September 1 is First Friday, that most magical of evenings during which galleries and art spaces coordinate simultaneous openings. There is always a lot going on, but if you have to choose, CITY recommends these events; for more, visit firstfridayrochester.org or our calendar of events at rochestercitynewspaper.com. All events take place 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and are free, unless otherwise noted.
Gallery r (100 College Avenue) will open "Material Interruption," a show of recent photography, video, and installation projects by RIT School of Design Faculty Nancy Bernardo and Mitch Goldstein. Provided info states that through their work, Bernardo and Goldstein "explore the visual and interactive nature of glitches and accidents." Part of the RIT Faculty in Focus series, this show remains up through September 24 and is part of the Rochester Fringe Festival lineup. Gallery r's normal hours are Thursday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 256-3312, or visit galleryr.rit.edu.
Next door to Gallery r, Gallery Q (100 College Avenue) will host "Otherdoms," which spotlights the fantastical work of comic-based artists. Both fan art and original characters by Lee Moyer and Liz Pritchard will present stories that "fill the gaps in the assumed inclusiveness of alternative fiction," says provided info. The show continues through the month. Gallery Q's hours are Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 244-8640; gayalliance.org/programs/galleryq.
Visual Studies Workshop Gallery (31 Prince Street) will present "We Are Family": work by nine contemporary artists who explore the expanding concepts of family. The exhibit will focus on how the LGBTQ community has historically navigated barriers to marriage, family building, and child-rearing, and how that community navigates the roadblocks of today. "We Are Family" runs through October 21, and VSW's gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 442-8676; vsw.org.
"The Amazing Artwork of Dave Pollot" will be on view at Nox Cocktail Lounge (302 North Goodman Street, Village Gate) through the month of September. Pollot creates pop culture parodies on thrifted paintings and art prints by seamlessly adding his own witty modifications — for example, the physicians in Rembrandt's "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp" now gather around not a corpse, but test their motor skills on a game of "Operation." An opening reception takes place from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Nox is open daily from 4 p.m. until midnight. 471-8803; noxcocktail.com.
Rochester Contemporary (137 East Avenue) will host the opening of two shows, "Under Pressure: Redefining the Multiple" in the main space, and an exhibit of installation work by Mizin Shin in the LAB Space. The former show, presented in collaboration between Rochester Contemporary and The Print Club of Rochester, features a range of national, regional, and international artists, who aim to transcend traditional approaches to printmaking. In addition to the first Friday opening, a preview party and auction will take place on Thursday, August 31, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and an artists' talk will be held Saturday, September 2, at 1 p.m. Mizin Shin's work visualizes the interdependency of societal systems, including with nods to such theories as The Butterfly Effect, Chaos Theory, Complexity Science and Complex Adaptive Systems, Entropy, Emergence, and Small-world networks. Both shows continue through September 24. RoCo's hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (until 9 p.m. on Fridays). Admission is $2 and free to members (or if it's ya birthday). 461-2222; rochestercontemporary.org.