BEST BETS: July 23 to 30, 2015
Sights, sounds of Native American culture
The Ganondagan Native American Dance and Music Festival is Saturday and Sunday at the Ganondagan State Historic Site. The festival celebrates the culture of the Seneca people, who lived at the site 300 years ago. Music headliners are Keith Secola (pictured), who has been described as a cross between Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young, and Twice as Good, a Native blues duo from California making its Ganondagan debut. The Iroquois Social Dancers and traditional hoop dancers will perform. There will also be craft projects, Native foods, an arts market, and guided trail and bark longhouse tours. Other highlights include cornhusk doll making, basket making and storytelling. Go to ganondagan.org for details.
Canandaigua Lake Festival of the Arts
The Canandaigua Lake Festival of the Arts runs Friday through July 26 in Kershaw Park on Canandaigua Lake. It includes artists and crafters, exhibitors and community groups, food vendors and activities for kids. This year, admission to the festival will be free to the public. Music by the Coupe de Villes starts at 6 p.m. Friday. Go to clfestivalofthearts.com.
Play celebrates Bette Davis
In her one-woman play "Bette Davis Ain't for Sissies," Jessica Sherr introduces audiences to a previously unseen side of Hollywood icon Bette Davis—one that is vulnerable, insecure and imprisoned by ambition. With humor and unabashed frankness, Sherr journeys into Davis' battle to win freedom from the grip and control of the Hollywood studio mogul executives and her mother. It plays at Downstairs Cabaret Theatre (20 Windsor) Friday through Sunday. Go to downstairscabaret.org.
Women's World Cup champs
The momentum from the Women's World Cup victory continues this weekend in Rochester. Western New York Flash takes on Houston Dash in a match Saturday evening at Sahlen's Stadium. U.S. Women's Soccer Team stars Carli Lloyd, Meghan Klingenberg and Morgan Brian (who play for Houston Dash) and Sydney Leroux and Whitney Engen (who play for the Flash) are slated to be there. The game is at 7 p.m. Visit wnyflash.com.
Spencerport Canal Days
Spencerport Canal Days is this weekend and features artists and crafters, live music, a car show and wine tasting. A highlight is the Canaligator Race, during which 1,000 little plastic alligators are launched off the Union Street bridge into the Erie Canal. Go to spencerportcanaldays.com.
Bash on the Bridges at Genesee Valley Park
The Preservation League of New York State and The Landmark Society of Western New York tonight will celebrate the three Olmsted pedestrian bridges in Rochester's Genesee Valley Park. The event is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and begins at the Canalside Shelter on the east side of Genesee Valley Park with live music, lawn games, drinks and light refreshments. Short, guided walking tours of the park and the concrete arch bridges—which were built in 1916 and 1919 and designed by the influential Olmsted Brothers firm—will depart at 6:45 p.m. The pedestrian bridges link regional and statewide trails including the Erie Canalway and are functional and historic assets. Visit landmarksociety.org for details.
On the big screen
"Pixels" When aliens intercept video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack Earth, using the games as models. It stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Michelle Monaghan. "Southpaw" tells the riveting story of Billy "The Great" Hope, reigning Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker and Rachel McAdams. Find movie times.
Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition
The 65th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery is dedicated to the art of Upstate New York. It's Rochester's oldest and longest-running juried exhibition, and opens Sunday. This year's show features 68 works by 46 artists who were chosen from a field of 920 entries. It runs through Sept. 13. An opening party for MAG members is Friday evening. The show was juried by Michael Rooks (pictured), Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Atlanta's High Museum of Art. Artists are eligible for nine cash awards, among them the $1,500 Memorial Art Gallery Award, selected by Rooks; the Alice Koret Award, presented by museum docents; and the Harris Popular Vote Award, selected by visitors during the first two weeks of the exhibition. Go to mag.rochester.edu.