Weekly Rochester Events #537 Starting Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Andy Lock at Eastman House
by Jason Olshefsky at 6:00 pm (add a comment)

I went to see Andy Lock speak about his Orchard Park: Utopia's Ghosts exhibit at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) He said that he thought the Eastman House presentation was the best he's seen, capturing the essence of the work. The exhibit is a series of images taken at a housing project called Orchard Park just prior to its demolition; from there, he projected them onto a wall of glow-in-the-dark paint and photographed the fading result. The green tint of the paint gives it a "radioactive" feel and evidence of brushstrokes in the phosphorescent paint gives it a pastoral feel as well.

Thematically, I agree that it captures the notion of "idealism lost" — that these buildings were made to provide some kind of idealized housing to folks, but as the buildings aged, that veneer was worn off completely, leaving the stark reality of really quite basic housing. Plus, the exploration of modern ruins is a running theme in modern photography.

Since he had explored this subject so deeply, I asked him why the ephemera was so exciting while the actual inhabitants probably were not? — that an artist will seldom have interest in the people who lived there, yet be fascinated by the vague shadows of their existence.  He said that the appeal is that we can project ourselves into a fantasy of what was rather than the detailed reality of what is. So, for instance, when a couple chairs are placed at odd angles to one another, they tell a certain kind of story, but there was probably little similarity between the placement of the chairs and the relationship of the people who used them.

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Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Ali and I Celebrate Three Years Together at Rocco
by Jason Olshefsky at 6:00 pm (add a comment)

Today is the day Ali and I first met three years ago … who can believe it? Huh? You?

Anyway, we went to the new Italian place Rocco (165 Monroe Ave., formerly The Olive Tree). I saw some notes on RocWiki on challenges in getting reservations [yeah, I know — in Rochester] so we set up ours two days earlier. As it turned out, the relatively small establishment was not completely full at any time while we were there.

The food was very good. Both of us were more impressed with the lasagne that Ali got than with the penne with pepper and spinach that I got. The tomato sauce on the former was the best Rochester has to offer. We had a nice bottle of wine (off the slightly confusing page of "everything is $25").

We decided to try 3 desserts, expecting them to be quite modest in size. My favorite was the maple and almond dish, sort of like a crème brûlée, minus the crisp top. The hazelnut gellato was great too. Although the canoli's were merely tasted (before being stored at my house, and consumed before they lost their freshness on Sunday), the nice lemon zest flavor was perfect.

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Mountains, Autumn in Halifax, and Stone Baby at the Bug Jar
by Jason Olshefsky at 10:30 pm (add a comment)

Later that night, Ali and I headed to The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) to see the bands. Starting off, Stone BabyMySpace link did some pretty good ambient noise although I got tired of it before they had finished. Likewise, the last band was Mountains who did also performed some good ambient noise — somewhat different and somewhat more engaging than Stone Baby.

Autumn In HalifaxMySpace link played in the middle. I was impressed when I first heard Dave Merulla's solo presentation, but have grown to love the band with "the Leaves" — a semi-rotating group of backup performers. On this particular night, I made a note that they "uncork my dreams and inspires me to create". The meandering melodies and the ambiguous lyrics lead my mind to a place where I contemplate my dreams, goals, and projects in life. It's really a treat.

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Monday, April 20th, 2009

Seeing The Visitor and Thomas McCarthy at The Dryden
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

I headed out to the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) for a last-minute addition: The Visitor, a film by Thomas McCarthy who was there to discuss it and answer questions. In short, it's about a rather emotionally-closed college professor who visits his apartment in Manhattan only to find that there are two illegal immigrants living there. As McCarthy pointed out, it's not really an illegal immigration "issue film"; I found it to be superbly warm with a bittersweet ending full of hope and possibility.

Overall, it reminded me of a time when I was at Burning Man in 2006 which I wrote about before. I was riding far past the edge of the main city one night, headed toward a light way off in the distance when I suddenly came upon the trash fence (and outer boundary) of the festival. On the one hand, I knew the entire event was bounded, but I had a much deeper and different understanding when I actually touched the gilded cage around me.

Likewise with The Visitor, it points out the same thing about America — in some ways a magical land of freedom, but in others, just a gilded cage no different from anywhere else.

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JayceLand Pick The Caroline Werner Gannett Project features Dr. Leroy Hood presenting Systems Biology and Systems Medicine at 4 p.m. in Building 8, Room 1250 at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map.) [source: Caroline Werner Gannett Project website]

Top Pick Today through Saturday at 8 p.m. and also on Saturday at 4 p.m. is The Rochester International Film Festival (RIFF, or Movies on a Shoestring, MoaS) at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 6:30 p.m., members of MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link will meet at Dogtown Hots (691 Monroe Ave.) for this month's A - Z Restaraunts. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) will have a National Poetry Month Reading featuring Karen Swenson, and Anne Coon at 7 p.m. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Charley Orlando BandMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) will be hosting The OvertakersMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup 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]

Arbor Day

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) is the opening reception for SCAPES by Gilbert Maker and photoPLAY by David Perlman from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The shows will be on display through May 17. [source: Image City Photography Gallery e-mail]

Apparently The Critical Mass Bike Ride is tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. at the clock tower near The Wilson Commons at The University of Rochester (Library Road, #39 on River Campus Map.) to The Liberty Pole (1 Liberty Pole Way) at 6 p.m. and heading through the city from there. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

This evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Siskind Gallery at The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) is the opening reception of Picturing Archives by Doug Manchee. The show runs through May 24. [source: Visual Studies Workshop calendar] [all ages]

Village Idiots Present (VIP) present Improvised Shakespeare tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. [source: Village Idiots Present website]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Mez CaféMySpace link (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. is Greg Koons and The MisbegottenMySpace link, and Jim Drew and Humble SoulMySpace link. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting good modern rock from Bird Circuit 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 Love VolcanoesMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

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

Tonight probably starting around 7 p.m. at The Storefront Anti-War Crisis Center (658 Monroe Ave.) is the Subversive Komedy Fest. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Today starting at 8 a.m. is The Wild Water Derby (Water Street, Shortsville.) [source: RocWiki calendar]

JayceLand Pick Potential Life StudiosMySpace link (34 Elton St.) is having a Gallery Sale, "We're Selling Everything" today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Today at 10:15 a.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is another Upstairs/Downstairs Tour for members. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

The Humane Society at Lollypop Farm (99 Victor Rd., Fairport) will have Farm Day today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. [source: RocWiki calendar]

Today and tomorrow from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Radisson Hotel, Rochester Riverside (120 E. Main St., formerly The Clarion) is The Rochester Erotic Arts Festival. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Tonight from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Shawn Dunwoody Art Studio (34 Elton St.) is a Creative Hue Blue Light in the Basement Party — "exhibit and sale, line dancing, DJs". [source: City Newspaper]

JayceLand Pick Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is Christopher BellMySpace link, and The Accident that led me to the WorldMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

Third DegreeMySpace link will be at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

Thousands Of OneMySpace link will be at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

The Jive MamasMySpace link, and The Enablers will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website]

JayceLand Pick The BeaumontsMySpace link, fun ska from Mrs. Skannotto, and Hotel ReverieMySpace link will be at The Montage Live Music HallMySpace link (50 Chestnut St., formerly the Montage Grille) starting around 10 p.m. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is ChyldeMySpace link, cruel/fun punk-rock from Eddie Nebula and the PlagueGarageBand link, and great hard rock from Handsome JackGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the Greatest Community Garage Sale and Super Flea series at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) [source: City Hall press release]

George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be hosting pianist Gordon Porth and flutist Candace Keach today from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) is Stardust starting around 7 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) is Sakes Alive!MySpace link, Let Me RunMySpace link, and Such GoldMySpace link starting around 7 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website]

Tonight from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is a Chamber Music Honors Recital. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Red Dust starting at 7 p.m. followed by Bombshell at 8:30 p.m. A pair of Jean Harlow classics. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Ninja AcademyGarageBand linkMySpace link, Crush the JuntaMySpace link, and good ambient noise from Stone BabyMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick This evening at 6 p.m. at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is the first Regional Writers Showcase with readings of Cold Soup by Peg DeBaise, and Funny Not Funny by Paul Root. [source: Geva Theatre website]

Wide Open Mic with Norm Davis will be at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is The Pains of Being Pure at HeartMySpace link, These United StatesMySpace link, and great motley folk from Baby Shiver's BoutiqueMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 9:15 p.m. at The Little (240 East Ave.) is The Emerging Filmmakers Series featuring X-Girlfriend by Stan Main, One Kill by Mike Russo, Mrs. Kasha Davis: Life of an International Housewife Celebrity by Michael Steck, Iraq: War of Choice by Deborah Magone, For Whom the Phone Rings by Kevin Graham, and Cappers by Matt Ehlers. [source: Little Theatre 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.

JayceLand Pick At today's Books Sandwiched-In from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.), Christina Seliam will discuss Helene Cooper's The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost Childhood. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

This evening at 6 p.m. at Bill Wahl's Ice Cream and Yogurt Parlor (45 Schoen Pl., Pittsford) is a New Member Ice Cream Social with people from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Joan of Arc starting at 8 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Top Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting great synth-driven, drum-rich dance-rock from El Ten ElevenMySpace link, academically interesting The IndrasMySpace link, and good, amiable hard rock from The ClockmenMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Iskanderija, kaman oue kaman (Alexandria Again and Forever) starting at 8 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar: "in the final installment of his critically acclaimed trilogy, director Chahine stars for the first time as his cinematic alter-ego Yehia, who becomes obsessively infatuated with the male star of his latest production amidst the general strike of 1987. Exploring issues of politics while paying homage to the Hollywood musical, Chahine weaves together a deeply autobiographical study of art, obsession, and the power of aesthetic inspiration." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Marnie SternMySpace link. [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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