Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, May 1, 2014 through Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, May 1

  • Today from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Sage Arts Center AsIs Gallery is the Opening Reception for Exhibit: Bauhauss//Printmaking. [source: UofR website events calendar, 2014-Apr-28]
  • From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the City Newspaper's Best Busker Contest 2014 in the East End. [source: Facebook, 2014-Apr-30]
  • At 6 p.m., photographer Robert Weingarten will discuss his work at the Dryden Theatre.

    Photographer Robert Weingarten traveled the country for four years, photographing Amish communities in Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. In this lecture, Weingarten will discuss his work and tell the interesting stories behind the images on view in Another America.

    [source: Eastman House calendar, 2014-Apr-28]

  • At the Corner of Bartlett St. and Jefferson Ave. from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. is a Community Speak-Out Against Police Violence.

    A year ago May 1—may Day, also known as International Workers' Day—is the anniversary of the police attack against Benny Warr, a 52 year-old, disabled, African American man, grandfather, and retired carpenter who was waiting for the bus. To commemorate this infamous evening, the community and Enough Is Enough is calling for a community speak-out against police violence.

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Apr-28]

  • Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery is a Roundtable discussion titled You Don't Know Print with Warren Phillips, Jeffery Sherven, and Adam Werth on print collecting. [source: MAG website, 2014-Apr-28]
  • At 8 p.m. in the Todd Theatre on the UofR Campus is a performance of Madam de Sade. "The Yukio Mishima fictional play explores the life of Renee de Sade, the wife of the notorious Marquis de Sade." [source: UofR website events calendar, 2014-Apr-28]
  • The Dryden will screen Underworld (Josef von Sternberg, U.S. 1927, 80 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m. with live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli.

    There is always a beginning, and despite the fact that movies about organized criminals date back as early as D.W. Griffith, this film is the start of what we now think of as the gangster genre. Ben Hecht's script features realistic portrayals of Chicago mobsters and their violent proclivities. Von Sternberg added an operatic quality to the tale, romanticizing the lives the gangsters led, thus making them antiheroes instead of villains. Staples such as the moll and the mouthpiece make appearances in the film, given larger-than-life status by the epic treatment and glorious camera movement and visuals created by von Sternberg.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Apr-28]

  • Tonight starting around 8:30 p.m. at the Lovin' Cup is a "My Dream Flight" Benefit Concert.

    A variety of awesome musical acts are coming together this night to raise funding for "Honor Flight", which takes veterans from World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War to Washington Dc to visit their monuments. Many of these heroes have never had the opportunity to do so due to financial difficulties, and this program pays for them to go.

    [source: Lovin' Cup website, 2014-Apr-28]

  • At the Bug Jar starting around 8:30 p.m. is Doug's Bday Show with Storm the Bay, Alberto Alaska, Barbarossa, Dreameaters, and Tim Avery. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Apr-28]

Friday, May 2

  • This evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. is the Grand Opening of Genesee Libby (Hungerford Building, #225) with music by The Younger Gang.

    Please join us on May 2nd for the official launch of Genesee Libby, a photography studio specializing in the wet-plate collodion process. Contemporary and historic examples of this process will be on display along with vintage cameras, including a Century studio camera from the 1920s. The "instant" photo booth will be open where you can have your color portrait taken in front of the painted backdrop of the Genesee River. And, as with any proper shindig, there will be music and refreshments. We hope to see you there!

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Apr-28]

  • Tonight at 7 p.m. at Writers and Books is Wide Open Mic hosted by Norm Davis. [source: Writers and Books website, 2014-Apr-28]
  • At 7 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is a screening of Freeload (Daniel T. Skaggs, U.S. 2014, 65 min.), "a portrait of the modern train-riding culture." [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2014-Apr-28]
  • Tonight through Sunday at 7 p.m. and on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Cinema is Muppets Most Wanted (James Bobin, U.S. 2014, 107 min.)

    While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.

    [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Apr-30]

  • The Eastman Philharmonia performs in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Apr-28]
  • From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. tonight at Boulder Coffee is a A Variety/Talent Show titled Leftovers! [source: Boulder Coffee calendar, 2014-Apr-28]
  • Starting at 8 p.m. tonight and Sunday at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen Blood Simple (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, U.S. 1984, 99 min., 35mm).

    The Coen brothers made their directorial debut with this taut, small-town neo-noir. Surprisingly serious and brooding, Blood Simple nevertheless deals with themes that would become central to their work. Starring Coen staple Frances McDormand (marking the beginning of their nearly three-decade partnership) and character actor extraordinaire M. Emmet Walsh, this tale of double-crosses, deceit, and murder echoes some of Hollywood's greatest crime capers. Shot on a shoestring budget cobbled together from nearly two hundred private investors, Blood Simple became a festival favorite, garnering the Coen brothers instant notoriety.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Apr-28]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Lovin' Cup is a great stage show and excellent surf-based rock from The Isotopes, The Bleechers, and Liam Enright. [source: Lovin' Cup website, 2014-Apr-28]
  • Tonight through Sunday at 9 p.m., the Cinema will screen A Summer Place (Delmer Daves, U.S. 1959, 130 min.) — presumably a nostalgic look at projecting films prior to closing for 4 days to upgrade the theater for digital projection capabilities.

    A self-made businessman rekindles a romance with a former flame while their two teenage children begin a romance of their own with drastic consequences for both couples.

    [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Apr-30]

Saturday, May 3

  • Today from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. is The 2014 Dolomite Products Co., Inc. Penfield Quarry Open House at Dolomite Products Co., Inc. (746 Whalen Rd., Penfield).

    Minerals that can be found at this quarry are: Dolomite, Calcite, Fluorite, Gypsum (both selenite and massive), Celestine, Sphalerite, tiny Pyrite crystals (cube, pyritohedron, and octahedral forms), Marcasite needles, Galena, and Sulphur (rare). Although not abundant, Silurian age fossils can also be found, including stratomatolites, gastropods (snails), crinioids, brachiopods, cephalopods.

    [source: Rochester Academy of Science events calendar, 2014-Apr-28]

  • Today from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. is Rochester Movie Makers Auditions at Wilhelmina Rochester (235 Alexander St.)

    Whether you're an actor seeking work, or a filmmaker looking for talent, mark your calendars and sign up for the Rochester Movie Makers Open Auditions on Saturday, May 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rochester Movie Makers has selected several short and feature-length films to produce this summer and they are holding open auditions to find talent for the films. In addition. other filmmakers/producers seeking talent for works are welcome to register to participate and have actors audition.

    [source: RCTV website, 2014-Apr-28]

  • Today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Village Gate is the Mayday Underground Crafts + Art Fair. [source: Mayday Underground Crafts + Art website, 2014-Apr-28]
  • Today and tomorrow starting at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. is The Rochester Latino Theatre Company (RLTC) Workshops at the MuCCC. [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Apr-28]
  • From 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Washington Square Park is Sharefest '14: Day 2.

    Day two of the Sharefest is the Sharefestival, an outdoor festival held from 1:00-7:00 on May 3rd at Washington Square Park, where you can learn about Rochester's sharing economy and meet the people and organizations involved.

    [source: ShareFest website, 2014-Apr-16]

  • Today from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is Old House Identification and Preservation with Cynthia Howk.

    Cynthia Howk, Architectural Research Coordinator for the Landmark Society of Western New York, will be talking about styles of historic homes and how to preserve or restore your home's historic character. Bring your house along to the program! If you send a digital photo of your old house to mfraser@libraryweb.org it may be used in the program.

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Apr-28]

  • Today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. is a march against police violence and racism titled These Streets Remember! from the Corner of Bartlett St. and Jefferson Ave. to the Inner Faith Gospel Tabernacle (32 York St.) [source: Facebook, 2014-Apr-28]
  • The Rochester Latino Theatre Company presents W.A.C. In Iraq tonight at 7 p.m. at the MuCCC. [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Apr-28]
  • Starting at 8 p.m. tonight at the Dryden is Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (Jim Brown, U.S. 2007, 93 min., 35mm).

    One of the most beloved singer-songwriters of his generation, the late Pete Seeger was long misunderstood by critics, fans, and even the U.S. government. Unafraid to share his opinions on peace, civil rights, unionism, and ecology, he was branded as a communist and banned from television for seventeen years, facing picketing and protests wherever he went. Pete Seeger: The Power of Song combines never-before-seen archival footage and Seeger's personal films to tell the story of the "architect" of the folk revival who wrote such classics as "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "Turn, Turn, Turn," and "If I Had a Hammer."

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Apr-28]

  • Tonight at the Bug Jar starting around 10:30 p.m. is the final show for fantastic ska-influenced, synth-laden pop/rock from SPORTS with Harmonica Lewinski, Afro Nips, and Howlo. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Apr-28]

Sunday, May 4

  • Today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rochester Public Market is the second of this year's Community Garage Sales and Super Fleas. [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Apr-30]
  • Today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is Community Work Day.

    Come on out and help us spruce up the Squirrel. We will be making repairs, cleaning and organizing. Share your skills and time to help the community.

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Apr-28]

  • Today from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. is Sharefest '14: Day 3 in the Rundel Auditorium on the 3rd Floor of the Rundel Library Building.

    Sharefest 2014 concludes with the Sharefest Conference, which takes place in the Rundel Auditorium of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County at 115 South Ave. It is a chance to meet the Rochesterians who are involved in the sharing economy, and working to help people spend less, create more, and share what they have! In true sharing economy style, the conference is a potluck, so bring something tasty! After eating, we will break into group discussions on a variety of sharing economy topics!

    [source: ShareFest website, 2014-Apr-16]

  • From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Rundel Auditorium on the 3rd Floor of the Rundel Library Building is a Rochester's Rich History discussion with Donald S. Hall discussing Rochester's Patent Medicine Men. (Presumably one of these events will be moved!)

    In the late 19th century, Rochester was the third largest producer in the U.S. of patent medicines, the forerunners of today's over-the-counter medications. See the products, where they were made, the people who produced them and the places that they lived. Did the medicines work? One may say that they did a great job of improving the lives of the men who produced them.

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Apr-28]

  • Today at 2 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery is a What's Up lecture on Chinese Scroll Painting with Winnie Tsang. [source: MAG website, 2014-Apr-28]
  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is May the 4th Be With You: A Star Wars Themed Burlesque by The Valley of the Dolls. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Apr-28]

Monday, May 5

  • Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the MuCCC is The John W. Borek Production Of Hamlet.

    Hamlet is long. Not Anymore! Hamlet is a downer. Not Anymore! Hamlet is Shakespeare's greatest play. Not Anymore!

    [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Apr-28]

Tuesday, May 6

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is another Books Sandwiched-In discussion with Tom Proietti reviewing Tom Standage's Writing on the Wall: Social Media – The First 2,000 Years. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Apr-28]
  • Today from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Science and History Division on the 3rd Floor of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is the first of The Muslim Journeys: Bridging Cultures Reading and Discussion Series lead by Hend Alawadhi (four sessions through July 15). [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Apr-28]
  • This afternoon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and again this evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. is a Public Informational Meeting for the Inner Loop East Transformation Project at The Lodge at Martin Luther King Park (353 Court St.)

    The City's Inner Loop East Design Team will present the final design plans for a 2/3-mile stretch of the Inner Loop between Broadway and Charlotte Street. This section of the Inner Loop will be removed and Union and Howell Streets will be transformed into high-quality, two-way, at-grade streets lined with new, mixed-use development on land created by removal of the Inner Loop. Items presented at the open houses will include alignments & on-street parking details for the new streets, details of a new two-way cycle track and streetscape features to be constructed as part of the project including trees, street furniture, lighting and landscaped areas. Input from these open houses will feed directly into the final design which will be bid later in the summer.

    [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Apr-30]

  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Thomas P. Ryan Community Center (530 Webster Ave.) is a Rochester Police Department Reorganization Community Input Meeting. [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Apr-30]
  • The Dryden will screen Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (Les Blank and Maureen Gosling, U.S. 1979, 22 min., 16mm), and Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (Les Blank, U.S. 1980, 51 min., 16mm) at 8 p.m.

    Two of Blank's most loving odes to culinary creativity, these two lighthearted yet meticulously composed masterpieces are as endearing as they are interesting. Following a lost bet with filmmaker Errol Morris, cinematic daredevil Werner Herzog stringently holds up his end of the bargain in one of Blank's most poignantly funny films. Following it up is his affectionate ode to garlic (a key ingredient in Herzog's shoe broth); Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers exudes emotion, effortlessly maintaining something that many films lack: an outward sense of enjoyment in the filmmaking process and an unwavering fascination with its subject.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Apr-28]

  • Tonight at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. is Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Michael Parallax, Little Spoon, and Craig Marlowe. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Apr-28]

Wednesday, May 7

  • The Dryden will screen Going My Way (Leo McCarey, U.S. 1944, 126 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Crooner Bing Crosby stars as father Charles "Chuck" O'Malley, the easygoing priest who comes from East St. Louis to New York City to bring St. Dominic's Church out of the dumps. In a clash between the old and the new, O'Malley goes head to head with the conservative Father Fitzgibbon, who views O'Malley as barely one step up from the local hoods. O'Malley eventually proves himself worthy when he organizes the local delinquents into a street choir for a fundraiser that pulls the church out of debt.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Apr-28]

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