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BEST BETS: Aug. 22 to 28, 2014

Goo Goo Dolls come home

Goo Goo Dolls take the stage Friday night at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. Formed in 1986 in Buffalo, the band appropriately treats Darien Lake as an extended hometown. The band includes lead vocalist and guitarist John Rzeznik, bass guitarist Robby Takac and drummer Mike Malinin. Some of their most popular songs include "Iris" and "Slide." Plain White Ts and Daughtry open. For tickets, visit

Cheers to Flour City Brewers' Fest
The Flour City Brewers' Fest is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Rochester Public Market. The annual celebration of craft beer allows attendees to sample a variety of hand-crafted lagers and ales from some of the best local and national microbreweries, eat and listen to live bands. There are wineries, too. Go to for details.

Josh Groban at CMAC
Josh Groban performs Friday at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua. The "You Raise Me Up" singer has a new album, "All That Echoes," of originals and covers. Visit

On the big screen
Chloe Grace Moretz stars in "If I Stay," about a teen caught between life and death for one revealing day. Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite for "Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more notorious inhabitants. It stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba and Bruce Willis. Inspired by a true story, "When the Game Stands Tall" tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport. Find movie times.

The great New York State Fair
It's late August and time again for the New York State Fair in Syracuse. The fair begins today. Visitors from across the state will gather for the food, the exhibits, the rides and, of course, the music. Brad Paisley plays the Grandstand tonight; Pitbull takes the main stage Saturday. The fair continues through Sept. 1. There also are agriculture, technology and industry showcases and home arts competitions. There are 60 new rides, 25 food stands, 70 games and 25 novelty booths. Go to

All things Greek
Greek Fest runs today through Sunday on the grounds of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit on South Avenue in Rochester. The annual festival features food, music, children's activities, a Greek deli, a bookstore, a boutique, raffles, dancing and arts. Tours of the church and lectures also are planned. It's free to attend, and it runs till 10 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Go to

Fairport plans daylong festival
The Fairport Music & Food Festival is Saturday. It's held in Fairport on Liftbridge Lane near the Box Factory Building and features music and food from area restaurants. There will be live music on three stages from more than 20 bands and entertainers, as well as kids' activities. The family-oriented celebration of music and food benefits the Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong. It kicks off at noon Saturday. Go to Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 the day of the show. Kids 12 and younger are admitted free. Online ticket sales close at midnight today.

Make way for 'knotties'
Quest for the Knotties, a new event Saturday at Ganondagan State Historic Site, will lead children on a hunt for tiny woodland creatures made by a local sculptor and author. Doot Bokelman wrote the children's book "The Knotties of Ganondagan," combining elements of Seneca culture with ecological awareness. In it, modern-day Seneca children living at Ganondagan repel the forces of evil to protect the elfin knotties. Bokelman's knotties will be hidden deep along the trails at Ganondagan. The 6-inch-tall sculpted creatures are based on gnarled or knotty wood of various kinds with heads and hands in a wide variety of hues. Each creature's character is consistent with the traditional virtues of the wood from which it "grew." The event is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Go to for details.


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