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FALL GUIDE '11: Introduction

We’re going to need a bigger calendar

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When will smart people finally perfect cloning?

This is what I wonder while scanning the upcoming arts and cultural events listed in this year's Fall Guide. As I write this I'm trying to figure out how I can be three places at once since not one, not two, but THREE interesting stage shows all open this Saturday at 8 p.m. But I realized that even if I did have two clones of myself, they'd end up getting distracted between the arts shows, the dance performances, the festivals, the film openings, and then we'd need even more Erics wandering around to take it all in. And nobody wants that.

So I'm sorry to inform you that, barring rapid scientific advances courtesy of the Egghead-American community, it will be virtually impossible for you to take advantage of every amazing cultural opportunity coming up in Rochester this fall (and beyond). The good news is that City Newspaper's cultural critics have chimed in with their top picks for the most exciting music concerts, dance performances, theater shows, art exhibits, film screenings, and more coming up in the 2011-2012 arts season. If you need even more ideas for what to see and do, check out the 2011 Fall Guide on rochestercitynewspaper.com, which will include comprehensive listings from all of the area arts and cultural organizations.

Not that we're advocating that you stay indoors all fall. Autumn is lovely in Rochester, and this Fall Guide also includes an essay about appreciating some of our city's more stalwart sentinels -- trees -- as well as a massive list of festivals and special events that should get you into the crisp fall air. No matter what you do, enjoy yourself. And if you do happen to figure out that cloning trick, please let me know.

In This Guide...

    FALL GUIDE '11: Art Preview

    Falling for art: Interesting exhibits come to schools, the city, and beyond this season
    I crush on autumn so hard. You must understand, my fellow art enthusiasts, that besides being the moody, cozy-layering, tea-drinking time that it is, fall is also when my desk fills up with previews for exhibits taking place now through the springtime.

    FALL GUIDE '11: Classical music preview

    Break out the GPS: The sprawling new classical-music season will have you visiting all corners of the Greater Rochester area
    If the 2010-2011 season was the best classical programming Rochester has seen in 20 years -- anchored by the grand finale season of Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor and Music Director Christopher Seaman -- the 2011-2012 season will be the year of the GPS. Classical music fans: start your engines, because we are going to be going out and about downtown and beyond to get to all of the wonderful offerings large and small, professional, student, and community.

    FALL GUIDE '11: Dance Preview

    This town’s got moves: Local and traveling troupes highlight the 2011-12 dance season
    It's not easy to select only a handful of dance performances to recommend among the many offered in Rochester over the coming year. Dance is an art form with great variation, and people's preferences for one form over another -- say, contemporary rather than ballet, or African over tap -- are as personal as the type of music a person programs into her iPod.

    FALL GUIDE '11: Movie preview

    One week at a time: A reason to visit the cinema every weekend this fall
    By now you know how Hollywood works, saving its finest films for year's end, with a couple of non-prestige (read: fun) offerings counterprogrammed against all that Oscar bait. You've probably also noticed that the studios tend to cluster their most promising submissions around a holiday.

    FALL GUIDE '11: Music preview

    Let the music play: Ten great concerts coming to town this fall
    Given the number of venues, musicians, and concerts taking place any given week, it would be impossible for us to give you a comprehensive look at all of the popular-music concerts coming our way this fall. Instead several of the City Newspaper music writers have selected their picks for 10 can't-miss shows.

    FALL GUIDE '11: Special events

    BY ALEXANDRA CARMICHAEL AND ERIC REZSNYAK While the new fall arts and cultural seasons are exciting, you shouldn't spend all your time inside.

    FALL GUIDE '11: Theater preview

    Curtains rising :Rochester’s 2011-2012 theater season will take audiences to Urinetown, Vichy, the South Pacific, and beyond
    By Michael Lasser Anybody who can't find something to see in the five pages of single-spaced listings I perused for the 2011-2012 theater season must be bloody hard to please.

    FALL GUIDE '11: Nature

    Roots in the community: Get out and take in the diverse and majestic trees of Rochester
    BY KATHERINE STATHIS There's something about the strong, silent type.

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