Weekly Rochester Events #460 Starting Thursday, November 1, 2007

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Great World of Sound at the Dryden
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

I got a chance to see Great World of Sound at the Dryden on Thursday. Writer/director Craig Zobel introduced the film and was on hand afterward with starring actor Pat Healy (who is also Jim Healy's brother). I rather enjoyed the movie. The trailers I had seen made it out to be somewhat whimsical but it really got pretty serious at times. Basically a couple guys who are looking for odd jobs stumble upon an opportunity to become record producers. They are excited to sign people up and welcome all kinds of talent — solely based on how much money they can come up with as a good-faith deposit. Slowly they come to realize the whole thing is a scam — nobody actually gets a viable record out of it.

The discussion afterward was rather interesting. I think a lot of people — and one woman in particular — were a bit disturbed that to film the audition scenes, they used an advertisement for producing records in a local paper to lure real musicians to a hotel room. They auditioned and secretly filmed then brought behind the scenes and shown how things were run, and asked if they wanted to participate in the movie. Craig Zobel said he had developed a relationship with all the people who arrived so he didn't have any qualms about how he approached it. He admitted that some of the worst and most embarrassing acts were actually actors hired to play musicians. Pat Healy said he and co-star Kene Holliday had to handle improvising for an hour at a time — staying in character — to create those scenes. It also created rapport and a thorough understanding of what it took to do that kind of job.

Craig Zobel said that he got into it because his father got involved in a real "song sharking scam at one point in the 1970's. However, once he realized it was a scam and got out far earlier than the Pat's character Martin did. Zobel had researched other scams and was well versed on how they work. At one point in the film, Kene Holliday's character Clarence gives a climactic diatribe that sometimes you get desperate enough for money that you'll do this kind of thing — that the world isn't fair and that when it's not fair to you, you can't realistically be fair to it.

It's sad that there are people who get to the point that they feel the need to turn on their fellow humans.

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Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Changing to WordPress
by Jason Olshefsky at 4:09 pm (8 comments)

I figured I'd try doing some regular blogging instead of the essays I was used to. The idea is to make it easier for me — what usually happens is I get to Wednesday night and start hammering away at trying to write something coherent. I think it might be easier to dump my thoughts into a blog and let the chronology sort it out.

So, at the advice of my friend Mike, I'm trying to use WordPress. Right now I have it set up to just insert blog entries into the old JayceLand page in place of an introductory essay, but I think I'll soon be changing the site over to more of a WordPress-centric design.

The other thing I did was to quit the titles. Now it's just the start-date of the events calendar. When I first started, I was using movie sequel numbers to match the update number, but they petered out around 9 or so. Then there were various common things like 39 being the width of a twin bed in inches. But that soon ran dry as well. Most of the recent titles have been in reference to events that happened that many years ago. But searching for an event, birth, or death that definitively occurred in a particular year before 1550 or so is getting to be a royal pain. So, I figured I'd give up on it.

Basically, this should all be easier for me. For you reading the site, well, I think there may be more blog entries (with categories) and I suppose there's feeds, permalinks, and comments and other such technology. Of course, the titles go the way of the dodo and there will no longer be a proper essay — so no longer neatly joining the events of the past week together.

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Monday, October 29th, 2007

Running barefoot in the cold
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:30 am (add a comment)

I was very excited to get out and try running barefoot this morning. According to the thermometer on the side of my house, it was 28°F outside. I took my time to make sure I wasn't getting frostbite or anything. I got back after about 18 minutes and covered 2 miles. My feet felt cold but not terrible … the non-contact thermometer I have said they were around 60°F but warming up fast. After a few hours they felt fine. I suspect I'll only be able to run down to about 20° with no snow or wind, but we'll see.

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Emerging Filmmakers Program #43
by Jason Olshefsky at 9:15 pm (add a comment)

Ali and I went to The Little (240 East Ave.) for The Emerging Filmmakers Series. I got confirmation that The High Falls Film Festival is taking over The Rochester/High Falls International Film Festival, "Movies on a Shoestring", giving the amalgam festival a suitably clumsy title and changing from the November dates of High Falls to the May dates of the Shoestring festival. I'm concerned that the short films will get sidelined just as they are at High Falls even though I gather that this would have been Shoestring's 50th year. It would be nice if High Falls at least kept the short film screenings donations-only in the spirit of Shoestring.

Anyway, the short films tonight were quite good. It's too bad the Little puts so little effort into promoting the shows … there were barely 10 people in attendance.

A couple documentaries stood out this month. First, The Sacred Food by Jack Pettibone Riccobono was a well-done documentary about (quoting from the flyer) "the Ojibwe tribe in Northern Minnesota and the wild rice, manoomin, that they consider a sacred gift from the Creator and are trying to keep wild". It was interesting to see the response of tradition to modern issues like genetic modification. Scorza Bros by M. P. Mann was a fascinating documentary about a man who works in East Rochester as a taxidermist — for the last 60-some years — and how he accepts but can't quite reconcile that he's unwilling to kill an animal on his own.

Among the narratives, You Can Run by Jason J. CrossMySpace link was a good (althought — at times — it was poorly acted, filmed, directed, and audio-recorded) albeit a heavy-handed film about alcoholism and the dangers in ignoring your heart about it.

The show concluded with "Three Short Stories" by Sean Mullin. In the first, The 14th Morning, a soldier tries to reconcile an error in judgment on the battlefield. Next was Man is a Bridge where "a National Guard Captain spends his days guarding Manhattan's 59th Street Bridge from terrorist attacks and his nights performing stand-up comedy." It was a powerful look at a man who could easily be superficially dismissed by everyone he knows, but our god's-eye view gives us the full picture. Finally, Sadiq is about a couple American soldiers trying to transport a detainee, but one of them is trying to be fight his need to care and the other is fighting his frustration. In the end, tensions build to a head and the one soldiers tries to get the prisoner to confess to his crime — but neither understand the other's language.

All three were particularly excellent films. They were gritty, lifelike, and empathetic. Ali said that she was once again glad she came.

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This evening at 6 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a "Wish You Were Here" Photography Lecture with Denis Defibaugh discussing Day of the Dead. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) at 7 p.m. is a screening of African Weaving and The Quilts of Gee's Bend. [source: Baobab website]

JayceLand Pick The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) will be hosting YuganautMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle (Two Or Three Things I Know About Her) starting at 8 p.m. about a "film actress/suburban Parisian housewife who turns tricks in the city once a month to make ends meet." [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) will be hosting good blues-charged rock-and-roll/groove-rock from Buford and the Smoking Section starting around 10 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Tonight and every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Learning Center at Brighton Memorial Library (2300 Elmwood Ave.) is a meeting of The Rochester Movie Makers Club [source: AIVF Salon Rochester Yahoo! Group]

Drinking Liberally meets at 8 p.m. tonight at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) [source: RocWiki calendar]

This afternoon from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and then Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is the Holiday Sale at Crocus Clay Works (1115 E. Main St. Door #2, Suite 225). [source: RocWiki calendar]

Early this evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is the opening reception for Textiles, Fibers and Fabrics which runs through November 30. [source: Baobab website]

Genesee Pottery at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting a Potter's Potluck Dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

JayceLand Pick This evening from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. is an Open House for the galleries upstairs from The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) In addition, it's the opening night for Michael Bosworth's installations titled The Apostacy in the main gallery and works by Tony Hess in the LAB Space. Both shows are on display through December 1. [source: Rochester Contemporary calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick In the Main Gallery at The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) is the opening of Selected Landscapes by Mark Klett and In My Taxi by Ryan Weideman. [source: Visual Studies Workshop calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Funny, 1950's-styled acoustic soloist The BicycatsMySpace link, Grampall JookaboxMySpace link, and CJ BoydMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) 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 The Maltese Falcon and Satan Met s Lady starting at 8 p.m. The former is a well-known classic while the latter is a lesser-known satirical remake. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Over at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) starting around 8:30 p.m. is SevendustMySpace link, Ten Years, Black Light BurnsMySpace link, and NeversetGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Water Street calendar] [all ages]

Tonight probably starting around 9 p.m. at Java's (16 Gibbs St.) is a Folk and Blues Jam Session called Black and Blues. [source: Java's calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Bodhi's Cafe & LoungeMySpace link (274 Goodman St. N., in Village Gate) is acoustic soloist (with a powerful, emotive voice) Teagan L. WardMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bodhi's Cafe MySpace page]

Excellent pure instrumental funk from The Filthy FunkMySpace link will be at The Dub Land UndergroundMySpace link (315 Alexander St., formerly Whiskey) starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Freetime]

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

Today from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Rochester City School District School #12 (James P.B. Duffy) (999 South Ave.) is a State of the Sector Conference for Neighbors Building Neighborhoods Sector 6 (NBN6), covering most of the southern part of the city. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. is a Residential Computer & Electronics Recycling Event at The Church of the Good Shepherd School (3288 E. Henrietta Rd., Henrietta) Donate household electrical appliances for Flower City Habitat for Humanity. [source: Craigslist Rochester events]

JayceLand Pick Today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. held at The Gro-Moore Farms Farm Market (2811 E. Henrietta Rd., Henrietta) is the 12th Annual Cupboard Craft Sale to benefit The Rush-Henrietta Area Food Terminal (RHAFT) so bring a donation of non-perishable food for admission. [source: Craigslist Rochester events]

Today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is their 7th Annual Fine Craft Show. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing all 7 hours of Sergei Bondarchuk's Voyna i mir (War and Peace) in 4 parts this weekend: tonight at 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. then tomorrow at 7 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Lisa Bigwood, and The Kitchen Syncopators will be at The House of Hamez (389 Gregory St., formerly Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. [source: House of Hamez website] [all ages]

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is The Varnish CooksMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Bodhi's Cafe & LoungeMySpace link (274 Goodman St. N., in Village Gate) will be hosting really talented guitarist and singer Kinloch Nelson starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bodhi's Cafe MySpace page]

JayceLand Pick The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Brimstone HowlMySpace link, and excellent, wild hard-rock from Handsome JackGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [21+]

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

Betty's Sing-a-Long is regularly scheduled at Betty Meyer's Bullwinkle Café (622 Lake Ave., a.k.a. "Bullwinkle's") starting around 10 but since September, 2007 people have reported they were closed.

Daylight Saving Time Ends — Set your clock back one hour from 2:00 a.m. daylight saving time to 1:00 a.m. standard time in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

Today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) is their Fall Record Show and Sale. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

Today in the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. is a Polish Youth Concert. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Today 2 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is a What's Up Lecture with Jean Ligozio discussing Madonna and Child with Saints Francis of Assisi, John the Baptist, Peter and Dominic, from the School of Nardo di Cione. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 5 p.m. at The Country Party House (321 E. Linden Ave., East Rochester) is a Murder Mystery with Everyone's Theatre Company titled Print is Dead. [source: Everyone's Theatre Company website]

JayceLand Pick This evening at 5 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of The Rush Rhees Library in The University of Rochester (Library Rd. at Intercampus Dr., details on River Campus Map) is a lecture by Jonathan David Katz titled Robert Rauschenberg, Sexuality, and the Utility of Things. [source: University of Rochester website]

JayceLand Pick This evening at 7 p.m. is another in The Monday Evening Creative Arts (MECA) Lecture Series at The Steve Carpenter Studio, #176 Anderson Alley (250 N. Goodman St.) tonight featuring Lynn Allinger and Gary Stam, owners of Craft Company No. 6 (785 University Ave.) [source: MECA Rochesster website]

Tonight at 8 p.m. at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is Pure Kona Poetry. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

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]

Election Day

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.

JayceLand Pick Today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. is another Books Sandwiched-In discussions in the Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) This time Thom Ward will be discussing The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting Mike TamburoMySpace link, HorsebackMySpace link, and The Varnish CooksMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: A|V Space website]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Faust — Eine deutsche Volkssage (Faust: A German Folk Legend) starting at 8 p.m. and featuring a new score performed live by Willem Breuker Kollektief. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Melt Banana, PsyopusGarageBand linkMySpace link, and fun, gimmicky heavy-metal band BlüdwülfMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

JayceLand Pick This evening at 6:30 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is an informal Curator Coffee Talk featuring Jim Healy. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble starting around 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing a series of short films titled Free Radical: The Films of Len Lye starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman House 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]

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This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including nearby towns Irondequoit, Webster, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor, Henrietta, Gates, Chili, Greece, and Charlotte, and occasionally other places in Monroe County and the Western New York region.) It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, lectures, discussions, debates, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do. Music events are usually original bands with occasional cover bands and DJ's with musical styles including punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat." Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed. Although I'm reluctant to admit it, it is a Rochester blog and I'm essentially blogging about Rochester events. I also tend to express opinions, review past events, make reviews, speak of philosophy or of a philosophical nature, discuss humanity and creativity. Oh, and it's spelled JayceLand with no space and a capital L, not Jayce Land, Jaycee Land, Jace Land, Jase Land, Joyce Land, Jayce World, Jayceeland, Jaceland, Jaseland, Joyceland, Jayceworld, Jayceeworld, Jaceworld, Jaseworld, nor Joyceworld. (Now if you misspell it in some search engine, you at least get a shot at finding it.) It's also not to be confused with Jake's World or JakesWorld which is a site of a Rochester animator. While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, November 1, 2007 (Thu, Nov 1, 2007, 11/1/2007, or 11/1/07) Friday, November 2, 2007 (Fri, Nov 2, 2007, 11/2/2007, or 11/2/07) Saturday, November 3, 2007 (Sat, Nov 3, 2007, 11/3/2007, or 11/3/07) Sunday, November 4, 2007 (Sun, Nov 4, 2007, 11/4/2007, or 11/4/07) Monday, November 5, 2007 (Mon, Nov 5, 2007, 11/5/2007, or 11/5/07) Tuesday, November 6, 2007 (Tue, Nov 6, 2007, 11/6/2007, or 11/6/07) and Wednesday, November 7, 2007 (Wed, Nov 7, 2007, 11/7/2007, or 11/7/07).

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