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Weekly Rochester Events #501 Starting Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Dinner and a Movie with Ali
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 pm (1 comment)

Ali and I tried out that whole dinner-and-a-movie deal — the one where you can get free tickets for The Cinema TheatreMySpace link (957 South Clinton Ave.) for everyone at your table at Highland Park Diner (960 S. Clinton Ave.) if you spend at least $12.50 each. It's not that the Cinema is all that expensive, but it was a good excuse to spend a little more than usual on dinner. After all, even though Highland Diner is pricier than average, it's still kind of hard to spend that much per person.

The first film was Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull which Ali enjoyed more than I did. The thing I always enjoyed about the series is the way that the highly improbable circumstances are at least physically possible — it's set in the past of our daily world with a twist that there's a bit more magic and ancient booby traps continue to function flawlessly. In the latest installment, however, the action is just too far beyond unlikely: getting blown-clear from a nuclear blast, or going over a waterfall and surviving completely unscathed, for instance.

I also condemn the film for having internal inconsistencies indicative of a changing script. In one instance, Jones has strong knowledge of an unusual artifact but later claims he was kept in the dark and knew nothing. That artifact was supposed to be magnetic — able to deflect hanging lights from tens of feet away — but could be easily loaded into a steel Jeep. I also recall at least one instance where a character starts arguing with another, but that argument was almost edited out, and in the next shot, they're all fine again.

Ali had to skip Hellboy II: The Golden Army but I went back to see it. I liked it a lot more than Indiana Jones. I wasn't all that keen on it being so comic-book-like because some of the scenes would have worked as a comic book panel — where your imagination fixes the incongruities as if in a dream — but when rendered in film-form, they're shown to be rather absurd. That said, the dialog is snappy, funny, and overall the film is just fun to watch.

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In case you haven't heard, The Reynolds Auction Company will be auctioning of lots of stuff at Midtown Plaza (S. Clinton and Broad St.) today at 10 a.m. [source: Reynold's Auction website]

The Reynolds Auction Company is at it once again today — this time at Sail-On Carpets (12 Commerce Dr., Victor) at 6 p.m. for material-handling equipment and some flooring. [source: Reynold's Auction website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. is another meeting of The Bertrand Russell Society at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) with Dr. Timothy Madigan discussing Was Russell a Utopian? [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Last American Hero starting at early at 7 p.m. followed by A Small Town in Texas at 8:45 p.m. The former is about a "moonshine-runner turned champion race-car driver" and the latter is about "an ex-convict who comes home from jail, only to be railroaded again by a crooked sheriff". [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) is Burning Voyage 2008 starting at 8:10 p.m. — meet and greet your friends goodbye on their way to Burning Man this year. [source: Tribe.net event] [21+]

Tonight at dark (around 8:45 p.m.) at Highland Bowl (South Ave. at Robinson Dr.) is a screening of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix preceded by the short film Moonwalking. [source: High Falls Film Festival press release]

JayceLand Pick Hotel ReverieMySpace link, and The FrogbotsMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]

Pure Kona Open Mic Poetry will be at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) tonight starting around 7:30 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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


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Tonight at 5 p.m. at The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) is the opening reception for Reflections by Stanislaw Goc. The show runs through September 7. [source: Image City Photography Gallery e-mail]

Tonight starting around 6 p.m. is The Flour City Brewers' Fest at Frontier Field (333 N. Plymouth Ave.) — join MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link members if you'd like as well. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Tonight at 8 p.m. is the opening performance of The Woman in Black at Blackfriars Theatre (28 Lawn St.) [source: Blackfriars Theatre website]

Tonight at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) is Howard Stith starting around 8 p.m. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is The Edge of JupiterGarageBand linkMySpace 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 Niagara starting at 8 p.m. — a rare Technicolor™ film noir — and featuring Marilyn Monroe. [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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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 Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) will be hosting Jacob Swanson, and Emma Steever starting around 8 p.m. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing La sconosciuta (The Unknown Woman) starting at 5 p.m. with a second screening at 8 p.m. A woman has secret motives when she tries to get hired as a nanny for a wealthy couple's daughter. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Equal=GroundsMySpace link (750 South Ave., formerly Hunt's Hardware) is Rædwald "Rad" Howland-Bolton starting around 9 p.m. [source: Equal=Grounds MySpace page] [all ages]

Top Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is amazing, hard acoustic-rock from Old BoyMySpace link, The Stone BelieverMySpace link, and The Beaumonts starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]

Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is The Dead CatholicsMySpace 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]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Excalibur starting at 7 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting PerkasieMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. before Comedy Night. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Bears, GhostyMySpace link, Man vs. MoonMySpace link, and LouLou and the Sharp SwordMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]


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The Carolina LiarMySpace link will be at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is It Is Me, The Tusk LordMySpace link, The Hunted CreaturesMySpace link, and Chris NielsMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]

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 6:30 p.m. at Equal=GroundsMySpace link (750 South Ave., formerly Hunt's Hardware) is the Official New Member Coffee Night for new (and old) members of MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Stone-Tolan House (2370 East Ave.) is a Full Moon Flashlight Tour at 7 p.m. from The Landmark Society of Western New York. [source: Landmark Society calendar]

JayceLand Pick Bob Dylan will be at The Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC) (Lincoln Hill Dr., Canandaigua) starting around 7:30 p.m. [source: WBER calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Queimada (Burn!) starting at 8 p.m. — a film about a man sent to the Caribbean to teach them political revolution against the landowners. This version includes 20 minutes of footage not available on U.S. prints of the film. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Moustache, Sandman, and Juanita and the RabbitMySpace 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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Over at The Penny ArcadeMySpace link (4785 Lake Ave.) starting around 7 p.m. is PsyopusGarageBand linkMySpace link, War From A Harlots MouthMySpace link, Fuck The FactsMySpace link, and Stray From The PathMySpace link. [source: Penny Arcade MySpace page]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Funny Face starting at 8 p.m. — nothing more needs to be said than the Eastman House Calendar's opening line: "Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn team up in this musical satire of the fashion world". [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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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