Weekly Rochester Events #320: Get Bach to Nick's
Thursday, February 24, 2005Ok, I had just about as wild a week as you can get. First off, on Thursday, I got out to a mellow start with Thursday Thinkers at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) Howard S. Ford was on hand to talk about his book, Sure Signs: Stories Behind the Historical Markers of Central New York: Central New York. The gist of the book is to look beyond the painted signs that identify historical sites and tell the stories behind them. For instance, he talked about how Mark Twain's Mississippi captain's house replica that he used as a study is on campus of Elmira College (1 Park Pl., Elmira) In fact, he talked and talked well beyond the 6 p.m. limit ... it was all interesting, and I'm sure the book is more of the same.
Following that, I went over to George Eastman House (900 East Ave.)... WFMU 91.1 FM (New York, NY) DJ Irwin Chusid was on hand to introduce film clips of some of the artists he talks about on his radio show, in his book Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music, and in the CD's Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music and Songs in the Key of Z, Vol. 2: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music. I was somewhat amused that Chusid spent so much effort apologizing for what is otherwise the unique quality of each of the artists. After all, with everyone he showed, I was thinking, "hey, they're not that bad," while being aware that I'm not exactly typical when it comes to music.
I particularly liked Joanna Newsom for whom they showed a video of the single Sprout & The Bean off her album Milk-Eyed Mender. Of course, even Chuspid admitted she's the least outsider of all the outsiders he talked about. I mean, just because she's got a unique voice affectation (which you can interpret as "endearing" or "annoying") and she plays the harp in a nontraditional way (see also local harpist Mary Monroe or Kelli Hicks when she gets on the autoharp [insert obligatory "neither a harp nor an auto: discuss" reference]) doesn't mean her music couldn't be appreciated by the masses. On the other hand, I thought that Alvin Dahn was pretty good too, and I doubt there's many who agree since his style is straightforward but most people complain he doesn't know how to sing.
On Friday I got to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) to see Jerseyband who were as good as I remember. Their music is more complicated than I can deal with, so it always stays fresh. Plus, I get weird reactions from hearing their music: I thought that "Save Yourself from Hell" really "smelled like Java's" (16 Gibbs St.) Go figure.
Saturday I was back at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) I was very pleased that The Scarlets started off with one of their "strong" songs — one that gets people interested enough to stick around — and it worked. Once they rocked out the crowd, The Juliet Dagger was up. I saw them before in 2003, but I think they solidified since then and they were all the rock-and-roll of rock-and-roll except that the dirty, jockstrap, hardened edge has been cleaned up with a little sugar and spice and everything nice — it's a female-fronted three-piece with the only male being their drummer. Finally, Bee Eater finished everything off and kept the still-enthusiastic crowd happy.
I got an unusual call from my dad over the weekend. Like me, my parent's aren't big on travel, and they're not particularly excited about modern art, but he wanted to know if I wanted to take a train to New York to see "The Gates:" the exhibit by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Central Park (Central Park South and 7th Avenue, Manhattan). The train ended up not being very practical for a day trip, so Monday I drove back to Schenectady. [Please pardon my temporary exit from Rochester — not unlike the frequent egresses of a certain "I Scene It" author of The City Newspaper, Frank De Blase, who shall otherwise remain nameless.]
Tuesday morning, Archie from Today's Limousine (1064 Broadway, Albany) showed up around 8:30 and drove us to New York. We started at Central Park (Central Park South and 7th Avenue, Manhattan) around noon and walked about a mile over the course of an hour. The Gates installation isn't as dramatic as it first would seem. Although the art project is everywhere in Central Park — what with its 7,500 16-foot-tall orange ... er ... I guess "saffron-colored" gates with saffron-colored fabric hanging between the supports — you can only see a small part from any vantage point. I thought the wind was pretty important the way it blew the fabric around because like the wind, the scale of it is bigger than you are — but you can only observe a tiny part at a time.
Next, we stopped by this place Lasagne Ristorante (941 2nd Ave., at 50th St. East, Manhattan) which had some pretty decent food ... the lasagne I had was as good as I've had. We also managed to get to see the site of World Trade Center (1 World Trade Center, Manhattan) which was quite eerie — even 3 years on. When you're standing right there, all you can think about is the distinct absence of huge buildings that aren't there anymore and all the ramifications thereof. I took a bunch of pictures but I haven't had them developed yet, so I'll try and get something up for next week.
Anyway, we got back by 8 p.m. and I got back to Rochester on Wednesday in time to write the essay ... and that, my friends, is the way to spend a week.
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