Weekly Rochester Events #411: Killian's Rensselaer
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Well, as some of you either have done before or will probably do someday, I'm having my parents visit my house for Thanksgiving dinner. [And I swear, someday you will have my parents to Thanskgiving dinner.] The last time we tried it, plans fell apart. This year looks quite promising — I already have a turkey and finished up some pumpkin pies (made from the stringy pumpkin membranes that you're recommended to throw away) which look and smell spectacular. The house is clean and tidy — a rarity in both cases.
So in light of all that stuff going on, I didn't get out to too much stuff.
Wednesday I went to The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Funny Games. It was amazingly dark — the villians were pure evil, delivered with a smile. It was important to see what happens when someone dehumanizes their victims and the kind of cruelty they're capable of, especially when they're otherwise charming and rational. I even shut down partway through out of fear: I couldn't maintain my "suspension of disbelief" and watched it as if it were just people acting. It would be interesting to see how far I could make it through the film without saying, "it's just a movie."
On Friday, Ali and I went to the Dryden together — this time to see Sílení (Lunacy). Well, unlike myself, Ali doesn't tear herself away from a disturbing movie, and this one was quite disturbing. It's about a guy who meets the Marquis de Sade (although he's only identified as "The Marquis" on screen) while trying to go bury his mother and ends up in a lunatic asylum. Well, only that the asylum is being run by the inmates, and when he discovers and releases the original staff, the place becomes even more horriffic — instead of people just not being treated, they are now tortured.
The two films are quite similar. Well, at least they cover the simlar topics like "what is sanity?" and "what is compassion?" But most of all, they are both truly horror movies — identifying some horrible facet of our world that we choose to turn away from. The dare is to watch them like Ali did with Lunacy: to keep your eyes open and believe the characters — although not real unto themselves — are the mirror to a real person somewhere.
On Saturday I had a chance to get to Café Underground Railroad (480 W. Main St.) It's a spectacular venue in that although it's large (probably holding around 200 people) it's also warm and personal. I was there to check out Kinetik~Flo who are this excellent mellow jazz quintet ... they're somewhere between light jazz and wild improvisation, and very energenic. The Cafe offers Jamaican and African dishes and I tried the Ndolé which is this dish with rice, turkey, spinach, peanuts, garlic and some other delicious ingredients ... the kitchen is "open late late" so it's a place to remember for late evening cravings.
After that I checked out Solera Wine Bar (647 South Ave) which is a relatively new wine bar. Ali and I had a few glasses of really top-notch and reasonably priced wines. We talked with the owner a bit who's got a realistic view of the economics, so whether the place grows or not, the plans he has for it sound great.
Unfortunately I spent most of the rest of my free time getting all set for Thanksgiving. Hopefully mine will go well, and I hope all you loyal readers have a good holiday too.
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About the title ... Killian Van Rensselaer was born 411 years ago in 1595, founded the Dutch West India Company, and established Rensselaerswyck in present-day upstate New York.
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