Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, September 25, 2014 through Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, September 25

  • Today from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Henrietta Public Library is The Joy of Chocolates.

    Come and join in the joy of chocolate! Come and join in the joy of chocolate by tasting samples of milk, dark, white, and bittersweet chocolate. Learn some of the history of chocolate and how it is processed. See unusual techniques demonstrated, and ask questions about one of America's favorite foods.

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Sep-22]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Those Lips, Those Eyes (Michael Pressman, U.S. 1980, 105 min., 35mm).

    It's 1951 and starry-eyed pre-med student Artie (Thomas Hulce) has been accepted as an apprentice at the Kempton Hills Park Theatre in Cleveland. With no previous theatrical experience, Artie finds himself designated Props Master and thus begins his education in the theatre. The great Frank Langella—a Broadway veteran and a longtime member of the Williamstown Theatre Festival—draws on his own considerable experience to perfectly embody Harry Crystal, the KHPT resident ego-star who takes Artie under his wing. Glynnis O'connor adds spice to the mix as Artie's major crush.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Sep-22]

  • Starting around 8:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Department, Bridge Under Fire, and Alyssa Trahan. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Sep-22]

Friday, September 26

  • For Happy Hour at Abilene is Angela Perley and The Howlin' Moons from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. "Perley has earned comparisons to everyone from Joan Jett to Patsy Cline and her range of delicate reverb-laden crooners to grit-fused rock anthems have made more and more listeners take notice. The band's live shows rumble with swaggering bass lines and guitar riffs and Perley's soulful delivery and charismatic stage presence create a memorable experience for audiences eager to listen." then at 9:30 p.m. it's "the return of the Instrumental Surf Freakout Sounds of" Pickled Brain From Outer Space. [source: Abilene website, 2014-Sep-22]
  • Starting at 7 p.m. at Rochester Contemporary is Open Circle by the Sound Exchange Project. "Embracing the Rochester Contemporary Art Center as a space for exchanging ideas, art, and music, Sound Exchange invites the community to participate in an open-house concert." [source: RoCo e-mail, 2014-Sep-24]
  • The Dryden will screen The Killing Floor (Bill Duke, U.S. 1984, 118 min., DVD) tonight at 8 p.m.

    The film that inspired creation of the Rochester Labor Film Series, The Killing Floor recounts the true story of efforts to organize an interracial union of Chicago packinghouse workers during and after World War I. The film explores the tensions between southern black workers, lured by high wartime wages, and the ethnic European workers they replace, culminating in the 1919 Chicago race riots. The film won a Special Jury Prize at the 1985 Sundance Film Festival and was selected by the Zinn Education Project as a resource for teaching A People's History.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Sep-22]

Saturday, September 27

  • From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lollypop Farm is Barktober Fest 2014.

    Register for the Pet Walk with your dog, test your stamina in our new Ruff Rampage Obstacle Run, or take part in both activities—and enjoy the day-long festival! Come by yourself, with family and friends, or form a Tail Waggin' Team to celebrate together.

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Sep-22]

  • From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Frederick Douglass Resource Center (36 King St.) is a Nonviolence Course titled Criminal Justice Exposed. "An event devoted to revealing and raising awareness of the issues surrounding our criminal justice system. A full day of films and lectures on various different problems and solutions pertaining to this important topic." [source: Gandhi Inistitute website, 2014-Sep-22]
  • Today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is the Naples Grape Festival. Wicked fun, saxophone-driven, percussive groove-rock band The BuddhaHood is scheduled to perform today from 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Sep-22]
  • Today from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Penfield Public Library is a discussion of the Lakewide Action Management Plan (LAMP) for Lake Ontario with Kimie Romeo.

    Kimie Romeo, a project manager with the Center for Environmental Initiatives, will give a quick overview of the Lakewide Action Management Plan (Lamp) for Lake Ontario, toxins in the Niagara River, and the 1972 signing of the First Water Quality Agreement with Canada, leading up to and including the completed remedial projects. In addition, Ms. Romeo will mention future projects and what every citizen can do (from joining volunteer science programs at the Department of Environmental Conservation to our local H2o Hero). Please bring your questions.

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Sep-22]

  • In the 2nd Floor Arts Division of the Central Library, Learn to Make Your Own Paper with Laura Jackett from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Sep-22]
  • From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Henrietta Public Library is a Human Library.

    A Human Library promotes conversations between people who would not normally come into contact with each other. This makes for a greater understanding between people and helps break down stereotypes and prejudices. Central and Penfield libraries will host Human Libraries at the same time. Come and check out your first Human book! Books may be checked out for 30 minute intervals.

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Sep-22]

  • At 3 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. at Rochester Contemporary is When the Sun Comes Down, a Halloween Poetry Reading with audience participation with John Kastner, and Nannette Nocon. [source: RoCo website
    , 2014-Sep-22]
  • Today starting around 4:30 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is the monthly Community Dinner. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2014-Sep-22]
  • Starting at 8 p.m. tonight the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, and the Eastman Philharmonia perform in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Sep-22]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago (Lydia B. Smith, U.S. 2013, 84 min., DCP) with George Eastman House staff member Jeff Stanin discussing his own walk of it in 2013.

    El Camino de Santiago was born in the Middle Ages when pilgrims began walking the path to the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. While their numbers have waxed and waned with war and tribulations, pilgrims continue to this day, walking the five hundred miles on foot. Filmmaker Smith walked it herself in 2008 and came back to follow six individuals, all with their own reasons for braving blisters, rain, heat and cold, and sometimes less than idyllic accommodations, each with their own reasons for walking the Way of St. James. The Camino has been declared a European Cultural Route and is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Sep-22]

  • Starting around 8:30 p.m. tonight at Abilene is Jazz Noir, "a fresh spin on spy thrillers, crime dramas and classic jazz" featuring The Dmitri Matheny Group. [source: Abilene website, 2014-Sep-22]
  • Over at the Bug Jar is Harmonica Lewinski, Pony Hand, Rhino House Band, and Scope and Figure starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Sep-22]

Sunday, September 28

  • Today at 12 p.m. at the Cinema is the Premiere of Indiana Jones and the Legend of Bimini. [source: Facebook, 2014-Sep-22]
  • From 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Fisher Meeting Room of the Pittsford Community Library, Donald S. Hall will discuss Not Just Any Pretty Vase: The American Art Pottery Movement. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Sep-22]
  • Tonight starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Jucifer, Fox 45, and Hot Mayonnaise. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Sep-22]

Monday, September 29

  • Today through October 19 in the Project Space at the Visual Studies Workshop (during 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. gallery hours maybe?) is Christine Shank's Project: our first year together.

    Shank's ever-evolving project, our first year together, consists of images that seem unrelated and intentionally enigmatic but are bound together by their treatment and tone. In developing this work, she has been pushing at the boundaries of what is thought of as a series of photographs: the subject matter, locations, materials, photographic techniques, or methodology will typically hold a photographic series together. But by using sequence as a strategy, the quiet and often very subtle connections between the images are what bind this work together.

    [source: Visual Studies Workshop website, 2014-Sep-22]

  • Today from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Fisher Meeting Room of the Pittsford Community Library, Paul Bielewicz will discuss Hallowed Grounds: Rochester's Historic Baseball Fields. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Sep-22]
  • Tonight at 7 p.m., the Little will screen Makers: Women in Comedy (Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, U.S. 2014, 60 min.) followed by a panel discussion with Carol Roberts, Beth Winslow, and Dewey Lovett. "The film follows the rise of women comedians, from the 'dangerous' comedy of 70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today's multifaceted landscape." [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2014-Sep-24]
  • From around 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Boulder Coffee on Alexander is a performance by "Indiana based Folk-Americana group" Traveling Broke and Out Of Gas. [source: Boulder Coffee calendar, 2014-Sep-22]
  • From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Bernunzio Uptown Music is Howard Alden in Concert.

    "He may be the best of his generation," writes Owen Cordle in Jazztimes. George Kanzler of the Newark Star Ledger proclaims that he is "the most impressive and creative member of a new generation of jazz guitarists." And Chip Deffaa of the New York Post observes that he is "…one of the very finest young guitarists working today." Upon moving to New York City in 1982, Alden's skills, both as soloist and accompanist, were quickly recognized and sought-out for appearances and recordings with such artists as Joe Bushkin, Ruby Braff, Joe Williams, Warren Vache and Woody Herman. He has continued to win accolades from critics and musicians alike, adding Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Mel Powell, Bud Freeman, Kenny Davern, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie and George Van Eps, as well as notable contemporaries such as Scott Hamilton and Ken Peplowski to his list of impressive credits.

    [source: Bernunzio Uptown Music website, 2014-Sep-22]

Tuesday, September 30

  • Today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. is another Books Sandwiched-In discussion with Jennifer Litt reviewing The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri in Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Sep-22]
  • The Dryden will screen The Show Off (Malcolm St. Clair, U.S. 1926, 70 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Louise Brooks is featured in this first of five adaptations of Pulitzer Prize—winning dramatist George Kelly's cynical dramedy about a blowhard whose egotism and delusions lay waste to all around him. Former Keystone comedian Ford Sterling brilliantly personifies loud, obnoxious clerk Aubrey Piper, a part played in later versions by Hal Skelly, Spencer Tracy, Red Skelton, and Jackie Gleason. Several scenes exploit 1920s Philadelphia locations, including a mad automobile chase culminating on the steps of the Philadelphia Bourse, and director St. Clair handles Kelly's trendsetting modernist satire with deftness and wit.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Sep-22]

Wednesday, October 1

  • At 7:15 p.m., the Little will screen This Last Lonely Place (Steve Anderson, U.S. 2014, 92 min.) followed by a discussion with director Steve Anderson. We can only hope the "Curse of the Little" doesn't strike Anderson for a second time.

    Veteran Sam Taylor has returned from the war nearly deaf. He lives in a rundown downtown hotel and drives a yellow cab. One dark night in Beverly Hills, investment banker Frank Devore slides into the taxi's back seat. Throwing $500 cash over the seat, Frank says "turn off the meter and just drive." Needing the money, Sam does as he's told. Nervous, and fueled by too much whiskey, Frank complains about his wife and confesses to a shady investment scheme. He's on the run, headed for a private jet. They pick up his beautiful and scheming mistress – the high-end escort Faye Gardner. She has a gun. An unspeakable crime has been committed. Something has gone horribly wrong, and Sam is now at their mercy. As this long and bloody evening progresses – through the lonely streets and back alleys of Los Angeles – the dark layers of deceit come to light. This night might never end.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Sep-22]

  • Musica Nova performs in Kilbourn Hall tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Sep-22]
  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen the excellent, methodical film Doubt (John Patrick Shanley, U.S. 2008, 104 min., 35mm).

    Philip Seymour Hoffman received his third Oscar nomination for his sensitive portrayal of a kindly priest accused by a pair of nuns (Meryl Streep, Amy Adams) of molesting the son of an African American parishioner (Viola Davis) in the 1960s Bronx. Hoffman wasn't the only cast member to get the nod—all three of his costars were similarly nominated—and while none would win, their combined talents under the sure-footed direction of John Patrick Shanley (who adapted his own Pulitzer Prize—winning stage play for the big screen) make for a bracing argument-starter of a film that offers no easy answers to the thorny questions it poses.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Sep-22]

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