Weekly Rochester Events #366: Park for Magnolias
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Kicking off last weekend was some movies, a good friend, and a bunch of scotch. I mean lots of it. Like three quarters of a 750ml bottle of Laphroaig Quarter Cask. Thus, I spent Thursday largely nursing a hangover. I guess that although I missed out on New Year's Eve, I certainly made up for it now.
That night I went out to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) and didn't have any alcohol. I stayed to watch a bit of Moustache who are an okay hard-rock/metal instrumental band. I didn't ask, so I'm not sure if they have a singer who was just absent this one night or not. Next was The Sweatshop Boys — I still liked their solidly good punk style but didn't stay because I was wiped out.
Friday I started off with some dinner so I stopped at Magnolia's Market and Deli (366 Park Ave.) for thier Rising Sunflower sandwich which wasn't as rich a tapestry of flavors as I had expected, but just a pretty decent sandwich of tukey, havarti, peppers, and tomato. From there I was off to The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) for the opening of Memory Making Meaning by The Evolutionary Girls Club. I forgot that they do an auction of some of the artwork, and I picked up a piece by Kelly Jacobson which is pretty nifty. The show is rather interesting and reflects quite a few artists working in different media and ideologies.
I got to thinking a bit about what the heck I'm doing. Five years ago I was just elusive in response to "so what do you do?" At the time it was because I'd say it was something about computers and they'd say, "oh, well, I have this Windows 95 computer, blah, blah, blah, blah." Yuck.
Now, however, it's not so much a desire to be elusive as an honest-to-goodness inability to answer. I mean, do I run a website? Am I a writer? [Don't answer that, guestbook drive-by shooters.] Am I a photographer? A kinetic metal sculptor? An inventor? Now I went and signed up for the Geva Comedy Improv classes next month — will that be my answer? Heck, then there's the more pedestrian descriptors: unemployed? retired? burner? programmer? technical writer? ... electronics designer? ... tinkerer? Maybe I should just tell people "mu" when they ask, for the question itself is leading and doesn't really make sense.
When I left, I again tried hunting for that somehow elusive intuition, or my subconscious desires and whatnot. I had an urge to head toward Buffalo Road — I suspected that I was planning going to go all the way to Buffalo, since the Evolutionary Girls Club hails from there. I pondered The Rohrbach Brewing Company (3859 Buffalo Rd.)? no ... The Jam Room (3873 Buffalo Rd., formerly the Buffalo Roadhouse) ... yeah ... the Jam Room. I parked the car and listened to the beat for a minute and decided to go in. There was a $5 cover and I almost left, but figured that since I made the effort, I might as well stay.
I looked at the stage and realized that I forgot that Burning Snella would be playing Friday — I was certain the gig was on Saturday. I can now say I've been out to the Jam Room ... and they've got a really nice-sounding system there. Burning Snella was as much fun as always: an unassuming rock-and-roll band with a welcoming presence. Following them was Jennifer Marie with what I believe was her recently assembled band. They're a good bar-rock band and have all the moves down, both musically and physically.
On Saturday I started out at the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Woody Allen's Manhattan. I'm definitely not a consistent Woody Allen fan, but I really liked this one. In it, he essentially plays the personification of the city. People fall in and out of love with him and he with them; some feel charmed by him, some mock him, and some are abandoned by him. It's really a beautiful film to watch ... at least from a thousand feet detached.
I headed to Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) after that. I got a chance to see The Expired who play as if you put rock, punk, and ska (hold the horns) in a blender and set it to "Band". They're young but good and fun. Mrs. Skannotto followed them with a bunch of fun ska, throwing in some 1980's covers as well.
On Wednesday night I decided to go to the artist networking event at The Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester (277 N. Goodman St.) which was pretty refreshing. Michael Rogers was there to discuss his glass sculpture. He spent a lot of that time noting his confusion about being an artist and the desire for other people to have easy answers from him. He said he works using an intuitive process, so it isn't until a work is finished that he's willing to analyze its meaning. For me, it was refreshing to meet with someone else who has a number of answers to "what do you do?" and who's not willing to give a simple answer.
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