Events for Thursday, October 3, 2013 through Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, October 3

  • To celebrate Banned Books Week, there will be a Banned Books Read-Out at the Front Entrance to the Rush Rhees Library on the UofR Campus today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

    Read a short passage (2 to 3 minutes) from your favorite banned book outside Rush Rhees Library. Selected books will be available for your use at the special book display shelves, if you don't have your favorite book on hand.

    [source: UofR website events calendar, 2013-Sep-30]

  • This evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre is an Artists' Discussion with Vincent Cianni, and Debbie Grossman.

    Join us for a moderated discussion with artists Vincent Cianni and Debbie Grossman about the role of gender in their work that is included in The Gender Show.

    [source: Eastman House calendar, 2013-Sep-30]

  • Tonight at RoCo is the Opening Reception for signals_now_ from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m..

    Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) is pleased to present signals_now_ a collaboration between RoCo and Signal Culture, a new experimental media art organization based in New York State. The four internationally renowned media artists featured in signals_now_ will be among the first to participate in Signal Culture's forthcoming media art residency program.

    [source: Rochester Contemporary Art Center _signals_now page, 2013-Sep-30]

  • Tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Lovin' Cup is Unmasking Abilities: Al Sigl Mask Gallery Opening with live music from Raintree.

    Join Al Sigl Community of Agencies as they kick off the annual Walkabout and Unmask Abilities. There will be over 50 original masks on display that have been designed and created by local artists and clients of the Al Sigl Member Agencies.

    [source: Lovin' Cup website, 2013-Sep-30]

  • Planned Parenthood will present a screening of Searching for Angela Shelton (Angela Shelton, U.S. 2004, 93 min.) at the Little tonight at 6:30 p.m.

    Filmmaker Angela Shelton journeys across the United States meeting other Angela Sheltons in an effort to survey women in America. She discovers that 24 out of 40 Angela Sheltons have been abused just like herself. Then the filmmaker meets an Angela Shelton who tracks sexual predators and lives in the same town as the filmmaker's father who molested her and her step-siblings for years. The filmmaker's survey of women becomes a journey of self discovery during which she decides to finally confront her past and her own father – on Father's Day. The Angela Sheltons complete the journey by teaching the filmmaker about forgiveness, faith and the power of the human spirit, no matter what your name is. In all probability, you know someone who was abused, if you think not, meet the Angela Sheltons.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2013-Sep-30]

  • In the Henrietta Public Library Community Room, Nathaniel Mich from Hedonist Artisan Chocolates will present Talking with My Mouth Full: A Conversation with a Local Chocolatier from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2013-Sep-30]
  • Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. through October 12, and Sunday at 2 p.m. are performances of Race by David Mamet at the MuCCC.

    Multiple Award-winning playwright/director David Mamet tackles America's most controversial topic in a provocative new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. Two lawyers find themselves defending a wealthy white executive charged with raping a black woman. When a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface. When David Mamet turns the spotlight on what we think but can't say, dangerous truths are revealed, and no punches are spared.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2013-Sep-30]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m. at the Dryden is a Double-Feature of Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (Alex Stapleton, U.S. 2011, 95 min., DCP), then A Bucket of Blood (Roger Corman, U.S. 1959, 66 min., 35mm).

    Stapleton's documentary examines the long and accomplished career of Corman through the lens of actors and filmmakers he has worked with—most notably those whose careers he helped launch. Featuring firsthand accounts from greats such as Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Jonathan Demme, Martin Scorsese, and Ron Howard, Corman's World traces the life and work of a director who wholeheartedly and successfully rebelled against the pressures of mainstream Hollywood. A Bucket of Blood is an early Corman classic that embodies his resourceful spirit. Shot in just five days on a microscopic budget, A Bucket of Blood is a darkly comic satire of Beat culture that follows the gruesome exploits of a young busboy (Corman mainstay Dick Miller) whose artistic attempts at fitting in with the coffee shop crowd—starting with the sculpture "Dead Cat"—take realism to an unhealthy degree.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Sep-30]

  • Over at the Dinosaur starting around 10 p.m. is wicked fun, saxophone-driven, percussive groove-rock band The BuddhaHood. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que website, 2013-Sep-30]

Friday, October 4

  • Today from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Eastman Quad on the UofR Campus is Reports from the War Zone: Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Kathy Kelly On Campus.

    Chicago Activists Kathy Kelly and Buddy Bell, recently returned from Afghanistan, are traveling by bus and train from city to city carrying a 'bean poll.' Kathy and Buddy, with their Bean Poll, ask us to think about where we want to expend our resources, as individuals, and as a nation. Shall we support endless global wars, or shall we make restitution to the victims here at home and around the world, of more than 10 years of devastating wars for domination of territory and resources.

    [source: Facebook, 2013-Oct-2]

  • Today from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is Voices for Creative Non Violence. Kathy Kelly, Cathy Breen, and poet David Smith-Ferri will speak "on behalf of the victims of the U.S. endless wars in the Middle East and Southwest Asia." [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2013-Sep-30]
  • This evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Baobab is a First Friday Gallery Night with George K. Arthur's Streetscapes. [source: Baobab website, 2013-Sep-30]
  • In the Gallery at the Visual Studies Workshop is the Opening Reception for Imageart: i do?! from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., on display through October 26.

    The national and international debate over marriage equality is hot. Marriage is a reality for some LGBTQ couples as states pass marriage equality legislation. However, even within the LGBTQ community, this topic remains a subject of debate. Imageart asks artists to submit works that respond to or address the issues surrounding marriage equality.

    [source: Visual Studies Workshop website, 2013-Sep-30]

  • Tonight at 6 p.m., 9 p.m., and Saturday at midnight are screenings of The Place Beyond the Pines (Derek Cianfrance, U.S. 2012, 140 min.) in Hoyt Auditorium on the UofR Campus. You can read a brief summary of how I liked it. [source: University of Rochester Cinema Group website, 2013-Sep-30]
  • Tonight at 7 p.m. is First Fridays / Wide Open Mic with Norm Davis at Writers and Books. [source: Writers and Books website, 2013-Sep-30]
  • This week's 7 p.m. and 4 p.m. weekend matinee movie at the Cinema is The Way Way Back (Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, U.S. 2013, 103 min.)

    Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.

    [source: Cinema Theater "coming soon" page, 2013-Oct-2]

  • Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. through October 20 are performances of On the Spectrum by Ken Lazebnik at the Bread and Water Theatre.

    Is autism a disability or a difference? This simple but profound question is at the center of a new play by Ken Lazebnik. A young man with Asperger's, passing as "typical" after years of mainstreaming and therapy, connects with a woman who proudly champions her autism as a difference, not a disorder. This love story between an "aspie" and an "autie" reveals the contradictions between finding success as yourself and on the world's terms, and the conflict between the desire for acceptance and the desire for achievement.

    [source: Bread and Water Theatre website, 2013-Sep-30]

  • Tonight at the Bug Jar starting around 8 p.m., The Lobby presents The Neil Young Harvest Dance: A Tribute to Neil Young with covers by Maybird, Moho Collective, The Years, Drippers, electronic and guitar duo Sparx and Yarms, A Victory For Upfish, Attic Abasement, and George Grady, and new art by Mike Turzanski, Spaceman, David Morales Colon, Adelin Karius, Topher Martin, and Jay Lincoln. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Sep-30]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. at the Dryden is a screening of Taxi! (Roy Del Ruth, U.S. 1932, 69 min., 35mm).

    After ruthless hoodlums destroy his taxicab, veteran driver Pop Riley (Guy Kibbee) takes matters into his own hands and kills the man responsible. He is sent to prison, where he eventually dies of poor health. In an attempt to rally together a cabby resistance movement, young driver Matt Nolan (James Cagney) reaches out to Pop's daughter, Sue (Loretta Young), for support. Despite a rocky start, the two fall in love, yet Matt's fiery temper threatens to ruin their relationship and place him in hot water. A raucous ride, Taxi! handles the topic of workers rights with pre-Code panache.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Sep-30]

  • The Cinema's 8:45 p.m. movie this week is In A World… (Lake Bell, U.S. 2013, 93 min.)

    An underachieving voice coach finds herself competing in the movie trailer voice-over profession against her arrogant father and his protégé.

    [source: Cinema Theater "coming soon" page, 2013-Oct-2]

Saturday, October 5

  • Today from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. is the Race for the Arts 5k in and around George Eastman House. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts website, 2013-Sep-30]
  • At the 1975 Gallery from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight is the Opening Reception of Volo Calvariam — 1975's Five Year Anniversary, on display through November 2. [source: Facebook, 2013-Sep-30]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 11 a.m., the Dryden is screening Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland, U.K. 2012, 92 min., DCP).

    Toby Jones is Gilderoy, a mild-mannered British audio engineer brought to Italy to dub sound effects for The Equestrian Vortex, a supernatural giallo set at an all-girl riding academy. As Gilderoy's job becomes increasingly intense and the effects he is asked to produce more and more graphic, his first experience working on anything other than a nature documentary becomes a paranoid, tape-looped nightmare. A taut, elegant psychodrama that will please genre fans, audiophiles, and anyone who enjoys suspense, Berberian Sound Studio is a thriller unlike any you've ever heard.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Sep-30]

Sunday, October 6

  • In the Rundel Auditorium at the Central Library is a Movie Screening in Honor of Gandhi's Birthday at 1:30 p.m.: Gandhi (Richard Attenborough, U.K./India 1982, 191 min.) [source: Monroe County Library website, 2013-Sep-30]
  • Today at 2 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery is an Artist Lecture with Judith G. Levy on her installation work Memory Cloud. [source: MAG website, 2013-Sep-30]
  • At the Dryden today at 2 p.m. is Birdman of Alcatraz (John Frankenheimer, U.S. 1962, 147 min., 35mm).

    In this film based on a true story, Lancaster stars as convicted murderer and lifelong prisoner Robert Stroud. Forever isolated in solitary confinement, Stroud begins to develop an interest in injured birds, then how birds—and men—react to being caged. As much a chamber drama as a prison film, Birdman of Alcatraz shows Lancaster at his best, never letting us forget the violence in Stroud's past, but eliciting empathy for his situation and admiration for his insightful attempts to understand its impact on him and his fellow prisoners.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Sep-30]

  • Updated: Tonight at 7 p.m. is a special screening of 16 Photographs at Ohrdruf (Matthew Nash, Michael Equi, U.S. 2013, 72 min.) at The Little with director Matthew Nash attending to discuss the film.

    With only a small stack of his grandfather's photos for guidance, filmmaker Matthew Nash tries to understand a family secret that began on April 4, 1945. His search reveals the horror of the first concentration camp found by the Allies and the amazing story of the soldiers who uncovered the Holocaust.

    [source: 16 Photographs at Ohrdruf website, 2013-Oct-6]

Monday, October 7

  • From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tonight in the Fisher Meeting Room of the Pittsford Community Library, Elaine Johnson will discuss What Do You Really Know About Fair Trade?

    Elaine Johnson, a volunteer with Pittsford's fair trade store, One World Goods, will present a history of the fair trade movement and our local fair trade store. She will bring a sampling of the store's products and tell us a bit about the artisans who create them.

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2013-Sep-30]

  • Tonight at the Flying Squirrel at 7 p.m. is the October Monday Mayhem featuring a screening of Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary (Stephen Vittoria, U.S. 2012, 120 min.)

    The film chronicles the life and revolutionary times of former death row political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal.

    [source: Facebook, 2013-Sep-30]

Tuesday, October 8

  • Today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Central Library is another Books Sandwiched-In with Dr. Anne Panning reviewing David Sedaris' Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2013-Sep-30]
  • The Little will screen Terms and Conditions May Apply (Cullen Hoback, U.S. 2013, 82 min.) as part of their One Take: Stories Through the Lens Film Series at 6:30 p.m. The film will be followed Skype Q and A with director Cullen Hoback.

    The film examines the cost of so-called 'free' services and the continuing disappearance of online privacy. People may think they know what they give up when they click 'I Agree' on companies like Facebook and Google. They're wrong.

    [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2013-Oct-2]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Die weiße Hölle vom Piz Palü (The White Hell of Pitz Palu, Arnold Fanck and G. W. Pabst, Germany 1929, 75 min., 16mm).

    The German "mountain film" ("Bergfilm") of the 1920s was an internationally popular adventure genre that reached its apogee in this film, made at the end of the Weimar Republic. It stars the young, athletic Leni Riefenstahl as a newlywed climber who goes with her husband to help an obsessively distraught widower on a personal quest in the Alps. Fanck, the greatest mountain filmmaker of his time, was responsible for the breathtaking outdoor photography, and Pabst handled the dramatic direction just after he made Pandora's Box and Diary of a Lost Girl with Louise Brooks. We will be screening the American release print with English titles and its original Movietone orchestral score.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Sep-30]

Wednesday, October 9

  • This afternoon from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Class of '62 Auditorium of the UofR Medical Center is a Film Screening and Community Conversation of July '64 (Carvin Eison, U.S. 2006) with Carvin Eison.

    Filmmaker Carvin Eison will be the program moderator. July '64 gives voice to the people who lived through the three days of conflict and unrest that altered the course of history in Rochester. As we near the 50th anniversary of the riots, please attend and view the documentary followed by a candid conversation with the filmmaker and those who lived through that tumultuous time in Rochester. Discussions will focus on understanding how the events of the time relate to Rochester's present and future.

    [source: UofR website events calendar, 2013-Sep-30]

  • David Rovics, and The Haymarket Singers perform at the Flying Squirrel tonight at 5 p.m.

    David Rovics grew up in a family of classical musicians in Wilton, Connecticut, and became a fan of populist regimes early on. By the early 90's he was a full-time busker in the Boston subways and by the mid-90's he was traveling the world as a professional flat-picking rabble-rouser.

    [source: Facebook, 2013-Sep-30]

  • Tonight at 6 p.m. in the Curtis Theatre at the George Eastman House is an event for Eastman House members titled The Ultimate Entertainer with Kathy Connor.

    George Eastman Legacy Curator Kathy Connor will showcase artifacts (dinner record books, invitations, music programs, menus, and recipes) used by Mr. Eastman at many of his parties, including his housewarming party, Lobster Quartet luncheons, and the Kodacolor Party in 1928. Join us for this exclusive opportunity to view objects from the Eastman archive.

    [source: Eastman House calendar, 2013-Sep-30]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall is Ossia's first concert of the season. [source: Ossia New Music website, 2013-Sep-30]
  • In the Dryden Theatre at 8 p.m. is a screening of Elmer Gantry (Richard Brooks, U.S. 1960, 146 min., 35mm).

    Burt Lancaster won his only Academy Award® for his performance as Sinclair Lewis's salesman-turned-evangelist. Filled with prescient insight into religion as entertainment and the press as a weapon, the story follows Elmer's rise from a traveling salesman to a high-ranking position in the fire-and-brimstone church of Sister Sharon Falconer (Jean Simmons), who is in turn being followed by newspaperman Jim Lefferts (Arthur Kennedy). Shirley Jones also won an Academy Award® for her performance as the prostitute with a past who looks to make her own money off of Elmer.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Sep-30]

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