Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, February 27, 2014 through Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, February 27

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Literature Study Room of the Rundel Library Building is Poems for Lunch moderated by Kitty Jospe. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Feb-24]
  • Today from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tim Wise, "one of America's most prominent anti-racist educator and activist" will speak in Hoyt Auditorium on the UofR Campus in conjunction with his new book, Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority. [source: UofR website events calendar, 2014-Feb-24]
  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Rochester Makerspace is Burner Invasion.

    Every Thursday Rochester Makerspace is free and open to the public. After a great meeting with the owners, we see lots of potential for collaboration. Join your fellow Burners Thursday, February 27th from 6-9 to check it out! See what they are about, explore the available tools, collaborate on communal projects, or bring your own projects to work on!

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Feb-24]

  • Tonight at 6:30 p.m., 9 p.m., and 11:30 p.m. are screenings of When Harry Met Sally (Rob Reiner, U.S. 1989, 96 min.) in Hoyt Auditorium on the UofR Campus. [source: University of Rochester Cinema Group website, 2014-Feb-24]
  • Tonight at 7 p.m., The Alzheimer's Association of Rochester will discuss Driving and Dementia in the Penfield Public Library. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Feb-24]
  • At 7:30 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery is an Archaeology Lecture with James P. Delgado discussing The Great Museum of the Sea. "As director of maritime heritage at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Delgado has studied first hand such famous shipwrecks as the Titanic, USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, and the 'ghost ship' Mary Celeste." [source: MAG website, 2014-Feb-24]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Eastman Percussion Ensemble performs in Kilbourn Hall. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Feb-24]
  • The Dryden will screen Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, U.S./France 2001, 147 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Characterized as "a poisonous valentine to Hollywood" by Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman, Lynch's epic, nightmarish masterpiece tears away the movie industry's façade of splendor and success and dives into its seething underbelly. Naomi Watts stars as Betty Elms, a stereotypically naïve young actress looking to make it big in Hollywood, who befriends a mysterious, amnesiac woman named Rita (Laura Harring), and begins an investigation into her identity. Much like Lost Highway, conventional narrative structure is cast aside and the story is instead driven by intense, impressionistic ambience, psychological development, and an interconnecting series of surreal vignettes. Since its release, critics and film buffs have persisted in trying to decode the film's labyrinthian clues, rabbit holes, and cryptic imagery, but Mulholland Drive remains one of Hollywood's biggest, most mesmerizing mysteries.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Feb-24]

  • Starting around 8:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Caveman, Roadkill Ghost Choir, and good bar-rock band The Heroic Enthusiasts. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Feb-24]

Friday, February 28

  • This evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Qwo-Li Driskill will present a Susan B. Anthony Lecture in the Welles-Brown Room of the Rush Rhees Library.

    We have the pleasure to announce the presence of Qwo-Li Driskill, Assistant Professor of Queer Studies at Oregon State University, at this year's Susan B. Anthony Lecture. Dr. Driskill is a Cherokee Two-Spirit/Queer writer, scholar, educator, activist, and performer also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee, and Osage ascent. They are the author of Walking with Ghosts: Poems and the co-editor of Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions is Theory, Politics, and Literature and Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature. [source: Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies website, 2014-Feb-26]

  • Tonight from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. is the Artists' Reception for Peter's Picks at the Image City Photography Gallery. "For most of our shows, Peter Marr, local photographer and oft judge of photography competitions, makes selections of his favorite photographs exhibited by the featured and guest photographers. We are pleased that the next show will be a selection of Peter's and Gallery picks from our shows in 2012, a retrospection of some of the favorite work from the exhibits of that year." [source: ICPG e-amil, 2014-Feb-24]
  • Kicking off the Little's Philip Seymour Hoffman Tribute series is a screening of Capote (Bennett Miller, U.S. / Canada 2005, 114 min.) tonight at 6:30 p.m., introduced by Jack Garner. [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Feb-24]
  • This week's 7 p.m. movie (and 4 p.m. weekend matinée) 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-26]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen Passion (Brian De Palma, Germany/France 2012, 102 min., DCP).

    Sultry Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace square off in Brian De Palma's new erotic thriller. Channeling Hitchcock and his own contributions to the genre, De Palma has crafted a tightly wound, claustrophobic suspense film with a self-conscious sense of humor. McAdams is Christine Stanford, a jaded ad executive with an axe to grind for her newly successful protégé, Isabelle (Rapace). Seductive, brutal, and at times downright strange, Passion features all of the classic De Palma touches.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Feb-24]

  • This week's 9:05 p.m. movie at the Cinema is La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty, Paolo Sorrentino, Italy/France 2013, 142 min., Italian w/ subtitles).

    Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo, Il divo and Gomorrah) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

    [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Feb-26]

  • The Little will screen Jack Goes Boating (Philip Seymour Hoffman, U.S. 2010, 89 min.) tonight at 9:30 p.m. as part of the Philip Seymour Hoffman Tribute series, introduced by Alexa Scott-Flaherty. [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Feb-24]

Saturday, March 1

  • Today at the Monroe Branch Library from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., learn about Seed Saving as part of the Winter Adventures Series. "Find out how to enhance your garden without using store-bought seeds. Community gardeners will also be able to rent a plot at Wide Water Gardens." [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Feb-26]
  • Stop by the Gandhi Institute from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to learn All About Gandhi. "Come and learn with us about Gandhi's life, his philosophy and legacy. The day will be comprised of a film screening, discussions, small group activities and presentations." [source: Gandhi Inistitute website, 2014-Feb-24]
  • This afternoon at 3 p.m., the Little will screen Pirate Radio (Richard Curtis, U.K. / Germany / France 2009, 117 min.) as part of the Philip Seymour Hoffman Tribute series. [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Feb-24]
  • Continuing the series, the Little will screen Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson, U.S. 1997, 155 min.) this evening at 6:30 p.m. with an introduced by Erich Van Dussen. [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Feb-24]
  • Tonight at 7 p.m., 9 p.m., and 11 p.m. are screenings of Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, U.S. / U.K. 2013, 91 min.) in Hoyt Auditorium on the UofR Campus.
    [source: University of Rochester Cinema Group website, 2014-Feb-24]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Faust (Aleksandr Sokurov, Russia 2011, 134 min, German and Russian w/subtitles, DCP).

    In his final installment of a tetralogy (after Hitler, Lenin, and Japanese emperor Hirohito) on the loneliness of power, Russian master Sokurov pays tribute to Goethe's literary masterpiece with a hallucinatory tale of greed, lust, and unbridled obsession. A mad scientist creates Homunculus, an eerie creature reminiscent of David Lynch's Eraserhead; the Devil's twisted genitals are displayed in a creepy rendition of Bruegel's paintings. This is a tour de force in magic realism—it's like Masterpiece Theatre on heavy drugs, with distorted lenses and a classical music score gone berserk.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Feb-24]

  • Starting around 10:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Joywave, Kopps, Fowls, and Hawker M. James. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Feb-24]

Sunday, March 2

  • Continuing their Philip Seymour Hoffman Tribute series, the Little will screen Flawless (Joel Schumacher, U.S. 1999, 112 min.) at 12 p.m. [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Feb-24]
  • Updated: My bad—the screening of Free The Mind (Phie Ambo, U.S. 2012, 80 min.) at the Little is next Sunday. [source: Peri, 2014-Mar-1]
  • From 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Rundel Auditorium on the 3rd floor of the Rundel Memorial Building, Alice Carver-Kubik will discuss Photograph Identification and Care. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Feb-24]
  • Today at 2 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery is a What's Up Lecture on Medieval Sights and Sounds with Michael Anderson. [source: MAG website, 2014-Feb-24]
  • The Little will screen Doubt (John Patrick Shanley, U.S. 2008, 104 min.) this afternoon at 3 p.m. [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Feb-24]
  • This evening at 7 p.m., Solomon Blaylock will present Bad Buddhist at the MuCCC. [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Feb-24]
  • Starting around 7 p.m. at the Lovin' Cup is Juanito Pascual's New Flamenco Trio. [source: Bop Shop website, 2014-Feb-24]
  • Starting around 8 p.m. at Abilene is the Commander Cody Band. [source: Abilene website, 2014-Feb-24]
  • The Copyrights, The Emersons, The Gowns, and The Ghostwriter perform at the Bug Jar tonight starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Feb-24]

Monday, March 3

  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Gandhi Institute is a workshop titled Being NVC: Naturalizing NVC to Build Trust and Connection with Barb Van Kerkhove.

    Has anyone ever responded to you with, "What are you trying to do to me?" or other similar responses when you've spoken in NVC? Have you tried to speak "street" NVC but struggled to find the words to convey your intention? Most of us who have been practicing Nonviolent Communication learned it using the 4-part model—Observations, Feelings, Needs and Requests or OFNR. In this series, using what Barb has learned from Miki Kashtan, the founder of Bay NVC, we'll practice stepping outside the OFNR model. We'll see how naturalizing our speech while maintaining the consciousness of NVC helps to maintain connection and build trust.

    [source: NVC_RochesterNY Yahoo! Group message, 2014-Feb-10]

  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is a discussion of Andrea Smith's The Problem with 'Privilege'. [source: Flying Squirrel e-mail, 2014-Feb-19]

Tuesday, March 4

  • 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 with Art Streeter discussing Emerging Health Care Reform.

    Health care costs – from national expenditures to an individual's bill – are often opaque and confusing. Learn what are the main drivers of health care costs and how these drivers are being addressed through local and national efforts in order to ensure quality care and patient satisfaction at a sustainable cost.

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Feb-24]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Lola (Jacques Demy, Italy/France 1961, 90 min., French w/ subtitles, 35mm).

    A stunning feature debut, Demy's tribute to cinema greats Max Ophuls and Josef von Sternberg strikes a brilliant balance between New Wave experimentation and Hollywood-style classicism. Listless and down on his luck, Roland Cassard wanders into a cabaret where he stumbles upon his childhood friend, Lola. What follows is a series of coincidences, misses, and chance encounters. Shot by the unequaled Raoul Coutard, Lola evokes a melancholic atmosphere full of bittersweet romance. Jonathan Rosenbaum cites Lola as "among the most neglected major works of the French New Wave" and "in some ways Demy's best feature."

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Feb-24]

Wednesday, March 5

  • Tonight at 6 p.m. at Visual Studies Workshop is an Artist Talk with Johanna Drucker.

    Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. In addition, she has a reputation as a book artist, and her limited edition works are in special collections and libraries worldwide.

    [source: Visual Studies Workshop website, 2014-Feb-24]

  • The Eastman New Jazz Ensemble performs in Kilbourn Hall tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Feb-24]
  • The Dryden will screen Lenny Bruce in 'Lenny Bruce' (aka The Lenny Bruce Performance Film, John Magnuson, U.S. 1967, 72 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    The only extant concert footage of the groundbreaking stand-up demonstrates the biting wit, charismatic presence, and conversational style that influenced every great comic to come after. Having recently been convicted of obscenity in New York, Bruce goes onstage in San Francisco, finding humanity and humor in his own persecution as he sympathizes with the beat cops forced to sit through his act, mocks his pretentious, incompetent lawyer, and does the hilarious routines that landed him in trouble in the first place. A funny, moving, and powerful record, Lenny Bruce is mandatory viewing for anyone interested in stand-up comedy.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Feb-24]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is The Can't Tells, Skirts, Fish God, and Cult Classic. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Feb-24]

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