Weekly Rochester Events #420: Cashmere Doesn't Feel Like Moguls Anymore

Thursday, January 25, 2007

So last Wednesday I managed to order my tickets for Burning Man this year, and once again set off a frenzy of excitement about it. I'm not going to bring any big projects but I am working on something to help people plan their energy needs — electricity, gas, food, and the like.

That evening I went to see John SinclairMySpace link speak at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) He did some poetry that I found (thankfully) quite good. He talked about his history a little bit as well, particularly through the poems. He opened the floor up for discussion — as if to actually just sit around in a circle and have a chat. I enjoyed the peculiar multi-layered irony as he stood behind a podium elevated 6-inches above us in such a minor auditorium as the Verb Café. I mean, here he was — a guy thrust into celebrity 30-some years ago for a minor crime and a major punishment — who stood before us like he was just a nice guy wanting to sit down and have a chat; contrasted with that oratory pedestal the Writers and Books people had so generously placed him upon. My only regret with the whole evening stemmed from that, finding myself unable to break from the established hierarchy ... if only there were no chairs in the room and everybody just sat on the floor. How groovy would that have been?

Thursday marked 9 months dating Ali. We decided to do "dinner-and-a-movie" as we did last April although this time it was for another trip to Dogtown Hots (691 Monroe Ave.) where we ate some excellent gourmet hot dogs. Afterward we headed to George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to catch Crimes and Misdemeanors. The movie was both very funny and very tragic. A group of mostly unlikable characters try to solve their relationship problems with whatever means they see as most appropriate, including murder. Now, I don't like every Woody Allen film but I did like this one, and I also appreciated the gentle artistry of cinematographer Sven Nykvist.

Friday night I joined the MEETinROCHESTER people at Tapas One Seventy Seven (177 Saint Paul St.) I hadn't been there in a long time and it's still a nice place to go — the happy-hour food is the best I've had in town. Anyway, the people were quite cool, and I'd recommend checking it out. It's not so much of a singles pick-up kind of group as it is people who want to get to know their neighbors. Well, neighbors who also happen to comb the Internet for things to do, I guess. A few were new to town, and others were just out to try something new.

On Saturday, Ali and I had lunch at Sticky Lips Pit BBQ (625 Culver Rd.) I continue to rank them better than Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) and Ali agrees — particularly in the case of the corn bread. Plus, the macaroni-and-cheese is excellent. That evening we went to a friend's birthday party that started at Thali of India (3259 Winton Rd. S.) We arrived a little late to take part in a bit of dessert because we were both still quite full from lunch — from what we had, the food there is really good. From there we finished the night at Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.), being joined by the birthday crew after their visit to the strip club.

Sunday I went to East Rochester to participate in the movie shoot. It's a short film for a friend of the filmmakers and I play "Al" an investment banker with an unusual addiction [since it's a surprise for their friends, I'll be brief on the details; it should be viewable sometime this year, possibly at the Little]. As is typical, the set is a bit chaotic and it's a lot of hurry-up-and-wait. The acting, though, was a lot harder than I thought. My role and that of Al's wife, Alice were the largest in the film — all of about 20 lines. Although both of us thought we had a good grip on the script, once the cameras were rolling and we were on the spot, we had a hard time remembering the lines. Despite that, I think I did a good job of acting in that I was really in-character for the whole thing.

That evening I went to the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Jesus Camp. I thought the documentary was unable to match its sensationalist previews which made it sound like there were Christian extremists in America teaching their children to be soldiers in a holy war. In reality, there are Christians in America who make teaching Christianity to their kids a #1 priority and they even had a summer camp (I gather it has since closed) to do so. I guess the big concern is that some of these people wish for a Christian nation — but there is no way to legislate someone into being a Christian, or into believing anything for that matter, so I'm not overly concerned. It would just never function correctly.

For the most part, I don't take issue with their teaching, nor of raising kids as Christians. The concerns of "brainwashing" kids is not particularly alarming because of Christianity — I find it more disturbing that many parents resort to such authoritarian tactics in an attempt to mold their children unrealistically to meet their unfulfilled ambitions. However, I was disturbed by a couple things in the film — each of them a minor facet of the whole thing. There was a scene where a parent was teaching that global warming is a myth because temperatures rise only 0.6 degrees — global warming is a problem only when the average temperature for a region is 0.1 degrees below freezing: a 0.6 degree rise means all the ice in that region now melts. Shortly after, the parent reinforces that "science proves nothing" which in itself is true, but more I think it's deceptive to neglect that science teaches — it helps us explore and explain the behaviors of our world in a symbolic way so we can discover relationships we never would have found. Also, there was some mention of being "willing to die for Jesus" and the like, but I took it as being symbolic.

Relatedly, one of the major issues I have with Christianity is that it teaches that humans are powerless. It creates a culture of sheep who think everything in the world came from God. What I mean is that there are things that man makes from things in the world — whether it's roofing shingles or the Internet — and to teach that science is bad or that only God can create makes for a bunch of dumb people who can't [rather, won't] do anything.

I was talking with my friend Sondra Carr the other day about how she's working on setting up "Dream Circles" in Denver. The idea is that people would come by and discuss their dreams — the ones that entail some kind of fantasy for their own future, not the kind that happen when they are asleep. The trick is to encourage people to open up and reveal the fantasy goals they have without saying anything to shatter those ideas. If someone says, "you know, I think I want to have my artwork shown in a gallery", they are often met with, "have you contacted any galleries to see what their requirements are?" The trouble with this kind of question is it gives the impression that the inquirer is an authority, and if the dreamer can't answer that they will fail, the dream deflates, and it's all over — a "trigger question" (Sondra's term) that causes people to run away. Rather, the goal of the group is to make the dreamer embrace their ambitions — to get them to figure out their motives, to figure out what direction they want to go, to have confidence in the dream, and to feel strong enough to meet those skeptical questions with a confident, "I don't know yet."

She was surprised that among a group of creative, trusting people, she ran into difficulty getting this off the ground. When we talked about it, I suggested trying to make games — maybe something like 20-questions for people to guess someone's motive for pursuing a dream. The thing is that everyone is different and every dream is different, so the challenge to the group is to be supportive and to try and identify what parts of the dream are solid and what parts are nebulous without making the dreamer close-off their thoughts. The games are still a good idea, I think, but they'll have to be adapted to each situation. After a while, there may only be a few games that are necessary for almost anyone's situation. Maybe I'll steal the idea and try setting something up around here ... hmm ...

On Monday I got away from thinking, documentaries, and heavy drama to see Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan with Ali and her friends at Movies 10 (2613 W. Henrietta Rd.) They have a Monday special where groups of 3-or-more pay 50-cents each [I think it's a little bizarre to make 1 person pay $1.75 or 2 pay $3.25 when 3 pay only $1.50; "1, 2, or 3 people for $1.50 and 50-cents for each additional person" makes more sense to me.] Anyway, I thought the movie was quite funny. I had heard people say they laughed the whole way through ... I wasn't overly surprised by anything as I'd either lived it, or recognized it as a "dialect bit" (as the comedians say), or seen guerilla theater elsewhere, or seen improvisation — although I must say, for star Sacha Baron Cohen to stand in front of a midwestern rodeo and butcher the American National Anthem took incredible guts. It was funny, too.

On Tuesday it was more gutsy improvisation with the State of the Union Address. I was going to stay home and watch it but decided instead to take the invitation from Rochester Turning and go see it at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) Well, I was disappointed to learn there was no plan to do anything and the bar reluctantly let us watch on one of the smaller TV's with no sound but the captioning on. They said they weren't going to show anything "political." Political? It's the State of the Union Address: it's American.

Anyway, I read it on the Internet so I could be ready for the progressive political show, The Coalition of the Shrill on Wednesday morning, so I already did my punditry for the day.


JayceLand Pick This afternoon from 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is another Thursday Thinkers featuring Jon Greenbaum discussing Unshackle New York — "another point of view on reviving the economy of upstate from a populist perspective." [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

This evening at 6:30 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) in the Curtis Theatre is a lecture by photographer Gerald Slota. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

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

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting Jack Collins starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Ljuset håller mig sällskap (Light Keeps Me Company) starting at 8 p.m. about the life of the great movie cinematographer Sven Nykvist. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30 p.m. is really good, dynamic acoustic soloist Jesse SprinkleMySpace link, Courtney A. StrebMySpace link, Randy Coon, and Jeremy ButtonMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

JayceLand Pick Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) will be hosting rocking rockabilly from Krypton 88MySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

Pure Kona Poetry Open Mic Night is at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) tonight starting at 7:30. [source: Daily Perks calendar]

Tonight at 8 p.m. at Bodhi's Cafe & Lounge (274 Goodman St. N., in Village Gate) is an Open Mic. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Drinking Liberally meets at 8 p.m. tonight at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) [source: RocWiki calendar]

JayceLand Pick This afternoon at 4 p.m. in Strong Auditorium at The University of Rochester (Elmwood Ave. at Intercampus Dr., details on River Campus Map), Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. will deliver the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address. [source: University of Rochester website]

Apparently The Critical Mass Bike Ride is tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. at the clock tower near The Wilson Commons at The University of Rochester (Library Road, #39 on River Campus Map.) to The Liberty Pole (1 Liberty Pole Way) at 6 p.m. and heading through the city from there. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

This evening at 6 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a free-to-members lecture by Ben Shneiderman on the opening for Reflections from the Heart: David Seymour. [source: Eastman House mailing] [all ages]

This evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Daniel Ward Salon (721 University Ave., formerly at 717 Park Ave.) is the opening for new artwork by The Single Minded Urban Vision. [source: Daniel Ward Salon website] [all ages]

This evening at 6 p.m. is the opening of Generations, multi-media artwork by Cheryl Olney and Don Olney at The 1570 Gallery (1570 East Ave.). [source: City Newspaper]

JayceLand Pick The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) will have an opening reception tonight from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the Maker/Mentor show featuring artist Joan Lyons. The exhibit will be on display through February 25. [source: Rochester Contemporary calendar] [all ages]

Today at The Mercer Gallery at Monroe Community College (1000 E Henrietta Rd., in Building 5) is the opening reception for artwork by Greg Stewart from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit runs through February 23. [source: Mercer Gallery calendar]

Over at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) starting around 8 p.m. is a bunch of great acoustic soloists Maria Gillard, Scott Regan, John Dady, and Steven Piper. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is Andrew MarksMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick A|V Art Sound Space (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #8 in the Public Market, formerly the All-Purpose Room) will be hosting SamarkandeMySpace link, Oblivion EnsembleMySpace link, and Inward Becomes an AnthemMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: A|V Space website]

Top Pick Tonight at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) is tight, technical hard rock from BMLMySpace link for their live CD recording, very good metal from SulacoMySpace link, surf-rock and a fun, ribald stage show from The IsotopesMySpace link, good metal/punk-rock from FallguyMySpace link, and Saints and Sinners Burlesque starting around 9 p.m. [source: Freetime] [18+]

Tonight at The Ritskeller (One Lomb Memorial Dr., on RIT campus) is the Annual Hip Hop Showcase starting around 10. [source: RIT CAB calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight and tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is another Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link show. [source: Geva Theatre website]

Tonight at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) is tight modern-rock band VeluxeMySpace link, Adeline's HeroGarageBand linkMySpace link, and good bar-rock from Burning DaylightGarageBand link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: band calendar] [21+]

Make your plans early ... today there's a bus leaving for Washington, D.C. to Tell the New Congress: Bring the Troops Home Now!! sponsored by Rochester Against War (RAW). Check their website to sign up and get more information. [source: Rochester Against War website]

This evening at 7 p.m. at The Hochstein School of Music and Dance (50 North Plymouth Ave.) is All That Jazz [no, not that "All That Jazz"] featuring faculty and students performing jazz including Rich Felice, Fred Stone, Paul Gaspar, John Wiesenthal, and more. [source: Hochstein calendar] [all ages]

Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) will be hosting Lisa Bigwood, Meg Gehman, and Bill Welch starting around 8 p.m. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) will be hosting Marcelo starting around 8 p.m. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

Journey of JasmineMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting the final show of great, sexy rock band The Earl Cram Revue, gentle experimental jazz from Margaret Explosion, and The Cheetah WhoresMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [21+]

Tonight at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) is The Brokedown starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [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.

This afternoon at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is a performance on the the Italian Baroque organ by Daniel Aune. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) will be hosting heavy-metal cello band Break of RealityGarageBand link starting around 4 p.m. [source: Freetime] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is The DwarvesMySpace link, The Turbo A.C.'sMySpace link, insane punk/hard-rock from The UV RaysGarageBand linkMySpace link, and awesome punk-rock from The BlastoffsMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

Tonight and every Sunday at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) is a Comedy Open Mic with Matt RohrMySpace link at 7:30 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [all ages]

Once again at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. it's Wide Open Mic with Norm Davis. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [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 The Diary of Lisa Frank, Stone BabyMySpace link, and Joe+n starting around 9 p.m. [source: A|V Space website]

John Akers will be at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que 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]

JayceLand Pick In theory, there is another Emerging Filmmakers Program tonight at The Little (240 East Ave.) at 9:15 p.m., but I haven't heard anything about it so your guess is as good as mine. As soon as I get the details I'll post the films.

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.

JayceLand Pick Today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is another Tuesday Topics. Today, Aida Rodrigues will discuss Hydrogen Fuel Cells, our Energy Crisis and Rochester. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

This evening at 8 p.m. at The Flat Iron Café (561 State St.) is a Salsa Dance Class. [source: Flat Iron Cafe webstie]

Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is hosting an Acoustic Open Mic from 8 to 10. [source: Daily Perks calendar]

This evening around 9 p.m. at Café Underground Railroad (480 W. Main St.) is an Open Mic with Art Delgudico and friends. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Tonight at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is Nate Hanks starting around 6 p.m. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting Murder By DeathMySpace link, Fear Before the March of FlamesMySpace link, and Heavy Heavy Low LowMySpace link starting around 7 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Exile starting at 8 p.m. Yet another fabulous swashbuckling adventure ... [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Over at Java's (16 Gibbs St.) starting around 9 p.m. is The Jeff Myer's Band. [source: Java's calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Dub Land UndergroundMySpace link (315 Alexander St., formerly Whiskey) starting around 9:30 p.m. is dub-band Giant Panda Guerilla Dub SquadMySpace link. [source: Freetime]

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]

Tonight at Café Underground Railroad (480 W. Main St.) is a Spoken Word/Poetry night starting around 9 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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About the title ... The Indian region of Kashmir (also Cashmere) became part of the Mogul empire 420 years ago in 1587.

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