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Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Bill Forsyth After an End to Housekeeping
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 pm (add a comment)

I couldn't attend the screening of Local Hero yesterday, but I did make it to the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Housekeeping. Writer/director Bill Forsyth — lucky for me — stayed an extra day for this screening and for a question-and-answer session afterward.

Anyway, the film is excellent and human like Forsyth's other films, but also just a bit disconcerting. It's the story of Ruth and Lucy, orphans who get bounced through the family lineage until they are cared for by their Aunt Sylvie, but what makes it disconcerting is how I was forced to judge Sylvie: are her actions eccentric, insane, misplaced, enlightening, or harmful?

She goes just a little "too far" with what would otherwise be just personality traits — for instance, finding old newspapers useful, but collecting them to an obsessive degree (and yet, she also seems perfectly able to part with them). On the one hand, that kind of thriftiness could prove useful in a time of scarcity, especially when compared with one who is wasteful. On the other hand, she doesn't seem to be making conscious effort to drive her life, allowing whatever whim suits her to guide her.

I found the question-and-answer session afterward to be enlightening, revealing Forsyth as a modest fellow who wasn't particularly driven to make films, yet ended up producing work that is warm, unique, and expertly-made.

I had been tipped off before the film that he might go on to socialize with some of the Eastman House staff afterward, but I forgot.  I intended to join a couple friends on the staff to walk with them until they got to their house, but when they went instead to The Strathallan (550 East Ave.) I considered excusing myself out of courtesy as I hadn't been invited, but I decided instead to leave it up to those who were there to ask me to leave if they so wished.

The conversation was fun and interesting as one might expect. We had some laughs and talked about movies, people, and the state of the world. Ordinarily I wouldn't think of myself as excessively brash, but next to the quiet gentle wisdom of Forsyth and the woman he traveled here with (who I assumed is his wife), I felt like some loud-mouthed, opinionated, know-it-all, American stereotype.

On the actual walk home with my friends, we talked about some of the quirky people and their unusual mannerisms. One example is a guy who supposedly couldn't get Forsyth's traveling companion's name right — yet we also know that he's said he has Asperger syndrome, so his unusual behavior is somehow acceptable. Another case was a friend whose palpable social discomfort was given attention in friendly mockery — yet since we know of no diagnosed disorder, it was somehow acceptable to do so.

In the film, Sylvie's behavior was likewise dead-center in the gray/grey area between unusual and insane. Why is there a difference in how we react to someone we know has a psychological problem versus another who acts the same but is not diagnosed? One's individual reaction to any other person is certainly unique, and perhaps it's the "political correctness" drummed into our psyches that causes a reactionary rift between those afflicted by a proper disorder and others who are not. If that's the case, then perhaps the best course of action is to assume everyone you meet is somehow disabled and should be treated cordially nonetheless.

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Tax Day

Joey Ramone died, 2001

JayceLand Pick Today at 12 p.m., Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz-Karamustafa will discuss her book, Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran (Islamic Civilization & Muslim Networks) in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) [source: Friends of the Public Library e-mail] [all ages]

Tonight through Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is a performance of Kindertransport by Diane Samuels. [source: Geva Theatre website]

Today at 7 p.m. at The Little (240 East Ave.) is a screening of The Grateful Dead: Crimson, White & Indigo Concert. Starting before the screening (and afterward for a discussion), author Peter Conners will be on hand to sign his book, Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead. [source: Little Theatre calendar]

At Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 7 p.m. is The Burning BootsMySpace link followed at 9 p.m. by the Reggae Dance Party DJ'ed by Ron Stackman. [source: Abilene website]

At tonight's meeting of The Rochester Genealogical Society at The Asbury First United Methodist Church (1050 East Ave.) at 7 p.m. is a short program titled Foster Frederick Kislingbury 1847-1884... Fallen Hero followed by Slavery in the Genesee Country by Roy Thurston. [source: Rochester Genealogical Society website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call—New Orleans starting at 8 p.m. A contemporary film noir by Werner Herzog about a "corrupt cop in post-Katrina New Orleans". (Legend has it that Bad Lieutenant (from 1992) director Abel Ferrara was under the impression this is a remake of his film and said of the filmmakers, "I wish these people die in Hell. I hope they're all in the same streetcar, and it blows up," and later, Werner Herzog was alerted to this accusation and responded, "I've never seen a film by him. I have no idea who he is.") [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is great synth-driven, drum-rich dance-rock from El Ten ElevenMySpace link, and The Turbines starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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The National Day of Silence [all ages]

This evening at 5 p.m. in the Bevier Gallery at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map) is the opening reception for A Glimpse Beyond The Real, Bradley Butler's MFA Thesis Exhibition. [source: City Newspaper]

Dave Donnelly will play Happy Hour at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) tonight at 6 p.m. Then at 9:30 p.m., it's the solidly good bar-rock band with a country twang Blue JimmyGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Abilene website]

JayceLand Pick Today at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) at 6:30 p.m. is a Benefit for the Dow Family (whose son Joel Dow was arrested at a protest in Portland) featuring bands like good high-energy punk-rock from The GrievantsMySpace link, avant-garde musicians/poets Urknee and Bjürton RussellMySpace link, Ed Downey, Ian DowneyMySpace link, and PegacideMySpace link. [source: Facebook] [18+]

The RIT Make Club is hosting a Free Bike Tune-Up event outside The Center for Student Innovation at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map) starting at 7 p.m. [source: RIT Make Club blog]

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]

Tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. is a performance of No Child... by Nilaja Sun at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) [source: MuCCC website]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Sting starting at 8 p.m. A couple con-men pull a sting on the man who killed their friend. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. at New Life Presbyterian Church (243 Rosedale St.) is a performance of Ladies and Gentlemen by Emma Donoghue and directed by Elizabeth Chacchia. [source: Gay Alliance website]

Way out at The Willow Inn (428 Manitou Rd., Hilton) starting around 8 p.m. is The Buzzo All-Star Band, and Captain Jack. [source: Freetime]

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


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Record Store Day

JayceLand Pick Today at The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.) is their Record Store Day celebration featuring 9 bands including Roger KuhnMySpace link kicking things off at 11 a.m., Jimmie Highsmith, Jr. at 12 p.m, a rich tapestry of modern Americana from The Bogs Visionary OrchestraMySpace link at 1 p.m., and Andy Smash and the Rustbelt Hot RodsMySpace link wrapping things up at 6 p.m. [source: Record Archive e-mail]

JayceLand Pick Likewise, The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) is hosting their own Record Store Day event starting at 12 p.m. and featuring bands and DJ's all day including The Burning BootsMySpace link at 2 p.m., and The Tombstone HandsMySpace link at 7 p.m. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Today at 1 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a Demonstration of Silhouettes by Candlelight with Mark Osterman. [source: Eastman House e-mail] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing A Londoni férfi (The Man from London) starting at 8 p.m. in which a rail worker "in a dank and decaying port town witnesses a crime while stationed on a tower and then finds himself caught up in the aftermath." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Miss Tess and The Bon Ton ParardeMySpace link, and The Jo Henley BandMySpace link will be at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Philo Beddo, Reverend Soapbox and The Rabble RousersMySpace link, and great, fun 1960's-styled rock band The Hi-RisersMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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JayceLand Pick As the week of Earth Day, today starts No Trash Week — an opportunity to examine your own trash production by attempting to completely stop producing trash. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) is the Greatest Community Garage Sale and Super Flea. [source: City Hall press release]

The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) will be hosting The Narcs, Veratesh, Assbeer, MoraxMySpace link, and RabidMySpace link starting around 6:30 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website] [18+]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Rachel, Rachel starting at 7 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar: "after living with an overbearing mother her whole life, an unmarried 35-year-old teacher (Joanne Woodward) gets a chance at romance with a handsome suitor (James Olson) from the big city." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Updated: Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is Left on RedMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. Note, however, that Abilene no longer shows the gig on their website even though Left on Red does. [source: Abilene e-mail]

Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Thomas FunctionMySpace link, and Black Elk SpeaksMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Patriot's Day

Today at 6:30 p.m. at The Little (240 East Ave.) is a second screening of The Grateful Dead: Crimson, White & Indigo Concert. [source: Little Theatre e-mail]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Cinema TheatreMySpace link (957 South Clinton Ave.) is the Rochester premiere of Proceed and Be Bold at 7 p.m. Documentary star Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. will be attending. [source: Artists' Breakfast Group blog]

Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) will present a script-in-hand performance of Jitney by August Wilson tonight at 7:30 p.m. [source: Geva Theatre website]

Tonight at 8 p.m. in Webb Auditorium at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map), neuroscientist Christopher deCharms will speak at The Caroline Werner Gannett Project on Imagine your own brain with real time fMRI while seeing your imagining. [source: Caroline Werner Gannett Project website]


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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 Today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. is another Books Sandwiched-In with Jeff Spevak will review Corn Flakes with John Lennon: And Other Tales from a Rock 'n' Roll Life by Robert Hilburn in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.). [source: City Hall press release] [all ages]

Tonight at The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley (GAGV) Youth Center (875 E. Main St.) is a screening of The Power of Forgiveness at 6:30 p.m. [source: Equal=Grounds Facebook page]

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 Beggars of Life starting at 8 p.m. — "hobos on the lam". Live piano accompaniment by Dr. Philip C. Carli. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Velvet Elvis, The Fucking HotlightsMySpace link, and Triglactagon will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

In case you missed it in person, you can watch Dirt: the Movie tonight at 10 p.m. on WXXI. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Tonight at 9 p.m. at The Dub Land UndergroundMySpace link (315 Alexander St., formerly Whiskey) is The International Noise Conference (INC). [source: Carbon Records calendar]


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JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) is DriftwoodMySpace link, and excellent, daring folk/acoustic-rock soloist JoAnn VaccaroMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Sometimes a Great Notion starting at 8 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar, "Paul Newman directed, produced, and stars as the central character in this adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel about a family of rugged individualists facing soul-searing challenges in Oregon lumber country." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Updated: Tonight at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) is Chris FrascoMySpace link, and Yellowbirddd (a.k.a. Liam McCormack) starting around 8 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Caw CawMySpace link, solid rock with a Spanish flair from Night GalleryGarageBand linkMySpace link, and Strange MontgomeryMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Neil Innes 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]

Tonight at KC Tea and Noodles (363 S. Goodman St., moved from 360 Park to old Paradise Alley location) at 9 p.m. is The DadsMySpace link, Teressa WilcoxMySpace link, The Years (members of the Blood and Bone Orchestra), and Mitch Jones and the ShockingMySpace link. [source: Facebook] [18+]

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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