Events for Thursday, June 13, 2013 through Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, June 13

  • Today from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Curtis Theatre at George Eastman House is another lecture in the Focus 45 Lunch Series, this time with Tanenbaum Fellow, and Emily McKibbon on American Post-Mortem and Memorial Photographs. "Emily Mckibbon will share her research on the museum's Walter Johnson collection, the largest publicly held post-mortem collection in North America." [source: Eastman House calendar, 2013-Jun-10]
  • Today at 3:30 p.m. starting at The Wilson Foundation Academy (200 Genesee St., at Dr. Samuel McCree Way) is a Peace and Justice March. [source: Restorative Rochester Yahoo! Group message, 2013-May-31]
  • Tonight's Windstream® Party in the Park starts at 5 p.m. at the Riverside Festival Site and features Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Teagan and the Tweeds, and the Brian Lindsay Band. [source: Up All Night Presents website, 2013-Jun-10]
  • At 7 p.m. at Writers and Books is the monthly meeting of The Bertrand Russell Society. Tonight, Ted Lechman will present Questions to the Audience — "Ted will ask members of the audience for their answers to challenging ethical questions." [source: Writers and Books website, 2013-Jun-10]
  • At Bernunzio's Uptown Music is a Bluegrass Jam tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    This is a small gathering of players with medium to advance skills. It is becoming a great place to share musical ideas and tunes. The jam is held in the back room here in the store. A fun time is guaranteed for all.

    [source: Bernunzio Uptown Music website, 2013-Jun-10]

  • Each Thursday this month, fantastic, subdued "gypsy folk" from The Pickpockets perform at the Little Theatre Cafe from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. [source: Freetime website, 2013-Jun-10]
  • Tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the MuCCC are performances of 'tis Pity She's a Whore by John Ford, directed by Philip R. Frey.

    The main action of the play deals with Giovanni, son of a wealthy Italian aristocrat. He finds himself sexually attracted to his sister, Annabella, despite the warnings of his mentor, Friar Bonaventura. Encouraged by her tutoress, Annabella gives in to Giovanni's advances and their scandalous relationship brings disaster to all involved. The play features a strong, emotional story, plenty of humor and even some dancing!

    [source: MuCCC website, 2013-Jun-10]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen They Might Be Giants (Anthony Harvey, U.S. 1971, 86 min.)

    Millionaire Justin Playfair (George C. Scott) retreats into a world of fantasy after the death of his wife. In this fantasy he is the worldfamous Sherlock Holmes, down to the details of his hat, pipe, and violin. When faced with the possibility of institutionalization, Playfair enlists the assistance of a psychologist—Dr. Watson, naturally, and played by Joanne Woodward—who is fascinated by his condition. Trailing the ersatz detective around Manhattan, Watson moves from fascination to infatuation as she questions whose reality is valid, and whether or not it matters.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Jun-10]

  • Tonight at the Bug Jar starting around 8:30 p.m. is Cheap Time, Blue Falcon, and Wixley and Crump. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Jun-10]

Friday, June 14

  • From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the Gandhi Institute is Gandhi Garden Work. "If you enjoy getting your hands in the soil and spend time outside, join us for our regular work hours in the garden!" [source: Gandhi Institute calendar, 2013-Jun-10]
  • The Dhamma Brothers (Andrew Kukura, Jenny Phillips, Anne Marie Stein, U.S. 2008, 76 min.) will be screened at the Baobab today at 2 p.m.

    The Dhamma Brothers tells a dramatic tale of human potential and transformation as it closely follows and documents the stories of the prison inmates at Donaldson Correction Facility who enter into this arduous and intensive program. This film, with the power to dismantle stereotypes about men behind prison bars also, in the words of Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking), "gives you hope for the human race."

    [source: Baobab website, 2013-Jun-10]

  • This evening from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Image City Photography Gallery is the Opening Reception for Spiritual Moments by Jim Hartsen, on display through July 7. "I will take you on a visual adventure to a place you have never seen before. You can explore these new worlds that I have discovered through meditation and captured with my camera for you to enjoy." [source: Image City Photography Gallery e-mail, 2013-Jun-11]
  • Over at Wine Sense from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. is a Wine and Chocolate Pairing with Hedonist Artisan Chocolates. [source: Hedonist Artisan Chocolates website, 2013-Jun-10]
  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery is the Opening Reception for the 5th Annual College Clay Collective, on display through July 20. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts website, 2013-Jun-10]
  • From 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Potter Peristyle of George Eastman House is the Members' Exhibition Party for The Gender Show. [source: Eastman House calendar, 2013-Jun-10]
  • As part of the One Take: Stories through the Lens series at the Little are films by D.A. Pennebaker. The festival kicks off Friday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. with a screening of Dont Look Back [sic] (U.S. 1967, 96 min.) (also on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. without the Q&A).

    The film captures both the public and private persona of the notoriously elusive musician Bob Dylan during his 1963 English tour. The evening will also include Pennebaker's first short, Daybreak Express, a dynamic portrait of New York City, filmed from the elevated third avenue train line. After the screenings, Pennebaker will take to the stage to answer questions fielded by [Jack] Garner.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2013-Jun-5]

  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the South Entrance of the Mount Hope Cemetery is a Mount Hope Cemetery Tour—Mischief, Murder and Mayhem. "Meet some of Mount Hope Cemetery's permanent residents who bent, broke, or enforced the law." [source: City of Rochester website, 2013-Jun-12]
  • The Rochester Jamaican Organization presents a screening of Ballplayer: Pelotero (Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin, Jonathan Paley, U.S., Dominican Republic, 2011, 77 min.) at the Baobab at 7 p.m.

    In the run-up to the most important day of their lives, two young Dominican baseball players confront competition and corruption to achieve their big league dreams. For 16-year-old Dominican baseball players, the only real chance to escape crushing poverty comes every July 2, the day they become eligible to sign professional baseball contracts. This documentary provides an intimate portrait of two prospects as they navigate the calculating, mercenary and often corrupt elements that surround major league baseball's recruitment of the island's top talent.

    [source: Baobab website, 2013-Jun-10]

  • The Cinema's 7 p.m. film this week is The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Mira Nair, U.S./U.K./Qatar 2012, 130 min.)

    We begin in 2011 in Lahore. At an outdoor café a Pakistani man named Changez (Riz Ahmed) tells Bobby (Liev Schreiber), an American journalist, about his experiences in the United States. Roll back ten years, and we find a younger Changez fresh from Princeton, seeking fortune and glory on Wall Street. The American Dream seems well within his grasp, complete with a smart and gorgeous artist girlfriend, Erica (Kate Hudson). But when the Twin Towers are attacked, a cultural divide slowly begins to crack open between Changez and Erica. Changez's dream soon begins to slip into nightmare: profiled, wrongfully arrested, strip-searched and interrogated, he is transformed from a well-educated, upwardly mobile businessman to a scapegoat and perceived enemy. With time, he begins to hear the call of his own homeland. Taking us through the culturally rich and beguiling worlds of New York, Lahore and Istanbul, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a story about conflicting ideologies where perception and suspicion have the power to determine life or death.

    [source: Cinema Theater "coming soon" page, 2013-Jun-12]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m. at the German House, Eddie Pepitone presents Life is a Vapid Whirlpool of Nothing. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2013-Jun-12]
  • Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. this weekend and next weekend are performances of My Name is Mudd by J.R. Teeter at the Bread and Water Theatre.

    Dr. Samuel Mudd is a respected doctor and slave owner until his friend, John Wilkes Booth showed up with a broken leg. Little did the doctor know that Booth hours earlier assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. Tried and found guilty as part of the conspiracy, Mudd is locked away in an island prison. Will he survive the torments of his incarceration or will he die with the iron of his manacles cutting ever deeper into his flesh entering his very soul?

    [source: Bread and Water Theatre website, 2013-Jun-10]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen Monsieur Lazhar (Philippe Falardeau, Canada 2011, 94 min., French, English, and Arabic w/ subtitles).

    Following the passing of an elementary school teacher in Montreal, Bashir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag) is hired as her replacement. An Algerian immigrant, Bashir has trouble adjusting to the school's rules, yet he comforts the students the best he can. When he discovers secrets of his predecessor's death and his own hidden past begins to reveal itself, he forms a bond with the students that no one can break. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards®, Philippe Falardeau's fourth feature, based on the one-man play Bashir Lazhar by évelyne de la Chenelière, is a heartwarming exploration of teacher-student relationships.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Jun-10]

  • The Cinema's 9:10 p.m. feature this week is Starbuck (Ken Scott, Canada 2011, 109 min.)

    Starbuck stars Patrick Huard as David Wosniak, a 42-year old lovable but perpetual screw up who finally decides to take control of his life. A habitual sperm donor in his youth, he discovers that he's the biological father of 533 children, 142 of whom are trying to force the fertility clinic to reveal the true identity of the prolific donor code-named Starbuck.

    [source: Cinema Theater "coming soon" page, 2013-Jun-12]

  • At the Little at 9:30 p.m. D.A. Pennebaker will introduce his film, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (U.K. 1973, 90 min.), which "captures David Bowie's last concert with the Ziggy persona and the Spiders from Mars." The film will be screened again on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. [source: Little Theatre website, 2013-Jun-5]

Saturday, June 15

  • Today from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. is the Pure Kona 20th Anniversary at Acanthus. [source: Wide Open Mic announcement, 2013-May-3]
  • Today from 12 p.m. to 3 a.m. at the Shark Tank is Instant Album IV: A New Hope. [source: Facebook, 2013-Jun-10]
  • Today at 1 p.m. at the Little, D.A. Pennebaker returns to introduce his film Monterey Pop (U.S. 1968, 78 min.) at the Little. It documents "the Monterey Pop Festival of 1967, which includes performances by Jimmy Hendrix and Janice Joplin. The afternoon will also feature a screening of Dave Lambert, a short that documents Dave Lambert's 1964 audition for George Avakian and RCA in their studios." [source: Little Theatre website, 2013-Jun-5]
  • This afternoon from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Record Archive is a book reading and signing with Frank De Blase for his new book, Pine Box for a Pin-up, "a crime fiction noir tale set in 1959 Rochester, NY." [source: Record Archive website, 2013-Jun-10]
  • Today and tomorrow at 4 p.m., The Cinema is screening Mud (Jeff Nichols, U.S. 2012, 130 min.)

    Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios-he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn't long until Mud's visions come true and their small town is besieged by a beautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow.

    [source: Cinema Theater "coming soon" page, 2013-Jun-12]

  • Today from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the South Wedge is the Rochester Real Beer Expo. [source: Tap and Mallet website, 2013-Jun-10]
  • Kozy Soul, Cammy Enaharo, and Ben Sheridan perform at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) tonight starting around 9 p.m. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2013-Jun-10]
  • The Dryden will screen La noche de enfrente (Night Across the Street, Raúl Ruiz, Chile/France 2011, 112 min., Spanish and French w/ subtitles, DCP) tonight at 8 p.m.

    What are Ludwig van Beethoven and Long John Silver doing in a modern-day Chilean city? Why is poet Jean Giono also there, working as a teacher who asks his adult pupils to always keep their eyes shut? Shortly before his death at age 70, prolific master Raúl Ruiz (117 films in fewer than five decades) managed to complete his whimsical, poetic, and seductive farewell to this world, disguised as a surreal crime story. An office worker is waiting for a mysterious stranger who may or may not be about to kill him; more intrigued than concerned, he spends his time playing with words and imagining himself as a child. Ruiz's dreamlike meditation on the meaning of life is humorous, elegant, and bursting with passion for French literature and for the director's native country. It's pure visual delirium, as youthful as experimental cinema can be.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Jun-10]

  • Tonight at 9:30 p.m. at Abilene is The Sound Awake. "There is a familial harmony that exists between band mates and brothers Nick and Mike Bullock, Dana Billings and Bruce Hyde that bring broken- hearted music lovers a sense of wonder and hope." [source: Abilene website, 2013-Jun-10]
  • Tonight at the Bug Jar, Snacks and B.Moves present Meowmix: Electropop Dance Night starting around 11 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Jun-10]

Sunday, June 16

  • This evening starting around 8:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is On My Honor on their Album Release Tour, Far from Proper, Scholar, On the Cinder, and Steve Garvey. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Jun-10]
  • Starting around 9:30 p.m. at the Visual Studies Workshop is the Chris Corsano / Bill Orcutt Duo, and something like semi-melodic fast-paced noise from Pengo. [source: Carbon Records calendar, 2013-Jun-10]

Monday, June 17

  • Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, Room 302-A of City Hall is a City Of Rochester City Planning Commission Meeting concerning CityGate, the Anthony J. Costello and Son Development project at 401 and 445 Westfall Road, and 350, 422, 444, and 450 E. Henrietta Road. The meeting is a request to "amend the Development Concept Plan (DCP) for PDD #11 – CityGate to accommodate and facilitate the development of mixed residential, nonresidential and recreational uses on this 44 acre site which will include the construction of a 150,000 sq. foot commercial building; to amend the corresponding PDD #11 District Regulations; and to rezone the property at 445 Westfall Road from PDD #11 to R-3/O-B High Density Residential/Overlay Boutique". [source: City of Rochester postcard, 2013-Jun-6]
  • Meanwhile at 7 p.m. at St. Anne Church is the Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood Association Monthly Meeting. [source: UMHN Calendar, 2013-Jun-10]
  • Updated: Tonight starting around 8 p.m. at the Visual Studies Workshop is Pegacide, Laughing Eye Weeping Eye, great modern-Americana one-man-band Hieronymus A. Bogs, great, precise acoustic rock from Ben Morey. [source: Facebook, 2013-Jun-13]

Tuesday, June 18

  • Updated: Tonight at Pandaman, probably starting around 7 p.m. or so is an Indymedia DIY Arts and Crafts Night.
    [source: Pandaman paper calendar, 2013-Jun-16]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. at the Dryden is a screening of Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk, Us 1956, 99 min.)

    The spoiled, impulsive heirs of a wealthy oil baron, Kyle (Rock Hudson) and Marylee (Lauren Bacall), live carefree lives bent on their self-destructive tendencies. Unable to escape from their personal demons brought on by a lifetime of luxury, the tragedy that is their destiny spirals out of control when Kyle becomes suspicious of his wife (Dorothy Malone) and best friend (Robert Stack)—whom Marylee pines for endlessly. Beautifully illustrating the creative potential of Technicolor and widescreen, this carefully crafted melodramatic powerhouse is packed with a delirious combination of theatrics and style.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Jun-10]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at Abilene tonight is Mandolin Orange who "play lyric and harmony focused tunes on acoustic and electric guitars, fiddle and mandolin, under the influence of bluegrass, rock and roll and old school country." [source: Abilene website, 2013-Jun-10]
  • Starting around 9 p.m. tonight at the Bug Jar is Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins on drums. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Jun-10]

Wednesday, June 19

  • Valient Thorr, Gypsyhawk, Ramming Speed, Goemagot, and Heatseeker perform at the Bug Jar tonight starting around 8 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Jun-10]
  • Tonight at Abilene starting around 8 p.m. is Aoife O'Donovan followed by good, crowd-pleasing reggae from Thunder Body starting around 10 p.m. [source: Abilene website, 2013-Jun-10]
  • At 8 p.m. at the Dryden tonight is a screening of Solyaris (Solaris, Andrei Tarkovsky, U.S.S.R. 1972, 167 min., Russian w/ subtitles). (And it's Member's Movie Night so Eastman House members get in free.)

    Andrei Tarkovsky turns an innovative, pensive eye to the Space Age in one of his most critically acclaimed and globally recognizable efforts. In this visually stunning masterpiece, a psychologist travels to a space station orbiting the distant planet Solaris, finding the crew wrecked by emotional crisis and haunted by mysterious alien creatures. As he struggles to help the crew, he soon succumbs to the same crippling forces and discovers that the planet below is not what it seems. With patient, breathtaking cinematography and a metaphysically charged screenplay, this quiet gem of world cinema throws convention to the wind, inducing an experience that is dreamlike, cerebral, and unlike any other science-fiction film.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Jun-10]

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