Weekly Planner April 11-17: What’s Happening in Music, Arts & Life | Culture

OK, so we’re a little heavy on the music lists this week. And that’s without even mentioning Buddy Guy Friday and Gordon Lightfoot Saturday, both at the Kodak Center. And local heroes Joywave, also Friday and Saturday, at Anthology. As always, it’s a good idea to check each location’s COVID policy. You can find the full CITY schedule here.

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Danni Quintos: two brown dots

7:30 p.m.
Virtual event

Writers & Books offers a free virtual reading and conversation with poet Danni Quintos, whose new collection, “Two Brown Dots”, explores the author’s sense of identity, from childhood to motherhood, as as a multiethnic and racially ambiguous African-American woman raised in Kentucky. Registration is required on wab.org.

—REBECCA RAFERTY


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Awadagin Pratt: Black in America

7:30 p.m.
Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theater

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester jointly present a multimedia presentation by pianist Awadagin Pratt reflecting on his life as a black man and his journey through music, word and images. Pratt remains in town to join the RPO Thursday and Saturday at Kodak Hall.

—JEFF SPEVAK


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Henrietta Garden Club: “Straw Bale Gardening”

6:30 p.m.
Henrietta town hall

Green thumbs (or would-be green thumbs) rejoice! Are you, like me, a tenant with a keen interest in growing your own food without ticking off your landlord? When the Henrietta Garden Club meets at 6:30 p.m., Master Gardener Melanie Popick will be there to teach the new-to-me method of growing fruits and vegetables in straw bales. Few things excite me more than a fresh tomato picked from the vine during the summer months.

—JACOB WALSH


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Beyond the Fold: “The Insider”

7 p.m.
The little theater

New. Arts. Life. That’s what CITY is, and this one-day event brings them all together in one. “Beyond the Fold” is a six-part film and discussion series that takes a 360-degree look at journalism through the lens of some of the best films ever made about the craft. Whistleblowing, investigative reporting, corporate media scrutiny and Little Theater butter popcorn are on the menu with a screening of ‘The Insider,’ starring Russell Crowe and Al Pacino as pitcher alert and journalist who eliminates the big tobacco. The film is followed by a discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston. CITY Editor-in-Chief David Andreatta moderates.

—RYAN WILLIAMSON


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Todd Snider

8 p.m.
Anthology

What makes a better night? Todd Snider playing his music? Or Todd Snider telling his stories? I’ll take one or the other. His stoner persona is a perfect match for witty songs like “Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Rock Blues.” Opener Kevin Gordon, who played at the Rochester International Jazz Fest in 2019, hangs out with a crowd that includes Snider and Lucinda Williams, and Keith Richards even recorded one of his songs.

—JEFF SPEVAK


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“Lady of Song”

The Place de l’Innovation Theater

The festive musical revue “Lady of Song” – written, directed and produced by Rochester soul singer Cinnamon Jones – pays tribute to some of the greatest singers of the 20th century. Local artists such as Zahyia, Kholaa (a CITY contributing writer), Sarah De Valliere and Jones herself perform classics made iconic by Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Patsy Cline and Barbra Streisand.

— DANIEL J. KUSHNER


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Comply with the Schola Cantorum

8:50 p.m.
Christ Church, 141 East Avenue

Need to pull yourself together before starting a new week? Spend half an hour lost in meditative music performed live by candlelight in this echoing sanctuary amidst the hustle and bustle of the East End. Show up at 8:50 p.m. to hear an organ prelude, followed by the singing of another world from the Schola Cantorum from 9 p.m. Compline continues every Sunday evening until April.

— MONA SEGHATOLESLAMI

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