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

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

  • Today from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lincoln Branch Library is a July '64 Walking Tour with MCC Professor Verdis Robinson. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Jul-14]
  • From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting at Seneca Park, north of the zoo at Trout Pond is a Nature Walk. "Explore the historic Olmsted designed Seneca Park North including: Trout Pond, Aviary and Bandstand and the historic trail system. Lower Gorge Explorer walk." [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Jul-16]
  • The Dryden will screen Gwoemul (The Host, Bong Joon-ho, South Korea 2006, 119 min., Korean and English w/ subtitles, 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Six years after a U.S. Army mortuary dumps highly toxic chemicals into Seoul's Han River, the inevitable happens: a giant mutant sea monster comes bounding out of the polluted waters to wreak havoc on the city. Bong's thrilling third feature is many things: a subtle political satire, a serious environmental cautionary tale, and simply one of the best monster movies ever made. At its big heart, however, the film is also the story of an ordinary family that must deal with an extraordinary crisis when teenage daughter Hyun-seo (Go Ah-Sung) becomes Beauty to the Han River's Beast.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jul-14]

  • Starting around 8:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is The Tins, Branch Davidians, and effortlessly tight, fast, hard-pop-rock from Routine Involvements. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jul-14]
  • Also around 8:30 p.m., at Star Alley Park, is Sisters of Murphy. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Jul-14]

Friday, July 18

  • Tonight at 7 p.m., the Memorial Art Gallery will screen Synth Britannia (Benjamin Whalley, U.K. 2009, 90 min.) at 7 p.m. as part of the Alternative Music Film Festival.

    "Birth of Synth Pop" takes a look at British synthesizer-based electronic music from the 70s through the 80s. The film spotlights such pioneers of electronic instruments as Kraftwerk, Gary Numan, OMD and Joy Division, before moving on to such 80s success stories as New Order, Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, Ultravox and Pet Shop Boys.

    [source: MAG website, 2014-Jul-14]

  • The Little will screen Fed Up (Stephanie Soechtig, U.S. 2014, 92 min.) tonight at 7 p.m. with a Panel Discussion to follow.

    Upending the conventional wisdom of why we gain weight and how to lose it, Fed Up unearths a dirty secret of the American food industry-far more of us get sick from what we eat than anyone has previously realized. Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and TV journalist Katie Couric lead us through this potent exposé that uncovers why-despite media attention, the public's fascination with appearance, and government policies to combat childhood obesity-generations of American children will now live shorter lives than their parents did.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Jul-14]

  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the 1975 Gallery is a WALL\THERAPY Kick Off for 2014. [source: Facebook, 2014-Jul-16]
  • This week's double-feature at the Cinema (except Monday) is The Immigrant (James Gray, U.S. 2013, 120 min.) at 7 p.m.: "In 1921, unfortunate circumstances drive newly arrived immigrant Ewa into a life of prostitution, and a complex, volatile relationship with two men – her conflicted pimp and his romantic cousin." Then at 9:05 p.m. is Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland / Denmark 2013, 80 min.) "Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation." [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Jul-16]
  • Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the MuCCC is Cordaro World: A Call to Adventure.

    Cordaro World: A Call to Adventure is a collaboration between Rochester based artist Cordell Cordaro and Amber Brescia of Catalyst Dance Works. The show paints a picture of an artist's journey through a stunning blend of dance and mixed media. The audience will be whisked away into the whimsical world of the characters portrayed in Cordaro's paintings. The show explores themes of self-doubt, courage, and perseverance as the hero encounters trials and tribulations in the pursuit of an artistic dream.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Jul-14]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Eega (Koduri Srisaila Sri Rajamouli, India 2012, 134 min., Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Chinese, Urdu, Thai, and Kannada w/ subtitles, Blu-ray) as its Curator's Choice.

    Your definition of "over-the-top" fantasy-action-romance cinema is likely to change forever after seeing this hugely entertaining (and jaw-dropping) crowd-pleaser from one of the most talented directors of Telugu cinema in Andhra Pradesh, India. This is not typical Bollywood stuff: think, instead, of a David Cronenberg film with a naughty, eccentric smile. Remember The Fly? Try to imagine what Joe Dante, George A. Romero, and John Landis would do with it all together; then add, if you can, an extra dose of surrealism and suspension of disbelief. The Toronto After Dark Film Festival voted Eega Most Original Film, Best Special Effects, Best Editing, Best Villain, Best Hero, Best Comedy, Best Fights, and Best Film to Watch with a Crowd. It's a treat for the most adventurous cinephile, for daring kids, and for all believers in reincarnation.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jul-14]

  • Later tonight starting around 9:30 p.m. is "long-time Rochester favorite" Brendan MacNaughton and The Inbetweens at Abilene. [source: Abilene website, 2014-Jul-14]

Saturday, July 19

  • From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South Gate of Mount Hope Cemetery is a Mount Hope Cemetery Of the People, By the People, For the People Tour. "This tour is Part 2 of the Rochester history series and will include stories about the politics and government throughout Rochester's history." [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Jul-16]
  • Starting at 12 p.m. today is the 5th Annual Rise Up and Roc the Peace Fest at Jones Square Park (170 Saratoga Ave.) with Mayor Lovely Warren and gospel artist Michael Burton.

    Roc the Peace was started by Sirena Cotton in 2008 a year after her son 16-year old son, Christopher Jones, became the 52nd homicide victim in Rochester, when he was gunned down outside of his home. The Peace Fest honors all victims of violence in the Greater Rochester area. through remembrance, raising awareness, and educating violence prevention; collaborating with Rise Up Rochester for the past two years.

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Jul-14]

  • In the Penfield Community Center (1985 Baird Rd., Penfield) at 2 p.m. is a performance of Why Torture is Wrong, and the People who Love Them.

    Christopher Durang turns political humor upside down with this raucous and provocative satire about America's growing homeland "insecurity." Directed by Jared Lee Morgan, Why Torture is Wrong, and the People who Love Them tells the story of a young woman suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father's hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government? Why does her mother enjoy going to the theatre so much? Does she seek mental escape, or is she insane? Honing in on our private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange and red alerts.

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Jul-16]

  • Today from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. is the Rochester Pride Parade: There's No Place Like Pride from Brunswick and Argyle Streets to Martin Luther King Jr. Park at Manhattan Square. [source: UofR website events calendar, 2014-Jul-14]
  • Tonight's Band on the Bricks starting around 6 p.m. or so at the Public Market is the great reggae/dub band Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. [source: Up All Night website, 2014-Jul-14]
  • The Dryden will screen Le cousin Jules (Cousin Jules, Dominique Benicheti, France 1972, 91 min., French w/ subtitles, DCP) tonight at 8 p.m.
    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jul-14]
  • Starting around 9:30 p.m. at Abilene is Gas House Gorillas. "If Cab Calloway, Freddy Mercury, Illinois Jacquet and Johnny Ramone started a garage band, it might sound something like the Gas House Gorillas." [source: Abilene website, 2014-Jul-14]
  • Village Idiots Improv Comedy Battles returns—to Bread and Water Theatre (172 W. Main St.) starting at 9:30 p.m. [source: RocWiki events, 2014-Jul-14]
  • Starting around 10:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Jason McCash's Family Fund Benefit Show with Orodruin, The Highest Leviathan, Saints and Winos, Goron, and Order of the Dragon. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jul-14]

Sunday, July 20

  • At the Public Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the Community Garage Sale and Super Fleas. [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Jul-16]
  • Tonight at the Little at 6:30 p.m. is a screening of July '64 (Carvin Eison, U.S. 2006, 60 min.) followed by a discussion with director Carvin Eison and producer Chris Christopher at the Little.

    July '64 tells the story of a historic three-day race riot that erupted in two African American neighborhoods in Rochester, New York. On the night of July 24, 1964, frustration and resentment brought on by institutional racism, overcrowding, lack of job opportunity, and police dog attacks exploded in racial violence that brought Rochester to its knees. Directed by Carvin Eison and produced by Chris Christopher, July '64 combines historic archival footage, news reports, and interviews with witnesses and participants to dig deeply into the causes and effects of the historic disturbance.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Jul-14]

Monday, July 21

  • In Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is Solids, Liquids and Gases – a Scientific Exploration from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. "Kids are welcome to join us in the Kate Gleason Auditorium and explore the properties of liquid nitrogen. This program ends with a Bang!" [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Jul-16]
  • Today from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is a lecture titled There's a Riot Going On: The Current of Race Relations Since the 1964 Riots with Bruce A. Jacobs. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Jul-14]
  • This afternoon at 1:30 p.m., the Dryden will screen Executive Suite (Robort Wise. 1954. 104 min.)

    The cutthroat world of office politics is exposed as the vicepresidents scramble to fill the late boss's shoes. The stellar cast of William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck, Fredric March, Paul Douglas, Louis Calhern, and Walter Pidgeon all have a stake in the race to the executive suite.

    [source: Eastman House flyer, 2014-Jul-1]

Tuesday, July 22

  • Today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Teen Central of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is a screening of July '64 (Carvin Eison, U.S. 2006, 60 min.) followed by a discussion with Darryl Porter. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Jul-14]
  • Updated: Starting around 7 p.m. at Needledrop Records (304 Gregory St.) is Andrew Kirschner, Watchword, Finkbeiner, and Licker. [source: Facebook, 2014-Jul-18]
  • Tonight from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall is Summer Sing: Poulenc "Gloria".

    Singers of all ages and abilities are again invited to take part in "Eastman Summer Sings," the popular Eastman-Rochester Chorus series of choral music reading sessions. Now marking its 20th season under director William Weinert, professor of conducting and director of choral activities at the Eastman School of Music, the series offers the Rochester community the opportunity to perform choral masterworks with Eastman faculty, Eastman students, and outstanding soloists from the area. Hundreds of Rochesterians have participated in these relaxed and engaging singing experiences through the years. Scores are provided at the door. The sessions are free, with a $5 suggested donation, and refreshments are also provided.

    [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Jul-14]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen A Field in England (Ben Wheatley, U.K. 2013, 90 min., 35mm).

    In this follow up to Kill List (2011) and Sightseers (2011), Ben Wheatley refutes our assumption that color and the 1960s are essential for a psychedelic film. Set in seventeenth-century Civil War England, a group of deserters are captured by an alchemist and forced to look for a hidden treasure buried in an overgrown field. Instead of gold, they find "shrooms," and that's when things really start to happen. A Field in England continues Wheatley's quest to demonstrate that the idyllic English countryside is the perfect setting for sinister plots.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jul-14]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Kaoru Nagisa, Ma Catharsis et la Mort, Copkiller, and I Can't Stop Wondering. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jul-14]

Wednesday, July 23

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rundel Auditorium on the 3rd Floor of the Rundel Library Building is a Brown Bag Book Discussion with Carol Moldt of One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson.

    In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day (and slept much of the rest of the time), a semi-crazed sculptor with a mad plan to carve four giant heads into an inaccessible mountain called Rushmore…. It was the summer that saw the birth of talking pictures, the invention of television, the peak of Al Capone's reign of terror, ill-conceived decision that led to the Great Depression….. Bryson rolls out an unforgettable cast of vivid and eccentric personalities to bring to life a forgotten summer when America came of age, took centre stage and changed the world for ever.

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Jul-14]

  • From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is another screening of July '64 (Carvin Eison, U.S. 2006, 60 min.) followed by a discussion with producer Chris Christopher, director Carvin Eison, Christopher Lindley, Gap Mangione, Darryl Porter and Tom Proietti. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Jul-14]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen State and Main (David Mamet, U.S. / France 2000, 105 min., 35mm).

    A unique and clever take on the "films about filmmaking" genre, David Mamet's absurdist comedy concerns the troubled production of a fictional film, The Old Mill. Plagued by setbacks, director Walt Price (William H. Macy) presses on after the company is kicked out of their New Hampshire location following a controversy with the film's star. Things go downhill when the new town's mill turns out not to exist, the new writer develops writer's block, and the leading lady (Sarah Jessica Parker) questions her nude scenes. Philip Seymour Hoffman is Joseph Turner White, the afflicted writer called in to doctor the script and help the floundering production.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jul-14]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Arrows In Her, Del Paxton, and Weather, Or Whatever. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jul-14]

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