There's plenty going on throughout the region in terms of arts-and-entertainment and other special events, so this time around we're just going to open the mailbag (or its digital counterpart) for a sampling of upcoming events:

It's there in black and white

The "Black and White Invitational" exhibit, showcasing the work of seven photographers skilled in black and white work, is underway at Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Ave., Rochester, with an opening reception from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 14.

The exhibit features the artwork of Don DeLong, Bill Edwards, Rick Garcia, Jones Hendershot, Susan C. Larkin, Devin Mack and Tom McGlynn. Guest photographers include visiting artist Lisa Cook, and Dick Beery in the Neuberger Gallery, along with Image City's artists in residence and gallery partners.

The exhibit runs through July 9 at the gallery, open noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. There's no admission fee, and parking is free on the street or in the lot next door to the gallery.

In search of singers

Finger Lakes Chorale, a community chorus based at Finger Lakes Community College, will welcome new members at its next practice on Monday, June 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the third floor rehearsal hall of the main campus at 3325 Marvin Sands Drive.

The Chorale typically rehearses on Tuesday evenings but the June 18 rehearsal has been moved a day earlier to avoid a conflict with a concert at CMAC.

This summer, the Chorale will rehearse for performances of music from the 1960s and 1970s on Aug. 10 and 11. For more information about the Chorale, contact director Dennis Maxfield at 585-396-0027.

What's 'New' at BVT

Bristol Valley Theater in Naples is continuing its "New Works Initiative" for a fifth year, offering staged readings of new and developing works, original solo shows and, closing out the season at summer's end, a full-mounted world-premiere production ("The King's Legacy" by Michael Radi, about Henry VIII). It gives local audiences the opportunity to experience new work here in the Finger Lakes setting, and artists the opportunity to develop their work before audiences and in some cases see its potential realized.

The staged-readings series will continue next week with a reading of "Natural Causes" by Charles Zito (whom some BVT audiences may remember from a reading of his "Tweet" several seasons ago) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18. According to a release from Bristol Valley, "the story begins on Feb. 1 as Maria and her family prepare for their annual Groundhog Day festivities. This year’s special as Anthony, the prodigal son who escaped the family dysfunction eight years ago, has returned for the first time, in hopes of rescuing his youngest sibling from the twisted web of alcoholism, hypochondria and secrets. This dark comedy centers on family traditions gone wrong."

The series continues on July 30 at 7 p.m. with "It’s a Small World" by Amber Palmer, a quirky comedy that tells the story of Anne, an engineer, and Cyrus, a robot who once was a coffee pot and now spouts poetry. According to BVT, "This unlikely duo are driving from Florida to Canandaigua to take Cyrus home after Anne’s friend Adam abandons him at Disneyworld. As they travel cross country, these most unusual buddies encounter characters animate and inanimate, and have adventures whimsical and oddly touching in what may be the world’s most original road trip."

BVT favorite Liz Wasser will return to Naples in August with an original solo show.

“BVT launched our New Works Initiative several seasons ago, committing ourselves to bringing new plays to our audience. Being able to experience new work, meet the playwrights and get an insight into the developmental process is something more common to theaters in major cities,” stated director and BVT Executive Artistic Director Karin Bowersock. “It's an experience we wanted to invite our audience to share. At the same time, it's a remarkable oportunity for the writers to hear their work, and, in some cases to see it realized onstage with sets, costumes, and professional artists for the first time.”

The staged readings will be at the theater at 151 S. Main St., Naples. Admission is $5 at the door.

Have you written a play and want in on this? Bristol Valley Theater accepts submissions of new work for consideration for reading or production throughout the year. All material should be previously unproduced, though works that have received readings and workshops are acceptable. Information on submitting work is available at

Animal Avengers

This Saturday will be one super day at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, which will host "Animal Superpowers Day" to highlight animals' unique "superpowers" that help them find food, escape predators and thrive in their environments.

Activities will include scheduled animal experiences, a scavenger hunt, interactive stations, biofacts, and more. The scavenger hunt will guide guests through the zoo, helping them discover all the amazing things animals can do. Guests will learn about species-specific behaviors and adaptations, meet ambassador animals up-close, and hear directly from zoo keepers about animal “superpowers." Guests who complete the scavenger hunt will receive an “Animal Superpowers Expert” certificate.

And it wouldn't be a superpowers-themed event if guests (of all ages) weren't encouraged to join the fun by representing their favorite superhero, either wearing a T-shirt or dressing in full costume.

Seneca Park Zoo, at 2222 St. Paul St. in Rochester, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last entry at 4 p.m.