Friday on the FRINGE: you DON'T want to miss this!



That's right - you WILL NOT want to miss: Friday on the Fringe featuring Circus Orange's "TRICYCLE", live, tonight, right here in our very own Center City presented by the The First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival!

Larger than life, undoubtedly the largest 3-wheeled vehicle to ever come through Manhattan Square: TRICYCLE-1

If you've been wanting to check out the Fringe the last few years, have heard so many wonderful things about it, but maybe you're overwhelmed with the fact that there are over 380 shows and events and you don't know where to start - Friday on the Fringe is the single most important place you should start to whet your Fringe appetite. The BEST thing about it - it's FREE and it's an evening you won't forget!

Friday on the Fringe: Friday, September 19th, 5-9pm at Martin Luther King Jr. Park at Manhattan Square (next to National Museum of Play) Fringe Highlights Stage - 5-7:30pm Buskers and Street Performers - 5-7:30pm Manhattan Square Bowl performances - 5-7:30pm Food & Drink available - food trucks and The Distillery Tent TRICYCLE - 7:30-8:30pm Rochester Fringe Official Website

From the Fringe website:

"If you loved BANDALOOP, wait ‘til you see CIRCUS ORANGE! Part mad science, part street theatre and 100% spectacle, Canada’s CIRCUS ORANGE creates lucid dreams with explosive shows that combine mind-blowing pyrotechnics, special effects and aerial rigging with street theatre, clowning, fire arts, dance and circus. They’ll bring to the Fringe their magnificent production, TRICYCLE, but this is no kiddie bike, folks. This TRICYCLE is a magnificent, 18-foot machine that makes its nomadic journey right through the crowd, blurring the lines between audience and performer. Improvised, ground-based interactions and stunts take place along the way, with larger production numbers created at key staging areas. Then, try to catch your breath before the TRICYCLE pops a wheelie 60 feet over your head, becoming a human-powered pyro wheel. Oh, and a full-scale fireworks show rages in the background. It’s the most fun Rochester’s ever had on three wheels!"

Watch a video clip of Circus Orange:

Please note: Featured image and slider courtesy of Rochester Fringe 

Can you ENVISION the future of our city?


For those unaware, (585) Magazine is a regional publication covering food, culture, destinations and the people of the (585) area code (Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, and Wyoming).

In the most recent issue, the Rochesteriat was featured among some of Rochester's visionaries and we feel so honored. What's humbling to us is the fact that we're featured amongst some of our city's most talented and hard working - names, people and businesses that you have no doubt heard throughout the media, seen the fruits of their on the walls of the city, taken classes, sipped their coffee, worn their clothes, and much more.

Here's just a little shout-out to our friends that were featured on this journey with us to make our city a better place - to read more about what they're doing specifically, pick up a copy of the current issue of 585Magazine. Big thanks and credit to Justin Michau for all the amazing pictures taken for the spread!

Slow Road & Rochester Brainery

Benjamin Woelk Founder, Host, Co-Producer - Slow Road "We are telling the story of place through local people who are devoted to improving and preserving their communities, neighborhoods, and historic Main Streets." - courtesy Slow Road website

Danielle Raymo & Stephanie Rankin Founders, Rochester Brainery"Rochester Brainery was founded on the belief that learning should be fun, affordable and accessible…." - courtesy Rochester Brainery website

Fringe Fest & Wall/Therapy

Erica Fee Producer, Rochester Fringe Festival Why Rochester? "From the Fringe perspective, Rochester is blessed with a combination of hugely talented performers, forward-thinking young people, inventive venues, progressive supporters, and eager audiences. Why Not?" - Erica Fee quotecourtesy 585Mag

Ian Wilson & Erich Lehman Founder, Synthesis Collaborative / Owner, Curator of 1975 Gallery and Lead Organizer of WallTherapy With multiple projects on each of their hands, you have probably seen this duo's teamwork come to fruition over the past few years with WallTherapy. "I wholeheartedly believe that Rochester's best years are ahead!" - Ian Wilson quote, courtesy 585Mag

Erika Ruegemer Co-Director, One Dance Co., Hospitality Team for WallTherapy Why Rochester?"I see its potential, its room to grow. This awakening and community is natural to the city, and it's just one of those things that chose me." Erika Ruegemer quote, courtesy 585Mag

John Ebel Owner - Flower City Party Rental, Smokestack Cowork Co-Owner - Pour Coffee Parlor John is an "ideas man" that is extremely passionate about Rochester. His most current venture has been the ever-so-popular coffee shop, Pour Coffee Parlor, on Somerton Street just off Park Avenue.

Mike Governale Creator; President, Reconnect Rochester Part blogger, part activist, part creator/designer, part family man - Mike does it all.


Shawn Dunwoody & Agathi Georgiou Founder - Happy Rochester / Agathi Consulting This duo is teaming up again for this year's Greentopia Fest "From The Ground Fashion Show" which is sure to be a hit on September 12th.

Josean Vargas & Tanvi Asher  Founder - J. Vargas / Founder - Peppermint This fashion duo is leading Rochester out of its conservative past. Both of these visionaries are talented in their own right, and we love what Tanvi quoted in the article when asked Why Rochester? - "It's the perfect size; everyone knows everyone, and there's plenty of love to go around." - Tanvi Asher quote, courtesy 585Mag


Lisa Kribs-Lapierre & Gavin Thomas Founders, This Good World "We believe good comes in all shapes and sizes, all of which is important. Whether a business is active with environmental issues, promoting social change, bringing positive action to the community, doing great things for their employees or all of the above, This Good World lets people know about it." - courtesy This Good World website

Interested in meeting the Visionaries, learning more about 585Mag, and even helping with a great cause? Come join us at the 585Mag's September/October launch + Happy Hour Party! Make a $5 donation to Bivona Child Care Advocacy Center and be entered to win a giveaway valued at $100+!

Thank you to all of the editors and writers of the current issue of 585Magazine, such a great job on this issue!

Launch Party Details:
The Owl House
Tuesday, September 9th, from 5:30pm-7:30pm
Facebook Event

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Photography for this article - Justin Michau

Here's how to REALLY enjoy your neighborhood and a show


With the unofficial end of summer upon us all, make sure to get out and enjoy these beautiful days and cool nights while you can. This past week, we spotted a couple doing just that.

ROC chillin With beers in hand, cooler and the remote nearby, we thought this was a unique ROC way to enjoy a favorite show. Why sit inside when you can have the best of both worlds outside?

This picture was in no way staged. We were taking a stroll through Center City and there, right in front of their homey apartment, sat these two enjoying life. We didn't even get their names because we didn't want to scare them out of their natural habitat. Crazy good idea.

Looking for a dog in the city?



Dave's Sidewalk Cafe As we say goodbye to the month of July, another July 4th Holiday quickly passes and we also say goodbye to National Hot Dog day (July 23rd) and National Hot Dog Month. But that doesn't mean you have to bid farewell to finding a good dog in the city, because as it turns out, there are plenty of good street meat carts out in full effect for a good portion of the year.

We already mentioned one of the city's most popular carts, Dave's Sidewalk Cafe (pictured above at the Dachshund Parade), in an earlier post we did in the spring (where the meat meets the street). Here are 6 other street meat carts around this dog-lovin' city that will keep you in the mood for some good ol' fashioned summertime eats.

1. Donna Daddy's  Donna Daddys

Owner Donna Wert has been at this for some 14 years, and you can say she knows a thing or two about making a good dog and burger. With her own homemade Greek hot sauce to smother any meal and prices that range from $3-$6, it's no wonder that local software development firm OS-Cubed has a 24/7 webcam watching to check for her availability. Those are some hungry developers that keep her in business! Where to find: Intersection of College Ave and Goodman Street across from Village Gate - map Specialties: Greek hot sauce + Gourmet burgers including the "Donna Bella Burger" Media: City Newspaper


2. The "Original Hots Man" StandHots Man

The "Original Hots Man" (above) and Haddad's Catering (pictured below) both license their shops to sit in front of the Monroe County Court Building, just down from the current Democrat & Chronicle offices and across the street from the Blue Cross Arena, a few feet apart from each other. Each one tries to capitalize on the bountiful amount of foot traffic during the lunchtime, and I am sure tries to prove that although you may have lost everything in court, America is still a great country because we have hot dogs. Where to find: near the intersection of Exchange Blvd & Court Street - map Specialties: not leaving people with a bad taste in their mouth after court You might want to know: If you have an hour wait at Dinosaur BBQ, you can grab a quick bite down the street at not one, but two choices of street meet vendors to whet your appetite.

3. Haddad's Catering Cart Haddads catering


4. Sofia's Specialty Sofias

Sofia's Specialty Cart is located at the busy corner of Main Street and Exchange Blvd (State Street) where he hopes to capture a good portion of the downtown office lunch crowd. Along with the basic hot dog and bun, the menu at this cart includes Italian sandwiches of prosciutto and sofaletta's which are variations of meats, cheeses, and olive paste on a roll. Where to find: intersection of Main Street & Exchange Blvd - map Specialties: Prosciutto and sofaletta's You might want to go: before 11:30a or after 1:30pm as the line can be long for lunch


5. Monster Hots Monster Hots

You may have seen Steve Plum and his Monster Hots cart on the corner of East & Chestnut in front of the New York State Supreme Court Building, kitty corner to RG&E. But did you know he has a huge following, always has a smile on his face, takes pride in the cleanliness of his cart, serves everything from grilled cheese to cajun chicken sandwiches, accepts credit and debit cards, and even makes his own spices?! Keep tabs on Steve's daily specials from his Facebook page, and know that you'll know that you've been served by one of our city's best! Where to find: corner of East Ave and Chestnut Street - map Specialties: Friendly service, Monster Meal deals, Spicy Steve's Volcanic Ash exotic pepper Kudos: Yelp Review


6. James' Hots James Hots

Where can you buy anything for $1 these days? Not many places at all unless you're at a 7Eleven or a Dollar Tree store. That's what James' hook on the street is - Dollar Dogs. With a menu that is simple, inexpensive, and straightforward, not much stands in your way from having those Rochester favorite Zweigles hots and some French's mustard…doesn't get any more ROC-local than that! Where to find: near the intersection of Church Street and State Street - map - across from the recently opened Dunkin' Donuts Specialties: Dollar Dogs, simple menu You might want to go: after you paid that tax bill at city hall just down the street, it's about the only thing you can still afford


RMSC: over 100 years of history in the city



Our city is full of cultural gems, one of which is definitely the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). The RMSC was founded in 1912, so that means in 2012 they celebrated 100 years!

Celebrated 100 yrs last August

There's a lot more to this museum than meets the eye. It is seated on 13 acres in the city, with three floors of hands on-exhibits, the Strasenburgh Planetarium, the Challenger Learning Center, the Eisenhart Auditorium, the RMSC Preschool, the Genesee Community Charter School, an outdoor Herb Garden, and finally the Cumming Nature Center (which sits on 900 acres near Naples, NY).

Herb-Garden-RMSC You'll definitely want to stop to smell the thyme, basil, sage, and everything else out here in the garden before or after your visit inside!


You don't have to be a kid to interact, play, and learn here. Exhibits range from science, natural science, and technology to regional cultural heritage.

Inside the AdventureZone learn about everything from the Erie Canal and the underwater world of Lake Ontario, to the weather:

Learn at RMSC

Travel back in time with Expedition Earth and learn about dinosaurs, earth quakes, volcanoes, fossils and much more.

RMSC Expedition Earth Exhibit

A must see while in the science museum is Electricity Theater - we had the chance to check out the Singing Tesla Coils and we recommend it. Learn about electricity while being dazzled by the music (and lightening) it creates.

Tesla Coils at RMSC

Besides all of the permanent exhibits and events, there are exhibits that change throughout the year. See the list of current Exhibits here.

Hungry yet and need a break? Head downstairs to Mario's Café which serves breakfast, lunch, light snacks and drinks every day.

Cafe Seating at RMSC

Since most museums can only display a fraction of their collections at once (RMSC estimates that they have over 1.2 million objects in their Collections), it was great to learn that RMSC is also a place for study and research.

After viewing the exhibits on display we were taken downstairs to where RMSC keeps these items and given a chance to see some of the artifacts that are in storage. Kept in temperature controlled "lockers" that open and close, we couldn't believe all of the artifacts that are right here in our city.


These carved ivory and wood figurines are from China and Japan. Some of these are netsuke, which were used like a toggle button to hang objects placed in a container from a sash (obi) as part of a traditional Japanese robe garment (kosode and kimono).

Far East Carved Pieces

The wrist band pictured below is birch bark covered with silk and embroidered with moose hair. It probably dates to the early 1800s.


... and possibly the first automatic vending machine from the early 1900's, the Pulver Gum Machine...

vending-machine vending-ad

We even learned about Rattlesnake Pete and were able to view some of his personal items and photo albums:

Rattlesnake Pete

Not only did we learn about the researchers who come from around the world to study, we actually got to meet someone doing just that - Dr. Jon Lothrop is the Curator of Archaeology at the New York State Museum in Albany.

Research at RMSC

Dr. Lothrop was conducting studies for the New York Paleoindian Database Project, a research project focused on Native American artifacts found in New York dating to circa 13,000-10,000 years ago. Data collected on these stone tools is yielding new insights on human colonization of the New York region at the end of the Ice Age.

We could go on and on about all of the great things the Rochester Museum & Science Center is doing for Rochester and the world... and show you many more photos, but you'll just have to go and see for yourself!

Rochester Museum & Science Center: RMSC Website Facebook Page

Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm Sun: 11am-5pm

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