Weekly Rochester Events #373: Liquor on the Park

Thursday, March 2, 2006

Sadly, it was all I had to just get this out to the webiste. I may do an update, but more likely than not, I'm up for waiting another week. Anyway, I actually sold one of the Ferry schedules on eBay and sent it out. So it was only for a dollar. That's one dollar closer to paying for my part of the tax burden! [I swear I'm not opposed to the ferry idea, but I think the ship was too large for our needs and there were too many shady deals involved which evaporated any hope of profitability.] I didn't think of it before but I should have advertised it more (hmm ... that gives me an idea). Anyway, since I have a spare schedule, I figure I'll put five more up again.

The second-to-last improv class went pretty bad for me. After weeks of improvement, this was my first setback. I just wasn't on-the-ball. I think I was paying too much attention to my classmates — I believe I'm toward the "top" of the class and I thought I'd put in some effort to give the hesitant and shy people in class a chance to shine, but it only tripped me up. Just as likely it could have been drinking too much at a friend's house the night before (and finally trying anchovies on pizza — not terrible, but about as appealing as ground beef in my opinion.)

Friday I raced around to get things done for the day early in case I was going to New York. In the afternoon I met with a friend of mine at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) and we had a really nice time. As things wound down I actually had enough time to make it to New York. I picked up some beef jerky and Genny on the way home and met with a friend of mine and we were off by about 5:15 p.m. and we made it to Arrow's Birthday Party (Bedford Ave. and De Kalb Ave., Brooklyn, [or thereabouts]) around 11 or so.

Now, not to diss our generous hosts, but it was kind-of just-another-apartment-party. Well, it was just a birthday party, so I guess I was expecting too much. Sure, the DJ's were cool and all, but I felt a little silly having travelled all the way to New York for something so not-that-dissimilar to a decent night at TiLT Nightclub and Ultralounge (444 Central Ave.) right in town. Well, except that I was wearing a pink terry-cloth robe and an orange shirt (i.e. "pornj") and for a little while nothing else.

Nonetheless, they let us crash on their couches around 6 a.m. after the DJ's stopped at 4 and we helped clean up a bit in the morning before heading out. We stopped at J & W Restaurant (654 Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn) for breakfast before hitting the road. It was a peculiar little place. Bacon-and-eggs were as one might expect for a diner, and the hot sauce was as one might expect given that it was predominantly Mexican, but it was what we guessed were pieces of Kosher sausage that gave away its location in the heart of a neighborhood that was predominantly both Jewish and Mexican ... only in the City, I guess.

After bickering with my friends and effectively getting lost in New York (alas, without a detailed Brooklynm map and running on 4 hours of "sleep") for a while, we finally made it through Manhattan and out the way we came. I was much happier when we weren't lost and on a highway going in the right direction. We hit snow in Syracuse and made it home by 7 so it wasn't too bad at all.

I got back and realized that it was the night of an annual party back in Rochester from other friends of mine. Despite having had just a couple naps in the car, I headed out again.

I liked the ability to actually talk with other human beings without doing it screaming over the top of music (no matter how good.) [Weird, huh?: that I'd really prefer a relatively conventional party over a relatively wild one in the City.] Of course, it can only help a party if you end up talking to some woman [or man, depending on which gender you like-like] who's just the cat's meow (not to say that the women I met in NY didn't have their own variety of purr ... [P.S. I got my orange sunglasses back, adorable-woman-whose-name-I-don't-remember, but broke them on the way home].) Strangely and similarly, it also ran until 4 a.m.

On Sunday I watched the movie Happiness at home. Depending on who you ask and when, it's either a very black comedy or a slyly funny drama and probably both. If I'm counting correctly, there are six main characters: 3 sisters, a husband of one of them, a neighbor of another, the lover of the third. Maybe five because the last guy is not too "main," but if you don't count him, then you might be tempted to call it a movie about the three sisters.

Anyway, it was like all the characters were inside-out: everything that makes them beautifully imperfect (all their fears, insecurities, naiveté, perversions, less-than-optimal choices, and lies) is worn on their sleeves and faces and their façade is all but ignored. It's one of those "funny because it's so true" kind of things, only in a "true" in a punch-in-the-gut kind of way and retold again and again throughout the entire film (not in a tiring way but in a way that chips at you gradually and steadily until you finally empathise.)

In theory, everyone can relate to having some secret sexual fantasy they're afraid to admit, or an inability to see that the path they're following really doesn't go anywhere, or that behind success lies traumatic insecurity, or that the perfect life might not be so perfect if you scratch past the surface.

It sticks us in front of a cinematic mirror. If the nature of the audience is to empathise, they'll see themselves, and they'll need to empathise with the characters or relate to at least one of their problems to really appreciate the film.

To footnote this absurdly disjoint review, in the middle of watching, my best friend called and it took me a good two minutes to regain my ability to form sentences. I was that mired in the issues of the characters.

Dog kisses woman.
If you have seen Happiness then this scene is both unbelievably funny and unbelievably gross but especially not just one or the other.

Monday was the 26th in the Emerging Filmmakers Series at The Little (240 East Ave.) Richard Colosi's Different and Normal: My Life with Asperger Syndrome was quite good, documenting the differentness and normalcy of his subject, Adrian Esposito. Following that was Adrian's A Man and His Pig which was a crude but amusing animation done at Animatus Studio (34 Winthrop St) I had seen Identity through Art: Six Rochester Asian American Artists from The Asian/Pacific Islander/American History Project of Greater Rochester (APA-HiP), before and I seem to recall liking its pacing better — this version (edit #7 I think) seemed a bit more rushed. Finally was Daniel Swinton's White Wonder which was a pretty funny "documentary" about a city-by-city hunt for the true "Home of the White Squirrel." I wondered if he was just making the whole thing up.

I also noted that FOX and NBC were both present for some reason. I'm sure there are people out there wondering "how do I find out about Emerging Filmmakers" and the answer certainly is not those sources. It's right here, baby. I'm all you need.

  • Nochnoi Dozor (Night Watch, at The Little) - A Russian film about the battle between the forces of evil and the superhuman "Others" who guard the night.

This afternoon from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 is another lecture in the Thursday Thinkers series in Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.). Mayor Robert J. Duffy will be on hand to discuss A Vision for the Future: What Rochester Can Be. [source: Gay Alliance website]

JayceLand Pick So this afternoon at 5:30 p.m., Delores Jackson Radney will discuss Middleboro, a 1976 collograph by Sam Gilliam at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 6 p.m. is The City Walk starting at Spot Coffee (200 East Ave.) ... it seems like a neat event. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Dress up as your favorite Dr. Seuss character to get in free to the Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) tonight starting at 7 p.m. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

This evening at 7:15 p.m. at Morey Hall #321 at The University of Rochester (Elmwood Ave. at Intercampus Dr., details on River Campus Map) is a screening of Eve's Bayou. [source: University of Rochester Events Calendar]

JayceLand Pick Later on at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is another of those cool Archaeology Lectures at 7:30 p.m. Tonight's features Dr. Mary M. Voigt from the anthropology department at The College of William and Mary (102 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg, VA) discussing Deities and Dolls: Public and Private Ritual in Early Neolithic Societies. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

These shows at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) are often pretty neat, so you might want to check out The Eastman Trombone Choir directed by John Marcellus starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Day The Earth Stood Still starting at 8 p.m. When a friendly alien visits Earth, he is mistrusted and attacked. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is really good country-rock/rockabilly from Angry Johnny and the Killbillies, and The Brokedown starting around 10 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Pure Kona Poetry Open Mic Night is at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) tonight starting at 7:30. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

Drinking Liberally meets at 8 p.m. tonight at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) [source: RocWiki calendar]

This evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. is the opening of new work by Tom Lightfoot, Karen Sardisco, Douglas Holleley, and others at GalleryBlue (277 Alexander St., suite 204) [source: City Newspaper]

Tonight from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. is the opening of Images From King, Comic Books and Beyond by Ho Che Anderson will be on display at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) [source: Rochester Contemporary calendar]

Tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4:30 at Dazzle Theater (112 Webster Ave.) is a presentation of Stop The World, I'm Getting Off!.

Apparently there's a fund-raising concert at the The Cinema Theatre (957 South Clinton Ave.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. sponsored by The Friends of the Cinema with AppetiteMySpace link, The Hip TwelveMySpace link, and RoctrioMySpace link. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

The play A Soldier's Heart opens tonight at 8 p.m. at Shipping Dock Theatre (31 Prince St., new location at Visual Studies Workshop) and runs through April 2. The "Pay What You Can" show is this Sunday, March 5. [source: Shipping Dock Theatre mailing]

Tonight at 8 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) is Groove Fest 7 by Rochester Groove featuring The Cousin TouchersMySpace link, very jammy, keyboard-enhanced psychadelic groove-rock from The NicheMySpace link, wicked fun percussive groove-rock from The BuddhaHoodMySpace link, solidly good rock band with strong groove rock influences Dudley DawsonGarageBand link, Space AgencyMySpace link, The Druids and more. [source: Water Street calendar] [all ages]

Lindsay Mac and good acoustic soloist Gregory PaulGarageBand linkMySpace link will be at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) tonight around 8 p.m. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing This Is Spinal Tap starting at 8 p.m. Dang ... what a classic bit of satire. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Pomodoro Grill and Wine Bar (1290 University Ave.) is very good bluegrass band The String Theory Bluegrass Band starting around 8 p.m. [source: Freetime]

JayceLand Pick At The Little (240 East Ave.) is Film Club Weekend where current films will be discussed in the cafe by staff today at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. [source: Little Theatre calendar]

The Red DeathMySpace link, good metal from WarbladeGarageBand linkMySpace link, very good metal from SulacoMySpace link, and NeuraxisMySpace link will be at The Montage Live (50 Chestnut St., formerly the Montage Grille) tonight at 10 p.m. [source: Montage calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is very good punk-rock band The UV RaysGarageBand linkMySpace link, and The Sweet ActionMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: GaragePop Records website] [21+]

JayceLand Pick O'Bagelo's, 165 State Street, noon.

On February 7, 2006,neighborhood resident and University of Rochester professor Nabi Magomedov was killed in a car accident with his wife Natalya, and their 4-year old son Amir. Today at 2 p.m. is a memorial service at The Interfaith Chapel at the University of Rochester (Wilson Blvd.) [source: the proverbial grapevine]

JayceLand Pick I thought this sounded pretty wild: today at 3:30 p.m. in the Welles Brown Room at The Rush Rhees Library in The University of Rochester (Library Rd. at Intercampus Dr., details on River Campus Map) is a discussion by Dr. Libby Larsen titled Gesamtkunstwerk 2006: Technological Creativity and its Role in Opera and Classical Concert Music. [source: University of Rochester Events Calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is a special performance by Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Buongiorno, notte (Good Morning, Night) starting at 8 p.m. about the "kidnapping and murder of Italian President Aldo Moro by Red Brigade terrorists in 1978." [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Daring and talented acoustic soloist JoAnn VaccaroMySpace link will be at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) tonight at 9 p.m. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

Good but generic rock-and-roll band The Ferndocks and 40 Rod Lightning will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) tonight at 10:30 p.m. [source: WBER calendar] [21+]

JayceLand Pick Knife CrazyGarageBand linkMySpace link, quite good medium-tempo, high-distortion rock band The Black Arrows, and 1980's-styled rock-and-roll band Tiger Cried BeefMySpace link will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Tonight's another Betty's Sing-a-Long at Betty Meyer's Bullwinkle Café (622 Lake Ave.) starting around 10.

JayceLand Pick Today from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is the second of three Drop-In Days for free admission to see the Extreme Materials exhibition. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Downstairs Cabaret (172 West Main St.) is another Improv Challenge featuring Nuts and Bolts Improv Troupe (see their site at ImprovAmerica too) starting at 7 p.m. [source: Nuts and Bolts website]

Apparently Noelie McDonnellMySpace link is playing tonight at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) around 8 p.m. [source: Freetime]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 8 p.m. is another Hip Hop Haven, one of Rochester's only hip-hop open mic nights. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 9 p.m. at A|V Art Sound Space (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #8 in the Public Market, formerly the All-Purpose Room) is Andy Hayleck and Bonnie Jones on their Duet Tour, the trio Chris Reeg, Ian Downey is FamousMySpace link and Andy Gilmore, and Nuuja. [source: artsound website]

Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) is hosting their weekly Open Mike Poetry tonight at 7 p.m. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

Top Pick Tonight at the Dryden Theatre of George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) at 8 p.m. is another Surprise Cinema! with the film title announced right before it's screened. [source: Eastman House calendar]

There's also Open Mic Poetry at Java's (16 Gibbs St.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Java's calendar] [all ages]

Bored? Why not check out 1980's DJ night at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 11 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

This morning at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria overlooking the arboretum in Bausch and Lomb (140 Stone St.) is the Artists Breakfast Group meeting ... anyone interested in art or creativity is invited.

JayceLand Pick Ok, so this lecture didn't really make sense to me: Muscular Christianity, Decolonization and Sports: a Famous Anthropological Case Revisited presented by Robert Foster from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Seminar Room at The Rush Rhees Library in The University of Rochester (Library Rd. at Intercampus Dr., details on River Campus Map). [source: University of Rochester Events Calendar]

This afternoon at 5 p.m. in the Robbins Library of The Rush Rhees Library in The University of Rochester (Library Rd. at Intercampus Dr., details on River Campus Map) is a lecture by Thomas Hahn titled Lonely Planet: Medieval Europe Visits Asia and the New World. [source: University of Rochester website]

This evening at 7:30 p.m. at The Hochstein School of Music and Dance (50 North Plymouth Ave.) is a performance by the Virtuosi Scholarship Chamber Orchestra directed by Nancy Strelau. [source: Hochstein calendar]

Tonight at 8 p.m. at The Montage Live (50 Chestnut St., formerly the Montage Grille) is another Words of Wisdom Talent Showcase — essentially a hip-hop/spoken-word open mic night. [source: Montage calendar]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Le monde du silence (The Silent World) starting at 8 p.m. Follow Jacques Cousteau around under the water ... [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting great drone-synth music from BELBIVDEVOIVOD, The Sleeping Kings of IonaMySpace link, and nybblMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is hosting an Acoustic Open Mic from 8 to 10. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

International Women's Day

Tonight is another meeting of The Freedom Writers Group at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Okaasan starting at 8 p.m. Essays written in post-war Japan by elementary school students about their mothers is the basis for the plot ... [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Poor People United meets tonight and every Wednesday at 7 at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality (402 South Ave.) [source: the proverbial grapevine]

There's an Open Mic for Acoustic Music at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) tonight around 8. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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