Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, August 21, 2014 through Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, August 21

  • Somewhere—probably at Hobart & Williams CollegeClifford Callinan will present a lecture titled The Habs and Hab Nots: Impact of the Built Environment on Blue-green Algal Growth and Harmful Algal Blooms (HABS) in the Finger Lakes from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Aug-18]
  • Tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the Writers and Books Pub Crawl — "Get Lit" with Joanna Scott, Kristen Gentry, Bill Capossere, Nate Pritts, Sejal Shah, and Jacob Rakovan reading at The Daily Refresher, Skylark, and ROC Brewing. [source: Writers and Books website, 2014-Aug-18]
  • At the Little at 6:30 p.m. is a PBS Previews screening of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (Ken Burns, U.S. 2014, 60 min.)

    This September, WXXI-TV presents The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, a Ken Burns series that chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. It is the first time in a major documentary television series that their individual stories have been interwoven into a single narrative. [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2014-Aug-13]

  • Tonight in the Memorial Art Gallery at 7 p.m. is a Biennial Artist Series lecture by Jeff Kell. [source: MAG website, 2014-Aug-18]
  • At Bread and Water Theatre (172 W. Main St.) at 8 p.m., Plan B "returns with their unique brand of irreverent, zany comedy back for one night only!" [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Aug-18]
  • Starting around 8 p.m. at the Bug Jar is West Fest Night I featuring Anchorage Nebraska, Sexy Teenagers, gritty punk from Envious Disguise, New City Slang, and Black Ribbon. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Aug-18]
  • The Dryden will screen Le peuple migrateur (Winged Migration, Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud, and Michel Debats, France/Germany/Spain/Italy/Switzerland 2001, 89 min., English and French w/ subtitles, 35mm) at 8 p.m.

    Less a documentary than an ode to our avian brethren, this film compiles four years' worth of footage into a stunning look at the routes and habits of migratory birds. Cameras were mounted on rigs and modes of transportation, including ultralights, paragliders, hot air balloons, motorboats, and remote-controlled robots, to immerse the viewer in the birds' world. Dozens of species are seen, across all seven continents and in all types of terrain and weather, but the unifying factor is the breathtaking cinematography that brings a never-before-seen piece of our world to the screen.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Aug-18]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at Star Alley Park is the Ruckus Jug Juice Stompers. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Aug-18]
  • Over at Dinosaur starting around 9:30 p.m. is nice, well-executed jazzy swing from Bobby Henrie and The Goners. [source: Dinosaur calendar, 2014-Aug-18]
  • Starting around 10:30 p.m. at Tapas 177 is Songs and Spirits featuring Personal Blend, "Rochester's fiery dub-infused, reggae-rock band". [source: Facebook, 2014-Aug-18]

Friday, August 22

  • Except for Tuesday, this week's 7 p.m. movie at the Cinema is The Fault In Our Stars (Josh Boone, U.S. 2014, 126 min.) "Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group." The 9:10 p.m. movie is The Grand Seduction (Don McKellar, Canada 2013, 113 min.) "The small harbor of Tickle Cove is in dire need of a doctor so that the town can land a contract to secure a factory which will save the town from financial ruin. Village resident Murray French leads the search, and when he finds Dr. Paul Lewis he employs – along with the whole town – tactics to seduce the doctor to stay permanently." [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Aug-20]
  • Starting at 8 p.m. at the Dryden is Come September (Robert Mulligan, U.S. 1961, 112 min., 35mm).

    Portofino, Italy, is the backdrop for this frothy romantic comedy featuring three couples falling in and out of love. Rock Hudson and Gina Lollobrigida are once-a-year lovers who only spend time together each September, but this year's tryst is compromised by Walter Slezak's wily majordomo, a chirpy chaperone overseeing a gaggle of college girls, and a trio of brash college boys with raging hormones. Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin met and fell in love making this film, and Darin composed the title song and "Multiplication."

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Aug-18]

  • Tonight at 9 p.m. at the Little is a special screening of The Dance Of Reality (Alejandro Jodorowsky, Chile / France 2013, 130 min.)

    Produced and directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, The Dance Of Reality is his first film in 23 years. The legendary filmmaker was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert where the film was shot. It was there that Jodorowsky underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family. Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Alejandro Jodorowsky's philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a "dance" created by our own imaginations.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Aug-18]

  • Tonight at The Firehouse Saloon is great classic rock/soul band Anonymous Willpower, and Trapdoor Social … probably starting around 9:30 p.m. (unless it's a happy hour show.) [source: JamBase calendar, 2014-Aug-18]

Saturday, August 23

  • Today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is the Joe+N 15th Annual Day-Tour consisting of 7 shows, (currently) as follows:
    1. 10 a.m. at Lock32
    2. 11 a.m. at Corbett's Glen
    3. 12 p.m. at Linear Park with Mutt
    4. 1 p.m. at Lakeshore Record Exchange with Martin Freeman and Brian Blatt
    5. 2 p.m. at Court St. Bridge
    6. 3 p.m. at Needledrop Records with the thick, bass-driven noise of Tuurd
    7. 4 p.m. at Cobbs Hill with Tumul

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Aug-18]

  • Today at 11 a.m. in the Winton Branch Library is a Winton's Science Fiction Film Festival screening of A Sound of Thunder (Peter Hyams, U.K. / U.S. / Germany / Czech Republic 2005, 103 min.) in which "a seemingly insignificant act may cause the fabric of history to unravel in this sci-fi adventure. Based on a short story by Ray Bradbury." However, I may only be mentioning it because it holds a 6% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Aug-18]
  • Today from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery starting at the Cemetery Main Office near the South Gate is a Lost Secrets Tour with Professor Emil Homerin. "An examination of symbols, inscriptions and funerary art that expressed views of life, death and immortality in the 19th century." [source: City of Rochester website, 2014-Aug-20]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. at the MuCCC is the Polite Ink. Anniversary Show. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Aug-20]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen L'écume des jours (Mood Indigo, Michel Gondry, France/Belgium 2013, 131 min., English and French w/ subtitles, DCP).

    A Gondry fairy tale at its best, Mood Indigo reminds us of the power of poetic imagination and lush visuals to transport us from our world to a parallel universe where a concrete block is as soft as sand and music carries a material presence. A wealthy bachelor with a penchant for quirky inventions falls in love with Chloé (Audrey Tautou). The couple revels in the surreal city of Paris, until Chloé falls sick with a water lily growing in her lung. Gondry makes a welcome return here to the lyricism of 2004's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Aug-18]

  • Tonight at 9:30 p.m., Village Idiots Improv Comedy Battles continue at Bread and Water Theatre (172 W. Main St.) [source: RocWiki events, 2014-Aug-18]
  • Starting around 10:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Bat, Chainbreaker, and Obsessor. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Aug-18]

Sunday, August 24

  • Updated: Oops … this wasn't in August, it's in September when Cello Fury performs in the Dryden Theatre. [source: Eastman House calendar, 2014-Aug-25]
  • This evening starting around 8 p.m. at the Boulder Coffee Park Ave. Location is Christopher Reyne, and Liv Lombardi. [source: Boulder Coffee calendar, 2014-Aug-18]
  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Setiva. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Aug-18]

Monday, August 25

  • At 8 p.m. at Abilene is Selwyn Birchwood. [source: Abilene website, 2014-Aug-18]

Tuesday, August 26

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Cinema will screen Consumed in Darkness (Vincent Coleman, U.S. 2014). [source: Cinema e-mail, 2014-Aug-20]
  • The Dryden will screen The Best of Everything (Jean Negulesco, U.S. 1959, 121 min., DCP) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, The Best of Everything was the hottest date movie of 1959. It is the story of three ambitious young women striving to find success in the competitive worlds of New York's publishing and theatre. Laced with unwanted pregnancy, unrequited love, backstabbing, and alcoholism, the film showcased a trio of up-and-coming actresses: Hope Lange, Diane Baker, and the greatest fashion model of the fifties, Suzy Parker. But it is the semiretired Joan Crawford who dazzles as the epitome of the successful business woman who achieved everything but lasting love.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Aug-18]

  • Starting around 8:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Silver Creek Attractions, Rescue Dawn, So Last Year, Aim Your Arrows, and Dividing the Skyline. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Aug-18]

Wednesday, August 27

  • 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 of And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, moderated by Carol Moldt.

    Finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else, how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. The ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful.

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Aug-18]

  • Tonight at the Little at 6:30 p.m. is a screening of Wait Until Dark (Terence Young, U.S. 1967, 108 min.) as part of The Audrey Hepburn Film Series.

    A recently blinded woman is terrorized by a trio of thugs while they search for a heroin-stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment.

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

  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Mission Impossible: III (J. J. Abrams, Us/Germany/China 2006, 126 min., 35mm).

    J. J. Abrams's (Star Trek, Super 8) directorial debut, Mission: Impossible III showcases his deft direction and creativity in an established genre. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has recently retired to live a life of seclusion with his wife, training new recruits for the Impossible Missions Force. When his ex-partner Lindsey Ferris is kidnapped, he is pulled back in to the field to deal with a highly dangerous criminal mastermind and arms dealer Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Hoffman's unpredictable yet astounding performance as pure evil is unnerving with every word he says.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Aug-18]

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