Events for Thursday, September 5, 2013 through Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, September 5

  • Tonight from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Boulder Coffee on Park is a Musicians Open Mic. [source: Boulder Coffee calendar, 2013-Aug-19]
  • At 8 p.m. at the Dryden is a screening of Stage Door (Gregory La Cava, U.S. 1937, 92 min., 35mm).

    Taking up residence at a boarding house full of aspiring Broadway actresses, Terry (Katharine Hepburn) seeks to join the life of her roommates, who are seduced by impresario Anthony Powell's (Adolphe Menjou) promises of fame. With her haughty, upper-class attitude, Terry works to earn their respect while staring down the question that faces them all: is the failure worth the heartache? Full of vibrant energy and a ribald humor, Stage Door is one of Gregory La Cava's masterpieces, with no small thanks to the talents of some of the most revered actresses of the era.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Aug-19]

  • Tonight starting around 8:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Cult Classic, and more. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Aug-21]

Friday, September 6

  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Writers and Books is the everlasting First Fridays / Wide Open Mic hosted by the everlasting Norm Davis. [source: Writers and Books website, 2013-Aug-19]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. the Dryden will screen La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus (Mark Kendall, U.S./Guatemala 2012, 72 min., Spanish and English w/ subtitles, Blu-ray).

    In his feature film debut, Mark Kendall follows the afterlife of a decommissioned US school bus as it makes its way south of the border to be repurposed as a camioneta, a brightly colored transit vehicle responsible for carrying the majority of Guatemalans to work. From the auction of decommissioned buses to the fateful travels of the camioneta drivers forced to contend with extortive gangs, Kendall has crafted a careful observation of cross-border relations in an era of globalization. Without relying on heavy-handed polemics or sentimentalism, La Camioneta presents a glimpse into the world of international commerce on a personal scale.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Aug-19]

Saturday, September 7

  • Today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is the Clothesline Festival at the Memorial Art Gallery. [source: M&T Bank Clothesline Art Festival website, 2013-Aug-19]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Paradies: Liebe (Paradise: Love, Ulrich Seidl, Austria/France/Germany 2012, 120 min., German and Swahili w/ subtitles, DCP).

    A unique blend of documentary and fiction, Ulrich Seidl's work has become notorious for its blunt, unflinching look at the weirdest realities of everyday life. This first installment in the trilogy—provocatively named after the three theological virtues (Love, Faith, and Hope)—deals with sex tourism, as experienced by a middle-aged single mother who treats herself to a vacation in Kenya for her birthday. Her dealings with the men who are offering themselves for money are described with brutal honesty in an unsettling choreography of faked courtship and lust, against the background of post-colonial Africa. Beware: this is cinéma vérité at its most explicit; no punches are spared. It's grotesque, it's cruel, and it's all true.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Aug-19]

  • Dang! performs at Sticky Lips Juke Joint BBQ tonight starting around 10 p.m. [source: Sticky Lips website, 2013-Aug-19]
  • Starting around 10:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Oz's Birthday Show featuring Malignancy, Tentacles, Abdicate, and Goemagot. "Come down to The Bug Jar to celebrate the birth of a very metal dude: Oz Asbjorn!" [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Aug-21]

Sunday, September 8

  • It's Open Mic Comedy at Boulder Coffee on Alexander tonight from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee calendar, 2013-Aug-19]

Monday, September 9

  • Tonight at The Cinema is the 3rd annual presentation of The Shmoovies: "Rochester, NY's celebration of locally produced short films." starting at 7 p.m. [source: Rochester Movie Makers website, 2013-Jul-9]

Tuesday, September 10

  • Today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in Kate Gleason Auditorium at the Rundel Library is Books Sandwiched-In featuring Hilda Rosario Escher reviewing My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2013-Aug-19]
  • Tonight from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Boulder on Alexander is Graph Rabbit. [source: Boulder Coffee calendar, 2013-Aug-19]
  • The Dryden will screen Stage Struck (Allan Dwan, U.S. 1925, 70 min., 35mm) with live musical accompaniment by Philip C. Carli tonight at 8 p.m.

    Gloria Swanson, silent film's ultimate glamour queen, started out with Mack Sennett and continued to make comedies throughout her career, including this one, which is as far removed from "glamorous" as could be. Stage Struck is an authentic slice of industrial river town life, as the showboat arrives to enliven the lives of the populace with culture—and female boxing. Director Allan Dwan captures the atmosphere perfectly, and the terrific comic support of Lawrence Gray, Keystone veteran Ford Sterling, and statuesque but earthy Gertrude Astor (as well as a few early Technicolor surprises!) make for an entertaining romp.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Aug-19]

  • The Bop Shop presents Barrence Whitfield and The Savages at the Lovin' Cup tonight starting around 8 p.m.

    Barrence Whitfield is a full-throttle soul screamer in the spirit of Little Richard, Wilson Pickett and Solomon Burke. He has been described as the owner of one incredible pair of lungs, with limitless energy and unmatched enthusiasm for his music and his audience.

    [source: Bop Shop website, 2013-Aug-19]

  • Tonight at the Bug Jar is awesome political punk from D.O.A., Bad Taste, good punk-rock from The Emersons, and Borrowed Time starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Aug-21]

Wednesday, September 11

  • Updated: Tonight at 7 p.m., the Little is screening The Human Scale (Andreas Dalsgaard, Denmark/Bangladesh/China/New Zealand/U.S. 2012, 83 min.) as part of the Greentopia Film Festival and featuring a "talkback with Howard Decker, former chief curator of the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., current project director at Ehrenkrantz Eckstut and Kuhn, and Marcia Barry, Director of Planning and Zoning for the City of Rochester".

    The modern city is a mega-organism, with skyscraper skeletons offering structure and strength, and arterial highways providing a sustaining flow of human movement. Cities were created to serve human needs; but has that relationship reversed itself? For 40 years, Danish architect Jan Gehl has explored the symbiosis between cities and their inhabitants, and Dalsgaard's film uses Gehl's ideas as a lens through which we view an array of urban centers – Copenhagen, New York, Chongqing, China and others – with a fresh perspective. A spiritual sibling to Gary Hustwit's Urbanized (presented to Greentopia | Film audiences in 2012), The Human Scale is haunting in its identification of a mounting crisis for billions of city dwellers, and optimistic in its suggested solutions that could change everything.

    [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2013-Sep-8]

  • The Dryden will screen Autumn Sonata (Höstsonaten, Ingmar Bergman, France/West Germany/Sweden 1978, 99 min., Swedish w/ subtitles, 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Living a quiet, secluded life in Norway with her husband, Eva (Liv Ullman) invites her estranged mother Charlotte (Ingrid Bergman) to visit. Upon her arrival, however, the strain between the pair becomes apparent: childhood memories and emotions seep to the surface, and Eva's resentment towards her neglectful mother leads to a subtly powerful finale. A fitting finale to Ingrid's feature film career, Autumn Sonata is one of the finest of Ingmar's chamber dramas.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Aug-19]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is the Ghostly International Tour with Shigeto, Beacon, and Heathered Pearls. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Aug-21]

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