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Weekly Rochester Events #486 Starting Thursday, May 1, 2008

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Searchers 2.0 will be a cult movie
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

I went to see Searchers 2.0 at the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) I really didn't know what exactly to expect — it was billed as a tale of two actors who are determined to confront a screenwriter who mistreated them many decades prior. In essence, that's what it is: two guys get together and discover that both of them are movie trivia buffs, both were in the same movie as child extras, and that both were abused by the director for no apparent reason. They do what any one of us would: they get on the road to seek out the aging director and beat the crap out of him.

The movie itself was made on the cheap and it shows, giving it a Clerks-like feel. Writer/director Alex Cox was obviously a film-buff himself and paid homage to more films that I could identify — his characters believe themselves to be experts in cinema yet are often wrong in their details.

But it's the aura of the experience that makes it so memorable. I got the feeling that it wasn't edited (neither script nor film) all that much which is why it channels a very pure idea — one that isn't necessarily accessible to the audience. There's the idea of a long-dead need for vengeance — and the whole unnecessary-ness of it all. There's also a romantic view of the solitude of the road trip shared among its participants. And, of course, a love of movies and movie-making.

Anyway, producer Jon Davison was there in person — a jovial character who was ecstatic to see his film with an audience, and who temporarily suspended his retirement to make this film. After the screening, he was joined by Jim Healy and Alex Cox (by telephone [which actually worked pretty much fine, much to my surprise]) for question-and-answer. There really wasn't much in the line of questions — Searchers 2.0 doesn't leave one with questions.

It's just more of an uneasy feeling that maybe you should go back and watch what you saw one more time … not for any specific reason, though. And for that reason, I think Searchers 2.0 is going garner a cult following.

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Winning Comix Cafe Tickets
by Jason Olshefsky at 4:29 pm (add a comment)

I just got a call from someone claiming they were from Comix Café (3450 Winton Pl.) saying I won tickets to an upcoming show in a contest. I've heard stories about the place — like that they ban comics who perform at other local venues or that they have an excessive table minimum. I asked how I got into the contest, since I don't remember signing up for anything in at least a few years. The person on the phone said I was "on a list". She tried to hard-sell me "free" tickets to an upcoming performance. I asked, "is there a drink minimum or anything like that?" and she said there was: six dollars per person!

What a fucking scam.

I just said, "no thanks, then."

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Un Digging a Few Things
by Jason Olshefsky at 5:16 pm (add a comment)

I didn't like the performance of Digg so I went ahead and took out the Digg badges from the JayceLand home page blog entries although I left the customized ones in the sidebar. You can still find the badges present on the blog pages, though since they integrated better into WordPress.

I also removed all but a text-link for the Amazon.com advertising. So in all, things should be just a little faster.

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May Day

JayceLand Pick Today and tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Spot Coffee (200 East Ave.) is the "Coffee With ..." discussions with filmmakers at The Rochester High Falls International Film Festival (RHFIFF). [source: Rochester High Falls International Film Festival (RHFIFF) website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick This evening at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at The University of Rochester's Advancement and Alumni Center (300 East River Rd.) is readings by Salman Rushdie and Umberto Eco. [source: University of Rochester website]

Today at Manhattan Square Park (130 Chestnut St.) is a May Day Picnic and Celebration starting at 6 p.m. [source: Community Biking Alliance message board]

JayceLand Pick Nevan Fisher will discuss China in the 20th and 21st Centuries: Does the Dragon Roar or Whimper? at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) starting at 7 p.m. tonight. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The House of Hamez (389 Gregory St., formerly Daily Perks) is A Night of John Cage with Ed Downey, R. Scott OliverMySpace link, Chris Reeg, and Joe Tunis. [source: Carbon Records calendar] [all ages]

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

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford starting at 8 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar]

Top Pick Mose GiganticusGarageBand linkMySpace link, The EmotronMySpace link, and excellent power-pop band with a nerdy math theme The MathematiciansMySpace link will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) 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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No Pants DayMySpace link

Tonight is another First Fridays around art galleries downtown starting around 5 p.m. [source: First Friday website]

JayceLand Pick This afternoon at 5 p.m. at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is a screening of Afro-Punk with director James SpoonerMySpace link and then later at 8 p.m. is music by The Mom and Dad ParadeMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Today at 5:30 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a Young Filmmakers Competition which is a way for young people "to share their ideas and visions with the community through the medium of film, video and new media". [source: Rochester High Falls International Film Festival (RHFIFF) website]

This evening at 6 p.m. is the closing reception for Lisa Wright's MFA Thesis Exhibition: Stand-in in the 2nd Floor Gallery of The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) and the opening reception for Keeping Your Words on the 3rd Floor Collector's Gallery, Tammie Malarich's MFA Thesis Exhibition on display through May 18. [source: Visual Studies Workshop calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The House of Hamez (389 Gregory St., formerly Daily Perks) is Gypsy Dave and the StumpjumpersGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: House of Hamez website] [all ages]

Roots ColliderMySpace link will be at The Dub Land UndergroundMySpace link (315 Alexander St., formerly Whiskey) starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Over at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) starting around 10 p.m. is hippie groove rock from The Sim Redmond BandMySpace link, and solid jam-band Big Leg Emma. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

Updated: Tonight at 10 p.m. in Theater #5 at The Little (240 East Ave.) is a screening of Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness followed by a question-and-answer with filmmaker Melody Gilbert. [source: Rochester High Falls International Film Festival (RHFIFF) booklet]

Tonight at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) is The Sick GypsyMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [21+]


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JayceLand Pick Since it got postponed from last week, you have another chance to sign up at MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link to skydive with The Rochester Sky Diving Club today — presumably at The Hamilton Airport (6610 Airport Rd., Hamilton) — leaving at 9 a.m. from Rochester. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Today at 1 p.m. is a Screenplay Live reading of The Stones by Ana Lily AmirpourMySpace link, the BlueCat Screenplay CompetitionMySpace link winner this year. The website has contradictory information, so it will either be held at the Curtis Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) or in The Little Theatre Café (240 East Ave.) [source: Rochester High Falls International Film Festival (RHFIFF) website]

Today at 2 p.m. in the auditorium at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is an Artist Lecture with Alison Saar titled Hither, Whither and Yon [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Updated: This afternoon in Theater #5 at The Little (240 East Ave.) at 2:50 p.m. is Movies on a Shoestring (MoaS): Shorts Program #4 — always a treat. [source: Rochester High Falls International Film Festival (RHFIFF) booklet]

The House of Hamez (389 Gregory St., formerly Daily Perks) will be hosting The Alpine BlackMySpace link, and Phil MarshallMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: House of Hamez website] [all ages]

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

JayceLand Pick Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting The Eastman Philharmonia starting at 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 The Best of the Ottawa International Animation Festival starting at 8 p.m. and again tomorrow night at 7 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Equal=GroundsMySpace link (750 South Ave., formerly Hunt's Hardware) is Brian RathGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Freetime] [all ages]

Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30 p.m. is Le LoupMySpace link, and LouLou and the Sharp SwordMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [21+]

Updated: Young People Fucking is playing tonight in the #1 Theater at The Little (240 East Ave.) at 9:30 p.m. [source: Rochester High Falls International Film Festival (RHFIFF) booklet]

Top Pick Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting really great, tight, current punk-rock from 5 Watt BulbMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [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.


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Despite inaccuracies on the website of The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square), today is the annual Bop Shop Spring Record Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar] [all ages]

Today at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) at 2 p.m. is a What's Up Lecture with Susan Gordon on "why museums exhibit objects as they do." [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Students of The Eastman School of Music (26 Gibbs St.) will perform a jazz recital at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) today at 3 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

This afternoon at 5 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is a lecture by Michael Lasser titled We Could Make a Paradise: Songs from the Time of the American Impressionists. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 9 p.m. at German House (315 Gregory St.) is a Premiere Party for Smoking Laws following the screening at the film festival. [source: Eggwork e-mail]

The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Wales RoadMySpace link, and Light Blue starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]


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Cinco de Mayo

JayceLand Pick Eric Kunsman of Booksmart Studio (250 North Goodman St.) will speak at tonight's Monday Evening Creative Arts (MECA) Lecture Series at Edgar G. Praus Productions, Inc. (176 Anderson Ave.) at 7 p.m. [source: MECA Rochester website]

Updated: Tonight at 7 p.m. is the Audience Choice Award Narrative Film followed at 9:30 p.m. with the Audience Choice Award Documentary Film of the The Rochester High Falls International Film Festival (RHFIFF) at The Little (240 East Ave.) The winning narrative is Phoebe in Wonderland and the winning documentary is Autism: The Musical. [source: Rochester High Falls International Film Festival (RHFIFF) booklet]

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. is another Books Sandwiched-In lecture in Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) — this time, Hon. Michael Miller will discuss 1 Dead in Attic: After Katrina by Chris Rose [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

Today from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. is a Rochester Stories event in the Eisenhart Lobby and Auditorium of Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) (657 East Ave.). [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is Owen MuirMySpace link, and Daniel Ball, Jr.MySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Les Bonnes Femmes starting at 8 p.m. which "examines the everyday lives and ultimate fates of four young women [...] who work at an appliance store in Paris. 'Arguably the best as well as the most disturbing movie Claude Chabrol has made to date'—Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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Today at 9 a.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a Coffee Talk (for Eastman House members) with Dresden Engle, the Museum's Public Relations Manager in the Curtis Theatre. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Updated: Every Wednesday starting at Dogtown Hots (691 Monroe Ave.) at 7 p.m. is the Rochester Cruisers Wednesday Night Cruise (for bicyclists). [source: the proverbial grapevine]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Shadows starting at 8 p.m. with film critic Marshall Fine. [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]

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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