Weekly Rochester Events #573 Starting Thursday, December 31, 2009

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Sherlock Holmes at Regal Theater
by Jason Olshefsky at 9:35 pm (add a comment)

Ali and I decided to use some coupons from Christmas to see Sherlock Holmes at Regal Henrietta Stadium 18 (525 Marketplace Dr., formerly Regal Henrietta) I wasn't all that excited about going to the cineplex — especially since we could also have gone to The Little (240 East Ave.) — but we had the passes, and we hadn't been to a movie on Christmas before in decades. I was expecting a lot of splashy advertising before the film, but nothing as horrifying as I saw.

The pre-screening advertising blitz was structured like a cable-TV entertainment show. As such, there were ads for some dreadfully bad TV shows, like one about some kids in high school who have to deal with having a baby — as pretty as they are, young actors should never be allowed to cheerfully talk about how realistic this sensitive subject is portrayed. Then the Walmart ad threw in its hat. It wasn't at all about Walmart and how they drive down prices by busting unions and keeping their workers' weekly hours low enough to exempt them from any health insurance laws. Oh no. It was about how Walmart can help you feel good. But the most depressing of all was the ad for the National Guard, encouraging young people to get a real education and structure in their lives by pushing buttons to kill people — all in vibrant, Patriotic® tones.

These are all the kinds of things that feed my suicidal demons. After having just seen a screening of It's A Wonderful Life at the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) days prior, I realize that the reason it a movie with that much heart can't be made anymore is because America's heart is blackened and dying. Nobody cares about a home-cooked meal — it's the Wii and big-screen TV that broadcasts its message loud enough to drown out such a subtle voice. What's the point of going on, really? Our entire function as citizens is to buy more stuff to drive the economy that funds the wars that make the war profiteers rich enough to make the ads to sell the war to sell the products to distract the populace. There's no Clarence to save you, George Bailey: you're life ain't worth squat.

But as for the movie, it's a tale of a mystical society that runs the government, keeping the populace tricked and fearful. Pretty much just like we have now, only set in the 19th century. The only exception is that in that world, there is a man who fearlessly divines the logic of how it all works — and he does this with the aid of at least some authorities. December 2009 … not so much.

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Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Ghostbusters and Gremlins at the Dryden
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 pm (add a comment)

Ali, Christina, and I headed to Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave. to see the double-feature. Well, Christina and I committed to the long-haul while Ali only wanted to see Ghostbusters.  The first feature, as such, was just as good as I remember from the last time I saw it as well as times past.  The movie tends to hold together as a comedy and as a thriller … for instance, the apperarance of the final enemy was as disturbing and humorous as it was when I saw it in 1984.  Of course, the film is also pretty seriously flawed with continuity and special-effects problems (not so much the datedness of optical effects, but more the problem of concrete bouncing gently off wooden police barriers).

Ali smartly left because Gremlins was awful.  "Awful" like "one of the worst movies I've ever seen".  I remember seeing bits and pieces of the film in the past, and I apparently always turned away from it as it got boring.  I never did see it when I was young, and, admittedly, I probably would have been extremely entertained as a teenager.  But as an adult, it's just excruciating.  Christina noted that it was like an episode of Amazing Stories — something that could have been a clever tale at 20 minutes.  Unfortunately, the film was padded an additional 86 minutes (of which, the only redeeming moment was Phoebe Cates hilariously deadpan delivery explaining why her character hates Christmas).  The lesson is to have extremely low expectations if you're going to make an attempt — or better yet, if you liked it as a kid, don't even bother revisiting it.

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New Year's Eve
Kwanzaa Ends

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing A Night at the Stooge-eum at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. followed each time by A Night at the Opera at 3:30 p.m. and at 8:30 p.m. The former is a series of Three Stooges shorts: Violent is the Word for Curly, An Ache in Every Stake, Punch Drunks, and A Plumbing We Will Go. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Manhattan Square Park (130 Chestnut St.) is a session of Free Ice Skating at 6 p.m., then assorted entertainment at The Rochester Riverside Convention Center (123 E. Main St.) until 10 p.m. when the city puts on their Fireworks Display from the bridge over Main St. [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link will be performing two shows tonight at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.): one at 7:30 p.m. and the second at 10:30 p.m. [source: Geva Theatre website]

JayceLand Pick Village Idiots Present (VIP) will perform at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. in Improv Elimination. [source: RocWiki calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Tap and Mallet (381 Gregory St.) is excellent, somewhat mellow rock-and-roll from HinkleyMySpace link, and Dave Snyder (formerly of The QUiTTERSGarageBand linkMySpace link) starting around 10 p.m. [source: band e-mail]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is WalriMySpace link, The Doctors FoxMySpace link, and fantastic heavy, electric lounge-folk from Auld Lang SyneMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. for a long New Year's Eve show. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Fly the flag today.New Year's Day

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

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is Giovanna Galindo and Her Fancy Band 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 The Hurt Locker starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 7 p.m. A bomb-defusing expert leads his team into increasingly dangerous situations as he pursues excitement. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. is Lake Street DiveMySpace link. [source: Abilene website]

Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting really good reggae from Giant Panda Guerilla Dub SquadMySpace link, and The Rubblebucket OrchestraMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

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]

Updated: Today from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and tomorrow from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) is the Opening Reception for their WoW!! Show — their 3rd juried show which runs through January 24. [source: Image City Photography Gallery e-mail]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Black Dynamite starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 5 p.m. — a satire of the low-budget "blaxploitation movies" of the 1970's. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Over at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) starting around 10 p.m. is Jsan and the Analogue SonsMySpace link, Mosaic FoundationMySpace link, great reggae-ska/groove-rock from NevergreenMySpace link, and Bear Bones. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

Updated: Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is good bar-rock/thrash from The Hounds of HellMySpace link, Devil SpringsMySpace link, and Raunchy SexMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [21+]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting 77 Gypsy MeadowMySpace link, and TroykaMySpace link 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.

Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting The Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra starting at 7 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 La sirène du Mississippi (Mississippi Mermaid) starting at 8 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, it's a "suspenseful and oddly romantic story of a tobacco farmer and the mail-order bride who is not quite what her correspondence made her out to be", and an homage to the films of Alfred Hitchcock. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Great blues-charged rock-and-roll/groove-rock from Buford and Smokin' SectionMySpace link will be at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Mean Streets starting at 8 p.m. Martin Scorsese's take on thugs in Little Italy in the 1970's. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) is Miss Tess and The Bon Ton ParardeMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

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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