Weekly Rochester Events #378: Founded the Main Maine
Thursday, April 6, 2006
Losing that hour this week really set me back to doing just a few things. For those of you who actually watched the bread movie, I guess that would be an hour and 23 minutes lost. April fool, suckers.
On Thursday I headed to the
George Eastman House
(900 East Ave.)
to see the original 1956-version of
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers.
It really felt like trying to be myself in the current political climate — I want to be able to speak as I please and I feel strongly that is how society functions best, yet the powers-that-be have a desire to make sure everyone conforms. No, they don't want to kill me, they just want to change my brain so it fits their model of society, that's all. It might as well have been a line lifted straight from the film. Of course, the director denies its cautionary stance toward either Communism nor McCarthyism — and why not, speaking in times of McCarthyism, he might have been branded a Communist and executed if he said otherwise.
A couple weeks ago I read
People Who Watch Movies
and was amused by the thought of people being strongly influenced by movies, especially considering my own track record. I had talked with the guy earlier in the week about it (no, wait, maybe I just saw it in a movie somewhere.)
He begins his essay, "people who watch movies become people in movies, I am afraid." In much better poetic style than I can muster, he lays out the idea that human beings and all their wonderfully fucking annoying uniqueness get blotted out by the shine of giant faces on a wall. Hopefully by exposing myself to lots and lots of different movies and ideas I can fool him into thinking I'm pretty dynamic.
On Friday I started out at
Image City Photography Gallery
(722 University Ave.)
to see the opening of
photography exhibition. At first I thought it was just more tourist snaps but the images had such good composition that I ended up really liking them. Shortly afterward I went to
The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery
(137 East Ave.)
for the screening of
The Abortion Diaries.
It was a pretty good film that oulines the lives of a dozen women and their experiences with having an abortion and puts a human side to why one might want an abortion. Since that is something the pro-choice movement already knows and that the pro-life movement considers irrelevant, I don't know what is the target audience who would be influenced. If nothing else, it can give women who are in the process of making such a decision some grounding in what happens, and lets them know they are not alone.
Later, I swapped my movie hat for my music hat and went to
The University of Rochester
(Elmwood Ave. at Intercampus Dr., details on River Campus Map)
and eventually found
The Community Living Center (CLC).
The band I believe was
started things off. I thought they were a great dirty, gritty, garage (mostly cover) band with synth, drums, and guitar, but they seemed to quarrel a lot. I missed most of
Worm Quartet's hilarious novelty-song set because I was helping singer Shoebox's wife find the place. I thought
was as crazy as usual but their set lost some steam in the middle as they regrouped and invited audience members to entirely replace the band. Finally,
finished up ... he does some really good acoustic rock, but it was sometimes a bit too stylized with guitar and vocal tricks for my taste.
Saturday I started off at
(389 Gregory St.)
I got to see
again — it's been over a year. This time she was playing with a band and she's matured a lot as a singer ... she's now got a bit of a coutry twang.
From there it was off to
The Montage Live
(50 Chestnut St., formerly the Montage Grille)
to check out more bands.
started things off and I appreciated their technical hard-rock/metal skills more than last time.
The UV Rays
then rocked hard for a good show. I didn't get
who I gathered was doing some kind of math-metal (highlighting the mathematical repetitions in the music) — but to me, it was just pretty uninteresting metal. I was wiped out and had to go home, but I did see a bit of
with their surf-rock and stage show — I really did want to see how they'd use all the extra space on the Montage stage.
Sunday I was back to the
to further delete my own personality once again, this time to see
The Wild Bunch.
Introducing the evening was
fan then friend of Peckinpah and director of the documentary
A Simple Adventure Story: Sam Peckinpah, Mexico and 'The Wild Bunch'
which preceded the main feature. It followed some of the friends, family, and crew of the film back to the locations in a remote, small Mexican town where the film was shot. I thought it too bad that it was shown before the film because it made much more sense after the fact (of course, I was among the few who had never seen The Wild Bunch before.) Fellow fan and friend of Peckinpah,
joined Redman to discuss the film and answer audience questions.
The Wild Bunch
itself, it was indeed a "perfect" movie. I could really appreciate that not a film frame was wasted — everything went to telling the story with no excuses and no apologies. There's nothing particularly unique about the plot: aging bank robbers are back together for one last heist. The characters are the whole story — four powerful men, each with their own code of honor. Wow ... I really can't do it justice. If you'd like to see what an action movie can be — or what a movie can be — definitely check this out.
Ah, Monday. All that nail-biting about climate change over a stable and mild beginning of the year finally abated as our weather returned to normal. Monday was 70°F and sunny, and by Tuesday night it was snowing. Whew! Dodged that bullet!
But back to Monday night ... I made it out to
The Bug Jar
(219 Monroe Ave.)
for the bands there. Starting off was
who did some technical and elaborate rock with a good, full, powerful sound. The other band was
Gil Mantera's Party Dream
who did their awesome disco-rock with a hilarious stage presence.
Tuesday I was back at the
film. Although I haven't known much about his films in the past, I've come to be attracted by the plots and consistently impressed by the films. This time the film was
in which Violet, played by a 12-year-old
is coming of age in a New Orleans whorehouse in the early 1900's with her mother Hattie
It's terribly uncomfortable to watch as a male because Brooke's budding sexuality is evident, but she also seems way too young to be having any sex for at least another few years. My own biology was telling me I was looking at a girl who was on the brink of sexual maturity which conflicted with my general apathy for really young women, particularly in light of my American upbringing that brings severe repercussions for sex with women under 18. On the one hand, it reinforced my disdain for the stupidity of the harshness of such laws since 18 years is not some magical birthday when every girl suddenly sprouts breasts and becomes a woman [and that it's often used to arbitrarily punish young couples where the male partner turns 18 but the female doesn't.] On the other hand, it reminded me that biological maturity does not indicate being prepared for sexuality at all — I mean, nobody should have sex until they are at least 35.
Ironically, the movie only skirts the edges of these issues and instead just treats the actions as fact — as if there were no morality at all inherent in the camera. It is solely the judgement of the viewers that gives the film this character as a social commentary. In the absence of that judgement, it would be simply a lovingly shot coming-of-age story.
As you can see, even
seemed rather pensive until the weather returned to normal.
Along the vein of
Mortimer Shy's essay (although without, presumably, having actually read it) my friend Cynthia mused, "I've always wanted to go back in time before there were movies and before television and radio because it's fascinating to think how people interacted without those fictional role models." (She sounds a lot like my writing style because I'm pretty much paraphrasing, even though I used proper quotes.) Specifically, she was curious about kissing, romance, and sex. (And I assure you she's not hitting on me.)
I mean, what if we didn't have preconcieved notions of the romantic theme building as we chatted over glasses of wine by the fire, followed by kissing that involves (and this is very important, apparently) a lot of hair fondling, and then a stationary camera in a dimly blue-lit room focused on shuttered Venetian blinds that focuses back to reveal a couple racked in passionate embrace crashing onto the sheets. Then, we are in the same room with the camera slightly higher, looking down upon us both — sometime during the night we apparently put back on our collective underpants — the white sheets bathed in smoky morning sunlight.
You know? What if we didn't have that?
Maybe somebody should make a movie about that because I tend to see a lot of movies.
M O V I E S
- Remember that story about World War I soldiers who stop fighting on Christmas Eve, bury their dead, and play football?
Let's see if the great High Falls experiment works this time.
Mayor Robert J. Duffy
will be at the new
The High Falls Entertainment Resort
(61 Commercial St., formerly Jillian's)
this evening at at 5 p.m. for the grand opening. I'm sorry but I just can't get excited about this. I mean, check out this choice quote from
Saddle Ridge LLC
in the city's press release: "We're taking a 'Coyote Ugly' rockin' country type of bar and blending it with the trendiest of night clubs." Good luck with that.
City Hall press release]
Tonight at 6 p.m. in the
George Eastman House
(900 East Ave.)
is a discussion by artist
Pioneering Spirit: Landscape and Discontent in Recent Photographic Projects.
Hey, it could be pretty interesting.
Eastman House calendar][all ages]
Tonight at 7 p.m. at
Image City Photography Gallery
(722 University Ave.)
Artist Talk and Book Signing
His photos are currently on display at the gallery — I thought that although they were somewhat touristy, the composition was so good that it warrants a closer look.
Image City Photography Gallery flyer]
It's a big gay show tonight at
The Bug Jar
(219 Monroe Ave.)
around 9:30 p.m. with
an excellent disorienting blend of spoken word, electronic effects, and repetition from
and great, superfast synth-pop novelty songs from
(not to say any of them are necessarily homosexual — Shoebox of Worm Quartet even claims the ability to spontaneously breed in one of his songs.)
Bug Jar calendar][18+]
Orange Glory Cafe
(240 East Ave., next door to the Little)
from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the opening reception for
Play of Light
featuring photographs by
Gerry Szymanski. The show runs until May 24.
Don't tell anybody (it's a secret show) but excellent high-powered rockers
(formerly Your Mom)
and great simple, melodic synth-and-vocalist
will be at
(139 State St.)
tonight starting around 10 p.m.
This morning at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria overlooking the arboretum in
Bausch and Lomb
(140 Stone St.)
Artists Breakfast Group
meeting ... anyone interested in art or creativity is invited.
As part of the
50th Anniversary of Books Sandwiched-In,
Jane Van Zile
The City of Falling Angels
from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m.
Friends of the Public Library e-mail][all ages]
About the title ...
Augusta, the capital city of the state of Maine was established as a trading post 378 years ago in 1628.
This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including nearby towns Irondequoit, Webster, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor, Henrietta, Gates, Chili, Greece, and Charlotte, and occasionally other places in Monroe County and the Western New York region.) It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, lectures, discussions, debates, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
Music events are usually original bands with occasional cover bands and DJ's with musical styles including punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat."
Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed.
Although I'm reluctant to admit it, it is a Rochester blog and I'm essentially blogging about Rochester events.
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It's also not to be confused with
or JakesWorld which is a site of a Rochester animator.
While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, April 6, 2006 (Thu, Apr 6, 2006, 4/6/2006, or 4/6/06) Friday, April 7, 2006 (Fri, Apr 7, 2006, 4/7/2006, or 4/7/06) Saturday, April 8, 2006 (Sat, Apr 8, 2006, 4/8/2006, or 4/8/06) Sunday, April 9, 2006 (Sun, Apr 9, 2006, 4/9/2006, or 4/9/06) Monday, April 10, 2006 (Mon, Apr 10, 2006, 4/10/2006, or 4/10/06) Tuesday, April 11, 2006 (Tue, Apr 11, 2006, 4/11/2006, or 4/11/06) and Wednesday, April 12, 2006 (Wed, Apr 12, 2006, 4/12/2006, or 4/12/06).
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