JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #127: One Nasty Elephant
So Tim was executed on Monday. It felt kind of weird to me to have it happen. It was quite a spectacle and I was there, clicking reload on my
page until I saw the news that he had been killed. I've never seen anybody die before, and this is as close as I've ever been. I really got a cacophony of thoughts and feelings about the whole thing.
The first thing I thought about was a combination of disappointment and satisfaction. I was disappointed that it really didn't fix anything. I mean, what can you do -- there's no way to bring those people back, so all there is left is vengeance ... to which I derived a little satisfaction. I was glad he's dead. Serves him right. However, his lack of remorse right into the abyss stole from that. Also that it wasn't a poetic justice, but an act of human vengeance. Less satisfaction.
I thought about his last meal -- two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream. I had some mint chocolate chip ice cream on Monday night after dinner and then I woke up on Tuesday morning. I thought that was weird. I had more on Tuesday and woke up on Wednesday. Ha.
Early on I considered the notion that there are now 169 deaths associated with the bombing. Put that way, the vengeance is even less palpable. On another tangent, aside from killing a bunch of otherwise good people, out of 168 people, you're bound to have some bad apples. He probably killed someone who wouldn't stop talking on his cell phone in a movie theater. Or someone who has a side job ripping off little old ladies. Or someone who beat their wife. Or a rapist. Or a murderer. Heck, what if he was inside the building and somebody else killed him? By no means is this a way to enact justice. Just more idle thinking.
I guess in the end this is how we make our society work. If you are behaving in a manner that violates the rules of humanity and respectfulness, you are beginning to drift outside the norm of society. If you do something that demonstrates that you are outside the rules, the society you reside in doesn't need to follow their own rules either. I guess I think that capital punishment isn't very useful at all, but in this case, we might have done right.
M O V I E S
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
- Disney brings yet another big bold tale. This is supposed to be decidedly un-Disney-like but I don't think I can handle it right now.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
- The abnormally shaped Lara Croft will appear projected onto a large surface with a crappy frame rate of 24 frames per second. Why don't they use a 3D accelerator and get it up past 60fps or so? Yeesh!
Today is the start of the
Maplewood Rose Festival
The Maplewood Rose Garden
(Driving Park and Lake Ave.)
Opening ceremonies are at noon and the festial runs through the weekend.
If you've got a thing for groove rock and a stomach for
(170 East Ave.)
Princes of Babylon
starting around 10:30.
If you want to get outdoors to see a show, one of the best places to do so is
the roof deck at
The Centers at High Falls
(60 Brown's Race)
Tonight will be
starting around 10. They're listed under "Top 40" in
and I h'aint heard them before.
Continuing the groove rock (well, really "world beat") theme is
Empire Brewing Company
(300 State St.)
They don't list a time, and I don't know when Empire starts things. Heck, I haven't even seen the band before. [What good is this anyway?]
Winner of the 1998 Pultzer Price, the show is a funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival as seen through the lens of a troubled relationship between a young girl and an older man. It is the story of a woman who learns the rules of the road (and life) from behind the wheel.
Anyway, I haven't seen the show but the ones in the past have been quite good. Plus the venue is pretty nice and intimate.
Tonights show is at 8 and there are shows in the evenings throughout the weekend.
Call 232-2250 for more information.
Several times today, the hour-and-a-half walking drama,
A Circle of Friends: An Abolitionists' Tour of Mt. Hope Cemetery in 1860
will be performed at
Mt. Hope Cemetery
(North Gate, 791 Mt. Hope Ave.)
Call 271-4552 for reservations.
I'll have to get down and check out the new exhibit at
George Eastman House
(900 East Ave.):
In Praise of Nature: Ansel Adams and Photographers of the American West.
I keep bringing myself back to giving Ansel Adams another chance -- he's very popular for a number of reasons, but I keep seeing sterile photographs of beautiful landscapes. Anyway, the exhibit runs through September 16 so I've got plenty of time.
will be spreading their groovy funky sound all over the less-than-appreciative inhabitants of
Acme Bar & Pizza
(495 Monroe Ave.)
starting around 9:30 or 10.
I'll have to give the
another shot too since they get positive reviews in the local entertainment rags. Anyway, they're doing a double-cd release party at
The Bug Jar
(219 Monroe Ave.)
tonight starting around 10:30.
(875 Monroe Ave.)
starting around 10:30. I can't remember if these folks are good or not ... oh well; worth a shot.
If you caught them at the East End Fest, you'll know
United Booty Foundation
is a pretty decent party-rock / disco band. They'll be at
Water Street Music Hall
(204 N. Water St.)
tonight around 9 for an 18-and-over show.
If you ever wanted to check it out but were afraid to ask,
The Sugar Bear
will be at
(938 South Clinton Ave.)
doing their Karaoke thing.
Again with the roof deck of
The Centers at High Falls
(60 Brown's Race)
... this time it's the locally acclaimed
staring around 10.
The first of the
Movies in the Bowl
series begins today with
Ontario Beach Park
at dusk. There is supposedly a bigger screen and music beforehand to keep the crowd entertained.
Three one-act plays, written by area teenage playwrights, will be performed by professional actors in an informal, script-in-hand reading. The works will be
by Elizabeth Geuss, a recent graduate of Genesee Community College from Batavia;
The Prettiest Voice of All
by Kendra Hoblit Mittermeyer, an eighth grader from Brighton; and
Jesus in a Teapot: A Belfast Story
by Kathleen Dooley, a high school senior from Fairport.
Trivia Quiz continues at
The Old Toad
(277 Alexander St.)
I keep going and we still haven't won -- whether we have a few people or a whole bunch.. We've been within a couple questions of winning, but so has everyone else.
If you're up for it,
Johnny's Smoke Free Bar
(1382 Culver Rd.)
will have a DJ playing
As of a few weeks ago,
(16 Gibb Street)
still has open mic poetry downstairs starting around 9:30.
just won't quit ... now he's got another open mic comedy night way out at
(Ridge Hudson Plaza)
starting around 9. The shows have been alright in the past.
If you'd like to keep up on the whole groove rock thing,
Acme Bar & Pizza
(495 Monroe Ave.)
starting around 9:30.
A new arrival on the comedy front is another
Open Mic Night
-- this time at
(187 St. Paul St.)
probably starting early.
Link of the Week:
Quest of the Unquietmind
- Ok, so this person makes a website with a bunch of essays. Wait! Don't go yet (I'm sure I just caught you because I think you all believe me when I tell you something is good) ... a lot of it is kinda stupid, but I found a few of the "Society / Religion / Human Condition" stories to be very good. Go through the Contents link at the top of the page.
Movie links courtesy The Internet Movie Database Map links courtesy MapsOnUs TV show synopses courtesy TVGrid Some movie synopses courtesy UpcomingMovies.com
During the 1874 elections 127 years ago, Thomas Nast put the donkey and elephant symbols together in a political cartoon depicting the donkey in a lion skin scaring away all the animals in a zoo including the elephant tagged with "The Republican Vote."
is an event that has been confirmed either with the venue, the performers, or both.
is an event that is "non-entertainment" for the masses such as practice sessions, open jams, etc.
is a day when you should fly the flag according to the Veterans of Foreign Wars calendar.
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