I read about the Injured Superhero Show at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) and decided I to go. I have a green coat with light-up question-marks on it and I figured I could make something up if need be. (I bought the coat at a thrift store a few years back: it's a woman's raincoat that fits me perfectly and it is completely day-glo green. Naturally I couldn't resist. I added the question mark motif for Burning Man a few years ago and have used it at night there for a while. It's also been a Halloween costume, and now a superhero outfit.)
I had no idea how it was going to work, but I suspected something between an audience of passive superheroes to interactive improvisation. All I knew for sure was what the website said: "Injured Superheroes will be cast the night of the show. If you are interested in auditioning, please come in costume to [the MuCCC Theater] at 7 PM. Those injured superheroes auditioning will be admitted for free." I probably should have planned ahead more, but I arrived pretty much right at 7. I guess most people got a little instruction … maybe just for the actual theater actors. Anyhow, the way it worked was the "Baron of Bureaucracy" was interviewing injured superheroes to determine whether they should receive disability benefits, or if a new job was available. I decided I'd be the "Socratic Defender" and became disabled by being so sure of myself that I was unable to ask questions to find truth in the world.
I went up second (after Catwoman, now retired from crime, was distressed after devouring most of the village of NIMH.) I had hoped the Baron would devise a way to trick me into asking a question. In the end I accidentally did, so concluding my need for services. As the show progressed, the Baron started trying to solve people's problems.
In all, the show was a lot of fun — sort of a group-improv kind of thing that most people handled just fine. I talked with the crew afterward and I was one of a few (if not the only person) who came in "off the street." Five of us decided to go out afterward, in costume. We originally tried to find some "bar full of straights" to inflict ourselves upon, but couldn't think of something that would be attended by an unsuspecting crowd, and actually open on a Monday night. In the end we went to Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.) Although I'm sure people noticed, few seemed to care. I think we got more looks because it was Arts and Crafts night and they may have briefly thought we had made our costumes that night. Nonetheless, it was nice to get out and meet new people once again. Hopefully a new superhero-themed show is not far off and we'll get to do it again.
Tonight at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) starting at 7 p.m. is a performance of Pro-Black Sheep: a "character-driven satirical drama about a young, extraordinarily intellectual 'black activist' wannabe who is discovered as the political critic sending out anonymous emails that criticize today's black leadership. Instead of holding it against him, the black leader who finds him out hires his worst critic as a second adviser."
The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Splendor in the Grass starting at 8 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, "in Smalltown, Kansas, 1928, lower-middle class Deanie (Natalie Wood) is fatally in love with college-bound scholar Bud (Warren Beatty's remarkable debut). As their relationship deteriorates, Deanie's methods of seduction turn extreme and lead her toward a nervous breakdown."
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Tonight around 9 p.m. at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is the annual Valentine's Day Massacre featuring great one-man guitar/synth drum stoner rock cover band Skull, Philo Beddoe, The Grinders, good punk-rock from The Emersons, great punk-rock band The Blastoffs, VD Clinic, and more.
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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Blood Of Jesus starting at 7 p.m. followed immediately at 8 p.m. by Dirty Gertie From Harlem, U.S.A.. According to the Eastman House calendar, "Spencer Williams, best known as Andy from TV's Amos and Andy, also directed a series of searing, down-to-earth 'race films' for black audiences in segregated theaters. His debut, The Blood of Jesus, follows a dying Southern woman on a cosmic journey with plenty of earthly temptations along the way, not least a pickup-truck-driving devil and his jug-band hellions. Then, in the comedy Dirty Gertie, a nightclub performer leaves a trail of jilted men in her wake on the island of Rinidad (with various Texas locations standing in for the South Seas)."
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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Happiness starting at 8 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, "lending a panoramic focus to the story of three sisters and the conflicts that mark their suburban lives, Happiness walks a fine line between empathy and rebuke even when presenting its most flawed of characters, settling somewhere unexpected and deeply affecting." I'd go so far to say it's like a horror movie, only instead of gore, it's disturbing emotional events dispersing your gaze.
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This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including nearby towns Irondequoit, Webster, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor, Henrietta, Gates, Chili, Greece, and Charlotte, and occasionally other places in Monroe County and the Western New York region.) It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, lectures, discussions, debates, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
Music events are usually original bands with occasional cover bands and DJ's with musical styles including punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat."
Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed.
Although I'm reluctant to admit it, it is a Rochester blog and I'm essentially blogging about Rochester events.
I also tend to express opinions, review past events, make reviews, speak of philosophy or of a philosophical nature, discuss humanity and creativity.
Oh, and it's spelled JayceLand with no space and a capital L, not Jayce Land, Jaycee Land, Jace Land, Jase Land, Joyce Land, Jayce World, Jayceeland, Jaceland, Jaseland, Joyceland, Jayceworld, Jayceeworld, Jaceworld, Jaseworld, nor Joyceworld. (Now if you misspell it in some search engine, you at least get a shot at finding it.)
It's also not to be confused with
Jake's World or JakesWorld which is a site of a Rochester animator.
While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, February 10, 2011 (Thu, Feb 10, 2011, 2/10/2011, or 2/10/11) Friday, February 11, 2011 (Fri, Feb 11, 2011, 2/11/2011, or 2/11/11) Saturday, February 12, 2011 (Sat, Feb 12, 2011, 2/12/2011, or 2/12/11) Sunday, February 13, 2011 (Sun, Feb 13, 2011, 2/13/2011, or 2/13/11) Monday, February 14, 2011 (Mon, Feb 14, 2011, 2/14/2011, or 2/14/11) Tuesday, February 15, 2011 (Tue, Feb 15, 2011, 2/15/2011, or 2/15/11) and Wednesday, February 16, 2011 (Wed, Feb 16, 2011, 2/16/2011, or 2/16/11).
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links to a band's page on MySpace.com which is a friend-networking site that is popular with bands.