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Daily Choices: What to do Saturday-Sunday, September 15-16

Latin dance, Greentopia, Artist Row, KISS, Motley Crue, and more!

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DANCE: The Upstate NY Latin Dance Festival will take place all weekend at Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.). Pricing ranges from $15 for show/party passes to $135 for full event passes, which included two full days of workshops, both nights of shows, and all parties. For more information or to register, call 770-8572 or visit

ART: Celebrate the grand opening of 1975 Gallery's permanent spot at 89 Charlotte St. on Saturday, 7-10 p.m. The event includes an opening reception for "Home is Where the Art Is," an exhibit featuring local favorites in a variety of media and genres. Admission is free, and the show will remain on view through October 6. For more information, visit

THEATER: Take in a performance of "You Can't Take it With You," a screwball comedy about a marriage between people from very different backgrounds, at Geva Theatre Center (75 Woodbury Blvd.). The official opening night is Saturday 8 p.m., and the show will be staged on Sunday also, 2 & 7 p.m., and continues through Oct 7. Tickets start at $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 232-4382 or visit

FESTIVAL: The Greentopia Festival in High Falls wraps up this weekend with films, music, and an ecofest (Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.). For more information on specific locations, times, and prices, call 287-5560 or visit

SPECIAL EVENT: Check out five beautiful homes in the Historic Maplewood Home Tour Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets are $8-$10, and more info is available by calling 458-3460 and online at At 7:30 p.m., head over to the Maplewood Rose Garden (corner of Lake Ave and Driving Park, Rochester) for the Festival of Lanterns, which will include illuminated lanterns, a drum circle, and music by a Native American flutist and Resonanz Ensemble. This event is free. For info, call 473-2234.

ART: The 19th Annual Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival takes place this weekend at the Hemlock Fairgrounds (1 Fair Street, Hemlock), and features exhibits, workshops, free demonstrations, and nearly 100 vendors selling supplies and equipment. The festival opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and admission is $5 (free to age 12 and under). For info: 802-342-6342.

ART: The 8th Annual Artist Row takes place on Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Rochester Public Market (280 N. Union St.). Admission is free, and more information can be found at All visitors to Artist Row are invited to partake of Zombies Care: A Family-Friendly Zombie Walk. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the loading docks (door 2) of the Hungerford Building (1115 E. Main St.) for zombie make-up tips, cider and donuts. Admission is the donation of an unused toiletry for Sample Soap. Then at 10:30 a.m., the group will shamble down to the market for some cultured brains. For information, call 305-9107.

SPECIAL EVENT: Writers & Books will host an Eat, Pray, Love Gala on Saturday starting at 7 p.m., at the Century Club (566 East Ave.). The event features live music, performances by local youth writers, a silent auction including items from authors Elizabeth Gilbert, Debra Dean, and Ann Patchett, as well as Italian, Indian, and Indonesian fare. Recommended attire is tropical elegance and Indian summer. Tickets are $100; for information and to register, call 473-2590, or visit

SPECIAL EVENT: DeeDee Dubois's Wild College Party will take place at Tilt Nightclub & Ultralounge (444 Central Ave.) on Saturday starting at 10 p.m. Admission is free for 21+ from 10-11 p.m.; 2 for 1 admission all night with college ID. 18+ welcome. For more information, call 232-8440 or visit

MUSIC: What happens in the Vegas stays in Vegas, though some things are best probably not forgotten. Local pop rockers Forget Me in Vegasare returning for a homecoming show at Montage Music Hall (50 Chestnut St.) Saturday starting at 7 p.m., call 232 1520 for all the ticket info. Let's show some Rochesterians that Rochester still knows how to have a good time.

MUSIC: Raise a glass, raise your foot, and get ready to throw down with the stomping, roaring threesome that is Devil Makes Three at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) Saturday. Guitar, string bass, and the occasional banjo create a bluegrass sound and vibe that roars and soars with rhythm that will bring you to your feet and not let them go. The group may be rooted in tradition, but it's fresh enough to be worthy of your dancing embrace. Brown Bird opens up the night, jamming starts at 9 p.m., tickets run $13-$15. has all the info.

MUSIC: Jukebox the Ghost's most recent album, "Safe Travels," is the band's third, and it showcases the outfit's penchant for quirky pop that falls somewhere in the Ben Folds spectrum. That might be an easy comparison, but the album is replete with enough piano riffs and sing-along hooks to sate even the most jaded consumers of pop music. Get ready to get down with them at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) Sunday at 7 p.m., and the show costs only $12-$18. is the place to dig for questions.

MUSIC: Both KISS and Motley Crue are probably the only two in a pile of almost-vintage rock bands that haven't undone their cool or stayed at the party too long. It's interesting to point out that both bands owe a debt of gratitude to The New York Dolls, a band that left the party too early that inspired KISS and the Crue with its glam hedonism and fatal attraction to excess. I've seen both the bands in the last few years and both give the fans what we want: nothing new, but what we want nonetheless. The rock goes on at Darien Lake PAC (9993 Alleghany Rd) Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets will run you $51-$185, swing over to for more info.

MUSIC: You know the songs: "In the Mood," "Tuxedo Junction," "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)," "(I've Got a Gal) In Kalamazoo" and so many others. But did you know that the Glenn Miller Orchestra is still touring and playing them? You can check them out at Hale Auditorium, Roberts Wesleyan College (2301 Westside Dr.) at Saturday at 7:30 p.m., tickets cost $20-$28, for more information.