Weekly Rochester Events #438: Poland and Lithuania United
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Well, since I'm having a garage sale this coming weekend I'd rather not be sitting around writing a big essay. Unfortunately for any of you who like to read a lot, since last weekend was Memorial Day, I also didn't go out and do lots of exciting things. ... but here goes ...
Last Thursday I stopped at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) to hang out with the crew from Drinking Liberally. I was amused to learn that one of the guys who goes brought up a Thursday Thinkers event from a couple years ago about fundamentalism — he and I were both there but didn't happen to meet.
On Friday Ali and I went to The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Psycho. Ali admitted having never seen it before, and I only remember bits and pieces, and at best I saw it on video at some point. The movie is quite the thriller, maintaining tension and shocking the audience appropriately a couple times. Unfortunately, there's an epilogue where a moronic psychologist goes on and on explaining how Norman Bates became his mother, unsympathetically telling of how he killed Marion. Marion's sister and Marion's lover scarcely reacted to confirmation of a gruesome death just a week prior.
Saturday I made it out to The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) but it was absolutely packed. Thank goodness I have that bicycle and trailer or else I would have spent all day just looking for a place to park my car. When I got back home, Ali and I tried to go to The Rochester Greek Festival but it actually wasn't that weekend — explaining the lack of traffic. To appease our desperate need for Greek food, though, we went to Mykono's Express (1330 Mount Hope Ave.) and picked up some stuff, stopped for some wine, then went home. We had some excellent bison burgers mixed with feta — the original plan — along with the Greek sides we got.
That night Ali decided to stay in so I went to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) to check out the bands. I still like Margaret Explosion but I don't know why they're playing this particular line-up — regardless, I found them to be virtually trippy jazz; their style is inviting but not demanding, so if you choose to stay and listen, they're quite innovative, but if you want to go do something else, well, that's cool too. The middle band was Daryl Fleming who was great — a folk-acoustic qua rock band with quite a gospel-sounding edge. I also stayed for The Lobster Quadrille as well who were a lot of fun.
Sunday Ali and I went to her kid sister's piano recital followed by a picnic at her parents' house. How classic is it to spend the afternoon building a brand new grill with your girlfriend's father on Memorial Day weekend? — with beer. We got home quite late and had the opportunity to get up late and lounge around on Monday. We had the leftover bison-burgers and some delicious tuna-noodle salad that Ali made.
Monday night Ali had returned to her house so I went to Emerging Filmmakers at The Little (240 East Ave.) All the films were quite good. This Is It by David M. Korn was a bittersweet tale of an old man reminiscing about photographs in modern New York, told in flashbacks to old films. Lucky by Jesse Kross was quite good too, although a friend of mine and I debated it afterward. It was the classic tale of a woman who dies who gets the special opportunity to return for one more day with her boyfriend. They spend the day doing the commonplace things they love. The trouble with it was that it gives a little too much exposition about the afterlife experience, and worse, it concludes shockingly (albeit unconvincingly "true") which cheaply redefines the meaning of the first part of the film.
But my favorite for the night was Maze by Neal Dhand. It started out with a great title sequence that reflected the content of the film excellently. Basically it's about a guy who is fascinated with mazes and he uses them as a metaphor for solving problems in his own life. He is attracted to a woman he meets while delivering packages and tries to figure out how to woo her. He resorts to the mazes as a sort of mysticism which he follows without moral judgment to a disastrous conclusion. All major aspects of the film were excellent: acting, writing, directing, and cinematography.
On Tuesday I spent most of the evening taking things out of the stereo. My CD player and LaserDisc player had died a while ago so it was time to clean things up. I pulled everything out of the cabinet and cleaned things up. In the process I also took apart the amplifier I built in August, 1990 and fixed it "one last time."
Anyway, the point of the exercise was to simply get the broken CD player and LaserDisc player ready for the garage sale I'm having this weekend. Instead, I ended up rearranging the living room. I guess it was due — after all, it's been 9 years pretty much unchanged.
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About the title ... Lithuania and Poland merged 438 years ago in 1569 but then became part of Russia until 1918.
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