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5 things to do this weekend

September 13, 2017

Nick Foti ’19 offers his selection of events and activities to do this weekend. In addition, check out the newly refreshed and interactive University Events Calendar. The calendar features a variety of events at all campuses, including the River Campus, Eastman School, Memorial Art Gallery, and Medical Center. Log in with your NetID to save events you’re interested in or to share them on social media.

On the Verge of the Outermost Edge of Us, directed by Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp

#1: Experience “the Fringe” this weekend

The Keybank Rochester Fringe Festival opens Thursday, September 14, and continues through Saturday, September 23. The University of Rochester continues to be a major sponsor of the annual 10-day festival and is also hosting several events at the Eastman Theater. In 2016, the Rochester Fringe Fest celebrated a record attendance of more than 68,000 visitors. This year’s lineup features more than 500 performances and events, including many by University faculty, students, and staff. Acts this weekend include musical performances by student groups such as YellowJackets, Trebellious, and After Hours;  Heart and Soul: Medicine and Life—a clinicians’ spoken-word show; as well as the new show Labyrinth, a BIODANCE production by Missy Pfohl Smith and Michelle Harris. Search for show times and tickets on the Fringe website.

#2: Hear one person’s story to help the people of Haiti

On Friday, September 15, David Pierre-Louis will share his story of helping the people of Haiti after a devastating earthquake in 2010. Pierre-Louis, a Haitian-American leader in social, environmental, and economic justice, explains how dropped everything to search for his mother in Port-au Prince and how he used entrepreneurial thinking and a passion for arts and innovation to help rebuild his home country, including a discussion about the film that documented his efforts. The talk show style event, which is free and open to all, begins at 7 p.m. Presented by the iZone at Rush Rhees Library.

Photo courtesy of Charles Atlas and Luhring Augustine, New York.

#3: See ‘Lady Bunny’ at MAG

Charles Atlas: Here she is…v1, a Media Arts Watch exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery, comes to a close Sunday, September 17. The wall-size scale video installation explores the complex and provocative portrait of Lady Bunny, a renowned drag artist, entertainer, and comedienne. She is often outspoken on politics, climate change, and LGBTQ rights.  In what’s sure to be a packed room, the museum offers “Meet the Artist” with Charles Atlas and Douglas Crimp, the Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History, at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 14, focusing on artistic partnerships across disciplines. Charles Atlas will also screen the film Ocean, offered in conjunction with Here she is…v1, at the Dryden Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 15. Admission to the Memorial Art Gallery is free for University faculty, staff, and students with ID.

#4: Take in chamber works performance at Hatch Recital Hall

The Eastman Community Music School will present a faculty showcase performance on Friday, September 15. The hour-long program will include solo and chamber works by Debussy, Paganini, Arensky, Tedesco, and more. The ECMS faculty—seasoned performers who frequently appear on stages in the Rochester area—welcome two new members: percussionist Kyle Peters and guitarist Lynn McGrath. Both Peters and McGrath will be featured during the recital. The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 8 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman East Wing.

#5: Watch ‘Ferris Bueller’ from garage rooftop

College Town will host a free outdoor screening of the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on Friday, September 15. Grab a friend and head to the College Town parking garage to claim a spot at 6 p.m. There will be free popcorn for moviegoers. The film will begin at 8:30 p.m. The parking garage is located between Elmwood Avenue and Celebration Drive. Find a directory of College Town retail businesses, services, and restaurants online.

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