BEST BETS: Oct. 1 to 7, 2015
Celebrate the beauty of the Genesee River
As the foliage begins to turn, autumn is a favorite time of year for many Rochesterians. Get out and enjoy it during Rochester River Romance this weekend. Events and activities focus on the river's ecology, economy, history and future. It runs Friday to Sunday, and most activities and events are free. Planned are guided walks and bike rides through neighborhoods, parks, cemeteries, the Riverway Trail and the aqueduct and old subway tunnel; river cruises; arboretum tours; the 27th annual Head of the Genesee Regatta and more. Rundel Library staff will offer peeks into rarely seen parts of the historic building, including the roof with its sweeping views. Go to cityofrochester.gov/RiverRomance.
Gandhi's birthday celebration
The Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence on South Plymouth Avenue plans an Open House 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday to celebrate both Gandhi's birthday and the work of the institute. The day includes dance performance and instruction, music, food, activities and experiments in empathy. Gandhi was born Oct. 2, 1869. The institute is at 929 Plymouth Ave. S. A brief program during the event will feature youth and adults who are connected with and benefiting from the work of the Institute. Go to gandhiinstitute.org to make a reservation.
Bat McGrath CD release concerts
Folk singer Bat McGrath is doing two CD release concerts Oct. 3 —at 5 and 8:30 p.m. —at Lovin' Cup in Henrietta. McGrath wrote the lyrics for Chuck Mangione's "Friends & Love," as well as songs for Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd. His new CD is called "Find Some Love." Visit lovincup.com.
On the Big Screen
"The Martian" is about an astronaut (Matt Damon) who is presumed dead after a fierce storm hits during a manned mission to Mars. He is left behind by his crew and stranded on the hostile planet, with only meager supplies. Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig also star. "Freeheld" is inspired by actual events. It's about New Jersey police Lt. Laurel Hester and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, who battle to secure Hester's pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Julianne Moore and Ellen Page star. Find movie times.
Positive Exposure at George Eastman House
The Golisano Foundation in August commissioned a renowned photographer for its "Positive Exposure—Change How You See, See How You Change" exhibition at the George Eastman House, which marks the foundation's 30th anniversary. Rick Guidotti, pictured, former fashion photographer for magazines such as Elle and Harper's Bazaar, photographed people with intellectual disabilities for the exhibition. The Rochester exhibition, which will feature 20 original portraits of people from the Rochester region, premieres at George Eastman House Friday and runs through Oct. 18. It will also include a collection from Guidotti's main "Positive Exposure" exhibition, which premiered at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Visit eastmanhouse.org.
Rochester Yoga Festival
Rochester Yoga Festival is Sunday at St. John Fisher College. The event touts itself as a "one-day yoga retreat" and features yoga, meditation, demonstrations and music. More than 250 people will be doing yoga together. The Rochester Yoga Festival will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. It's 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Rochester Yoga Festival will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. Check out rochesteryogafestival.com.
Hilton Apple Fest
The Hilton Apple Fest is Saturday and Sunday. The 35th-anniversary festival features free family entertainment while celebrating the apple harvest season. The Apple Fest has live music, activities for children, an apple pie eating contest, a decorated pumpkin contest and an apple peeling contest. The annual auto show held Saturday at the Village Elementary School is always a big draw. Visit hiltonapplefest.org.
Science-based exhibit at Strong
"Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit" opens at The Strong museum on Oct. 3. The exhibit—which brings the award-winning PBS Kids' TV series to life—lets kids step into Sid's world and become science kids themselves as they discover and investigate everyday science questions around Sid's home, at school and on the playground. It runs through Jan. 24. Go to museumofplay.org for details. To learn about other events in our area, see the digital edition of Explore or visit the Explore website.