Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, June 12, 2014 through Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, June 12

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. is a Google Art Talk with Taina Meller, Ralph Wiegandt, Lisa Hostetler, and Jamie M. Allen on the Southworth and Hawes Preservation Project at the Eastman House.

    George Eastman House holds a vast, historically important and aesthetically unparalleled collection of daguerreotypes by America's acknowledged masters of the medium, Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes. The collection of over 1,200 daguerreotypes constitutes the largest repository of work by Southworth and Hawes. In 2008, Eastman House received a multi-year National Endowment for the Arts—save America's Treasures grant that enabled the stabilization and re-housing of these unique and culturally significant objects. This grant allowed Eastman House staff to improve the physical preservation of these daguerreotypes and increase access to the collection.

    [source: Eastman House calendar, 2014-Jun-9]

  • This afternoon starting at 6 p.m. at the Monroe County Fleet Center (145 Paul Rd.) is the Monroe County Sheriff's Unclaimed Property Auction. Did the police come and take your stuff? Well here's your chance to buy it back! [source: Teitsworth Auction e-mail, 2014-Jun-5]
  • Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Little is a special screening of Citizen Koch (Carl Deal, Tia Lessin, U.S. 2013, 90 min.) followed by a discussion with "Lynda Powell, author and professor of political science at the University of Rochester and expert in campaign finance, and David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times and author specializing in economics and tax issues" moderated by Evan Dawson.

    Last year, public television officials pulled $150,000 in funds they had committed to the documentary and cancelled plans for the film's broadcast premiere, as reported by Jane Mayer in The New Yorker, in fear of losing the financial backing of major PBS donor David Koch, the ultra-conservative billionaire industrialist and WGBH and WNET trustee. In this stunning turn of events, Citizen Koch was effectively censored from the public airwaves. After completing one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns of all time to make up for the lost production funds, Citizen Koch is now set to hit theaters nationwide.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Jun-9]

  • The Bertrand Russell Society meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Writers and Books, hosted by Phil Ebersole. [source: Writers and Books website, 2014-Jun-9]
  • The Dryden will screen Scarface (Brian De Palma, U.S. 1983, 170 min., 35mm) starting early at 7 p.m.

    De Palma's remake of the 1932 original sets its story of power and greed in Miami during the booming 1980s. Al Pacino, in one of his most powerful performances, stars as Tony Montana, a Cuban immigrant who arrives in Miami on the Mariel boatlift. Forced into a refugee camp, Montana turns to murder and drug dealing to escape, sparking a blood-soaked rise to power in the cocaine trade. Becoming embroiled in the whirlwind of drugs and money, Montana's wealth, extravagance, and penchant for extreme violence reach a critical mass of extreme proportion. All of this earned it an X rating upon its release, and the film remains one of the most violent, disturbing, and controversial films ever made. Note start time.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jun-9]

  • Starting around 8:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is The Goo House Comedy and Music Reunion Show with effortlessly tight, fast, hard-pop-rock from Routine Involvements. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jun-9]
  • The Infrared Radation Orchestra performs at Sticky Lips tonight starting around 9 p.m. [source: Sticky Lips website, 2014-Jun-9]

Friday, June 13

  • Today from 12:10 p.m. to 12:35 p.m. at the Powers Building at Four Corners is an Architecture For Lunch lecture with Cynthia Howk. [source: Landmark Society website, 2014-Jun-9]
  • This afternoon from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. is the Second Friday Science Social in the Ryan Case Method Room of the UofR Medical Center with Dr. Nancy Bennett. [source: UofR website events calendar, 2014-Jun-9]
  • From 6 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is NoFairOnes, "showcasing several artists from the area. The bill includes the collective itself as well as members of Rochester's NBB and other artists. It will be the first of a series of NFO hosted events throughout the city this year, more of which will be announced soon after the first." [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2014-Jun-9]
  • Starting at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery is an Alternative Music Film Festival screening of More Than This: The Roxy Music Story (Bob Smeaton, U.K. 2009, 94 min.)

    Much imitated but never equaled, Roxy Music's unique blend of avant garde and high style set the tone for the whole glam rock era. This documentary includes new interviews with band members Bryan Ferry, Phil Manzanera, Andy Mackay, Paul Thompson, Brian Eno and Eddie Jobson, plus many contemporaries. It covers the band's early years, classic 70s albums, re-emergence with a much smoother style in the early 80s, breakup, and hugely successful reunion in the 21st century.

    [source: MAG website, 2014-Jun-9]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, U.S. 2000, 106 min., 35mm).

    Another strikingly original work by the Coens, this wild, Preston Sturges—inspired Depression-era comedy is one of their most fascinating films. Loosely based on Homer's The Odyssey but steeped in Southern Gothic, O Brother, Where Art Thou? follows a recently sprung gang of convicts as they search for a buried treasure. In addition to the brilliant, sepia-toned imagery, the period atmosphere is accentuated by a Grammy-winning bluegrass and folk soundtrack. The film's soundtrack was so popular, the members of the fictitious Soggy Bottom Boys band (including country stars Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris, and Alison Krauss) continued performing long after its release.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jun-9]

  • The Little will screen End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (Jim Fields, Michael Gramaglia, U.S. 2003, 110 min.) tonight at 9 p.m.

    In 1974, the New York City music scene was shocked into consciousness by the violently new and raw sound of a band of misfits from Queens, called The Ramones. Playing in a seedy Bowery bar to a small group of fellow struggling musicians, the band struck a chord of disharmony that rocked the foundation of the mid-'70s music scene. This quartet of unlikely rock stars traveled across the country and around the world connecting with the disenfranchised everywhere, while sparking a movement that would resonate with two generations of outcasts across the globe. Although the band never reached the top of the Billboard charts, it managed to endure by maintaining a rigorous touring schedule for 22 years.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Jun-3]

Saturday, June 14

  • Today from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Curtis Theatre at the George Eastman House is a Focus 45 with Will Green discussing Robert Frank's "The Americans".

    On Flag Day, William Green, curatorial assistant in the Department of Photography, will discuss artist Robert Frank's seminal photobook, The Americans. First published in France in 1958, and then in the United States the following year, The Americans is today widely recognized as one of the most important books in twentieth-century photography. Green's talk will focus on the history of the book, its intricate image sequencing, and its most prominent motif: the American flag.

    [source: Eastman House calendar, 2014-Jun-9]

  • Today at 3 p.m. at the Little is a special screening of Particle Fever (Mark Levinson, U.S. 2013, 99 min.)

    Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity.For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Jun-9]

  • Tonight at 6 p.m. is Sound Exchange at Rochester Contemporary. [source: Rochester Contemporary Art Center website, 2014-Jun-9]
  • Tonight at 7 p.m., Mael Raoult will be at the Gandhi Institute for a performance titled The Words of the Woods. [source: Gandhi Inistitute website, 2014-Jun-9]
  • The Dryden will screen Poziţia copilului (Child's Pose, Călin Peter Netzer, Romania 2013, 112 min., Romanian w/ subtitles, DCP) tonight at 8 p.m.

    The winner of the Golden Bear at last year's Berlin Film Festival is a sharply written, superbly acted moral tale on grief, deceit, and hyper-protective parenthood. A mother leaves no stone unturned in order to prevent her son from going to jail. The problem is, her son is actually guilty of manslaughter, and she knows it. The other problem is, she thinks money can buy not only the sympathy of cops and judges, but also the silence of the victim's family. Does the son have anything to say about all this? Instead of facile melodrama, we are treated to a witty, often jaw-dropping and yet compassionate portrait of maternal love in a deeply corrupted society.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jun-9]

  • The Little will screen Patti Smith: Dream of Life (Steven Sebring, U.S. 2008, 109 min.) tonight at 9 p.m.

    Shot over 11 years by renowned fashion photographer Steven Sebring, Patti Smith: Dream of Life is an intimate portrait of the legendary rocker, poet and artist. Following Smith's personal reflections over a decade, the film explores her many art forms and the friends and poets who inspired her — William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Robert Mapplethorpe and Michael Stipe. She emerges as a crucial, contemporary link between the Beats, punks and today's music. Shot in lush, dark tones, featuring rare performance clips and narrated by the artist herself, Patti Smith: Dream of Life is an impressionistic journal of a multi-faceted artist that underscores her unique place in American culture.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Jun-3]

  • Starting around 10:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is the Album Release for fun ska band Mrs. Skannotto with Sandwich Crackers, Blue Falcon, and Ricky Richards and The Sound Organization. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jun-9]

Sunday, June 15

  • Today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. is TEDxFlourCity 2014: Listen Closer in Kilbourn Hall. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Jun-9]
  • Starting tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the MuCCC is the MuCCC Fest through June 22. [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Jun-9]
  • Tonight at 9 p.m. at the Little is a screening of Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme, U.S. 1984, 88 min.)—one of my personal favorite concert-footage films.

    In the spring of 1984, Talking Heads and Director Jonathan Demme released what is still widely considered as one of the greatest rock and roll documentaries of all time. Stop Making Sense captured the spirit of Talking Heads at the peak of their creative endeavors. Spanning their expansive catalog of music, the movie took viewers on a unique journey unlike anything before it. Not to mention the famous "big suit" worn by David Byrne that is now one of the most iconic costumes in Rock music.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Jun-3]

Monday, June 16

  • Starting today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the VSW Gallery is Upstate Girl by Brenda Ann Kenneally, on display through July 3.

    Photojournalist Brenda Ann Kenneally has spent 10 years documenting the lives of women living in Troy, NY below the poverty line. In the process she has gathered 13 terabytes of video documentation, thousands of photos, hundreds of letters written from prison, and historical documents related to social and political forces that have shaped the issues around poverty in the U.S. With the support of students and faculty at RIT and staff and students at VSW, the long-term project is to build an interactive online documentary and series of books. "Upstate Girl" is an in-progress look at Keneally's process and her direct involvement with the women documented in her project.

    [source: VSW event page, 2014-Jun-9]

  • Updated: Today at 5 p.m. at the American Association of University Women (494 East Ave.) is a Rally for Women's Equality.

    In recent weeks, the Women's Equality Agenda has passed around as a bargaining chip in political circles. But we know two important realities that politicians in Albany seem confused about. 1. The lives of women, and the fight for equality is more important than the games they play in Albany. 2. Real change is won by people standing up for their rights, not by politicians. So this week we're holding a rally with our allies in the WEA Coalition to demand a vote on this bill that we know would win if only it would be allowed to go to a vote.

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Jun-12]

Tuesday, June 17

  • Today at 6 p.m. at Marge's Lakeside Inn (4909 Culver Rd.) is Toasty Tuesdays, a Rochester Happy Hour.

    Calling all Burners, Burners in training, wannabe Burners, and everyone in between! Join us for our monthly Burner Happy Hour – Toasty Tuesdays! Meet new, interesting weirdos right in your backyard, be regaled with countless "this one time at Burning Man…" stories, share tips on the best way to deal with playa foot….or just come and hang out with some cool folks :)

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Jun-9]

  • This evening at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall is an invitation to Speak out FOR Independent Civilian Review of the RPD at City Council. [source: Facebook, 2014-Jun-9]
  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bop Shop is a Meet-and-Greet with NRBQ. [source: Bop Shop website, 2014-Jun-9]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (Irving Reis, U.S. 1947, 95 min., 35mm).

    Temple's maturation and transition into varied, adult roles is on full display in Irving Reis's oft-overlooked comedy. With echos of Nabokov's Lolita, Temple's teenage infatuation with an unsuspecting and unwilling Cary Grant is pure screwball gold. As one case of mistaken identity and misunderstood intentions leads to another, the expertly written, Oscar-winning screenplay reaches a nearly unprecedented level of zaniness. Completely capable of holding her own while sharing the screen with two humongous Hollywood stars (Grant and Myrna Loy), Temple proves her mettle, dispelling any notions of child stardom that has since passed its prime, representing yet another stellar teenage role for Temple.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jun-9]

  • Dog Lady Island, Vom Grill and something like semi-melodic fast-paced noise from Pengo perform at The Carriage House tonight starting around 8 p.m. [source: Facebook, 2014-Jun-9]
  • Tonight at the Bug Jar starting around 8:30 p.m. is Sons of Hippies, My Plastic Sun, and Wisdom Kids. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jun-9]

Wednesday, June 18

  • Updated: Today's Brown Bag Lunch Discussion with Meredith Davenport on her Project Midtown from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at VSW has been canceled. Although it was short notice, it would have been nice if VSW had updated their website (or on Twitter or on Facebook). [source: VSW website, 2014-Jun-9]
  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the George Eastman House is Garden Vibes 2014 featuring The Ginger Faye Bakers. [source: Eastman House calendar, 2014-Jun-9]
  • Tap and Mallet will host a Swan Market Collaboration Beer Dinner starting around 7 p.m. [source: Tap and Mallet website, 2014-Jun-9]
  • As part of MuCCC Fest, tonight at 7:30 p.m. is a performance of A Different Normal by Justin Reilly at the MuCCC.

    Aspie Works presents the staged reading of an all-new original project from playwright Justin Rielly, "A Different Normal." It's another regular monthly meeting for the Aspie Pack, a group of young adults with Asperger syndrome, a condition with difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication. A young woman enters, by order of her boss, to attend the meeting – but when she recognizes one of her co-workers, a night of personal revelations emerges.

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Jun-9]

  • The Dryden will screen Down by Law (Jim Jarmusch, U.S. 1986, 107 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    In the follow-up to his indie oddity Stranger Than Paradise, Jarmusch presents three misfits stuck navigating the Louisiana wilderness—played by real-life oddballs Tom Waits, John Lurie, and Roberto Benigni. Zack is an out-of-work disc jockey. Jack is a small time pimp. When the two end up in the pen their incipient attitudes to one another are anything but amiable. Enter Roberto, an Italian whose boisterous personality transcends the language barrier. He leads them through his plan for escape, where they become begrudgingly close in their search for the border. Shot on location in Louisiana in stunning black-and-white by Robby Müller, Down by Law's visuals perfectly match the tone of Lurie and Waits's cool, minimal soundtrack.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jun-9]

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