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Weekly Rochester Events #497 Starting Thursday, July 17, 2008

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Little Venice, Solera, Lux, Method Lab, and Clark Conde's photography
by Jason Olshefsky at 6:30 pm (1 comment)

I took a little tour of South Wedge and got pizza from Little Venice Pizza (742 South Ave., formerly Skippy's) which I ate at Solera Wine BarMySpace link (647 South Ave.) with a glass of wine. I stopped by Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) for a bit and hung out with some friends before heading to The Method Lab (650 South Ave.) Photographer Clark Condé's work was on display. It's really good stuff: evocative and slightly abstract — and large, which always helps if all else fails.

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Fantastic Planet at the Dryden
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

I also went to the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see La planète sauvage (Fantastic Planet). The woman who gave the introductory presentation was new-to-me — she was young, and I believe attending The University of Rochester. Among the other tidbits about the film, she mentioned that it was an allegory to the way the USSR treated its satellite states. I was surprised to find this caused me to try and make direct comparisons for the first 20 minutes or so, at which point I finally freed myself of that thought and could just absorb it as a work of art — and do the analysis later.

Anyway, it was amazing. It's an animated work of speculative fiction about these two species of intelligent beings: the Om are small and human-like and are treated like pets by the Dragg: the more advanced, 8-times larger, blue bipeds. Wild (that is, not domesticated) Om learn from the Dragg and become more adept, even learning to read the language. I was struck by the attention to detail (two examples: the doll-like clothing the Dragg make domesticated Om wear, and the debate between wild Om where each one ties himself to a vicious creature and the two fight until one Om is killed) and the lack of explanation (i.e. no attempt is made to explain how anything works, and no attempt is made to identify this world's relation to our own world — not in deep space, nor a tiny sub-world). My only disappointment was how abruptly the film concludes.

I thought it also interesting to note that the film is French, and the central character is a domesticated Om named Terr (both in French and subtitled): "Om" is a homophone for "homme", the French word for "man" and "Terr" is a homophone for "terre", the French word for Earth. I suspect the film would have been far more campy if it were about a Man named Earth instead.

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Monday, July 14th, 2008

Welcoming Myself to the 21st Century
by Ali at 6:40 am (1 comment)

Thank you all for sharing my "coming out" with me. No, no I am not leaving Jay for some cute girl, so back off ladies. I have finally given in and purchased my first computer, an Apple Laptop. I'm not sure what triggered the need, it may have to do with the fact it was raining today so the Apple Store at the Mall sounded like a good idea. The salesperson Julie was so fantastic that I ended up walking out with an iPod Shuffle, printer, warranty, and One on One classes on how to use it all! I have to say I am pretty excited but I wish I could have gotten it in Blue. And I am pretty sure Jay is excited too, wow a new computer to monkey with. This will now enable me to be a foreign correspondent for Jayceland. Jason has agreed to fly me all over the world for stories. I hope I serve you all very well.

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Manhattan Square Park (130 Chestnut St.) will be hosting Steve Grills and The Roadmasters from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. [source: Rochester Music Coalition calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Riverside Festival Site (Exchange Blvd. at Court St., under the Freddie-Sue Bridge) will be hosting really good reggae-dub band Giant Panda Guerilla Dub SquadMySpace link, Black AugustMySpace link, and M. J. Iuppa starting around 5 p.m. [source: WITR calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Death Race 2000 starting early at 7 p.m. followed by Deathsport at 8:30 p.m. There's nothing like a little cheap 1970's exploitation in the form of a warning of a future full of casual violence. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is The Manics, and CandleMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Josh NetskyMySpace link, and The PheromonesMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]

Rocking rockabilly from Krypton 88MySpace link will be at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) 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]


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This evening from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. is the opening reception for Bruce Elling's Shape and Shadow at The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) The show runs through August 10. [source: Image City Photography Gallery e-mail]

Tonight starting at 6:30 p.m. at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is a series of three hour-long World Music programs: Gamelan with Clay Greenberg, Creative Music Making with Bill Cahn, and African Drumming with Bob Becker. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Jim Malley of Mercury Posters (1 Sumner Pk.) will be displaying Racing Posters from Around the World in The Printing and Book Arts Center at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) fro 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The posters will remain on display through September 7. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

Tonight at 7 p.m. is the opening of a new play at Blackfriars Theatre (28 Lawn St.) titled Noises Off: a comedy about trying to put on a comedic stage show. [source: Blackfriars Theatre website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight, probably starting around 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. at Equal=GroundsMySpace link (750 South Ave., formerly Hunt's Hardware) is an Art Exhibit by The Evolutionary Girls Club. [source: Equal=Grounds MySpace page] [all ages]

Tonight at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) is good bar-rock band (with a country twang) Blue JimmyGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) is Night Shall Eat These Girls and BoysMySpace link, AmericanomiconMySpace link, and A Televised RealityMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tell the Cold WallGarageBand linkMySpace link, Hellcat MaggieMySpace link, and excellent hard-edged, precise acoustic rock from Old BoyMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: WBER calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Klimt starting at 8 p.m. about Gustav Klimt, "the famed Austrian artist whose sexually aware and erotically inspired work came to symbolize the art nouveau movement of the late 19th and early 20th century." As best I can tell from IMDb reviews, it's somewhere between awful and amazing. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

The Nightflys will be at Abeline Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abeline website]

JayceLand Pick Excellent digitally manipulated acoustic guitar music from Autumn In HalifaxMySpace link will be playing at The Little Theatre Café (240 East Ave.) tonight at 8 p.m. [source: band calendar] [all ages]

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]


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JayceLand Pick Today starting at 5 p.m. is the annual Streets of Pride Festival along the streets of Rochester and concluding at The Main Street Armory (900 E. Main St.) around 7 p.m. Join MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link folks if you want. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Over at Equal=GroundsMySpace link (750 South Ave., formerly Hunt's Hardware) starting around 8 p.m. is Rob FalgianoMySpace link. [source: Equal=Grounds MySpace page] [all ages]

The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) will be hosting William Nicholson and the HerbsMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is The ClockmenMySpace link, and punchy rock band Blue Spark and FlameMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Over at Abeline Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. is Mike Fyler and The Macro MeltdownMySpace link. [source: Abeline website]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is Jeremy JayMySpace link, light, bright, and airy vocals and sometimes percussion and a band from A WonderfulMySpace link, and Black Umbrella. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]

The PapermoonsMySpace link will be at The Black Pearl Cafe (791 Meigs St., formerly Dicky's) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester]

Tonight at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) is The Color WheelsMySpace link, and Auld Lang Syng starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: WBER calendar] [21+]

Tonight at The Baird Road Pub and Grill (1226 Fairport Rd., Fairport) is tight, great modern-rock band The Meddling KidsMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: band e-mail]

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 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]

Pelican's Nest Restaurant (566 River St.) will be hosting The 50/50 BandMySpace link, and The Meddling KidsMySpace link starting around 4 p.m. [source: band e-mail]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) starting around 8 p.m. is The Asylum Street SpankersMySpace link. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester] [all ages]

Top Pick Awesome, animated, crazy rock from MonotonixMySpace link, ChyldeMySpace link, Ian Downey is FamousMySpace link, and Thinguma*jigSawMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]


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Relax on Quad, Listen to Melodies from the University's Tower Bells — in the Eastman Quadrangle at The University of Rochester (Elmwood Ave. at Intercampus Dr.) today from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Hopeman Memorial Carillon Summer Recital Series is the performance: "classical and popular music to compositions written specifically for the carillon". [source: University of Rochester website]

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.

Tonight from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is another Eastman Summer Sings program of choral music. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting MicahMySpace link 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 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest starting at 8 p.m. A solid film adaptation of the book of the same name about living in a mental institution. I'm sure this one will be wildly popular — especially since it's a newly preserved 35mm print. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Imaad Wasif With Two Part BeastMySpace link, rapid-fire modern, metalish rock from The Gentlemen's Club, and excellent crafted down-tempo rock from Autumn In HalifaxMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]


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JayceLand Pick This afternoon at 5:30 p.m. at Nathaniel's Pub (291 Exchange Blvd.) is the MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link Official Monthly Mingler — so stop by for a pint and say hi. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Pink Panther Strikes Again starting at 8 p.m. — another step in the evolution of Pink Panther movies, toward a more cartoon-like production and unintelligible Clouseau. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Black Diamond HeaviesMySpace link, and The Found starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]

The Monroe Village Farmers' Market runs from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of The Church of the Blessed Sacrament (534 Oxford St.) [source: Eat Out Rochester]

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]

Tonight at 8 p.m. at Abeline Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is an Open Mic with The Grand Canyon Rescue EpisodeMySpace link. [source: Abeline website]

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