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Rochester’s ‘abnormal’ poverty. NEWS, PAGE 5 Restaurant review: Nikko. DINING, PAGE 13 Chip monk: B.C. Likes You. MUSIC, PAGE 16 JCC’s “Relatively Speaking.” THEATER REVIEW, PAGE 26 THE FIRST PART OF A SERIES, PAGE 8 DECEMBER 11-17, 2013 • FREE • GREATER ROCHESTER’S ALTERNATIVE NEWSWEEKLY • VOL 43 NO 14 • NEWS. MUSIC. LIFE. Feedback Send comments to themail@ rochester-citynews.com, or post them on our website, rochestercitynewspaper.com, our Facebook page, or our Twitter feed, @roccitynews. For our print edition, we select comments from all three sources, and we do edit those selections. Urban planning Kudos to City Newspaper for its trenchant analysis of issues relating to the future of our regional core (“Planning a Downtown: Rochester Pictures Its Future,” News). These issues deserve strong community input, with respect paid to the conclusions. Our planning and zoning director notes that “we have to serve three categories: workers, residents, and tourism.” These categories should not be considered mutually exclusive. Rather, these categories should reinforce each other, making downtown more desirable for workers, residents, and tourists alike. Doing this will enhance the tax base. Seeking tax base first will actually undercut tax base growth, by truncating the appeal in each of these categories. Today’s concepts of “new urbanism” evoke the relative self-sufficiency of olden villages, where people worked and lived within an easy walk of each other, in an environment appealing to all. Downtown Rochester has this potential, if only it offered a warmer, more human feel than the straight lines, hard surfaces, and over-illumination that define today’s downtown emotional experience. Older buildings may offer the requisite ambience, as City been foresightedly noting for many decades, as exemplified in the placemaking buildings pictured. The Cook’s Opera House could once have been restored into an ornate, acoustically excellent 1,000seat downtown theater for about $2 million. Contrast that with the 2 CITY DECEMBER 11-17, 2013 stated $90 million cost for a downtown roadhouse theater today. South Water Street, a winding cobblestone street between those two demolished buildings, was an appealing alternative to the normal straight city streets. As noted, the core of this 19th-century riverside complex was destroyed to make way for a box of a convention center, which did not have to be located right there. A place for people to congregate was provided, while simultaneously removing a reason for people to come to downtown in the first place. City landmark laws even today would not have protected this wonderful complex, given a municipal mindset to demolish. The City Code establishes that preservation will not happen on its own merits, but shall conform to external plans for the site. This rather defeats the purpose of landmark legislation. Other good and important place-makers are routinely at risk today unless this unfortunate loophole is closed in the City Code. City policy ought to be cherishing and protecting its worthy landmarks, instead of destroying them or allowing abutting projects to diminish the landmark experience. DOUGLAS A. FISHER News. Music. Life. 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Biking it I’m an avid motorcyclist (it is the main part of my identity as a human being), and am also a bicyclist – whenever I can’t ride my motorcycle, I take my bicycle – and this is a fascinating look into a few bicyclists’ lives (“Hot Wheels”). Very similar to a look into the lives of lifestyle-motorcyclists. Rochester’s bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists are indeed treated as second-class citizens here. We need more accommodations and respect toward those three classes of commuters/people. BRIAN MILBURN URBAN JOURNAL | BY MARY ANNA TOWLER Cops and the Edison 3 Rochester’s next police chief, expected to be named later this month, will walk into an extraordinarily tough job: fighting crime and improving police-community relations. At the same time. Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve gotten vivid examples of how hard that will be. There’ve been almost daily reports of shootings, fights, and stabbings. Reining in that violence was a key issue during Mayorelect Lovely Warren’s campaign, and she talked about getting more guns off the streets and cracking down on street-corner drug sales. But Warren also talked about the need for better relations between Rochester police and the community, about the need to build the community’s trust in the RPD. Distrust of the police is a long-standing problem in Rochester, and it flared up again Thanksgiving week. The morning before Thanksgiving, police arrested three Edison Tech students who were standing on Main Street downtown, waiting with several other teenagers for a bus to take them to a basketball scrimmage. To many Rochesterians, the arrests were shocking, a further indication of racial profiling in the RPD. But few things involving police actions are simple. Here’s what the students and their coach say happened, according to reports by the Democrat and Chronicle and television stations: The teenagers were waiting for the bus where their coach had told them to wait. A Rochester police officer told them to leave, and despite their attempt to explain why they were there, they were put in handcuffs. As they were being arrested, the media reports say, their coach, Jacob Scott, drove up in his car, got out, asked the police why the students were being arrested, and explained why they were there. The officer threatened to arrest the coach, and the teenagers were taken to jail, booked, fingerprinted, and later released when their families posted bail. Here’s the story from the police reports: Officer Eliud Rodriguez, on duty at the corner of Main and Clinton, watched “a group of seven to nine males” standing in front of the S&S Grocery (a few feet west of that intersection) for five to 10 minutes. He saw pedestrians having to walk around the group, and he saw “at least two” customers who had to walk through the middle of the group to leave the store. According to the police reports, Rodriguez first called out to the teenagers, asking them to move, and when they didn’t, he walked to the boys, told them they couldn’t continue to block the store entrance, and again asked them to leave. Was the boys’ failure to move so serious that the officer needed to handcuff them and take them to jail?” When one teenager said they were waiting for a bus, the officer told him they had to wait at the bus stop farther west on that block. When the group failed to leave, the arrests began. Also according to the police reports, the owner of the S&S Grocery and one of his employees say they had asked the teenagers to leave and they had refused. And Police Chief James Sheppard told the Democrat and Chronicle that he thinks the arrest was justified. “He suggested,” D&C reporters Jon Hand and James Johnson wrote, “that there might be more to the event than has come to light.” The students’ arrest creates one more difficult situation for the police department. It isn’t against the law to be on Main Street, regardless of your age, and it seems clear that the teenagers were indeed waiting for a bus to take them to a scrimmage. The police reports contain no indication that the boys mouthed off or did anything illegal. Yes, if they were blocking the entrance to a store, they should have moved. And yes, technically, even if they weren’t blocking the entrance, if a police officer told them to move, they should have moved. Context is important, too: Main Street has been a frequent trouble spot, with students congregating and fighting. 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City alleges sneaky charges Teachers, parents fight new curriculum Teachers, parents, students, and education activists in communities across New York and the country organized a national “Day of Action” to rally against recently implemented reforms that they say are harming public education. The protest in Rochester was held at the NYSUT offices and involved about a dozen speakers. Mayor Tom Richards sent a letter to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and County Legislature leaders addressing what he called “unannounced charges to city taxpayers” in Brooks’ 2014 budget proposal. The charges include a doubling of the amount that Rochester pays to house city prisoners awaiting arraignment in the county jail, Richards wrote, and a charge for maintaining traffic control devices. News Medley’s big bill Mall madness The East Irondequoit school board voted to slap Medley Centre’s developer, a firm owned by Scott Congel, with a penalty payment of approximately $4 million for missing an investment milestone, say media reports. Congel reportedly argued for a smaller penalty. Morgan Management’s proposed apartment complex for 933 University Avenue. PHOTO BY HANLON ARCHITECTS PRESERVATION | BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN Eastman House sues over apartments The George Eastman House has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to prevent construction of an apartment complex on University Avenue in the East Avenue Preservation District. The paperwork was filed Monday in state Supreme Court. The Eastman House is asking the court to reverse or nullify decisions made by City of Rochester boards that allowed the project to proceed, and to permanently halt the project. Eastman House Director Bruce Barnes said in a December 6 letter to Eastman House members that the 99-unit apartment complex proposed by Morgan Management would cause irreversible damage to the national landmark. The complex would be 20 feet from the Eastman House’s property line. “Despite our determined efforts, city agencies have allowed the project to proceed without regard to our landmark, our neighborhood, or the East Avenue Preservation District,” Barnes said. The city’s Preservation Board is scheduled to vote on the project’s final required approval on Wednesday night, but the Eastman House has asked the court to keep the city from taking any further action on the project. Barnes and the Eastman House have opposed the project from the outset, saying that the building would harm the view from the Eastman House property, and that the complex is not permitted under the planned development district which was created in 2011. The lawsuit names Robert Morgan of Morgan Management, the City of Rochester’s director of planning and zoning, the city’s Planning Commission and Preservation Board, as well as the Monroe Voiture No. 111 Memorial Home, which owns the University Avenue property. Supporters of the Morgan proposal say that the developer has done everything asked of it to mitigate concerns; the design has gone through several revisions. The Monroe County Industrial Development Agency set a public hearing on a tax- incentive package for The Marketplace, better known as Marketplace Mall. The mall’s owners plan to demolish the former Bon Ton and DSW to build space for a new anchor tenant. The public hearing is at 11 a.m. on December 16, at Henrietta Town Hall. Rochester’s drug war City Council member Adam McFadden held a public forum to discuss open-air drug markets in Rochester’s neighborhoods. McFadden has proposed creating drug-free zones in the city, which would prohibit loitering in defined areas for the purpose of selling drugs. 4 CITY DECEMBER 11-17, 2013 What’s most distressing about the report’s findings is the extreme concentration of poverty in Rochester, and the deep barriers to social and economic progress it poses. When compared to other cities, Rochester’s concentration of poverty is profound. Cost of War ROCHESTER TOTALS — The following people have been killed in the City of Rochester in recent weeks: -- Kemari Hodricks, 18, Rochester. Rochester Police Department SOURCE: AFGHANISTAN TOTALS — POVERTY | BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO Rochester’s ‘abnormal’ poverty Rochester is the fifth poorest city in the country out of the 75 largest metro areas and the second poorest out of comparably sized cities, according to a sobering new report from the Rochester Area Community Foundation and ACT Rochester. But what’s most distressing about the report’s findings is the extreme concentration of poverty in Rochester, and the deep barriers to social and economic progress it poses. When compared to other cities, Rochester’s concentration of poverty is profound. “It’s abnormal,” says Edward Doherty, vice president of the Rochester Area Community Foundation and author of the report. “This is not a reflection of the typical urban environment.” There are roughly 161,000 people living below the federal poverty level in the nine-county Rochester region. But that statistic may be low, considering that the federal guidelines are so low that many human service professionals find them impractical. For example, a single person earning $11,490 annually — just above the poverty line — would make $5.53 an hour, or about what babysitters earn. The big problem is that 66 percent of the region’s poor reside in Monroe County and most are families with children living in the City of Rochester. And while the region’s white population has a lower poverty rate than the national average, the poverty rate for African Americans and Hispanics is significantly higher. Rochester’s high concentration of poverty is a product of a historical mix of factors, Doherty says. A great in-migration of African Americans who generally didn’t benefit from the area’s early manufacturing boom, unregulated urban sprawl that attracted middle-class families away from the city, lack of low-income suburban housing, and loss of low-skilled jobs with Rochester’s big employers have all contributed to the city’s high poverty rate, he says. And those trends helped to pack the poor into highly segregated African American and Hispanic neighborhoods, he says. The report cites a Brookings Institution study showing that Rochester has 27 neighborhoods distinguished by poverty rates of 40 percent or higher. What troubles Doherty most, he says, are the missed opportunities to reverse course. When it comes to sprawl and housing, for example, local and state policies that could have mitigated the concentration of poverty were never developed, he says. “I think we are remarkably resistant to change,” he says. And he says he hopes the report will encourage residents, politicians, and community leaders to take action before it’s too late. Doherty refers to research by David Rusk published in Rusk’s book “Cities without Suburbs.” When a city loses 20 percent of its population or more, has a minority Edward Doherty. population of 30 PROVIDED PHOTO percent or more, and a significant citysuburb income gap, the combination all but dooms a central city socially and economically, according to Rusk. When this occurs, transformative change becomes more costly and increasingly more difficult, Doherty says. This is especially evident in Rochester’s schools, he says. Improving the educational outcomes of a district where 88 percent of its students live below the poverty level — even with a budget of three-quarters of a billion dollars — is going to be difficult, he says. Doherty says the report shows that there needs to be a community conversation that puts everything on the table, including taboo subjects like metro government. “We really have to change something, he says. 2,292 US servicemen and servicewomen and 1,105 Coalition servicemen and servicewomen have been killed in Afghanistan from the beginning of the war and occupation to December 9. Statistics for Afghan civilian casualties are not available. No American casualties were reported after November 17. SOURCES: iraqbodycount. org, icasualties.org, Department of Defense GIVE THE GIFT OF GRILLING Decorate Your Holiday Table SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE NE ON Y YOUR LIST! BIG GREEN EGG® SMOKER/GRILL Available in five sizes! 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A Mark IV Development-affiliated company, Pittsford Canalside Properties, purchased the property a few years ago and it’s now deep into the cleanup work; it has removed 48,000 tons of potentially contaminated soil from the site, says the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Chris DiMarzo, Mark IV’s chief operating officer, says the company has invested millions of dollars into the cleanup. But Mark IV wouldn’t invest that kind of money if it didn’t expect the site to pay off down the line. Ultimately, the development company wants to build 167 apartment units and a restaurant on the site; they call the project Westport Crossing. But there’s a problem: many residents and some village officials say the project doesn’t fit with Pittsford’s architectural and historic character. They object to the size of the buildings and the project’s layout. As a result of the controversy, the project is advancing in something of an uneasy state. The developer continues to pursue the village and state approvals it needs, but at the same time, two court cases have the potential to alter the project’s trajectory. “It’s a pretty complicated scenario all around,” says Pittsford Mayor Bob Corby. The problems started after a November 2012 decision by the village board to issue special permits for the project — a decision that split board members. (Corby and former board member Paula Sherwood voted against the permits. They said the plan didn’t fit the village’s character.) Ultimately, a citizens’ group filed a lawsuit challenging the special permit approvals. A subsequent approval by the village planning board led to the second lawsuit, when the developer filed to try to stop an appeal of the planning board’s decision. Monroe County Supreme Court Justice John Ark will hear arguments in both cases on December 12. Decisions probably won’t come right away. Mark IV’s DiMarzo says the village board’s original decision to issue the special permits is sound. And the company still expects to have final approvals for its plans within a few months, to break ground on the 6 CITY DECEMBER 11-17, 2013 project this spring, and to have the new buildings occupied in 2015, he says. “I am confident that the village leadership acted professionally and made their decision with all of the facts in front of them,” DiMarzo says. The Friends of Pittsford Village citizens’ group is behind the lawsuit to get the special permits for Westport Crossing annulled. But the case’s details have less to do with the actual project than how the village board made its decision to approve the permits. Alan Knauf, the group’s attorney, says the board met with the developer in closed sessions to discuss financial aspects of the project. The developer presented the financial information to justify the number of apartment units in the project, he says. But many of the residents’ concerns and objections — especially traffic impacts and architectural compatibility — stem directly from the project’s size. Since village board members considered the financial information as they decided whether to approve the special permits, Knauf says, the public should have been able to review and comment on that information. But village officials withheld it, arguing that making the information public could have damaged Mark IV professionally, says the lawsuit. A ruling in favor of the Friends group could mean that Pittsford Canalside Properties has to reapply for the special permits. It could also render the other pending lawsuit moot, Knauf says. The village planning board approved the developer’s preliminary site plan in July, which was the next big step for the project after receiving the special permits. But that action set the stage for the second legal challenge. At the heart of the lawsuit is a village law that lets any “applicant or interested person” appeal a planning board decision via the village Board of Trustees. And one week after the planning board approved Westport Crossing’s preliminary site plan, Friends of Pittsford Village and two residents, Justin Vlietstra and Michael Reynolds, filed an appeal. They say the plan approved by the planning board varies too much from the plan approved The 75 Monroe Avenue site before developers started cleanup work, and during that work. FILE PHOTOS by the village board in that the developer moved and enlarged buildings and changed the site’s layout. The permits regulate certain aspects of the project, including placing restrictions on the number and size of buildings. In response, Pittsford Canalside Properties is suing the village to prevent it from applying the local law allowing the appeal. The company is also asking the judge to strike down the law, arguing that state law, which lays out a process for residents to challenge a board decision in court, overrides the local law. If Justice John Ark does rule on this lawsuit and sides with the developer, the decision may prevent future local-level appeals in Pittsford. But it could also add another complication — and more tension — to the situation with Westport Crossing. Mayor Corby and some members of the village board say that the plan approved by the planning board doesn’t meet the criteria established by the village board, and that the developer is in violation of its permits. So if Pittsford Canalside Properties prevails in court, the village board could end up suing the planning board, Corby says. The project also needs additional approvals from the village board, Corby says, including the extension of a sewer district. “I can’t imagine that we would approve expanding the sewer district to facilitate a project that is in violation of our own special permit,” Corby says. And Knauf says his clients, Friends of Pittsford Village, may sue if the site plan receives final approval, which is the next step in the village approval processes. “When and if that happens, we can respond to that,” DiMarzo says The developer is scheduled to appear before the village board on December 16 for final site plan review. 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But promoting good mental health is a complex, multifaceted challenge, especially in lower-income communities where many individuals may not have health insurance and access can be difficult. “In general, we have a good array of mentalhealth services in Monroe County,” says Patricia This is the first installment of a two-part series on mental health attitudes, research, and available services in the Rochester region. Woods, president and CEO of the Mental Health Association’s Monroe County office. “Where we’re weakest is in prevention. The system is designed to have you get very sick first, and then we’ll treat you. It mirrors in many ways the physical health system.” To address this, researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center are pioneering new ways to deliver mental-health services. While many people still visit a professional in the traditional clinical office setting, URMC has been creating treatment models built on a reverse premise: that mental health professionals need to bring treatment to the people. Many of URMC’s mental-health professionals are getting out of the medical center’s offices and venturing into the Rochester community. Dr. Eric Caine, chair of the URMC’s Department of Psychiatry and a national specialist on suicide prevention, refers to this new model as an “alternate mental health system.” Instead of running a community clinic, he says, the community is the clinic. This first installment of a two-part series examines the state of mental health treatment in Rochester, what’s being done to provide quality services to large numbers of people who need help but aren’t getting it, and how new research may encourage healthier communities across the country. Mental illness is increasingly widespread in the US, affecting roughly one in five adults every year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Nearly 46 million adults had a diagnosable mental illness in 2011, with depression and anxiety topping the list, according to NAMI. But not everyone seeks or receives treatment. In a 2007 study, the US Centers for Disease Control found that only 38 percent of people with serious psychological disorders had received treatment that year. Getting people into treatment has been hampered historically by the stigma surrounding mental illness. It is not only feared, but it also has an uncanny ability to co-exist with other health disorders. Most troubling is the mistaken belief that mentally ill individuals are violent, dangerous, and poised to erupt without notice or cause, when research clearly shows that’s not true. People 8 CITY DECEMBER 11-17, 2013 suffering from mental illness are much more likely to be victims of violent crime than perpetrators. The biggest challenge that professionals face is reaching individuals with severe and persistent mental disorders — schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, debilitating depression — since a mix of poverty and social stigma act as formidable barriers. “The very nature of mental-health services delivery is challenging right now,” says URMC’s Caine. “If someone has money and insurance, they’ll say ‘I’m going to go see a therapist.’ But it turns out that a lot of people don’t have money. And even those who do have insurance, it doesn’t cover a lot.” Added to this is the intricate nature of some mental illnesses. Individuals with severe mental illness may become paranoid or hallucinatory. Why would they seek help from a person they believe might hurt them? “When it comes to mental disorders, there are a lot of individuals and families that are proactive and work collaboratively,” Caine says. “But then there are many more patients who don’t want to involve their families and burn their bridges with family and friends. This is the area where there is really a lot of need.” Usually they end up getting bounced around from the justice system to the health care system, Caine says. “They go from the street to the emergency department,” he says. “We’ll set them up with an outpatient appointment, but they go back to the street, and then they wind up in jail. And back and forth they go. It’s been very clear for some time that we needed to think in new ways about this challenge.” The result is that high concentrations of people with severe mental disorders end up in court, often clogging up the justice system. That’s why many clinicians will tell you that jails and prisons are often a community’s biggest distributors of pharmaceuticals. “The courthouse is filled with people who are highly stressed when you think about it,” Caine says. People are there for domestic violence, divorce, child abuse, substance abuse, and other issues. They may not be severely sick in terms of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, but if they had received treatment sooner, Caine says, they might not be there. “THE SYSTEM IS DESIGNED TO HAVE YOU GET VERY SICK FIRST, AND THEN WE’LL TREAT YOU.” -PATRICIA WOODS “And we don’t want to see them get to the point where they’re in the emergency room, either,” he says. “I mean, emergency rooms are capable of addressing some really important things, but it can also point to the failure of not intervening earlier.” Dr. Steven Lamberti says the individuals who lack access or aren’t willing to accept treatment — and end up cycling in and out of emergency rooms and the courts — usually don’t improve. And the cycling is an enormous drain on limited funding. Lamberti, a psychiatrist and professor who oversees URMC’s schizophrenia research, is also the director of the Strong Ties Community Support Program. The program uses a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and therapists to provide comprehensive treatment to individuals with severe mental illness in Rochester. One of the group’s specialties is a mobile treatment approach that Lamberti helped to develop, which often involves a combination of community outreach and acting as a liaison with the criminal courts. “It’s important not to have the criminal justice system and the mental-health system crash,” Lamberti says, since both systems are OPPOSITE: We need to do a better job promoting mental wellness, not just treating illness, says Ann Marie White, URMC assistant professor in psychiatry. PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN ABOVE RIGHT: Emergency rooms and the courts are the most costly and ineffective way to treat people with severe mental disorders, says URMC’s Dr. Steven Lamberti. PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN already stressed. But avoiding this requires understanding the mechanics of both systems, he says. “Why do some people get caught up in the revolving door of hospital-to-street-tojail-to-hospital again?” he says. “And how do we use the best parts of both systems to break this?” Key to breaking the cycle is developing alliances between courts and mental-health professionals, he says. Lamberti uses the example of a homeless veteran who has a psychotic break with reality and is arrested for acting out. “He goes before the judge who tells him he has been arrested for a mental-health misdemeanor and ‘You could serve a year in jail or you could go for treatment,’” Lamberti says. Even though the person chooses treatment, Lamberti says, he misses his appointments and then becomes what the courts refer to as “noncompliant.” The courts tend to view the patient as a troublemaker, he says, rather than focus on the illness or the rigidity of the criminal justice system. Starting in 1995, URMC’s psychiatric department began identifying these types of barriers to treatment and researching ways to remove them. Lamberti’s group found that a team approach consisting of representatives from the justice system and the health community is needed. In addition to establishing clear routes of communication, Lamberti says he often found that patients require extra followthrough on what are frequently basic needs. For example, ensuring that court-ordered treatment is provided could mean going out into the community and literally locating patients, picking them up, and driving them to their appointments. Unlike the typical managed-care approach which provides treatment when the patient shows up for a scheduled visit, Lamberti’s approach removes barriers primarily by not making assumptions. For example, he doesn’t assume the patient will remember the appointment or have transportation. “We hold people accountable,” he says. “We’re not being soft on crime; it’s being hard on the disease. When they accept treatment, it’s a long-term commitment with monitoring.” Word spread about the URMC’s work, and the research team began getting inquiries from other municipalities, police, and emergency rooms seeking information and training. The research has been spun off into a business and soon the Rochester Forensic Assertive Community Treatment model or R-FACT will be available on DVD and workshops for training purposes. URMC Associate Professor Catherine Cerulli’s training in law and mental health converged as she began her research in the ‘90’s on intimate and domestic partner violence. While there had been considerable research on the mental health of incarcerated offenders, less was known about the mental health of victims. Cerulli says she was interested in knowing whether survivors of domestic abuse who feel healthier physically and mentally would make better choices in their lives, particularly around personal safety. In 1999, Cerulli started the nation’s first mental-health clinic located at a court site for victims of domestic violence. In keeping with the URMC Department of continues on page 10 rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 9 Mental illness continues from page 9 UPCOMING EARLY DEADLINES For the issue of December 25, 2013 Display and classiﬁed-display ads and all editorial: 4pm Thursday, December 19th Classiﬁed line ads: Noon Friday, December 20th Ofﬁces will be closed on Wednesday, December 25 in observation of Christmas Day For the issue of January 1, 2014 Display and classiﬁed-display ads and all editorial: 4pm Thursday, December 26th Classiﬁed line ads: Noon Friday, December 27th Ofﬁces will be closed on Wednesday, January 1 in observation of New Year’s Day For events to be included in our editorial NYE guide: Submit entertainment-based events by Noon Thursday, December 12th Psychiatry’s mission of pushing clinical services out into the community, Cerulli says she saw that the courts — not mental health clinics — customarily deal with victims of violence. People coming to courts seeking protection orders, divorce filings, and custody of children are in what Cerulli calls a “help-seeking mode.” She recognized that it was a window of opportunity. “What we often fail to realize is if you are a victim of violence and you’ve been physically, sexually, and emotionally abused with increasing frequency and severity, your mental health is sometimes seriously harmed by the perpetrator,” Cerulli says. She began her research by surveying hundreds of domestic-violence victims in Monroe County Family Court. Her team asked victims if they thought they had a mental-health disorder. Did they feel depressed or have symptoms of posttraumatic stress? Not only did most victims confirm having mental-health disorders, many said they were so severe that they were having difficulty functioning. Then they asked victims, “If you had mental-health services available here at court, would you utilize them?” What Cerulli’s research revealed is that even though the courts are not the ideal prevention tool against domestic violence, providing on-the-spot mental-health services to victims could help prevent intergenerational cycles of violence. Cerulli says the demand for services in the court clinic far exceeds its capacity, so she is working with the Centers for Disease Control to create a suicide prevention curriculum that will be offered to domestic violence hotlines. “We believe that crisis and domestic violence hotline workers can be suicide prevention specialists,” she says. “So we’ve partnered with the national hotline in Texas where we’ve planned to launch this curriculum in two weeks. And we’ll be studying it to see not only whether the advocates gain knowledge to change attitudes, but most importantly, change [suicidal] behaviors.” A third area of research, which is led by “ WE’RE NOT BEING SOFT ON CRIME; IT’S BEING HARD ON THE DISEASE.” -DR. STEVEN L AMBERTI A task force consisting of the URMC, Monroe County Office of Health, and the Finger Lakes Health System was created to convene with other leaders in different areas of mental health. The task force meets with representatives of schools, churches, community centers, and the justice system to help determine how the URMC and its partner agencies could be most effective, since they are not typically first responders. White says the “Natural Helpers” program began in 2009 with a small grant. The program was based on earlier UR research focused on promoting good mental health, developing resiliency, and preventing violence by working with neighborhood barbers, priests, and small business owners. But White’s team went one step further. “We wanted to talk to the ‘Miss Connies’ on the block — the aunties, grandmas, and grandpas,” she says. “What happened to these people? Are they still there? How do they want to support one another? Do they even want to support each other?” The concept behind Natural Helpers, White says, is to reinvigorate “neighborhood networks” — conversations that once took place over the backyard fence or in the driveway while working on the car. “We worked with individuals in the community as equal partners,” she says. “We created a natural helper learning collaborative where they became helpers in a structured research way.” The helpers learned how to exchange ideas and knowledge in a way that can’t occur in a clinical setting or an institution, White says. The Natural Helpers process wouldn’t have gotten past square one, she says, if it wasn’t built on familiar faces and trusting relationships. “They would say things like, ‘Oh, there’s this house on the street where there’s some really questionable things going on.’ Then someone else would say, ‘I know someone who would really like to live in this neighborhood if they could only find a place.’” As soon as the house became available, White says, they had new neighbors ready to move in. “Sometimes they would do the soft handoff and they would say to someone who needs help, ‘You need to go see this person because they are people you can trust,” White says. “That person who needs help has this trusting relationship with the natural helper, and they’ll do what they told them to do.” Reducing gun violence is especially pertinent to White’s research. The goal of Natural Helpers is to infuse communities with positive mental health that makes resolving disputes through violence less prevalent. But White resists the general public’s tendency to lump gun violence with mental illness. “We really have to take these cases individually and not use them as another sound bite, because the two really don’t go together,” White says. “And it only further stigmatizes people with mental illnesses.” There is a temptation, White says, to find a way of applying Big Data and analytics to identify the extremely small number of individuals who might commit some kind of horrifically violent act, and then intervene with preventive measures. But it’s extremely difficult to predict who will commit such crimes, White says, or which treatments would prevent them. White prefers taking what she calls the longterm view and to elevate the general health of a whole community. “Yes, it’s true that one person can do a lot of harm with a gun, a word, with their fist, or even with a gesture that’s repeated over time,” White says. “But a community that’s concerned with safety needs to have a balanced approach, one that includes positive mental health and one that is focused on prevention as well — not just the reactive. We really need to be investing upstream.” In the next installment, we’ll take a closer look at some of the personal experiences of individuals supporting a loved one with a mental-health disorder or managing their own illness. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO PLACE AN AD CALL: 244-3329 the URMC’s Ann Marie White, an assistant professor in psychiatry, involves the cultivation of what some might call neighborhood therapists. Her office is responsible for mentalhealth promotion in the community at a time when many of Rochester’s neighborhoods are beset by violence. “What we do is stealth mental health,” she says. 10 CITY DECEMBER 11-17, 2013 Cops and the Edison 3 continues from page 3 RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH US! And if teenagers refuse to obey a reasonable request by a police officer, what do we want the officer to do? Shrug his shoulders and walk away? But the context of these arrests is broader than that. These were teenagers, and teenagers don’t always make mature judgments. Was their failure to move so serious that the officer needed to handcuff them and take them to jail? Did it warrant creating an arrest record for these three boys? Also part of the context: the longstanding tension between the police and some parts of the community, particularly the black community. Did the police assume that because the teenagers were black, they might cause problems? All of us in the Rochester community need to confront the issue of black teenagers downtown. We need a solution – and it can’t be to simply remove the kids. They have as much right to be on Main Street as anybody. They also have as much responsibility as anybody to behave properly. And it’s the behavior problem that we haven’t figured out how to deal with. But finding a way to deal with fights and intimidation is one thing. Dealing with kids waiting for a bus to go to a basketball scrimmage is another. Even if the teenagers disobeyed the officer, was arrest the only recourse? In one respect, the arrest of these three teenagers is an isolated incident. But it made news because of its context, and because of concerns about racial profiling. It may very well further increase the lack of trust that parts of the community have in the RPD. And it is highlighting, once again, the need for public-safety policies that are effective not just short term but also long term. And that will have to be based on policies and actions that the full community trusts and respects. During her campaign, Lovely Warren pledged exactly that approach: “a tough, holistic response that addresses the root causes of crime, while also cracking down on criminals and gun-related violence,” she said in her public-safety issue paper – “innovative policing, targeted interventions, and common-sense reforms that foster improved relations between residents and police.” Can she, her police chief, and the RPD pull that off in a city wracked by blackon-black violence and burdened by one of the biggest concentrations of poverty in the nation? Can they do it despite financial challenges that will limit the department’s budget? The police chief is only one of the key officials Warren will be naming as she builds her administration. At the moment, it feels like this may be one of the most important. Leaving me speechless Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn wants a $37,000 raise – as County Executive Maggie Brooks insists that the county is so strapped for money that it will need to cut $1.3 million in day-care funding and that it needs to up the fees on businesses and residents in this high-poverty city. Two things: 1) This is another example of the county treating the city and its residents as The Other. The county, like the city, has money problems. But as it tries to deal with them, the county is backing away from the Morin-Ryan Community of Monroe philosophy. This isn’t the first time the county has done it. And it won’t be the last. 2) This is another example of county Republican leaders doing something because they can. County Legislature Democrats are, essentially, powerless. It sure would be nice to see resistance from some Republicans with a heart (or, at the least, from some Republicans who recognize that if the city and its residents fail, the suburbs will, too). CO WEL ME TO OPEN NEW YEAR’S EVE for Dinner, Drinks & Desserts Going ice skating in the park? Stop in for our Housemade Spiked Hot Chocolate! 130 East Avenue | For dinner reservations call 319-4313 FRAICHE-BISTRO.COM FLAVORS EXPLODE WITH THE FIRST BITE A BURST OF DINE IN & TAKE OUT Perinton Hills Mall | 250 & 31 | Fairport 585.223.7333 BISTRO HAN bistrohan.com AMAZING CHINESE CUISINE HAN NOODLE BAR DINE IN & TAKE OUT 687 Monroe Ave | Rochester 585.242.7333 hannoodlebar.com Mandela Flags were at half-staff all over New York on Friday as a tribute to Nelson Mandela. It was not an empty gesture; during the long struggle to rid South Africa of apartheid, many New Yorkers – like people all over the world – were inspired by Mandela and other South African anti-apartheid leaders, joining the fight for an end to apartheid and for Mandela’s release from prison. It was a broad, sustained, international effort that reached into the halls and offices of universities, governments, and businesses, including those in Rochester. Mandela’s contributions went far beyond his enormous efforts for the people of his own country. In his fight for justice, Mandela set an example, by his willingness to risk both prison and death and, after being freed, by his insistence on forgiveness and reconciliation. He lived a long, long life, dying last week at 95. But while his death wasn’t unexpected, the news was still a jolt. And at the moment, it feels like the world’s moral fabric has developed a very large hole. rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 11 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.) NOFA-NY conference Meeting on public safety For more Tom Tomorrow, including a political blog and cartoon archive, visit www.thismodernworld.com The Rochester Police Department will hold “Policing in the Spirit of Service,” a public meeting to gain input on how to better serve the community with professionalism, courtesy, and sensitivity. There will be discussions concerning police and citizen behaviors that will enhance the policing and safety experience. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, at the Outreach Community Center, 447 Genesee Street. The Northeast Organic Farming Association-NY will hold its winter 2014 conference, “Preserving the Past, Seeding the Future,” on Friday, January 24, to Sunday, January 26. The conference is designed to provide education, assistance, and support concerning organic food and farming. This year’s conference includes workshops on everything from starting a small farming business to learning more about new developments in grain growing. The conference will be held in Saratoga Springs. Registration is required. For registration, a complete schedule of workshops, costs, and directions: www.nofanyconference.org. Public meetings on rec center activities The City of Rochester’s Department of Recreation and Youth Services will hold open house events at three locations on Thursday, December 12. The public is invited to learn about recreation programs, volunteer opportunities, and to provide feedback on current offerings. The locations are the Thomas Ryan Community Center, 530 Webster Avenue; Roxie Ann Sinkler Recreation Center, 75 Grover Street; and the Carter Street Community Center, at 500 Carter Street. All three open houses are at 6 p.m. 12 CITY DECEMBER 11-17, 2013 Dining ($16) manages to be virtuous and hedonistic all at once; it’s got lobster, salmon, and crunchy bits of tempura inside white rice, topped with escolar and umami-rich miso mayonnaise, then torched. Keep in mind that Nikko slashes $4 off its rolls (as well as a few bucks off drinks) for happy hour, Tuesday through Friday 4:30-6:30 p.m., at the bar. Executive chef Max Spittler has been a part of Nikko from the beginning, and it’s clear that he and his staff take great care with all aspects of the food, from its thoughtful construction to its expert preparation, precise seasoning, and meticulous plating. (That seasoning thing might seem like a given, but too many other places are lacking.) Service is totally on point as well; twice I had the same excellent server, the easygoing Dominique, who is like a ninja in an apron, replacing silverware, refilling water, and delivering plates in the most unobtrusive fashion. The dining experience can be a little leisurely, but it’s nice not to feel rushed. Muoio is serious about Nikko’s wine program, with a globally sourced selection. But I’m serious about good craft cocktails, and the Nikko list does not make it easy to choose. The refreshing Fancy Pants ($9) mixes peach brandy with elderflower liqueur and passionfruit juice then finishes with a splash of champagne, while the Reap What You Sow ($10) went down a little too easy, the taste of ripe blackberries well-balanced by white tequila, thyme, and fresh citrus. That said, The Hammock ($10) might have been my favorite, notes of caramelized banana hitting your nose just before a blend of bourbon, walnut liqueur, and black-walnut bitters slide down your throat. Rebecca Nucelli is Nikko’s pastry chef, and her irresistible desserts have definite roots in Italy. I remember hearing words like “crostata” and “cannoli,” but I had already decided upon a salted-caramel tart ($8), its inherent sweetness mitigated by whole hazelnuts, dark chocolate, and a couple quenelle-shaped dollops of vanilla whipped cream. Her dense, sinful peanutbutter semifreddo ($7; think of it as a frozen mousse) was garnished with caramel and chocolate sauces, a couple of strawberry halves, and two chewy coconut macaroons. I might not pair two assertive flavors like peanut butter and coconut, but then again, I also probably wouldn’t dare to marry Japanese and Mediterranean on a menu. That’s why I’m more than happy to leave these things to the professionals. Left: beef tenderloin carpaccio with a Fancy Pants cocktail; right: Tiki Torch roll with the Hammock cocktail. Both from Nikko. PHOTOS BY MARK CHAMBERLIN Out of sight Nikko 1 CAPRON ST. 454-2908, RESTAURANTNIKKO.COM DINNER: TUESDAY-THURSDAY 5-10 P.M., FRIDAY-SATURDAY UNTIL 11 P.M. [ REVIEW ] BY DAYNA PAPALEO When a new restaurant hits the scene, the first adjective that often gets tossed around is “trendy,” and that’s not exactly a compliment. Because while being of-the-moment is cool and all, that moment won’t last forever. There will always be someplace newer, and those so-called foodies will wander off to chase the proverbial dragon. At that point a restaurant has to find its permanent niche, and two years after its opening, Nikko seems to have settled into a truly tasty groove. Oodles of restaurants have come and gone in Rochester since Nikko’s debut, so you’d be forgiven for forgetting about it. Nikko can be found downtown by Geva Theatre Center, at the corner of Capron Street and that little tendril of South Avenue under the entrance to 490 East. “We’re centrally located, I’d like to think,” says Marco Muoio, who co-owns Nikko with Mark Chiarenza, “but we’re kind of out of sight, out of mind.” Or you may remember Nikko as that place with the ambitious menu consisting of sushi along with various Asian- and Italian-inspired dishes. This is still somewhat accurate. “What it’s evolved into is almost comfort food with quite a bit of technique behind it and using premium ingredients,” says Muoio. “We found that doing more approachable dishes but adhering to the standards that we’ve set from Day 1 is what’s been successful.” “Comfort food” was precisely what I was thinking as I tucked into a luscious plate of duck confit and pierogies ($18), the tender pasta filled with potato, onion, and bacon, and mingled with meaty shreds of duck, expertly trimmed heirloom baby carrots (still with their tiny tops!), thinly sliced brussels sprouts, and a plate-lickingly good duck demi-glace. I also blissed out over a velvety orecchiette carbonara ($24), the rib-sticking richness mellowed by salty pancetta and roasted cauliflower florets, then gilded with a perfect soft-boiled egg. The “little ears” also anchored another pasta special, a deliciously simple dish of tender roast pork, creamy white beans, and escarole, kissed with garlic bread crumbs then kicked with crushed red pepper, lest anyone get too comfy. The toast point that accompanied the elegant beef tenderloin carpaccio ($15) was sized more like a surfboard, but I ain’t complainin’; that just meant more real estate on which to arrange the accoutrements, which included piquant horseradish and an intense hard cows’ milk cheese of Swiss origin called Belper Knolle. A decadent smoked blue-cheese fritter nearly stole the show in the baby spinach salad ($13), served with a tiny quail egg, an airy brioche crouton, and a deftly seasoned bacon-sherry vinaigrette. The gorgeously plated slow-roasted pork belly entrée ($16) was also a study in contrasts: succulent pig, earthy truffled cauliflower, and a sassy fennel and apple salad. Though it may seem incongruous, the light, clean maki at Nikko are actually a lovely way to begin a meal. (Or end one; I’m not the boss of you.) The Jolly Green Giant roll ($9) is really just a tubular salad, an unfussy composition of tempura sweet potato, avocado, and cucumber in brown rice. Eel lovers should appreciate Snake and Eggs ($15), which wraps tamago (that’s the Japanese egg omelet), scallion, and cucumber with brown rice and tops it with smoky-sweet barbecued eel. And the Tiki Torch rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 13 Upcoming [ POP/ROCK ] Reign ft. Adrianna Noone, ELUR Saturday, January 11. Main Street Armory, 900 East Main St. $15-$25. 7 p.m. 2323221. rochestermainstreetarmory.com [ DJ/ELECTRONIC ] Tyler Sherritt Thursday, January 23. Pearl Nightclub. 329 East Ave. $40 (three show pack). TBA. theedmvibes.com [ DJ/ELECTRONIC ] Music Ugly Disco Saturday, March 8. Rochester Riverside Convention Center. $40. 8 p.m. 123 E Main St., rrcc.com Natalie Cole Holiday Spectacular SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 KODAK HALL AT EASTMAN THEATRE, 60 GIBBS ST. 4 P.M. | $45-$95 | ROCHESTERJAZZ.COM [ R&B ] Over the last four decades Natalie Cole has won nine Grammy Awards. Though she is undoubtedly one of the greatest soul singers of all time, she has also recorded seven albums of Christmas music. The daughter of Nat King Cole (who was no slouch in the holiday music genre; think chestnuts roasting), Cole is bound to deliver a feast of Christmas classics. But she’ll also sing some tunes from her latest album, “Natalie Cole en Español,” and the audience just might not let her leave the stage it she doesn’t throw in a few of her own soul classics. — BY RON NETSKY Robert Randolph and the Family Band SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 WATER STREET MUSIC HALL, 204 NORTH WATER ST. 8 P.M. | $25 | WATERSTREETMUSIC.COM [ FUNK ] Steel master Robert Randolph tempers the sour — BY FRANK DE BLASE of his music’s hellbent fury with sweet salvation. This ain’t no ‘Can I get an amen?’ Gospel schlock either. Randolph is a righteous barn-burner. With his new album, “Lickety Split” in tow, Randolph returns this time with a little Rochester in its blood. Former Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad keyboardist, Aaron Lipp joined the Family Band after hooking up with them through — believe it or not — Craigslist. 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[ BLUES ] Declan Ryan TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 THE BUG JAR 219 MONROE AVE. 9 P.M. | $6-$8 | BUGJAR.COM [ POP/ROCK ] Back in November 2012, Declan Ryan Moistboyz performed at Lovin’ Cup on Monday, December 9. PHOTO BY FRANK DE BLASE Que, 99 Court St. 325-7090. dinosaurbarbque.com. 9:30 p.m. Free. [ CLASSICAL ] Sauce Boss. Dinosaur Bar-B- A la Henry, a la Iggy [ REVIEW ] BY FRANK DE BLASE (a nice Irish boy from the neighborhood) told City he was planning to go in a more electric direction with his already eclectic material. In assembling the troops, Ryan lamented “I want to get some more people involved in it, but it seems that everybody that’s really talented is either crazy or busy.” Flash forward to this holiday season and you’ll find Ryan in Jolly Dick and his Carnivores, whose single “Krampus” is a beautiful ode to Krampus, who punishes naughty brats to the delight of contrarians and anti-Santites around the world. Ryan arranged the music — a descent into sci-fi madness set to a big Easy funeral dirge and punctuated by the tortured wails of the damned — and in doing so has helped pen a brilliant and immediate holiday classic. You better not pout, you better not cry… — BY FRANK DE BLASE of Fairport, 92 South Main St. Fairport. 223-1194. 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. Irish Christmas in America ft. Lumiere. First Baptist Church Lower Town Trio FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 LOVIN’ CUP, 300 PARK POINT DRIVE 9 P.M. | $3-$5 | LOVINCUP.COM [ POP/ROCK ] The Quakes from Buffalo was one of the best American bands that ever played British psychobilly, and former Quakes stand-up drummer, Chris Van Cleve, now beats the tubs for Buffalo’s Lower Town Trio. LTT is accelerated and intense but not as breakneck and roughneck. You’ll still dig it, you’ll still want to dance. Bare bone, rocking, and cool. — BY FRANK DE BLASE I love seeing bands play at The Beale on South Avenue, as they shoehorn themselves onto the windowsill the restaurant calls a stage. I braved the asschapping cold this past Thursday to catch Genesee Johnny and the River Rats. The last time I remember seeing Johnny, it was solo, foot-stompin’ Delta style with a crosssection of Muddy Waters and Mississippi John Hurt and so on. It was the same thing this time around, except Johnny had a band this time around to stomp and flesh out the man’s finger-picked, lo-fi slide and electrified country blues. As it was also Son House night at the joint, musicians got up to add to the jam, including Washboard Dave. Dave’s rag-tag assembly of pots and pans and assorted cymbals and things that he whacks at with thimble-covered fingers gave the show the feel of a garage sale come to life. Friday night was a blast at Abilene — unless you were under 6’5”. The Hi-Risers completely sardined the joint to the delight to those who could jockey for a look-see, and all who could hear. I imagine the crowd was no big deal for guitarist Greg Townson as he just returned from a gig in Mexico City with Los Straitjackets where the band drew 50,000 rabid fans. That’s 50,000, baby. It’s hard to get out to get down on a cold Monday night, but thankfully I did just that to catch one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long, long time. Pennsylvania punkers Moistboyz packed Lovin’ Cup and painted the walls with the enthusiastic crowd’s brains. It was an incredibly tight set of angry, breakneck sing-along, anthem-esque rock. Shirtless singer Dickie Moist — a la Henry, a la Iggy — was a tantrum personified as he seethed and raged and wallowed about the stage, all the while defiantly chain smoking cigarettes. The band, which also included guitarist Dean Ween (Ween) and bassist Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age), played tight and furious, without overshadowing its reckless energy, false starts and all. And with MDG at the board the sound was incredibly big and loud. It made me moist… Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N Plymouth Ave. 4544596. hochstein.org. 12:10 p.m. Free. [ DJ/ELECTRONIC ] Live from Hochstein: A Cup of Good Cheer with Madrigalia. DJ Reign and Ladies Night. Captain’s Attic, 37 Charlotte St. 546-8885. Call for info. DJ Adam. Nashvilles, 4853 W Henrietta Rd. Henrietta. 3343030. nashvillesny.com. Call for info. Ladies Nite: High Heels and Mini Skirts New Wave Wednesdays. Club Clarissas, 293 Clarissa St. 232-3430. 10 p.m. 21+. Call for info. Teen Set 45 Party. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. Free. Why Not Wednesday. Eclipse Bar & Grill, 374 Thurston Rd. 502-922-6567. 10 p.m. Call for info. Y Not Wednesday w/DJ ET. Plush, 151 St. Paul St. 2325650. venurochester.com. Call for info. continues on page 17 EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC PRESENTS 585-274-1100 MusicLine: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 EASTMAN PHILHARMONIA CHAOWEN TING, CONDUCTOR Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliette Overture-Fantasy, Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491 and Shostakovich Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10 Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 8 pm Free WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 EASTMAN PHILHARMONIA Chaowen Ting, conductor Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliette Overture-Fantasy, Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491 and Shostakovich Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10 Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 8 pm Free THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 NEW JAZZ ENSEMBLE Dave Rivello, director Music of Schneider, McNeely, Schmidt, Pierson, Sturm, Rowles, and Rivello Kilbourn Hall, 8 pm Free FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 EASTMAN WIND ORCHESTRA Jared Chase, conductor Music of Shostakovich, Rossini-Respighi and more Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 8 pm Free SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 RIJF AND EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC PRESENT AN AFTERNOON WITH NATALIE COLE A holiday special matinee concert Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 4 pm Tickets at rochesterjazz.com or (585) 454-2060 EASTMAN JAZZ CAFÉ Featuring Pat Bianchi, jazz organist Sproull Atrium in the Miller Center, 7 pm Tickets $10 HONORS CHAMBER MUSIC RECITAL Featuring chamber ensembles selected by chamber music faculty members through a preliminary audition Hatch Recital Hall, 8 pm Free MONDAY, DECEMBER 16 REPERTORY SINGERS AND WOMEN’S CHORUS Music of Britten, Gjeilo and more Kilbourn Hall, 8 pm Free facebook.com/ConcertsAtEastman rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 15 Music B.C. got the itch to go solo in 2008, and also to write his own material. He says it came down to wanting to take a chance. “I was always a drummer, and I always kind of followed along — which I like, because I never felt like a leader,” he says. “So I was totally cool with giving the responsibility to somebody else, and just kind of playing whatever they liked. But then I was like, ‘I want to try writing my own stuff.’ Why not, you know? I had ideas, and I wanted to see what happened.” The idea of being a follower, not a leader, Wok With You Fine Asian Cuisine Pho, Dim Sum, Thai, Sushi & Bubble Tea Local musician Robert Mostyn performs under the stage name B.C. Likes You. Although he has played as a member of several different bands, he is currently a solo act — and a major force behind the local chiptune scene. PHOTO PROVIDED $ YOUR $20 PURCHASE One coupon per table. Exp. 12/31/13. 5 OFF 427-8383 Unsung hero B.C. Likes You HTTP://BCLIKESYOU.BANDCAMP.COM [ FEATURE ] BY LEAH CREARY www.wokwithyou.com (Next to Barnes and Noble) 300 Park Point Drive, Rochester, NY 14623 NEW YEAR’S EVE BEER DINNER December 31st An Exciting New Menu! MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW! www.THEOLDTOAD.com 277 Alexander Street | 232-2626 WWW.THEOLDTOAD.COM Robert Mostyn, better known as B.C., is a regular presence on the Rochester scene, but he makes music that is noticeably different from the output of most other local acts. He’s part of a genre, and musical movement, called chiptune. Chiptune can be defined, in the words of B.C., as “music made with retro video game systems.” (In B.C.’s case, he composes on a Nintendo Gameboy system.) If you read those last few sentences and are baffled by the entire concept of chiptune, you’re not alone. “The main question when people hear my stuff is, ‘What game is that from?’” says B.C. “And the thing you have to explain to them is, I wrote that. I wrote all of it.” He continues, “I’m not taking the sounds from games; I’m not ‘sampling.’ The videogame system is the instrument, and you just write on it. It’s almost like writing electronic music on a computer. You hear a sound in a game you like and you try to get it — you try to find it.” Rochester is home to a group called Rochester Chip, which is currently run by B.C. and another local chiptune artist, Nick Maynard. The two members book all of the chiptune shows throughout the area, including the upcoming ChipFest on Saturday, December 14, at RIT. After this ChipFest, B.C. and Maynard will hand over the reins to two new leaders, but both plan to continue to be involved in the group. B.C. says that Rochester has an active chiptune community thanks to venues like the Bug Jar and the students at RIT, who he describes as being “the perfect audience” for chiptune. Speaking of college, that’s where B.C. got his entertainer pseudonym. He was a freshman, and though small in stature, he was 18 years old. He entered the bathroom one night and heard two guys in his dorm talking about him. That’s when he was referred to as “brainchild” for the very first time. Due to his youthful looks, both of his peers thought he was a highly intelligent 14-year-old who had been admitted to college early. “Brainchild” was later shortened to B.C., and the “Likes You” part was added in 2003 or 2004, before he even began his solo venture. B.C. added that last part of his name to get a message across that is common to both his music and personality: “It comes from the mentality of just wanting everyone to have fun and be positive. And hey, even if you don’t like my music, we can probably still be buds,” he says. B.C. has spent most of his musical career not as a solo act, but rather playing the drums, and other background instruments, for various local bands — most recently and notably for the chiptune act Revegineers. He has experimented with playing several different genres throughout the years, ranging from punk-hardcore, to indie rock, to alt-country. seems to be a theme in B.C.’s musical career. This theme is apparent not only through his decision to blend into various bands as a drummer, but also through the characters he chooses to write about. That is made particularly apparent in his EP “Unsung Heroes,” which he released in 2012. The EP is a tribute to secondary characters from some of his favorite books, video games, and movies, such as Mono from the video game “Shadow of the Colossus” and Bean from “Ender’s Game.” Does that preference for writing about those secondary characters have anything to do with a general avoidance of the spotlight? “Yeah, there’s a little psychology in there,” he says. “That’s probably what it is.” “My first EP that I wrote in 2008 was not chiptune — it was just guitar and vocals, and it was songs about my life and feelings,” B.C. says. “And I was like, I like it, but this doesn’t feel fun. It wasn’t fun to me.” B.C. admits that he often chooses to write about characters whose stories reflect his own inner-life. “That song ‘Bean’ [on ‘Unsung Heroes’] is about a secondary character from ‘Ender’s Game’…he’s so ambitious, which is something that rings true with me.” B.C. say he’s not a “huge believer” in inspiration; for him, writing music is work. “My Monday nights, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., are dedicated just to writing music, even when I don’t want to… And that’s for anything creative that I do. I have to sit down and do it.” That kind of drive has recently taken B.C. to some exciting places. He is currently working on writing original music for a Brooklyn-based independent video-game company. He is also releasing a brand new digital-only EP at December’s ChipFest, completely for free, full of songs about the British TV phenomenon “Doctor Who.” Overall, B.C. just wants his listeners to have a good time. “There are times when people come up to me after a show…and they’ll just start talking about the characters in my songs and they’ll know more than I do. And it’s just so fun to nerd out,” he says. “Just to get the chance to do that.” 16 CITY DECEMBER 11-17, 2013 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 [ JAZZ ] Anthony Giannavola. Lemoncello, 137 West Commercial St. East Rochester. 385-8565. lemoncello137.com. 6:30 p.m. Free. Special Blend. Bistro 135, 135 W. Commercial St. East Rochester. 662-5555. bistro135. net. 6 p.m. Freeh. [ HIP-HOP/RAP ] Meet the Artist Concert Series! Tues. Feb 11th • 7pm CLASSICAL | EASTMAN PHILHARMONIA, WOMEN’S CHORUS/REPERTORY SINGERS Tickets: $25 Athena Performing Arts Center Word of Mouth Wednesday’s w/DJ Private Eye. Dubland ELDAR Underground, 315 Alexander St. 232-7550. dublandunderground. wordpress.com. 10 p.m. 21+. $5. [ POP/ROCK ] Amanda Ashley. Cottage Hotel of Mendon, 1390 PittsfordMendon Rd. Mendon. 624-1390. cottagehotelmendon.com. Second Wednesday of every month, 9 p.m. Call for info. Blue Lazerz. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Call for info. Bobby Henrie and The Goners. Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. 232-3230. abilenebarandlounge.com. 8:30 p.m. $5. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 [ ACOUSTIC/FOLK ] Bluegrass Jam. Bernunzio’s Uptown Music, 112 East Ave. 6:30 p.m. Call for info. Jim Lane. Murph’s Irondequoit Pub, 705 Titus Ave. Irondequoit. 342-6780. 8 p.m. Free. Peg Dolan. McGraw’s Irish Pub, 146 W Commercial St. East Rochester. 348-9091. mcgrawsirishpub.com. 7 p.m. Free. [ BLUES ] Ave. 271-4650. thebealegrille. com. 7:30 p.m. Call for info. [ CLASSICAL ] The Shops On West Ridge, 3200 W Ridge Rd. 368-0670. theshopsonwestridge.net. 2 p.m. Call for info. Sometimes, right in the thick of the holiday season, we all could do with a little break and just relax. As part of your strategy, why not slip quietly into the back row for a lovely pair of concerts by students of the Eastman School of Music? On December 11, the Eastman Philharmonia will be led by conductor Chaowen Ting in works of Tchaikovsky (the “Romeo and Juliette Overture-Fantasy”), Mozart, and Shostakovich. Ting, an ESM doctoral student in conducting, was a conducting fellow for the RPO last season and has lead orchestras in Honduras, Romania, and Russia. On December 16, the Eastman Women’s Chorus and Repertory Singers will perform works to include Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” and Ola Gjeilo’s “Gloria.” Eastman Philharmonia performs Wednesday, December 11, 8 p.m., at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St., free, esm.rochester.edu. Eastman Women’s Chorus and Repertory Singers perform Monday, December 16, 8 p.m. at Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs Street, free, esm.rochester.edu. — BY PALOMA CAPANNA Mark Oliver. Pearl Nightclub, 349 East Ave. 757-752-8370. 10 p.m. $15. Thirsty Thursday’s. TC Riley’s, 200 Park Point Dr. 272-9777. tcrileysparkpoint.com. 10 p.m. Call for info. Thursday Night Shakedown. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. 11 p.m. Free. St. Victor. 924-3660. 7:30 p.m. Free. Wed. March 26th • 7:30pm Tickets: $20 Greece Olympia High School Auditorium BONERAMA Tickets can be purchased online at www.jazz901.org and by calling 585-966-2660 Nightfall. The Beale, 693 South Homer Marple and The Carolers. Tiki Thursdays: Shotgun Music DJ. McGhan’s Pub, 11 W. Main Tilt-a-Whirl Drag Show.. Tilt 135, 135 W. Commercial St. East Rochester. 662-5555. bistro135.net. 6 p.m. Free. Mike Kaupa. Monroe’s Restaurant, 3001 Monroe Avenue. 348-9104. 6 p.m. Call for info. Phat Cats. Pane Vino Ristorante, 175 N. Water St. 232-6090. panevinoristorante. com. 8 p.m. Free. John Palocy Trio. Bistro univeralist church, 150 s. clinton ave. 274-1400. 12:15 p.m. Free. RPO: Bach’s Magnificat. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater, 60 Gibbs St. Thursday: 7:30 p.m., Saturday: 8 p.m. $15-$92. [ DJ/ELECTRONIC ] Nightclub and Lounge, 1 Ryan Alley. 546-1010. oneclublife.com. 10 p.m. 18+. Call for info. DJ Matt. Nashvilles, 4853 W Henrietta Rd. Henrietta. 3343030. nashvillesny.com. Call for info. Karaoke at Panorama. Panorama Night Club & Sports Bar, 730 Elmgrove Rd. 2472190. 9 p.m. Free. Eastman at Washinton Square Lunchtime Concerts. firts Nightclub & Ultralounge, 444 Central Ave. 232-8440. facebook. com/Tiltnightclub. 11:15 p.m. & 12:30 a.m. $3. For the Love Thursdays. Love Nightclub, 45 Euclid St. 2225683. 10 p.m. 18+. $3-$12. [ JAZZ ] Party Monster Thursdays. ONE Bossa Nova Jazz Thursdays ft. The Charles Mitchell Group. Espada Brazilian Steak, 274 N. Goodman St. Village Gate. 4730050. espadasteak.com. 6 p.m. Free. The D’Jangoners. Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free. Michael’s Valley Grill, 1694 Penfield Rd. (585) 383-8260. michaelsvalleygrill.com. Free. Rhythm Dogs. Dinosaur Bar-BQue, 99 Court St. 325-7090. dinosaurbarbque.com. 9 p.m. Free. Ryan from El Rojo Jazz. Lemoncello, 137 West Commercial St. East Rochester. 385-8565. lemoncello137.com. 6 p.m. Free. continues on page 18 The Joe Santora Trio w/Curtis Kendrick & Emily Kirchoff. Jazz Thursdays ft. The David Detweiler Trio. The Food Bar at Wegmans, 3195 Monroe Ave. 248-8685. 5 p.m. Free. rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 17 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 The Swooners. Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 199 Woodcliff Dr. 2484825. woodcliffhotelspa.com. 5:30 p.m. Free. Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes. Roncone’s, 232 Lyell Ave. 4583090. ItalianRestaurantRochester. com. 6 p.m. Free. [ HIP-HOP/RAP ] Hot Barz YBE Over Due. Obsession Bar & Grill, 564 Chili Ave. 436-9042. Call for info. [ POP/ROCK ] Bury Me a Lion w/Fish God. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. 8:30 p.m. $6-$8. Counterparts w/Skylar. Dubland Underground, 315 Alexander St. 232-7550. dublandunderground. wordpress.com. 5 p.m. $10. Eddie Clendening and the Blue Ribbon Boys ft. Jasoon Smay, Mike Graham. Abilene Bar & HOLIDAY | CONNIE DEMING Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. 232-3230. abilenebarandlounge. com. 9 p.m. $6. Five Alarm Open Jam. Firehouse Saloon, 814 S. Clinton Ave. 3193832. thefirehousesaloon.com. 9 p.m. Call for info. 830 Jefferson Rd. 585-2925544. stickylipsbbq.com. 8 p.m. $5-$10. Inner Planets. Skylark Lounge, 40 South Union St. 270-8106. theskylarklounge.com. 9 p.m. Call for info. Main St. Honeoye Falls. 5821830. thelowermill.com. 6 p.m. Call for info. Holiday Party: Harmonica Lewinski w/The Amy Montrois Trio. Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint, One of Connie Deming’s fondest memories while growing up was participating in family sing-alongs of Christmas songs at her home in Massachusetts. But it was a concertgoer’s enthusiastic reaction towards Deming’s rendition of a holiday tune that caused the Rochester-based singer-songwriter to decide on releasing a Christmas album. The resulting album, “Heavenly Night Heavenly Day,” is a mixture of traditional favorites and original compositions including several a capella numbers with percussionist Josh Daby. Deming is holding a CD release party with special guests Phil Marshall and Gary Holt to help celebrate the release. Connie Deming performs on Saturday, December 14, 8:30 p.m.at the Little Theatre, 240 East Ave., free, thelittle.org. — BY ROMAN DIVEZUR The Ruddy Well Band w/The Good Trip Band ft. Angelo Rose. Organ Recital. First Baptist Church of Penfield, 1862 Oenfield Rd. Penfield. 586-2876. fbpenfield.org. 7:30 p.m. Free, donations accepted. Phil Keaggy w/Michael Card. Hale Auditorium, Roberts Cultural Life Center, Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Dr. 888222-1048. 7:30 p.m. $22-$28. Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus: Come Wassail Away. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N Plymouth Ave. 454-4596. hochstein.org. 8 p.m. $6-$17. [ COUNTRY ] Serge & Friends w/Steve & Drew. The Rabbit Room, 61 N. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 [ ACOUSTIC/FOLK ] Babak Elahi. Boulder Coffee Co., 100 Alexander St. 454-7140. bouldercoffeeco.com. 8 p.m. Call for info. Richmond Street. 270-8570. richmondstavern.com. 4 p.m. Call for info. John Akers w/Earthtones. Johnny’s Irish Pub, 1382 Culver Rd. 224-0990. johnnysirishpub. com. 5 p.m. Free. Missy Wall Album Release. Boulder Coffee Co., 739 Park Ave. 697-0235. bouldercoffeeco. com. 8 p.m. Call for info. Old Divide. Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint, 830 Jefferson Rd. 585292-5544. stickylipsbbq.com. 9:30 p.m. $4. Pan de Oro. Havana Cabana, 289 Alexander St. 232-1333. havanacabanaroc.com. 10 p.m. Call for info. Commercial St. East Rochester. 348-9091. mcgrawsirishpub. com. 7 p.m. Free. Ralph Louis. Rochester Plaza Hotel, 70 State St. 546-3450. rochesterplaza.com. 6 p.m. Free. 18 CITY DECEMBER 11-17, 2013 Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. 232-3230. abilenebarandlounge.com. 6 p.m. $5. Rusty Kettle. Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave. 8:30 p.m. Free. Vintage. Lemoncello, 137 West Commercial St. East Rochester. 385-8565. lemoncello137.com. 7 p.m. Free. [ BLUES ] Big Mike & The Motivators. Smokin’ Joe’s Bar & Grill, 425 Lyell Ave. Call for info. 199 Woodcliff Dr. 248-4825. woodcliffhotelspa.com. 7:30 p.m. Free. Midnight Cruisers. The Beale, 1930 Empire Blvd. Webster. 2161070. thebealegrille.com. 7 p.m. Call for info. Third Degree. The Beale, 693 South Ave. 271-4650. thebealegrille.com. 7:30 p.m. Call for info. [ CLASSICAL ] Friday Night Live w/Dino, Jeff Cosco. Richmond’s Tavern, 21 Gap Mangione New Blues Band. Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, The Smokin’ Hogan Band. Sandra’s Saloon, 276 Smith St. 585-285-6786. 9 p.m. Free. [ DJ/ELECTRONIC ] Perinton Concert Band: Holiday Greetings. Minerva DeLand Auditorium, 140 Hulburt Rd. 234-2585. 7:30 p.m. Free. Pat Kane’s Christmas Sing-along. McGraw’s Irish Pub, 146 W The Shops On West Ridge, 3200 W Ridge Rd. 368-0670. theshopsonwestridge.net. 2 p.m. Call for info. Trumpet Duo Recital. Music at Saint Anne Church, 1600 Mount Hope Ave. 271-3260. ourladyoflourdessaintanne.org. 7:30 p.m. $10. Homer Marple and The Carolers. Nightclub and Lounge, 1 Ryan Alley. 546-1010. oneclublife.com. 21+. Call for info. Chill Out Fridays Happy Hour. Lovin’ Cup, 300 Park Point Dr. 292-9940. lovincup.com. 5:30 p.m. Free. DJ Bac Spin. Plush, 151 St. Paul St. 232-5650. venurochester. com. 8 p.m. Call for info. DJ Blake. 140 Alex Bar & Grill, 140 Alexander St. 2561000. 140alex.com. 10 p.m. Call for info. DJ Energon. Vertex Night Club, 169 N. Chestnut St. 232-5498. 10 p.m. $3-$8. On the House Fridays. ONE Fresh Meat Fridays w/Samantha Vega, DJ Mighty Mic. Tilt Nightclub & Ultralounge, 444 Central Ave. 232-8440. facebook. com/Tiltnightclub. 11:15 p.m. & 12:30 a.m. $4-$12. Lube After Dark. Quaker Steak & Lube, 2205 Buffalo Rd. 6979464. quakersteakandlube.com/ Rochester_NY. 9:30 p.m. Free. Make Em Sweat Fridays: Make Em Dance Edition ft. DJ 6:30, Nick Kage. Club Network, 420 Central Ave. 232-1390. 10 p.m. Guys free until 10:30 p.m., girls free until 11:30 p.m. 21+. Case Sale With Coupon Only CASE SALE PRICE... $65.99 Less MFG Mail-in Rebate... $30.00* Case Cost after Rebate: $35.99 STERLING MERITAGE Photo Shoot Fridaze ft. Ghetto Blasta. T Jay’s Lounge, 622 Lake Ave. 21+. Ladies free until 11 p.m. Call for info. $10. Reggaeton w/DJ Carlos. La Copa Ultra Lounge, 235 W. Ridge Rd. 254-1050. lacopaultralounge. com. 10 p.m. Free. WEEKLY SPECIALS • $1 Oyster Tuesdays • • No Corkage Fee Wednesdays • • $5 Custom Craft Cocktails on Thursdays • WEEKDAY HAPPY HOUR 4-6pm LENTO GIFT CARDS Get them now! 274 N. Goodman St., Rochester www.lentorestaurant.com ww l 271-3470 3470 • 271 pinnacle wine & liquor GIFT CARDS MAKE GREAT GIFTS! $ 2 .99 After rebate 12 bottles – 750ml BOTTLE Offer valid through Dec. 31, 2013 Facelife Fridays ft. Aggy Dune, Ambrosia Salad, Darienne Lake, and Kasha Davis. 140 Alex Bar & Grill, 140 Alexander St. 2561000. 140alex.com. 11 p.m. & midnight. Call for info. Trancesend and Victor Gig. Love Nightclub, 45 Euclid St. 2225683. 10 p.m. 21+, 18+ after 2 a.m. $6-$20. [ JAZZ ] Commercial St. East Rochester. 662-5555. bistro135.net. 6 p.m. Free. 1675 Penfield Rd. 385-9202. charleybrownspenfield.com. 7:30 p.m. Free. Matthew Sieber Ford Trio. Tapas 177 Lounge, 177 St. Paul St. 262-2090. tapas177.com. 4:30 p.m. Free. 1720 Monroe Ave • 271-4931 Champagne & The Swoon Daddies. Bistro 135, 135 W. Fred Costello & Roger Ekers Jazz Duo. Charley Brown’s, The Joe Santora Trio w/Curtis Kendrick & Emily Kirchoff. Michael’s Valley Grill, 1694 Penfield Rd. (585) 383-8260. michaelsvalleygrill.com. Free. Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes. Glengarry Inn at Eagle Vale, 4400 Nine Mile Point Road, Rt 250. Fairport. 598-3820. EagleVale. com. 7 p.m. Free. [ HIP-HOP/RAP ] Subsoil. Temple Bar and Grille, 109 East Ave. 2326000. templebarandgrille.com. 10 p.m. Free. [ POP/ROCK ] Saloon, 814 S. Clinton Ave. 3193832. thefirehousesaloon.com. 9 p.m. Call for info. Dark Hollow. Dinosaur Bar-BQue, 99 Court St. 325-7090. dinosaurbarbque.com. 10 p.m. Free. Henrietta Rd. Henrietta. 3343030. nashvillesny.com. 9 p.m. Call for info. Parkerhouse Road. Montage Music Hall, 50 Chestnut St. 2321520. themontagemusichall.com. 8 p.m. Call for info. continues on page 20 The Beautiful Ending, Armed with Valor, Eyesalve, Safety Off, and Thoroughbred. Firehouse Nashvilles 80s Night ft. Hall Pass. Nashvilles, 4853 W rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 19 Bar & Grill Modern Indian Flavors Transformed into a Contemporary Gourmet Experience HOLIDAYS OR ANY OCCASION FOR THE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 Plan B. Pineapple Jack’s, 485 Spencerport Rd. Gates. 247-5225. facebook.com/ PineappleJacks. Call for info. Push. Nola’s Restaurant & Nightclub, 4775 Lake Ave. 6633375. nolasweb.com. 10 p.m. Call for info. Rockabilly Rumble w/Krypton 88, Lower Town Trio. Lovin’ Cup, 300 Park Point Dr. 292-9940. lovincup.com. 9 p.m. $3-$5. An Amaya Gift Card is a great present! Planning your Holiday, Office or New Year’s Eve Party? Let Amaya do the catering! See our NEWEST collection of Beads & Charms, Bracelets, Earrings, & Gift Sets 4554 Culver Rd. 323-9310. shamrockjack.com. Call for info. Tommy Brunnett, Remedy. Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack, 5857 Rt. 96. Farmington. 924-3232. fingerlakesracetrack.com. Call for info. Women of Faith. Blue Cross Arena, One War Memorial Square. 758-5300. bluecrossarena.com. Friday: 7 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. womenoffaith.com. $99-$109. Rockin’ Red, The Funk Blues Band. Shamrock Jack’s, JAZZ | EASTMAN NEW JAZZ ENSEMBLE Yeyowulf Album Release w/ The Weight We Carry, Burn Everything, Cycles, and Rhema. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. 7:30 p.m. $5-$10. Specializing in music of the last two decades, the Eastman School of Music’s New Jazz Ensemble is one of the most innovative college jazz bands anywhere. This week’s concert features the world premiere of director/conductor Dave Rivello’s “Re-Imagining The World,” which involves the band singing as well as playing. Also on the bill are challenging compositions by prominent Eastman alums Maria Schneider and Russ Schmidt, and former Eastman band director Fred Sturm. The Eastman New Jazz Ensemble performs Thursday, December 12, 8 p.m. at Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St., free, esm.rochester.edu. — BY RON NETSKY [ CLASSICAL ] 1900 S. Clinton Ave. • 241-3223 Located in Tops Brighton (Loehmann’s) Plaza Amayabarandgrill.com 100 N. Main St., Fairport • 377-4641 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 [ ACOUSTIC/FOLK ] Extensive Vegetarian/Vegan Menu | Take out & Catering Lunch & Dinner (Tues-Sun) Watch Batteries installed $1.99 Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. $7-$9. Acoustic Brew. Flaherty’s Webster, 1200 Bay Rd. Webster. 671-0816. flahertys.com. Call for info. Christmas Ceilidh Band. Greece Baptist Church, 1230 Long Pond Rd. 225-6160. 8 p.m. $17-$20. Frankie & Jewels. Hamlin Station Bar & Grill, 52 Railroad Ave. Hamlin. 964-2010. hamlinstation. net. 8:30 p.m. Call for info. Jim Lane. Mama Lor’s Cafe, 1891 Ridge Rd. Webster. 545-4895. mamalorscafe.com. 6 p.m. Free. Jon Akers. Flaherty’s Honeoye Falls, 60 W. Main St. Honeoye Falls. 497-7010. flahertys.com. Call for info. Ryan & Rayce. McGraw’s Irish Pub, 146 W Commercial St. East Rochester. 348-9091. mcgrawsirishpub.com. 7 p.m. Free. Sofrito. Havana Cabana, 289 Alexander St. 232-1333. havanacabanaroc.com. 10 p.m. Call for info. [ BLUES ] The 23 Psaegz w/The Pickpockets, Mr. Boneless, and John Valenti. Bug Jar, 219 Connie Deming Album Release Show. Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave. 8:30 p.m. Free. Hochstein at Canandaigua, 435 East Street. Canandaigua. 396-3778. hochstein.org/ canandaigua. 7:30 p.m. Finger Lakes Concert Band Holiday Celebration. The Lyric Chorale: Wolcum Yole!. St. Louis Church, 60 South Main St. Pittsford. lyricchorale. org. 7:30 p.m. $12-$18. Church, 1600 Mt. Hope Ave. 241-9761. 8 p.m. $10. Musica Spei “ “O How Glorious: The Christmas Story through Song”. St. Anne Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus: Come Wassail Away. Hochstein Jameson Alexander, Rob Morley. Love Nightclub, 45 Euclid St. 222-5683. 10 p.m. 21+, 18+ after 2 a.m. $6-$20. La Selva. Tilt Nightclub & Ultralounge, 444 Central Ave. 232-8440. facebook.com/ Tiltnightclub. 10 p.m. Call for info. Music is for Life Food Drive. Love Nightclub, 45 Euclid St. 222-5683. 10 p.m. Canned food donations encouraged. Free until midnight, $5 after. 21+ until 2 a.m., 2 a.m.- 4 a.m. :$10 (21+), $20 (18-20). Poke Dem Saturdays ft. Team Lion Paw, The Money Green Theme, Nick Kage, and Wavey. Performance Hall, 50 N Plymouth Ave. 454-4596. hochstein.org. 8 p.m. $6-$17. RPO: Bach’s Magnificat. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater, 60 Gibbs St. Thursday: 7:30 p.m., Saturday: 8 p.m. $15-$92. Trinities Restaurant, 36 W. Main St. 319-4047. 10 p.m. $5-$10. Saturday Night Ladies Night. BLU Bar & Grill, 250 Pixley Rd. 247-0079. blurochester.com. 9 p.m. Call for info. [ JAZZ ] Spectrum Creative Arts: Merry & Bright Concert. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 28 Lincoln St. Pittsford. 586-0580. Call for info. [ DJ/ELECTRONIC ] Big Mike & the Motivators. Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack, 5857 Rt. 96. Farmington. 9243232. fingerlakesracetrack.com. Call for info. Cold Sweat. The Beale, 1930 Empire Blvd. Webster. 216-1070. thebealegrille.com. 7 p.m. Call for info. Luca Foresta & Electro Kings. The Beale, 693 South Ave. 2714650. thebealegrille.com. 7:30 p.m. Call for info. 20 CITY DECEMBER 11-17, 2013 Iron Café, 561 State St. 4544830. flatironcafe.net. Call for info. DJ Big Reg. Plush, 151 St. Paul St. 232-5650. venurochester. com. 10 p.m. Call for info. DJ Blake. 140 Alex Bar & Grill, 140 Alexander St. 256-1000. 140alex.com. 10 p.m. Call for info. DJ Darkwave. Vertex Night Club, 169 N. Chestnut St. 232-5498. 10 p.m. $3-$8. Blue Label Saturdays ft. DJ Andy Fade and DJ Bobby Base. Flat 1675 Penfield Rd. 385-9202. charleybrownspenfield.com. 7:30 p.m. Free. The White Hots. Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Lake Rd. Pultneyville. 315589-4512. pultneyvillegrill.com. 6:30 p.m. Call for info. Madeline Forster. Bistro 135, 135 W. Commercial St. East Rochester. 662-5555. bistro135. net. 6:30 p.m. Free. Mike Pappert. Lemoncello, 137 West Commercial St. East Rochester. 385-8565. lemoncello137.com. 7 p.m. Free. Fred Costello & Roger Ekers Jazz Duo. Charley Brown’s, The Joe Santora Trio w/Curtis Kendrick & Emily Kirchoff. Michael’s Valley Grill, 1694 Penfield Rd. (585) 383-8260. michaelsvalleygrill.com. Free. Soul On Tap. Dinosaur Bar-BQue, 99 Court St. 325-7090. dinosaurbarbque.com. 10 p.m. Free. Special Blend. Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 199 Woodcliff Dr. 2484825. woodcliffhotelspa.com. 7:30 p.m. Free. Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes. Jasmine’s Asian Fusion, 657 Ridge Rd. Webster. 216-1290. JasmineAsianFusion.com. 6:30 p.m. Free. Two for the Road. Pane Vino Ristorante, 175 N. Water St. 2326090. panevinoristorante.com. 6:30 p.m. Free. [ R&B ] Women of Faith. Blue Cross Arena, One War Memorial Square. 758-5300. bluecrossarena.com. Friday: 7 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. womenoffaith.com. $99-$109. St. 454-4830. flatironcafe.net. 10 p.m. Call for info. [ R&B ] Tequila Sundays ft. DJ Andy Fade. Flat Iron Café, 561 State SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 [ ACOUSTIC/FOLK ] Bar and Grille, 109 East Ave. 232-6000. templebarandgrille. com. 7 p.m. Free. Chris Burley. The Shops On West Ridge, 3200 W Ridge Rd. 3680670. theshopsonwestridge.net. 2 p.m. Call for info. Fandango at the Tango. Tango Cafe, 389 Gregory St. 271-4930. tangocafedance.com. 7:30 p.m. Free, donations accepted Tango Cafe, 389 Gregory St. 271-4930. tangocafedance.com. 7:30 p.m. Free, donations accepted. Natalie Cole. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater, 60 Gibbs St. 4 p.m. $45-$95. [ POP/ROCK ] Wayland. House of Guitars, 645 Titus Ave. 544-3500. houseofguitars.com. 1 p.m. Free. • Exceptional Service • Beautiful Centerpieces • Ornaments Galore • Unusual Gifts For the Holidays Celtic Music Sundays. Temple Robert Randolph & The Family Band w/Jesse Dee. Water Street Ave. 9 p.m. $5-$7. Joey Lanzone’s Birthday Bash ft. Hades Mining Co., Aimee Heroin, I Can’t Stop Wondering, Controlled by Fear, and Eating Animals. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Rochester Contemporary School of Music Holiday Concert. Lovin’ Wayland w/JJ Lang, Heatseeker, and Stovepipe Jones. Pineapple 360 Culver Road | 271-0610 Mon.-Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-5, Sun. 11-3 Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. 3255600. waterstreetmusic.com. 8 p.m. $25. [ POP/ROCK ] Cup, 300 Park Point Dr. 2929940. lovincup.com. 3 p.m. Free. Flower City Ballet PRESENTS 900 E. Main St. 232-3221. rochestermainstreetarmory.com. 8 p.m. $7-$10. 5 Head. Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint, 830 Jefferson Rd. 585292-5544. stickylipsbbq.com. 10 p.m. Free. 7 Sense. Johnny’s Irish Pub, 1382 Culver Rd. 224-0990. johnnysirishpub.com. 8 p.m. Free. The Abominable Snowband. The Winton Bar and Grill, 196 Winton Rd N. (585) 654-9606. 8 p.m. Free. Dog House. T.C. Hooligans, 134 Greece Ridge Center Dr. 2257180. 9 p.m. Call for info. The Emersons w/!ATTENTION!. Skylark Lounge, 40 South Union St. 270-8106. theskylarklounge. com. 10 p.m. $4. Hunu? Holiday Benefit Concert. Zeppa Auditorium, German House, 315 Gregory St. 5636241. 8 p.m. $10. Inside Out. Richmond’s Tavern, 21 Richmond Street. 270-8570. richmondstavern.com. 8 p.m. Call for info. Intrepid Travelers. Boulder Coffee Co., 100 Alexander St. 454-7140. bouldercoffeeco.com. 8 p.m. Call for info. Jumbo Shrimp. TP’s Irish Pub, 916 Panorama Trail. 385-4160. 9 p.m. Free. Dr. 292-9940. lovincup.com. 8 p.m. $3-$5. 2013 Christmas Bash ft. Absolution Project, Setiva, Million Miles From Broadway, Beneath Hells Sky, and The Mondayz. Main Street Armory, 777 Westfall Rd. 506-9437. RochesterMusicLessons.com. 10 a.m. Free. [ CLASSICAL ] Rochester Academy of Music & Arts Seventh Anniversary Recital. Carmen Clark Ldge, Jack’s, 485 Spencerport Rd. Gates. 247-5225. facebook.com/ PineappleJacks. 7 p.m. Call for info. T ch a i ko v s k y ’s MONDAY, DECEMBER 16 Bells on the Hill. Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, 1100 South Goodman St. 3409643. crcds.edu. 4 p.m. Free. Christian Fellowship, 321 East Ave. 232-1136. bethelcf.com. 3 p.m. Featuring The Robert Shewan Chorale, Young School of Irish Dance, Bonita Boyd Flute Trio, and many others. Free. [ ACOUSTIC/FOLK ] Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave. 271-1050. Third Monday of every month, 7 p.m. Call for info. [ JAZZ ] Nutcracker Featuring THE Rochester Guitar Club: Song Circle. Asbury First United THE SYRACUSE CITY BALLET & GUESTS 45 Prince Street • Rochester, NY 14607 Bethel’s Christmas Gala: An Advent Celebration. Bethel School of the Arts Roger Eckers Little Big Band. Corners Presbyterian Church, 1200 S. Winton Rd. 244-8585. twelvecorners.org. 3 p.m. Call for info. Compline. Christ Church, 141 East Ave. 454-3878. christchurchrochester.org. 9 p.m. Free, donations accepted. United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave. 271-1050. 3 p.m. $5-$10. Brighton Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert. Twelve Green Lantern Inn, One East Church St. Fairport. 381-7603. 6:30 p.m. $12. December 21st & 22nd 3:00pm Adults $20, Seniors $16, Child $10 Bistro 135, 135 W. Commercial St. East Rochester. 662-5555. Bistro135.net. 6 p.m. Free. Watkins & The Rapiers. Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free. [ POP/ROCK ] Ave. 9 p.m. $15-$17. Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes. www.flowercityballet.com At the studio, call 325-2114 At the door ($2 additional charge) Tickets available online at Concentus : A Winter’s Night Holiday Concert. Asbury First Gorguts w/Origin, Nero Di Marte, Obsessor. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe The Lyric Chorale: Wolcum Yole!. Perinton Presbyterian TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 [ BLUES ] P.I.’s Lounge, 495 West Ave. 8 p.m. Call for info. [ POP/ROCK ] Church, 6511 Pittsford Palmyra Rd. 223-1203. lyricchorale.org. 2:30 p.m. $12-$18. [ COUNTRY ] Bluesday Tuesday Blues Jam. Mr. Mustard Beatles Holiday Party. Lovin’ Cup, 300 Park Point Stone Soul Foundation, Pseudo Youth, Enemy Down, and Halcyon Insanity. Firehouse 276 Smith St. 585-285-6786. 4 p.m. Free. Open Mic hosted by The Mike Snow Band. Sandra’s Saloon, Saloon, 814 S. Clinton Ave. 3193832. thefirehousesaloon.com. 8 p.m. Call for info. Tangent. Pineapple Jack’s, 485 Spencerport Rd. Gates. 247-5225. facebook.com/ PineappleJacks. Call for info. Toys for Tots Night ft. FreeRide. McKenzie’s Irish Pub, 3685 W. Henrietta Rd. 334-8970. mckenziesirishpub.com. Call for info. [ DJ/ELECTRONIC ] Boasy Sundaze. Club Clarissas, 293 Clarissa St. 232-3430. Call for info. Drink and Drag Sundays. ONE Nightclub and Lounge, 1 Ryan Alley. 546-1010. oneclublife.com. 8 p.m. 18+. Call for info. 9 p.m. $6-$8. Epilogues. Boulder Coffee Co., 100 Alexander St. 454-7140. bouldercoffeeco.com. 8 p.m. Call for info. The Branch Davidians w/House Majority, Declan Ryan, and Tim Avery. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. Ship Wrecked Sunday’s ft. DJ Trancesend. Captain’s Attic, 37 Charlotte St. 546-8885. 21+. Call for info. rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 21 Dance between the dancers falls away and we see only a couple madly in love. Jeune is to be commended on his sensual caresses; I shivered when he ran a hand oh-so-lightly down Rogers’ thigh. At one point she lays her head in his hands, at another he rests his head on her chest. They are partners, equals. They are there for each other. I especially enjoyed the unique lifts Fagan choreographed for the duet. In one, Rogers has one leg wrapped around Jeune’s shoulder and another around his waist as he spins her. “I tried to make the canoodling as fresh as I could,” Fagan says. Pennewell’s third piece for the company, Members of Garth Fagan Dance; the company performed last week at Nazareth College Arts Center. PHOTOS BY JAMIE GERMANO Ample evidence of success Garth Fagan Dance GARTHFAGANDANCE.ORG [ REVIEW ] BY CASEY CARLSEN and he assured me that I would find his piece “No Evidence of Failure,” originally a solo set on veteran performer Natalie Rogers, more nuanced and tighter. He told me I would like it. I loved it. Fagan created the work as a tribute to the “modern woman”; a woman he sees as a loving partner, but also an independent woman of strength. “Women have always had to multitask, but today’s woman even more so,” Fagan says. “Their lives have become more complex, but Natalie’s character embodies that woman who recognizes that she does not come second place.” Fagan refers to his dance company as his “family,” and spoke generously about Rogers, whom he considers a daughter. In fact, Fagan lost an infant daughter decades ago, but envisions that she would have grown to become the strong, positive woman he recognizes in Rogers. Rogers began with the company in 1989, and worked as Fagan’s assistant during his choreographing of Broadway’s “The Lion King” that earned Fagan a prestigious Tony Award. Rogers won a Bessie herself for her dancing, and then took seven years off to raise her own daughter. Watching Rogers dance now, one would never guess she had ever left the stage. As a dancer, Rogers possesses the confidence, technical prowess, and resonating emotional depth that is rare to find in younger dancers. There is an introspective, spiritual quality to her work that seems to stem from some deep inner place of contemplation. Her dancing feels Rochesterians are graced by having a dance company with the stature and international reputation of Garth Fagan Dance living and performing in our city. I feel especially privileged at having the ongoing opportunity to annually see fresh work, discuss it with Fagan and his protégé Norwood “P.J.” Pennewell, and analyze it through writing. The more I am exposed to the Fagan Technique, the more moved I am at the subtleties and intricacies of Fagan’s own particular language of expression through movement. Like re-reading a favorite poet, patterns and delicacies emerge that I had hitherto not noticed. Furthermore, the personality of each of the troupe’s dancers — and their individual personalities and aptitudes, which Fagan astutely highlights — are springing to the forefront, like hidden patterns zinging out of a Magic Eye book. Garth Fagan Dance’s home season, which took place December 3-8 at Nazareth College Arts Center, brought the presentation of two new pieces — one choreographed by Fagan and one by Pennewell. I had seen both during the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival earlier in the fall, but they were still works in progress then and I was curious to see what changes had been wrought during the intervening three months. I spoke to Fagan the week before the December performances 22 CITY DECEMBER 11-17, 2013 like meditation in motion. Like a yogi, she holds difficult poses for inordinate lengths of time. Yet, even in her stillness there is movement emanating from her body — limbs, feet, fingers, torso, head all straining outward, outward, casting fine lines of energy. It’s like the branches of a tree reaching toward the sun. The big change in “No Evidence of Failure” since Fringe is the addition of a duet with Vitolio Jeune, a company member since 2009. Jeune’s youthful vitality and unbridled energy provide a welcome juxtaposition to the quieter, more centered energy of Rogers. Before Jeune enters, Rogers appears a sort of modern warrior woman, a force with which to contend. She gazes intently at the audience, works herself into a furor of whirling arm rotations, sharp leg and arm movements and quick leaps before achieving a challenging one-legged pose in which her other leg extends above her shoulder — usually a position that is only held for a few seconds. This is her work. Only briefly does Rogers ever pause to rest, this in a sweet mimed movement in which she reclines her head onto her cradled arms before jumpstarting back into work mode. When Jeune enters, Rogers is offstage. He searches for her in a frenzy of passion, all eagerness and testosterone, a constant sheen of sweat flying from his head. Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” alerts us that they are lovers. She reappears, they embrace and begin a duet delicious in its display of playful passion. The two-decade age difference “Gin,” has also undergone some changes since it premiered at the Fringe Festival. Like “No Evidence of Failure,” it was well received by both audiences and reviewers during the company’s annual run at The Joyce Theatre in Manhattan last month. The work, inspired by the mechanical workings of a cotton gin, is tighter now than it had been in September. Still, at 25 minutes it still seemed to run a bit long. Maybe that is part of the point, however; certain phrases of movement that Pennewell describes as “swatches” are introduced and then brought back later in different combinations, much like the variations in a piece of jazz, or the motions of the machine referenced in the piece’s title. I cannot fathom the pressure of having to choreograph for Fagan’s company. Pennewell, with the company since 1978, another Bessie winner, and Fagan’s rehearsal director, is the only one to have done so besides Fagan himself. But Pennewell meets the challenge. This piece embraces the style of the company but introduces some nice flourishes of his own. “Gin” is nicely divided into solos, duets, and group performances. I loved the power evoked when he has six or seven dancers emerging suddenly in formation from the wings. On the other hand, his duets are compelling; I liked the pairing of Charity Metzger with Jeune. The solo work of Sade Bully, Shanon Castle, and Nicolette Depass particularly stood out. Pennewell possesses a keen sense of humor. The audience applauded the slightly ribald nature of the section with Jeune, Winton Rice, and Anjue David in their show of playful competition and friendly ribbing as they challenged each other to jump higher and turn faster. Pennewell is finding his footing as a choreographer. Art Exhibits [ OPENING ] AsIs Gallery, Sage Art Center, Wilson Blvd. Senior Exhibition. Through Dec 24. Reception Dec 12, noon-1 p.m. sageartcenter. com/asis-gallery/. A Different Path Gallery, 27 Market St. Brockport. Annual Mixed Media Exhibit. Through Dec 21. Sherry Tulloch, Elizabeth Britton-Barry, Katherine Weston. Reception Dec 13, 6-9 p.m. 637-5494. differentpathgallery.com. Richard Aerni Studio, The Hungerford Bldg. 1115 E. Main St. #106. Annual Studio Open House and Sale. 34th Annual Studio Open House and Sale, featuring ceramics by Richard Aerni and Carolyn Dilcher-Stutz; Ink Drawings and Clay Sculpture by Kurt Feuerherm; Blown Glass by Peter Secrest; Felted Clothing by Jae Hee Lee; and Jewelry by Lise Bouvet. 429-0211. firstname.lastname@example.org. richardaerni.com. [ CONTINUING ] Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, 277 N. Goodman St. Holiday Art Sale. Through Dec 21. Ten new artists each week for three weeks in December will offer their work for sale to the public in our gallery. 473-4000. artsrochester.org. Aviv Café, 321 East Ave. AKA Peaceful Heart: Sumi-e and Prints by Dennis W. Burns. Through Dec 31. 729-9916. bethelcf.com/aviv. Axom Gallery, 176 Anderson Ave., 2nd floor. “Celebrating Beauty: Regional Landscape Paintings.” Works by Four Contemporary Painters: Connie Ehindero, Paul Garland, Kurt Moyer, Rick Muto. Through Jan 4. Wed-Sat 12-5 p.m. 232-6030 x23. axomgallery.com. Baobab Cultural Center, 728 University Ave. Frank Frazier and Friends. Frank Frazier, Minerva Diaz, Rory Tequan Morgan, Janice Thacker, Shenna Vaughn. thebaobab.org. thebaobab.org. Black Radish Studio, 274 N. Goodman. Michael Wedge: “Metropolis.” Through Dec 30. 413-1278. blackradishstudio. com. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. The Lobby Presents: “Storyteller” by Topher Martin. Through Feb 5. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. lobbydigital.com. Cary Graphic Arts Collection, Lomb Memorial Dr. “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible.” Through Dec 13. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-noon. 4753961. library.rit.edu/cary. Community Darkroom Gallery, 713 Monroe Ave. “Visual Discourse” Photography by Community Darkroom Photographers.. Through Jan 10. Mon 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Tue-Thu 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Fri noon-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 271-5920. geneseearts.org. A Different Path Gallery, 27 Market St. Brockport. Hope in My Pocket. Through Dec 30. Katherine Weston, Sherry Tulloch, and Kaitlin Roney exhibit a variety of art inspired by work and research benefiting the treatment of children’s brain cancer. Reception Dec 13, 6-9 p.m. There will be small tokens available in exchange for donations to the organization at the opening reception. 637-5494. differentpathgallery.com. The Episcopal Church Home, 505 Mt. Hope Ave. “Camera Rochester Holiday Show.” Through Jan 5. Daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 546-8400. cotton@EpiscopalSeniorLife.org. episcopalseniorlife.org. Friendly Home’s Memorial Gallery, 3165 East Ave. “A Collection of Thoughts and Dreams” by Christine Sisak and Diane Tank. Through Dec 30. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 385-0298. friendlyhome.org. Fuego Coffee Roasters, 167 Liberty Pole Way. Images From the New Nature. Drawings, paintings, and sculpture by Robert Frank Abplanalp. 315-244-2415. email@example.com. Genesee Center for the Arts and Education, 713 Monroe Ave. WinterCraft. Through Dec 21. Mon-Wed 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thu 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat noon-5 p.m. 244-1730. geneseearts.org. George Eastman House, 900 East Ave. Through Dec 17: Sweet Creations Gingerbread House Display. Through Dec 18: Tabletop Tree Display and silent auction. Through Jan 12: “The History of Space Photography” and “Astro-Visions.” Through Feb 16: “Lossless.” Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 2713361. eastmanhouse.org. continues on page 24 Mind Body Spirit CITY Newspaper presents THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS TALKING TO GOD AND GRANDMA | BY MARY GRACE The Holidays are a difficult time for those suffering from the loss of a loved one. Help and healing can be found in this new, inspirational guidebook. 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Sun 11-3pm, Mon-Thurs 11-10pm, Fri & Sat 11- 12 am FILM | HOLIDAY FILMS AT THE DRYDEN 93 Alexander St. in the South W edge Call for reservations: 730-5025 While I enjoy watching the same classic Christmas movies on TV every year, there’s always something missing: a big screen. That’s where the Dryden Theatre (900 East Ave.) comes in. This holiday season, make watching holiday classics an even better time by seeing them in the theater, the way they were meant to be seen. Start out with the subversive “A Christmas Story” this Friday, December 13, at 8 p.m., and also Sunday, December 15, at 2 p.m. I’ve probably watched this movie 100 times, and it remains hilarious with each viewing. If comedies aren’t your thing, “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be playing next Saturday and Sunday, December 21 and 22. Get your tickets early for this annual screening, as it typically sells out. The Dryden is part of the George Eastman House, located at 900 East Ave. Movie tickets run $6-$8. Visit dryden. eastmanhouse.org for more information. — BY TREVOR LEWIS SOME SAY IMITATION IS THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY WE SAY YOUR RETURN BUSINESS IS BETTER Dinner Special Ever Da ! All specials include homemade soup and dessert! Specials vary daily, from beef stew to chicken ‘n biscuits, fresh veal parmesan & more! Enjo our ﬁn al of your craving a 2612 W. Henrietta Rd. | 585-424-3710 | Open 24/7 JAY’S DINER Art Exhibits Hartnett Gallery, Wilson Commons, University of Rochester, River Campus. “Deconstructing Scapes” by Zahra Nazari. Through Jan 19. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m. blogs.rochester. edu/hartnett. Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Ave. Holiday Show 2013. Through Dec 22. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.7 p.m., Sun 12-4 p.m. imagecityphotographygallery. com. International Art Acquisitions, 3300 Monroe Ave. “Nutcrackers.” Through Dec 31. The holiday experience is celebrated in Sam Paonessa’s original oil on canvas “Nutcracker” series. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m. 264-1440. internationalartacquisitions.com. Link Gallery at City Hall, 30 Church St. “See Us Now...Greater Rochester’s Asian-American Community” Exhibition. Through Jan 27. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Reception Dec 16, 5:307:30 p.m. by invitation, RSVP required. 208-8614. info@ apaaroc.org. cityofrochester.gov. Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave. Scott Matyjaszek. thelittle.org. Lower Link Gallery, Central Library, 115 South Ave. Art of the Book. Artist Books and Altered Books. 428-8053. libraryweb.org/artofthebook. Main Street Artists’ Gallery & Studio, 1115 E Main St. Main Street Artists’ First Friday open studio show and sale. First Friday 4-9 p.m. will kick off a month-long exhibit of works by Linda M. Cala of East Rochester. Jazz by Ralph DeBergalis & DUCK REUBEN 120 EAST AVENUE 325-3663 Mon-Sun 11:30am–2am victoirebar.com ROCHESTER’S ORIGINAL COME TRY Gifts for Gardeners Greenhouse & Florist POIN POINSETTIAS TIAS S HOLLY H Y W WREATHS R HS GARLAND GAR ND TREES S We carry ALL the accessories and wood chips! FREE NEST with purchase of Egg! Sale ends 12/22/13 Rooted in excellence since 1957 Let us send Flowers to Someone Special this Holiday! Fresh Holiday Arrangements by Sue e Gazing Globes Indoor Plants Bird baths Granite Benches Pottery & Much More! 2832 Clover St. (corner of Clover & Jefferson) Pittsford • 586-3017 • www.galleas.com OPEN 7 DAYS - ALL YEAR LONG PROPANE REFILLS Rooted in excellence since 1957 Co. will be performed. Work by other members of the Main Street Artists will also be on display and for sale. 233-5645. mainstreetartistsgallery.com. Main Street Arts, 20 W Main St., Clifton Springs. “Fabulous Fibers.” Through Dec. WedSun 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 315-4620210. firstname.lastname@example.org. mainstreetartsgallery.com. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave. Lockhart Gallery through Dec 13: “Connoisseurs Around the Corner: Gifts of Art from MAG’s Founding Family.” Grand Gallery through Dec 29: “Memory Theatre.” Wed-Sun 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 276-8900. mag.rochester.edu. Mercer Gallery at Monroe Communtiy College, 1000 E. Henrietta Rd. Luis Alberto Decurgez. Through Dec 14. Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 292-3121. monroecc.edu/go/mercer. Mill Art Center & Gallery, 61 N Main St. Honeoye Falls. “Art Crescendo.” Through Feb 15. Monday 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tue 2-5 p.m., Wed 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thu 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 6247740. millartcenter.com. Nan Miller Gallery, 3450 Winton Place. Albert Paley maquettes. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Six dynamic Albert Paley maquettes (small studies) designed for his mo