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Weekly Rochester Events #257: It Sucks Because It Blows

Thursday, December 11, 2003

I got started watching the new Battlestar Galactica miniseries on the SciFi channel this week and I gotta say it's pretty good, even though it is just "yet-another-sci-fi-show." It incorporates an extension of the plotline from the original Battlestar Galactica without including any of the campiness of it by removing terms like "yarns" and "centons" and by using the pragmatic style of Babylon 5. It's got some seagoing ship-like motif but fails to suck as infinitely as Wing Commander did with the same idea.

The new human-like Cylon concept is marginally good. There's little explanation for why a creature will turn on its creator (the Frankenstein's monster motif) in as organized a manner as the Cylons do. The better part of the plot revolves around the tough decisions to make when all of humanity is on the brink of extinction. I kinda like it because I end up caring about the characters more than average. I'm about halfway through the second of the two parts and I'm hoping it doesn't end shitty. We'll see.

What else ... Oh, I got to see the movie version of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which I thought was exceptionally good. Generally, I have reservations about seeing someone else's "cult favorite," and in the past I haven't really enjoyed transvestite-themed films (such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show or even The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.) But I have to ultimately disagree with the outward assessment, and claim that Hedwig is not a transvestite movie.

I think the film is entirely about love and love lost. It's foundation is in Aristophanes' speech about how humans originally had four arms, four legs, and dual genitals—from the sun came the male-male, the Earth, the female-female, and from the moon, the male-female. When the humans tried to attack the gods, the gods split them into the forms we see today with a single gender and a pair of arms and legs. From that point on, the concept of soul mates was born and these half-humans wandered the world seeking their other half. It's an interesting notion and a pretty good rationalization of the concept of soul mates.

Remarkably, Hedwig and the Angry Inch manages to spin that idea into a plausible reality. I think the most interesting thing is that if Hedwig (or any of the characters, for that matter) were solidly grounded in either gender, the film would be campy. By declaring the relationships to be gender-irrelevant, the film works. I guess I understand why people get the transvestite idea, but that tends to taint the description of the film: it's not about transvestites as much as it includes transvestites. Much like life, I guess, which isn't about transvestites as much as it includes transvestites. Get it?

Oh, and the music is pretty good too ... at least the rock/punk-rock style was right up my alley.


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The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting M. D. G. Band, and Pompous Pilate starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Tonight is the Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) Holiday Party and Silent Auction from 6 to 9. [source: Visual Studies Workshop calendar]

Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting another Can-Am Songwriter's Circle with acoustic soloist Mary Simon, David Gillis, Leah Zicari, and Johnny Bauer starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Pure Kona Poetry Open Mic Night is at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) tonight starting at 7:30. [source: Daily Perks calendar]

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Tonight, RIT College Activities Board is sponsoring a bus trip to Turning Stone Casino (5218 Patrick Rd., Verona, NY) leaving right at 6:15 p.m. For $10 (if you're a student ... I don't know what the non-student price is) you'll get transportation to and from the casino, a $5 food voucher, and $25 of free play money (whatever that is.) [source: CAB calendar]

Over at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) starting around 7:30 p.m. is 94.1 The Zone Christmas Party with Eve 6, excellent rock band Longwave, Cauterize, and Campfire Girls. [source: Water Street calendar]

Over at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) tonight (presumably at the Dryden Theater) is a lecture from Mark Denaci entitled Transmogrifying Sexuality: An Introduction To Matthew Barney as an introduction to Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle. Admission includes admission to this night's presentation of the film. [source: Eastman House calendar]

Tonight and tomorrow at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is the extra funny and well-honed Geva Comedy Improv starting at 10:30 for just $5.

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Cremaster 1 featuring "extravagant chorus-girl routines played out on a blue astro-turfed football field" [according to the Eastman flyer] and Cremaster 2 which is purported to be a "Gothic Western." The double-feature starts at 8. [source: Dryden Theater calendar]

Over at Starry Nites (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) starting around 9 p.m. is acoustic soloist Silandara Bartlett. [source: WBER calendar]

Tonight at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) is the (presumably) pop band Rhythm Express starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Montage calendar]

Over at Spenders (1600 Lyell Ave.) starting around 10 p.m. is modern rock and covers from Better Days (or click here to skip their irritating Flash intro). [source: Freetime]

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

Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) will be hosting Sunnyland, and Joe Romano Quartet starting around 8 p.m. (get there before 8:30 to save $5!) [source: Montage calendar]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Cremaster 3 starting at 8. Among other things, five Chrysler Imperials take part in a demolition derby in the Chrysler building's art-deco lobby. [source: Dryden Theater calendar]

Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is the unbelievably awesome jazz/rock/everything of Jerseyband, School Bus Yellow, and the eclectic ambient/power-pop sounds of Hinkley. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is eclectic rock from The Peachy Neachys (as Das Peechi Neechey) , and Banned from the Tavern. [source: WITR calendar]

At the The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) tonight is the Genesee Pottery's Holiday Sale today from 11 until 7 today and tomorrow from 11 to 5. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

Tonight at Fat Moe's (4419 Dewey Ave.) is disco and rock covers from The United Booty Foundation starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) will be hosting The Parker Brothers, and high quality rock from Willie Shutter starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime]

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Tonight at The All-Purpose Room (#8 in the Public Market, off N. Union St.) is experimental ambient (I think) music with Joe Sorriero, and Joe+n starting around 8 p.m. [source: Carbon Records e-mail]

Apollo Sunshine, The Everyothers, and tight modern rock from Veluxe will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Cyndi Lauper is not only alive and still producing music, but she'll be at The Auditorium Center (875 Main St E.) starting around 7:30 p.m. [source: WBER calendar]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Cremaster 4 and Cremaster 5 The first is about ... about? Eastman's flyer says, "In the first piece that [Matthew] Barney created, the artist stars as The Loughton Candidate, a tap-dancing dandified satyr on the Isle of Man, whose actions are intercut with two motorcycle racing teams and a trio of fairies." The second is an opera that continues on the theme of the other Cremaster films. The double-feature starts at 8. [source: Dryden Theater calendar]

The Shipping Dock Theatre (31 Prince St., new location at Visual Studies Workshop) will be presenting the play The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production Of "A Christmas Carol" today at 2. Although it's running throughout the weekend, today is "Pay What You Can Day." [source: Shipping Dock Theatre mailing]

Dan Liberto (of the The Comedy Company) hosts Open Mic Comedy Night at Duels Café (17 E. Main St.) starting around 7:30 (theoretically.) [source: Duel's Café]

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I guess today is the first day you can vote on which Bush In 30 Seconds advertisement will be shown during the State of the Union Address (well, afterward.) Among them is local Pisspot the Bunny in "Puppet-to-Puppet."

Over at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) starting around 9 p.m. is Dave Rivello's 12-Piece Jazz Ensemble [source: Montage calendar]

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Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Blackloud, Healthcare, Hi Vol. Components, and excellent acoustic or not music (whatever he's going to do) from Ian Downey starting around 10:45 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Not ready for mainstream Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is hosting an Acoustic Open Mic from 8 to 10. For this one, there's no microphones and it's pretty open ended. [source: Daily Perks calendar]

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Tonight at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) is an After Dark Entertainment presentation of Don't Look Down, One Year Nothing, Third Estate, and Garage Door Rodeo starting around 6:30 p.m.

Over at The Earthtones starting around 7:30 p.m. is the excellent acoustic soloist JoAnn Vaccaro. [source: Freetime]

Tonight at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) starting around 6 is acoustic/folk with Big Drum—Songwriters In The Round with Meg Gehman from Meg & The Clams, Dave Mabelis from Ethel, and Kerry Regan from Watkins & the Rapiers. [source: Montage calendar]

The All-Purpose Room (#8 in the Public Market, off N. Union St.) will have student compositions performed from the Eastman Computer Music Center starting around 7. [source: All-Purpose Room calendar]

Not ready for mainstream Tonight from 8 to 10 is an Open-Mic Comedy Night at Daily Perks (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. [source: Daily Perks calendar]
 
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