Weekly Rochester Events #446: Mmmmm ... Bacon
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Thursday Ali and I had some actual plans. We started out with some dinner at Veneto Woodfired Pizza and Pasta (318 East Ave, was 330 East) which did not disappoint — in all a good, hearty meal for the both of us. We went to The Harro East Theatre and Ballroom (155 North Chestnut St.) after that to see Interpol — Ali had won tickets on WBER (2596 Baird Rd.) last month. I was barely aware of Interpol before the show — I knew they were a band that gets songs played on the radio — but little else. I was pleasantly surprised that they did "shoegazer Brit-pop meets American rock-and-roll" for the most part. Also, I was surprised at the Harro East because I ordered a shot of Jim Beam which ended up only being $5 — I was expecting a "Harro premium" on top of the regular "top-shelf premium". Anyway, I also spent some time checking out Interpol's lighting setup. They had several panels of 20x20 color LED's behind frosted panels which they used for pseudo-video. They also had 8 bright backlights, also with LED's — vertical arrays of 18 10x10-ish grids ... the only flaw I detected was a relatively low resolution: it appeared they could only generate about 16 brightness levels so it looked kind of choppy on fade-outs. But hey, at least it's really "eco" because they gave off a lot of light and if each LED is about 0.1 watts, that's only 1400 watts or so or about a third the power of regular stage lights.
On Friday I decided to bike out to see the photography of Garry Geer at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square). I went to lock up in front of Bodhi's Cafe & Lounge (274 Goodman St. N., in Village Gate) but the greeter came out and asked if I wouldn't: apparently the owner gets upset if people lock their bikes close to the tables. I asked about a bike rack and she said, "I think there might be one in back." I had no idea they were so strong proponents of car-culture! I had no issue locking by the Bop Shop, though.
In any case, the photography was okay — as I was once a photographer of bands myself, it seemed he was working with much more light than I'm accustomed to, yet his photos sometimes came out motion-blurred and such. There was one really hot picture of a drummer clearing a cymbal hit and the cymbal had holes, one of which bracketed the face of the guitarist. From there I went to The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) to see Sheridan Vincent's Panoramic Rochester work. I thought it was a good, solid show — if a bit unsurprising. I finished off the night hanging out at Solera Wine Bar (647 South Ave) with some friends.
Saturday I started things off with one of my chocolate-banana smoothies at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) and ran into a couple friends who were also heading to the same show. Since it was at Solo (638 South Ave., behind S & A Food Mart) — essentially an apartment that holds invite-only parties once in a while — we stopped at S & A Food Mart (638 South Ave.) I picked up a 22-ounce Budweiser or a "Bud deuce-deuce" as the kids on the street say. They have an amazing spectrum of booze choices — from Boones to Yuengling and everything in between. Anyway, the show kicked off with Baby Shivers Boutique who I finally got the chance to see. I really liked them and they do what I'd call "motley folk" in reference to the folk-music underpinnings of the band of eclectic instrumentation. Next was Ellul from San Fransisco and they were really nice guys. They did something like synth/acoustic-rock using samples, beats, guitar, and vocals.
Unfortunately I had to take off to go to Ali's friend and coworker's 21st birthday — we arrived at midnight at McGhan's Nearly Famous Pub (11 W. Main St., Victor) and met up with all the friends and family for what turned out to be a thankfully brief period of extremely heavy drinking. Oh, and birthday karaoke too.
Sunday I met up with Rich and his friend Andrea at Flour City Diner (35 Chestnut St., formerly Danny's East End Café) for the irregularly-held brunch. Each time we go there's a new variety of eggs Benedict. This time they apparently ran out of the "plan-A" so "plan-B" was called "Key West Benedict." We figured it couldn't be key lime, but indeed that's what it was — and served over a fish cake (i.e. think crab cake, only with fish). Taking on the Toltec principle that if one has an irrational fear that their course is chosen and they must face that fear, I ordered it. It was definitely unusual but the lime flavor was subdued compared to a pie, and it actually complemented the fish very well.
That evening Ali and I went to Paola's Burrito Place (1921 South Ave., formerly Big Dog's Hots) for dinner — always an excellent choice. After that we headed straight to The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see La tourneuse de pages (The Page Turner). In it, a girl fails an important piano test because one of the judges distracted her by allowing someone to come in so she could give an autograph. This causes the girl to quit piano and develop a lifelong vendetta. Through an unusually coincidental (and seemingly planned) series of events, she gets employed by the pianist's husband lawyer, then takes care of their son, and eventually becomes the pianist's page turner. By the end, she has shattered the fragile remainder of the pianist's career, caused their son to damage his ability to play the piano, and ruined the marriage. You also realize that, like say Falling Down, that the hero is really a bad person. Unfortunately, she's also impossibly and perfectly evil — perhaps an allegory to the kind of commitment needed to be a suicidal terrorist. But for revenge from something that happened when you were 10? Come on.
I also noticed two technical problems with the film. First, there was a scene where the accomplished pianist is playing a harmonically complex piece. The sound seemed garbled, as if it were processed with MP3-style psycho-acoustic compression that unintentionally removed a bunch of harmonics, making it sound like a jumbled mess. The other was that at a moment when there was an awkward kiss, the awkwardness was enhanced in editing by slowing down the film playback, making for a noticeable stutter with the lower frame rate.
I'm sure nobody else noticed — after all, neither Ali nor her friends mentioned it when we went to The Corn Hill Creamery (290 Exchange Blvd.) for dessert. I had just a basic chocolate cone this time which was excellent, although the more elaborate flavors are definitely better.
On Monday I awoke to a weird dream I thought everyone should know about. [As if anyone has blandly normal dreams.] Basically my parents were moving on August 19 which was (in my dream) 2 days before my brother is (he's actually moving in real life, just not on the 19th). They were going to some thing in Georgia where my dad could work on stuff and earn a stipend. I was suspicious that it was a cult because they had to pay first then earn money later. I went there and waited around a concrete block building then returned again later. The second time a person in a bunny suit greeted me and then took off their mask. We went in and I met these blue creatures: one was a hound-dog looking thing and another alternately looked like a housecat and a lion. Their names were multi-syllabic gibberish so I didn't understand. The cat thing's name dovetailed into the song on the radio when the alarm went off.
Anyway, my brother really is moving. Now the last thing I really need is more excitement in my life right now. After all, Ali and I were going to meet with my brother in Denver on our way to Burning Man but now he's moving — hopefully Sondra will still be living there. Plus there's other news, but I shan't jinx it.
So anyway, on Tuesday, Ali and I finally got a chance to check out Gusto (277 Alexander St.) I had noticed they didn't have pasta which is what led us to Veneto a few days prior, but apparently the do have pasta now — along with the panini sandwiches I saw before. The food is very good and a little cheaper than Veneto.
Afterward Ali headed home and I went back to the Dryden to catch Le casse (The Burglars). It was really good and entertaining — everyone was corrupted by greed, but in a suave, stylish sort of way. I stopped by Solera Wine Bar (647 South Ave) and talked with the guy who hosted the party the other night. He said he's trying to stay low-key because the house-party busting frenzy the city is on is killing all the fun in town. We have suspicions that is why shows at A|V Art Sound Space (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #8 in the Public Market, formerly the All-Purpose Room) have been moved elsewhere due to zoning violations. If someone asks you why young people are leaving town when the city does so much, just slap them. Please.
Coming up, you may notice that Saturday has four #1 events. That's because they are all awesome. I just wish they were on different days so I could see them all. Then again, maybe I'll try anyway — you know, just like old times.
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