Events for Thursday, February 6, 2014 through Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, February 6

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building, Patty Love will discuss Home Sweet Home: Edible Landscaping. "Landscaping that requires less maintenance, is good for the earth and provides food, too. What's not to love?" [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Feb-5]
  • This evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Stuart's Spices (754 S. Clinton) is a Food and Spice Cooking Class. [source: South Wedge website, 2014-Feb-3]
  • From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at RoCo is the Opening Reception for the Makers and Mentors show. [source: Rochester Contemporary Art Center website, 2014-Feb-3]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., Ossia performs in Kilbourn Hall. [source: Ossia New Music website, 2014-Feb-3]
  • The Dryden will screen Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (David Lynch, U.S./France 1992, 135 min., 35mm) at 8 p.m.

    This prequel (or is it a sequel?) to the much beloved television series Twin Peaks (1990—91) stars much of the original cast and takes the audience into the last week of the life of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), while also focusing on the investigation of another murdered teenager, Teresa Banks, whose case loomed in the background of the series. Upon its release, the film evoked a wide range of reactions from fans, some claiming it betrayed the original story line, while others saw it as a necessary capstone to the profound mysteries it presented. Even for those not acquainted with the series, Fire Walk With Me offers a chillingly captivating cinematic experience while grappling with the macabre, unsettling themes threaded through Lynch's entire filmography.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Feb-3]

  • Starting around 8:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Sun Black Smoke, Chillum, and Blizaro. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Feb-3]

Friday, February 7

  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the Opening Reception for Druckworks featuring "books and projects by Johanna Drucker from 1972 to 2012" in the VSW Bookstore and Gallery.

    Druckworks allows visitors to experience the evolution of one artist's development over the course of four decades. Johanna Drucker printed her first letterpress book in 1972 and has been active as a writer, typographic poet, and scholar-critic ever since. While widely known for her contributions to contemporary art theory and history, she is also a prolific artist with more than four dozen editioned artist's books to her credit. Her writings have helped shape the field of artists' books, visual poetics, and digital aesthetics in dialogue with the arts and critical issues. This comprehensive retrospective exhibits her books, graphic art, and visual projects. While all of these have been exhibited previously, this is the first complete and comprehensive exhibit of Drucker's work.

    [source: VSW e-mail, 2014-Jan-16]

  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the annual Seconds from the Flame sale (through February 22) at the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts website, 2014-Feb-3]
  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. is a War Tax Resistance Workshop and Counselor's Training at the Gandhi Institute sponsored by the Conscience and War Committee and facilitated by Ruth Benn and Ed Hedemann from the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC).

    This gathering is both for people who want to explore war tax witness/resistance and for those who want to be able to counsel others. Friday evening will be a gathering to share our stories. There will be people who have decided to redirect their taxes away from the military. And there will be those who are exploring these issues for the first time. People coming just for Saturday are strongly encouraged to attend the entire day's session. This will be a step-by-step process of learning how to counsel people exploring war tax resistance.

    [source: Gandhi Inistitute website, 2014-Feb-3]

  • In Cathedral Hall on the 4th Floor of The Auditorium Center starting at 6:30 p.m. is The 2nd Annual Flour City Dessert Auction.

    Join the Rochester Love146 task force for a fun-filled, exciting evening of auctioning delicious desserts and candies made and donated by generous local bakeries and confectioneries. Satisfy your sweet tooth, or find the perfect Valentine Day gift, all while supporting a worthwhile cause. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Rochester Center for Youth and Love146 in the fight to protect children locally and globally from exploitation and human trafficking.

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Feb-3]

  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Writers and Books is Wide Open Mic hosted by Norm Davis. [source: Writers and Books website, 2014-Feb-3]
  • At 7 p.m. is a Public Performance of Walk the Walk at The Memorial AME Zion Church (549 Clarissa St.).

    Austin Steward never gave up on his dream of owning his own shop. Despite great obstacles he faced, including threats and bullying, the former slave became successful businessman and the proud proprietor of one of the finest meat markets in town. Many have heard the name of Frederick Douglass, but did you know he was a world traveler? He crossed the globe, speaking to heads of state and kings. Yet despite his stature, his wife Anna struggled daily for equal treatment while home raising their family. And George Brown was once bought and sold like property for $1,450. This incredible man also served his country in the Civil War, and actually served on both sides of the conflict!

    [source: Landmark Society website, 2014-Feb-3]

  • The Rockwood Ferry Trio performs tonight at Bernunzio Uptown Music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Rockwood Ferry speaks with a haunting language of their own yet understood by all, descended from roots, jazz, and progressive folk to communicate the depths and heights of human emotion with tenderness and ferocity. Chopak's lyrics are a fluid collage of waking dreams painted in the colors of his East Tennessee upbringing and beyond. The result: passionate and beautiful music let loose with blazing energy. Music from the ground, for the heart – Rockwood Ferry features the original music of songwriter Tenzin Chopak (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano) expressed through an ensemble of some of the finest musicians from Ithaca, New York including gypsy jazz violin virtuoso Eric Aceto, fretless bassist and multi instrumentalist Rich Depaolo.

    [source: Bernunzio Uptown Music website, 2014-Feb-3]

  • Tonight at 7 p.m., 9 p.m., and 11 p.m., the UofR Cinema Group will screen Don Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, U.S. 2013, 90 min.) in Hoyt Auditorium on the UofR Campus.

    A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love.

    [source: University of Rochester Cinema Group website, 2014-Feb-3]

  • This week's 7 p.m. movie at the Cinema (except Monday, of course) is Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Adam McKay, U.S. 2013, 119 min.)

    With the 70s behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm.

    [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Feb-5]

  • Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the MuCCC is a performance of The Weekends by Katherine Royal as part of the MuCCC New Play Festival.

    A developing comedy about what it means to be a millenial. Jacob, Stephanie, and Alicia are three childhood friends attempting to reconcile their roles as a part of the "me me me" generation while grappling with relationships, sexuality, and what exactly is expected of them as they exit college and enter the "real world." You'll laugh, you'll cringe, you'll blush…you probably won't cry.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Feb-3]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen Road House (Rowdy Herrington, U.S. 1989, 114 min., 35mm).

    Roger Ebert said of Road House, "Was it intended as a parody? I have no idea, but I laughed more during this movie than during any of the so-called comedies I saw during the same week." Patrick Swayze is Dalton, the bouncer with all the right moves who manages to run afoul of local crime boss, Ben Gazzara. A tai chi practitioner, a lover of ladies, and an all-around sensitive tough guy, Dalton also has the good sense to enlist the help of mustachioed mentor (Sam Elliot) to clean up the corrupt town. Patrons of the Dryden cannot afford to miss this cinematic punch to the gut!

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Feb-3]

  • Over at the Bug Jar starting around 8:30 p.m., The Lobby presents: T-Rex Cover Night featuring covers by Green Dreams, Harmonica Lewinski, Ian Downey Is Famous, The Ginger Faye Bakers, Seth Joseph Faergolzia, and Danielle Ponder in addition to the opening of a Group Art Show.

    While at the helm of Tyrannosaurus Rex in the late '60s, Bolan memorized [sic] audiences and helped lay the foundation for today's popular freak-folk revival. By the early '70s, the band having transformed into the electrifying T. Rex, Marc Bolan invented Glam Rock and penned a number of chart-topping hits and cult-classic anthems. In America, "classic rock" radio would have you believe Bolan is a mere one-hit wonder responsible for "Bang A Gong (Get It On)," yet in their native England, his stardom is legend to have surpassed that of Beatlemania. Bolan's immense contributions to Rock music spilled into fashion, television, business, and beyond.

    [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Feb-3]

  • The Cinema's 9 p.m. movie (again, except Monday) is The Broken Circle Breakdown (Felix Van Groeningen, Belgium / Netherlands 2012, 111 min.)

    Oscar nominated for best foreign language film. Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial. In Flemish with subtitles.

    [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Feb-5]

Saturday, February 8

  • Today from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Writers and Books is Fairytales Around the World: Russia and the Snow Child hosted by Marna Rossi. [source: Writers and Books website, 2014-Feb-3]
  • Today starting at 10 a.m. is the Monthly Brainery Bazaar at the Rochester Brainery featuring "goods including art, clothing, food, toys, and more." [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Feb-3]
  • Today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Printing and Book Arts Center in the Genesee Center for the Arts is Making Handmade Valentines.

    We are opening up the paper lab for anyone who would like to make a handmade paper valentine. All ages are welcome, young children should be accompanied by a parent. Drop in any time—cards take less than hour to make. It's Free.

    [source: Genesee Center for the Arts website, 2014-Feb-3]

  • Starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Rochester Plaza Hotel (70 State St.) is All In For Steel Lillies Casino Game Night.

    Silent auction and casino gaming night (all for fun, no actual gambling) to support sarcoma research at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at Strong Memorial Hospital. Tickets are $75 dollars [sic] for adults, which includes dinner (grazing stations), complementary wine, casino gaming entertainment, silent auction, and music.

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Feb-3]

  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is a Dinner Fundraiser with Yusef Bunchy Shakur.

    Some of you may have heard that Yusef's Urban Network Cafe and Bookstore was displaced when the building was put up for sale. A benefactor donated a large double house which will become a neighborhood organizing center and new business. Let's do what we can to support the vision.

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Feb-4]

  • Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the MuCCC is a performance of The Cell by Maria Brandt as part of the MuCCC New Play Festival.

    Lisa and Harry launch an affair while following the trail of a twenty-year-old environmental crime. In the process, they both must decide whether or not it's possible to let go of the past and—even more important—to change the future.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Feb-3]

  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Ghost (Jerry Zucker, U.S. 1990, 127 min., 35mm).

    A surprising box office smash as well as a departure for director Jerry Zucker (Airplane), Ghost was the highest-grossing film of 1990, with its now-iconic pottery scene cementing its place in pop culture history. Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore are Sam and Molly, lovers whose relationship is tragically cut short. The subject of several parodies and imitations, Ghost also garnered many accolades, winning Academy Awards for both Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Whoopi Goldberg in her role as Sam's medium.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Feb-3]

  • Starting around 10:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is the a Reunion Show for solid acoustic-driven bar-rock from Burning Daylight, The Whale and The Warbler, Declan Ryan and Close Calls, and excellent acoustic pop-rock / bouncy alt-country band The Corrections. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Feb-3]

Sunday, February 9

  • Today from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery, DIY: Make a Print with Nancy Norwood, and Carol Acquilano.

    Learn about 20th-century Japanese prints in the Gallery's collection from Nancy Norwood, curator of European art, then create your own art in a monoprint workshop led by artist and MAG preparator Carol Acquilano. Offered in conjunction with the exhibition New Beginnings: Japanese Prints of the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

    [source: MAG website, 2014-Feb-3]

  • Today at 3:15 p.m. at the Little is a screening of The Welcome (a.k.a. Welcome Home, Kim Shelton, U.S. 2010, 93 min.) with a Panel Discussion to follow facilitated by Jennifer Delucia with Dr. A. Peter Ziarnowski, Jason Moon, and Jeremy Bagley. Jason Moon will perform his music from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

    The Welcome offers a fiercely intimate view of life after war: the fear, anger and isolation of post-traumatic stress that affects vets and family members alike. As we join these vets in a small room for an unusual five-day healing retreat, we witness how the ruins of war can be transformed into the beauty of poetry. Here our perceptions are changed, our psyches strained and our hearts broken. And at the end, when this poetry is shared with a large civilian audience, we begin to understand that all of us are a vital piece of the Welcome as Veterans try to find the way back home. Their examples of unflinching honesty, courage and love lift us up, inspiring all of us once again to feel our common humanity, always the first casualty of war.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Jan-20]

  • Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Little is a screening of Free The Mind (Phie Ambo, U.S. 2012, 80 min.)

    In 1992 Professor Richard J. Davidson, one of the world's leading neuroscientists, met the Dalai Lama who encouraged him to apply the same rigorous methods he used to study depression and anxiety to the study of compassion and kindness. Dr. Davidson, who was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in 2006, did just that, and the results of his studies at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds are portrayed in this fascinating new documentary about the science behind meditation. The film poses two questions: What is consciousness and how does it manifest in the brain and body? And is it actually possible to change the brain physically through mental practices alone?

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Jan-20]

  • The Barry Altschul Trio performs at the Lovin' Cup tonight starting around 7 p.m.

    Born in the south Bronx on the 6th of January 1943, drummer-composer Barry Altschul was quickly ensconced in the hard bop scene of the late 50ies and 60ies. But it was a gig with pianist Paul Bley's trio that put him amongst the ranks in the New York's burgeoning free jazz scene of the next decade. This resulted in world tours and recordings with such notables as Steve Swallow, Gary Peacock, the Jazz Composers' Guild Orchestra, Steve Lacy, Roswell Rudd, and many others.

    [source: Bop Shop website, 2014-Feb-3]

  • Over at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. is a combination EP and Film Release show for Matthew Corey with Cammy Enaharo, Liana Gable, and DJ Level Seven. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Feb-3]

Monday, February 10

  • Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Cinema is a screening of all the films made during the Rochester Movie Makers' 72 Hour Mind 2 Movie Challenge two weeks ago. If you recall, my friends and I completed a 5-minute film called The Singer which will be in the show. I hope we win! [source: Rochester Movie Makers website, 2014-Jan-8]
  • Updated: The Little will screen The Fountain (Darren Aronofsky, U.S. / Canada 2006, 96 min.) tonight at 7 p.m. as part of their Science on Screen Series along with a presentation by Dr. Vera Gorbunova and Dr. Andrei Seluanov "on longevity and the Fountain of Youth."

    Three stories — one each from the past, present, and future — about men in pursuit of eternity with their love. A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that's wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed.

    [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2014-Feb-6]

Tuesday, February 11

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is another Tuesday Topics in which Ann Marie Cook, and Joyce Strazzabosco will discuss Emerging Needs of Non-Profit Organizations in the Current Economy. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Feb-3]
  • Also in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building, tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the first of two Public Informational Meeting on the Bicycle Boulevards Plan.

    The purpose of this meeting is to provide an overview of the project, describe share findings regarding existing conditions, and solicit suggestions from the public regarding desired routes, destinations, and other priorities. Following a brief presentation by the project consultants, attendees will organize into work groups that will identify and prioritize potential bicycle boulevard routes. A discussion of work group findings and simulation of a potential bicycle boulevard route will follow the breakout session.

    [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Feb-5]

  • Tonight at 7 p.m., the Little will screen These Birds Walk (Omar Mullick, Bassam Tariq, Pakistan / U.S. 2013, 71 min.)

    In Karachi, Pakistan, a runaway boy's life hangs on one critical question: where is home? The streets, an orphanage, or with the family he fled in the first place? Simultaneously heart-wrenching and life-affirming, These Birds Walk documents the struggles of these wayward street children and the samaritans looking out for them in this ethereal and inspirational story of resilience.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Feb-3]

  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (Michel Gondry, France 2013, 88 min., DCP).

    Two of the most creative minds of recent memory team together to bring us a film we never saw coming: a visually intriguing, animated expedition into Noam Chomsky's explorations of thought, creativity, language, and humanity. As director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Chomsky converse, ideas and stories are illustrated on screen, adding an extra level to the astounding imagination and intelligence Chomsky elucidates with his words. Returning to his animation roots, Gondry presents a film wholly unique in its presentation of thought.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Feb-3]

Wednesday, February 12

  • Today from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building, Robyn Miller, and Edie Steele, Ph.D. will discuss Winning Grants: What Do Funders Want?

    Participants will "lean in" to hear what select local and national funders say about proposals. They will learn and discuss strategies that address funders' concerns, which will increase the competitveness of their proposals. Make your grantseeking more competitive by joining us for this interactive workshop.

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Feb-3]

  • At the Brighton Memorial Library tonight at 6:30 p.m. is a screening of Gasland Part II (Josh Fox, U.S. 2013, 125 min.)

    In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar-nominated film Gasland, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide). Gasland Part II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today.

    [source: Color Brighton Green Upcoming Events page, 2014-Feb-3]

  • Updated: Tonight at 6:30 p.m., the Little will screen American Promise (Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson, U.S. 2013, 135 min.) followed by a panel discussion with Donna Harris, and Theresa J. Woodson, led by Hélène Biandudi Hofer.

    American Promise spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, New York, turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through Manhattan's Dalton School, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys' divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America's struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.

    [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2014-Feb-6]

  • The Eastman Jazz Ensemble performs in Kilbourn Hall tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Feb-3]
  • The Dryden will screen Les salauds (Bastards, Claire Denis, France/Germany 2013, 83 min., French w/ subtitles, DCP) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Acclaimed French director Claire Denis lends her uniquely intimate vision to this noir thriller of despair and secrecy. After years working on an oil tanker, Captain Marco Silvestri returns to Paris. His sister, Sandra, is in trouble. Her debt-riddled husband has committed suicide, the family business has collapsed, and her daughter is increasingly despondent. Following the man responsible, billionaire Edouard Laporte, Marco begins to unearth truths he may not be equipped to handle, becoming entangled in a mystery that tests his loyalty and conviction.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Feb-3]

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