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Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

A Man Escaped at the Dryden
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

I got a chance to see Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (A Man Escaped) at the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.). Apparently, the director Robert Bresson's works are frequently characterized as cold and emotionless yet — despite the nature of the plot necessitating the characters to display little emotion — the film was warm, hopeful, and very moving.

The plot follows a man who is struggling to survive a Nazi prison during WWII with his humanity and WILL intact. As the title flaunts, the central action concerns his methodical plan to escape. And despite its past-tense reveal, the tension is palpable and relentless.

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    International Women's Day

    This evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Henrietta Public Library (455 Calkins Rd., Henrietta) is Amateur Astronomy From Your Backyard with Joel Schmid. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

    The Bertrand Russell Society meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) with Dr. Timothy J. Madigan discussing The Grandfather, the Godfather and the War Between the States: John Russell's and John Stuart Mill's roles in the American Civil War. [source: flyer] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. in Hoyt Auditorium at The University of Rochester (Elmwood Ave. at Intercampus Dr.) is a Free Movie Screening of Pi, albeit 6 days early. [source: University of Rochester Events Calendar]

    JayceLand Pick Today at 7:30 p.m. at Blackfriars Theatre (795 E. Main St., formerly at 28 Lawn St.) is a Pay-what-you-can performance of The Little Dog Laughed. [source: Blackfriars Theatre Facebook page]

    JayceLand Pick The Greater Rochester Repertory Companies (GRRC) presents The Unseen by Craig Wright at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) tonight through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. [source: MuCCC e-mail]

    The Polar Bear ClubMySpace link, good hardcore band Like WolvesMySpace link, No Trigger, White Picket FenceMySpace link, and Black Throat WindMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    The Eastman Trombone Choir will be at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) 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 Crooklyn starting at 8 p.m. — Spike Lee's "gentler, semi-autobiographical account of life in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood circa 1973 as seen through the eyes of a young girl (Zelda Harris). Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, and a top-notch vintage soundtrack turn this sweet memory piece into one of Lee's most satisfying works." Tonight is free for Eastman House members. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Over at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. is good, crowd-pleasing reggae from Thunder BodyMySpace link. [source: Abilene e-mail]

    Over at Sticky Lips Pit BBQ (830 Jefferson Rd., formerly the Roadhouse Grill) starting around 10 p.m. is The Grand Canyon Rescue EpisodeMySpace link. [source: Sticky Lips calendar]


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    JayceLand Pick The Opening Reception for Heather Ingram's Color Mania is today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.) [source: Record Archive e-mail]

    JayceLand Pick For tonight's Happy Hour at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 6 p.m., it's The Jane Mutiny followed at 10 p.m. by The Prickers. [source: Abilene e-mail]

    Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is a screening of Daughters of the Dust. Quoting from the Baobab site's quote of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Film Guide, "Julie Dash's vibrant tribute to her Gullah ancestors is a celebration of their unique traditions and lifestyle, which these descendants of African slaves struggled to preserve on the seacoast islands off the Carolina and Georgia coasts." [source: Baobab website]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight starting at 7 p.m. is the Eastman House Members' Preview Party for See: Untold Stories at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

    This evening at 7:30 p.m. at The Hochstein School of Music and Dance (50 North Plymouth Ave.), The Rochester Oratorio Society presents Spirit of the Dance with Biodance. [source: RocWiki calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The Eastman Studio Orchestra 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 Crazy Horse starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 5 p.m. In it, "documentarian Frederick Wiseman returns to France to explore another famed institution: Le Crazy Horse, a long-running cabaret renowned for its elegant and innovative exotic dance revues. Filming behind the scenes during the preparations for the venue's 2010 show Désirs, Wiseman conveys both a grueling search for perfection and a series of stunningly performed set pieces." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight at Tala Vera California-Mexican Cantina (155 State St., formerly Sue's DownTown Diner) is Anonymous Willpower probably starting around 8 p.m. [source: Freetime]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (300 Park Point Dr., #110) is great, fun 1960's-styled rock band The Hi-RisersMySpace link, and The Anderson StingraysMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

    Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is Pat Buchanan's HearseMySpace link, Randle and the Late Night Scandals, and The Magnetic PullMySpace link. [source: WBER calendar] [21+]


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    The folks responsible for TEDx Rochester will likely be at Java's (16 Gibbs St.) for a meet-and-greet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Alas, the blog entry Tony wrote is a month old and no update was posted as of March 7 ... [source: TEDx Rochester website] [all ages]

    Anderson Alley Artists (250 Goodman St. N.) will be having another open house this and every second Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

    The Oxford Gallery (267 Oxford St.) will host an Artists' Reception for works by Jack Wolsky, and Amy Williams McLaren. [source: Oxford Gallery website]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at Equal=GroundsMySpace link (750 South Ave., formerly Hunt's Hardware) is another Erotic Night starting at 8 p.m. with a taping of local podcast The Stuart Bedasso Show. [source: Culture starts with ART! (CSWA) Yahoo! Group] [18+]

    Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Dr. No starting at 8 p.m. A James Bond classic, and the first of "22 films and 5 Bond's" since it debuted 50 years ago. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is Randle and the Late Night Scandals starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Abilene e-mail]

    Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is BMLMySpace link, Philo Beddoe, and LinchpinMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) is Next StationMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. I saw them at Java's in 2005 and noted they were a "very good, rather innovative alt-rock/acoustic band" ... but that was a long time ago. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester] [21+]


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    Daylight Saving Time Begins — Set your clock ahead one hour from 2:00 a.m. standard time to 3:00 a.m. daylight saving time in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

    JayceLand Pick Filmmaker Morgan Atkinson with Dr. Christine M. Bochen, and Sister Monica Weis, SSJ will introduce and discuss Atkinson's films Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton, and Uncommon Vision: The Life and Time of John Howard Griffin today at 2 p.m. in the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) According to the Eastman House calendar, the focus will be on "the life and works of Thomas Merton, whose writings examined spirituality and the plight of the individual in the post-modern world." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    This afternoon at 2 p.m. at The Richmond Fire Department (8741 Main St., Honeoye) is a screening of Gasland. [source: Craigslist Rochester events]

    The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Mikaela Davis, nice, solid acoustic rock from Archimedes, Aaron Folmsbee, and Jenna GiulianiMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 8:30 p.m. is good indie-acoustic rock from Kirk StevensMySpace link, great full-power chiptunes rock from Revengineers, Cu-CuMySpace link, and Grandfather ClockMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    JayceLand Pick Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) will be hosting DangermuffinMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. How can you resist not at least checking out a band named Dangermuffin? [source: Abilene e-mail]


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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.

    JayceLand Pick Win Trafton of WynTec Enterprise, LLC will lead a discussion titled Renewable Energy: Technology, Types, and Their Impact on a Sustainable Living Lifestyle in Rundel Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. [source: flyer] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne starting at 8 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, the film "focuses on the femme fatale Hélène, who plots the fall of her high society ex-lover by arranging his betrothal to a cabaret performer and prostitute." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Over at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. is Amy LaVereMySpace link. [source: Abilene e-mail]

    Viking MosesMySpace link, Mother McKenzieMySpace link, White Woods, and Gin and Bonnets will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    Steak and Blowjob Day

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Payment Deferred starting at 8 p.m. — a film noir that predates the noirs of the 1940's, this one involves a man who gets a "money market tip that could solve his problems". [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Ras Courtney and his Imperial Sounds returns tonight starting around 9 p.m. at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara). [source: Abilene website]

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