Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, September 11, 2014 through Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, September 11

  • This evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. is City Newspaper's 2014 South Wedge-Ucation Event in South Wedge. [source: Facebook, 2014-Sep-8]
  • Starting at 6 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre, John Gossage will present a Wish You Were Here lecture titled Thoughts on Travel Photography.

    Photographer John Gossage is known for his artist's books and photographic publications that explore themes of memory, architecture, surveillance, and place. He will discuss these ideas in the context of his fifty-year career in photography.

    [source: Eastman House calendar, 2014-Sep-8]

  • Starting at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery is an Art and Chemistry Lecture with Sr. Mary Virginia Orna discussing 5,000 Years of Chemistry: Uncovering the Secrets of Ancient and Medieval Artisans. [source: MAG website, 2014-Sep-8]
  • The Bertrand Russell Forum hosted by Walter Uhrman meets tonight at Writers and Books starting at 7 p.m. Tonight, Phil Ebersole will speak on Daedalus and Icarus: J.B.S Haldane and Bertrand Russell on Science, the Future, and the Future of Science. [source: Writers and Books website, 2014-Sep-8]
  • From 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Press Coffee Co. (480 E. Main St.), meet Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins. [source: Facebook, 2014-Sep-8]
  • The Basement Players present The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh tonight at 8 p.m. and on Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the MuCCC. "The Pillowman centers on a writer in unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders." [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Sep-8]
  • The Dryden will screen It's a Great Feeling (David Butler, U.S. 1949, 85 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    There is no blueprint for breaking into the movie business. Katharine Hepburn attributed her success to good luck and knowing the right people. It's a Great Feeling is an insider's look at what it takes to get ahead in Hollywood, done with great panache and good humor by the extraordinary actors at Warner Bros. in 1949. Doris Day is a natural in her third screen appearance as the lucky young hopeful who gets the break of a lifetime. Watch for cameos by some of Hollywood's greatest stars: Joan Crawford, Errol Flynn, Gary Cooper, Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson . . . but you get the picture!

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Sep-8]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Sirens and Stilettos Burlesque Show. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Sep-8]

Friday, September 12

  • Today from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. is an Inside Downtown Tour starting at East Ave. and E. Main St. [source: Landmark Society website, 2014-Aug-20]
  • Tonight starting around 6 p.m. (music much later, presumably) is El Destructo's Art and Music Takeover featuring Harmonica Lewinski at Skylark Lounge. [source: Facebook, 2014-Sep-8]
  • Starting at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery is an Alternative Music Film Series screening of Gary Numan Reinvention (Mark Rovira, U.K. 2013, 49 min.)

    Starting in 1979, Gary Numan and the Tubeway Army saw major success with hits like Cars and Are Friends Electric? This film covers Numan's ups and downs and his modern rediscovery by a whole new generation of electro fans, as well as his struggle with Asperger's Syndrome, his love of flying, and his relation to and with his fans.

    [source: MAG website, 2014-Sep-8]

  • Polite Ink Sketch and Improv presents Shaken Not Stirred at the Rochester Association of Performing Arts (RAPA, 727 East Main St.) tonight from 8 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Sep-8]
  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen the very good, eye-opening documentary Workingman's Death (Michael Glawogger, Germany/Austria 2005, 122 min., 35mm).

    One of the most memorable labor films we've screened, Glawogger's documentary commemorates the significance of heavy manual labor and its cost in human life. The film's segments on Ukrainian coal miners, Indonesian sulphur miners, Nigerian slaughterhouse workers, Pakistani ship-breakers, and Chinese steelworkers, like the photographs of Sebastião Salgado, both celebrate and lament the labor it depicts. The film throws into question claims about the possibility of a world without work and underscores issues of occupational health and safety. With Glawogger's unexpected death in April, we have lost an astute observer of the globalization of labor.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Sep-8]

  • The Little will screen Surf Nazis Must Die (Peter George, U.S. 1987, 83 min.) tonight at 9:30 p.m. in conjunction with the release of the score to the film by Strange Disc Records, a new label in Rochester.

    Sometimes, it's time to call a spade a spade. This movie is not a good movie. In fact, it's awful. But it fits into that special class of films that are so poorly done that they are fantastically entertaining to watch. We regret nothing. When the grandson of a gun wielding woman is murdered by neo-nazi surf punks in the post-apocalyptic future, this grandma hunts them down for some bloodthirsty revenge.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Sep-8]

Saturday, September 13

  • Today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the George Eastman House is a Plant Sale (with early access for members at 9 a.m.) "Add some Rochester history to your garden. Buy perennials and woody plants that have been grown from seeds, divisions, cuttings, and offshoots from George Eastman House gardens at our fall plant sale." [source: Eastman House calendar, 2014-Sep-8]
  • Today at 10 a.m., the Seneca Siberian Husky Club will host the American Kennel Club's Responsible Dog Ownership Day in Sweden Town Park (Redman Rd. & John Henion Pkwy., Brockport). [source: RocWiki events, 2014-Sep-8]
  • From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Gandhi Institute is a Gandhi House Work Party. [source: Gandhi Inistitute website, 2014-Sep-8]
  • From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Linear Garden (2299 E. Main St.) is the Eighth Annual Festival of the Arts. [source: flyer, 2014-Aug-20]
  • From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Rochester Brainery will host their September Brainery Bazaar. [source: Facebook, 2014-Sep-8]
  • Today from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. is this year's Ecofest in Rochester's High Falls District. [source: Greentopia Ecofest page, 2014-Sep-8]
  • From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on South Avenue near Gregory St. is the first annual Harvest Hootenanny. [source: Southwedge website, 2014-Sep-8]
  • Today from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Visual Studies Workshop is the 2014 Pub Fair. [source: VSW e-mail, 2014-Aug-18]
  • Today from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Vineyard Community Space (836 S. Clinton Ave.) is a Roc Music Melt Vol.2 and Local Record Fair.

    A cooperative music industry, is the music industry of the future. Rochester Organization of Artists and Musicians is a collective of local musicians dedicated to cultivating our music community by utilizing are resources and ideas we have and begin to implement projects to create positive social change in our music community. We hold public weekly meetings at Boulder Coffee on Alexander. Come hang out and help create a culture based on mutual aid and cooperation!

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Sep-8]

  • This weekend's 4:30 p.m. matinee at the Cinema is Land Ho (Aaron Katz, Martha Stephens, Iceland | USA 2014, 95 min.) "A pair of former brothers-in-law embark on a road trip through Iceland." [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Sep-10]
  • The Dryden will screen Borgman (Alex van Warmerdam, The Netherlands/Belgium/Denmark 2013, 113 min., English and Dutch w/ subtitles, DCP) tonight at 8 p.m.

    There is something rotten in Holland! The first Dutch candidate to the Palme d'or at Cannes in the last forty years is a beautifully dark fairy tale, reminiscent—but not at all derivative—of David Lynch (Lost Highway), Lars von Trier (The Kingdom), and Luis Buñuel (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie). It has the pulse of a genuine vampire cult thriller, but has no traditional bloodsuckers, nor gory violence; it has a touch of Haneke's Funny Games, but is imbued with an appropriate dose of nasty humor; it has plenty of genuine suspense, but offers no easy solution to its mysteries—you'll be scared, without really knowing why. The bad guys are gentle. The good guys are ugly. You do the rest.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Sep-8]

Sunday, September 14

  • Today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rochester Public Market is the 10th Annual Artist Row. [source: Friends of the Public Market website, 2014-Sep-8]
  • Starting at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen Mrs. Henderson Presents (Stephen Frears, U.K. 2005, 103 min., 35mm) and Mona Lisa (Neil Jordan, U.K. 1986, 104 min., 35mm).

    Bob Hoskins was a most unconventional leading man. But, he proved to be a genius at creating characters who could beguile, charm, and tug at your heartstrings without having standard movie-star handsome looks. He was simply a great, in-the-moment actor. To remember Bob Hoskins and his forty-year career, we present two of his most memorable performances that amply display his amazing versatility. In Mrs. Henderson Presents, Hoskins stars as theatre impresario Vivian Van Damm who guides the plucky Mrs. Henderson (Judi Dench) to surprising success in London's West End theatre world. Next, Hoskins stars as the tough but tender George, fresh out of prison and confronted with a world of new trouble in Mona Lisa. He deservedly won top acting honors for this role at Cannes, the BAFTA awards, and the Golden Globes, and an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Sep-8]

  • Starting around 8 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Broods, Admirers, and Soviet Dolls. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Sep-8]

Monday, September 15

  • Foodlink will host its 10th annual Festival of Food tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Rochester Public Market. "The Festival of Food featured over 100 local restaurants, wineries, breweries, bakeries and farms sampling the best food and drink in the region. It is the best and biggest food and drink tasting event in the region! All proceeds benefit Foodlink." [source: Foodlink NY website, 2014-Sep-8]
  • Starting at 7 p.m. at 1301 Vintage Lane is a Lifetree Cafe discussion titled What Your Atheist Friend Wants You to Know: The Conversation No One Is Having. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Sep-8]
  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Joe Bean Coffee Roasters is a TEDxFlourCity Salon on The Power of Public Space with Shawn Dunwoody, and Ken Sato. [source: Facebook, 2014-Sep-8]
  • Over at the Bop Shop from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. is Sophie Duner, and the Dominic Duval Duo. [source: Bop Shop website, 2014-Sep-8]
  • Updated: Starting around 9:30 p.m. at The Firehouse Saloon is Crimson Scarlet, punk hard-rock band Green Dreams, Rotten UK, and awesome electronic rock from Ahura Mazda. [source: Facebook, 2014-Sep-11]

Tuesday, September 16

  • Today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is a Books Sandwiched In discussion of Lawrence Goldstone's Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies by Trafford Doherty. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Sep-8]
  • The Dryden will screen While New York Sleeps (Charles Brabin, U.S. 1920, 92 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    One of the first "portmanteau" films (featuring several stories around a central theme, like Plaza Suite and Dead of Night), While New York Sleeps is also one of the earliest and best films set in and filmed on location in New York City. Three tales—one romantic, one ironic, and one highly dramatic—unfold during one Manhattan night, each with the same stars (Estelle Taylor and Marc McDermott) playing different roles. Glimpses of the Ziegfeld "Midnight Frolic" and an extended chase sequence on the East River highlight this fascinating and entertaining look into a vanished Gotham.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Sep-8]

  • Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Witch Mountain, Hedersleben, and Abandoned Buildings Club perform at the Bug Jar tonight starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Sep-8]

Wednesday, September 17

  • Today at 2 p.m. and tonight at 7 p.m., the Church of the Assumption (20 East Ave., Fairport) will screen Disruption (Pamela Yates, U.S. / Peru / Colombia / Brazil 2014, 85 min.)

    There's no replacement for masses of people standing shoulder to shoulder to demand change. Have you ever felt that energy? If you're looking for hope, there's nothing like it. But we can capture a little bit of that magic with a movie — and now the People's Climate March has one! Here's the brand-new trailer for Disruption, a movie for the climate movement that we're hoping will galvanize a new wave of climate action and climate leadership this fall: Disruption will be released for free online on September 7 — and on that day there will also be independent screenings and house parties around the country to watch the movie in groups.

    [source:, 2014-Sep-8]

  • The Dryden will screen Charlie Wilson's War (Mike Nichols, U.S. / Germany 2007, 102 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Director Mike Nichols and writer Aaron Sorkin put a smart, zesty spin on the stranger-than-fiction true story of Charlie Wilson (played with great aplomb by Tom Hanks), a hard-partying playboy congressman from Texas who attempts to take down the Ussr through the covert funding of Afghan rebels. But Wilson can't do it alone, and his plan has him cozying up to a pair of strange bedfellows: a nutty right-wing socialite (Julia Roberts), who also happens to be the sixth richest woman in Texas, and a rogue Cia operative (a marvelously shady Philip Seymour Hoffman) who has thrown out the Agency rule book and written his own.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Sep-8]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is good and unique acoustic soloist Small Houses, Talking Under Water, Big Fred, Boog, and Cammy Enaharo. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Sep-8]


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