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Weekly Rochester Events #671 Starting Thursday, November 17, 2011

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Seeing Red Desert at the Dryden
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

I was feeling a bit depressed but I wanted to see Il deserto rosso (Red Desert) anyway so I walked out to George Eastman House (900 East Ave.)

The movie was extremely impressive. From the introduction, I gathered it was not intended so much as a condemnation of industrialized society, but rather a portrait of its beauty. It does so, however, by showing industrialization as boldly and plainly as possible. The protagonist — the wife of a high-level manager at a chemical plant — is set against this landscape as a way to demonstrate it. Her world is shifting beneath her, but the hard gray of industrialization stands sturdily.

I think most people naturally gravitate to her plight, and as such, see it as a rather bleak movie. Given my mood at the outset, I was ready to let it all wash over me in that way. But I also understand that the industrialized facets were just as central — and if you can believe that the man-made structures are the protagonist, the whole thing seems pretty uplifting.

When I left, I decided to just walk straight home. I was still in a funk, but was also affected by the film. I kept looking at the world in odd ways — looking at things that I would ordinarily ignore.

My mood got particularly bleak when I (walking home alone once again … as usual) decided that this was all there was; that my best years were behind me and solitude and ever-weighing loneliness was all I had to look forward to. From here on out, there would be no surprises and I'd just trudge through day-by-day, step-by-step.

All of a sudden, a cat raced past me, startling me. It ran ahead of me and plopped on the ground begging to be petted. I declined its advances, but it reminded me things aren't always the same.

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    JayceLand Pick This evening at The Rochester Riverside Convention Center (123 E. Main St.) is a Rochester Intermodal Transportation Center Scoping Study: Open House from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. [source: City Hall press release]

    JayceLand Pick This evening at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) at 6 p.m., photographer Alison Wright will present Learning to Breathe: One Woman's Journey of Spirit and Survival. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

    At The Asbury First United Methodist Church (1050 East Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. is another meeting of The Rochester Genealogical Society with Kevin Monaghan as this month's Genealogy Consultant, Carmen de Chateauvieux Bush presenting Genealogical Magazines: an Often-Untapped Resource, and Robert Dickson discussing The Rochester Medical Museum and Archives. [source: Rochester Genealogical Society website] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) will be screening Morristown: In the Air and Sun tonight at 7 p.m. [source: Baobab website]

    JayceLand Pick Marie Via will present an Extreme Materials Lecture tonight at 7 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) Or, at 7:30 p.m., you can attend the Archaeology Lecture with Dr. Dimitri Nakassis discussing Paupers and Peasants and Princes and Kings: Society in Late Bronze Age Greece. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

    Today through Sunday at 7 p.m. (also Sunday at 2 p.m.) at the Theatre at The Harley School (1981 Clover St., Brighton) is a performance of The Laramie Project. [source: Gay Alliance website]

    Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Brighton Town Hall (2300 Elmwood Ave.) is the Art Show Opening Reception for The Brighton Arts Festival 2011 which runs tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. [source: City Newspaper]

    Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) will be hosting Cabinet starting around 8 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

    Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting The Eastman New Jazz Ensemble 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 A Place in the Sun starting at 8 p.m. in which a "poor social climber" will "stop at nothing to share [Elizabeth Taylor's character's] place in the sun." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Laura Stevenson and The CansMySpace link, Ben Morey and The Wallpaper Singers, and Light Feelings starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    Well Worn Boot will perform for Happy Hour at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) tonight starting around 6 p.m. followed at 9:30 p.m. by the nicely harmonious rock band WalriMySpace link. [source: Abilene website]

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

    Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Le quattro volte (The Four Times) starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2 p.m. After drooling over the trailer screened at the Dryden the past few weeks, I've been greatly looking forward to this film. According to the Eastman House calendar, "an elderly shepherd, a goat, a tree, and a few lumps of coal serve as the humble basis for a simply told rumination on life in the southern Italian region of Calabria. Nothing much really 'happens' — an old man dies, a goat is born, a tree is felled — but by the end of its relatively brief running time, Frammartino's film reveals itself to be a small masterpiece of unexpected depth and extraordinary beauty, with a scope as wide as life itself." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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    This morning at 8:30 a.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is A breakfast conversation with the Cameroon Ambassador, His Excellency, Joseph Charles Bienvenu Foe-Atangana as part of the Community Dialogue Series. [source: Baobab website]

    Tonight at The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.) is SinzibukwudMySpace link starting around 1 p.m. [source: Record Archive e-mail]

    JayceLand Pick Technology Curator Todd Gustavson will discuss the Museum's new book 500 Cameras: 170 Years of Photographic Innovation today at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) at 1:15 p.m. in the Curtis Theatre. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Solera Wine BarMySpace link (647 South Ave.) is celebrating their 5th Anniversary tonight from 7 p.m. to close. [source: Solera Wine Bar Facebook Page]

    Tonight starting around 8 p.m. at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is Animation Night. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    The Eastman Chorale will be at St. Mary's Church (15 Saint Marys Pl.) starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

    The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Sasame-yuki (The Makioka Sisters) starting at 8 p.m. and again tomorrow at 4 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, "four sisters — one of whom, according to tradition, cannot wed until her prim and painfully shy older sibling marries — find their lives changing slowly but irrevocably over the course of four seasons in the years before World War II." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight at [LOCATION REDACTED] is Tumul, MNT DST, Colonel ParmisanMySpace link, Pretengineer, and Sunken Cheek starting around 9 p.m. [source: Carbon Records calendar]

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

    Top Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting good acoustic soloist Nick Young, excellent, deceptively mellow, complex rock-and-roll from HinkleyMySpace link, and excellent acoustic pop-rock / bouncy alt-country band The CorrectionsMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Moho CollectiveMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester] [21+]


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    Occupy Rochester meets today at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) at 1 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    JayceLand Pick Today at 2 p.m. in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.), library director Patricia Uttaro will discuss The Social History of the Branch Libraries. [source: City Hall press release]

    The Erin Robertson Woodwind Quintet will perform today's Musicale at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) at 3 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

    Fortress, and Taken to HeartMySpace link will be at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) starting around 4 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    Today at 2 p.m. at Brighton Town Hall (2300 Elmwood Ave.) is a performance by members of The Brighton Symphony Orchestra as part of The Brighton Arts Festival 2011. [source: City Newspaper]


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    The Wilson Drama Club will perform All in the Timing by David Ives tonight at 7 p.m. at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) [source: MuCCC website]

    JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Thee Oh SeesMySpace link, Total Control, and Paul Cary and The Small Scaries. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    This morning starting around 8 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.

    Tonight at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble (3349 Monroe Ave.), The Science Cafe meets with Adam Frank to talk about his book About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang. [source: Science Cafe Facebook page] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Stachka (Strike) starting at 8 p.m. Dr. Philip C. Carli will provide live piano accompaniment to this film in which "the workers of the world unite in a forceful, brilliantly constructed film of labor triumphant against brutal factory owners, government inspectors, and police spies." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Peter KatzMySpace link, N. Moore and the Helping Hands, and Shiv HurrahMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Boston Strangler starting at 8 p.m. in which Tony Curtis "plays the real-life Boston plumber suspected of terrorizing an entire city." The Eastman House calendar continues by quoting James Gray, "this movie's use of multiple screens is lauded by film enthusiasts, and justifiably so. But that formal device may overshadow its greatest asset: a truly towering performance by Tony Curtis. In fact, Curtis is so astonishingly committed as Albert DeSalvo that one may take for granted its great act of generosity: Curtis has humanized a murderer, entirely without sentimentality." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Early tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 8 p.m. is White Woods, White Picket FenceMySpace link, and effortlessly tight, fast, hard-pop-rock from Routine Involvements (was Stereophone) followed at 10:30 p.m. by Rotten UK, The TelevisionariesMySpace link, and DJ Kyle Brown. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is The Vassar BrothersMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

    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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