Weekly Rochester Events #561 Starting Thursday, October 8, 2009

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Where is Fred Brown? and the Bogs Visionary Orchestra at Boulder
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (1 comment)

I headed to Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) to catch the show there. When I got there, Where is Fred Brown? was already playing. Conceived as a three-piece with John ValentiMySpace link, Alfred Brown, and Paul BurkeMySpace link, it's temporarily named for the absence of its middle member. They played a great set of melodic trance-snyth. It had this nice dreamlike finish to it. I also stayed for The Bogs Visionary OrchestraMySpace link who played some excellent "new Americana", so-to-speak: rooted in Americana, but with a modern-rock presence. Unfortunately, the flu I'd been fighting for the past three days was getting the best of me and I didn't stay for Seth Faergolzia.

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Monday, October 5th, 2009

Stefan Sagmeister at RIT
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

I thought 15 minutes was sufficiently early to arrive, but by the time I got to the The Caroline Werner Gannett Project, Ingle Auditorium at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map) was completely full and I had to watch a video-feed with another 60-or-so people in the 1829 Room next door. Designer Stefan Sagmeister was the speaker and he did indeed discuss Design and Happiness. You can get an idea of what the discussion was like through his similar TED lecture from a few years ago: Stefan Sagmeister shares happy design.

As I had expected, the lecture gave me some inspiration. I knew Sagmeister would comment on the tenuous balance of being creative — after all, he closes his design studio for a year in every five years to do non-work-related endeavors.

His observations on happiness reminded me of that which I often forget: that much of happiness is a temporary feeling. He divided it up into three layers: short-lived joy, mid-ranged satisfaction from accomplishment, and long-term fulfillment from pride in one's life. I forget that happiness at one layer is not experienced the same as at other layers: although my life philosophy has generally kept me fulfilled, that does not make me feel joyful in and of itself.

His lecture also reminded me that good design matters. It's good to have a world where we can feel pleasure, and we can feel pleasure from interacting with something well-designed. And by that, I mean everything. Like I think the Frederick Douglass — Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge (formerly the Troup-Howell Bridge) is a good design: it carries vehicles across the river just as effectively as a bridge that looks awful, but it has a certain elegance to its design that makes people feel good. On the other hand, The Monroe Community Hospital (435 E. Henrietta Rd.) is apparently having a chain-link fence erected around it: an ugly barrier that says, "we have problems with the likes of you entering our property" and makes people feel bad. And to think that everything in the world can effect a mood like that: wow.

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Sylvia Plachy will be at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) today from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

The Bertrand Russell Society will meet today at 7 p.m. in Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) with Paul Mitacek discussing Russell and John Dewey. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

Today at 7 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is an Art 21 Preview Screening of Compassion. [source: RocWiki calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is The Golden GhostMySpace link, and great motley folk from Baby Shiver's BoutiqueMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is Ossia New Music starting at 8 p.m. [source: Ossia New Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is The Love Me NotsMySpace link, and NightwoodMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

The Opening Reception of Out and About is tonight at 5 p.m. at The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) featuring works by George Wallace. [source: Image City Photography Gallery e-mail]

This evening at 7 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is a screening of Unnatural Causes... is inequality making us sick?. [source: Baobab website]

JayceLand Pick The Eastman Philharmonia will be at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Er shi si cheng ji (24 City) starting at 8 p.m. about a "formerly top-secret aircraft plant in Chengdu City, Sichuan, [China] that is slated to be demolished and converted into 24 City, a luxury housing complex." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Village Idiots Present (VIP) perform tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. with Catch 23. [source: RocWiki calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) will be hosting The Coung Vu 4 Tet starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bop Shop 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]

The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.) will be hosting AutoverseMySpace link starting around 5 p.m. [source: WBER calendar]

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) will be hosting CavalcadeMySpace link, and Devall MusicMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting WalriMySpace link, The Doctors FoxMySpace link, and Man vs. MoonMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [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]

Today at 1 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is an Art 21 Preview Screening of Transformation. [source: RocWiki] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Today at 2 p.m. at The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is Dr. David Anderson telling the story The Emperor of Mali as part of the All Things Mali series. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is NekrofilthMySpace link, RabidMySpace link, and Infernal AbyssMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Fly the flag today.Columbus Day (observed)

Updated: Today at 5:30 p.m. at One Restaurant and Lounge (1 Ryan Alley) is a Celebration Party for the finalists of the The High Falls Film Festival Short Film Competition. [source: Rochester Film Lab Yahoo! Group]

JayceLand Pick Over at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. is Eastman Chamber Jazz. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [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]

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: At 12:12 p.m. today in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is another Books Sandwiched-In with Pat Mudgett-DeCaro reviewing Myron Uhlberg's Hands of My Father: A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and the Language of Love. As of October 9, Pat Mudgett-DeCaro will not be available in Rochester, but there are plans to have her speak via teleconference (probably audio, maybe video). [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Dracula's Daughter starting early at 7:30 p.m. followed by Les lèvres rouges (Daughters of Darkness) at 9 p.m. As part of The ImageOut Film Festival, it's a "double feature of lesbian vampire movies" from the Eastman House archives. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Updated: Tonight at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) starting at 8 p.m. is a Rochester Movie Makers Summer Shorts Sneak Peak sponsored by The Rochester AudioVisual Association (RAVA). [source: Rochester Film Lab Yahoo! Group] [16+]

Columbus Day

Today at 6 p.m. at The Four Walls Gallery (34 Elton St.) is an Artist Talk with Harold Copp. [source: City Newspaper]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Assigné à résidence (Locked-In Syndrome) starting early at 7:30 p.m. followed by Le scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell and The Butterfly) at 8 p.m. First is a documentary about Jean-Dominique Bauby's paralysis after a stroke, followed by the movie that retells the tale based on the book he wrote during that time. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Top Pick Excellent poetic acoustic-rock from Autumn In HalifaxMySpace link, The Leaky Boat Blues, and great motley folk from Baby Shiver's BoutiqueMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar 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]

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