Weekly Rochester Events #476 Starting Thursday, February 21, 2008

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Sweeny Todd at the Cinema
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 pm (add a comment)

Ali and I — despite her living right down the street — finally visited The Cinema TheatreMySpace link (957 South Clinton Ave.) for the first time in years. We saw Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street which was one of the most gruesome musicals I've ever seen. I was actually surprised it got an "R" rating from the MPAA — admittedly, it was free of pie-fucking and nudity altogether so I guess fountains of blood sprouting from sliced necks over and over and over again is just A-OK.

Anyhow, the movie was great — such a bitter and sympathetic view of the worst that humanity can muster. I did notice that Johnny Depp seemed outclassed in singing by his lifetime-practiced co-stars; but as a non-connoisseur of Broadway musical talent, it didn't bother me nearly as much as others. And certainly an excellent choice for Valentine's Day.

As an added bonus, I was a special guest of the Cinema because their cat, Princess, decided to sleep through the movie on my coat. Apparently she wanted us to see the second feature as well because Ali eventually had to bodily move her so we could get going.

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Saturday, February 16th, 2008

Frostburn at Cooper's Lake Campground
by Jason Olshefsky at 1:00 pm (add a comment)

Ali and I headed to Cooper's Lake Campground (205 Currie Rd., Slippery Rock, PA) to go to FrostBurn this weekend. It actually started yesterday but the early population was mostly from around Pittsburgh or from places farther away … or, I guess, mostly just not us and a few other stragglers. In all there were about 120 people who showed up so it was just the right size to get a chance to say hi to everyone.

The event was excellent. Although not an official Burning Man regional event, it was run by people who had gone to Burning Man and generally held the same vibe. Well, the part of the vibe that I personally liked: the part where it a group of people who got things done and worked together and wanted to have a good time. It was also winter camping (and Cooper's Lake had winterized their facilities so there weren't showers or bathrooms — just port-a-potties) so the element of "physical difficulty" was also present — something that's difficult to achieve when you can see a major highway and your cell phone has "full-bars" all the time.

We stayed until Monday and met lots of nice people. We got to see the iconic snowman-man burn, had hot chocolate at Camp Total Fucking Armageddon, had hot buttered rum in the sauna-like steam shed, participated in the Naked Mr. Rogers Sing-A-Long, and otherwise dance, dance, danced until the morning sun.

It's actually the first time I wanted something like a "decompression" — a time to recollect with friends and otherwise relax before jumping back into the daily grind. I came back and had to catch up on work but I really wanted to just chill out for a couple days — and the friction between the two ideologies wreaked havoc with my state-of-mind.

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Monday, February 18th, 2008

The Lobster Quadrille and more at the Bug Jar
by Jason Olshefsky at 9:00 pm (add a comment)

The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) was having a good show tonight and Ali and I got to join in on the fun. First up was The Lobster Quadrille who did a very polished set of their own satirical gospel — even incorporating a bit of Vaudeville-like sketches. Ali headed home early but I stayed for Telephone Jim JesusMySpace link. I really didn't care for it … I think I would have been more lenient if the guy were younger. He did loud laptop-based beats with video, but it failed to really grab me … rather, I was kind of annoyed by it. Finishing up were Sole and the Skyrider BandMySpace link who were a great live hip-hop band. Unfortunately I was getting tired fast and went home early … I'd love to have stayed, though.

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Dillinger is Dead is a terrible movie to try and watch.
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

Tonight George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) showed Dillinger è morto (Dillinger is Dead) in the Dryden Theater. Ali and I went and neither of us enjoyed the film at all. I gathered it was supposed to show the boring existence of the bourgeoisie by making a laborious, boring movie out of it. I felt a bit duped, though, because the Eastman House calender described it like this:

A bored industrial designer discovers an old revolver in his home, wrapped in a 1934 newspaper announcing the death of a famous American gangster. He paints the gun with red-and-white polka dots, seduces his maid (Annie Girardot), and contemplates suicide as well as his wife's murder (Anita Pallenberg). Writer-director Ferreri's (Le Grande Bouffe, The Last Woman) surreal and symbolic head trip belongs in the tradition of the "theater of the absurd." Almost never screened in the US, don't miss your chance to discover this oddball puzzler. New 35mm print!

In actuality, it's about a boring industrial designer who returns to his boring home and decides to prepare a decadent meal in as boring a way possible. He happens to discover a gun in a newspaper and he splits his cooking time with cleaning the gun in olive oil. Most of the screen time, though is spent on his monotonous existence — in point-of-fact, the externally uninteresting bits of life we all experience.

It would be like me making a movie about JayceLand which would consist of me sitting in front of a computer for a couple hours with occasional breaks to get coffee or answer the phone or eat an orange or go for a walk around the block.

I felt like the movie was a joke on the bourgeoisie of the film world — the art-house film-goers who chafe themselves with their furious masturbation. Yes: the film turns the focus of the story onto the least interesting parts, and as such it is an example of how to not make an interesting film. However, the resulting product is one to be endured for the sake of bragging that you "really understand what the artist is getting at". It reminded me a lot of the garbage that Andy Warhol produced: more things to antagonize the masses and create a self-aggrandizing class of people who celebrate an artist courageous enough to deliberately produce shit.

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JayceLand Pick This afternoon at 5:15 p.m. in Gleason Auditorium of The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is another Thursday Thinkers lecture. Walter Ruehle will discuss A Human and Legal Look at Immigration. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

Tonight in the Curtis Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is Families and Friends: A Place of Compassion, Experience, and Support with Audrey Smith, founder of Families and Friends of Murdered Children and Victims of Violence (FFMCVV). [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

This evening at 7 p.m. at The Asbury First United Methodist Church (1050 East Ave.) is a meeting of The Rochester Genealogical Society with James Swartz discussing National and Regional Genealogy Societies and a panel of historians with Kathy Kanauer, Mary Jo Lanphear, and Audrey M. Johnson discussing How Can Historians Help With Our Genealogy Research? [source: Rochester Genealogical Society website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting Orchard DriveGarageBand linkMySpace link, and The Highway BeautifulGarageBand link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

The Eastman Chamber Percussion Group will be at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Force of Evil and He Ran All the Way starting at 8 p.m. In the first, an attorney is involved with the New York numbers racket. In the second, a man who killed a cop is on the run from the law. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The House of Hamez (389 Gregory St., formerly Daily Perks) is Ed Downey's CD Release Party starting around 8 p.m. [source: Carbon Records calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Bird NamesMySpace link, dreary low-key acoustic from CarbonicMySpace link, and Attic Basement starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

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

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Today at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is the opening of a play performed by Shipping Dock Theatre (31 Prince St., new location at Visual Studies Workshop) titled Frozen starting at 7:30 p.m. [source: Shipping Dock Theatre website]

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is loud, fast rock from El DestructoMySpace link, The White Rose, and The Celluloids. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Over at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting around 8 p.m. is The Eastman Philharmonia. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Killer of Sheep starting at 8 p.m. Just a slice of everyday life in the 1970's in Watts, California. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tight, technical hard rock from BMLMySpace link, The Dirty Bourbon Blues BandMySpace link, KagedGarageBand linkMySpace link, and amazing acoustic-rock from Old BoyMySpace link will be at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) starting around 9 p.m. for Little Ones Need Organs Too — A Benefit for Tyler J. Nichols. [source: Water Street calendar] [13+]

JayceLand Pick High FidelityMySpace link (170 East Ave., formerly Milestones) will be hosting tight, fun modern-rock band The Meddling KidsMySpace link, and SimplelifeMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime]

JayceLand Pick Discreet Charm ProductionsMySpace link will be hosting a film premiere at 7 p.m. at The School of the Arts (45 Prince St.) featuring short films by writer/director Neal DhandMySpace link along with a new trailer for their film Sleep Shift. [source: Craigslist Rochester events]

JayceLand Pick Great acoustic soloist Maria Gillard, and clever, charismatic soloist Connie Deming 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]

JayceLand Pick Arms and SleepersGarageBand linkMySpace link, and Laura HigginsMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) along with 16mm Films and Videos 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 Forever starting at 8 p.m. — a documentary about visitors to the Cimetière du Père Lachaise (Père Lachaise Cemetery) (Boulevard de Ménilmontant, Paris, France). [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is good bar-rock band Burning DaylightGarageBand link, great, somewhat mellow rock-and-roll from HinkleyMySpace link, and good countrified bar-rock and covers from Blue JimmyGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [21+]

Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is The Dead CatholicsMySpace link. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [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.

This afternoon at 2 p.m. in Rundel Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is a presentation titled Geothermal Energy and Your Home. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6:30 p.m., MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link is getting together at Paola's Burrito Place (1921 South Ave., formerly Big Dog's Hots) for a Mexican Monday Dinner. Sign up at the website to join. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Norm Davis is back with another Wide Open Mic tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

Java's (16 Gibbs St.) will be hosting The Tom Lowery Quartet starting around 9 p.m. [source: Java's calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick This evening at 9:15 p.m. at The Little (240 East Ave.) is a special Black History Month screening of The Emerging Filmmakers Series. [source: Rochester Film Lab Yahoo! Group]

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.

JayceLand Pick Today at 12:12 p.m. in Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is another Tuesday Topics lecture titled Free Lunch. It's not clear from the description who will be presenting: possibly John C. Bogle or author David Cay Johnston although neither are particularly likely. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is Greg Carder, and Solomon Blaylock starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Over at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) starting around 8 p.m. is The Respect Sextet. [source: WBER calendar] [all ages]

Over at Java's (16 Gibbs St.) starting around 9 p.m. is The Jeremy Siskind TrioMySpace link. [source: Java's 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]

Every Wednesday starting at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) at 7 p.m. is the Rochester Cruisers Ride for bicyclists. [source: RocBike website]

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, February 21, 2008 (Thu, Feb 21, 2008, 2/21/2008, or 2/21/08) Friday, February 22, 2008 (Fri, Feb 22, 2008, 2/22/2008, or 2/22/08) Saturday, February 23, 2008 (Sat, Feb 23, 2008, 2/23/2008, or 2/23/08) Sunday, February 24, 2008 (Sun, Feb 24, 2008, 2/24/2008, or 2/24/08) Monday, February 25, 2008 (Mon, Feb 25, 2008, 2/25/2008, or 2/25/08) Tuesday, February 26, 2008 (Tue, Feb 26, 2008, 2/26/2008, or 2/26/08) and Wednesday, February 27, 2008 (Wed, Feb 27, 2008, 2/27/2008, or 2/27/08).

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