Weekly Rochester Events #455: For Books, For Flags
Thursday, September 27, 2007
I think I'm going to be pretty brief today. I have been involved in a heavy debate on the Colorado Burning Man mailing list (actually an offshoot list) concerning how the main Colorado list should be operated. Because it is a Burning Man list, I feel it should be wide open to any kind of discussion, allowing the community to self-police with debate and discussion of what's on-topic or off-topic. Others favor a moderator who dictates what is deleted and who is allowed on the list.
So I'm running late getting JayceLand up — although you probably won't notice the delay.
Anyway, last Thursday I went to Drinking Liberally at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) Among the people there was a woman from The Rochester Young Professionals (RYP), a group I'm not overly impressed with. Regardless, I think it's a point of pride that I am not endorsed by Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks nor Mayor Robert J. Duffy. In fact, as far as I know, I am not endorsed by anybody (aside, perhaps, from stlo7 at Rochester Turning).
Saturday Ali and I went to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) for the show. We ran into some old friends, and Ali got to swap first-year Burning Man stories. Starting off the night was Tom Foolery and the Shannanighans (not Shenanigans) who, although I didn't even get in to see them in the band-room, I found enjoyable from afar — a rarity for punk bands. And once again I really couldn't get into The Emersons — they do a great job, but anything they do that's unique is overwhelmed in my ear by all the things they do like any good punk-rock band. Finishing up the night was a fun show from The Isotopes. Although I didn't think their witty segues were as witty as in past shows, the fact that they always innovate something in their stage show (this time with two rather hilarious video interludes) impresses me each time.
Sunday morning Ali and I went to Highland Park Diner (960 S. Clinton Ave.) for breakfast. I was pretty unimpressed, especially considering the cost of the meal. I had the Omega Omelette and asked for avocado — the server (who didn't seem to be a regular server ... they seemed short-staffed, compounding things with bad service) brought it to me but said they didn't have avocado so he gave me guacamole on the side instead. I'd rather have been consulted. Also, the "fresh squeezed" orange juice tasted like Tropicana "fresh squeezed" — Ali said they did that at restaurants she's worked at as well, but for $2.50 I'd rather have just picked up the jug myself at Wilson Farms. Ali's Crab Cake Benedict was quite good, though.
That night after painting Ali's kitchen in her new house, she bought dinner for me and her friend Stacie who helped out a lot as well. Stacie raves about El Parian Mexican Grille (3070 W. Henrietta Rd.) so we gave it a shot again. Stacie still likes it but Ali and I remain unimpressed. It's not so much a cohesive meal as it is ingredients laid out on a plate. Ali had a beef burrito, for instance, that contained ground beef. Only. Whether that's authentic or not is conjecture, but that's the first time I have ever seen that.
Monday I got to see the fall's first show of The Emerging Filmmakers Series at The Little (240 East Ave.) Although I was impressed all around with some great short films, the one that stood out was Valery's Ankle by Brett Kashmere. It was a fascinating exploration of the violence in hockey as a metaphor for the Canadian collective subconscious. Especially the notion that Canadians, while being polite and kind on the surface, are repressing a terribly violent inner turmoil. He cites a specific turning point when Canadians feared they might lose their identity as the supreme hockey players of the world during The Summit Series in 1972 between Canada and Russia. As the Canadians had failed to sweep the series, Kashmere focuses his attention on Game 6 (of 8) when Canadian Bobby Clarke deliberately slashes the ankle of star Russian player Valery Kharlamov with his hockey stick, fracturing his ankle and generally removing him from play in the remaining games. The press largely ignored this as the reason for Canada's ultimate success, but Kashmere feels a twinge of shame that the game wasn't played cleanly — and further, that the game has become commercialized and is never played by kids on a pond, unstructured, just for fun. It's a brilliant essay on the subject and compellingly uses editing and experimental techniques to amplify his point.
On Tuesday I went to Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) to see Dreamland Faces. Their show was better than any I remembered when they lived in town (now in Minnesota), in part because the sound delivery was so good. They continued with their 1940's-styled music, expert using the accordion and a bow-struck crosscut saw (a.k.a. "musical saw").
I ran into some friends and got talking about the city and its problems. We got on the topic of the perceived increase in the number of muggings, as they have recently drifted south and affected friends and acquaintances in our area. A friend of a friend offered a suggestion to start a group to escort people to their cars. She said we could have some kind of identifiable insignia or uniform and travel the city on bikes in groups of 4 people or more. We'd look particularly for women walking alone and see if they'd like to be escorted to their destination. I rather thought it was an excellent idea, possibly an extension of an existing program like People and Citizens — Together Against Crime (PAC-TAC).
When I left that night around 11:30 or so, I was talking to a friend right outside the door. A man came up to us and stopped but then went inside. Almost immediately, the gruff bouncer/bar-back (occasionally annoyingly so as a bar-back) was shoving him back out saying something like, "I told you not to come here anymore." They moved around the corner and he then said something like, "that knife doesn't scare me" because I guess the guy pulled a knife. I got to my car and headed to Alexander where the posturing and such continued between the two of them. I stayed waiting to see if I needed to use my car as a weapon. When they broke up, I drove away. I passed a guy on a bike going the other way and the guy crossed the street quickly as to cut him off but I guess only menaced him. Regardless, I decided I should report it so I phoned it in. Whether anything happened — police or a confrontation — I don't know.
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