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Weekly Rochester Events #577 Starting Thursday, January 28, 2010

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Seeing the Headless Woman at the Dryden
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

I headed out to the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see La mujer sin cabeza (The Headless Woman). I had carefully read the calendar summary and noted some dangerous phrases: "intriguing and surreal", "whose perfect life may be a dream", "droll, enigmatic fable about bourgeois discombobulation". What I mean is that I was braced for an inaccessible art film — one that I'd have to endure … or worse (and under rare circumstances) leave early.

I talked with Antonella Bonfanti beforehand and was reassured that the movie was interesting. In her introduction to the film, she pointed out that the film requires attention. By creating the scenario of a mystery — wherein the titular woman never knows whether she killed a child in a dramatic accident in her car — I found myself compelled to pay attention. I was constantly looking for clues, and in the process, noted the subtleties of the story. The film calls attention to Argentina's growing rift between rich and poor, forming a de facto caste system. It gets a bit blunt with things, as the lower class is frequently paired with the sound of dogs (although I can't recall many images of dogs), but overall it's an excellent movie.

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Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Not Quite Dead Yet
by Jason Olshefsky at 11:56 pm (add a comment)

I was walking back home from Ali's and I saw a car stopped in South Avenue in front of Al Sigl Center (1000 Elmwood Ave.). The driver was tooting his horn and yelling to someone. I thought he was being nutty, but once he drove through the parking lot to the bus stop, the headlights of the car revealed a figure slumped over inside.

He and I tried to rouse the person (it looked like a man, but appeared to have a purse, so I didn't know) but they didn't wake up, although still clearly breathing. Neither of us were sure what to do so we left. The driver of the car mentioned the smell of alcohol and commented something to the extent that drunks are on their own, apparently clearing his conscience … or just assuaging his guilt.

I decided to call 911 and they said they'd send someone. I felt bad, on the one hand, because I knew the care this person would receive would likely not be adequate to set them on a path to a healthy life. Then again, I really know nothing about the situation. They could have been like me some particular Saturday night, stumbling into a bus stop to "rest" after carrying a curbside string trimmer that held some valuable parts — only to pass out stone drunk as I have been known to do. They could have fit my stereotype of a homeless person — someone who is probably mentally challenged (or at best ill equipped to scratch out modest success in this modern world) and this was the best they could do for the night. They could have chosen that life and actually been prepared for the conditions — after all, they were bundled in what appeared to be no fewer than 3 layers of clothes, and seemed possibly adequately warm to survive.

So I don't know whether I even should have interfered. In my defense, I was unable to get any response, much less a satisfactory one — even if it was just to leave them alone. I don't much care for disrupting someone else's freedom to live as they choose, but I also feel that once in a position where you can't respond, you leave yourself vulnerable to such disruptions.

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JayceLand Pick Today starting at 9 a.m. is the City of Rochester Office Furniture and Small Equipment Surplus Auction by The Reynolds Auction Company at The Alternative Education Center at Lofton (242 W. Main St., formerly Josh Lofton High School). [source: Reynold's Auction website]

Tonight at 7 p.m. at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is Michael McCarthy, author of From Cork to the New World: A Journey for Survival, as part of The Visiting Writer Series. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Kevin Meaney will be at The Comedy Club (2235 Empire Blvd., Webster) tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. [source: Gay Alliance website]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Set-Up starting early at 7 p.m. followed by Crossfire at 8:30 p.m. A couple RKO Pictures classic films noir. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting great, somewhat mellow rock-and-roll from HinkleyMySpace link, good acoustic soloist Nick Young, and good bar-rock band Burning DaylightGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Over at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) probably starting around 10 p.m. is The Grand Canyon Rescue EpisodeMySpace link. [source: Abilene website]


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This afternoon from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) is the Opening Reception for Freedom from Disturbance by Michael Murray. [source: Image City Photography Gallery e-mail]

Apparently The Critical Mass Bike Ride is tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. at the clock tower near The Wilson Commons at The University of Rochester (Library Road, #39 on River Campus Map.) to The Liberty Pole (1 Liberty Pole Way) at 6 p.m. and heading through the city from there. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Greg Townson will be at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) for Happy Hour from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. followed by The ChinchillasGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

JayceLand Pick Today at 7 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is a Community Dialogue Series on Training the Mind to Think About Race with Dr. Hussain B. Ahmed. [source: Baobab website]

Jennifer Hecker's Dolls & Dresses opens tonight at 7 p.m. at The Mercer Gallery at Monroe Community College (1000 E Henrietta Rd., in Building 12-114, North Atrium) and will be on display through February 26. [source: RocWiki calendar]

Village Idiots Present (VIP) will perform Catch 23 improv tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. at The Pillar Theatre (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate, Suite #D106). [source: RocWiki calendar]

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

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Brighton Rock (a.k.a. Young Scarface) starting at 8 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar, "in the role that made him a star, Richard Attenborough is Pinkie Brown, a vicious but charismatic thug in a pre-war England resort town. As Pinkie manipulates women and kills off his rivals, he grapples with his own salvation—the seminal conflict in the work of Graham Greene, who teamed with noted playwright Terrence Rattigan to adapt Greene's gangster novel." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Pegasus Early Music will be at The Rochester Academy of Medicine (1441 East Ave.) tonight and tomorrow starting at 8 p.m. and on Sunday starting at 4 p.m. for Music and Medicine. [source: Golden Link website]

JayceLand Pick Starting early for Happy Hour around 6 p.m. at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight is a Haiti Releif Benefit with The SpacelordsMySpace link, then at 10 p.m., it's Love Life for a Camp Good Days and Special Times benefit. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) will be hosting great funk from The Filthy FunkMySpace link, and great reggae-ska/groove-rock band NevergreenMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]


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Today at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) at 10:15 a.m. is a Members-Only Upstairs/Downstairs Tour. Then at 1 p.m., Ira Srole will present a Where We Live photography lecture. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Wicked fun, saxophone-driven, percussive groove-rock band The BuddhaHoodMySpace link will be at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) tonight around 8 p.m. for a January Thaw Tribute to Honor Tony Cavagnaro along with Two Ton SkaMySpace link, and Roots ColliderMySpace link. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

JayceLand Pick Robin Lehman will be at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) tonight at 8 p.m. to present his award-winning short nature films Don't, The End of the Game, and Nightlife. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is Dave Donnelly starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

Over at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) starting around 9 p.m. is The HollandsMySpace link (a.k.a. The Good Spellers). [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

JayceLand Pick Updated: Tonight at 9 p.m. at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is a Variety Show with The Bloody Nos, and great all-around acoustic soloist Jon Moses. [source: flyer]

JayceLand Pick The Found, The Ohm, Velvet Elvis, and awesome, wild, blue-collar rock from Handsome JackGarageBand linkMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Guest curator Annie Van Assche will be at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) today at 2 p.m. to present a lecture titled The Kimono and Western Dress in the Early 20th Century: A Revolution in Fashion. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Updated: Today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge), Patricia Roth Schwartz will be presenting works written by poets in The Auburn Correctional Facility (135 State St., Auburn). [source: Marie Starr's blog] [18+]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Point Break starting at 7 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight around 9 p.m. at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is a Benefit Show for bartender Ian Andrews. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]


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Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting The Eastman Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra starting at 8 p.m. [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]


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Groundhog Day

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 Today at 11 a.m. is the start of The Fantastic Seconds Ceramic Sale at The Firehouse Gallery at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) which runs through February 13. If you've ever eyed local handmade pottery but thought it was too expensive, check out this stuff which turned out unsatisfactory to the artists at cheap prices. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

JayceLand Pick Today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. is a Tuesday Topics discussion titled The State of After-School Programming in Rochester with Rochester City Councilmember Adam McFadden in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) [source: Friends of the Public Library flyer]

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 Three Women starting at 8 p.m. with Philip C. Carli performing live piano accompaniment. The film is a "sophisticated comedy" that "details the romantic affairs of one man and his three paramours—two of whom are mother and daughter." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Interlock Rochester (1115 E. Main St., suite 42 of the Hungerford Building, door #1) has their Weekly Meeting at 8 p.m. [source: Interlock Rochester website] [all ages]


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Tonight at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The Eastman Wind Orchestra starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The King of Comedy starting at 8 p.m. — a Martin Scorsese film in which Robert De Niro plays a stand-up comic who attempts to get the fame he thinks he deserves by kidnapping a TV host. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Jeff the BrotherhoodMySpace link, Dinosaur BonesMySpace link, and The Celebration of ManMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [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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