Events for Thursday, January 30, 2014 through Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, January 30

  • Today at 7 p.m. at the Record Archive is The Professor Of Rap's Album Release Party for his Cole Porter album Bulldog.

    Rochester's own The Professor of Rap, known for his 3 high culture rap albums, has recorded an album of the songs of American Songbook composer/lyricist Cole Porter. The world release party is at the Record Archive on Thursday, January 30th at 7 Pm. This is the 96th anniversary of the day Cole Porter met his wife Linda Lee Thompson. "Bulldog" is the title of the Yale football team fight song Porter wrote while at Yale.

    [source: Record Archive e-mail, 2014-Jan-27]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Wild at Heart (David Lynch, U.S. 1990, 125 min., 35mm).

    Part twisted fairy tale, part Bonnie and Clyde, this Palme d'or winner takes the American road movie to outlandish new heights. Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern star as Sailor and Lula, an insatiable pair of outlaw lovers on a cross-country pilgrimage to California. With only their love to live on, Sailor strikes up a shady deal to pull a heist with the devilish Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe), sending the couple into an intense downward spiral. A huge supporting cast including Diane Ladd, Harry Dean Stanton, Crispin Glover, and Isabella Rossellini populate the film as the distinctively Lynchian, esoteric characters that Sailor and Lula encounter on their crazed, surreal journey across America's heartland.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jan-27]

Friday, January 31

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Brighton Memorial Library, Phyllis Kasdin will review is a discussion titled FDR And The Jews by Richard Breitman, and Allan J. Lichtman. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Jan-27]
  • Today at 4 p.m., goodbyemotel will perform an acoustic set at the Record Archive prior to their 8 p.m. 4D Live Music Experience at the Little. [source: Record Archive e-mail, 2014-Jan-27]
  • Updated: Starting tonight at 6 p.m. is the opening of the Dudes Night Out Anniversary Show titled We Art Roc at Roc Brewing Co. [source: Facebook, 2014-Jan-31]
  • This week's 7 p.m. movie at the Cinema (except Sunday this week) is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller, U.S. 2013, 114 min.)

    A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

    [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Jan-29]

  • The Eastman-Rochester Chorus, and the Eastman Philharmonia perform together in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Jan-27]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen Bettie Page Reveals All (Mark Mori, U.S. 2012, 101 min., DCP).

    America's number one pinup girl, Bettie Page, was as notorious for her beauty as she was for her audacity. However, her career was brought to a screeching halt in the late 1950s when she converted to evangelical Christianity. Uncovering the mystery clouding the years after her retirement, the black-banged beauty tells the whole story, from her humble beginnings in the South, to her inauguration of the sexual revolution, to her days as a born-again Christian and her struggles with mental illness. Made almost a decade prior to her death in 2008, Bettie Page Reveals All features rare photographs, news footage, and home video of the woman who influenced generations of models and pop stars.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jan-27]

  • Tonight at the Bug Jar starting around 8:30 p.m. is 5Head, Well Worn Boot, and Wrong Tree. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jan-27]
  • This week's 8:55 p.m. movie at the Cinema (again, except Sunday) is The Invisible Woman (Ralph Fiennes, U.K. 2013, 111 min.)

    At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.

    [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Jan-29]

Saturday, February 1

  • Today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Allendale Columbia School is TEDxAllendaleColumbiaSchool. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Jan-27]
  • The Little will screen The Great Chicken Wing Hunt (Matt Reynolds, Czech Republic / Slovakia / U.S. 2013, 71 min.) at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. (Rochester eating champ Ben "Mighty Thor" Beavers will introduce the 7 p.m. screening.)

    Great Chicken Wing Hunt is an award-winning documentary comedy about Buffalo wings and the band of misfits who set out to find the world's best one. Called "The Big Lebowski of documentaries" and "One of the bonafide best films of the year" by critics, Wing Hunt chronicles the rise of western New York's most famous culinary invention from lowly bar food to one of American's (and the world's) most popular dishes.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Jan-6]

  • Today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is Struggling To Win: Anarchists Building Popular Power in Chile.

    Chile has a long history of working class struggle in shanty towns, factories, mines, community organizations, and schools. In the 20 years after the Us supported coup which overthrew Salvador Allende's government, much of the organizing was done underground. However after the fall of the dictatorship in 1990, there was a new rise of mass popular organization in the country. Anarchists have been a major force in the social movements, strategically organizing to build power. This has manifested in solidarity for the Mapuches, anarchists winning the student union elections at the University of Chile, militant pro-abortion actions, and libertarian labor organizations.

    [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2014-Jan-27]

  • Tonight at 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m., and 11:30 p.m. in Hoyt Auditorium on the UofR Campus is a screening of The Way, Way Back. (Read my mini-review.)

    Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.

    [source: University of Rochester Cinema Group website, 2014-Jan-27]

  • Tonight from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in The Space, No Brow Comedy presents A War on Valentine's Day. [source: The Space website, 2014-Jan-27]
  • Turner Classic Movie's Scott McGee will introduce and discuss a screening of Bullitt (Peter Yates, U.S. 1968, 114 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m. at the Dryden.

    Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen) is an all-or-nothing San Francisco cop hand-selected by an ambitious politician to protect a witness scheduled to testify against the Chicago outfit. When an attempt on the witness's life suggests that the assassins knew where to find them, Bullitt goes off the grid, moving the witness to another site, while investigating who the assassins are and who gave them the information. As important the film was to Steve Mcqueen, it was even more important to the history of stuntmen, and particularly stunt driving.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jan-27]

  • Tonight starting around 9 p.m. at Skylark is the February Fools Day! Psaegz Party. [source: Facebook, 2014-Jan-27]
  • Over at the Bug Jar is Fowls, The Branch Davidians, Barbarossa, and Secret Pizza starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jan-27]
  • Starting around 10:30 p.m. at Firehouse Saloon is The Isotopes Karaoke featuring Tommy Brunett, Finny Finlayson, Garden Fresh, John Gallo, Kevin Kast, Aaron McGonnel, Super Sarah, Kevin Ricotta, Jen Santoro, Andy Seniuk, Dick Storms, Mark Tichenor, Suzi Willpower, and hosted by Vinnie Paulino. [source: Record Archive e-mail, 2014-Jan-27]

Sunday, February 2

  • Today at 2 p.m. at Smugtown Mushrooms is a Mushrooms 101 workshop. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Jan-27]
  • John Valenti, MD Woods, Eyeway, and Sunken Cities perform at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jan-27]

Monday, February 3

  • Today at 7 p.m. on the NextStage at Geva is a Hornets' Nest performance of The Envelope.

    In The Envelope by Alex Lewin, a student posts an article on his blog which catches the attention of the NSA, and when he discovers a mysterious piece of writing by his late father which might reveal wrongdoing by the U.S. Marines in Lebanon in the early 80's, he has a big decision to make. Should "what happens in the field stay in the field"? Or, when U.S. citizens find what they consider to be evidence of wrongdoing by the government, do they have a responsibility to share that evidence? What are the ethics of whistleblowing?

    [source: Geva Theatre ticket website, 2014-Jan-27]

  • Updated: From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight at the Flying Squirrel is a screening of July '64 (Carvin Eison, U.S. 2006) and a discussion with Darryl Porter about his first-person account of the events. (A while back I reviewed the film.) [source: Facebook, 2014-Jan-31]

Tuesday, February 4

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium in the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is a Tuesday Topics discussion with Carolina Marcus discussing the Emergence of Allergies.

    The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 4 – 6 percent of children have food allergies, and 88 percent of schools have at least one child with one. Do adults have these allergies as well? Are food allergies a new occurrence, or are we simply better able to detect them? Come learn which foods are the worst offenders and what is new in food allergy research.

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Jan-27]

  • Today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium in the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is a Public Information Meeting, Public Hearing and Notice of Availability of Design Approval Document for the Inner Loop East Transformation Project.

    All interested persons will be given the opportunity to express their views concerning the economic and social effects of the design plans, their impact on the environment and their consistency with the goals and objectives of such planning as has been promulgated by the community. The proceedings will be recorded. Persons may file written statements and other exhibits in place of or in addition to oral statements made at the public hearing. Written statements submitted at the hearing, or mailed and received before February 14, 2014 will be made part of the record.

    [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Jan-29]

  • Tonight at Writers and Books starting at 8 p.m. is the reading of winners of this year's 2 Pages/2 Voices contest. (Alas, mine wasn't among the winners.)

    Each year Writers and Books and Geva Theatre Center collaborate to present 2 Pages/2 Voices, an evening of short short plays written by area writers and read by area actors. Each play must be no more than two pages in length and contain no more than two characters.

    [source: Writers and Books website, 2014-Jan-27]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall is a performance In Memory of Tatiana Tchekina. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Jan-27]
  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Karbid und Sauerampfer (Carbide and Sorrel, Frank Beyer, East Germany 1963, 85 min., German w/ subtitles, 35mm).

    Kalle is selected for the impossible task of procuring seven barrels of carbide needed to restart production at his cigarette factory from a plant 120 miles away. As a vegetarian, the argument goes, Kalle can feed himself during his hike (the titular sorrel). Transporting seven large barrels home without a truck is a challenge, but outsmarting Soviet and American soldiers as well as fending off love-starved German widows truly test Kalle's ingenuity. A hilarious comedy, innovatively[sic] photographed by acclaimed director Frank Beyer (whose Jakob the Liar, 1975, was the only East German film ever nominated for an Oscar).

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jan-27]

Wednesday, February 5

  • Today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Sibley Building is Airigami's Balloon Manor 2014.

    Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a five-story sculpture of Jack and his beanstalk made entirely out of balloons! It will include a ground-floor garden (where Jack planted his beans) and a four-story beanstalk. A castle in the clouds—complete with a giant—will live on the 5th floor of the Sibley atrium.

    [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Jan-29]

  • Updated: Tonight's 7:30 p.m. performance at the MuCCCStill We Wait by Truc Doan as part of the MuCCC New Play Festival—has been postponed until Saturday at 3 p.m.. "Five passengers on an alien spaceship bound for a new world find that they can't quite leave the old one behind." [source: MuCCC e-mail, 2014-Feb-5]
  • The Eastman School Symphony Orchestra performs in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Jan-27]
  • The Dryden will screen Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, U.S. 1971, 91 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Ashby's second feature film was a commercial failure upon its release but would eventually become one of the signature films of the 1970s. Bud Cort is Harold, a well-heeled young man obsessed with death. While biding his time committing elaborate suicide attempts, driving a hearse, and attending funerals, he stumbles upon Maude (Ruth Gordon), a free-spirited octogenarian who is equally obsessed with life. A true cult classic that owes as much to its black comedic script by Colin Higgins as to the gentle, melodic soundtrack by Cat Stevens.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jan-27]

  • The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble performs at the Lovin' Cup tonight starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bop Shop website, 2014-Jan-27]
  • Over at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. is Tinsel Teeth, Lamby, Televisionaries, and thick bass-driven noise from Tuurd. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jan-27]

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