Events for Thursday, February 13, 2014 through Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, February 13

  • At 6:45 p.m. tonight in WXXI Studio A is a screening of a "'love'-themed" Movies on a Shoestring: Best of the Fest. [source: Rochester International Film Festival "Best of the Fest" page, 2014-Feb-11]
  • At the Memorial Art Gallery at 7 p.m. in the Fountain Court is a performance of Echoes of the Middle Ages by the Schola Cantorum of Christ Church Episcopal Church. [source: MAG website, 2014-Feb-10]
  • The Bertrand Russell Society meets tonight at Writers and Books at 7 p.m. with David White discussing My Mark Rothko, hosted by Phil Ebersole. [source: Writers and Books website, 2014-Feb-10]
  • The Green Party of Monroe County is hosting a screening of Gasland 2 (Josh Fox, U.S. 2013, 125 min.) in the Flying Squirrel tonight at 7 p.m. [source: Facebook, 2014-Feb-10]
  • At 7:30 p.m. at the MuCCC, Shakeco Radio Theater presents a reading of the poem The Choice of Valentines by Thomas Nashe.

    "The Choise of Valentines" (the original spelling) was likely written sometime in the early 1590s, perhaps as a gift to the Lord Strange, later the Earl of Derby and heir to Queen Elizabeth's throne. Though it was not published until 1899, it was apparently well circulated at the time of its writing, drawing criticism for its highly erotic nature. It tells the story of a hapless young lover, Tomalin, who goes out one Valentine's Day to find his lover, Francis, only to learn she has taken up residence in a brothel.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Feb-10]

  • The Eastman Trombone Choir performs in Kilbourn Hall tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Feb-10]
  • The Dryden will screen Lost Highway (David Lynch, U.S./France 1997, 134 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    After a five-year hiatus following the release of Fire Walk With Me, Lynch returned with perhaps his most daring and disturbing work since Eraserhead. Lost Highway follows an LA jazz saxophonist's (Bill Pullman) withering relationship with his wife (Patricia Arquette), who receive cryptic, menacing surveillance tapes of their Hollywood home. As the anxiety within their marriage grows, the logic of time, space, and identity seem to slip away, splintering the narrative into a thrilling, schizophrenic ride down the darkest roads of the human psyche. Lynch's long-time music collaborator Angelo Badalamenti and Nine Inch Nails's Trent Reznor collaborated to create the soundtrack for this masterfully disorienting cult classic.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Feb-10]

Friday, February 14

  • Starting at 7 p.m. in Bernunzio Uptown Music is the Miche Fambro Concert of Love. [source: Bernunzio Uptown Music website, 2014-Feb-10]
  • Tonight at the Baobab is a screening of Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Blacks in New Orleans (Dawn Logsdon, U.S. 2008) starting at 7 p.m.

    Nestled at the edge of New Orleans' more famous French Quarter, Faubourg Tremé was home to the largest community of free black people in the South and is considered the birthplace of both jazz and the Southern civil rights movement. Long before Hurricane Katrina, two native New Orleanians, filmmaker Dawn Logsdon and writer Lolis Eric Elie, began documenting the rich, living culture of this historic district. Miraculously, their tapes survived the disaster unscathed. The completed film is a fresh approach to historical documentary storytelling.

    [source: Baobab website, 2014-Feb-10]

  • Tonight at 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m., and 12 a.m. Saturday, the UofR Cinema Group will screen Dallas Buyers Club (Jean-Marc Vallée, U.S. / Japan 2013, 117 min.) in Hoyt Auditorium on the UofR Campus. [source: University of Rochester Cinema Group website, 2014-Feb-10]
  • Tonight's 7 p.m. movie at the Cinema is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Francis Lawrence, U.S. 2013, 146 min.)

    Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

    [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Feb-12]

  • Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the MuCCC is Justin Rielly: Love in the Style of Will.

    Valentine's Day is usually about giving your love chocolates, or roses, or that overnight getaway complete with a heart-shaped jacuzzi. How about this option: a romantic night of theater with that special someone as an escape from the winter blues? Love in the Style of Will is a showcase of romantic scenes and sonnets from the Shakespearean catalog. Shows to feature scenes include The Tempest, Richard III, Henry V, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, and — of course — Romeo and Juliet. Some of Shakespeare's best-known sonnets will also be presented.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Feb-10]

  • The Dryden will screen Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, U.S. 1942, 102 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    "Here's looking at you, kid." Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman shine as star crossed lovers in their most iconic roles. Bogie's life turns upside down when old flame Ingrid Bergman walks into his gin joint and back into his life along with her husband, a resistance leader who is being targeted by the Nazis. With an all-star cast featuring Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, and Conrad Veidt, this film won three Oscars at the 1944 Academy Awards and became one of the quintessential Hollywood romances. See the legendary film for the first or hundredth time this Valentine's Day!

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Feb-10]

  • The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble performs at 9 p.m. tonight at the Bop Shop. [source: Bop Shop website, 2014-Feb-10]
  • Tonight's 9:30 p.m. movie at the Cinema is the highly-reviewed Her (Spike Jonze, U.S. 2013, 126 min.)

    A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.

    [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Feb-12]

  • Starting around 10:30 p.m. at Monty's Krown is Serotonin. [source: JamBase calendar, 2014-Feb-10]

Saturday, February 15

  • From 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. is a Mount Hope Cemetery Winter Tour starting at the South Gatehouse. [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Feb-12]
  • From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. today in the 2nd Floor Arts Division in the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is another Caution! Artist @ Work! with Randy Pollok of the Rochester Ukulele Support Group (RUSG). [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Feb-10]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. at the MuCCC, Polite Ink Sketch and Improv present What's Love Got To Do With It? [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Feb-10]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen King Kong (Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, U.S. 1933, 100 min., 35mm).

    A tragic love story of the most epic proportions, Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack's King Kong helped spark the larger-than-life monster movie tradition. Following a dangerous filmmaking expedition, megalomaniac director Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) hauls home a prized souvenir: a massive ape named Kong. Eventually breaking loose, the beast scours the streets of New York looking for Denham's beautiful lead (Fay Wray), hoisting her to the top of the Empire State Building when his love goes unrequited. Featuring spectacular stop-motion animation from the legendary Willis O'Brien, King Kong continues to captivate audiences eighty years after its initial release.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Feb-10]

  • Red, Inc. performs at the Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint tonight starting around 10 p.m.

    Red Inc. is an alternative rock quartet formed in 2011 by students from Rochester's School of the Arts. Their varying musical influences lend themselves to a distinctly progressive style in which the music can be highly dynamic and engaging.

    [source: Sticky Lips website, 2014-Feb-10]

  • Over at the Bug Jar starting around 10:30 p.m. is the Valentine's Day Massacre: Revenge of the Grrrls with Aunt Clara, Clyde, and Fox 45. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Feb-10]

Sunday, February 16

  • From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the George Eastman House is a performance by Azzimato Winds with an introduction by Sarah Fuchs-Sampson. [source: Eastman House calendar, 2014-Feb-10]

Monday, February 17

  • Today from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Central Library, Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr. will speak of Lessons Learned from the Civil Rights Legacy. [source: Gandhi Inistitute website, 2014-Feb-10]
  • Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr. will visit the Asbury First Methodist Church tonight from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to speak on "The Dream" Deferred; Challenge of Institutionalizing Change. [source: Gandhi Inistitute website, 2014-Feb-10]

Tuesday, February 18

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium in the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is another Tuesday Topics with Jim Sydor, and Tom Battley presenting Emerging Science: the Next Big Thing.

    Local companies and research have contributed to life-changing technologies such as consumer photography, instant copying and fiber optics. What's next? Learn about breakthroughs in adaptive optics, high-speed communications, geo-spatial imaging, photonic computing, nanolithograpy and biomedical imaging, which is being developed locally and exported around the world.

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Feb-10]

  • Tonight starting around 6 p.m. at Skylark is Toasty Tuesdays.

    Calling all Burners, Burners in training, wannabe Burners, and everyone in between! Join us for our monthly Burner Happy Hour – Toasty Tuesdays! Meet new, interesting weirdos right in your backyard, be regaled with countless "this one time at Burning Man…" stories, share tips on the best way to deal with playa foot….or just come and hang out with some cool folks.

    [source: Burning Rochester's Meetup page, 2014-Feb-10]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Démanty noci (Diamonds of the Night, Jan Němec, Czechoslovakia 1964, 63 min., Czech and German w/ subtitles, 35mm).

    Narrowly escaping a train headed for a nameless concentration camp, two boys traverse the Sudetenland wilderness struggling to survive and outrun their pursuers close behind. Grimly inventive and bleak, Němec's surreal debut feature film captures the paranoia and desperation of the character's minds with a psychological depth rarely seen—seamlessly transitioning between memories and dreams, reality and fantasy, past and present. Diamonds of the Night, largely silent aside from sound effects, is bound to leave the audience captivated with every frame in its fleeting sixty-three-minute runtime.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Feb-10]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is My Plastic Sun, White Woods, and The Be Easy's. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Feb-10]

Wednesday, February 19

  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Wells-Brown Room of the Rush Rhees Library, Eugenie Brinkma will present a lecture titled Violence and the Diagram: Or, The Human Centipede. [source: UofR website events calendar, 2014-Feb-10]
  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Hanlon-Fiske Studios Inc. (34 Elton St.) is another Icarus Sessions. [source: Facebook, 2014-Feb-10]
  • The Eastman Wind Ensemble performs in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Feb-10]
  • The Dryden will screen The Postman Always Rings Twice (Tay Garnett, U.S. 1946, 113 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Adapted from James M. Cain's best-selling crime novel that was eventually banned in Boston. Drifter John Garfield is drawn into the seductive web of prototypical femme fatale Lana Turner as she plots to rid herself of an aging husband and take his money. Propelled by the palpable chemistry between Garfield and Turner (who were rumored to have taken their romance off screen), Postman remains one of the quintessential tales of amour fou and a cornerstone of the film noir genre.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Feb-10]

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