Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, June 26, 2014 through Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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

  • Cynthia Howk hosts today's Architecture For Lunch from 12:10 p.m. to 12:35 p.m. at Eastman Theatre/Grove Place starting at Eastman Place Plaza at the corner of East Main & Gibbs. [source: Landmark Society website, 2014-Jun-24]
  • Tonight at the MuCCC at 7:30 p.m. are performances of Moses and The King. [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Jun-24]
  • The Dryden will screen Sexy Beast (Jonathan Glazer, Uk/Spain 2000, 89 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Ray Winstone, best known for his role as Jack Nicholson's right-hand man in Scorsese's The Departed, is an English ex-safecracker named Gal. He is enjoying retirement on the sunny coast of Spain with his beloved ex—porn star wife and their best mates Aitch and Jackie who were also employed in "the life." But when Don Logan (Ben Kingsley) comes calling with the proverbial one last heist, the serenity of the small quartet is shattered. Playing against type in a role that earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor, Ben Kingsley is ferocious as the invective spewing gangster.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jun-24]

  • Tonight at the Bug Jar starting around 8:30 p.m. is Holly Hunt, the thick, bass-driven noise of Tuurd, and Sulk. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jun-24]

Friday, June 27

  • At 6 p.m. at the Baobab is a screening of Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution (Bruce Paddington, Luke Paddington, Trinidad and Tobago / Grenada 2013, 113 min.) as part of the 2014 Rochester Caribbean Film Series.

    The invasion of Grenada by U.S. forces in 1983 echoed around the world and put an end to a unique experiment in Caribbean politics. What were the circumstances that led to the execution of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and his colleagues? The film features extensive, previously unseen file footage, as well as old and new interviews with many of the key players of the time.

    [source: Baobab website, 2014-Jun-24]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Burn After Reading (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, U.S. 2008, 96 min., 35mm).

    Boasting one of the Coens' strongest casts yet, this satirical take on the espionage genre marks the filmmakers' return to dark comedy. An unfortunate spate of misunderstandings results in three "dueling idiots" (John Malkovich, George Clooney, and Brad Pitt) duking it out over a lost disc carrying confidential information whose relevance is questionable at best. Another box office hit and overall critical success for the Coens, whose formula had been largely perfected. A stark contrast to the brooding No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading is almost cartoony in comparison, and is every bit as enjoyable as their best comedies.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jun-24]

  • Starting around 10:30 p.m. at Monty's Krown is complex, multi-faceted, musician's rock-band Ian Downey is Famous, New City Slang, and Guntrouble. [source: Facebook, 2014-Jun-24]

Saturday, June 28

  • Today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the MuCCC is Fun With Fid.

    The Kingdom Next to Fid may not be on stage until this August, but here is your chance to meet some of the cast now! Join us on Saturday, June 28th from 11am to 3pm at Muccc Theatre, and get into the fairy tale spirit. Learn to act like a pirate, make your own fairy wand, work on your fencing skills (with inflatable swords), pick up some magic, practice your regal manners, have your photos taken with the cast, and more!

    [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Jun-24]

  • This evening starting around 4:30 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is the monthly Community Dinner. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2014-Jun-24]
  • At 8 p.m. at the MuCCC, Mary Wojciechowski Sings Fred Astaire. [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Jun-24]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, U.S. 1993, 101 min., 35mm).

    As philosophical as it is funny, Harold Ramis's existentialist comedy was a huge hit upon its release in 1993. Starring Ramis favorite Bill Murray as an arrogant, self-obsessed meteorologist who begrudgingly covers the titular event and finds himself in a timewarp. A film whose resonance continues to endure, commanding reappraisals by several critics (including Roger Ebert), Groundhog Day is one of Ramis's most intelligent films, and was chosen for the National Film Registry in 2006. This charming take on one of the nation's most beloved cultural phenomena is widely considered a modern comedy classic, and continues to entertain more than twenty years after its release.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jun-24]

  • Starting around 9:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Sadgiqacea, Hivelords, good hard rock from Blizaro, Fox 45, and The Highest Leviathan. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jun-24]

Sunday, June 29

  • At the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. is Sam Goodwill, Animal Sounds, B-Free, and Calico Ginger. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jun-24]

Monday, June 30

  • From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is a Rochester Free Radio meeting. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2014-Jun-24]
  • From 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall is the Dave Rivello Jazz Ensemble. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Jun-24]
  • Tonight through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the MuCCC, Anything Project presents Symbiosis Now! surviving the establishment.

    In the midst of a global uprising, the Establishment has discovered the next key to maintaining civil rest, rooted in the symbiotic relationship between a Giant Albino Ant and a white fungus, the Ant-idote. The Madskillz Lab is on it! Tracking, experimenting and hopefully finding the keys to understanding sustained life on this planet!

    [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Jun-24]

Tuesday, July 1

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen L'image manquante (The Missing Picture, Rithy Panh, Cambodia/France 2013, 92 min., French w/ subtitles, 35mm).

    The winner of the Prize Un Certain Regard at Cannes, The Missing Picture asks if and how a documentary film can give visibility to traumatic events in history that were not, and could not be, photographed or filmed. Director Rithy Panh uses clay models as stand-ins for his family, neighbors, and many other Cambodians who lived under the oppressive regime of the Khmer Rouge (1975—79). Panh was thirteen when he escaped from Cambodia to France, where he started his career as a documentary filmmaker. A must-see film that is as much an experiment in form and narrative as it is a sincere pursuit of historical truth. [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jun-24]

Wednesday, July 2

  • Starting tonight at 6:40 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the Little is Snowpiercer (Joon-ho Bong, South Korea / U.S. / France / Czech Republic 2013, 126 min.)

    In this sci-fi epic from director Bong Joon Ho (The Host, Mother), a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet. The final survivors board the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine. When cryptic messages incite the passengers to revolt, the train thrusts full-throttle towards disaster.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Jun-24]

  • Starting tonight at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Little is Tammy (Ben Falcone, U.S. 2014, 96 min.)

    Tammy (Mccarthy) is having a bad day. She's totaled her clunker car, gotten fired from her thankless job at a greasy burger joint, and instead of finding comfort at home, finds her husband getting comfortable with the neighbor in her own house. It's time to take her boom box and book it. The bad news is she's broke and without wheels. The worse news is her grandma, Pearl (Sarandon), is her only option—with a car, cash, and an itch to see Niagara Falls. Not exactly the escape Tammy had in mind. But on the road, with Pearl riding shotgun, it may be just what Tammy needs.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Jun-24]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson, U.S. 1997, 155 min., 35mm).

    Penetrating the mood of the disco era, P. T. Anderson's breakout film follows Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg) from his days as a petulant young dishwasher to an intrepid porn superstar in California's San Fernando Valley in the 1970s, to his fall to rock bottom in the 1980s. Philip Seymour Hoffman is heartbreaking as the conflicted homosexual boom operator Scotty J., secretly in love with Dirk but confused about how to express himself. Hoffman's biggest film since, here he is in the company of some of the greats of our time: Don Cheadle, William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, and Burt Reynolds.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jun-24]


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