Weekly Rochester Events #526 Starting Thursday, February 5, 2009

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Barefoot Running in the Snow (for a little bit)
by Jason Olshefsky at 12:08 pm (add a comment)

This morning it was around 28°F and I went out for a run. I guess I went around 1.5 miles, and in the last 300 yards or so, I took off my water-shoes and did it barefoot. The sidewalk was snow-covered and quite cold. But, like the last time I did this on Monday, I felt my feet try to heed the call for more warmth. My theory is that I can increase the circulation enough that I might be able to go out for long periods of time. That, however, won't be for quite a while.

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No Country for Old Buffet
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

Ali, Christina, and I decided to take a trip to Old Country Buffet (1512 Ridge Rd. W.) — coupon-in-hand — for some pre-drinking grease-soak. As it turned out, the food was considerably better than my extremely low expectations. In future visits, I'll be sure to stick to the simple stuff like fried chicken and mashed potatoes. But a discount is the way to go as $12-per-adult can get a little pricey, although drinks and dessert are included, although there are no alcoholic drinks — so taken all together, it's about as expensive as a hearty trip to the diner. But maybe a little better if you have food A.D.D. or something.

Plus — and let's be honest here — how could I avoid writing this when I had the whole "No Country for Old Buffet" title in my back pocket? I knew you'd understand.

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Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Trouble the Wat … er … I Mean The Pool
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 pm (add a comment)

So Ali and I went with Christina in her recently-formed couplehood with Dominic to see Trouble the Water at the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) As it happened, my Palm Pilot [Palm Pilot Vx from 2001, thanks for asking] decided to wipe its memory earlier that weekend, presumably from my pocket trying to hack into its password protection. While it was in memory therapy on its cradle at my house, I didn't have access to it or its wealth of information that includes the events from JayceLand. So we went at 7 p.m. which is when I though the movie was to be shown.

Well, as Jim Healy began introducing the film, it became slowly clear that this was not that movie. "What does he mean, 'characters'?" "I had no idea this was filmed in India." "I wonder if he means 'pool' as some kind of metaphor." Indeed, we had arrived in time to see The Pool instead.

As it turned out, the movie is very very good. It's about a couple kids from Goa, India who eek out a living in odd jobs on the street. The elder Venkatesh is fascinated by an unused swimming pool at what appears to be the home of someone unimaginably wealthy. He weasels his way in to helping the owner with his garden. Then he befriends the man's daughter and the three youngsters spend the pre-monsoon afternoons together. Ever so gradually — with the editorial precision of a surgeon — the film reveals why the pool stays unused.

In retrospect I found it to be a brilliantly paced film. Ali was enchanted by it — much to our surprise, as it could very well have been the kind of Céline et Julie vont en bateau (Celine and Julie Go Boating) experience culminating in a "when are they going to get on the fucking boat?" somewhere around the 3-hour mark. But it was very warmly received … I guess I'll have to get Ali to write up a summary one way or another.

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

David Cay Johnston Cheerfully Explains the Credit Crisis
by Jason Olshefsky at 12:12 pm (add a comment)

I happened to hit a good break point at work and had just enough time to get to the Tuesday Topics discussion in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) David Cay Johnston was on hand to explain The Credit Crisis: Your Wallet and Wall Street in that cheerfully confident way that only David Cay Johnston can.

He started off talking about Reaganomics and where it is some 28 years after the start. The original plan had three goals: reduce taxes, balance the budget, and deregulate industry, so he outlined a measure of past performance. Taxes have dropped for the tiny sliver of extremely rich people but not for the rest of us. The budget is profoundly not balanced. But at the core of the overall failure is that the concept of deregulation is fundamentally a myth.

His analogy to the situation is that of driving: most people on the road are generally pretty good drivers. So, to aid them in driving better, we should eliminate those expensive road signs and traffic signals. After all, most drivers are responsible, so why should we impede their progress with unnecessary regulation? Clearly the exercise leads to worse conditions. But if you take a closer look, even the act of licensing drivers is an act of regulation.

In other words, the concept of deregulation was actually one of reducing regulation, and reducing the amount of regulation opened the door for conditions for which the regulations were designed to circumvent. By operating within the confines of a system of rules, responsible action was one of following those rules.

Johnston's point was that in "deregulating", we have separated risk from responsibility. And by allowing people to make irresponsible decisions, we ended up in the mess we're in now.

Anyway, in this bail-out, the estimated value of all the sub-prime mortgages were worth about US$500B and their actual value was more like US$300B if you consider the real value of the real estate, but the government is spending 8.5 trillion dollars on the bailout — nearly 30 times more than their value … in other words, a terribly bad investment. The excess money is being used to pay for companies who owe money to Goldman Sachs — curiously enough, one of the central figures of the entire bailout.

I suspect I'm doing a very poor job explaining it. The thing I noted was that he seemed rather calm about the whole thing, whether he was talking about the bailout amount being about the same as 8 years of every American's income tax collection, or the possibility of a decade of 10% inflation. It was that kind of deep understanding that makes you know that you really don't know, and no matter what happens, you get by.

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This afternoon at 5:30 p.m. in the Link Gallery at City Hall (30 Church St.) is an Art and Jazz Reception featuring music by Jimmie Highsmith, Jr. and art by David Haygood, Jr. [source: City Hall press release]

Top Pick This evening at 6 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.), Grant Romer will discuss the History of the Abraham Lincoln Glass Plate Negative. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

The Eastman Chamber Percussion 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]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing In A Lonely Place starting at 8 p.m. about "a troubled, neurotic screenwriter who is implicated in the murder of a hat-check girl." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. is the start of the Seconds Sale at the Firehouse Gallery at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) It runs through February 28. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

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

This evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the opening reception of Paintings by Dunstan Luke a The Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester (277 N. Goodman St.) [source: Arts and Cultural Council e-mail]

Today, tomorrow, and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Spot Coffee (200 East Ave.) is a Modern Art and Craft Annual. [source: City Newspaper] [all ages]

Natura (featuring works many artists) opens at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) tonight from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. along with the opening of Earth Tones Woman by Jamie Columbus. [source: Rochester Contemporary calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick This evening at 6 p.m. at the Gallery at Potential Life StudiosMySpace link (34 Elton St.) is the opening reception for the exhibition The Bone Lab by William Pifer with additional works by Colleen Guthrie, and Jeremy Nathan Dziedzic. The Facebook event adds, "possibly controversial. Definitely macabre." [source: the proverbial grapevine]

JayceLand Pick James Morris's works titled Butabu: Adobe Architecture of West Africa Photographs will be on display starting tonight at 6:30 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) [source: Baobab website]

Meet with people from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link to Celebrate the Game Board Monopoly at Barnes & Noble (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 100 Park Point Dr.) at 6:30 p.m. to commemorate the 74th anniversary of its release to the public. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Local Crime Faces by Paul Dodd opens tonight at 7 p.m. at The Printing and Book Arts Center at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) and runs through March 4. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

Bill Edgar (N3LLR) will be on hand to discuss The ARRL and You: One on One at the meeting of The Rochester Amateur Radio Association, Inc. (RARA) tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Henrietta District Fire Company #1 Hall (3129 E. Henrietta Rd., Henrietta). [source: RocWiki calendar]

The Nuts and Bolts Comedy Improv TroupeMySpace link will be at Spotlight Theatre Arts (66 N. Main St., Fairport) today and tomorrow at 8 p.m. [source: Nuts and Bolts e-mail]

JayceLand Pick Inward Becomes an AnthemMySpace 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]

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is Chuck IrvingMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Good acoustic work from Electric OrganicMySpace link, and Street LevelMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [18+]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Pont de varsòvia (Warsaw Bridge) starting at 8 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, it's "a series of bizarre images and surreal sequences that play out like a beautiful dream: an unusual concert in a shopping arcade; a verbal chess match; an opera performed at a fish market; credits that appear 30 minutes into the film; and much more. Ostensibly the story of a romantic triangle between a novelist, a conductor, and a marine-biology professor, Portabella's film is actually a love letter to the possibilities of cinema, filled with non sequiturs and nonsense." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Join Stacey Estrich on a Saturday Hike today from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. starting at Riley Lodge in Cobb's Hill Park (Norton Dr., softball diamonds near 490). [source: City Hall press release]

Today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hedonist Artisan Chocolates (674 South Ave.) will be having an in-store Chocolate Tasting. [source: Hedonist Chocolates website]

Jay Lincoln's exhibition CelebARTy opens tonight at 5 p.m. at The Little Theatre Café (240 East Ave.) [source: City Newspaper]

Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is another discussion in the Community Dialogue Series: Local Action on Global Issues: Afghanistan with Anthony Agnello. [source: Baobab website]

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

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Toe Tactic starting at 8 p.m. Filmmaker Emily Hubley will be on hand to introduce and discuss her animated feature film. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is great heavy-hitting proto-rock from Auld Lang SyneMySpace link, and good bar-rock from Burning DaylightGarageBand link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

Tonight at The Keg (315 Gregory St., behind German House where Rohrbach's used to be), folks from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link will be meeting for Salsa Dance Lessons from The Tango Cafe Dance Studio (389 Gregory St.) at 9:30 p.m. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is DownburnMySpace link, The Found, and Mo-ChesterMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Today from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Ontario Beach Park (Beach Ave. at Lake Ave.) is the 25th Annual Lakeside Winter Celebration. [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick Emily Hubley will be in the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) today at 2 p.m. for A Hubley Family Animation Celebration featuring works by her parents John Hubley and Faith Hubley. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Over at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. is The Eastman School Symphony Orchestra. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting MarahMySpace link, The Gifted ChildrenGarageBand linkMySpace link, and The 1904 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]

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.

At today's Tuesday Topics discussion from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.), Dr. Jamie E. Kerr will discuss the Impact of the Uninsured and the Underinsured. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is Emma CookMySpace 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 Shaft starting at 8 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is The KujatsMySpace link, Thë DëVillsMySpace link, and Red Hot MessMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) will be hosting the good blues-charged rock-and-roll/groove-rock band Buford and the Smoking Section starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

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 on Reading Images vs. Reading Text: An Advantage for Dyslexia with Michael Schneps. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting The Eastman Jazz Ensemble 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 Sud pralad (Tropical Malady) starting at 8 p.m. The film is split into a traditional narrative in the first part — that of the relationship between a soldier and a country boy — and an allegorical second part. Take note that the Eastman House calendar makes specific note that this film established the director as "one of the most adventurous filmmakers in the world". [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

The VisitationsMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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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