BEST BETS: Aug. 20 to 26, 2015
Inaugural Burger & Rib Festival
The area's newest festival—the Great American Backyard Burger & Rib Festival—is this weekend. Featuring burgers, ribs and blues, it kicks off at noon Friday in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park and continues through Sunday. A highlight is the inaugural Nick Tahou Burger Garbage Plate Eating Competition. Think you're up to the challenge? There will be a men's division and a women's division. The challenge: Eat as many plates as possible in 10 minutes. Click here to see other burger vendors. Entertainers include the Coupe de Villes, Blues Man Cosco, The BBQ Band and blues legend Joe Beard. Go to backyardburgerfest.com for details.
Doobie Brothers at CMAC
They're not related, but they "Doobie Brothers," and they're taking the stage Friday night at CMAC. The band's hits include "Jesus Is Just All Right With Me" and "Black Water." Gregg Allman is co-headliner on the ticket. Visit cmacevents.com for details.
On the Big Screen
"Hitman: Agent 47" centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. Rupert Friend stars. "American Ultra " is the story of a stoner (who is in fact a government agent) who is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he's too well-trained and too high for them to handle. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star. Find movie times.
'Cheaper Than Therapy'
Cabaret performer Tim Evanicki brings his new show, "Cheaper Than Therapy," to Downstairs Cabaret Theatre for three shows Friday through Sunday. An alumnus of the Juilliard School, Evanicki was raised in Honeoye Falls and performed often at Downstairs Cabaret Theater. The show takes audiences through his struggles of finding his place in the world. Combining favorite Broadway tunes with original novelty songs, Evanicki makes Downstairs Cabaret stage his therapist's couch. Visit downstairscabaret.com.
Gala of the Royal Horses
The Gala of the Royal Horses, a spectacular entertainment event combining beautiful horses with live performers, comes to Blue Cross Arena Aug. 22. The show features 14 horses, mostly stallions, that leap and pirouette. Visit ticketmaster.com for details.
Rolling Thunder: A Food Truck Wonder
Rolling Thunder: A Food Truck Wonder takes over Ellison Park in Penfield 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The food truck rodeo features more than 20 trucks, beer and wine, local street performers, bands and activities for kids, such as bounce houses, an art area and story time. Musicians include the Tommy Brunett Band, Teresa Wilcox and Kaylin Cervini. "Food truck rodeos are incredibly popular across the nation and Monroe County is happy to host a local twist at Ellison Park," said Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks. Visit rollingthunderfestival.com.
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, including Jumbo Shrimp (pictured) and Amy Montrois. There are wineries, too. New this year, organizers doubled the amount of food trucks, including Brick 'n' Motor, Cheesed & Confused, Le Petit Poutine, Macarollin, Roc City Sammich, Tom Wahl's, Tuscan Wood Fired Pizza and Wraps on Wheels. Go to fcbrewfest.com for details.