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Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Star Trek and The Brothers Bloom at the Cinema
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 pm (add a comment)

Ali, Amber, and I went to The Cinema TheatreMySpace link (957 South Clinton Ave.) to see Star Trek. As you might expect, it's a decent movie and an innovative way to kick-start the franchise once again. Ali and I enjoyed it and I think Amber did too although she had some complaints. Anyway, they left and I stayed for the second feature: a movie I'd heard nothing about called The Brothers Bloom.

Apparently it came-and-went from The Little (240 East Ave.) and possibly corporate screens as well, all with little fanfare. Reviews have been lukewarm at best. My mood was to give it a try at the beginning, and my alternative was to meet Ali out at Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.): a not unattractive option.

Well, I figured I'd hang through the "early days" introduction: two brothers, Stephen and Bloom, had been in-and-out of foster families for quite some time when they stumbled into the notion of playing cons. I didn't know if I was in for a kids movie but I figured I'd linger to the credits. Once the relationship was established, the film heads for 25 years in the future when the brothers are adults, and still con-men.

Ok, so it's hooked me for 10 minutes.

Bloom doesn't want to stick with the game after their last job, but his brother ropes him in it for one more: woo a naive heiress — Penelope — living alone in her parents' estate. She's a handful, though, as she has a surprisingly fierce appetite for adventure (especially considering her apparently self-imposed exile) and she's extremely smart in a myriad of practical and philosophical fields.

Anyway, the movie runs along in a whimsical fairy-tale style. The simple surface conceals a more interesting philosophical bent: is it valuable to plan ahead? As such, the story — largely led by the plan crafted by Stephen — leads Bloom and Penelope on what should be a romantic and bond-forming adventure. But it's only in the fringe deviations from said plan that those things actually occur. I've found it's pretty much the same in life: it's no the planned trip to Chimney Bluffs State Park (7700 Garner Rd., Wolcott) that I remember as much as it is when Lucy ran her hysterical orbits through the muddy waters along the trail. It's the unplanned moments that make things worthwhile.

So … why plan?

And I think that's what The Brothers Bloom is getting at. To speak in music reviewer parlance, it's sort of Hudson Hawk meets Adaptation. meets The Adventures of Baron Munchausen: the lighthearted comedy and uneven production of the first, with the film-as-life-as-film metaphor of the second, and the attention to detail and understanding of fantasy of the third. It's not the best movie ever, but definitely worth a visit … hang in there the few times it really lags, and just have a good time with it.

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Today from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is The Bongo Joe Show. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Gov't Mule will be at The Party in the Park (Exchange Blvd. and Court St.) starting around 5:30 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

JayceLand Pick The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) will be hosting The Vandermark 5MySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) starting around 8 p.m. is Fox ElipsusMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee website]

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

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing My Man Godfrey starting at 8 p.m. — "the screwiest of screwball comedies" in which a tramp takes the job of butler to a wealthy family. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Radio MoscowMySpace link, and excellent, wild rock-and-roll from Handsome JackGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Over at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 10:15 p.m. is Wink Keziah and Delux MotelMySpace link. [source: Abilene website]

The Dungeon Rats, Velvet Elvis, and War of WordsMySpace link will be at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [21+]


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

Tonight at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) is The John Cole Blues Band starting around 6 p.m. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6 p.m. is the Opening Reception for State of the City — 2009 at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) featuring works by Lesley Horowitz and The FUA KrewMySpace link. The works will be on display through September 20. [source: Rochester Contemporary calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) is the opening reception for AiRcraft featuring works by Nicole Greene and Virginia Pfau. On display through August 21. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

Top Pick Tonight at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) is A Celebration, the wicked fun percussion-and-saxophone dominated jam band The BuddhaHoodMySpace link, very jammy, keyboard-enhanced psychedelic groove-rock from The NicheMySpace link, and The Family Dawgs starting around 8 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Mez CaféMySpace link (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. is thoughful spoken word poetry over avant-garde ambient music with Urknee and Bjürton RussellMySpace link, NPVMySpace link, and Toxic Shock. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) is Daniel Ball, Jr.MySpace link, and Drew FerraroMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website]

JayceLand Pick Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting good, amiable hard rock from The ClockmenMySpace link, Hotel ReverieMySpace link, and The Found starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Croupier starting at 8 p.m. in which an author takes the job of a casino dealer [croupier] and gets involved in a heist. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) is The BloodclotsMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. although their own MySpace page says they'll be in Ft. Wayne, IN. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [21+]

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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Today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. is the August in the Garden Tour with Andy Joss at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

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]

JayceLand Pick Today at 1 p.m., artists from the State of the City — 2009 at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) will be discussing their works. [source: Rochester Contemporary calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Dome Center (E. Henrietta Rd. and Calkins Rd.) is The Roc City Roller Derby (RCRD)MySpace link. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 8 p.m. at The Mez CaféMySpace link (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) is Old Friends: An evening of original poetry and music with Lee W. Brooks, and Laurence I. Sugarman. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) starting around 8 p.m. is Await RescueMySpace link, and Storm the BayMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee website]

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

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) is A Night of Experimental Music with Eli KeszlerMySpace link, Ashley PaulMySpace link, and Oliver/Reeg starting around 8 p.m. [source: Rochester Contemporary calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Girlfriend Experience starting at 8 p.m. and again tomorrow at 5 p.m. A prostitute provides clients with the "girlfriend experience". [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The MovieesMySpace link, The Found, and great garage rock-and-roll The Grinders starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Dan Frank and The True BelieversMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [21+]


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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]

JayceLand Pick The Sick PuppiesMySpace link will be at The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.) starting around 12:30 p.m. [source: Record Archive e-mail]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Possessed starting at 7 p.m. followed by The Trespasser at 8:30 p.m. In the former, a woman leaves a small town for New York City and falls for a lawyer. In the latter, a stenographer is "jilted by her boss-turned-lover." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) is The Genuine ImitationsMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is The BrunettesMySpace link, Hotel ReverieMySpace link, and CavalcadeMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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

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.

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is The Woods ThemselvesMySpace link, Until I RiseMySpace link, and If I were MiseryMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Tian bian yi duo yun (The Wayward Cloud) starting at 8 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar: "Hsiao-kang and Shiang-chyi, the separated lovers of What Time Is it There? are reunited in Taipei, but there are new complications: Hsiao-kang has become a star of pornographic movies and the city is facing a serious water shortage which has caused the price of watermelons to skyrocket. While he still employs his patented style of deadpan humor, director Tsai adds colorfully outrageous musical numbers and explicit sex scenes to his palette for this absurdist and controversial comedy." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Bus Stop starting at 8 p.m. This time, Marilyn Monroe is a saloon singer who catches the eye of a rodeo cowboy. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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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