Weekly Planner May 23-29: What’s Happening in Music, Arts & Life | Culture
This week’s journey winds from a collection of serious videos from Rochester’s Visual Studies Workshop to that lamp your grandparents once owned. You can find the full CITY schedule here.
“A History of Police Brutality and Accountability Initiatives in Rochester from the Portable Channel Archives”
Visual Studies Workshop
From 1971 to 1986, Rochester’s Portable Channel provided video material to Rochester residents who wished to document their interests, including social ills. Housed in a gothic building at Prince and University Avenue, The Visual Studies Workshop’s collection of clashes between police and citizens is a particularly compelling document. But you can also watch a 1977 visit to a local strip club for some particularly compelling voyeurism.
True Crime Book Club
What’s going on macabre at the Henrietta Public Library. But you don’t have to leave the comfort of your living room for the Zoom chat about the filthiest murder. Register on the library website and you will receive a link to the event. And there are only 10 spots available for each virtual meeting of the True Crime Club, which meets every fourth Tuesday of the month.
“Duck, duck, shoot! The History of American Waterbirds »
10 a.m., Wednesday to Sunday
Genesee Country Village and Museum
Where can you find LC Smith shotguns, JJ Audubon bird lithographs and a collection of federal duck stamps in one exhibit? For those interested in both regional history and art, the John L. Wehle Gallery at the Genesee Country Village and Museum is a special place. Through 2023, you can check out “Duck, Duck, Shoot! The Story of America’s Waterfowl,” which through art, sculpture, decoy items, historic clothing, and conservation information, explores the subsistence and culinary practices, overhunting, and the birth of waterfowl conservation efforts.Access to the gallery is included with general admission to the museum.
The little cafe
Longtime members of the local singer-songwriter community – Connie Deming, Steve Piper and Scott Regan – make up this amiable trio. Most of the songs are originals, though any of the three can offer a thoughtful cover. Be sure to ask Deming from the Joni Mitchell. It’s free and the Little Café serves a light dinner menu.
Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
The big-house summer outdoor season kicks off with this soulful folk-rock band from Colorado. The band’s new album, “Brightside,” sounds exactly like that; something we may need in these times of misfortune. This is a “climate positive” tour, designed to reduce its environmental footprint as the Lumineers tour the country. Opening is the folk trio from Ohio with a foreign a, Caamp.
Screening of “The Grand Bizarre” and Q&A with filmmaker Jodie Mack
Dryden Theater, 900 East Avenue
Jodie Mack’s textile-centric animation is a dream for students of ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or your physical reaction to an outside stimulus). Stunning visuals flash across the screen accompanied by a scratchy DIY soundtrack with lots of pleasing beats. Mack says she edited the avant-garde 60-minute film using a technique she learned by weaving textiles, creating “rows” of patterns and repeating patterns. But what does all this mean? An elevation of labor, a critique of capital, and a question about how culture transforms and travels all seem likely. But do not worry; the filmmaker herself will be on hand to answer questions afterwards.
The lucky chip
320 N. Goodman Street
The outdoor hipster shopping extravaganza in the Arts District returns today and repeats from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday during the sunny season. Shoppers can find arts and crafts for sale among the dozens of vintage clothing stalls and tchotchkes. Looking for clothing with the Kodak logo, or a set of kitsch 70s canisters for the kitchen? You might find it at The Lucky Flea. Food trucks are also usually on site. There is free parking around Village Gate Square.