Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, March 26, 2015 through Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Here's my selection of events in Rochester this week:
Thursday, March 26

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the VSW Project Space, Nick Marshall will host a Lunchtime Conversation about his in-progress work.

    Nick Marshall's recent photographs and paintings explore the desire to withdraw from the everyday into representations of the idyllic. With the sea as a backdrop, the work creates imaginative horizons by turning our often absurd attempts to substantiate the ephemeral—air and water—into anonymous or impossible locales. Through the use of consumer house paint and vacation photos, Marshall reveals our cultural attempts to materialize and reconstruct memory and fantasy.

    [source: VSW e-mail, 2015-Mar-23]

  • Today from 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Rundel Auditorium on the 3rd Floor of the Rundel Library Building, Sara Bird will discuss Measles: Who is at Risk and How to Get Help if You Have It.

    Come join us for our next Got Health talk and learn more about the disease that's been making recent news headlines. This health talk, presented by Sara Bird from the College at Brockport State University, will discuss what measles is, how you can get it, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. An expert in the medical field will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about measles. There will be free snacks and a raffle drawing at the end of the program.

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2015-Mar-23]

  • African American former political prisoner, and United Freedom Front member Kazi Toure will speak at the Flying Squirrel tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel calendar, 2015-Mar-23]
  • At 7 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery is an Alternative Music Film Series screening of Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (Florian Habicht, U.K. 2014, 90 min.)

    Florian Habricht's witty, innovative documentary follows the legendary titular band (perhaps the smartest and most charismatic in all of Britpop) as they prepare to say farewell after 25 years of performances. Though culminating with the farewell concert the band played to thousands of adoring fans in their hometown of Sheffield, England, Pulp is by no means a traditional concert film or rock doc. As much a testament to the band as it is to the city and inhabitants of Sheffield, Pulp weaves exclusive concert footage with man-on-the-street interviews and dreamy staged sequences to paint a picture much larger, funnier, more moving and more life-affirming than any music film of recent memory.

    [source: MAG website, 2015-Mar-23]

  • Tonight at the Tap and Mallet at 7 p.m. is an Art Opening for works by Stacy Mrva, and Brendon Hart. [source: Tap and Mallet website, 2015-Mar-23]
  • Katrina Leskanich (of Katrina and the Waves) performs at the Lovin' Cup starting around 7 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup website, 2015-Mar-23]
  • At 8 p.m., the Eastman Jazz Lab Band performs in Kilbourn Hall. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2015-Mar-23]
  • The Dryden will screen The Forgotten Space (Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, Netherlands/Austria 2010, 112 min., digital) tonight at 8 p.m.

    The "forgotten space" of Allan Sekula and Noël Burch's essay film is the sea—the oceans through which 90 percent of the world's cargo now passes. At the heart of this space is the container box, which, since its invention in the 1950s, has become one of the most important mechanisms for the global spread of capitalism. The film follows the container box along the international supply chain, from ships to barges, trains, and trucks, mapping the byzantine networks that connect producers to consumers (and more and more frequently, producing nations to consuming ones).

    [source: Dryden website, 2015-Mar-23]

  • Starting around 8:30 p.m. tonight at the Bug Jar, The Lobby presents Buggin' Out: Reinventing the Open Mic hosted by Moses Rockwell and with Nate Briggs on drums. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2015-Mar-23]
  • "It's a rare club date from Rochester alt-country favorites" The Tommy Brunett Band at Abilene tonight starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Abilene website, 2015-Mar-23]

Friday, March 27

  • Today at Small World Food (90 Canal St.) is a Small World Social from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Gather and be a part of our small world at this month's social gathering. For March, we're highlighting some of our farmers from Mud Creek Farm, Peacework Farm, and Heiden Valley Farms. There will be some limited-edition snacks for sale (mini savory scones, fermentery sample plate) and the chance to try out our Easter and Passover goodies (and place your pre-orders). Start your weekend with us!

    [source: Facebook, 2015-Mar-23]

  • From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bug Jar is a Rochester Free Radio Happy Hour, a fundraiser for WFRZ 106.3 FM. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2015-Mar-23]
  • Tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at AXOM Gallery and Exhibition Space (176 Anderson Ave., 2nd Floor) is the Opening Reception for Object Alchemy by Lee Hoag.

    AXOM Gallery is pleased to present "Object Alchemy" by Rochester based artist Lee Hoag. Through experimentation and intuitive invention "Object Alchemy" consists of objects that initially were made for other intended purposes altered to carry new meaning and associations, enhanced by the witty play on words naming the titles. Each work is carefully crafted in form with shape, line, material and scale. "The essential ingredient is the transmutation of the object parts in which new relationships emerge and meaning alters." — L. Hoag

    [source: Facebook, 2015-Mar-25]

  • Starting around 6 p.m. at the Record Archive is a Record Release Party for Cammy Enaharo. [source: Record Archive website, 2015-Mar-23]
  • At 7 p.m. tonight in the VSW Auditorium, Walter Ungerer will screen some of his Films.

    A fixture in the New York City art community and experimental film movement of the 1960's, Walter Ungerer has been creating independent films that explore themes of nature, humanity, the unknown and the unknowable for more than 50 years. Working within the traditions of personal cinema, experimental narrative and alternative documentary, his films walk the line between fantasy and reality, and create visual and conceptual landscapes that provoke both memory and imagination. His films and videos have been screened at film festivals worldwide, and are included in the collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. A resident of Vermont, Ungerer owns and operates Dark Horse Films, Inc., a non-profit film and video production company that produces and distributes "media as art".

    [source: VSW e-mail, 2015-Mar-23]

  • This week's 7 p.m. movie at the Cinema is American Sniper (Clint Eastwood, U.S. 2014, 132 min.) "Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind." The 9:15 p.m. movie is The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum, U.K. / U.S. 2014, 114 min.) "During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians." [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2015-Mar-25]
  • At 8 p.m., the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra performs in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2015-Mar-23]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., on Sunday at 2 p.m., and at 1:30 p.m. at Monday's Senior Matinée, the Dryden is screening The Red Shoes (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, U.K. 1948, 133 min., 35mm).

    Hans Christian Andersen's tale is just the starting point for this imaginative and moving classic— a landmark in the histories of both dance and cinema. An ambitious and obsessive dancer (the luminous Moira Shearer) falls under the spell of a tyrannical impresario (Anton Walbrook) and soon must choose between ballet and life. The intertwining of art and life is vividly expressed in every aspect of this beloved production, particularly Jack Cardiff's rich Technicolor cinematography.

    [source: Dryden website, 2015-Mar-23]

  • Tonight at 10 p.m., the Little will screen the 1980's camp-based coming-of-age film spoof Wet Hot American Summer (David Wain, U.S. 2001, 97 min.) as part of the Mondo Movie Series.

    The setting is Camp Firewood, the year 1981. It's the last day before everyone goes back to the real world, but there's still a summer's worth of unfinished business to resolve. At the center of the action is camp director Beth, who struggles to keep order while she falls in love with the local astrophysics professor. He is busy trying to save the camp from a deadly piece of NASA's Skylab which is hurtling toward earth. All that, plus: a dangerous waterfall rescue, love triangles, misfits, cool kids, and talking vegetable cans. The questions will all be resolved, of course, at the big talent show at the end of the day.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2015-Mar-23]

Saturday, March 28

  • Today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Interlock Rochester is Arduino Day 2015.

    Coming up on March 28th, is Arduino Day! It's a worldwide celebration of that little blue board that we all know (or have possibly seen, or maybe you haven't…) Regardless of your skill and knowledge level with Arduino boards, we will have something fun for you.

    [source: Interlock Rochester website, 2015-Mar-23]

  • Today at 12 p.m. at 1350 Chiyoda Dr., Webster is Solarize Rochester.

    Solarize is a community-based movement intended to spur adoption of solar energy by bundling community solar systems into a bulk discount while highlighting local labor that pays a living wage. All companies are screened by the sponsors for quality of work, warranty, financing plans, hire local people and are based in Rochester, New York. This will make solar affordable and more accessible than ever.

    [source: Color Brighton Green website, 2015-Mar-9]

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Hart's Local Grocers is their Spring Vendor Market. [source: Facebook, 2015-Mar-23]
  • Today starting around 4:30 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is the monthly Community Dinner. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2015-Mar-23]
  • Starting around 5 p.m. at South Wedge Mission (125 Caroline St.) is A Photographic Essay of Rochester's Homeless: "Portraits of Resiliency" by Michele Ashlee, Julie Oldfield, and Lucas Marchal. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2015-Mar-23]
  • Starting at 7 p.m. at South Wedge Mission (125 Caroline St.) is a "Meet the Musicians" 2015 Concert Series performance by violin duo Patricia Sunwoo, and David Brickman. [source: Highland Park Neighborhood Association website, 2015-Feb-16]
  • At 8 p.m. at the Dryden is a screening of Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (Craig Mccall, U.K. 2010, 86 min., 35mm).

    Jack Cardiff's career spanned an incredible nine of motion pictures' first ten decades, and his work altered the look of films forever through his use of Technicolor photography. He was the genius behind no less than three films we are screening as part of our Technicolor series (Steel, The African Queen, and The Red Shoes). Craig Mccall's passionate film about the legendary cinematographer reveals a unique figure in British and international cinema.

    [source: Dryden website, 2015-Mar-23]

  • Tonight from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. is Earth Hour 2015.

    Earth Hour started in 2007 as a lights-off event to raise awareness about climate change. Earth Hour 2015 encourages individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.

    [source: Color Brighton Green website, 2015-Mar-2]

  • The Respect Sextet performs at the Lovin' Cup from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

    Formed in 2001, in our fair city, The Respect Sextet is a powerhouse ensemble dedicated to performing a wide variety of improvisational musics. They honed their distinctive sound and group approach through two years of a regular Wednesday slot at Java's. Around 2003, various members began moving to New York City until all six members found themselves there. Despite working in various ensembles, they always managed to keep the Respect Sextet spirit alive, performing around the city and releasing 5 official albums of their unique and brilliant approach to music. Their tours have brought them to Rochester, playing the Bop Shop and the RIJF several times over the years. And now, after several years we are proud to present the triumphant return of The Respect Sextet to Rochester.

    [source: Bop Shop website, 2015-Mar-23]

  • Great classic rock/soul band Anonymous Willpower performs with the Infrared Radiation Orchestra at Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint starting around 10 p.m. [source: Sticky Lips website, 2015-Mar-23]
  • At the Bug Jar starting around 10:30 p.m. is Amateur Radio Club, Howlo, and Cavalcade. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2015-Mar-23]

Sunday, March 29

  • At 12 p.m. at Needledrop Records is a Wayout Playout, a fundraiser for WAYO 104.3 FM with live compositions created in-store by R. Nuuja, Zachary Rooney, John Schoen, and Pam Swarts. [source: Carbon Records calendar, 2015-Mar-23]
  • At 2 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery, Robert Kirschbaum will discuss his works on display titled The 42-Letter Name. [source: MAG website, 2015-Mar-23]
  • The Little will screen She's Beautiful When She's Angry (Mary Dore, U.S. 2014, 92 min.) at 3 p.m. followed by a discussion with Barbara LeSavoy, and Jennifer Creech.

    Resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, brilliant women who founded the modern women's movement from 1966 to 1971. Using dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, stories of women who fought for equality are artfully conveyed.

    [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2015-Mar-25]

  • Then at 6:30 p.m., the Little will screen Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights (Nevline Nnaji, U.S. 2014, 70 min.) followed by a discussion with Arlette Miller Smith, and Alison Parker.

    Personal stories of several black female Civil Rights advocates unearth the lesser-known tale of black women's marginalization between the male-dominated Black Power movement and the predominantly white middle class Feminist movement.

    [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2015-Mar-25]

  • So Last Year, Spiers, Nerds in Denial, and nice, solid acoustic rock from Archimedes perform at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2015-Mar-23]

Monday, March 30

  • Tonight at 7 p.m., the Little will screen The Homestretch (Anne De Mare, Kirsten Kelly, U.S. 2014, 90 min.) as part of the WXXI Community Cinema series.

    Three homeless teenagers brave Chicago winters, the pressures of high school, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, these kids defy stereotypes as they create new, surprising definitions of home. Can they recover from the traumas of abandonment and homelessness and build the future they dream of?

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2015-Mar-23]

  • From 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. is tonight's UofR OnFilm Program, titled Godina and Marc on Film, presented by Jurij Meden in Hoyt Auditorium on the University of Rochester Campus

    Karpo Godina, arguably the most internationally acclaimed Slovenian filmmaker and cinematographer, launched his career in the mid-sixties with a quick succession of independently produced 8mm experimental shorts, predominantly designed to question everything he was being taught at the state film academy. Divjad, Pes and Anno Passato, which comprise only a small part of this succession, are primarily exercises in motion: constant motion of the gaze, constant motion in front of the gaze, motion in all known and unknown directions, all linked together through seemingly random editing and mere hints of lustful stories. In retrospect it seems as if Godina had to go through this somewhat naive, romantic, frantic phase in order to quickly arrive at what he became famous for: extracting as much (political) action and dynamics as possible from meticulously framed, perfectly still images (see Gratinirani Mozak Pupilije Ferkeverk). Emerging a decade after the hairy hippie Godina, the post-punk Davorin Marc remains very much a subject for further research. Notoriously reclusive and with over 150 Super-8mm and 16mm films under his belt, he modestly describes his work as "small films," period, pushing the notion of understatement to a radical, bleeding new extreme.

    [source: University of Rochester On Film screenings website, 2015-Mar-16]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Eastman Trombone Choir performs in Kilbourn Hall. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2015-Mar-23]

Tuesday, March 31

  • Today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. is another Books Sandwiched-In in Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building with a review of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2015-Mar-23]
  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen The Beloved Rogue (Alan Crosland, U.S. 1927, 99 min., 35mm) with live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli.

    One of James Card's favorite films by one of his favorite stars, The Beloved Rogue is John Barrymore's most deliberately athletic film, similar to those of Douglas Fairbanks while still retaining Barrymore's wit and slyness. The Beloved Rogue is certainly no more historically accurate than any Hollywood epic in its tale concerning medieval French poet-qua-criminal François Villon (best known through Ronald Colman's sound portrayal in If I Were King), but Barrymore is not "The Great Lover" here. In his own words, he took the character "as a vehicle to rather burlesque the whole idea of romance." Barrymore scruffily cavorts through an craggily Gothic Paris (designed by Oscar winner William Cameron Menzies, famed for his work on Gone With the Wind) with equally ragged Keystone comics Slim Summerville and Mack Swain, woos peerless princess Marceline Day with poetry and eccentric humor, and matches wits with reptilian Conrad Veidt (another Card favorite, here in his first American film) as Louis XI. The beautiful Eastman House print makes this romp an exhilarating experience.

    [source: Dryden website, 2015-Mar-23]

Wednesday, April 1

  • The Eastman Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra performs in Kilbourn Hall tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2015-Mar-23]
  • At 8 p.m. at the Dryden is the hilarious April Fool's Day romp, JFK (Oliver Stone, U.K. / France 1991, 189 min., 35mm).

    History lesson #3. A stubborn New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) is convinced that the official story of Kennedy assassination is nothing but a cover up for a huge conspiracy. A highly controversial and still much-discussed legal thriller.

    [source: Dryden website, 2015-Mar-23]

  • Ben Caplan, The Ghost of Paul Revere, Swamp Trotter, very good, experimentally-daring acoustic soloist Seth Faergolzia perform at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2015-Mar-23]

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