Events for Thursday, November 21, 2013 through Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, November 21

  • Tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at George Eastman House is Member Appreciation Night; Joe Blackburn will be playing the Aeolian Pipe Organ. At 6 p.m. in the Curtis Theatre, Jeffrey Stoiber will discuss the Selznick School of Film Preservation. [source: Eastman House calendar, 2013-Nov-18]
  • Starting at 6:30 p.m., John Centrone will discuss Music for Film and Television: A Composer's Advice for Producers at the RCTV Studio.

    Anyone who has ever produced a TV program, video or film knows how challenging it is to find just the right music, and then to be sure the music is legal for use in that project. You may have considered working with a composer, but don't know where to start, or whether it's affordable. If you're involved in TV, video, podcasts or Film, you won't want to miss this Free workshop offered by Composer John Centrone.

    [source: RCTV website, 2013-Nov-18]

  • J. Bianca Jackson will present a lecture on Terahertz Imaging and Spectroscopy for Cultural Heritage Investigations (TISCH) tonight at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery.

    J. Bianca Jackson of Ur's Institute of Optics speaks on TISCH—a new, nondestructive tool for analyzing artworks, architecture and archaeological objects. Among the works she has scanned are an ancient Roman fresco; an Egyptian bird mummy; and a wall painting from the Dom Cathedral in Riga, Latvia.

    [source: MAG website, 2013-Nov-18]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Easy Virtue (Alfred Hitchcock, U.K. 1927, 70 min., 35mm) with live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli.

    An innocent society woman faces the courts as her good name is dragged through the mud and she's disgraced by divorce. Hitchcock's innovative—and witty—visual techniques are on full display, including a scene played out entirely through the facial expressions of eavesdropping telephone operators.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Nov-18]

  • Starting around 8:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Pony Hand, Blue Lazerz, and good acoustic soloist with echoes of Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Electric Organic. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Nov-18]

Friday, November 22

  • Today from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the RCTV Studio is a Panel Discussion titled Shooting Abroad: The Challenges, Risks and Rewards. [source: Facebook, 2013-Nov-18]
  • Starting at 6:30 p.m., 9 p.m., and 11:30 p.m. in Hoyt Auditorium on the UofR Campus, the Cinema Group will screen You're Next (Adam Wingard, U.S. 2011, 95 min.) (Not to be confused with Your Next.) [source: University of Rochester Cinema Group website, 2013-Nov-18]
  • Tonight at 7 p.m. at Writers and Books, Carol Roberts hosts the Last Friday Story Slam. "Come prepared to tell a story, or simply to enjoy them. Each month has an optional story theme." [source: Writers and Books website, 2013-Nov-18]
  • Tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the MuCCC, Latino Theatre Productions presents Macho's Place, written and directed by Nydia Rivera.

    The play is a look into the "male" experience within the Latino culture, situated in a local barber shop, performed in English, with some spanglish and a few Spanish phrases.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2013-Nov-18]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Eastman Saxophone Project perform in Kilbourn Hall. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2013-Nov-18]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., and on Sunday at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen The 2012 Internet Cat Video Film Festival. I'm ready to deride what I can only imagine is a collection of grainy video clips from YouTube — I hope I'm mistaken.

    The Woodstock of funny cat videos, the inaugural Internet Cat Video Film Festival brought over 10,000 people to a parking lot in Minnesota at the height of summer. While we're not expecting to turn away 9,500 people, we do hope that you'll join us and pack the house for a program that only gets better when the crowd gets larger. Feel your pulse quiver to the cat vs. metronome showdown! Watch in awe as chubby tabbies go for a swim! And giggle with delight as a kitten rides around on a vacuum cleaner! Now, really—can you afford to miss this?

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Nov-18]

Saturday, November 23

  • Today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Writers and Books is NaNoWriMo: The End is Near, "a morning write-in and small brunch." [source: Writers and Books website, 2013-Nov-18]
  • At 2 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre, Jeff Wynn will present Past, Present, and Future: Rochester Connections to Space Photography and Imaging. [source: Eastman House calendar, 2013-Nov-18]
  • Tonight at 7 p.m., 9 p.m., and 11 p.m., the Cinema Group will screen Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler, U.S. 2013, 85 min.) in Hoyt Auditorium on the UofR Campus. Read my own mini-review if you'd like. [source: University of Rochester Cinema Group website, 2013-Nov-18]
  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen L'avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy 1960, 143 min., Italian w/ subtitles, 35mm).

    Largely considered Antonioni's breakthrough masterpiece, L'avventura marked the director's transition into his trademark deliberate pacing and careful composition. Based on a story written by Antonioni, the film chronicles the search for a woman whose disappearance leads to an illicit romance between her lover and her best friend. Indicative of a common thread throughout Antonioni's work, the film offers a challenging indictment of Italy's indolent upper class. By forgoing narrative to focus on character development and atmosphere, L'avventura helped to redefine film grammar for a new generation.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Nov-18]

Sunday, November 24

  • Nathan Lyons will present a Lecture on his work, included in the show Memory Theatre 2013, at the Memorial Art Gallery today at 2 p.m. [source: UofR website events calendar, 2013-Nov-18]

Monday, November 25

  • Not a whole lot going on tonight, so maybe head over to Johnny's Irish Pub around 8:30 p.m. for Open Mic with Dave McGrath. [source: Freetime website, 2013-Nov-18]

Tuesday, November 26

  • The Eastman Chamber Percussion performs in Kilbourn Hall tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2013-Nov-18]
  • The Dryden will screen The Scarlet Letter (Victor Sjöström, U.S. 1926, 98 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m. with live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli.

    Radiant Lillian Gish and soulful Lars Hanson appear as seamstress Hester Prynne and the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale in this lavish and astonishingly un-Hollywood (despite being made by MGM) version of Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, still considered the best screen version of the story and one of the greatest of all silent films. Swedish director Victor Sjöström powerfully evokes both the moral and emotional turmoil experienced by the lovers in seventeenth-century New England, and this recent collaborative restoration between the George Eastman House and the UCLA Film and Television Archive has brought back the visual richness that impressed the film's original audiences.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Nov-18]

  • Updated: Owen Ashworth of Advance Base has canceled the band's appearance, so the line-up is likely still electronic and guitar duo Sparx and Yarms, and Precious Kindred at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. [source: Facebook, 2013-Nov-26]

Wednesday, November 27

  • Updated: Tonight and tomorrow at 6:20 p.m. and 8:50 p.m. at the Little is a screening of Philomena (Stephen Frears, U.K./U.S./France 2013, 94 min.)

    Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, Philomena focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock — something her Irish-Catholic community didn't have the highest opinion of — and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn't allow for any sort of inquiry into the son's whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2013-Nov-25]

  • Updated: Tonight and tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. and at 9:10 p.m., the Little will screen The Book Thief (Brian Percival, U.S./Germany 2013, 131 min.)

    Based on the beloved international bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the story of an extraordinary, spirited young girl sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, she begins collecting books as she finds them. With the help of her new parents and a secret guest under the stairs, she learns to read and creates a magical world that inspires them all.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2013-Nov-25]

  • Nuts and Bolts Comedy Improv perform at The Space starting around 8 p.m. [source: The Space website, 2013-Nov-18]
  • Also at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Stanley Donen, U.S. 1954, 102 min., 35mm).

    In this inventive musical, director Stanley Donen transposes the Roman legend of "the Sabine women" to the Oregon hinterland. Jane Powell stars as the hardy new bride of Howard Peel's Adam Pontipee, the caretaker of his six unruly brothers. Upon returning to Adam's cabin, she takes it upon herself to teach his boorish brothers some manners and some dance moves. With these newly acquired skills, the brothers begin courting women and competing with rival suitors. Shot in Cinemascope and the new Ansco Color process, Seven Brides entertains with an exuberant, Oscar-winning score, clever innuendos, and axe-swinging fist-fighting dances.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Nov-18]

  • Updated: Good, crowd-pleasing reggae from Thunder Body, Mikaela Davis, Benny Beyond, and Roger Kuhn will be at Zeppa Auditorium in the German House tonight starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Facebook, 2013-Nov-25]
  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is the Rochester Teenset 45 Pre-Thanksgiving Blast with an Album Release for BML, and loud, fast rock from El Destructo. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Nov-18]

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