BEST BETS: July 18 to 24, 2014
Magic of baseball
"The Only Real Game" is a documentary that plays at the Dryden Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday. The film explores the power of baseball for people in Manipur, a town in volatile northeast India that defies gun violence, drug trafficking and HIV/AIDS devastation through a passion for America's national pastime. Manipur entered the Indian Union under protest in 1949, triggering a corrosive separatist conflict. For decades, baseball has delivered release from daily struggles and a dream for healing a wounded society. The film follows First Pitch, a group of baseball-loving New Yorkers, and a pair of Major League Baseball's Envoy Program coaches as they join Manipuri men, women and children to "play ball." "The Only Real Game" was written and directed by Mirra Bank. Academy Award winner Melissa Leo narrates. Check out a preview at vimeo.com. Ticket information is at dryden.eastmanhouse.org. There's a "dinner and a movie" package for $20; the screening alone is $8.
Ten Ugly Men Festival
The 25th-anniversary Ten Ugly Men Festival is Saturday. It's an all-day event that includes food, drink, sporting events (kickball and volleyball tournaments and the Color Me Ugly 5K fun run) and live music at Genesee Valley Park in Rochester. The event raises money for Rochester charities. Go to tenuglymen.com.
Keith Urban at Darien Lake
Country superstar and "American Idol" judge Keith Urban performs Friday at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. It's his Raise 'Em Up Tour. The New Zealand-born singer's hits include "Making Memories of Us," "Days Go By" and "Somebody Like You." Go to livenation.com. Check out Urban singing "Cop Car" on YouTube.
On the big screen
Rob Reiner's new film "And So It Goes" stars Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. Douglas plays an unlikable real estate agent who seeks the help of his neighbor (Keaton) when his estranged son drops off a granddaughter to live with him. Dwayne Johnson is "Hercules" in Brett Ratner's revisionist take on the classic myth. "Lucy" stars Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. Luc Besson's action-thriller tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Find movie times.
Bristol Valley Theater presents 'Les Mis'
Bristol Valley Theater, a professional summer stock theater in Naples, presents "Les Miserables." It's the classic tale of Jean Valjean, who steals a loaf of bread to feed his starving family. From this simple act of desperation springs a classic tale of broken dreams, passion, obsession and redemption, set against the backdrop of a nation in the grip of revolution. Karin Bowersock directs, with musical direction by Patrick Young and scenic design by Tim McMath. It runs through Aug. 3 at the theater, 151 S. Main St. Go to bvtnaples.org.
Sights, sounds of Native American culture
Dineh Tah' Navajo Dancers from Albuquerque, N.M., and singer-songwriter Joanne Shenandoah will headline the Native American Dance and Music Festival at Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor. They will perform at 2:30 and 4 p.m., respectively, Saturday and Sunday. Grammy-winning Shenandoah has performed around the world at events that have included five presidential inaugurations and a speech by the Dalai Lama. There will be tours of Ganondagan's replica bark longhouse, guided trail walks, historical and cultural videos in the Visitors Center, a market selling Native American arts and crafts, and children's activities. New this year is a preview of "The Creation Story," a film collaboration of Ganondagan, Garth Fagan Dance, Iroquois Social Dancers and Rochester Institute of Technology. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit ganondagan.org.
Waterfront Art Festival in Canandaigua
The 41st Annual Waterfront Art Festival is Saturday and Sunday in Canandaigua. The juried fine arts and crafts festival features work by 140 artists. The site is Kershaw Park on Lake Shore Drive in Canandaigua, on the north shore of Canandaigua Lake. Visit waterfrontartfestival.com for details. To check out other festivals in our area, go to the digital edition of Explore or visit the Explore website.