Events for Thursday, August 1, 2013 through Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, August 1

  • The Summer Brown Bag Film and Discussion Series "Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making us Sick?" will screen Bad Sugar (James M. Fortier, U.S. 2012, 27 min.) today at 12 p.m. in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (Room 1-304) at the University of Rochester Medical Center. "What are the connections between diabetes, oppressiona[sic], and empowerment in two Native American communities?" [source: UofR website events calendar, 2013-Jul-29]
  • Today from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Link Gallery at City Hall is the opening of A Beautiful Place to Rest: Rochester's Mount Hope Cemetery, marking "the 175th anniversary of the landmark through a photographic exhibition" featuring the photography of David C. Gaudioso. [source: City of Rochester website, 2013-Jul-24]
  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at RoCo is the Opening Reception of State of the City: Street-ish, on display through September 28. "Street-ish is an exhibition of paintings and sculptures influenced by street art, graffiti, and contemporary culture." [source: Rochester Contemporary Art Center website, 2013-Jul-29]
  • From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight at the Tap and Mallet is the Opening Reception for Dudes on Tap featuring works by Joe Guy Allard, John Magnus Champlin, Lauren Croop, Randy Duncan, Aaron Humby, Ben Moriconi, John Perry, Steve Resig, Matthew Roberts, and Colleen C. Verdi. [source: Tap and Mallet website, 2013-Jul-29]
  • Tonight at Water Street Music Hall starting around 6:30 p.m., The Park Avenue Band, Chris English's Hollywood Squares, Into The Now, and Cravin' Bliss will "participate in a Grateful Dead-inspired Musical Memorial and Benefit Concert in honor of our brother Aaron Plunkett [proprietor of Aaron's Alley], who passed away suddenly a week ago (all proceeds to Aaron's kids)." [source: band e-mail, 2013-Jul-29]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Bert Stern: Original Mad Man (Shannah Laumeister, U.S. 2012, 89 min., DCP) with Shannah Laumeister in person to discuss the film.

    After working alongside Stanley Kubrick at Look magazine, Bert Stern became an original Madison Avenue "mad man," his images helping to create modern advertising. (He also directed the film Jazz on a Summer's Day, screening July 9.) Groundbreaking photos of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Bridget Bardot, and Twiggy, coupled with his astonishing success in advertising, minted Stern as a celebrity in his own right. Filmmaker Shannah Laumeister uncovers all aspects of Stern, from his badboy antics to his iconic photography.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Jul-29]

  • Panel Product Performances presents Legend, Sam I Am, Maine Point, M. Will the Shotgun, Hassan Mackey, Dungen Jones, and Tim Tones tonight at the Bug Jar starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Jul-29]
  • Tonight at dusk (with activities starting around 8:30 p.m.), Movies in the Bowl will screen Les Misérables (Tom Hooper, U.S./U.K. 2012, 158 min.) in Highland Bowl. [source: Monroe County Parks website, 2013-Jul-8]
  • Wicked fun, saxophone-driven, percussive groove-rock band The BuddhaHood performs at Dinosaur tonight starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que website, 2013-Jul-29]

Friday, August 2

  • Today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and tomorrow from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the St. Stanislaus Church Polish Arts Festival. [source: RocWiki events, 2013-Jul-29]
  • Tonight at the Firehouse Gallery from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the Opening Reception of Potentiality, "an exhibition of paper and ceramic sculpture from Resident Artist Hannah Thompsett", on display through August 30. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts website, 2013-Jul-29]
  • Tonight at 7 p.m. at Writers and Books is First Fridays / Wide Open Mic hosted by Norm Davis. [source: Writers and Books website, 2013-Jul-29]
  • Today from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Space in Greenovation is the Opening Reception for the Rang Art Show. [source: The Space website, 2013-Jul-29]
  • This week's 7 p.m. movie at the Cinema is This is The End (Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, U.S. 2013, 107 min.)

    While attending a party at James Franco's house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse.

    [source: Cinema Theater "coming soon" page, 2013-Jul-31]

  • Tonight and tomorrow at the MuCCC at 8 p.m. is Gutenberg! The Musical!

    Bud and Doug have written a musical about the fictional life of Johann Gutenberg and want to get it produced on Broadway. Watch the two of them play every character from the evil Monk to the heroic Gutenberg to the lonely Helvetica. Comedy and Tragedy and Biscuits!

    [source: MuCCC website, 2013-Jul-29]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden is screening Upstream Color (Shane Carruth, U.S. 2013, 96 min., DCP).

    One of the most audacious films of the year, Shane Carruth's long-awaited follow-up to his cult hit, Primer, explores identity and humanity's place in nature in a visually stunning manner that builds on the innovations of Kubrick and Malick. A young woman is abducted and implanted with a larva that strips her of free will and eventually dismantles her life. As she attempts to put the pieces back together—and notices a new sensitivity to the natural world—she finds that she is not alone.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Jul-29]

  • The Lobby presents Roc City Royale tonight at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. "16 of Rochester's top hip hop producers come together in celebration of our flourishing beat maker scene and to compete for big prize$ from Sound Source, Krudco, The Lobby, Patrick Printing, and Natural Oasis." [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Jul-29]
  • This week's 9 p.m. movie at the Cinema is Before Midnight (Richard Linklater, U.S. 2013, 109 min.)

    We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.

    [source: Cinema Theater "coming soon" page, 2013-Jul-31]

  • From 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Writers and Books is The 2nd First Festival of Sound and Light. [source: Writers and Books website, 2013-Jul-29]
  • Seth Faergolzia and the 23 Psaegz, and fascinating, engaging orchestral folk band Paxtor perform at Skylark tonight starting around 10 p.m. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2013-Jul-29]

Saturday, August 3

  • Today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is the 36th Annual Park Ave Summer Art Fest. [source: Park Avenue Festival website, 2013-Jul-29]
  • This afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Little is a screening of Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, U.S. 1982, 86 min.)

    Koyaanisqatsi is a documentary (of sorts). It is also a visual concert of images set to the haunting music of 'Phillip Glass' . While there is no plot in the traditional sense, there is a definate[sic] scenario. The film opens on ancient native American cave drawings, while the soundtrack chants "Koyaanisqatsi" which is a Hopi indian term for "life out of balance".

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2013-Jul-29]

  • Tonight at 7 p.m. (earlier than usual) at the Dryden is a screening of Heaven's Gate: Director's Cut (Michael Cimino, U.S. 1980, 216 min., DCP).

    Propelled by the success of The Deer Hunter, Cimino focused on creating a distinctive vision of the American frontier at the turn of the nineteenth century. Production of the film was fraught with problems, prompting constant negative press that tainted its reputation and caused it to be pulled from release and drastically (and incoherently) reedited. In recent years, however, the film has been reassessed, with many notable critics reclaiming it as an unjustly maligned masterpiece.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Jul-29]

  • Brendan MacNaughton performs tonight at Abilene starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Abilene website, 2013-Jul-29]
  • Starting around 10 p.m. at Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint is great classic rock/soul band Anonymous Willpower. [source: Sticky Lips website, 2013-Jul-29]
  • Off With Their Heads, good punk-rock from The Emersons, and Safety will be at the Bug Jar starting tonight around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Jul-29]

Sunday, August 4

  • This afternoon at 2 p.m. at the MAG, Karal Ann Marling presents a What's Up lecture titled Growing Up at MAG. [source: MAG website, 2013-Jul-29]
  • This evening at 7 p.m. at the Dryden is a Double Feature with I Dood It (Vincente Minnelli, U.S. 1943, 102 min, 35mm), and Cabin in the Sky (Vincente Minnelli, U.S. 1943, 98 min, 35mm).

    A showcase of the the illustrious director at the beginning of his long and accomplished career. Both films highlight Minnelli's whirlwind, theatrical style and anticipate the uproarious success of his later greats like Meet Me in St. Louis and An American in Paris.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Jul-29]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. tonight at the Bug Jar is Caust, Left at Home, I Can't Stop Wondering, and Fox Force Five. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Jul-29]

Monday, August 5

  • Carrie McFerrin performs at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) tonight starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2013-Jul-29]

Tuesday, August 6

  • Tonight starting around 6 p.m. at Westmoreland Park is the Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood (UMHN) National Night Out. [source: UMHN Calendar, 2013-Jul-29]
  • Tonight through Sunday at 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the MuCCC is The Amazing Acro-Cats.

    One of only four "performing domestic cat troupes" in the United States, The Amazing Acro-Cats are celebrated nationwide to sell out venues. The Amazing Acro-Cats delight and astound audiences of all ages as they perform their remarkable feats of agility pushing carts, riding skateboards, rolling barrels, ringing bells, turning on lights, walking tight ropes, jumping through hoops, knockabout acts and much more!

    [source: MuCCC website, 2013-Jul-29]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Ma vie en rose (Alain Berliner, Belgium/U.K./France 1997, 89 min., 35mm).

    Thirteen-year-old Georges Du Fresne gives a powerful performance as Ludovic, who finds comfort and identification as a girl—much to the chagrin of his family and neighbors. As Ludovic explores his identity by donning his sister's clothes and professing love for the son of his father's boss, his parents struggle to cope with the boy's "abnormality" and the backlash from the community. This equally controversial and heartfelt family portrait won international acclaim for its bold confrontation of mainstream prejudices as well as its remarkably rich cinematography.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Jul-29]

  • Tragedy, punk hard-rock band Green Dreams, Water Torture, Gas Chamber, and Sunk perform at the Bug Jar tonight starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Jul-29]

Wednesday, August 7

  • Today through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Gehan Rd., Canandaigua is the Pageant of Steam.

    The Pageant of Steam is a huge antique steam engine show in Canandaigua. In addition to steam engines they have antique tractors, gas engines, and antique tractor pulls and parades. There are demonstrations of some of the equipment on site including saw mills, threshing machines, shingle making, and plowing. There is a big flea market.

    [source: Pageant of Steam RocWiki page, 2013-Jul-29]

  • Today at 5 p.m. at the Little is the Rochester Teen Film Festival Screening. [source: Little Theatre website, 2013-Jul-29]
  • Starting at 8 p.m. at the Dryden is a screening of Gold Diggers of 1933 (Mervyn Leroy, U.S. 1933, 97 min., 35mm).

    In this follow-up to 42nd Street, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, and Aline Macmahon star as out-of-work Broadway chorines—"gold diggers" who target Warren William, Dickpowell, and Guy Kibbee for both money and romance. Busby Berkeley choreographed the spectacular musical numbers that include the ironic "We're in the Money" and the anthem to the depression and returning World War veterans, "Remember My Forgotten Man." This is a sharp, funny, and cynical film, and one of the all-time best Pre-Code musicals.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Jul-29]

  • Tonight starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Back and Forth, Backbiter, Night Terror, and Panty Raid. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Jul-29]

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