Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, August 7, 2014 through Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, August 7

  • From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Asbury First United Methodist Church (1050 East Ave.) is the Step Up To Healthy Living Health Fair. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Aug-5]
  • Tonight at the Bug Jar starting around 8 p.m. is Wake The Sun, Pushfire, and Machine Gun English. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Aug-4]
  • Inexplicably, the Dryden will screen Howard the Duck (Willard Huyck, U.S. 1986, 110 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Roundly panned on its release, George Lucas's adaptation of the cigar-chomping antihero is a cult favorite today. Made live-action because of a contractual obligation, an actor was given a costume to create the three-foot duck. Howard is ripped from Duckworld and abandoned on Earth, where he befriends Beverly (Lea Thompson), a rocker with a penchant for getting into trouble. After exposing Beverly's manager as a thief, Howard takes over while scientists investigate ways to get him home. In the end, Howard must defeat the alien Dark Overlords and weigh his fate against that of the entire world.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Aug-4]

Friday, August 8

  • From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery is the Opening Reception for Temporality by Katie Carey, and Sarah Heitmeyer, on display through August 23. Next door at the Printing and Book Arts Center is the Opening Reception for Taking Residence by Christina Bartonicek. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts website, 2014-Aug-4]
  • This week's 7 p.m. movie at the Cinema is X-Men: Days of Future Past (Bryan Singer, U.S. / U.K. 2014, 131 min.) "The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants." The 9:15 p.m. movie is Tammy (Ben Falcone, U.S. 2014, 97 min.) "After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother." [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Aug-5]
  • Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. is Sinbad at the Comedy Club. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Aug-4]
  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Oldeuboi (Oldboy, Park Chan-wook, South Korea 2003, 120 min., Korean w/ subtitles, 35mm).

    The centerpiece of the Vengeance Trilogy is stylishly brutal, blackly funny, and entirely in a class of its own. Fifteen years after he is inexplicably snatched off the streets of Seoul and held prisoner in a windowless hotel room, a Korean businessman (Choi Min-sik) is suddenly freed, still with no idea why he was imprisoned in the first place. Determined to learn the identity of his tormentors, he slices, dices, and hammers his way across the city, and discovers revenge really is a dish best served cold—with a side of live octopus. Remade by Spike Lee in 2013 under the same title.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Aug-4]

Saturday, August 9

  • Today from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Gandhi Institute is a Work Party. [source: Gandhi Inistitute website, 2014-Aug-4]
  • from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Brown Square Park (251 Verona St.) is Carifest with a Parade starting at the Liberty Pole. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Aug-4]
  • From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. starting at the North Gate of Mt. Hope Cemetery is The Revolutionary War Tour with R. Dreeson, S. Clarke, and Dennis Carr. "The American Revolution told through the lives of veterans buried in Mount Hope Cemetery. Covers action that took place in New York State." [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Aug-5]
  • In the Curtis Theatre at George Eastman House is a Focus 45 lecture with Charmaine Bynoe on the Fiftycrows Portfolio from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.

    Established in 1989 by Mother Jones magazine and administered from 2001 to 2012 by the Fiftycrows Foundation, the International Fund for Documentary Photography archive (also known as the Fiftycrows portfolio) includes approximately 1,200 prints, a selection of books and exhibition catalogues, correspondence and other papers, and 35mm slides. The portfolio, gifted to George Eastman House in 2013, contains self-styled documentary work from more than thirty countries by artists Shelby Lee Adams, Eve Arnold, Mark Asnin, Ernesto Bazan, Donna Cecesare, Bruce Davidson, Nan Goldin, Antonin Kratochvil, Andrew Moore, Sebastio Salgado, and Fazal Sheikh.

    [source: Eastman House calendar, 2014-Aug-4]

  • Tonight from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Art Museum of Rochester (610 Monroe Ave.) is 100face "On Ice Part II" featuring works by Paul Burke. [source: Facebook, 2014-Aug-4]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton, U.S. 2003, 100 min., 35mm).

    Pixar's most successful film is the impossible story of a father and son reunion across the Pacific Ocean. Young clown fish Nemo feels stifled by his overprotective father, Marlin, but when Nemo is captured by a scuba-diving dentist, it's up to Marlin to track him back to Sydney and rescue him. Along the way, he meets forgetful Dory, a few twelve-step program sharks, and sea turtles surfing the current. The voice work by Albert Brooks, Willem Dafoe, Ellen Degeneres, John Ratzenberger, and Geoffrey Rush wonderfully punctuates this endearing animated fish story.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Aug-4]

  • Starting around 9:30 p.m. at Abilene is excellent ska-driven rock from The Beaumonts. [source: Abilene website, 2014-Aug-4]
  • Improv Comedy Battles continue at Bread and Water Theatre (172 W. Main St.) tonight at 9:30 p.m. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Aug-4]
  • Over at Dinosaur starting around 10 p.m. is great classic rock/soul band Anonymous Willpower. [source: Dinosaur calendar, 2014-Aug-4]

Sunday, August 10

  • Today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Market is another Community Garage Sale and Super Fleas. [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Aug-5]
  • Today starting at 10 a.m. at Genesee Valley Park is U.K. Car Day with live music by The Paulsen and Baker Band. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Aug-4]
  • From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight at the Harro East is the Relive The Dream Adult Prom Gala. [source: Facebook, 2014-Aug-4]
  • This evening at the Shark Tank starting around 6 p.m. is Meridian, Steve Layman, Glenwood, and Hannah Weidner. [source: Facebook, 2014-Aug-4]
  • Madeline Mondrala, Lap Giraffe, and Beet Juice perform at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Aug-4]

Monday, August 11

  • Unidahmer, Lust, and The Results perform at the Bug Jar tonight starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Aug-4]

Tuesday, August 12

  • Starting at 7 p.m. at the Little is a screening of Ivory Tower (Andrew Rossi, U.S. 2014, 90 min.)

    Ivory Tower questions the purpose of higher education in an era when the price of college has increased more than for any other service in the U.S. economy since 1978. While many college graduates struggle to find menial employment waiting tables and cleaning toilets, new student loans over the next 10 years will total $184 billion. Even the once-heroic, tuition-free holdout Cooper Union in New York City now charges students, thanks in large part to hedge fund loans and flashy facilities costing more than $170 million.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Aug-4]

  • Starting at 8 p.m. at the Dryden is a screening of Sommaren med Monika (Summer with Monika, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden 1953, 96 min., Swedish w/ subtitles, 35mm).

    The first Bergman feature released in the U.S., this is one of the key films that contributed to the image of European Cinema as a more artistic and challenging counterpart to Hollywood. In her first work with Bergman, Harriet Andersson leaves an indelible impression as an adolescent temptress who takes off with an errand boy (Lars Ekborg) on a whimsical escapade, and walks out in boredom, leaving him to care for their child. This escape from the drudgery of working-class Stockholm to the Swedish countryside pays homage to Italian Neorealism and anticipates the French New Wave.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Aug-4]

  • The Fatty Acids, effortlessly tight, fast, hard-pop-rock from Routine Involvements, and Ivy's Panic Room perform at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Aug-4]

Wednesday, August 13

  • From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. starting at Starry Nites is Riddle Ride.

    Time for this years bike game.. Riddle Ride.. solve riddles to find hidden treasure in different locations around Rochester.. on bikes!

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Aug-5]

  • From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the George Eastman House is the last Garden Vibes concert of 2014 featuring Samantha Fish. [source: Eastman House calendar, 2014-Aug-4]
  • Starting at 8:30 p.m., the Dryden is screening Along Came Polly (John Hamburg, U.S. 2004, 90 min., 35mm).

    Insurance risk specialist Reuben Feffer (Ben Stiller) is on his honeymoon when he catches his wife in bed with a French scuba instructor. When he returns to New York, his highly organized life begins falling apart, especially when he is reunited with and falls for high school classmate Polly Prince (Jennifer Aniston). Introducing him to "risky" but worthwhile life experiences, Polly brings Reuben out of his comfort zone. Philip Seymour Hoffman is at his comedic best here as Reuben's best friend Sandy Lyle, a former child star floundering in community theatre, whose talents come in handy at the perfect moment.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Aug-4]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Polyphony, Ack, and The Inner Planets. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Aug-4]

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