Thursday, September 12, 2013 through Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, September 12

  • For today's Focus 45 in the Curtis Theatre at George Eastman House, Kathy Connor will discuss Symphonic Surround Sound today from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.

    George Eastman Legacy Curator Kathy Connor will discuss the newly acquired Aeolian1345 pipe organ, George Eastman's fascination with organ music, and how a group of volunteers, a gentleman in California, and a talented crew from the Parsons Pipe Organ Builders in Canandaigua have brought surround sound back to Eastman's home.

    [source: Eastman House calendar, 2013-Sep-9]

  • This evening from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Rochester Federal Office Building is a protest titled No attacks on Syria! Feed the People, Not the Pentagon!. "Join Metro Justice as we respond to that vote and make sure that the Senate hears loud and clear that we oppose any military strikes on Syria." [source: Facebook, 2013-Sep-10]
  • From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight in the South Wedge is City Newspaper's 2013 South Wedge-Ucation Event. "Head down to the South Wedge neighborhood for Ridiculous offers from Wedge merchants on foods, goods, and services, plus get deals and information from local arts and cultural organizations." [source: Facebook, 2013-Sep-11]
  • From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Goergen Hall, Room 109 on the University of Rochester Campus is a Panel Discussion titled Block that Metaphor? Corporate Personhood Before and After Citizens United with: Lynn Stout, Cornell Law School; Greg Urban, University of Pennsylvania; Elana Shever, Colgate University; and Robert Foster, University of Rochester.

    The metaphor of corporate personhood troubles many critics, especially in the wake of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Citizens United. Are corporations people? Can corporations speak? Should we expect corporations to act like citizens? The topic of personhood is an established domain of inquiry in cultural anthropology, but anthropologists have rarely addressed the notion of corporate legal personality. The panel series will bring together cultural anthropologists and legal scholars to revisit some of the contested jurisprudence on this subject. Speakers will consider the political possibilities offered by blocking and/or facilitating the metaphor of corporate personhood, and ask whether current rhetorics of corporate social responsibility, including the ascendant trope of corporate citizenship, might generate unanticipated consequences for corporate agents – indeed, put into question who counts as a corporate agent.

    [source: UofR website events calendar, 2013-Sep-9]

  • The Bertrand Russell Society meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Writers and Books. [source: Writers and Books website, 2013-Sep-9]
  • Tonight at the Memorial Art Gallery at 7 p.m. is another screening in the Alternative Music Film Series with Talking Heads in concerto (Talking Heads: Live in Rome 1980, Cesare Pierleoni, Italy 1980, 67 min.) [source: MAG website, 2013-Sep-9]
  • The Dryden will screen Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen, U.S. 1986, 103 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    At Thanksgiving dinner, a New York City family enjoys the comforts life has bestowed upon them. Hannah (Mia Farrow) has just finished a play and is fighting to keep her marriage together. In the meantime, her husband Elliot (Michael Caine) is in love with her sister Lee (Barbara Hershey); her sister Holly (Dianne Wiest) struggles with a fear of failure and loneliness; and Holly's hypochondriac ex-husband Mickey (Allen) deals with his health and love life. Allen's rich tapestry of comedy and tragedy contains arguably the finest performances in any of his films, and remains a high-water mark for both the director and the amazing ensemble cast.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Sep-9]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m. in Hoyt Auditorium on the UofR Campus is a screening of 50/50 (Jonathan Levine, U.S. 2011, 100 min.) [source: University of Rochester Cinema Group website, 2013-Sep-9]
  • Dan Tedesco, Dr. Joe and The Show, and Laura Wolanin perform at the Bug Jar tonight starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Sep-9]
  • Tonight starting around 9 p.m. at Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint is good acoustic rock from The Teressa Wilcox Band. [source: Sticky Lips website, 2013-Sep-9]
  • Wicked fun, saxophone-driven, percussive groove-rock band The BuddhaHood will perform starting around 9 p.m. at Dinosaur Barbeque. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que website, 2013-Sep-9]

Friday, September 13

  • Tonight at 6 p.m. at the Baobab is an Art Exhibit featuring works by George K. Arthur. [source: Baobab website, 2013-Sep-9]
  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Firehouse Gallery at the Genesee Center for the Arts is the Opening Reception for History in the Making VIII: Ceramic Traditions, Contemporary Objects. Just upstairs, in the Joe Brown Gallery at the Printing and Book Arts Center is a Reception for Coaster Art and a Beer Tasting from Ithaca Beer Co. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts website, 2013-Sep-9]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen Burn (Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez, U.S. 2012, 86 min., Blu-ray).

    This immersive documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Tom Putman and executive producer Denis Leary offers an unflinching glimpse into the lives of the brave firefighters serving Detroit's Engine Company 50, one of the country's busiest fire houses. Burn grants the viewer unprecedented access to the politics of public service while also exploring the complex socio-economic issues which have crumbled the once great industrial city. Struggling against rampant arson, political pressures, and personal tragedies, E50 tries to keep themselves and their city from turning to ashes.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Sep-9]

  • Tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Airport (911 Brooks Ave.) is The Joke Factory Comedy Club featuring Danny Liberto with MC Vinnie Paulino. [source: Freetime website, 2013-Sep-9]
  • Great classic rock/soul band Anonymous Willpower will perform at Dinosaur BBQ tonight starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Facebook, 2013-Sep-10]

Saturday, September 14

  • Today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., conveniently located in the Parking Lot of the Transportation Facility at Churchville-Chili School District (3451 Westside Drive, Churchville), Senator Mike Ranzenhofer will be hosting an Electronics Recycling drive. [source: Senator Michael Ranzenhofer mailing, 2013-Sep-10]
  • Today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. is the Springwater Fiddlers Fair and American Crafts Show at Sugarbush Hollow Farm (8447 Pardee Hollow Rd., Springwater).

    Whether you prefer to sit and enjoy the music on stage or hike surrounding scenic trails to experience "fiddling-in-the-woods". You can also expect some lively jam sessions that will get your feet stomping and hands clapping! The festival will also highlight local artisans who will showcase their handmade wares. Each gifted artist will offer one-of-a kind items beautifully crafted from a variety of unique materials.

    [source: RocWiki events, 2013-Sep-9]

  • Today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (starting at 9 a.m. for Eastman House members) is a Plant Sale at the George Eastman House.

    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 at our fall plant sale.

    [source: Eastman House calendar, 2013-Sep-9]

  • In the Auditorium at the Visual Studies Workshop is a Pub Fair from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    The Pub Fair will bring together book artists, photographers, independent publishers, and DIYers to exhibit their work in a unique market showcasing the gamut of what publishing can be. Artist's books, photobookworks, magazines, zines, digital publishing as well as resources for all of these will be on hand to peruse and purchase.

    [source: Visual Studies Workshop website, 2013-Sep-10]

  • Tonight at 6:30 p.m., 9 p.m., and 11:30 p.m. are screenings of Now You See Me (Louis Leterrier, France/U.S. 2013, 115 min.) in Hoyt Auditorium on the UofR Campus. [source: University of Rochester Cinema Group website, 2013-Sep-9]
  • Ariana Gillis performs at Bernunzio Uptown Music this evening from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. [source: Bernunzio Uptown Music website, 2013-Sep-9]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. at the Dryden is a screening of Paradies: Glaube (Paradise: Faith, Ulrich Seidl, Austria/France/Germany 2012, 115 min., German and Arabic w/ subtitles, DCP).

    In the second installment of his provocative Paradise trilogy, Ulrich Seidl centers on Anna Maria (Maria Hofstätter), the sister of Teresa from Paradise: Love and a staunch Catholic whose devotion verges on fanaticism. After taking a vacation from her job in a medical lab, Anna Maria spends her summer traveling door-to-door in Vienna, preaching the gospel and performing missionary work in the city's immigrant neighborhoods. When her estranged paraplegic Muslim husband unexpectedly returns, her rigid faith is challenged. Shot in Seidl's characteristically stark style, Paradise: Faith is an absurdist vision of religion taken to extremes.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Sep-9]

  • Updated Tonight starting around 9 p.m. at the Lovin' Cup is the 5Head CD Release Party. Unfortunately, The Beaumonts had to cancel. [source: Lovin' Cup website, 2013-Sep-9]
  • Tonight starting around 9:30 p.m. at Abilene is The Fox Sisters. [source: Abilene website, 2013-Sep-9]
  • Over at the Bug Jar starting around 10:30 p.m. is great dual-minded hip-hop-and-bass from Hank and Cupcakes, The National Rifle, Soviet Dolls, and People Can Be More Awesome. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Sep-9]

Sunday, September 15

  • Today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rochester Public Market is the 9th Annual Artist Row. [source: Friends of the Public Market website, 2013-Sep-9]
  • From 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Bush Mango Drum and Dance Studio is a Doundoun Dance Class by Mohamed Diaby. [source: Facebook, 2013-Sep-10]
  • Updated: At the Little starting at 5 p.m. is a screening of Dear Governor Cuomo (Jon Bowermaster, Alex Gibney, Natalie Merchant, U.S. 2012, 75 min.)

    In May 2012, a unique "petition" was delivered to the doorstep of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo: A live concert of musicians, performers and scientists, aimed at persuading the governor to sustain his temporary moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking. Dear Governor Cuomo is an all-access pass to this remarkable event — including passionate performances from artists including Natalie Merchant, Pete Seeger and Medeski, Martin and Wood, and behind-the-scenes interviews with scientists and other influencers who have identified fracking as one of the most potentially dangerous environmental issues of our time. A dynamic convergence of the protest picture and the concert movie, Bowermaster's film educates as it entertains — and inspires the activist in us all.

    [source: Greentopia website, 2013-Sep-12]

  • Updated Tonight at 7:15 p.m. in the Little Theatre is a screening of Pandora's Promise (Robert Stone, U.S. 2013).

    Pandora's Promise proposes what might be the single boldest idea of this festival: That nuclear energy, cleaner than fossil fuels and with a more established infrastructure than wind or solar power, could be our best solution to the mounting climate change crisis. With clear-eyed pragmatism, the film acknowledges the inarguable risks of atomic energy — including an excursion to the 2011 nuclear disaster site of Fukushima, Japan — while placing those risks in perspective by examining our culture's innate distrust of a power source first used as an unprecedented weapon of war. As director Robert Stone methodically unpacks his premise, it seems clear that he fully understands the controversy behind the concept — as well as the perils of refusing to keep an open mind.

    [source: Greentopia website, 2013-Sep-12]

  • Tonight starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Restorations, New Archery, Declan Ryan and Close Calls, and Tim Avery. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Sep-9]

Monday, September 16

  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Carter Street Community Center (500 Carter St.) is Voice of the Citizen: Budgeting for Public Safety.

    The Voice of the Citizen (VOC) series is a tool used by the City to reach out to residents for their input when it comes to issues that matter to them, like the budget and public safety. In 2013, Mayor Richards held two VOC series that generated ideas on filling the budget gap and on reducing violence.

    [source: City of Rochester website, 2013-Sep-11]

  • Today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Rochester Public Market is a Festival of Food. "The Festival of Food features over 100 local restaurants, wineries, breweries, bakeries and farms sampling the best food and drink in the region." [source: RocWiki events, 2013-Sep-9]

Tuesday, September 17

  • Today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Rundel Public Library is Books Sandwiched-In with Wayne Howard (Great Lakes Committee Chair, Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club) reviewing James Salzman's Drinking Water: A History. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2013-Sep-10]
  • Howard Alden performs at Bernunzio Uptown Music tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. "George Kanzler of the Newark Star Ledger proclaims that he is 'the most impressive and creative member of a new generation of jazz guitarists.'" [source: Bernunzio Uptown Music website, 2013-Sep-9]
  • Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Cinema is a screening of Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? (Frances Causey, Donald Goldmacher, U.S. 2011, 90 min.) David Cay Johnston will discuss the film and answer questions after the screening. See also, my own review from when I saw it last year. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2013-Sep-9]
  • At the Little at 7 p.m. is a screening of Cutie And The Boxer (Zachary Heinzerling, U.S. 2013, 82 min.) as part of the One Take: Stories through the Lens Series.

    Once a rising star in the '70s New York art scene, 80-year-old "boxing" painter Ushio Shinohara hopes to reinvigorate his career as he preps for his latest show. His wife, and de facto assistant, Noriko, seeks her own recognition through her "Cutie" illustrations, which depict their chaotic, yet sustained, 40-year marriage. Heinzerling's camera captures the Brooklyn-based couple at home and at work, combining candid vérité scenes, archival footage and charming animated sequences of Noriko's drawings. Cutie And The Boxer captures two lives united by a dedication to art-making for a touching meditation on the eternal themes of love and sacrifice.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2013-Sep-9]

  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen The Bedroom Window (William C. de Mille, U.S. 1924, 70 min., 35mm) with live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli.

    Cecil B. DeMille (with a capital "D") had an older brother, William (lowercase "d") who was also very prominent as a director in the silent era. William's films are more rare than Cecil's, but are often quirkier, more inventive, and subtler. This is one of the very few wholly successful silent detective films, a proto—Murder, She Wrote with a determined and feisty mystery author (Ethel Wales) inserting herself into a perplexing case that seems to have no logical path—except for one trampled by the police that leads to several young men engaged to the victim's daughter. Sly and subversive, William brings a light touch and sure control to the proceedings, keeping things surprising to the end.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Sep-9]

  • The Sleep Soundlies, Steve Geraci, and Erik Happy perform at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Sep-10]

Wednesday, September 18

  • Today at 9 a.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Rundel Library Building is a Business and Finance Workshop on The Affordable Care Act Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).

    This free workshop will help small business owners understand The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), a new program that simplifies the process of buying health insurance for your small business. This is part of the Affordable Care Act. Staff from the Rochester Business Alliance will lead the workshops.

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

  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Tap and Mallet is an Art Show: Dudes Night Out (Part II: The Dining Room) 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-Sep-9]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. at the Dryden, William Kentridge will be on hand to introduce his short films, Drawings for Projection.

    World-famous graphic artist, filmmaker, and opera director William Kentridge's ongoing work, Drawings for Projection, details the political history of South Africa through a series of renowned animated films (including Johannesburg, Second Greatest City After Paris and Monument) in which the artist uses a 35mm camera to film charcoal drawings in a distinctive style. George Eastman House will host Kentridge, who comes to the University of Rochester as its 2013 Distinguished Visitor in the Humanities this fall, just prior to the opening of his version of Shostakovich's The Nose at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Sep-9]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at Abilene is "traditional country and honky tonk dance tunes along with some old standard as played by Columbus, Indiana's" Tilford Seller and The Wagon Burners. [source: Abilene website, 2013-Sep-9]
  • Meanwhile, starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Houses, Jamaican Queens, electronic and guitar duo Sparx and Yarms, and Little Spoon. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Sep-9]

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