Events for Thursday, August 22, 2013 through Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, August 22

  • Today from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Interfaith Chapel on the University of Rochester Campus is the final week of Summer Labyrinth Walks.

    Enjoy a mediative walk on the labyrinth on the river level of the air-conditioned Interfaith Chapel. Return to work refreshed and centered after a few minutes of contemplative walking.

    [source: UofR website events calendar, 2013-Aug-19]

  • This evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Gandhi Institute is a screening of King — A Film Record from Montgomery to Memphis. "Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's 'I have a Dream Speech,' as you view Ely Landau's documentary." [source: UofR website events calendar, 2013-Aug-19]
  • Tonight through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the MuCCC is Sankofa Evening of Theatre and Jazz Festival.

    The 6th annual "Sanfoka Evening of Theatre and Jazz Fest" will be presented by MMB Theatre 1 Project, Mood Makers Books and Playwrights in Residence. Local playwrights have submitted one-act plays for consideration to be staged for this year's event. MMB Theatre 1 Project is honored to present plays by Rochester playwrights.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2013-Aug-19]

  • Tonight at the Dryden at 8 p.m. is a screening of Ninotchka (Ernst Lubitsch, U.S. 1940, 110 min., 35mm).

    After her comrades are lured by the temptations of Paris, Russian agent Ninotchka (Greta Garbo) travels to France to bring them back. Once she encounters the spry and clever Count Leon d'algout (Melvyn Douglas), however, her talents for resisting the delights of capitalism begin to wear off. Billed as the film in which "Garbo laughs," Ninotchka captures the enchantments of the golden age of the romantic comedy with its witty script, bubbly performances, and the indefinable Lubitsch touch.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Aug-19]

  • The Inner Planets, and Twisted Vibes perform tonight at the Bug Jar starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Aug-19]

Friday, August 23

  • From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight at Hedonist Artisan Chocolates is a Word Play: Chocolate Tasting. [source: Hedonist website, 2013-Aug-19]
  • Starting at 8 p.m. at the Dryden is a screening of Reality (Matteo Garrone, Italy 2012, 116 min., Italian w/ subtitles, 35mm).

    Following his festival hit Gomorrah, a dark, gritty indictment of the Italian mob, rising director Garrone decided to lighten up, trying his hand at comedy. Based on the worldwide rise in popularity of reality television programs, Garrone's film follows Luciano, an Italian fishmonger whose desire to participate in the Italian version of Big Brother leads to a bizarre sequence of events that forces him to question the very idea of reality itself. While more lighthearted than Garrone's previous work, Reality maintains the director's penchant for witty cynicism and biting satire.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Aug-19]

  • The Infrared Radiation Orchestra, and great classic rock/soul band Anonymous Willpower perform tonight starting around 9 p.m. at the Lovin' Cup for both bands' CD Release Party. [source: Lovin' Cup website, 2013-Aug-19]
  • Tonight at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. is West Fest: Day I with The Fevertones, effortlessly tight, fast, hard-pop-rock from Routine Involvements, A Dead Love Society, There I Say is Lightning, and gritty punk from Envious Disguise. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Aug-19]

Saturday, August 24

  • Today from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. is the 14th Annual Joe+n Day-Tour all around town, starting at Erie Canal Lock 32 with Mike Rhinheimer, Mike Turzanski, and Will Veeder. [source: Facebook, 2013-Aug-19]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2 p.m., the Dryden is screening 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, Italy 1963, 138 min., Italian w/ subtitles, 35mm).

    The ultimate movie about movies, Fellini's masterpiece of visual storytelling melds memories, dreams, and reality into a complex tale of confidence, fear, and the pressures of the artist in the modern world. Director Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) apathetically seeks inspiration and meaning in his own life as he prepares for his next project. Where the creative well seems to have dried up he begins to lie and grow unattached, creating in his own mind a labyrinth linking the past to the present, nightmares to reality, and work to life.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Aug-19]

  • The Michael Vadala Trio, good and unique acoustic soloist Small Houses, Upward Groove, Lap Giraffe, and Cammy Enaharo perform at the Bug Jar tonight starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Aug-19]

Sunday, August 25

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar tonight is Johanna Warren, good acoustic soloist Nick Young, and Will Veeder. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Aug-19]

Monday, August 26

  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Stardust Ballroom at the Edgerton Community Center (41 Backus St.) is a Voice of the Citizen Budgeting for Public Safety Meeting. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2013-Aug-20]

Tuesday, August 27

  • The Dryden will screen Glen or Glenda (Ed Wood, U.S. 1953, 65 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Three years before his cult classic Plan 9 from Outer Space, Ed Wood wrote and directed this enigmatic, semi-autobiographical tale of a man torn between masculinity and femininity. The film vacillates between documentary, melodrama, and expressionist fervor, jumping between narrators, sub-plots, and dreamlike passages. A delirious challenge to restrictive gender norms, a plea for tolerance, and one man's naked confession to the world—all in the guise of an exploitation potboiler—glen or Glenda is perplexing, powerful, and, in its own way, moving.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Aug-19]

  • The Bug Jar will host great, harmonious acoustic from Underwater Tiger, and Poetry for Thieves starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Aug-19]

Wednesday, August 28

  • Today from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Central Library Children's Center is a screening of Coraline.

    Based on Neil Gaiman's book, an adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2013-Aug-19]

  • Updated: The Rochester Improvement Society moved their meeting from the Little Cafe to Writers and Books from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to coincide with a visit from Ithaca mayor Svante Myrick sponsored by Monroe County Young Democrats. [source: Rochester Improvement Society e-mail, 2013-Aug-23]
  • Tonight from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Tiger Statue (or the College of Liberal Arts Building #6, Room A201 in case of rain) is a screening of Minecraft: The Story of Mojang.

    WITR is changing gears and presenting 2 Player Productions movie "Minecraft: The Story of Mojang", and film about the making of one of the most popular and unique games of the past decade. It will be an outdoor screening, weather pending, at the Tiger Statue.

    [source: Facebook, 2013-Aug-13]

  • Starting early at 7 p.m. tonight at the Dryden is a screening of (a film I particularly enjoyed) Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders, France/Germany/U.S. 1984, 147 min., 35mm).

    Focusing his keen eye on the American Southwest, New German Cinema maverick Wim Wenders examines the dissolution of the modern family and the broken dreams of small-town America in the 1980s. After wandering the desert, amnesiac Travis (Harry Dean Stanton) attempts to rekindle relationships with his brother, son, and estranged wife (Nastassja Kinski). This Palme d'or winner boasts a soundtrack by Ry Cooder and a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Aug-19]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Highness, and more. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Aug-19]

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