A roundup of upcoming arts and entertainment events
After a week away, your Front-Row Seat correspondent's still getting caught up with, heh, correspondence. So here's a quick roundup of A&E-related alerts to consider putting on your calendar:
A 'divine' duo
The Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 20 Windsor St. in Rochester, will host a performance by The Da Vines — that's the father-son duo of Fred and Alex Vine — at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Fred is an acoustic guitarist specializing in Piedmont finger-style and Delta blues bottleneck guitar. Alex plays guitar, mandolin, bass and percussion. They perform traditional blues, ragtime, jazz and original compositions. After their set there's a time for local performers to take the mike for a song; just sign up before or during the concert.
This show is part of the Rochester Folkus series of concerts; next up will be the Dady Brothers on Oct. 10. Admission: $10. Reservations aren't required but can be made by calling 585-325-4370.
LaMontagne fans, get busy
Interested in attending singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne's Rochester show next month? You'd best get busy; word is that tickets are going quickly. LaMontagne is playing Kodak Center (200 W. Ridge Road) — his only upstate New York gig on his "Just Passing Through" acoustic tour — at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Tickets are $36.50 (plus applicable fees such as parking) and are available through Ticketmaster at http://bit.ly/2MLtuy6 or at 800-745-3000.
Joining LaMontagne on bass this tour is Wilco's John Stirratt. They're playing songs spanning LaMontagne's albums, including "Trouble," "Gossip in the Grain," "Ouroboros" and "Part of the Light."
Other upcoming shows at the Kodak Center include Maxwell (Oct. 1); Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (Oct. 13); a production of "The Emperor's New Clothes" (Oct. 13-21); "Long Island Medium" Theresa Caputo (Oct. 17); and Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul (Oct. 20), among others. Details: www.kodak.com/US/en/kodakcenter/default.htm.
Boosting caregiver education with beer, food, music
Abandon Brewing Company, at 2994 Merritt Hill Road, Penn Yan will host a fund-raising event from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, to benefit the Struzzi Homestead Education Fund. Open to the public, the event will feature beer, food and music by Acoustic Brew from 2 to 5 p.m.
Proceeds benefit the fund and allow caregivers at The Homestead of Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan to further their education in patient care. Bill Struzzi, a resident at The Homestead, is the son of Cathy Sperrick, operator of Abandon Brewing, who started the fund to assist caregivers who have supported her son and their family.
Donations for the education fund can be sent to Finger Lakes Health Foundation, 196 North St., Geneva, NY 14456, with a designation in the memo line for the “Struzzi Education Fund”. You may also call the foundation at 315-787-4053 and make a donation via credit card.
The Homestead at Soldiers & Sailors is a 151-bed long-term care facility consisting of four units, including two skilled nursing units, a cognitively impaired unit, and a behavioral unit.
The curtains rise
Here's a sampling of what's on stage at area live-theatre venues this weekend (contact the theatres for ticket information), in addition to the dozens of KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival shows:
• Blackfriars Theatre,785 E. Main St., Rochester: "Anna in the Tropics," 7:30 p.m. Thurtsday, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. In a Cuban-American cigar factory, a new lector unwittingly sparks change when he reads to the workers from "Anna Karenina."
• Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester: "Hair," 7:30 p.m.Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 4 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. The landmark presentarion of the clash of values seen in the 1960s, the "dawning of the Age of Aquarius."