Events for Thursday, April 11, 2013 through Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, April 11

  • Today from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Curtis Theatre at the George Eastman House, is the Focus 45 Lunch Series with Lisa Kribs-Lapierre, Manager of Online Engagement, "for a casual lunch and conversation on the ways Eastman House uses digital initiatives and social media to gain awareness." [source: Eastman House calendar, 2013-Apr-8]
  • Today from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is a Bidder's Informational Meeting for the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program. "The City of Rochester seeks proposals from qualified not-for-profit providers to participate in a comprehensive community service delivery program intended to ameliorate homelessness." [source: City of Rochester website, 2013-Apr-10]
  • Today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is Public Design Meeting #2 for the RocCity Park (which is a skate park) at the James P. Duffy #12 School (999 South Ave.) [source: Facebook, 2013-Apr-8]
  • Tonight at 7 p.m. at the MAG is an Artist Lecture with Richard Hirsch to celebrate a book of his work, With Fire: Richard Hirsch by Scott Meyer. [source: MAG website, 2013-Apr-8]
  • The Bertrand Russell Society meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Writers and Books. Tonight, Gerry Wildenberg will discuss Herb Silverman's Candidate Without A Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt. [source: Writers and Books website, 2013-Apr-8]
  • Also at 7 p.m., at the Flying Squirrel, is a meeting of the Green Party. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2013-Apr-8]
  • The Eastman Jazz Lab Band will perform in Kilbourn Hall tonight at 8 p.m.

    The Eastman Jazz Lab Band is a full 17-piece jazz ensemble, consisting mostly of undergraduate students. They perform the full range of big band repertoire, including premieres of new student compositions, and occasionally feature guest soloists.

    [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2013-Apr-8]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m. in Hoyt Auditorium on the University of Rochester Campus is an Out in Reel screening of Gayby (Jonathan Lisecki, U.S. 2012, 89 min.). [source: UofR website events calendar, 2013-Apr-8]
  • The Dryden will screen Sorry, Wrong Number (Anatole Litvak, U.S, 1948, 89 min.) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Leona Stevenson (Barbara Stanwyck), bedridden and alone, stumbles over a conversation about a murder-for-hire on her party line. Determining that she is the subject of the murder, she must use her only lifeline to the outside—her phone—to track down the murderer and stop him before 11:15 that night.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Apr-8]

  • Daniel Bachman, Finkbeiner, Ian Downey, and Desert Willow perform at RoCo tonight starting around 9 p.m. [source: Carbon Records calendar, 2013-Apr-8]
  • Over at the Bug Jar starting around 8:30 p.m., it's Soupcans, Buckets, Limeworks, and Last Remaining Pinnacle. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Apr-8]

Friday, April 12

  • Jesse Dee will perform a free concert this afternoon starting around 5:30 p.m. at the Record Archive. At 6 p.m., stay around for the art opening of Nocturnal Devotions, works by Allie Hartley. [source: Record Archive website, 2013-Apr-8]
  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Visual Studies Workshop is the 2013 VSW Auction. [source: VSW website, 2013-Apr-8]
  • Tonight starting around 6 p.m. at Greenovation is an event called Recyclarte. [source: The Space website, 2013-Apr-8]
  • For Happy Hour tonight starting around 6 p.m. at Abilene, The Ruff Alley Rounders perform followed at 9 p.m. by Shane Sweeney, complex, multi-faceted, musician's rock-band Ian Downey is Famous, and Dream Girls. [source: Abilene website, 2013-Apr-8]
  • The Baobab will screen The Language You Cry In (Ángel Serrano, Alvaro Toepke, Sierra Leone/Spain 1998, 53 min.) tonight at 7 p.m.

    [The film] bridges hundreds of years and thousands of miles from the Gullah people of present-day Georgia back to 18th century Sierra Leone. It recounts the even more remarkable saga of how African Americans have retained links with their African past.

    [source: Baobab website, 2013-Apr-8]

  • Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Cinema is the first night of Emperor (Peter Webber, U.S. 2012, 105 min.)

    Matthew Fox (World War Z, I, Alex Cross, "Lost") joins with Academy Award ® winner Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln, No Country For Old Men, The Fugitive, Hope Springs), newcomer Eriko Hatsune and award-winning Japanese star Toshiyuki Nishida (Get Up!, Tsuribaka Nisshi 14, Tsuribaka Nisshi 6, Gakko, Dun-Huang) to bring to life the American occupation of Japan in the perilous and unpredictable days just after Emperor Hirohito's World War II surrender. As General Douglas Macarthur (Jones) suddenly finds himself the de facto ruler of a foreign nation, he assigns an expert in Japanese culture – and psychological warfare – General Bonner Fellers (Fox), to covertly investigate the looming question hanging over the country: should the Japanese Emperor, worshiped by his people but accused of war crimes, be punished or saved? Caught between the high-wire political intrigue of his urgent mission and his own impassioned search for the mysterious school teacher (Hatsune) who first drew him to Japan, Fellers can be certain only that the tricky subterfuge about to play out will forever change the history of two nations and his heart.

    [source: Cinema Theater website, 2013-Apr-10]

  • Tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m., repeating through April 27, The Shakespeare Players will perform Measure for Measure at the MuCCC.

    The story centers around the fate of Claudio, who is arrested by Lord Angelo, a strict, moralistic judge, who decides that there is too much freedom in Vienna and takes it upon himself to rid the city of brothels and unlawful sexual activity. Claudio is arrested for impregnating Juliet, his lover, before they were married. Claudio is sentenced to death in order to serve as an example to the other Viennese citizens. This production is set the roaring twenties, exploring the prohibition-like governing of sexual morals.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2013-Apr-8]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present (Matthew Akers and Jeff Dupre, U.S. 2012, 106 min., Blu-ray).

    From March 14 to May 31, 2010, Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović sat motionless on a chair in the atrium of New York's Museum of Modern Art for 736 hours and 30 minutes, facing one spectator at a time. Seven and a half hours per day, six days a week, an unprecedented tour de force of physical and emotional resilience. Well beyond a mere chronicle of the event, this film traces the personal and aesthetic roots of Abramović's choice to make meaning with her body. The resulting portrait is an entrancing—at times moving—reflection on human life as an art form, the supreme expression of the beauty and fragility of our own existence.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Apr-8]

  • At 8:45 p.m. this week is the second half of the double-feature at the Cinema with The Gatekeepers (Dror Moreh, Israel/France/Germany/Belgium 2012, 101 min.)

    Charged with overseeing Israel's war on terror-both Palestinian and Jewish- the head of the Shin Bet, Israel's secret service is present at the crossroad of every decision made. For the first time ever six former heads of the agency agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions. The Gatekeepers offers an exclusive account of the sum of their success and failures. It validates the reasons that each man individually and the six as a group came to reconsider their hard-line positions and advocate a conciliatory approach toward their enemies based on a two-state solution.

    [source: Cinema Theater website, 2013-Apr-10]

  • Wicked fun, saxophone-driven, percussive groove-rock band The BuddhaHood performs at the Dinosaur tonight at 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que website, 2013-Apr-8]

Saturday, April 13

  • Today from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. is a Mount Hope Spruce Up starting at the South Gate of the Mount Hope Cemetery (across from the Distillery). [source: City of Rochester website, 2013-Apr-10]
  • Updated: Tonight at 7 p.m. at Spot Coffee is a performance by Hieronymus Bogs. [source: Facebook, 2013-Apr-11]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Ballroom of the Tango Cafe Dance Studio is a Century Ballroom Fundraising Ball, preceded by a beginner swing-dance lesson at 7 p.m..

    An event hosted by Groove Juice Swing held at the Tango Cafe Ballroom to raise money for Seattle's Century Ballroom.

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2013-Apr-8]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m. at the Dryden is a Magic Lantern Show—Message in a Bottle: Drink, Temperance, and the Delights of Visual Storytelling with David Francis, and Joss Marsh presenting and Dr. Philip Carli on piano.

    Long before the Lumière Brothers and the fantastic spectacles of Georges Méliès—in fact, long before what we now call "cinema" even existed—audiences were thrilled by images projected through magic lanterns. Invented in the 17th century, and marrying lenses to illumination, building on the principle of the camera obscura, the magic lantern went from the tool of magicians and pseudo-spiritualist conmen to an internationally popular form of entertainment and a precursor to the movies. Fortunately, this unique and beautiful art form is still practiced today, and we will be hosting two of its foremost exponents for a very special performance.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Apr-8]

  • Julia Weldon performs tonight at the Lovin' Cup starting around 9 p.m.

    Julia Weldon is a wide-eyed lover of life and prolific, NYC based folk-pop musician, guitarist, and songwriter. In her deeply personal percussive guitar-driven songs she plays with urban & rural memes. Intensely felt lines – from sardonic to heartfelt – weave stories of loss, regret, debauchery, incest, love & desire. It's the harsh city edges, the liminal open fields, the rough and soft sounds that make her music a pleasant paradox that draws immediate attention.

    [source: Lovin' Cup website, 2013-Apr-8]

  • Starting around 9:30 p.m. is Jennie Lowe Stearns and the Fire Choir, and The Johnny Dowd Band at Abilene. [source: Facebook, 2013-Jan-29]
  • Tonight starting around 9:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is the Boname Family Benefit Concert with The Weight We Carry, Tugboat, fantastic ska-influenced, synth-laden pop/rock from SPORTS, and Alberto Alaska. "Come support Julia Boname and Family in a time of need. The family recently lost Julia's father, Walter Boname." [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Apr-8]

Sunday, April 14

  • Sound Exchange performs at ARTISANworks today at 2 p.m.

    Sound Exchange—a group of Eastman musicians dedicated to exploring alternative ways of presenting music to reimagine and reinvigorate the traditional concert experience—joins with ARTISANworks to present a family-friendly, multidisciplinary concert experience.

    [source: RocWiki events, 2013-Apr-8]

  • Also at 2 p.m., the Dryden Theatre will be screening Somewhere in Between (Linda Goldstein Knowlton, Us 2011, 88 min.) (Eastman House members get in free.)

    In profiling Chinese adoptees in contemporary America, Linda Goldstein Knowlton (The World According to Sesame Street) has created a deeply moving documentary illustrating that even the most specific of experiences can be universally relatable. Of the roughly 80,000 girls who have been adopted from China since 1989—a decade after China implemented its One Child Policy—four teenagers are intimately followed in this film: Haley, Jenna, Ann, and Fang. These four wise-beyond-their-years yet typical American teens reveal a heartbreaking sense of self-aware-ness as they attempt to answer the uniquely human question, "Who am I?" They meet and bond with other adoptees, some journey back to China to reconnect with the culture, and some reach out to the orphaned girls left behind. In their own ways, all attempt to make sense of their complex identities. Issues of belonging, race, and gender are brought to life through these articulate subjects, who approach life with honesty and open hearts.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Apr-8]

  • I'm so excited! Tonight around 8 p.m., acoustic rock band SoundRabbit will perform at Boulder Coffee on Park Ave. [source: band e-mail, 2013-Mar-19]
  • Hostage Calm, Turnover, and Storm the Bay perform at the Bug Jar starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Apr-8]

Monday, April 15

  • The Eastman School Symphony Orchestra will perform in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2013-Apr-8]
  • Over at Abilene starting around 8 p.m. is Dolfish, and Jenna Giuliani. [source: Abilene website, 2013-Apr-8]

Tuesday, April 16

  • Starting at 7 p.m. tonight at the VSW Bookstore and Gallery is the Visual Book Club, "finally a book club where you don't have to read anything in advance". [source: VSW website, 2013-Apr-8]
  • At 7 p.m. in the Fisher Meeting Room of the Pittsford Community Library is Best of the Fest: Screening of Select Short Films from the Rochester International Film Festival, introduced by festival president Brian Moffitt. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2013-Apr-8]
  • WHAM City will perform Comedy at the Meddlesome Lab tonight starting around 8 p.m. followed by Seth Faergolzia and the 23 Psaegz. [source: Facebook, 2013-Apr-8]
  • The Dryden will screen Tant qu'on a la santé (As Long As You're Healthy, Pierre Étaix, France 1966, 65 min., French w/subtitles) tonight at 8 p.m., preceded by En plain forme (Feeling Good, Pierre Étaix, France 1966, 13 min., French w/subtitles).

    For his third feature, Étaix delivered an omnibus film composed of several shorts: Insomnia, in which reading a vampire novel before bed turns Pierre's dreams to nightmares; The Movies, a sadly still-accurate satire on the annoyances of moviegoing; and As Long As You're Healthy and Into the Woods No More, which look at the inconveniences of urban living and rural escape, respectively.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Apr-8]

Wednesday, April 17

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. is a Live From Hochstein event titled All in the Family: Music of Dvorak and Suk at the Hochstein Performance Hall (50 N. Plymouth Ave.) [source: City of Rochester website, 2013-Apr-10]
  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Abilene is a Very Special Happy Hour presented by The Mocha Center: Art of Xpression 2 featuring poetry, spoken word, singers, and a drag show followed at 9:15 p.m. by Steve Lyons. [source: Abilene website, 2013-Apr-8]
  • Tonight at 7 p.m. in Dewey Hall, Room 1-101 on the University of Rochester Campus is an Out in Reel screening of Fagbug (Erin Davies, U.S. 2009, 83 min.) [source: UofR website events calendar, 2013-Apr-8]
  • Updated: Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Little is a screening of the New York Film Quarterly (NYFQ) program of short films. [source: Little Theatre website, 2013-Apr-16]
  • The Dryden will screen Maurice (James Ivory, U.K. 1987, 140 min.) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Following his successful adaptation of E. M. Forster's novel A Room with a View, James Ivory adapted this curiously minor Forster work and created something major. Maurice, while studying in Cambridge, finds himself falling in love with his classmate Clive. Succumbing to the pressures of British society, they are forced to keep their relationship a secret—taking a toll on both their lives. Ivory's beautiful direction, Pierre L'homme's unmistakable cinematography, and the talented cast breathe new life into Forster's novel on the perils of being an outsider in a culture of conformity.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Apr-8]

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