Last week I got to go to the
Thursday Thinkers Program
Professor John Michael
University of Rochester
(River Campus Map)
His speech was titled
Hear No Dissent, Speak No Dissent
but it was more about what individuality means in the context of community. One of the things he said was to paraphrase the writing of George Steiner with "Cultural sophistication did not stop the Holocaust."
As an added bonus, I picked up some flyers from the library so now I know some of the things going on ... despite their website.
On Saturday was
Rochester Visual Studies Workshop
(31 Prince St.)
In some was it was really really boring, but taken as a whole, it was wicked cool. They had videos playing all over the place ... some on little TV's, most projected on walls, several multi-TV installations, a room with floor projection, and some video projected on the wall of the adjacent building. Everything was experimental ... I saw a couple of the bands--
was an interesting combination of video and turntable work ... similar to
which was as-always experimental, and
which although not being particularly experimental, was excellent guitar-based low-fi and pretty far from mainstream. I took about an hour of video and pulled a couple frames for your amusement. I believe the first is Mariam Ghani's video (on the left) and Lindsay Sampson's video (on the right.) On the bottom is
... both pictures are actually in the same main room, but there was so much more. It's just that the rest of the video pretty much sucked.
Er ... my video sucked. My video, not the videos in the show.
Gosh ... what else. I'm trying to get the hang of using the term "deus ex machina." First, just pronouncing it without sounding like the dysfunctionally literate academic I think I am. Next, using it in sentences properly ... now if only we had one for the state of America today.
Maybe I'll just start with paragraphs.
Oh, one more thing. People are really slacking off on updating their blogs and such. I mean, the holidays are over and yet it seems I'm the only one deriving satisfaction from my perceived loyal percieved readership. Every week here I am, but other sites like
site, this guy at work's site,
Mise en Place,
and the blog at
A couple guys talk in front of a couple projected videos
Rick Hill playing at init.two
M O V I E S
- Yet another white collar motorcycle gang story.
This Pulitzer Prize winning book is a bestseller that gives an explanation for the rise of civilizations based on geography and environmental factors. Why did the European culture come to dominate so much of the world and not Asian or some other culture? Diamond provocatively argues his case for timing and the role of guns, germs and steel. Reviewed by Liz Patton, Retired Eastman Kodak scientist.
(the one from London?)
the wild punk-rockers from Buffao,
and another punk band from Buffalo,
will be at
(875 Monroe Ave.)
starting around 10:30.
For something a little more acoustic, it's the
CanAm Songwriting Circle
(875 Monroe Ave.)
starting around 9:30.
In case you're shut in tonight (or tomorrow), check out
I'm going to make a drug with my mind
on cable public access (channel 15 on Time Warner) at 11:30 p.m. featuring
Pisspot the Bunny
interviewing local and out-of-town bands.
The Dryden Theater
George Eastman House
(900 East Ave.)
will be showing
Groundhog Day starting early at 3.
Holy crow ... it's been ten years since this film came out. And it also represents 10 years of dating for Jayce. Anyway, Bill Murray plays a guy who gets stuck in Punxsutawney for Groundhog Day over and over and over.
Update: (this is on Monday, not Tuesday)90 Day Men,
and the good modern rock band,
will be at
The Bug Jar
(219 Monroe Ave.)
tonight starting around 10:30.
There's apparently a
Spoken Word Open Mic Poetry Night
Pythodd Jazz Room at the Heritage House
(130 Spring St.)
from around 6 to around 10. It used to be on Thursdays but I guess they moved it.
The Rochester Public Library
(115 South Ave.)
is another of their
series for those who can make it from 12:12 to 12:52.
Corporate Fraud: How Did they Get Away with It?,
and from the library's writeup:
How does massive corporate fraud occur and how do the perpetrators get away with it? Learn from Rochester CPA James Marasco how executives of Enron, Global Crossings, MCI and the rest of them stole millions. How do forensic accountants identify fraud? Will anyone go to jail? Was there anything illegal? Was the Government complicit or powerless? Are there still more accounting scandals to be revealed?
Presented by James Marasco, Partner, Eldridge, Fox and Poretti.
(60 Gibbs St.)
is apparently a
Computer Music Concert
starting around 8. Hopefully it's not that guy who was responsible for the music in the bland (but meticulously created)
Tonight from 8 to 10 is an
Open-Mic Comedy Night
(389 Gregory St.)
While once it was a workshop type of environment, it's now more-or-less a regular open mic ... by default it's still a place to try out new stuff.
Movie links courtesy The Internet Movie Database Map links courtesy MapsOnUs TV show synopses courtesy TVGrid Some movie synopses courtesy UpcomingMovies.com
In 1987 at
Schalmont High School,
my chemistry teacher Paul Tyner explained that Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit devised the Fahrenheit temperature scale using the height and weight of his wife: 32 inches and 212 pounds.
is an event that has been confirmed either with the venue, the performers, or both.
links to a band's page on GarageBand.com which offers reviews and information about bands.
links to a band's page on MP3.com which offers music and entertainment downloads in MP3 format.
is an event that is "non-entertainment" for the masses such as practice sessions, open jams, etc.