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Weekly Rochester Events #547 Starting Thursday, July 2, 2009

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Dude, Where's My America?
by Jason Olshefsky at 9:36 pm (1 comment)

So now it's July 1, 2009 — just short of 233 years since the United States of America declared its independence from England. And, you know, I don't believe in it anymore.

I was raised with the notion that America was a place where the smart and the hard-working were rewarded. Taught that we control our government, not the other way around. [In Soviet Russia, government controls you!] That anyone can step forward and change the country for the better.

But what I've found is that none of that is true.

There was a confluence of several things that got me here.

The "Cash for Clunkers" law is the poster child for everything that's wrong with the legislature today. The goal set before them was to set America on a path to reduce pollution and consume less oil. What they did was to create a law that caused more consumption: building a new car consumes more energy and creates more pollution than keeping an old one on the road. And all because the actual problem won't fit in a sound-byte. Plus, the law reinforces the new American model of mass consumerism.

Then there was a discussion I had about class reunions. It's rare that you get a truly random sample of America, but people who came from the place you did is a pretty good random sample. I mean, just because our parents chose to live in the same place doesn't mean we're anything alike. Anyway, when I think about my reunion, I realize that — unlike my self-selected group of friends — that in fact, only about 5% of people even remotely believe in the same ideals as I do. Most are thrilled that America is at war all the time and that we do things bigger than other countries.

Finally, there's the curious case that American's, by-and-large, don't hold mass protests, and certainly don't get violent (police excluded). When you watch other countries people deal with things they disagree with in the government, it's friggin' serious. But here, it's just a bunch of jobless hippies who protest. The reason is that we have a superior government where you can simply write to your representatives and they get the same message. If you don't like what they do, just vote them out. The truth of the matter is that our representatives do whatever they please, and it's good marketing (with lots of money) that gets them reelected.

So the illusion is over. America is what it is. Have a good birthday, old man.

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JayceLand Pick This evening at 5:30 p.m., check out wicked fun percussion-and-saxophone dominated jam band The BuddhaHoodMySpace link, C.J. Chenier And The Red Hot Louisiana BandMySpace link, and The Skycoasters at The Riverside Festival Site (Exchange Blvd. at Court St., under the Freddie-Sue Bridge) for The Party in the Park. [source: Rochester Music Coalition calendar]

Over at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 7:30 p.m. is Bob Sneider. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Postman Always Rings Twice starting at 8 p.m. Here's the Eastman House calendar's description: "A drifter (Jack Nicholson) takes a job at a remote roadside diner and is soon entangled in a passionate affair with the owner's wife (Jessica Lange, in her first meaty dramatic film role)." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Bodega RadioMySpace link, and The Universe SharkMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Amy SpeaceMySpace link will be at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) 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 Jack SwiftMySpace link. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]


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Tonight is another First Fridays around art galleries downtown starting around 5 p.m. [source: First Friday website]

Greg Townson will be at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) starting around 6 p.m. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Valentino: The Last Emperor starting at 8 p.m. then again tomorrow and on Sunday at 5 p.m. A documentary that follows dress designer Valentino over two years of his life of excess. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is The Flipsiders starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

M. D. G. Band, The No ClonesMySpace link, and The SugarBuzzMySpace 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]

Today through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. is First and Last: Arts and Crafts at Spot Coffee (200 East Ave.) [source: City Newspaper] [all ages]

Village Idiots Present (VIP) will be performing comedy improv tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Village Idiots Present website]


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Fly the flag today.Independence Day

Tonight in Ciminelli Lounge at The Eastman Commons in the residence hall of The Eastman School of Music (100 Gibbs St.) is the Viola Institute Participants' Recital at 7:30 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

In case you didn't know already, there will be Fireworks tonight at 10 p.m. on the Main Street Bridge downtown preceded by a 4th of July Celebration starting at 7:30 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Easy Rider starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 7 p.m. I really can't bear to miss this recent digital restoration. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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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]

Tonight at The Mez CaféMySpace link (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) is The Genuine ImitationsMySpace link, and Jon and the WhiteysMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting a perfection of rock-and-roll from Tiger Cried BeefMySpace link, and SonoiMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Tonight at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is Michael Burritt starting around 7:30 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Mez CaféMySpace link (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) will be hosting Marye LobbMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) will be hosting Steve Grills and The Roadmasters starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

JayceLand Pick 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.

Updated: The Dub Land UndergroundMySpace link (315 Alexander St., formerly Whiskey) is hosting a noise-based open mic called Hotel Noize featuring PegacideMySpace link tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is an Eastman Summer Sing — Brahms: A German Requiem. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Yojimbo starting at 8 p.m. in which a "samurai-for-hire ... takes advantage of a rivalry between two equally bad warring clans." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Don't Bother To Knock starting at early at 7 p.m. followed by Niagara at 8:30 p.m. — two Marilyn Monroe films. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) starting around 8 p.m. is Pianos Become the TeethMySpace link, LongitudeMySpace link, and Ten Dead HeroesMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee website]

Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Mobius TripMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Washington Square Park (Woodbury Blvd at South Clinton Ave, across from Geva Theatre) is the Foodlink Farmers' Market. [source: RocWiki calendar]

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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