Events in Rochester, NY for Thursday, April 9, 2015 through Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Here's my selection of events in Rochester this week:
Thursday, April 9

  • From 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Carillon will ring: the three sets of bells surrounding the Mt. Hope Cemetery Civil War gravesites, the University of Rochester Carillon, the bell at Mt. Hope Cemetery gatehouse and the chimes at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. All in recognition of the "150th anniversary of Lee's surrender at Appomattox to Union forces led by General Grant. This is generally recognized as the end of the Civil War." [source: City of Rochester website, 2015-Apr-8]
  • This afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in the Mercer Gallery at MCC (Building 12, 114 North Atrium, 1000 E. Henrietta Rd.), Colleen Buzzard will discuss her works Frames of Mind on display through April 24. Music will be provided by the Maria Gillard Band. [source: artist e-mail, 2015-Mar-30]
  • At the Memorial Art Gallery at 7 p.m. is Hidden Passions: Inspiring Conversations about Hyphenated Lives featuring Agustin Ramos, "private investigator, cuatro guitar maker", and Emma Lo, "UofR med student, portraitist of homeless friends." [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2015-Apr-8]
  • From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Brockport Village Hall (49 State St., Brockport) is a Brockport Active Transportation Plan Open House.

    The Active Transportation Plan will help the Village plan its future walking and bicycling infrastructure in a manner that is on par with the best practices from around the country. This project will support the continued development of safe, functional and attractive facilities for biking and walking in Brockport. The Active Transportation Plan is an important step towards community safety and sustainability. The Plan will help create an inclusive system that accommodates the wide range of mobility levels of all pedestrians and bicyclists.

    [source: Facebook, 2015-Apr-6]

  • Ossia New Music performs in Kilbourn Hall tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Ossia New Music website, 2015-Apr-6]
  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Topophilia (Peter Bo Rappmund, U.S. 2015, 61 min., DCP) with Peter Bo Rappmund on hand to discuss the film. (I'm particularly looking forward to this screening as I thought Tectonics was excellent.)

    Topophilia traces the 800-mile path of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) and examines one of the most historically productive oil routes in the United States. Completed in 1977, Taps runs both above and underground through pristine Alaskan terrain—up mountain passes, over tundra, and across hundreds of rivers and streams. From numerous extraction points on the North Slope, hot crude oil is moved the entire length of Alaska to the Valdez Marine Terminal, where ships load the petroleum before voyaging to ports around the world. Shot entirely with a still camera, Topophilia studies a pipeline's inherent linearity and its unwavering repetition in construction. The documentary presents these architectural elements as both foreground and background; recurring patterns in the structure become fixed points that help to illuminate movement and stasis in natural and human-made landscapes. Through the use of frame-by-frame animation, time-lapse photography, looped sequences, and layered field recordings, the film decodes potentially hidden messages of the built environment, portraying Taps and its surroundings harmoniously as a continuous, giant building—a space that not only reorders ideas about landscape and our place within it, but also offers an unmistakable juxtaposition between the endgame of industrial revolution, and the modern ecosystems where these scenarios ultimately play themselves out.

    [source: Dryden website, 2015-Apr-6]

  • Cages, Druse, Crush The Junta, and Corliz perform at the Bug Jar tonight starting around 9 p.m. [source: Carbon Records website, 2015-Apr-6]

Friday, April 10

  • Starting around 6 p.m. at the Record Archive is an In-Store Performance by Pilot The Universe. [source: Record Archive website, 2015-Apr-6]
  • Today from 7 p.m. to 12 p.m., tomorrow from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. is the Rochester Erotic Arts Festival at the Radisson Riverside Hotel (120 E. Main St.) [source: Rochester Erotic Arts Festival website, 2015-Apr-6]
  • Tonight at 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m., and 12 a.m., the UofR Cinema Group will screen The Theory of Everything (James Marsh, U.K. 2014, 123 min.), "a look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife" in Hoyt Auditorium on the University of Rochester Campus. [source: University of Rochester Cinema Group website, 2015-Apr-6]
  • At 7 p.m., the Little will screen A Thin Wall (Mara Ahmed, 2015, 64 min.)

    A Thin Wall is a documentary about memory, history and the possibility of reconciliation. It focuses on the Partition of India in 1947, but derives lessons that remain urgently relevant today. Shot on both sides of the border, in India and Pakistan, A Thin Wall is a personal take on Partition rooted in stories passed down from one generation to another. It is written and directed by Mara Ahmed and co-produced by Surbhi Dewan. Both filmmakers are descendants of families torn apart by Partition. The film is also a work of art infused with original animation, music and literary writing.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2015-Apr-6]

  • This week's 7 p.m. movie (except Monday and Tuesday) at the Cinema is Still Alice (Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland, U.S. / France 2014, 101 min.) "A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease." The 8:45 p.m. movie is Whiplash (Damien Chazelle, U.S. 2014, 107 min.) "A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential." [source: Cinema coming soon page, 2015-Apr-8]
  • Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through April 26, Bread and Water Theatre is hosting performances of The Libation Bearers.

    Oresteiain the Oresteia— the only trilogy in Greek drama which survives from antiquity— Aeschylus took as his subject the murder and revenge within the royal family of Argos. Moving from darkness to light, from rage to self-governance, from primitive to civilized institution, the family's spirit of struggle and regeneration becomes an everlasting song of celebration. The Libation Bearers deals with the aftermath of Clytemnestra's regicide, as her son Orestes sets out to avenge his father's death.

    [source: Bread and Water Theatre website, 2015-Apr-6]

  • At the MuCCC, The Shakespeare Players perform Richard II by William Shakespeare on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. through April 25.

    […] "Richard II" chronicles the final two years and the downfall of Richard II, a flawed monarch. Shakespeare, now fully mature as a playwright, graces this play with some of his greatest poetry.

    [source: MuCCC website, 2015-Apr-6]

  • Tonight at 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Giulietta degli spiriti (Juliet of the Spirits, Federico Fellini, Italy/France 1956, 137 min., 35mm, Italian w/ subtitles).

    Giulietta Masina plays a housewife who drifts into a private world of memories and fantasies to escape the hard facts of a philandering husband and a crumbling marriage. Fellini's first color feature imagines his wife's interior life through Technicolor compositions that transform the banal routine of her housebound existence into what one critic accurately described as "an imperial-sized fantasy of a physical opulence to make the old Vincente Minnelli musicals look like Army training films."

    [source: Dryden website, 2015-Apr-6]

  • As part of the Mondo Movie Series, the Little will screen Why Don't You Play in Hell (Shion Sono, Japan 2013, 129 min.) tonight at 10 p.m.

    Why Don't You Play in Hell? is a 2013 Japanese film directed by Sion Sono. The film is an action film based on a 15-year old screen play written by Sono, and has been described by him as having similarities with Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2015-Apr-6]

Saturday, April 11

  • Stop by Genesee Libby Studio (Hungerford Building, 1115 E. Main St., Suite #225) today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Tintype Photobooth.

    Warmer weather and sunshine are coming and Genesee Libby will be offering tintype photobooth sessions on location around Rochester. For just $40 you can have your very own 3"x4" tintype made. We will start by offering sessions here in the studio on April 11 and May 9 from 10a-4p during the Second Saturday open studios. Drop-ins are welcome, but we recommend you sign up for a slot in advance. To do so please call or email Genesee Libby Studio.

    [source: Genesee Libby Studio website, 2015-Apr-6]

  • Today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Village Gate Square is the April Brainery Bazaar. [source: Facebook, 2015-Apr-6]
  • From 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Curtis Theatre at George Eastman House, Deborah Stoiber will discuss "conservation of nitrate film and how Eastman House works to conserve and protect rare films while still making these precious objects accessible for screening" as an introduction to the Nitrate Picture Show in May. [source: Eastman House calendar, 2015-Apr-6]
  • From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is En garde! Fencing at the Library.

    Please join us for a free demonstration of the modern Olympic sport of fencing by instructors and members of the Rochester Fencing Club, Home of Olympic and World Champions since 1981. Want to know what "en garde," "touché," and "epee" really mean? Interested in discovering a unique sport that comes from a rich history of dueling, respect, and discipline? This all-ages program will include a demonstration fencing match followed by questions and answers from the audience, and maybe even some audience participation!

    [source: Monroe County Library website, 2015-Apr-6]

  • From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hansen Nature Center (1525 Calkins Rd., Henrietta), learn How to Introduce Honeybees into a Hive. [source: City Newspaper events calendar, 2015-Apr-6]
  • At 7 p.m. in the VSW Auditorium, Eric Fleischauer will screen his motion pictures in a program titled Walking Home Backwards.

    Chicago-based artist Eric Fleischauer will screen a selection of moving image works which use strategies including humor, appropriation, and media archeology to examine how technological "evolution" shapes both our exterior and interior worlds. Spanning more than a decade, taken collectively this program not only traces the arc of an artist's ideas and research, but it becomes a mirror reflecting a unique cultural portrait as seen through a single set of eyes but a variety of lenses.

    [source: Visual Studies Workshop website, 2015-Apr-6]

  • Starting around 8 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall is the Joan Osborne Acoustic Duo featuring Keith Cotton. [source: Water Street Music Hall website, 2015-Apr-6]
  • Starting around 8 p.m. in the SAU Cafeteria on the RIT Campus is Technical Grounds, the sixth annual Breakdance Competition. [source: RIT College Activities Board events page, 2015-Apr-7]
  • The Dryden will screen Figures in a Landscape (Joseph Losey, U.K. 1970, 94 min., 35mm) tonight at 8 p.m.

    MacConnachie (Robert Shaw) and Ansell (Malcolm McDowell) are figures in a landscape, escaped prisoners of war of an unknown ethnicity, still handcuffed and on a desperate run across an unidentified hostile countryside, relentlessly hunted by a mysterious black helicopter while discussing everything—from contraception to psychoanalysis. Undoubtedly the most formally radical, almost experimental feature by the director of such classics as The Servant and The Go-Between, an apt title for Figures in a Landscape could also be Running for Godot. A blueprint for both Steven Spielberg's Duel and Gus Van Sant's Gerry, Losey's metaphysical masterpiece—captured in glorious Technicolor by a duet of legendary cinematographers, Henri Alekan and Peter Suschitzky—figures in a Landscape is today firmly on a path to become a bona fide cult classic. Rare screening of a very rare print!

    [source: Dryden website, 2015-Apr-6]

  • Starting around 8:30 p.m. at Skylark Lounge is the Rochester's Broads Regional Arm Wrestling League (BRAWL) Spring Fling. Proceeds to benefit ReStore Sexual Assault Services. [source: Skylark Lounge calendar, 2015-Apr-6]
  • Screaming Females, punk hard-rock band Green Dreams, and Pleistocene perform at the Bug Jar starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2015-Apr-6]

Sunday, April 12

  • At 2 p.m., the Dryden will screen Per qualche dollaro in più (For a Few Dollars More, Sergio Leone, Italy/Spain/West Germany, 132 min., 35mm).

    Clint Eastwood's impossibly cool gunslinger returns in this sequel to Fistful of Dollars that places him in opposition to Mortimer, a determined bounty hunter (Lee Van Cleef), and Indio, a reckless bandit (Gian Maria Volonte), in a tense moral triangle with greed and revenge at its center. Massimo Dallamano's cinematography captures gallons of blood and clouds of dust the way only Technicolor can.

    [source: Dryden website, 2015-Apr-6]

  • From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Rundel Auditorium on the 3rd Floor of the Rundel Library Building, learn about Rochester's Rich History in a program titled Then and Now Through City Photographs with Ira Srole.

    Did you know that Rochester is one of a handful of cities in the United States to employ its own photographer? Ira Srole has been a City of Rochester photographer for over thirty-five years. During that time, he has had the opportunity to observe and experience contemporary Rochester history as it was being made. In his presentation, Ira looks at Rochester history through the lens of its municipal photographer, who also studied sociology as an undergraduate, and asks some questions. Just how important was the construction of the Erie Canal aqueduct to the early development of Rochester? Why was Rochester a stop on the Underground Railroad? How has public safety, education and economic development affected Rochester's contemporary history? Ira's talk will be illustrated with images from the collection of the Communications Bureau Photo Lab.

    [source: City of Rochester website, 2015-Apr-8]

Monday, April 13

  • For today's Senior Matinee at 1:30 p.m., the Dryden will screen Tell Me Tonight (Anatole Litvak, U.K. 1932, 78 min., 35mm).

    Tell Me Tonight was part of "The Transition from Silence to Sound 1925—1933," the very first series curator James Card programmed for the Dryden in 1951. Card may have scheduled the film as an example of an average early talkie, or perhaps an example of an imaginative, innovative use of sound. Who knows? What we do know is that he must have really liked the film, because he screened it no less than seven times in the first two decades of the Dryden. Tell Me Tonight features Polish tenor Jan Kiepura as Italian tenor Ferraro who seeks a little peace and quiet but gets quite the opposite. New York Times reviewer Mordaunt Hall seemed to agree with Card as he noted the film to be a "most agreeable blending of melody, romance and humor."

    [source: Dryden website, 2015-Apr-6]

  • Today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church (121 N. Fitzhugh St.) is A Community Panel on Law Enforcement in Rochester consisting of Rochester Deputy Police Chief Wayne Harris, Mike Mazzeo (president of the Rochester Police Locust Club), Reverend Lewis Stewart, and Unique Fair-Smith, moderated by Julie Philipp.

    There continue to be serious challenges as our society balances the need to have safe, secure communities with the civil rights of individuals, and sadly our own community is no stranger to the tensions and even violence that can arise as we search for that balance. We are looking forward to a civil, productive and educational experience as we seek to increase dialogue and build relationships between police, community leaders and citizens.

    [source: Facebook, 2015-Apr-6]

  • Updated: The Ben Russell OnFilm program is actually on Thursday—my bad! [source: University of Rochester On Film screenings website, 2015-Apr-6]
  • Starting around 10 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Vice, The Weight We Carry, Swamps, and Disarm. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2015-Apr-6]

Tuesday, April 14

  • Today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Library Building is another Books Sandwiched-In on The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History by Boris Johnson. [source: Monroe County Library website, 2015-Apr-6]
  • Today from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Gowen Room of Wilson Commons on the UofR Campus and tomorrow from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Class of '62 Auditorium of the UofR Medical Campus is a Bicycle Commuter 101 Workshop. "Learn the basics of commuting by bike in this free hour-long workshop covering what to wear, rules of the road, where to ride, tips and tricks!" [source: New York Bicycling Coalition website, 2015-Apr-1]
  • This evening at 7 p.m., the Little will screen The Hunting Ground (Kirby Dick, U.S. 2015, 90 min.) followed by a "panel discussion with representatives from local universities, including Stacy Derooy, Assistant Director/ Investigator and Clery Compliance Officer, from RIT Public Safety."

    From the makers of "The Invisible War" comes a startling expose of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Weaving together verite footage and first person testimonies, the film follows the lives of several undergraduate assault survivors as they attempt to pursue – despite incredible push back, harassment and traumatic aftermath – both their education and justice.

    [source: Little Theatre website, 2015-Apr-6]

  • At 8 p.m., the Dryden will screen Dodsworth (William Wyler, U.S. 1936, 101 min., 35mm).

    Dodsworth, one of the most intelligent films of the 1930s, is a study of a marriage in crisis. Produced by the legendary Samuel Goldwyn and directed by the great William Wyler, Dodsworth was one of eight films the two collaborated on over the next ten years. Based on the Sinclair Lewis novel, Sidney Howard adapted his Broadway play to the screen and Walter Huston reprised his role of Sam Dodsworth, which he had played more than three hundred times on the stage. The cast also included Ruth Chatterton as Fran Dodsworth, in one of the best roles of her career, Mary Astor, Paul Lukas, Maria Ouspenskaya, and David Niven in one of his first American films. The New York Times placed Dodsworth on their Ten Best Films list in 1936 and was one of the twenty highest grossing movies of the year.

    [source: Dryden website, 2015-Apr-6]

Wednesday, April 15

  • At 5 p.m. in the UofR Eastman Quad is a 4/15 March and Rally to End Poverty Wages.

    In recent years, a growing movement has taken the public's attention calling for higher wages for all people. This movement, initiated by fast food workers has been taken up by airport workers, home health aids, Walmart workers, carwash workers, and thousands more. We know that we're worth more, and we know that these multi-billion dollar corporations can afford to pay us more! On April 15th, people around the world will make history as we hold rallies and marches demanding higher wages and economic justice in our communities. Thousands of working people will be marching in cities across the globe. We're making history and we're winning!

    [source: Facebook, 2015-Apr-6]

  • The Eastman Wind Orchestra performs in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar, 2015-Apr-6]
  • The Dryden will screen De Mayerling à Sarajevo (Sarajevo, Max Ophüls, France 1940, 95 min., 35mm, French w/ subtitles) starting at 8 p.m.

    History lesson #5. Shortly after his escape from Nazi Germany and before directing an unbroken chain of immortal classics such as Letter from an Unknown Woman, La ronde, Le plaisir, The Earrings of Madame de… and Lola Montès, the undisputed master of graceful camera choreography Max Ophüls crafted this poisonous cocktail of doomed romance in doomed times, both based on historic events. The Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria falls in love with Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, a lady lacking in royal blood. Their undesirable love affair is first assaulted by the Crown, and later assassinated by a young Yugoslav militant by the name of Gavrilo Princip, thus triggering World War One. The horrors of another Great War looming on the horizon imbue this bitter drama from 1940 with an additional air of gloom.

    [source: Dryden website, 2015-Apr-6]

  • Starting around 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar is Chris Bathgate, John Craigie, Hardwood, and Dirk Dangler and The Twang Bangers. [source: Bug Jar calendar, 2015-Apr-6]

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