Weekly Rochester Events #482 Starting Thursday, April 3, 2008

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Changes to my beard
by Jason Olshefsky at 1:00 pm (1 comment)

So today I went to Personal FX Hair Studio (646 South Ave.) and visited with Joe. I know him from Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) and the other week he said he wanted to do something with my beard. So I went to the salon and got trimmed up and got stinky dyes and tinfoil stuck in it then waited for 20 minutes or so. I was surprised at the result and now I'm getting used to it.


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Friday, March 28th, 2008

Hogan's, Station 55, and the Bug Jar
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 pm (1 comment)

Ali, Stacie, and I went to Hogan's Hideaway (197 Park Ave.) for dinner. I stuck with the sure bets of a good wine, French onion soup, and a grilled cheese and was not disappointed. Well, okay, except the sandwich which wasn't grilled as much as I'd like.

After that we headed to Station 55 (55 Railroad St.) for the ArtAwake event. We were surprised to find that they charged a cover at the door — not exactly an art-gallery-kosher move. I was then disappointed to find the works were not particularly impressive. Worse was that the lighting left nothing to the imagination and there were no nooks to explore. It didn't help all this any that there was no wine to be found either — which, among other things, can help loosen one's ingrained bindings with America's corporate-consumer culture. Alas, it was a big disappointment for me, and kind of kicked off the evening poorly.

So then we went to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) a bit early to catch the bands there. Unfortunately — despite it being a rather popular headliner — GaylordMySpace link, in their last Rochester show before moving to Atlanta — the happy-hour vibe was still in full-force: blaring house music and all. I only really saw the first band, Razor Wire ShrineMySpace link who are an instrumental chaotic rock band with subtle influences from all over the place. I only caught a little of Fledgling DeathMySpace link, a thrash/heavy metal kind of band. By then the three of us were quite tired and decided to call it an early night.

In related news, The LandfillMySpace link (625 Weiland Rd.) has been shut down (related because sucky Station 55 has not — it's too milquetoast to displease the aristocracy). I recall reading it in a news clip from The City Newspaper but it doesn't appear to have made it to the online edition. I believe it was a casualty of Mayor Robert J. Duffy's plan to shut down house-parties, as I was pretty sure it was some guy's house. When I first heard of that law, I was concerned it would be abused beyond its original intent: to give police the leeway they "needed" to shut down house parties when they came upon them. Now, my vision of a house party that needs to be shut down is one that is completely out of control — where the residents have lost their ability to control the party themselves.

Once again — like the shutdown of A|V Art Sound Space (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #8 in the Public Market, formerly the All-Purpose Room) — the creative fringe of this city has had its hands chopped off. And once again, I theorize that this will push one more of these inspirational creators to go find a tolerant city. And the Mayor and all his cronies will sit around and not care about those one or two fringe people, but to me, they inspire — and I assume so of other creative people. And unfortunately that is not a column in their spreadsheet and it doesn't compare well to tax dollars.

So, I'm left giving this advice: don't trust the police. They are not your friends. They are not there to help you. If you see them, go away from them.

I hope this is what the mayor has in mind.

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Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Touring Regional Computer Recycling and Recovery
by Jason Olshefsky at 11:00 am (add a comment)

I met with the 15 or so people from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link at Regional Computer Recycling and Recovery (RCR&R) (7318 Victor-Mendon Rd., Victor) for the tour of the recycling facilities. We met with Director of Client Services Charlie McKernan who showed us around. He says their shop holds itself to high standards of recycling and environmental responsibility. They also have a fancy internal tracking system that can track parts from their source systems right to where they get recycled. The facility itself was a tech-nerd playground — a warehouse full of vintage computer systems. I was dismayed to see them go, but I do understand that for industrial applications, they are terribly inefficient. At least they are getting selected for resale and/or disposed of in a good way.

Thankfully for all of us drooling at the piles of neat stuff, they do sell working systems out of Rochester Computer Recycling Store (395 Central Ave.) and through their Electronics Café eBay Store. They accept computerized consumer electronics — mostly computers, but things like DVD players and TV's as well but not hairdryers or bread-makers — from individuals to corporations. They even do secure data destruction.

It's remarkable that such a cool place exists right here in town.

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Monday, March 31st, 2008

Emerging Filmmakers #46 at the Little
by Jason Olshefsky at 9:15 pm (add a comment)

Tonight was The Emerging Filmmakers Series #46 and Ali and I made it to The Little (240 East Ave.) to see it. I liked ABC Movie by Elisabeth Tonnard once it got rolling and I figured out the literary angle of the visual collage that plays on "apple", "book", and "clock". Fallen by Jon Noble was a zombie horror short on a budget … although imperfect, there's a solid talent there. The real gem of the evening was Last Time in Clerkenweell [not Bathtime in Clerkenwell as I had noted … although the descriptions and reviews seem remarkably similar to what we saw] by Alex Budovsky — it was a superb black-and-white animation set to a catchy song. It had an art-deco feel to it as well as a darker military-jingoism just under the surface.

At times, though, I found that I was being more critical than usual. I recall being able to look at a work and see the artistic merit, or a glimmer of skill somewhere, but it seems I'm now a cynic about it and judge things quickly as crap. Like Untitled by Eva Xie: I found it to be a blunt so-so metaphor on the gradient of going from a girl to a woman; its artistic technique was akin to being clever with language by removing all but the punctuation marks to make your point. ",,.,,'.:-;." if you know what I mean.

But even that really had its merits — after all, for what is often a first-time film for someone, just learning all about making it is a challenge. It's much harder than it appears. [You may not argue that point until you produce a short film that beats all that I've seen before.]

Anyway, I liked all the films at least a little. The Can Man by Sean Cunningham was a strange film that reveals a sinister world of bleak post-apocalyptic dehumanization. Boxed In by Joy E. Reed was a coming-out story between a woman and her mother and it did a good job of revealing some rather deep characterization. SNEW by David Lachman and Jody Oberfelder was a nifty playful piece with cut-out letters and people — a somewhat experimental piece that was fun to watch. And finally, Loose Ends by Rachel Gordon was an okay, professional-looking production about a woman dealing with dating in her 20's.

I thought it was interesting that Karen vanMeenen had selected two films with a literary metaphor. I don't recall having seen that before, but maybe it's fresh in my mind what I think the bias might be.

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

A quick stop at Muddy Waters Coffee Shop
by Jason Olshefsky at 5:34 pm (add a comment)

Just a quick addition: I stopped by Muddy Waters Coffee Shop (752 S. Goodman St.) with a few of the people from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link. It's a really nice little shop — a quiet little nook off the beaten path. The interior shows a warm, personal touch despite being rather sparse.

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Monotonix, Handsome Jack, and Blue Spark and Flame at the Bug Jar
by Jason Olshefsky at 10:30 pm (1 comment)

After having dinner with Ali, I headed out to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) later on. When I arrived, Blue Spark and FlameMySpace link was just finishing their set. They sounded great: loud and powerful, like rock should be. I didn't realize, but Handsome JackGarageBand linkMySpace link was on the bill too. Their set was very good, but the last time I saw them, I liked them better — the chemistry just wasn't perfect in the whole thing tonight.

Finishing up was MonotonixMySpace link who blew everything away. They opened up with a flaming drum kit (paper, lighter fluid, and flames, that is). The lead singer Ami started running around and even did a bit of crowd surfing. He grabbed my half-full beer out of my hand before I realized that was where he was getting all the beer I got sprayed with minutes earlier. The guitarist stayed mostly out of the blast radius, but the drummer had his kit moved around by Ami during songs. Half-an-hour in, there's this guy who pops into the fray, moshing with his pants around his ankles. It wasn't long before he was streaking in his socks and being molested by the singer using the microphone cord.

Now that's a show not to miss.

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Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is a screening of Furious Flowers II: The Black Poetic Tradition. [source: Baobab website]

JayceLand Pick There's another Archaeology Lecture at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. Dr. James Adovasio will discuss Early Human Populations in the New World: A Biased Perspective. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting The LoveMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick R. Roger Remington will be at the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) at 7 p.m. to discuss László Moholy-Nagy & Bauhaus Films followed at 8 p.m. by a screening of several examples. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30 p.m. is Cruelty FreeGarageBand link. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

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

JayceLand Pick Tonight all evening (5 p.m. to 9 p.m., give-or-take a few hours) is a bunch of events revolving around First Fridays and art galleries around town. Among the many events planned, the clever, charismatic, skilled vocalist Connie Deming, and Gaelen McCormick will be at Bernunzio Uptown Music (122 East Ave.) [source: First Friday website]

Tonight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. is the Opening Reception for The Rochester Art Club Spring Show at the gallery at The Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester (277 N. Goodman St.) [source: Arts and Cultural Council e-mail]

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

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Laitakaupungin valot (Lights in the Dusk) starting at 8 p.m. Sometimes the Eastman Calendar just has the most succinct descriptions: "the latest from Finland's most accomplished filmmaker is a noir-ish story of a lonely security guard who ignores the affections of a lunchwagon lady, only to be led down a dark path by a femme fatale. Kaurismäki's inimitable deadpan style reveals unexpected comic possibilities in such feelings as loneliness and despair". [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Noise-based loops and haunting voices from City Harvest BlackMySpace link, The Brilliant CornersMySpace link, and The Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome BellsMySpace 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]

Tonight at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) is fun, great 1960's-styled rock from The Hi-RisersMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

Kimo and Kaiulani Knox 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]

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is Lucas CarpenterGarageBand linkMySpace link, and Julia NunesMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Viva starting at 8 p.m. Writer/director/producer/editor/set designer/costume designer Anna Biller will be on hand to introduce her film about a woman experiencing the sexual revolution of the 1970's. Preceded by her short, A Visit from the Incubus. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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

Tonight at 9 p.m. at The Black Pearl Cafe (791 Meigs St., formerly Dicky's) is a benefit show for Flower City Habitat for Humanity with Strange MontgomeryMySpace link. [source: Rochester Music Coalition calendar]

The Buzzo All-Star Band will be at Six Pockets (716 Ridge Rd. E.) probably starting around 9 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Over at Bodhi's Cafe & LoungeMySpace link (274 Goodman St. N., in Village Gate) starting around 10 p.m. is pure instrumental funk from The Filthy FunkMySpace link. [source: Bodhi's Cafe MySpace page]

JayceLand Pick The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting a mix of mostly techno with some rock elements from VHS or Beta, TigercityMySpace link, In Flight RadioMySpace link, and Magic HourMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar 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.

Today at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) at 2 p.m. is a What's Up Lecture on Harold Weston's Three Trees by Germaine Knapp. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Today is the opening reception for Celebration featuring works by members of The Artist Breakfast Group at Barnes & Noble (3349 Monroe Ave.) [source: City Newspaper]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Easter Parade starting this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. In it, a dancing duo's hearts tangle despite efforts to keep it platonic. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 7 p.m. at Edgar G. Praus Productions, Inc. (176 Anderson Ave.) is The Monday Evening Creative Arts (MECA) Lecture Series featuring Mark Cuddy of Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) [source: MECA Rochester website]

JayceLand Pick The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) will be hosting Scott Worthington starting around 7:30 p.m. [source: WITR 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]

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. in Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is another Books Sandwiched-In review featuring Jennifer Leonard discussing William J. Clinton's Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing David Lynch's Dune starting at 8 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is HungnessMySpace link (formerly Kill Myself on Monday), and Brouhaha starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Curtis Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a lecture by Ralph Wiegandt on the restoration of the Cincinnati Waterfront Daguerreotype Panoram titled 1848 Cincinnati — Back in View. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Photographer/artist Betsy Phillips will be discussing her works URBAN ARTifacts at The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) tonight at 7 p.m. [source: Image City Photography Gallery e-mail]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The Jazz Lab Band 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 Jean Eustache Shorts Program 1 starting at 8 p.m. [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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