Events for Thursday, November 14, 2013 through Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, November 14

  • Today from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Curtis Theatre at George Eastman House is a Focus 45 lecture with Jesse Peers discussing Dutch Connection: Reconstructing George Eastman's Life One Year at a Time.

    Each winter, in conjunction with the Dutch Connection indoor flower show, the museum presents a display about George Eastman's life in the same year as the bulb order. Legacy Collection Archivist Jesse Peers will explain how he delves into the George Eastman archives and will highlight some interesting objects from 1914 he has found for next year's display.

    [source: Eastman House calendar, 2013-Nov-11]

  • From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Monroe High School (164 Alexander St.) is a Center City Master Plan Public Meeting "at which citizens can learn about the draft Center City Master Plan, offer your input and understand the timeline for completing the updated plan." [source: City of Rochester website, 2013-Nov-13]
  • This evening at 6 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House, Steve Fentress will discuss The Birth of the Face on Mars and Other Tales of Early Space Photography.

    Today, Steve Fentress serves as director of the Strasenburgh Planetarium at Rochester Museum and Science Center. In 1976, he was a junior audio-visual technician at the Nasa-Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory, part of the crew that presented over a hundred televised press conferences for the Viking landings on Mars. Fentress will bring his "I was there" accounts of Viking's first picture of its footpad, Carl Sagan's announcement of the wrong sky color in the first color image from the Martian surface, and the press release photo that launched a fringe industry: the "Face on Mars." He also watched the beginnings of digital image processing, and observed what can happen when journalists and their subjects operate for months in close proximity.

    [source: Eastman House calendar, 2013-Nov-11]

  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery is a Lecture with John Page discussing A Moment in Time: The Rehabilitation of Frank Lloyd Wright's Boynton House. [source: MAG website, 2013-Nov-11]
  • In the Nazareth College Shults Center, Bryan N. Massingale will discuss The Ambiguity of Faith: How Religion Both Makes and Unmakes Prejudice starting at 7 p.m. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2013-Nov-13]
  • The Bertrand Russell Society meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Writers and Books, hosted by Phil Ebersole. [source: Writers and Books website, 2013-Nov-11]
  • The Green Party of Monroe County meets tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2013-Nov-11]
  • Tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. is Exit, Pursued by a Bear by Lauren Gunderson at the MuCCC.

    Exit, Pursued By A Bear is a contemporary Southern "revenge comedy" that disarms stereotypes of abuse with wild humor. Bear is part "I Love Lucy," part Jacobean revenge tragedy, and part feminist power ballad. Set in the North Georgia mountains, the ever-sweet Nan finally flips the story on her abusive husband, Kyle, taking back her life. With the help of her colorful friends, her idolization of Jimmy Carter, and one violent Shakespearean stage direction, this play ain't over till the bears are in pursuit.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2013-Nov-11]

  • The Eastman Trombone Choir performs in Kilbourn Hall tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2013-Nov-11]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Downhill (Alfred Hitchcock, U.K. 1927, 105 min., 35mm) with live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli.

    Schoolboy Roddy Berwick takes the blame when fellow chum Tim Wakely gets a young woman pregnant. Publicly disgraced and disowned by his father, he eventually hits bottom as a Parisian gigolo. Rich in its exploration of guilt and its transference, Hitchcock's darkest silent stars Ivor Novello in his follow-up to The Lodger.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Nov-11]

  • Ghostwriter, and Murdersuicide perform tonight at Skylark starting around 9 p.m. [source: Facebook, 2013-Nov-11]

Friday, November 15

  • Tonight at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church and tomorrow at the Inner Faith Gospel Tabernacle Church (32 York St.) from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. is a screening of The Throwaways (Ira McKinley, Bhawin Suchak, U.S. 2013) and a Community Fair along with a discussion with filmmakers Ira McKinley and Bhawin Suchak.

    The Throwaways is the story of homeless filmmaker and ex-felon, Ira McKinley, documenting his struggle to bring positive changes to his community in inner-city Albany, NY. As he strives to get his voice heard and capture the stories of people living on the margins, McKinley confronts the unavoidable stories of his past and battles against the stigma of being formerly incarcerated. Guided by this personal narrative of survival, The Throwaways is a timely and provocative look at the impact of mass incarceration and police brutality on black males in America. More than a simple illumination of marginalized people at their weakest moments; this film is a call to action, a story of directly engaging in the fight for justice.

    [source: Facebook, 2013-Nov-11]

  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery is the Opening Reception for Winter Craft, on display through December 21.

    Winter Craft features ceramics, jewelry, letterpress posters, photography, and fiber arts. A large portion of items were made here in the Center by our staff, members, artists-in-residence, and friends.

    [source: Genesee Center for the Arts website, 2013-Nov-11]

  • Tonight at the Memorial Art Gallery at 7 p.m. is a screening of A Skin, A Night (Vincent Moon, France 2008, 63 min.) as part of the Alternative Music Film Festival. [source: MAG website, 2013-Nov-11]
  • Tonight at Writers and Books is a NaNoWriMo "How's It Going?" Mixer starting at 7 p.m. [source: Writers and Books website, 2013-Nov-11]
  • At The Space from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. is 2up: A Night of Improv/Comedy Duos. [source: The Space website, 2013-Nov-11]
  • The Eastman School Symphony Orchestra performs in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2013-Nov-11]
  • Starting around 10 p.m. at the Dinosaur is great classic rock/soul band Anonymous Willpower. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que website, 2013-Nov-11]

Saturday, November 16

  • Tonight at 6:30 p.m., 9 p.m., and 11:30 p.m., the UofR Cinema Group will screen Elysium (Neill Blomkamp, U.S. 2013, 109 min.) in Hoyt Auditorium. [source: University of Rochester Cinema Group website, 2013-Nov-11]
  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. is the Opening Reception for Union Junction: Work from The Yards Residency, on display at the 1975 Gallery through December 7.

    Last August, The Yards played home to their first residency, where artists came together to work, share ideas, and explore the creative process. This show will feature works by Davya Brody, Shawnee R M Hill, Nate Hodge, and Dylan Staib.

    [source: Facebook, 2013-Nov-11]

  • Tonight around 8 p.m. at the Visual Studies Workshop is an Experimental Performance Art Revue with electronic, quasi-noise musicians and humanizing performance artists The Bloody Noes, Erika Ruegemer, NASA Sent Wolves, Licker, Fumble Star, and Alana Batrowny.

    Saturday November 16th the Visual Studies Workshop will host a revue of local performance art music! This show will highlight different experimental, contemporary, absurdist, and avant garde performance, dance, and music from Rochester's art scene. Free show, free food, free art.

    [source: Facebook, 2013-Nov-13]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., Nuts and Bolts Comedy Improv performs at The Space. [source: The Space website, 2013-Nov-11]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm (Jacob Hatley, U.S. 2010, 83 min., DCP).

    In 2007, the late Levon Helm, former drummer for The Band, released a comeback album titled Dirt Farmer. More than a musical comeback, the album was a triumph over a cancer that had prevented Helm from singing for twenty-five years. Filmmaker Jacob Hartley was there to document the four-time Grammy winner's creation of this highly anticipated album. Two years in the making, Ain't in It for My Health is an intimate look at the creative process of one of the most soulful and revered American musicians.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Nov-11]

  • Take Berlin, nice, solid acoustic rock from Archimedes, Hudson Quinlan, and Gin and Bonnets perform at the Bug Jar tonight starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Nov-11]

Sunday, November 17

  • Today from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Rundel Auditorium in the Rundel Library Building is Rochester's Rich History Series with Marjorie Searle discussing Emily Sibley Watson. [source: City of Rochester website, 2013-Jan-16]
  • 10³²K perform at the Bop Shop this evening at 8 p.m.

    The Planck temperature. The temperature at which matter ceases to exist, and conventional physics breaks down. According to Nova, at this point, "strange things, unknown things, begin to happen to phenomena we hold near and dear, like space and time". Also an apt description for what happens when you mix the cerebral flamboyance of Frank Lacy's trombone with Andrew Drury's kaleidoscopic percussion, and the big broad bass sound of Kevin Ray.

    [source: Bop Shop website, 2013-Nov-11]

Monday, November 18

  • Tonight at Abilene starting around 6 p.m. is "one huge"
    Artisan Craft And Music Night with "local artists … displaying and selling their works in both our intimate Upstairs Lounge and Downstairs in the barroom." Live music by Todd Bradley. [source: Abilene website, 2013-Nov-11]

Tuesday, November 19

  • This afternoon at 4:45 p.m. in the University Gallery of James E. Booth Hall at RIT is a screening of Design Is One: The Vignellis (Kathy Brew, Roberto Guerra, U.S. 2012, 86 min.)

    Design Is One, a title that pinpoints where the Vignelli's individual lives converge, is an illuminating, if not entirely seamless, tribute and biography— a career-capping documentary by Roberto Guerra and Kathy Brew.

    [source: Facebook, 2013-Nov-11]

  • Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, Speak to Council on Police Brutality.

    While we may not have a vote yet on the City Council, we can still make sure our voices heard. Please join the Green Party and other local community groups for a coordinated Speak to Council on the violence and brutality of the Rochester Police Department. Speak about your personal experiences with the RPD or speak about the need for a Civilian Review Board with teeth. The City Council needs to hear that the community will not put up with this injustice.

    [source: Facebook, 2013-Nov-11]

  • The Eastman Brass Guild will perform in Kilbourn Hall tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2013-Nov-11]
  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen The Light in the Dark (Clarence Brown, U.S. 1922, 78 min., 35mm) with live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli.

    Starring Hope Hampton and Lon Chaney, this film had been available only in a very heavily edited 33-minute abridgement—until now. A wealthy young woman is critically injured and is brought back to health by drinking from a goblet with healing powers that is reputed to be the Holy Grail.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Nov-11]

Wednesday, November 20

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., Tuba Mirum will perform in Kilbourn Hall. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2013-Nov-11]
  • The Dryden will screen Warlock (Edward Dmytryk, U.S. 1959, 122 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Reformed outlaw Johnny Gannon (Richard Widmark) and revered gunslinger Clay Blaisedell (Henry Fonda) team up to rid the titular mining town of a gang of wayward cowboys. Forgoing the law, Warlock's Citizens' Committee opts to place their fate in the hands of two men who have existed largely outside of it. Anthony Quinn and Dorothy Malone co-star, with the former turning out a standout performance as Blaisedell's club-footed right-hand man. Dmytryk's tense, psychological western tackles the themes of law, morality, and warring personalities during the demise of the Old West.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Nov-11]

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