Weekly Rochester Events #570 Starting Thursday, December 10, 2009

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

House and Living Organics at the Dryden
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

I headed over to the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to catch the films screened there. Starting out was a short film called Living Organics which was a series of animated, abstract vignettes depicting how modern culture works to remove humanity from the living world it is part of. It was fitting introductory piece to Hausu (House).

There really is no way to explain what happens in the movie. It's rooted in a nightmare horror scenario where members of a party disappear one at a time. Its execution … well, that's another story. My friend Albert commented afterward that it was very dreamlike — so perfectly so, in some ways, that we were having a hard time remembering the events that transpired. It's supremely bizarre narrative. I guess it makes a little more sense from a Japanese perspective, as there are some cultural references — but even then, it's dominated so much by this dreamy nightmare motif that it's really hard to explain.

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Old Boy and the New York Vaults at the Bug Jar
by Jason Olshefsky at 10:45 pm (add a comment)

I went to The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) and caught up with Old BoyMySpace link who played great power acoustic like I expected. I can rely on these guys to really pound out some awesome music. They were followed by The New York VaultsMySpace link who played some excellent punk-rock. I didn't stay for long, though: I've been less of a party monster lately and headed home early.

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Today is a Holiday Sneak Preview of the yet-to-open Soulstice Artisan Market (632 N. Winton Rd.) from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. [source: City Newspaper]

Hedonist Artisan Chocolates (674 South Ave.) is hosting a Chocolate Tasting at their store from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. [source: Hedonist Chocolates website]

JayceLand Pick This evening at 7 p.m. in Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is a meeting of The Bertrand Russell Society featuring Gerry Wildenberg discussing Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Les triplettes de Belleville (The Triplets of Belleville) starting at 8 p.m. ... in case you missed it a few years ago. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick John Graham will be performing his Three Night Stand for RoCo Benefit Concert tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m. at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) [source: RocWiki calendar] [all ages]

Tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Artisan Church (1235 S. Clinton Ave.) is a Tree Lighting and Neighborhood Mixer. [source: flyer]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is a screening of Rape of a Nation about the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo — "the deadliest war in the world today ... an estimated 5.4 million people have died since 1998" — made that way largely through the "West's desire for minerals and gems". [source: Baobab website]

Today at 7 p.m. at Gallery R (775 Park Ave.) is The 25 Show featuring 25 years of RIT's Signatures magazine. [source: City Newspaper]

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

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 8 p.m. at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism, a discussion with director and film critic Gerald Peary. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Today and tomorrow at 8 p.m. is a performance by Village Idiots Present (VIP): Holiday Edition. [source: RocWiki calendar]

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]

Archivist Joseph R. Struble will present a gallery talk on the Where We Live exhibition at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) today at 1 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Today from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial (100 Exchange Blvd.) is The Rochester Wine and Chocolate Festival. [source: Hedonist Chocolates website]

JayceLand Pick Today at 8 p.m. at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) is a benefit for The Center for Youth Services (905 Monroe Ave.) featuring many local performers including Hunu? (featuring members from Colorblind James Experience). [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Bronson starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 7 p.m. It's a sort-of biopic about a violent prisoner in England who considers himself more of a "performance artist" than a vicious fighter. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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

JayceLand Pick Good acoustic/country/bar-rock band Blue JimmyGarageBand linkMySpace link will be at Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Johnny's Irish Pub calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting good, amiable hard rock from The ClockmenMySpace link, Red Hot MessMySpace link, Velvet Elvis, and beat-boxing acoustic soloist Shawnee BoyeeeGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Small Soldiers starting early at 2 p.m. in which toys come to life and fight a war. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

At 2 p.m. today at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is a Mali Food Demonstration with a chef from Café Underground Railroad (480 W. Main St.). [source: RocWiki calendar] [all ages]

The Lift Bridge Book Shop (45 Main St., Brockport) is hosting a Local Author Extravaganza!! from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. today. [source: R-SPEC Google Group]

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

JayceLand Pick Over at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. is The Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Break MissionMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar 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 Tusedays at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is A.K.A. Paul Burke Presents featuring Paul BurkeMySpace link and other people, perhaps performing. [source: band e-mail]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Bells Are Ringing starting at 8 p.m. Another MGM musical where Judy Holliday plays "a busybody telephone operator who takes on different personae with each caller, dispensing sage words of advice to her clientele." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) is an A Capella Christmas Special with The Smoking Hot PipesMySpace link, and 5-Second Rule followed at 9 p.m. with comedy from Chaz Bruce. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Ferris Bueller's Day Off starting at 8 p.m. A high-school student skips school and has a good day. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Updated: Tonight at 8 p.m. at Abeline Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is The Lawn Mowers followed by the usual Open Mic with The Grand Canyon Rescue EpisodeMySpace link around 9:30 p.m. [source: Abeline website]

There's an Open Mic for Acoustic Music at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) tonight around 8. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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