Events for Thursday, October 24, 2013 through Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, October 24

  • Updated: At the Strong Museum of Play tonight at 6 p.m. is a Candidate Forum on Disability Issues moderated by Bill Moran, from WCMF's The Break Room, and sponsored by AutismUp, Center for Disability Rights, Family Advocates United, Mental Health Association, NYS Disabilities Advocacy Association & Network, Regional Center for Independent Living, and Rochester ADAPT. The following candidates have confirmed attendance: for Monroe County Sherriff, Emily Good (representative); for Mayor, Alex White; for Rochester City Council, Marlowe Washington, Drew Langdon, Dorothy Paige, and David Atias; and for Rochester School Board, Ronald Hall, Lori Thomas, and Howard Eagle. (All candidates were sent a questionnaire; their answers are posted at the Center for Disability Rights' website as they are received.)

    This candidate forum will focus on issues affecting people with disabilities of all ages, including children and seniors, as well as family members, co-workers and friends, as almost everyone is touched by disability.

    [source: Facebook, 2013-Oct-24]

  • Starting this evening at 6:30 p.m. is the first film in the $2, 3-Day Film Fest at the Flying Squirrel: Granito de Arena (Jill Freidberg, 2005). Tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. is Un poquito de tanta verdad (A Little Bit of So Much Truth, Jill Freidberg, U.S./Mexico 2007, 90 min.) Then on Sunday at 3 p.m. is Brad, a documentary "about independent media center journalist Brad Will who captured his own murder on tape by Mexican paramilitaries on Oct. 27, 2006." [source: Facebook, 2013-Oct-16]
  • Steve Huff hosts the History Reading Group at Writers and Books tonight at 7 p.m. to discuss The Boston Tea Party. [source: Writers and Books website, 2013-Oct-21]
  • Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Baobab, James Makau Nzioka will discuss Birds of a Feather: The distinctive species of Kenyan birds.

    Wilderness Zones Safaris, based in Nairobi, offers experiences exploring the natural diversity, culture, and beauty that is Kenya. As a result of varied habitats, over 1090 species of birds, alone, have been recorded in Kenya's geographical boundaries. Varied habitats allow this rich avian diversity, as well as over 120 large mammals, 900 species of butterflies, and many other seen and unseen creatures.

    [source: Baobab website, 2013-Oct-21]

  • Tonight in South Wedge is the Night of the Living Wedge Pub Crawl 2013 starting at 7 p.m. at Colony Bar and Grill and heading South on South Avenue. [source: Facebook, 2013-Oct-21]
  • The Eastman Jazz Ensemble and The Eastman New Jazz Ensemble perform in Kilbourn Hall tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2013-Oct-21]
  • The Dryden will screen The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (Roger Corman, U.S. 1967, 100 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Prohibition-era Chicago sets the scene for one of the most notorious and bloody episodes of American history: the gang war between Al Capone and George "Bugs" Moran. Corman tackles this well-known clash of bootleggers with a uniquely gritty style, taking great lengths to recreate the events in a historically accurate manner while "keeping the camera moving" (one of his personal mantras) with remarkable, stylized 'scope tracking shots. Jason Robards and George Segal star as Capone and his top enforcer and film-noir icon Ralph Meeker rounds out the cast as Moran in one of Corman's most accomplished, underrated films.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Oct-21]

Friday, October 25

  • Today from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. is E-Cycle Day in the Park Lot at UofR. "Ready to find a green way to dispose of the electronic device clutter in your cabinets? E-Cycle Day is the solution. Drop off personal computers, speakers, mobile phones—and anything in between." They won't take "alkaline batteries, light bulbs, smoke detectors and products containing mercury or Freon" — presumably because it's too hard to get rid of! [source: UofR website events calendar, 2013-Oct-21]
  • Today and tomorrow from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is a Little Free Library Painting and Installing Party. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2013-Oct-21]
  • Hedonist Artisan Chocolates is hosting a Halloween Chocolate Tasting Event today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Treat yourself to a taste of the Peanut Butter Honey Truffle, created in the cauldrons of Hedonist Artisan Chocolates, featuring the *spellbound* design by Lisa Jane Smith.

    [source: Facebook, 2013-Oct-21]

  • Updated: Tonight at 6 p.m. at the Frederick Douglass Resource Center is a Final Call Candidate Town Hall to discuss the Rochester City School District's abysmal performance with black children and other non-white ethnicities.

    Our Black and Brown babies are being Mentally destroyed! Do You plan on sending the Same board member back? Who Will You Elect?

    [source: Facebook, 2013-Oct-24]

  • Starting at the Liberty Pole at 6 p.m. is the Critical Mass-kerade bike ride. [source: Facebook, 2013-Oct-21]
  • From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Abilene is "the hot Americana and Alt-Country sounds" of Kraszman and Fishwife for Happy Hour, then at 9:30 p.m. it's "the return of Minnesota-based singer-guitarist" Mary Cutrufello. [source: Abilene website, 2013-Oct-21]
  • Tonight and tomorrow from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting at The Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word (597 East Ave., at Goodman) is the Ghost Walk 2013.

    The Landmark Society Ghost Walk brings to "life" stories that could be ripped from today's headlines — but were witnessed by past generations. And it is our special talent to bring back those Rochesterians — to call them from their eternal rest — to share their experiences. You'll meet these "ghosts of Rochester's past" as you indulge in a rapidly dwindling hobby — an evening stroll through a beautiful historic neighborhood.

    [source: Landmark Society website, 2013-Oct-21]

  • Tonight starting at 7 p.m. at Writers and Books is the Last Friday Story Slam hosted by Carol Roberts. [source: Writers and Books website, 2013-Oct-21]
  • Tonight at 7 p.m. on the NextStage at Geva is A Conversation with Nora Cole.

    Writer/performer Nora Cole (Fences, Voices of the Spirits in my Soul) lets us in on her process and inspirations for a new work, as yet untitled, about her ancestors, inspired by letters sent between her grandfather, a World War II Tuskegee Airman, and her grandmother. As a resident artist at Geva, funded by the Fox Foundation Actor Fellowship, she has researched her family's stories and will be in residence during the Festival, writing a performance piece inspired by her discoveries. This event will feature excerpts of her writing and a conversation facilitated by Geva's Literary Director, Jenni Werner.

    [source: Geva Theatre ticket website, 2013-Oct-21]

  • Starting tonight at 7:30 p.m. and running through November 9, Rochester Community Players presents Shakespeare's Julius Caesar at the MuCCC.

    The play tells the tale of the conspiracy to assassinate "the foremost man of all this world", the famous funeral oration of Mark Antony, which turned the fickled mob against the murderers, and the downfall of the conspirators Brutus and Cassius.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2013-Oct-21]

  • Updated:Tonight at Boulder Coffee on Alexander is Fat Africa, Sbthree, Kanyu, and The Big starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee calendar, 2013-Oct-21]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen The Waiting Room (Peter Nicks, U.S. 2012, 81 min., Blu-Ray).

    A postmodern approach to the observational documentary, Peter Nicks's film about the patients, doctors, and staff of Oakland's Highland Hospital offers unprecedented access to typically private areas as well as deep insight into our current medical system. Blending cinéma vérité footage with interviews with doctors, nurses, staff, and patients, The Waiting Room is an unobtrusive, personal record of the hospital's daily functions and the difficulties of treating a community of largely uninsured patients.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Oct-21]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m. is the Little Horror Fest at the Little starting with Friday The 13th (Sean S. Cunningham, U.S. 1980, 95 min.) and Friday The 13th Part 2 (Steve Miner, U.S. 1981, 87 min.) at 10 p.m. Plus, there will be a Skype Q and A with lead actress Amy Steel of Friday The 13th Part 2, and "the 35mm print of Friday The 13th is a special director's cut that has never before been shown in theatres." [source: Little Theatre website, 2013-Oct-21]

Saturday, October 26

  • Today at 2 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre, "artist Bill Finger, Assistant Curator of Photographs Jamie Allen, and curator of The History of Space Photography Jay Belloli will discuss work on view in the exhibitions Astro-Visions and The History of Space Photography." [source: Eastman House calendar, 2013-Oct-21]
  • From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is the monthly Community Dinner. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2013-Oct-21]
  • Starting around 7 p.m. today at Abilene is good acoustic soloist Nick Young in the Intimate Upstairs Lounge. [source: Abilene website, 2013-Oct-21]
  • Also around 7 p.m. at Boulder Coffee on Alexander, it's UofR Night: WRUR presents An Exposition of UofR Talents with Easton Varner, Ligaments, Sky People, Alanna Burrows, and UofR Student Groups. [source: Boulder Coffee calendar, 2013-Oct-21]
  • From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Writers and Books hosts their H.P. Lovecraft-themed 5th Annual Masquerade Party.

    Our 5th Annual Halloween party draws from the twisted and unknown and turns 740 University Ave into Miskatonic University located in Dunwich, Massachusetts. Search for the missing Necronomicon among our bookshelves, sketch your own Pickman model and participate in other Lovecraft inspired activities and games.

    [source: Writers and Books website, 2013-Oct-21]

  • Also from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. is the Left of Center Variety Show at the Flying Squirrel. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2013-Oct-21]
  • Also from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. is The Spectral Carnival: A Two-Year Celebration at The Yards with "live painting by Adam Francey, performances by One Dance Co., henna tattoos, tarot readings, snacks by Cure, a photo booth, a 'transformation station' to help you get into character, and so much more." [source: The Yards website, 2013-Oct-17]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen The Raven (Roger Corman, U.S. 1963, 86 min., 35mm).

    Horror legends Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Boris Karloff star as warring sorcerers in this tongue-in-cheek burlesque of the Edgar Allan Poe classic. Haunted by the death of his beloved wife Lenore, Dr. Erasmus Craven (Price) is tormented by a raven that happens to contain the spirit of transformed wizard Dr. Bedlo (Lorre). After restoring Bedlo to his original form, Craven is persuaded to join him in seeking revenge against the menacing Dr. Scarabus (Karloff), whose castle is said to house Lenore's ghost. Mayhem ensues in this hilarious horror spoof, with a script by genre master Richard Matheson, an early appearance by Corman protégé Jack Nicholson, and gleeful performances by the three leads.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Oct-21]

  • Tonight through Monday, and on Wednesday and Thursday at the Little at 9:30 p.m. are screenings of Escape from Tomorrow (Randy Moore, U.S. 2013, 90 min.)

    From the moment it premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Escape From Tomorrow generated enormous buzz — most of it directed at how the film was made. Writer/director Randy Moore wanted to make a movie that criticized the incessant commercialization of entertainment — Disney, in particular — so he, his actors, and his crew posed as tourists and shot the film inside Disney parks, without the company's knowledge or permission. They filmed on the rides, in front of the famous characters, near real tourists, and around the beloved locations.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2013-Oct-21]

Sunday, October 27

  • Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Lovin' Cup is The Chandler Travis Philharmonic.

    The Chandler Travis Philharmonic is a 9-piece ensemble from Boston that includes a horn section, string bass, keyboard, mandocello, guitar, drums, accordion, and singing valet. It's possible they might be the missing link between the Kinks and Sun Ra…

    [source: Bop Shop website, 2013-Oct-21]

  • At the Bug Jar is a Double Album Release starting around 9 p.m. for both Steve Layman, and M.D. Woods, with Broken Field Runner, and Declan Ryan and the Close Calls. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Oct-21]

Monday, October 28

  • Tonight and the next three Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Writers and Books is a Discussion Group titled Meeting Life as a Whole Being. [source: Writers and Books website, 2013-Oct-21]
  • Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Little is a screening of The State of Arizona (Carlos Sandoval, Catherine Tambini, U.S. 2013, 90 min.) followed by a Panel Discussion with "immigration law expert Walter H. Ruehle, and Father Jesus Flores, Diocesan Coordinator for Migrant Ministry".

    The State of Arizona interweaves the volatile themes of immigration and race portrayed through a mosaic of characters and their responses to the law. The film's three-act structure is built around the turbulent arc of the law, from the Governor's signing of the bill in 2010 to the Supreme Court's June 2012 pronouncement on its constitutionality. Through the personal stories of individuals impacting and impacted by immigration policies, the film explores the social and political circumstances that gave rise to SB1070, examining the roles played by government and business, as well as the human consequences of the policy.

    [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2013-Oct-23]

  • At Geva starting at 8 p.m. is Theatre in Progress: Excerpts of New Plays.

    Five of the writers of new plays in Geva's 2013-2014 season share their newest works with you. What new ideas are being explored by Greg Kotis (All Your Questions Answered), John Cariani (Last Gas), Deborah Zoe Laufer (Informed Consent), Eric Coble (Stranded on Earth) and Mat Smart (Tinker to Evers to Chance)? The only way to find out is to attend this evening of excerpts from each of this season's Geva writers.

    [source: Geva Theatre ticket website, 2013-Oct-21]

  • Around 8 p.m. tonight at the Bop Shop is Daniel Carter and The Moon. [source: Bop Shop website, 2013-Oct-21]

Tuesday, October 29

  • Updated: Today at 6 p.m. at Nixon Peabody LLP (1300 Clinton Square) is a Discussion titled Town of Greece v. Galloway: The Future of Legislative Prayer in America (a case to be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court on November 6) with Heather Weaver, Esq., and Brett Harvey, Esq. [source: Facebook, 2013-Oct-29]
  • The Eastman Percussion Ensemble will perform in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2013-Oct-21]
  • The Dryden will screen Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (John S. Robertson, U.S. 1920, 85 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m. with live musical accompaniment by Philip C. Carli.

    John Barrymore, the "Great Profile" and mercurially brilliant romantic actor of both stage and screen, loved confounding audiences' expectations with grotesque and macabre portrayals driven more by his body and intellectual control than by makeup. His dual role here is one of the great silent screen performances, and was based partially on his stage interpretation of Shakespeare's Richard III. Millicent, Jekyll's fiancée, is played by beautiful Martha Mansfield (who died only three years later when her dress caught fire on a film location), and the supremely sinister Brandon Hurst appears as Millicent's father, who goads Jekyll into exploring the dark side of human nature. This glistening Eastman House print is from the original camera negative, with tinted sequences.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Oct-21]

Wednesday, October 30

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Anne Serling will be on hand at Penfield Public Library to discuss her new book As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling.

    Have you watched "The Twilight Zone"? Join us for a special lunch time book review. Anne Serling, author of her biography about her Dad, will explore the deep bond with her father-creator of "The Twilight Zone"- his commitment to social justice, and her struggle with grief following his death in 1975 at the age of 50. Copies of her hardcover book will be available for sale and Anne will autograph copies.

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2013-Oct-21]

  • On the NextStage at Geva is a New Play Reading of Love/Sick by John Cariani at 7 p.m.

    John Cariani (Almost, Maine and Last Gas) returns to the short form storytelling that inspired Almost, Maine in Love/Sick, a play about love and marriage, set in an alternate suburban reality.

    [source: Geva Theatre ticket website, 2013-Oct-21]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m. at the Dryden is a screening of Atlantic City (Louis Malle, Canada/France 1980, 104 min., 35mm).

    Recalling an aging version of one of his fatalistic film noir heroes, Lancaster plays a small-time hood who lies to himself and others about his past accomplishments. He befriends a young croupier played by Susan Sarandon, who comes to him for help when her estranged husband leaves her with stolen drugs. When Lancaster passes off the parcel, the salesmen come looking for their merchandise, giving the fake gangster a chance to be the man he always thought he was. Lancaster, unafraid to play "old," proves his fearlessness and versatility in this tale of failed dreams and ultimate redemption.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Oct-21]

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