Weekly Rochester Events #477 Starting Thursday, February 28, 2008

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Firestone and Jitters
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 am (add a comment)

Well February is coming to a close and since we bought the Buick Wagon last year at the beginning of February, it was time for its inspection. Since I had a coupon I decided to go to my usual garage of Firestone (369 Jefferson Rd.).

I also brought along a coupon for "free coffee" at Jitters CaféMySpace link (3333 W. Henrietta Rd., in Southtown Plaza) since it was in the same plaza. It was a snowy day and it appeared that there was only one person working. They were hidden in back making someone else's sandwich — for around 3 or 4 minutes with not even an acknowledgment of myself or the woman who came in after I did. This didn't bode well. When the solitary employee finally got to me, I ordered a breakfast sandwich and the free coffee. She pointed out that the free 12-ounce coffee [I didn't notice whether the coupon even specified a size] would probably not fill my travel mug — all 14 ounces of it..

Ok, now I don't know everything about running a coffee shop, but I do know that the cost of a cup of regular coffee is almost completely labor — coffee for a whole pot (even fancy coffee) might cost 50 cents.

Me and the woman behind me got our food at the same time, presented collectively with bland indifference. Fortunately they were different kinds and it was clear whose was whose.  In all, I'm not very impressed.

But to top things off, the Buick needed a few things. I had intended on bringing it in soon anyway for a regular shakedown but today I just wanted to get the inspection done quick. It passed — but the power steering pump was leaking as was the pinion bearing on the rear differential.

I thought it funny that I had to step back and rethink the day. I had originally planned to stay and wait, but the repairs would take until early afternoon. I almost stayed anyway but decided instead to get a few things done at home. They offered me a ride back to my house. Later in the day I returned and paid for the repairs, and then Ali brought me back when she got out of work to collect the beast.

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Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Arms and Sleepers at Boulder Coffee
by Jason Olshefsky at 9:00 pm (add a comment)

I decided to head to Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) to check out the show. I only stayed through most of Arms and Sleepers'GarageBand linkMySpace link set — arriving after they started and leaving after they finished. I thought they were a really good ambient/drone band. I'd like to have stayed for the rest of the show but I had other things to attend to.

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Sunday, February 24th, 2008

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Untraceable at the Cinema
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 pm (add a comment)

Ali and I decided to check out the double-feature at The Cinema TheatreMySpace link (957 South Clinton Ave.) The two films were Le scaphandre et le papillon(The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) and Untraceable but I'll talk about them in reverse order. Oh, and this time Ali's lap was graced by Princess, the Cinema's resident cat — forcing her to be paralyzed for 3 full hours.

So Untraceable is a film about how the Patriot Act is good and how brainy people in universities are the source of all truly evil enemies. See, the FBI, NSA, and law-enforcement in general are all infallible organizations: when they go after someone, that person is guilty; otherwise, they wouldn't go after them, would they?

This is proven in the introductory sequence of the film where FBI Agent Jennifer Marsh finds someone using stolen credit cards on the Interwebs. She uses credit-card fraud techniques learned from a television commercial and deduces that it isn't the little old lady in the house whose IP address is the source of the transactions, but rather the next-door neighbor using her wireless access point. After all, the guy has guns which means he's a criminal.

Then a tip comes in about a website where someone's letting a kitten die on live-fed video. But the site is [wait for it …] untraceable. The film uses mumbo-techno speak to explain how the site is being redirected from foreign countries and stuff so it can't be traced. Then the guy starts killing people and the mystery is on.

Well, not the real mystery, but the attempt to find who the guy is who's doing all these mean things and why. The real mystery is how this evil, university-educated genius can transport and set up elaborate killing techniques that would make James Bond scriptwriters blush. He has access to all sorts of equipment, drugs, and chemicals that — to the average person — would be all but impossible to get, requiring lots of signatures, picture ID's, and money. It must be that pesky university! But even if we write that off, he is also able to transport his computer rig to anywhere in the city without anyone so much as blinking. Whatever explains these magical powers is probably the same one that lets him move around victims with equal ease and invisibility.

In stark contrast, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was excellent. It's about a guy who was perfectly healthy until a stroke rendered him completely paralyzed except for being able to move and blink his left eye. He starts out feeling trapped, depressed, and annoyed. Once a speech therapist helps him to speak by reading letters to him and blinking when she gets the right one, his imagination and memories come to the forefront and he eventually decides to complete a book contract he had. It's an interesting movie exploring the will to live and the human need to find contentment and happiness in any situation.

I have heard reviews where people talk about it being "amazing" what this man went through, but in a way, it was more a demonstration of necessity than anything. Because of his condition, there was no way for him to kill himself — in fact, it was because of the quality of health care he received that kept him alive at all, so in a way, it wasn't that he was unable to kill himself, but that he was unable to prevent others from keeping him alive.

See, there appears to be a level of personal happiness that is unrelated to one's life condition. If happiness truly were tied to one's life condition, then extremely well-off people would be constantly overjoyed and poor people would beg for brevity in their miserable existences. Clearly, though, this is not true.

But remarkably, it seems to have no limits. It's challenging to imagine a worse fate than being completely paralyzed and kept alive irrelevant to your consent. Yet here was Jean-Dominique Bauby (the character was based on a real person) who lived that very nightmare. His personal disposition — once the trauma of the sudden, dramatic change in his life wore off — seemed to return to a level not dissimilar to himself in his past, fully ambulatory life.

Anyway, there's sort-of a game to see how the Cinema's double-features are related. This one is a tough one. Judging by how I personally felt, I think Untraceable was supposed to be as bad as The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was good — that the latter was to cancel out the former, and you were supposed to leave the theater feeling exactly the same as when you went in. In 10 years, I invite you to recall this combination and see which still has relevance.

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This afternoon at 5:15 p.m. in Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is another Thursday Thinkers — this time, Ian Nadar will discuss Rochester's Urban Forest. [source: Friends of the Public Library e-mail] [all ages]

Photographer Eli Reed will discuss his exhibition Black in America in the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) this evening at 6 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) will be hosting Beau RyanMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is One Hand Waving FreeMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting The Eastman New Jazz 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 Kiss Me Deadly starting at 8 p.m. From the Eastman House Calendar: "A 'dame,' a mysterious briefcase, and a murder — Aldrich uses all the elements of the classic film noir and twists them into a glorious, perverted caricature." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is GraphicsMySpace link, The ElksMySpace link, and instrumental-cacophonous-rock from Science vs. WitchcraftMySpace link 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]

Apparently The Critical Mass Bike Ride is tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. at the clock tower near The Wilson Commons at The University of Rochester (Library Road, #39 on River Campus Map.) to The Liberty Pole (1 Liberty Pole Way) at 6 p.m. and heading through the city from there. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Tonight at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) at 7 p.m., Alicia Van Borssum will lead a discussion titled Ethiopia Stretch Forth Her Hands: Travelogue and Cuisine. [source: Baobab website]

This evening at 7 p.m. at The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) is the closing reception for Festival of 24 Things. [source: City Newspaper] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The awesome, tight, complex rock and roll of The VEiNSMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. for their Acoustic Record Release Party. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing the 2007 director's cut of My Brother's Wedding starting at 8 p.m. It's about a guy who works at his parents' dry cleaning service and is pressured to adopt a more middle-class existence. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Deciduous vs. Conifer, and noise-based loops and haunting voices from City Harvest BlackMySpace link will be at The House of Hamez (389 Gregory St., formerly Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Carbon Records calendar] [all ages]

The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting The Orbit UndergroundMySpace link starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [13+]

Over at Equal=GroundsMySpace link (750 South Ave., formerly Hunt's Hardware) starting around 9 p.m. is Raedwald Howland-Bolton. [source: Equal=Grounds MySpace page] [all ages]

Top Pick Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is excellent chaos rock, power-rock, and power-jam all at once from Knife CrazyGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Freetime] [21+]

Tonight probably starting around 7 p.m. at The Storefront Anti-War Crisis Center (658 Monroe Ave.) is the Subversive Komedy Fest. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Today from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Eastview Mall (7979 Pittsford-Victor Rd., Victor) is a Telethon to benefit The Humane Society at Lollypop Farm (99 Victor Rd., Fairport). [source: RocWiki calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Southland Tales starting at 5 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. It's a "dystopian satire set in the not-so-distant future of summer 2008". [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Kimo and Kaiulani will be at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is The Po' Boys Brass BandMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Top Pick Gritty, fun rock from Eddie Nebula and the PlagueGarageBand link, and The VEiNSMySpace link will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. for both bands' CD Release Shows. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [21+]

TroykaMySpace link will be at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) 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.

This afternoon, Cynthia Culbert will present a What's Up Lecture on Royal Couple on a Terrace at 2 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing King Kong starting at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the film's original release. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30 p.m. is gritty hard-rock from Handsome JackGarageBand linkMySpace link, Township, and bar-rock/thrash band The Hounds of HellMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

Top Pick The Hornets' Nest returns tonight to Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) with a reading of Bee-luther-hatchee by Thomas Gibbons starting at 7 p.m. [source: Geva Theatre website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. at Edgar G. Praus Productions, Inc. (176 Anderson Ave.) is a The Monday Evening Creative Arts (MECA) Lecture Series discussion with jewelry artist Elizabeth R. Agte. [source: MECA Rochester website]

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

JayceLand Pick The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Ra Ra RiotGarageBand linkMySpace link, and The Sister LoversMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

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 from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. is another Tuesday Topics discussion in Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.). Today, Wade Robison will discuss The Great Right Habeas Corpus. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

This afternoon starting at 5:30 p.m. at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is the Official New Member Coffee Get-Together for MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link. Sign up and stop by. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Harro East Theatre and Ballroom (155 North Chestnut St.) is Henry RollinsMySpace link for his Spoken Word Tour 2008 starting around 7 p.m. [source: WITR calendar]

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting good jazz band Bending and Breaking starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

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

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Stone Spoon BaboonMySpace link, and very good jazzy instrumental band DojaMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Saboteur starting at 8 p.m. Alfred Hitchcock directs this story of a man falsely-accused trying to prove his innocence during wartime. [source: Dryden Theater 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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