Weekly Rochester Events #521 Starting Thursday, January 1, 2009

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

FileMaker Failed to Save the Wrong Version of this Entry About Jesse Sprinkle and Burning Daylight [hooray!]
by Jason Olshefsky at 4:45 am (2 comments)

OK, this one's specifically dedicated to John Lam. Whenever we talk about JayceLand, he frequently comments that I don't blog "properly" — often posting an entry for — say today — on next Wednesday. So this one's for you, John: it's 2:59 a.m. and after the event about which I'm about to blog. …

So I went to Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) earlier. I arrived in time to catch just a song-and-a-half of Jesse SprinkleMySpace link. I liked what I heard, but don't feel confident opining further due to insufficient experience. Next was Burning DaylightGarageBand link who are really swell. Jesse plays drums in this band — and I met lead-singer/guitarist Nick and bassist Tim afterward. I generally stand by my database-stored comment from December 21, 2006 at the Bug Jar: "unremarkable bar-rock except when they get more punk-rock". [No offense, guys: let me qualify …]

I had a great time. I considered heading to The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) for the metal and metal-like show featuring (among others) SulacoMySpace link (featuring some friends of mine) but instead, I opted to get a pint or two (or three) at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) instead and enjoy some, well, bar-rock. Burning DaylightGarageBand link does a fine job with a mix of [mostly] originals and [some] covers in a bar-rock/punk-rock style. I mean, what more can I say? Have you been at a bar where some band was playing and had a drink or two, and noted, "hey, these guys are pretty good."? It's that kind of personal experience that really doesn't carry over well to radio-play or other popular, substantive fame. It's just … well … nice. With notably-sexceptional exceptions like "Black Soul, Black Heart", it's not the kind of thing you're going to get nagging in your head. But that one song can keep you coming back.

Heck, maybe it's whatever it was that Ali and her friend were so impressed that the band played for them. Or maybe it's just that Tim's this kind of faux-Canadian [in the "gosh, aren't those Canadian folks polite and kind" kind of way] Buffalo … umm … resident. Or that I owe Nick, Tim, and Jesse a drink [and $1.33 more each] for giving me their CD (Jesse 2x for supplying his personal-favorite own CD in addition).

In conclusion, thanks: you guys gave me a great time (even despite that poor dude who got carried away by ambulance for whatever reason … at least it wasn't body-bag). So when you're at your regularly-paying day-jobs, know that I thought your time was worth its while. Sure, your songs aren't on 'BER regularly [or are they?: I'm so irritated by the Guisto-inspired BOCES-training-esque 'play what the people want' kind of crap that I barely listen anymore].

But whatever: play live and there's someone there who'll love it.

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Doubt at the Little
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:10 pm (1 comment)

Ali and I went to The Little (240 East Ave.) to see Doubt. It's a fascinating film which, although obviously different from the play (which neither of us saw), is extremely strong. I suppose it could only help that the film was written and directed by the original playwright, John Patrick Shanley. The story primarily follows Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the minister of St. Nicholas in the Bronx in 1964, and Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep), the principal of the affiliated school. Flynn takes an interest in one of the students: Donald Muller — a black boy in an otherwise all-white school. Sister Aloysius fully believes Flynn molested Donald and intends to ensure he [Flynn — duh] is punished.

The audience is left to their own beliefs to ascertain whether Flynn molested Donald. I found this fascinating, as I maintained his innocence throughout the film but realized afterward that I could experience the film again completely differently by believing he was guilty.

Sister Aloysius is someone who would act to destroy based on their beliefs. I think it's a particular kind of logic that permits this: believing that one's belief alone is more true than having no factual basis — perhaps a manifestation of the nature of faith (although in the case of religious faith, it's more about filling a gap in that which is knowable). The trouble is, there is an element of circular justification: if she succeeds in destroying Flynn's reputation, she feels justified, but by putting her own reputation on the line in making such an accusation, she has no choice but to fight to destroy Flynn's reputation no matter whether he was guilty or not.

Sister James, meanwhile, acts as a foil to Sister Aloysius by believing in the kindness of others. Sister Aloysius' long-time experience as disciplinarian provides her only with evidence of sin and wrongdoing. So is it Sister James' naiveté or Sister Aloysius' limited perspective that is at fault?

For myself, I find that when factual evidence is not available, belief in kindness is the more fruitful path. As is the case with Sister Aloysius, believing more in evil makes you a destructive force in the world whereas believing more in good opens up the possibility of being constructive.

But equally important is that it makes you happier to believe that people are generally kind.

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Fly the flag today.New Year's Day

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

JayceLand Pick Tonight from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) is the opening reception for The Magic of Light, a juried show of photographs from over one hundred artists. [source: Image City Photography Gallery e-mail]

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

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) is Ian Downey is FamousMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Rochester Contemporary calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Godfather starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 3 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Village Idiots Present (VIP) will present "Couples Therapy" ManShee Chronicles at 7:30 p.m. tonight. [source: Village Idiots Present website]

Mike Allen 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 Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Godfather, Part II starting at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 7 p.m. (when you can also see the first Godfather movie earlier in the day). [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Freeminer BirdsMySpace link, great experimental, mostly-acoustic performer Gregory PaulGarageBand linkMySpace link, and Tinker's Dern will be at Potential Life StudiosMySpace link (34 Elton St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: band e-mail]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting very tight modern rock band VeluxeMySpace link, and Craig MarloweMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) is an art show featuring Meg Gregory (see her blog also) with music by Lisa Bigwood and The Washday Band [source: Mez website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Robin Weintraub will be at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) today at 2 p.m. for a What's Up Lecture on Twin Figures. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting Stephanie NillesMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) will be hosting The Years (members of the Blood and Bone Orchestra) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Carbon Records 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.

Today at 11 a.m. is the first day of Lisa Marie Barber's Three Hearts at The Firehouse Gallery at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.). The exhibition runs until January 30 with a closing reception on that day. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

The Rochester Speculative Literature Association (R-SPEC) meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble (3349 Monroe Ave.) to discuss Writing Communities and Contacts. [source: R-SPEC Google Group]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Fah talai jone (Tears of The Black Tiger) starting at 8 p.m. Here's the key phrase from Eastman House's calendar: "a visual dazzler with its striking saturated colors, this highly entertaining Thai Western/musical/melodrama is one of the most original movies of the decade." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick This afternoon at 4 p.m. in the Auditorium of The Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (CIS) at RIT (1 Lomb Memorial Dr., building #76) is a lecture titled Digital Print Permanence: Recent Research with Daniel Burge. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Tonight is the another of the Snow Cheap Trail Races starting at 6 p.m. at Riley Lodge in Cobb's Hill Park (Norton Dr., softball diamonds near 490). Sign up through Fleet Feet Sports (2210 Monroe Ave.) [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Alien³ [a.k.a. AlienAlienAlien to me and my friends at the time] starting at 8 p.m. In this stark sequel in the Alien franchise, aliens chase people around in a barren penal colony. [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]

Tonight at The Comedy Club (2235 Empire Blvd., Webster) is a Comedy Open Mic with Michael GatelyMySpace link. [source: Comedy Club website]

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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