First Friday 11/5 preview

This brief preview of tonight’s First Friday openings originally printed in Rochester City Newspaper.

Nov FF events include the maiden show hosted by The Shoe Factory Co-op, featuring boot & shoe-themed work. Photo by Michael Rivera.

November seems to be photography exhibit month, but that’s not the only media Rochester has in store for you this First Friday. The monthly city-wide gallery night is held by non-profit, university, and commercial and indie art venues in Rochester, where we all trot about from station to station, filling our eyes and ears with what’s new and exciting in our community. On Friday, November 5, 6-9 p.m. (and sometimes later) you can check out art openings, poetry readings, and musical performances in various locations. Visit for a list of this month’s participating venues, and check out all the flyers in cafes and such for more events happening the same night. Here are just a few:

Equal Grounds coffee house (750 South Ave, will host an opening reception for “A Flash of the Surreal,” an exhibition of high-contrast black-and-white photography by Laura Prochilo, 6-8 p.m. “Simplicity” is another photo show of work by the Community Darkroom Monitors, which opens at the Community Darkroom at the Genesee Center for the Arts and Education (713 Monroe Ave, 244-1730) 7-9 p.m.

The Gallery at the Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St., 244-1210) presents works from the “Dreams” series by D.C.-based photographer and painter Tré, with a reception 6-9 p.m. featuring music by Tommy Brunett. And at Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave, 472-2005), John Francis McCarthy shows us “The Finger Lakes: Glimpses of Paradise” and signs books 5-8:30 p.m.

On the new-gallery front, we have painting, sculpture, photography, and more in the “Shoes and Boots: Variations on a Theme” show at the Shoe Factory Art Co-op (250 N. Goodman St., studios 212 & 215,, a new art collective made up of local artists Jim Mott, Beth Brown, Russ Lunn, and Heather Erwin, and featuring a multitude of local artists. The 6-10 p.m. opening reception will also feature live “sole” music, and guests are encouraged to sport their favorite footwear.

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