Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, July 10, 2014 through Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, July 10

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Granite Mills Park near The Pont de Rennes Bridge at High Falls is Hochstein at High Falls with Fred Vine, and Brian Williams. [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Jul-9]
  • In the Curtis Theatre at George Eastman House from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. is a Focus 45 lecture with Ralph Wiegandt discussing Nanotechnology and the Daguerreotype. [source: Eastman House calendar, 2014-Jul-7]
  • The Bertrand Russell Society meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Writers and Books. Tonight, William Drumright will Examine and Contract Bertrand Russell's Views on WWI and WWII. [source: Writers and Books website, 2014-Jul-7]
  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Clash of the Titans (Desmond Davis, U.S. 1981, 118 min., 35mm).

    Liam Neeson may have re-released the Kraken in 2010, thereby launching a hugely successful Titans franchise, but the 1981 original remains untouchable. Giant scorpions, the serpent-haired Medusa, the Kraken (of course), and the rest of Ray Harryhausen's spectacular stop-motion mythological creatures are only one half of the fun. The other is an ensemble cast including some of Britain's finest actors (Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Claire Bloom), playing Greek Gods who squabble, snipe, and gripe like jealous lovers over the fate of Greek hero Perseus (Harry Hamlin).

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jul-7]

  • Starting around 8 p.m. tonight at the Bug Jar, The Entertainment Collective presents Indie Visuals, Tugboat, The Untouchables, and AveChop [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jul-7]
  • Tonight and tomorrow and July 15 through July 19 at 9:15 p.m. is the Hill Cumora Pageant at the Hill Cumorah Visitors Center (653 SR 21, Palmyra). [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Jul-7]

Friday, July 11

  • Over at the Record Archive from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is an Art Opening for works by Frank Argento titled Pop Icon Series Of Charcoal Drawings. [source: Record Archive website, 2014-Jul-7]
  • From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Writers and Books is a Mrs. Mark Twain Book Release, "the first book-length biography of Olivia Langdon Clemens, Mark Twain's wife. Livy was an intelligent, well-educated woman of Victorian values and sensibilities who lived a charmed and tragic life." [source: Writers and Books website, 2014-Jul-7]
  • Tonight at 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. are performances of Overcoming Andromeda at the MuCCC.

    Overcoming Andromeda, an exploration of gender and identity in the twenty-first century, utilizes the music of pianist/singer/songwriter Tori Amos, a live band, video projection, and actors to tell the original story of five people in search of themselves. Inspired by Amos' 2007 album "American Doll Posse", the production focuses on Susan, Anne, Evan, Marlene, and Joan, all viewed through the eyes of muses—divine beings inspired by Greek Mythology—as they struggle to overcome challenges such as divorce, addiction, abuse, childhood trauma, and the perils of a media-driven society.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Jul-7]

  • Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Rochester Brainery is Wham! Bam! Story Slam! *Chicken*. [source: Facebook, 2014-Jul-7]
  • The Dryden will screen Batman (Tim Burton, U.S. / U.K. 1989, 126 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Though it has been a bit overshadowed by Christopher Nolan's monumental Dark Knight trilogy, Burton's reboot was once the exemplar of state-of-the-art Hollywood filmmaking, not to mention marketing: Burton's wildly entertaining blockbuster triggered an unprecedented wave of Batmania, setting the stage for three sequels and innumerable big-screen comic-book adaptations. Slightly schizoid billionaire turned caped crusader Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton, fresh off Burton's Beetlejuice and surprisingly well cast) battles a deranged, disfigured criminal psychopath (Jack Nicholson) as well as his own personal demons against the backdrop of Gotham City.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jul-7]

Saturday, July 12

  • Today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is the Corn Hill Arts Festival. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Jul-7]
  • Starting at Star Alley park, the Young Urban Preservationists present Bikes Beer and Buildings — Rochester's First Bike Scavenger Hunt starting at 12:30 p.m. Alas, it's not really a scavenger hunt at all since it's predicated on getting Instagram and Munzee ("a QR code based scavenger hunt app") on your smartphone. [source: Landmark Society website, 2014-Jun-25]
  • At 2 p.m. at the Sully Branch of the Public Library is a discussion titled Command Your Energy Bill. "Learn how to remove pesky fees from your energy bill, protect yourself from energy fraud, how to apply for state energy grants, and more!! Bring your gas and electric bill to get a no cost bill analysis." [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Jul-7]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. at the Dryden is Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (Andreas Johnsen, Denmark/China/Uk 2013, 86 min., Mandarin and English w/ subtitles, DCP).

    Ai Weiwei is one of the most visible artists of our time, whose diverse output ranges from the design of the Beijing National Stadium to an installation consisting of tons of porcelain sunflower seeds. But visibility is not merely an act of self-promotion for this dissident artist who keeps an active online presence partly to preempt charges by the authorities. Danish filmmaker Andreas Johnsen followed the artist in the months after his "arrest" in 2011, and made a verité-style observation of the artist's life inside his walled compound in Beijing.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jul-7]

  • Great classic rock/soul band Anonymous Willpower performs at Monty's Krown tonight starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: JamBase calendar, 2014-Jul-7]

Sunday, July 13

  • Today at 2 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery is a What's Up lecture on Architectural History with Susan Nurse leading a walking tour titled When the U of R Was Here: The Architectural History of Our City Block. [source: MAG website, 2014-Jul-7]
  • Starting at 3 p.m. at the George Eastman House is George Eastman's 160th Birthday Celebration with "a concert of piano music by American composers, performed by Cristina Dinella, followed by birthday cake and punch in the Palm House." Eastman himself would have joined in the festivities if it hadn't been for his untimely demise. [source: Eastman House calendar, 2014-Jul-7]
  • Today at Abilene starting around 7 p.m. is a performance by St. Phillip's Escalator as part of a Kickstarter Campaign Fundraiser and Bash for Adam Imitating Art, a short film by Bri Merkel, and Chris Hogan-Roy. [source: Abilene website, 2014-Jul-7]

Monday, July 14

  • From 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Lovin' Cup is Shepard's 40th Birthday: A Benefit for Pitty Love Rescue. [source: Lovin' Cup website, 2014-Jul-7]

Tuesday, July 15

  • At the Lincoln Branch of the Public Library is a July '64 Walking Tour from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. with MCC Professor Verdis Robinson. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Jul-7]
  • From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Stone-Tolan House (2370 East Ave.) is a Full Moon Flashlight Tour.

    Join us at the Stone-Tolan House historic site to explore this 222 year old tavern and farm house in the dusk of twilight, then enjoy vintage lawn games. Finish the evening around the campfire with stories and games, and complimentary popcorn. S'mores kits and cold beverages will be available for purchase. Bring your lawn chairs, we'll also have benches and some chairs.

    [source: Landmark Society website, 2014-Jul-7]

  • The Dryden will screen Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom, Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß, Georgia/France/Germany 2013, 102 min., Georgian w/ subtitles, DCP) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Set in Tbilisi, Georgia, in the 1990s, In Bloom follows Eka and Natia, two close friends whose paths diverge as they move through adolescence. Partly based on writer-director Nana Ekvtimishvili's memory of post-Soviet life, In Bloom keeps a tight focus on the immediate surroundings of the heroines, even though the broader political picture is visible in the quotidian scenes showing bread rationing, militias, and orphans.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jul-7]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Kithkin, fascinating, engaging orchestral folk band Paxtor, and Elephino. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jul-7]

Wednesday, July 16

  • Over at the Sully Branch of the Public Library, the Monroe County Environmental Service will discuss Solid Waste from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Jul-7]
  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Terrace Garden at George Eastman House is another Garden Vibes concert with The Ginger Faye Bakers. [source: Eastman House calendar, 2014-Jul-7]
  • The Dryden will screen Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson, U.S. 1999, 188 min., 35mm) starting (later) at 8:30 p.m.

    P. T. Anderson's third feature concerns twenty-four hours in the lives of a varied lot of Los Angelenos. Two dying fathers work to mend broken ties with their estranged children, while two whiz kids, one grown and one young, struggle with the pressures of their intellects. Their various family members, as well as a cop, a nurse, and a young boy, are all connected in unexpected ways—forecasting a climax of biblical proportions. Philip Seymour Hoffman is Phil Parma, a sensitive nurse at the home of Earl Partridge, intent on fulfilling a dying man's wish.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jul-7]

  • Tonight at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. is Perfect Pussy, Feral Future fascinating, engaging orchestral folk band Paxtor, and Utah Jazz. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jul-7]


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