Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, November 27, 2014 through Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Here's my selection of events in Rochester this week:
Thursday, November 27

  • Today at 10 a.m. starting at Star Alley Park is the Wedge Waddle, "a free 3 mile walk/run around the South wedge for families and pets. Give Thanks and donate a new pair of socks to St. Joseph's Hospitality House." [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Nov-24]
  • Starting around 9 p.m. at Firehouse Saloon is the 5 Alarm Annual Turkey Jam Open Mic. [source: Facebook, 2014-Nov-24]

Friday, November 28

  • Starting around 1 p.m. at the Record Archive is an In-store Performance by the Mickey James Trio. [source: Record Archive website, 2014-Nov-24]
  • From 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The German House is Mo'Smoke with the Tommy Brunett Band.

    This a benefit event in support of Movember, which strives to save and improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems. Here's a link to our teams page: We'll also be celebrating the 3rd Anniversary of Iron Smoke Whiskey, which is a locally crafted libation that has been taking the market by storm since its inception.

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Nov-24]

  • This week's 7 p.m. movie at the Cinema is Fury (David Ayer, U.K. / U.S. / China 2014, 134 min.) "April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany." The 9:20 p.m. movie is Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy, U.S. 2014, 117 min.) "When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran." [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Nov-26]
  • The Dryden will screen Hao nan hao nu (Good Men, Good Women, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan/Japan 1995, 108 min., Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, and Min Nan w/ subtitles, 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Good Men, Good Women blends two parallel stories: the harrowing true story of Chiang Bi-Yu and her incarceration in China during the White Terror of the 1940s, and that of Liang Ching, an actress in a movie based on the life of Chiang Bi-Yu. Between rehearsals, Liang receives strange empty phone calls and faxed pages of her missing diary, and the lives of both women begin to reflect their respective social histories. New 35mm Print Courtesy Center for Moving Image Arts at Bard College (CMIA).

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

Saturday, November 29

  • From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Visual Studies Workshop is Second Storie Market 2014.

    A shopping experience for those looking for art + craft made with care and a conscience. Letterpress, ceramics, jewelry, art prints, photography and so much more.

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Nov-24]

  • From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Bernunzio Uptown Music is Billy Henrie with a Traditional Fiddle Styles Revue. [source: Bernunzio Uptown Music website, 2014-Nov-24]
  • Starting around 1 p.m. at the Bop Shop is Tyler Stasierowski, Mike Brown, G. S. Harper, Jennifer Westwood and The Handsome Devils, and Grand Canyon Rescue Episode. [source: Bop Shop website, 2014-Nov-24]
  • The Flying Squirrel is hosting their Community Dinner starting around 4:30 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2014-Nov-24]
  • At 7 p.m. at the MuCCC is the Third Annual A Benefit Show for MuCCC's Benefit, Benefitting MuCCC.

    Join us for our Third Annual A Benefit Show for MuCCC's Benefit, Benefitting [sic] MuCCC. This amazing show, showcases an ensemble cast in a witty revue featuring a mix of original humorous shorts and for theatre classics, with a slight twist of course. The show also features the many talents of our cast besides tickling your funny bone — such as singing and dancing – all to help raise funding for much needed repairs and improvements to our beloved MuCCC theatre.

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

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Je t'aime, je t'aime (Alain Resnais, France 1968, 91 min., French, Dutch, and English w/ subtitles, 35mm).

    French director Alain Resnais and screenwriter Jacques Sternberg bend time and human resilience in this milestone film. Recovering from a failed suicide attempt, Claude is selected to participate in a time travel experiment that produces some unexpected results. Restored and released in new 35mm prints, Je t'aime, je t'aime remains a powerful exploration of the fragility of the human psyche and tricks that memory can play.

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

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Lovin' Cup is the Jon Lewis Band, and the Teressa Wilcox Band. [source: Lovin' Cup website, 2014-Nov-24]
  • Good, amiable hard rock from The Clockmen, Sexy Teenagers, and New City Slang will be at the Bug Jar starting around 10 p.m. tonight. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Nov-24]

Sunday, November 30

  • From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. is a Kenyan Coffee & Crafts Trunk Show at Joe Bean Coffee. "All proceeds from sales go to the support of children's homes in Nairobi, Kenya." [source: Joe Bean e-mail, 2014-Nov-21]
  • At 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen Miracle (Gavin O'connor, U.S. 2004, 135 min., 35mm).

    Kurt Russell channels legendary coach Herb Brooks in this fact-based story of the 1980 U.S. Men's Olympic ice hockey team. Brooks subjected his team of college players—classified as the underdog with no chance of unseating the dominant Soviet Union—to a psychologically and physically brutal regime of training that ultimately earned them respect and the gold medal.

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

  • The Fortuna Quartet perform at the Bop Shop tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Bop Shop website, 2014-Nov-24]

Monday, December 1

  • Ossia New Music performs in Kilbourn Hall tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Ossia New Music website, 2014-Nov-24]
  • The Little will screen Black Christmas (Bob Clark, Canada 1974, 98 min.) as part of their Mondo Monday series tonight at 10 p.m.

    In a way, this is the most controversial Mondo Monday screening we've held so far, as there is a sharp division in opinion over whether this is a legitimate, skillfully rendered film, or a hamfisted scrawl on the face of movie-making simply looking for a profit in the holiday market. Who's right? You decide.

    [source: Little Theatre e-mail but, naturally, not their website's "coming soon" page, 2014-Nov-26]

Tuesday, December 2

  • At 6:30 p.m. at the Little is a screening of Twenties (Michael Scipioni, U.S. 2014, 93 min.) followed by a Q&A with writers/actors Hobert Thompson and James Battaglia, and director Mike Scipioni.

    Twenties is an award-winning independent comedy that follows two friends down a path of poor decisions, delayed adulthood and inept crime. Filmed entirely in Rochester, it was named Kickass Original Feature 2013 at the 15th annual La Comedy Festival.

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

  • From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Fairport Public Library is a Non-Fiction Book Discussion of Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Nov-24]
  • Starting at 7:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church (220 S. Winton) is a discussion of Renewable Energy Solutions You Can Use with Dr. Susan Spencer. [source:, 2014-Nov-24]
  • At Temple B'rith Kodesh (2131 Elmwood Ave.) at 7:30 p.m., M. Tracey Brooks will speak on The Truth about the Women's Equality Act.

    M. Tracey Brooks, president and CEO of Family Planning Advocates of New York State, will discuss how the Women's Equality Act will help the women and families of New York by preserving women's access to reproductive health care, ensuring fair treatment at work, and helping survivors of violence.

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Nov-26]

  • The Eastman Jazz Ensemble performs in Kilbourn Hall tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Nov-24]
  • The Dryden will screen A Night at the Nickelodeon (Various directors, U.S., 35mm and 16mm, 80 min. total) at 8 p.m. including Land Beyond the Sunset (1912), 'tween Two Loves (1911), The Rounders (1914), Fighting Blood (1912), and Boobley's Baby (1915) with live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli.

    Pre-WWI American cinema programs emphasized variety—comedies, dramas, suspense, and other genres all presented in short films. Each film in the program represents major titles which often appeared on the same nickelodeon bills: the poetic Land Beyond the Sunset, director D. W. Griffith's stirring Fighting Blood, social comedians Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew's delightful Boobley's Baby, Mary Pickford's dramatic 'tween Two Loves, and in honor of Charles Chaplin's film centenary, the rowdy The Rounders, with fellow star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle.

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

Wednesday, December 3

  • The Eastman Philharmonia performs in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Nov-24]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (John Ford, U.S. 1949, 103 min., 35mm).

    This the second—and most beloved—of Ford's three films about the U.S. Cavalry in the Indian wars. It also marks a maturing of John Wayne's talent, as an older army captain reluctantly approaching retirement. It's also the only Cavalry trilogy film shot in color, and Winton Hoch's gorgeous and evocative Monument Valley cinematography won an Oscar.

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

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