY 13 ] Monday Toddler Book Club: Dragons and Friends. 10:30, 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m The Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square April: Dragons and Friends. May: Color me Happy. June: Garden Stories Included in admission: $13, under age 2 free. 263-2700. thestrong.org. Spring has finally bust wide open in our region, and the citywide sigh of relief and joy was almost audible. Everything is in bloom, boasting color and fragrance and drawing us out into the elusive Rochester sunshine. Time to celebrate! If the Lilac Festival is too much loud-crowd for your tastes, escape to Pavilion’s peaceful Linwood Gardens (1912 York Road) for the Tree Peony festival of flowers, which takes place SaturdaysSundays, May 11-12, 19-20, and 25-26. The gardens are located 35 miles southwest of Rochester in the farmlands of the Genesee Valley, and feature an historic landscape designed in the early 1900’s, and an Arts and Crafts-style summer house surrounded by ornamental trees and walled gardens, with sweeping views of the valley below. The festival runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, and will feature guided tours ($12, reservations required), and the music of dulcimers, bagpipes, alphorns, and recorders. Admission is a suggested $8 donation, which will benefit garden preservation efforts. Light fare, cookies, and tea cakes will be available for purchase. For more information, call 584-3913 or visit linwoodgardens.org. — BY REBECCA RAFFERTY Art Exhibits Exhibition by Wil Eldgridge Sideman. Tue, Thu, Sat 10 a.m.2 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org. attheyards.com. Call for Artwork [ WED., MAY 8 ] 2nd Annual Irondequoit Art Trail. Through May 20. Reply by May 20. Open to Irondequoit artists. Trail dates July 26-27 544-7846. Call for Art!. ongoing. Main Street Arts, 20 W. Main St. The gallery is currently seeking artists working in all media. Please include the following in your email: - 3 to 5 jpeg images of current work - Artist statement - CV/Resume Kindly indicate whether you are submitting available work or work that is representative (315) 5210832. email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org. Call for Artists. ongoing. Spectrum Gallery at Lumiere Photo, 100 College Ave. 4614447. spectrumgalleryroc.com. Dichotomy Art Bizarre. Through May 16. Fundraising event only June 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Java’s on Gibbs St $30 per booth. info@dichotomyrochester. com. facebook.com/ dichotomyrochester. Fertile Imagination: Art & Agriculture. Through June 1. Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St. Entry fee is $5. All entries must be submitted online via myartcenter. slideroom.com by June 1, 2013 Lectures [ WED., MAY 8 ] History of the Town of Canandaigua with Ray Henry. May 8, 6 p.m. Wood Library, 134 North Main St. May 22 date: Historic and Culturally Significant Sites in Canandaigua Free, register. 394-1381. woodlibrary.org. Introduction to Yacht Racing Crew. May 8, 7 p.m. Rochester Brainery, Village Gate, 274 N Goodman St. $15. 730-7034. rochesterbrainery.com. [ THU., MAY 9 ] “Focus 45” Lunchtime Lecture. May 9, 12:15 p.m. George Eastman House, 900 East Ave. “Creating a Digital Shoebox” with Stacey VanDenburgh $3-$6. 2713361. eastmanhouse.org. Comedy [ THU., MAY 9 ] Judy Gold. May 9-11. Comedy Club, 2235 Empire Blvd. Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 7:30 & 10 p.m $9-$12. 671-9080. thecomedyclub.us. [ FRI., MAY 10 ] Improv Comedy Battles. Fri 9:30 p.m. , Sat 7:30 p.m. Village Idiots Improv Comedy, 274 Goodman St. N. $5. 797-9086. VIP@ improvVIP.com. Village Idiots Improv Comedy, 274 Goodman St. N. $5. 797-9086. VIP@improvVIP.com. A Journey Through the Universe. May 9, 7 p.m. Rochester Brainery, Village Gate, 274 N Goodman St. $15. 730-7034. rochesterbrainery.com. Rochester Birding Association General Meeting. May 9, 7:30 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave Brett Ewald: Caught in Monhegan’s Trap: Monhegan Island, Maine Free. rochesterbirding.com. Rochester Committee for Scientific Information Annual Meeting: Hydraulic Fractruring Issues. May 9. 11 a.m., UR Medical Center K-307 Auditorium, David Carpenter: “Hydrofracking: Are the risks worth the benefits?” 6-8 p.m., RIT’s NTID Panara Theatre, David Carpenter and David Kowalski Free urmc.rochester. edu. 22 CITY MAY 8-14, 2013 Spring Lectures. May 9, 12:30 p.m. Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd. 5/9: “Gatsby Through the Lens of the 21st Century.” Sit down lunch at 11:45 a.m. available for $6 Free, register. 340-8655. penfieldrec.org. Wish You Were Here Photography Lecture. May 9, 6 p.m. George Eastman House, 900 East Ave. Lou Jones $3$6. 271-3361. eastmanhouse. org. [ SAT., MAY 11 ] Planting the Fittest: Survival in the Darwinian Garden. May 11, 9:30 a.m. Rochester Civic Garden Center, 5 Castle Park Lecturer: Karen Bussolini 4735130. rcgc.org. [ SUN., MAY 12 ] Sunday Forum: Restoring Nature. May 12, 9:45 a.m. Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh Street Jim Ekler, Senior Biologist at the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge, will talk about the history and mission of Montezuma, with pictures of the refuge and wildlife Free. 325-4000. [ TUE., MAY 14 ] The Pride & Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience Lecture Series. May 14, 12-1 p.m. Central Library, Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Ave. May 14: History of the Negro Leagues. Free. 428-8350. libraryweb.org/ pride&passion. Reshaping Rochester: “Regional Choices.” May 14, 7-9 p.m. Gleason Works Auditorium, 1000 University Ave. With Charles (Chuck) Marohn and Peter Fleischer $15, free to students. 2710520. rrcdc.org. [ WED., MAY 15 ] Guild Opera Lecture: Heroic and Powerful Women in Opera. May 15, 7-8:30 p.m. Pittsford Community Library, 24 State St. With Agneta D. Borgstedt Free. 248-6275. operaguildofrochester.org. The Icarus Sessions