Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, November 1
- David Pollack will present a lecture tonight at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery on the exhibition Framing Edo: Masterworks from Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views. [source: MAG website, 2012-Oct-29]
- Tonight at the Flying Squirrel at 7 p.m. is the first session of Building Our Media: A Critical Discussion Series on Independent Media. On the website, they quote Subcomandante Marcos of the Zapatistas in Chiapas, Mexico:
We can have a cynical attitude in the face of the media to say nothing can be done about the dollar power that creates itself in images, words, digital communication, and computer systems that invades not just with an invasion of power, but with a way of seeing that world, of how they think the world should look. We could say, well, "that's the way it is" and do nothing. Or we can simply assume incredulity: we can say that any communication by the media monopolies is a total lie. We can ignore it and go about our lives. But there is a third option that is neither conformity, nor skepticism, nor distrust: that is to construct a different way—to show the world what is really happening—to have a critical world view and to become interested in the truth if what happens to people who inhabit every corner of this world.
Sessions run each week through December 20. [source: Rochester Anarchists Google Group posting, 2012-Oct-26]
- The Dryden will screen A Face in the Crowd (Elia Kazan, US 1957, 125 min.) tonight at 8 p.m.
Andy Griffith is a long way from Mayberry in this blistering indictment of media celebrity. Griffith stars as Larry Rhodes, a hard-drinking drifter whose folksy charm lands him first a spot on local radio, then TV shows in ever bigger markets. But "Lonesome" Rhodes's on-air populist persona hides an ugly reality: a dangerous demagogue with frightening ambition and few morals.
Note that this screening is free to Eastman House members. [source: Dryden website, 2012-Oct-29]
Friday, November 2
- Over at the Image City Photography Gallery from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the Artists' Reception for Altered States by Betsy Phillips which runs through November 25. [source: Image City e-mail, 2012-Oct-29]
- Vitrified featuring photographs of glass works by Audrey Marilyn Jacobs and Ruth Hill opens tonight at Spot Coffee from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will be on display through November 30. [source: Facebook event, 2012-Oct-29]
- Professor Anonymous performs tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Abilene. [source: Facebook event, 2012-Oct-30]
- This evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the The Shoe Factory Art Co-op is the Artists' Reception for Tone It Down a Notch: Minimal Art, on display through November 28. [source: Shoe Factory e-mail, 2012-Oct-31]
- Updated: From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight at The Community Gallery at Rochester Greenovation (formerly the VVA Thrift Store) is the Opening Reception for Partisan Artisans. [source: Facebook, 2012-Nov-1]
- Writers and Books is hosting the monthly First Fridays / Wide Open Mic hosted by Norm Davis from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. [source: Writers and Books website, 2012-Oct-29]
- Over at Bernunzio Uptown Music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. is fantastic, subdued "gypsy folk" from The Pickpockets, and Windsor Folk Family. [source: Facebook, 2012-Oct-25]
- The Bug Jar is hosting great dual-minded hip-hop-and-bass from Hank and Cupcakes, fantastic ska-influenced, synth-laden pop/rock from SPORTS, and Fowls starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2012-Oct-29]
- Today at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., the Dryden is screening Castle in the Sky (TenkÃ» no shiro Rapyuta, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan 1986, 124 min.)
A rare opportunity to see one of Miyazaki's most stunning and infrequently screened films. A princess with a mysterious crystal pendant falls out of the sky and into the arms of an orphan. Together they search for a floating island promising wealth and power to those who can unlock its secrets. Castle in the Sky is an early masterpiece of storytelling and filmmaking whose imaginative and ornately detailed vision presaged later films like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.
[source: Dryden website, 2012-Oct-29]
Saturday, November 3
- Today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Interfaith Chapel on the University of Rochester campus, Miki Kashtan presents a workshop titled What You Say Next Can Change Your World: Nonviolence in Everyday Life. [source: NVC Rochester Yahoo! Group e-mail, 2012-Sep-23]
- Alison NordstrÃ¶m will moderate a Panel Discussion today at the Dryden Theatre at 2 p.m. with Chris Boot, Lorie Novak, and Bas Vroege discussing 2063 — What will the field of photography look like in another 50 years? [source: Eastman House calendar, 2012-Oct-29]
- Today at 2 p.m. in Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Rundel Library, David Sanders will facilitate a discussion surrounding Collaboration and Conflict: Robert Frost's "Mending Wall". [source: Monroe County Library website, 2012-Oct-29]
- Hannah Dobbz will be at the Flying Squirrel today from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to discuss her new book Nine-Tenths of the Law: Property and Resistance in the United States. [source: Rochester Anarchists Google Group posting, 2012-Oct-26]
- Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden is screening You've Been Trumped (Anthony Baxter, UK 2012, 100 min., Digital Projection) in which "a group of proud Scottish homeowners takes on Donald Trump as he gets set to destroy the crown jewels of Scotland's natural heritage to build a luxury golf resort." [source: Dryden website, 2012-Oct-29]
- The Bug Jar is hosting Summer People, Attic Abasement, Goldmines, Buckets, and Alberto Alaska starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2012-Oct-29]
Sunday, November 4
- Today at the Lovin' Cup starting at 4 p.m. is a CD Release Party for Maria Gillard. [source: Lovin' Cup website, 2012-Oct-29]
- Tonight starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Noah Gundersen and David Ramirez with great acoustic band N. Moore and the Helping Hands (Nick Moore), and Micah. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2012-Oct-29]
Monday, November 5
- Today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Geva Theatre is TEDx Rochester 2012. I hope you all got your invitations! [source: TEDx Rochester website, 2012-Oct-29]
- Over at Writers and Books at 7 p.m. is a video screening of Ides of March (2011, 101 min.) [source: Writers and Books flyer, 2012-Oct-2]
- The Eastman Philharmonia performs tonight starting at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2012-Oct-29]
Tuesday, November 6
- At today's Books Sandwiched-In from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m., Jennifer Leonard will discuss Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond by Lilly Ledbetter and Lanier Scott Isom in Kate Gleason Auditorium in the Rundel Library. [source: Friends of the Public Library e-mail, 2012-Sep-7]
- The Dryden is screening Hand's Up (Clarence Badger, US 1926, 60 min.) tonight at 8 p.m.
The least-perturbable and at the same time least-seen major silent comedian was the impeccable Raymond Griffith. Only three of his 11 starring features survive in complete form, with his Civil War essay Hands Up! being his supreme extant achievement. A dapper, neatly mustachioed man usually clad in tails and top hat, Griffith here unflappably faces shell explosions, firing squads, violent silver mine owner Mack Swain, and two sisters who (quite literally) love him identically with eerily practical charm — really, nothing fazes him, and he always seems to express "why should it?"
[source: Dryden website, 2012-Oct-29]
- Tonight from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the The Little Café is Authors Aloud with readings by poets Josephine Clare and Steve Lewandowski. [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2012-Oct-26]
- Billy Wallace, Declan Ryan, Jenna Giuliani, and Josh Mordecai will perform at the Bug Jar tonight starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2012-Oct-29]
Wednesday, November 7
- Anna Hall will host Open Mike Comedy Night tonight at Writers and Books from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. [source: Writers and Books website, 2012-Oct-29]
- Meanwhile, the Dryden is screening In Cold Blood (Richard Brooks, US 1967, 134 min.) at 8 p.m.
In early 1960, novelist Truman Capote traveled to rural Kansas to write an article about the as-yet-unsolved murders of the Clutter family. Six years later, Capote delivered much more: a complex and controversial novel-length examination of a savage crime and its brutal punishment that is now widely considered to be a true-crime masterpiece. Thanks in large part to Conrad Hall's striking black and white cinematography and a shattering performance from Robert Blake, Brooks's stark adaptation captures much of the novel's complexity and the surprising empathy Capote managed to summon for the killers.
[source: Dryden website, 2012-Oct-29]
- And if that's not your bag, the Eastman Wind Orchestra will perform in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre tonight starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2012-Oct-29]
- Still not satisfied? Tala Vera Cantina will host The Dead Love Society, Folkfaces, and good chiptunes rock band Chip's Challenge starting around 8:30 p.m.
- And then there's nice, well-executed jazzy swing from Bobby Henrie and The Goners over at Dinosaur starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que website, 2012-Oct-29]