Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, August 14, 2014 through Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I used to number each week but got out-of-practice. Nonetheless, if I were still counting, week #814 would start today — on 8/14/14 no less. Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, August 14

  • Today through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Saint Anne Church is their annual Next-to-New Sale. [source: UMHN Calendar, 2014-Aug-11]
  • Tonight at Writers and Books from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. is a Bertrand Russell Forum. This month, Douglas A. Fisher will discuss Alistair Cooke Reflects on Bertrand Russell. [source: Writers and Books website, 2014-Aug-11]
  • Starting around 8 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Jah X, Black Magic, Common Purpose, Reaper Boyz, and The Formula. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Aug-11]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen The Day the Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise, U.S. 1951, 92 min., 35mm).

    A classic of the science fiction genre, this film retains a potency and elegance not found in others of its kind. The skies worldwide are suddenly alive and buzzing with a strange object, traveling faster than any known aircraft made by humans. Anxiety and mistrust fueled by the Cold War converge to set the stage for a memorable showdown. Michael Rennie heads a brilliant cast that includes Patricia Neal, Sam Jaffe, Hugh Marlowe, and Billy Gray. Wise's taut direction, the moody black-and-white photography, and Bernard Herrmann's score combine to remind us that we are not alone. Gort, Klaatu barada nikto!

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Aug-11]

Friday, August 15

  • Updated: Due to rain, the Riddle Ride was postponed to tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. starting at Starry Nites.

    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]

  • Starting at 6 p.m. tonight at Abilene is Happy Hour with Greg Townson, then at 9:30 p.m., it's "the return performance of guitar whiz" Mike Brown followed at 10:30 p.m. by excellent, deceptively mellow, complex rock-and-roll from Hinkley. [source: Abilene website, 2014-Aug-11]
  • Starting at 7 p.m. at the Baobab is a screening of Tootie's Last Suit (Lisa Katzman, U.S. 2009, 97 min.)

    Explores the complex relationships, rituals, history, and music of New Orleans' vibrant Mardi Gras Indian culture while telling the story of Allison "Tootie" Montana, former Chief of Yellow Pocahontas Hunters [and father of Barakoa: The African Masquerade guest master masking artist Darryl Montana. Celebrated throughout the New Orleans as "the prettiest," for the beauty and inventiveness of his elaborately beaded Mardi Gras costumes, Tootie Montana masked for 52 years, longer than any other Mardi Gras Indian.

    [source: Baobab website, 2014-Aug-11]

  • This week's 7 p.m. movie at the Cinema is Begin Again (John Carney, U.S. 2013, 104 min.) "A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents." The 8:50 p.m. movie is the fine feel-good film Chef (Jon Favreau, U.S. 2014, 114 min.) "A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family." [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Aug-13]
  • Tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the MuCCC is You Oughta Be In Shakespeare!.

    "What's all this you're talking about?" I hear you say. I'm talking about a chance to perform material written by the greatest playwright in the history of the world. Better yet, to perform it in a play that has never been seen before. "How could that be?", you ask. Because Shakeco has taken the three plays of "Henry VI" and "Richard III" as a starting point, sprinkled in material from many other plays and wrought a new work that covers sixty years of English history, all while remaining more historically accurate than Shakespeare ever contemplated.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Aug-11]

  • Tonight from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Fuego Coffee Roasters (167 Liberty Pole Way) is the August Hullabaloo with The Younger Gang. [source: Bernunzio Uptown Music website, 2014-Aug-11]
  • Starting at 8 p.m. at the Dryden is Chinjeolhan geumjassi (Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Park Chan-wook, South Korea 2005, 112 min., Korean, English, and Japanese w/ subtitles, 35mm).

    Having served time for the kidnapping and murder of a five-year-old boy, young Lee Geum-ja (Lee Yeong-ae) is released from prison with a new look, a whole new attitude, and a deadly plan. What Geum-ja's doing, why she's doing it, and whom she intends to do it to remain a mystery for much of the film; the story gradually, ingeniously comes together largely through the stories of Geum-ja's former fellow inmates. While not as graphic as Mr. Vengeance or Oldboy, this underrated final installment in Park's Vengeance Trilogy is perhaps the most thoughtful and emotionally satisfying of the three.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Aug-11]

Saturday, August 16

  • Today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. is the Clarissa Street Reunion on, well, Clarissa St. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2014-Aug-11]
  • This evening starting at 6 p.m. at the Little Theatre is the 20th Anniversary Party for Lake Affect Magazine. [source: Facebook, 2014-Aug-11]
  • From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Art Museum of Rochester (610 Monroe Ave.) is 100face "ON ICE PART III" featuring works by Paul Burke. [source: Facebook, 2014-Aug-11]
  • Tonight at Abilene starting around 8 p.m. is The Stone Country Band, and Kraszman and Fishwife. [source: Abilene website, 2014-Aug-11]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen The Final Member (Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math, Canada 2012, 75 min., English and Icelandic w/ subtitles, DCP).

    Meet Sigurður "Siggi" Hjartarson, curator of the Icelandic Phallological Museum—the world's only penis museum—where specimens from creatures big and small (sperm whale to field mouse) adorn the walls. But the collection lacks the "final member," a human specimen—that is, until an eccentric American and an elderly Icelander come forward as eager volunteers, competing to become the donor. Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math score big in their debut feature that tells a surprisingly compelling human drama of clashing egos and raw passion.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Aug-11]

  • Starting around 9:30 p.m. at Skylark is Tony Brown. [source: JamBase calendar, 2014-Aug-11]
  • Village Idiots Improv continue their Comedy Battles tonight at 9:30 p.m. at Bread and Water Theatre (172 W. Main St.) [source: RocWiki events, 2014-Aug-11]
  • Tonight at 10 p.m. is a Creath Burger Dance Party/Video Installation at Cure featuring Christopher Heath "Creath!", and Dr. Hamburger. [source: Facebook, 2014-Aug-11]
  • Starting around 10:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Howlo, Attic Abasement, Drippers!, and Lamby. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Aug-11]

Sunday, August 17

  • The Bug Jar will host Fish God, House Majority, Rustbelt Shoegaze, and Eggs Benedict starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Aug-11]

Monday, August 18

  • From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Highland Branch Library is Bike Talk with Full Moon Vista. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Aug-11]
  • Over at Record Archive is an In-store Performance by Clairy Browne and The Bangin' Rackettes starting around 6 p.m. [source: Record Archive website, 2014-Aug-11]
  • From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Bernunzio's Uptown Music will be hosting the second part of the August Hullabaloo with music by Maybird, and food by Natural Oasis. [source: Bernunzio Uptown Music website, 2014-Aug-11]
  • Starting tonight at 7:30 p.m. and running through Saturday is The 2014 MuCCC Film Festival. Here's the complete schedule:
    • August 18 — Film Noir: Fear in the Night (Maxwell Shane, U.S. 1947, 72 min.) "starring Deforest Kelley of 'Star Trek'", and He Walked by Night (Alfred L. Werker , U.S. 1948, 79 min.) "starring Richard Basehart and Jack Webb. The basic premise of this film formed the basis for the long-running radio and television program 'Dragnet'".
    • August 19 — Singing Cowboys: Riders of Destiny (Robert N. Bradbury, U.S. 1933, 53 min.) "starring an obviously dubbed John Wayne in the first of the singing cowboy films", Red River Valley (B. Reeves Eason, U.S. 1936, 59 min.) "starring the first singing cowboy star, Gene Autry", and Billy the Kid Returns (Joseph Kane, U.S. 1938, 53 min.) "starring Roy Rogers, who defined the genre for a generation of TV viewers".
    • August 20 — Comedy: Disorder in the Court (Jack White, U.S. 1936, 16 min.) "classic short starring The Three Stooges", His Double Life (Arthur Hopkins, U.S. 1933, 68 min.) "starring Roland Young and Lillian Gish", and The Flying Deuces (A. Edward Sutherland, U.S. 1939, 69 min.) "starring Laurel and Hardy".
    • August 21 — Horror From Roger Corman: Dementia 13 (Francis Ford Coppola, U.S. 1963, 75 min.) "written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola", and Little Shop of Horrors (Roger Corman, U.S. 1960, 72 min.) "starring Jonathan Haze and featuring early work by Jack Nicholson".
    • August 22 — Silent Films: Alice in Wonderland (Cecil M. Hepworth, Percy Stow, U.K. 1903, 10 min.) "the earliest known film of the Lewis Carrol Classic (short)", The Rough House (Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, U.S. 1917, 22 min.) "classic short featuring Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle", Metropolis (Fritz Lang, Germany 1925, 119 min.) "early and influential science fiction film directed by Fritz Lang", Are Crooks Dishonest? (Gilbert Pratt, U.S. 1918, 13 min.) "rare public domain short featuring "third genius" Harold Lloyd (short)", The Fireman (U.S. 1916, 24 min.) "early solo short by Charlie Chaplin", and The Cameraman (Edward Sedgwick, U.S. 1928, 69 min.) "considered by many to be the last great silent film starring Buster Keaton".
    • August 23 — The Films of Ed Wood: The Sun Was Setting (Ed Wood, U.S. 1951, 20 min.) "starring Phyllis Coates ('The Adventures of Superman')", Glen or Glenda (Ed Wood, U.S. 1953, 68 min.) "cross-dressing drama written, directed and starring Ed and featuring Bela Lugosi (alive and well).", Crossroad Avenger: The Adventures of the Tucson Kid (Ed Wood, U.S. 1953, 25 min.) "TV pilot featuring Lyle Talbot (Atom Man vs. Superman) and Tom Tyler (The Adventures of Captain Marvel)", and Plan 9 from Outer Space (Ed Wood, U.S. 1959, 79 min.) "Ed's all-time best known 'supernatural thriller' featuring Lugosi, Vampira, the Amazing Criswell and the largest collection of Ed's regulars of any film."

    [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Aug-11]

Tuesday, August 19

  • The Dryden will screen Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble (We Won't Grow Old Together, Maurice Pialat, France/Italy 1972, 110 min., French w/ subtitles, 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    A grueling portrayal of an affair that has long passed its expiration date and is left to play out the repetitive drama of breakups and make-ups which Pialat likened to Ravel's Boléro. Forty-something filmmaker Jean (Jean Yanne in his Cannes best actor performance) and young working-class girl Catherine (Marlène Jobert) have a long-standing affair that is sustained as if by mutual antagonism. An effective use of ellipses accentuates the abrupt mood swings that propel the film toward an overwrought climax. We Won't Grow Old Together was an instant hit in France, but was never commercially released in the U.S.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Aug-11]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Half Monkey, Wixly and Crump, and Continental Drift. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Aug-11]

Wednesday, August 20

  • Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Little is a screening of Breakfast at Tiffany's (Blake Edwards, U.S 1961, 115 min.) as part of the Audrey Hepburn Film Series; followed by a discussion hosted by Jack Garner.

    Struggling writer Paul Varjak moves into a New York apartment building and becomes intrigued by his pretty, quirky neighbor Holly Golightly. Holly's lifestyle confuses and fascinates Paul; in public she flits through parties with a sexy, sophisticated air, but when they're alone she changes into a sweetly vulnerable bundle of neuroses.

    [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2014-Aug-13]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Capote (Bennett Miller, U.S. / Canada 2005, 114 min., 35mm).

    It's 1959, and author and socialite Truman Capote travels to Kansas to research a book on the murder of a family and the story of the murderer's capture. It isn't long, however, before Capote becomes close with one of the accused, Perry Smith. Capote follows their relationship through their conversations and the internal struggles Capote faced in writing In Cold Blood. Hoffman's Academy Award—winning, transformative performance as the title character showed just how far-reaching his talent actually was.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Aug-11]

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