Weekly Rochester Events #440: Pitching an A

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Last Wednesday I headed to The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Billy Liar. It was pretty good, actually ... I was going to say it was okay — in that it wasn't overly funny — but the message was interesting and clear: this poor guy is lost in his fantasy and can't seem to get out of it at all. He's delusional in his belief that things are going quite well when in fact they are not and by the end, he nearly hops a train with his fantasy but fails even at that.

On Thursday I went to The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) to see Sherrie Baver discuss Ciudad y Suburbia: The Changing Nature of Latino Immigration. She presented a lot of information — her central thesis was that Latino people are migrating directly to suburbs rather then to cities first. Several people in the unfortunately-sparse audience wondered about the behavior of Latinos and Hispanics (Baver notes that the terms have become largely interchangeable although the former is considered more progressive) since when the United States invades a country, they tend to flee to the U.S. — apparently this is because the U.S. is actually liberating them from violence of civil wars and the fact that those fleeing Communist countries are often given preferential immigration status.

She gave a brief history of Latino immigration: in the late 1800's, Cuba and Puerto Rico were the last Spanish colonies and the vied for independence, and during the early 1900's, Latinos began to take over cigar manufacture in New York City which was originally a Spanish trade. Later in the 20th Century, many sought asylum from Communist countries and countries in turmoil in recurring waves. One of the big booms in Latino immigration began in 1965 when the immigration policy was changed to permit more ethnic groups than just those from Northern Europe.

Baver concluded by noting (her self-described controversial view) that countries with policies that dramatically limit immigration tend to suffered socially and economically for it often the fresh, hopeful views of newcomers that revitalize a country. Concerning the relationship between education and language, the United States is "40 years ahead" of other countries — if only the fact that it is up for discussion.

Afterward I joined Drinking Liberally crew at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) for a few beers and a chat. Friday I headed to The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) for the Preview Party for the Annual Art Auction. I was only inspired by a few pieces and it was unfortunately sparsely attended — perhaps because of The Rochester International Jazz Festival, but maybe people just showed up later. I left and went to get a snack at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) but they had switched from counter-service to table-service (I guess just on music nights) which I thought too formal. I was heading to George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) anyway so I just got a snack at the cafe there — at least I could just lounge and read stuff for a bit.

I was there to see La moitié gauche du frigo (The Left Side of the Fridge) which was good — an innovative look at the work world. In it, the first-person filmmaker is making a documentary about his roommate's job search that goes horribly awry. The filmmaker keeps getting money and the engineer is unable to get financial assistance of any kind and friction develops between the two because of it.

Jim Healy gave the introduction and outlined much of what I had said. I remember thinking that it was a particularly poor way to start off the film — by outlining the plot and character development point-by-point, but after the fact, I'm scratching my head as to how one would do otherwise. As Healy pointed out, the pseudo-documentary structure is just a vehicle to reveal the inner workings of the job world. I think the shadowy undercurrent in the whole film is the mandatory nature of wanting to work. For it's not just that one should have a job, it's critical that each employed person actually wishes to have a job.

Why is it so unreasonable to want to take care of your own needs but to not want a job? — that was the essence of the undercurrent: that for Christophe to acquire a "professional" level job in his field, he must want to have such a job. His desire for a job that is suitable to his skills is not acceptable for it is not for him to decide whether a job suits him, only that others decide whether he suits the job. Those who refuse to cower in the face of such authority are considered troublemakers on some level.

But then again, maybe that's just my own experience ...

Ali joined me after the movie and we headed to Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) When we arrived, though, a friend of mine said we had just missed The VEiNSMySpace link — it seems Ali will never get to see them perform live. However, The IsotopesMySpace link put on an excellent show with their surf-rock (and pretty much any other style) interspersed with their funny prerecorded commentary. Plus, their new group of dancers is much better choreographed than before. And they even threw in a Neil Diamond tribute with a performance of "America". I happened to see my friend Don, and was among several people who wondered why he wasn't on stage singing — once a karaoke regular, he'd nail a spot-on Neil. We also stayed through a bit of the last performance of BMLMySpace link and although they put on an excellent instrumental hard-rock show, I was getting tired and we called it a night early.

After biking to The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) and Abundance Cooperative Market (62 Marshall St.) and cooling off at home for a bit, I headed to Open Face (651 South Ave., right by the corner of Hickory) for a wine tasting. I had a great soup, sandwich, and iced tea. A couple people from Casa Larga Vineyards (Turk Hill Road, 223-4210) showed up and set up to sample wine. I tried the reds: their new "Ciao" red was awful — about like alcohol and artificial flavors mixed together and then sweetened to tolerability. The cabernet-merlot was actually quite good, though. Anyway, I also signed up for the raffle for a Vespa scooter — which, unbeknownst to me, wouldn't be held until September. At least the proceeds from the raffle are going to The CURE Childhood Cancer Association (200 Westfall Rd.)

Ali and I got to bed early because on Sunday we headed to Darien Lake (9993 Alleghany Rd., Corfu) for some amusement with her friend from work and assorted siblings. We got there early and started on the gigantic, fast "Ride of Steel" — this time sitting in the much more jarring rear of the train of cars. And, like last year, we also went on the wooden roller coaster, "The Predator". We took a break for lunch, having a picnic in the parking lot which worked out great. We got back in and tried out the water rides, including the Tornado — which I found to be a lot less scary the second time around (since last year's trip). We waited for the relatively new "Big Kahuna" ride which was marginally okay. While in line, several security guards headed to the top, and after a few minutes, we saw a guy go down with no tube — I suspected that after waiting a half-hour, they told him something about not being allowed to ride (shoes or something) so he argued about it then decided to do it solo; the footnote is that it didn't appear that he got kicked out of the park as he wasn't escorted out. Anyway, the other highlights were the kids water area, the big ferris wheel, and the bumper cars.

On Tuesday I visited Ali at her place and we went to El Pacifico (1680 Rochester Rd., Farmington) for another great dinner there. I'd note to anyone going that they tend to put a lot of cheese on things with cheese — and I like cheese, but it gets to be a bit much. Check out the margarita deals as well. Anyway, I came back to the city and headed straight to A|V Art Sound Space (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #8 in the Public Market, formerly the All-Purpose Room) I arrived and AutoanimalMySpace link was playing (I am really quite certain it was Autoanimal, anyway). They did a disorienting blend of noise-music with a light show. Next was Pengo who did a really good set of overwhelmingly loud ambient noise-drone. Likewise, the out-of-towners 16 Bitch Pile UpMySpace link also did some great ambient noise-drone.

Anyway, I thought I'd fill people in on the whole barefoot running thing. Last Thursday I got out and comfortably ran for a bit over a quarter mile unshod. I took a break for the weekend and got back to it on Monday — this time covering about 3/4 mile. Because of the way I run using the balls of my feet to land, my calf muscles ended up getting quite sore and I was limping right through Wednesday. My feet have apparently calloused enough to no longer be a problem.

  • Dnevnoy dozor (Day Watch, at The Little) - Another movie where people fight vampires.
  • Jindabyne (at The Little) - A story of the repercussions of events when three men on a fishing trip discover the body of a dead woman, yet continue fishing and report the death days later.

Fly the flag today.Flag Day

JayceLand Pick This evening from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is The South Wedge Farmers Market. Mayor Robert J. Duffy will be on hand to open the market for the first time tonight. [source: Rochester Turning] [all ages]

Tonight at The High Falls Festival Site (Browns Race and Commercial St.) is Max Creek, and The Park Avenue BandGarageBand link starting around 5:30 p.m. [source: WBER calendar]

Willie Osterman will be in the Curtis Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to discuss The Zone System of Ansel Adams. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is The Volume Components, and The Nomads. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Goodbye, Mr. Chips starting at 8 p.m. This is a rare nitrate print of a movie about a teacher who finally finds someone worthy of his studies. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30 p.m. is MuertasMySpace link, Darla RoseMySpace link, and Sally BurtnikMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

Fun, lively, interesting groove-rock from The BuddhaHoodMySpace link will be at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

Bodhi's Cafe & LoungeMySpace link (274 Goodman St. N., in Village Gate) will be hosting Mike Fyler and The Macro MeltdownMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Bodhi's Cafe MySpace page]

Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is Enduring DecemberMySpace link. [source: Freetime] [21+]

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 & LoungeMySpace link (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]

Today from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at ReHouse, Inc. (1473 E. Main St.) is the first of their Free Fridays (every 3rd Friday) where they'll be giving away stuff that won't fit in their warehouse. [source: ReHouse e-mail]

Oliver/Reeg, Stone BabyMySpace link, and Deciduous vs. Conifer will be at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) starting around 6 p.m. [source: Carbon Records calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Driving Park Bridge (1 Driving Park Ave.), Mayor Robert J. Duffy will be on hand to open Bridging Neighborhoods: A Party on the Bridge culminating with the first-ever fireworks display at the Lower Gorge. [source: City Hall press release]

Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) will be hosting SpiritEast starting around 8 p.m. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

HungnessMySpace link (formerly Kill Myself on Monday), Vox HumanaGarageBand link, and Seana CarmodyMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing El Topo (The Mole) starting at 8 p.m. tonight and again on Sunday at 7 p.m. The movie centers on an outlaw who heads to Mexico to kill four men. The Eastman House calendar notes, "Loaded with dazzling and sometimes shocking images of sex, violence, and mystery, it frequently plays like an oddball combination of Luis Buñuel and Sam Peckinpah." [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting bar-rock band Burning DaylightGarageBand link, tight modern-rock band VeluxeMySpace link, and The Deep Blue DreamMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

JayceLand Pick Fun bar-rock band/cover-band 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+]

Today at Mt. Hope Cemetery (1145 Mt. Hope Ave., the South Gate) at 10 a.m. is a Jewish Heritage Tour. [source: Freetime]

Opening today at 11 a.m. at The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) and at The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) is the Salon des Refusés — a selection of works rejected for the Finger Lakes Exhibition. [source: Visual Studies Workshop calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at Upstage at The Auditorium Center (875 Main St E.) is another show by Nuts and Bolts Improv TroupeMySpace link. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

JayceLand Pick The American Association of University Women (AAUW) (494 East Ave., at the Perkins mansion) will be hosting VajraMySpace link, Inward Becomes an AnthemMySpace link, and K. CorneliusMySpace link all staring at 8 p.m. [source: band e-mail]

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

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is John KellerMySpace link, and Strange MontgomeryMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. It's essentially Carmen set in a small town in contemporary South Africa. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Flipside Bar and Grill (2001 E. Main St.) is high-energy punch-rock band The Cheetah WhoresMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Flipside website]

JayceLand Pick Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting solidly good, very loud, fat/full, fast bar-rock band The SpacesMySpace link, and great one-man guitar/synth drum stoner rock cover band Skull starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: WBER 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.

Father's Day

Today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is the opening of the 61st Finger Lakes Exhibition. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Little Theatre Café (240 East Ave.) is The Maria Gillard Band starting around 7:30 p.m. [source: band e-mail]

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]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is a 3 Minute Monologue Slam with competing playwrights. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Eames EraMySpace link, and Exit ClovGarageBand linkMySpace link will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

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.

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Ride Lonesome and Ride the High Country starting at early at 7 p.m. In the first, a bounty hunter is after his wife's killers, and in the second, two aging gunslingers are hired to protect a gold shipment. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick M. J. Iuppa returns to Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. for another Course/Discourse featuring David Ruekberg discussing Rhetorical Shifts: Suggesting Meaning Through Changes in Form [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting SpeakeasyGarageBand link, and Robin Hood starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30 p.m. is Greg AshleyMySpace link, good, fat, heavy rock from J. G. BlizaroMySpace link, good, heavy rock from Trees Are DownMySpace link, BreechbirthMySpace link, and Dr. Thesis. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

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

Tonight at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is Psychedelic Tuesday, and Bruce Campbell starting around 8 p.m. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

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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