Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, March 6, 2014 through Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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

  • Kitty Jospe will present Poems for Lunch from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Literature Study Room of the Rundel Library Building. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Mar-3]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen The Blue Dahlia (George Marshall, U.S. 1946, 96 min., 35mm).

    The third pairing of screen stars Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake (in stunning Edith Head gowns) veers into film noir territory. Returning from the war a hero, Johnny walks in on his bride with Eddie, the owner of the Blue Dahlia nightclub. When his wife turns up dead, Johnny is the main suspect, and he must unravel the intricacies of the life he has left behind in order to clear his name.

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

Friday, March 7

  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the "Soft Opening" of Genseee Libby Studio in the Hungerford Building, Suite #D225. [source: Jenn and I, 2014-Mar-3]
  • From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery is the Opening Reception for Suspended Arrangements by Hannah Thompsett. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts website, 2014-Mar-3]
  • The Rochester Academy of Science Astronomy Section will host Grover Swartzlander discussing Exoplanets in Gosnell Hall at RIT from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Mar-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-Mar-3]
  • This week's 7 p.m. movie at the Cinema is August: Osage County (John Wells, U.S. 2013, 121 min.)

    A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

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

  • The Eastman Studio Orchestra performs in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Mar-3]
  • The Dryden will screen Speed (Jan de Bont, U.S. 1994, 116 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    After his cinematography work on action thrillers such as Die Hard, Black Rain, and The Hunt for Red October, Jan de Bont made his directorial debut with Speed, a surprise smash hit that's more than just "Die Hard on a bus." This high-octane, high-concept thriller pits Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, and a bus of screaming civilians against a terrorist (Dennis Hopper). Although full of taut, crowd-pleasing action, Speed was also a critical success. Granted a level of respect that action blockbusters seldom attain, Speed can be considered a film whose intelligence and craft is on par with its spectacle.

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

  • Beans on Toast, Scope and Figure, The Younger Gang, Conor Peradeaux McCann, and Glenwood perform at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. tonight. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Mar-3]
  • Over at the Bop Shop starting around 9 p.m. is The Michael Musillami Trio. [source: Bop Shop website, 2014-Mar-3]
  • This week's 9 p.m. movie at the Cinema is Inside Llewyn Davis (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, U.S. / U.K. / France 2013, 104 min.)

    A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.

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

Saturday, March 8

  • Today from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. is a Community Supported Agriculture Fair in Brickstone's Wintergarden at St. John's Independent Living Community (1325 Elmwood Ave.)

    Make an investment in a local farm and get fresh produce weekly all season long. It's called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). At the CSA Fair you can learn about CSAs, meet your local area farmers, compare share options, and sign up for your 2014 farm share. Registration is not required and there is no fee to attend.

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

  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. is Get A Grip 5 at The Yards. [source: Facebook, 2014-Mar-3]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen The Stone Roses: Made of Stone (Shane Meadows, U.K. 2013, 97 min., DCP).

    The Stone Roses released their debut album in 1989 and were instantly catapulted to stardom. With their newfound success also came strife with the record label and high expectations amongst critics and fans. Too much to handle, they disbanded in 1995. Sixteen years later, they announce they're reforming and going on tour. In The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, Shane Meadows (This is England) documents the band's influential career, their shattering split, and their triumphant return to the stage in 2011. Anita Gates of the New York Times says the film left her with "no doubt that [lead singer Ian] Brown's intensity has not faded over the years and that the Stone Roses' breakup was a serious loss."

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

Sunday, March 9

  • At 1 p.m. at the Little is an encore 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 e-mail, 2014-Feb-26]

  • From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. is a Benefit Concert with Cammy Enaharo at the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church (141 Adams St.) to "raise funds to cover Dr. Lafayette's visit to Rochester and two-day youth training." [source: Gandhi Inistitute website, 2014-Mar-3]
  • At 5:30 p.m. at Rochester Brainery, is a Slow Food Potluck Dinner. Chris Hartman will speak, and Ann Duckett, of the Little Blue Cheese Shop will provide a raw-milk cheese tasting.

    Our special guest for the March Slow Food Evening is Chris Hartman. Chris is making a major contribution to the development of a robust, local Rochester food system. Chris co-founded the South Wedge Farmer's Market, a producer-only farmer's market in the South Wedge, and the Good Food Collective, a distribution system that connects a large number of local farmers to interested consumers through a modified CSA structure. Through the umbrella organization Headwater Foods, he is continuing to explore and experiment with innovative models on how we can create a robust, sustainable, local food economy.

    [source: Slow Food e-mail, 2014-Mar-5]

  • Steve Swell Trio performs at the Bop Shop tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Bop Shop website, 2014-Mar-3]
  • Updated (Missed this one): Tonight at the Bug Jar is The Multiple Cat, The Branch Davidians, The Dirty Pennies, and Murdersuicide starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Mar-6]

Monday, March 10

  • Tonight at 6 p.m. at the Owl House is an Art Opening by Adam Francey. [source: Facebook, 2014-Mar-3]
  • Tonight starting around 10 p.m. at Banzai Sushi and Cocktail Bar is Monday Night Raw Open Mic Comedy hosted by Uncle Trent. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Mar-3]

Tuesday, March 11

  • From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Brighton Memorial Library is a Conversation on Race. "Join us to become one of more than 600 Monroe County residents to explore issues of race in our lives and in our community." [source: Gandhi Inistitute website, 2014-Mar-3]
  • This evening at 7 p.m., the Little will screen Tim's Vermeer (Teller, U.S. 2013, 80 min.), a "special screening, with a Q&A following, is a sneak peek before Tim's Vermeer begins its regular run at the Little."

    Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically — 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers. Spanning eight years, Jenison's adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and even to Buckingham Palace to see a Vermeer masterpiece in the collection of the Queen.

    [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2014-Feb-26]

  • Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Lawrence Rothenberg will discuss The Obama Environmental Policy: Past, Present and Future in The Resource Place at the Jewish Community Center (1200 Edgewood Ave.) [source: R-CAUSE e-mail, 2014-Mar-5]
  • From 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., Cheshire will host an After Party for Fee Brothers' 150th Anniversary. [source: Solera Facebook post, 2014-Mar-3]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen La baie des anges (Bay of Angels, Jacques Demy, France 1963, 90 min., French w/ subtitles, 35mm).

    A change of pace for the oft-whimsical Demy, Bay of Angels marks his foray into darker territory. More noir than musical, the film centers on bank clerk Jean (Claude Mann), who vacations to Nice's Baie des Anges intending to gamble and win big, unassumingly running into the beautiful platinum blonde (Jeanne Moreau) at the roulette table and falling in love with a world based on chance and expensive thrills. Despite the serious subject matter, Bay of Angels is still true Demy, who manages to find irony and lightheartedness in the most unlikely of places.

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

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Inflatable Best Friend, The Cran Tangerines, The Janitors, and Electric Organic. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Mar-3]

Wednesday, March 12

  • Today from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. is a No More Excuses Rally in Albany sponsored by Metro Justice. Meet at 6:30 a.m. at the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) (30 N. Union St.)

    With the Governor's budget coming out in January, this is the moment to raise our voices! We are calling on Albany to fully fund New York's schools by investing $1.9 billion into education this year. This will not only get schools back on track with their Campaign for Fiscal Equity funding, but it is the starting point to ensuring all students have the resources, supports and opportunities that they need to succeed.

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Mar-3]

  • Tonight at 6:15 p.m. at the Little is a screening of Sexy Baby (Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus, U.S. 2012, 84 min.) sponsored by Feminists for Nonviolent Choices.

    Sexy Baby is the first documentary film to put faces to a seismic cultural shift: the cyber age is creating a new sexual landscape. While doing research for the film, we had intimate and candid conversations with kids in middle school classrooms, suburban shopping malls, nightclubs, college dorms, and even conducted an informal roundtable during a high school house party. While chronicling trends among small town and big city kids, we discovered this: Having pubic hair is considered unattractive and "gross." Most youngsters know someone who has emailed or texted a naked photo of themselves. Many kids have accidentally or intentionally had their first introduction to sex be via hardcore online porn. Facebook has created an arena where kids compete to be "liked" and constantly worry about what image to portray — much of what was once private is now made public. And the list goes on.

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

  • Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Brighton Memorial Library, Color Brighton Green will screen Comfort Zone (Kate Kressmann-Kehoe, Sean P. Donnelly, Dave Danesh, 2013, U.S., 70 min.) You can read my review, or read the website description:

    What does climate change mean in a place where it is not an obvious threat? Where sea level rise is not a factor, and frankly, where people might like it to be a little warmer? Three filmmakers set out to answer those questions for Upstate New York. The answers were not so simple.

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

  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Writers and Books is a Satire Circle with Leah Wescott.

    Ever dream about being the next Jon Stewart or Dorothy Parker? Do Stephen Colbert and Snl speak to your dueling idealism and skepticism? We modestly propose a gathering of local satirists (seasoned or aspiring) for a monthly Satire Circle. Bring a laptop or a pen for lessons, writing time, peer feedback and lots of fun.

    [source: Writers and Books website, 2014-Mar-3]

  • The Dryden will screen Putney Swope (Robert Downey, U.S. 1969, 84 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    After the token black member of the executive board of an ad agency is accidentally elected chairman, he transforms the company into "Truth and Soul, Inc.," a radical outfit that starts churning out successfully subversive commercials even as it comes under pressure from both black radicals and the U.S. government. The underground comedy to end all underground comedies, Putney Swope takes on racism, advertising, and big business while tossing out more brilliantly absurd one-liners than you can count.

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

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Guntrouble, School Shootings, Panty Raid, and disconcertingly powerful screaming vocals over feedback amplifiers from Waves Crashing Piano Chords. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Mar-3]

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