Weekly Rochester Events #385: One Perfect Jewish Leap
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Well, just as I have in the past on holidays, I thought I'd mention right off the bat that O'Bagelo's (165 State St.) is closed on Saturday. I haven't made any plans to go to one place or another unless I hear other people have interest in getting together.
Last Thursday represented a month dating Ali. We went out to Feta Chinni (274 Goodman St. N., in Village Gate, formerly Mykonos) for some dinner and managed to miss the movie at the Dryden so we went to Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) to meet with the Drinking Liberally people. We stopped by The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) but the headlining acts had canceled leaving only Nate Hill who did some decent acoustic renditions of popular songs. In the end, our mensiversary was filled with more discussions that needed digestion than we expected and ended in introspection more than anything.
Friday, on the other hand, brought out the celebration — so much so that we considered changing the date we first met — and so much so that we half-forgot that we did change the date.
We went to the gallery opening/party at Door 7 (700 S. Clinton Ave.) The show featured works from Door 7 artists and guests — in all quite a good show. Starting off the musical entertainment was Que Pasa who I found to be a predictable variety of sort-of-emo rock. Gregory Paul was next and I liked him better than I had in the past. I still think he spends a lot of time thinking up new tricks for acoustic instruments, but I gave him more patience than I did before and ended up liking what he was going for.
Next was Screamin' Cyn-Cyn and the Pons from Madison, Wisconsin. They steered the night in a completely different direction with their gay punk-synth-pop. The lead singer looked like Richard Simmons' and Jack Black's love child and was the perfect centerpiece to the band. Finishing off the night was one of my personal favorites, The Mathematicians — they simply don't disappoint. With the crowd already worked up by Screamin' Cyn-Cyn, The Mathematicians' breed of nerdy-themed synth-pop/hip-hop drove things even further. As an added bonus, a spurious trigger made their computer think they should play "Binary Girl" which was fine by me — one of my favorite songs of theirs. A bribe of cups of water halfway through their set and a well-timed request got them to play my other favorite, "Subtract My Life" as their encore.
Afterward a lot of people there headed around the corner to Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.) and I got a chance to hang out with the bands. I haven't done that in a while, and I really enjoy making a band feel welcome. I ended up talking a while with Christian about smallish towns like Rochester or Madison, and about canal systems (by the way, he is Screamin' Cyn-Cyn's bass player who was decked out as a Smurf who failed his litmus test [okay, not really — it was just seriously pink, but my alcohol-addled mind beckoned from last week to include that joke.])
We were encouraged to get the hell out after the bar closed and eventually left around 2:30. It was raining lightly and Ali left an hour earlier for much-needed sleep. I had hoped to hang out with the bands (The Mathematicians and Screamin' Cyn-Cyn) who were both staying the night, but it turned out they weren't going to be staying up long, nor nearby, nor was I invited, nor were they going anywhere toward my house on the way — alas, I had to handle a bit of rain on the walk home.
Nonetheless it was an awesome night.
Saturday Ali and I headed to Canandaigua and got to see The Years at Blue Dahlia Coffee (92 S. Main St., Canandaigua.) Unlike their experimental jazz alter-ego The Blood and Bone Orchestra, The Years is a guitar-and-bass-based creative folk act. Of course, with the caliber of musicians in "BaBO," it's excellent. Afterward, a few of us headed to The Pickering Pub (170 S. Main St., Canandaigua) for a few pints.
Monday I went to the 29th event in The Emerging Filmmakers Series at The Little (240 East Ave.) The program was shorter than average, but all the entries were quite good. Homefront by Justin Bull was an excellent account of a couple who loses their son in the Iraq war — the mother protests the war but the central story is about the father who's a Vietnam veteran and who had encouraged his son to go to war. He's a teacher and a new student of Middle-Eastern descent acts as the lightning rod for his fears, frustrations, and anger. In Sticks & Stones by Rehema Imani Trimiew, parents of a young Rehema (based on a true story of the filmmaker) are visiting her kindergarten teacher who resists teaching "urban" students to read because they develop differently — despite proof to the contrary. In the question-and-answer afterward, Rehema said she made the unique choice to have the narrator address the audience — and instruct them to act — based on what she had experienced in churches and from her understanding of traditional storytelling techniques.
Since next month will be the 30th installment, there are plans for a "best-of" show. I think I should get some kind of award because this past month's show was the 21st I had seen (although I tried to make it to 22 if you count the one in January that wasn't.) Anyway, if you've been to the shows and want to vote, or if you want to do the American thing and pick stuff at random without any knowledge, The Emerging Filmmakers Series site has (or should shortly have) a list of all the films shown with brief descriptions for you to pick from.
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