Weekly Rochester Events #493 Starting Thursday, June 19, 2008

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

But Google Maps Said to Do It
by Jason Olshefsky at 5:58 pm (add a comment)

Aw heck. I'm sure this has been posted before elsewhere, but I thought it highly amusing that Google Maps could give such terrible directions. It's pretty obvious what the oversight was in the screen-shot below, but it's still amusing nonetheless.

Google Maps Street View suggestion of taking Exit 9 off 590.

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Sunday, June 15th, 2008

A more unified theory of fear, excitement, and completing projects
by Jason Olshefsky at 10:13 am (add a comment)

Sondra and I had a discussion this morning about getting things done. We've both completed projects of various scales in our lives but were trying to figure out why it's so hard to finish the last step. We focused on creative projects where one starts with but an idea and makes that come to physical reality — step-by-step. It seems like it's not too hard to get a project started although there is some resistance because there's not yet a foundation which makes a creative idea alone pretty easy to dispel (except those ones that really nag at you). Once things get rolling it's even easier because there's always some next step to strive toward. But then right at the end, it seems the last few steps are just drudgery. We wanted to figure out why.

Since I've been on the kick of blaming everything on fear, I decided to do that here too. Like I blogged before, I feel that fear and excitement differ only in one's attitude: that if you're anxious, it's fear, but if you're joyous, it's excitement. In both cases, it's a reaction to your logical mind's "no answer" reaction — it happens when you don't have enough information to divine the best course of action … or you just don't know what's about to happen at all.

So with the end of a project, all the facets you tried to control are finally put to the test — and then there's all the things you didn't think of. Will it be like I thought it would? Will people react to it like I thought? Will it last? Will it fail? — All these unknowns suddenly come to the forefront.

But then we were discussing it and neither of us really felt that we were afraid of finishing a project. Usually we pushed through with either force-of-will or were excited to finish it, but never really "afraid" per se. But I still felt it fit the pattern of fear and the reaction to it: the process of dawdling through the last steps of a project indicate a fear of completion — that anxious reaction to the unknown.

So if there is indeed a fear/excitement (or fexcitement, if you will) reaction to this unknown event, is there a way to uncork it, let it out, and handily finish a project? Why was it that some projects we worked on seemed to never touch that dawdling stage but even accelerated to completion?

Yes.: it's celebration.

Whenever we had a project that was easy to complete, there was a celebration at the end. That's what I get from Burning Man: it's a celebration to declare the completion of projects and the presentation of them.

In fact, the more general case is that one celebrates a rite-of-passage. By celebrating, there's focus on the opportunity: the new, unknown things that are to come. By not celebrating, it's a focus on the loss: the absence of what was, and a dreary apprehension toward living without that ever again. For instance, a high-school graduation party celebrates a step toward adulthood, taking focus away from the death of childhood and coercing fear into excitement.

So projects call for a rite-of-passage celebration as well: from "in process" to "done". Because when a project is completed, the activity stops and the project makes the transition from something that is "to be" to something that "is". Focusing on the activity of the project and the end of "doing" — and specifically ignoring that transition to a new form — makes it a mourning experience of loss, an unpleasant experience to avoid.

I want to far overuse this technique in the near future, celebrating everything. But then I might skip that step and save it for the "big" things that really need a kick-in-the-pants.

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Monday, June 16th, 2008

Autumn in Halifax and the Weird Weeds at the Bug Jar
by Jason Olshefsky at 9:00 pm (add a comment)

I got to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) a bit early just in case but things got started later than usual. I chatted a bit with Dave Merulla of Autumn In HalifaxMySpace link who was interested in what I'd think of the show tonight. Despite my description last week, Dave would be playing things vanilla acoustic style: no "Leaves" (additional members who join him now and then) and no "band in a box" (a reference he made a few years ago to the digital effects he uses).

In the end, the show was excellent. It's still Dave and still his songs. He was clearly itching to use some effects or have people accompany his playing at times, but he persevered. Afterward he said that he likes to do a few shows all alone like that to shake out the songs. It's like he's building a foundation: that the melody and lyrics have to be strong on their own before he fiddles around with adding decoration and style. And they are generally strong songs to start with. He'll be playing them with "The Leaves" in July at The Little Theatre Café (240 East Ave.).

I've come to really appreciate what he's trying to accomplish. He said that he enjoys playing with additional people for the variation it causes — that there's always something unknown by doing that. He commented that it's usually a matter of trying to figure out which of the wheels is going to fall off first. And as such, the band is constantly changing … I said that my notes on bands are thrown way off with this kind of thing: by this time next year, Autumn in Halifax will have a completely different sound, although rooted in the same quality of music.

I got to thinking about how I like to see people do what they've done before, but it kind of makes them machines. I already have machines for that: they play back audio recordings. So no matter how many times any band plays something different, there's always the possibility of revisiting what was through the last CD.

Anyway, the other band up was The Weird Weeds. They do a sort of accessible experimental music — a bit of alternative-rock and with a bit of experimentation and a bit of harmonization. One of their members was nursing some kind of cold with whiskey, but they still did a great job.

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Disassembling the Bike With 2 Brains for the last time
by Jason Olshefsky at 1:23 pm (add a comment)

I haven't mentioned it in a while, but today I cut up The Bike With 2 Brains so I could make it into something else. It was kind of sad — I even said goodbye before I put saw-to-frame. But then again, now it's all new: now it can become other things and I can finally put that chapter to rest.

Sometime in the past year or so, I realized what has been wrong with it. It's like it's been sick or something. When I brought it to Burning Man in 2005, it went out and had a life of its own: I brought it to the desert and let people take it away and do whatever they wanted. I designed the project that way and it went well. But ever other time I've brought it out, it's just a thing: a toy to play around with. As such, it's never been as good as that first time out.

Now I could redo the experiment, but it was hard on me. I had to search for it so I could recover it at the end of the event in 2005 and it was a difficult, stressful, and frustrating experience. I could do things to make it easier to finish that aspect of it, but why? All I would be doing is to try and revisit that first experience.

So now it's gone: really in pieces. It'll become some new things this year and I'm excited to get started on those things. Now I can.

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JayceLand Pick Big Bad Voodoo DaddyMySpace link, and Lady Rose will be at The Riverside Festival Site (Exchange Blvd. at Court St., under the Freddie-Sue Bridge) starting around 5 p.m. [source: WBER calendar]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) starting around 7 p.m. is A Kidnap In ColorMySpace link, and Hush Hush CommotionMySpace link. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Buy Me That Town starting early at 7 p.m. followed by San Antonio Rose at 8:30. Film scholar and preservationist Michael Schlesinger will introduce these entertaining, quickly-produced films of the 1940's. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight in Star Alley [perhaps the pocket park next door or Hipster Alley in back] at Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) is Jive Mama, Jen GraneyMySpace link, and Harlow starting around 7 p.m. [source: WBER calendar] [21+]

Shotgun WillyMySpace 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 Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Jukebox the GhostMySpace link, and Via AudioGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) is wicked fun percussion-and-saxophone dominated jam band The BuddhaHoodMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

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

JayceLand Pick Today from 12:10 p.m. to 12:35 p.m. at Washington Square Park (Woodbury Blvd at South Clinton Ave, across from Geva Theatre) is an Architecture for Lunch lecture with Cynthia Howk. [source: Landmark Society calendar]

Tonight at The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) is the opening reception for America Through a German's Eye by Matthias FinkeMySpace link. [source: City Newspaper]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. starting at the Lower Gate House across from Lamberton Conservatory (Reservoir Rd.) is a tour by Tim O'Connell titled Frederick Law Olmsted's Vision of Highland Park. [source: Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood Association e-mail] [all ages]

Over at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. is good singer and storyteller Jerry Falzone, Warren Paul, Chris Wilson, and clever and charismatic vocalist Connie Deming. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is The Skull MaracasGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing I compagni (The Organizer) starting at 8 p.m. Turning to the words of the Eastman House Calendar, it's about a "a socialist labor organizer in turn-of-the-century Turin who helps textile workers fight for better working conditions." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight starting around 10:30 is another Chroma party at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The ClockersGarageBand linkMySpace link, and The Patrons Of SweetMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [21+]

Tonight and tomorrow at The High Falls Gorge (Platt St at Browns Race, the Pont De Rennes Bridge) starting around 9:30 p.m. is the River of Light Laser Show. [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick Today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The South Presbyterian Church (4 E. Henrietta Rd.) is a Community Design Workshop to address traffic issues on Mount Hope Ave. from Raleigh St. to Elmwood Ave. Interested community members are encouraged to contact Marcia Barry for more information at 428-6858 or barrym@cityofrochester.gov. [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick James — one of the members of MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link — will be hosting a screening of The Big Lebowski at his home at 7:30 p.m. Sign up at the site if you're interested. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Tonight at 8 p.m. at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is overlapping entertainment: Saturday Night Comedy hosted by Matt RohrMySpace link along with Josh DuPréMySpace link, Nate CronkMySpace link, and Caleb HawleyMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing All That Jazz starting at 8 p.m. Again, I quote straight from the calendar: "[Bob] Fosse broke conventions with a film that brings the classic musical into the hospital (or vice versa). Like Fellini's 8 1/2, he tells the semi-autobiographical story of a chain-smoking and womanizing Broadway choreographer and movie director (the late Roy Scheider)". [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Jed Curran will be at Equal=GroundsMySpace link (750 South Ave., formerly Hunt's Hardware) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Equal=Grounds MySpace page] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10 p.m. is awesome, tight, complex rock and roll from The VEiNSMySpace link, bar-rock band Swab, "horror movie soundtrack" band J. G. BlizaroMySpace link, and The Dead CatholicsMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [21+]

Late tonight — after midnight or so — is the After Hours Jam Session at The Flat Iron CaféMySpace link (561 State St.) [source: Flat Iron Cafe webstie]

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 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. is a Community Garage Sale and Super Flea Sale at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Idi i smotri (Come and See) starting at 7 p.m. about a boy in Nazi-occupied Russia who joins a group of fighters and witnesses atrocities after his own village is destroyed. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Paola's Burrito Place (1921 South Ave., formerly Big Dog's Hots) is Mexican Monday Dinner through MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link starting around 6:30 p.m. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting multifaceted musician Ian Downey is FamousMySpace link, and Hi Red CenterMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Carbon Records calendar]

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]

Midsummer Day

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.

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

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Play It As It Lays starting at 8 p.m. about an actress whose life goes to shit after her marriage ends. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is The LustkillersMySpace link, GrimetimeMySpace link, and very good punk-rock from TaduyaMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Kite PartyMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting early around 6 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Love Streams starting at 8 p.m. In this John Cassavetes film, a man who doesn't love at all is reunited with a child he never knew while his sister loses her daughter because she loves too much. [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 Dogtown Hots (691 Monroe Ave.) at 7 p.m. is the Rochester Cruisers Wednesday Night Cruise (for bicyclists). [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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