Thursday, June 28, 2001

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #129: Keep Chortling, Chuck

The other day I took some pictures of Kakalla at The Bug Jar. I tried using two cameras--one with fast film for natural light shots and one with a flash. It seemed to work alright.

The next day I was mentally planning out the remainder of the day at work and was thinking that I would have to drop the film off for processing. Little cans of coiled acetate and emulsion with subtle chemical modifications representing the images I shot--emulsion that would need a developing process to transform those chemical changes into a form that would again be visible.

How quiant.

Later that day I heard that Wolf Camera, the huge camera store chain, had filed Chapter 11. I guess digital photography is taking its toll. Unlike some people, I don't think photographic film will just roll over like vinyl records and cassettes did for the compact disc. It won't go down without a big fight. Digital fixes the per-picture cost problem--photographic pictures still cost around a buck a print. So far, though, it doesn't improve anything else. Digital will win eventually, just not yet.

I'm trying not to be the naysayer (quite a feat for me) as I have been in the past. Consider Starbucks Coffee and Blockbuster Video. I guess Blockbuster was first. I remember when they rolled their blue-and-yellow stores into town and the local video stores cringed. People like to see recent movies on video, but the little stores couldn't manage that. The same thing happened when Starbucks appeared and all but a few coffee shops could compete.

A lot of people complained about it--mostly store owners and people who knew them--and of course myself. "What about the little guy?" was the phrase du jour. These big corporations just come in and drive competition out with low prices and other "unfair" tactics then they'll screw us over.

Well, I was as wrong as everyone else. We still have Video Barn and Hyatt's Video, Java's and Moonbeans. There's a few others too. What we don't have is Bunghole Video, with its fifty aging tapes, and Mudville Coffee, with cups of yesterday's sludge for $4 a cup. Who cares? We ended up keeping the best of what we had, and adding one more store to each market to set the benchmark.

What does this have to do with digital photography? Well, it is going to shake down the competition. We're going to see quite a few stores shutting their doors because they can't keep up. The places that will make it recognize that digital is the way of the future, but film will not be left in the past for a while. It's actually a pretty good situation because there is a lot of time.

Most of Kakalla Most of the members in Kakalla
Kakalla's trumpet player Kakalla's trumpet player

For those who know me, I'll be working with film for quite a while yet. The theoretical digital camera that could replace what I do with film still costs over $10,000 (i.e. 6 megapixel, 3-stop latitude, ISO 3200 equivalent) and in the last 9 years I've "only" spent about $4,000 on photography, about half of that on film and processing. Plus, I now have my processing done by someone else ... I get back a printed copy of all the pictures which I can quickly skim through. If I had a digital camera, I'd have to buy a bigger hard drive, keep better backups, spend the time to download them from the camera into the computer, etc. It's just easier to pay someone else to do it for me.

So, I guess I'll be like some Radio Shack holdover looking for the Tube Tester, bringing in my "film" to be "processed." Hopefully we'll end up with a couple decent stores around town who know how to deal with film and digital in a reasonable manner.


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  • A.I. - In the future, scientists figure out what both "intelligence" and "love" are and decide to waste it on a stupid robot boy. Ain't It Cool had a review by this guy Moriarty who said that when you see it, don't get your hopes up too high because the movie is kind of dumb.
  • Baby Boy - As a sequel to Boyz N the Hood, this story follows a guy who's got a couple kids by different mothers but still lives with his own mother.
  • Pootie Tang - Adapted from a sketch on the "The Chris Rock Show", Pootie Tang is a crimefighter/recording artist who spouts gibberish nobody can understand.
  • crazy/beautiful - Two kids from opposite sides of the proverbial tracks fall in love ... one a poor Latino and the other an outcast in an affluent neighborhood. Awwwwwwwwww...
  • Pandaemonium - Based on the life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his relationship with William Wordsworth, what should be a dry and boring work of cinema is supposedly rather engaging.

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In case you really have a lot of time for lunch, the Lunch & Learn Program at the Genesee Country Village & Museum (Flint Hill Rd. in Mumford) will learn you How Does a Bagpiper Pipe? at noon. In the interest of saving time, I'll just tell you the answer is: loudly. Loudly.

Checked personally by Jayce The Mondo Exploito series of movies continues at the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) with Greaser's Palace starting at 8. Jesus in a zoot suit and more.

If worse comes to worse you can always see, hear, and/or otherwise participate in Karaoke with Sugar Bear at Drinks by Mary Dawn (535 S. Clinton) starting around 10:30.

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is The Fleshtones with Hinkley and The Single Whips starting around 10:45.

Doctor Pocket and Dirty Armadillo will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30.

Tonight is another of Freetime Magazine's Rochester's Most Popular Band Contest with Speakeasy versus Gaylord starting around 9:30 at the intolerable Milestones (170 East Ave.) Hopefully Gaylord will actually show up ... I'd bet on blaming the communication somewhere along the line, but they missed their gig at The Bug Jar on Monday.

At the High Falls Festival Site (Browns Race and Commercial St.) is 3 Doors Down with 7 Mary 3 and Oleander. They'll let you in at 6 ... I'm bettin' y'all need tickets for this beforehand.

Checked personally by Jayce Nuts and Bolts will again be at Johnny's Smoke Free Bar (1382 Culver Rd.) The show last month was pretty funny, but it seems I will jinx them if I say too much.

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Checked personally by Jayce I might be having dinner at California Rollin' at Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.) Check out the Fish Mail for the special rolls this week.

Checked personally by Jayce Tonight at Piranha (204 N. Water St.) is a show titled Output Noise I saw it a few weeks ago and, aside from being what it says it is, it's an interesting show ... much different than anything you've ever seen before. Oh, and it's loud too. Very very loud.

In case you're wondering what all the hooplah is around Beale Street Cafe (689 South Ave.) they're hosting True Blue from 6 to 9 then The Coupe de Villes from 10 to 2.

I heard the other day that Le Jazz Hot Café (135 West Commercial St., East Roch.) now has an outdoor patio. If you'd like to find out if that's true, The Jim Gala Quartet featuring Mike Kaupa on trumpet will be there from 8 to midnight.

If you want to get outside ... yeah yeah ... it's the Roof Deck of The Centers at High Falls (60 Brown's Race) again ... this time Perfect World will be there starting around 9:30. I saw them last month and they put on a low-key but fun show -- they do decent modern rock covers primarily.

Shipping Dock Theater (151 St. Paul St.) will be performing How I Learned to Drive tonight and tomorrow at 8 and Sunday at 3. Freetime Magazine said
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. Call 232-2250 for more information.

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Checked personally by Jayce O'Bagelo's, 165 State Street, noon.

Boulder, Low Ton and Eddie Nebula and the Plague will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 10:45.

At Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) tonight is Astronomical Unit and Mountain Mojo Authority who are both very good. They'll probably start around 10:30.

Over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) will be Ned Pepper and (for the second time this month) deepwaterdaze starting around 10:30.

If you're up for a little bit of modern rock covers, Three Flights Up will be at Froggy's Bar & Grill (1129 Empire Blvd.) tonight starting around 10.

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For Sunday's pot-luck pick, I'll again try to see Smitty way out at Castaways (244 Lake Rd.) from 5 to 8.

Not ready for mainstream Mary Dawn herself may have thought of the apparently kooky Freestyle Talent Show at Drinks by Mary Dawn (535 S. Clinton) starting at 9.

Not ready for mainstream Tonight's another Open Jar Jam at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.)

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Checked personally by Jayce 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 interested, Johnny's Smoke Free Bar (1382 Culver Rd.) will have a DJ playing Barenaked Ladies tunes.

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Not ready for mainstream As of a few weeks ago, Java's (16 Gibb Street) still has open mic poetry downstairs starting around 9:30.

Not ready for mainstream Dan Liberto's Open Mic Comedy is tonight at Six Pockets (Ridge Hudson Plaza) starting around 10. The shows have been pretty good in the past.

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Fly the flag today.Independence Day

If you get out there early, Uncle Plum will be at Pelican's Waterfront (566 River St.) from 4:30 to 8:30.
 
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Under his pen name Lewis Carroll, Charles Dodgson published Through the Looking-Glass 129 years ago in 1872 and introduced the word "chortle" among other things.

Checked by Jayce is an event that has been confirmed either with the venue, the performers, or both.

Not ready for mainstream. is an event that is "non-entertainment" for the masses such as practice sessions, open jams, etc.

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