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Weekly Rochester Events #318: Earths in a Big Gassy Blob

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Ah yes, Valentine's Day — the holiday that elicits my strongest bipolar reactions. I've already rambled and ranted about love and relationships, but now I get to do it once again. This year, like all the others that preceded it, is free from the burden of some other. In my younger years, I had some near misses, but as I've grown, I've successfully avoided any "relationship" for all of January and this far into February — in addition to what I like to call "the entirety of 2004."

I guess the one thing I really miss, though, is getting to smell a woman's hair. So, in lieu of risking getting punched for trying it again, I came upon a perfect solution. I bought a sample bottle of some Finess Moisturizing Shampoo for Dry Coarse Hair and washed a small towel with it. Now, not only is the towel softer and more touchable, but things don't seem so lonely when I cry myself to sleep every night.

Another revelation was that of mutilating cookies. I happened upon these cookies from Genesee Bakery (1677 Mount Hope Ave.) which are cut-out bear cookies with small hearts stuck to the frosting. When I first got them it was just a matter of "more tasty cut-out cookie for the buck," but after a recent case of unrequited affection, I ripped the heart off the bear in mock anger. It turns out the results are really fucking funny to me and I laughed out loud (for real LOL, not standard IM LOL.) Only after eating the cookie and partly digesting it did I realize that it's got potential.

So, I went back and bought a couple more. I also picked up some M&M's because I wanted the bear to have bigger brown eyes than the original chocolate chips. [Who'd have believed that in 2 gas-station-sized snack-bags there would be exactly 2 brown M&M's?] So I ripped another bear heart out, took some photos, and created some merchandise on my CafePress JayceLand store. The gist of the cards, postcards, stickers, and mugs you can buy is based off the image to the right. Hopefully it's not just me who thinks that's pretty damn funny. I also set up a Heartbroken Bear page which I'll probably harass people with links to in the near future.

Best of all, though, is that I got to eat another cookie.

I thought I'd throw a bone to all those geographiles out there. I surmise that love triangles don't work too well because, given love triangle ABC, if relationship BC becomes closer, the angle at A gets smaller, but more importantly, the ratio of AB:BC or AC:BC gets larger and one person is essentially left out. The only successful such relationship is when the ratios AB:BC:CA are close to 1 — ergo an equilateral triangular relationship — but attempting to maintain that would cause a restriction on any attempt to reduce any one of the distances of line segments AB, BC, or CA, so it is only the rare case when AB:BC:CA is close to 1 by accident.

Cookie bear with a cookie heart that's been forcibly removed from its chest.
Sweet catharsis — in cookie form.

And as a final thought on the matter, last year (on the phone on October 12, 2004 at 7:12 p.m. to be exact) I came up with a saying that I thought applies to love and I made a note to quote it ... too bad it's so non sequitur: "you don't get to have any honey if you are afraid of getting stung by a bee." No, really, it's completely original.

So ... on to your regularly scheduled blog of events.

Last Thursday I got out to George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see some of those "outsider films." This time it was Phil Chambliss' films. First up was The Devil's Helper about a couple hunters who cut a deal with the devil's "helper." Next was The Mr. Visit Show which is about a "live" TV show with Mr. Visit who came around to provoke the proprietor of a bird daycare. Finally was Chambliss' nearly feature-length Pink Christmas. It's about a couple guys who discover that the barber is having an affair with the sheriff's wife while he's out of town for the holidays so they decide to try and blackmail the barber. In all, the films were dreamlike and nearly surreal. It's interesting that they feel a lot like early silent films — before people had established techniques to convey information. I wouldn't go seek them out to watch them again, but it was definitely worth seeing once.

Before heading to a couple parties later on, I made it out to the show at Christ Church of Rochester (141 East Ave.) on Saturday. The acoustics are really to die for there (or kill for, as I was about to do with the guy eating carrots behind me) and I gather that Jesus himself hangs around there. [Come on — let's see you resist a bad joke like that.] First up was Autumn In Halifax or as most people say, "Dave," addressing the solitary performer. He had a more appreciative crowd than last time and really nailed home his mellow acoustic with digital loops and subtle effects. Otto Hauser was next and also did a great job with his variety of excellent complex and subtle acoustic. Finally up was Kelli Hicks whose minimal acoustic style was a great fit for the exemplary acoustics.

For everyone's songs, I kept my eyes closed to focus on the sound more. It mostly helped, but I was just waiting for someone to try and "wake me up" which thankfully didn't happen. During Kelli's last song on the autoharp ("the people's instrument") I had an unusual visualization of cartoon-like clouds inflating and filling the room starting behind the pipe organ. I snapped out of it for a second to rational thought and almost lost the visualization, which then changed so I could only perceive the clouds as their volume crossed through the floor and walls.

That was pretty fucking cool.

On Monday I made it to the Dryden at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see the "Suprise Cinema." The film was Bu san (Good Bye Dragon Inn) which is a Taiwanese film that Jim Healy said he saw at The Toronto International Film Festival. In all, there is just 12 lines of dialog and it's otherwise just people watching Long men ke zhen (Dragon Inn) which is a swordplay-and-martial-arts film that Jim likened to the American sword-and-sorcerer genre.

Essentially the film laments the loss of the cinema-going experience and the strange social construct it is. The movie was fascinating — steadily paced at a very slow rate. I thought Jim's observation was quite apt: that the film is shot from the perspective of the screen, but I'd amplify that it's the theater's view of its patrons — as if the theater itself had a soul (or ghost as the minimal dialog suggests.) Plus, the first few shots were quite disconcerting as they were taking from the perspective of the audience at the screen in such a way that it nearly perfectly gave the illusion that you were in the on-screen theater in addition to and/or rather than the one you were in.

On Tuesday night I went out to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) again. I got there as Autumn In Halifax was playing — again — and yes, just a few days from the last show. Next was Somebody's Closet which is this groove-rock band that somewhat disconcertingly is missing a bass player (consisting of only keyboards, guitar, drums, and vocals.) Even more disconcerting is that while they are technically very good, it seemed they were missing the ability to connect to the audience. Admittedly I'm tough to crack with groove-rock (which I otherwise don't like) but I was actually looking forward to being unable to resist dancing with this band, only to shrug off the very thought during their performance. Finally up was TristezaMySpace link which is this strange combination of ambient band and rock band — the two guitarists, bassist, and keyboardist maintain what would be nearly ambient-styled melodies while the drummer punches it up to a rock level ... in all a satisfyingly interesting combination to watch.

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  • La mala educación (Bad Education, at The Little) - A couple guys are sexually abused as children in Spain.
  • Les Choristes (The Chorus, at The Little) - A teacher at a boy's boarding school uses music to make it all better.
  • Hitch - The sweet story of an otherwise likable guy who teaches un-likable men to trick women into liking them.
  • Pooh's Heffalump Movie - Only Disney knows how long you can milk a bear.

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JayceLand Pick This evening's Thursday Thinkers in the Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) at 5:15 p.m. is Living History: The North Star as performed/read by akwaaba — The Heritage Associates. [source: Friends of the Public Library flyer] [all ages]

Once again, The Bertrand Russell Society will be at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) this evening starting at 7 p.m. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

At 6:30 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) Landscape Curator Amy Kinsey will discuss Tulips Through the Centuries. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Martha Schermerhorn, one of eight artists in the Paper Trail exhibition will be at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) tonight at 7 p.m. to discuss her work. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Link Gallery in City Hall (30 Church St.) is a free Art and Jazz Reception in celebration of Black History Month. [source: City Hall press release] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Short Films by Outsider Filmmakers featuring unusual short films such as Prometheus' Garden, Circus Girls, Multiple Sidosis, Stop Cloning Around, and The One-Man Band starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Sleeping Kings of IonaMySpace link, and the good high-distortion rock band The Black Arrows will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

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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Top Pick Tonight at German House (315 Gregory St.) is Eddie from Ohio starting around 8 p.m. The show is $18 at the door but my friend says they're really good — "if you live in Rochester and miss Moxy Früvous, GO SEE EFO!!!" [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) will be hosting Matt Cross, and Nora Kaminski starting around 8 p.m. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 10:30 p.m. and tomorrow at 11:30 p.m. at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is Geva Comedy Improv. [source: Geva Theatre website]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Anatomie de l'enfer (Anatomy of Hell) starting at 8 p.m. A beautiful woman forces a man to look at her until he sees beyond the surface. This will be shown again on Sunday at 5 p.m. in case you miss it. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 8 p.m. at Shipping Dock Theatre (31 Prince St., new location at Visual Studies Workshop) is the opening night of The Trials of Ezra Pound by Timothy Findley about Ezra Pound who was accused of treason in the mid 1940's. The play runs on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. until March 6. [source: Shipping Dock Theatre website]

Tonight way out in the Union Ballroom at SUNY Geneseo (Geneseo, NY, campus map) is The Pink Cammies Lonely Hearts Club Ball featuring the good and fun synth-pop band The Pink Cammies starting around 10 p.m. Formal dress is encouraged. [source: band e-mail]

Tonight at Paradigm Café (3118 E. Henrietta Rd., formerly Blue Sunday) is Jazz Potato starting around 9 p.m. [source: Paradigm Cafe calendar] [all ages]

Over at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) starting around 9:30 p.m. is Stone Love. [source: Water Street calendar] [21+]

Top Pick Tonight at Java's (16 Gibbs St.) is tight cello-and-drums heavy rock band Break of RealityGarageBand link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Rochester Music Coalition calendar] [all ages]


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Fly the flag today.Abraham Lincoln's Birthday (1809)

JayceLand Pick O'Bagelo's, 165 State Street, noon.

There's a couple events at Abundance Cooperative Market (62 Marshall St.) today. At 10 a.m. is an Educational Talk titled Three Simple Steps for a Disease-Free Life by Michael DeFabio then at 2 p.m. is music with Mike Stroble. [source: Abundance Co-op calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Downstairs Cabaret (540 East Main St.) will be hosting Nuts and Bolts Improv Troupe (see their site at ImprovAmerica too) starting around 7:30 p.m. and a second performance at 9:30 p.m. This is their 5-year anniversary show as their first show was February 14, 2000 at the long-gone Club Vibes (150 Andrews St.) [source: Nuts and Bolts e-mail]

Updated: This evening at 7:30 p.m. (and tomorrow at 2 p.m. and Monday at noon) is a performance of The Vagina Monologues in Building 4 of Monroe Community College (1000 E. Henrietta Rd.) The Monday performance correlates with V-Day, a movement to end violence toward women. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Sex Is Comedy starting at 8 p.m. Yeah, just try to get reluctant actors to have sex on camera. This will be shown again tomorrow at 8 p.m. as well. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and DJ CanguruMySpace link starting around 10:45 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Another show by The Evolutionary Girls Club opens tonight at A|V Art Sound Space (#8 in the Public Market, off N. Union St., formerly The All-Purpose Room) at 8 p.m. The show features visual works by Christine Walsh, Elizabeth Switzer, Victoria Moore, Joo-Mee Paik, Natasha Pachano, Erica Eaton, Genevieve Waller, Santina Croniser, Tammy Renée Brackett, Pamela Susan Hawkins, Siew-wai Kok, Tracey McGuirl, Monica Duncan, and Annie Langan and performances by Jenna Rossi, Mel Kozakiewicz, Joy Lynne Messinger, Jax DelucaMySpace link, Siew-wai Kok, Peer Bode, and Andrew Deutsch. [source: artsound website] [all ages]

Tonight at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) is The Jazz Dogs starting around 9 p.m. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight is the annual Valentine's Day Massacre at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) with just about everyone from the local punk-rock scene doing mostly cover songs and other goofy stuff about love or lack thereof. [source: Freetime] [21+]

Updated: Excellent experimental-ish jazz band TatYana will be at The Pita Pit (311 Alexander St.) tonight at 10 p.m. to kick off the "Backbeat Awareness Week." [source: band e-mail]


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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Roman Holiday starting at 12 noon. Get your Valentine's Day on with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Roses Are RedMySpace link, AchillesMySpace link, Verona, FiveStar RiotMySpace link, and My Last Heartbreak will be at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) starting around 6:30 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [all ages]

This afternoon at Artisan Works (565 Blossom Rd.) is Ernesto LaBella and Karen LaBella, starting around 12 p.m. then Thicker than Water starting around 2 p.m. [source: Freetime] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Today at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is Free Admission Day from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be shows and tours of the Paper Trail exhibit at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. and at 2 p.m. is a lecture in the auditorium from Paper Trail artist Raphaela McCormack. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Spot Coffee (200 East Ave.) will be hosting The Highway BeautifulGarageBand link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Rochester Music Coalition calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Whiskey (315 Alexander St.) is the execellent power-rock band Bee EaterGarageBand linkMySpace
link starting around 9 p.m.

Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) is hosting their weekly Open Mike Poetry tonight at 7 p.m. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]


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Valentine's Day

Bored? Why not check out 1980's DJ night at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 11 p.m.


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JayceLand Pick Today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. is another of the Tuesday Talks in Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) titled Europe's Long Winter Battle of Sixty Years Ago as recalled by journalist, army veteran, and past president of Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, Mitchell Kaidy. [source: Friends of the Public Library flyer] [all ages]

Tonight at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) is The Unseen, Ramallah, Brain Failure, and Public Aggravation starting around 7:30 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar]

The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting the quite good rock band The Actual Facts, and The Spaces starting around 10:45 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Over at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) starting around 10 p.m. is really good blues-charged rock-and-roll/groove-rock from Buford and the Smoking Section. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que 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] [all ages]


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JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Wild at Heart starting at 8 p.m. In this David Lynch film, a couple has lots of sex running away from a bunch of people. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Poor People United meets tonight and every Wednesday at 7 at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality (402 South Ave.) [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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] [all ages]

 
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