Events for Thursday, August 2, 2012 through Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Thursday, August 2

  • Once again, if I happen to be downtown at the time, I'll stop by Granite Mills Park at High Falls to see Gabe Condon perform starting around 12:15 p.m. [source: RocWiki events, 2012-Jul-30]
  • The Dryden will be screening The Road Warrior (George Miller, Australia 1981, 95 min.) tonight at 8 p.m. The Dryden website sells it pretty well:

    Shot on a much larger budget, George Miller's continuation of the Mad Max saga is a rare sequel that manages to fulfill the promise of the acclaimed original. Devastated by the deaths of his wife and son, Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) wanders a post-apocalyptic landscape where fuel is scarce and defenseless settlers are preyed upon by roving gangs of thugs.

    [source: Dryden calendar, 2012-Jul-30]

  • However, over at the MuCCC is a performance of To My Friends: The Life and Death of George Eastman tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Saturday at 2 p.m. From their website:

    Playwright Spencer Christiano, a Rochester native, has written a supernatural play about George Eastman that, taking place on the afternoon of his suicide, addresses the rumors that have haunted Eastman's life, relationships, and legacy.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2012-Jul-30]

  • I like the great dual-minded hip-hop-and-bass from Hank and Cupcakes who are playing with effortlessly tight, fast, hard-pop-rock band Routine Involvements and Buckets at the Bug Jar probably starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2012-Jul-30]

Friday, August 3

  • It's been a while since I stopped by the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery, and tonight is the opening of Proof of Residence from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring the works of Andrew Cho, and Melinda Friday "during their year of residency at Genesee Pottery." Also opening is Marian Brown: Coming Home next door in the Printing & Book Arts Gallery (albeit from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) [source: Genesee Center for the Arts website, 2012-Jul-30]
  • Obviously it's First Friday, and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., RoCo is hosting a reception for Whose Space? Our Space! (a name that grates on me as it's co-opted from the protest chant, "Whose Streets? Our Streets!") However, I appreciate the sentiment of the description:

    This current and challenging exhibition asks: How are artists and activists redefining public space today?.

    [source: RoCo e-mail, 2012-Jul-20]

  • Likewise for First Fridays, Norm Davis is once again hosting Wide Open Mic starting at 7:00 p.m. at Writers and Books. [source: Writers and Books website, 2012-Jul-30]
  • I'm torn, though, because I do want to head to the Dryden to see Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview (written and presented by Robert X. Cringley, US 2011, 70 min., Digital Projection) starting at 8 p.m. The Dryden website teases thusly:

    In 1995, during the making of his TV series Triumph of the Nerds about the birth of the PC, Bob Cringely taped an hour-long interview with Steve Jobs who proved witty, outspoken, and visionary. Previously thought lost, the entire interview will be screened at the Dryden and put into context by Cringely.

    [source: Dryden calendar, 2012-Jul-30]

  • Over at the Bug Jar starting around 8 p.m., art-group The Lobby presents The Woke Folk Revue, "a night of folk, freak folk, psych folk, or whatever the folk you want to call it" featuring fantastic, subdued "gypsy folk" from The Pickpockets, Maudlin Maladies, good country-based rock from Josh Netsky, Payton Marovich & Friends, Lord Raindrop, and my friend Emily Good along with an art opening for works by Alison Cowles [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2012-Jul-30]
  • This Other Life will play Happy Hour at Abilene, but as luck would have it, long-time favorite acoustic singer (and former Rochester resident) Brendan MacNaughton will be there starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Abilene website, 2012-Jul-30]

Saturday, August 4

  • Tonight at 8 p.m. at the Dryden is a screening of Roman Holiday (William Wyler, US 1953, 118 min.):

    Audrey Hepburn plays a princess who skips out on her official schedule to explore Rome incognito, with undercover reporter Gregory Peck and photographer Eddie Albert.

    [source: Dryden calendar, 2012-Jul-30]

  • I might also check out the Montage Music Hall for the "Anonymous Filthy Whore Tour" featuring a couple of my friends in the great classic rock/soul band Anonymous Willpower, The Filthy McNastys, and good hard rock from The Cheetah Whores, probably starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime website, 2012-Jul-30]

Sunday, August 5

  • Oh yeah, it's Park Ave Fest … Odd combination of wicked fun, saxophone-driven, percussive groove-rock band The BuddhaHood and a great stage show and excellent surf-based rock from The Isotopes will be at Dragonfly today starting around 2 p.m. or so. [source: JamBase calendar, 2012-Jul-30]
  • It's unlikely that I'll head all the way to Brockport, but if I did, I'd swing by the Liftbridge Book Shop as "'Laughing' Larry Berger will be presenting his Instant Poetry (just add words!)—The Breakdown seminar/workshop" today from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. They say, "he's the Salvador Dali-lama!" … sounds like fun. [source: Artists' Breakfast Group blog, 2012-Jul-19]
  • This evening at the Dryden starting at 7 p.m. is a Double Feature of I'll Get You For This (Joseph M. Newman, UK 1951, 87 min.) followed at 9 p.m. by Colorado Territory (Raoul Walsh, US 1949, 94 min.). From the Dryden website:

    Tough guys come in all types. George Raft is an American gambler framed for murder and on the run in Italy. Next Joel McCrea is a convicted train bandit coerced into one last job and on the run from the law. Meanwhile, his attentions are divided between Virgina Mayo and Dorothy Malone. Based on hardboiled novels of the 1940s, these thrillers are scuffed with the grittiness of the period. Also showing is the historical Technicolor short La Cucaracha.

    [source: Dryden calendar, 2012-Jul-30]

Monday, August 6

  • Wayne Goodman (Executive Director of The Landmark Society of Western New York) will present a Historic Preservation Talk at the Monroe Branch Library tonight at 6:30 p.m. I've met him several times and he's trying to steer the society to look to and engage today and the future rather than being known as an organization mired in the past. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2012-Jul-30]
  • Cheap movies at the Little may entice me to see Take This Waltz (116 mins.) at 7:10 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. The trailer makes the film look quite good; from the Little's description:

    When Margot, 28, meets Daniel, their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden attraction: she is happily married to Lou, a celebrated cookbook writer. When Margot learns that Daniel lives across the street from them, the certainty about her domestic life shatters. She and Daniel steal moments throughout the steaming Toronto summer, their eroticism heightened by their restraint. Margot finally gives in to desire and in doing so, discovers some unsettling truths about herself.

    [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2012-Aug-1]

Tuesday, August 7

  • Tonight starting around 6:30 p.m. is National Night Out in many neighborhoods around town. Mine is in the Eastmoreland Commons Park and Playground by the Lattimore Medical Center. [source: Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood website, 2012-Jul-30]
  • The Little is hosting another Authors Aloud in the Cafe tonight from 8 p.m to 9 p.m. featuring John Cieslinski, and Steven Huff. [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2012-Jul-30]
  • The Dryden will be screening Moonrise (Frank Borzage, US 1948, 90 min.) tonight at 8 p.m., a piece of "Kid Noir":

    "Danny Hawkins's dad was hanged!" From this sing song schoolyard chant to the expressionistic opening sequence of a death by hanging, Borzage's dizzying film noir finds TV stalwart Dane Clark trapped by the sins of his father, and unable to outrun his destiny.

    [source: Dryden calendar, 2012-Jul-30]

Wednesday, August 8

  • I may stop by Writers and Books for Afternoon Tea from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. [source: Writers and Books website, 2012-Jul-30]
  • And then I may head to the Dryden to see The Blue Angel (Der blaue Engel, Josef von Sternberg, Germany/US 1930, 106 min., German w/ subtitles) at 8 p.m. The Dryden calendar doesn't do such a hot job selling this one:

    Singer Lola Lola (Marlene Dietrich) captures the obsession of school teacher Immanuel Rath (Emil Jannings), leading to the loss of his job and his fall from respectability. Filmed simultaneously in English and German; we'll screen the superior German version.

    [source: Dryden calendar, 2012-Jul-30]

  • Each Wednesday in August, good, crowd-pleasing reggae from Thunder Body will perform at Abilene starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Abilene website, 2012-Jul-30]


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