FESTIVAL: The First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival continues through the weekend at various locations around town, bringing you all manner of musical, performing, and visual arts. Some events are free, while others require tickets. For more information, including schedules and pricing, visit rochesterfringe.com.
RECREATION: Enjoy a peaceful, leisurely hike through Cumming Nature Center (6472 Gulick Rd., Naples) on Saturday, September 22. The Serendipity Walk takes place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and a $3 per person/$10 per family donation is requested for participation. Bring a lunch. For more information, call 374-6160, or visit rmsc.org.
KIDS: Take the kids to opening weekend of the new "Dora and Diego: Let's Explore!" exhibit at The Strong National Museum of Play (1 Manhattan Square). Hours are Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m., and admission is $11-$13 (children younger than 2 and members free). For more information, call 263-2700, or visit thestrong.org.
RECREATION: The MVP Health Care Marathon takes place on Sunday, September 23, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Andrews Street Bridge, and will end up at Frontier Field. Visit rochestermarathon.com for more information, to register, or for a full course description. The fee to participate is $70-$100, but free for cheering spectators.
SPECIAL EVENT: Rochester Deaf Awareness Week takes place September 23-29, and includes workshops, lectures, and performances by special guests. A free kick-off ceremony will take place Sunday 1-3 p.m. at the Monroe Community College Theater (building 4, 1000 E. Henrietta Rd.). Visit the website for details on programming: rdaw.org.
SPECIAL EVENT: The Rochester Public Market (280 N. Union St.) ain't just for veggies. Each Sunday through October 14, Garage Sales and Super Fleas hold untold treasure. Check it out this Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free; get more information by calling 428-6907 or visit cityofrochester.gov/marketevents.
LIT: BOA Editions' annual celebration of poetry, Dine and Rhyme, features DorianneLaux and Nin Andrews this year, and will celebrate the life and work of the late Lucille Clifton, as well as a new anthology of her work. The event will be held Sunday, September 23, with a 3 p.m. poetry reading and booksigning at Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave.) and a 5 p.m. reception and dinner at Good Luck Restaurant (50 Anderson Ave.). Tickets for the reading event are $20 in advance and $25 at the door; full event tickets are $125/person ($90 of which constitutes a charitable contribution). Learn more and RSVP by calling 546-3410 x11.
ART: Bob Conge's "Recent Works" opens Saturday, September 22, 1-5 p.m., at Phillips Fine Art and Frame (248 East Ave.). The artist's playful works are "inspired by the vivid memories of a fervent belief in the likes of Santa and Frankenstein, the tragic loss of that vibrant reality, and on occasion my revulsion with the reality of today," per the provided statement. Admission to the reception is free, and the show continues through October 20. For more information, call 232-8120.
SPECIAL EVENT: Juniors Barbershop and Unisex Salon's 2nd Annual Hairshow, featuring special musical guest Noel Gourdin, takes place Sunday, September 23, 6-10 p.m. at Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave.). Admission is $25-$45 ($3 for ages 13 and under), and registration is required. For more information, visit noelgourdin2012hairshow.eventbrite.com.
SPECIAL EVENT: The 6th Annual New York State of Mind Dinner takes place Saturday, September 22, 6:30-11 p.m. at New York Wine & Culinary Center (800 S. Main St., Canandaigua), featuring food and wines from all over New York State. Tickets are $150, and registration is required. Call 394-7070 or visit nywcc.com/special-events/new-york-state-mind to register and for more information.
DANCE/MUSIC: Put on your dancing shoes and join a session of Fandango at the Tango, a new event featuring Americana roots music, which takes place Saturdays at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) at Tango Café (389 Gregory St.). This weekend's featured artists are Meg Gehman, Lisa Bigwood, & Bill Welch. For more information, call 271-4930 or visit tangocafedance.com.
MUSIC: Rocker and guitar slinger Steve Vai will be hitting town Sunday at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St., waterstreetmusic.com), bringing with him his years of axe wielding experience and 15 million (!) sold albums. The show kicks off at 8 p.m., tickets run $30-$40, and Beverly McClellen and Melia will be opening up the show.
MUSIC: Saturday night and you've got no excuse to stay home, but not sure where to head out? Head down to Bistro 135 (135 W. Commercial St., East Rochester, bistro135.net) and sit back and relax in the jazz stylings of El Rojo Jazz. The show is free, tunes start at 6 p.m., and you can enjoy the atmosphere, dining, and drinks that come with a lovely night out on the town.
MUSIC: Pop pop! Get ready to get your best radio-friendly mosh at the Pop-Punk Showcase Saturday at the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave., bugjar.com). Local and national bands on the bill include the likes of Handguns, Forever Came Calling, State Champs, Allison Weiss, Storm the Bay, Mouthful, and Through The Crowd. It's an afternoon show -- the rock begins at 2:30 p.m., so get there early. Tickets run $10-$12.
MUSIC: It ain'tnothin' but a party when one-man band Bob Log III rolls into town. Dressed like one of those circus maniacs that gets fired from a canon, Log plays viciously raw Delta blues on slide guitar with his hands, while tackling the drums with his feet. The vocals are shouted through a telephone receiver mounted on the windscreen of his motorcycle helmet. It's unpredictable madness. Perhaps it's even a little bizarre, and Log's tunes -- full of lust, excess, and alcohol -- are there to stir things up. Check him out Sunday at the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave., bugjar.com), 9 p.m., tickets $8-$12.
MUSIC: Lovin' Cup (300 Park Point Dr., lovincup.com) is pulling out all the stops this year with the 3rd Annual Lovapalooza. Not only will there be beer tasting and plenty of crafts on sale (including tattoos of both the permanent and not-so-permanent types), but RIPROC will be supporting with DJs all day culminating in a dance party all night. Head on down Saturday, starting at 2 p.m. Admission is only $5. Get ready to dance the night away.