I headed out to the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Giù la testa(A Fistful of Dynamite, or Duck, You Sucker). According to Michael Neault in his introduction of the movie, Sergio Leone — after having made several movies celebrating political revolution — Duck, You Sucker takes a much more cynical view of it. It also happens to be that there are no fewer than four versions of the film, and the one we got to see was presumed to be the "original" director's cut.
I immediate thought that as much as The Bridge on the River Kwai is a testament to the rational insanity of war, Duck, You Sucker shows war as a black comedy. In the film, John — a former Irish Republican Army explosives expert — gets paired up with Juan — a poor thief in Mexico. That is, despite John's best efforts to avoid it. And to avoid getting roped into another revolution … sort of … it seems that getting involved in revolution is more of an addictive habit than anything. Juan, in the mean time, is also trying to avoid getting into the revolution. But he accidentally keeps saving people and making terriffic progress for the revolutionaries.
As revolutions are, there are advances made by each side, making it seem like no progress is made on either front overall until perhaps, one of the parties involved just gets too tired of fighting — or forgets what the point was in the first place.
The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Duel starting early at 7 p.m. followed by White Line Fever at 8:45 p.m. In the former, a tractor-trailer chases a man through a lonely highway; in the latter, a trucker fights back against people ruining his industry. Duel was once one of my favorite obscure movies — and has a tendency to polarize viewers as it's just a guy in a car and a truck for pretty much the whole thing. White Line Fever stars Jan-Michael Vincent long before he was in Airwolf, his last (Hollywood-wise) starring role.
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Today at 1:30 p.m. at Mt. Hope Cemetery (1145 Mt. Hope Ave., the South Gate) is an Ice Cream Tour featuring Rochester historical figures involved in ice cream — and concluding with ice cream!
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Beatboxing acoustic soloist Shawnee Boyeee, thoughful spoken-word poetry over avant-garde ambient music from Urknee and Bjürton, Marie Starr, and Chris Reynolds will be at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m.
Mez website][all ages]
The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Malèna starting at 8 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, "a 12-year-old boy during the Italian fascist period develops a crush on the village outcast, a mistreated war widow (Monica Bellucci) who's become the victim of cruel gossip".
Dryden Theater calendar][all ages]
This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including nearby towns Irondequoit, Webster, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor, Henrietta, Gates, Chili, Greece, and Charlotte, and occasionally other places in Monroe County and the Western New York region.) It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, lectures, discussions, debates, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
Music events are usually original bands with occasional cover bands and DJ's with musical styles including punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat."
Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed.
Although I'm reluctant to admit it, it is a Rochester blog and I'm essentially blogging about Rochester events.
I also tend to express opinions, review past events, make reviews, speak of philosophy or of a philosophical nature, discuss humanity and creativity.
Oh, and it's spelled JayceLand with no space and a capital L, not Jayce Land, Jaycee Land, Jace Land, Jase Land, Joyce Land, Jayce World, Jayceeland, Jaceland, Jaseland, Joyceland, Jayceworld, Jayceeworld, Jaceworld, Jaseworld, nor Joyceworld. (Now if you misspell it in some search engine, you at least get a shot at finding it.)
It's also not to be confused with
or JakesWorld which is a site of a Rochester animator.
While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, August 7, 2008 (Thu, Aug 7, 2008, 8/7/2008, or 8/7/08) Friday, August 8, 2008 (Fri, Aug 8, 2008, 8/8/2008, or 8/8/08) Saturday, August 9, 2008 (Sat, Aug 9, 2008, 8/9/2008, or 8/9/08) Sunday, August 10, 2008 (Sun, Aug 10, 2008, 8/10/2008, or 8/10/08) Monday, August 11, 2008 (Mon, Aug 11, 2008, 8/11/2008, or 8/11/08) Tuesday, August 12, 2008 (Tue, Aug 12, 2008, 8/12/2008, or 8/12/08) and Wednesday, August 13, 2008 (Wed, Aug 13, 2008, 8/13/2008, or 8/13/08).
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links to a band's page on GarageBand.com which offers reviews and information about bands.
links to a band's page on MySpace.com which is a friend-networking site that is popular with bands.