Weekly Rochester Events #578 Starting Thursday, February 4, 2010

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Watching Hinkley, The Corrections, and Burning Daylight at the Bug Jar
by Jason Olshefsky at 9:00 pm (add a comment)

I walked through the blowing snow (because, believe it or not, it beats dusting, scraping, and shivering in the car several times) to The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) to catch the show. When I got there, from HinkleyMySpace link was already playing. If you read other critics, or talk to local rock band members around town, you've likely experienced the universally glowing reviews of Hinkley. In my mind, they're one of a few bands that I have weak memories of strongly enjoying, but when I'm actually at a show, I find their musical intelligence to be overwhelming and I kick myself for not going to every Hinkley show. Perhaps it was the [literal] cold weather, but I thought they sounded [metaphorically] extra warm. I describe their sound as deceptively mellow, complex rock-and-roll. I find there isn't much more point than saying, "I think they're worth seeing for this reason", and avoid the "sounds-like-these-three-bands" cliché [and remember, kids, the trendy way to pronounce is "clitch" as "clee-SHAY" is totally cliché].

Next up was the new-to-me band The CorrectionsMySpace link. I threw the word "warm" in the adjectives in my notes, down from "extra warm" for Hinkley, so I guess it was all about average kinetic energy after all. I also described them as bouncy, alt-country rock. I'm easily swayed, and visiting their website, I decided to add "acoustic pop-rock" as well. Any of those descriptions will do. Their musicmanship was also top-notch — and their lead singer was a charismatic smiler, sending a message of welcoming familiarity to the audience. Their musical style led me to compare them to early Barenaked Ladies, 1980's Elvis Costello, and a bit of Tears for Fears, even though cliché dictates the last band be obscure. Alas, I may have tainted you alls opinions, but I believe in your ability to ignore me.

Finishing up was Burning DaylightGarageBand linkMySpace link and I was getting tired and still had an hour of walking ahead of me, so I left after just a few songs. I can't help but give them lukewarm monikers like "solid acoustic-driven bar-rock" because I just don't hear the complexity. It's good, accessible, and it rocks, but I'm seldom surprised. Like Hinkley, I have weak memories of enjoying them. However, in this case, it's indistinguishable from strong memories of somewhat enjoying them. Lots of people love them, so don't take my word for it, and don't sweat it that I'm not a big fan.

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Monday, February 1st, 2010

Ramen-off at the Krown
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 pm (add a comment)

Ali and Christina each made a dish for the "Ramen-Off" at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) I tagged along although I didn't make anything — but, heck, a tasting and a couple beers was just a few bucks. All the dishes were surprisingly creative, although most were based on substituting ramen noodles for other kinds of pasta. Nonetheless, the Thai-peanut dish that Jeff brought was the crowd favorite among the 14 entries. Judges, however, chose Ali's "Lucky Sombreros": baked spicy ramen wafers topped with chicken, guacamole, and sour cream (not that Ali's weren't popular: her dish was the first to be emptied). So congratulations, Ali and Jeff! We'll look forward to next year's competition.

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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

The King of Comedy at the Dryden
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

Christina and I headed to the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy. Jim Healy gave the introduction and said he had seen this film probably the most number of times of any film he's seen (and I fully believe he has seen a great number of films). The gist is that Rupert Pupkin played by Robert De Niro plays a stand-up comic who attempts to get the fame he thinks he deserves by kidnapping a TV host Jerry Langford played by Jerry Lewis.

The beauty of the film is in its portrayal of Pupkin as the fanboy inside me (and presumably most people) that just goes too far. For the sake of filmmaking and the story, Pupkin's fantasies intermingle with reality — disastrously. For instance, he has a fantasy of having dinner with Langford where the star begs him to take over the talk show — despite that Langford actually does not see any refined talent in Pupkin, and far from the degree that Pupkin's fantasy lays out.

When I set my mind adrift and daydream of an encounter with some famous person — be it a consistent legend like Randy Newman or a cute-girl-du-jour like Kate Micucci — some event happens where I get to meet them by chance, and for some reason they are interested in me or thankful for something … basically, what Pupkin does. Only in his world, this is the way things actually happen: these absurd, unlikely, coincidences are believed to play out because the fantasy person does not have a real existence. In other words, I realize that famous-person-in-fantasy has, in real life, their own existence that simply does not include me whereas Pupkin does not have such a realization. He fully believes that fame makes the real person disappear — that the celebrity is no longer real, or that celebrity can completely obscure that reality.

The movie asks, in part, how do you handle a person like Pupkin? How do you handle someone who has disposed of your value as a human being? I believe it is the same haunting psychology that leads to stalking, rape, genocide, and any human-on-human atrocity: if you can convince yourself that another person is not a human being (or that they are simply a thing) then your mind is freed to do anything to them without remorse. And if you are on the receiving end of such behavior, all you can do is either change your mind so they are no longer human and you can do what you want with them, or save your own humanity, do what you can to educate them, and wait for them to realize that you are a valuable person too.

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David Haygood, Jr. will host an event to Celebrate Black Heritage Month at City Hall (30 Church St.) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick Today at 6 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.), The Democrat and Chronicle photographers Jeff Blackwell, Jay Capers, Jen Rynda, Kat Sidelnik, and Will Yurman will be on hand for a Where We Live Panel Discussion. Then, at 7 p.m., author Charles Benoit will discuss mysteries and film noir prior to the 8 p.m. screening of Dark Passage. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Pure Kona Poetry and Music Night will be at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) tonight at 7:30 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., The Comedy Club (2235 Empire Blvd., Webster) will host Jamie Lissow. [source: Freetime]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Dark Passage starting at 8 p.m. A man innocent of the murder that landed him in prison escapes, he gets plastic surgery, and searches for the true killer. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Animal PantsMySpace link, ElsinoreGarageBand linkMySpace link, and Benjamin BurgessMySpace link starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) will be hosting Heather MaloneyMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

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

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

This Other Life will be at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) for happy hour from about 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by The Dirty Bourbon Blues BandMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

JayceLand Pick Today at The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the Opening Reception for An Alternative Process by Ivan Dalla Tana and Sue Huggins Leopard's Small Dreams and Possessions. Both are on display through March 12. [source: Visual Studies Workshop calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Kenichiro Sato will be on hand at Java's (16 Gibbs St.) tonight to discuss Big Picture Rochester (formerly ROMA, the Rochester Outdoor Museum of Art) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [all ages]

The Opening Reception for Makers and Mentors by Judd Lawrence Williams, and Julianna Furlong Williams is tonight from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) [source: Rochester Contemporary e-mail] [all ages]

Today at The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.) starting around 7 p.m. is the opening reception for My Weapons: paintings by Jennifer CichelloMySpace link. [source: Record Archive e-mail]

JayceLand Pick The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) will be screening These Streets are Watching today at 7:30 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website] [18+]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing 10 Rillington Place starting at 8 p.m. — based on the true story of a serial killer in England in the 1940's and 1950's. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) is Reviving IvoryMySpace link, and Geena Davis starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page]

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]

Today from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. is a Saturday Hike in the Park starting at Lake Riley Lodge in Cobb's Hill Park (Norton Dr., softball diamonds near 490). [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick Hedonist Artisan Chocolates (674 South Ave.) is hosting an ARTisan Chocolate Tasting today from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. [source: Hedonist Chocolates website]

The Park Avenue BandGarageBand link will be at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 6 p.m. [source: Abilene e-mail]

Tonight at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is Hyperbole CabooseMySpace link, and Stolen Bikes starting around 6 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website] [18+]

JayceLand Pick Wicked fun, saxophone-driven, percussive groove-rock band The BuddhaHoodMySpace link, The Deep Blue DreamMySpace link, The Wild Geese, Two Ton SkaMySpace link, Mosaic FoundationMySpace link, DriftwoodMySpace link, and solid rock with a Spanish flair from Night GalleryGarageBand linkMySpace link will be at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) starting around 6 p.m. for a benefit to support Hope for Haiti. [source: Rochester Music Coalition calendar] [16+]

Today starting around 6:30 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is a Community Dialogue Series for Bob Marley's 65th Birthday Celebration. [source: Baobab website]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing We Live in Public starting at 8 p.m. and again tomorrow at 5 p.m. The film documents several artistic experiments by Josh Harris concerning identity and surveillance. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Dang!MySpace link will be at The Keg (315 Gregory St., behind German House where Rohrbach's used to be) starting around 10 p.m. [source: Freetime]

The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Junk CultureMySpace link, DJ Ako, and Ginnis starting around 11:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) will be hosting a Regional Zine and Craft Fair today starting at 12 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website] [18+]

The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) is hsting an Artists' Talk with Judd Lawrence Williams, Julianna Furlong Williams, Elaine Defibaugh, and Illa Loeb. [source: Rochester Contemporary calendar] [all ages]

Kitty Jospé will present a What's Up Lecture at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) discussing images of bridges at 2 p.m. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Joe Blackburn will play the Pipe Organ at today's Musicale at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Miracle of Morgan's Creek starting at 7 p.m. The Eastman House calendar summarizes it: "smitten by men in uniform, small-town girl Trudy Kockenlocker (Betty Hutton) gets drunk at a soldier's ball. When she wakes up she's not only married to someone she can't remember who's now on his way overseas, but she's pregnant to boot." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 11:30 p.m. is Nick OliveriMySpace link, ChyldeMySpace link, and Todd Krasz. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Today at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) at 6 p.m. is a Where We Live Community Forum. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Off With Their HeadsMySpace link, The Slow DeathMySpace link, The Daredevil Christopher WrightMySpace link, and Paul's GrandfatherMySpace 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]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Our Hospitality starting at 8 p.m. — a Buster Keaton classic preceded by The Play House. [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]

Today at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) is a Beer Tasting from The Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (1075 East 20th St., Chico, CA) starting at 7 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 8 p.m. in Webb Auditorium at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map), Nicholas Gurewitch, and Chris Onstad will discuss Internet Famous: Comic Time with Nick and Chris. [source: Caroline Werner Gannett Project website]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Goodfellas starting at 8 p.m. — on of Martin Scorsese's best films. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) is good hard rock from The Cheetah WhoresMySpace link, and Velvet Elvis starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

It's Whirrly Wednesdays: Hooping, Drumming, and Grooving at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) at 6 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website] [18+]

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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This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including nearby towns Irondequoit, Webster, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor, Henrietta, Gates, Chili, Greece, and Charlotte, and occasionally other places in Monroe County and the Western New York region.) It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, lectures, discussions, debates, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do. Music events are usually original bands with occasional cover bands and DJ's with musical styles including punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat." Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed. Although I'm reluctant to admit it, it is a Rochester blog and I'm essentially blogging about Rochester events. I also tend to express opinions, review past events, make reviews, speak of philosophy or of a philosophical nature, discuss humanity and creativity. Oh, and it's spelled JayceLand with no space and a capital L, not Jayce Land, Jaycee Land, Jace Land, Jase Land, Joyce Land, Jayce World, Jayceeland, Jaceland, Jaseland, Joyceland, Jayceworld, Jayceeworld, Jaceworld, Jaseworld, nor Joyceworld. (Now if you misspell it in some search engine, you at least get a shot at finding it.) It's also not to be confused with Jake's World or JakesWorld which is a site of a Rochester animator. While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, February 4, 2010 (Thu, Feb 4, 2010, 2/4/2010, or 2/4/10) Friday, February 5, 2010 (Fri, Feb 5, 2010, 2/5/2010, or 2/5/10) Saturday, February 6, 2010 (Sat, Feb 6, 2010, 2/6/2010, or 2/6/10) Sunday, February 7, 2010 (Sun, Feb 7, 2010, 2/7/2010, or 2/7/10) Monday, February 8, 2010 (Mon, Feb 8, 2010, 2/8/2010, or 2/8/10) Tuesday, February 9, 2010 (Tue, Feb 9, 2010, 2/9/2010, or 2/9/10) and Wednesday, February 10, 2010 (Wed, Feb 10, 2010, 2/10/2010, or 2/10/10).

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