Weekly Rochester Events #308: Princeton's Jersey Quakers
Thursday, December 2, 2004Unlike most publications, I'm going to start off right away with a correction. I try to make sure that I spell band names right and find the right information. However, I completely blew it with JoAnn Vaccaro (or, as I had originally written it, "I kept misspelling JoAnn Vaccaro's name wrong.") I even talked with her about it (making me wonder now if she knew of my blunder ... hmm ...) I even "fixed" it in my database of bands, and by fixed, I mean that if I typed her name correctly, I'd get the incorrect "JoAnn Vacarro" (one c and two r's.) So, although I'm reluctant to make any changes (particularly to fix post-publication embarrassment) I went back and made corrections to the 29 previous times I made the error. Sorry JoAnn!
Thursday was Thanksgiving as you may well know. I opted to go to a friend's house. I got there early ... a bit after noon ... and was discouraged from assisting in the kitchen because I had inadequate culinary experience: one of my hosts is a pastry chef, and judging by the desserts, a good pastry chef. To alleviate my anxiousness to start eating and to ease social relations, I started drinking. I basically made a smooth ascent (descent?) from modest drinking with a barely detectable buzz all the way to thoroughly drunk by 2 a.m. — and with the requisite blank spots in my memory. Although most of the group — the "burners" [people who had been to Burning Man (The Man, Black Rock City 2004, NV)] — are pretty resilient when it comes to violating social conventions, I have some concerns about the omissions in my memory and what exactly I was saying.
Nonetheless, it has been a while since I caused physiological abuse to myself in that manner ... abuse which became apparent on Friday. Not a hangover per se, but more of a general hit-by-a-truck malaise. Of course, this was the day I agreed to meet up with my old Schalmont High School (1 Sabre Dr., Schenectady) physics, chemistry, and electronics teacher Paul Tyner. Hell, I was surprised the guy was still alive: he retired the year I graduated from high school (that is, the same year Die Hard, Rain Man, Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach, and Mac and Me were released) so I figured he was getting pretty old. Thankfully, he's as vibrant and irreverent as I remember. He's pretty old, too.
Saturday I got to try out Ly Lou's Pearl of the Orient (489 South Ave.) ... it was a small crowd — just Ben and I — but the place wouldn't have supported more than about 10 people, so I guess that was good. The food tasted great ... I had chicken afritada which is "chicken marinated in soy sauce and cracked peppercorns, then sauteed in generous helpings of homemade tomato salsa with sweet bell peppers and fired potato wedges," served over steamed rice [not that I found the menu online and cut-and-pasted.] The service ... well, I guess they're more accustomed to take-out orders, so it was a bit lacking. Also, although it tasted great, it was a bit disconcerting that all three pieces of chicken had fractured bones, leading me to wonder if the chickens were slaughtered with a baseball bat. Regardless, like I said, it all tasted great. The Filipino cuisine [don't ask me why Filipinos live in the Philippines, or why "Philippine cuisine" is also grammatically correct] is a blend of oriental styles, with plenty of rice and potent spices, and Pacific Island styles, which (based solely on what I know about Hawaii) emphasizes sweeter fruits (pineapple, sweet peppers) and milder spices.
Anyhow, on Monday, the Emerging Filmmakers (for New York State filmmakers) show was great at The Little (240 East Ave.) Every once in a while, there's just a great batch of short films and this night was one of them ... credit due to Karen vanMeenen for her apt eye to give the show continuity. Right off the bat was 17-year-old Sal Piazza's Sleep ... (to Dream) which had an eerie dreamlike quality that transcended its rough-around-the-edges feel. Sam Zalutsky's Smear presented a unique tangential twist on the old "homophobia means you're a closeted homosexual" concept — that, and the way teenage boys "discovering" girls conflicts with boyhood friendships. Richard Matson's The Duke of Goo is a peculiar romanticized view of big-city nightlife and the interplay of social circles. On-camera action shows a somewhat unusual nightlife world while continuous narration is provided in metaphoric prose to amplify the eeriness. Finally, Barely Audible by Katherine Copeland Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, and Vivian Wenli Lin is, similarly, a poem narrated over visuals, but this time the poem is one of social commentary about the inner-city poor and their spiraling descent to hopelessness and the visuals amplify the frenetic tone of the reader's voice.
Let's see ... I still have some space to fill. Last week I also got to see Sideways at The Little (240 East Ave.) I thought it was a great movie. It was particularly haunting for me because I'm just like the Miles character when it comes to dating and women. The gist of the film is that Miles — the best man to Jack who's getting married in a week — takes Jack on a wine tour around California. Jack is out to have his last fling of freedom but Miles is judgmental of it because of his own repressed sexuality. One of the most touching scenes is when Miles and Maya (his love interest) are sipping wine and Miles outlines his preference for the pinot grape — essentially citing everything about himself in the process. Miles' failure to steer with the conversation toward romance reverberated in my own experiences way too well.
In general, I liked that the two lead characters represented elements of personality present in everyone, but managed to come across being reasonably well developed. I hate it when one-dimensional characters are given quirky traits then set loose with one another ... it's what I didn't like about Box of Moon Light which is similar in theme, but the characters have no existence outside the movie. I felt like I got to see a little bit of the continuum of Jack and Miles' lives. The ability to capture and relay the moment and feeling between Miles and Maya — and its dissipation — is a testament to the film making.
Then again, maybe the movie sucks and I'm just scared to death that I'm too much like Miles.
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About the title ... Princeton, New Jersey was first founded by Quakers 308 years ago in 1696. [source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 1992, Houghton Mifflin; 1994, INSO Corporation]
This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including Monroe County and occasionally the Western New York region) from Thursday, December 2, 2004 thru Wednesday, December 8, 2004.
It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
The musical styles listed can include 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.
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