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Two friends, Chris Stapleton, and a whole lot of fun; photos by Alex Weiss Last week our editor, Christine Green, and “Lunatics Lounge” columnist, Taylor Terrance, attended the Chris Stapleton concert at Darien Lake Amphitheater. Read below to learn about their concert experience. Christine Green: Taylor, thanks for coming to see Chris Stapleton at Darien Lake Amphitheater with me last…
16.07.2024
Can’t make it to the shore this summer for an old-fashioned clam and lobster bake? There is no reason you can’t recreate the experience in your own backyard. Grab the Zweigle’s, some beer, clams, live lobsters, and fresh corn. Make sure you have plenty of big pots for boiling and steaming and a bag of charcoal for the grill.  This…
2.07.2024
Assorted locally sourced pickled vegetables Vinalia Urbana  230 Monroe Ave., Rochester  738-0384  vinaliaurbana.com Along the stretch of storefronts on Monroe Avenue is an unassuming black building. There are no flashy signs or grand entrances. But as you step into the glass enclosure, you’re suddenly transported into a world of merriment.  The interior is illuminated by dazzling chandeliers casting a warm…
1.07.2024
“You’re only a quarter of the way up this mountain, and it only gets harder from here.” After two hours of agony on the aptly named Grouse Grind, this is not the encouragement I need from the park rangers. But these rangers have zero patience left for overzealous vacationers; the kind who think climbing what’s known as “Mother Nature’s StairMaster”…
1.07.2024
Without fail, July and August proves to be my favorite season to be in Western New York. The lead up in June is a part of my summertime rhythm. Rochester Cocktail Revival. Jazz Fest. Independence Day. Then, if I’m lucky, nothing super major for a while. Just long, warm days and cool, breezy nights. It’s a welcome handful of weeks…
1.07.2024
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Hi, Barbie!

When Courtney Smith was picking out clothes for our What2Where article, she knew she just had to incorporate style elements from the recent hit movie Barbie. I wasn’t quite sure what she would bring to the set, but when she walked into the photo shoot dressed in head-to-toe pink sequins, I knew these were going …

The gift of reading

Celebrate the holidays with gifts for your mind—books! Whether shopping for yourself or others, you’ll find a selection of locally powered titles here. Bonus: all of these are available free in the Monroe County Library System. Don’t have a library card? Get yourself that greatest gift today.  Casting and Mending  By Patrick M. Scanlon  RIT …

Sowing new skills

There are more than books to “check out” at Rochester area libraries in 2023. Recently, a host of exciting new library collections debuted, including seed libraries (Chili and Irondequoit Public Libraries), a Library of Things (Penfield Public Library), and a wholly revamped Toy Library at the newly renovated Lincoln Branch Library.  Complementing these new area …

Carrying the torch

Lining the shelves of Midge Thomas’s apartment is an abundance of information about a life well lived. Awards are framed and hung on the entryway walls, and stacks of binders document her endless initiatives. It’s—to say the least—perfectly engrossing. Laura DiCaprio met Thomas for the first time while on assignment for (585) magazine in 2021. …

The Lab

The idea for The Lab: Creative Resource Center was born a long time ago. “It’s always been with me,” says Jordin Pickett, twenty-seven. “I always wanted to create safe spaces for people who look like me in the city.” In Rochester, she says, “We have such beautiful things, but it’s overshadowed by such violence and …

We are all mucklings

“Sometimes, creativity hurts a little,” says Casey Arthur, founder of Muck Duck Studio. Arthur, who prefers to go by her artist handle, Miss Casey, sits across from me as she drinks a cup of coffee that has just been reheated in the microwave. “That’s okay,” she continues. “Be with your discomfort. You have to release …

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