Weekly Planner May 30-June 5: What’s Happening in Music, Arts & Life | Culture

This week we start with Ringo Starr and end with drag queens. So we’ve got it all, though the Rochester Roast might have something to say about it. You can find the full CITY schedule here.

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Ringo Starr and his All-Starr band
7 p.m.
Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center

For this Memorial Day show, Starr’s band includes plenty of household names, if you know the 1980s. They’re Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Men at Work singer Colin Hay, Kansas singer and saxophonist and Toto Warren Ham, Average White Band guitarist Hamish Stuart, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Edgar Winter and drummer Gregg Bissonette, who has played with an extensive roster of rockers and jazz musicians, including David Lee Roth, Toto , Starr and Maynard Ferguson.


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Poets for Ukraine enjoy reading
6:30 p.m.
Virtual and Writers and Books, 740 University Avenue

Local poets read excerpts from “Words for War: New Poems from Ukraine”, a new collection of works by Ukrainian writers. Sonya Bilocerkowycz, author of “On Our Way Home from the Revolution: Reflections on Ukraine,” delivers introductory remarks. Tickets are $10, $15, and $20, with proceeds going to RocMaidan, a nonprofit group working on behalf of Ukraine through the Ukrainian Cultural Center of Rochester. View the war from a safe distance, via a Zoom call; attend in person, and masks are mandatory.


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Happy Hour with Old Souls and Foam Brewing
6:30 p.m.
Records Archive, 33 1/3 Rockwood St.

The Old Souls have exactly that in name, spirit, and influence. This quartet of musicians cite influences from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, although each of its members is under the age of 18. Their mix of funk, blues, jazz and rock with a serious sound resonates through generations. Buffalo’s Froth Brewing will be present and will offer a tasting of their very fruity tangy smoothies.


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Nitrate Image Show

7:30 p.m.
George Eastman Museum’s Dryden Theater

Where was The Nitrate Picture Show when it was so abruptly cut short by the pandemic in 2020? Yes, set to open with the 1948 film “Portrait of Jennie.” And this is where the sixth edition of this year picks up. “Portrait of Jennie” stars Joseph Cotton as a struggling artist and Jennifer Jones, who buys one of his paintings. The rest of the titles won’t be revealed until 10 a.m. Thursday, when the Dryden clears the program for four days of crisp, vibrant images as they were originally presented on nitrate film.


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Rochester Roast II
8 p.m.
Comedy @ the Carlson.

The art of “roasting” is subtle, and a solid roast can take on all sorts of different forms. Maybe it’s taking playful jabs at an old friend. Maybe it’s a handful of celebrities on cable TV tearing Alec Baldwin apart for an hour. The Rochester Roast is kind of a combination of the two. Our little town on the Genesee has plenty of oddities that are ripe for roasting; just hope we can all crack a joke. If the name Maureen Callahan means anything to you, we could be in trouble. This show has a minimum of two cold pills for loyal Rochester defenders.


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RoCo 6×6 Exhibition

4 p.m.
Rochester Contemporary Art Center, East Ave.

Now in its 15th year, it’s opening day allowing customers to inspect the nearly 5,000 works of art in person, each 6 inches by 6 inches square, all collected from around the world. The event, a fundraiser for RoCo, offers each anonymous piece of art for sale for $20. This year there is a special focus on art collected in Puerto Rico, “Square the Love: Puerto Rico”. These will sell for $40, with half of each sale benefiting the Fundación de Culebra, which protects the history, environment and culture of the Puerto Rican islands of Culebra and Vieques.


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Drag me to brunch

Bar Bantam, 1 S. Clinton Ave.

Dinner and a show are old news. These days, the cool kids are getting entertained much earlier in the day with popular brunches and drag shows. But you don’t have to be an early riser to grab a midday meal with friends at Bar Bantam while being dazzled by the dizzying wigs and wit of Rochester royalty Ms. Kasha Davis, Aggy Dune, Ambrosia Salad and Darien Lake. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the show starts at noon. Plenty of time to sleep and have fun. But seats are first come, first served, so don’t delay. Tickets are $60 and include show admission and a brunch buffet. Drinks are sold separately.


Alice P. Darby