Quick look: Community weekends, festivals

Yellowjacket Weekend, Sept. 7–8

Mates of States will perform at Yellowjacket Weekend in September.

Mates of States will perform at Yellowjacket Weekend in September.

Celebrate the start of a new academic year with a variety of events on the River Campus—part of the annual Yellowjacket Weekend. The community weekend features the Activities Fair, Club Rochester, Wet n’ Wild, a Battle of the Bands, carnival foods, movies, a poster sale, giveaways, and other activities. Mates of State is this year’s Yellowjacket Weekend band. The indie pop duo will perform at 5:30 on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Wilson Quadrangle. Their most recent album,
Mountaintops, received critical acclaim from Spin and Paste magazines.

Saturday Night Live cast member Vanessa Bayer is the Yellowjacket Weekend comedian for 2013. Her show is scheduled for 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, in Strong Auditorium.

Bayer, who is returning for her third season of SNL earned attention during her debut season with her impersonation of Miley Cyrus. She has continued to impress audiences with her impression of Fox and Friends host Gretchen Carlson and her recurring Weekend Update segment alongside
Fred Armisen as one of Muammar Qadhafi’s childhood best friends.

Stay tuned for updates and ticket information.

Fringe Festival, Sept. 19-28

After a highly successful first year, the Rochester Fringe Festival is back. The second annual First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival is doubling in size—from five to 10 days. With more than two dozen official venues in and around the East End, the Fringe will transform Gibbs Street for two full weekends this fall.

Grey Light—a rock band merging elements of pop, jazz, and classical music—met as students at the Eastman School. They'll perform free shows Sept. 20 and 25 at Java's as part of the Fringe Festival.

Grey Light—a rock band merging elements of pop, jazz, and classical music—met as students at the Eastman School. They’ll perform free shows Sept. 20 and 25 at Java’s as part of the Fringe Festival.

The University will again serve as a sponsor of the community event. In addition to headliners and local performers, around 30 performing groups featuring University students and faculty from the College, the Medical Center, and the Eastman School will perform at venues throughout the city of Rochester. A full list of University acts is available at www.rochester.edu/arts/fringe.

Headliners for the festival are aerial dance troupe Bandaloop (Sept. 20 and 21, HSBC Plaza), Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and newspaper columnist Dave Barry (Sept. 27, Kodak Hall at
Eastman Theatre), and comedian Marc Maron (Sept. 21, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre), who produces the popular podcast “WTF with Marc Maron.”

A full schedule and ticket information is available at www.rochesterfringe.com.

Meliora Weekend, Oct. 10–13

Comedian Demetri Martin is among the headliners at Meliora Weekend, Oct. 10–13.

Comedian Demetri Martin is among the headliners at Meliora Weekend, Oct. 10–13.

Now in its 13th year, Meliora Weekend is a Rochester tradition welcoming alumni, parents, and friends to campus. Over the course of four days, Meliora Weekend features entertain ment, featured alumni and faculty speakers, athletic events and tailgates, student group performances, networking opportunities, and the chance to visit with family and friends.

This year’s highlights include a keynote address by former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates and a performance by comedian Demetri Martin.

Registration opens Monday, Aug. 19. For a schedule of events and more information, visit www.rochester.edu/melioraweekend.

If you’re interested in doing more than just attending, look out for opportunities to volunteer and receive free University swag in exchange