Weekly Rochester Events #509 Starting Thursday, October 9, 2008

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

My Winnipeg at the Dryden
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

I went to the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg. Maddin described it as a "docu-fantasia" (or was it "docutasia") about his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada, duh). And, barring a better word, it was exactly that.

It's hard to discern what was fact and what was fantasy — for instance, did Maddin (also acting as narrator) in fact rent out his family home to stage reenactments of his childhood? Were the events described real in any way? Does it matter? I had a similar reaction to the feverish dream of his former film, Brand Upon the Brain!. Winnipeg shared the poetic and metaphoric use of visual effects (rather than the more traditional use of creating a false reality).

My friend Christina has a theory about Rochester: that people don't leave because it's hard to move in winter, but when spring arrives, everything comes up green and beautiful, summers are fantastic, fall is beautiful in its own right, and before you know it, it's back to winter and you can't leave. Maddin shares a similar view of Winnipeg: that people are so sleepy there that they are unable to stay awake long enough to stay on the train that leaves town — to escape.

So I guess, in the end, it succeeds in being a documentary about Winnipeg — that which he was supposedly chartered to do (and evidenced by the title card announcing funding by The Documentary Channel) — albeit an extraordinarily personal one. But, nonetheless, one that appears to succeed in documenting the spirit of a city.

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Monday, October 6th, 2008

Barefoot Running with Stretches
by Jason Olshefsky at 10:01 am (add a comment)

This morning I went out for another run barefoot. The last few weeks I cut back as my right heel was hurting — I felt it was indicative of an inflammation on my Achilles tendon and my chiropractor — Dr. Karen Santini at The Greater Rochester Chiropractic Office (30 Allens Creek Rd.) agreed. She used a cortisone ultrasound application and suggested I add calf muscle stretches. In a brief search I couldn't find a description (or pictures) of what she had showed me, so I'll have to explain.

She said there are two calf muscles: the gastroc (or, more formally, the gastrocnemius) and the soleus. To stretch the gastroc muscle, stand on a stair or step. Put one foot backward so your toes and part of the ball are on the edge of the step. Keep your calf relaxed as you shift your weight backward onto that foot, allowing your heel to drop below the level of the step. To stretch the soleus, put one foot on the next step as before with the heel hanging off. Keep your calf relaxed as you shift your weight forward onto that foot, allowing your heel to drop below the level of the step.

I gave it a go and it seems the run went fine — if I did shorten it to 15 minutes or so.

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Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Stuff White People (including me) Like
by Jason Olshefsky at 5:54 pm (add a comment)

My friend Christina pointed me to a site — a blog, actually — that has been the bane of my existence. It's Stuff White People Like (as well as a like-titled book by Christian Lander) and, to my self-reflective, obsessively analytical brain, it's a nightmare.

Well, first, I was reading along and thinking, "gosh, that's funny" — each item, one after another, actually did reflect things that I liked or that I recognized that most people I know [and most of them are white, I might add] liked. It's amusingly written as a guide to non-white people on how to assimilate into white culture — a sort of field-guide or cultural travelogue. Christina mentioned it because it's as if white culture were invisible — assumed by default — so there aren't really anthropological studies of it … at least that either of us could recall.

But then about page two, and 35 or so entries in, I started to panic. Was there anything unique about myself at all? I mean, here it was: a definitive list of all things I was, with only a 10% miss-rate. At least "White people like to claim understanding of what it's like to be a minority by reading 'Stuff White People Like'" was not (yet) on the list — despite tangentially-related topics like "#20 Being an expert on YOUR culture" and "#62 Knowing What's Best for Poor People".

I'll have to contact the author.

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JayceLand Pick In tonight's meeting for The Rochester IEEE Signal Processing Society in Room 1275 at The Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at RIT (1 Lomb Memorial Dr., building #76), Stefania Matteoli will discuss Physics-based Target Detection: Analysis and Validation on an Airborne Hyperspectral Data Set starting at 5:30 p.m. [source: IEEE Signal Processing Society e-mail]

JayceLand Pick The Bertrand Russell Society at Verb Café will meet tonight at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) at 7 p.m. and Ted Lechman will discuss Harry G. Frankfurt's On Bullshit. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing La maschera del demonio (Black Sunday) starting early at 7 p.m. and then Danza macabra (Castle of Blood) at 8:30 p.m. as a double-feature. In this case, you might just be able to judge a movie by its title. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is WalriMySpace link, and Nathaniel SeerMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick UsurperMySpace link, Nackt InsectenMySpace link, something like semi-melodic fast-paced noise from Pengo, and noise-based loops and haunting voices from City Harvest BlackMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Carbon Records calendar] [21+]

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]

The opening reception for Bill Bernbeck's exhibition Imagery at The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) is from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It will be on display through November 2. [source: Image City Photography Gallery e-mail]

Tonight at 6 p.m., join MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link members for a History at High Falls Guided Walk starting at The Centers at High Falls (60 Brown's Race). Then stick around for fireworks around 7:30 p.m. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Over at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) starting around 7 p.m. is The CasualtiesMySpace link, and Municipal WasteMySpace link. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

Duke Duchscherer will be at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) tonight at 7 p.m. to discuss Iran Behind the Headlines. [source: Baobab website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is the Exhibition Party for Trains featuring a dessert reception and music by Dual Audio. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. is another Improv Cypher's "Gorilla Theatre" show at Village Idiots Present (VIP). [source: Village Idiots Present website]

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

The D NumbersMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Blackfriars Theatre (28 Lawn St.) at 8 p.m. is the opening performance of The Pillow Man which runs through November 1. [source: Blackfriars Theatre website]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Strajk—Die Heldin von Danzig (Strike) starting at 8 p.m. It's about a shipyard welder who organizes her fellow workers to strike, sparking a revolution in the process. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) is great motley folk from Baby Shivers BoutiqueMySpace link, Parallax, and Doppler starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup Myspace page]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 9:30 p.m. at The Little (240 East Ave.) is a screening of Were the World Mine as part of The ImageOut Film Festival. It's a Midsummer Night's Dream-styled story set in modern times. [source: ImageOut program]

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) will be hosting great 1960's-styled rock-and-roll from The Hi-RisersMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

JayceLand Pick The ImageOut Film Festival will be screening Equality U at 11:45 a.m. at The Little (240 East Ave.) this morning: a documentary about gay students trying to get equal treatment in Christian universities. [source: ImageOut program]

Top Pick Today at 1:30 p.m., join folks from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link for a Historic Aqueduct Tour starting at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Tonight at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) is American DiaryMySpace link starting around 6:30 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

Jann KloseMySpace link 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]

Tonight at dark at Ontario Beach Park (Beach Ave. at Lake Ave.) is a screening of Moonstruck. [source: High Falls Film Festival press release]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is The Po' Boys Brass BandMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is The Gifted ChildrenGarageBand linkMySpace link, tight modern rock band VeluxeMySpace link, and Man vs. MoonMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]

JayceLand Pick Today's selections from The ImageOut Film Festival include the local short-film program Flower City Flicks at 11:30 a.m., It's Still Elementary at 2 p.m. (a documentary that follows up on a program that taught gay issues to elementary school students), and Le nouveau monde (The New World) at 7:15 p.m. (about the challenges a lesbian couple faces in trying to have children), all at The Little (240 East Ave.) [source: ImageOut program]

Today from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is a performance titled Mary Jemison Comes to Life and Shares Her Story by Gretchen Sepik and commentary by G. Peter Jemison. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

Fly the flag today.Columbus Day (observed)

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. the The University of Rochester's Advancement and Alumni Center (300 East River Rd.) in Seminar Room 101 is a Review of the University Master Plan concerning zoning requests. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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]

Columbus Day

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.

In this week's edition of Books Sandwiched-In from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.), H. Peter French will review The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom by Simon Winchester. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Today at 5:30 p.m., The ImageOut Film Festival presents Be Like Others, a documentary about homosexuals undergoing gender-reassignment surgery in Iran, where it's illegal to be gay but not to have sex-change. Then at 9:45 p.m. is a screening of Rohtenburg (Grimm Love) about a man obsessed with having his flesh eaten by another. Both films are being screened at The Little (240 East Ave.) [source: ImageOut program]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Times of Harvey Milk starting at 8 p.m. as part of The ImageOut Film Festival. It's a documentary about Harvey Milk, an openly gay San Francisco city councilmember who was assassinated. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Really good live hip-hop band Sole and the Skyrider BandMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]

Tonight's picks from The ImageOut Film Festival include Sex Positive at 5:30 p.m. about the people who started the "safe sex" movement, and then Otto; or, Up with Dead People at 10 p.m.: your typical gay zombie movie. Both films are at The Little (240 East Ave.) [source: ImageOut program]

This evening at 7 p.m., join MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link members for a Fall Garden Talk at The Cornell Cooperative Extension (249 Highland Ave.) with city horticultural technician Stacey Estich. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Tonight at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) is John RybakMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: band e-mail] [all ages]

The Eastman Jazz Ensemble, and The Eastman New Jazz Ensemble will be at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Last Detail starting at 8 p.m. in which two Navy sailors discover their prisoner was framed, so they take him out for a good time on leave. It's another 1970's quasi-experimental Hal Ashby picture, so your mileage may vary ... [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Updated: Ok, so since their MySpace blog says they cancelled their October tour, it appears that RTXMySpace link, Dead ChildMySpace link, and Tuurd will not be appearing at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.). In their place, it's apparently disorienting electronic anti-band GaybotMySpace link, The Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome BellsMySpace link, and effects-amplified wind instruments from Asthmatic all starting around 9 p.m. or so. [source: Carbon Records calendar] [18+]

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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