Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, July 24, 2014 through Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, July 24

  • Today at 12 p.m. in Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is a Civil Rights Talk with Ruth Holland Scott.

    Activist, author, politician, and teacher, Ruth Holland Scott was the first African American woman elected to Rochester City Council. She will discuss civil rights in Rochester in the years following the July riots.

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Jul-21]

  • Today from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the Winton Branch Library is a discussion of Solid Waste and Recycling. Tina Verno Stevens, "Environmental Eductor for Monroe County Department of Environmental Services, will talk about the new recycling system that is coming our way. Find out what changes and improvements will be made." [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Jul-21]
  • Marie Helm will discuss Overcoming the Culture of Fear tonight from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at First Church of Christ, Scientist (440 East Ave.) [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Jul-21]
  • Tonight through Sunday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the MuCCC is Cow Town by Spencer Christiano.

    "Cow Town" explores the attraction and dangers of exploitative relationships, fast love, and the subtleties of consent in this world premiere production of a daring new work by Rochester playwright Spencer Christiano. "Cow Town" follows four young adults in the urban and rural Americas as they interweave through a slice of summer friendships, attractions, obsessions, and infatuations. Fast-moving romances and casual hookups quickly snowball into much more complex relationships— both sought after and feared. As the characters struggle to communicate truths between generations built on secrecy, find the future in barren impossibility, and grasp self-reliance from inescapable dependence, the nature of desire is examined, clarified, and muddled.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Jul-21]

  • The Dryden will screen Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir, U.S. 2003, 138 min., 35mm) at 8 p.m.

    The seas are battlefields and the men of the HMS Surprise are their own small, floating portion of the mighty fortress that was England in 1805. Peter Weir's magnificent and visually stunning epic examines with authenticity, pathos, and humor, the challenges of seafaring in the age of wind-powered navies. Russell Crowe inhabits the role of Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey, whose capacity for leadership is equaled by his superlative seamanship. A stellar supporting cast, breathtaking cinematography and a matchless sound score make this an unforgettable tale of life on the high seas.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jul-21]

  • Starting around 10 p.m. tonight at the Bug Jar is Floor/Therapy with Moses Rockwell, DJ Tim Tones, Thievin' Stephen, and visuals by Dr. Hamburger. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jul-21]

Friday, July 25

  • Today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Central Library is Artists in the Archives.

    Each installation includes a card catalog filled with art: the "Alternet" consists of works by 75 artists, "Book Marks" is the creation of a single artist, and "The Call to Everyone" contains contributions by several hundred members of the public.

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Jul-23]

  • Today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is July '64 Revisited: Rochester and Race Relations with Blackstorytelling League of Rochester.

    Hear accounts of local storytellers about what happened in Rochester during the race riots of 1964. Presented by Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library and the Office of the City Historian.

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Jul-21]

  • Tonight starting at 7 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Park is Movies with a Downtown View featuring Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, U.S. 2000, 122 min.)

    No chairs, tables, dogs, plastic sheets, bags, or pads permitted on the lawn. For the protection of all attendees, all bags, backpacks, briefcases, etc. will be subject to inspection by security.

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Jul-15]

  • This week's 7 p.m. movie at the Cinema is Maleficent (Robert Stromberg, U.S. / U.K. 2014, 97 min.) "A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land." The 8:40 p.m. movie is Transformers 4: Age of Extinction (Michael Bay, U.S. / China 2014, 165 min.) "A mechanic and his family join the Autobots as they are targeted by a bounty hunter from another world." [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Jul-23]
  • Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through August 2, and Sundays August 3 and 10 at 2 p.m., Bread and Water Theatre host performances of The Witnesses Of Kitty Genovese by J.R. Teeter.

    Little about her life is known as it was her death that made her famous. On the night of March 13th, 1964 Catherine 'Kitty' Genovese is murdered while thirty-eight witnesses look on and did nothing. J.R. Teeter's harrowing script uses a variety of first person source material including trial transcripts, parole minutes and eyewitness accounts to tell the story of this young woman's death and how no one came to her aid.

    [source: Bread and Water Theatre website, 2014-Jul-21]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, U.S. 1963, 120 min., 35mm).

    Hitchcock followed up Psycho with this thriller of nature on the attack. Loosely based on Daphne du Maurier's novella, the story follows Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) as she travels to Bodega Bay, California, to deliver a pair of lovebirds to Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor). While there, birds start becoming violent, swarming, and attacking the citizens indiscriminately. Melanie finds herself at the center of a battle for survival, leading to a graphic climax that took twelve days to shoot.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jul-21]

  • Tonight at the Vineyard Community Space (836 S. Clinton) is the Chris Schlarb Summer Tour with Ryan Bailey, and Wild Gone Girls starting around 9 p.m. [source: Facebook, 2014-Jul-21]

Saturday, July 26

  • Today at Linear Garden on East Main near Winton is a Photo Scavenger Hunt from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. "Work with a team to find as many items as you can the quickest. There will be prizes awarded and a cookout to follow." [source: Neighborworks Rochester website, 2014-Jul-21]
  • This evening at 4:30 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is the monthly Community Dinner. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2014-Jul-21]
  • From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is Tom Nomad discussing The Post-Occupy Impasse, the Problems of Movement Politics and Its Relationship to Concepts of Clandestinity. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2014-Jul-21]
  • Tonight starting around 9 p.m. at the Lovin' Cup is 5Head, and great classic rock/soul band Anonymous Willpower. [source: Lovin' Cup website, 2014-Jul-21]
  • Starting at 9:30 p.m. at Bread and Water Theatre (172 W. Main) is Improv Comedy Battles. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Jul-21]
  • Starting around 10 p.m. at the Bug Jar, ROC Chip presents Advance Base, Kkrusty, Passive Aggressives Anonymous, and Talking Under Water. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jul-21]

Sunday, July 27

  • Today at Asbury First United Methodist Church (1050 East Ave.) from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. is a lecture by Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette titled Fulfilling The Dream: Nonviolence for Positive Social Change Today. [source: Gandhi Inistitute website, 2014-Jul-21]
  • This evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Little is a screening of A Film About Coffee (Brandon Loper, U.S. 2014, 67 min.)

    A Film About Coffee is a love letter to, and meditation on, specialty coffee. It examines what it takes, and what it means, for coffee to be defined as "specialty." The film whisks audiences on a trip around the world, from farms in Honduras and Rwanda to coffee shops in Tokyo, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and New York. Through the eyes and experiences of farmers and baristas, the film offers a unique overview of all the elements—the processes, preferences and preparations; traditions old and new—that come together to create the best cups. This is a film that bridges gaps both intellectual and geographical, evoking flavor and pleasure, and providing both as well.To get more information about this film, click here.

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

Monday, July 28

  • Today at 1:30 p.m., the Dryden will screen The Long, Long Trailer (Vincente Minnelli, 1955, 103 min.)

    Lucy and Desi, newly married and on their honeymoon in a very expensive and very loooooong mobile home. Nobody ever had the chemistry that these two master comedians display. What a way to start a marriage!

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

Tuesday, July 29

  • Today from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. starting at the Lincoln Library Branch is a July '64 Walking Tour with MCC Professor Verdis Robinson. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Jul-21]
  • Tonight starting around 8 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Being As An Ocean, My Iron Lung, This is Home, Silver Creek Attractions, and Opposed to Silence. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Jul-21]
  • The Dryden will screen Manakamana (Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez, Nepal/Us 2013, 118 min., Nepali and English w/ subtitles, 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Tourists, musicians (sarangi players), young men, and elder wives (of a shared husband) all take the cable car up to the sacred Hindu temple Manakamana, in the Nepal Valley. Working in the traditions of experimental ethnography, Manakamana consists of eleven extreme long takes that capture eleven rides on the cable car. The 16mm film camera installed in a glass box inside the cable car captures the impromptu conversations and performance of the pilgrims. This is one of many innovative works, including Leviathan (2012), that have recently emerged from Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Lab.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jul-23]

Wednesday, July 30

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Love Liza (Todd Louiso, France/Germany/U.S. 2002, 90 min., 35mm)—written by his brother, Gordy Hoffman.

    Philip Seymour Hoffman is Wilson Joel, a man paralyzed by his wife's suicide. With the discovery of an unopened lost suicide note, Wilson slips into a deep depression bent on repressing his emotions and expanding his addiction to huffing gasoline. When a coworker notices the smell in his apartment he explains it away as a consequence of his new hobby: model planes—sending him down an ever-expanding road of lies and awkwardness. The darkest of dark comedies written by Gordy Hoffman, Love Liza dares to dig at the existential questions that take on an absurdity all their own.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Jul-23]

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