Events for Thursday, January 16, 2014 through Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, January 16

  • Today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is an Exhibition titled Nurturing Inquiry in the Rare Books and Special Collections at the Rush Rhees Library, on display through February 28.

    This exhibit highlights research projects-past, present and future-drawn from Rare Books and Special Collections' holdings, spanning more than 500 years. Showcasing manuscripts, letters, documents, books, drawings, and photographs, it celebrates the non-linear journey of research as reflected by a range of scholars throughout and beyond the University community. Demystifying the collaboration between researchers and curators, Nurturing Inquiry prompts conversation about the meaning and mechanics of research and inspires new work in the collections.

    [source: UofR website events calendar, 2014-Jan-13]

  • From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Staach (250 Cumberland St.) is Green Drinks.

    "Green Drinks" is a program that was started by the Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) as a monthly networking event where people in the environmental field and the sustainably minded meet in an informal setting to exchange ideas and make new contacts. The local group works for the environmental protection and enhanced quality of life in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region through education, collaboration and informed action.

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Jan-13]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the MuCCC will host a reading of Black Coffee; the Poets' Café, written and presented by Reenah L. Golden. Then on Saturday at 8 p.m., they will be "workshopping the music transitions and dance 'story' to be incorporated into the play, with artist talk back."

    It is the Fall of 1975. The place is Harlem where Black Coffee; the Poets Café has existed nearly 50 years under the ownership of the Black family. Poets and poetry fans have convened to celebrate Black Coffee's well-respected owner, rumored to be retiring and known to the community as Madame Black who in her parlor in 1922 established this place for Negro poets to convene, discuss issues and read poetry. Fans of poetry and jazz, and those nostalgic for the exciting movements of the past including the Harlem Renaissance and Black Arts Movement won't be disappointed.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Jan-13]

  • The Dryden will screen Dune (David Lynch, U.S. 1984, 137 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    This cinematic adaptation of Frank Herbert's beloved series of science-fiction novels has a special place in Lynch's oeuvre. Despite bombing at the box office and receiving scathing criticism upon its release, Dune remains one of the most formative and visually exciting sci-fi films of the 1980s, displaying Lynch's vast, vivid imagination and directorial prowess in handling such an epic project. More recently, critics have begun to reassess the film, recognizing the difficult context of its production (Lynch was notoriously denied final cut) and the struggles of the audience to connect with the massive and complex Dune universe. Additionally, the film marks the first collaboration between Lynch and then-unknown Kyle Maclachlan, who would later star in Lynch's highly successful Blue Velvet (1986) and television series Twin Peaks (1990—91).

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jan-13]

  • Over at the Bug Jar starting around 8:30 p.m. is The Toasters with fun ska from Mrs. Skannotto, good punk-rock from The Emersons, and The Fevertones. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jan-13]
  • Starting around 8:30 p.m. at Abilene is uniquely styled acoustic rock from David Dondero. [source: Abilene website, 2014-Jan-13]

Friday, January 17

  • Today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is an Introductory 1-Day Workshop on Developing Trauma Resiliency at the Gandhi Institute.

    Drawing on the wisdom, research, and teachings of Nadine Hoover, author of Trauma Healing: Advanced Workshop Manual, as well as long-time trauma researcher Peter Levine, we look forward to guiding you through an experiential workshop to expand your own resiliency to address trauma in your own life and support those you work with who have experienced trauma.

    [source: Gandhi Inistitute website, 2014-Jan-13]

  • The Memorial Art Gallery will be screening Lou Reed: Transformer (Bob Smeaton, U.K. 2001, 80 min.) this evening at 7 p.m. as part of the Alternative Music Film Festival.

    "Lou Reed: Transformer" documents the making of the groundbreaking 1972 album by the musician, singer and songwriter, who died earlier this year. In it, a relaxed Reed looks like he's having the time of his life as he reminisces and isolates separate tracks to illustrate how the album came together. Bassist Herbie Flowers demonstrates how he recorded the swingy, impossibly catchy bass riff in "Walk on the Wild Side." David Bowie, who co-produced the film, makes a brief appearance, as do many of Reed's contemporaries and fellow musicians.

    [source: MAG website, 2014-Jan-13]

  • Tonight at 7:30 p.m. is a performance of The Murder of Lidice by Edna St. Vincent Millay at the MuCCC.

    On June 10th 1942 the Nazis razed the tiny village of Lidice, (Liditz) Czechoslovakia, to the ground; destroyed every structure including their ancient church; killed every man and fifty-two women, drove the surviving women to concentration camps and herded the children into "educational" institutions. This was done in reprisal for the assassination of Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich. After the war only 170 people returned to Lidice.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Jan-13]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Eastman School of Music presents tight cello-and-drums rock band Break of Reality in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Jan-13]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen Dear Mr. Watterson (Joel Allen Schroeder, U.S. 2013, 99 min., DCP).

    Calvin and Hobbes dominated the Sunday comics in thousands of newspapers for over ten years, having a profound effect on millions of readers across the globe. When creator Bill Watterson, retired the strip on New Year's Eve in 1995, devoted readers everywhere felt the void left by the departure of Calvin, Hobbes, and Watterson's other cast of characters, and many fans would never find a satisfactory replacement. Watterson has kept an extremely low profile in the nearly two decades since, living a very private life outside of Cleveland. This film is not a quest to find Watterson, or to invade his privacy, but an attempt to discover why his "simple" comic strip made such an impact in the 1980s and '90s, and why it still means so much to us today.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jan-13]

  • Hard Logic performs a the Lovin' Cup tonight starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup website, 2014-Jan-13]

Saturday, January 18

  • Today at 1 p.m. at the Little is a screening of The Genius of Marian (Banker White, Anna Fitch, U.S. 2013, 85 min.)

    Tackling the subject of Alzheimer's in the form a personal documentary, Banker White's The Genius of Marian examines the disease's impact on two family members: the director's mother, Pam, currently finding her own facilities diminishing, and her mother Marian, an accomplished artist who died from the disease. White documents his mother's attempt to remember and save the memories of his grandmother in compelling intimate footage.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Jan-6]

  • This afternoon from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Record Archive is the AC/DC/CC Art Opening featuring works by David Cowles, Clayton Cowles, and Alison Cowles and live music by 5Head. [source: Facebook, 2014-Jan-13]
  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at both 1975 Gallery and The Yards is the opening of Boys vs. Girls 2 featuring works by men (at 1975) and women (at The Yards), on display through February 8. [source: Facebook, 2014-Jan-15]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger, U.S. 2012, 90 min., DCP) with directors Daniel Miller and Seth Kramer in person to discuss the film.

    Before shock jocks, Jerry Springer, and FOX News, one man ravaged the talk show format and delivered his own brand of confrontation and in-your-face antics. His name was Morton Downey Jr., and he turned political debate into shouting matches, occasional fistfights, and downright mayhem. Featuring interviews with Herman Cain, Pat Buchanan, Chris Elliot, and Gloria Allred, this new documentary probes the methods and motivations of not only Downey's controversial television persona, but the man he was when the cameras were turned off.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jan-13]

Sunday, January 19

  • Starting around 7 p.m. tonight in the Zeppa Auditorium at the German House is the 6th Annual January Thaw Concert featuring wicked fun, saxophone-driven, percussive groove-rock band The BuddhaHood, and good, crowd-pleasing reggae from Thunder Body. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Jan-13]

Monday, January 20

  • Starting around 7:30 p.m. at Banzai Sushi and Cocktail Bar is Banzai Comedy Night followed by Monday Night Raw at 10 p.m. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Jan-14]

Tuesday, January 21

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. is another Tuesday Topics in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building. Carrie Andrews will discuss the Emergence of Women in Government. "For the first time, women are serving as both Mayor of the City of Rochester and Monroe County Executive. Join us as we consider and discuss the increasing number of women in government on the national, state and regional levels, if women hold a unique leadership style and what this means for our region." [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Jan-13]
  • Updated: Tonight at 7 p.m. at the First Universalist Church of Rochester, Jeff Speck will present a Reshaping Rochester Lecture titled Walkable City. [source: RRCDC flyer, 2014-Jan-14]
  • Starting around 8 p.m. tonight at Abilene is Jim Lane. [source: Abilene website, 2014-Jan-13]
  • The Dryden will screen Le sommeil d'or (Golden Slumbers, David Chou, France/Cambodia 2011, 96 min., Khmer and French w/ subtitles, Blu-ray) tonight at 8 p.m.

    In the 1960s and early 1970s, the Cambodian film industry produced hundreds of feature films—vibrant, energetic movies that incorporated drama, romance, fantasy, and, almost always, elaborate musical numbers and indelible songs—which drew large and devoted audiences. With the rise of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime in the mid-1970s, this cinematic legacy was nearly eradicated—theaters forcibly closed, films destroyed, and directors, writers, and actors imprisoned, exiled, and executed. Through clips from the handful of surviving films, audio recordings of their soundtracks, visits to some of the sites where the films were shot or exhibited, and extended interviews with filmmakers, producers, performers, and devoted cinephiles, Chou reconstructs this tragically but intriguingly lost world.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jan-13]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Little Vikings, The Straw House, Uncertainty, and Eggs Benedict. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jan-13]

Wednesday, January 22

  • Today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is an Exhibition of (en) Gendered titled Words and Works: Dialogues in Intersectionality in the Rush Rhees Library Gallery at the Art and Music Library, on display through February 27.

    "Words and Works: Dialogues in Intersectionality," is the theme for juried undergraduate art exhibit (en) Gendered 2014. The winners of the Juror's Prize and Honorable Mention will be on display through Feb. 27. The exhibit is sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies and the Department of Art and Art History.

    [source: UofR website events calendar, 2014-Jan-13]

  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the 6th Annual Open House of Nextgen at the Rochester Area Community Foundation (500 East Ave.) [source: Facebook, 2014-Jan-13]
  • Starting around 7:30 p.m. at Boulder Coffee on Park Ave. is the Best Friends Comedy Showcase hosted by Vasia Ivanov. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Jan-15]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Tôkyô monogatari (Tokyo Story, Yasujirô Ozu, Japan 1953, 136 min., Japanese w/ subtitles, 35mm).

    "With no other director do I feel affection for every single shot," admitted Roger Ebert in his 2003 review of Tokyo Story, a film which continues to rank as one of the true masterpieces of world cinema. Shot with Ozu's trademark sublime simplicity, the story follows an elderly couple's visit to their middle-aged, bourgeois children's home and examines the widening gulf between the generations in modern society. Only their widowed daughter-in-law, played with touching compassion and humility by Setsuko Hara, reaches out to connect with them. Hara's tender performance as their widowed daughter-in-law, coupled with Ozu's masterfully crafted cinematography and storytelling culminate in an enduring, emotionally gripping family portrait.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jan-13]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is The Reactions, and the Michael Vadala Trio. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jan-13]

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