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.
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 5Head and in the infectious experimental jazz band Jerseyband. 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 Portishead.
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."
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."
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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."
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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.
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."
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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, March 15, 2012 (Thu, Mar 15, 2012, 3/15/2012, or 3/15/12) Friday, March 16, 2012 (Fri, Mar 16, 2012, 3/16/2012, or 3/16/12) Saturday, March 17, 2012 (Sat, Mar 17, 2012, 3/17/2012, or 3/17/12) Sunday, March 18, 2012 (Sun, Mar 18, 2012, 3/18/2012, or 3/18/12) Monday, March 19, 2012 (Mon, Mar 19, 2012, 3/19/2012, or 3/19/12) Tuesday, March 20, 2012 (Tue, Mar 20, 2012, 3/20/2012, or 3/20/12) and Wednesday, March 21, 2012 (Wed, Mar 21, 2012, 3/21/2012, or 3/21/12).
indicates an event that's a preferred pick of the day ... probably something worth checking out.
indicates a "guaranteed" best bet for the particular genre of the indicated event.
links to a band's page on GarageBand.com which offers reviews and information about bands.
links to a band's page on MySpace.com which is a friend-networking site that is popular with bands.