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Weekly Rochester Events #576 Starting Thursday, January 21, 2010

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Watching Liverpool at the Dryden
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

I went to the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Liverpool and I was very impressed. Jim Healy introduced the film, emphasizing the lack of a complicated story but the beauty of light and humanity. I found the film to be at "human speed" rather than in "movie time". Most movies do away with unnecessary action: for instance, consider all the actions one takes when going from stopping a car in a driveway to sitting in the couch inside — in "movie time", it's done by showing the car stop, an shot of the exterior of the house with the car in the driveway, then the occupant is shown entering from the interior of the house. The ordinary actions of undoing a seatbelt, unlocking a door, or even buttoning up one's coat usually contribute only to making a film unnecessarily long. But at "human speed", we do these things whether we're conscious of it or not.

Liverpool celebrates human speed. At least far more-so than is typical — we are spared the 5 hour journey into port on a freighter, although the existence of that time is not ignored. The story, as Jim said, is remarkably simple: a man on a freighter visits his home, is not well liked, has been forgotten by his mother, and is really only acknowledged by his daughter. Then he leaves. That's the whole movie. But it's in the little moments that make it work. There's little dialog, but so much is offered in its place for the viewer to make their own story.

I had walked to the theater from Ali's house — about 30 minutes or so. I didn't contemplate the trip there, but on the way back, I was aware. I forgot how to understand lateness and hurry: I knew that I was at the right speed.

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Today at The Strathallan (550 East Ave.) is a Rochester A-List event titled Sip Around the World Wine Tasting from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sign up at their site to trade your personal information for savings on entry. [source: RocWiki calendar]

JayceLand Pick At tonight's The Rochester Genealogical Society meeting at The Asbury First United Methodist Church (1050 East Ave.) at 7 p.m., Peter Bush will be on hand for Genealogy Consultations, Steve Clarke will discusss Black Sheep in the Family Barnyard, or Just What Do You Do With the Drunken Sailor?, and Al Clarke will present Doc Lincoln's Story: A Serendipitous Adventure in Genealogy. [source: Rochester Genealogical Society website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing My Name is Julia Ross starting early at 7 p.m. followed by Gun Crazy at 8:15 p.m. In the first, a woman "answers a want ad placed by a wealthy family and finds herself the ultimate victim of identity theft." In the second, "a twisted young Bonnie and Clyde-like duo [are] obsessed with each other and with robbing banks." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Shults Center at Nazareth College (4245 East Ave.) at 7 p.m. is a lecture by Thomas Norman DeWolf on his book titled Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History. [source: Gay Alliance website]


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JayceLand Pick Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara), Angelo RoseMySpace link will perform at happy hour from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., then Misfit KarmaMySpace link plays starting around 10 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

JayceLand Pick Today at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) at 7 p.m. is a screening of The Road to Timbuktu episode of Wonders of the African World with Henry Louis Gates Jr. followed by a discussion. [source: Baobab website]

Village Idiots Present (VIP) will perform Catch 23 improv tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. at The Pillar Theatre (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate, Suite #D106). [source: RocWiki calendar]

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is good DJ/remix with an experimental twist from Godlazer. Be warned that the Boulder website is notoriously unreliable about band listings. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

Over at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. is Wu Man. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing La mujer sin cabeza (The Headless Woman) starting at 8 p.m. Here's what the Eastman House calendar has to say: "in the intriguing and surreal new film from the much-heralded director of The Holy Girl and La Cienaga, Maria Onetto plays an upper-class woman whose perfect life may be a dream or whose nightmare accident (was that a child her car hit? a dog? or nothing?) may indicate that her entire existence lacks reality." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) will be hosting great, fun 1960's-styled rock band The Hi-RisersMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]


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Updated: Today at 2 p.m., Ed Stratmann will present Treasures from the Motion Picture Archives at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) [source: Eastman House e-mail] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing They Came to Play starting at 8 p.m. and again tomorrow at 5 p.m. which documents the fifth anniversary of The International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Dang!MySpace link will be at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

Tonight starting around 10 p.m. at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Heavy Metal Steve's Birthday Show with NunslaughterMySpace link, good hard rock from J. G. BlizaroMySpace link, SarcousMySpace link, RabidMySpace link, Infernal AbyssMySpace link, and Riley Schillaci. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing K-19: The Widowmaker starting at 7 p.m. A submarine crew struggles to avoid an international incident when Russia's first nuclear submarine runs into trouble. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at KC Tea and Noodles (363 S. Goodman St., moved from 360 Park to old Paradise Alley location) is Form a Log, Dog Synth, Tumul, and Rochester Killharmonic starting at 8 p.m. [source: Carbon Records calendar]


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Once again at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is another Wide Open Mic with Norm Davis at 7:30 p.m. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting Eastman Chamber Jazz starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick In theory, there is another Emerging Filmmakers Program tonight at The Little (240 East Ave.) at 9:15 p.m., but I haven't heard anything about it so your guess is as good as mine. As soon as I get the details I'll post the films.

Bored? Why not check out 1980's DJ night at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 11 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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This morning at 7:30 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 At today's Tuesday Topics discussion in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m., Joe Di Piazza will discuss The Rochester Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) — a regional data-sharing network for health information. [source: Friends of the Public Library flyer] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tusedays at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is A.K.A. Paul Burke Presents featuring Paul BurkeMySpace link and other people, perhaps performing. [source: band e-mail]

Tonight at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The American Brass Quintet 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 Bronenosets Potyomkin (Battleship Potemkin) starting at 8 p.m. Philip C. Carli's piano accompanies this tale of a mutiny aboard a Russian battleship. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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Tonight at 8 p.m. at The Tap and Mallet (381 Gregory St.) is a Beer Social with John Staunton from British beer importer Merchant du Vin. [source: Tap and Mallet website]

Barry Snyder will be at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Raging Bull starting at 8 p.m. — Martin Scorsese's film about a self-destructive boxer. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Spykes, Hatred/Regression, Dog LadyMySpace link, and something like semi-melodic fast-paced noise from Pengo starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Today at 12:00 p.m. is a meeting of The Brown Bag Book Discussion Group in the Literature Division's Study Room at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

There's an Open Mic for Acoustic Music at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) tonight around 8. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Tonight at 8 p.m. at Abeline Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is an Open Mic with The Grand Canyon Rescue EpisodeMySpace link. [source: Abeline website]

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