Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, February 19, 2015 through Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Here's my selection of events in Rochester this week:
Thursday, February 19

  • Today from 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is a discussion titled What? Understanding and Coping with Hearing Loss.

    Don't let hearing loss get you down! Join us for our next Got Health talk and learn what you can do about hearing loss. This talk will cover how our ears work, facts about hearing loss, hearing aids and other treatment options, hearing loss prevention, and tips for better communication.

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2015-Feb-16]

  • From 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in Gleason #318/418 at the Simon Business School on the UofR Campus, Rachel Madan will discuss Is Corporate Responsibility a viable career path?. [source: Color Brighton Green website, 2015-Feb-16]
  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Flying Squirrel is a Vegan Dinner Symposium. "Anyone is welcome to come—it truly is just a general presentation with a light dinner in order to introduce people to the animal liberation movement and why it is warranted." [source: Flying Squirrel website, 2015-Feb-16]
  • At 7 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of the Rush Rhees Library on the University of Rochester Campus is a Best of the Fest Film Screening of films from the Movies on a Shoestring festival. The screening will feature eight 16mm films: Celluloid Heroes, Stealing Altitude, The Late, Great American Picnic, American School For Stuntmen Commercial, Le Silence et la Nuit, The Moon According to Higgins, Dead End, and Divine Departures. [source: Facebook, 2015-Feb-16]
  • Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the MuCCC is a performance of Project Baldwin by David Shakes and The North Star Players as part of The Bronze Collective Theatre Fest.

    James Baldwin was a noted African American writer and civil rights activist. Baldwin was a prolific writer of novels, poetry, short stories, plays and essays. This program will explore his diverse body of work and include excerpts from many pieces, including Blues for Mister Charlie, My Dungeon Shook, Evidence of Things Unseen and The Amen Corner.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2015-Feb-16]

  • Tuba Mirum performs in Kilbourn Hall tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2015-Feb-16]
  • The Dryden will screen Up Tight! (Jules Dassin, U.S. 1968, 104 min., 16mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    Jules Dassin's last American film, this fast-paced, twisting, and turning tour de force updates John Ford's The Informer to the streets of the Cleveland ghetto, just days after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Tank Williams (Julian Mayfield) is an unemployed steelworker hard up for cash. When he turns over his militant friend for $1,000, he becomes the target of an all-out manhunt to exact vengeance on the "squealer." With a soundtrack written and performed by Booker T. and the Mgs, this relentless, unflinching picture is sure to keep you glued to your seat.

    [source: Dryden website, 2015-Feb-16]

  • Starting around 8:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Eggs Benedict, The Straw House Uncertainty, and The East Side Brass Band. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2015-Feb-16]
  • The Implosion (Or another Comedy Show) will be at Skylark Lounge tonight starting around 10 p.m. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2015-Feb-16]

Friday, February 20

  • Starting sometime today in the VSW Project Space and running through March 7 is Glass Mountains Work-in-Progress by Sean McFarland. [source: Visual Studies Workshop website, 2015-Feb-16]
  • Today starting around 6 p.m. is the Reopening Bash at Abilene featuring Todd Bradley, then at 9:30 p.m. is The Younger Gang. [source: Abilene website, 2015-Feb-16]
  • At 6 p.m. at the Artisan Church (1235 S. Clinton Ave.) is a screening and discussion of The Interrupters (Steve James, U.S. 2011, 125 min.) with Joel Greenwich. "Members of the activist group Ceasefire work to curb violence in their Chicago neighborhoods by intervening in street fights and showing youths a better way to resolve conflicts." [source: Gandhi Inistitute website, 2015-Feb-16]
  • Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the VSW Auditorium, William Fleth will present The Lost Lessons: Educational Films from the 50's, 60's, 70's and the 80's (projected from 16mm film.)

    1st Year MFA student William Fleth presents seven short 16 mm educational films from the past that feature lessons that are still relevant, or worth knowing in today's society. The lessons in these films explore topics like good eating habits, dealing with death, and the effects of drinking during pregnancy. The goals of this film screening are to offer the audience an experience in thinking about how they observe and act in the world around them. All films that will be feature in this screening are all from the Visual Studies Workshop's film collection.

    [source: Visual Studies Workshop website, 2015-Feb-16]

  • At 6:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. in Hoyt Auditorium on the University of Rochester Campus, the UofR Cinema Group will screen Interstellar (Christopher Nolan, U.S. / U.K. / Canada 2014, 169 min.) "A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival." [source: University of Rochester Cinema Group website, 2015-Feb-16]
  • At 7 p.m. at the Rochester Brainery, First Person Singular Presents: "I am best at_____", hosted by Kristen Stewart, and Woody Battaglia.

    Each story lasts five minutes, and each month we provide a story prompt to help you get started in telling your story. It is a way to get over the obstacle of just starting to speak about yourself. Our first prompt is "I am best at_____" but it is Totally OK to ignore the prompt and tell whatever story moves you on that night.

    [source: Facebook, 2015-Feb-16]

  • At the MuCCC at 7:30 p.m. is a performance in The Bronze Collective Theatre Fest titled The Love that Hate Produced by Djed Sneed. [source: MuCCC website, 2015-Feb-16]
  • Eastman Wind Ensemble performs in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2015-Feb-16]
  • Starting around 8 p.m. at Boulder Coffee on Alexander is the Jimmy Lechase Comedy Tour. [source: Boulder Coffee calendar, 2015-Feb-16]
  • At 8 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. on Sunday, the Dryden will screen King Solomon's Mines (Compton Bennett and Andrew Marton, U.S., 1950, 103 min., 35mm) preceded by the short Rabbit of Seville (Charles M. Jones, U.S. 1950, 7 min., 35mm).

    Filmed on location in the African wilderness, this thrilling romantic adventure is adapted from the popular Victorian novel by Sir H. Rider Haggard. Stewart Granger stars as Allan Quatermain, a white hunter who reluctantly agrees to guide a prim Englishwoman (Deborah Kerr) and her brother (Richard Carlson) on a perilous search for her missing husband who vanished while hunting for the mythical treasure of King Solomon. As they venture deeper into uncharted territory, encounters with all manner of wildlife, cannibals, and a thundering stampede threaten their quest at every turn. Preceded by Rabbit of Seville starring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in a one-upmanship contest of wits, fortitude, and daring. Fudd looks demure yet glamorous in his wedding dress, Bugs is exceptionally ingenious throughout, and all of the mayhem is captured in glorious Technicolor.

    [source: Dryden website, 2015-Feb-16]

  • As part of the Mondo Movie Series, the Little will screen Dune (David Lynch, U.S. 1984, 177 min.) starting at 10 p.m.

    David Lynch wades through dark waters in his adaptation of Frank Herbert's cult science fiction novel. In condensing Herbert's rambling and complex book by eliminating characters and compacting events, Lynch succeeds in rendering the story incomprehensible to those unfamiliar with the novel and making the film look like a sketchy greatest hits collection of the book for Herbert fans. The story takes place in the year 10,191. The universe is governed through a system of feudal rule, presided over by Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV (José Ferrer), who appears to take his marching orders from something that resembles a talking vagina. In the kingdom are two rival houses — the House of Atreides and the House of Harkonnen. Each house is trying to gain dominion over the universe, but that dominion can only be gained by the house that controls the Spice, a special substance that permits the folding of time. The Spice is only available on the desert world of Arrakis, or Dune. Shaddam, tired of the feuding between the two houses, permits the Atreides to take over the Spice production on Dune, while secretly working with the Harkonnens to launch a sneak attack on the Atreides and destroy them. The leader of the Atreides is Duke Leto (Jürgen Prochnow), who rules with the help of his concubine Jessica (Francesca Annis) and son Paul (Kyle Maclachlan). The rival Harkonnens are headed by the pus-oozing degenerate Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Kenneth Mcmillan, in a thoroughly through-the-roof performance) and his two unsavory nephews, Rabban (Paul L. Smith) and Feyd (Sting). When his father is murdered by the Harkonnens, Paul escapes to Dune, where he is greeted by the Fremen (the desert dwellers on Dune who prepare the Spice) as the messiah foretold in Fremen legend. Paul assumes the mantle of messiah and leads the Fremen in a revolt that topples the balance of power in the universe.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2015-Feb-16]

Saturday, February 21

  • At 2 p.m. at the MuCCC is a Filmmaker's Premiere of works by David Taylor as part of The Bronze Collective Theatre Fest. Screenings include A Briefcase In Time, The Session, and Running. [source: MuCCC website, 2015-Feb-16]
  • Tonight starting around 7 p.m. at the South Wedge Mission (125 Caroline St.) is a "Meet the Musicians" 2015 Concert Series with Harold Pannell and friends for an Evening of Jazz. [source: Highland Park Neighborhood Association website, 2015-Feb-16]
  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Red Hollywood (Thom Andersen, U.S. 1996—2013, 120 min., Blu-ray).

    This is a newly re-edited version of Thom Andersen's 1996 essay film on the artists blacklisted in Hollywood for their real or perceived political beliefs. The film itself is an extension of Andersen's 1985 essay of the same name, but his extensive research into this dark period of American cinema benefits from interviews with many of the victims themselves including Ring Lardner, Jr., Alfred Levitt, and Abraham Polonsky. These verbal documents are supported by clips from over fifty films from all genres of filmmaking that delve into the heart of Hollywood and its attitudes towards racism, labor, women's issues, and the studio system itself.

    [source: Dryden website, 2015-Feb-16]

  • Nuts and Bolts Comedy Improv performs their 15th Anniversary Show tonight starting at 8 p.m. at the Spotlight Arts Center (3 Railroad St., Fairport). [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2015-Feb-16]
  • Talented singer-guitarist Kinloch Nelson, and Matthew Cochran perform at Bernunzio Uptown Music starting around 8 p.m. [source: Bernunzio Uptown Music website, 2015-Feb-16]
  • Faux Leather Jacket, Dark Nemesis, and Better Things will be at the Bug Jar starting around 10 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2015-Feb-16]

Sunday, February 22

  • From 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The New York Museum of Transportation (6393 E. River Rd, Rush) is a discussion of Rochester's Transportation Heritage with Donovan Shilling.

    Well known local historian and author Donovan Shilling provides a fascinating look back over Rochester's early transportation history, through slides and photographs. Mr. Shilling will be signing copies of his book, "Rochester's Transportation Heritage" which will be available for sale in the museum gift shop.

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2015-Feb-16]

  • Starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Little is a Black History Month Film Series screening of Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (Thomas Allen Harris, U.S. 2014, 90 min.)

    The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to present day, "Through a Lens Darkly" probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.

    [source: Little Theatre e-mail, 2015-Jan-28]

  • Starting at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Comedy Club is The He and She Show.

    The newly married comedy duo of Doug Wyckoff and Teresa Wyckoff. They have an interactive show using marriage advice drawn from the audience while weaving in each of comic's own stories, jokes and experiences together seamlessly with audience suggestions.

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2015-Feb-16]

  • Small Houses, Glenwood, solid acoustic rock from Caleb Spaulding, and MD Woods will be at the Bug Jar starting around 9 p.m. tonight. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2015-Feb-16]

Monday, February 23

  • Today from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House (17 Madison St.) is a lecture on Susan B. Anthony and the Profession of Nursing by Mary Dahl Maher, and Kathleen Emerson Britton. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2015-Feb-18]
  • Tonight at 7 p.m. at Writers and Books is a discussion of Our Unstill Earth with Steve Fentress.

    Cataclysmic disruptions in planetary motion are a regular part of a planetarium director's job, especially preceding such popular dates as December 21, 2012. RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium Director Steve Fentress leads a stroll through the twilight realm of disturbances in the things we count on most: days, seasons, and years. Many world-ending options exist only in private universes, but recent supercomputer simulations show that orbits do change, and that kids who are appalled by the distances to Uranus and Neptune in their solar system models are on to something.

    [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2015-Feb-16]

  • Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Little is a screening of American Denial (Llewellyn Smith, U.S. 2015, 60 min.) as part of the WXXI Community Cinema series.

    Follow the story of foreign researcher and Nobel Laureate Gunnar Myrdal whose study, An American Dilemma (1944), provided a provocative inquiry into the dissonance between stated beliefs as a society and what is perpetuated and allowed in the name of those beliefs. His inquiry into the United States' racial psyche becomes a lens for modern inquiry into how denial, cognitive dissonance, and unrecognized, unconscious attitudes continue to dominate racial dynamics in American life. The film's unusual narrative sheds a unique light on the unconscious political and moral world of modern Americans. Archival footage, newsreels, nightly news reports, and rare southern home movies from the '30s and '40s thread through the story, as well as psychological testing into racial attitudes from research footage, websites, and YouTube films.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2015-Feb-16]

  • Tonight at Writers and Books is Standup Comedy Open Mic starting around 7 p.m. hosted by Dario Josef, and Carol Roberts. [source: Writers and Books website, 2015-Feb-16]
  • Silver Dagger, and Sulk perform at the Bug Jar starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2015-Feb-16]

Tuesday, February 24

  • 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 Tuesday Topics with Jonathan Schull discussing 3D Printing.

    See first hand why there is so much excitement about 3D printing. See a demonstration on the library-owned, public access 3D printer and learn about e-Nable, a global online community of volunteers who are designing and fabricating 3D printed prosthetic hands for children and adults who are missing fingers.

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2015-Feb-16]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen The Toll of the Sea (Chester M. Franklin, U.S. 1922, 54 min., 35mm) preceded by The Love Charm (Howard Mitchell, U.S. 1928, 10 min., 35mm).

    The Toll of the Sea and The Love Charm are both significant early demonstrations of Technicolor's two-color (red and green) process. The former, financed by Technicolor founder Herbert T. Kalmus with investor capital of $60,000, and released through Metro Pictures by arrangement with Technicolor board member Nicholas Schenck, was a reworking of Madame Butterfly by uncredited screenwriter Frances Marion. Anna May Wong received star billing and was the first actress of Asian heritage to actually play an Asian leading lady. Print courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Preceded by The Love Charm, in which a group of wealthy American tourists are tempted by the lure of the tropics and—for one of the visitors—true love.

    [source: Dryden website, 2015-Feb-16]

Wednesday, February 25

  • Today at Brighton Town Hall from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. is a Citizen Science for Air Quality discussion with Dr. Erin Haynes.

    This talk will provide an overview of research conducted by a team of community members and academic scientists in eastern Ohio—Residents partnered with University of Cincinnati researchers to address concerns about manganese exposure from a ferromanganese refinery. The research partnership expanded to include potential exposures from the rapidly growing oil and gas industry. Residents and scientists are using simple wristbands to measure exposure to airborne chemicals. Dr. Haynes will discuss how the partnership started, community engagement in the research, expansion to include other environmental exposures, and novel approaches to air quality monitoring.

    [source: Color Brighton Green website, 2015-Feb-16]

  • Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Gandhi Institute is a Film Screening and Discussion of Mighty Times: The Children's March (Robert Houston, U.S. 2004, 40 min.) with Yahoda Miller, "telling the story of how the black youth of Birmingham braved arrest, fire hoses, and police dogs in 1963 and brought segregation to its knees." [source: Gandhi Inistitute website, 2015-Feb-16]
  • The Eastman Wind Orchestra performs at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2015-Feb-16]
  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Remember the Night (Mitchell Leisen, U.S. 1940, 94 min., 35mm).

    This delightfully odd screwball comedy stars Barbara Stanwyck as a chronic shoplifter and Fred MacMurray as the prosecutor who takes her home for Christmas to avoid a prison term. Her encounter with the lawyer's wholesome family begins to change her perspective on a life of crime. Stanwyck and MacMurray would be cast in the film noir classic Double Indemnity four years later, but here find the right chemistry to keep the laughs coming. From a script by Preston Sturges, his last as a writer before he became a writer-director, who described the movie as a mixture of "quite a lot of schmaltz, a good dose of schmerz, and just enough schmutz to make it box office."

    [source: Dryden website, 2015-Feb-16]

  • Starting around 8 p.m. at the Bop Shop is a performance by EIO — Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes. [source: Bop Shop website, 2015-Feb-16]
  • Jack Topht, The Creepers, very good, experimentally-daring acoustic soloist Seth Faergolzia, Benny Beyond, and Lucky Cakewalk perform at Meddlesome Lab starting around 8:30 p.m. tonight. [source: Facebook, 2015-Feb-17]
  • Starting around 9 p.m. at Abilene is the return of The Coney Island Rock 'n' Roll Roadshow.

    The Coney Island Rock 'n' Roll Roadshow brings a fun-filled night of vaudeville, variety and adventure that's sure to captivate the audience. A travelling show made up of beautiful burlesque babes, sideshow stunts and shenanigans, and amazing musical acts ranging from gritty bar-room rock 'n' roll to gypsy honky-tonk, lo-fi trash rock and one-man bands, all wrapped up into one hell of a party. It'll be a night filled with thrills, chills, magic and prizes.

    [source: Abilene website, 2015-Feb-16]

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