Events for Thursday, October 25, 2012 through Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, October 25

  • This evening at 6 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre is a Wish You Were Here Lecture with photographer Ernesto Bazan titled In the Countryside: An Intimate Look at Cuban Rural Daily Life. [source: Eastman House calendar, 2012-Oct-22]
  • Starting at 7 p.m. at South Wedge Colony and working through bars in the South Wedge is the Night of the Living Wedge Halloween Pub Crawl (and costume contest). [source: BASWA Facebook events page, 2012-Oct-22]
  • On the Nextstage at Geva is a script-in-hand reading of The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence by Madeleine George at 7 p.m. As Geva describes it:

    Watson is an artificial intelligence computer and Jeopardy champion. He's also an IT technician, Sherlock Holmes' sidekick, and the man who helped Alexander Graham Bell invent the telephone. He and Eliza are in love, but is he "real" or just one of her inventions? In this era-hopping drama, Madeline George explores the intersection of technology and romance and asks what draws people to each other: does love happen naturally, or do we create it?

    [source: Geva Theatre ticket website, 2012-Oct-22]

  • The Dryden is screening a Double Feature of Bad Ronald (Buzz Kulik, US 1974, 74 min.), and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (John Newland, US 1973, 74 min.) starting at 8 p.m.

    From the early '70s — the golden age of the made-for-TV thriller — come two very good reasons to sleep with the lights on. In Bad Ronald, a family moves into their new home unaware that it's already occupied — by a creepy kid (Scott Jacoby) who's been hiding in a secret room since accidentally killing a young girl. In Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (remade in 2011 as a big-budget feature starring Katie Holmes), new homeowner Kim Darby is menaced by tiny goblins only she can see, and who only come out when it's dark.

    [source: Dryden website, 2012-Oct-22]

  • Over at Abilene starting around 8:30 p.m. or so, "from Kansas City and Chicago, it's the 'Antique Pop' on ukulele and lovely old guitar" with Victor and Penny. [source: Abilene website, 2012-Oct-22]
  • Dance Lab East is at Skylark tonight starting around 10 p.m. with "80s new wave music for the future (on vinyl)." [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2012-Oct-22]

Friday, October 26

  • The Landmark Society is hosting Ghost Walk 2012: Ripped from the Headlines… with walks running from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting at the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word (597 East Ave.) [source: Landmark Society website, 2012-Oct-22]
  • In Hoyt Auditorium at the University of Rochester, the UofR Cinema Group Film will be screening Abraham Lincoln — Vampire Hunter (105 min.) tonight starting at 7 p.m. and repeating at 9:15 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. "Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov reinvent the time-honored genre and present the terrifying creatures of the night as they were meant to be experienced — as fierce, visceral, intense and bloodthristy. [source: UofR website events calendar, 2012-Oct-22]
  • Writers & Books is hosting their 4th Annual Masquerade Party: Something Wicked This Way Comes tonight starting around 7 p.m. [source: Writers and Books website, 2012-Oct-22]
  • The Dryden is screening Whore's Glory (Chwala dziwkom, Michael Glawogger, Germany/Austria 2011, 110 min., German, French, English, Thai, Japanese, Spanish, Bengali, w/subtitles) starting at 8 p.m. "Glawogger travels the globe to document the trade in Bangkok, Faridpur, and Reynosa with an intimacy that is unprecedented, providing a necessary corrective to decades of romantic and melodramatic depictions of the 'oldest profession.'" [source: Dryden website, 2012-Oct-22]
  • The Bread and Water Theatre will host performances of Hermes by Bennett Fisher tonight (and Fridays and Saturdays) at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. through November 18.

    Inspired in part by Goldman Sach's role in the current Greek economic collapse, Bennett Fisher's new play is about four derivative traders seeking to benefit from the Greek financial meltdown. Their acts of greed and deceit bring unforeseeable consequences and an unexpected visitor Hermes, god of commerce and thieves, the physical manifestation of fraud, who goads them into bolder action through slippery logic, tantalizing visions of immense wealth, and an occasional punch in the balls.

    [source: Bread and Water Theatre website, 2012-Oct-22]

  • Over at the MuCCC, the Rochester Community Players will present Shakespeare's The Tempest tonight (and Fridays and Saturdays) at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. through November 10. "Set on a remote island, Prospero the rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. This production utilizes 'steampunk' elements in its design to add an even more fantastical vision to this classic story." [source: MuCCC website, 2012-Oct-22]
  • The thick, bass-driven noise of Tuurd, Chillum, and Green Dreams perform at Monty's Krown tonight starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Carbon Records calendar, 2012-Oct-22]

Saturday, October 27

  • Today at the Gandhi Institute (929 Plymouth Avenue) is a day-long Introduction into Nonviolence from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. [source: Gandhi Institute calendar, 2012-Oct-22]
  • This afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Little Theatre is the matinée screening of the New York Filmmakers Quarterly short films program. [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2012-Oct-18]
  • The Flying Squirrel is hosting their Halloween Bash Variety Show and Costume Party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2012-Oct-22]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 5 p.m., the Dryden is screening Carrie (Brian De Palma, US 1976, 98 min.)

    Raised by her overbearing mother and repeatedly harassed by other high school students, Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) begins to fall into despondency. As the abuse heightens, however, so do her latent supernatural powers. Culminating in a shocking and brilliantly directed climax, Carrie is undeniably one of the best film adaptations of a Stephen King novel, and one of the key horror films of the 1970s.

    [source: Dryden website, 2012-Oct-22]

  • Abilene is hosting their Halloween Costume Party (Part One) tonight at 9:30 p.m. with music by The Infrared Radiation Orchestra and great classic rock/soul band Anonymous Willpower. [source: Abilene website, 2012-Oct-22]
  • Tonight is the Bug Jar's Halloween Eve party with The Tombstone Hands, The Concrete Rivals, and Roarshark. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2012-Oct-22]

Sunday, October 28

  • The Dryden is again screening Being There (Hal Ashby, US 1979, 130 min.) starting at 2 p.m.

    Peter Sellers, in his last great role, stars as a simple Washington, DC, gardener who knows nothing of the world save what he's seen on television. Through a series of misunderstandings, he's mistaken for a brilliant political oracle and soon has the president's ear. Based on the novel by Jerzy Kosinski, Ashby's sharp, wonderfully deadpan satire features beautifully nuanced performances from Sellers and Oscar-winner Melvyn Douglas.

    [source: Dryden website, 2012-Oct-22]

Monday, October 29

  • Tonight at 6 p.m., the Flying Squirrel is screening a documentary titled Detroit's Native Son: From Z8ne Street Thug to Prison to Community Leader followed by an in-person dialogue with documentary subject Yusef Shakur. [source: flyer, 2012-Oct-24]
  • The Little Theatre is hosting a free screening of As Goes Janesville tonight at 7 p.m. followed by a discussion with Barbara LeSavoy, PhD, Dr. Melody Boyd, and Jim Bertlone. From the e-mail, "in the wake of a recession that has hit Janesville, Wisconsin particularly hard, the town and its residents struggle to redefine themselves and find solutions they can agree upon. The result is a microcosm of the national plight of the middle class and the political polarization over what the American Dream looks like in the 21st century." [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2012-Oct-24]
  • Writers and Books will be showing Wag the Dog (1997, 97 min.) tonight at 7 p.m. [source: Writers and Books flyer, 2012-Oct-2]
  • Over at the Bug Jar is "The Very Spooky Return of Manic Monday's" featuring DJ's Miss T, and Lady Z starting around 10 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2012-Oct-22]

Tuesday, October 30

  • David Cay Johnston will be discussing his book The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind for today's Books Sandwiched-In from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium in Rundel Library. [source: Friends of the Public Library e-mail, 2012-Sep-7]
  • In Goergen Hall #101 on the UofR campus is a Skalny Lecture with Kitty Hubbard titled Sites (Un)seen in Wroclaw, Poland from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. "Wroclaw, formerly known as Breslau, Germany, this is now the fourth largest city in Poland. The lecture will explore the city's past and present as an innovative and cultural center known as 'the meeting place.'" [source: UofR website events calendar, 2012-Oct-22]
  • The Eastman Percussion Ensemble performs tonight in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2012-Oct-22]
  • The Dryden is screening Behind the Door (Irvin Willat, US 1919, 70 min.) at 8 p.m.

    One of the American silent screen's very few true horror films, as well as one of the most beautiful and eerily passionate films of any time, Behind the Door tells a tale of a man of the sea (Hobart Bosworth) whose humanity is destroyed by the unimaginably base and brutal actions taken by U-boat captain Wallace Beery. Director Irvin Willat creates a nightmarish narrative of interlocking flashbacks and flashforwards that heighten the suspense to extraordinary emotional levels. Don't miss this extremely rare film, brought here through the courtesy of the Library of Congress. Because of this film's intensity and disturbing themes, parental guidance is suggested.

    [source: Dryden website, 2012-Oct-22]

  • Tonight at the Bug Jar is excellent, superfast, synth-pop, novelty songs from Worm Quartet's Album Release with Devo Spice starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2012-Oct-22]

Wednesday, October 31

  • Tonight at 7 p.m. in Nextstage at Geva is a script-in-hand performance of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Sean Daniels, Jon Ludwig and Jason Hines. "Explore the wonders and dangers of the world under the sea in this adaptation of Jules Verne's 1870 science fiction classic. Puppetry, projections and live actors tell the story of the mysterious Captain Nemo as he travels from the Red Sea to the Antarctic in his submarine, the Nautilus." [source: Geva Theatre ticket website, 2012-Oct-22]
  • The Dryden is screening The Wolf Man (George Waggner, US 1941, 70 min.) tonight at 8 p.m.

    What could go wrong when Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.) leaves America and returns to the family manor in the Old Country, replete with pentagrams and backwoods gypsy camps? A moonlit battle with a ravenous wolf leaves Talbot with lycanthropic tendencies. Buttressed by Curt Siodmak's clever script and Jack Pierce's iconic make-up efforts, The Wolf Man became the most popular horror film of the 1940s and the last great shriek of Universal's monster cycle.

    [source: Dryden website, 2012-Oct-22]

  • Tonight in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, the Eastman Wind Ensemble will perform starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2012-Oct-22]

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