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Weekly Rochester Events #672 Starting Thursday, November 24, 2011

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Watching Le quattro volte at the Dryden
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

I was very impressed with Le quattro volte (The Four Times) when I got a chance to see it at the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) It feels like a documentary but is actually a story as seen from the perspective of God, or the natural world, or the land rather than from an omniscient observer tending to a particular character or traditional story arc. It reminded me a bit of Bu san (Good Bye Dragon Inn) with its unusual narrator (in that case, the aging theater itself).

The film starts by following an old goat herder through his simple life. Like I say, it looks like a documentary, although I noticed a few little cinematic-style errors creep in, and (through the introduction) I already knew it was a narrative.

But you know, this isn't really the way to talk about the film. The mechanics of how it works aren't of much importance. It's a film about feeling, and about the broad strokes of reality. It'd be like trying to describe clouds by talking about evaporation.

It's got a refreshing way of using motion picture like a moving photograph. It's a snapshot of things as they are, and the nature of how "the way things are" is nonsensical since things are always changing. Life is change, death is change. And through this (pardon the apparently unavoidable cinematic metaphors) moving image — this lens into a world of our own from a vantage point seldom seen — we get hope, sadness, contemplation, and mirth all bundled untidily as life does.

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    Buy Nothing Day

    Today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. is the Bop Shop Sidewalk Sale 3 at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) So, I guess, if you're hell-bent on opposing Buy Nothing Day, go here instead. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

    Today and tomorrow is also the Annual Holiday Open House and Sale at The More Fire Glass Studio (80 Rockwood Pl.) [source: City Newspaper]

    JayceLand Pick Today at 2 p.m. and again on Sunday at 1 p.m. is a docent-led tour of Extreme Materials 2 at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

    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]

    Dr. Carl Atkins will present Last Friday Heritage Jazz Series: A Tribute to Bird and Diz as part of the Community Dialogue Series at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) tonight at 7 p.m. [source: Baobab website]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight and tomorrow night at 8 p.m. is the 4th Annual Santanalia Pageant presented by electronic, quasi-noise musicians and humanizing performance artists The Bloody NoesMySpace link at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) [source: MuCCC e-mail]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 5 p.m. — a documentary about the life of the puppeteer and creator of Elmo. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight starting around 9 p.m. at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Rochester Chip's 1-Year Anniversary featuring chiptunes punk from Revengineers, The NoisewavesMySpace link, Knife CityMySpace link, and MNT DST. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    This evening for Happpy Hour at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 6:30 p.m. is Greg Townson followed at 9:30 p.m. by The Grand Canyon Rescue EpisodeMySpace link. [source: Abilene website]

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

    JayceLand Pick Tonight and tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.), Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link presents Captain Holiday's Festive Improv Island. [source: Geva Theatre website]


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    Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory starting early at 7 p.m. and again at 2 p.m. on Sunday. At tonight's screening (no sure about tomorrow) actor Peter Ostrum (who played Charlie Bucket) will be on hand to talk about this famous film. [all ages]

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

    JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting JoywaveMySpace link, Mikaela Davis, Dotsun MoonMySpace link, and Ju-JajubaMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    JayceLand Pick This evening at 8 p.m. at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Roc the Town 2.5: Producers Edition featuring food and music. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]


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    The Green Party of Monroe County (GPoMC) meets today at 7 p.m. at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge). [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    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]

    JayceLand Pick Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting Ossia New Music starting at 8 p.m. [source: Ossia New Music calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Advance Base (formerly Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, a.k.a. Owen Ashworth), Ben Morey and The Wallpaper Singers, and The Dream Girls. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is The Chris Hollywood Pro-Am JamMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]


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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.

    Today at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) at 6 p.m. i sa presentation by STOP FBI Repression. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    Today from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Arnett Branch Library (310 Arnett Blvd.) is a discussion by Color Brighton Green on the Benefits of Wind Energy. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Man, Woman and Sin starting at 8 p.m. with live piano accompaniment by Dr. Philip C. Carli. According to the Eastman House calendar, "John Gilbert and the legendarily beautiful stage actress Jeanne Eagels star in this story of a young reporter confronted with moral dilemmas and unresolved passions that lead to murder," adding that it is "one of the most compelling films of the late silent period." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing We Own the Night starting at 8 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, "Joaquin Phoenix stars as Bobby Green, the black sheep from a family of cops who bypassed the NYPD in favor of managing a nightclub. His brother and father (Mark Wahlberg and Robert Duvall) want Bobby's help in netting a drug lord who frequents the club, but his reluctance — and their stubbornness — lead to tragedy." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Torus, very good ambient/droning experimental band Entente Cordiale, and Cheebahawk will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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