Weekly Rochester Events #384: Aristotle's Countdown Begins

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Last Thursday I stopped in briefly at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) to check out Break of RealityGarageBand link. I very much liked their acoustic line-up better — aside from unamplified cellos, their drummer had a minimal bongo/cymbal "kit." It really enhanced the dichotomy of classical instrumentation and metal music.

Friday I went to The Little (240 East Ave.) to see I Am a Sex Addict. It's refreshing to see such honesty when it comes to something so personal — ordinarily people hide their sexual oddness and baste in shame their whole life, whereas in this, filmmaker Caveh Zahedi was just straightforward and honest. Personally, I was amused how his honest statements to girlfriends in the film struck a chord with my own experiences with honest statements to girlfriends ...

Anyway, he was at the showing to answer questions and got very few. In response to one, he admitted that his parents have not seen the film and that he does not want them to do so. I can't blame him. I got to talk with him a little afterward — both to thank him personally for going out on a limb, and to admit being a fan of his performance in Waking Life in the "Holy Moment" scene.

From the Little, on the other hand, I've come to expect embarrassing failures — and this time was no exception. A couple 5-minute chunks of the film were ruined by distorted sound — bad enough that several people had the time to walk out and complain. To add insult to injury, prior to the film I was harassed by someone pushing the "Little Film Society." She asked, "don't you want to help keep this great institution going?" I said I wasn't interested — although they have "film" in their name, it's really about the profitability of the cafe and other such junk. Damn it Little: you are a movie theater! Why can't you realize that? Everything should be about the movies! Why are the projectors and sound systems in disrepair while you're so concerned about how good the food is and if I like the music in the cafe (based on the number of questions in a recent survey)? Why is there no prominent clock in the cafe showing the times remaining to the start of the next shows? Why are all the clocks at a different time? — the cash registers, and the two tiny wall clocks are off from one another by 5 minutes. Aargh!

Saturday I made a brief appearance at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) to see GaylordMySpace link. They did a stellar set — of course, it may not have been great to them, but it was to the audience. I still have trouble explaining what they sound like ... I often revert to something like "attention-deficit rock with a jazz edge" but that's not quite right. It fits but it's not perfect — they tend to play what sounds like 3 songs at once, switching between them to keep everyone on their toes, and the sound is rock-like and jazz-like at the same time. I don't know. Guitarist Corey is spectacular — he wrangles his guitar more than he connects to it, but that works for him. Drew's drumming is tight and spot-on, and Jeff's bass work is exactly right for the band. You gotta see them.

On Sunday I went with the woman I've been seeing to The Lilac Festival to get some fried dough and Indian food. Well, to walk around and stuff too, but mostly the food. The lilacs are pretty early this year, but they should stick around a little longer than average with the cooler weather and rain we've been having.

Monday night I went to City Hall (30 Church St.) for a hearing where McDonald's (1422 Mount Hope Ave.) requested a special permit to allow them to be open 24 hours. I'm one of the active members of The Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood Association and we agreed to oppose 24-hour take-out food in the neighborhood as it wouldn't really fit around here — it's not a round-the-clock neighborhood, but a mostly-day-worker residental place. I have yet to see if they get the permit.

I never really thought about what kind of person would manage a McDonald's until I got to hear the arguments at the meeting. Her name is Jennifer (I wasn't motivated enough to call the store to find out her last name, but I noted that the McDonald's website does not list the names of the managers — I wonder why that is?) Anyway, she talked about how McDonald's is a family restaurant, how it provided a service to the community — especially to people who worked during the night — and how there was "apparently consumer demand" for 24-hour operation (based on there being sales when they were previously open between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.)

Gosh, how naïve.

When I think of "family restaurant" I first think of something family-run, like Pat's Coffee Mug (627 South Clinton Ave.) or at least someplace where you might go out to dine with your family — maybe Highland Park Diner (960 S. Clinton Ave.) or The Brighton (1881 East Ave.) What I don't think of is a fast-food or take-out place — whether it's McDonald's (1422 Mount Hope Ave.) or Mr. Shoes Pizza (1921 South Ave.) One thing that comes to mind as a criterion is, in fact, hours of operation: I kind of expect a "family restaurant" to close by, say 10 p.m. ... or to probably stop serving as early as 8. Certainly not 24-hours.

Next, McDonald's quality of food doesn't make me think of it being a "service to the community." Let's compare a couple meals: a Big Mac® meal from McDonald's consisting of a Big Mac®, a large French fry order, and a large regular Coca-Coal® (the nutrition information taken from the website) and a "meal" consisting of a medium apple (nutrition information from USApple.org) and a 2/3 stick of butter (1/6 pound [whether it's Eastern cut, Western cut, or Elgin cut]; nutrition information from the unsalted butter I have):

Comparison of the nutrition in a McDonald's Big Mac® meal versus a 2/3 stick of butter and an apple.
Category McDonald's Meal Butter Meal Which is better?
Calories 1440 613 Butter Meal: assuming 3 meals in a 2,000-calorie-per-day diet, the big Mac® meal represents 2.2 whole meals versus 92% of a meal for the butter-and-apple.
Total fat (g) 60 59 Tie: there's about the same amount of fat in each.
Saturated Fat (g) 16 37 Big Mac® Meal: it has 60% less saturated fat than the butter-and-apple meal.
Trans fat (g) 9.5 0 Butter Meal: it's got no trans fat which is by far the worst kind of fat.
Cholesterol (mg) 80 160 Big Mac® Meal: it's got half the cholesterol of the Butter Meal.
Sodium (mg) 1360 0 Butter Meal: Not such a big deal unless sodium is important, but the Big Mac® Meal has 57% the daily recommended amount of sodium.
Carbohydrates (g) 203 22 Butter Meal: The Big Mac® Meal has over 9 times more carbs than the Butter Meal.
Dietary fiber (g) 10 5 Big Mac® Meal: it has twice the amount of fiber — 42% of the daily recommended amount.
Sugars (g) 94 16 Butter Meal: The Big Mac® Meal has almost 6 times the sugar of the Butter Meal.
Protein (g) 31 0 Big Mac® Meal: it's got 31 grams of protein versus none in the Butter Meal.
Vitamin A 8% 45% Butter Meal: it has almost 6 times more Vitamin A.
Vitamin C 17% 8% Big Mac® Meal: it has over twice the Vitamin C.
Calcium 27% 0% Big Mac® Meal: it has 27% the daily amount of calcium.
Iron 35% 2% Big Mac® Meal: it has almost 18 times more iron.

So if you count all the winners and losers, the Big Mac® Meal has 7 "wins" and the butter-and-apple "meal" has 6 with one tie. Although the Big Mac® Meal is slightly better, it's a pretty even race, yet you wouldn't ordinarily think of a 2/3 stick of butter and an apple to be a meal, so why would you think that something that is nutritionally similar would be? In other words, fast food isn't a meal at all, but rather a treat — like an ice cream sundae or a piece of pie. None of the things I've mentioned would be a good idea to eat regularly as a meal.

And finally, this notion that there is "apparently consumer demand" — what might that be from? Could it have something to do with 24-hour advertising on all media known to man? It's not a consumer demand, but a consumer compulsion — the only reason people go to McDonald's is because they just "wanted" it, if they were actually making a selection on food quality, taste, or nutritional value, they'd never even pull in the place.

So just what good is McDonald's anyway?

Anyhow, on Tuesday afternoon I went out for a walk around the neighborhood and there was a woman who asked if I knew whose dog she was walking. It was just walking around the neighborhood and she managed to catch it and use the leash from her own small dog as a makeshift collar. I had no idea either, and the dog was just happy to go for a walk, failing to lead us to his house. We took him back to my yard since it was fenced in and called the City Pound. She had to leave for work but I kept an eye on him in the yard. By the time Animal Control got there, he got out, but he was so well-behaved that he was easy to catch again and they took him away. I put up a "Found Dog" sign with a description and a few hours later met the owners who were looking for him. They headed to the pound and presumably got him back.

It was like living a 1950's comic strip because a slightly unusual event happened but it really wasn't funny at all.

However, it also reminded me about the whole neighborly part of a neighborhood. This coming weekend is our area's Clean Sweep and I had finally warmed up to the idea until I got another automated message from Mayor Robert J. Duffy announcing the event. I can see using an automated system to tell us that, say, the city is under attack by space aliens, but to advertise the "Clean Sweep"? Come on. It's like saturation marketing to make everyone a compulsive volunteer — shouldn't we be volunteering because we want to not because we're coerced? I despise being coerced enough that now I don't want to volunteer.

Tuesday night I went to the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Coup de torchon. In it, an apathetic sherrif in a small town allows himself to be bullied, but he finally snaps and starts killing people — "taking out the trash," so to speak. He continues spiraling into his own hell and is offered no relief nor escape. It's really quite torturous to watch.

On Wednesday I was back at the Dryden once again, this time for Mon oncle Antoine. It's another example of early Canadian narrative cinema and an excellent movie all around. It deals with an extended family living in a rural town in the 1940's. The plot, if you will, revolves around one Christmas when the young man of the house helps his uncle with an undertaking job — the uncle gets drunk and the boy must finish the job. The thing that's kind of weird and kind of rewarding is that there is a lot of time spent patiently establishing the characters and their relationships so there is almost no explanation needed at the conclusion. It's unusual from my American perspective in that the central point of the movie seems to be very brief — I'm accustomed to movies spending more time on the important points whereas this builds a lot of incidental points to make the important one also incidental.

And if I keep watching movies in French I'm going start écrire in Français before you know it.

  • Water (at The Little) - A shamed woman struggles to live the life she really deserves.
  • L'enfant (The Child, at The Little) - Why not sell your son for some extra cash?
  • Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts 2006 (at The Little) - See the Oscar nominees for this year ...
  • Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts 2006 (at The Little) - See the Oscar nominees for this year ...

All day (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) today at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) admission is free in celebration International Museum Day. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

This evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the monthly meeting for The Inventor's Society of Western New York in the Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Asbury First United Methodist Church (1050 East Ave.) is the monthly program from The Rochester Genealogical Society starting at 7:00 p.m. First up is Peter Bush discussing Where in the World did my Great-Great-Great Grandparents Come From? and then it's a Stump the Experts Panel. [source: Rochester Genealogical Society website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is a Celebrating Writers discussion about Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The new play The Dershowitz Protocol by Robert Fothergill opens at Downstairs Cabaret (172 West Main St.) tonight and runs through June 18. It explores the question, "if the judicially sanctioned torture of suspected terrorists might actually forestall a repeat of the 9/11 bombings, why not use it?" explored in a chapter of the book Why Terrorism Works by Alan Dershowitz. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. [source: Downstairs Cabaret calendar]

Over at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) starting around 8 p.m. is Jim Bowers. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing La macchina ammazzacattivi (The Machine That Kills Bad People) starting at 8 p.m. A demon gives a photographer the power to kill "bad people" with his camera, but the photographer starts going after people for more and more minor things. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Rainer MariaMySpace link, AmbuletteMySpace link, and Nate Hill will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

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]

Fly the flag today.Armed Forces Day

Top Pick Tonight at 6 p.m. is the Season Three Invitational at Door 7MySpace link (700 S. Clinton Ave.) with music from the excellent power-pop/hip-hop band with a nerdy math theme The MathematiciansMySpace link, and Screamin' Cyn-Cyn and the PonsMySpace link. I swear the Mathematicians are going to play this time. Well, I'm really quite sure, actually. Mostly. [source: Door 7 website]

Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the opening reception for Three Years of the Theater at The Community Darkroom at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) featuring photographs by Paul Miller. The show runs until August 27. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

Over at The Lilac Stage (Highland Ave. near South Ave.) starting around 7 p.m. is popular local modern rock/cover band Uncle PlumGarageBand link. [source: Freetime]

Top Pick This evening at 8 p.m. at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) is a performance by Michael HurleyGarageBand linkMySpace link — described in the Bop Shop calendar as "one of the last remaining American rambling folk troubadours." [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Saint-Cyr starting at 8 p.m. about a woman who marries Louis XIV and opens a school for girls from distinguished but financially-limited parents. From the calendar: "When the girls begin to display signs of intellectual independence, Maintenon switches from espousing beauty and liberty to sternly enforcing self-denial and a strict set of rules." [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting The Blue Sky Mission ClubMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [all ages]

Scott CelaniGarageBand linkMySpace link will be at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Whiskey (315 Alexander St.) will be hosting gread modern-rock and cover band The Meddling Kids starting around 10 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting We're All Gonna DieMySpace link, quite good medium tempo, high distortion rock band The Black Arrows, and excellent, funny, metal-influenced punk rock from SeriousMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: band e-mail] [21+]

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

Today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is their Annual Plant Sale. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Starting at 3:30 p.m. today at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is A Chamber Music Celebration: Best of the Class of 2006 featuring The Matryoshka String Quartet, The Destino Winds, and The Cape Cod Experiment. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar]

Tonight at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is Tom Grunning, really talented guitarist and vocalist Kinloch Nelson, and witty and accomplished acoustic soloist Brian Coughlin starting around 8 p.m. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 8 p.m. at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is the Jesse Kneisel Lieder Competition Winner's Concert. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Childstar starting at 8 p.m. in which a 12-year-old star goes to a film shoot in Canada and his limo driver becomes his confidant. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Way down at Blue Dahlia Coffee (92 S. Main St., Canandaigua) probably starting around 8 p.m. is The Years (the acoustic incarnation of the impressive, organic experimental jazz band The Blood and Bone OrchestraMySpace link). [source: band e-mail] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at A|V Art Sound Space (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #8 in the Public Market, formerly the All-Purpose Room) is a Spoken Word Performance with Marjorie B. Searl, and Sally Bittner Bonn and featuring music by slow-plucked guitar with just a whisper of a melody from Andy Gilmore, electronic music from Chad Oliveiri, and excellent mellow acoustic from David Merulla (a.k.a. Autumn In HalifaxMySpace link) starting around 9 p.m. [source: A|V Space website]

JayceLand Pick Jason Bennett and The ResistanceMySpace link, quite good and fun punk-rock band The Flour City KnuckleheadsGarageBand linkMySpace link, and punk band with an Irish slant Tom Foolery and the ShannanighansMySpace link (not Shenanigans) will be at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Upstate Stomp MySpace page] [21+]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45 p.m. is Jason Molina of The Magnolia Electric Co.MySpace link, Tracy MorrowMySpace link, and a perfection of clean, crisp rock-and-roll from Tiger Cried BeefMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [21+]

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

Lilac Festival ends today.

JayceLand Pick Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting this afternoon around 1 p.m. is a special 16-and-over ska show with Public AccessGarageBand linkMySpace link, Grime Time, Biting MidgeMySpace link, and My Favorite EnemyMySpace link. [source: Upstate Stomp MySpace page] [16+]

Updated: This afternoon from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Little (240 East Ave.) is the (first) Annual GVC-NYCLU PSA Film Festival (that is, the The Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union (GVC-NYCLU) (121 N. Fitzhugh St.) public service announcements). [source: the proverbial grapevine]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing At The Circus starting at 7 p.m. The Marx Brothers once again ... this time around they try to run a circus. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Rochester darling Teddy GeigerMySpace link will be at The Lilac Stage (Highland Ave. near South Ave.) starting around 7 p.m. [source: Freetime]

The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Aloha, good low-key acoustic solo work from CarbonicMySpace link, Little Yellow BirdMySpace link, and good trancey band The Sleeping Kings of IonaMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

Tonight at The Little Theatre Café (240 East Ave.) is a second chance this weekend to see the talented guitarist and singer Kinloch Nelson starting around 8 p.m. [source: WBER calendar]

JayceLand Pick Updated: Ok, so with a little over 24-hours notice, I heard from Karen vanMeenen that this was going on — yikes: I thought it was next week just like everybody else. Anyway, tonight at 9:15 p.m. at The Little (240 East Ave.) is another in the Emerging Filmmakers Series. Tonight's program features Homefront by Justin Bull, Zank by Hal Weaver, Sticks & Stones by Rehema Imani Trimiew, The Cluttered House by Jenn Libby, and Stayin' Alive by Justin Hubbell. [source: Little Theatre calendar]

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.

This evening at 7 p.m. is another 25 & Under reading at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) featuring young writers and celebrating Writers and Books 25-year anniversary. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Bran(...)posMySpace link, Sharkiface, and Joe+n will be at A|V Art Sound Space (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #8 in the Public Market, formerly the All-Purpose Room) starting around 9 p.m. [source: A|V Space website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is very good metal from SulacoMySpace link, ConiferMySpace link, and Laserz starting around 9:30 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]

JayceLand Pick Tonight way out at The Penny Arcade (4785 Lake Ave.) is good punk-groove-rock from My PenisGarageBand linkMySpace link, awesome female-sex-energy spewing power-rock/punk-rock band Yer MomMySpace link (formerly Your Mom), DimensionMySpace link, and great superfast synth-pop novelty songs from Worm QuartetMySpace link starting around 7:30 p.m. [source: band calendar]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz starting at 8 p.m. It's a humorous look at a kid living in the slums of Montreal who "is determined to strike it rich no matter how many people in his life get hurt." [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Montage Live (50 Chestnut St., formerly the Montage Grille) is Gary HoeyMySpace link, and Blue JimmyGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 11:30 p.m. [source: Montage calendar]

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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