Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, April 17, 2014 through Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, April 17

  • Today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Sage Art Center on the UofR Campus is SageFest 8 which "celebrates art that is not typically included in galleries and institutions."

    The event kicks off with local artist Theiven Stephen whose mural project will be installed during the event. "Thievin' Stephen's murals cut through stencils, samples, and the world we inherited, in search of truth and beauty. He creates intricate and layered visions of society, pulled from the remnants left behind by those who came before him." (taken from[]) At 6 p.m., the ASIS Gallery at Sage Art Center presents the work of senior art major, Nina Korn whose wooden signs speak out in an effort to draw attention to the harmful acts taking place in Sumatra.

    [source: UofR website events calendar, 2014-Apr-15]

  • The Sierra Club Rochester Regional Group's 16th Annual Earth Day Forum — Climate Smart Communities: Let's Get with the Program! is today from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church (220 S. Winton Rd.) featuring a Community Conversation with the NYS DEC Office of Climate Change Climate Policy Analyst Mark Lowery at 7 p.m. [source: Sierra club e-mail, 2014-Apr-4]
  • Starting at 7 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is a screening of Triple Divide (Melissa Troutman, Joshua Pribanic, U.S. 2013, 90 min.)

    "Triple Divide's title represents one of only four Triple Continental Divides in North America, a place that provides drinking water to millions of Americans and feeds rivers that reach three separate sides of the continent, signaling to the audience that everything, and everyone, is downstream from shale gas extraction." The Triple Divide in this film is in PA and one of those rivers is our Genesee River!

    [source: Sierra club e-mail, 2014-Apr-4]

  • The Dryden will screen River's Edge (Tim Hunter, U.S. 1986, 99 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Long before Larry Clark and Harmony Korine exposed the shocking "truth" about today's troublesome youth, Tim Hunter directed River's Edge, an unsettling look at teenage apathy so surreal that it must be based on a true story. When brutish John murders his classmate Jamie he shows the body to his group of friends, bragging about killing her. The group is split on how to deal with the situation, yet they are all hard-pressed to express any feelings of guilt or sadness.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Apr-15]

Friday, April 18

  • This evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room in Rush Rhees Library on the UofR Campus is the 3rd Annual Rainbow Lecture: Creating Environments for LGBTQ College Student Success with Dr. Kristen Renn. [source: Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies events page
    , 2014-Apr-15]
  • Tonight at Writers and Books from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. is a performance of Two Kinds of Fear featuring Bill Pruitt.

    Join us for what will be a fascinating look at two Rochester icons. Poet, storyteller, and educator Bill Pruitt tells two original intertwining stories about Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony in their momentous and turbulent times. "There are two kinds of fear: fear of death and fear of loneliness."

    [source: Writers and Books website, 2014-Apr-15]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 11 p.m. at The Space [which hasn't been at the Hungerford for many months, @CityNewspaper] is Canary In A Coal Mine: A Sketch Show.

    Experience a night of dark, irreverent, all-original sketch comedy with Rochester's very own Canary In A Coal Mine. They may make you laugh, they may make you cry, they may make you sick, but most importantly — they'll make you feel. So come, take in the world from a new perspective, a distorted perspective and view life as these three unhinged folks see it.

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Apr-15]

  • The Dryden will screen Persona (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden 1966, 83 min., Swedish w/ subtitles, 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Stage actress Elisabeth Vogler (Liv Ullmann) has recently become inexplicably mute. When nurse Alma (Bibi Andersson) is assigned to take care of her, the two go to a seaside cottage and live in seclusion. While there, both women undergo personal trials that test their faith and devotion to themselves and their loved ones. Reality and the unconscious begin to blur and overlap, leading to one of the most audacious climaxes in world cinema. A strong example of stripped-down, austere filmmaking, Persona remains one of Bergman's most widely respected, awe-inspiring, and enigmatic films.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Apr-15]

  • Tonight starting around 9:30 p.m. at Abilene is the CD Release Party for
    The Younger Gang.

    "This Rochester-based folk outfit brings together members of the Windsor Folk Family, Rootscollider, Blackened Blues, and Sparx and Yarms. The resulting amalgamation is a deeply affecting foray into what you could call neo-Americana. The band's unique approach to Old-timey Appalachian tunes is positively informed by, and infused with, the members' rock, blues, funk, and electronica pedigrees. It's a distinct breed of folk music that is, despite a healthy respect for its roots, absolutely modern." -David Yokel (City Magazine)

    [source: Abilene website, 2014-Apr-15]

Saturday, April 19

  • All day today is Record Store Day, so swing by your local shop like Record Archive, The Bop Shop, Lakeshore Records, The House of Guitars, or Needledrop Records … to name a few off the top of my head. [source: Record Archive website, 2014-Apr-15]
  • This afternoon from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. is The Art of Manliness at the Library: The History of Facial Hair in the Ireland Room at the Chili Public Library.

    Our new 'Art of Manliness at the Library' series kicks off with this event devoted to everything there is to know about facial hair — it history, its development, shaving tools, tips and techniques and more! Come out to the library and enjoy an entertaining program, tasty snacks and (root) beer.

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Apr-15]

  • Updated: Julianna Barwick, Vasillus, and A Victory for Upfish perform tonight starting around 8 p.m. at Visual Studies Workshop.

    Julianna Barwick crafts ethereal, largely wordless soundscapes, all of which are built around multiple loops and layers of her angelic voice. Barwick, who credits her rural Louisiana church choir upbringing for her unique sound, begins most tracks with a single phrase or refrain, then uses a loop station and the occasional piano or percussive instrument to build the song into a swirling mass of lush, ambient folk. Lacking definable lyrics, Barwick's songs create their own themes sonically and leave nameless emotional impressions. Her talent in creating melodic overdubs and vocal percussion is fascinating and dizzying.

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Apr-17]

  • Nuts and Bolts Comedy Improv performs at The Space tonight from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. [source: The Space website, 2014-Apr-15]
  • The Dryden will screen The Robe (Henry Koster, U.S. 1953, 135 min., 35mm) at 8 p.m.

    The first film released in Cinemascope is the story of Marcellus (Richard Burton), a soldier in the Roman army who wins the robe of the crucified Christ in a dice game. Haunted by visions after giving the robe away, Marcellus consults a soothsayer who tells him he must destroy the robe to be rid of the nightmares. His search takes him back to Palestine, where he is forced to reexamine his philosophies.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Apr-15]

  • Starting around 10:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is a rich tapestry of modern Americana from The Bogs Visionary Orchestra, The End of America, New Archery, and Great Vagrant. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Apr-15]

Sunday, April 20

  • The Dryden will screen Easter Parade (Charles Walters, U.S. 1948, 107 min., 35mm) today at 2 p.m.

    When Fred Astaire is dumped by partner Ann Miller, he picks unsophisticated and uncoordinated Judy Garland out of a chorus as her replacement. One of the most successful musicals from MGM's famed Freed Unit, the only pairing of Garland and Astaire (who came out of retirement just for the opportunity to work with Garland) showcases their incredible talents performing a score composed by Irving Berlin. Astaire's innovative slow-motion number "Stepping Out with My Baby" and the elaborate backlot recreation of New York's Fifth Avenue on Easter Sunday remain awe-inspiring technical achievements.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Apr-15]

Monday, April 21

  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel, is Hermes and the Springtime Verb Flood. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2014-Apr-15]
  • At 7 p.m. on the NextStage at Geva is a Regional Writers Showcase featuring Homework, by Jeffery Jones, Amour No More, by Nancy Preston, Stark Push the Button, by Johannes Bockwoldt, and The Cell, by Maria Brandt. [source: Geva Theatre ticket website, 2014-Apr-15]
  • Today and tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at the Cinema is the RCTV Output '14 Film and Video Festival.

    Join us for RCTV's Annual Output Film and Video Festival. This exciting Free annual community event is an exciting celebration of the work and creativity of local filmmakers, videographers and producers. It offers seasoned professionals as well as newcomers a chance to screen their works, share insights about the production and respond to audience questions.

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Apr-15]

Tuesday, April 22

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on The Pont de Rennes Bridge at High Falls is an Earth Day Vigil sponsored by the Rochester Zen Center and The Lost Bird Project.

    Please join the Rochester Zen Center on Earth Day, April 22 to help raise awareness that the Genesee River is one of the most polluted bodies of water in the United States. We demonstrate in silence (but you don't have to participate in the meditation in order to help).

    [source: Gandhi Inistitute website, 2014-Apr-15]

  • Today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. is another Books Sandwiched-In in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building with Anne Meredith reviewing Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Apr-15]
  • In the Brighton Memorial Library is a discussion of Mud Creek Farms and Community Supported Agriculture from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Apr-15]
  • This evening at 8 p.m. at the Dryden is a screening titled Kodak (various, U.S. 1916—1960, approx. 80 min., 16mm and 35mm).

    A bona fide Rochester institution, Kodak needs no introduction. Please join us as we pay tribute to their artistry and innovation by showcasing a number of test films and company home movies. Major highlights include a Two Color Kodachrome printing test produced for William Fox, a rare documentary on the life and times of George Eastman, and candid footage of a Kodak employee variety show. Held deep in the vaults of Eastman House's Moving Image Department, these historical gems are seldom shown in public screenings, presenting a rare opportunity for film fanatics, history buffs, and general audiences alike. Full program list available at screening. Members admitted free.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Apr-15]

Wednesday, April 23

  • At 7 p.m. in Hoyt Auditorium on the University of Rochester Campus is a Out in Reel Film Series screening of Shoulders To Stand On: The LGBT History of Rochester. [source: UofR website events calendar, 2014-Apr-15]
  • The Dryden will screen Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (various, U.S. 1916—1960, approx. 80 min., 16mm and 35mm) at 8 p.m. followed by Live Local Comedy with Anna Hall, Brian Edwards, and Uncle Trent.

    Discontent with being hamstrung by network executives at NBC, Pryor walked away from a ten-episode variety show deal and a two-million-dollar contract. Determined to express what he wanted, the way he wanted, Pryor is at his foul-mouthed best here, with topics ranging from race relations to marital problems to his pet monkey. Critic Pauline Kael calls Richard Pryor: Live In Concert "probably the greatest of all recorded-performance films." To avoid the dreaded X rating, the film carried the disclaimer, "Warning: This picture contains harsh and very vulgar language and may be considered shocking and offensive."

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Apr-15]

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