Weekly Rochester Events #341: Remember Fort Orange?
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Last Thursday I got to see the "Director's Cut" of Donnie Darko which I gotta say is a much different movie than the original cinematic version which I saw last Sunday. In my opinion, the Director's Cut is far superior. It's a tense, suspensful movie that intertwines the fascade of moviegoing with the actuality of moviemaking in an expertly nuanced manner. The cinematic version on the other hand, is a classic horror-suspense film and is good in its own right.
Anyway, that night I headed to The High Falls Festival Site (Browns Race and Commercial St.) to see Eddie from Ohio primarily. Well, I missed the first band entirely and blundered around for a bit since I didn't — somehow — seem to know anybody there. I got some salt potatoes for a snack and sat down to eat and the band started. The weather didn't look like it would cooperate, and after three songs or so, they started playing "And the Rain Crashed Down" off their album This Is Me and their suggestion was answered.
I planned on rain so I followed my own "handy hint" and brought some zipper freezer bags to keep the electronic junk in my pockets (cell phone, Palm Pilot, etc.) dry. (Oh, and I had to gobble down the potatoes so the raindrops wouldn't splatter melted butter everywhere.) But myself and 30 or so other people stayed through the worst of the rain — there were little rivers flowing to the storm drains ... warmed by the hot concrete ... but rivers nonetheless. The band graced us with several a cappella songs since all the electronics on stage were pretty much soaked (despite the canopy.)
After 45 minutes of rain, there was still no official word on calling off the concert so I headed out and got some dry clothes on. Unfortunately I didn't get a good feel for the band, although they get big points for coming out in the rain to sing a cappella. I went to Milestones (170 East Ave.) of all places to see the The Comedy Block Party but it was cancelled: the concert from the festival site had been moved there so Pure Prairie League was scheduled to go on instead.
I wasn't keen on hanging around Milestones at all, and I was mentally done with music a bit, so I took off. I stumbled on Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) on the way around town and stopped in. They're a locally-owned-and-operated shop that opened last Monday. They get their baked goods from Patrik's Culinary Kreations (847 S. Goodman St.) so it's all really good. It's got promise to be a pretty cool place to hang out.
On Friday I went to the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Van Gogh. Jim Healy introduced it and noted that it was probably closer an autography of director Maurice Pialat's life than a biography of Van Gogh himself. I thought it was rather a really good film. I got the impression that it was the filmmaking that was more biographical than the plot — the order that events were presented along with the manner each was presented and the amount of time spent on each topic seemed to be more important than the actual chronology.
What amused me the most was the "Artiste wannabe" crowd — at the end of the film I heard several comments on how the music on the credits was so loud and that maybe they made a mistake between reels, and there was a non-stop flow of criticism concerning the technical aspects of the filmmaking. I thought this was immensely amusing since I found the film as a whole to paint a picture (sorry) of the aura and spirit of Van Gogh as an artist in the time in which he lived, and I even found the overbearing music over the credits to be amusing, implying perhaps that the people involved with making the film wanted to be known more than the subject of the film.
On a final thought, isn't it weird that when you break out of your routine that instead of being a scary world of unknowns, it becomes an amazing world of opportunity?
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