A roundup of upcoming arts and entertainment events around the region
As always, there's quite a bit going on 'round these parts in the near future — so this week brings us a roundup of quick hits on the region's A&E offerings.
Folkus features the Dadys
The Dady Brothers — the musical partnership of singers and multi-instrumentalists John and Joe Dady — will bring their Irish and American folk/roots music to Downstairs Cabaret Theatre in Rochester next week for the third installment in the Rochester Folkus concert season.
We're not kidding about "multi-instrumentalists" — the Dadys play guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, bodhran, pennywhistle and even more.
Got a song of your own to offer? There will be time after the Dadys' set for local performers — just sign up before or during the featured performance.
The concert will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at DCT, 20 Windsor St., Rochester. Admission is $10; reservations are accepted — but not required — and may be made at www.DownstairsCabaret.com or Rochester Folkus' Facebook page.
Coming up in the Folkus season: Loren Barrigar, Oct. 24; Claudia Schmidt, Nov. 14; and Brett Howland, Nov. 28.
A little lunch music
Oct. 10 will also be the kickoff for the "Live from Hochstein" concert series' fall season, the Hochstein School's free lunchtime "brown bag" series of concerts. Next Wednesday's concert, from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. in the Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester, will feature the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (Chelsea Tipton, conductor) presenting Rossini's Overture to "The Barber of Seville" and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.
Upcoming performances — all at the same time Wednesdays — feature "Love Songs for South America," Oct. 17; "Piano Trios by Arensky and Piazzola," Oct. 24; "A Taste of Baroque Italy," Oct. 31; "Music of Douglas, Piazzolla, and Previn," Nov. 7; Brahms' Sextet for Strings, Nov. 14; "Holiday Music for Horns" featuring the Eastman Horn Choir, Nov. 28; and choral chamber ensemble Madrigalia's "A Cup of Good Cheer," Dec. 5.
LaVette live in Geneva
Soul singer Bettye LaVette will take the Smith Opera House stage, 82 Seneca St., in Geneva this Saturday, Oct. 6, starting at 8 p.m. Aided by her keyboardist Even Mercer, LaVette interprets songs from everyone from Bob Dylan (this year she released an album of all-Dyan songs) to Dolly Parton, John Hiatt to The Beatles, making each song her own. Syracuse jazzman Ronnie Leigh will open for LaVette. Tickets range from $29.50 to $49.50, plus service fees, at thesmith.org.
Shows to "fall" for
Tickets are on sale now for the 2018 Donald Raines Fall for the Arts series at Bristol Valley Theater in Naples, which opens Friday, Oct. 12 with the acoustic/folk stylings of The Paulsen Baker Band at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 for ages 12-18, $5 for those under 12; they're available at bvtnaples.org.
The following week, Oct. 19, will be the 2019 season announcement party at which next year's shows will be revealed. The party — featuring food, wine and entertaiment by Chris J. Handley, Katelyn Cantu and more — will starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $35.
The rest of the season — same ticket price as The Paulsen Baker Band — include the Fiddlers of the Genesee" at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 and a staged reading/concert version of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: A New Musical" at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 and 2 p.m. Oct. 28.
Bristol Valley Theater is at 151 S. Main St., Naples.
'Becoming Dr. Ruth'
Speaking of Bristol Valley Theater, here's a reminder: BVT's artistic director Karin Bowersock takes the CenterStage Theatre stage starting Oct. 6 for a run of Mark St. Germain's "Becoming Dr. Ruth," in which Bowersock takes on the role of the popular sex therapist of the 1980s, Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Westheimer had a fascinating life before coming to prominence as Dr. Ruth — escaping Nazi Germany as a young girl on the Kindertransport, a stint as a sniper in Jerusalem, living as a single mom in America — and then changed the way America talks about sexual health and sexual activities, according to Pebble Kranz from the Rochester Center for Sexual Wellness.
"Becoming Dr. Ruth," running Oct. 6-21 at the Louis S. Wolk Rochester Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Brighton, will open CenterStage's 42nd season. Performances of the show, a co-production between CenterStage and BVT, are at 8 p.m. on Oct. 6, Oct. 13 and Oct. 20; 2 p.m. on Oct. 7, Oct. 14 and Oct. 21; and 7 p.m. on Oct. 11 and Oct. 18. Details: 585-461-2000, jccrochester.org.
One 'Wonderful' show
Remember "(She's) Some Kind of Wonderful," that 1967 Soul Brothers Six song that Grand Funk Railroad later took to #3 on the U.S. Billboard chart in '74? Its writer — John Ellison, who teamed up with Rochester soul/blues band Soul Brothers Five in 1967 to make them Six — returns to Rochester this month for a concert Friday, Oct. 19at The Little Theatre's restored Theater 1 at 240 East Ave.
Ellison will perform at 8 p.m. as part of the Little's concert series, presented by Different Radio. Rochester bluesman Steve Grills will open the show. Tickets are available at the box office or at thelittle.org.