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Weekly Rochester Events #574 Starting Thursday, January 7, 2010

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Black Dynamite at the Dryden
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

Christina and I went to the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Black Dynamite. Although I feel like I've seen some "blaxploitation" films in the past, in retrospect, I guess I've only really seen Shaft. Well, maybe a few others.

Anyway, Black Dynamite does a virtually perfect job of honoring that genre (as best as I can tell, anyway). The movie is hilarious (I'm much more certain about that). Every time I recognized when they were setting up a stereotypical blaxploitation moment, I was braced for a mediocre punch-line. But every time, I was impressed that the filmmakers went in a direction I didn't expect — and every time, one that was funnier than I could have expected. I'll definitely keep an eye out for it to see it one more time.

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JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing White Heat starting at 8 p.m. — a film noir with a 1930's gangster plot. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Today at Booksmart Studio (250 North Goodman St.) is an Open Critique for photographers starting at 7 p.m. [source: City Newspaper]


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The Opening Reception for De CaDEnce featuring works by artists from Rochester Area Fiber Artists (RAFA) will be held tonight at the Gallery at The Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester (277 N. Goodman St.) from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tonight. The show will be on display through January 26. [source: City Newspaper]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Les plages d'Agnès (The Beaches of Agnès) starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Quoting from the Eastman House Calendar, this film essay by "the godmother of the French New Wave", Agnès Varda "guides us through her life and career, recalling sensual experiences, intellectual preoccupations, political principles, and her marriage with fellow director Jacques Demy." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Top Pick Great country/acoustic rock band The Lovesick HeartstabbersMySpace link, and brilliant satirical gospel from The Lobster QuadrilleMySpace link will be at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]


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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 The Montage Live Music HallMySpace link (50 Chestnut St., formerly the Montage Grille) will be hosting fun ska from Mrs. Skannotto, Among CriminalsMySpace link, Oh CassandraMySpace link, and The Sandwich CrackersMySpace link (a.k.a. S4NDW1CH CR4CK3R5) starting around 6:30 p.m. [source: Freetime] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Big Fan starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 7 p.m. Tonight, however, writer/director Robert D. Siegel will be on hand to discuss his film about a fan of the New York Giants football team who, in following one of the teammates, "sets off an unexpected chain of events." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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

Tonight starting around 10 p.m. is the David Bowie Birthday Tribute Show at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) featuring The IndrasMySpace link, WalriMySpace link, Mikey JukeboxMySpace link, Ian DowneyMySpace link, and Josh NetskyMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Today from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Michael Oakes will portray author Jack London in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) [source: City Hall website] [all ages]


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Today at 8 p.m. at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is a reading of winning works from Two Pages/Two Voices by professional actors. [source: Writers and Books 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]


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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.

Tonight at 7 p.m., The Tap and Mallet (381 Gregory St.) is hosting a multi-course Great Lakes Beer Dinner, pairing courses with beers from The Great Lakes Brewing Company (2516 Market Ave., Cleveland, OH). [source: Tap and Mallet website]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Le dernier métro (The Last Metro) starting at 8 p.m. — about a theater company living in France under German occupation in World War II. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Agent OrangeMySpace link, good high-energy punkj-rock from The GrievantsMySpace link, and great hard-rock/punk-rock band The UV RaysGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 9 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 Taxi Driver starting at 8 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Top Pick Over at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) starting around 8:30 p.m. is brilliant satirical gospel once again from The Lobster QuadrilleMySpace link, and Devil SpringsMySpace link. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Mike Brindisi and The New York RockGarageBand linkMySpace link, and The Coast of NebraskaMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar 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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