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Weekly Rochester Events #421: Hamilton Lets In to Melville

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Although I had a relatively busy week with stuff, I only have a couple things to mention.

Saturday I went with Ali to go sledding at Ellison Park (Blossom Rd. at Landing Rd.) with her relatives. It was a blast. I was a bit worried I'd screw up my back again but I kept going again and again. I avoided the jump that Rich made, but I did spend some time snapping bizarre pictures of kids in mid-air on it. Later that evening we went to the The Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum (295 N. Main St., Canandaigua) for a Wine Gala — we got to try a bunch of wines and most of them were pretty good. After that we drove straight to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) to meet with Stacie and her new guy and to check out the show. I pretty much skipped Margaret Explosion — I've got nothing against them, but I was just in the mood for something more power-rock-like than pleasant-jazz-like. The Cheetah WhoresMySpace link were quite good ... a relatively new band that needs to gel fully, but otherwise their punch-rock roots showed through. We also stayed for the last show of The Earl Cram Revue — I still liked them but I was getting tired fast after a long day.

I guess the only other thing to mention is on Monday — I got to The Little (240 East Ave.) to see the Emerging Filmmakers Series. Among the films this time, I particularly liked Ali Vatansever's Modern Art in which he takes four well-known modern-art paintings and reinterprets them as film vignettes. I liked the structure of the film — that he went through all the vignettes then came back to show the source paintings and their similarities and differences. I also liked Words on the Wind: Volume I by Thom Marini, and Lou Angora. Native American Ponca poet Sa Su Weh, a.k.a. Dan Jones provides the words of voice-overs on relatedly beautiful imagery. At times it dipped into silly inspirational movie crap, but for the most part, the words and images were powerful and evocative.


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Today at 10 a.m. is a City Of Rochester Surplus Office Furniture Auction at the second-floor offices of The Rochester Water and Lighting Bureau (803 West Ave.) [source: Reynold's Auction website]

Today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at The First Universalist Church of Rochester (150 South Clinton Ave.) is a performance by The Fresh Winds. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick This afternoon from 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is another Thursday Thinkers for a discussion of City Schools: What Difference Can a New Superintendent Make? [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

Today from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is a What's Up lecture on the Re-Installation of the American Permanent Collection with Susan Feinstein. [source: University of Rochester Events Calendar] [all ages]

This evening in the Link Gallery at City Hall (30 Church St.) is an Art and Jazz Reception at 5:30 p.m. based on the theme, A Village of Promise with music by The Marv Parker Trio, and spoken-word by Javonte Adams. [source: City Hall press release]

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

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

JayceLand Pick The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Summer HymnsMySpace link, excellent, subtly-experimental acoustic from Autumn In HalifaxMySpace link, and FolkloreMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

Over at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) starting around 10 p.m. is blues-charged rock from Buford and the Smoking Section [source: Freetime]

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]


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Groundhog Day

Tonight from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. is the opening reception of Rooftops of the World by Philippe J. Jauzec at The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) which runs through February 25. [source: Image City Photography Gallery e-mail]

An exhibition titled Mexico: Color and Contrast opens tonight at 6 p.m. at The Coffee Connection (681 South Ave.) [source: City Newspaper]

This evening at 7 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is the opening reception for Who Cares About Negro-Month? Where Your Renaissance at? featuring mixed-media art by Shawn Dunwoody, Bill Ferguson, and Greg Rice. [source: City Newspaper]

Tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. at Shipping Dock Theatre (31 Prince St., new location at Visual Studies Workshop) is another Shipping Dock Unleashed! sketch-comedy and improvisation show. [source: Shipping Dock Theatre website]

Aaron MarasMySpace link, and Aaron Lemon will be at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

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

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Black Gold starting at 8 p.m. and also Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. The film documents the coffee trade and the stark imbalance between the impoverished farmers and wealthy American and Europeans who sell it. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Little Theatre Café (240 East Ave.) is Autumn In HalifaxMySpace link starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: band e-mail]

JayceLand Pick The Jazz Mandolin ProjectMySpace link, and cello-based heavy-rock band Break of RealityGarageBand link will be at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [all ages]

MoosieMySpace link will be performing comedy in a show titled Through the Eyes of a Bronx Girl tonight at 9 p.m. at The Flat Iron Café (561 State St.) [source: Flat Iron Cafe webstie]

DJ KribsMySpace link will be at Solera Wine BarMySpace link (647 South Ave) tonight at 9:30 for lounge beats. [source: Solera Wine Bar website]

Over at Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free) starting around 10 p.m. is Yama BanditMySpace link. [source: Johnny's Irish Pub calendar]

Tonight at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) is fun ska band Mrs. Skannotto, and okay rock-ska from Room 30MySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester] [21+]


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This morning at 10:15 a.m. is the members-only Upstairs/Downstairs Tour at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) [source: Eastman House mailing] [all ages]

Tonight at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is The Phil Marshall Trio starting around 8 p.m. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Napoléon starting at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. From the Dryden calendar: "a monumental movie event, this legendary epic biography follows the teenage Napoléon Bonaparte from 1780 to his most important military triumph in Italy in 1796. To tell this larger-than-life story, master filmmaker Gance used almost every cinematic device available to him in 1927—split-screen photography, hand-held camera work, superimpositions, rapid-fire montage editing, color tinting—and invented several more! The six individual episodes that make up this singular masterpiece each contains enough excitement and invention to rival any feature film of its era, but seen as a whole, the film provides an unforgettable moviegoing experience." [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Over at The Dub Land UndergroundMySpace link (315 Alexander St., formerly Whiskey) starting around 9:30 p.m. is The Slow NativesMySpace link. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester]

JayceLand Pick The Cheetah WhoresMySpace link, really good rock-punk/rockbilly from Rocko Dorsey and the Individuals, great 1960's-style rock from St. Phillip's Escalator, and The Legendary Jones GangMySpace link will be at The Montage Live Music HallMySpace link (50 Chestnut St., formerly the Montage Grille) starting around 10 p.m. [source: Freetime]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is The Capillary ActionMySpace link, chaotic random-jazz/rock from GaylordMySpace link, and great, somewhat mellow rock-and-roll from HinkleyMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [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.


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JayceLand Pick This morning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Java Joe's (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #1 in the Public Market) is the start of Sunny-sided Two-Steppin' Sundays featuring cajun music from The All Night Ramblers. [source: Rochester Cajun Zydeco calendar] [all ages]

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 Ghost MiceMySpace link, The Holy MessMySpace link, Modus and The TollensMySpace link, What are Friends ForMySpace link, and Four Eyes starting around 4 p.m. [source: A|V Space website]

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]


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Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) is a Holistic Discussion of Feng Shui & the Chinese New Year by Louisa Lee. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

This evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The School of the Arts (45 Prince St.) is a The Monday Evening Creative Arts (MECA) Lecture Series discussion featuring Thomas Warfield and Steve Carpenter discussing experiences with artistic collaboration, and Sarah Lentini discussing the role of The Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester (277 N. Goodman St.) [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Sisters Of Selma: Bearing Witness For Change starting at 8 p.m. This documentary examines the Catholic nuns who joined voting-rights marches in Selma, Alabama in 1965. Filmmaker Jayasri Majumdar Hart and several Sisters of Saint Joseph will be on hand to answer questions. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

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]


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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.

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 dicsussion. George Dardess and Larry Fine will join a panel to discuss The Fine Line Between Bigotry and Criticism. [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]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing State Fair starting at 8 p.m. A comedy of rural rituals at the annual state fair. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick AyurvedaMySpace link, and The Lowertown TrioMySpace link will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

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]


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This afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Curtis Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a lecture by Tom Beck titled Humanism and Photography: The Imagery of David Seymour [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

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

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Scaramouche starting at 8 p.m. Another swashbuckler this week — this one purported to have the longest fencing duel set to film. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Java's (16 Gibbs St.) is The Jeremy Siskind Trio starting around 9 p.m. [source: Java's calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Demons, something like semi-melodic fast-paced noise from Pengo, and Mark MorganMySpace link 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 Jsan and the Analogue SonsMySpace link will be at The Dub Land UndergroundMySpace link (315 Alexander St., formerly Whiskey) starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester]

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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