Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, April 10, 2014 through Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, April 10

  • Today at 12 p.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is Bad Boys: Villains, Drunkards and Charlatans in Opera.

    Sometimes, it seems, the bad guys get the best tunes! We'll examine some well-known Bad Boy roles in opera, and see how composers use the characters, sometimes charming, sometimes not, to develop the plot and fill out the drama.

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Apr-7]

  • Today in the Rush Rhees Library on the UofR Campus, Federico Siniscalco will discuss Digital Documentaries and Intercultural Communication: The University of Siena Experience from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    The presentation will showcase a selection of short documentaries produced by students at the Digital audio visual Intercultural Documentation laboratory (David) in Arezzo, and will reflect on the possibilities offered by digital media to enhance communication between cultures. Reference will be made to the joint project between the University of Siena and the University of Rochester on using documentary filmmaking in the teaching of Dante.

    [source: UofR website events calendar, 2014-Apr-7]

  • From 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the Just Poets 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester. [source: Facebook, 2014-Apr-7]
  • From 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is Howie Hawkins and the Green New Deal featuring Green Party Gubernatorial Candidate Howie Hawkins.

    Progressive Taxes and Revenue Sharing to end the fiscal crises of our local governments and schools, Tuition-Free Public Colleges and Universities, Single Payer Health Care, $15 Minimum Wage, Public Banking, Union Co-ops, a Ban on Fracking, a Climate Acton Program scaled up to meet the crisis, and more. You won't get this from incumbent Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has simply overseen New York's continued trajectory of pro-austerity, anti-planet politics. And you sure won't get it from the other half of the duopoly party. But fortunately, Howie Hawkins, long-time Green activist, is challenging the politics of the 1% as this year's Green Party candidate for governor.

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Apr-9]

  • This evening in the Flying Squirrel, is a discussion of Reflections on Liberation and scott crow's book Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy, and the Common Ground Collective from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    This visual and engaging presentation drawn from scott crow's book Black Flags and Windmills illustrates through stories, analysis and diverse political movement histories how individuals and communities can create collective liberation to change their own worlds by creating power from below. It covers how the ideas, philosophies and practices of anarchism have grown shaping and influencing modern political movements and tendencies from the post-Seattle alternative globalization movements to the Common Ground Collective after Hurricane Katrina, the Occupy uprisings, environmental and animal rights movements and beyond. It also covers the rise of the surveillance state and the implications of political activism being labeled 'terrorism'. The presentation which is equal parts personal story, radical history and organizing philosophies asks questions about how we engage in social change, the real and perceived challenges presented by the state and power and dares us to rethink how we engage in creating sustainable and liberatory futures.

    [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2014-Apr-7]

  • The Bertrand Russell Society hosted by Phil Ebersole meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Writers and Books. [source: Writers and Books website, 2014-Apr-7]
  • From 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in Hubbell Auditorium on the UofR Campus is OnFilm's presentation of Earths, with Peter Bo Rappmund and a screening of his film Tectonics (Peter Bo Rappmund, 2012, 60 min., video), and 13 Lakes (James Benning, 2004, 135 min., 16mm). Note also that Peter Bo Rappmund's video installation Psychohydrography (2010) will be on display in Rettner Hall from April 8 to April 11. [source: University of Rochester On Film screenings website, 2014-Apr-7]
  • At 7 p.m. in Hoyt Auditorium on the UofR Campus is an Out in Reel Film Series screening of Intersexion (Grant Lahood, New Zealand / Germany / U.S. / South Africa / Australia 2012, 68 min.)

    The film explores intersex people from around the world and how they navigate life though childhood, adolescence, relationships and adulthood.

    [source: UofR website events calendar, 2014-Apr-7]

  • The Eastman Jazz Lab Band performs tonight at 8 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Apr-7]
  • The Rochester International Film Festival "Movies on a Shoestring" screens tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre. [source: Dryden website, 2014-Apr-7]

Friday, April 11

  • Today from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Stardust Ballroom at the Edgerton Community Center is the City's Tax Foreclosure Auction. [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Apr-9]
  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is a Benefit for Ariel. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2014-Apr-7]
  • From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Visual Studies Workshop Auditorium is their Annual Benefit Auction. [source: Visual Studies Workshop website, 2014-Apr-7]
  • At the Firehouse Gallery of Genesee Pottery is the opening reception for College Collective from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., on display through May 24. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts website, 2014-Apr-7]
  • Tonight at the Memorial Art Gallery is an Alternative Music Film Festival screening of Classic Albums: Duran Duran – Rio (George Scott, U.K. 2008, 52 min.) at 7 p.m.

    Although it was released against a backdrop of riots, record unemployment and the Falklands War, Duran Duran's second album was both optimistic and celebratory. It would generate a string of hit singles and groundbreaking videos and catapult the group to global stardom. This film tells the story behind the writing, recording and subsequent success of the album through newly filmed interviews, musical demonstrations, and new and archived performances.

    [source: MAG website, 2014-Apr-7]

  • The Cinema's 7 p.m. movie this week is Nebraska (Alexander Payne, U.S. 2013, 114 min.) I did a brief review some months back, and I might go see it again.

    An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.

    [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Apr-9]

  • The Rochester Community Players present Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale starting tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the MuCCC.

    One of Shakespeare's final great works, "The Winter's Tale" weaves a complicated web of myth and fate when a shadow of doubt twists a loving king and father into a wicked tyrant and sends a wayward princess out into the wilderness of distant lands. It is the story of tragic lovers, powerful monarchs, ancient magic, frenzied foolery, one ravenous bear and a faith in love that can redeem a nation.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Apr-7]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m. at Boulder Coffee on Alexander is The Slam Up Tour with Cali Bulmash, and Emily Lowinger.

    The duo reigns in the lightness of a comedy show, the raw emotional weight of a poetry performance, and puts it all to a tune. They are excited to grab Rochester by the heartstrings with their tales of the many shades of love— requited, unrequited, gay, straight queer, or, well, just "creative."

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Apr-7]

  • The Cinema's 8:55 p.m. movie this week is Dallas Buyers Club (Jean-Marc Vallée, U.S. 2013, 117 min.)

    In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.

    [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Apr-9]

  • At 9 p.m. at The Space is You A Fool Comedy. [source: The Space website, 2014-Apr-7]
  • Great classic rock/soul band Anonymous Willpower performs tonight starting around 10 p.m. at Dinosaur Barbeque. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que website, 2014-Apr-7]

Saturday, April 12

  • Today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is the Annual Meeting: The Squirrel Through the Looking Glass. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2014-Apr-7]

Sunday, April 13

  • At 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen Reefer Madness (Louis J. Gasnier, U.S. 1936, 66 min., 35mm).

    Jazz cigarette? We follow clean-cut Bill and Mary, two all-American teens with everything going for them. When introduced to dealers Jack and Mae, everything can, and will, go nightmarishly wrong—from immediate addiction, to promiscuity, attempted rape, accidental murder, vehicular homicide, incarceration, suicide, and insanity. Originally titled Tell Your Children and church funded, a Dwain Esper produced re-cut emerged on the exploitation scene as Reefer Madness. Unintentionally hilarious and over the top, morality tales were rampant in post-Prohibition American cinema. With Norml touring the film on college campuses in 1972, this film's legendary camp and cult status was officially born.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Apr-7]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is the Tiny Engines Fest featuring Save Ends, Somos, Secret Pizza, and Declan Ryan. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Apr-7]

Monday, April 14

  • Updated: Today starting around 7 p.m. at the Brighton Town Library is a Girls Rock! Town Hall Meeting.

    Join GR!R for an evening of input and feedback as the organization grows in new directions. Participants will gain a greater understanding of Girls Rock! Rochester, discover potential for community partnerships and learn how to get more involved.

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Apr-14]

  • The Eastman School Symphony Orchestra performs in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Apr-7]
  • Dan Smalls presents Turquoise Jeep, and Jack Topht at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. tonight. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Apr-7]

Tuesday, April 15

  • If you get up really early this morning, you might notice a Total Lunar Eclipse starting around 5:58 UT (1:58 a.m. EDT) until it sets at 3:01 a.m., missing the peak of the eclipse at 7:45 UT (3:45 a.m. EDT). [source: NASA eclipse website, 2014-Apr-7]
  • Today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building, Holly Anderson will review Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Apr-7]
  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Abilene is Toasty Tuesdays, the Rochester Happy Hour for people interested in going to the Burning Man festival. [source: Burning Rochester Meetup page, 2014-Apr-7]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall is this season's final performance by Ossia New Music. [source: Ossia New Music website, 2014-Apr-7]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen films by James Sibley Watson (various, U.S. 1928—1937, approx. 80 min., 16mm and 35mm). I'm not sure I want to see Lot in Sodom again, but it may be interesting to see the rest.

    A noted physician, philanthropist, photographer, publisher, and filmmaker, James Sibley Watson was a Rochester renaissance man. An heir to the Western Union telegraph fortune and the son of Emily Sibley Watson, founder of the Memorial Art Gallery, Watson was born into both money and artistry. Alongside his filmmaking partner Melville Webber, he was responsible for making some of the earliest American avant-garde films: The Fall of the House of Usher and Lot in Sodom. The two were also pioneers in industrial film, creating works for both Bausch and Lomb and Kodak Research Laboratories—rarities that have not been publicly screened for many years.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Apr-7]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is My Plastic Sun, Hudson Hank, Snowflake, and good bar-rock band The Heroic Enthusiasts. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Apr-7]

Wednesday, April 16

  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Victoire Belgian Beer Bar is a Charitable Deduction Wednesday meeting.

    Since you've filed your 2013 taxes (or we hope you have by April 16), join NextGen members at Victoire and get a head start on your charitable deductions for 2014. Meet some of NextGen's member and bring along your checkbook or cash to get your membership taken care of in one night of Fun!

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Apr-7]

  • From 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gandhi Institute is a Presentation on Permaculture with Patty Love.

    Got lead? Got shade? How about urban wildlife? Permaculture, a design science rooted in natural systems, informs us how to plan productive perennial food forests that will feed sub/urban dwellers in even the most challenging environments – by the block or by the yard. Learn ecological garden and polyculture design basics as well as advanced problem prevention and solving to increase the biodiversity, health, and productivity of your sub/urban garden or farm while discovering some new foods, regenerating the environment, and reducing your workload.

    [source: Gandhi Inistitute website, 2014-Apr-7]

  • The Little will screen The Goodbye Girl (Herbert Ross, U.S. 1977, 111 min.) tonight at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Neil Simon Film Fest series.

    Marsha Mason is known as "The Goodbye Girl" because of all the live-in boyfriends who have said ta-ta to her in the past few years. A former Broadway chorus dancer, the divorced Mason lives in the Manhattan apartment of her latest lost love with her daughter Quinn Cummings. Enter arrogant actor Richard Dreyfuss, who has subleased the apartment from Mason's former boyfriend and moves in bag and baggage in the middle of the night. Dreyfuss and Mason spend the next few weeks getting in each other's way and fighting like cats and dogs. The wind is taken out of Dreyfuss' sails when he opens in a production of Richard III, which has been sabotaged by the director (Paul Benjamin), who insists that Dreyfuss portrays Richard as a hip-swinging homosexual. The play closes after one performance, and the once-overconfident Dreyfuss goes on a self-pitying drunken binge. Touched by his vulnerability, Mason begins falling in love with Dreyfuss despite her lousy track record with men. Richard Dreyfuss became the youngest ever "Best Actor" Oscar winner as a result of his performance.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Apr-7]

  • At the Penfield Public Library, Carol and David Southby will discuss The Wetlands of the Genesee Land Trust from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Apr-7]
  • The Eastman Jazz Ensemble and the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble perform in Kilbourn Hall tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Apr-7]
  • Tonight from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Bernunzio Uptown Music is a performance by Red Tail Ring, and Richie Sterns and Rosie Newton. [source: Bernunzio Uptown Music website, 2014-Apr-7]
  • Starting at 8 p.m. at the Dryden is a sceening of The Kentucky Fried Movie (John Landis, U.S. 1977, 83 min., 35mm).

    Before Airplane! and Police Squad, the comedy team of Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker launched their film career with this cult favorite based on sketches the group performed as the "Kentucky Fried Theater." In the team's typically outrageous fashion, no genre goes unmocked, from the Women in Prison film to the disaster movie to the kung fu flick. Directed with verve by the up-and-coming John Landis and featuring cameos from George Lazenby, Donald Sutherland, and Leslie Nielsen, The Kentucky Fried Movie is the ZAZ team at their unhinged best.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Apr-7]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Work Drugs, Aminal, Teen Men, and electronic and guitar duo Sparx and Yarms. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Apr-7]

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