Interview: 'American War' author Omar El Akkad

Interview: 'American War' author Omar El Akkad

Writers & Books' 2019 selection for its Rochester Reads series is "American War," the debut novel of Egyptian-Canadian investigative journalist Omar El Akkad. He'll be in town March 26 to March 29 for a series of readings, book signings, and book talks.


KIDS | Superheroes Weekend

Kids can meet two of their favorite superheroes this weekend as The Strong Museum of Play continues its Superheroes Weekend series, this time featuring Black Panther and Spider-Man. Chat with Wakanda's hero on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Spidey will swing in to say hey on Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Both heroes will be available for free pictures at designated times, which visitors can sign up for by picking up a free ticket in the Adams Atrium the day of each event.

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POP/LITERATURE | The Caribbean/Brian Wood

This week a literary-experimental pop mashup event will be presented at Nox's low key lounge environment. Kick off your weekend with a cocktail, tunes, and storytelling at the story/stereo event featuring a reading by Rochester-based writer Brian Wood, bookended by musical sets by DC-based band The Caribbean.

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SPECIAL EVENT | Maple Sugar Festival

I'd love to know how humans figured out that boiled tree blood is tasty. Specifically speaking, the process of making maple sugar and syrup has a long history in our region.

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FILM | 'Blade Runner' & 'Blade Runner 2049'

Last week I read a spooky article about Facebook's "Codec Avatars," virtual reality versions of us that look and move exactly like the real thing. And though AI has yet to pass the Turing test, it's not for lack of science's efforts.

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DANCE | 'Dangerous Liaisons'

A scandalous tale of seduction and deception, Stephen Frears' 1988 "Dangerous Liaisons" was a star-spangled hit, with the likes of Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz, Mildred Natwick, Peter Capaldi, Keanu Reeves, and Uma Thurman all angling for dominance. Based on an 18th century French novel, the story is set in pre-Revolution Paris, and centers on a jilted lover and a plot for ice cold revenge.

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SPECIAL EVENT | 'Scent of Spring'

Instead of trying to revel in the mid-winter gloom and watching a glitzy globe descend, wouldn't it make so much more sense to celebrate the New Year in the springtime? You know, when new life is awakening?

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FILM | 'Dirty Looks'

Founded in 2011 by Bradford Nordeen, Dirty Looks Inc serves as a platform for queer film, video, and performance. It seeks to illuminate queer histories and trace contemporary queer aesthetics by presenting important LGBTQ film and video art alongside emerging artists and filmmakers.

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ART | 'Legacy'

Artists influence artists. This is a subject mostly discussed in regards to Renaissance students working in the studios of master artists, or the aesthetic movements that seemed to have diminished in number in contemporary times.

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RECREATION | Ladies' Skate Night 2nd Anniversary

This week marks the second anniversary of Ladies Skate Night, which is hosted on the third Monday of each month at Breaking Free Skatepark. Founded in March of 2017, the night is a way to claim space and provide a judgement-free zone for women of all ages who want to learn to skateboard (or ride their bikes or scooters, or roller skate/blade) in peace.

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ART | 'Princess'

Concept video albums (Beyoncé's "Lemonade; Janelle Monáe's "Dirty Computer") have become powerful tools to communicate complex social and political concepts by combining musical and cinematic storytelling. Art pop duo Princess (performance artists Alexis Gideon and Michael O'Neill) uses music as the foundation for its multi-disciplinary practice that explores issues of queerness and the concept of masculinity.

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Popular Events

  • Neil Montanus: Gallery Talk & Photo Walk @ Kodak Center

    • Sun., March 24, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Survivors @ JCC Hart Theatre

    • Sun., March 24, 2 p.m. $18
  • Amos Oz: Israeli Author, Humanist, Peace Activist @ Temple B'rith Kodesh

    • Sun., March 24, 7 p.m.
  • Jessica Vosk @ Wadsworth Auditorium

    • Sat., April 20, 7 p.m. $8/$18
  • "The Parallax View" (1974) @ Dryden Theatre

    • Wed., March 27, 7:30 p.m. and Wed., April 10, 7:30 p.m. $5-$10

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