Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, March 13, 2014 through Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, March 13

  • Today from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Curtis Theatre at George Eastman House is a Focus 45 on The Work of Marion Faller with Tal-Or Ben-Choreen to "will discuss her research on Marion Faller, renowned photographer and educator who passed away in January 2014." [source: Eastman House calendar, 2014-Mar-10]
  • This evening at 6 p.m. at Wilhelmina Evolve Studios (235 Alexander St.) is the Simple Secrets of Great Acting: An Evening with Howard Lester.

    Wilhelmina Rochester presents a 90 minute introduction to Mr. Lester's Acting Workshop. Whether you are a veteran or just getting started, this seminar and Q-n-A will get you back to the basics. The focus will be on transcending self awareness, getting out of your own way and maximizing the actor-audience relationship.

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Mar-10]

  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is a Great March for Climate Action with a visit by Faith Meckley.

    Please join us to welcome Faith Meckley of the Great March for Climate Action to Rochester for our monthly Green Party educational meeting. From Climatemarch.org: "On March 1, 2014, hundreds of climate patriots will set out from Los Angeles, CA, walking 3,000 miles across America to Washington, DC, inspiring action to resolve the climate crisis."

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Mar-10]

  • The Bertrand Russell Society, hosted by Phil Ebersole, meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Writers and Books to discuss Daedalus and Icarus: J.B.S. Haldane and Bertrand Russell on the Future of Science. [source: Writers and Books website, 2014-Mar-10]
  • Starting around 8 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Disciple, Through the Crowd, Vanity Strikes, and The Battle Beneath. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Mar-10]
  • The Dryden will screen A Foreign Affair (Billy Wilder, U.S. 1948, 116 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Wilder's acerbic wit is on display as writer and director of this madcap comedy set after the war in Germany. Congresswoman Phoebe Frost (Jean Arthur), on a morale mission to American troops, falls for the soldier she delivers a cake to. Meanwhile, that same soldier has eyes for the sultry nightclub singer Erika von Schluetow (Marlene Dietrich), who may have been the lover of a Nazi leader. The love triangle started by romantic deception leads to changes of fortune, broken hearts, and even war criminal status by the time the dust settles.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Mar-10]

Friday, March 14

  • Rochester's Broads Regional Arm Wrestling League (BRAWL) will be in the Ritz Sports Zone at RIT tonight starting around 7 p.m.

    Join BRAWL, CWaG and REAL for a ladies arm wrestling fundraiser that is not to be missed! This is BRAWL's first time at RIT and it is going to be a blast!

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Mar-10]

  • Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery is an Alternative Music Film Festival screening of Morrissey 25: Live. (Morrissey, U.S. 2013, 92 min.)

    Filmed in Los Angeles in March 2013, the first authorized Morrissey film in nearly a decade marks 25 years of the solo career of one of the world's most iconic and enigmatic performers. It features such classic tracks as Meat Is Murder, Everyday Is Like Sunday, Please, Please Please Let Me Get What I Want, and The Boy With The Thorn In His Side.

    [source: MAG website, 2014-Mar-10]

  • The RCP Irish Community Players present Shining City by Conor McPherson starting tonight at 8 p.m. at the MuCCC with performances 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays through March 29 and on Sunday, March 23 at 2 p.m.

    Shining City by Conor McPherson is about the visits of John, a business man, to a therapist, after seeing the ghost of his recently deceased wife. The therapist, who recently left the priesthood, is struggling with his own demons. The therapy sessions change both men profoundly and in unexpected ways, as they learn there is more than one way in which to be haunted.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Mar-10]

  • The Dryden will screen Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, U.S. 1995, 121 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m. I reviewed Dead Man and have revisited this several times and still find it an interesting and evocative film.

    Jim Jarmusch's black-and-white psychedelic western practically oozes cool—even by his standards. A dark, austere portrait of drifter William Blake (Johnny Depp) as he travels deeper and deeper into a violent vision quest, Dead Man is one of the more adventurous releases of the 1990s. The film features memorable performances by Depp, Iggy Pop, and Robert Mitchum, among others, and is anchored by Neil Young's hauntingly minimal soundtrack. An underrated favorite, Dead Man has developed a cult following and is considered an important revisionist western, sparking the critical term "Acid Western" by Ebert contemporary Jonathan Rosenbaum.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Mar-10]

  • 5Head, The Thang, and The Fox Sisters perform at the Lovin' Cup tongiht starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup website, 2014-Mar-10]

Saturday, March 15

  • Today from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. is Johnny's Runnin' of the Green starting at the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial. [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Mar-12]
  • Today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Rochester Academy of Science will host a workshop titled Herbarium in the basement of the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC). "Plan to come and help with this valuable collection—and see some interesting plants". [source: Rochester Academy of Science website, 2014-Mar-10]
  • Local author Kadin Seton will be at Craft Company No. 6 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. to sign copies of Eye of the Draco: Darkfall. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Mar-12]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and again tomorrow at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen Short Term 12 (Destin Cretton, U.S. 2013, 96 min., DCP).

    Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty-year-old counselor at a teen foster facility works with her boyfriend, Mason. The two help the quiet but troubled Marcus deal with the reality of having to move out of the facility while showing newcomer Jayden the ropes. As she copes with the struggling teens, Grace's own troubled past begins to surface, unexpectedly complicating her situation. Nominated alongside Cate Blanchett and Scarlett Johansson, Larson unexpectedly took home the Best Actress statue at the indie Gotham Awards.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Mar-10]

  • Updated: Wicked fun, saxophone-driven, percussive groove-rock band The BuddhaHood will be at Havana Cabana (289 Alexander St.; formerly The Jungle, Rhythm, Lloyd's, etc.) starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Facebook, 2014-Mar-13]
  • Starting around 10:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is The Barry Brothers Band Album Release Show with White Woods, The Straw House Uncertainty, and The Greyhound Bandits. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Mar-10]

Sunday, March 16

  • Today from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Rundel Auditorium on the 3rd floor of the Rundel Library Building is a Rochester's Rich History discussion of 125 Years of the Rochester Parks System by Katie Eggers Comeau. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Mar-10]
  • Tonight from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bop Shop is the Brandon Terzic Xalam Project.

    The Duo of Brandon Terzic and Kane Mathis is an epiphany of sorts. Both musicians are American born with Midwestern roots. They both have traveled the world and been pulled in deeply by the traditional music's of Africa and the Middle East, and they are both multi-instrumentalists who posses a high level of dedication and mastery of their respective instruments and continue to push the boundaries of the traditional contexts of the music.

    [source: Bop Shop website, 2014-Mar-10]

Monday, March 17

Tuesday, March 18

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is another Books Sandwiched-In with Christopher Lindley reviewing Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941 by Lynne Olson. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Mar-10]
  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Starry Nites is Toasty Tuesdays, a Happy Hour with Rochester Burners. [source: Burning Rochester Meetup page, 2014-Mar-10]
  • The Rochester Birding Association welcomes Dr. Gregory Cunningham to "discuss how birds use their sense of smell for foraging, in social interactions, and for nest identification" tonight at 7 p.m. in Brighton Town Hall. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Mar-12]
  • Starting at 7:30 p.m. at Geva is the first performance of Informed Consent which runs through April 14. I had seen a Plays in Progress performance of this about a year ago and it was quite good then, so hopefully it's even better now.

    Ripped from today's headlines and based on a true story, an ambitious geneticist, Gillian, is hired to help solve why a Native American tribe is being devastated by diabetes, but her research threatens to destroy their most sacred traditions. Meanwhile at home, she and her husband are confronted with the choice of using modern science to determine whether their four year-old daughter will be haunted by the family's medical history. With genomic breakthroughs happening at breakneck speed, this heartwarming and honest tale explores the question of just how much knowledge is too much.

    [source: Geva Theatre ticket website, 2014-Mar-10]

  • Tonight from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Jon Seiger and the All-Stars perform for the Stardust Open Ballroom Dance Series in the Edgerton Community Center. [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Mar-12]
  • Starting around 8 p.m. at the Bug Jar is I Am the Avalanche, The Swellers, Turnover, Taking Meds, and Holy War. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Mar-10]
  • The Dryden will screen Les parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Jacques Demy, France/West Germany 1964, 91 min., French w/ subtitles, 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Not quite a musical, not quite an opera, what this film lacks in show-stopping numbers and librettos it more than makes up for in sheer emotion, creativity, and vitality. A young Catherine Deneuve sparkles in this hybrid New Wave classic that is at once formally breezy and meticulously constructed. Wholly indebted to Hollywood yet openly defiant of its conventions, the director's most critically and financially successful film is a treat for the eyes and ears. With every line of dialogue sung, Demy's masterfully crafted, surprisingly melancholy ode to young love features a moving score composed by jazzman Michel Legrand.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Mar-10]

Wednesday, March 19

  • Today from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Inn on Broadway, Mayor Thomas Menino will present a Reshaping Rochester Lecture titled Revitalizing Boston's Neighborhoods. [source: RRCDC flyer, 2014-Jan-14]
  • From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint is Big Hoax.

    Founded in Annapolis, Md, Big Hoax consists of guitarist and singer/songwriter Luke James Alexander and classically trained cellist Stephen Filer. This duo brings a new style to the modern-folk movement, incorporating their life-long musical experience and passion in creating a sound so full, energetic and charismatic for their band of two. The floor-stomping raucous vocals combined with booming cello riffs could switch to a sweet, effervescent melody at any time, as each song aims to heat up a fiery melting pot of the fullest life, love and frustration. At every performance, Big Hoax lays its heart on the table to create an interactive and lively atmosphere hoping to inspire their audience and rejoice the gifts of today.

    [source: Sticky Lips website, 2014-Mar-10]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen MASH (Robert Altman, U.S. 1970, 116 min., 35mm).

    Altman's highly controversial jab at American military operations overseas received six Academy Award nominations (winning Best Screenplay) and won the Palme d'or at Cannes, effectively launching the great director's Hollywood career and simultaneously spawning one of the most popular television series of all time. Donald Sutherland and Tom Skerritt star as Hawkeye and Duke, two roguish but top-notch field surgeons deployed to an army field hospital during the Korean War. With a Marx Brothers—like sense of absurdity, the two team up with another surgeon (Elliott Gould) determined to undermine the authoritarian and morally rigid environment of their post. Part black comedy, part raw depiction of life in battle, MASH resonated with a generation of young Americans protesting the Vietnam War.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Mar-10]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Charlie Siren, Et Tu Brute, Nerds in Denial, and Sexy Teenagers. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Mar-10]

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