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Weekly Rochester Events #587 Starting Thursday, April 8, 2010

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Watching Dirt
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 pm (add a comment)

I headed to the WXXI Studio (280 State St.) to see Dirt: the Movie. It was part of the WXXI Community Cinema series which includes a couple more screenings in the coming months. Although you can see Dirt: the Movie yourself on April 20 on TV, you miss out on the panel discussion afterward. To be perfectly frank, the panel was biased toward the statement of the movie: that dirt is an essential, living part of plant and animal life on this planet. As such, there were no experts from Monsanto to provide a counterpoint to sustainable, organic farming (you may notice that I'm also biased and lean toward the message in the film).

So anyway, the film. It's basically an essay film that argues that dirt is, as I said before, an essential, living part of plant and animal life on this planet. Some cute animations and a half-dozen or so talking-heads plays into the standard structure for such a film. I don't recall whether it mentioned how much of today's food comes from non-natural farming techniques, but since I figure it's a large percentage, I think that's an important fact to remember. The film spends more time highlighting the efforts of CSA farms — "Community Sponsored Agriculture" — that provides a counterpoint to the debt-based system we've attempted to apply to farming. The overall message is that the artificial structures we've created that are supposed to increase farming efficiency and feed us all are not sustainable in the long-run, and we must develop a sustainable model if we are to not go extinct.

Now, about that "debt-based system". In modern farming, farm owners are expected to have capital up-front to buy seed and equipment they need at the beginning of the season; they recoup their expenses by selling their crops throughout the year. Typically they will get a loan — often a mortgage — for those initial expenses and hope to pay it back. However, forces of nature and market forces play a huge role and a farmer may not be able to match their upfront expenses. CSA's do away with the risk associated with a loan because members of the farm pay dues up-front to pay for the crop, distribute the risk of farming, and result in farmers not going into debt.

Anyway, they also gave out door prizes and I won a DVD set of New York Wine and Table along with a coupon for Patty Love to perform a consultation on "permaculture" in my back yard. I was trying to decide whether to join the CSA at Mud Creek Farm (McMahon Rd., Victor), so I took it as a sign and (once I pay my taxes) I'll buy myself a membership. I have felt the push to start getting into farming and sustainability — I think I'm going to start paying less attention to my technical skills and start focusing on more plain, traditional techniques and steer toward laziness through innovation.

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The Bertrand Russell Society meets tonight at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) probably around 7 p.m. or so. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

Tonight through Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. is a performance of The Story by Tracey Scott Wilson at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) [source: Geva Theatre website]

The Eastman Jazz Ensemble, and The Eastman New Jazz Ensemble will be at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 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 Bad Lieutenant starting at 8 p.m. The Dryden calendar has this to say: "Utterly uncompromising in its portrait of a crude and corrupt man filled with self-loathing and desperate for transcendence, Bad Lieutenant tells the lurid story of a lapsed Catholic cop bent on suicide through three major vices: drugs, sex, and gambling." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is fantastic, heavy, electric, lounge-folk from Auld Lang SyneMySpace link, and The David Wax MuseumMySpace link. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [21+]


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Tonight starting at 4 p.m. is the Grand Opening of 140 Alex Bar and Grill (140 Alexander St., formerly Nasty D's, and apparently really really similar.) [source: Facebook]

Tonight at 6 p.m. at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is Angelo RoseMySpace link for Happy Hour followed by The Park Avenue BandGarageBand link starting at 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

Today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is a Benefit Auction for The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) — note that there is an entry fee. [source: City Newspaper] [all ages]

The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) will be screening a film called Takeover tonight at 7 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website] [18+]

JayceLand Pick Tonight from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Firehouse Gallery at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) is the Opening Reception for the College Clay Collective. Starting at 7 p.m., the Opening Reception of Works by Roycroft Master Artisan Laura Wilder will take place next door at The Printing and Books Center. Both shows run through April 30. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

Today at 7 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is a screening of Rêves de poussière (Dreams of Dust). [source: Baobab website]

Tonight at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The Eastman School Symphony Orchestra starting at 8 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 Naj sul (Daytime Drinking) starting at 8 p.m. A "comedy of errors" where a man goes on a weekend getaway after a drunken night, only to find all his buddies never bothered to show up. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Village Idiots Present (VIP) will present Catch-23 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 The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is WeedeaterMySpace link, Black TuskMySpace link, The Gates of SlumberMySpace link, and Struck By LightningMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick The instrumental jam-rock genius of Pia MaterMySpace link, and The New York Funk ExchangeMySpace link will be at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]


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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]

Today from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is an Edible Books Festival and Competition with Dan Eaton. [source: Friends of the Public Library e-mail] [all ages]

The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) will be hosting The Cattle DrumsMySpace link, LongitudeMySpace link, Claire DanesMySpace link, and Ordinary Men and WomenMySpace link starting around 7 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website] [18+]

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Jewish Community Center (JCC) (1200 Edgewood Ave.) is Unleashed! Improv. [source: RocWiki calendar]

Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Local Hero starting at 8 p.m. Bill Forsyth will be on hand to introduce and discuss his most popular film in which an oil company tries to buy a small fishing town to build a refinery. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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


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Today at 1 p.m. is an Artists' Talk with Paul Knoblauch and John Kastner whose works are on display at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) [source: Rochester Contemporary calendar]

The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) will be hosting a What's Up Discussion/Volunteer Recognition Event with Kitty Jospé at 2 p.m. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Housekeeping starting at 7 p.m. Bill Forsyth will be staying through today to discuss his film about "two orphaned sisters [driven apart] as they share their ramshackle house with their eccentric aunt. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is The LaureatesMySpace link, and Dan Frank and The True BelieversMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Today in Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) at 6 p.m. is Regional Writers #1. [source: Geva Theatre website]

The Green Party of Monroe County meets today at 7 p.m. at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge). [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website] [18+]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) is Konk PackMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]


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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.

JayceLand Pick Updated: Today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is Books Sandwiched-In featuring Karen Miltner reviewing Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-time Eater by Frank Bruni. [source: Friends of the Public Library e-mail] [all ages]

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 At 8 p.m. tonight in the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a screening of Early Westerns accompanied by Dr. Philip C. Carli including The Great Train Robbery, Why Broncho Billy Left Bear Country, The Rattlesnake, and The Struggle. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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

The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting LudicraMySpace link, KralliceMySpace link, and CrucifistMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is Shuffaloff Night featuring poetry by Michael Boughn

Today at Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free) is Improv Plate starting at 7 p.m. [source: Johnny's Irish Pub calendar]

JayceLand Pick Updated: Tonight at The Cinema TheatreMySpace link (957 South Clinton Ave.) is an event called Two Movies You Won't Want to Miss, a fundraiser for Shoulders To Stand On starting at 7 p.m. with St. Trinian's and then Misconceptions. [source: Equal=Grounds Facebook page] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing From The Terrace starting at 8 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar, "Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward's on-screen husband and wife feast on love, lust, and betrayal in this tale of cut-throat ambition on Wall Street, filmed two years after the stars' real-life marriage in Las Vegas." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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+]

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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