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DEMOCRAT AND C H R O N I C L SECTION 1 FRIDAY 61110 U P ! Your guide to movies, music and mixing it up XEROX ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL SAT1SUN fans 10 last-minute things to do this weekend N No ! i X i f r ..c , I r. . - - t 4 - 1 4 ' f " 5 " ; ' i . ' ; t t ' f. a r - v" ,- - i . 1 v', ANNETTE LEIN file photo 2009 Paul Patterson of the Faux Frenchmen performs during opening night of the Rochester International Jazz Festival last year. Performing with a conscience Jazz fest takes on a green hue as it opens today Nugent JEFF SPEVAK STAFF MUSIC CRITIC The hot-button topics of the day are generally not on display when the saxophones come out to play. But you can find them if you're looking at the 2010 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, which opens today. Co-producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona took a break from final fest operations to talk about the nine-day fest. They make a point of saying that the festival is not political, as they talk about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But Nugent adds, "When you come out in front of an audience, as an artist you have the ability to use the microphone." These jazz musicians work quietly, but with conviction. Herbie 'J".'-1- 1 T ' ' f : -d Iff i- :.&) (p ; Iacona Hancock, who plays the Eastman Theatre on Tuesday, is releasing The Imagine Project on June 22, a multimedia idea that uses musicians and music from around the globe in an effort to enable world peace. Hancock said he considers climate change to be the No. 1 issue faced by the world today. The same for the avant-garde guitarist Brad Shepik, who plays June 18 at Montage. The experimental-jazz guitarist's latest project, Human Activity Suite, stitches together folk sounds from around the world, with a goal of creating awareness of the threat of global warming to the planet. The Danish trumpet JAZZ FEST, PAGE 6 C Opening night picks Opening night of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival jumps right into a melting pot of artists, from traditional jazz to music far removed. Soul goddess Gladys Knight opens the Eastman Theatre at 8 p.m. Expect a few jazz standards; she took a stroll down jazz history on her latest album. Take in southern-style blues with acclaimed bluesman Mose Allison at Kilbourn Hall at 6 and 10 p.m. And if you missed Billy's Band in 2008, the Tom Waits-loving Russians who were the talk of the festival, you'll have your first of a couple opportunities this year at the Harro East Ballroom at 5:30 and 7:15 p.m. Other acts not to miss: Stan Tracey, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. at Christ Church, is one of the leading British jazz pianists who has a career that's known internationally. If England can claim to have a jazz legend, Tracey is it. Michael Kaeshammer, 6:15 and 10 p.m. in Max of Eastman Place, melds boogie-woogie, neo-swing and pop into an energetic style of singing that's all his own. ' Anna Reguero Poetry and jazz combine, sublimely Jazz and poetry have long had a lot in common meter and rhythm, structure and freedom, coffee houses and bars, and music and a literary sense of musicality. No other form of literature approaches jazz's hip nature, intellectual puzzles or potent emotions. That's why, for the second year in a row, the locally based poetry publishing house BOA Editions is teaming with the Xe rox Rochester International Jazz Festival for a program of poetry and jazz on Tuesday, the fifth day of the festival. The program didn't come together in time for the official printed schedule, but it's official and it's freel "An Evening of Poetry and Jazz" will be held at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, 137 East Ave., in the midst 14614- V : 1 V 1 Sean Thomas Dougherty AT THE MOVIES AND MORE JACK GARNER co Living Section Democrat and Chronicle 55 Exchange Blvd. Rochester, NY hrnimnDtmocrat of other festival venues. Four well-known Rochester jazzers (and musicians with the RPO andor Eastman School) will perform trombonist Mark Kellogg, saxophonist Jim Doser, pianist Chris Azzara and bassist Geoff Saunders. Reading his poetry will be Sean Thomas Dougherty, the author of nine books, who has a reputation for colorful and electrifying readings. (As a board member at BOA, I'm quite familiar with his work.) And the man knows jazz. In his 2007 BOA book, Broken Hallelujahs, Dougherty writes of an iconic jazz pianist: Thelonious Monfc's small hat, perched like a parrot Contrapunting the keys, his chords deep as a garret Caught a note, held, broke, transformed into noise, trans-vestite Sounds; Major and minor at the same pound, ear-light... Adding to the night, while the poetry and music sing, local painter Steve Smock will create a painting on the spot, which will be auctioned off at BOA's annual fundraising Dine & Rhyme celebration in October. CHECK OUT CHEKHOV. I guess it shows the continuing impact of the great Russian writer, Anton Chekhov: I've encountered two different, thought-provoking Chekhov tales within one week, one in a movie theater in Rochester and the other at this year's edition of the Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake in Canada. Interestingly, both productions show the global significance of Chekhov. The film is through a British prism, while the play is based on an Irish adaptation. One definition of artistic greatness is universality, and Chekhov certainly achieved that. And both offer the challenge of subtlety and restraint to modern audiences, who often seem over-stimulated by action and energy. Chekhov focused on people who talk to each other the secrets and the revelations are found in conversation. The movie offering is Anton Chekhov's The Duel, opening today at the Pittsford Cinema. (I caught a preview screening.) And though it's a British film with British actors, its director was born in the former Soviet Union: Dover JACK, PAGE 2 C Replicas of Christopher Columbus' ships are at the Port of Rochester through Monday. The public can enjoy a Discover the Pinta and the Nina self-guided tour from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Sunday. Tours cost $7 ($6 for seniors; $5 for students; free to ages 4 and younger). No reservations are necessary. For details, go to www.the nina.com. TN Sugarland Jenni-( 2 ) fer Nettles and Kris-tian Bush performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center in Hopewell. Luke Bryan and Danny Gokey open. Tickets are $22 to $55 and available through Ticket-master, (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Clarkson Rodeo Days are today through Sunday at the Clarkson Horse Arena in Hafner Park off Route 19. Shows start at 7 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 ($5 for ages 6 to 12). Go to www.clark sonrodeo.com. The Rochester Gay Men's Chorus performs U.S.S. Metaphor, a parody of Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore, at 8 p.m. Saturday at Hochstein Performance Hall downtown. Tickets are $18 ($15 for seniors and students) at the door. Advance tickets are available; go to www.the RGMC.org. CN Turkish Art and Folk ) Festival starts at 5 S p.m. today and continues Saturday and Sunday at the Turkish Society of Rochester in Gates. Call (585) 266-1980 or go to www.tsor.org. The Rochester Collectible & Vintage Toy Show is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Dome Arena in Henrietta. Admission is $4.50, with some of the proceeds going to the Pirate Toy Fund. Go to www.rochestertoyshow.com. Joywave (which features three Rochester natives who are former members of the pop-rock band The Hoodies) will perform at 6:30 today at the German House. Tickets are $10. Go to http:joywave .bigcartel.com. Make It! Take It! Sculpt It! Family Day runs from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Memorial Art Gallery. Admission is free. Call (585) 276-8900. A Black Music Month Awareness Celebration will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Rochester Community Television, 21 Gorham St. Performers include Nat Turner, Jimmie Highsmith Jr. and Freddy Colon. Admission is free. There'll be food and refreshments available for purchase and some activities for kids. For details, call (585) 325-1238. MashUp Contemporary Dance Company, an all-female Los Angeles-based ensemble, performs at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at RAPA's East End Theatre. Admission is $25. Go to www.mashupdance .com. J FOR MORE events and things to do, go to Page 6C INSIDE 'THE KARATE KID' DOESN'T QUITE HIT THE MARK PAGE 3C ONLINE AT DemocratandChronlcle.com

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