Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, September 4, 2014 through Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, September 4

  • Today starting at 9:45 a.m. is a Rally in Support of the Fast-Food Workers Strike at Pulaski Park (Gothic St. and Carter St.), then moving to a nearby strike.

    At Pulaski Park (corner of Gothic St and Carter St), workers, politicians, religious leaders and community members will gather in support of a fast-food worker strike. Workers are courageously walking off the job to fight for $15 and the right to form a union.

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Sep-3]

  • Photographer Wayne Belger will present a Lecture in the Dryden Theatre tonight at 6 p.m.

    In conjunction with his exhibition at Artisan Works, photographer Wayne Belger will discuss his unique pinhole cameras and their intimate connection to the photographs he makes.

    [source: Eastman House calendar, 2014-Sep-1]

  • The Seward House Museum will host Mark Russell tonight at Auburn High School (250 Lake Ave.)

    A native of Buffalo, Russell has been performing his unique brand of political stand-up since Dwight D. Eisenhower was president. He continues to play off the day's headlines, performing stand-up comedy while accompanying himself on the piano. With impeccable timing, twinkling eyes, and shock-of-recognition insights into American politics, he draws merriment from the pomposity of public life. Reading three or four newspapers a day allows him to constantly update his material. The result is that no two shows are ever identical. "I thrive on newspapers," he frequently states. "And it looks like I'll be thriving longer than them." And his answer to the frequently asked question, "Do you have any writers?" is "Oh, yes…I have 535 writers. One hundred in the Senate and 435 in the House of Representatives."

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Sep-1]

  • Tonight at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Art Gallery is a Biennial Artist Series Lecture with Kim Waale.

    Waale describes her room-sized installation for the Biennial as "whimsical fiction, a slippage between reality and artifice, made of dumb materials and yet, it's a plastic sublime—a romantic natural hybrid."

    [source: MAG website, 2014-Sep-1]

  • Tonight through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m., The Rochester Association of Performing Arts (RAPA, 727 E. Main) presents Marx In SoHo.

    In Marx In Soho, a cleverly imagined call to reconsider history, historian Howard Zinn creates a whimsical one-man play in which Karl Marx returns from the other side to try to clear his name. However, due to a bureaucratic error, Marx winds up, not in his old stomping grounds of London, but in modern-day New York City's Soho district. At first bewildered, Marx makes the best of a difficult situation, filling us in on his marriage to his wife, Jenny, his love for his family, especially his brilliant daughter Eleanor, and his contentious arguments with fellow radical Mikhail Bakunin.

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Sep-1]

  • Tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m., the MuCCC presents The Philanderer.

    Classics Theater of Rochester presents the third in the series of George Bernard Shaw's early comedies which he entitled "Plays Unpleasant". In "The Philanderer" Shaw's philandering alter-ego gets involved with a widow, another lady, her sister, both of their fathers and a fumbling doctor, with hilarious results, all the while lampooning "conventional" Victorian mores. The play is directed by James Landers, who earned an Excellence in Directing Award (Tanys-2013) for last year's production of "Mrs. Warren's Profession". We are performing the original script from "Plays Unpleasant", not the revised version (that is currently running at Niagara-on-the-Lake).

    [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Sep-1]

  • The Dryden will screen Stage Beauty (Richard Eyre, U.S. / U.K. / Germany 2004, 105 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    In the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, the English theatre employed only male actors—some of whom specialized in portraying women. With the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 and the reign of Charles Ii, women began performing Juliet, Imogen, and Desdemona. Stage Beauty revolves around the last great male actor who made his living portraying the heroines of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Johnson, and the surprising young woman who usurps him. How does one survive when stripped of one's livelihood, profession, and persona? Billy Crudup and Claire Danes wage a love/hate battle in order to come to terms with the new world order.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Sep-1]

  • The solidly good bar-rock band with a country twang Blue Jimmy performs at Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint tonight starting around 9 p.m. [source: Sticky Lips website, 2014-Sep-1]
  • The Bug Jar hosts Oscillation starting around 9 p.m. tonight. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Sep-1]

Friday, September 5

  • This evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (1 Lafayette Sq., Buffalo) is the VIP Party for the Echo Art Fair, taking place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. including works by Jenn Libby. [source: Echo Art Fair website, 2014-Aug-20]
  • The Lobby presents the Opening Reception for Frank Bacon's debut art show, Coming to America at the Bug Jar starting around 5 p.m. with music by Johnny Lake, Phil Herford, Mike Turzanski, Bobby Pycior, and Forest Green. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Sep-1]
  • The Genesee Center for the Arts has multiple art openings tonight starting around 6 p.m.: Ink and Stitch by Kate Fisher in the Joe Brown Gallery at the Printing and Book Arts Center, Five by Six by students of Community Darkroom's Exhibit Experience class, and Domesticated Fire featuring works of Julie Crosby, Fred Herbst, Liz Lurie, and Randall Carlson in the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts website, 2014-Sep-1]
  • Starting around 7 p.m. tonight at Writers and Books is Wide Open Mic hosted by Norm Davis. [source: Writers and Books website, 2014-Sep-1]
  • The Dryden will screen the (still) hilarious Nine to Five (Colin Higgins, U.S. 1980, 110 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Jane Fonda is a divorcée who takes a secretarial job and soon befriends co-workers Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton. Constantly harassed by their male chauvinist boss (Dabney Coleman), the trio plots a cabal in the interest of women's rights and workplace efficiency. Fonda's own company produced this comedy, which was released just as women clerical workers were organizing into unions such as SEIU Local 925, and when the backlash against career-oriented women was gaining momentum. Because the workplace issues depicted continue to trouble many workers today, the film's humor remains fresh.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Sep-1]

Saturday, September 6

  • Today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery is the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival. [source: MAG website, 2014-Sep-1]
  • Today from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Record Archive is Joyful Rescues Pet Adoptions. [source: Record Archive website, 2014-Sep-1]
  • From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Visual Studies Workshop is a People's Climate March Art Build.

    Rochester, New York—rochester area residents are organizing to bring attention to the People's Climate March and the importance of addressing Climate Change in our region. This march is critical to Rochester, NY because our region, as all regions, must demonstrate to our local leaders that we will support their efforts address Climate Change. Rochester People's Climate Coalition is planning to fill two buses and a train to go to the People's Climate March taking place in New York City on September, 21st, 2014.

    [source: Gandhi Earth Keepers website, 2014-Sep-1]

  • Tonight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. is the Final Open Studio for The Yards Residency at The Yards. [source: Facebook, 2014-Sep-1]
  • This evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Rochester Baha'i Center (693 East Ave.), Phyllis Edgerly Ring will discuss Offering Our Best, and Why It Matters. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Sep-1]
  • The Dryden will screen Instrument (Jem Cohen, Italy/Us 2003, 115 min., Digibeta) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Filmmaker Jem Cohen and the Washington, DC, band Fugazi collaborated over a ten-year period to document the band's creative process and performances. Instrument is, therefore, much more than just a "rockumentary"; it is an intimate look at the synergistic union of the band's members, guitarists and vocalists Ian Mackaye and Guy Picciotto, bassist Joe Lally, and drummer Brendan Canty. Fugazi is noted for its egalitarian business stance (their goal was to charge $5 a ticket), and for holding the music industry in such low regard that it published on its own label.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Sep-1]

  • Probably starting around 9 p.m. is Jammin' for Jamaica! featuring wicked fun, saxophone-driven, percussive groove-rock band The BuddhaHood, and Mosaic Foundation at the Lovin' Cup. [source: Lovin' Cup website, 2014-Sep-1]
  • Great classic rock/soul band Anonymous Willpower performs at Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint tonight starting around 10 p.m. [source: Sticky Lips website, 2014-Sep-1]
  • Starting around 10:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Trashwave Review No. 9 with Pink Elephant, awesome, wild, blue-collar rock from Handsome Jack, The Ginger Faye Bakers, and St. Phillip's Escalator. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Sep-1]

Sunday, September 7

  • Meet and Greet Your Spirit Guides (as long as you bring $15) at Plymouth Spiritualist Church (29 Vick Park A). [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Sep-1]
  • From 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bob Kanauer will present The Electric Car: The Future is Here in the Pittsford Community Library's Fisher Meeting Room. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Sep-1]
  • At 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen the decent documentary Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (Robert Greenwald, U.S. 2005, 90 min., DVD).

    Documentary filmmaker Greenwald takes the viewer on a deeply personal journey into the everyday lives of families struggling to fight this retail goliath. Dozens of film crews on three continents recorded the stories of Walmart's assault on families and American values. In November 2005, the film screened three thousand times in nineteen countries and all fifty states—the largest grassroots mobilization in movie history. Concerned about the film's potential impact, Walmart hired Edelman PR and Reagan and Clinton media consultants to rebut it, even making a video to refute alleged factual errors. Yet Walmart has only expanded its retail dominance and intensified exploitation of its workers. If you missed or forgot this film, you need to see it and stay for the post-screening discussion.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Sep-1]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Broncho, Low Litas, Buffalo Sex Change, and The Dirty Pennies. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Sep-1]

Monday, September 8

Tuesday, September 9

  • From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Owl House is (585) Magazine's Sept/Oct Launch Party. [source: Facebook, 2014-Sep-1]
  • Ray Luc Levasseur will discuss the Attica Prison Uprising at the Flying Squirrel tonight starting around 7 p.m.

    Ray Luc Levasseur served twenty years in prison for Seditious Conspiracy after a series of twenty bombings running from 1975 to 1984, targeting Union Carbide, Ibm, Mobile, South African Airways, courthouses and the U.S. military for their support of apartheid in South Africa and U.S. imperialism in Central America. Two of his comrades, Tom Manning and Jaan Laaman, remain political prisoners.

    [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2014-Sep-1]

  • Updated: The Little will screen Alive Inside (Michael Rossato-Bennett, U.S. 2014, 78 min.) at 7 p.m.

    Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music's capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Sep-1]

  • Starting around 8 p.m. at the Bop Shop is Ernesto Cervini and Myriad3.

    Myriad3 was an accident. Chris, Dan, and Ernesto had never played together until a few substitutions and a twist of fate put them on stage together for the first time in late 2010. Since then, the trio has completed multiple tours of Canada, the U.S. and Europe, including opening for Earth, Wind and Fire at the Ottawa Jazz Festival in 2014.

    [source: Bop Shop website, 2014-Sep-1]

  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen The Three Musketeers (Fred Niblo, U.S. 1921, 135 min., 35mm).

    Following the success of The Mark of Zorro, Douglas Fairbanks stars as D'Artagnan in his second costume swashbuckler, a lavish adaptation the famous Alexandre Dumas story. Fairbanks admitted to having used the character of D'Artagnan as inspiration for some earlier roles, and he would return to the character eight years later in The Iron Mask, his farewell to silent films. Leon Barry, George Siegmann, and Eugene Pallette are the Musketeers; Marguerite De La Motte is the lovely Constance; Adolphe Menjou plays King Louis Xiii; and Barbara La Marr is the villainous Milady de Winter.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Sep-1]

  • The Blasters, and The Gas House Gorillas play at Abilene tonight starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website, 2014-Sep-1]
  • The Bug Jar will host Laura Stevenson, The Hotelier, Somos, Del Paxton, and Hannah Weidner starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Sep-1]

Wednesday, September 10

  • At 6:30 p.m., the Little will screen Sabrina (Billy Wilder, U.S. 1954, 113 min.) followed by Charade (Stanley Donen, U.S. 1963, 113 min.) at 9 p.m. as part of The Audrey Hepburn Film Series. [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2014-Aug-13]
  • In the East High School Auditorium at 7 p.m., Diane Ravitch will appear via Skype to discuss The Crisis in Our Schools: Does Public Education Have a Future? [source: Writers and Books website, 2014-Sep-1]
  • The Dryden will screen The Savages (Tamara Jenkins, U.S. 2007, 113 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Ordinarily the tribulations of a pair of embattled siblings (Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman) faced with caring for their ailing, estranged father (Philip Bosco) is hardly the stuff of comedy. In the hands of writer-director Tamara Jenkins (Slums of Beverly Hills), however, their plight becomes a funny, deeply touching exploration of responsibility, guilt, and forgiveness. Linney's turn as a high-strung, self-absorbed playwright forced to think outside herself earned her an Oscar nomination, but her performance would be nothing without Hoffman. Always the consummate costar, Hoffman again demonstrates one of his great strengths as an actor: knowing when to step back and let someone else take center stage.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Sep-1]

  • Tonight starting around 8:30 p.m. at Abilene is "country/folk singer-songwriter" Dan Weber. [source: Abilene website, 2014-Sep-1]

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