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Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Casino Royale and Bad Day at Black Rock
by Jason Olshefsky at 3:30 pm (add a comment)

So Ali and I spent half a day together watching movies. A friend of mine had recommended Casino Royale — mostly because of the free-running sequence in the beginning — but we just watched the film anyway. As James Bond movies go, I guess it's fine. Maybe I just ran out of interest in such fantastic stories and we were both annoyed at the predictable and annoying plot twists. I also didn't like the impossibly evil and impossibly genius villain — obviously a staple of Bond films, but comically absurd to me now.

The other film I picked up at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) on VHS (although they had it on DVD as well from Webster, I think). It was Bad Day at Black Rock and I discovered it looking for movies made near Burning Man in Nevada — particularly Gerlach, the Black Rock Desert, and the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation — that were otherwise not about Burning Man.

The movie is really quite good: a sort of socially-conscious noir-western set shortly after World War II. A stranger appears in the tiny town of Black Rock looking for a man named Komoko. The town descends from being unwelcoming to downright hostile toward him as they try to collectively hide the secret they failed to forget from 4 years prior.

In most of the establishing shots I was trying to figure out where they were in that part of Nevada, considering seriously where 447 crosses the railroad tracks at Gerlach. I thought I'd do more research and stumbled upon the WikiPedia article [which outlines the whole plot in detail, FYI] but it made no mention of filming anywhere in Nevada — citing only California — and sets the film in the fictional town of Black Rock, Arizona.

Returning to the Internet Movie Database's page, I found that the shooting locations no longer mentioned "Black Rock, NV". Returning to the location browser, I checked the nearby Nevada locales and noted the film's sudden absence from the lists. So I think I ended up accidentally watching the movie for the wrong reasons, but in the end, it was a really good film.

Incidentally, there is a town of Black Rock: in both Arizona, and Nevada. There's even one in New York. None of them look like they're "towns", though — more like "places" … possibly with black rocks. My old DeLorme map software reports (with map data from 1996) three in Arizona along with one in Nevada — none of which are near the ones found by Google. The one in New York agrees pretty much right on the spot.

None of them are even close to The Black Rock Desert, Nevada.

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JayceLand Pick This evening at 6 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.), Benedict J. Fernandez will discuss Conscience the Ultimate Weapon — the new exhibit of his photographs on display in the museum. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The ImageOut Film Festival presents two free films at The Cinema TheatreMySpace link (957 South Clinton Ave.): The Curiosity of Chance at 6:30 p.m. and The Houseboy at 8:45 p.m. [source: Gay Alliance website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) at 7 p.m. is another meeting of The Bertrand Russell Society. Tonight is a discussion with Ted Lechman on Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank by Robert W. Fuller. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Dr. Garrett Fagan will present an Archaeology Lecture tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) titled The Dangers of Pseudoarchaeology. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Mike DoughtyMySpace link will be at German House (315 Gregory St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: WBER calendar]

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is Among CriminalsMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Undertow starting at 8 p.m. about a couple boys fleeing — treasure-in-hand — from a dangerous relation. Preceded by the director's short film, Biography of Barrels. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Over at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) starting around 10 p.m. is the rockin' rockabilly of Krypton 88MySpace link. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

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


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Steak and Blowjob Day

The Flat Iron CaféMySpace link (561 State St.) will be hosting Debbie Kendrick and The Mo' Mo' Betta Bluez BandMySpace link starting around 5 p.m. for Happy Hour. [source: Flat Iron Cafe webstie]

Today at The Storefront Anti-War Crisis Center (658 Monroe Ave.) at 5 p.m. is the opening reception for Rachel Dow's Expressionist Drawings. [source: City Newspaper]

The Webster Theatre Guild will be performing The Fantasticks at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) tonight at 7:30 p.m., tomorrow at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday at 3 p.m. [source: Geva Theatre website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The House of Hamez (389 Gregory St., formerly Daily Perks) is good folk-rock from The Minstrels starting around 8 p.m. [source: House of Hamez website] [all ages]

Over at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) starting around 8 p.m. is Alyssa CocoMySpace link. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting Kimo and Kaiulani, witty and funny guitar and ukulele player The BicycatsMySpace link, and Pete Johnson 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 Sedotta e abbandonata (Seduced and Abandoned) starting at 8 p.m. about a young rape victim's father's humorously desperate attempts to restore the family's dignity. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight and tomorrow at 9:30 p.m. at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is a performance by Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link. [source: RocWiki calendar]


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Today at 12:30 p.m. is the St. Patrick's Day Parade running through downtown. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

JayceLand Pick Today from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is Red Cross Community Day: "explore the Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) that goes to every house fire in Rochester" and "learn how to properly administer CPR and First Aid to people and pets, plus much more!" [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Today at 4 p.m. at The Cinema TheatreMySpace link (957 South Clinton Ave.) is a screening of Zeitgeist: The Movie — a documentary that finds conspiracy in everything! [source: the proverbial grapevine]

The House of Hamez (389 Gregory St., formerly Daily Perks) will be hosting Songwriters in the Round with witty acoustic soloist Brian Coughlin, Frank De Blase, and Lisa Bigwood starting around 8 p.m. [source: House of Hamez website] [all ages]

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is ZahyiaMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Shotgun Stories starting at 8 p.m. From the Eastman calendar description: "Three brothers [...] attend the funeral of the father who abandoned them, in order to denounce him. Their action sets off a feud with their half-brothers, leading to an escalating series of violent reprisals." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is The Lucky CatsMySpace link, The Sound City SaintsMySpace link, good, somewhat atmospheric, mostly down-tempo rock from Night GalleryGarageBand linkMySpace link, and A Hotel NourishingMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [21+]

Top Pick Fantastic acoustic-rock band Old BoyMySpace link will be at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Monty's Krown calendar] [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.


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Today from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Artisan Works (565 Blossom Rd.) is performances by various jazz musicians throughout the facility titled the Jazz Loves Art Series and featuring Dave Mancini, Fred Stone, Dariusz Terefenko, Mike CottoneMySpace link, and Rachelle Fleming. [source: Artisan Works e-mail]

Updated: The lecture with Frank De Blase at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) has been cancelled. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

This afternoon at 3 p.m. at The Center at High Falls Fine Art Gallery (60 Browns Race) is the opening reception for A Photographer's Path 11 along with The Man and Object by Jake Adams. [source: City Newspaper] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Sweet Smell of Success starting at 7 p.m. and then at 8:45 p.m. is the second feature, Scandal Sheet. Quoting from the Eastman House calendar, the former is "the story of a battle of wits between omnipotent gossip columnist J.J. Hunsecker and super-sleazy publicist Sidney Falco". The latter is about a reporter who investigates when his own editor accidentally kills his ex-wife. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10 p.m. is Punk For Ever — selections from Iron Mike's catalog. [source: band flyer] [21+]


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Saint Patrick's Day

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Harvey Girls starting this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, "Judy Garland forsakes her beau and joins the crew of young ladies opening a 'Harvey House' for railway travelers". [source: Eastman House calendar] [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]


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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 Books Sandwiched-In in which Michael C. Green will discuss The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Deulgughwaneun pietneunde (Wildflower in the Battlefield) starting at 8 p.m. about a "mute boy who becomes a mascot to a group of soldiers near the front lines" in the Korean War. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting WalriMySpace link, great motley folk from Baby Shivers BoutiqueMySpace link, and funny, clever acoustic soloist The BicycatsMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]


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Today is the 5th Anniversary of Iraq Invasion which will be celebrated with a Public Art Installation at The Storefront Anti-War Crisis Center (658 Monroe Ave.) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., a rally at 4:30 p.m. at The Liberty Pole (1 Liberty Pole Way), and finally an Anti-War Classical Concert at 7 p.m. performed by students and ensembles of The Eastman School of Music (26 Gibbs St.) at The First Unitarian Church of Rochester (220 Winton Rd. S.) [source: Rochester Against War website]

Tonight at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The Eastman Horn Choir 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 I Confess starting at 8 p.m. — another Alfred Hitchcock film in which a priest must reveal the identity of someone who confessed to him ... lest he be executed for the crime. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Aunt DraculaMySpace link, talented stoner rock-influenced rock band Argus EyeMySpace link, and The Skull MaracasGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

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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