Weekly Rochester Events #350: Where to Find a Local SUNY
Thursday, September 22, 2005
So I finally had a chance to review Salon.com's "Timeline to disaster" and caught up on all the stuff on Hurricane Katrina that I missed while I was away. What a clusterfuck. I hope that Bush didn't risk the lives of all those people with his inaction because he rationalized that they were poor and his unemployment numbers would improve, or perhaps that one of his buddies wanted the gulf-coast property on-the-cheap. However, I have to remember that he's a Christian and I believe he's achieved "Christian enlightenment:" that you can do anything you want because you're a flawed human and still go to heaven if you just confess your sins.
On another tangent, this sort of thing got me thinking about "the economy." Benchmarking things like gross domestic product is an attempt to measure progress. Heck, the value of things in a unit of currency is in itself an attempt to compare values of otherwise dissimilar items. I think of it like a thermometer.
You can stick a thermometer outside and measure the temperature. But what if you ignore all other evidence of temperature? What if you artificially manipulate the temperature around the thermometer? Water might be frozen solid, but the thermometer — assisted by a match — may read a cozy 72°F.
See we're not measuring "progress" anymore. Sure, someone might make money selling plastic widgets that let you stuff your grocery bags in one end and pull ones to use from the other, but does that solve any problem? Is it really progress? Is it really "good?" The stock market is another distorted measurement of progress — yet it's pounded into our heads that things are "good" when the market is "up" when it really has no bearing on the quality of things going on in the world.
So I'm done with the whole "helping the economy." I'll just do things that make things better — for people; for the environment — but certainly not to make the numbers look better.
Anyway, on Thursday I got to George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see La nuit fantastique (The Fantastic Night). In it, the protagonist Denis is berated and ridiculed at his job and in his life because he's seen as a lazy dreamer with an unquenchable penchant for sleep. In his dreams he has control over his destiny and seeks Irène whom he desperately desires. While the film is entertaining on its own, only by knowing its historical context — being made in 1942 by Marcel L'Herbier during the German occupation of France — does it reveal its metaphor to French life, and the somewhat surprising historical note that it passed the censors.
I stopped by The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) after that and got to see Gaylord do a great show (despite some of the band members' complaining of their errors.) I didn't get to see Drums and Tuba much at all because I was talking with one of their friends hawking their merchandise. They're all from New Orleans and although she found out her house was okay, she's worried how reconstruction will go — worried that they would build some sterile, lifeless replica of the area's former charm.
On Friday I went to Artisan Works (565 Blossom Rd.) to check out the gallery opening show there. It's actually very similar to going there any other time except that this time it was full of people over 45 and had bands playing crowd-safe music. And there was cheese and snacks.
Saturday morning I woke up with a bit of a hangover and decided to quit drinking for a week and then reassess the situation. I protested that tonight was the third birthday party for Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.) but retorted, "if not now then when?" which convinced myself. That evening I headed out on my sprial bike for the celebration and joined the "freak parade" of 30 or so people to walk around the block. (By the way, am I the only person who quits drinking and then goes to the bar he always hangs out at and doesn't drink?) Unfortunately, I was actually experiencing alcohol withdrawal symptoms and found that people "made me feel itchy." I tried to be more isolated than usual but realized I was in the wrong place to do that so I went home.
Sunday I ordinarily take a break from things but lo and behold, there were actually things I wanted to get to. I headed out to ARTWalk (University Ave. at Atlantic Ave.) for the ARTWalk Alive event and nearly became a parade on my own — I was somewhat disappointed that my tall bike drew as much attention as it did ... was the artwork on display really so bland that people were trying to take pictures of me?
Anyway, I left there to got to a showing of Burning Barn Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet at New Life Presbyterian Church (243 Rosedale St.) I'm always afraid to see any performances from my friends because I'm afraid it won't be good. Thankfully it was pretty good ... moving at times even. Although surprising at first, the martial-arts-based fights were very well coreographed and fit right into the production. I thought Beth Gwara's interpretation of Mercutio was particularly consistent, entertaining, and well-acted. The last 4 performances will be this coming weekend ... well worth the $5 admission.
Later that night I got to see Rush To War: Between Iraq and A Hard Place outside at The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) ... it was yet another rational, intelligent discussion of why we're at war in Iraq and the kind of film that (should any of them see it) supporters of the President's actions will unfailingly deny as "liberal fact-telling" or some such nonsense.
Anyway, to wrap things up quick this week, The City Newspaper's "Best Of" contest is going on and I felt it necessary to share my boring responses:
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