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Cover story: The High Falls Film Festival | News: Water warning | Dining: Harry G's | Music: Joel Harrison | Classical: Beethoven's "Eroica" at the RPO | Theater: "33 Variations" at Blackfriars | Movies: "42," "The Place Beyond the Pines," "Room 237"
[ PAGE 12 ] Water warning. [ INTERVIEW, PAGE 8 ] A community scorecard. [ PROFILE, PAGE 7 ] City's 2013 Best Busker Contest. [ DETAILS, PAGE 27 ] APRIL 17-23, 2013 FREE • GREATER ROCHESTER’S ALTERNATIVE NEWSWEEKLY • VOL 42 NO 32 • NEWS. MUSIC. LIFE. A UNIQUE NEIGHBORHOOD BAR! 80 GAMES A WEEK MLB PACKAGE LAGUNITAS WTF BROWN ALE HEAVY SEAS BELOW DECK BARLEY WINE TROEGS NUGGET NECTAR VICTORY RANCH IPA MARCH BEER Feedback Send comments to themail@ rochester-citynews.com, or post them on our website, rochestercitynewspaper.com, our Facebook page, or our Twitter feed, @roccitynews. We edit selections for publication in print. aren’t qualified or are evil or malicious, but it means that these tax breaks are being given out by a very narrow slice of the Rochester community. I would advocate for more community members, perhaps a rotating member from a neighborhood council, maybe a college professor, community advocates on issues like housing or poverty. We need to stop letting these tax breaks be given out by the business community, and deal with them with the whole Rochester community in mind. PATRICK CHASE News. Music. Life. 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No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, photocopying, recording or by any information storage retrieval system without permission of the copyright owner. L&M S LANE Any denomination - Great gift idea! L&M Lanes Gift Cards Now Available! OPEN BOWLING DAILY! 873 Mercha Merchants Rd. • 288-1210 www.L www.LMlanes.com Find us on Cuomo’s reforms SCHOOL EDITION Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx | Book by Jeff Whitty Original Concept by Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx | Directed by Lorie Dengler Dewey Music and Lyrics by Allen Main Stage Theatre April 19 and 20 7 pm April 20 and 27 2 pm • 7 pm April 21 and 28 5 pm Online Box Office www.sotarochester.org 585-324-3535 • 45 Prince St. • Rated PG-13 $9 - Adult $7 - Children and Seniors On Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed IDA reforms: Under Cuomo, New York has experienced the demise of 39,453 businesses. Cuomo is raiding $1.75 billion from the reserves of the off-budget State Insurance Fund. Cuomo cannot even hold on to his Democratic majority, which is in the middle of a corruption scandal and pay-to-play politics. He has disenfranchised the northern and western part of New York with his SAFE Act. He can’t make a decision, either way, with respect to fracking. New York has the highest taxes in the nation and is the most indebted state, with 33 percent of income dedicated to borrowing. It is ranked as the least “business-friendly” state in the country, has the distinction of being the least free state in the union, and is being termed the “Nanny State” with politicians legislating what we can eat and drink. Nine percent of the state’s population left for another state between 2000 and 2011 — the highest in the nation. (See the study by George Mason’s libertarianleaning Mercatus Center.) MICHAEL SILVER Posted on rochestercitynewspaper.com In it together On State Senator Ted O’Brien’s objection to the possibility that Upstate utility users would help pay to close the Indian Point nuclear plant in Westchester County: Since Downstate has been subsidizing Upstate for over 30 years now, O’Brien is way off base here. We’re all New Yorkers. Ted, what did Bill Clinton say at the DNC last year? “We’re all in this together.” This comes off as dumb posturing, something we don’t need. If O’Brien and others want to highlight the prohibitive costs of nuclear energy, fine. There is certainly enough to be said about that. But let’s do so without this kind of divisive politics and posturing. TROLL WHISPERER Posted on rochestercitynewspaper.com I like the idea of state guidelines, but I like the idea of more community oversight and veto over these tax-break packages. The list of COMIDA board members has mostly business executives of varying fields, with a union member and a few lawyers. I’m not saying these people 2 CITY APRIL 17-23, 2013 Posted on rochestercitynewspaper.com Correcting ourselves In our April 10 Feedback, an editing change resulted in an incorrect spelling of the name of a reader praising the current Geva production, “The Whipping Man.” The correct spelling is Cathy Andersen. We regret the error. rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 3 4 CITY APRIL 17-23, 2013 GUEST COMMENTARY | BY JOHN KLOFAS From our cold, dead minds Before there was Wayne LaPierre, there was Charlton Heston. At the 2000 NRA convention, he raised a rifle high over his head, conjured up the straw man of gun confiscation, and declared: “I’ll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.” Bluster and intimidation have been important elements in the NRA’s strategy. But these are not the NRA’s only, or even its most potent, tools. The NRA has aggressively and successfully pursued a strategy designed to ensure that the information needed for rational policy discourse is not available. Largely through riders attached to unrelated legislation by gun-friendly lawmakers, the gun lobby has prevented the collection or analysis of critical data and has erected barriers to much-needed research on gun violence. Pushed by the gun lobby, Congress cut firearms safety research funding at the Centers for Disease Control by 96 percent in the mid-1990’s and added additional gun research restrictions to that and other agencies. Using the argument that any database could be used for gun confiscation, the gun lobby has also prevented collection of almost all data on gun owners, buyers, and sellers. There are no centralized records of gun dealers, and dealers are not required to inventory their merchandise. Tracing guns used in crimes has been made nearly impossible by legal restrictions on maintaining transaction records. The NRA’s de-information strategy has allowed it to bolster its position with the claim that there is little evidence supporting specific gun-reform policies. It is more than ironic that those who fight on the false front of gun confiscation do so by trying to confiscate our knowledge, our reason, and our ability to understand. This is, though, just one skirmish in a growing war over the value and power of information. A new front opened just recently. The bill to fund the US government through the summer was amended to include a provision that bars the use of National Science Foundation funding to support research in political science unless that research promotes national security or serves US economic interests. One can only imagine the range of research topics that cannot receive taxpayer support. If not new, we are, at least, in unfamiliar territory – made so by stealth strategies. These assaults on access to information have nothing in common with better-known anti-science arguments, such as those made by advocates of teaching creationism in schools, or those who reject evidence of climate change. The warriors for deinformation are not deniers of science. They are instead its truest believers. They The NRA’s attempt to limit research is just one skirmish in a growing war over the value and power of information. understand the power of science, and they fear it. Their goal is not to deny science but to deny access to it. It is not coincidence that the effort to limit research and restrict access to information comes at a time when the technology for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information is expanding at a pace unparalleled in history. While the quantity of available information and the speed at which knowledge accumulates are new, the problems these pose, for some, are not. Those who want to limit research and reduce access to information want to do so for the same reasons Galileo was excommunicated and imprisoned for usurping the priestly power to decide the center of the universe. That challenge to power was what was revolutionary about the “scientific revolution,” and it’s what is truly revolutionary about the “information revolution” today. The stakes are high. Rational policy on guns, and on everything else, requires information. But by itself, the cold clinical sweep of that idea assumes the power of information, but ignores the power that it challenges. Little did we know that the real fight was over access to facts rather than how we interpret and understand them, and what conclusions should be drawn from them. It is the search for truth that must be protected now, because it is a revolution that some seek to confiscate. John Klofas is professor of criminal justice at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Mary Anna Towler’s Urban Journal returns next week. rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 5 [ NEWS FROM THE WEEK PAST ] RPO challengers lose legal battle State Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Fisher upheld the board election results from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual meeting, which took place in January. Fisher rejected an attempt by attorney Eileen Buholtz to invalidate the meeting and the elections. Buholtz says she will not pursue further legal action. move to try to get some of their proposals considered and discussed. Art Walk earns award Charging ahead Art Walk Extension was awarded the Transportation Project of the Year by the state chapter of the American Public Works Association. The $9 million extension of the outdoor museum concept to Union and Goodman streets is supposed to help revitalize the Neighborhood of the Arts. News ENVIRONMENT | BY JEREMY MOULE Curbside compost Rochester residents receive city-provided trash and recycling pickup, but when it comes to composting, it’s kind of a DIY thing. That’s about to change. Local residents Brent Arnold and Steve Kraft have started a city-based business, Community Composting, which will provide residential pickup of compost fodder. They’ll give subscribers a bucket for food scraps and other organic materials and they’ll make weekly pickups, Arnold says. They’ll charge $5 to $7 per pickup. (Subscribers will be able to direct Community Composting not to make a pickup on any given week by clicking a button in a weekly e-mail reminder they’ll receive.) In return, subscribers will receive credits based on the amount of waste they generate. They’ll be able to redeem the credits through a webbased store for loose compost or small kitchen herb plants, Arnold says. Community Composting will take the scraps to Epiphergy, a local company that will turn the waste into compost, animal feed, and ethanol. Arnold says that about 100 people have signed up so far and that he and Kraft should have the service going within a couple of weeks. Initially they plan to serve the Park Avenue, South Wedge, Brighton, and 19th Ward areas. The service offers a broader benefit by diverting food waste from landfills. In the big picture, keeping food wastes out of landfills helps avoid the need to expand the landfills. And when food wastes break down in a landfill they produce methane: a potent greenhouse gas. “Anything that we can do to complete the food cycle in Rochester is exciting to us,” Arnold says. For more information: www. communitycomposting.org. A state agency is giving $3.6 million to install 260 electric vehicle charging stations across New York. In Rochester: 10 stations will go in at the Frito-Lay facility for charging fleet vehicles, and three will be installed on the RIT campus for student and staff use. Statewide, stations may go in at hotels and shopping plazas, among other locations. Sustainability Hall opens at RIT Lej Dems stand up to the GOP Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature voted against borrowing for a bridge project in Wheatland and for a road project in Chili. As a result, the measures failed. Democrats, long the minority party in the Legislature, say the votes were a tactical The Rochester Institute of Technology officially opened its Sustainability Hall, which houses the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. The 84,000 square foot facility cost more than $30 million to build, and features multiple energy sources such as fuel cell technology, geothermal system, solar panels, and wind turbines. The institute was designed for master’s and doctoral studies, as well as for research in sustainable product development and manufacturing. Brent Arnold (front) and Steve Kraft (back) are starting a composting service. PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN Celebrate Earth Day & Azek Deck Day! Saturday, April 27th Receive a FREE Tree Seedling “Black Hills Spruce” At our Henrietta location NOW IN FAIRPORT Eco-friendly, positive energy products that adorn the body, enlighten the mind, and empower the spirit. Express your individuality in an organic, spiritual way. Made in America. Refining and Redefining what decking is. 120 Stonewood Ave. (just off Lake Ave) | 585.663.0430 1230 Lehigh Station Rd. Henrietta | 585.334.5500 www.mflumber.com 6 CITY APRIL 17-23, 2013 Find us on 106 N. Main St., Fairpor t • 377-8277 By recruiting well-known and tested charter management organizations, E3 Rochester could potentially change the education landscape in the city by adding more schools much quicker than individual charter school creators. Cost of War AFGHANISTAN TOTALS — 2,200 US servicemen and servicewomen and 1,081 Coalition servicemen and servicewomen have been killed in Afghanistan from the beginning of the war and occupation to April 15. Statistics for Afghan civilian casualties are not available. American casualties from April 3 to 9: -- Staff Sgt. Christopher M. Ward, 24, Oak Ridge, Tenn. -- Spc. Wilbel A. Robles-Santa, 25, Juncos, Puerto Rico -- Spc. Delfin M. Santos Jr., 24, San Jose, Calif. -- Chief Warrant Officer Matthew P. Ruffner, 34, Tafford, Pa. -- Chief Warrant Officer Jarett M. Yoder, 26, Mohnton, Pa. SOURCES: EDUCATION | BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO PROFILE | BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO A surge of charters to Rochester? A new company created by Joe Klein, chair of Klein Steel and former board member of True North Rochester Preparatory Charter School, is recruiting specialized organizations to open and manage charter schools in Rochester. By recruiting well-known and tested charter management organizations, E3 Rochester could potentially change the education landscape in the city by adding more schools much quicker than individual charter school creators. But Klein says quality is more important than just adding schools. E3 is working with PUC Schools, an organization that operates 13 charter schools in Los Angeles, to open a middle school in Rochester, Klein says. And E3 is working with the Noble Network of Charter Schools, operators of the Pritzker College Preparatory High School in Chicago, to open a charter high school, he says. Applications to the State Education Department for the two new charters have been sent out, Klein says, and the plan is to open the schools in 2014. Each school would probably launch with a single grade and grow out, Klein says. And 100 percent of the students would be chosen by lottery, he says. Klein says he is an avid supporter of public schools, but that the problems with Community report The scores on ACT Rochester’s recently released community report card probably won’t shock you. Most people know that the nine-county Rochester region, overall, is doing better than the state in certain areas — the economy, education, health, and housing. | But when the report focuses on the city, it exposes stark disparities involving race and ethnicity. | For example, third grade English Language Arts scores on state tests show that 61 percent of white students in the region are proficient at reading and writing, compared to 34 percent of white students in city schools. | But only 35 percent of African-American third graders in the region are proficient at reading and only 23 percent from city schools. | And an interesting thing happens when you look at a comparison of rent as a percent of income by race and ethnicity. | About 12 percent of a white person’s income goes to rent in the Rochester region, and about 34 percent of their income goes to rent in the city. | But African Americans struggle, with 45 percent of their income going to rent for those living in the region. And 49 percent of their income goes to rent if they live in the city. Joe Klein. PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN iraqbodycount. org, icasualties.org, Department of Defense the Rochester school district are nearly intractable for reasons that are beyond the control of the superintendent. Opponents of charters argue that the schools siphon money and students away from the host district. And Rochester Superintendent Bolgen Vargas says the district has lost more than 3,000 students to charters. But advocates say Rochester is a ripe market for more charters because so many city schools are failing and parents want other options. Eleven charter schools are operating in Rochester, according to the New York State Education Department’s website, and more are planned in addition to E3 Rochester’s. rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 7 INTERVIEW | BY JEREMY MOULE Sounding the alarm on water The Aral Sea in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan was once one of the world’s largest saltwater lakes. But in the 1950’s and 1960’s, the Soviet Union ramped up agricultural programs in the sea’s basin, which included diverting the freshwater streams that fed the sea and using the water for farming. By 2010, the Aral Sea was a puddle of its former self. Maude Barlow, a Canadian activist wellknown for advancing the concept of water as a human right, uses the Aral Sea as a cautionary tale. It’s an example of what can happen when water resources are abused or used unsustainably, she says. “They just diverted it to death,” Barlow says. A high-profile voice on water issues, Barlow is chair of the Council of Canadians, which is Canada’s largest public interest group, and chairs the board of Food and Water Watch in Washington, D.C. She was deeply involved in efforts to get the United Nations to declare water a human right, which it did in 2010. Barlow will be one of the keynote speakers at the Rochester Sierra Club’s annual environmental forum, which this year will span two days, April 25 and April 26. More information on the forum is available at http://newyork.sierraclub.org/rochester/. Barlow says the Great Lakes, the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem, are not the inexhaustible water source they are often perceived to be; they face threats of their own. One threat comes from over-extraction, whether it’s for drinking or for large-scale uses like agriculture and food production, industry, power plants, or paper mills. While the United States and Canada have a pact to limit withdrawals from within the Great Lakes basin, there are loopholes. For example, water bottling plants still operate in the Great Lakes region, Barlow says. And developing the regulations to implement the pact, as well as enforcing them, has been done on a state-by-state — or province-by-province — basis. And there are threats to water quality: nutrient runoff feeds algae blooms in the lakes; fracking for natural gas — which is under consideration in New York — is water-intensive; and the heavy crude oil from Canadian tar sands is being transported across the lakes via pipelines and ships. (Extracting the oil is also water-intensive, though the sands lie outside of the Great Lakes basin.) “We’ve got a kind of conquest mentality to water,” Barlow says. “We don’t respect it; we don’t protect it in watersheds.” An edited version of a conversation with Barlow follows. 8 CITY APRIL 17-23, 2013 CITY: What does it mean to recognize water as a human right? Barlow: There is actually a global water crisis in terms of the actual demand for water and the actual supply. It doesn’t mean that the water isn’t still there on the planet; it means we’ve done bad things with it. Some people have all they want, all they don’t even need, while others are going without. If you just look at straight numbers and nothing else, the lack of access to clean water is the biggest killer in the world. There isn’t anything that comes near. It’s a bigger killer of people than violence of all kinds, including war. And it’s by far the largest killer of children. While most of the people in the world who are doing without water live in the developing world, it is increasingly true that there are people in the global north experiencing this as well. In inner-city Detroit, the authorities have cut off the water officially to 42,000 residents because they can’t pay their water bills. They’re largely African American, older people, single mothers. And we’re literally talking about third-world conditions where people go out with buckets and they go to parks or they go to the local schools, or they do whatever they can to find water and bring it home. And increasingly, the water is being given over to private interests to develop industrial areas, to develop commercial interests, and away from the people and the small farmers who need it and who depend on it for life. It’s a double issue of the amount of water — the quality, quantity, and accessibility — plus poverty and injustice. Those come together to create a really serious story. As far as the Great Lakes are concerned, what are the implications of treating water as a human right? What would that mean on a global and regional basis? to live and where they’re going to get food and water. We have this gift. We have this incredible bounty and shame on us if we allow it to be destroyed. What are some of the other issues facing the Great Lakes? If you really look at the whole concept of water as a human right, you start to look at who has access, why they have access. For the Great Lakes you start to say: “These lakes don’t just belong to the people of North America.” I would argue that as a fifth of the world’s water, they are a global asset. And we have a responsibility to take care of them, and that means we have to bring in a set of principles upon which we build sustainable use for these lakes. We used to worry more about wealthy companies or countries putting pipes in the Great Lakes and just sucking the water out. I don’t think that’s going to happen. Nobody will let that happen, certainly in the near future. The larger issue is the millions and millions of refugees — water refugees, climate refugees — in the world, where they’re going First of all, they’re in decline in every way in terms of pollution, in terms of invasive species, in terms of water quality, in terms of eutrophication. And we have climate change. We’ve got a huge reduction in the amount of ice cover over the last few decades, which means that [the water] evaporates too quickly because the ice cover isn’t thick and it melts earlier in the spring. We also have overextraction. We’re literally Maude Barlow: The Great Lakes are a global asset. PHOTO PROVIDED taking more out of the BY THE COUNCIL OF CANADIANS lakes every day than we’re collectively putting back production for local needs, as opposed to this into them. And this is a really serious part massive export of stuff. of the story. You can bring in the right kind of law We also have a whole bunch of new private that spells out the ways in which you’re interests moving in to the lakes. It seems to going to protect the water, but it really does me the problem we have is there are too many start with a vision. elected officials and business people who just see the lakes as big dollar signs. We use Fracking is a big issue in New York right now, the Great Lakes as an economic resource to and the potential impact on water is a major promote profit and well-being. Now, there’s concern. In your opinion, is there any way the nothing wrong with that to a point; obviously, state could allow fracking in any capacity? people have to make a living. Of course there’s Not under current circumstances. Not with the a commercial dimension to water or a water dimension to commercial interests. But it seems method of fracking [that’s being widely used]. I chair the board of Food and Water Watch to me that’s come first. in the US and we’re calling for a full [national] moratorium on [fracking] Now, at some future What will the future of Great Lakes time they may find the technology that allows preservation or protection look like? What them to frack the gas without destroying water do you think it should look like? and without those chemicals. I’m open to that. I think we should see it as a common But under the current circumstances, under heritage; it’s a public trust that must be the current way that natural gas is produced guarded by law and by local communities. under fracking, no. And if there’s a commercial taking [of ] the We pit air against water here. We say water — if somebody wants to use the waters for some commercial purpose — they have to “Well, natural gas is better than oil, especially tar sands oil; it’s better than coal; it’s better convince the owners of the lake, the people, than nuclear. But it’s destroying water. We that they’re not going to hurt it. always see water as that thing that’s endless, Vermont’s done this. Vermont has that you can use and abuse as much as you passed groundwater legislation that says want because there’ll always be more. their groundwater is a public trust. And The story that I’m spending my life trying they actually spell out what that means: if to tell people is that’s not true. It’s just simply there’s any conflict or shortage that water for not true. It’s the most vulnerable of all the people’s daily use is a top priority, as is water resources, actually. for the ecosystem, and then sustainable food rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 9 For more Tom Tomorrow, including a political blog and cartoon archive, visit www.thismodernworld.com URBAN ACTION This week’s calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.) and pedestrian safety. The event will be held at Gleason Works, 1000 University Avenue. Tickets: $15. Pay online at www.rrcdc.org or at the door (cash only). party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. Dress appropriately for cleaning and preparing for trail season at this preserve in Chili. Register with Emily Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Film on IsraeliPalestinian conflict Albright’s memoir reviewed Christians Witnessing for Palestine will show the film “With God on Our Side” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 18. The film looks at Christian Zionism and will be followed by a discussion. It’s at Immanuel Baptist Church, 815 Park Avenue. Rochester transportation talk The Rochester Regional Community Design Center will present “Transit Talks” at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 29. Representatives Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Louise Slaughter will discuss changing transit needs, including the future of high-speed rail, biking, Friends of the Rochester Public Library will hold “Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War,” a book discussion about Madeleine Albright’s memoir about the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia and World War II. Sandra Frankel, former Brighton town supervisor, will lead the review and discussion at 12:12 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at 115 South Avenue. Event focuses on Great Lakes Spring cleaning party The Genesee Land Trust will hold the Brookdale Preserve spring work The Sierra Club will present “Protecting the Great Lakes Forever” on Thursday, April 25, and Friday, April 26. The twoday event will be held at Monroe Community College and Rochester Institute of Technology with discussions on topics ranging from the tools needed to protect local water to creating rain gardens. Registration, costs, and locations: www.newyork.sierraclub. org/rochester/ or call (585) 234-1056. Correcting ourselves The April 10 theater review of Geva Theatre Center’s “The Whipping Man” included an incorrect first name for playwright Matthew Lopez. 10 CITY APRIL 17-23, 2013 Dining More manageable, but no less tasty, was Greenwald’s Cherise sandwich ($8.99). Pastrami, Swiss, cole slaw, and Russian dressing grilled on marble rye, this analog of the classic Reuben sandwich brought a welcome peppery and creamy accent to a sandwich that I honestly thought couldn’t be improved upon. While some might quibble with the pickle — real delis down in New York City only serve half-sours rather than the fully “done” garlic dills they hand out at Harry G’s (real delis also wouldn’t put Swiss cheese on a meat sandwich, which just shows how wrongheaded they are) — no one could reasonably deny that this combination of ingredients is inspired, possibly by a Higher Authority. I suspect one of those who might take issue with mixing meat and cheese on a deli sandwich would be Greenwald’s grandmother, whose recipe for both chicken soup and matzoh balls are used in Harry G’s kitchen. As with all good chicken soups, this one starts with whole chickens and fresh vegetables, cooked low and slow until the remaining broth could probably revive the dead and would probably restore those who have given up hope to vigorous life. Greenwald’s soup is squarely in the tradition of matzoh-ball soup pretty much everywhere. While I was hoping for the elusive, and perhaps illusory, fluffy, light matzoh ball, the three kneidlach in my soup (which Greenwald says he is still experimenting with) were dense and heavy enough to be a meal in themselves, not at all unpleasant, but not my favorites by any means. Many people speak with reverential awe of Harry G’s Pittsburgh sub, which Greenwald told me is the restaurant’s best seller. But I think the best thing on the whole menu is the French Dip sub ($5.75/ half, $8.99/whole). I first had a French Dip when I was only 7 years old, and I remember thinking then that it was the apex of the sandwich maker’s art. Until I had this deceptively simple combination of sliced roast beef, melted provolone, and garlic-herb mayonnaise on an excellently toothsome roll at Harry G’s, I’d never had a version of the French Dip that lived up to my fond childhood memories. Greenwald’s version, accompanied by an au jus that’s not homemade, but is certainly jacked with some additional ingredients, is nothing short of sensational. The garlicky goodness of the spread, the admirable rareness of the roast beef, and the burliness of the roll all combine to make the perfect sandwich for a chilly afternoon. And the modest price tag for the more-than-generous “half” sandwich is a definite salve for a wallet recently decimated by the Tax Man. rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 11 French dip with au jus (left), Cherise sandwich (center), and chicken florentine panini (right), all from Harry G's New York Deli. PHOTOS BY MARK CHAMBERLIN The price is right Harry G’s New York Deli & Cafe 678 SOUTH AVE. 256-1324, HARRYGSDELI.COM MONDAY-FRIDAY 8 A.M.-10 P.M., SATURDAY 10 A.M.-10 P.M., SUNDAY 10 A.M.-5 P.M. [ REVIEW ] BY JAMES LEACH My tax worksheets this year were a little bit hard to read by the time I actually got around to filing on Monday morning. On one corner of the first page of my 1040 form was a mustard-colored blot obscuring the signature block. My Schedule C was spattered with tiny dots (and not-so-tiny dots) of au jus, the paper warped and a bit smeared. The estimated tax vouchers were a complete loss — destroyed when I put a grilled sandwich (transparent spots on the paper) with cole slaw (whitish yellow stain with a tiny bit of carrot), pastrami (smear of fragrant meat juice and pepper), and Russian dressing (orange stains) down on it to answer my cell phone. Such, I guess, are the hazards of reviewing your taxes at a superlative sandwich shop like Harry G’s New York Deli on South Avenue. At this time of year, like just about everyone else, I’m painfully conscious of money and how I spent it in 2012. As I sat at home looking over piles of twisted, folded, and torn receipts I noticed something interesting. In terms of value for price there were few — barely a scant handful — expensive restaurants where happiness and satisfaction were in any way proportional to price. On the other hand, at the other end of the price spectrum were a host of restaurants delivering generous portions of delicious food at modest prices. Which, I suppose, is how I came to be dribbling au jus on my Schedule C at Harry G’s one afternoon. Harry G’s New York Deli is a perfect example of a restaurant that delivers excellent value for the price. Owned by chef Brandon Greenwald and his in-laws, Mary Beth and Frank Giglio, and open only since May of last year, Harry G’s serves up almost grossly overstuffed sandwiches at prices that are probably the envy of other sandwich shops in town. Based on excellent cold cuts, good bread (probably Martusciello’s rolls, from the look of them), and backed up by salads, stocks, and sauces that Greenwald makes from scratch, the menu at Harry G’s is well thought-out and well-executed. If the chef errs at all, he does so on the side of trying to put too much between two piece of bread. Take the portobello mushroom panini ($8), for instance. A stellar vegetarian sandwich tailored, Greenwald told me, for the large number of vegetarians who haunt the South Wedge, this sandwich is simply too large to eat with anything but a knife and fork (and a large stack of napkins). The sandwich is made with slices of grilled portobellos, red onion, fresh tomato, and a remarkably large amount of basil mayo topped with fresh mozzarella and then passed under a true panini press. The combination of flavors is exceptional and the portion is more than enough for two people to split — even if they don’t get a side of potato salad or some crunchy sweet-potato fries with a side of honey butter. But there’s no way anyone could ever successfully pick it up and eat it without completely destroying whatever clothing they were wearing. That said, the combination of mayo, mushroom marinade, and caramelized tomatoes and red onions that fell out on the waxed paper under the sandwich was so good I considered picking it up and licking it. HIGH FALLS FILM FESTIVAL [ PREVIEW ] BY ADAM LUBITOW THE 2013 stablished in 2001, the High Falls Film Festival was originally conceived with the intent of highlighting the contributions of women in all aspects of the film industry. But in 2010, the festival shifted gears, renaming itself the 360 | 365 Film Festival. For two years, the festival drifted away from its original mission, instead opting to function as an all-purpose film festival, open to independent filmmakers of all types. After going on hiatus for 2012, the High Falls Film Festival returns this week under its original name, and with a renewed focus on its founding mission. The 2013 edition of the festival, headed by new executive director Mary Howard, will run April 18-21. The lineup, curated by new programming director Kate Dobbertin Bernola, boasts more than 50 independent, foreign, documentary, and short films from 12 countries around the world, all in their own unique ways shining a well-deserved spotlight on women in film. What follows is a quick take on 10 selections from this year’s festival. For the complete schedule, visit the festival’s website at highfallsfilmfestival.com, which also has ticket information, as well as a full list of all the events, panel discussions, and parties. up key components of California’s infrastructure, and one can’t help thinking would have been all but impossible in today’s age of political gridlock. Everyone from Tom Brokaw to Nancy Pelosi and Arnold Schwarzenegger provide commentary, explaining how the governor’s career set the standard for all who were to follow, including Pat’s son, Jerry Brown, the current governor of California. Director Rice keeps things interesting (even for a generally politics-averse moviegoer like myself ), an even more impressive accomplishment considering that this is her first foray into documentary filmmaking. (Screens Friday, April 19, Cinema, 1:15 p.m.) attempt at any sort of psychological depth, content to stay on the surface of things. But hey, that’s exactly how Diana would have wanted it. (Screens Friday, April 19, Little 1, 6:30 p.m.) “Unfinished Spaces” “The Girls in the Band” It’s no secret that we Rochesterians love some jazz, so kicking off this year’s festival with this fascinating musical documentary, focusing on the early female pioneers of the art form, was probably a no-brainer. The film serves well as a primer on the subject, beginning just prior to World War II, when all-female jazz groups like The Sweethearts of Rhythm were seen as little more than novelty acts, and moving all the way up through the rise of contemporary artists like Esperanza Spalding. Director Judy Chaikin treats all her subjects with reverence, especially the older women. She shows them for the trailblazers they were, fighting for their right to follow their dreams in a field that was seen largely as a man’s domain, and in so doing, paving the way for others to follow in their footsteps. While the film too often relies on the documentary crutch of talking-head interviews, the real highlight here is the 12 CITY APRIL 17-23, 2013 plethora of performance clips showcasing these gifted musicians who prove that gender is no definer of true talent. (Screens Thursday, April 18, Little 1, 6:30 p.m.; Friday, April 19, Cinema, 4 p.m.) “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel” Blessed with a sublimely charismatic subject, Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s glossy documentary captures fashion icon Diana Vreeland’s larger-than-life personality, bringing the legend to life through archival footage, interviews with friends, family, and those who worked alongside her. But the director’s most effective decision was to allow Diana to narrate her own life story, through the use of an actress reading from transcripts from interviews conducted by writer George Plimpton while they worked together on her autobiography. Chronicling Vreeland’s life from birth through her time as an editor for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, and finally, as head of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, Vreeland comes across as delightfully droll and eminently quotable. While always entertaining, the doc doesn’t “California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown” Known as “The Grandfather of Modern California,” Governor Pat Brown’s two terms (from 1958 to 1964) marked a time of incredible change in an era that was particularly crucial to the development of the state as we know it today. Directed by Brown’s granddaughter, Sascha Rice, the film perhaps naturally ends up being somewhat biased. The harshest criticisms the film makes are that he was fairminded to a fault, making him come across as wishy-washy, and that he was possibly too devoted to his family. But it’s hard not to be impressed with what Brown was able to accomplish, setting The National School of the Arts was commissioned by Fidel Castro during the early days of the Cuban Revolution. In that time of hopeful beginnings and romantic ideals, three architects — Roberto Gottardi, Ricardo Porro, and Vittorio Garratti — were given the task of designing a campus that Castro hoped would become home to the greatest art school in the world. Given a practically unlimited budget and complete creative freedom, the buildings they created were themselves works of art. Before construction was finished, the school had become home to a community of student artists of all types. But as Cuba became increasingly totalitarian, creativity and art was no longer an integral part of the plan. Construction of the school was halted, and what existed of the campus was allowed to fall into disrepair as the years passed. Directors Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray’s inspiring and often quite moving history of the school, including recent efforts toward preservation by the World Monument Fund, allows audiences to see the campus in all its glory, as well as the ruin it gradually became. It acts simultaneously as a symbol of what passion and imagination can accomplish, as well as a warning of what can happen when those freedoms are taken away. (Screens Friday, April 19, Little 5, 6:45 p.m.) 2013 “Casting By” Outside of maybe soundeffects editor, there isn’t a behind-the-scenes position on a film set that fascinates me as much as that of the casting director. These men and women call upon a powerful insight that allows them to see an actor’s potential, often before the performers themselves are aware of it. This star-studded and slickly directed documentary shines a spotlight on this aspect of the filmmaking process and pays tribute to Marion Dougherty, a pioneer in the field. Dougherty veered from the traditional Hollywood star-making system, and focused on finding real actors, often from the New York theater community, and often not the standard definition of what Hollywood wanted their stars to look like. In so doing, she ended up securing the first roles of an entire generation’s worth of important actors, from James Dean to Al Pacino, and she ultimately altered the face of her profession for all time. Unexpectedly emotional by its end, “Casting By” pays tribute to an incredibly influential woman and an unsung hero of the industry. (Screens Friday, April 19, Little 1, 9:15 p.m.) High Falls Film Festival Schedule Thursday, April 18 9:30-11 a.m.: Informal Coffee Chat with Directors Rochester Plaza, FREE 6:30 p.m.: “Girls in the Band” Little 1 ($15; Q&A to follow) 7 p.m.: “Watchtower” Little 5 9 p.m.-midnight: Opening Night Party Inn on Broadway ($25) 9:15 p.m.: “Facing Mirrors” Little 1 9:30 p.m.: Shorts Program 1: Short Cuts Little 5 Live Antique Appraisal Show Saturday, April 20th 1-4PM • $10 ADMISSION $5 each with maximum of two items/person Appraisals by Mike Deming St. Paul‘s Episcopal Church (Westminster Rd & East Ave) Hosted by Rochester chapters of P.E.O. Proceeds benefit Cottey College, a women’s college owned by the P.E.O Sisterhood, founded in 1989. Friday, April 19 9:30-11 a.m.: Informal Coffee Chat with Directors Rochester Plaza (Free) 1:15 p.m.: “California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown” Cinema 4 p.m.: “Girls in the Band” Cinema (Q&A to follow) 6:30 p.m.: “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel” Little 1 (Fashion Show to follow) 6:40 p.m.: “The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had With My Pants On” Cinema (Q&A to follow) 6:45 p.m.: “Unfinished Spaces” Little 5 8 p.m.-midnight: Party at the Strathallan (Free) 9:15 p.m.: “Casting By” Little 1 9:30 p.m.: “Turn Me On, Dammit!” Little 5 9:30 p.m.: “Pretty Brutal” Cinema • $1 Oyster Tuesdays after 5pm only • • No Corkage Fee Wednesdays • • $5 Custom Craft WEEKLY SPECIALS Saturday, April 20 9-10:15 a.m.: So You Want To Make A Movie? Panel Discussion Little 5 (Free) 9:30-11 a.m.: Informal Coffee Chat with Directors Rochester Plaza (Free) 10:30 a.m.-Noon: Future of Film-The Impact of Digital Media Panel Discussion Little 1 (Free) 11 a.m.: RIT Women of SoFA Little 5 (Meet & Greet to follow in Little Café) 12:30 p.m.: Go Public Project 4 Shorts & Panel Discussion w/Director Little 1 1 p.m.: “Molly Maxwell” Dryden 1:15 p.m.: “The Way to Nowhere Island” Little 5 3:15 p.m.: “Future Weather” Little 1 (Q&A to follow) 3:30 p.m.: Shorts Program 2: Dead Ends Little 5 3:30 p.m.: “How We Got Away With It” Dryden 6 p.m.: “First Comes Love” Little 5 6:30 p.m.: “Margarita” Little 1 (Q&A to follow) 6:30 p.m.: “The Day I Saw Your Heart” Dryden 9 p.m.-midnight: Closing Night Party Potter Peristyle, George Eastman House ($25) 9 p.m.: “A Teacher” Dryden ($15) 9:15 p.m.: “Harisma” Little 5 9:30 p.m.: “A Lot Like You” Little 1 (Q&A to follow) Cocktails on Thursdays • CELEBRATING 5 YEARS! “Turn Me On, Dammit!” Local. Seasonal. Lento. 274 N. Goodman St., Rochester www.lentorestaurant.com 271-3470 Fifteen-year-old Alma has an active and varied sex life, but it’s one that she’s frustrated to admit exists entirely inside her head. These fantasies incorporate just about everyone she comes into contact with, but most frequently star the main object of her affection, her handsome classmate Artur. The rare story to tackle the subject of teen sexuality from the female perspective, this frequently funny, sometimes quite painful film gets a lot of comedic mileage out of poor Alma’s blurred line between fantasy and reality. Lead actress Helene Bergsholm gives a hilarious, charming, and utterly fearless performance, and director Jannicke Systad Jacobsen demonstrates a keen understanding of the way teenagers can sometimes feel like prisoners in their own bodies, completely at the mercy of the hormones raging inside them. (In Norwegian with English subtitles; screens Friday, April 19, Little 5, 9:30 p.m.) continues on page 34 Before or after a show... Stop by Jines for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner! 658 PARK AVENUE Sunday, April 21 3:30 p.m.: Audience Choice: Best of the Fest (Documentary) Little 1 6 p.m.: Audience Choice: Best of the Fest (Narrative) Little 1 585-461-1280 (f) 585-461-4487 www.jinesrestaurant.com Find us on ! TICKETS: Unless otherwise noted, all tickets cost $12, and can be purchased at the venues or online at highfallsfilmfestival. com. Students and seniors 65 and older (with IDs) receive $2 discounts on all tickets. A Film Fanatics Pass, which grants admission to all 27 regular festival screenings, costs $120. An All-Access Film Fanatics Pass, which covers screenings and all parties, costs $170. VENUES: Little Theatre 240 East Ave. | Dryden Theatre George Eastman House, 900 East Ave. | Cinema Theater 957 S. Clinton Ave. | Rochester Plaza 70 State St. | Inn on Broadway 26 Broadway | The Strathallan 550 East Ave. VOTED BEST PLACE FOR BREAKFAST, BRUNCH & WAITSTAFF rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 13 Upcoming [ FOLK ] The Avett Brothers Friday, July 26. CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. $25-$45. 7:30 p.m. 758-5330. cmacevents.com [ HIP-HOP/RAP ] Lil Wayne w/T.I. & Future Tuesday, July 30. Darien Lake PAC, 9993 Allegheny Rd., Darien Center. $29.75-$99.75 7 p.m. 599-4641. darienlake.com [ POP/ROCK ] Aaron Carter Friday, September 20. Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. $18.50-$20. 8 p.m. 352-5600. waterstreetmusic.com Music PHOTO COURTESY JOSEPH BOGGESS Joe Locke SATURDAY, APRIL 20 HOCHSTEIN SCHOOL OF MUSIC, 50 N. PLYMOUTH AVE. 8 P.M. | $25-$42 | EXODUSTOJAZZ.COM [ JAZZ ] On the first cut of his superb new album, “Lay Down My Heart,” Joe Locke enters the slow groove of “Ain’t No Sunshine” with the melody and then proceeds to take it for beautiful flight. The Rochester native, who graced the stage of Jenks n’ Jones and other long-gone local clubs in the late 1970’s, is now one of the world’s greatest vibraphonists. On his 33rd album Locke offers excellent originals and a variety of standards, but his most sensitive performance comes on the tune that supplies the album’s title, “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Locke will explore the album and more when he brings his top-notch group — Ryan Cohan, piano; Jaimeo Brown, drums; and Lorin Cohen, bass — to the Exodus To Jazz series. — BY RON NETSKY Harvey Mandel and The SnakeCrew MONDAY, APRIL 22 THE CLUB AT WATER STREET, 204 N. WATER ST. 8 P.M. | $15-$20 | WATERSTREETMUSIC.COM [ BLUES ] At a time when the radio was flooded with acts looking to cash in on the psychedelic craze, Harvey “The Snake” Mandel made a name for himself as a technical master of the blues guitar. The music industry’s ubiquitous respect of Mandel’s skills landed him a string of studio gigs with rock legends like The Rolling Stones and John Mayall. His sound, defined by its sustained feedback and slightly distorted, but melodic, tone, has kept this Chicago blues boy relevant for more than 45 years. — BY DAVID YOCKEL, JR. CITY Newspaper ofﬁces will be CLOSED on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 from 1PM-5:30PM for a Staff Retreat We will re-open at 8:30AM on Thursday, April 18 14 CITY APRIL 17-23. 2013 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 [ ACOUSTIC/FOLK ] The Dady Brothers. Johnny’s Irish Pub, 1382 Culver Rd. 224-0990. 7:30 p.m. Free. Steve Lyons. Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. 232-3230. 9:15 p.m. Free. [ BLUES ] Bar-B-Que, 99 Court St. 585325-7090. 9:30 p.m. Free. [ CLASSICAL ] Johnny Rawls. Dinosaur Record Store Day SATURDAY, APRIL 20 VARIOUS LOCATIONS RECORDSTOREDAY.COM [ SPECIAL EVENT ] It’s nice to know that some cool Lowkey performed Saturday, April 13, at Firehouse Saloon. PHOTO BY FRANK DE BLASE Live from Hochstein: Chroma Piano Trio. Stevie wonderland [ REVIEW ] BY FRANK DE BLASE Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N Plymouth Ave. 4544596. 12:10 p.m. Free. [ JAZZ ] things in this country aren’t being gobbled up, chewed up, spit out, re-packaged, and re-sold. Independent record stores are still going strong. On Saturday, April 20, independent record stores around the country — including Rochester — will celebrate Record Store Day by offering special limited releases and all sorts of promotional shenanigans, including performances by independent bands that make the music in the first place. It’ll be like a party without walls, a parade with tentacles. Check out the festivities, sluggo. — BY FRANK DE BLASE Montage Music Hall Groove Fest FRIDAY, APRIL 19-SATURDAY, APRIL 20 MONTAGE MUSIC HALL, 50 N. CHESTNUT ST. 7 P.M. | $7/NIGHT, $10/BOTH NIGHTS | THEMONTAGEMUSICHALL.COM [ GROOVE ROCK ] They’re calling it a groove fest, but I’m telling you it’s a lot more. Groove rock has moved beyond the hippies who birthed it to include angrier, grittier, jazzier, and more rock overtones. But just like its long-haired forefathers, it welcomes all with open ears. Just dig this swirling lineup. On Friday you’ll get PharmHouse, George Wesley Band, Minds Open Wide, Universe Shark, and Meta Accord. On Saturday its Run For The Roses, Upstate Inner Planets, White Woods, and Experimental Sandwich. — BY FRANK DE BLASE Though the answer sounded rather obvious, it had never dawned on me before upstanding, upright bassist Brian Williams spelled it out. “That’s because you can’t clog on grass,” he said. Williams was sitting in on the bottom end with The Ruff Alley Rounders, bringing extra happy to Abilene’s Friday night happy-hour hootenanny. He was explaining the board lying in front of the four-piece band as it fiddled away in the corner. The young lady that mounted this board — there to amplify her redcowboy-booted feet — bobbed and clogged and stomped in an exuberant gallop that resembled step dancing if the Irish ever moved their arms. The band huddled around a single mic King Biscuit style and bopped instrumentally rural and Tin Pan as folks washed it all down along with the dust of the work week. Boston soul-shouter Jesse Dee is getting bigger and better, and a little more polished. I don’t begrudge the man success, but I liked it better when he served up his shaggy blue-eyed soul a little more close to the bone and medium rare. The kids still ate him up as he warmed the stage for the Ryan Montbleau Band Friday night at Water Street Music Hall. Walking in off of Water Street I had sort of dismissed Montbleau as one of those mixing-in-a-lot-of-everything jamsters. I’ve got to tell you, I was knocked out by the band, the groove, the tone, and the dynamics. It was all wonderful. Mochester from Rochester was sandwiched between the two acts, rocking steady and in earnest with an exemplary drummer that really stood out as the band plugged though its own mid-tempo rockers and took a detour into Stevie Wonderland. On Saturday night I was due for something hard and heavy and stuck my head in the metal blast furnace that was Lowkey a t the Firehouse Saloon. The band was a volatile mix of old-school heavy with new-school arrangements, kind of like Pantera, just not as over the top. The band bounded about maniacally and chugged full steam beneath vocals that roared in melodic urgency and guttural intimidation. West Commercial St. 3858565. 6:30 p.m. Free. Margaret Explosion. The Little Theater, 240 East Avenue. 7:30 p.m. Free. Spirits Rising. Lovin’ Cup, 300 Park Point Dr. 2929940. 8 p.m. Free. The Swooners. Bistro 135, 135 W. Commercial St. 585-662-5555. 6 p.m. Free Bistro 135, 135 W. Commercial St. 585-6625555. 6 p.m. Free. Ben Waara. Lemoncello, 137 Vince Ercolamento& Joe Chiappone Jazz Quartet. Murph’s Irondequoit Pub, 705 Titus Ave. 342-6780. 8 p.m. Free. [ POP/ROCK ] Vera, 155 State St. 5463845. 8 p.m. $5-$7. Dave Sestito, Sexy Teenagers, and People Can Be More Awesome. Tala The Dead Catholics w/The Years. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $5-$7. Moon Zombies. Temple Bar and Grille, 109 East Ave. 232-6000. Call for info. Free. continues on page 17 Exotic ingredients infuse beef, lamb, and vegetarian dishes for lunch or dinner every day of the week. VEGETARIAN • COMBINATION DISHES BEEF • LAMB • CHICKEN DISHES LUNCH & DINNER • 7 DAYS A WEEK Coming Soon! Ethiopian Beer & Honey Wine 302 University Ave. (at N. Union near Main St) 285-6960 • MEDAETHIOPIANRESTAURANT. COM rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 15 Music coined by musician/composer/historian Gunther Schuller, describes a fusion of jazz and classical music. Harrison furthered his understanding of it when he studied with Schuller’s disciple, Ran Blake, at New England Conservatory in the early 1980’s. “I learned so much from Ran Blake,” says Harrison. “He would have his students make music out of so many diverse tunes from different eras, and even different countries.” One component of third stream is re-composition. Harrison’s best-known project in this vein, “Harrison on Harrison,” involved the songs of George Harrison Harrison’s songs played a role in another facet of Joel Harrison’s career: Indian music. “So many of us first heard Indian music on Beatles records, and it really was kind of an amazing thing back then,” he says. His interest was further piqued when he heard Vilayat Khan at New England Conservatory in the late 1970’s. “It shocked me to the core. It was so mournful and beautiful,” Harrison says. Harrison pursued the music, attending the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music in California. “I don’t make myself out to be a really knowledgeable person regarding Indian music, but it’s always been in the background for me. So, when I had the opportunity to collaborate with the amazing sarod player [Anupam Shobhakar], the time came to dig more deeply into that.” But Harrison has not forgotten his American roots. “Free Country,” a 2003 project exploring old country and Appalachian songs, featured an emerging singer, Norah Jones. “She was playing with friends of mine and I met her and thought she had a wonderful voice,” says Harrison. “When I recorded the record I needed somebody to sing a few tunes and I asked her. It was just when things were taking off for her. She appeared on the record, and before it came out she had already sold more than a million copies of her own record. That was the luck of the timing.” At his Bop Shop gig Harrison will play in a Guitarist Joel Harrison combines influences as varied as American roots, rock and blues, and Asian music into his eclectic style. PHOTO PROVIDED Guitar chameleon Joel Harrison W/STEVE GREENE, DAVE ARENIUS FRIDAY, APRIL 26 BOP SHOP RECORDS, 1460 MONROE AVE. 9 P.M. | $10 | BOPSHOP.COM [ PROFILE ] BY RON NETSKY Guitarist Joel Harrison may have made his name in the jazz world, but when you go to hear him don’t expect perfect bebop runs. “I approach the guitar as an orchestral instrument in the group, not as the star soloist,” says Harrison, who plays at the Bop Shop on Friday, April 26, “so when I’m writing music that involves the guitar, the guitar just becomes part of the ensemble.” Of course that doesn’t mean Harrison’s guitar is lackluster. “I try to bring as much color, texture, imagination, and support to the pieces as I can,” says Harrison. “Each project demands different things. My background is very eclectic. I’ve always been interested in all kinds of music, so I’ve visited American roots music, Asian music… I’ve spent a lot of time in jazz and I grew up as a rock and blues player. All of this has coalesced so that I draw from it in different measures when a project comes forth.” 16 CITY APRIL 17-23. 2013 Instead of one recognizable style — think Wes Montgomery in the 1960’s or Pat Metheny today — Harrison is one of a new breed of musician, embracing a pluralistic approach. “I would say the actual concept, or the word ‘style’ has become outmoded,” says Harrison. “People are absorbing so much information now that very few of us grow up in vacuums where there’s a certain tradition that we’re exclusively working in.” Harrison continues: “I’m approaching the instrument from a compositional point of view, so I look at my playing and my jazz writing as a classical composer would — that is, always evolving. I’m always trying to come up with different ideas and concepts and approaches and not getting locked into any one tradition.” Harrison, 55, has been playing guitar since he was 9. Growing up in Washington, D.C., where his father, Gilbert Harrison, was editor of The New Republic, Harrison listened to The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Allman Brothers Band and other acts of the 1960’s. “It was an exciting time musically and artistically because there was such a feeling of invention and turning of the tide in all aspects of society,” says Harrison. “Rock music at that time, at its best, was brand new. Psychedelic and improvisational rock was being invented in front of us, so it had a feeling of being avant-garde.” A major influence on Harrison was Hendrix, who he regards as a once-in-acentury musician. “He’s like Beethoven,” Harrison says. You can hear Harrison channeling Hendrix on his fantastic rendition of The Allman Brothers’ “Whipping Post” on his recent album, “Search.” But Harrison was also enamored of the lesser-known Washington phenom Danny Gatton. “My desire to approach the guitar — especially electric guitar — as an instrument deeply rooted in American tradition, but also full of unpredictable and explosive behavior, partly comes from watching him go completely insane so many nights.” Harrison’s multi-directional approach wasn’t always in vogue. It used to cause him a bit of an identity crisis. “I felt kind of lonely and directionless sometimes,” says Harrison. “I was attracted to institutions and musicians who expounded my world view even though they were few and far between. At some point everything started to connect and now I don’t have any concern whatsoever about who I am and how to make everything fit together, because it’s just a grab bag.” Harrison’s connection can be summed up in two words: third stream. The term, trio with Rochester guitarist Steve Greene and bassist Dave Arenius. While upstate Harrison will spend three days workshopping a composition with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra through the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, culminating with a performance of his piece on April 24. In keeping with his eclecticism, Harrison’s next album takes on another new frontier for him: big-band music. “Writing for this many players challenged me hugely,” he says. “The possibilities seemed limitless and it is opening up all kinds of intriguing pathways. It’s a whole new world.” THURSDAY, APRIL 18 [ ACOUSTIC/FOLK ] Meet the Artist Concert Series! PRESENTED BY Arbitration Sweets w/Cammy Enaharo. Abilene Bar & FREE! Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. 232-3230. 9 p.m. Free. Beginner Bluegrass Jam. Bernuzio Uptown Music, 122 East Ave. 473-6140. 7 p.m. Call for info. Beale New Orleans Grille and Bar-South Ave., 693 South Ave. 271-4650. third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m. Free. Jim Lane. Murph’s Irondequoit Pub, 705 Titus Ave. 342-6780. 8 p.m. Free. [ BLUES ] BLUES BAND Donations accepted to help support this great series! JOHN COLE 8-10PM • FREE ADMISSION The Blues Project ft. Gordon Munding and friends. The Thurs, April 18th CLASSICAL | PENFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Lovin’ Cup 300 park point drive at RIT 292-9940 John Cole Blues Band. Lovin’ Cup, 300 Park Point Dr. 292-9940. 8 p.m. $10. Jokin’ Steves. Dinosaur Bar-BQue, 99 Court St. 585-325-7090. 9 p.m. Free. Son House Blues Night w/ Gordon Munding. The Beale New Orleans Grille and BarSouth Ave., 693 South Ave. 271-4650. 7 p.m. Call for info. [ CLASSICAL ] As the perfect accompaniment to this season’s dramatic weather, the Penfield Symphony Orchestra will present a concert titled “Revolutionary Russians” at the Penfield High School Auditorium on April 22. Conductor David Harman will lead the PSO in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C-Major, Op. 26 (featuring Joseph Werner, piano) and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E-minor, Op. 64. The piano part in the Prokofiev is dazzling from its first notes, and simply doesn’t let up as it demands the pianist fly from one end of the keyboard to the other. If you think that classical music does no more than put you to sleep, then this is the program to correct that misimpression. The Penfield Symphony Orchestra performs Monday, April 22, 7:30 p.m. at Penfield High School Auditorium, 25 High School Drive, Penfield. $12-$14, students free with ID. PenfieldSymphony.org, 872-0774. — BY PALOMA CAPANNA Mind Body Spirit & Workshops TO ADVERTISE IN THE MIND BODY SPIRIT SECTION CALL CHRISTINE AT 244.3329 x23 OR EMAIL CHRISTINE@ROCHESTER-CITYNEWS.COM CITY Newspaper presents Union Ballroom The College at Brockport, Residence Drive. 402-8126. 7:30 p.m. Free, donations accepted. Brockport Symphony Orchestra: “A Night at the Movies”. Seymour College RENEW YOUR LIFE Each soul is potentially divine. e goal is to manifest this divinity within by controlling nature: external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or mind control, or philosophy – by one, or more, or all of these – and be free. -Vivekananda A world renowned Yogi, Philosopher and Religious Leader Eastman at Washington Square Lunchtime Concerts. 1st Universalist Church, 150 S. Clinton Ave. 274-1400. 12:15 p.m. Free. RPO: Beethoven’s “Eroica”. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater, 60 Gibbs St. Thursday: 7:30 p.m. Saturday: 8 p.m. $15-$82. [ DJ/ELECTRONIC ] 7 Lawrence St. 739-5377. Call for info. [ JAZZ ] PRACTICAL PHILOSOPHY Wednesday nights beginning April 17, 2013 From 7-9:30p.m. at the AAUW House, 494 East Ave. Rochester. • Free Parking A TEN WEEK COURSE IN G.I. Joe and Army Hoes. Grotto, INTERACTIVE, EXPERIENTIAL, and INFORMAL Tuition: $100, cash or check Mail to: School of Applied Philosophy, P.O. Box 525, Pittsford, NY 14534; or in person, from 6:15-6:45pm on your first night of attendance. Dave Rivello Ensemble. Village Rock Cafe, 213 Main St. 586-1640. Every other Thursday, 9 p.m. Free. D’Jangoners. The Little Theater, 240 East Avenue. 7:30 p.m. Free. N. Main St. 582-1830. 7 p.m. Call for info. John Palocy Trio. Bistro 135, 135 W. Commercial St. 585662-5555. 6 p.m. Free. Mike Kaupa. Monroe’s Restaurant, 3001 Monroe Avenue. (585) 348-9104. 6 p.m. Call for info. continues on page 18 FOLK | ARCHIMEDES Greg Gilmore & Steve Santini. The Rabbit Room, 61 The essence of folk music is stories and melodies. It’s a gift from the performers to the audience and back again. Acoustic folk group Archimedes is lush with melodies and sings about everyday things, if your world is poetry. The band nails it down with male-female vocal harmonies and sympathetic notes on guitar that resonate in your head. Archimedes sound like disciples of the Sufjan Stevens school of folk-revival. The trio’s songwriting and vocal arrangements remind me of my favorite Michigander. Check out Archimedes on its Bandcamp site and you will hear why this group is a cut above most. With John Valenti, Bogs Visionary Orchestra, The Sleep Soundlies. Archimedes performs Sunday, April 21, 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $5-$7. bugjar.com. — BY ROMAN DIVEZUR SCHOOL OF APPLIED PHILOSOPHY YOU ARE WISER THAN YOU KNOW Not for profit. Non Sectarian, Provisional Charter: NYS ED. Dept. Since 1989 585-288-6430 DANCE YOURSELF FIT You’ll have so much fun, you’ll forget you’re exercising! GROUP AND PRIVATE LESSONS FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS Gift Certificates Available 3450 WINTON PLACE ROCHESTER, NY 14623 585-292-1240 GET LISTED get your event listed for free e-mail it to email@example.com. Or go online to rochestercitynewspaper.com and submit it yourself! WWW.FADSROCHESTER.COM rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 17 THURSDAY, APRIL 18 Monroe’s Restaurant, 3001 Monroe Avenue. 348-9103. 6 p.m. Free. Ryan from El Rojo Jazz. Lemoncello, 137 West Commercial St. 385-8565. 6 p.m. Free. Mike Kaupa Duet Project. Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes. Roncones Italian Restaurant, 232 Lyell Ave. 458-3090. 6 p.m. Free. [ R&B ] The Coupe De’ Villes. Pane Vino Ristorante, 175 N. Water St. 232-6090. 8 p.m. Free. [ REGGAE/JAM ] ROCK/SOUL | THE MIGHTY HIGH & DRY Club, 117 Liberty Pole Way. 4547230. 10 p.m. $5 before 11 pm. [ POP/ROCK ] Reggae Thursday. Pure Night Ave. 8 p.m. Call for info. Five Alarm Open Jam. Firehouse Saloon, 814 South Clinton. 3193832. 9 p.m. Call for info. Declan Ryan & Close Calls Album Release w/Baby Shark, Tim Avery. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Influenced by a veritable hall of fame list of rock musicians, this Rochester-based quartet is gaining some acclaim of their own. The Mighty High & Dry’s sound is rooted in soulful blues, but will surprise you with its ability to funk it up with the best of ‘em. The grooves are infectious, the songwriting solid, and the musicianship workmanlike. It all adds up to Heartland Rock with an almost jazzy feel. The group is scheduled to release its self-titled debut album this May, and is already receiving critical praise. The Mighty High & Dry performs Friday, April 19, 6-9 p.m. at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. $5-$8. abilenebarandlounge.com. — BY DAVID YOCKEL, JR. Hotel, 70 State St. 546-3450. 6 p.m. Free. Sinzibukwud w/Smalltown. Johnny’s Irish Pub, 1382 Culver Rd. 224-0990. 5 p.m. Free. [ BLUES ] Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. 232-3230. 6 p.m. $5-$8. John Cole Blues Band. The BealeWebster, 1930 Empire Blvd. 216-1070. 7:30 p.m. Call for info. Hall, 204 N. Water St. 585325-5600. 8 p.m. $13-$17. Third Degree. The Beale New Orleans Grille and Bar-South Ave., 693 South Ave. 2714650. 7:30 p.m. Call for info. [ CLASSICAL ] 546-1010. Call for info. Lovin’ Cup, 300 Park Point Dr. 292-9940. 5:30 p.m. Free. DJ/Karaoke w/Coyote Cody. McKenzie’s, 3686 West Henrietta Rd. 334-8970. 9:30 p.m. Call for info. DJ Bac Spin. Plush, 151 St. Paul St. 232-5650. 8 p.m. Call for info. DJ Blake. 140 Alex Bar & Grill, 140 Alexander St. 585-2561000. 10 p.m. Call for info. DJ Cedric. ,. 10 p.m. $3-$8. DJ Energon. ,. 10 p.m. $3-$8. DJ Mi-T-Mo. Richmond’s Tavern, 21 Richmond Street. (585) 270-8570. 9 p.m. Free. Nightclub & Ultralounge, 444 Central Ave. 232-8440. 11:15 p.m. & 12:30 a.m. $4-$12. Lube After Dark.. Quaker Steak & Lube, 2205 Buffalo Rd. 585-697-9464. 9:30 p.m. Free. Reggaeton w/DJ Carlos. La Copa Ultra Lounge, 235 W. Ridge Rd. 254-1050. 10 p.m. Free. Sexy Fridays w/DJ Wizz. Pure Night Club, 117 Liberty Pole Way. 454-7230. 10 p.m. Call for info. Hall, 204 N. Water St. 585-3255600. 7 p.m. $20-$25. Hatebreed w/Everytime I Die, Terror, Job For A Cowboy, and This Is Hell. Water Street Music St. 546-3845. 8 p.m. Free. Nazareth College’s Rock Ensembles. Tala Vera, 155 State The Swaggerin’ Growlers w/S.S. Webb. Thirsty Frog, Chill Out Fridays Happy Hour. 511 East Ridge Rd. 730-5285. 9 p.m. $5. FRIDAY, APRIL 19 [ ACOUSTIC/FOLK ] Bearfoot Brothers. Boulder Coffee Co., 100 Alexander St. 585-454-7140. 8 p.m. Call for info. Funkharp w/Hollands, The Mighty High & Dry. Abilene Joint, 830 Jefferson Rd. 292-5544. 10:30 p.m. $12-$15. Collin Jones Music. Shamrock Jack’s, 4554 Culver Rd. 402-9802. Call for info. Cabinet w/Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers. Sticky Lips BBQ Juke The Slide Brothers w/Turning Colors. Water Street Music Fresh Meat Fridays w/Samantha Vega, DJ Mighty Mic. Tilt 146 W Commercial St. 3489091. 6 p.m. Free. Frankie & Jewels. Hamlin Station Bar & Grill, 52 Railroad Ave. 964-2010. 9 p.m. Call for info. Dave North Trio w/McMahon Irish School of Dance, Carin’s Pride. McGraw’s Irish Pub, Carnatic Instrumental (Veena) Concert. India Community Center, 2171 Monroe County Line Rd. 244-1760. 8 p.m. $5-$15. Happy Hour: Serge Tsvasman & Friends. Bug Jar, 219 Jeff Slutsky. Lemoncello, Wadsworth Auditorium, 1 College Circle. 245-5516. 8 p.m. Free. [ COUNTRY ] SUNY Geneseo Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble Concert. T.G.I. Bucket Friday ft. DJ Jestyr, Dr. Jamo. Grotto, 7 Lawrence St. 739-5377. Call for info. [ JAZZ ] Monroe Ave. 5 p.m. 21+. Free. 137 West Commercial St. 385-8565. 7 p.m. Free. Jim Lane. 58 Main, 58 N. Main St. 585-637-2383. 8 p.m. Free Bathtub Billy’s, 630 Ridge Road West. 865-6510. 4 p.m. Free. Peg and “The Fiddler!”. Hatter’s Pub, 5 West Main St. 872-1505. 8 p.m. Free. Ralph Louis. Rochester Plaza 18 CITY APRIL 17-23. 2013 Poison Whiskey. Nashvilles, 4853 W Henrietta Rd. 3343030. 9 p.m. Call for info. [ DJ/ELECTRONIC ] East Ave. 585-732-6221. 8 p.m. $5. Bang Fridays. ONE Nightclub and Lounge, 1 Ryan Alley. “3rd Friday Event: Let’s Get Creative”. Energy on East, 320 1675 Penfield Rd. 385-9202. 7:30 p.m. Free. Gap Mangione. Bistro 135, 135 W. Commercial St. 585662-5555. 5:30 p.m. Free. Madeline Forster. The Little Theater, 240 East Avenue. 7:30 p.m. Free. Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo. Charley Brown’s, Marco Amadio. Pane Vino [ REGGAE/JAM ] Chestnut St. 232-1520. 7 p.m. $7-$10. Turnip Stampede. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 99 Court St. 585325-7090. 10 p.m. Free. [ POP/ROCK ] Atlas. Pelican’s Nest, 566 River St. 663-5910. 10 p.m. Call for info. Brass Taxi. Pineapple Jack’s, 485 Spencerport Rd. 247-5225. 10 p.m. Call for info. Dust & Bone. Boulder Coffee Co., 739 Park Ave. 585-697-0235. 8 p.m. Call for info. Ristorante, 175 N. Water St. 232-6090. 6:30 p.m. Free. Rochester Groove Fest Night 1. Montage Music Hall, 50 E Main St. 265-4777. 6:30 p.m. Free. Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes. Prime Steakhouse, 42 The Westview Project. 875 Monroe Ave. 271-7050. 9:30 p.m. $3. Lap Giraffe. SPoT Coffee, 200 East Ave. 585-613-4600. 7 p.m. Free. KENmode, Sulaco, Burn Everything. Monty’s Krown, Grill, 250 Monroe Ave. 7308230. 10 p.m. Call for info. Teressa Wilcox. Temple Bar and Grille, 109 East Ave. 2326000. Call for info. Free. Something Else. Brickwood The Mendon House, 1369 Pittsford-Mendon Rd. 624-7370. 6 p.m. Free. Right Turn Racer w/ Spaceweather Shakes, The Way Home, and Moon Zombies. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $7-$9. Marge’s Lakeside Inn, 4909 Culver Rd. 323-1020. 7 p.m. 21+. Free. Sexy Teenagers. Firehouse Saloon, 814 South Clinton. 3193832. 8 p.m. 21+. Call for info. Vinyl Orange Ottoman, 34 Feet Deep, and Cole Michaels. Tala Vera, 155 State St. 5463845. 9 p.m. $5-$7. [ ACOUSTIC/FOLK ] Ache. Tapas 177 Lounge, 177 St. Paul St. 585-262-2090. 11 p.m. Free. Acoustic Brew. Flaherty’s Webster, 1200 Bay Rd. 6710816. Call for info. Harmony House, 58 East Main St. 8 p.m. $10-$18. Jim Lane. Brewery Pub & Grill, 8 W. Main St. 585-624-7870. 9 p.m. Free. Jon Akers. Flaherty’s Honeoye Falls, 60 W. Main St. 497-7010. Call for info. Rafe and Clelia. Bernuzio Uptown Music, 122 East Ave. 473-6140. 7 p.m. $15. Rayce Malone & John Ryan w/Ted McGraw . McGraw’s Irish Pub, 146 W Commercial St. 348-9091. 5:30 p.m. Free. Cedria Watson & Bijou Creole. 389 Gregory St. 271-4930. 8 p.m. $8. continues on page 20 Songwriters in the Round ft. Maria Gillard, Scott Regan, Brian Coughlin. Tango Cafe, The Rob Gioia Experience. [ R&B ] Smokin’ Joe’s Bar & Grill, 425 Lyell Ave. Call for info. Mitty & The Followers. Lovin’ Cup, 300 Park Point Dr. 292-9940. 9 p.m. $3 GA, free for students w/ID. Wholesalae Kids, The Reactions, Kopps, and Amnl. GET LISTED get your event listed for free e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or go online to rochestercitynewspaper.com and submit it yourself! SATURDAY, APRIL 20