Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, February 7
- This morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at The First Unitarian Church (220 S. Winton Rd.) Sweatshop Workers Speak Out.
Come join faith, labor and community members to hear from garment workers who sew apparel in Honduran and Haitian factories owned and contracted by Gildan Activewear, a Montreal-based apparel company that supplies government entities in addition to companies like Adidas and Walmart. A worker from Haiti will speak about her union's protracted struggle to force Gildan to honor a nationwide minimum wage increase for some of the poorest garment workers in the world. A worker from Honduras will tell stories of death threats and intimidation she and her co-workers faced when organizing to improve working conditions in their factory. Workers will be speaking out across New York in the backdrop of a mounting campaign demanding New York State eliminate sweatshops from its purchasing supply chain. Thanks to the efforts of sweatshop-free advocates, New York State has joined the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium in 2009 and its representative member is the President of the Consortium. Yet, despite its leadership, New York has declined to pass a meaningful sweatshop-free Code of Conduct and continues to purchase its apparel from sweatshops.
[source: Restorative Rochester Yahoo! Group, 2013-Jan-14]
- Today and Saturday from 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday from 11:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., the George Eastman House will be screening short films in the Curtis Theatre in a program titled Dogs Are Actors Too, curated by Janine Gericke.
Since the silent period, dogs have been a major part of cinema, providing humor, sincerity, and pathos to any story—and upstaging many costars. This program explores the many roles of the dog. From documentaries about canine occupations and puppy births, to short films on sausage stealing, music making, and a story-telling pup, these films prove that dogs can do anything people can do… or almost anything.
[source: Dryden website, 2013-Feb-6]
- Today at 5 p.m. in Morey Hall, Room 321 on the University of Rochester campus, Dr. Lawrence Coben will present a lecture titled You Can Save Your Site and Eat it Too: A New Paradigm of Cultural Heritage Preservation. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2013-Feb-6]
- Today from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at GardenAerial (81 Browns Race), the Sierra Club Rochester Regional Group and Friends of the GardenAerial will present Creating Rochester's Urban Green Space at High Falls in which they will discuss "plans to make the High Falls gorge a showcase for sustainability and a world-class green space and greenway modeled after projects like the High Line in New York City." [source: Facebook, 2013-Feb-4]
- Today from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The First Unitarian Church (220 S. Winton Rd.) Mark Hare will moderate a Community Conversation titled Beyond Platitudes — Sacred Speech in Everyday Life, A Community Conversation.
Regardless of our faith practice or years of effort, all of us struggle with fully living out our beliefs in everyday life, especially in regards to our speech and communication patterns. Join local religious leaders for a frank conversation about their challenges and victories, and then participate in small group conversations about the same issues in our own lives.
[source: Gandhi Institute calendar, 2013-Feb-4]
- The Little will screen The Lost World (Harry O. Hoyt. 1925, U.S., 62 min.) this evening at 7 p.m. with accompanying music by The Andrew Alden Ensemble. [source: Little Theatre website, 2013-Feb-4]
- Fantastic, subdued "gypsy folk" from The Pickpockets will be at the Little Theatre Cafe tonight from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. [source: Freetime website, 2013-Feb-4]
- Joywave, Soviet Dolls, and New Archery perform at the Bug Jar tonight starting around 8:30 p.m. with Visual Projections by VJ Nard. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Feb-4]
- Andy Conley and Saby Reyes-Kulkarni return with their new monicker Arbitration Sweets performing tonight starting around 9 p.m. at Abilene. [source: Facebook, 2013-Feb-3]
Friday, February 8
- Today at 3 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery, artists Nadia Myre and Alan Michelson speak on their work in a lecture titled Changing Hands, Exchanging Perspectives. [source: MAG website, 2013-Feb-4]
- The art exhibition titled Heroes and Villains opens tonight at the Record Archive this evening at 6 p.m. [source: Facebook, 2013-Jan-22]
- Tonight at 6 p.m. at Abilene is Happy Hour with The American Moondogs followed at 10 p.m. by Kevin Kinsella and then good, crowd-pleasing reggae from Thunder Body at 11:30 p.m. [source: Abilene website, 2013-Feb-4]
- This evening at 6 p.m. at the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery is the start of Seconds from the Flame, the annual pottery seconds sale running through February 23. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts website, 2013-Feb-4]
- Also at 6 p.m. is Synthetic Combat; The Body Mind and Soul Abomination at Pandaman Toys (209 Monroe Ave.) with art by Emily Moore-Awad. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2013-Feb-6]
- Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is an awkwardly-titled event, Exploring Sheriff Candidacy Gathering. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2013-Feb-4]
- Also at 7 p.m. at the Baobab is a screening of White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books (52 min., 2012) followed by a dialog facilitated by Alex Simmons. [source: Baobab website, 2013-Feb-4]
- And also at 7 p.m. at the Eastman House is the Members' Exhibition Party for the new exhibit Silver and Water. [source: Eastman House calendar, 2013-Feb-4]
- Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., the MuCCC will host performances of The Jewmaicans by Jacqueline Moe. [source: MuCCC website, 2013-Feb-4]
- The Eastman Wind Ensemble will perform a 60th Anniversary show tonight at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2013-Feb-4]
- We The People performs tonight starting around 8:30 p.m. at the Lovin' Cup. [source: Lovin' Cup website, 2013-Feb-4]
Saturday, February 9
- Today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Printing and Book Arts Center at the Genesee Center for the Arts is Making Handmade Valentines — "we are opening up the paper lab for anyone who would like to make a handmade paper Valentine." [source: Genesee Center for the Arts website, 2013-Feb-4]
- Today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is a Rochester Free School Organizing Meeting. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2013-Feb-4]
- The Little will present The Phantom of the Opera (Rupert Julian et al., U.S., 1925, 79 min.) at 3 p.m. with live musical accompaniment by The Andrew Alden Ensemble. [source: Little Theatre website, 2013-Feb-4]
- Tonight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sage Art Center on the University of Rochester campus is a Reception for "If I Had a Camera…" Re-imagining Film and Media Through a Feminist Lens. [source: UofR website events calendar, 2013-Feb-4]
- Starting around 6 p.m. is Boys vs. Girls, a collaborative two-sited show at both the 1975 Gallery and The Yards. One Dance Co. will perform at both galleries opening night. At 7 p.m., "the girls invade the boys at 1975" and at 9 p.m., "the boys strike back and invade the girls at The Yards." [source: Facebook, 2013-Jan-22]
- Wicked fun, saxophone-driven, percussive groove-rock band The BuddhaHood and The Inner Planets perform tonight starting around 9 p.m. at Tala Vera. [source: Facebook, 2013-Jan-28]
- The Michael Vadala Trio, Colossus, and Violet Honey perform tonight at the Bug Jar starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Feb-4]
Sunday, February 10
- Today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Peace of Christ at St. Ambrose Church (25 Empire Blvd.) is a Community Memorial Service for Our Neighbors Who Have Died Over the Past Year with No Family or Resources. [source: Gandhi Institute calendar, 2013-Feb-4]
- Today at 2 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery is a What's Up lecture with Stephen Merritt on Thomas Cole's Genesee Scenery. [source: MAG website, 2013-Feb-4]
- Also from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. is a Progressive Grassroots Council meeting at the Flying Squirrel. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2013-Feb-4]
- Heatseeker, good, amiable hard rock from The Clockmen, Chika and The Wolves, and Flood Drinker will perform at the Bug Jar starting tonight around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Feb-4]
Monday, February 11
- Brighton Memorial Library will be hosting Conversations on Race tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. [source: Gandhi Institute calendar, 2013-Feb-4]
- This evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Back Nine Grill (3500 East Ave.) is a Sister Cities Social and Information Session.
Have you always wanted to travel abroad or to see Europe with a backstage pass? This is your chance to learn about a unique opportunity to travel as a delegate from Rochester to 3 Sister Cities. Be one of the first to travel on a multi-city tour focused on cultural and educational exchange, economic development, and tourism. At this event, you will meet the community leaders who are involved with international travel and exchange.
[source: Facebook, 2013-Jan-28]
- Updated: Tonight at the Little Theatre starting at 7 p.m. is a screening of Makers: Women Who Make America (Barak Goodman, 2013, U.S., 50 min.) which "chronicles how women have helped shape America over the last 50 years through one of the most sweeping social revolutions in our country's history, in pursuit of their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy." There will be a panel discussion and reception following the film with Superintendent of Brockport Central School District Leslie Myers, Frontier Communications Northeast Regional President Ann Burr, and Senior Marketing Economic Development Specialist-bilingual Spanish for the City of Rochester Daisy Rivera-Algarin. [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2013-Feb-7]
- Tonight at 8 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre is Musica Nova. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2013-Feb-4]
Tuesday, February 12
- Updated: Today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium at Rundel Library is a Tuesday Topics discussion with Jerome Nathaniel talking about how Foodlink Responds to Hunger in Our Community. [source: Friends of the Public Library e-mail, 2013-Feb-7]
- The Last Gladiators (Alex Gibney, 2011, U.S., 94 min.) screens tonight at the Little at 7 p.m.
Academy Award® winning Director Alex Gibney takes an unprecedented look at the National Hockey League's most feared enforcers and explores the career of Chris "Knuckles" Nilan. The role was simple: protect their teammates no matter the cost. For Chris this meant a shattered body, addiction to drugs, and harming the people closest to him. But in the process, he won the love of hockey's holy city, Montreal, and helped the team win the Stanley Cup. Through interviews with hockey's toughest guys, the film explores what it means to enforce the unspoken code of the NHL.
[source: Little Theatre website, 2013-Feb-4]
Wednesday, February 13
- Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Little is a screening of locally-produced documentary Comfort Zone (Kate Kressmann-Kehoe, Sean P. Donnelly, Dave Danesh, 2013, U.S., 70 min.). [source: Rochester Film Lab Yahoo! Group, 2013-Jan-16]