Anyway, Ani DiFranco — although I don't seek out her work — was very good. I imagine she's incredible to see in a small venue, but it's terribly difficult to pull off that kind of personal connection among a thousand people. Since I'm not all that familiar with her, I wasn't nearly as excited or interested.
David Byrne, however, has been consistently great in my book. I liked his PowerPoint-based art in Trees, Tombstones, & Bullet Points when I saw him present it in October, 2004 and I've enjoyed what he's done with music. In this show, he didn't use as much multimedia as I'd seen before, but all the performers were dressed in white and changed appearance considerable with the use of stage lighting and the lighting on the back curtains.
I'll be sure to look for the new album because it has the power and pop-rock feel of old Talking Heads stuff while still feeling current (as if old Talking Heads heard by fresh ears doesn't sound modern enough). We were about to leave after the second encore, but he and his band were coerced into a third encore so Ali and I headed to the front row. The security guards eventually even let the stairways fill up with people.
Overall it was a blast and I had a great time. Thanks, Ali!
The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Bend of the River starting at 8 p.m. in which "James Stewart plays a former Missouri border raider trying to go straight who saves a man (Arthur Kennedy) from a vigilante lynching. Each with a violent past, the two eventually find themselves on opposite sides when Kennedy double-crosses Stewart by absconding with food supplies Stewart has promised to deliver to Oregon settlers," straight from the Eastman House calendar.
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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, June 4, 2009 (Thu, Jun 4, 2009, 6/4/2009, or 6/4/09) Friday, June 5, 2009 (Fri, Jun 5, 2009, 6/5/2009, or 6/5/09) Saturday, June 6, 2009 (Sat, Jun 6, 2009, 6/6/2009, or 6/6/09) Sunday, June 7, 2009 (Sun, Jun 7, 2009, 6/7/2009, or 6/7/09) Monday, June 8, 2009 (Mon, Jun 8, 2009, 6/8/2009, or 6/8/09) Tuesday, June 9, 2009 (Tue, Jun 9, 2009, 6/9/2009, or 6/9/09) and Wednesday, June 10, 2009 (Wed, Jun 10, 2009, 6/10/2009, or 6/10/09).
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.