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BEST BETS: June 25 to July 2, 2015

Celebration of Celtic heritage
The Celtic Faire, featuring the foods and rousing music and dance of Scotland and Ireland, is Saturday at Genesee Country Village & Museum. The Celts in Western New York played a major role in local history. Scottish pipe bands and traditional Irish step dancers will be performing throughout the day. The Rochester Scottish Pipes and Drums, MGOS Academy of Irish Dance, the Niagara Regional Police Pipe Band and the McMahon School of Irish Dance are among the featured performers. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Go to

Jazz Fest continues
The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, which kicked off last weekend, wraps up Saturday. Tonight's headliner at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre is Tedeschi Trucks Band and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Doyle Bramhall II; it's actually sold out. Friday's headline show is the Steve Gadd Band (pictured), and Saturday is Steep Canyon Rangers. New this year, a trolley will run continuously from 3 p.m. to midnight all nine days of the event, stopping at select festival venues. There are dozens of other free shows over the remaining days of the festival. Go to

On the big screen
"Ted 2" picks up with John (Mark Wahlberg), now a bachelor, and his best pal Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane), who is now married to the woman of his dreams. Problems arise when the couple decide to adopt a child, but the law declares Ted to be property and not a person. The foulmouthed teddy bear must now seek legal help from a young lawyer (Amanda Seyfried) to get the justice he deserves. Find movie times.

Go on a treasure hunt
Art & Treasures, the annual fundraiser for the Memorial Art Gallery, runs today to Sunday, and all proceeds benefit the museum. The sale began as a one-day event called Tuesday's Treasures in 1995. It features donated antiques, artwork, jewelry, china, porcelain, silver, crystal, fine linens and small furniture items. Get first dibs at an early-bird sale from 6 to 8 p.m. today. (A $10 admission price includes gallery access; on other days, admission to the sale is free.) New this year are talks at the event. H. Price Prazar, an educator turned antiques appraiser, will speak at 11 a.m. Saturday on current trends in antiques and the value of craftsmanship and hand work. During a 1:30 p.m. talk the same day, antiques expert Don Hall will show photos of mansions on East Avenue. For more information, visit

Ripe for the picking
Sweet and sour cherry picking, wines, live music, vendors and barbecue are on tap for Varick Winery and Vineyard's 11th annual Cherry Festival in Romulus June 27 and 28. There will be apple chunking, games for children, birds of prey demonstrations and hay rides. Go to

American farce on stage
Andre Torquato stars in Bristol Valley Theater's world premier production of "Who Is Theo?" An American farce written by David Kimple, it takes place on St. Patrick's Day, and centers on a man dressed as a leprechaun who appears in a New York City apartment. It runs through July 5. It stars (back row, from left) Lauren Weinberg, Steven Smith and Sara Fetgatter, and Torquato (front). Up next is "Rent" July 9 to 19, followed by "Black Comedy" July 23 to Aug. 2. "Becky's New Car," a comedy about the road not taken, plays Aug. 6 to 16. Rounding out the season is "Family Matters," Aug. 20 to 30. Go to

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