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Weekly Rochester Events #628 Starting Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

A Perfect Meme Storm
by Jason Olshefsky at 10:39 pm (2 comments)

OK, so here's the deal.  I had this idea to make another satirical thing for Valentine's Day.  This time it's the about "having a heart on for Valentine's Day" and other convoluted permutations to get the auditory pun to work.  I'll start off the bat and let everyone know you can buy things at Cafepress already. And, although I did think of this without seeing it elsewhere, a quick search on Google reveals that there's quite a few others with the same idea.

But the perfect meme storm had to do with the relatively new site Xtranormal. It's probably the fastest way to get from a script to animation as it does it with 3D rendering and computer-generated voices. In all, it actually works pretty good, but among its many quirks is that the computer voices intone virtually no emotion and there's really no way to annotate it so they do. What I've seen is this deadpan delivery used to humorous effect such as the Are you going to Burning Man video. I was thinking, "what better way to play off an auditory pun than with a perfect deadpan delivery?"

So I made a video too and put it on YouTube: Everyone Should Have a Heart On for Valentine's Day. In fact, you can start at the Xtranormal page for the video and "remix" the script by editing it and making your own video … or just see how I did it (like how to get the stupid computer to properly pronounce "Stewart" rather than "stwart" as it seemed hell-bent on doing). Then I went ahead and made a page on Facebook called "Having a Heart On for Valentine's Day" [a new link to a new page for 2012] with the awkward wording for the automatically-generated text for Facebook so one's friends will see, "Joe Boo likes Having a Heart On for Valentine's Day".

In theory I will be living in the lap of luxury sometime in February. (Obviously not in 2011, and certainly having nothing to do with a one-note-pun on a T-shirt going viral.)

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    Today at 4:30 p.m. at The Tap and Mallet (381 Gregory St.) is a Happy Hour featuring beers from Harpoon Brewery (306 Northern Ave., Boston, MA). [source: Tap and Mallet website]

    JayceLand Pick Today from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. is the Launch Party for The Capron Street Lofts (1 Capron St., behind Geva Theatre) featuring food and drinks, give-aways, and music. [source: Facebook]

    JayceLand Pick This evening at 6:30 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.), author Shannon Clute will discuss film noir prior to introducing tonight's film. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

    This evening at 7 p.m. at The Asbury First United Methodist Church (1050 East Ave.) is a meeting of The Rochester Genealogical Society featuring Genealogy Consultations along with Dr. Marian S. Henry discussing Multiple Sources — Putting It All Together in the 19th Century, and Roy Thurston discussing the Finding My Past. [source: Rochester Genealogical Society website] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Kevin Meaney will perform at The Comedy Club (2235 Empire Blvd., Webster) tonight through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. [source: Freetime]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Mildred Pierce starting at 8 p.m., a classic film noir introduced by Shannon Clute. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Darren EedensMySpace link, Nicole ChristianMySpace link, and Nicholas MooreMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    As part of The Slamdance Film Festival, The Beast Pageant screens today at 3 p.m. MST and again on Monday at 10 p.m. MST in Treasure Mountain Inn (255 Main St., Park City, UT). [source: the proverbial grapevine]

    Custom Brewcrafters (93 Papermill St., Honeoye Falls) will be at The Tap and Mallet (381 Gregory St.) to introduce their "Krysztoff" Baltic Porter for Happy Hour starting at 4 p.m. [source: Tap and Mallet website]

    Hedonist Artisan Chocolates (674 South Ave.) will host a Chocolate Tasting at Wine Sense (749 Park Ave.) today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. [source: Hedonist Chocolates website] [21+]

    Tonight at The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.) is Earl Pickens and Family starting around 6 p.m. [source: Record Archive website]

    JayceLand Pick Today at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley (GAGV) Youth Center (875 E. Main St.) is a screening of The Einstein of Sex: Life and Work of Dr. M. Hirschfeld. [source: Gay Alliance website]

    Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link returns to Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. [source: Geva Theatre website]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing West Side Story starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 7 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Over at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (300 Park Point Dr., #110) starting around 9 p.m. is Trapper Keeper, GonculatorMySpace link, and Eddie Nebula's Awesome Sound. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

    Earl Pickens and Family will be at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

    JayceLand Pick JatobaMySpace link, and brilliant satirical gospel from The Lobster QuadrilleMySpace link will be at The Dub Land UndergroundMySpace link (315 Alexander St., formerly Whiskey) starting around 10 p.m. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester]

    Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is a Reunion Show for Blood Bath and Beyond. [source: Monty's Krown Facebook page] [21+]


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    Updated: The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.) will be hosting Kelly Hunt starting around 12 p.m. [source: Record Archive e-mail]

    Photographer and musician Graham NashMySpace link will be at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) today at 2 p.m. for a discussion of his photography. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

    Today is the Artists' Reception for the Souvenirs de France show at The Oxford Gallery (267 Oxford St.) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. [source: Oxford Gallery website]

    JayceLand Pick Updated: Tonight at The Hochstein School of Music and Dance (50 North Plymouth Ave.) is tight cello-and-drums rock band Break of RealityGarageBand linkMySpace link starting at 7 p.m. [source: City Newspaper] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting The 3rd annual January Thaw Concert with wicked fun, saxophone-driven, percussive groove-rock band The BuddhaHoodMySpace link, good, crowd-pleasing reggae from Thunder BodyMySpace link, and JatobaMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Vision — aus dem leben der Hildegard von Bingen (Vision: From the Life of Hildegard Von Bingen) starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, it's "the remarkable story of 12th-century Benedictine nun Hildegard von Bingen" who was "a Christian mystic, author, naturalist, scientist, philosopher, physician, herbalist, poet, visionary, and composer who has slowly emerged from the shadows of history as an extraordinary agent of faith and change." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Heavy Metal Steve's Birthday Show with Infernal AbyssMySpace link, MalformedMySpace link, DemontageMySpace link, and Orodruin starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is the CD Release Party for The Grand Canyon Rescue EpisodeMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

    Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is The Moho CollectiveMySpace link. [source: Monty's Krown Facebook page] [21+]


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    The Aeolians of Oakwood University will perform at 12 p.m. today in the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

    Sean Corcoran, Curator of Prints and Photographs at The Museum of the City of New York (1220 5th Ave., New York) will discuss "the deeply entwined history of 20th-century American music and the city" today at 2 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

    The Music Department of Nazareth College (4245 East Ave.) will perform a Musicale at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) today from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

    Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Dirt Under SkyMySpace link, Rich as ThievesMySpace link, Trees Above MandalayMySpace link, and InwardMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    JayceLand Pick Today at 7 p.m. at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is a presentation of Nickel and Dimed by Joan Holden as part of Geva's Hornets' Nest series. [source: Geva Theatre website]

    Nasty HabitMySpace 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 Chris Hollywood Pro Amp Jam starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene 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 At today's Tuesday Topics in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m., Dr. Timothy Kneeland will discuss The 2010 Midterm: Implications for the County, State and Nation. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

    Hedonist Artisan Chocolates (674 South Ave.) will be at Shea's Food, Wine and Tap (330 East Ave.) today from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a Chocolate Tasting. [source: Hedonist Chocolates website]

    JayceLand Pick Today at Barnes & Noble (3349 Monroe Ave.) is a meeting of The Science Cafe with Dr. Robert W. West will discuss Personalized Medicine: Tailoring Health Care in the Information Age. [source: University of Rochester Events Calendar]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Les témoins (The Witnesses) starting at 8 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, "Emmanuelle Béart and Michel Blanc anchor an ensemble cast of 'witnesses' to the Parisian outbreak of the AIDS epidemic. The film's wisely panoramic view transcends clichés of gender and race, displaying how what was initially labeled as a subcultural disease becomes both a source of anguish and resurgent hope to a diverse community." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Small HousesMySpace link, Dave and Marrissa, and Caleb SpauldingMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Eilen JewellMySpace link will be at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) tonight and tomorrow starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

    Today through March 25 is the Call For Art for The Clothesline Arts Festival this year. Apply at http://clothesline.rochester.edu/. [source: City Newspaper]


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    NextGen Rochester will be hosting their 3rd Annual Open House tonight at 6 p.m. at The Rochester Area Community Foundation (RACF) (500 East Ave.). [source: RocWiki calendar]

    Over at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. is The Eastman Wind Ensemble. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Last Waltz starting at 8 p.m. One of the best concert-footage films ever featuring The Band in their last performance in 1976. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Future Band, The J. Arthur Keenes BandMySpace link, Light Feelings, and Blake Cooper starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Tonight at The Dub Land UndergroundMySpace link (315 Alexander St., formerly Whiskey) is good, crowd-pleasing reggae from Thunder BodyMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester]

    Today at 12:00 p.m. is a meeting of The Brown Bag Book Discussion Group in the Literature Division's Study Room at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

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