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Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Duck, You Sucker at the Dryden
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

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.

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JayceLand Pick Today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Make and Take Gourmet (1475 E. Henrietta Road) is their Taste of August featuring selections from their August menu. [source: Make and Take Gourmet website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. at The South Presbyterian Church (4 E. Henrietta Rd.) is a follow-up presentation on the Mt. Hope Avenue Design Meeting in June. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

JayceLand Pick 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. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is At Day's BreakMySpace link, Burning To Entyce, and Beyond This DayMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) will be hosting really good blues-charged rock-and-roll from Buford and the Smoking Section starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Bailey QuartersMySpace link, and The Brendan Boogie BandMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [21+]

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


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Today is the start of The Rochester Omnium and Twilight Criterium featuring time trials at Port of Rochester (Beach Ave. at Lake Ave.) at 1 p.m. [source: City Hall press release]

Tonight's another Gorilla Theatre with Village Idiots Present (VIP) at 7:30 p.m. Tomorrow too at the same time. [source: Village Idiots Present website]

The Hated Music, InherenceMySpace link, CausticMySpace link, AstropimpMySpace link, and The PheromonesMySpace link will be at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is Dylan Thomas, and The NetherfriendsMySpace 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 Aleksandra (Alexandra) starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 7 p.m. — a "powerful anti-war film in which not a shot is fired". [source: Dryden Theater 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 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! [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Today at 1:30 p.m. starting at Clinton Ave. and Norton Street and running to Café Underground Railroad (480 W. Main St.) is another of the Walks for Peace. [source: Rochester Against War website]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing the (long) director's cut of Once Upon a Time in America starting early at 7 p.m. (and again on Sunday at 2 p.m.) about a gangster recalling his rise to power in New York City. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Beatboxing acoustic soloist Shawnee BoyeeeGarageBand linkMySpace link, thoughful spoken-word poetry over avant-garde ambient music from Urknee and BjürtonMySpace link, 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. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

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

Last I heard (as in August 6), neither the Hi-Risers nor the Riviera Playboys will be playing at the Bug Jar tonight. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is punk-rock/bar-rock from The SpacesMySpace link. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [21+]


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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]

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

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is a perfection of clean, crisp rock-and-roll from Tiger Cried BeefMySpace link, and Mostly BearsMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: WITR calendar]


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JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Day the Earth Stood Still this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Oh, that lovable Gort! [source: Eastman House 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]


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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 at 6 p.m. at Marvin Buick-Pontiac-GMC (5160 West SR 31, Newark, although Reynolds says it's at #5076) is an auction of automotive equipment by The Reynolds Auction Company. [source: Reynold's Auction website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6:45 p.m., sign up to meet with folks from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link for a Guided Outrigger Canoe Paddle at The Genesee Waterways Center (149 Elmwood Ave., in Genesee Valley Park). [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

DubblestuffGarageBand linkMySpace 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 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". [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 8:30 p.m. or so at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.), join Derrick Lucas from WGMC Jazz RadioMySpace link (90.1 FM) for a night of music from the STAX record label. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Tonight at dark at Ontario Beach Park (Beach Ave. at Lake Ave.) is a screening of The Simpson's Movie preceded by the short film Cartoon Sea. [source: High Falls Film Festival press release] [all ages]


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JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6:30 p.m. is the MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link Official Monthly Mingler Happy Hour at Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar] [21+]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Nun's Story starting at 8 p.m. A nun is troubled when her vows are at odds with her personal beliefs while stationed at a hospital during World War II. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Regain The Heart CondemnedMySpace link, and FatalityMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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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