Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, March 27, 2014 through Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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

  • Starting around 7 p.m. at The Yards is Local Colour #1, "a night of performance and networking". [source: Facebook, 2014-Mar-26]
  • Tonight at the Memorial Art Gallery at 7:30 p.m. is an Archaeology Lecture with Alexander Smith discussing Archaeology: Looking Forward.

    Alexander Smith, a graduate student at Brown University's Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, presents a young scholar's perspective on the future of archaeological practice, theory and community involvement. His classroom visits as "Alex the Archaeologist" are sponsored by the Memorial Art Gallery with funding from an Archaeological Institute of America outreach grant.

    [source: MAG website, 2014-Mar-24]

  • Tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Hoyt Auditorium on the UofR Campus is a screening of Here One Day (Kathy Leichter, U.S. 2014, 76 min.)

    When filmmaker Kathy Leichter moved back into her childhood home after her mother's suicide, she discovered a hidden box of audiotapes. Sixteen years passed before she had the courage to delve into this trove, unearthing details that her mother had recorded about every aspect of her life from the challenges of her marriage to a State Senator, to her son's estrangement, to her struggles with bi-polar disorder. Here One Day is a visually arresting, emotionally candid film about a woman coping with mental illness, her relationships with her family, and the ripple effects of her suicide on those she loved.

    [source: University of Rochester Cinema Group website, 2014-Mar-24]

  • The Eastman Horn Choir performs at 8 p.m. tonight in Kilbourn Hall. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Mar-24]
  • The Dryden will screen The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, U.S. 1962, 123 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    John Wayne's penultimate film with director Ford is also his first screen pairing with the legendary Jimmy Stewart. A U.S. Senator known for facing adversity, Ranse Stoddard (Stewart) makes a surprise appearance at the funeral of rancher Tom Doniphon (Wayne). When questioned about his visit, Stoddard tells the local newspaper editor of his time with Doniphon in the frontier town of Shinbone, where they fought for the love of a young waitress (Vera Miles) and were the only men willing to take a stand against the scheming outlaw Liberty Valance. Even in the old west, Edith Head was able to work her magic, designing costumes that underscored the telling differences between Stewart and Wayne.

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

Friday, March 28

  • Today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lighthouse Gardens (1461 Rochester St., Lima) is an Advanced Organic Greenhouse Growing Field Day.

    Vegetable, herb, and flower growers-here's the season starting workshop you've been waiting for! Greenhouse growing season is here-join us to start your growing season off right with farmer and experienced greenhouse grower Todd Lighthouse as he shares his greenhouse and propagation systems with farmers! Topics include: greenhouse styles, structures and technology, germination chambers, strategies in using living potting soils, controlling greenhouse pests and regulating transplant height organically, vegetative propagation, and more!

    [source: Rochester Farm Connection Yahoo! Group message, 2014-Mar-16]

  • Tonight at Image City Photography Gallery from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. is the Opening Reception of Through the Student Lens 2014, on display through April 20. [source: Image City Photography Gallery e-mail, 2014-Mar-24]
  • From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight and tomorrow at the Record Archive is's Rocpodfest 2014. [source: Record Archive website, 2014-Mar-24]
  • At Black Button Distillery (85 Railroad St.) is the Young Urban Preservationists Launch Party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. [source: Landmark Society website, 2014-Mar-24]
  • Today from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. and tomorrow from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. is the Erotic Art Festival at the Radisson Riverside Hotel. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Mar-24]
  • The Eastman Brass Guild performs in Kilbourn Hall tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Mar-24]
  • The Dryden will screen The Warriors (Walter Hill, U.S. 1979, 92 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    "Warriors, come out to plaaay!" The infamous cult smash that was allegedly responsible for inciting a spate of gang violence in the late 1970s continues to wow audiences with its over-the-top costumes and stylized fight scenes. Low-budget filmmaking at its best, director Walter Hill crafts an alternative, dystopian vision that sees New York City overrun by elaborately themed street gangs. The simple story—partly influenced by Xenophon's Anabasis and Sol Yurick's gritty 1965 novel of the same name—is brought to life by Hill's comic-book-style sensibility, and was once referred to as "visual rock" by critic Pauline Kael.

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

  • This week's 8:45 p.m. movie at the Cinema (except Tuesday) is American Hustle (David O. Russell, U.S. 2013, 138 min.)

    A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild Fbi agent, Richie Dimaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

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

Saturday, March 29

  • Today from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Social Hall at St. Anne Church (1600 Mt. Hope Ave.) is Healing With Whole Foods Nutrition with Laura Villanti, Adam Davis, and Elizabeth Henderson. [source: GVOCSA Yahoo! Group message, 2014-Mar-5]
  • At the German House from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. is the South Wedge Record Fair — Spring 2014 Edition. [source: Facebook, 2014-Mar-24]
  • Today from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. is at the Brighton Memorial Library is a screening of the Rochester International Film Festival: Best of the Fest. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Mar-24]
  • In the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is a screening of Born Free (James Hill, U.K. / U.S. 1966, 95 min.) starting at 2 p.m. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Mar-24]
  • Today starting around 4:30 p.m. is the Flying Squirrel's monthly Community Dinner. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2014-Mar-24]
  • Starting at 5:30 p.m. at The Sound Studio (531 Benton St.) is The Major Tony Nelson Art Special. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Mar-24]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen Tian zhu ding (A Touch of Sin, Jia Zhangke, China 2013, 125 min., Mandarin and Cantonese w/ subtitles, DCP).

    Written and directed by master filmmaker Jia Zhangke (The World, Still Life), "one of the best and most important directors in the world" (Richard Brody, The New Yorker), this daring, poetic, and grand-scale film focuses on four characters—an angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption in his village, who decides to take justice into his own hands; a rootless migrant who discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm; a young receptionist, who dates a married man and works at a local sauna, pushed beyond her limits by an abusive client; and a young factory worker who goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances. A "brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China."

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

  • Mitchel Ahern & Bob Jordan, Martin Freeman, and air-powered noise from r.nuuja/Asthmatic perform at Laundromat19 starting around 8:30 p.m. tonight. [source: Facebook, 2014-Mar-24]
  • Tonight at Skylark Lounge starting around 9 p.m. is a performance by Friday In America. [source: JamBase calendar, 2014-Mar-24]
  • Mikaela Davis, Colossus, and great modern-Americana one-man-band Hieronymus A. Bogs perform at the Bug Jar starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Mar-24]
  • Great classic rock/soul band Anonymous Willpower, REXX, and Jelly Root perform at Monty's Krown starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Facebook, 2014-Mar-24]

Sunday, March 30

  • Today from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Fisher Meeting Room at the Pittsford Community Library is The Sharpest Tool in the Shed: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. "Learn which tools professional gardeners use, and why they work better, save you time, and keep you out of the doctor's office." [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Mar-24]

Monday, March 31

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Eastman Wind Ensemble with guest conductor Charles Peltz performs in Kilbourn Hall. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Mar-24]

Tuesday, April 1

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bausch and Lomb Library Building's Kate Gleason Auditorium is another Books Sandwiched-In with Sarah Freligh reviewing The Best American Poetry 2013 by David Lehman, and Denise Duhamel. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Mar-24]
  • This evening from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA, 1372 E. Main St. is an RGRTA Hearing on Use of Federal Funds. [source: Facebook, 2014-Mar-24]
  • The Dryden will screen Model Shop (Jacques Demy, France/Us 1969, 95 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Jacques Demy's first film in the United States covers twenty-four hours in the life of unemployed architect George Matthews. Trapped in a stale relationship, George is looking for a way to prevent his car from being repossessed and avoid getting drafted. Then he encounters a beautiful French woman, Lola (from Demy's Lola and played by none other than Anouk Aimee). Smitten, the two spend the day and night together and find hope in each other's perspectives. Shot on location, Model Shop is Jacques Demy's love letter to Los Angeles.

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

Wednesday, April 2

  • This evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Little is a screening of The Odd Couple (Gene Saks, U.S. 1968, 105 min.) as part of the Neil Simon Film Fest series.

    Compulsive neatnik Felix Unger (Jack Lemmon) is thrown out of his house by his divorce-bound wife. He wanders aimlessly through the streets of New York, toying with the idea of suicide, before gravitating to the apartment of his best friend, incorrigibly sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison (Walter Matthau). Worried that Felix will try something desperate, Oscar, himself in the process of being divorced by his wife, invites Felix to move in with him. Within a few days, this mismatched pair is on the verge of mutual murder: Felix cannot abide Oscar's slovenliness, while Oscar is driven insane by Felix's obsession with cleanliness.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Mar-24]

  • The Eastman Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra performs in Kilbourn Hall tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Mar-24]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Pink Flamingos (John Waters, U.S. 1972, 93 min., 35mm).

    With a reputation as one of the most vulgar films ever made, this gem of exploitation cinema is perhaps the most notorious offering from Baltimore's master of sleaze, John Waters. Starring Divine, People magazine's "drag queen of the century," the film follows her depraved quest to uphold her reputation as "the filthiest person alive." With an escalating series of vividly portrayed acts that includes murder, incest, castration, and cannibalism, Divine and her deranged entourage shatter every conceivable taboo with tongue-in-cheek gusto. Banned by several countries upon its release, the Dryden is proud to present a restored, complete version of this seminally smutty cult classic.

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

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