This week I've been maniacally busy. I took on too much and, while it's not quite too big a bite to chew, I'm gagging pretty badly. I need to finish things up and be ready to set up everything for the
The Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood Association
garage sale: over 50 households are having sales in my area this weekend, and I promised to put up signs and set up advertising. I'm also trying to get
The Bike With 2 Brains
painted in the next week to be ready for the
(University Ave. from Atlantic to Merriman)
Muse-A-Thon on June 11. I need to finish welding everything that needs to be welded, and while I still don't have a seat nor a windmill, I need to remember to add mounting points for them. Also, I'm trying to make enough time to put in some work on
The Rochester Outdoor Museum of Art (ROMA)
as well since I promised to do that too.
I did get out a bit ... on Saturday I made it to
The Bug Jar
(219 Monroe Ave.)
to see the show there. I just caught the tail end of
but I got to see
put on an excellent show — they do this chaotic culmination of rock-and-roll, and I got in my head that it had a Frank Zappa feel to it, yet I'm not familiar enough with Zappa to qualify it that way — given the state of journalism today, I feel free to make such a statement anyway. Next was
who did their great "A.D.D. rock," playing chunks of songs then switching to a tangentially related structure and back. Finishing off the night,
delivered their metal-edged power-rock-and-roll.
Then on Monday, I was off to
(240 East Ave.)
to see the latest in the
Emerging Filmmakers Series
of New York State filmmakers. There were two spectacular films among them.
Where the Girls Are
was a great documentary on the
Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA)
tournament formerly known as the
Dinah Shore Weekend.
In some senses, it's "spring break for lesbians." Women golfers (irrelevant of sexual preference) go to Palm Springs, Florida to play in the tournament, but it has become a haven for lesbians. I think the film gives both opponents and supporters of the surrogate culture fair time, but given my biases, the interviewees (primarily residents of Palm Springs) who are against homosexuality came off sounding like bigoted rubes.
The other film was
Kill Your Darlings
Sarah Sophie Flicker
which is this spectacular treatise on love which explores romantic relationships from beginning to end. It starts from the basis that everyone has this idealistic view of what the perfect relationship is like, and then it goes on to compare that to reality. The film, according to the website, "draws in spirit and aesthetic from experimental silent films and the Czech New Wave."
Aside from that, I didn't have too much time to get to doing very much. However, I did find time to derive this simple formula for the betterment of the world:
( ( 22 - rating ) / 16.3 ) ^ 10
It's "The Police Academy Equation" that converts an
Internet Movie Database
movie rating (from 1 to 10) into an estimate of the sequel to
that got that rating. See, I noticed long ago that each successive sequel to
is rated by users to be lower than the last.
I was looking for a function to convert from a given IMDb rating to provide the Police Academy sequel number, and just looking at the data I figured it was some form of exponential function. I took a guess at a structure and punched in numbers until it looked right:
Graph of Police Academy sequels and their ratings
The key information about this approximation is as follows:
The Dryden Theater
George Eastman House
(900 East Ave.)
will be having another installment of
starting at 8 p.m. where they'll show some unique or rare film ... something for the cinephiles out there — plus, it's free to Eastman House members.
Eastman House calendar][all ages]
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.
Daily Perks calendar][all ages]
About the title ...
Isle Royale, located in Lake Superior in Michigan, was named by the French 334 years ago in 1671.
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, June 2, 2005 (Thu, Jun 2, 2005, 6/2/2005, or 6/2/05) Friday, June 3, 2005 (Fri, Jun 3, 2005, 6/3/2005, or 6/3/05) Saturday, June 4, 2005 (Sat, Jun 4, 2005, 6/4/2005, or 6/4/05) Sunday, June 5, 2005 (Sun, Jun 5, 2005, 6/5/2005, or 6/5/05) Monday, June 6, 2005 (Mon, Jun 6, 2005, 6/6/2005, or 6/6/05) Tuesday, June 7, 2005 (Tue, Jun 7, 2005,
6/7/2005, or 6/7/05) and Wednesday, June 8, 2005 (Wed, Jun 8, 2005, 6/8/2005, or 6/8/05).
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.