May 26 to June 2
The Roc City Rib Fest is at Genesee Valley Park Friday to Monday. The four-day professional state championship BBQ competition features live music, a barbecue class, a food truck throwdown and a fun zone for kids. Pigtails and Crewcuts will be doing free hair braiding and hair stenciling from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The long weekend's performers include Tommy Brunett, Cherry Bomb, Mick Hayes, Teressa Wilcox (pictured), Fred Vine, Amy Montrois and more. Visit roccityribfest.org.
The first observance of Memorial Day was in Waterloo on May 5, 1866. In 1966, Waterloo was officially recognized as the birthplace of Memorial Day by the state, the U.S. Congress and a proclamation by President Lyndon B. Johnson. A full slate of historical and family-themed entertainment in Waterloo is set for this weekend. The full schedule for the 150th consecutive Memorial Day observance is at WaterlooNY.com. Of course, most communities plan their own Memorial Day parades and ceremonies to honor the U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. Also, for those planning to get stuff done around the house this long weekend, the Rochester Public Market is open for business Thursday to Tuesday. Flower City Days at the Market are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sunday and Monday. Visit cityofrochester.gov.
RPO takes you back to '20s
It'll feel like the Roaring Twenties this weekend as the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra performs "A Night at the Cotton Club II," a tribute to the musical giants who defined the Jazz Age. Jeff Tyzik conducts. Concerts are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Visit rpo.org.
The Seneca Park Zoo holds its annual ZooBrew fundraiser for those 21 and older from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday. Live music, food and drink will be available. Musical performers for Friday are Steve Grills & the Roadmasters, Roc City Paupers and Third Degree. The remaining summer dates for ZooBrew are June 24, July 8 and 22, Aug. 12 and Sept. 9. Visit senecaparkzoo.org.
On the Big Screen
Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass" is a spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories. Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter star. The ninth installment in the series, "X-Men: Apocalypse" features the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, who has amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Find movie times.
'The Language Archive'
Out of Pocket Productions presents "The Language Archive," written by Julia Cho. Jeff Siuda directs. It's about a man consumed with preserving and documenting the dying languages of far-flung cultures, even though at home he doesn't know how to communicate with his wife. It opens Friday and runs through June 2 at MUCCC. It's recommended for 15 and older. For more information or tickets, visit outofpocketproductions.org.