Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, November 6, 2014 through Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Here's my selection of events in Rochester this week:
Thursday, November 6

  • Today and tomorrow from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. is a July 1964 Walking Tour with Verdis Robinson starting at the Lincoln Branch Library. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2014-Nov-3]
  • From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight at the Link Gallery at the Central Library is the Opening Reception for The Art of the Book: Artist Books and Altered Books. [source: Central Library postcard, 2014-Oct-20]
  • In the Dryden Theatre at 6 p.m. is a Conversation with photographer Dawoud Bey, and Lisa Hostetler.

    Join us for a conversation between Dawoud Bey and Lisa Hostetler, curator-in-charge, Department of Photography. Bey's body of work commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, is on view through January 25, 2015, in the museum's Project Gallery. Read more about the exhibition here.Q&A and book signing to follow. Galleries will be open for viewing before and after the talk, until 8 p.m.

    [source: Eastman House calendar, 2014-Nov-3]

  • Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Little is a screening of Wałęsa: Man of Hope (Andrzej Wajda, Poland 2013, 127 min.) in Part II of the Polish Film Festival.

    How was it possible for one person to change the world so dramatically? It is as much a political as a psychological question. Wajda, intruding into a private, even intimate sphere of the trade union's leader, attempts to capture the phenomenon of this incredible metamorphosis: from a simple worker, focused on his day-to-day duties, into a charismatic leader.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Nov-3]

  • From 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of the Rush Rhees Library on the University of Rochester Campus, the UofR OnFilm Group will screen Andy Warhol's Sexy Silent Films (from 16mm film at 16fps silent film speed), presented by Douglas Crimp, and including Haircut (No. 1) (1963, 24 min.), Blow Job (1964, 35 min.), Mario Banana #1 (1964, 4 min.), Mario Banana #2 (1964, 4 min.), and Jill and Freddy Dancing (1963, 4 min.) [source: University of Rochester On Film screenings website, 2014-Oct-27]
  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine, U.S. 2013, 120 min., DCP).

    Two misanthropic couples seeking peace and privacy, and one ambitious ménage-à-trois, collide on the tiny island of Floreana in the Galapagos. What transpires between them forms the basis of this engrossing and sometimes bizarre true story. Equal parts biography, adventure, romance, and murder mystery, The Galapagos Affair puts civilized society under a microscope and reveals some very harsh truths.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Nov-3]

Friday, November 7

  • This morning from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the United Way Building (75 College Ave.) is a Property Manager and Investor Free Breakfast.

    Join us to learn about services and resources available from the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF) at the Veterans Outreach Center (VOC) while having breakfast on us. Meeting will include a free breakfast as well as discussion topics including services to help landlords, how to connect with qualified referrals, and how to list your units for free when you rent to low income Veteran households through the VOC SSVF Program.

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Nov-3]

  • From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bug Jar is the Opening Reception for John Lake's A Photographic Exhibition. [source: Facebook, 2014-Nov-3]
  • At Hedonist Chocolates from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the Opening Reception for works by Gretchen Arnold titled A Tiny Surprise Every Single Time. [source: Facebook, 2014-Nov-3]
  • Tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the VSW Gallery is a First Friday Opening for Light Sensitive by Tara Merenda Nelson.

    Tara Merenda Nelson will display a selection of light-based "cinema sculptures", devised and constructed as instruments for visual research. This multi-media exhibit explores the relationship between projected light and the human perceptual mechanism by expanding and engaging with multiple layers of cinematic projection devices. This show is time-based, and will be on display for limited periods of time during the engagement.

    [source: Visual Studies Workshop website, 2014-Nov-3]

  • Tonight at Writers and Books is Wide Open Mic with Norm Davis starting at 7 p.m. [source: Writers and Books website, 2014-Nov-3]
  • The MuCCC will host performances of King Lear by William Shakespeare starting tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., running various times through November 22. [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Nov-3]
  • From 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Equal=Grounds is Equally Funny Comedy Open Mic. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2014-Nov-3]
  • The Dryden will screen All Quiet on the Western Front (Lewis Milestone, U.S. 1930, 133 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Produced with remarkable fidelity to Erich Maria Remarque's novel, the images of All Quiet on the Western Front are rendered with such realism that the New York Times reviewer Mordaunt Hall proclaimed, "If they were not audible one might believe that they were actual motion pictures of activities behind the lines." The film offers a glimpse of the horrors of the First World War from a German perspective, with its focus shuttling fluidly between the mechanics of war itself and the details of its everyday consequences on human beings.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Nov-3]

Saturday, November 8

  • From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the German House is the Fall 2014 Edition of the South Wedge Record Fair. [source: Facebook, 2014-Nov-3]
  • Starting at 10 a.m., and probably running through, say, 4 p.m. at the Rochester Brainery is the November Brainery Bazaar. [source: Facebook, 2014-Nov-3]
  • Today and tomorrow at 4 p.m., the Cinema is screening Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn, U.S. / U.K. 2014, 121 min.) "A group of space criminals must work together to stop the fanatical villain Ronan the Accuser from destroying the galaxy." [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2014-Oct-29]
  • This evening at 5 p.m. at the 1999 SIEU Building (259 Monroe Ave.) is The Fight for $15: Its Place in the History of the Labor Movement with Colin O'Malley. [source: Rochester Red & Black e-mail, 2014-Nov-3]
  • Starting around 8 p.m. at the Vineyard Community Space (836 S. Clinton Ave.) is the great modern-Americana one-man-band Hieronymus A. Bogs' CD Release & Tour Send-off Celebration. [source: Facebook, 2014-Nov-3]
  • The Dryden will present a rare nitrate screening of Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, U.S. 1940, 130 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    The first—and best—film adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's classic mystery story was also Alfred Hitchcock's American directorial debut. Filled with sunlight and shadow, fueled by elegant, pitch-perfect performances from Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, and Judith Anderson, this version of Rebecca remains unequaled in its moody rendition of how the past can overtake and destroy the present.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Nov-3]

  • Starting around 10 p.m. at the Bug Jar is The Albrights, The Demos, The Singles, Scope and Figure, and Fish God. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Nov-3]

Sunday, November 9

  • Today at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming, U.S. 1939, 222 min., 35mm).

    Winner of ten Academy Awards, Gone With the Wind was David O. Selznick's personal triumph over multitudinous production problems including budget overruns, script changes, director replacements, censor objections, and his inability to find a Scarlet O'Hara. None of that shows on the screen. Vivien Leigh's Scarlet triumphantly carries the film on her slender shoulders, while surrounded by the impeccable work of Clark Gable, Olivia Dehavilland, Leslie Howard, and Hattie Mcdaniel. There will be a 15-minute intermission.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Nov-3]

  • The Little will screen the gentle and elegantly-paced Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland / Denmark / France / U.K. 2013, 82 min.) tonight at 7 p.m. as part of the 2014 Polish Film Festival.

    From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes Ida, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation. 18-year old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. [I'll leave it at that and omit the Little's spoiler-ridden plot explanation]

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Nov-3]

Monday, November 10

  • The Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union, Rochester Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society, and Monroe County Bar Association will be hosting a discussion of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly with Brian Hauss, Esq., Dr. John C. Eastman, Esq., Henry Salvatori, and Dale E. Fowler this evening fro 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Monroe County Bar Association (1 West Main Street, 5th Floor).

    A timely and informative discussion of the Supreme Court's decision in Hobby Lobby: What are the arguments in support of and in opposition to the decision? Does the decision allow employers to deny access to contraception? What ramifications does the decision have on constitutional rights in the future?

    [source: NYCLU e-mail, 2014-Oct-30]

  • Today from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. is a Town Hall at the Memorial Art Gallery with Dr. Thuc Huynh and her unique medical practice.

    A Private Physician can reduce your Healthcare costs? You can spend more than 5 minutes with a doctor? The doctor can text?! Seriously, what's this all about? Please join me for an informative Town Hall on the benefits of my unique membership, Direct Primary Care practice for Individuals, Families and Companies.

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Nov-3]

  • This evening at 7 p.m. on the NextStage at Geva is a Hornet's Nest reading of Hit-Story by Carter Lewis.

    In the play, Harry suffers from bouts of "furies," his name for an uncontrollable arm flailing so forceful and unpredictable that he has moved permanently into a boxing ring. Is it a disease of rage, or is it a cure for a country in decline? How do we combat the fear, cynicism and anger that are the typical responses to news today? How do we mend the political divides an election cycle typically results in?

    [source: Geva Theatre ticket website, 2014-Nov-3]

  • The Eastman Philharmonia performs in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Nov-3]

Tuesday, November 11

  • The Little will screen The E-Team (Katy Chevigny, Ross Kauffman, U.s. 2014, 88 min.) tonight at 7 p.m. as part of the One Take Documentary Series followed by a Skype question-and-answer with directors Katy Chevigny, and Ross Kauffman.

    Anna, Ole, Fred and Peter are four members of the Emergencies Team — or E-Team — the most intrepid division of a respected, international human rights group. Trained to deal with unfolding crises, the E-Team flies to hotspots all over the world as soon as allegations of human rights abuse surface. Then they get to work — gathering crucial evidence to determine if further investigation is warranted and, if so, to investigate, document, and capture the world's attention. They also immediately challenge the responsible decision makers, holding them accountable. Human rights abuses thrive on secrecy and silence, and the work of the E-Team, backed by their international human rights organization, has shone light in dark places and given voice to thousands whose stories would never otherwise have been told.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Nov-3]

  • The Eastman Wind Orchestra performs in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Nov-3]
  • The Dryden will screen Barbed Wire (Rowland V. Lee, U.S. 1927, 72 min., 16mm) at 8 p.m. with live musical accompaniment by Philip C. Carli.

    In arguably her finest Hollywood film, Polish-born actress Pola Negri plays a French peasant girl whose farm is seized by the army and used as a German prisoner of war camp. Her hatred of the Germans changes when she meets captured soldier Oskar (Clive Brook). Unlike the anti-German propaganda films made during and just after the First World War, this film is sympathetic to both the captured and the captors.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Nov-3]

  • Better By Morning, Gay Angel, and Angus Mckinney perform at the Bug Jar tonight starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Nov-3]

Wednesday, November 12

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Drums Along the Mohawk (John Ford, U.S. 1939, 103 min., 35mm).

    John Ford's fruitful 1939 included his first two films with Henry Fonda—young Mr. Lincoln, shown here last year, and this title, Ford's first Technicolor outing, about New York's Mohawk Valley in the late eighteenth century. Fonda and Claudette Colbert play a farming couple caught in the tangle of American Indians and British sympathizing Tories as the American Revolution swirls around them. Ford regulars John Carradine and Ward Bond offer support.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Nov-3]

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