Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, August 28, 2014 through Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, August 28

  • This afternoon at 3:30 p.m., the Brighton Memorial Library will screen Dead Poets Society (Peter Weir, U.S. 1989, 128 min.) [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Aug-25]
  • Tonight from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. is the Opening of Waiting for the World to Change at Colleen Buzzard's Studio in the Anderson Arts Building featuring "art created by thirteen artists, using vintage globes as a starting point." [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Aug-25]
  • Tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. at Lento Restaurant is a Working For Nonprofits Mingle. [source: Facebook, 2014-Aug-25]
  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Spectrum Gallery (100 College Ave.) is the Closing Reception and Book Signing for Made in Rochester by Nathan Lyons, Carl Chiarenza, William Edwards, Bruno Chalifour, and Pat Cain. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Aug-25]
  • Richard Hirsch will present a Biennial Artist Series lecture tonight at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery.

    Hirsch describes his work as "an attempt to metamorphose the seemingly mundane vessel-object into a sacred entity." A longtime professor at RIT's School for American Crafts, Hirsch studied in China on a Fulbright study grant and has an honorary doctorate from Taiwan's National College of the Arts. His work is in collections including the Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan; Renwick Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution; and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. At MAG, his work was featured last year in Art Reflected: The Inspiration of 100 Years.

    [source: MAG website, 2014-Aug-25]

  • Tonight at 7 p.m. and tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the MuCCC is The 7th annual Sankofa Evenings of Theatre and Jazz. [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Aug-25]
  • Tonight through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. is a performance of Three One-Act Comedies at RAPA's East End Theatre (727 E. Main St.): Blind Date, Stage Kiss, and Exit Row. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Aug-26]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen The Lord of Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson, New Zealand / U.S. 2001, 178 min., 35mm).

    Even to those who lack the "gene" for fantasy, Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy is a towering achievement of filmmaking. A spectacle on the order of Hollywood's grandest productions, Jackson's Rings are simultaneously dense and somber, while evoking the "everyday" elements of J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. In The Fellowship of the Ring, the hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) inherits the ancient ring of power belonging to the dark lord Sauron, who is bent on conquering Middle-earth. With Gandalf the Grey (Ian Mckellen), and seven stalwart friends, the Fellowship is forged, and Frodo begins his journey to destroy the One Ring before Sauron can reclaim it.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Aug-25]

  • Starting around 8:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is The Mighty Stef, The Tarants, and Stick Figures. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Aug-25]
  • Starting around 10:30 p.m. at Monty's Krown is Suicide Magnets, Guntrouble, the thick, bass-driven noise of Tuurd, and Tumul. [source: Facebook, 2014-Aug-25]

Friday, August 29

  • Updated: Today at 10 a.m. at Maggie Brooks' office at the Monroe County Office Building, Protest the Treatment of Rochester's Homeless.

    Join us this Friday at 10am as we stand outside of Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks office to protest the lack of effort from the county to house homeless individuals. Sister Grace along with other homeless advocates, previously homeless and currently homeless individuals will be speaking here on this topic. The County has a legal obligation to care for the needy according to the NYS Constitution. If you can't make the protest but are interested in getting involved send us a direct message.

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Aug-29]

  • This evening from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Art Museum of Rochester (AMoR, 610 Monroe Ave.) is the 100face "On Ice" Closing Show featuring works by Paul Burke. [source: Facebook, 2014-Aug-26]
  • From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Abilene, it's Baby Gramps.

    Writer Patrick Ferris said he has "a mass appeal in the sense that any audience between the age of 2 and 102 are captivated by his vaudeville antics, hilarious lyrics and animated guitar playing… His voice is a cross between Popeye the Sailor and a Didgeridoo and the plinkity plink of his Very worn National steel guitar, sounds like a wind up jack in the box. If you listen closely and know anything about music, you'll realize Gramps is an absolutely incredible guitar player. Being a professional musician for over 40 years can't help but give you some sort of chops, but Gramps is a modern day Robert Johnson; a revolutionary guitarist that, like Thelonious Monk on piano, can play the notes 'between the cracks."

    [source: Abilene website, 2014-Aug-25]

  • Starting at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of East Ave. and Alexander St. is the Labor Day Parade. [source: Rochester Labor website, 2014-Aug-25]
  • Tonight at 7 p.m., the Baobab will screen Young Black Males: America's Promise or America's Problem (Shabaka Mu Ausar, U.S. 2011) with filmmaker Shabaka Mu Ausar.

    Young Black Males: America's Promise or America's Problem is a documentary exploring the lives of young black males from Rochester, New York. In the Fall of 2011 several Young Black Males were given pocket HD video cameras to document the lives of young black males in their communities. This raw and uncompromising film explores the complex stories and sometimes destructive behavior of young black males living in Rochester. This ground-breaking documentary attempts to answer the most complex and difficult question: Why?

    [source: Baobab website, 2014-Aug-25]

  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. is an Open House at Punishers M.C. (28 Webster Cres.) "All are welcome as always." [source: Facebook, 2014-Aug-25]
  • Updated: This weeks' 7 p.m. movie at the Cinema is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Matt Reeves, U.S. 2014, 130 min.) "10 Years after a disease that spread around the globe, Apes who have started and survived the sickness, go face-to-face with a band of human survivors and a traitor who is hell bent on destroying humans and apes galore." The 9:15 p.m. movie is I Origins (Mike Cahill, U.S. / India 2014, 106 min.) "A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it." [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Aug-29]
  • Starting at 8 p.m. tonight, the Dryden will screen The Lord of Rings: The Two Towers (Peter Jackson, New Zealand / U.S. 2002, 179 min., 35mm).

    So rapturous and epic are many of this film's sequences that Cecil B. Demille would have been green with envy. In the second part of his adaptation of Tolkien's tomes, Jackson charges his hobbits toward Mordor to destroy the One Ring, led by the deranged and ring-addicted Gollum. Perhaps the first Cgi masterwork, Gollum is vividly brought to life by Andy Serkis, who shuttles like a mad thing between benevolent desperation and seething, dreadful rage. Meanwhile, the other members of the party are at war with the Uruk-hai, led by Saruman the White (Christopher Lee), who has defied the Fellowship by siding with Sauron.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Aug-25]

  • Tonight in Genesee Valley Park at Elmwood Ave. Bridge at S. Plymouth Ave. is a Southwest Community Outdoor Family Movie Night starting at 8:30 p.m. [source: RocWiki events, 2014-Aug-25]
  • 5Head performs at Dinosaur tonight starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur calendar, 2014-Aug-25]

Saturday, August 30

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the 8th Annual Ontario Barn Festival at Ontario Barn Vineyards (513 Whitney Rd., Ontario). [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Aug-25]
  • From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. is a Radical Book Party at Gandhi Earth Keepers International (3896 Lake Ave.) [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Aug-25]
  • Starting around 4:30 p.m. tonight at the Flying Squirrel is the monthly Community Dinner. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2014-Aug-25]
  • The Dryden will screen The Lord of Rings: The Return of the King (Peter Jackson, New Zealand / U.S. 2003, 201 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    The Lord of the Rings trilogy took seven years and a veritable army of film artists to complete. Jackson oversaw this massive production with the deftness of a Laurence Olivier or a David Lean. By the end of The Return of the King, one has the astonishing feeling of having been on a journey through a singular world. In this climactic final installment, the hobbits Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) and Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) continue to Mordor to destroy the One Ring. To distract Sauron's burning eye, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and Gandalf (Ian Mckellen) mobilize the World of Men to battle against Sauron's army at the gates of Mordor.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Aug-25]

  • Starting around 8:30 p.m. at Boulder Coffee's Park Avenue Location is Erik Chad Plymale. [source: Boulder Coffee calendar, 2014-Aug-25]
  • At the Joke Factory Comedy Club (911 Brooks Ave.) is an Improv Extravaganza starting around 9 p.m. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Aug-25]
  • White Woods, St. Phillips Escalator, and Big Fred perform at the Lovin' Cup tonight starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup website, 2014-Aug-25]
  • Starting around 9:30 p.m. at Abilene is Joe Fletcher And The Wrong Reasons. [source: Abilene website, 2014-Aug-25]
  • The Teressa Wilcox Band performs at Dinosaur tonight starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur calendar, 2014-Aug-25]
  • The Bug Jar will host Joywave, and Fowls starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Aug-25]

Sunday, August 31

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. is Alleyfest at the Anderson Alley Building. [source: Anderson Alley website, 2014-Aug-25]
  • The Dryden will screen Royal Wedding (Stanley Donen, U.S. 1951, 93 min., 35mm) today at 2 p.m.

    End the summer with double the romance as brother-and-sister dance team (Fred Astaire and Jane Powell) find love in Great Britain. The duo are excited to put on a show in England around the same time as Princess Elizabeth's wedding. Each averse to a committed relationship in their own way, Jane falls for a lord she meets on the boat (Peter Lawford), while Fred pursues a dancer in the show who already has her own commitments. Choreography by Nick Castle includes famous sequences of Astaire in a graceful duet with a coatrack and dancing on the ceiling.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Aug-25]

  • The Bug Jar will host Hot Mayonnaise, and Malarchuk starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Aug-25]

Monday, September 1

  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is a Squatter Roadshow. [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2014-Aug-25]
  • Tonight at Drinks by Mary Dawn (535 S. Clinton)—hey, wait a minute … after the fire, closing, and the building being demolished almost 10 years ago it can't … oh, right … tonight at The Drink (228 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn) is Daniel King, Olentangy John, and Nathan Xander. [source: JamBase calendar, 2014-Aug-25]

Tuesday, September 2

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen The Penalty (Wallace Worsley, U.S. 1920, 83 min., 35mm).

    The legendary "man of a thousand faces" Lon Chaney stars as "Blizzard" king of the San Francisco underworld. Having had both of his legs mistakenly amputated above the knees as a boy, Blizzard grows up planning his revenge on San Francisco and the surgeon who maimed him. Without the use of digital special effects, Chaney turns in a remarkable performance as the legless criminal mastermind. This is the film that established the type of role that Chaney would specialize in for the rest of his career: the grotesque, anguished, and sympathetic antihero.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Aug-25]

  • At Water Street Music Hall starting around 8 p.m. is Fitz and The Tantrums. [source: Water Street Music Hall website, 2014-Aug-25]
  • Potty Mouth, punk hard-rock band Green Dreams, and Tapehead perform at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Aug-25]

Wednesday, September 3

  • As part of The Audrey Hepburn Film Series, the Little will screen Funny Face (Stanley Donen, U.S. 1957, 103 min.) tonight at 6:30 p.m.

    Fashion photographer Dick Avery, in search for an intellectual backdrop for an air-headed model, expropriates a Greenwich Village bookstore. When the photo session is over the store is left in a shambles, much to salesgirl Jo Stockton's dismay. Avery stays behind to help her clean up. Later, he examines the photos taken there and sees Jo in the background of one shot. He is intrigued by her unique appearance, as is Maggie Prescott, the editor of a leading fashion magazine. They offer Jo a modeling contract, which she reluctantly accepts only because it includes a trip to Paris.

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

  • The Dryden will screen The Tracker (Rolf de Heer, Australia 2002, 90 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m. with filmmaker Rolf de Heer.

    A leading figure in contemporary Australian cinema, Rolf de Heer acquired world notoriety with his 1993 masterpiece Bad Boy Bubby. A decade later, The Tracker—a haunting drama (starring David Gulpilil) on the Aboriginal genocide of the early twentieth century—inaugurated a cycle of films dedicated to the history, beauty, and tragedy of Australia's native cultures against the backdrop of colonial and post-colonial society. His latest feature, Charlie's Country (2013), received a special award at this year's Cannes festival for Gulpilil's memorable performance. The Dryden Theatre is proud to welcome de Heer, who will discuss his own work and the experience of moviemaking in Australia's Northern Territory.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Aug-25]

  • Erica Russo And The Good Sport perform at Abilene starting around 9 p.m. tonight.

    Erica Russo and The Good Sport have been described as a cross between the poetic vocal style and gentle quality of Joanna Newsom, and the passion, energy, and directness of Heart, lending hints of songwriting styles similar to Ani Difranco and Laura Marling.

    [source: Abilene website, 2014-Aug-25]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Kat Wright and The Indomitable Soul Band, Ricky Richards and The Sound Organization, and The Straw House Uncertainty [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Aug-25]

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