Weekly Rochester Events #695 Starting Thursday, May 3, 2012

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Script Frenzy: FTW
by Jason Olshefsky at 6:43 pm (1 comment)

At the beginning of April I wrote that I was starting Script Frenzy: a challenge to write a 100 page script in the month of April. Well the month is almost over, and — as you can see on Author's Page — I did indeed complete the task. Officially, I completed 103 pages (although it ended up a little longer when I tweaked the formatting.)

The story flowed pretty easily, and I had no problem sticking to my original "plan". In fact, I really didn't do much coercion (except for introducing the plausible-but-a-little-hokey cell-phone failure.) For the most part, the story just moved along of its own accord.

I re-read most of it and it seems pretty good. I did notice a few typos (like when Bob the waiter just drives off in their car, apparently) and sometimes I'd introduce a character or a place and a couple pages later the name would inexplicably change. But I noticed that the things I cringed at when I was writing — just to keep the flow going — don't seem nearly as out-of-place and absurd as I thought.

Not to brag too much, but I was impressed at the multi-faceted story arc, like the way the scenery changes with the organic changes in the characters. That was kind of a surprise.

I mentioned in the post introducing this that one of the things I learned from my NaNoWriMo experience was that I really needed to keep tabs on my characters. I made a separate document with the names of characters and any things I said about them, or about their past. It helped a lot. Plus, I only had two central characters, so keeping track of them was much easier.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Salt of the Earth at the Flying Squirrel
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (1 comment)

I was kind of suspicious of how the "general strike" from the Occupy Wall Street folks happened. While I support organized labor, this was something different — more of a protest than a strike, and certainly not something the 99% got to vote on first.

But speaking of strikes, I definitely wanted to see Salt of the Earth at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St. Just recently, I read somewhere that it was banned in the U.S., fueling more curiosity. It's based on the real Empire Zinc Mine strike in New Mexico, and employs many people involved in the strike as actors. The reason it was banned is it was made during the time when Joseph McCarthy was performing what can only be described as witch-trials, and made by blacklisted people in Hollywood.

It's a powerful and moving account of the desperate need for unions. But the thing I found more intriguing was that it was realistic about what it takes to actually start a strike. Most fictionalized accounts focus on the outward conflict and its resolution. But this spent almost all its time with the people who, by striking, lost their livelihood and had to rely on handouts. To me, it's quite unfathomable: to decide that spending whatever savings I had, and then being at the mercy of the kindness of strangers is preferable to my working conditions is not a situation I've experienced. This is the decision Ramon must make when facing a wife and two children (with a third on the way) who rely on him as the sole breadwinner. They have nothing without him — literally, as the company also owns their home.

Their demand?: that Mexican-Americans be treated equally to Anglo-Americans.

1950. In America. And there are some who regard that decade as the most wonderful. Amazing.

Of course, it's not like today is necessarily any better: there are still millions of people who are working but either don't earn enough to survive, or their working conditions are dangerous or otherwise inhumane. Unions — and the legal protections for unions — are critical to the survival of the American people.

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

A Faster JayceLand
by Jason Olshefsky at 10:18 am (add a comment)

A month ago a friend of mine wrote a blog titled The real Killroys. In it she outlined how social media sites are, essentially, the nightmarish big brother we once read about. Basically, if you put a Facebook button on your site, whenever someone views your site, Facebook knows jee was there. In other words, Facebook has a dossier on every one of its users. And it doesn't matter if you log out of Facebook, you're still tracked. The same goes for Tumblr, Google, Digg, and all the others (but man, especially Google Analytics.) She noted that site owners either didn't know or didn't care that this was going on.

I also recall that Chris Guillebeau once wrote something about how when a website visitor sees ads on the site, jee naturally assumes that the site owner endorses (if not at least vets) the quality of the products advertised. I have been using Google Adsense which theoretically produced a few pennies of revenue, but I never got any control [well, technically, a little control] over what ads were placed.

And then there was the speed issue. I would often notice that although stuff from JayceLand.com would load quick, if the page stalled, it would be "Waiting for" digg.com, or google-analytics.com, or ecx.images-amazon.com, or pagead2.googlesyndication.com, or googleads.g.doubleclick.net — but almost never JayceLand.com.

So I stripped all that stuff off. I left the Weather Underground image. I know they also track, but at least it's something directly useful. So now it loads fast.

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    Today in the Gallery at the Art and Music Libaray in The Rush Rhees Library at The University of Rochester (Library Rd. at Intercampus Dr.) is an Art Reception for Divergent Ancestry: A case study of Homo Apollexus from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. [source: City Newspaper]

    JayceLand Pick Dar WilliamsMySpace link, and The Milk Carton KidsMySpace link will be at German House (315 Gregory St.) starting at 8 p.m. [source: Up All Night website]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Dirty Harry starting at 8 p.m. The "ultimate 'lone wolf' cop movie." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Over at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. is Treasa Levasseur, and Izzy And The Catastrophics. [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]

    No Pants DayMySpace link

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

    JayceLand Pick This evening starting around 6 p.m. at Joe Bean Roasters (1344 University Ave., #110) is Joe Bean's One-Year Anniversary featuring Coffee Romance by Mark Groaning. [source: Joe Bean e-mail] [all ages]

    Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara), This Other LifeMySpace link will perform Happy Hour starting around 6 p.m. followed at 9:30 p.m. by The Pat Maloney Syndrome. [source: Abilene e-mail]

    This evening at 6 p.m., The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) will be presenting First Friday art titled Magnificent Africa. [source: Baobab website]

    Norm Davis will be at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) tonight at 7 p.m. for First Fridays Wide Open Mic. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

    Top Pick Ok, just go to this. You're reading this on a computer; you'll enjoy it. Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) is an encore performance of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs by Mike Daisey. I reviewed it last month if you want any more evidence. Seriously. Go see it. [source: MuCCC website]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song starting at 8 p.m. I kind of welcome the discomfort of experiencing a blaxploitation film, and according to the Eastman House website, "forty years after its initial release, this independently produced feature has lost none of its controversial edge. Though routinely considered mere exploitation fare, Van Peebles cri de coeur is instead a raw and innovative expose of a racially divided nation." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    The Eastman-Rochester Chorus, and The Eastman School Symphony Orchestra will be at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

    The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Future IslandsMySpace link, Ed Schrader's Music BeatMySpace link, and good country-based rock from Josh NetskyMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Cinco de Mayo

    Head over to Genesee Valley Park at The Genesee Waterways Center (149 Elmwood Ave., in Genesee Valley Park) for the Clean Sweep for The Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood starting at 8:30 a.m. [source: Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood Association website] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Printing and Book Arts Center at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.), Make Your Own Mother's Day Card. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

    Today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map) is Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. [source: RocWiki]

    Today at 2 p.m. on Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is Whats Next: Young Writers Showcase featuring six plays. [source: Geva Theatre website]

    JayceLand Pick This evening at The Oxford Gallery (267 Oxford St.) is the opening reception for Palimpsest from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and running through June 2. [source: Oxford Gallery website]

    JayceLand Pick This evening at 6 p..m. is Unity Night at The Rochester Baha'i Center (693 East Ave.) — a potluck dinner and discussion of restorative justice. [source: Restorative Rochester Yahoo! Group]

    JayceLand Pick This evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Yards at the Public Market (280 N. Union St., #50-52, above Java Joe's) is the Opening Reception for the RIT: School of American Craft BFA Glass Exhibition. [source: The Yards website]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.), The Tommy Brunett Band will provide music for Revelry With A Cause: A Night Out to Benefit Cobblestone School from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. [source: Freetime] [all ages]

    The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing A Torinói ló (The Turin Horse) starting at 8 p.m. and again tomorrow at 2 p.m. The Eastman House calendar has this to say: "Turin, 1889: Friedrich Nietzsche embraces a horse to protect it from the vicious whipping of its coach; then, the philosopher's mind collapses. So goes the chronicle, but what happened to the horse? Hungarian master Béla Tarr (author of the seven-hour masterpiece Sátántangó) tells its story within the stark, monumental pace of a moral apocalypse. Warning: this is an endurance test in cinematic style." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick This evening at 7 p.m. at Java's (16 Gibbs St.) is a Barista Throwdown presented by Java's and Joe Bean Roasters (1344 University Ave., #110). [source: Java's calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick This evening at 6 p.m. on Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is What's Next: Regional Writers featuring The Presstitute by David Andreatta in which a struggling newspaper tries to stay ahead of a breaking story in its midst. [source: Geva Theatre website]

    JayceLand Pick The DemosMySpace link, and WallpaperMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    V-E Day

    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 from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.), Bonnie Abrams will review In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson for Books Sandwiched In. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Zendegi va digar hich (Life and Nothing More...) starting at 8 p.m. From the Eastman calendar, "returning to the Koker region after an earthquake that claimed 50,000 lives, a filmmaker and his son sift through the aftermath in search of the child stars of Where Is the Friend's House? What they find is infinitely more complex and optimistic — a community in the process of rebuilding itself." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Surviving Life (Theory and Practice) (Prezít svuj zivot (teorie a praxe)) starting at 8 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar, "[Jan Svankmajer's] first feature after the death of his wife and collaborator Eva Svankmajerova is a sweet, somewhat autobiographical tale of a man who enters psychoanalysis after falling in love with a woman who appears only in his dreams." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Ethan HelmMySpace link, and The Michael Vadala Trio starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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