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BEST BETS: July 30 to Aug. 5, 2015

New theater production company
Page to Stage, a new local theater production company, makes its debut with the contemporary off-Broadway musical "The Last Five Years" at MuCCC Friday to Sunday. It stars Alec Michael and Katie LeSuer (pictured). Stemming from a concept brought to Nazareth College by former faculty member and current Geva Theatre Center Musical Director Don Kot, the idea was adapted for students by professor Lindsay Korth. Director and Nazareth alumnus Wayne Alan Dunbar and his assistant director, Bridget Blakely, are bringing this unique process to the community at large. "This method pushes actors to their limits and forces them to learn about themselves as artists," says Dunbar, Page to Stage co-founder. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The theater is at 142 Atlantic Ave. Go to muccc.org/events for details.

Park Ave Fest
The annual Park Ave Summer Art Fest is Saturday and Sunday. The annual festival is held outside on a mile-long stretch of Park Avenue. More than 350 artists and exhibitors from the U.S. and Canada are expected, as well as musical groups on several stages. The festival opens at 10 a.m. both days, wrapping up at 6 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. Businesses along Park get into the spirit too, offering samples of their goods and services. More than 30 musical groups will perform at several stages. Visit park-avenue.org or rochesterevents.com. Also, here's a festival map.

Bryan Adams at CMAC
Bryan Adams performs Friday evening at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua. Adams' many hits include "Cuts Like A Knife," "Summer of '69," "Kids Wanna Rock" and "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You." On Sunday, Grace Potter with Madaila performs at CMAC. Potter releases her first solo album "Midnight" Aug. 14. Go to cmacevents.com for details on both shows.

Glorious Garlic Festival
At Fox Run Vineyards' Glorious Garlic Festival this weekend in Penn Yan, visitors can taste a garlic-infused festival menu, hear live local music, savor local farmers' fresh garlic and learn new recipes from Finger Lakes wine country chefs while enjoying the scenery of Seneca Lake. The free festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There's a concert tonight to launch the festival. Food and drinks will be available starting at 5, with music by The Town Pants kicking off at 6 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Visit foxrunvineyards.com/.

Victor Wooten performs tonight
Five-time Grammy winner Victor Wooten, acclaimed soloist and bassist for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, performs tonight at Party in the Park at Martin Luther King Jr. Park at Manhattan Square. Go to ticketmaster.com.

Kasha Davis at JCC
Kasha Davis brings her original show "There's Always Time for a Cocktail" to JCC CenterStage Saturday. It's the true story of Eddie Popil's transformation from a young boy in Scranton, Pa. to "International Celebrity Housewife Mrs. Kasha Davis." The play was written by Popil; Ralph Meranto directs. Showtime is 8 p.m. Visit jcccenterstage.org for details.

On the big screen
"Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation" finds Ethan Hunt and his team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate, an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are. Tom Cruise, Jon Voight and Jeremy Renner star. "Vacation" is a sequel to the great 1983 Chevy Chase movie. Rusty Griswold takes his own family on a road trip to "Walley World" in order to spice things up with his wife and reconnect with his sons. and Ed Helms and Christina Applegate star. Find movie times.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days
The Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford is honoring 19th-century frontier life with Laura Ingalls Wilder Days Saturday and Sunday. Through two TV series and 10 novels, Laura Ingalls captured imaginations and showed what life was like in pioneer days. And Laura Ingalls had several ties to Western New York. Hersha Parady, who played Alice Garvey on the series, will be on hand to meet visitors. Folks can make a handkerchief doll, churn butter and take part in other old-time games and activities. Go to gcv.org.

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