Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, July 3, 2014 through Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, July 3

  • From 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall is jazz trumpeter Clay Jenkins. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Jun-30]
  • The Dryden will screen American Splendor (Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, U.S. 2003, 101 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Harvey Pekar's biographical graphic novel series, American Splendor, was illustrated by artists such as Robert Crumb and Alison Bechdel. Released over the course of twenty-five years, these comic books followed Pekar's life growing up in the changing neighborhood of Shaker Heights, Ohio, his association with Crumb and other artists, and even his battle with lymphoma. Using the comics as a starting point, documentary filmmakers Springer and Pulcini blend interviews of Pekar and his wife with fictionalized segments starring Paul Giamatti and Hope Davis as the same two characters, creating a unique piece of cinema autobiography.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jun-30]

  • Starting around 10:30 p.m. at Monty's Krown is SKYSKRAPER PT I featuring Order Of The Dragon, Transmissions From Helsinki, and Invisible Twin. [source: Facebook, 2014-Jun-30]

Friday, July 4

  • This week's 7 p.m. movie at the Cinema is Words and Pictures (Fred Schepisi, U.S. 2013, 111 min.) in which "[a]n art instructor and an English teacher form a rivalry that ends up with a competition at their school in which students decide whether words or pictures are more important." The 8:55 p.m. second feature is Neighbors (Nicholas Stoller, U.S. 2014, 97 min.)—"A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house." [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Jul-2]
  • Tonight starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar, The Lobby presents Bored on the Fourth of July featuring Harmonica Lewinski, Televisionaries, Buffalo Sex Change, and fascinating, engaging orchestral folk band Paxtor plus an art opening titled Summer Monsters with works by Bile, Erich Lehman, Rork Maiellano, Thievin' Stephen, Mike Turzanski, and live painting by Downer. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jun-30]

Saturday, July 5

  • Starting tonight at 8 p.m. and continuing daily through July 19 (except Mondays an Thursdays), the RCP Shakespeare Players present A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Highland Bowl (a double-performance with each character voiced aurally by one actor and voiced in American Sign Language by another.)

    The human characters in the play are, of course, unaware that there is a world of fairies all around them. In fact, each human has been assigned a 'guardian fairy' at birth. These guardians, like all fairies, communicate by sign language, and channel both the conscious and sub-conscious speeches, thoughts and emotions of 'their' humans. And, in turn, the fairy characters themselves, portrayed by signing actors, have their speeches and inner thoughts simultaneously presented by voicing actors. So, for example, as Fairy King Oberon thunders in gesticulating signs to his servant Puck, Oberon's imagination is simultaneously visualized by another Oberon actor thunderously voicing his speeches to an Puck's imagination actor. Due to the magic of live theater, these dramatic conventions are quickly understood by the audience, and we get to see a wildly lively presentation of this great play.

    [source: Rochester Community Players' Shakespeare Players page
    , 2014-Jun-30]

  • Updated: My bad—the Dryden will screen A Hard Day's Night (Richard Lester, U.K. 1964, 87 min., DCP) tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m.

    A blueprint for musical films and music videos to follow, Richard Lester's energetic slapstick musical set to hits like "Can't Buy Me Love" and "I Should Have Known Better," has the Fab Four as themselves, running and stumbling through a rambunctious world where they must get to London to perform on a TV show. As they're chased by fans, stuck on a train, and searching for Ringo, the band encounters one hilarious obstacle after another. Lively, inventive, and all-around entertaining, A Hard Day's Night encapsulates the moment when Beatlemania was changing the world. We're proud to present a new digital restoration courtesy of Janus Films.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jun-30]

  • Starting around 10:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Comfy, Bethlehem Steel, Pony Hand, and Scope and Figure. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jun-30]

Sunday, July 6

  • Today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Market is a Community Garage Sale and Super Flea. [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Jul-2]
  • Today starting at 11 a.m. is Hands Up! For Pat: first a brunch at John's Tex-Mex from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., then drinks and fun at Lux after 3 p.m.

    A few weeks back, our friend Pat was seriously injured while helping a stranded motorist. The good news is that Pat's a fighter, and he'll come through this. The bad news Is that between hospital bills and lost wages, Pat's in need of a little help. That's where you come in—and we've made it easy for you to help with a full day of fun, food, and drinks in the South Wedge.

    [source: flyer at John's Tex Mex, 2014-Jul-1]

  • Starting around 8 p.m. at the Carriage House (LOCATION REDACTED) is Hollow Deck, and Joe+n. [source: Carbon Records calendar, 2014-Jun-30]
  • Over at the Bug Jar is Dear Rabbit, Sekelton, and Death By Design starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jun-30]

Monday, July 7

  • Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is a Monday Mayhem Discussion and a screening of A Fierce Green Fire (Mark Kitchell, U.S. 2012, 101 min.)

    A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement — grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012, has won acclaim at festivals around the world, and in 2013 begins theatrical release as well as educational distribution and use by environmental groups and grassroots activists.

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Jul-2]

  • From 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall is a performance by jazz guitarist Bob Sneider. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Jun-30]
  • Comic Brandie Posey performs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Boulder Coffee (Alexander St.) [source: Boulder Coffee calendar, 2014-Jun-30]

Tuesday, July 8

  • Today from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. is a College Town Rochester (CTR) Job Fair at Staybridge Suites (1000 Genesee St.) "The College Town Rochester (CTR) development team will be hosting the first of a series of job fairs to help jumpstart the hiring process for the many new businesses that will call soon College Town home." Alternatively: stop by and see what stores will be opening in College Town. [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Jul-2]
  • From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. is The History of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Letchworth State Park in the Lower Falls Restaurant of Letchworth State Park (presumably near the Lower Falls).

    Part of the Learn About Letchworth Series, this year's theme is "The Nature of Letchworth – Past, Present and Future". The focus of the presentations will be experts in diverse fields to share their connections to the nature of Letchworth State Park. This presentation is by Tom Cook and Tom Breslin.

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Jun-30]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen E Agora? Lembra-me (What Now? Remind Me, Joaquim Pinto, Portugal 2013, 164 min., Portuguese w/ subtitles, 35mm).

    In this exuberant but challenging work, filmmaker Joaquim Pinto and his husband Nuno Leonel capture everyday moments in Pinto's life as he undergoes a clinical trial for HIV, intercutting the verité observation with free-flowing images and music. Much more than a "self-portrait," What Now? Remind Me is a cinematic journey that is at once personal and public, juxtaposing the present-progressive document of his body with intimate reflections on life and love. The expansive soundscape in the film attests to Pinto's accomplished career as a sound engineer who has worked with an impressive array of directors including Raul Ruiz, Manoel de Oliveira, and André Techiné.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jun-30]

  • Tonight starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Mad Conductor (and probably more TBA bands). [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jun-30]

Wednesday, July 9

  • The Dryden will screen Happiness (Todd Solondz, U.S. 1998, 134 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Banned at Sundance for being "disagreeable," Todd Solondz's most successful film follows three sisters and the conflicts that mark their suburban lives. Deftly combining tragedy and comedy, Solondz's characters demand an empathy some viewers were not ready to deal with, offering a vision of pedophiles and sexual deviants that one seldom sees. Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Allen, who, unable to act on his sexual fantasies, makes obscene phone calls to his neighbor. As Roger Ebert pointed out, "there is the horrifying suggestion that these characters may not be grotesque exceptions, but may in fact be part of the mainstream of humanity."

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jun-30]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. tonight at Abilene is the "Adirondack freight train string music" of The Blind Owl Band. [source: Abilene website, 2014-Jun-30]

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