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Weekly Rochester Events #620 Starting Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Seeing Dutchman at the Flying Squirrel
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

I was intrigued that the performances of the racially-charged play Dutchman at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) would be followed by a moderated discussion on racism so I headed over.The play  was written by Amiri Baraka and first performed in 1964; it was later made into the film Dutchman. Although the dialog and situations were a little dated, the core story of a black man seduced-then-ridiculed by a white woman is still haunting and strong.

Rakiyah Tapp acted as facilitator for the discussion and did an excellent job keeping people communicating. She noted that there are three kinds of racism that tend to stratify into levels: [if I remember correctly] individual, institutional, and systemic. Systemic racism provides the discriminatory rationalizations for institutional racism (at the organization-level) and individual racism (one-on-one between people).

I started out by saying that I felt that "racism is taking culture too far". (Of course, I always seem to start with something that makes no sense and ends up alienating everyone, some of them for the entire night.) My point was that we're all biased by our stereotypes based on our first impression of someone, but racism is when those stereotypes obliterate the individual before us. I suggested that we should train ourselves to treat every new person as an individual and ignore cultural cues — at least at the outset.

In the ensuing discussion, it became clear that white-on-black racism is unique among the ways individuals discriminate against one another because the systemic component is so deeply ingrained. (In fact, the play's climax brings this idea to the forefront.) As such, no suitably complex analogy is available for whites. For women, gender bias is deeply ingrained, but it is not nearly as tenaciously sinister as racism, and for white men, there is no systemic discrimination of any appreciable magnitude. So the mechanisms I used to bond with another person — commiseration and analogous stories — not only fail, but backfire tremendously as I'm reinforcing my own lack of understanding.

So I step back from my original argument and simply say that what I do (declare all cultural and ancestral markers irrelevant when I meet a new person) is an attempt to break the back of systemic racism. Like any "good progressive" I discourage racial stereotypes and other divisiveness. But I'm also aware of how I appear to other people — particularly children. I was raised in a country where systemic racism has continued to thrive, but I choose to buck that and adapt my behavior to treat people as equally as I can. As time goes by, it becomes more and more natural to do although I can still hear the echoes of prejudice quite well.

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Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Watching Ghost Bird at the Dryden
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

I was curious (especially after reading Dayna Papaleo's positive review in The City Newspaper) and headed to George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Ghost Bird.

The film lays out a tale of hope and skepticism. The ivory-billed woodpecker was one of the largest woodpeckers in the world, but logging of its natural habitat in the southeastern United States, and (to a lesser extent) hunting resulted in its extinction. Declaring something "extinct" is a fickle thing because something is only extinct until one is seen again. And that's what happened … sort of, anyway. A bird watcher managed to barely catch a few frames of video of a large woodpecker in an Arkansas swamp that was thought to be an ivory-billed. Years of searching yielded no conclusive evidence (nor any tangential evidence like the tell-tale large nesting holes). Further muddying the search was that pileated woodpeckers — common in that area — could be almost as large and (to all but the best-trained eyes) look a lot like the ivory-billed.

As such, it's more a documentary about the complicated interplay between science, money, and hope. True scientific research (that is, research that does not have a specific economic or ideological goal) seeks the truth. But as researchers rely on money and jobs as much as anyone else, this creates pressure to conduct research that gets research dollars rather than what should be done next (in an interview with director Scott Crocker by Ben Radford, Crocker relays (sans formal attribution) that the "process of acquiring funding for research [is] akin to throwing spaghetti at the wall: whatever project sticks gets the green light. This 'stickiness factor' of proposals is often determined by very unscientific agendas having more to do with commercial and public relation interests.") And then there's the hope — against all odds — that humans did not actually wipe out a species.

As a believer in scientific research, I was rather shaken to learn that a pair of scientists had their paper silenced because it called into doubt the video depicted an ivory-billed woodpecker. I firmly believed that science was immutable to outside forces — that reasoned dissent was so integral to science that it could not be bribed away. Finding that I'm wrong breaks a few of the fundamental rules I had about what to believe.

I had relied on peer-reviewed and approved studies as the gold standard. But that assumed the review process was open and any rigorous argument would be published for review. And so (as I did a couple weeks ago) I'll revisit global warming and specifically whether it's significantly caused by humans. I understood that the self-perpetuating nature of research funding meant that (at least today) research projects whose thesis supported human-caused global-warming theory would be more strongly funded through traditional means of government and educational institutions. However, other wealthy interests were equally providing funding to discredit the theory: petroleum companies in particular would derive great benefit if global warming were not caused by man, so I had a high level of confidence in human-caused global-warming because of that balance.

Alas, the publishers of reviews are biased. So given that new information, where do I turn? Unfortunately I'm cornered into the milquetoast "the results are inconclusive." In other words, if I can find a rationale for significant bias, I can only ascertain that I can't confirm or deny the claims made as a result.

So let me formally split global warming. I don't think there is significant bias in the study of global temperatures, so based on research I've seen, the global average surface temperature is increasing. But as for the human influence on that warming trend, because of the bias from political, social, and economic forces, I cannot determine a reliable source. That said, I have yet to see where the addition of car exhaust, tires, garbage, or pollution has improved a natural habitat, so I'll continue to work to reduce my ecological impact.

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    Buy Nothing Day

    Today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The More Fire Glass Studio (80 Rockwood Pl.) is their Annual Sale. [source: City Newspaper]

    The Tap and Mallet (381 Gregory St.) will be having a Black Friday Celebration starting at open at 11:30 a.m. featuring "stouts, porters, and other sorts of delicious black beers to help relieve your stress". [source: Tap and Mallet website]

    Today at The Little (240 East Ave.) starting at 12 p.m. is a whole bunch of bands such as Velveteen FoxMySpace link, Watkins and the Rapiers, {Brian Lyndsay And The Bootleggers}, excellent, daring folk/acoustic-rock soloist JoAnn VaccaroMySpace link, talented singer-guitarist Kinloch Nelson, virtually trippy jazz from Margaret Explosion, and Madeline ForsterMySpace link. [source: WBER calendar]

    Apparently The Critical Mass Bike Ride is tonight starting at 6 p.m. at The Liberty Pole (1 Liberty Pole Way) and heading through the city from there. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

    Over at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) starting around 7:30 p.m. is People with TeethMySpace link. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Awful Truth starting at 8 p.m. "Cary Grant and Irene Dunne are perfectly matched as bickering soon-to-be divorcees." A grand screwball comedy ... [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is The Jet Black BerriesMySpace link, The SpacelordsMySpace link, and The AbsolutesMySpace link starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at 9 p.m. at The Liberty Pole (1 Liberty Pole Way) is Sparkle Motion's last Alley Cat of the year: bicycling and a scavenger hunt rolled into one. Sponsored by Knog, and Subversive Cycling. [source: Facebook]

    Over at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9:30 p.m. is The Lawnmowers. [source: Abilene website]


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    JayceLand Pick Today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. is Second Storie's 2010 Indie Market at The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) [source: Facebook] [all ages]

    Today at The Edgerton Community Center (41 Backus St.) is the Edgerton Model Railroad Room 60th Anniversary Celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. [source: City Hall press release]

    The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is hosting an Animation Night from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Senso starting at 8 p.m. Here's what the Eastman House calendar has to say: "Alida Valli plays the tragic aristocratic Italian heroine whose downward spiral begins when she falls blindly for an Austrian soldier (Farley Granger) in this 'lush, melodramatic portrait of seduction and betrayal, decadence and deceit in the midst of Italy's resistance to Austrian occupation in the mid-19th century' (Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader)." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at TiLT Nightclub and Ultralounge (444 Central Ave.) is an After-Gobble party starting at 9 p.m. [source: Facebook] [21+]

    The Po' Boys Brass BandMySpace link will be at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

    JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Instead of SleepingMySpace link, The Ohm, and ZoobombsMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    JayceLand Pick Updated: Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting High Volume Componants, good hard rock from The Cheetah WhoresMySpace link, Anchorage, NebraskaMySpace link, and Broken DivisionMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Facebook] [21+]


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    The Clarinet Collection will perform today's Musicale at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

    Wilson Commencement Park (251 Joseph Ave.) will present a Home for the Holidays benefit concert with Wycliffe GordonMySpace link this evening at 7 p.m. at The Reformation Lutheran Church (111 N. Chestnut St.) [source: Baobab website]

    The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Woodstock starting at 7 p.m. Note that this Director's Cut includes a lot of footage ... and, just like the actual Woodstock, something that's great to see once. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Craig MarloweMySpace link, The Freeminer BirdsMySpace link, tight modern rock band VeluxeMySpace link, The Silver ThreadsMySpace link, and The Reynolds. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    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]

    Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is The Beale Street Blues Band starting around 8 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Act:Live Music featuring Nite ClubMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    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.


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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 Tonight at The Little (240 East Ave.) is a screening of GasLand at 6:30 p.m. with a discussion led by director Josh Fox. [source: City Newspaper]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Special Delivery starting at 8 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, "recently restored by George Eastman House, the last silent vehicle for legendary wide-eyed vaudeville and Hollywood comedian Eddie Cantor finds the funnyman as a hapless mailman. While going through his swiftly appointed rounds, our hero stumbles upon a gang of crooks (led by William Powell) who are planning a large-scale confidence scam." Featuring live piano accompaniment by Dr. Philip C. Carli. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Josh NetskyMySpace link, and Benjamin Jameson Morey and The Wallpaper Singers starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    JayceLand Pick Today at The Little (240 East Ave.) is a screening of A Small Act starting at 6:30 p.m. presented by Rehema Home. [source: Gay Alliance website]

    Today at The Hochstein School of Music and Dance (50 North Plymouth Ave.) starting at 7:30 p.m. is a World Aids Day Concert: "Embrace Life". [source: Culture starts with ART! (CSWA) Yahoo! Group]

    The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Let's Spend the Night Together starting at 8 p.m. — a concert footage of The Rolling StonesMySpace link in their prime. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Lighthouse and the WhalerMySpace link, Paul's GrandfatherMySpace link, Dave and Marrissa, and Doug Campbell starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    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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