Events for Thursday, December 20, 2012 through Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, December 20

  • Tonight at the Memorial Art Gallery is the 3rd Thursday 1.0 Holiday Party from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. [source: MAG website, 2012-Dec-17]
  • The Dryden will present a screening of Scrooged (Richard Donner, U.S. 1988, 101 min.) tonight at 8 p.m.

    More than 150 years after its publication and 100 years into the history of cinema, Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol still resonates with audiences. This modern update stars Bill Murray as Frank Cross, a self-involved television executive whose greed and ambition have led to a life of isolation. Accordingly, his ghosts take the form of a deranged cabbie and a violent fairy, not to mention a shotgun-wielding Bobcat Goldthwait. Peppered with stars of the big and small screens, this comedic take on the classic tale is a modern favorite.

    [source: Dryden website, 2012-Dec-17]

Friday, December 21

  • The Baobab will screen The Second Coming (1992, 30 min.) tonight at 7 p.m. From their website: "authorities accuse a Black man wearing dreadlocks who calls himself Jesus of being a lunatic." [source: Baobab website, 2012-Dec-17]
  • The Dryden will screen Silent Movie (Mel Brooks, U.S. 1976, 86 min.) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Twenty-five years before The Artist, Mel Brooks gambled big — and won — with this boldly uncommercial attempt at recapturing the magic and hilarity of the pre-sound era. And like The Artist, Brooks's affectionate homage is not entirely silent, but the one spoken word of dialogue comes, ingeniously, from the least expected mouth. Though not the smash success of Blazing Saddles, this loving satire has, like Young Frankenstein, aged beautifully, and there's a cadre of fans who argue it's as good — if not better — than anything else Brooks directed during the 1970s.

    [source: Dryden website, 2012-Dec-17]

  • Tonight in Boulder Coffee on Alexander is Mistletoes&warheads starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee calendar, 2012-Dec-17]
  • Updated: Tonight at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. is Abandoned Buildings Club, Buckets, Raunchy Sex, and Epilogue. [source: Frank's comment 2012-Dec-20; Bug Jar calendar, 2012-Dec-17]
  • The Moon Zombies will perform at Monty's Krown tonight starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: JamBase, Rochester calendar, 2012-Dec-17]

Saturday, December 22

  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen the holiday-standard It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, U.S. 1946, 130 min.) [source: Dryden website, 2012-Dec-17]
  • The Bug Jar will host fantastic ska-influenced, synth-laden pop/rock from SPORTS, Mikaela Davis, and good country-based rock from Josh Netsky starting around 10 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2012-Dec-17]

Sunday, December 23

  • Tonight at the Bug Jar is A Very Bug Jar Christmas with a great stage show and excellent surf-based rock from The Isotopes, Harmonica Lewinski, and humorous novelty rap band Garden Fresh starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2012-Dec-17]

Monday, December 24

  • ShakeCo Radio Theater will be present its annual reading of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol this afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Multi-Use Community Cultural Center. [source: MuCCC website, 2012-Dec-17]

Tuesday, December 25

  • Great hard-rock/punk-rock band The UV Rays, Rational Animals, and Crimson Cadets will be at the Bug Jar tonight starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2012-Dec-17]

Wednesday, December 26

  • The Dryden will screen Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Bu San, Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan 2003, 82 min., Mandarin w/subtitles) tonight at 8 p.m. (and it's free to Eastman House members.) A favorite of mine from when I saw it in 2005, the Dryden's calendar has this to say:

    A classic movie house in Taipei is holding its last show — a revival of the beloved martial arts film Dragon Inn — and the few audience members and employees who remain forge a strange community amidst the whirring of the projector and the ghosts of screenings past. A close spiritual cousin to Cinema Paradiso, arthouse auteur Tsai Ming-liang's tribute to the power of the movies is beautiful, sad, and very, very funny, with some silent comic setpieces worthy of Sherlock Jr. himself.

    [source: Dryden website, 2012-Dec-17]

  • Steve Laciak, and Kate Phillips will perform at the Lovin' Cup tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup website, 2012-Dec-17]
  • Over at the Bug Jar it's Limeworks, Attic Abasement, and Muler starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2012-Dec-17]

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