Weekly Rochester Events #508 Starting Thursday, October 2, 2008

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Heroes, Monsters, and Your Own Personal Monkeysphere
by Jason Olshefsky at 12:12 pm (1 comment)

I had an interesting confluence of information thrown at me this past week. First, on Monday, I got an e-mail from one of the organizers of FrostBurn. It was a gentle suggestion to check out the lecture on TED.com by Philip Zimbardo: How ordinary people become monsters…or heroes.

The gist is that it is relatively easy to get people to do unimaginably cruel things. All you need to do is to ask them to gradually increase the intensity of their behavior, and to absolve them of responsibility for that behavior. As has been demonstrated by the atrocities of history, nearly anybody can be party to this kind of behavior, except for a few: the "everyday heroes".

In response to that e-mail, someone else posted a link to What is the Monkeysphere?. It outlines the notion that our brains are only capable of dealing with a clan of about 150 individuals. Outside that group, everyone else is not even a person, just a thing in the world. The article argues that in general, people don't care about the outsider group except when they make a deliberate effort to be empathetic. I personally don't think this is true, but Philip Zimbardo's research seems to back it up.

Anyway, in Zimbardo's lecture, he says that anybody can be trained to be an "everyday hero". His method of doing so asks people to consider themselves "heroes in waiting" — that someday you may be called upon to act heroically. I personally use the guilt-based technique where I ask myself, "which course of action will make me respect myself tomorrow?" to elicit my best behavior.  Regardless, we agree that a core element is the desire to not go along with the status quo for its own sake, but to remain vigilant and question that which seems wrong.

Then on Tuesday, I went to The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) for the Books Sandwiched-In lecture. Douglas Lowry discussed his view on The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music by Steve Lopez. Lopez, a columnist, discovers a man named Nathaniel Ayers playing violin in the streets of L.A. Although he writes a column about this encounter, he is struck by this man and returns to him many times over several years. Ayers is clearly mentally ill, and Lopez tries to get him to use psychiatric services to discover how to experience joy.

Anyway, I just thought it was interesting that these things all seemed pretty related.

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Today at 6:30 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a members-only Archive Talk with Assistant Photo Archivist Joseph R. Struble on the museum's maintenance of their photography collection. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Surface SalonMySpace link (658 South Ave., formerly :nook) is the opening reception for Inauguration, the first show by The 1975 Gallery featuring works by Adam Francey, Lea Rizzo, and Sarah Rutherford. The exhibit will be on display through November 30. [source: flyer]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is an Archaeology Lecture titled The Archimedes Palimpsest: Texts and Technology presented by Roger L. Easton, Jr. on the techniques used to read the 10th Century manuscript. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Entity and short derivative works Outer Space and Dream Work starting a little early at 7:30 p.m. The entity is "an effective, if little-known early '80s psychological horror movie" and the other two films are avant-garde shorts using manipulated footage from The Entity. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) is Andrew Lawrence, and Ernie Lawrence starting around 8 p.m. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Awesome folk-fronted, power-synth-rock backed band The GunshyMySpace link, and Hezekiah JonesMySpace 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 Over at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. is Ossia New Music. [source: Ossia New Music calendar] [all ages]

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

Tonight is another First Fridays around art galleries downtown starting around 5 p.m. [source: First Friday website]

This evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Artisan Works (565 Blossom Rd.) is their Annual Auction and Fundraiser. [source: Artisan Works website]

Top Pick This evening at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) at 6 p.m. is the opening reception for Audition by Sam van Aken which will be on display through November 23. As best I can tell, this is definitely something to see — it appears to be a caliber of artistic expression seldom seen in Rochester. [source: Rochester Contemporary calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 6 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is the opening reception for Baobab's October exhibition, Native American Expressions with art by Lauren Jemison, Tonia Loran-Galban, Ronnie Reitter, and G. Peter Jemison. [source: Baobab website]

In tonight's show at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) at 8 p.m., Bill Franklin Asks: "Does God Want You Dead?" An exploration of mortality, technology and spirituality. I can only hope it's not the same Bill Franklin character/comic who's ... well ... not particularly funny. At all. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) will be hosting Aaron StaebellMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is SKooBERGarageBand 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 Les femmes de la Brukman (The Women of Brukman) starting at 8 p.m. It's a documentary about "fabrica ocupada" in Argentina: where workers return to their now-abandoned factories and start them back up again. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Dub Land UndergroundMySpace link (315 Alexander St., formerly Whiskey) is fun ska from Mrs. Skannotto, rock-ska band Room 30MySpace link, and Among CriminalsMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester]

JayceLand Pick Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is solid punk-rock from The QUiTTERSGarageBand linkMySpace link, and peculiar haunt-based punk-rock from The Rabies. [source: Freetime] [21+]

Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing My Winnipeg starting at early at 5 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. This time, filmmaker Guy Maddin presents this "docu-fantasia" on his hometown. Who's this guy Guy? Do you recall the fantastic Brand Upon the Brain!? If not, refresh your memory with my review from earlier this year. I suspect My Winnipeg will be quite excellent as well. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) is Rochester Indie Fest starting at 7 p.m. and featuring innovative acoustic soloist Gregory PaulGarageBand linkMySpace link, Mint JamMySpace link, Jodi ShawGarageBand linkMySpace link, Julia NunesMySpace link, very tight modern rock band VeluxeMySpace link, and The Wicked FelinasMySpace link. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

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

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is excellent wild rock-and-roll from Handsome JackGarageBand linkMySpace link, and Johnny NobodyGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is one or more bands. According to their page, it's the great, somewhat mellow rock-and-roll of HinkleyMySpace link, but Freetime Magazine says it's rapid-fire modern metalish rock band The Gentlemen's Club. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [21+]

Today from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. way out at The 3174 State Street Gallery (3174 State St., Caledonia) is the opening reception for Celebration, an exhibition of works by The Artists' Breakfast Group on display through November 1. [source: Artists' Breakfast Group e-mail]

Updated: Today at 2 p.m. at The Cinema TheatreMySpace link (957 South Clinton Ave.) is the premiere of local filmmaker Liz Lehmann's Fury, followed by a reception at Muddy Waters Coffee Shop (752 S. Goodman St.). It's a "festive semi-formal" affair, so dress up [just this one time, Rochester]. [source: Rochester Film Lab Yahoo! Group]

Tonight at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) is The Paul Smoker Trio starting around 8 p.m. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Severed Head SarcophagusMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Winchester '73 starting at 1:30 p.m. — a western in which James Stewart plays a man who wins a shooting contest and a valuable rifle that's stolen by his competitor. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

This evening at 6 p.m. at The Main Street Armory (900 E. Main St.) is a Rochester Food Fight to benefit Foodlink (936 Exchange St.). Not the "I'm a zit" kind of food fight, but one in which local chefs duke it out in culinary competition. I should also mention that it's pricey since it's one of those charity dinner things. [source: RocWiki calendar]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Throw Me the StatueMySpace link, and Rad RacketMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar 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]

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.

JayceLand Pick Today at 12:12 p.m. in Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is another Books Sandwiched-In lecture featuring The Honorable Marilyn O'Connor discussing Meredith Hall's Without A Map: A Memoir. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing When A Man Loves starting at 8 p.m. The Eastman House Calendar has this to say: "John Barrymore and Dolores Costello star in the best version of Abbé Prévost's oft-filmed Manon Lescaut, the love story of a divinity student (Barrymore) and a beautiful girl (Costello) whose brother (Warner Oland) has sold her to a lecherous aristocrat. One of the earliest sound films (released before The Jazz Singer, also directed by Crosland), When a Man Loves' original Vitaphone soundtrack has been restored in a joint project by George Eastman House, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and Warner Bros." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

According to their website, Left Spine DownMySpace link will not be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) — nor anywhere else in the United States. According to a blog entry on September 30, 2008, "their American label Bit Riot Records were not able to secure working visas in time for the band to cross into the US legally, and the group was subsequently turned away at the border without hesitation. Luckily, they were let go with nothing more than a warning and will be allowed to attempt to cross into the US at a later date." [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Join folks from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link for Fall Garden Talks at 7 p.m. at The Cornell Cooperative Extension (249 Highland Ave.) [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) will be hosting Wreckless EricMySpace link, and Amy RigbyMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Harold and Maude starting at 8 p.m. Every few years the Dryden brings out this classic, and I can't resist going to see it again. An amazing unorthodox tale of a love of death and a love of life. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is The Golden BoysMySpace link, The Spider BagsMySpace link, and Man vs. MoonMySpace 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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