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Weekly Rochester Events #530 Starting Thursday, March 5, 2009

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Waltz With Bashir at The Little
by Jason Olshefsky at 6:40 pm (add a comment)

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.

I think I might just leave this one unknown.

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JayceLand Pick At this evening's Thursday Thinkers in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) at 5:15 p.m., John Lovenheim will review The Chip: How Two Americans Invented the Microchip and Launched a Revolution by T. R. Reid. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) is presenting a show of Laura CorteseMySpace link at Harmony House (58 East Main St., Webster) tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Der Letzte Mann (The Last Laugh) starting at 8 p.m. — "an artful fusion of evocative German expressionism and gritty social realism". The story is that of a proud doorman who is forced into a form of retirement as a washroom attendant. Life piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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

Tonight at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) is Misfit KarmaMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup Myspace page]


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All day today is the Opening Reception for A Celebration of Spring by Dan Nankov at The Rochester Medical Museum and Archives (333 Humboldt St., formerly ViaHealth Archives Consortium). [source: City Newspaper]

Updated: The Stone-Tolan House (2370 East Ave.) doesn't open until April, not today. (And FYI, this wasn't my error: The Landmark Society of Western New York (133 S. Fitzhugh St.) did have the March 6 date listed on Monday, March 3 when I found it.) [source: Landmark Society 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. at The Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester (277 N. Goodman St.) is the Opening Reception for Nowruz: Persian New Year — A Folk Arts Exhibit. [source: Arts and Cultural Council website]

JayceLand Pick Crocus Clay Works (1115 E. Main St. Door #2, Suite 225) will be hosting an Opening Reception for Hidden Hungerford this evening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. [source: City Newspaper]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) is a pair of Opening Receptions: one for Sergei Sviatchenko's The Shape of White and one for masumiEDUCATIONAL's mE Tools; both from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. [source: Visual Studies Workshop calendar] [all ages]

This evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Firehouse Gallery at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) is the opening reception for prints by Jillian Sokso and ceramics by Alice Drew, on display through March 27. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

Miscellaneous by John Perry opens tonight at The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. [source: City Newspaper]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Mez CaféMySpace link (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 RussellMySpace link. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

Tonight at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) is Kevin DeHond starting around 8 p.m. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

Bodhi's Cafe & LoungeMySpace link (274 Goodman St. N., in Village Gate) will be hosting really talented guitarist (and good singer if he chooses to do so) Kinloch Nelson starting around 8 p.m. [source: Bodhi's Cafe MySpace page]

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

Tonight is the openign performance of Our Leading Lady at Blackfriars Theatre (28 Lawn St.), running through March 21. It's about a stage actress performing on the night Lincoln was killed. [source: Blackfriars Theatre website]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing JCVD starting at 8 p.m. and again tomorrow at 5 p.m. Jean-Claude Van Damme plays himself as a washed-up action star forced into a situation that calls for skills only his characters ever really had. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) is academically-interesting band The IndrasMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [18+]

Tonight at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) is Danny and The Rebel RockersMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Rochester Music Coalition calendar] [21+]

Over at The Roost (4853 W Henrietta Rd.) starting around 9:30 p.m. is bar-rock band with a country twang Blue JimmyGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Freetime]


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Join Stacey Estrich on a Saturday Hike today from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. starting at Seneca Park Zoo (2222 St. Paul Blvd.) [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Potential Life StudiosMySpace link (34 Elton St.) is a Listening Party for the soundtrack CD to the current exhibition The Bone Lab starting around 6 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) will have a discussion of Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou tonight at 7 p.m. [source: Baobab website]

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

Good singer and storyteller Jerry Falzone, and Warren Paul will be at The Mez CaféMySpace link (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) 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 Slap Shot starting at 8 p.m. One man tries to save the town hockey team ... [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) will be hosting The StreamersMySpace link, and The Enablers starting around 9 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [18+]

The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting WarbladeGarageBand linkMySpace link, The Severed Head SarcophagusMySpace link, and Order of the DeadMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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International Women's Day

Daylight Saving Time Begins — Set your clock ahead one hour from 2:00 a.m. standard time to 3:00 a.m. daylight saving time in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

Today at 2 p.m., The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) will present a Patent and Trademark Training Seminar in the Rundel Auditorium. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick 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. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Jeff BujakGarageBand linkMySpace link, and The Magnetic PullMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Tonight at 9 p.m. at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) is Trivia Night. [source: Freetime]

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.

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 Vision Models for Realistic Imaging by James Ferwerda. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Picture of Dorian Gray starting at 8 p.m. A man's picture ages while he retains his youthful appearance. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) is really good blues-charged rock-and-roll/groove-rock from Buford and the Smoking Section starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]


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The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) will present RIT's Silent Auction tonight around 6 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup Myspace page]

JayceLand Pick Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) starting around 7 p.m. is Razors in the NightMySpace link, VagiantMySpace link, and InugamiMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Flogging MollyMySpace link will be at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. — good luck getting tickets, though. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Cool Hand Luke starting at 8 p.m. The tale of a Southern chain-gang of convicts. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Rosewood ThievesMySpace link, Man vs. MoonMySpace link, and Josh NetskyMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is The TillersMySpace link, The Dark Holler DuoMySpace link, and The Ruckus Juice Jug StompersMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Freetime]

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]

The Comedy UndergroundMySpace link will be at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) tonight at 8 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [all ages]

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