Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, November 20, 2014 through Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Here's my selection of events in Rochester this week:
Thursday, November 20

  • Updated: Today at 12 p.m. at Savers (1175 Marketplace Dr., Henrietta) is a Rally in support of workers right to organize without retaliation (dress warm!)

    Metro Justice has been called on to lend some solidarity to a local worker fired as she engaged in union organizing! Savers workers across the nation have been organizing to join the United Food and Commercial Workers. One of those workers was recently fired and is in need of your support. As we organize around the Fight for 15 with fast food workers, we know that workers often face illegal retaliation for their efforts to improve their lives and those of their families. We can't sit by and let this sort of retaliation go by unnoticed. Corporate bosses need to know that workers have each others' backs in Rochester.

    [source: Rochester Red & Black e-mail, 2014-Nov-20]

  • Today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Emily Coates, and Sarah Demers will present a lecture titled The Potential Poetics of Physics and Dance in the Gowen Room of Wilson Commons on the UofR Campus.

    Emily Coates, director of dance studies at Yale University and Sarah Demers, associate professor of physics at Yale University, will give a public lecture on collaborating across disciplines in research, teaching, writing, and filmmaking and speak informally about dance making and filmmaking with students and faculty.

    [source: UofR website events calendar, 2014-Nov-17]

  • As part of the Alternative Music Film Series, the Memorial Art Gallery will screen Looking for Johnny (Danny Garcia, Spain 2014, 94 min.) starting at 7 p.m. [source: MAG website, 2014-Nov-17]
  • Starting at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble in Pittsford is a meeting of The Photographic Historical Society (TPHS) featuring Milton C. Shares speaking about Photographs: Underwater and Slides—and a Camera Collection.

    He has done much underwater photography, including helping with Kodak's underwater Colorama. He began making underwater housings for cameras in 1954. Milt also helped photograph Lake Champlain's sunken horse-powered ferry boat in the 1980s. His company, Slide World Associates, produced audio-visual productions for companies and individuals around the world. His collection of about 80 different cameras includes 50 Kodak models dating back to the 1890s.

    [source: The Photographic Historical Society e-mail, 2014-Nov-18]

  • The Eastman Jazz Lab Band performs in Kilbourn Hall today at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Nov-17]
  • Starting at 8 p.m. at the Hochstein School of Music is a Comedy Roast of Jay Real with Michael Blackson, K. Dubb Walker, Uncle Trent, Sugar Bear, and T. Dash with music by DJ Big Reg. [source: flyer, 2014-Oct-14]
  • The Dryden will screen Expedition to the End of the World (Daniel Dencik, Denmark/Sweden/Greenland 2013, 90 min., DCP) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Our passion for adventure, exploration, and knowledge has not diminished in the 21st century. The group of artists and scientists who set sail on a three-mast schooner prove that discovery of the natural world is still an awe-inspiring experience. Their destination is Northeast Greenland to study and observe the rapidly melting massifs of that region. This expansive and ravishing northern wilderness causes the crew to both lose and find themselves in what has been described as a magnificent documentary about the meaning of life.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Nov-17]

  • Starting around 8:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Young Fox, Alberto Alaska, and Poah. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Nov-17]
  • "Alt-country favorites" The Tommy Brunett Band performs at Abilene starting around 9 p.m.

    You know the story…Tommy Brunett is a singer/songwriter who mixes old-school country, great storytelling and rock 'n' roll. He glides and stomps through his now legendary live performances with true sideshow-carny expertise and is known for his good ol' honest approach to everything he touches. If you like Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Social Distortion or Evel Knievel, you'll be eating up Brunett with two giant spoons.

    [source: Abilene website, 2014-Nov-17]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Dinosaur is an acoustic performance by great classic rock/soul band Anonymous Willpower. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que website, 2014-Nov-17]

Friday, November 21

  • Updated: This afternoon at 3 p.m. in the Dyer Arts Center at NTID on the RIT Campus, Eric T. Kunsman will give a lecture before an Opening Reception to 8 p.m. of his Thou Art . . . Will Give . . . exhibition of photographs from America's first penitentiary, Eastern State Penitentiary. The exhibit will be on display through January 21 with an additional discussion on December 10.

    During his 362 visits to the site, Eric T. Kunsman, a lecturer in NTID's Visual Communications Studies Department and adjunct professor in RIT's School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, photographed America's first penitentiary in a revealing essay featuring 100 large format photographs on display in an exhibition spanning 11 years of work.

    [source: NTID website, 2014-Nov-21]

  • The UofR Cinema Group will screen Fight Club (David Fincher, U.S. / German 1999, 139 min.) tonight at 6:30 p.m., 9:15 p.m., and 12:00 a.m. in Hoyt Auditorium on the University of Rochester Campus. "An insomniac office worker looking for a way to change his life crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker and they form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more." [source: University of Rochester Cinema Group website, 2014-Nov-17]
  • The Eastman Chorale performs in Kilbourn Hall tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Nov-17]
  • The Dryden will screen Xi meng ren sheng (The Puppetmaster, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan 1993, 142 min., Mandarin, Min Nan, and Japanese w/ subtitles, 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Considered Hou Hsiao-hsien's masterpiece, The Puppetmaster tells the true story of Taiwanese puppeteer and actor Li Tien-lu. Alternating between scenes from Li's life and Li speaking directly into the camera, the film graciously follows him and his battles with the Japanese forces as they attempt to compromise his art for the sake of propaganda. This exploration of life and art and their complex, intertwining connections won the Jury Prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Nov-17]

  • Starting around 8 p.m. at Bernunzio Uptown Music is Friday Flatpicking Frenzy with Bobby Henrie, and Aaron Lipp. [source: Bernunzio Uptown Music website, 2014-Nov-17]

Saturday, November 22

  • Today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Rochester Riverside Convention Center is a Rochester Mini Maker Faire. [source: Rochester Mini Maker Faire website, 2014-Nov-17]
  • From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre, Lisa Hostetler will host a Panel Discussion with Robert Burley, James Estrin, and Steven J. Sasson titled Photography Unfixed.

    Join us for a panel discussion on the ways in which the change from analog to digital photographic technology has affected our relationship to imagery. Panelists are Robert Burley, photographer and associate professor at the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University; James Estrin, New York Times Lens Blog co-editor and senior staff photographer; and Steven J. Sasson, electrical engineer and inventor of the digital camera. Lisa Hostetler, curator-in-charge, Department of Photography, will moderate.

    [source: Eastman House calendar, 2014-Nov-17]

  • From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. is a Trans March of Visibility starting at the Open Arms Metropolitan Community Church (707 E. Main St.) [source: Facebook, 2014-Nov-17]
  • From 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is State of Rome: Concert and Open Mic.

    As always, come ready for the open mic/cypher at the beginning of any Rome event if you wanna be heard. Poets, spoken word artist, singers, rappers and musicians of all types are welcomed on stage. Also, the live DJ will exclusively play your requests, because the State of Rome is musically democratic.

    [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2014-Nov-17]

  • Starting around 7 p.m. Upstairs at Abilene is Cariad Harmon, good acoustic soloist Nick Young, and Goodbye Ronnie. [source: Abilene website, 2014-Nov-17]
  • At the Raj Mahal Restaurant (368 Jefferson Rd.) is An Evening with Dr. Alice Rothchild starting at 7:30 p.m.

    Please join Jewish Voice for Peace Rochester NY for An Evening with Dr. Alice Rothchild – Dinner and Conversation. The evening will provide the opportunity to get acquainted with members of Rochester's growing JVP chapter and to interact with physician, author and filmmaker Dr. Alice Rothchild a Boston-based obstetrician-gynecologist who has worked in the health reform and women's movements for many years and since 1997 has focused on an understanding the Israel/Palestine conflict. Dr. Rothchild is co-chair of American Jews for a Just Peace and serves on the coordinating committee of Jewish Voice for Peace Boston. In 2007, Dr. Rothchild published Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resistance, and in 2013 her documentary film Voices Across the Divide premiered at the Boston Palestine Film Festival. It is also being shown at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 23 at the Little Theater.

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Nov-17]

  • The Eastman Percussion Ensemble performs in Kilbourn Hall tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Nov-17]
  • Starting at 8 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre is The James Card Memorial Lecture featuring Ned Price and an (inexcusably!) digital projection of Sorcerer (William Friedkin, U.S. 1977, 122 min., DCP).

    As the first film curator at George Eastman House, James Card began to build and preserve the moving image collection. His legacy is the foundation of our current film preservation program. To honor him, the Dryden is delighted to welcome Ned Price, chief preservation officer, Warner Bros. Technical Operations, to deliver the fourteenth annual James Card Memorial Lecture. Recognized for his exceptional work preserving the Warner Bros. catalog that also includes MGM, RKO, Lorimar, and Allied Artist libraries, Price will discuss the current challenges in the field of film preservation and then introduce his latest restoration, William Friedkin's Sorcerer.

    [source: Eastman House calendar, 2014-Nov-17]

  • The Maria Gillard Band, and Meg Gehman perform at the Lovin' Cup tonight starting around 8 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup website, 2014-Nov-17]
  • Downstairs at Abilene starting around 9 p.m. is great classic rock/soul band Anonymous Willpower, and 5head. [source: Abilene website, 2014-Nov-17]
  • Updated: From 10 p.m. until close at Banzai Sushi and Cocktail Bar is a WAYO Forever! Fundraiser & Dance Party with DJ Matt Werts, Cammy Enaharo, and DJ Alykhan. [source: Facebook, 2014-Nov-20]
  • Starting around 10 p.m. at the Bug Jar is a buffaBLOG Rochester Showcase featuring Mallwalkers, Harmonica Lewinski, The Absolutes, and Buffalo Sex Change. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Nov-17]

Sunday, November 23

  • This afternoon at 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen Babe (Chris Noonan, Australia 1995, 92 min., 35mm).

    There may be a logical order to nature, but that doesn't stop one bighearted orphaned pig from aspiring to higher things—like herding sheep. Humans take a backseat in this delightful adaptation of Dick King-Smith's The Sheep-Pig, as barnyard animals converse with each other and tell tales about the "Boss," played by the endearing James Cromwell. The exceptional voice work and blending of live and animated critters are bookended by the impeccable narration of the late, great Roscoe Lee Browne.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Nov-17]

  • Today at 2 p.m. at the Little is a screening of Voices Across the Divide (Alice Rothchild, U.S. 2013, 57 min.) followed by a discussion with filmmaker Alice Rothchild.

    Filmmaker Alice Rothchild is an American Jew raised on the tragedies of the Holocaust and the dream of a Jewish homeland in Israel. Voices Across the Divide follows her personal journey as she begins to understand the Palestinian narrative while exploring the Palestinian experience of loss, occupation, statelessness, and immigration to the U.S. The documentary is both a personal journey to understand the Palestinian narrative as well as the implications and contradictions of deeply held cultural beliefs in the Jewish community.

    [source: Witness Palestine Film Series website, 2014-Nov-19]

  • From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery is The Art of Preservation. [source: Landmark Society postcard, 2014-Oct-20]
  • This evening at 7 p.m., the MuCCC presents a workshop reading of Come Talk to Me by Justin Reilly.

    During a stormy morning, a counselor's secretary discovers her boss is late and all of the day's patients have canceled — except for one, a young bookseller suffering from a broken heart and more. Then there is the secretary herself, returning to work after a major family crisis. What happens when two lost souls collide in the same room? Aspie Works founder Justin Rielly revisits his one-act drama, first presented last summer.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2014-Nov-17]

Monday, November 24

  • From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight at the Flying Squirrel is a meeting of the Coalition of Concerned Residents of Monroe County discussing "strategies related to finding housing/shelter for all." [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2014-Nov-17]
  • Dario Josef, and Carol Roberts host an Adult Stage and Screen Open Mic tonight at 7 p.m. at Writers and Books. [source: Writers and Books website, 2014-Nov-17]
  • The Little will screen a WXXI Community Cinema presentation of Evolution of a Criminal (Darius Clark Monroe, U.S. 2014, 81 min.) at 7 p.m. followed by a Panel Discussion with Ray Mayoliz, Paul Clark, and Jennifer Perry.

    How does a 16-year-old evolve into a bank robber? In Evolution of a Criminal, filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe explores what led him to pull a heist as a teenager in Texas, and returns to the scene of the crime. By interviewing family members, close friends, and mentors, we learn about his transformation from a joyous childhood to the moment he realized the severity of his family's financial problems, and how their struggles changed his outlook on his own life.

    [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2014-Nov-19]

  • The Eastman Wind Ensemble, and The Eastman Wind Orchestra perform in Kilbourn Hall tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Nov-17]
  • Starting at 10 p.m. tonight at the Little is a Mondo Monday series screening of Showgirls (Paul Verhoeven, France / U.S. 1995, 130 min.)

    This film tells the story of Nomi Malone's ruthless struggle to become one of the top dancers in Vegas. Nomi desperately wants to star in the "Goddess" show at the Stardust, but instead, she ends up working at a strip club. However, she persists and eventually gets her break.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2014-Nov-17]

Tuesday, November 25

  • At Christ Church today from 12:10 p.m. to 12:35 p.m. is Tuesday Pipes.

    Eastman presents a new concert series every Tuesday. The performance will feature Eastman students, faculty, and alumni in a 25-minute lunchtime concert at Christ Church. Performances showcase the Craighead-Saunders Organ and Hook and Hastings Organ.

    [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2014-Nov-17]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Molly O' (F. Richard Jones, U.S. 1921, 80 min., 35mm), and Should Men Walk Home? (Leo Mccarey, U.S. 1927, 20 min., 35mm) with live piano accompaniment by Philip Carli.

    Mabel Normand, the first world-famous screen comedienne, achieved fame as a star and director working for Mack Sennett. Molly O', Normand's best feature film, stars her as an Irish washerwoman's daughter whose inadvertent love for a millionaire is disrupted by her disapproving working-class parents. Normand returned to short films later in the 1920s as a society thief in the delightful Should Men Walk Home?, where she partners Creighton Hale in confusing the living daylights out of Oliver Hardy.

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Nov-17]

Wednesday, November 26

  • The Dryden will screen The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford, U.S. 1940, 129 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Ford's adaption of John Steinbeck's dustbowl classic remains one of the filmmaker's most admired movies, and it was one of the first films selected for the National Film Registry. Fonda's portrayal of Tom Joad is among the actor's most iconic roles, and John Carradine and Oscar-winner Jane Darwell are also memorable. The liberal leanings of the film thwart efforts to assume Ford's politics were purely conservative. Can there be a more fitting film for Thanksgiving eve?

    [source: Dryden website, 2014-Nov-17]

  • Linda Rutherford & Celtic Fire perform a reunion show titled The Power Will Be On with 3 Mile starting around 8:30 p.m. at The California Brew Haus (402 W. Ridge Rd.)

    After 11 long years, we were within minutes of taking the stage on 09/05/14 when a transformer went out and took with it the lights, power and a lot of smiles. All beyond our control, but we felt terrible for all our fans who came out in droves from far and near, so we decided the reunion must and Will Go On. At the same time, we'd like to try and raise some money for the family of recently slain Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson. A portion of the proceeds will go to his family, and donations can be made directly to the family when purchasing advance tickets.

    [source: Facebook, 2014-Nov-17]

  • Mikaela Davis, Maybird, and Liana Gabel perform at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2014-Nov-17]

One thought on “Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, November 20, 2014 through Wednesday, November 26, 2014

  1. Lol. I love your comment about SORCERER and your commitment to film. Warners did a new restoration of the film with the help of director William Friedkin, and the studios don't do films anymore for their restorations. Just DCP. So, if you want to play the new restoration, you have to show it digitally. The film is still out there and being kept safe, so you have the option.
    Thanks for the site, Jason. I always check on Thursdays, especially to see if any authors are coming to town…

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