Events for Thursday, December 26, 2013 through Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, December 26

  • This evening at 6:10 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., the Little is screening The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, U.S. 2013, 180 min.) [source: Little Theatre website, 2013-Dec-23]
  • Tonight through Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., ShakeCo Classic Theater (for Young Audiences) presents What's So Important about Being Earnest? at the MuCCC.

    Jack Worthing lives a double life. In town, he is known as Ernest and is a fun-loving man-about-town and is engaged to the beautiful Gwendolen Fairfax. At home in the country, he is known as John Worthing, J.P. and as a respectable gentleman and guardian to his young ward, Cecily Cardew. When Jack's friend from town, Algernon Moncrieff, learns of his deception, he shows up at Jack's country house pretending to be Ernest, Jack's wayward brother. Both "Ernests" get in each other's way as they try to resolve their romantic entanglements.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2013-Dec-23]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen The Manxman (Alfred Hitchcock, U.K. 1929, 100 min., DCP) with live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli.

    Two boyhood friends, living in the remote Isle of Man community, realize they are in love with the same woman: the complex femme fatale Kate Cregeen (played by the sensuous Anny Ondra). Shot on location on the English coast, Hitchcock makes full use of his surroundings: the vertigo-inducing seaside cliffs.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Dec-23]

  • Giftshop performs at Skylark tonight starting around 10 p.m. [source: Facebook, 2013-Dec-23]

Friday, December 27

  • This afternoon at 3:15 p.m. at the Little is the Premiere of A Wife Alone (Justin Reichman, U.S. 2012, 69 min.), a film created in the Rochester area.

    A former prostitute ensnares a young investment banker into marriage determined to avenge her lesbian lover and rob a group of corrupt business men, her husband included.

    [source: High Falls Film Festival e-mail, 2013-Dec-10]

  • This week's 7 p.m. movie at the Cinema is Out of the Furnace (Scott Cooper, U.S./U.K. 2013, 116 min.)

    When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement doesn't follow through fast enough, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.

    [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2013-Dec-25]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen Lethal Weapon (Richard Donner, U.S. 1987, 110 min., 35mm.)

    Reluctant partners Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) and Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) are the archetypal buddy cops: the former an aging homicide detective, the latter a loose-cannon narcotics agent. Upon the investigation of a brutal suicide, the two uncover a heroin smuggling ring run by a squad of former Vietnam War special operatives commanded by Mr. Joshua (a menacing Gary Busey). As the two dig deeper into the case, they leave a large trail of property damage behind them. Arguably the most iconic of buddy cop capers, Lethal Weapon is high-concept filmmaking at its finest, with its fair share of witty banter and non-stop action.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Dec-23]

  • King Buffalo, awesome, wild, blue-collar rock from Handsome Jack, and Rash perform tonight at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Dec-23]

Saturday, December 28

  • Over at the MuCCC at 8 p.m. is Polite Company's Edna and Agatha's Holiday Extravaganza. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2013-Dec-25]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Blackmail (Alfred Hitchcock, U.K. 1929, 85 min., DCP) with live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli.

    Anny Ondra plays Alice White, a young woman who kills an attempted rapist. Plagued by her memories of the event she soon finds herself the victim of a blackmailer. Shot on location in London, the film builds to one of Hitchcock's most suspenseful chase scenes—through and atop the British Museum.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Dec-23]

Sunday, December 29

  • The Memorial Art Gallery will be hosting a Kwanzaa Celebration of Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Kwanzaa means "first fruits of the harvest." It is a time to celebrate African American people, our ancestors, and our culture. We seek to honor our past, evaluate our present and commit ourselves to a more productive future. Africans and African Americans of all religious faiths and backgrounds celebrate Kwanzaa.

    [source: Baobab website, 2013-Dec-23]

Monday, December 30

  • Today from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gates Public Library is a Goth Puppet Workshop (for kids). "Using black socks, a few remnants and notions, glue, and Lots of imagination, you will be able to create your very own Goth Puppet."[source: Monroe County Library website, 2013-Dec-23]

Tuesday, December 31

  • ShakeCo Radio Theater presents Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott this evening at 7 p.m. at the MuCCC.

    Written in 1884, "Flatland" is a dramatization of the dimensions. It follows the adventures of a two-dimensional square, whose view of reality is shaken when he meets the impossible: a three-dimensional sphere. Simultaneously teaching the nature of the dimensions and skewering the Victorian society in which Abbott lived, "Flatland" has become a classic of science fiction and a pioneer of what can only be called "mathematician fiction".

    [source: MuCCC website, 2013-Dec-23]

  • Starting at 7 p.m. tonight, the Dryden will screen Gremlins (Joe Dante, U.S. 1984, 106 min., 35mm) followed by Gremlins 2: The New Batch (Joe Dante, U.S. 1990, 106 min., 35mm). (And according to the website, it's sold out.)

    Christmas would never be the same after Joe Dante's horror comedy about a batch of pesky creatures spawned from a seemingly innocent gift. Following a series of mishaps with his cute, fuzzy Mogwai Gizmo, unassuming teenager Billy (Zach Galligan) unleashes a flurry of reptilian monsters that wreak havoc on his small town. The original, which had become a cult favorite, was granted a sequel in 1990. Taking a slightly more anarchic turn, The New Batch ramps up the antics, brimming with slapstick humor and cartoony violence.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Dec-23]

  • Tonight at 7:30 p.m. and again at 10:30 p.m., Geva Comedy Improv performs their New Year's Eve Comedy Spectacular on the NextStage at Geva. [source: Geva Theatre ticket website, 2013-Dec-23]

Wednesday, January 1

  • This afternoon at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (Amélie, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France/Germany 2001, 123 min., French and Russian w/ subtitles, 35mm).

    Endlessly charming Audrey Tautou stars in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's playful tribute to contemporary Parisian life. After living a sheltered childhood, Amélie Poulain takes a job as a waitress in the bustling Montmartre neighborhood. As she interacts with the café's eccentric clientele, she realizes that she possesses a gift for making others happy. Channeling the breeziness of the French Impressionists, Jeunet takes great pleasure in observing life's little details, balancing them with Amélie's frenzied imagination. A fantastical, whimsical jaunt, Amélie has become a favorite among cinephiles and general audiences alike, garnering five Academy Award nominations and countless international awards.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Dec-23]

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