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Weekly Rochester Events #322: Riddle Me This, Antoine: Why Would Water Boil at 80 Degrees?

Thursday, March 10, 2005

So this past Wednesday I finally canceled my dishNetwork service. I've had it running since February 1997. I quit for a couple reasons. First, I really didn't feel like I was getting $35 worth of entertainment each month, and they recently increased the package I had by another $3. Second, I have this old receiver: a Model 4000 which hasn't even been available for years. Given that I've spent thousands of dollars on their service over the last 7 years, they were only willing to give me a new receiver for half of their special price of $50.

I understand that I'm not entitled to a new receiver just for being a longtime customer, but they had added programming features like on-screen bill payment and a better guide available to all their customers, but my receiver wouldn't work with them. The way I see it, that's false advertising: when you say that all customers can access these features, you better make sure that all your customers actually can: and when they say they can't that's a problem they should fix.

Anyway, this has given me a few spare hours a week to not watch South Park, Monster Nation, and Mythbusters. So (among other things) I've been working on a new theory of why Rochester doesn't seem to have much luck with creative expression. I guess not so much a "new" theory as an addition to what I've already determined. And I guess not so much about creative expression as how it's different from the west coast.

From what I've seen, east-coast people are more critical than west-coast people. More importantly, though, east-coasters are more likely to be negatively critical during early parts of the creative process. I think being critical is important, it's just that you have to remember to be supportive early-on in a creative idea. As an example of east-cost criticalness, I think that the further west you go, people tend to be less discerning with what's crap and what's not — that or they're just less concerned with letting anyone else know.

Now our western neighbors have a lot going for them. I've found them to be more excited about meeting new people. Like with the members of VisqueenMySpace link whom I saw on Thursday at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.). The band — musically — was excellent. They do power-punk-rock with a power-pop edge, so it's very high energy and just generally fun to listen to (at least for me.) The band — personally — is also tremendously friendly and outgoing. They expressed a genuine desire to meet everyone in the crowd. They epitomized what is so great about people on the west coast: their creativity, vibrancy, and their willingness to not prejudge others.

That non-judgmental attitude can be taken to an extreme, though, and leads to the stereotypical hippie-stoner who thinks it's "all good, man." [Oh and by the way, I may someday get used to the interjectional acknowledgment, "right on" but I'd still rather have people just nod occasionally or say "uh huh" while I'm speaking to them.] It's this hippie-stoner group that causes all forms of terrible groove-rock bands to have the confidence to continue performing and to lack the wherewithal to "just put the bass down" — man.

But what I wanted to get to was the new thing that dawned on me. See, my best friend Sondra lives out in Denver now, and things are really really inconveniently far apart there. Denver itself is sprawled across 20-something miles which means it's typically a minimum of 15 minutes to get from one place to another (unlike here where it's a maximum of 15 minutes.) It's even worse for her because she's living out Aspen-way which is 3 hours to the west — pretty much like Rochester is to Albany.

While it may be convenient here for all kinds of day-to-day stuff, it's hell on "tribes" — groups of people who support one another in part because they like to do the same kinds. See, out where it's a commitment to go do anything, if you get out of the house to some event, you're going to run into a lot of people who have a similar mindset to you. Avant-garde art openings draw more people interested in the subject matter than to the free cheese. [Mmmmm ... cheese.] So my theory is that most venues around here are just extensions of people's living rooms. Why clean up when you can just hang out at Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.)?

This dawned on me a few weeks ago as I realized some unique common ground between the attendees of a snowy Wednesday-night event at A|V Art Sound Space (#8 in the Public Market, off N. Union St., formerly The All-Purpose Room) as the Rochester weather and the unusual scheduling led to a confluence of committed individuals. So it can be done: the trick is to create inconvenience without making it artificial.

Now, I got a double shot of this in action [that's two words, you critical east-coaster] on Monday. First, I went to The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) to see what the presentation of The Frederick Douglass School of Journalism was all about. When I got there all the doors were locked, so not only was it inconveniently on a Monday afternoon, you couldn't even get in — plus, the "auditorium" is technically part of Shipping Dock Theatre (31 Prince St., new location at Visual Studies Workshop.)

Anyway, my friend Vessey Jivkova is trying to set up The Frederick Douglass School of Journalism. Her idea is to inspire young people to turn to journalism through the legacy of Frederick Douglass. Aside from Vessey and myself, the four other attendees had a serious interest in getting this thing off the ground. Unfortunately, most of us (including myself) were afflicted with that uniquely east-coast early criticism in the form of lack of confidence in the idea. For me, it was "what can I contribute?" since I don't have any business in the business of journalism, nor in figuring out how to set up a school. Then again, maybe I'll go back and see if I can get anything started.

Let me take you on a little aside correlating with the real-life intermission following the meeting: I went on a hunt for the perfect cheeseburger. This all started Friday night when I had in my head the desire for a cow to be killed, its muscular meat cut away and fed through a device to chop it into a pliable, lumpy paste which is then formed into a round patty and cooked to perfection in the presence of high heat. Oh, and with cheddar. Mmm ... sounds good, doesn't it, hippie?

Anyway, I started at The Clarissa Room (293 Clarissa St., formerly Shep's Paradise) but they don't serve food so I said, "but I'm not food" [rimshot.] I was there to see Maria Gillard perform with a bunch of other people including the incredible keyboardist Charles Jaffe. Not only was there no food, there was no Maria. The remaining members persevered, though, and I was sadly unimpressed. Their guitarist played some tight blues guitar with soulless mechanical precision, and their drummer was ... well ... lackluster.

The quest for the perfect burger led me to Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) where I had perfect burgers in the past. This time, one bite revealed that it wasn't going to be repeated. See, owner Alan Hughes (who died in 2002) insisted on certain things at his bar, and one of them was that the food quality be top notch but sold inexpensively and the costs be made up in drink sales. Back in the days before some asshole ran off with all the money, the food was great. They got some kind of high-grade ground beef which was skillfully cooked and served on a fresh roll. Well, times have changed, and both the roll and the meat were cheap. Bummer.

So this Monday night I went to Hogan's Hideaway (197 Park Ave.) and got a cheeseburger. It was just, well, good: it was impressively served lickety-split, but apparently the cooking time was sacrificed a bit. At least the quality of beef was far better than at the Krown although not as good as Alan's days there.

Back to the Rochester-as-everyone's-living-room-defying Monday: I made it out to George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Jim Healy present another Surprise Cinema. Apparently, most of the people attending were true enough cinephiles to have returned after last month's Bu san (Good Bye Dragon Inn) which most non-die-hard-cinephiles would have found intolerably boring. This night's films were boxing-related, and both were 35mm prints in excellent shape. The first was an early Stanley Kubrick film: a documentary titled Day of the Fight which outlines the day that leads up to an up-and-coming fighter's evening match. It's really quite a display of pensive tension. The feature film for the night was one of Jim's four favorite boxing films: The Set-Up. The film was great: an over-the-hill boxer keeps trying to win, but when he finally does win, he loses anyway. The thing about it that's so incredible is that the extended prizefight is excruciating to watch — not because it's particularly gory, but because it shows such a test of endurance.

So that's all I wanted to say about the weekly events, but at least I think I see a way to bring creative people together — and just maybe I can help Rochester become a place where people want to "come to" instead of "be from."


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The Town Meeting for the southwedge area (Sectors 6 and 7) with The City Bureau of Parks, Recreation, and Human Services (30 Church St., City Hall) to gather community input and exchange ideas regarding the city's recreation and community center programs will be tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The South Avenue Community Center (999 South Ave.) [source: City Hall press release] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6 p.m. in the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a lecture titled The Ethics of Photojournalism presented by photographer Burt Glinn. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting RWAKE, high-energy (but sometimes uninteresting) rock from The RussiansMySpace link, and quite good medium tempo, high distortion rock band The Black Arrows starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) will be hosting Chris Squire starting around 9 p.m. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Keg (315 Gregory St., behind German House where Rohrbach's used to be) will be hosting funky reggae band Mountain Mojo Authority (click here to skip their annoying flash intro) starting around 10 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] [all ages]


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Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) and The Club at Water Street will be hosting The Gannett Rochester Insider's First Anniversary Bash with wicked fun percussive groove-rock from The BuddhaHood, and rock and disco covers from The United Booty Foundation starting around 6:30 p.m. Door proceeds go to Foodlink (936 Exchange St.) [source: Water Street calendar] [21+]

Tonight at 6 p.m. is the opening reception for A Photographer's Path VIII featuring works from many photographers at The Center at High Falls Fine Art Gallery (70 Brown's Race.) The exhibit closes on May 1. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) will be hosting an opening for Crossing the BLVD: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight in conjunction with the book of the same name. [source: Visual Studies Workshop calendar] [all ages]

The Coyote Family Band will be at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Peau d'âne (Donkey Skin) starting at 8 p.m. A princess is disguised by her fairy godmother to escape marriage from a man she doesn't love. This is a new 35mm print presented by director Jacques Demy's widow, Agnès Varda. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is surf-rock influenced punk-rock from The PriestsGarageBand linkMySpace link, 1960's-style rock from St. Phillip's Escalator, and classic-style punk from The Teenage Junkies starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: GaragePop Records website] [21+]


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

JayceLand Pick Tonight from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at A|V Art Sound Space (#8 in the Public Market, off N. Union St., formerly The All-Purpose Room) is the opening for Sean Chilson's Paintings Made in My Porchfort which runs through March 27. [source: artsound website] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Saints and Sinners starting at 8 p.m. A gay New York couple not only wants to be married, but they want a real Roman Catholic ceremony and they want theirs to be the first gay marriage announced in the The New York Times. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Top Pick Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45 p.m. is awesome punk-rock from The BlastoffsMySpace link, The Staggers, and Angel, Dust & Hoffman. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Water Street Music Hall and The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting Another Perfect World, and Jenn MarieGarageBand link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [21+]

Over at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) starting around 9 p.m. is Chuck Abell, Jon Seiger, and Bernie Heveron. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]


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JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Mighty Joe Young starting at 5 p.m. A derivative/remake of King Kong, this features early stop-motion animation from genius animator Ray Harryhausen. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

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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Apparently there will be Argentine tango dancing at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) tonight with Agustin Ramos from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. [source: Daily Perks calendar]


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JayceLand Pick From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. tonight in the Welles-Brown Room at The Rush Rhees Library in The University of Rochester (Library Rd. near Intercampus Dr., #1 on River Campus Map) Kim J. Vicente, author of The Human Factor: Revolutionizing the Way People Live with Technology will discuss bridging the gap between people and technology. [source: University of Rochester Events Calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Show starting at 8 p.m. The circus is a dirty, dirty world. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Mommy Super HighGarageBand link and some other bands will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

Tonight at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) is really good blues-charged rock-and-roll/groove-rock from Buford and the Smoking Section starting around 10 p.m. [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 This evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in The Center for Optoelectronics and Imaging Auditorium at The Center for Optics Manufacturing (240 E. River Rd.) is a lecture sponsored by The Rochester IEEE Signal Processing Society. Dr. Gabriel Fielding of the Entertainment Imaging division of Kodak will speak about Image Sequence Processing Algorithms in Film and Television Post-Production. If you'd like to attend, be sure to RSVP via The Rochester IEEE Signal Processing Society website. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Hochstein School of Music and Dance (50 North Plymouth Ave.) in the Hilda D. Taylor Recital Hall is a Bach Birthday Celebration with teachers and student performances. [source: Hochstein 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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March 10, 2005
Why isn't Rochester a hub of creativity?
It is, fool. 2 (33%)

People are critical too soon. 2 (33%)

There are too few creative people around. 1 (17%)

Creative people can't find eachother because there's nothing that filters them from the masses. 1 (17%)


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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. The musical styles listed can include punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat." Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed. Oh, and it's spelled JayceLand with no space and a capital L, not Jayce Land, Jaycee Land, Jace Land, Jase Land, Joyce Land, Jayce World, Jayceeland, Jaceland, Jaseland, Joyceland, Jayceworld, Jayceeworld, Jaceworld, Jaseworld, nor Joyceworld. (Now if you misspell it in some search engine, you at least get a shot at finding it.) While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, March 10, 2005 (Thu, Mar 10, 2005, 3/10/2005, or 3/10/05) Friday, March 11, 2005 (Fri, Mar 11, 2005, 3/11/2005, or 3/11/05) Saturday, March 12, 2005 (Sat, Mar 12, 2005, 3/12/2005, or 3/12/05) Sunday, March 13, 2005 (Sun, Mar 13, 2005, 3/13/2005, or 3/13/05) Monday, March 14, 2005 (Mon, Mar 14, 2005, 3/14/2005, or 3/14/05) Tuesday, March 15, 2005 (Tue, Mar 15, 2005, 3/15/2005, or 3/15/05) and Wednesday, March 16, 2005 (Wed, Mar 16, 2005, 3/16/2005, or 3/16/05).


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