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Friday, March 6th, 2009

JCVD at the Dryden with a New Pair of Eyes
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

Today I went to The Rochester Optical Factory Outlet (400 Jefferson Rd., in Hen-Jeff Plaza) and picked up my new glasses (with the lowest price in town — and honestly priced to boot). Last month I went to The Ocu Sight Eye Care Center (1580 Elmwood Ave.) for an eye appointment: partly for issues with near-sightedness, and partly to get those eye disease checks that I don't get without owning glasses. Everyone who has glasses sneers when I say I have better than 20/20 vision, but damn it: I can't read street signs at night! Accordingly , my prescription was pretty weak, but now I can see far-away things. It may not be perfect (I'm still working on figuring out if it's honestly wrong or if it's just confined by the granularity of a weak prescription) but hundreds of yards better than what it was.

So one of the first things I got to do was to go with Ali to the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) where we saw JCVDJean-Claude Van Damme's Tree's Lounge … er … sort-of. Ali didn't intend on seeing it, but I suggested we walk from her house to double-up a little physical activity, but she didn't feel at all like walking back home alone afterward so begrudgingly stayed (and actually thought the film was okay).

I thought the film was very good overall. I remember from film class in college something about film genres taking a turn at some point — when the formula used is somehow tweaked so the film is still recognizable by its pedigree, but is significantly unique as well. In this case, it's the action genre: where the bad guys establish a sophisticated upper-hand, the good guys are embarrassingly disorganized save for the few heroes, and good wins in the end. Plus there's a showcase for special effects and a reinforced apathy for the loss of lives of the unknown.

In JCVD, Van Damme plays himself — an action star tired of constantly being personally associated with the attributes of the characters he plays and the films they are in, and pretty much the only guy who could possibly fit the role. He returns to his hometown of Brussels and quickly becomes the central figure in a heist gone awry. From there it's action-movie anarchy: mobs of people surround the bank to cheer on the most famous Belgian outside Belgium, Van Damme's role in the heist is not as it first appears, and, of course, he's not some ass-kicking, bulletproof hero.

In a jarring foil to the climax, Van Damme steps out of his film-self to deliver a monologue directly to the audience. He ends up coming across closer to Jesus Christ than to his own JC moniker (Jean-Claude, that is — far more closely associated with bad acting and terrible movies). Practically a classic Catholic confession, he reveals that he's conflicted: for after having traveled the world and experienced all the different kinds of people he's met, he cannot see how each and every one of them shouldn't be adored for who they are. Yet his films — the entire action genre — broadly categorizes everyone in the world to one-of-two, black-or-white categories.

So in its own way, JCVD is incredibly powerful. For it has forever tainted any future viewing of an action movie for me. It's really where my own philosophy led anyway, but JCVD accelerated my progression to a fully new mind-space.

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Today at The Gallery at The Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester (277 N. Goodman St.) is a Special Reception for Nowruz: Persian New Year — A Folk Arts Exhibit from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. [source: Arts and Cultural Council website]

JayceLand Pick At today's Thursday Thinkers from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. — this time in the Rundel Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) — Elizabeth Henderson will offer answers to the question Locally Grown: Green and Economically Viable?. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

Today at 6:30 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is a special Women in Art Tour. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link will be hosting the first of their A-Z Rochester Restaurant Tour starting with Aladdin's Natural Eatery (646 Monroe Ave.) tonight at 6:30 p.m. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. in Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.), The Bertrand Russell Society meets and Dr. Timothy Madigan will discuss Russell's Evasion of Evolution. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) will host another in the Community Dialogue Series with tonight's presentation at 7 p.m. on Health Disparities: How hypertension and other diseases disproportionately affect the African American population with Dr. Ian Wilson and Dr. Kevin Fiscella. [source: Baobab website]

The play Regrets Only will be performed tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Ida Hart Theatre at The Jewish Community Center (JCC) (1200 Edgewood Ave.) [source: RocWiki calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing M starting at 8 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar: "a series of child murders in an unnamed German city causes the police to mistakenly crack down on the criminal underworld. To protect its business, the mob undertakes its own investigation to catch the real culprit." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Charley OrlandoMySpace link, and Greg Clark starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar 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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Tonight at 6 p.m. at German House (315 Gregory St.) is the Lucky 13: Two Hoods, One Party for The Swillburg Neighborhood and The Highland Park Neighborhood. [source: Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood Association e-mail]

Over at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) starting around 8 p.m. is The Felice BrothersMySpace link, and Taylor HollingsworthMySpace link. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

Tonight at The Mez CaféMySpace link (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) is Sadie AvaMySpace link, and excellent experimental acoustic musician Gregory PaulGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

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

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is The Color WheelsMySpace link, and Park RangerMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) starting around 9 p.m. is The True Believers. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [18+]

JayceLand Pick Great fun, 1960's-styled rock from The Hi-RisersMySpace link will be at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]


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Steak and Blowjob Day

The St. Patrick's Day Parade starts at 12:30 p.m. today, downtown. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Anderson Alley Artists (250 Goodman St. N.) will be having another open house this and every second Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

The Mez CaféMySpace link (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) will be hosting Mike Allen, Nick Weiser, and Greg WachalaMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

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

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Pandora and The Flying Dutchman starting at 8 p.m. A seaman is condemned to sail the seas forever. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) will be hosting The Skiffle MinstrelsMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) is The FrogbotsMySpace link, Steve Brew, and Hugh Yamada starting around 9 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [18+]

The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting ChyldeMySpace link, and Baba YagaMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Top Pick Today from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Rundel Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.), Leatrice Kemp will present The Stone Collection: photographs taken by journalistic photographer Albert Stone in the Rochester area from 1904 to 1936. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Wizard of Oz twice today: once at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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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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Saint Patrick's Day

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 Today at 12:12 p.m., Daniel J. Burns will review Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell at Books Sandwiched-In in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting [early, and according to their website] around 7 p.m. is (the last [?] show) of the Irish-slanted punk band Tom Foolery and the ShannanighansMySpace link (not Shenanigans), and The ClockersGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight starting at 8 p.m. at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is Victory Beer Night — referring to The Victory Brewing Company — featuring music by awesome, tight, complex rock-and-roll from The VEiNSMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee website]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Private Affairs of Bel Ami starting at 8 p.m. A man "climbs the ladder of society by charming a series of wealthy women." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) starting around 8:30 p.m. is The Bourbon MothersMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [18+]

JayceLand Pick Updated: Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) will be hosting their own special, last-minute-added St. Patrick's Day Show featuring The Bog SavagesBill Henrie and friends playing Irish music. [source: the proverbial grapevine]


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JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing WUSA starting at 8 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar: "set in New Orleans, Rheinhardt ([Paul Newman]), a drifter, takes a job at WUSA, which soon becomes the focal point of a right-wing conspiracy." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JambangMySpace link, Greg Ginn, The Taylor Texas CorrugatorsMySpace link, and The Auger 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]

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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