Weekly Rochester Events #407: Not Every Written Word is Fiction
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Ok, so last Wednesday I got out to Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) to see The Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble. Todd Reynolds was the guest of the evening — he was an Eastman student 20 years ago and cut his teeth on the new music program then. His first piece, Requiem, was swirling, melodic harmonics with a like-minded video by R. Luke Dubois (I believe). Next was his Outerborough — a bold, cyclic piece over cyclic footage of a train crossing a late 19th Century Brooklyn Bridge. Michael Gordon's I Buried Paul followed — of his piece I wrote at the time, "bold, cyclically spinning, melodious cacophonous" which seems to fit, even if it's not cohesive English. Reynolds returned with Still Life with Mic V. 5.1: ESM Sound Painting No. 1. It was a rather interesting improvisation technique to use a version of sign-language to communicate with the band members. It seemed a little restrained, but maybe the students weren't confident enough to experiment more or maybe it just was supposed to be that way.
Thursday night I had a great dinner with Ali at Thai Taste (1675 Mount Hope Ave.) She opted to stay in while I went to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) to see the bands there. I found Nick Young to be a good acoustic soloist: he had a moderately rich voice and played rather strummy guitar although he holds his own with songs that have more technical guitar work. I also liked Jesse Sprinkle who was a charismatic and really good, dynamic acoustic soloist. I cut the night short after that to get home and get some sleep.
Friday was the day that my Sprint phone was finally turned off. Unfortunately the disconnect message says, "the number or code you dialed is incorrect" rather than something more apt like, "the Sprint customer you are trying to reach got so frustrated with Sprint's poor service and high prices that they have successfully discontinued service." Just what will I do with an extra forty-something bucks each month?
That was also the night of The Lobster Quadrille show at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) and Ali and I decided to get dressed up for church — after all, the Lobster is (for lack of a better term) a satirical gospel band. We started things off at India Cafe (651 Monroe Ave.) which was quite good — the "mild" spice level was blander than I had hoped [that is, try "medium" which should be fine] but the samosas were the best I've had in town.
From there we brought our overdressed butts over to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) for the show. The opening act, Death by Doll sounded like a 1960's psychedelic activist band that had access to synth-pop. I really didn't enjoy them very much, but The Lobster Quadrille was great ... even though they were a bit less polished than I've seen before. I keep trying to explain their sound, and "satirical gospel band" keeps coming back — I mean, they have rockabilly and Klesmer elements, but throwing in the slide whistle, kazoo, and washboard and they're a monster all unto themselves. And remember to dress up for the shows ... the band gets a kick out of it.
Saturday we had a chance to check out the Past and Present show on display for a few more days at The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) It was an interesting juxtaposition of modern photographic composition using archaic, no-longer-used photographic techniques. Some of the works were quite evocative ... I didn't do it journalistic justice and get the names of the artists, but the closing show is this Saturday if you get the chance.
We also headed to Powers Farm Market (161 Marsh Rd., Pittsford) to get pumpkins for Halloween ... it's quite a blast. They have corn teepees haunted with lighted, carved pumpkins, a haunted hay ride through the woods, a good selection of pumpkins, and a market with cider and donuts. That night I went to Canandaigua to visit my girl and ended up going bowling at Roseland Bowl (4357 Recreation Dr., Canandaigua) ... I generally like to bowl a little more than one game, but this miraculous beverage called "beer" seemed to help me enjoy two whole games.
On Tuesday we went to The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see The Wedding March with live piano by Philip C. Carli. The movie is quite depressing — no happy twist-endings here. It's a cautionary tale: if you don't marry for love, you're fucked. Boy were the characters in this one, too. Whew. Just a bunch of jerks all around, dragging their submissive women down with them.
And oce again to wrap up abruptly with nothing to add ... this time I have an excuse, in a way, because I spent most of yesterday and today updating the hard drive in my computer, and in the process, trying to get the information on it organized a bit better. It feels like a supreme waste of time.
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