Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, June 5, 2014 through Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, June 5

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. is Hochstein at High Falls with the Mambo Kings at Granite Mills Park. [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Jun-4]
  • Today at 2 p.m. at the Charlotte Branch Library, Maureen Whalen, and Marie Poinan will present The War On Our Shores 1812-1814: Charlotte Local History Program. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Jun-3]
  • This evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. is a Nature Walk starting at the parking lot at the end of Petten Street on the Genesee River. "This tour will highlight the Charlotte Cemetery, Bill Davis Overlook and the Charlotte Lighthouse." [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Jun-4]
  • This evening at 6 p.m. at the Dryden Theatre is a Wish You Were Here Lecture with Peter and Chase Guttman.

    Author, journalist, and photographer Peter Guttman has traveled to more than two hundred countries on all seven continents, creating a body of work that explores the world's cultural and geographic diversity. A two-time recipient of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year Award, Peter has taught at the International Center of Photography, and his work has been featured in major publications, books, travel guides, and exhibitions.

    [source: Eastman House calendar, 2014-Jun-3]

  • From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Central Library is a Reception for Al-Mutanabbi: Start the Conversation.

    The Al-Mutanabbi Street exhibit is a compelling response to a heinous event. On March 5, 2007 there was a bombing that targeted the book seller's street in Baghdad. 30 people died and over 100 were injured. The sole purpose of this terrorist act was to stop access to books and control information sharing. Beau Beausoleil, a poet in San Francisco could not let this event become another footnote in history. He asked artists from all over the world to create original works in the form of broadsides and artist books that would "start a conversation" and keep the implications of this event current. Imagine a world without free access to books, music, and news. Every time we open a book, read a newspaper or turn on the news we are stepping onto the world's Al-Mutanabbi Street.

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Jun-3]

  • Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the MuCCC is the opening performance of Hedda Gabler with performances Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. through June 14.

    This new adaptation of Ibsen's classic brings the title character into New Haven, CT in the late 1940s. Having entered into a loveless marriage, Hedda Tesman returns from her honeymoon with milquetoast college professor George to the tedium of middle class life. Her father's old friend, Judge Brack, is the only one aware of her discontent at the fate to which she's condemned herself by agreeing to marry George. As she's dreading a future filled with visits from George's spinster aunt, a high school rival, Thea, re-enters her life, bringing with her the potential of excitement.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Jun-3]

  • The Dryden will screen Black Caesar (Larry Cohen, U.S. 1973, 87 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Coming of age on the hard streets of Harlem and traumatized by a racist cop, young Tommy Gibbs (Fred Williamson) enters a life of crime. Eventually climbing to the head of a black crime syndicate, he declares war on the Italian mafia and the racist society surrounding him, with his ever-growing criminal empire and his volatile relationship in tow. Featuring an explosive James Brown soundtrack, exploitation king Larry Cohen's update of 1931's Little Caesar combines the in-your-face action of blaxploitation hits like Coffy and Superfly with the understated intensity of popular gangster flicks like The Godfather and Scarface.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jun-3]

  • Starting around 8:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Blueshift, Wrong Tree, and Serotonin. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jun-3]

Friday, June 6

  • From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Visual Studies Workshop is the First Friday Opening of Project Midtown by Meredith Davenport, on display through June 20.

    Over the past few years Meredith Davenport has been fascinated by the demolition and slow re-building of the Midtown Plaza in Rochester, NY in which she finds an uncanny visual relevance to images of the destruction of the Twin Towers in Manhattan. These references of destruction and despair lie in the literal heart of the city of Rochester, to an empty space that moves between promise and disappointment. The entire process of the destruction of Midtown Plaza has been documented by a camera on top of a building across the street which streams the information live to a website. Beyond the metaphors of destruction as a force of renewal, which are also quite common in the news media, Davenport has been thinking about the idea of nostalgia—a memory of something that never really existed—and how the use of images creates and builds on nostalgia.

    [source: VSW website, 2014-Jun-3]

  • At 6 p.m. at the Record Archive is the Opening Reception for Frankenstein Will Not Be Destroyed by Doug Macdonald. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Jun-3]
  • From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Joe Bean Coffee Roasters is the Gallery Opening of Pattern + Improvisation: A Portrait of Blues + Jazz with works by Todd Stahl, and Alexander Gruttadaro. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Jun-3]
  • Over at Writers and Books starting around 6 p.m. is First Friday celebration titled I Read Banned Books along with Wide Open Mic starting at 7 p.m. [source: Writers and Books website, 2014-Jun-3]
  • From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Bernunzio Uptown Music is Billy Eli and Friends. [source: Bernunzio Uptown Music website, 2014-Jun-3]
  • This week's 7 p.m. movie at the Cinema (except Tuesday) is Le Week-End (Roger Michell, U.K. / France 2013, 93 min.)

    A British couple return to Paris many years after their honeymoon there in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage.

    [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Jun-4]

  • The Dryden will screen The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, U.S. 1998, 117 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2 p.m.

    Following the massive success of Fargo, the Coen brothers released The Big Lebowski, an oddball comedy that ultimately polarized critics and floundered at the box office. Over time, however, the film has spawned a massive cult following, largely a result of its memorable characters and outrageous scenarios. Jeff Bridges (as the Dude), John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, and a stable of Coen regulars provide the backbone for what is arguably one of the funniest movies of the '90s. Featuring an equally eclectic soundtrack, it's no wonder that The Big Lebowski has made such a lasting impression.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jun-3]

  • Tonight's 8:35 p.m. movie at the Cinema (except Tuesday) is The Other Woman (Nick Cassavetes, U.S. 2014, 109 min.)

    After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he's been betraying. And when yet another love affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot revenge on the three-timing S.O.B.

    [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Jun-4]

  • Hades Mining Co., Order of the Dragon, the thick, bass-driven noise of Tuurd, and Penis Geyser perform at Monty's Krown tonight starting around 10 p.m. [source: Carbon Records calendar, 2014-Jun-3]

Saturday, June 7

  • Today from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. is The Fast and The Furriest® 5K and 10K Races, Walk and Pet Fest starting at Rochester Animal Services (184 Verona St.) [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Jun-3]
  • From 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Genesee Center for the Arts is Spokes and Ink, "a festival in Rochester that brings bicyclists and artists together." [source: Genesee Center for the Arts website, 2014-Jun-3]
  • At Writers and Books from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. is Jingle Dress Dance with Daystar/Rosalie Jones.

    The 'colorful' dances of Native Americans are very often viewed on the basis of their surface appeal and without cultural understanding. This presentation by Daystar/Rosalie Jones (Little Shell Chippewa) will present several Intertribal dances (the Shawl and Jingle, the Grass and the Hoop Dance) as forms of visual storytelling. The cultural origin and the story associated with each dance will be connected to its cultural and historical meanings. The community Round Dance will close the presentation.

    [source: Writers and Books website, 2014-Jun-3]

  • This evening from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Rochester Contemporary is the Opening Party and Artwork Sale of 6x6x2014. [source: Rochester Contemporary Art Center Exhibitions page, 2014-Jun-3]
  • The Dryden will screen Urgh! A Music War (Derek Burbidge, U.K. 1981, 96 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    The late 1970s were an exciting time to be a music fan. In a matter of years, pop music was completely reborn and bands were continually turning the record industry on its head. A concert film to end all concert films, Urgh! A Music War features performances by some of the biggest names in the punk and new wave scenes of the time. Devoid of narration, the performances are presented back to back and without contextualization. Featuring the Police, Oingo Boingo, Echo and the Bunnymen, the Go-Go's, Dead Kennedys, Gary Numan, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Magazine, the Cramps, Pere Ubu, Devo, Gang of Four, X, and more!

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jun-3]

Sunday, June 8

  • Starting around 8:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Richard Buckner, good and unique acoustic soloist Small Houses, MD Woods, and Glenwood. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jun-3]

Monday, June 9

  • From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Highland Branch Library is a discussion of Coffee Connection. "Stop in and learn about the local business Coffee Connections. Learn about how the business got started along with information on coffee." [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Jun-3]
  • Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Fisher Meeting Room of the Pittsford Community Library is a screening of The Iran Job (Till Schauder, U.S. / Iran / Germany 2012, 90 min.)

    When American basketball player Kevin Sheppard accepts a job to play in one of the world's most feared countries—Iran—he expects the worst. What he finds is a country brimming with generosity, acceptance, and sensuality.

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Jun-3]

  • Starting around 9:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Eyehategod, Ringworm, and Enabler. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jun-3]

Tuesday, June 10

  • Today at 12:15 p.m. in the Curtis Theatre at George Eastman House is a Photo Finish 5K Information Session.

    The George Eastman House Photo Finish 5K returns on Saturday, September 27. Also known as the "Philanthropy Challenge," the race allows dozens of organizations to raise funds through a single event, while honoring George Eastman's legacy of community philanthropy. Participant registration opens on June 4, National Running Day.

    [source: Eastman House calendar, 2014-Jun-3]

  • From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Writers and Books is Satire Circle with Leah Wescott. [source: Writers and Books website, 2014-Jun-3]
  • Tonight at 7 p.m., the Cinema presents another film in the 2014 Reel Mind Theatre and Film Series: Of Two Minds (Douglas Blush, Lisa J. Klein, U.S. / France / Canada 2012, 89 min.) followed by a discussion with filmmaker Doug Blush and subject Carlton Davis, moderated by Dr. Steve Dvorin.

    Of Two Minds explores the extraordinary lives, struggles and successes of three unique and compelling people – artist/architect Carlton Davis, journalist Liz Sikol and stylist Cheri Keating – living with Bipolar Disorder in America today. Through a combination of intimate verité and revealing interviews, the viewer experiences what it feels like to be Bipolar – from exquisite feelings of grandiosity and sensuality to the depths of despair and depression. A journey from the painful to the painfully funny, Of Two Minds puts a human face on the illness, opening an engaging, harrowing and perception-changing view on those all around us who live in Bipolar's shadows…our sisters and brothers, parents and friends, and ourselves.

    [source: Reel Mind Theatre and Film Series website, 2014-May-29]

  • Starting early tonight at 7 p.m. at the Dryden is a rare nitrate screening of Since You Went Away (John Cromwell, U.S. 1944, 172 min., 35mm).

    Featuring one of Temple's first serious roles, John Cromwell's Since You Went Away was an extremely popular contemporary home front epic. Featuring a loaded cast and brilliant cinematography by Stanley Cortez, the film predated William Wyler's likeminded The Best Years of Our Lives. Although well received in its day, Since You Went Away remains relatively obscure with contemporary audiences. An emotional rollercoaster often noted as a classic Hollywood tearjerker, the film uses melodrama as an expression of war's physical and psychological casualties. A rarely screened gem, this film will be shown in a pristine nitrate print.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jun-3]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Saintseneca, Gringo Star, Memory Map, and Maybird. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jun-3]

Wednesday, June 11

  • Updated: Tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the 1199SEIU (259 Monroe Ave.) is a discussion of Fight for 15. "The Fight for 15 is rapidly becoming one of the most important struggles of our times. Workers in one of the lowest-paid industries are organizing and demanding a higher wage and a union. Will you be there to stand with them?" [source: Facebook, 2014-Jun-5]
  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman, U.S. 1985, 104 min., 35mm).

    Pop icon Madonna stars as the hipster vamp that spawns this hilariously unpredictable romp through the New York underworld. Unsatisfied suburban New Jersey housewife Roberta is looking to get more out of life. In an effort to disrupt the tedium of her situation she lives vicariously through a mysterious woman named Susan whose correspondences populate the New York personal ads. When she works up the courage to spy on a meeting of Susan's, Roberta—through a series of unfortunate and coincidental mishaps—unwittingly becomes part of Susan's story.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jun-3]

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