Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, January 15, 2015 through Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Here's my selection of events in Rochester this week:
Thursday, January 15

  • Today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kodak Theater on the Ridge is a TEDx Flourcity Salon titled The Power of the Latino Voice.

    In its first salon of 2015, TEDxFlourCity teams up with Rochester Latino Theatre Company, Inc and La Cumbre/Latinos United for Progress to present TEDxFlourCitySalon: VOZ—The Power of the Latino Voice. This exciting event will explore the many ways Rochester's Latino community is coming together to share their stories and engage wider audiences, all while celebrating a rich history.

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2015-Jan-12]

  • From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is a Rochester Fair Housing Forum.

    The City of Rochester is conduction an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice to evaluate fair housing issues in the city. At this forum, a fair-housing consultant hired by the City will present a brief overview of the analysis project then facilitate a discussion about issues and opportunities related to the issue of fair housing. The City is also asking people throughout Rochester and Monroe County to fill out an easy and short on-line AI Study survey. The survey can be found in English and Spanish on the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) web page.

    [source: City of Rochester website, 2015-Jan-14]

  • Updated: Tonight at 7 p.m. at Pittsford Barnes and Noble is a meeting of the Rochester Photographic Historical Society with Sharon Bloemendaal discussing The Only U.S. Camera Museum.

    The non-profit Camera Heritage Museum in Staunton, Va. was founded in 2011. David Schwartz is curator and features many of his cameras in the former bank/camera shop. Sharon and Jack toured the collection last January. On display are more than 3,000 cameras, including one of the aerial cameras used to film the Pearl Harbor attack—presented to the museum by the Japanese photographer!

    [source: Rochester Photographic Historical Society website
    , 2015-Jan-15]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen The Birdcage (Mike Nichols, U.S. 1996, 119 min., 35mm).

    Adapted from the celebrated French-Italian farce La cage aux folles (1978), The Birdcage tells the story of Miami drag club owner Armand Goldman (Robin Williams) and his star performer and partner Albert (Nathan Lane) as their beloved son Val not only announces his engagement, but requests they feign heterosexuality for his fiancé's conservative political figure father (Gene Hackman). This hilarious yet at times touching comedy benefits enormously from acclaimed screenwriter Elaine May's substantial wit, and yet it is the marvelous cast which really brings the film to life. Robin Williams especially enriches the film with a sense of balanced absurdity and authentic frustration, allowing truth to break through his character's mask at just the right moments.

    [source: Dryden Theatre calendar, 2015-Jan-12]

  • Starting around 8:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is The Sun Parade, Fowls, and Faux Leather Jacket. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2015-Jan-12]

Friday, January 16

  • Today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is a Rochester Indymedia Collective Meeting. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2015-Jan-12]
  • At 7 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble College Bookstore (100 Park Point Dr., Henrietta), author Jason Vines will discuss his autobiographical book, What Did Jesus Drive: Crisis PR in Cars, Computers and Christianity. "Jason Vines takes readers on a graphic, sometimes sad and often hilarious behind-the-scenes romp through some of the most publicized and studied crises in recent history." [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2015-Jan-12]
  • This week's 7 p.m. movie at the Cinema is the good but low-key Big Eyes (Tim Burton, U.S. 2014, 106 min.) "A drama about the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s." The 8:50 p.m. movie is Top Five (Chris Rock, U.S. 2014, 102 min.) "A comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiancée talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show." [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2015-Jan-14]
  • Starting around 9 p.m. at Flour City Station is fun ska from Mrs. Skannotto. [source: JamBase calendar, 2015-Jan-12]
  • From 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint is 5Head. [source: Sticky Lips website, 2015-Jan-12]
  • At 10 p.m., the Little will screen Troll 2 (Claudio Fragasso, Italy / U.S. 1990, 95 min.) as part of the Mondo Movie Series. (In case you're wondering, it's among the worst movies ever made.)

    In this ultra-cheapo Italian knock-off a little boy tries to warn his family and friends that the evil trolls his late grandfather used to tell him about are real. Unfortunately, no one believes him and he and his sister are sent to the enigmatic town of Nilbog where nightmarish things begin to happen.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2015-Jan-12]

Saturday, January 17

  • Today at 11 a.m. at the Little is a screening of shorts titled the Best of the New York Int'l Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) 2014. [source: Little Theatre website, 2015-Jan-12]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Când se lasă seara peste BucureÅŸti sau metabolism (When Evening Falls on Bucharest, or Metabolism, Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania/France 2014, 89 min., Romanian w/subtitles, DCP).

    From the acclaimed director of the award-winning 12:08 East of Bucharest (2006) comes a moral tale on art and life colliding with each other. With the narrative pretext of a love story between a filmmaker and an actress, the intricacies of producing a movie are described with discipline, humor, and a sincerity rarely seen in cinema since François Truffaut's classic Day for Night. It's like being a witness on the set before and after shooting—watch for a delightful mirror-like sequence where a rehearsed scene of the film-within-the-film is the story we are actually watching!

    [source: Dryden website, 2015-Jan-12]

  • Starting around 8:30 p.m. at Bernunzio Uptown Music is Steel Double Trio, and The Killtet. [source: Bernunzio Uptown Music website, 2015-Jan-12]
  • Great classic rock/soul band Anonymous Willpower performs at The Scotland Yard Pub (187 St. Paul St.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: JamBase calendar, 2015-Jan-12]
  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Lovin' Cup is Noble Vibes' Video Release Party. [source: Lovin' Cup website, 2015-Jan-12]
  • The Little will screen The Terminator (James Cameron, U.S. 1984, 107 min.) at 10 p.m. with special t-shirts from Fright Rags. [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2015-Jan-14]
  • Over at the Bug Jar starting around 10:30 p.m. is Woodhaven, Within Creation, Porphyria, and Beneath Hells Sky. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2015-Jan-12]

Sunday, January 18

  • From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Rundel Auditorium on the 3rd Floor of the Rundel Library Building is a lecture in the Rochester's Rich History series: Joan Shelley Rubin will discuss Reconstructing Claude Bragdon's Architectural Masterpiece.

    In 1909, the architect Claude Bragdon received a commission to design Rochester's New York Central Railroad station. The resulting structure, which opened four years later, has long been considered Bragdon's masterpiece. Yet, beginning in 1963, it was demolished. Now a team of scholars at the University of Rochester is taking advantage of digital technology to rebuild Bragdon's train station online. This presentation will explore the history of Bragdon's career in Rochester and the sources of his vision for the station. It will also provide a look at some of the materials and techniques the Bragdon project team is using to recreate the experience of being inside Bragdon's magnificent structure. There will be time for participants to share their memories of the station.

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2015-Jan-12]

  • From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Penfield Public Library is a Conversation On Race. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2015-Jan-12]
  • The Dryden will screen Dead Poets Society (Peter Weir, U.S. 1989, 128 min., 35mm) this afternoon, also at 2 p.m.

    An aristocratic, conservative school in the northeast United States in 1959 makes the mistake of hiring a free-spirited English teacher (Robin Williams), who starts infecting the young minds of his impressionable students with unheard-of possibilities: Read poetry! Write poetry! Change your perspective on life! Listen to your dreams! And, most famously: Carpe diem, seize the day, make your lives extraordinary! For better or for worse, lives are indeed changed in this inspiring drama that brought Robin Williams his second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

    [source: Dryden website, 2015-Jan-12]

Monday, January 19

  • From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., George Eastman House will be open in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. [source: Eastman House calendar, 2015-Jan-12]
  • At Writers and Books starting around 7 p.m. (I guess) is Standup Comedy Open Mic hosted by Dario Josef, and Carol Roberts. [source: Writers and Books website, 2015-Jan-12]

Tuesday, January 20

  • At today's Tuesday Topics from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building, Paul Constantine, and Christine Ridarsky will discuss The History of Beer and Brewing in Rochester. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2015-Jan-12]
  • At 6:30 p.m. at the Little is a screening of On the Other Side of the Fence (Henry Nevison, U.S. 2014, 57 min.)

    The documentary, produced by Henry Nevison, spotlights a 30-year partnreship[sic] between two Philadelphia schools, whose studetns[sic] learn the values of tolerance, acceptance and unity by producing and performing in an original musical.

    [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2015-Jan-14]

  • From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. is a Theatre of the Oppressed Games Series—"interactive educational model that uses acting and play to create democratic dialogue"—at the Gandhi Institute. [source: Gandhi Inistitute website, 2015-Jan-12]
  • Tonight through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the MuCCC is Project Baldwin.

    James Baldwin was a noted African American writer and civil rights activist. Baldwin was a prolific writer of novels, poetry, short stories, plays and essays.This program will explore his diverse body of work and include excerpts from many pieces, including Blues for Mister Charlie, My Dungeon Shook, Evidence of Things Unseen and The Amen Corner.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2015-Jan-12]

  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Designing Woman (Vincente Minnelli, U.S. 1957, 118 min., 35mm).

    Down-to-earth sports reporter Mike (Gregory Peck) meets flamboyant fashion designer Marilla (Lauren Bacall) while vacationing in California. Love at first sight is quickly followed by marriage, after which they realize that they have almost nothing in common. Bacall sparkles and shines in this sophisticated comedy, her performance all the more memorable and courageous considering her domestic situation at the time of the shooting. Her husband and the love of her life, Humphrey Bogart, was suffering from the last stages of cancer, and died only months before the film's release.

    [source: Dryden website, 2015-Jan-13]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Hot Mayonnaise, Oceans of Insects, and The Man Cries Panic. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2015-Jan-12]

Wednesday, January 21

  • Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Brighton Memorial Library is a screening of Chasing Ice (Jeff Orlowski, U.S. 2012, 75 min.) "James Balog and his team on the Extreme Ice Survey assemble a multiyear chronicle of the planet's rapidly melting glaciers." [source:, 2014-Nov-24]
  • The Little will screen Little Shop of Horrors (Frank Oz, U.S. 1986, 94 min.) tonight at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Cult Musicals series.

    Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik's, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik daily. One day as Seymour is seeking a new mysterious plant, he finds a very mysterious unidentified plant which he calls Audrey II. The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper.

    [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2015-Jan-14]

  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Union Pacific (Cecil B. Demille, U.S. 1939, 135 min., 35mm).

    Released two months after Stagecoach, this western, based on a novel by Ernest Haycox, stars Barbara Stanwyck as train engineer's daughter Mollie Monahan. It's 1862 and Lincoln has signed a bill pushing for the Union Pacific Railroad to expand across the continent to the coast of California. A corrupt banker aims to hinder construction for his own profit with the help of gambler Sid Campeau (Brian Donlevy) and his partner, Dick Allen (Robert Preston). Allen's former army buddy, Jeff Butler (Joel Mccrea), fights the conspiracy and vies for the affections of Mollie. Confronting issues of nationalism and patriotism, Cecil B. Demille's film, according to film historian Wheeler M. Dixon, became a "yardstick against which all westerns have been subsequently measured."

    [source: Dryden website, 2015-Jan-12]

  • Emily Barnes, Fiona Corinne, Ben Sheridan perform at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2015-Jan-12]

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