BEST BETS: May 29 to June 4, 2015
Celebrating the legacy of Blackfriars leader
The Rochester theatre community on Saturday will honor the legacy and more than 35 years of artistic contributions of John Haldoupis, Blackfriars Theatre's artistic director. Haldoupis has directed or designed more than 200 area productions, directed musical revues, served as production designer on a feature film ("Cherry Crush") and designed a music video for Mandy Moore. He's also a painter. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. with a reception, followed by a 7 p.m. multimedia performance. It will be held at Xerox Auditorium, where the theater got its start. An after-party at Blackfriars kicks off at 10 p.m. For more information, visit blackfriars.org.
The best of Rochester's food, drink
Sample regional wines, craft beers and fine food at the Memorial Art Gallery during the Averell Council's second annual Devour Rochester Wine and Culinary Classic from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. The event features more than 25 food artisans, culinary classes and demonstrations and live jazz with Rochester's Bill Tiberio Quartet. Vendors include Ox & Stone, the Owl House, Cosimano e Ferrari Olive Oil, Eat Me Ice Cream, Hart's Local Grocers, Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery and Simply Crepes, Finger Lakes wineries, Rochester breweries and distilleries, and local food trucks. Visitors can stroll through MAG’s exhibits until they close at 5 p.m. Go to devourrochester.com.
RPO features Michael Feinstein
The 2014-15 Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Pops season wraps up Friday and Saturday with five-time Grammy Award nominee Michael Feinstein, who will celebrate the musical legacy of George and Ira Gershwin. The RPO will be led by guest conductor John Oddo in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Shows are at 8 p.m. both days. Visit rpo.org.
On the big screen
Cameron Crowe's "Aloha" is about a celebrated military contractor who returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs in Honolulu and reconnects with a long-ago love. The all-star cast includes John Krasinski, Alec Baldwin, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, Bradley Cooper, Danny McBride and Emma Stone. In "San Andreas" is about a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife who make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter after the infamous fault finally gives. Find movie times.
Opa! Greek Fest is this weekend
The Rochester Greek Festival is this weekend. Presented by the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, the festival features traditional live music and dance performances and cuisine such as spanakopita, gyros and baklava. Tents, tables and a performing area transform the church parking lot at 962 East Ave. For more information, go to rochestergreekfestival.org.
Boardwalk Arcade returns to Strong
The Strong National Museum of Play's original exhibit, Boardwalk Arcade, returns for summer. The exhibit includes fun-house mirrors, a wheel of fortune, Skee Ball and pinball playfields, as well as a variety of arcade games. Flower City Vaudeville will perform pop-up circus acts throughout the museum this weekend. Also on view will be artifacts from the museum's collections, including toy carousels and chalkware figurines. It's here through Sept. 7. Visit museumofplay.org.
1940s musical revue
"In The Mood," the brassy, all-singing, all-dancing, all-American 1940s musical revue, takes the stage at Rochester's Auditorium Theatre Saturday. It's a fully staged tribute to Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and the big band greats of the '40s. There are two shows, at 3 and 8 p.m. Visit rbtl.org.
Happy hour at Genesee Country Village
The taps will be flowing during a new after-hours social event at Genesee Country Village & Museum Friday night. From 5 to 9 p.m., guests will mingle in the open-air Victorian Pavilion Restaurant, where New York wines and the museum's own ales will be available for purchase, along with sandwiches and carnival food. It will be a step back in time for partygoers, who can stroll the gaslight district of the 19th century recreated village. Volunteers will lead tours of areas normally closed to the public in several village buildings, including the nation's only operational 19th-century brewery. Go to gcv.org.