BEST BETS: May 22 to 28, 2015
ZooBrew kicks off Friday
The Seneca Park Zoo holds its annual ZooBrew fundraiser for those 21 and older from 5:30 to 9 p.m. today. Live music, food and drink will be available—along with a chance to stroll around, of course, and visit the animals. Musical performers for Friday are Steve Grills & the Roadmasters, The Jane Mutiny and Johnny Bauer. For more information, visit senecaparkzoo.org. If you're planning ahead, the remaining summer dates for ZooBrew are June 19, July 17, Aug. 14 and Sept. 11.
RPO presents Dvorak favorite
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra performs Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" at 7:30 p.m. today and 8 p.m. Saturday at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Yoav Talmi is guest conductor, and Juliana Athayde (pictured) is featured violinist. "These beautiful and varied themes are the product of the soil," Dvorak said of the native folk tunes he heard during his visit to America. Visit rpo.org.
RMSC throws a prom
It's prom time, and RMSC After Dark is throwing one. The adult event series at Rochester Museum & Science Center will present Geek Chic Prom Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. It has everything you'd expect: a DJ, dance floor, prom dresses and tuxes—plus a few perks missing the last time you went to the prom, like a cash bar and tastings with Black Button Distilling. Go to rmsc.org.
The Roc City Rib Fest is at Genesee Valley Park Friday to Monday. The four-day professional state championship BBQ competition features live music, a barbecue class and a fun zone for kids. Professional local, regional and national competitors will be cooking delicious barbecue. For more information, go to roccityribfest.org.
Neuberger's final solo show
Dan Neuberger, one of the founding partners of Image City Photography Gallery, opened a solo show at the University Avenue gallery this week. The retired Eastman Kodak Co. scientist says this likely will be his final solo show. A native of Croatia who came to the States at the age of 11, Neuberger has been taking photos since he was 16. His work, a blend of the scientific and aesthetic aspects of photography, is in collections at hospitals, corporations, universities, private homes and two museums. A reception for the show is 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Visit imagecityphotographygallery.com.
On the big screen
The YMCA of Greater Rochester and Fetzer Institute have partnered to host a free community screening of the controversial new documentary "Facing Fear," about a former neo-Nazi and the gay victim of a hate crime who meet 25 years after the incident that shaped both of their lives. The 2013 documentary film is by Jason Cohen. It will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Memorial Art Gallery. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. It's free, but you can reserve tickets. Visit rochesterymca.org.
On the big screen
"Poltergeist" is a contemporary remake of the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever. In "Tomorrowland" is about a disillusioned former boy-genius and a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity who embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space. George Clooney, Judy Greer, Tim McGraw and Hugh Laurie star. Find movie times.
Up, up and away ...
Thirty hot-air balloons will ascend from the Letchworth State Park gorge Friday to Monday for the 14th annual Red, White & Blue Balloon Rally. You can get a bird's-eye view of Letchworth, which is nicknamed the "Grand Canyon of the East." If you'd rather check out the balloons from the river gorge, a rafting picnic supper is offered. Go to balloonsoverletchworth.com.