Weekly Rochester Events #458: Not Much to Factor
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I stopped by Solera Wine Bar (647 South Ave) last Wednesday night and had a bit too much to drink and was present when the autumn No Pants Day was spontaneously formed. Regardless of having fun with no pants, I thought I'd call it quits on drinking for a good while.
On Thursday I went to The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see BMX Bandits. It was pretty funny unintentionally. Well, intentionally, too ... the slapstick from the "evil" goons was expertly done. Anyway, the gist was that some kids looking to get some nice BMX bikes find some radios that happen to be a drop for a group of criminals. They sell the radios and buy great bikes then get chased by the criminals, ultimately turning in the criminals to the police, getting a reward, and building a BMX track. Nicole Kidman is in it and it's pretty funny to see her — especially that a couple kids got to act with her before she got famous and they now have some great stories.
On Friday I stopped by The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) and ended up spending most of the time there chatting with an old friend about photography. The photos by Jim Dusen were often quite interesting: he uses a bit of digital effects to modify the content. I also stopped by The Storefront Anti-War Crisis Center (658 Monroe Ave.) and saw photos by Richard Hart titled Photos of Vietnam in Wartime. I thought they seemed a bit "touristy", but they did also seem tense considering it was during war.
Later I headed back to the Dryden to see the films there. First up was Indonesia Calling which documents an uprising of Australian union workers to quell Dutch efforts to retake the then-just-independent Indonesia. Next was From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks which is primarily a one-man play with Ian Ruskin about Harry Bridges. Bridges was a union creator and leader starting in the early 1900's on the docks of California and the movie outlines his life and charming disposition. Ruskin was available to answer questions and seemed like a nice guy himself. He said he was surprised at how anti-union the United States was, especially given his own upbringing in England where nationalized industry and unions are everywhere.
I stopped by Ali's house and we went to Dogtown Hots (691 Monroe Ave.) for some dinner. Saturday was her housewarming party and it went well. We got things set up starting around 2, the party started around 4, and the last of the guests left around 1. We rushed around to clean up and get the lights off before the post-bar crowd tried banging on the doors as we were exhausted.
Sunday we stopped by The South Wedge Diner (880 S. Clinton Ave.) for a late brunch. The food was excellent and the service was quite acceptable — especially considering we were competing against a group of 15 or so high-school students.
On Monday I had a great lunch at Open Face (651 South Ave., right by the corner of Hickory) including the last of the excellent mushroom brie bisque — as good as its title and exactly as promised. That night Ali and I got together to head to The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) to see the films by Roger Beebe. We arrived a little late but got to see most of the films. We enjoyed Composition in Red & Yellow which was a humorous take on McDonald's being everywhere across America. Likewise, Famous Irish Americans was also fun, pointing out that people who are black are often more strongly part of another race and vice versa — an apt commentary on race in general. One Nation Under Tommy was an interesting twist on the "telephone game" where, starting from a Tommy Hilfiger commercial, the action is described by a filmmaker and that description is passed to another filmmaker who makes their interpretation of the instructions. It goes on from there in 5 iterations, each getting more distant from the first, and unintentionally creeping in cultural bias. S A V E was a film meditation on a gas station called "SAVE" that was in disrepair, abandoned by the economy. And finally, TB TX DANCE was a film created by feeding blank film through a laser printer and creating images and soundtrack. It was rather mesmerizing and effective.
I headed out later to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) and got to see Fences who did good, interesting, random folk. Next was The Gunshy who are an awesome folk-fronted, power-synth-rock backed band. I thought the lead singer sounded like Tom Waits covering Leonard Cohen (although comparisons to Dylan are more popular in the press).
Anyway, I was thinking about the mayor's suggestions for the crime problem that I touched on last week. I dislike the immediate blaming/attack on the 4th and 5th Amendments in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution. What if, instead, the mayor came out and said that he wouldn't have the police deal with any petty crimes, effectively legalizing marijuana use and relaxing parking penalties? Why are people so reluctant to institute a solution like that but will roll right over to bring overzealous police power right to their doorstep?
I had this other thought that to combat the problems in the poorest areas of the city, that I might take up a garbage collection scheme. Something like going out on Sunday morning to some neighborhood with a trash bag and just start cleaning things up. Not like the peer-pressure robo-call-nightmare of Clean Sweep, but just me and maybe a couple people coming out to try something. No donuts, no free T-shirts, just a few people trying to help out a little; and possibly getting the neighbors to engage in a dialog and start to gain confidence to fix things up.
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