Weekend culture: "Ceramics Invitational," "Sunday Fun Day," and "Pluto at Last"


I just checked the weekend weather forecast and am currently envisioning the gorgeous days stretching, smug and catlike, into my near future. You should definitely plan some outdoor time.

On Saturday, July 11, Main Street Arts (20 West Main Street, Clifton Springs) will host a reception for “The Upstate New York Ceramics Invitational,” which features functional and sculptural work by thirteen contemporary ceramic artists from Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, Alfred, and the Finger Lakes Region. Participating artists include Bryan Hopkins, Michael Hughes, Bethany Krull, Ashley Lyon, Colleen McCall, Peter Pincus, Joanna Poag, Jeremy Randall, Jody Selin, Kala Stein, Kate Symonds, Hannah Thompsett, and Virginia Torrence.

The reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 315-462-0210 or visit mainstreetartsgallery.com.

On Sunday, July 12, Writers & Books and Rochester Brainery will present "Sunday Fun Day," a scavenger hunt centered on the Neighborhood of the Arts.

The free event will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Participants check in at Rochester Brainery (Village Gate, 274 North Goodman Street, Suite B134), where they will receive a neighborhood map and a set of clues guiding them to 15 different businesses and landmarks. At each stop, take a "NOTA selfie" with the map at the specified location, and upload the picture to social media using the hashtag #BrainsAndBooks.

At 4 p.m., everyone will gather at Writers & Books (740 University Avenue). Those who have completed 9 of the 13 stops will be entered to win a NOTA Raffle Basket filled with swag, tickets, and gift cards to participating NOTA businesses. The event will also feature music, games, food from Le Petit Poutine and Eat Me Ice Cream, and a tasting by Black Button Distilling. Participants can register through the Brainery'swebsite.

When Pluto's planetary status was revoked in 2006, t-shirts were created in protest of the disrupted mnemonic device for remembering the order of the planets, and the collective cry of nerds was probably heard from space. But earlier this year, a flurry of articles resulted after some space experts announced that maybe Pluto should be reinstated in the fellowship of the ring around the sun. (Dear scientists, would you pleeeaase quit toying with our emotions?)

No matter what your stance is on the celestial snowball, you'll probably enjoy "Pluto at Last," a new star show screening at Rochester Museum and Science Center's Strasenburgh Planetarium (657 East Avenue), because, well, SPACE, guys.

The next "Pluto at Last" screening is Saturday July 11, at 1 p.m. The 60-minute show is titled so because it takes viewers on an imaginary trip "aboard" NASA's New Horizons space probe as it conducts the first visit flyby of the planet, which was discovered in 1930. Until recently, the best photos ever taken of Pluto, which is three billion miles from us, showed only a wee dot in the star-spangled pitch.

The actual flyby will take place very quickly, as New Horizons is moving at about 31,000 miles per hour. On July 14, the probe will conclude its nine year journey to fly within 7,750 miles of Pluto, giving us a much better view of the beloved dwarf planet and its five moons.

A complete show schedule and more info is available at rmsc.org. The show is recommended for ages 6 years to adult. Tickets are $7 for adults; $6 for seniors, college students, and ages 3-18; and free for RMSC members.

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