Ali and I went to The Little (240 East Ave.) to catch a couple movies. She had read the book and wanted to see the film The Reader, and I've been meaning to catch Vals Im Bashir(Waltz With Bashir). They both started about the same time — although the shorter Waltz started 10 minutes earlier, so I got out some 45 minutes earlier. I headed to Spot Coffee (200 East Ave.) but couldn't figure out how to get on the Internets with their wireless Internet [assuming "Spot on WIFI" was the SSID of their network.]
Anyway, Waltz With Bashir is a rather interesting movie. It's an animated film about a man who had fought in Israel's war with Lebanon 20 years ago. He can't remember anything of his involvement in the war until one of the people he fought with reveals a recurring dream. The man then seeks others who fought in the war by his side to help him get his memories back — particularly about a massacre he has the most trouble remembering.
The scenes of war were particularly surreal. Not because of the unreal aspects of the animation, though, but from the insanity inherent in war itself: particularly those aspects that bridge peaceful life with war life. The soldiers are expected to behave a certain way, but their humanity draws their attention to commonplace things: sounds and silence for example, or the benign apathy of plants to politics, borders, and war.
I look at this whole war thing like I must be crazy. I mean, I can't see how it makes anything any better. It's a deliberate act of malice that changes the course of people's lives, justified in future retrospect that it will have been seen as unavoidable and written in history as a good thing by the victors.
So I see these films that portray war as this absurd exercise and it seems true through the rich approximation of emotions. But then I'll talk with some guy returning from Iraq and they all say it was such a rewarding experience. On the one hand I feel like my fellow fairly-trade-coffee-chewing aristocracy, proud of our nuanced and clearly superior understanding of war. Yet it's a much more filtered view than those who are actually at war.
Unassailable logic dictates that to really get an answer, I'd need to go to war myself. But aside from gaining more knowledge about the world, I otherwise find the idea, well, bad.
Tonight at The Mez Café (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) starting at 8 p.m. is a Themed Dirt and Rubber Bands Fashion Show with thoughful spoken word poetry over avant-garde ambient music by Urknee and Bjürton Russell.
Mez website][all ages]
The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Mantrap starting at 7 p.m. and then Reckless at 8:30 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar: "Clara Bow is at her most coquettish in Mantrap, almost singlehandedly giving the titular Canadian retreat its name. Her roundelay of lovers amuses the townsfolk, embarrasses her husband, and frustrates a New York lawyer who had hoped for a restive vacation. In Reckless, Jean Harlow stars as a Broadway showgirl whose perfect love affair turns into a scandal when her husband commits suicide but the media cries foul play." Mantrap will be accompanied on piano by Philip C. Carli.
Dryden Theater calendar][all ages]
This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including nearby towns Irondequoit, Webster, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor, Henrietta, Gates, Chili, Greece, and Charlotte, and occasionally other places in Monroe County and the Western New York region.) It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, lectures, discussions, debates, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
Music events are usually original bands with occasional cover bands and DJ's with musical styles including punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat."
Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed.
Although I'm reluctant to admit it, it is a Rochester blog and I'm essentially blogging about Rochester events.
I also tend to express opinions, review past events, make reviews, speak of philosophy or of a philosophical nature, discuss humanity and creativity.
Oh, and it's spelled JayceLand with no space and a capital L, not Jayce Land, Jaycee Land, Jace Land, Jase Land, Joyce Land, Jayce World, Jayceeland, Jaceland, Jaseland, Joyceland, Jayceworld, Jayceeworld, Jaceworld, Jaseworld, nor Joyceworld. (Now if you misspell it in some search engine, you at least get a shot at finding it.)
It's also not to be confused with
or JakesWorld which is a site of a Rochester animator.
While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, March 5, 2009 (Thu, Mar 5, 2009, 3/5/2009, or 3/5/09) Friday, March 6, 2009 (Fri, Mar 6, 2009, 3/6/2009, or 3/6/09) Saturday, March 7, 2009 (Sat, Mar 7, 2009, 3/7/2009, or 3/7/09) Sunday, March 8, 2009 (Sun, Mar 8, 2009, 3/8/2009, or 3/8/09) Monday, March 9, 2009 (Mon, Mar 9, 2009, 3/9/2009, or 3/9/09) Tuesday, March 10, 2009 (Tue, Mar 10, 2009, 3/10/2009, or 3/10/09) and Wednesday, March 11, 2009 (Wed, Mar 11, 2009, 3/11/2009, or 3/11/09).
indicates an event that's a preferred pick of the day ... probably something worth checking out.
indicates a "guaranteed" best bet for the particular genre of the indicated event.
links to a band's page on GarageBand.com which offers reviews and information about bands.
links to a band's page on MySpace.com which is a friend-networking site that is popular with bands.