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Weekly Rochester Events #514 Starting Thursday, November 13, 2008

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Back to a "Full" Run
by Jason Olshefsky at 6:16 pm (add a comment)

Since I got diagnosed with plantar fasciitis (damaged tendons on the bottom of the foot) last month, I've been taking it easy on running (and yes, still barefoot). I've added the calf-muscle stretches and have been building up my runs — both in duration and in frequency. When I was first diagnosed, I was running about a mile once a week. I've since built that up to twice a week, and today I went out for my "normal" run of about 2 miles.
My bad foot hurt a bit, but it didn't flare up as it had originally. It's a bit sore, but in that stretching/healing kind of way rather than the damaging/tearing kind of way. So far so good … hopefully I'll be back to 3 times a week before the snow flies

Oh yeah, and I had to go back and edit this because I forgot the reason I thought to post an entry in the first place: that I find it so amusing that I make a wake in the air, causing the leaves to rustle behind me as I run past.

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Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Frownland 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 Frownland. I was reluctant (and, in fact, Ali passed on it entirely) because we had both seen The Pawnbroker the night before. The Pawnbroker, while a powerful movie about the lifetime of suffering the Holocaust caused, it fell a little flat as I had already explored those issues; so in other words, if I had seen the movie at an earlier time in my life, I would have been blown away, but now it was just an exercise in excellent movie-making. The Eastman House calendar seemed to imply that Frownland would be similar to The Pawnbroker — largely because the central characters in each movie is at best unlikeable, and at worst, intolerable.

I was glad to be pleasantly surprised. While I guess it's not incorrect to describe Frownland's central character, Keith as a "chain-smoking, stammering, excessively needy, terribly annoying, yet fascinating nobody," I gravitated toward the more concise description that he's the personification of insecurity. He's cripplingly so, in fact, yet not through any definable mental illness — while he'd most certainly benefit from some form of psychological therapy, he appears to be only circumstantially dysfunctional. What I mean is that he would probably be able to function if it weren't for his antagonistically unsympathetic roommate, his door-to-door job, or the simple fact of being so unavoidably exposed to people by living in New York City.

Filmmaker Ronald Bronstein was there to discuss his film. He's a remarkably articulate guy — particularly when it comes to his understanding of his own work on this particular movie. He was drawing from his own insecure times in New York, and from the insidious nature of insecurity. He gave the analogy to hunger: that hunger's solution — eating — is not blocked by being hungry, whereas insecurity's solution — self-confidence — is blocked by insecurity: you're unable to develop meaningful relationships with others and ultimately it's only through innovative lateral thinking that you can build self-confidence.

So in a way, it's kind of a horror movie: a man trapped in an insecure mental state and who seems to be permanently so. Curiously, Bronstein worked on Frownland for 6 years whenever he was able to afford more film, and he found it challenging to keep touch with the very idea of this constant state of insecurity.

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JayceLand Pick Today from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is Not Your Usual Craft Show at the Lodge at Brighton Town Park (777 Westfall Rd.) [source: City Newspaper]

JayceLand Pick Anne M. Lyden will be at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) this evening at 6 p.m. for a Photo Lecture on "how photographs capture the romantic vision of railroads as symbols of industrial development, expansion, accessibility, and a changing society." [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 7 p.m. in Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is a meeting of The Bertrand Russell Society featuring Alfred Geier discussing Heraclitus and the Logos on Russell's views during what we've come to call the Jazz Age. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) is a presentation of Everyone's Theatre Company (ETC) titled The Devil Waits For Imogene Oxford — also on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. [source: RocWiki calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Payton Sheets will discuss How Did the Ancient Maya Feed the Multitudes? in an Archaeology Lecture at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The Eastman Brass Guild starting around 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

Top Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is LakeMySpace link, Desolation WildernessMySpace link, Oliver/Reeg, and good acoustic soloist Electric OrganicMySpace link starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Over at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) starting around 10 p.m. is wicked fun percussion-and-saxophone dominated jam band The BuddhaHoodMySpace link. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

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]


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Today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gallery at The Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester (277 N. Goodman St.) is the opening reception for What is New?, an exhibition of works by Alan D. Singer. [source: Arts and Cultural Council e-mail]

This evening at 6:30 p.m. is the opening of the Winter Show at The Firehouse Gallery at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.); on display through December 30. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

At The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) at 6:30 p.m. is a Community Dialogue Series on Ethiopian Intellectual traditions and the Legacy of Haile Selassie with Ayele Bekerie. [source: Baobab website]

Updated: Tonight at Potential Life StudiosMySpace link (34 Elton St.) is The Sunburned Hand Of The ManMySpace link, and Inward Becomes an AnthemMySpace link starting around 7 p.m. [source: band e-mail]

JayceLand Pick Liana GabelMySpace link, good acoustic soloist Nora KaminskiMySpace link, Dana MarzovillaMySpace link, and John CraigieMySpace 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]

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

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Encounters At the End of the World starting at 8 p.m. and again tomorrow at 5 p.m. Visually-stunning-film maker Werner Herzog's film about Antarctica. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is giving Old School Reggae Night another go around 9 p.m. with Ron Stackman spinning the vinyl. [source: Abilene website]

The Grand Canyon Rescue EpisodeMySpace link will be at Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Golden Link website]

Sign up for the event then join MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link members for Cosmic Bowling at Bowl-a-Roll (1560 Jefferson Rd.) starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Tonight at The Montage Live Music HallMySpace link (50 Chestnut St., formerly the Montage Grille) is The GooniesMySpace link, Roots ColliderMySpace link, and The Legacy starting around 10 p.m. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester] [21+]

Burn Everything will be at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime] [21+]


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

JayceLand Pick Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting FewnMySpace link, and Duck and SwallowMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Top Pick Animator Don Hertzfeldt (also at Internet Movie Database) will be in the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) at 8 p.m. to present his new film I Am So Proud of You along with other samples of his "surreal, existentially philosophical, and uproariously funny work". [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Mason ProperMySpace link, Josh NetskyMySpace link, The PheromonesMySpace link, and Thing OneMySpace 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 Hotel ReverieMySpace link, Craig MarloweMySpace link, and Ian Downey is FamousMySpace link. [source: Freetime] [21+]


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Today at 3 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is another Musicale with N. Pourmalek. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Pinocchio starting early at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. in which a magical puppet wants to become a real boy. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is solidly good hard rock from Cavalcade, The Natty OrcsMySpace link, and Devall MusicMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Ronnie Reider will be at the One Universe Resource Service (OURS) meeting to discuss Native American Storytelling in the Lower Level Meeting Room at Brighton Town Hall (2300 Elmwood Ave.) tonight at 6:30 p.m. [source: One Universe Resource Service mailer]

JayceLand Pick Over at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. is The Eastman New Jazz Ensemble. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Royal BangsMySpace link, The French Horn RebellionMySpace link, and Hotel ReverieMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [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]


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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.

JayceLand Pick Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Equal=GroundsMySpace link (750 South Ave., formerly Hunt's Hardware) is a Chocolate Tasting by Hedonist Artisan Chocolates (674 South Ave.) [source: Equal=Grounds MySpace page] [all ages]

Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting The Eastman Percussion Ensemble starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Tramp, Tramp, Tramp starting at 8 p.m. in which a hobo "enters a cross-country walkathon" and features some "jaw-dropping stunts". Philip C. Carli will provide live piano accompaniment, and the film will be preceded by Mighty Like a Moose. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is The Beaumonts, and The Quarter Shots starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Tonight at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium at The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) is DADA: "a program of 16mm films from the VSW archives". [source: Visual Studies Workshop calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is Tuba Mirum starting at 7 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

The Eastman Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra will be at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing RR starting at 8 p.m. Your mileage may vary: "without any sort of conventional narration and using a stationary camera, avant-garde filmmaker [James] Benning films 43 trains in locations all over the United States. What ultimately emerges through a carefully structured series of shots and a subtle, but evocative sound design, is a study of American consumerism and consumption." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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]

Open-Mic Comedy at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [all ages]

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