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Friday, March 9th, 2012

Art and Luck at the Record Archive
by Jason Olshefsky at 6:00 pm (add a comment)

I headed to The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.) for the Opening Reception of Heather Ingram's Color Mania show. I also happened to want to pick up a couple CD's, so I did it all together.

Ingram's art in this show is a blend of colors in a uniformly random drip-line pattern. The key is in the colors — I found one piece particularly appealing for that reason. I didn't make much more of a connection than purely aesthetic, however.

About a year ago, the Dryden screened Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields. I was kind of suckered in to the sound of The Magnetic FieldsMySpace link, and when I saw a semi-positive review of the new album on the AV Club website, I decided to go get Love at the Bottom of the Sea.

But while there, I was walking around looking aimlessly — looking for that which I didn't know I was looking for. Then I passed the $1 Used CD bins and looked straight at the self-titled CD from Julia's Star.

Holy crap. I lost that CD about 10 years ago — I loaned it to someone and pretty much lost touch with them right afterward. I suspect that I was holding the actual copy that I lost. I had seen Julia's Star perform in 1999 at Milestone's and picked up their CD at some point (I have an old e-mail where I lament, "I still don't find all that impressive…not my kind of music more than anything else" so I don't know why I ever got it.) I recall that Matt Blanchard was in the band (playing a synthesizer as I recall) although I knew him better as a saxophonist in the ska band 5HeadMySpace link and in the infectious experimental jazz band JerseybandGarageBand linkMySpace link. In fact, in the aforementioned e-mail, I had seen Julia's Star play on the same bill as 5Head.

Nonetheless, had I owned the CD all these years, I probably would have taken it for granted along with lots of other bands I've seen over the years. I mean I'm sure I would have liked it, but since I had lost it, it always had that fond je ne sais quoi of having disappeared. Funny how listening now, I instantly recalled the songs and the crisp lead vocals of Julia Gray over a couple synthesizers, drums, and a DJ — reminiscent of other late-1990's bands like PortisheadMySpace link.

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

The Abrupt Stop to Running
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:44 pm (1 comment)

This winter I've been doing quite well without a car. Although the weather has been mild enough to bike, I've mostly stuck to walking. And although mild, it's still cold enough that I put on water shoes to go running most of the time (my absolute cutoff for running in bare feet is 35°F when it's wet out and 20°F when dry; usually I transition when it's warmer). And then it wasn't snowy enough to go cross-country skiing except once or twice. And then I got a dog and we'd run together in addition to one more time walking.

So 20 miles a week running in addition to probably 30 miles of walking started taking its toll. A few weeks ago I noticed my left Achilles tendon was a bit sore. I persevered as this kind of thing happened before and that seemed to be fine. But more recently, I just wasn't willing to push through it to run as the pain became too great. I've dropped to about a mile a week, and will cut back even more. I had heard how the body is typically able to repair damage from normal use as it happens, but if it starts falling behind, the result is a repetitive stress injury. I'm just going to assume that's the case — rest and gentle treatment cause the symptoms to nearly disappear, and aggressive use brings them back.

Fortunately I've found that bicycling doesn't aggravate it nearly as much so I'm switching back to that. In turn, that is motivating me to get the bike projects done that I have partially completed. Unfortunately, it looks like I'm going to sit out the Lilac 5K this year.

Nonetheless, I see the sexy young women out running these early-spring days and all I can think is, "gosh, I wish I could get back to running."

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    JayceLand Pick Today at The Asbury First United Methodist Church (1050 East Ave.) at 7 p.m. is a meeting of The Rochester Genealogical Society. Dr. Marian S. Henry will discuss How to Organize Your Roots, and Dr. Blaine Bettinger will discuss Using DNA to Explore Your Ancestry. [source: Rochester Genealogical Society website] [all ages]

    Tonight in Webb Auditorium at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map), Charles Burns will present a lecture in the The Caroline Werner Gannett Project titled Drawn in the Dark: the Art of Charles Burns at 8 p.m. [source: Caroline Werner Gannett Project website]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Frederico Fellini's Intervista starting at 8 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar, "Past/present and fact/fiction collide in this delirious flight of fancy from one of cinema's best-loved auteurs. While Fellini prepares an elaborate movie adaptation of Kafka's Amerika at Cinecittà, a Japanese TV crew follows the maestro around the sets and soundstages of the sprawling Roman film studio. This absurd and often hilarious tour, however, is just a pretext for a much deeper exploration of the life and psyche of a major artist as he nears the end of his life and career." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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

    The Have Nots, The Crack HorseMySpace link, gritty punk from Envious Disguise, and The Setbacks will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    Tonight starting at 6 p.m. for Happy Hour at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is Kraszman and Fishwife followed at 9:30 p.m. The Big TakeoverMySpace link. [source: Abilene e-mail]

    Top Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Community Darkroom at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) is the Opening Reception for Age of Consequences featuring works by Matthew Christopher, on display through May 12. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

    JayceLand Pick Updated: Interlock Rochester (1115 E. Main St., suite 200 of the Hungerford Building, door #7; formerly suite 42) is hosting an Open House of their new space tonight from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. [source: Interlock Rochester website] [all ages]

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

    The Rochester Community Players present Timon of Athens Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) through March 31, on Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m., and on Thursday, March 27 at 8 p.m. [source: MuCCC website]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Kill List starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 5 p.m. They have been screening the trailer and the film looks excellent; plus the Eastman House calendar adds, "a cunning mixture of three very British genres — kitchen sink melodrama, gangster flick, and occult horror — Kill List is a smart, critically acclaimed thriller that also functions as an unsettling allegory for the state of contemporary England." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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    Saint Patrick's Day

    At today's Caution! Artist at Work! from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the 2nd floor of the Bausch and Lomb building of The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.), jewelry artist Melissa Manczuk "will be demonstrating the process of making beautiful wearable art." [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

    Over at The California Brew Haus (402 West Ridge Rd.) starting around 7 p.m. is Absolution ProjectMySpace link, Hate Machine, A Thousand Shades Of ColdMySpace link, The Silence BrokenMySpace link, Dive, The Mondayz, and GhostfeederMySpace link. [source: California Brew Haus' Facebook page]

    Tonight starting at 7 p.m. is Animation Night at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge). [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing To Kill a Mockingbird starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2 p.m. The excellent book made an excellent film. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Tango Cafe Dance Studio (389 Gregory St.) is the 10th Anniversary (back when it was Daily Perks) of Songwriters in the Round with witty, accomplished acoustic soloist Brian Coughlin starting around 8 p.m. [source: Golden Link website]

    The Sisters of Murphy will be at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) today for the Post-Parade Bash from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., then at 9:30 p.m., it's The ChinchillasGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Abilene e-mail]

    Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Order of EnneadMySpace link, Elkhound, Burn Everything, and Time Under EarthMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    JayceLand Pick Today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is The Regional Zine and Craft Fair. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    JayceLand Pick Today from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.), Jim Kennard will talk about Rochester's Rich History in a lecture titled Discovery of an Early 19th Century Lake Ontario Schooner. [source: flyer] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) is a performance of To My Friends: The Life and Death of George Eastman by Spencer T. Christiano. [source: MuCCC website]

    The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Nokturnal Hellstorm starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    Tonight at 6 p.m. at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is a Hornets Nest reading of Spare Change with a discussion panel consisting of Wanda Acevedo, playwright Mia McCullough, and facilitated by City Council President Lovely A. Warren, Esq.. [source: Geva Theatre website]

    JayceLand Pick Bob Deaver will be at The Little (240 East Ave.) tonight at 6:50 p.m. to introduce and discuss The Illusionist. [source: Little Theatre e-mail]

    JayceLand Pick This evening at 8 p.m. in the Eastman East Wing Hatch Recital Hall at The Eastman School of Music (26 Gibbs St.) is Brahms Revealed — A Lecture/Demonstration with Dr. Neal Peres Da Costa and members of Ironwood. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

    Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Spire, and Perpetual BurnMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    Great American Meatout

    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 Today at 12 p.m. in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.), Gary J. Kimmet will review Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. [source: City Hall press release] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick This evening at 7 p.m. at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is the Monthly Story Slam. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The Eastman Brass Guild 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 Pickpocket starting at 8 p.m. Another in the series of Robert Bresson films (which I have thus far enjoyed), this one "follows the young Michel as he's initiated into the Parisian underworld of petty theft. As Michel's acts grow more brazen, Jeanne, the neighbor of his mother, looms in the background as an angel in the flesh. There's no crime movie more fascinated by the immediate and technical details of stealing and less concerned with its rewards." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick GhostfeederMySpace link, The Bad Kids, and Sparx and Yarms 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 This evening at 6:30 p.m. at Brighton Town Hall (2300 Elmwood Ave.) is a screening of The Greenhorns as part of the Winter Film Series on Localization: Economy, Food, and Energy. [source: Mud Creek Farm blog]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is a discussion with Jim Johnson titled From Disney to drone wars: Settler colonialism, militarism and empire in the United States and Israel. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    Tuba Mirum 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 Scarlet Street starting at 8 p.m. — another film in the Dryden's Essential Film Noir. One the one hand a classic noir setup, but "this film takes the noir concept a step further." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Foot and Mouth DiseaseMySpace link, Godzilla, Pregnant SporeMySpace link, Cincinnatus C.MySpace link, and Scant starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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