Weekly Rochester Events #691 Starting Thursday, April 5, 2012

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Script Frenzy for April
by Jason Olshefsky at 12:00 pm (1 comment)

A few years ago, I completed the National Novel Writing Month challenge, writing 50,000 words in the month of November. (I ended up with about 60,000 words then stalled with my characters in a place I didn't care about.) Well, NaNoWriMo has a spin-off project called Script Frenzy. The challenge is to write a 100 page script in the month of April.

Well I love movies, and I have an idea kicking around that touches on a number of topics dear to me along with some interesting personal anecdotes I always thought would make a good movie, so I decided to take up the challenge and write a screenplay. You can track my Author's Page here to see how I'm doing — I got about 4 pages done today so that's pretty good. I'd much rather start out ahead of the curve (for teh math-challenged, I need to average 3 1/3 pages a day to succeed.)

I won't give too much away until I get something more concrete in place, but suffice it to say it's a modern cross-country road trip that'll require the venerable CB radio.

What I learned from my NaNoWriMo experience was that I really needed to keep tabs on my characters since halfway through I couldn't tell one minor character from another. I also felt like that was a freshman effort that can safely be hidden away forever. I don't think it's bad, per se, but it probably has more to do with personal therapy than anything worthwhile to read.

Hopefully I'll see this one through and make something of it.

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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Tom Richards Budget Cuts "Voice of the Customer"
by Jason Olshefsky at 6:00 pm (add a comment)

Today in Lake Riley Lodge at Cobb's Hill Park (Norris Dr. at Culver Rd., although the City claims it is at 100 Norris), Mayor Thomas S. Richards was on hand to discuss the City budget and take requests to cover a deficit at Voice of the Customer 2012 meeting with for the Southeast portion of the city. I had trouble getting Tieson to behave so I left late, then went to the wrong lodge, and finally arrived a bit late. And then I had to leave early on top of it! But at least I got to say my piece — whether it's heard or not is out of my hands.

Richards and his staff outlined the situation and attempted to lead the audience to avoid cuts to police (e.g., paraphrasing, "the school budget is out of our hands, and many people say, 'don't cut the police force' so we can consider those two biggest bars on the graph off-the-table.") He also avoided mentioning the millions of dollars of tax exemptions on certain commercial properties in the city — but thankfully Alex White was there with a brochure describing exactly that. Relatedly, there didn't seem to be line items for equipment costs for the police (e.g. how much does a patrol car cost for a year?) except for the mounted patrol which, I guess Richards wants to eliminate. I also noted that there was a budget item for the pension fund in addition to paying for pensions in the cost of individual employees.

So I migrated to the Public Safety table and made suggestions that the extreme surplus of police officers should be reduced. I attempted to outline a system that used conviction rates as a benchmark: officers who arrest people who are then convicted of those crimes are "good cops" (who we should keep) and officers who, say, arrest people in a park illegally and don't get convictions are "bad cops" (who we should let go). Another person at the table brought up the security cameras, and I dovetailed jeir suggestion that we eliminate them unless there is proof they work (specifically: being admitted as evidence in court, since we were sold them on the claim that if someone commits a crime, jeir face is on camera and jee can be arrested.)

But my genius suggestion was that we could create a health plan that any city resident can buy into (expanding from all city employees) which, since it's a larger pool of participants, will further reduce costs. And it will provide a valuable service to citizens (and particularly small-business owners in the city) as an inexpensive, quality health plan.

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Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

The Decay of Fiction and Bedwin Hacker at UofR
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 pm (add a comment)

I have been attending University of Rochester's OnFilm's (also facebook) Community OnFilm screenings the past couple weeks. Last week I got to see In film nist (This is Not a Film) and Stellet licht (Silent Light). This is Not a Film documents a day-in-the-life of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi after he was arrested, jailed, and censored from making films for 20 years. It's sad, hopeful, tense, and powerful. Silent Light is unique in that it is Mexico's first film not in Spanish — rather in Plautdietsch, a dialect spoken by the Russian Mennonites who also star in the film. It follows one farmer's test of faith in a beautifully meditative way.

So this week they screened The Decay of Fiction, and Bedwin Hacker. The Decay of Fiction is an experimental film that uses optical overlay of characters onto still or time-lapse images of the decaying Ambassador in Los Angeles — once a grand hotel (site of the Academy Awards in the 1930's and, as history would have it, the assassination of Robert Kennedy) that closed in 1989 and had gradually been falling apart ever since. It sort of follows ghostly figures from movies (or lives?) past as they appear and disappear in the halls, all while seeming to believe in the continuity of their existence. The work does not let on what must have been a quite large budget to handle all the overlaid shots with their respective crews, and the elaborate special effects that allow all of it to appear so magically seamless (or not, as the art dictated.) My mind fell into dream-logic trying to understand the jumbled stories, and my logic kept popping up to theorize how the shots were constructed.

As for Bedwin Hackers, let me start by getting my sexist comments out of the way: you had me at "gorgeous bi-sexual female hackers."

Okay. Enough of that now.

I have long theorized how interesting it would be if all the roles in the film were cast against stereotype (e.g. women computer geeks, men as pawns and eye-candy) and this film fully accomplished that end. It is ultimately a cat-and-mouse game between two top computer hackers — at stake is control of satellite TV transmissions. The underdog hackers terrify TV operators by feeding taunting messages over the usual propaganda; and worse, by capturing the imagination of the populace.

Oh, and it's set in Tunisia and France with a bilingual Arabic and French dialog (subtitled in English for monolingual slobs like me.)

(And one final perk: refreshments have included coffee in the 96-ounce to-go bag-in-box containers I have been asking for on Craigslist for some time.)

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    This evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Gallery at the Art and Music Library in The Rush Rhees Library at The University of Rochester (Library Rd. at Intercampus Dr.) is an Art Reception for Op/Ed by Joey Hartmann-Dow. [source: City Newspaper]

    Tonight at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.), author Joseph Vogel will be on hand for a book-signing and discussion titled Michael Jackson and the Re-invention of Popular Music. [source: Baobab website]

    JayceLand Pick Barry Schwabsky will present An Illustrated Lecture at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) tonight at 7 p.m. [source: Memorial Art Gallery 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 The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Twentieth Century starting at 8 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, "the screwball classic that defined the genre, featuring the creative talents of an all-star team: Howard Hawks, Ben Hecht, and Charles MacArthur. When blowhard Broadway director John Barrymore romances and then gives his leading lady (Carole Lombard) the air, she flies the coop for the bright lights of Hollywood. Suddenly finding himself down on his luck, Barrymore takes the Twentieth Century Limited for home, only to find Lombard and her new boyfriend aboard." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Mick van Rick, and Dreams from GinMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is great, fun 1960's-styled rock band The Hi-RisersMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene e-mail]

    This evening at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is the Pure Kona Poety Reading and Open Mic starting at 8 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    This afternoon at 1 p.m. at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) is a performance of Jesus in India. [source: MuCCC website]

    Tonight is another First Fridays around art galleries downtown starting around 5 p.m. [source: First Friday website]

    JayceLand Pick Hedonist Artisan Chocolates (674 South Ave.) will be hosting an Easter Chocolate Tasting today from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. [source: Hedonist Chocolates website]

    JayceLand Pick Today at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. is the Opening Reception for Work It: Artists Address Labor and Unemployment featuring works by Kathryn Clark, Clarke Condé, Morgan Craig, and Jonathan Stewart. Check out Clarke Condé's video introduction that is uniquely Clarke. [source: Rochester Contemporary e-mail] [all ages]

    This Other LifeMySpace link will perform tonight's Happy Hour at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 6 p.m. followed at 9:30 p.m. by Teagan and the TweedsMySpace link. [source: Abilene e-mail]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) is an Art Opening featuring works by Dewey RiceMySpace link, Jay Lincoln, Ryan Bernfield, Melissa Saner, Brittany Sinclair, Braeden Macrae Sinclair, K.T. Connors, Rob Marvin, Lea Rizzo, and Matthew Roberts starting around 6 p.m. [source: flyer] [21+]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Sleeping Beauty starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, it's based off the fairy tale, but in this case, "a college-aged woman tired of waiting tables [...] ventures into the sex business, with a twist: she's placed into a deep, trancelike sleep during her working hours." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight starting around 8 p.m. at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is an Art Opening with works by Lea Rizzo, and music by brilliant satirical gospel group The Lobster QuadrilleMySpace link and The Lowertown TrioMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    JayceLand Pick Today at 7 p.m. at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is a Troll 2 Fest, presumably regarding the film, Troll 2. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    JayceLand Pick Polite Company Improv Sketch and Comedy returns to The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) for a performance titled The Rules of Etiquette starting at 7 p.m. [source: MuCCC website]

    Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Midnight Cowboy starting at 8 p.m., the one-and-only X-rated film to win a Best Picture Oscar®. According to the Eastman House calendar, it "is an emotionally searing odyssey through 1969 America as imagined by a perceptive outsider: British director John Schlesinger." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Over at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9:30 p.m. is The Friends Of PonchoMySpace link. [source: Abilene e-mail]

    JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Robert Sarazin BlakeMySpace link, Mikaela Davis, nice sounding acourtic duo Dave and Marrissa, and Stoney Lonesome and the House Of Lights starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Tracy Hsin-Mei Chang, and Ming-Ching Wu will perform today's Musicale at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) at 3 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

    Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Pat Buchanan's HearseMySpace link, The Magnetic PullMySpace link, and Randle and the Late Night Scandals. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    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 For today's Books Sandwiched In from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.), Dr. Andrew M. Herbert will review Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Little (240 East Ave.) is a screening of To Be Heard followed by "a talkback/poetry performance". [source: Little Theatre e-mail]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Quatre nuits d'un rêveur (Four Nights of a Dreamer) by Robert Bresson starting at 8 p.m. "When Jacques saves Marthe from suicide, she becomes a new, unattainable obsession for the young artist. But his dream can only last until her lover's return. Set amid the neon nighttime wonders of the Pont-Neuf, Four Nights of a Dreamer is Bresson's transposition of Dostoyevsky's White Nights to a hippie-filled, haunting Paris milieu. One of the rarest of Bresson's films, Four Nights will screen in a new 35mm print. Members of George Eastman House admitted free." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Updated: Apparently Kahn won't be performing tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.), but it's a Demo Release Party for NeoTheistMySpace link with Ebony SorrowMySpace link all starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) will be hosting The Chris Hollywood Pro-Am JamMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

    Today from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Ebenezer Watts Conference Center (47 South Fitzhugh St.) is a conference on Energy Conservation in Historic Buildings. [source: Landmark Society calendar]

    JayceLand Pick The Little (240 East Ave.) will be screening Art 21: Change starting at 6:30 p.m. followed by a talk-back with Jason Bernagozzi, Sarah C. Rutherford, and Allen C. Topolski. [source: Little Theatre e-mail]

    JayceLand Pick Updated: Over at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. is a Joint Concert with Ossia New Music, The Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble, and The Eastman Percussion Ensemble. [source: Ossia New Music calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Albert Brooks' Defending Your Life starting at 8 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, "Brooks once again plays an L.A. ad exec who, after he's killed in a car wreck, must either prove to a celestial court that he overcame all his mortal fears or face yet another lifetime on earth. Meryl Streep stars as a comely, recently deceased co-defendant." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is LovedrugMySpace link, The Last RoyalsMySpace link, and The DemosMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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