Events for Thursday, May 16, 2013 through Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, May 16

  • Today at 9 a.m. at the Locust Hill Country Club (2000 Jefferson Rd.) is a Healthcare Reform Seminar to "learn what regulations will effect individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations." [source: RocWiki events, 2013-May-13]
  • This afternoon from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall is an Eastman Community Music School Spring Festival performance by the New Horizons Green Band, the New Horizons Green Strings, and the New Horizons Green Band Choir [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2013-May-13]
  • Tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Carlson Metrocenter YMCA (444 E. Main St.) is a Public Meeting by the Dissolution of the Cultural Center Commission. [source: City of Rochester website, 2013-May-15]
  • At 5:30 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery is an Author Lecture by William Whiting on his new book An Early Work Late in Life: The Art and Life of Danny Allen. [source: MAG website, 2013-May-13]
  • Over at the Baobab at 7 p.m. is a Community Dialogue Series event, Profiled: Race In Civic Circles Series – Race and Spirituality.

    In what ways can our spiritual leaders help to bridge gaps in our understanding about each other, as diverse members of our community? How can we, especially those of African descent, constructively and strategically contribute to this understanding?

    [source: Baobab website, 2013-May-13]

  • From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery is It Came from My Attic. Dick Storms, owner of Record Archive, and Patricia Tice, curator, John L. Wehle Art Gallery, Genesee Country Village and Museum, will be on hand to help you learn a little about your items. "No formal appraisals, just information and fun for all." [source: MAG website, 2013-May-13]
  • Tonight starting around 8 p.m. in Star Alley Park is a rich tapestry of modern Americana from The Bogs Visionary Orchestra, and fantastic, subdued "gypsy folk" from The Pickpockets. [source: Facebook, 2013-May-13]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick, Us 1998, 170 min.)

    After a 20-year hiatus, Malick triumphantly returned to filmmaking in 1998 with The Thin Red Line, which garnered seven Oscar® nominations. Hailed by Gene Siskel as the "greatest contemporary war film I've seen," this epic account of the unforgiving battlefields of WWII features an ensemble of Hollywood greats giving some of their most moving performances. The film follows C-Company, a sundry group of soldiers deployed to defend a strategic airstrip, who offer their individual perspectives on the violence surrounding them and their roles within it.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-May-13]

  • Starting around 8:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is The Slackers and fun ska from Mrs. Skannotto. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-May-13]
  • Arbitration Sweets perform at Acanthus tonight starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Facebook, 2013-May-13]

Friday, May 17

  • Today at St. Anne Church is their annual Plant Sale … the UMHN site isn't clear, but I'm guessing it is at least Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. If I see a sign in the neighborhood I'll update with the correct info. [source: UMHN Calendar, 2013-May-13]
  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mooseberry Cafe is an Open Mic with Whitenoise, and Twostring. [source: Rochester Music Coalition calendar, 2013-May-13]
  • This evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Little is the International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) which "consists of short and feature-length films produced by professional and amateur filmmakers from all corners of the globe, showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly fishing." A portion of the proceeds will go to Project Healing Waters. [source: Little Theatre website, 2013-May-13]
  • Tonight through Sunday at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2 p.m., The Rochester Latino Theatre Company presents Sombras de Nuestros Rostros (Shadows of our Faces) at the MuCCC.

    A collection of monologues written by Latino actors and directed by Nydia Rivera is a compilation of life experiences and intentionally remains a work in progress. These monologues infuse into a dramatic presentation that will provide the audience with a window into the life of the Latino perspective.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2013-May-13]

  • Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Baobab is a screening of Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice (U.S. 1989, 53 min.) followed by a discussion facilitated by Erica Bryant.

    Documents the dramatic life and turbulent times of the pioneering African American journalist, activist, suffragist and anti-lynching crusader of the post-Reconstruction period.

    [source: Baobab website, 2013-May-13]

  • This week's 7 p.m. feature (and weekend 4 p.m. matinée) at the Cinema is Oz, The Great and Powerful (Sam Raimi, U.S. 2013, 127 min.)

    Disney's fantastical adventure Oz The Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum's beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking-that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well. When small-time magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) pulls one flimflam too many, he finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great wizard-and just maybe into a better man as well.

    [source: Cinema Theater website, 2013-May-15]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m. the Dryden will screen Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Frank Oz, Us 1988, 110 min.)

    After successfully blackmailing debonair British con man Lawrence Jamieson (Michael Caine), bumbling American hustler Freddy Benson (Martin) forces him to become his tutor. The two shysters go to the French Riviera, concocting elaborate schemes for fooling unsuspecting matrons out of their fortunes. Tired of playing the role of the socially inept Ruprecht, Benson decides to challenge Jamieson to a competition: whoever is able to swindle $50,000 first will obtain the right to continue working the Riviera. What ensues is a hilarious battle of wits (or lack thereof), with both Martin and Caine in top comedic form.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-May-13]

  • Tonight starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is a West Webster Fireman's Benefit Show featuring Sulaco, Reign in Blood, and Order of the Dead. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-May-13]
  • This week's 9 p.m. feature at the Cinema is Olympus Has Fallen (Antione Fuqua, U.S. 2013, 119 min.)

    When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning's inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger crisis. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) directs an all-star cast featuring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Ashley Judd and Rick Yune.

    [source: Cinema Theater website, 2013-May-15]

Saturday, May 18

  • Today from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (3395 Route 20, Seneca Falls) is an event titled Birds and Climate Change: Developing Your Own Simple 5 Point Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2013-May-15]
  • Today at the Eastman House is their annual Plant Sale from 10 a.m. (9 a.m. for Eastman House members) to 3 p.m.

    Add some Rochester history to your garden. Buy perennials and woody plants that have been grown from seeds, divisions, cuttings, and offshoots from George Eastman House gardens.

    [source: Eastman House calendar, 2013-May-13]

  • From at the Gandhi Institute is a Morning Gandhi Workshop from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by an Afternoon Work Party from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. [source: Gandhi Institute calendar, 2013-May-13]
  • Today from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. is an Open House at Writers and Books' Gell Center (6581 West Hollow Rd., Naples).

    Tour the facilities and grounds! Bring the family and have a picnic! Join musician John Wilder as he plays his original blues-leaning songs on his acoustic guitar, slide guitar, fiddle and flute — but not at the same time. You may hear a fiddle set thrown into the show for good measure!

    [source: Writers and Books website, 2013-May-13]

  • From 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Corner of Bartlett St. and Jefferson Ave. is a rally to Support Benny Warr and Denounce Police Brutality. On May 1st, Benny Warr was waiting for the bus in his wheelchair at the intersection of Bartlett St. and Jefferson Ave., near his home. Police arrived and three officers wrestled him out of his wheelchair onto the ground. Read about it and see the video at the Rochester Indymedia article. [source: Facebook, 2013-May-13]
  • Today and tomorrow starting at 2 p.m. at the Monroe Community Hospital is the 40th Bonsai Society of Upstate New York Exhibition Anniversary. [source: UMHN Calendar, 2013-May-13]
  • The New York Landmarks Conservancy will sponsor its annual Sacred Sites Open House at Parsells Avenue Community Church (345 Parsells Ave.) today and tomorrow from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church (1124 Hudson Ave.) tomorrow from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. "The Conservancy's Sacred Sites program is the country's oldest and largest statewide program providing financial and technical assistance to historic religious properties." [source: The New York Landmarks Conservancy website via the Landmark Society e-mail, 2013-May-14]
  • Tonight at 7 p.m., and tomorrow at 2 p.m. and at 5 p.m., the Dryden will screen the Rochester premiere of To the Wonder (Terrence Malick, Us 2012, 112 min.)

    Written and directed by Terrence Malick, To the Wonder is a romantic drama about men and women grappling with love and its many phases and seasons—passion, sympathy, obligation, sorrow, and indecision—and the way these forces merge and drift apart, transforming, destroying and reinventing the lives they touch. Working once again with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (The New World, The Tree of Life) and a team of gifted collaborators, Malick has concocted a deeply moving visual language intermingling love, nature and spirit. In To the Wonder, "all things work together for the good," as one of the film's characters proclaims, and the result ranks among Malick's most personal and heartfelt works.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-May-13]

  • Tonight at the Montage Music Hall starting around 9:30 p.m. is a great stage show and excellent surf-based rock from The Isotopes for their CD Release, with Velvet Elvis. [source: Freetime website, 2013-May-13]
  • Tonight at the Bug Jar starting around 10:30 p.m. is Joywave, Kopps, and Admirers. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-May-13]

Sunday, May 19

  • The Bug Jar will host The U.V. Race, Bad Taste, Big Brain and The Drug Cartel, and Glass tonight around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-May-13]

Monday, May 20

  • Today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Sloan Auditorium at Goergen Hall on the UofR Campus is a Nanomaterials Symposium. [source: UofR website events calendar, 2013-May-13]
  • Tonight from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Bernunzio's Uptown Music (122 East Ave.) is The Bicycats and humorous novelty rap band Garden Fresh. [source: Facebook, 2013-May-13]
  • Tonight starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Nokturnal Hellstorm, and Malformed. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-May-13]

Tuesday, May 21

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Friends Learning Center at Brighton Memorial Library is a Bonus Tuesday Travelogue for Asian American Heritage Month on India in which "Tim McGowan and Theresa McGowan will share stories and slides from their recent trip to India." [source: Monroe County Library website, 2013-May-13]
  • Today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Rundel Library Building, the director and members of the Geva production of A Midsummer Night's Dream will speak about the play. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2013-May-13]
  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre is a performance by the Eastman Community Music School New Horizons Bands. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2013-May-13]
  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Fletcher Steele Room of the Pittsford Community Library is a Savory Food Book Club discussion of Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man by Mark Kurlansky. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2013-May-13]
  • At 7 p.m. tonight at the Little is a screening of Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (Drew DeNicola, Olivia Mori, U.S. 2012, 90 min.)

    Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a feature-length documentary about legendary Memphis band Big Star. While mainstream success eluded them, Big Star's three albums have become critically lauded touchstones of the rock music canon. A seminal band in the history of alternative music, Big Star has been cited as an influence by artists including REM, The Replacements, Belle and Sebastian, Elliot Smith and Flaming Lips, to name just a few.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2013-May-13]

  • Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the MuCCC, John W. Borek presents If Boys Wore The Skirts.

    The Grandeur. The Romance. The Suspense. The Audacity. If Boys Wore The Skirts. This is the play that conceptual artist John Borek starred in in its 1961 production by Ms O'Hare's seventh grade class at French Road Middle School in Brighton, New York. You be the judge. Did this play alone start John Borek down the path of conceptual activity?

    [source: MuCCC website, 2013-May-13]

  • The Dryden will screen Vivement dimanche! (Confidentially Yours, François Truffaut, France 1983, 110 min., French w/ subtitles) tonight at 8 p.m.

    The final film from the great French New Wave director François Truffaut blends snappy repartee and physical comedy with film noir-style murder mystery, drawing upon the stylistic devices of Alfred Hitchcock. Baroque black-and white cinematography accentuates the ever spiraling story, which follows Barbara Becker (Fanny Ardant) as she leads an impassioned investigation after her boss (Trintignant) is accused of murder. But as Barbara delves deeper into her employer's personal life, she uncovers far more than she ever wanted to know.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-May-13]

  • Tonight starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Mixtapes, Masked Intruder, good punk-rock from The Emersons, California Cousins, and gritty punk from Envious Disguise. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-May-13]

Wednesday, May 22

  • Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Dryden, Caroline Yeager will discuss The Story Behind The Dryden Theatre Renovation (for members of the Eastman House). [source: Eastman House e-mail, 2013-May-14]
  • At the Baobab tonight at 6:30 p.m. is a screening and discussion of Weight of the Nation — Children in Crisis (Dan Chaykin, U.S. 2012). The discussion will be moderated by WXXI's Elissa Orlando. [source: Baobab website, 2013-May-13]
  • Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Winton Community Room of the Winton Branch Library is a Winton Foreign and Independent Film Series screening of To Rome With Love (Woody Allen, U.S. 2013, 112 min.) [source: Monroe County Library website, 2013-May-13]
  • At 7 p.m. in the Irondequoit McGraw Branch Library, Ed Salem will answer Is Your Mastercard Safe Online?

    Join us for an overview of secrecy and cryptography from Julius Caesar to the Middle Ages through World War II and ending with today's clever cryptographic methods used to ensure safe electronic transactions on the Internet.

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2013-May-13]

  • The Eastman Community Music School New Horizons Orchestras perform tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2013-May-13]
  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen If You Could Only Cook (William A. Seiter, Us 1935, 72 min.)

    Joan Hawthorne (Jean Arthur), a victim of the Great Depression, is out of both job and home. When she miraculously meets motor company president Jim Buchanan (Herbert Marshall) on a park bench, they live happily ever after, right? Wrong! Impressed by Joan's pluck and questioning his upcoming marriage, Jim pretends he's unemployed, and the two set out to become a "husband and wife" cook and butler team in this forgotten screwball classic. Members admitted free.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-May-13]

  • Starting around 8:30 p.m. at Abilene is Laura Thurston. ("Free with a donation of canned goods (plural) to the Catholic Family Center's Food Pantry.")

    Laura brings multi-instrumentalism to a new level. Enjoy this lovely lady rappin' on a suitcase kick drum with one foot and tappin' on a tambourine with the other; all the while, hands on her guitar and mouth on her harp. On top of that, Laura then adds sweet sugary vocals to her acoustic Folk-Grass mix while giving energy and presence to capture your attention.

    [source: Abilene website, 2013-May-13]

  • Tonight around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is a Reunion Show for solidly good power electric alt-acoustic rock from The Dads, Why The Wires, and The Gifted Children. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-May-13]

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