Events for Thursday, May 30, 2013 through Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, May 30

  • If you, too, Support Benny Warr and Denounce Police Brutality, join with others at the Hall of Justice (99 Exchange Blvd.) for a Rally and Press Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and demand, "1. Drop the charges, 2. fire the officers involved in the attack, 3. the RPD publicly apologize to Benny Warr, 4. clarify policies and procedures and retrain officers when interacting with people with disabilities, and 5. end Racial Profiling & the Criminalization of Neighborhoods of Color." This precedes Warr's court appearance at 9:30 a.m. before Judge Stephen Miller. (And if you're really confused, read Disabled Man Assaulted by RPD While Waiting for Bus.) [source: Facebook, 2013-May-27]
  • Today through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. is the 2013 Rochester Greek Festival at the grounds of the Greek Orthodox Church (962 East Ave.) [source: Rochester Greek Festival website, 2013-May-27]
  • This evening at Abilene from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. is Art of Xpression 3, presented by the Mocha Center. "The event will feature singers, poets and drag artists. Mocha also will provide free HIV testing." [source: Abilene e-mail, 2013-May-28]
  • From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at East High School is a Community Summit on Race: Facing Race, Embracing Equity. "Come to offer your input on community goal-setting in 5 key areas, to learn about what is currently going on in the community, and to identify tangible ways you can become involved in building a framework for a racially equitable community." [source: Community Summit on Race website, 2013-May-23]
  • From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Young Political Professionals in Monroe County will present A Panel Discussion at Boulder Coffee (100 Alexander St.) [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2013-May-27]
  • Tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. (repeating next week Thursday to Saturday), Limelight Productions presents Barrymore by William Luce at the MuCCC.

    David C. Woodworth portrays the acclaimed actor John Barrymore in this work by the master of one character biographies for the stage. Each act begins with a stunning entrance onto a stage that the 60 year old legendary actor has rented to prepare for a comeback performance of Richard III. Barrymore spars with an offstage prompter, reminisces about better times and does delicious imitations of his siblings Lionel and Ethel.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2013-May-27]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m. at the Dryden is a screening of The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, U.S. 2011, 139 min.)

    Fragmented, dream-like, and with no shortage of breathtaking imagery, Malick's controversial winner of the prestigious Palm d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival pushes cinema to the very edges of human experience. The film is simultaneously epic in scope and microscopic in focus, chronicling a man's memories of his tumultuous upbringing in 1950s Texas juxtaposed with mesmerizing passages depicting the origins of the universe and the creation of life on Earth. With special effects designed by Douglas Trumbull (known for his visual creations in 2001: A Space Odyssey), the result is a captivating, almost transcendental, experience that will enthrall and engage. An all-star cast featuring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain gives powerhouse performances in this visually stunning meditation on love, family, and our place in the universe.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-May-27]

  • Kneptune, and Upward Groove perform tonight at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-May-27]
  • Wicked fun, saxophone-driven, percussive groove-rock band The BuddhaHood perform at Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint starting around 9 p.m. [source: Sticky Lips website, 2013-May-27]

Friday, May 31

  • Today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is the Summer Sale at VSW in the Auditorium, continuing through June 9. [source: VSW website, 2013-May-27]
  • From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the AXOM Gallery & Exhibition Space (176 Anderson Ave., 2nd floor) is an Artist Reception for In Retrospect: Large Format Watercolors from the 1980's by Paul Garland. "A colorful collection of unusually large format watercolor paintings, many of which were part of an extensive traveling exhibition which opened at the Everson Museum and then toured throughout the U.S. during the 1980's." [source: Facebook, 2013-May-29]
  • Tonight starting around 7 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is a Hardcore Punk Show with Trenchfoot. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2013-May-27]
  • At Writers and Books from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. is the Last Friday Story Slam — Detours hosted by Carol Roberts. [source: Writers and Books website, 2013-May-27]
  • 3 Guys Walk Into A Bar present Mikey Heller, Uncle Trent, Austin Lafond, and Jon Schuta at 8 p.m. at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2013-May-27]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (Carl Reiner, U.S. 1982, 88 min.)

    Private Detective Rigby Reardon ([Steve] Martin) stumbles into a crime plot full of intrigue and deceit following the death of a famous cheese-maker. Juliet, the daughter, claims her father was murdered, and the plot thickens once Rigby's investigation causes him to become a target for everyone he runs into. Falling deeper into the rabbit hole, Rigby discovers there is more at stake than the simple murder of a cheese maven. Cleverly appropriating a bevy of classic film clips to fill out its absurd plot, Carl Reiner's inspired homagecum-spoof of '40s film noir pits Martin against screen legends Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, Veronica Lake, Bette Davis, and more, all at their hardboiled best.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-May-27]

  • Fantastic ska-influenced, synth-laden pop/rock from SPORTS, Dumb Angel, and Pleistocene will perform at Skylark starting around 10 p.m. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2013-May-27]

Saturday, June 1

  • Today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the 19th Ward Square Fair at Aberdeen Square Park (330 Post Ave.) The "city's 19th Ward Community Association's annual neighborhood parade, pancake breakfast, lunch grills and booths." [source: City of Rochester website, 2013-May-29]
  • It's Peony Weekend at Ellwanger Garden today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Discover a hidden oasis on Mt. Hope Avenue and one of Rochester, New York's loveliest gardens when Ellwanger Garden opens to the public during this special June weekend." [source: Landmark Society website, 2013-May-27]
  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at RoCo is the Opening Reception for 6x6x2013. [source: Facebook, 2013-May-29]
  • Tonight from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Yards is Poor Feller, Welcome, an art show featuring the work of Amber Odhner, and Luke Allen. "Amber Odhner's paintings explore the relationship between one another and to the built and unseen world. Luke Allen's sculpted 'beasts' equipped with taxidermy hides question the concept of trophy as a symbol of manliness." The show runs through June 22. [source: Facebook, 2013-May-27]
  • Hunu presents their "almost annual" Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration today starting at 8 p.m. at Skylark. "Started over 30 years ago by our departed leader, Colorblind James, we meet almost every year at this time to honor the bard of Hibbing, Bob Dylan, by bringing together a wealth of singers and musicians who will be offering up versions his songs, some in the style of the original, others not so much." [source: band e-mail, 2013-May-28]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. at the Dryden is a screening of Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (Ben Shapiro, U.S. 2012, 78 min., DCP) with filmmaker Ben Shapiro in Person.

    Gregory Crewdson has spent the past 30 years creating some of photography's most enduring and enigmatic images. Known for his elaborate productions, his cinematic style, and his noir-like encapsulations of small-town America, he has secured a place for himself in the upper echelon of American artists. In 2001 Crewdson began his most ambitious project to date, Beneath the Roses, and Ben Shapiro was there to document it. Shapiro's film—ten years in the making—is a contemplative look at Crewdson's creative process and his devotion to his craft, taking into account the artist's personal history as much as his technique.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-May-27]

  • Today starting around 9 p.m. at Abilene, a rich tapestry of modern Americana from The Bogs Visionary Orchestra performs for their Recession Special Revisited CD Release Show with James Hearne, and Michelle Younger. [source: Abilene e-mail, 2013-May-28]

Sunday, June 2

Monday, June 3

  • Updated: Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel, Andrew Cornell will discuss his book, Oppose and Propose: Lessons from Movement for a New Society (Anarchist Interventions).

    Movement for a New Society, a radical pacifist organization active in the 1970s and 1980s, pioneered forms of consensus decision making, communal living, direct action, and self-education now central to antiauthoritarian movements. Yet members found their commitments to "live the revolution now" often alienated potential allies and distracted them from confronting their opponents, while their distrust of leadership and commitment to cumbersome group processes made it difficult to keep their analysis and strategy cutting-edge.

    [source: group e-mail, 2013-Jun-1]

  • At 7 p.m. tonight on the Nextstage at Geva is a Hornets' Nest reading of Love-Lies-Bleeding by Don Delillo.

    A free-spirited artist is left an invalid after a second stroke, and in his last years his estranged son, wife and ex-wife struggle over the ultimate question: How do they let him die with dignity? What are the ethical and legal issues involved in making decisions about the end of your life? Or a loved one's? And once that decision is made, what does it take to carry it out?

    [source: Geva Theatre ticket website, 2013-May-27]

Tuesday, June 4

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Kate Gleason Auditorium in the Rundel Library Building, the Rochester Baseball Historical Society will present Hallowed Grounds: A History of Rochester's Fields of Dreams. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2013-May-27]
  • From 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight is Bicycle Pursuit starting at Starry Nites. "It's time for our third annual summer bike game, this year it's Bicycle Pursuit, Trivial Pursuit on bikes, bike teams of two, three or four players will bike to six different locations and answer trivia questions to win prizes and free drinks!" [source: Facebook, 2013-May-27]
  • The Dryden will screen Magnificent Obsession (Douglas Sirk, U.S. 1954, 108 min.) tonight at 8 p.m.

    After almost dying in a boating accident, playboy Bob Merrick (a young Rock Hudson) is miraculously saved by his town's only resuscitator—yet as a result, the kindly Dr. Phillips dies from a heart attack while waiting across town for the machine. When his recklessness affects the Phillips family a second time, Bob becomes inextricably entangled with the newly widowed Helen (Academy Award®- nominated Jane Wyman) and looks for redemption through altruism and love. Filmed in Technicolor, Magnificent Obsession exhibits the style Sirk would come to refine and perfect throughout the later part of his career.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-May-27]

  • The Van Allen Belt, fascinating, engaging orchestral folk band Paxtor, Fowls, Eyeway, and The Nash perform at the Bug Jar tonight starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-May-27]

Wednesday, June 5

  • At 6 p.m. at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church (121 N. Fitzhugh St.) is the NYCLU Annual Meeting, discussing the Galloway v. Town Of Greece: The Curious Case of Legislative Prayer with Gregory Lipper.

    Thirty years ago, the Supreme Court authorized legislative bodies to open legislative meetings with prayers, provided that the government does not exploit these prayers to advance one particular faith to the exclusion of others. Many legislative bodies, however, have sought to push the envelope — by repeatedly leading Christian prayers or inviting predominantly Christian clergy to deliver predominately Christian prayers.

    [source: Facebook, 2013-May-29]

  • Tonight at 7 p.m. at Pandaman Toys, Elizabeth Groenevelt will teach a class of Kundalini Yoga. "Kundalini Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline for developing strength, awareness, character, and consciousness. Practitioners call Kundalini Yoga the yoga of awareness because it focuses on the expansion of sensory awareness and intuition in order to raise individual consciousness and merge it with the infinite consciousness of spirituality. As a form of yoga and meditation, Kundalini's purpose is to cultivate the creative spiritual potential of a human to uphold values, speak truth, and focus on the compassion and consciousness needed to serve and heal others." [source: Facebook, 2013-May-27]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Silent Running (Douglas Trumbull, U.S. 1972, 89 min.)

    This first directorial effort from Douglas Trumbull (known primarily for his pioneering visual effects in 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Andromeda Strain, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Blade Runner) transports us to a future where all plant life on Earth is extinct, with only a few species surviving in orbital greenhouses. The reserved but dedicated Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern) is one of the botanists charged with re-populating Earth with plant life. When given the order to destroy his greenhouse in the service of commercial enterprise, Lowell defiantly takes control of his vessel and attempts to save the last hope for sustained life on Earth. An impeccable performance by Dern, dazzling special effects, and a chillingly relevant environmentalist message highlight this dystopian cult classic of the 1970s.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-May-27]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar, it's fantastic ska-influenced, synth-laden pop/rock from SPORTS, Cottage Jefferson, The Rochambros, and The Rotaries. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-May-27]

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