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BEST BETS: Oct. 17 to 23, 2014

New exhibits at MAG
"Golden Legacy" opens Saturday at Memorial Art Gallery and marks the 65th anniversary of the beloved picture-book series Little Golden Books. It is the most extensive public showing of the original illustration art used in the series. Launched in 1942, Little Golden Books made high-quality illustrated books available at affordable prices for the first time to millions of young children and their parents. The exhibition includes 57 pieces of original illustration art chosen from the Random House archive. The gallery members' opening party is from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Dady Brothers and the Angelicus String Quartet will perform. At 2 p.m. Sunday, Diane Muldrow will give a talk. She wrote "Everything I Need to Know in Life I Learned from a Little Golden Book." Also opening this weekend is a new exhibit by a California artist. The interactive exhibit, which launches Sunday, features nine "infinity boxes" created by Matt Elson use color, light and mirrors to create optical illusions that envelop viewers who peer inside (pictured). Visit

Rochester Fashion Week in full swing
The 2014 Rochester Fashion Week aims to top last year's $150,000 in proceeds, which help support homeless youth in the region. Events kicked off Tuesday and features runway shows, a clothing exchange and a boutique crawl. Roughly 175 businesses, made up of corporate sponsors, boutiques, salons and vendors, are involved this year. It benefits Center for Youth's homeless programs and raises awareness in Rochester about youth homelessness in the community. The boutique crawl begins at 11 a.m. Sunday at East Inn & Suites at 384 East Ave. Shoppers register there and then make their way to the 28 stops throughout the city and surrounding areas. For more information, visit

New play at JCC
JCC CenterStage launches its new season with "Bad Jews," a play about cousins fighting over a family heirloom. By Joshua Harmon, the dark comedy is about family, faith and survival. JCC CenterStage is the first theatre in the country to license this new and acclaimed play. It opens Saturday and runs through Nov. 2 at Hart Theatre. It stars, from left, Samantha Jo Buckman, Carl Del Buono, Janine Mercandetti and Justin Borak. Go to

On the big screen
"Fury" stars Brad Pitt as a soldier who commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. "The Book of Life" is an animated comedy that features the voices of Diego Luna, Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana. It tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village. From author Nicholas Sparks, "The Best of Me" stars Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden as former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart. Find movie times.

'Whodunit' at Sonnenberg
The Sonnenberg Mansion in Canandaigua presents an evening of live theater this weekend and next. This year's mystery, "The Big Smear," is set in 1913 Canandaigua, a time of looming Prohibition, as well as an active Suffragette movement and opposition to male-only vote to incorporate Canandaigua into a city. During the evening, guests can converse with the characters to sleuth out "whodunit." Shows are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and Oct. 24 and 25. For details, visit

Trick-or-treat at the zoo
The Seneca Park Zoo Society presents ZooBoo this weekend and next. Children of all ages are invited to enjoy animal presentations, live entertainment, games, crafts and activities. Little ones are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite characters or animals and take part in a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt around the zoo. ZooBoo trick-or-treating tickets are $8.50 each, for both Zoo members and nonmembers. There are 15 trick-or-treat stations giving out a mixture of candy, healthy snacks and trinkets. Go to for more information.

'Spirits of the Past' at Genesee Country Village
Using the historic village as its canvas, the Genesee Country Village & Museum offers after-hours guided tours this weekend and next with costumed characters spinning tales from eerie 19th-century literature. The tours will revisit seven scenes from authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving, Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm and others in short theatrical vignettes acted out both inside and outside the historic homes. Spirits of the Past Theatrical Tours are Friday and Saturday, and Oct. 23 to 25. Reservations are required, and the museum recommends it's not for children younger than 12. Go to for details.

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