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Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Playtime at the Dryden
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 pm (1 comment)

In Jim Healy's introduction to Playtime at the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.), he could not have impressed any stronger that he truly loved it. And he was right. It's a masterpiece. (At least from what I've seen of Jacques Tati's films so far.)

The film follows Tati's charmingly bumbling Monsieur Hulot — sort-of. Hulot is only one of the characters in this film shot from the perspective of an omniscient and loving city — if a cold and dehumanizing one as well. The camera watches the trials of humans as they attempt to navigate the brutally unnatural surroundings of the city and its buildings. But as it goes (and as in Tati's other films) humanity prevails.

What was so remarkable was that every single moment of Playtime is richly and deliberately created. Even the most innocuous scene is a fractal part of the central theme.

But what I found most unusual was that when I was leaving the screening, I was struck with an uncanny sense that I had witnessed the completion of all cinema. It was as if I had walked out of every movie ever made — and felt no particular need to see another film. (And although tenacious, the feeling faded over several days, so I just might watch more movies.)

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Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Attending the Circulator Study Meeting by C&S
by Jason Olshefsky at 4:00 pm (add a comment)

I found some time and stopped by The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) for the presentation of a Center City Circulator Feasibility Study for Rochester by C&S Companies. They are surveying employees and full-time residents of the area inside the Inner Loop to determine if a circulator (a short, fixed transit route for moving people around a small area) is feasible. They presented the current survey results and asked for suggestions which they wrote on two large easels.

Their results indicated that they were surveying people on how they presently commuted to downtown. The vast majority (some 80%) drove alone in a car and used a parking lot. They unfortunately included Kodak so the results skew strongly toward Kodak's behaviors.

More importantly, though, they seemed genuinely mired in the car-plenty, cheap-fuel, 1960's thinking that inspired the city's infrastructure. For instance, I was met with surprise when I suggested they examine the possibility of removing automobiles from the area in the Inner Loop, serving it only through a circulator and foot-traffic, perhaps starting with a trial area. My thinking is that fuel costs and the costs associated with a car-culture are going to increase, and it would be wise to examine options that look past the status quo. It becomes a question of whether we want to be more like Denver or more like Palmyra.

Most of the suggestions from others revolved around providing free parking (so I suspect C&S's presentation to the City will strongly endorse free parking). I thought it unprofessional to watch one of the camera crews recommend that the media should be able to park with impunity without being ticketed. I'm not surprised on either front. In the first case, if you ask people what they want, they will start from what they know; it will take leadership to create a better situation that is not simply more of the past. In the second case, I have been nothing but appalled at the lack of quality in television news, and this is just more of the same.

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Today at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) at 6 p.m. is a Twestival — a fundraiser for Concern Worldwide. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

Douglas Kirkland will be at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) today at 6 p.m. for a Wish You Were Here lecture on his career photographing celebrities. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Today from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Anne Church (1600 Mt. Hope Ave.) is a Public Meeting to discuss The East Henrietta Road Improvement Project (the section from Mt. Hope to South Avenue). [source: City Hall press release]

This evening from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Gallery One Fine Arts in the Executive Office Building (36 W. Main St., suite #17) is Flowetic Rhythms hosted by Lu Highsmith. [source: Culture starts with ART! (CSWA) Yahoo! Group] [18+]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Breaking In starting at 8 p.m. Another in the charming series of films by Bill Forsyth — in this one, a career burglar takes on an apprentice. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is talented stoner rock-influenced rock band Argus EyeMySpace link, and Ryan PowerMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Over at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. is The Burning BootsMySpace link. [source: Abilene website]

JayceLand Pick The very good, experimentally-daring acoustic soloist Seth Faergolzia will perform at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) with friends tonight at 8 p.m. and every Thursday through the end of March. [source: band said it at a prior show] [all ages]


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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]

Meyer and McGuire will play Happy Hour at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight followed by The Lawnmowers at 9:30 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

JayceLand Pick The Cinema TheatreMySpace link (957 South Clinton Ave.) will present screenings of Swimming With Lesbians, Dare, and the short film U-HAUL Rap, from The ImageOut Film Festival tonight starting at 6 p.m. Swimming With Lesbians is a documentary about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community of Western New York, and director David B. Marshall will be in attendance to discuss the film. Dare is about the complex relationship between a group of three friends. [source: Gay Alliance website]

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Link Gallery at City Hall (30 Church St.) is the Opening Reception for Beauty in a Flash featuring photography from students of Studio 789 and will be on display through May 3. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is a Community Dialogue Series lecture on Pan-Africanism: The Life of Dr. William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B.) DuBois (1868-1963). [source: Baobab website]

In Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) tonight at 7 p.m. is a reading of Plays in Progress featuring Waking Matilda by Mimi Kennedy. [source: Geva Theatre website]

Today from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., and tomorrow and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. is The Rochester Erotic Arts Festival at The Harro East Theatre and Ballroom (155 North Chestnut St.) [source: Harro East calendar]

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

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is a presentation of Pure Kona with avant-garde musicians/poets Urknee and Bjürton RussellMySpace link, Ed Downey, and Shawnee BoyeeeGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website] [18+]

Over at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) starting around 8 p.m. is The Chandler Travis Philharmonic. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing La nana (The Maid) starting at 8 p.m. After serving a family for over 20 years, they decide to hire more workers to assist her, but she acts to prevent their success. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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Today at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) at 10 a.m. is an Art Opening for works by Kahsay G. Tsadkan. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website] [18+]

JayceLand Pick Today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hedonist Artisan Chocolates (674 South Ave.) is hosting a Chocolate Tasting. [source: Hedonist Chocolates website]

Today at 1:30 p.m. at The Pieters Family Life Center (1025 Commons Wy.), Dr. Joe Manza (2040 E. Henrietta Rd) will lead an interactive event titled Eat the Elephant: MOVEMENT IS LIFE! [source: RocWiki calendar]

JayceLand Pick This afternoon at 2 p.m., is a meeting of The Rochester Police Accountability Coalition (RPAC) at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge). [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website] [18+]

Today from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.) is D. SwaggaMySpace link (a.k.a. David Salters) followed by a rich tapestry of modern Americana from The Bogs Visionary OrchestraMySpace link starting at 6 p.m. [source: Record Archive e-mail]

JayceLand Pick Updated: The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Pee-Wee's Big Adventure starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 5 p.m. Pee-Wee's prized bicycle is stolen and he goes on an adventure to get it back. (And the Saturday showtime was confirmed to be mistakenly missing from the Dryden calendar until Wednesday or so, so it's really not my fault!) [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is The Bogs Visionary OrchestraMySpace link, The Brotherhood of the Jug Band BluesMySpace link, and Jose DelhartMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is SPORTSMySpace link, Bear HandsMySpace link, Stay SixMySpace link, and The Celebration of ManMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Tonight at 5 p.m. at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is a Community Dinner. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

At 9 p.m. is The Left of Center Stage Variety Show at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge). [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]


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JayceLand Pick Willy Holtzman's The Morini Strad will be read today at Plays in Progress in Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) this afternoon at 3 p.m. [source: Geva Theatre website]

Today from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a Chamber Music Musicale featuring EunMi Ko on piano, and Sini Virtanen on violin. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Today at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) at 5 p.m. is a Poetry Reading — The Soul of a Woman. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website] [18+]

The Strange BoysMySpace link, The Pack A.D., and The Dead FriendsMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) will be hosting The TillersMySpace link, and The Ruckus Juice Jug StompersMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]


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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Island In The Sky starting at 1:30 p.m. for the Senior Citizens Matinee. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick This evening at 7 p.m. is an Informational Meeting for prospective members of Mud Creek Farm (McMahon Rd., Victor) at Victor Parks and Recreation (1290 Atwal Dr., Victor).

Today at 7:30 p.m. is Wide Open Mic with Norm Davis at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 8 p.m. in Webb Auditorium at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map) is Hiroshi Ishii speaking about The Art of Tangible Bits as part of The Caroline Werner Gannett Project. [source: Caroline Werner Gannett Project website]

JayceLand Pick In theory, there is another Emerging Filmmakers Program tonight at The Little (240 East Ave.) at 9:15 p.m., but I haven't heard anything about it so your guess is as good as mine. As soon as I get the details I'll post the films.

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.

Today at 6 p.m. at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is CopWatch Training based on Berkeley CopWatch. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website] [18+]

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. is the first Preview Performance of Two Trains Running at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) which opens on Saturday night. [source: Geva Theatre website]

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 Ich küsse Ihre Hand, Madame (I Kiss Your Hand, Madame) starting at 8 p.m. A divorcee "sets her sights on the dashing Count Lerski" featuring Marlene Dietrich before she was an international star. Dr. Philip C. Carli will accompany the silent film on piano. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is The Past LivesMySpace link, Aiyana CatoriMySpace link, and The Wooden WavesMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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

Today at The Tap and Mallet (381 Gregory St.) is a Beer Social featuring brews from The Lake Placid Craft Brewing, Pub and Brewery starting at 8 p.m. [source: Tap and Mallet website]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Parade starting at 8 p.m. Jacques Tati's "final feature returns him to his music hall roots and serves as a fitting farewell." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Top Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Doug KeithMySpace link, and luscious, poetic acoustic rock from Autumn In HalifaxMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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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