Weekly Rochester Events #369: Little Blobs of Red Blood
Thursday, February 2, 2006
Ok, so last Thursday I took the first of the classes with Geva Comedy Improv. Not surprisingly, it was quite challenging. Surprisingly, it was the nature of trying to not think about it and just rely on your instincts that made it so challenging. I'll see how things go this coming week.
Friday I got up and twisted my back the wrong way and that fucking sciatic shit came back — not nearly as bad as before, but it kept me from going nuts and trying to get to everything I had listed. That night I did go to see David Perlman's Caught My Eye exhibition at Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) I thought it was pretty good, but of course I was also in a foul mood (i.e. thinking I was on the verge of being completely immobile for another two weeks) so I guess that means it was really good. Likewise, I stopped at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) to see Lift / Left by Deborah Jack which I kind of liked despite my foul mood. It's a series of videos of people jumping projected onto the white walls in the darkened gallery, and there is text on the walls: some in readable silver but the bulk of it hidden as white lettering. The dance to see what was written is interesting in itself and I'd like to get back there sans-opening to take a better look.
Saturday I made it to the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Schiller's Reels: The Films of Tom Schiller. Tom Schiller proved to be an entertaining host as he introduced the series of short films he produced as a segment on Saturday Night Live. La dolce Gilda had a funny classic feel ... like an award-winning Italian film from the 1970's — the comedic twist being that its lusted-after star was Gilda Radner. In Don't Look Back in Anger, John Belushi plays himself as an old man, having outlived all his fellow SNL alumni — a funny black-and-white film, although now bittersweet and a bit spooky as he died just a few years after it was filmed. Jan Hooks plays an old woman fantasizing about her days with her love, played by Phil Hartman in Love is a Dream — another likewise bitersweet film; although humor this time comes from the unrealness of the dubbed song the duo dance and sing to. Finally, Java Junkie was the most straight-forward satire: in it a coffee addict spins out of control and eventually recovers — particularly memorable for the 1940's-styled addiction spiral in the red-light district of coffee shops.
In addition to his shorts, they showed Schiller's feature film, Nothing Lasts Forever which was quite a treat of bizarreness. There really isn't any one movie like it because it's really all movies ever made rolled into one. It's about a young man trying to get a break in New York City and he ends up going to the moon, falling in love, and returning to fulfill his dreams. It's strange, warm, omni-genre, omni-temporal, innocent, non-sarcastic, and non-cynical. It reminded me a bit of Ed Wood's films in its naiveté and money-saving use of stock footage. We were also treated to one final hilarious short in which Chris Farley plays a man who goes on a nearly unstoppable rampage after being tricked by hidden camera coffee commercial.
I almost stopped at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) but decided against it because I figured my back would get more messed up standing around watching bands. Plus the universe decided to tack on another "fuck you" footnote by having the muffler pipe break in the car ... just what I need when I'm teetering on the abyss of complete immobility. Fortunately, I got it fixed on Monday. And I didn't end up completely immobilized.
Monday night, my bad luck expanded its tendrils of influence when I went to The Little (240 East Ave.) to see the films of the Emerging Filmmakers Series. I joined the record-setting crowd for the series, but it was that night that they were unable to get the sound to work in Theater #5, so the show was begrudgingly cancelled (although the same films will probably be reattempted in March.) The theater was kind enough to give everyone the option of a cash refund or two regular film passes, but the request for free drinks in the cafe was denied.
On Tuesday I went to the Artist Breakfast Group meeting in the early morning and we took a trip to Jane Ellen B. Art Apparel (714 University Ave.) to see Jane's works. She has a new shop (as mentioned) that specializes in "art apparel" in which she fits her hand-dyed clothes to customers to complete the artwork. I'm not big into expensive clothes, but this stuff seemed more rational because it's about how it looks, feels, and moves, and not about whose name is on the label.
That night I stopped by The Montage Live (50 Chestnut St., formerly the Montage Grille) to see what was up with the Words of Wisdom Talent Showcase. At this point, it's a fledgling hip-hop/spoken-word open mic night. They're hoping to get more people to attend to set up for some performance shows, but for now it's still building.
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Choose the Next President - The doublespeakedly named American Family Association is trying their luck with another survey. The last time I remember paying any attention to them was for their [now suspiciously missing] Marriage Poll with which they apparently reneged on their offer to announce to Congress the results: largely because the American Families declared over 90% support for allowing gay marriages. Let's help them accurately gauge the voice of the American People this time too.
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