Events for Thursday, November 28, 2013 through Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, November 28

  • Tonight at 6:20 p.m. and at 8:50 p.m. at the Little is a screening of Philomena (Stephen Frears, U.K./U.S./France 2013, 94 min.)

    Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, Philomena focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock — something her Irish-Catholic community didn't have the highest opinion of — and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn't allow for any sort of inquiry into the son's whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2013-Nov-25]

  • Tonight at 6:30 p.m. and at 9:10 p.m., the Little will screen The Book Thief (Brian Percival, U.S./Germany 2013, 131 min.)

    Based on the beloved international bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the story of an extraordinary, spirited young girl sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, she begins collecting books as she finds them. With the help of her new parents and a secret guest under the stairs, she learns to read and creates a magical world that inspires them all.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2013-Nov-25]

Friday, November 29

  • In case you're not buying nothing today, The Bop Shop is having a Black Friday Record Store Day starting at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with music starting at 1 p.m. with Knuckles Sullivan, Wammo and Hammel On Trial, then Maybird. [source: Bop Shop website, 2013-Nov-25]
  • Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the MuCCC is a performance of Jackie.

    50 years ago, on November 22, J.F.K. lay bleeding in Jackie's arms, as the world watched in horror. Jackie, a one-woman play by Nobel Prize-winning playwright Elfriede Jelinek, dismantles and ultimately shatters the "Camelot" myth. Ms. Jelinek said her goal with the play was to "both decipher the myth and to give back the figure her history. My characters are not real human beings, but figures made of speech, stencils punched out of the nonstop talking all around. They live as long as they speak, and when they stop talking they disappear."

    [source: MuCCC website, 2013-Nov-25]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is effortlessly tight, fast, hard-pop-rock from Routine Involvements, Chris Padgett, and The Reactions. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Nov-25]

Saturday, November 30

  • Updated: Today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Visual Studies Workshop is the Second Storie Indie Market. [source: Second Storie events page]
  • Starting around 4 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is the monthly Community Dinner. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2013-Nov-25]
  • Starting at 8 p.m. tonight at the MuCCC is The Second Annual A Benefit Show for MuCCC's Benefit, Benefiting MuCCC.

    Join us again for our Second Annual A Benefit Show for MuCCC's Benefit, Benefiting MuCCC. This amazing show, showcases an ensemble cast in a witty revue featuring a mix of original humorous shorts and theatre classics, with a slight twist of course. The show also features the many talents of our cast besides tickling your funny bone — such as singing and dancing — all to help raise funding for much needed repairs and improvements to our lovely MuCCC theatre.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2013-Nov-25]

  • The Dryden will screen 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Richard Fleischer, U.S. 1954, 127 min., 35mm) at 8 p.m.

    Kirk Douglas, James Mason, and Peter Lorre star in what may be Walt Disney's most beloved live-action adventure film. Jules Verne's classic fantasy is brought memorably to life with Captain Nemo and his famous submarine, the Nautilus. After numerous reports of sea monsters attacking ships on the Pacific Ocean, Professor Pierre M. Aronnax and his assistant Conseil are hired to solve the mystery, completely unaware of the incredible journey awaiting them. Exquisitely designed and featuring a multitude of effects—including a battle with a giant squid—director Fleischer's underwater adventure is stunningly realized in Technicolor and Cinemascope.[source: Dryden website, 2013-Nov-25]

  • Tonight starting around 9 p.m. at the Little Theatre is a WBER Fundraising Concert with Chris Trapper and good acoustic soloist Nick Young. [source: WBER Concert Schedule, 2013-Nov-25]

Sunday, December 1

  • Today at 2 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery is a What's Up lecture with Michael Lasser on Popular Songs of 1913 and the Changing Role of Women as Seen through Songs. [source: MAG website, 2013-Nov-25]
  • The Deer Tracks, electronic and guitar duo Sparx and Yarms, and Kurt Andrew perform tonight at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Nov-25]

Monday, December 2

  • On the NextStage at Geva is a Hornet's Nest Play Reading of Gideon's Knot starting at 7 p.m. [source: Freetime website, 2013-Nov-25]
  • Tonight at 7 p.m. the Vineyard Community Space (836 Clinton Ave.) is a screening of Every Fucking Day of My Life.

    This film gives us a glimpse into the life of a Domestic Abuse Survivor Wendy Maldonado. When asked by emergency services if her husband had abused her, her response was "Every fucking day of my life"… Married at the age of 16, Wendy endures 18 years of abuse. This compelling story ends with the days leading to her and her eldest son's incarceration, for manslaughter. We are still accepting Donations for the Holiday Wish List for Alternatives for Battered Women and our goal is to get all items on the list.

    [source: Facebook, 2013-Nov-25]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall is a performance by Ossia New Music. [source: Ossia New Music website, 2013-Nov-25]

Tuesday, December 3

  • This evening at 6 p.m. at the Dryden Theatre, Dr. K. Bradley Paxton will discuss Kodak Contributions to Space Photography.

    Brad Paxton, CEO of Advanced Document Imaging (ADI), will discuss the Lunar Orbiter, the recently declassified Gambit spy satellites, and a little-known story about the Hubble Space Telescope. [source: Eastman House calendar, 2013-Nov-25]

  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen The Barker (George Fitzmaurice, U.S. 1928, 87 min., 35mm).

    The earliest sound features were often "part-talkies," (nicknamed "goat-gland" pictures by cynical exhibitors), with dialogue sequences and recorded musical accompaniment added to films that were originally designed as silents. The Barker (originally billed as "90% Talking!") is probably the very best example of these, as a very young Douglas Fairbanks Jr. plays the son of a carnival showman who defies his father's wishes by forgoing college and staying with the carnival, where he is eventually seduced by sideshow dancer Dorothy Mackaill. Later remade as Hoopla (1933), Clara Bow's last film, The Barker shows both the power of silent acting at its best and the new dimension that compelling dialogue could bring to the movies.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Nov-25]

  • The Bug Jar will host fascinating, engaging orchestral folk band Paxtor, Sky People, and Sara Marie starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Nov-25]

Wednesday, December 4

  • The Eastman Jazz Ensemble performs in Kilbourn Hall tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2013-Nov-25]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Jackson County Jail (Michael Miller, Us 1976, 84 min., 35mm).

    A burnt-out Hollywood producer (Yvette Mimieux) decides to take a cross-country trek home to New York. While driving through the rural South she becomes the victim of a carjacking, setting off a series of horrific incidents that culminate in her going on the lam with a sympathetic, nihilistic convict (Tommy Lee Jones in his debut role). Although full of car chases, chaotic shootouts, and other exploitation staples, Miller's sophomore feature rises above standard drive-in fare. Under the tutelage of Corman, the young director crafted a criminally underrated and critically revered Southern Gothic thriller.

    [source: Dryden website, 2013-Nov-25]

  • The Dirty Pennies, Cult Classic, and Wisdom Kids perform at the Bug Jar tonight starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2013-Nov-25]
  • Iron Mike will be DJing at Vertex for its my punk till death b-day show starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Facebook, 2013-Nov-25]

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