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
(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
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.
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
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.
was next and also did a great job with his variety of excellent complex and subtle acoustic. Finally up was
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Shipping Dock Theatre website]
Tonight way out in the
(Geneseo, NY, campus map)
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.
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
a movement to end violence toward women.
the proverbial grapevine]
Tonight is the annual
Valentine's Day Massacre
(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.
Excellent experimental-ish jazz band
will be at
The Pita Pit
(311 Alexander St.)
tonight at 10 p.m. to kick off the "Backbeat Awareness Week."
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.
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Link of the Week:
Here are some links to organizations that are aiding the relief effort for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsumai on December 26. Please give to their general funds so they can distribute money in a way that makes the most sense.
The American Red Cross
is a humanitarian organization led by volunteers that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. They are supporting the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) appeal for basic materials for survival and personnel.
focuses on child protection and immunizations, as well as helping countries in crisis with emergency assistance.
is a confederation of 12 organizations working together to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice. They are providing emergency aid equipment to help in disaster relief.
About the title ...
The planet Jupiter's mass is approximately 318 times that of Earth.
This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including Monroe County and occasionally the Western New York region.) It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
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Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed.
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While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, February 10, 2005 (Thu, Feb 10, 2005, 2/10/2005, or 2/10/05) Friday, February 11, 2005 (Fri, Feb 11, 2005, 2/11/2005, or 2/11/05) Saturday, February 12, 2005 (Sat, Feb 12, 2005, 2/12/2005, or 2/12/05) Sunday, February 13, 2005 (Sun, Feb 13, 2005, 2/13/2005, or 2/13/05) Monday, February 14, 2005 (Mon, Feb 14, 2005, 2/14/2005, or 2/14/05)
Tuesday, February 15, 2005 (Tue, Feb 15, 2005, 2/15/2005, or 2/15/05) and Wednesday, February 16, 2005 (Wed, Feb 16, 2005, 2/16/2005, or 2/16/05).
indicates an event that's a preferred pick of the day ... probably something worth checking out.
indicates a "guaranteed" best bet for the particular genre of the indicated event.
links to a band's page on IUMA.com which offers reviews and information about bands.
links to a band's page on GarageBand.com which offers reviews and information about bands.
links to a band's page on MySpace.com which is a friend-networking site that is popular with bands.
is an event that is "non-entertainment" for the masses such as practice sessions, open jams, etc.