Weekly Rochester Events #423: Virginia Isn't For Walter

Thursday, February 15, 2007

We cancelled the radio show for the snowstorm this week, but I was there last week and it went pretty well. I joined the crew on Thursday at Drinking Liberally at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) for a few pints. After that I went to The Dub Land UndergroundMySpace link (315 Alexander St., formerly Whiskey) for the first time — I got to see just one song from The BuddhaHoodMySpace link, still enjoying their percussive groove-rock a lot. Next was The Creole Cowboys who were a really good zydeco band. Dub Land Underground actually reminded me a lot of Milestones (old location) (50 East Ave., until 1997 or so) — and not just because I saw a zydeco band (Buckwheat Zydeco) at that location. I'm not sure if the spiral staircase in the back at Whiskey stayed or not, but it's gone now. The basement is thoroughly set up as a band space, and it sounds pretty good. We may actually have another viable live music venue here.

On Friday, Ali, Stacie, and I went to The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see La demoiselle d'honneur (The Bridesmaid). After I had just seen it, I thought it was good but not superb. It had some of that dry French humor in it that I rather like but it didn't seem to have a purpose ... a rather typical story told expertly and gradually to make it plausible. The gist is that a guy gets involved with a woman who's got a dark side, and slowly her personality is revealed. So after taking some time after seeing it, I think it was better than my first impression let on ... it tends to stick with you a bit with some nagging questions — both about the details of the plot and about human nature in general.

Anyway, we had taken the new-to-me Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon (by the way, the first fill-up later in the week let me measure the gas mileage at 17 MPG for a highway/city mix ... it's a friggin' tank.) On the way to the theater, Ali and Stacie rode in "the way back" — the two rear-facing seats; on the way to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) we all piled into the front seat. At the Bug Jar, I got a good listen to The MerciesMySpace link who I thought did some decent, energetic bar rock. We didn't pay much attention to the other bands and headed out early — getting hot dogs at Dogtown Hots (691 Monroe Ave.) once again.

Saturday I surprised Ali by visiting her at home between jobs with lunch from O'Bagelo's (165 State St.) I was even surprised at O'Bagelo's because John had made a batch of his excellent oyster-artichoke bisque that he stopped making because the expensive supply overwhelmed the rabid but inconsistent demand. That night I left Ali to job #2 and had a glass of wine at Solera Wine BarMySpace link (647 South Ave) before a few drinks at Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) and then calling it a fairly early night.

On Sunday Ali and I got together again — the Dryden showed Harold and Maude once again, a favorite of the both of us. It's been a while that I really laughed at the movies — and a bit unnerving that it had to be one made 35 years ago and that I'd had seen dozens of times already. The story is often billed as a romance, but I think that's just tangential to the theme of living life to the fullest. Among the unique traits of the film is that the secondary characters are played bold and over the top — although only Harold's mother really overshadows the two leads — almost as if to imply that everyone is important. To quote Maude, "much of the world's sorrow comes from people who know they are this, yet let themselves be treated as that."

After the movie we got dinner at Paola's Burrito Place (1921 South Ave., formerly Big Dog's Hots) ... mmmm ... Paola's! Right by my house too.

On an unrelated note, I stumbled on the story of Marvin Heemeyer — a man who lived in Granby, Colorado, and who used a bulldozer with homemade armor to enact revenge on the city for proving uncooperative. The gist is that he ran a muffler shop and had been using the land next door as a right-of-way to get to it until the property was sold to a concrete factory. He was essentially run out of town — the government depleted any options he had to maintain his shop. The only thing is, he didn't allow himself to get run out of town, although after his rampage, he did kill himself.

Now I stumbled on the story from a friend's website. I had also heard the story from the train ride to Amtrak (413 7th St., Glenwood Springs, CO) in 2004 — the train passes the town and I talked with some people who lived nearby when all the chaos ensued just a few months prior. At the time I only heard the media-style reports of a "madman" with a "killdozer." Given more reflection, though, here was a guy who was pushed past the end of his rope. He was getting jerked around by the government whose goal seemed to be that he should just pack up and go; they didn't believe what would happen if he flat-out refused to obey their suggestions.

So yes, I do have sympathy for his plight. A lot of it. It's the fundamental battle I see all the time: I believe government is a servant of the people, and others believe people are a servant of the government. I mean, isn't that what liberty is all about: being free to do as you please? Whenever a small group of people try to force someone to do what they don't want to do, my instinct is to side with the person being pressured. It's the same reason for my disdain of censorship.

But anyway, on Monday I ended up talking with Sondra for a few ... 4 hours. Among the things we talked about was a tangentially-related issue: that of one's responsibility to deal with others fairly. Specifically, in terms of trade. I believe strongly in the "if it seems too good to be true, it probably is." That said, I like to get a good deal, but I like much more to get a fair deal. In this world of global trade, it's important for everyone to ask, "where did this come from?" and for everyone along the way to pass that question on and get an honest answer.

The reason this whole discussion came up is because I was under the impression Heemeyer had bought the property at an auction and not checked into its history. My point was that when you buy something from an impound or foreclosure auction, it's automatically put in that questionable "may-not-be-fair" category, warranting more investigation.

Sometimes people ditch things at a loss just to get out of it. This happened to some friends when the duplex they were living in was to be dumped by the owner. It was something like the balance remaining on the mortgage was way more than the property was currently worth or could hope to be worth for many years. The owner forfeited the property, it probably went for auction at some point, and somebody probably got a house for less than its appraised value.

Other times it's not so friendly. Consider someone who gets their car impounded for outstanding fines. Even if they could eventually pay the fines, they may have no hope of paying the storage fees for the car being impounded. The car goes to an impound auction and is sold for pennies on the dollar. Now, I don't buy the "well it's their own tough luck" argument. Why does the government get to take someone's property away? It's not like the government owned it in the first place and wasn't paid for it. How is this person being served by the government by having their car stolen and sold — all legally, mind you?

So how do you get people to pay parking fines? How do you get them to pay taxes? Consider this philosophy from an alternative universe: "the services provided by the government are so efficient and essential that you pay your taxes just to avoid having something worse." Wouldn't that be a great way to live? There was a time when I found the government services to be economical, but now, I'm finding that they are absurdly expensive. My perspective has changed so now I see more: we all pay tons of taxes, but I was blind to them when they were hidden behind rent payments and invisible taxes that didn't appear as line-items on my paycheck.

Maybe I'm just growing into an old conservative, but my arguments have generally centered around the same kinds of things: the government should be a servant of the people, it should be transparent, and it should be honest. I mean, why not have line-item taxes where we only pay for things we want? If you believe in a system so strongly, keep paying for it, but don't play this game of forcing me to pay for services I despise in trade for you doing the same. While we're at it, why not formalize our socialized health care [footnote on that: want to go to the hospital for free? leave your ID home, lie about who you are, and they'll treat you anyway.] Bring everything out into the light so we can make it efficient instead of staying in denail.


Today at The First Universalist Church of Rochester (150 South Clinton Ave.) from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. is a Piano Spectacular with students from The Eastman School of Music (26 Gibbs St.). [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick This evening from 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is another Thursday Thinkers. Michael Sawyer will discuss Ethanol as a Solution to our Energy Dependence. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

This evening in Rundel Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is a meeting of the The Inventor's Society of Western New York from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Asbury First United Methodist Church (1050 East Ave.) will be hosting the The Rochester Genealogical Society meeting tonight at 7 p.m. The short program to start off the evening is titled It Was in the Newspaper so It Must be True by Roscoe Hastings followed by the main program, If Your House Could Talk, What Story Would It Tell? with Richard Porter. [source: Rochester Genealogical Society website] [all ages]

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

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Ugetsu monogatari starting at 8 p.m. A couple men travel to a city and both succumb to the temptations there. The description from the Eastman House claims, it's "one of the most hauntingly beautiful movies ever made." [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at Café Underground Railroad (480 W. Main St.) starting around 9 p.m. is Concept: The Boys of Funk. [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]

This evening at The Rochester Regional Community Design Center (RRCDC) (1115 E. Main St., in the Hungerford Complex) is the opening reception for Urban Hot Spots starting at 6 p.m. [source: City Newspaper]

So after tonight's 7:30 showing of Cherry Crush at The Little (240 East Ave.) there will be a discussion with the production crew of the film including Tim Wainwright, Dave Marshall, Tom Mignemi, Tom Dubois, and Gary A. Knaak. It was shot largely in Rochester, so it might be an entertaining film to check out for that reason alone. [source: Little Theatre e-mail]

The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting PhonographMySpace link, Ice Cream SocialMySpace link, and sometimes punk-ish bar-rock from Burning DaylightGarageBand link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) will be hosting The Tarbox Ramblers starting around 8 p.m. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is Host EchoGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. On their calendar, Daily Perks (possibly quoting someone else) says, "if Radiohead opened up a bar, hired Beck as the senior bartender and had a two-for-one Hip-Hop Night where Portishead hooked up with Incubus, their lovechild would be named Host Echo." [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Cabinet of the Brothers Quay: Program One starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 5 p.m. Eastman House will explore some of the short films produced by brothers Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay. [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]

Paul Simon-heavy bar-rock with a country twang from Blue JimmyGarageBand linkMySpace link, and Tuesdays Underground will be at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime] [21+]

This afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a lecture by Craig J. Barber about his works on display, Ghosts in the Landscape: Vietnam Revisited. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Cabinet of the Brothers Quay: Program Two starting at 8 p.m. and also on Sunday at 7 p.m. featuring more of the short-film works of brothers Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay. [source: Eastman House 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 ArbouretumMySpace link, excellent acoustic solo work from Ian Downey is FamousMySpace link, and excellent digitally-enhanced mellow, poetic acoustic from Autumn In HalifaxMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: A|V Space website]

Tonight at The Dub Land UndergroundMySpace link (315 Alexander St., formerly Whiskey) is energized punk-rock from Eddie Nebula and the PlagueGarageBand link, and well-constructed heavy rock/metal from HeatseekerGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Top Pick Tonight at High FidelityMySpace link (170 East Ave., formerly Milestones) is That One GuyMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. If you go to one show this year, I highly recommend you check out this soloist playing/dancing his homemade "magic pipe" for a beat-charged experimental extravaganza. [source: band e-mail]

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 4 p.m. at The First Community Interfaith Institute, Inc. (219 Hamilton St.) is a lecture by Minister Lawrance Lee Evans, Sr. on Supporters Day: The Case for Black History. [source: Craigslist Rochester events]

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]

Fly the flag today.President's Day

Tonight at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) is a Holistic Discussion at 7 p.m. with Nina Livingstone on The Power of Being Still. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

This evening at 7:30 p.m. is Wide Open Mic with Norm Davis at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting The Eastman New Jazz Ensemble starting around 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music 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]

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's Tuesday Topics discussion from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is titled Spin-offs from Strong Medical Research with Peter G. Robinson. [source: Friends of the Public Library e-mail] [all ages]

Concept: The Boys of Funk will be at Café Underground Railroad (480 W. Main St.) starting around 7 p.m. [source: Freetime]

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

Top Pick Over at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) starting around 8 p.m. is the impressive, organic, experimental jazz of The Blood and Bone OrchestraMySpace link. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing a rare nitrate-film print of A Star Is Born starting at 8 p.m. — one of the few places in the world where such films can still safely be shown. The movie is a (now) oft-told tale of a farm girl who goes to Hollowood and becomes a star. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

The Suitor and the DaggerMySpace link, and Rover Red WallMySpace 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 afternoon at 1 p.m. is Free Story Telling by Deb Maisha in the Council Chambers at City Hall (30 Church St.) [source: City Hall press release]

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

JayceLand Pick Been Rich All My Life will be screened at 7 p.m. tonight at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) [source: Baobab website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The Eastman Jazz Ensemble starting around 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Island starting at 8 p.m. Although it seems like a crummy way to cash in on Jaws' oceanic theme to have an investigator of missing boats learn it's actually a team of pirates he must infilatrate — reviews on The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) indicate that's exactly the case. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30 p.m. is Die HunnsMySpace link, great, gimmicky heavy metal from BlüdwülfMySpace link, Triglactagon, and Swab. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

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 ... Sir Walter Raleigh led unsuccessful attempts to colonize Virginia beginning 423 years ago in 1584.

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