Events for Thursday, August 8, 2013 through Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, August 8

  • Today from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Curtis Theatre at Eastman House is the Focus 45 Lunch Series with Assistant Curator of Photographs Jessica Johnston discussing The Hidden Mother.

    Once the business of portrait photography took hold in the nineteenth century, it was common for a family to visit a photographer's studio to have a portrait made of their child. One strategy used to placate an upset or unwilling child was to cloak or otherwise "hide" the mother within the photograph. Assistant Curator of Photographs Jessica Johnston will introduce visitors to this curious and unintentional byproduct of early commercial portraiture through examples of the phenomenon held in the photography collection at George Eastman House.

    [source: Eastman House calendar, 2013-Aug-5]

  • This evening from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Penfield Public Library, Bob Kanauer will present a lecture titled The Electric Car: The Future is Here. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2013-Aug-5]
  • The Bertrand Russell Society meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Writers and Books, hosted by Phil Ebersole. This evening, Ted Lechman will as Questions to the Audience; "Ted will ask members of the audience for their answers to challenging ethical questions." [source: Writers and Books website, 2013-Aug-5]
  • The Dryden will screen Paris When It Sizzles (Richard Quine, U.S. 1964, 110 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    After procrastinating on an assignment, veteran screenwriter Richard Benson (William Holden) is forced to hire a secretary (Audrey Hepburn) to help him complete the script in two days. They move into a Paris flat and attempt to hash out The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower, a film that ends up running the gamut of Hollywood genres. Benson and his secretary begin stepping into their own imaginary landscapes, falling in love in the process. A testament to the fantasy and romance of cinema, Paris When It Sizzles is an effervescent romantic comedy and a true forgotten gem.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Aug-5]

  • The Future, Part II, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Little Ruckus, and great one-man-band with chiptune vocoder BC Likes You perform at the Bug Jar tonight starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Aug-5]

Friday, August 9

  • Today from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., tomorrow from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. is Boulder Festival 2013: Rock The Wedge With Harmony (any proceeds go to benefit Harmony Casey.) Some highlights include good acoustic rock from Teressa Wilcox at 5 p.m. on Friday, Five Head at 4 p.m. on Saturday, and fun ska from Mrs. Skannotto at 8 p.m. [source: Facebook, 2013-Aug-6]
  • This evening at 6 p.m. at Record Archive is an Art Opening for Margaret Storms' Stormymade: Garden of Earthly Delights with music by Precious Kindred. [source: Record Archive e-mail, 2013-Jul-15]
  • Tonight at 7 p.m. at Crossroads Coffeehouse is the Opening Reception for The Artwork of Allie Hartley and Bethy Williams. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2013-Aug-7]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen the Rochester Premiere of Like Someone in Love (Abbas Kiarostami, France/Japan 2012, 109 min., Japanese w/ subtitles, DCP).

    Fresh from the triumph of his Tuscany-set Certified Copy, Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami travels farther abroad for this mysterious, comic, and romantic drama filmed in Japan. Revolving around the brief encounter between a sociology student/escort (Rin Takanashi) and an elderly professor (Tadashi Okuno), Like Someone in Love raises as many questions as Certified Copy and refuses easy answers in the same charming and enthralling way. Another wonderful character study from one of world cinema's greatest directors, Like Someone in Love is as unforgettable as its predecessor.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Aug-5]

  • Tonight starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is the Chris L. Terry Zero Fade Book Tour with a Reading by Tim Avery.

    Terry travels the East Coast doing readings to promote Zero Fade, which spans a week in the life of inner-city Richmond, Virginia teen Kevin Phifer, as he deals with growing up in the '90s, wack haircuts, bullies, last-year-fly-gear, his uncle Paul coming out as gay, and being grounded.

    [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Aug-5]

  • Tonight at 9 p.m. at the Pittsford Cinema is a Red Carpet Premiere and Filmmaker Q/A of Ashley (Dean Matthew Ronalds, U.S. 2013, 91 min.)

    A dark but ultimately uplifting drama starring America's Next Top Model winner Nicole Fox and Jennifer Taylor (Two and Half Men). A teenage girl, distraught from painful memories of her dead predator father and struggling with her own sexuality, resorts to cutting herself. Unable to connect with others, including her off-balance mother, it is only after she develops a relationship with an older woman that she learns to accept both herself and her sexuality and trust another in the endless solitude of sprawling suburbia.

    There will be an Encore Screening on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The film was produced and stars "Fairport, NY resident and High Falls Film Festival Board Member Tom Malloy." [source: High Falls Film Festival e-mail, 2013-Aug-2]

Saturday, August 10

  • Today at 2 p.m. at Geva is the Summer Academy Showcase 2013. [source: Geva Theatre ticket website, 2013-Aug-5]
  • This evening at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Sedmikrásky (Daisies, Vera Chytilová, Czechoslovakia 1966, 76 min., Czech w/ subtitles, 35mm).

    An anarchic, absurdist farce that follows two young women on a series of pranks in which nothing—food, clothes, men, war—is taken seriously. An aesthetically and politically adventurous film, Daisies is an entertaining barrage of color, effects, collage, slapstick, and surrealism, with Chytilová showing as little respect for "traditional" modes of moviemaking as her heroines do for the niceties of everyday living. This glorious sensory assault will be presented in a new 35mm print struck from the original camera negative in the Czech Republic.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Aug-5]

  • At Abilene around 9:30 p.m. is "a full evening of thriving, driving original rock, blues and alternative tunes" from The Good Trip Band. [source: Abilene website, 2013-Aug-5]
  • Joywave, Fowls, The Branch Davidians, People Can Be More Awesome, and Tugboat perform at the Bug Jar starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Aug-5]

Sunday, August 11

  • Today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Boldo's Armory (891 Monroe Ave.) is a Green Rochester Community Reachout Extravaganza. "From 10:00am to 5:00pm, at Alex White's store, volunteers can come in an participate in a number of activities: envelope duty, going out with candidates knocking on doors, and creating lawn signs." [source: Facebook, 2013-Aug-6]
  • Tonight at 7 p.m. the Little Theatre will screen Mondays At Racine (Cynthia Wade, U.S. 2012, 39 min.)

    Every third Monday of the month, two bold, brassy sisters open the doors of their Long Island hair salon to women diagnosed with cancer. As locks of hair fall to the floor, women gossip, giggle, weep, face their fears, and discover unexpected beauty.

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

Monday, August 12

  • This evening starting at 6 p.m. is The Owl House's 3rd Anniversary Celebration and Art Opening for works by Bradley Butler. [source: Facebook, 2013-Aug-5]

Tuesday, August 13

  • Tonight and tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. is A Tasty Bite of the South Wedge sponsored by Dishcrawl. [source: RocWiki events, 2013-Aug-5]
  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is a Campaign to End the Death Penalty, "a national grassroots organization dedicated to the abolition of capital punishment." [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2013-Aug-5]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. at the Dryden is Forty Guns (Samuel Fuller, U.S. 1957, 79 min., 35mm).

    Barbara Stanwyck gives a hard-hitting performance as Jessica Drummond, the iron-fisted rancher who rules over a backwater frontier county with her all-male band of gunslingers. Tossing to the wind the typical role of women in westerns, Stanwyck commands the screen with a power and bravado usually associated with male icons of the genre. Fuller captures her powerhouse performance with breathtaking black-and-white Cinemascope, placing his actors against glorious vistas and showing his mastery of visual composition.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Aug-5]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Unwelcome Guests, The Drama State, The Big, and The Fevertones. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Aug-5]

Wednesday, August 14

  • Tonight at 6 p.m. at the Eastman House is a Garden Vibes show featuring The Ifs. "The Ifs incorporate the looks and sounds of the early British Invasion, with a few twists—rich four-part harmonies, slashing guitars, and playful drums." [source: Eastman House calendar, 2013-Aug-5]
  • Then, starting at 8 p.m. at the Dryden is The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler, U.S. 1946, 172 min., 35mm).

    The quintessential "coming home" film and winner of seven Academy Awards®—all shot in cinematographer Gregg Toland's amazing deep focus photography. Three servicemen return home and find themselves out of place as they try to readjust to civilian life. A superb cast includes Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, and real-life army veteran Harold Russell.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Aug-5]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at Abilene is excellent, deceptively mellow, complex rock-and-roll from Hinkley. [source: Abilene website, 2013-Aug-5]
  • Meanwhile at the Bug Jar is Ken Mode, Rosetta, Burn Everything, and Blurring starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Aug-5]

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