Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, May 22, 2014 through Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, May 22

  • Today from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Curtis Theatre is a Focus 45 lecture on Teaching Preservation Workshops in China with Ross Knapper.

    Ross Knapper, assistant collection manager in the Department of Photography, will discuss his recent visit to Beijing, where he led photographic preservation workshops for Chinese museum directors. He will also provide insights to the photography exhibition that opened in China during his visit.

    [source: Eastman House calendar, 2014-May-19]

  • This evening from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Aquinas High School is a Rochester Police Department Reorganization Community Input Meeting. [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-May-21]
  • This evening from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the Community Room of the Henrietta Public Library, TV meteorologist Scott Hetsko will discuss All Things Weather in Rochester. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-May-19]
  • The Dryden will screen Yoidore tenshi (Drunken Angel, Akira Kurosawa, Japan 1948, 102 min., Japanese w/ subtitles, 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    As the years following World War I were a breeding ground for gangsters in America, those after World War II provided the same opportunity in Japan. The devastation of the country and ensuing financial collapse created a black market run by organized criminals. Toshiro Mifune, in his first film with Kurosawa, plays the gangster injured in a shootout with a rival gang. Takashi Shimura, another longtime Kurosawa collaborator, is the boozy doctor of the title who diagnoses the gangster with tuberculosis and befriends him until the head of the gang is released from prison. Kurosawa's humanist take on the genre focuses as much on the society that creates the situation as it does on the people who are born from it.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-May-19]

  • Starting around 8:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is This Resistance, City Under Siege, Nerds In Denial, and The Bleechers. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-May-19]
  • The Younger Gang plays at the Lovin' Cup tonight starting around 9 p.m. with artwork on display by Ellina Chetverikova, and Amy Vena. [source: Facebook, 2014-May-19]
  • The Laundry Room Squelchers, Smut, Licker, Tumul, and Martin Freeman perform at Firehouse Saloon (814 S. Clinton Ave.) tonight starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Carbon Records calendar, 2014-May-19]

Friday, May 23

  • This week's 7 p.m. movie at the Cinema (except Tuesday) is The Lunchbox (Ritesh Batra, India / France / Germany / U.S. 2013, 104 min.)

    A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.

    [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-May-21]

  • At 7 p.m. at the Baobab is a screening of Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (Ice-T, Andy Baybutt, U.S. 2012, 106 min.)

    The craft. The history. The power. All these elements of the hip-hop movement are discussed with director Ice-T and the legends he interviews—Afrika Bambaataa, Eminem, Nas, Mos Def, Kanye West, Chuck D, Krs-One, Snoop Dogg, Run-Dmc and Ice Cube—in this compelling and gritty feature-length documentary.

    [source: Baobab website, 2014-May-19]

  • Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the MuCCC (and Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through May 31) is Lisa Kron's Well.

    This Tony-award-nominated play is like nothing you have ever seen before. Playwright Lisa Kron tells the story of playwright Lisa Kron attempting to stage a play that will investigate not only Kron's complex relationship with her mother but also the nature of the near-debilitating allergies that both women have suffered from for most of their lives. Things soon spin out of control, though, when Kron's mother, in hilarious fashion, hijacks the play for her own purposes and forces Kron to dig deeper into her own life and state of mind than even she first intended.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2014-May-19]

  • Starting around 7:30 p.m. at Bernunzio Uptown Music is the Heather Dale Band in concert: Modern Songs and Ancient Legends.

    Canadian recording artist and touring musician Heather Dale writes songs for witty, fun-loving, imaginative people who aren't afraid to be different. Heather's original songs tap into world legends, history and fantasy.

    [source: Bernunzio Uptown Music website, 2014-May-19]

  • Updated: Tonight at 8 p.m. at Skylark is the 27th Annual Bob Dylan's Birthday Party hosted by Hunu? and featuring numerous local bands including great classic rock/soul band Anonymous Willpower, wicked fun, saxophone-driven, percussive groove-rock band The BuddhaHood, and charismatic acoustic soloist Scott Regan. [source: Facebook, 2014-May-22]
  • The Dryden will screen Barton Fink (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, U.S. 1991, 116 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Written during a three-week break from working on Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink was anything but a flash in the pan. A genre-bender that nearly swept the 1991 Cannes Film Festival (winning the Palme D'or, Best Director, and Best Actor), Barton Fink has endured as one of the Coen brothers' finest artistic achievements. Migrating from Broadway to Hollywood, writer Barton Fink sets up shop in the cavernous Hotel Earle, descending into a paranoid, claustrophobic, art deco—styled nightmare. As always, the brothers elicit stellar work from their actors, with Coen favorites John Turturro and John Goodman turning in career-defining roles.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-May-19]

  • Fantastic, heavy, electric, lounge-folk from Auld Lang Syne, S.S. Web, The Barry Brothers, and New City Slang perform at the Bug Jar tonight starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-May-19]
  • This week's 8:50 p.m. movie at the Cinema (except Tuesday) is The Railway Man (Jonathan Teplitzky, Australia / U.K. 2013, 216 min.)

    A former British Army officer, who was tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War Ii, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.

    [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-May-21]

Saturday, May 24

  • At 1 p.m. at the Little is a screening of Ping Pong: Never to Old for Gold (Hugh Hartford, 2012, 76 min.) "This film is as much about the tenacity of the human spirit as it is a meditation on mortality." [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-May-13]
  • Tonight from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Space is Thanks for coming, You're the best! A Night of Comedy with Dario Josef, Brian Edwards, Tim Almeter, and hosted by Zach Swan. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-May-19]
  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter (Tomas Leach, U.K. 2014, 77 min., DCP) followed by a video chat discussion between filmmaker Tomas Leach and photography curator Lisa Hostetler.

    One of the most revered and influential of the New York School of photographers, Saul Leiter, pioneer of color photography, gained his acclaim rather late. Tomas Leach's documentary covers the life and career of Leiter through interviews and conversations with the man himself combined with meditations on his singular body of work. What emerges is an intimate, often humorous portrait of a man humbled and indifferent to his achievements, yet wholly devoted to his craft.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-May-19]

  • Joywave, Fowls, and good bar-rock band The Heroic Enthusiasts perform at the Bug Jar starting around 10:30 p.m. tonight. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-May-19]

Sunday, May 25

  • At 2 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery is a lecture titled Brush with Nature: Plein Air Tradition in American Landscape Painting with Valerie A. Balint.

    Valerie A. Balint gives an illustrated lecture on the evolution of open air sketching and painting in the United States, beginning in the first quarter of the 19th century. Drawing upon the methods and artwork of such Hudson River School artists as Frederic Edwin Church, she will discuss the establishment of the plein air tradition and examine the influence of technological advances in artists' materials, the rise of tourism and increased exposure to European art.

    [source: MAG website, 2014-May-19]

  • This evening at 8 p.m. at the Armory is David Attell. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-May-19]
  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar, ROC Chip presents Casshern, good chiptunes rock band Chip's Challenge, Bleo, and Cu-Cu. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-May-19]

Monday, May 26

  • Updated: Today at 10 a.m. starting at East Avenue at Arnold Park is the 30th anniversary of the Rochester Peace Parade, "where the Peace and Justice community comes out in a show of enthusiasm and good will, immediately following the regular Memorial Day Parade." [source: Facebook, 2014-May-22]
  • At the Flying Squirrel at 7 p.m. is a Green Party Meeting. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2014-May-19]

Tuesday, May 27

  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at ROC City Brewing Co. is RocCity Recap: #RocCity101.

    Come enjoy some delicious ROCbrew as well as some of our favorite treats from companies listed on our #roccity101 list! At the event, you'll meet representatives from RocCity Coalition's member and partner groups and those featured on our #roccity101 list!

    [source: Facebook, 2014-May-19]

  • Tonight at Smugtown Mushrooms is Smugtown Art, Food & Zine Night starting around 7 p.m. [source: Facebook, 2014-May-19]
  • Updated: Starting at 7 p.m. tonight, the Cinema will screen Hidden Pictures (Delaney Ruston, U.S. / China / France / India / South Africa 2013, 60 min.)

    Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston grew up under the shadow of her dad's illness: Schizophrenia. While reconnecting with him after years of estrangement, as seen in the award-winning film, Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia (Reel Mind 2011), Ruston became interested in the experiences other families had around the globe. How are people accepted or rejected? What is mental health care like? Given that the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the 450 million people worldwide have a mental illness, why do we rarely hear their stories? Ruston takes us on her journey to answer these questions, uncovering global mental health in India, South Africa, China, France, and the U.S. What emerges are scenes of profound frustration, moments of true compassion, and haunting insights.

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-May-27]

  • The South Carolina Broadcasters, and The Younger Gang perform at Bernunzio Uptown Music tonight at 7:30 p.m. [source: Bernunzio Uptown Music website, 2014-May-19]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Dizzy Gillespie (Les Blank, U.S. 1964, 22 min., 16mm), The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins (Les Blank, U.S. 1968, 31 min., 16mm), and A Well Spent Life (Les Blank and Skip Gerson, U.S. 1971, 44 min., 16mm).

    Three of Blank's most beloved and accomplished music films showcase the artist's love for jazz and the blues. Blank's first foray into the music documentary, Dizzy Gillespie is a free-flowing portrait of the infamous bebop trumpeter. The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins and A Well Spent Life delve into Texas blues, profiling legends Lightnin' Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb, respectively. With vivid handheld photography, brilliant soundtracks, and a loose, laid back narrative style, these intimate shorts resist classification. Heartfelt, poignant, and remarkably moving, these are three films that not only do justice to the music, but to the men that wrote it.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-May-19]

  • Flashing Astonishers, Made Violent, Faux Leather Jacket, and excellent, superfast, synth-pop, novelty songs from Worm Quartet perform at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-May-19]

Wednesday, May 28

  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Vertex is a Retro Game Night with DJ Iron Mike. [source: Facebook, 2014-May-19]
  • The Dryden will screen Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (Robert Altman, U.S. 1982, 109 min., 35mm) staring at 8 p.m.

    By the early 1980s, Robert Altman's career was in a funk. He had just directed the critically maligned screen adaptation of Popeye and sold his independent studio, Lion's Gate Films. Tired of Hollywood, Altman took his talents to the stage. After acquiring the rights to Ed Graczyk's modest play, the director quickly adapted it for the screen. Shooting on a low budget, Altman aspired to elude mainstream success, instead seeking a long run on the arthouse circuit. Featuring a wonderful performance by Cher (in her first film role in over a decade), Come Back ranks as one of Altman's most lovable films.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-May-19]

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