I suppose. It just seems that "ballsy" is ... pardon me ... low-hanging fruit.
Similarly, as I may go off here, "anal" and "douchey" are sharp and succinctly descript personality characterizations, but are they really "les mots justes"? I find their common usage actually inures us to their own base meanings, to the point where we forget what we're actually saying. Is evoking images of where the sun don't shine our only option?
Whatever did people do in centuries past to artfully describe a tenacious woman?
Perhaps a pop culture infusion is needed for that modern bite and genderized bent . How about the following adjectives: chaka, cher, tina, joan, rhoda ...
Fellas, if you find it diminishing to have your strong qualities described as "tina," please consider how we ladies must feel when our better traits are described as testicular. It's worth being mindful of it.
I don't know why everyone is so concerned - maybe ya'll didn't hear - football is back at Monroe High School!! smh
Right. Yes, those are all words that also mean brave, but they're lacking that same (at the risk of sounding SUPER pretentious) je ne sais quoi—that bite, you know?
But I do see your point, and I absolutely agree.
Gutsy, bold, brass, daring, fearless, spirited ...
Governor Cuomo not giving counties .35 cents collected by wireless cell phones. He's keeping the money. That .35 cents should go to counties 911 call centers for fire and emergency calls not in the pocket of Mr. Cuomo. I have filed a complaint with the FCC you should to it's called fraud.
The school modernization legislation - smells fishy as hell. Why not wait until people know what the hell is going on?!! SOMEBODY FOLLOW THE MONEY PLEASE!
I'm with the roch musician on this. The article would have more bite if the author would've done a quick google search to find out. Something is going on. I believe it's gross dysfunction in CO. They need 10 people to turn a page in a book, and even get that wrong. Look at the modernization fiasco. No connection/ communication between the city and school. And no journalist poking around for answers. I kind of wish Jean Claude Bizzard was still here so that Rachael Barnhart would be interested enough to expose all the shim shamming ( my own word) that's going on.
Mr. Eagle. Mr. Macaluso made no such assumption. He merely extrapolated on the idea that parental involvement among the poor help mitigate some of the effects of poverty on students. It's not the school's fault that the absentee rate is so high. Parents making sure their children are in school from 8am-4pm every day all but eliminates absenteeism. It's not teacher's fault that some kids aren't learning at the same pace as their peers. Parents who make sure their kids are in the house after dinner, doing their homework, encouraging learning, is the ONLY way to guarantee that children have a chance in this world. It's too easy to blame culture or socio-economic class, or to claim that only teachers and administrators who come from the same place as oneself can effectively educate their children. No Mr. Eagle, you get the children, and then the future you create. If you aren't involved in YOUR OWN child's education, you are as much a failure as they will be. Put your child on the bus, walk or drive him to school. Whatever it takes. Make sure the school calls you immediately if your child is absent. Then do something about it when they do. Make sure his homework is done, and "ground him" if it's not. It's called being a responsible parent. Not demanding that the schools take care of your kid for you.
Hey Kate, thanks for the comment and I'm so glad you enjoy my reviews! You're absolutely right, and it's something I admit that I hadn't considered. It's silly, but the connection to being "manly" didn't even occur to me, I just wanted a word for "courageous" that had a bit more of a crude bite to it, since that's in keeping with the film's tone. I appreciate you calling my attention to this though!
Now I'm racking my brain: is there a non-gendered or even a female equivalent?
Thank you for the catch, kcraft28. Photo has been updated for proper credit.
Ugh. Remember this from last spring?
photo by Annette Dragon
Adam, I love your reviews! But as a gal reading this review about a gal in a film directed by a gal, I wince at the term "ballsy." Being brave is not being manly; it's being brave. Courage comes from the heart, not from nature's testosterone factories!
I do wish that our local media would do a better job reporting all kinds of positive stories about Rochester city school district students. What a disservice is done to these children to see their local media--including City News--constantly reflecting such negativity. Why shouldn't we expect students to fail when they constantly see failure reflected back at them from supposedly well-meaning journalists? There was a time when "School News" was an important part of a newspaper's commitment to the community and the daily activities of kids in schools was exalted as important. If Tim says that parental engagement may be key, I would say that perhaps he and his colleagues could also be better engaged in the lives of our city kids if they truly want to see improvement in academic outcomes.
Damn Mr. Macaluso --- did it not occur to you that your idea about " last week’s awards ceremony [representing] a reminder that the most effective mitigation of poverty’s influence on students just might begin with parents" --- just might represent a quantum-leap, and perhaps an asinine assumption that ALL of the "several dozen students" live in poverty?
Thank you for this review. I regret missing this festival and will keep an eye on next year. Nice to hear the Brubeck blood continues on. I've been a Rachel Brooke fan for years and urge you to check out more of her catalog.
Good reviewing from City as usual, but it is nonetheless disappointing that none of the bloggers got to the Shia Maestro Trio at the Rochester Club for what was clearly the highlight of the night (and probably one of the best acts of the entire Festival). The music was progressive and highly original, and the talent of the players phenomenal. Shai Maestro was here a few years ago with the great bassist Avishai Cohen, but the bass player he brought with him this time was surely the equal of Avishai and perhaps even more inventive in the ways he managed to coax amazing sounds out of his instrument. The drummer was top-flight as well. One hopes this group will be invited back soon and put in a venue that will bring in an even larger crowd.
I liked the second set a lot. It did strike me as unusual that they alternated pieces that were out or close to out (usually Ballantyne's, e.g. Round Again) with pieces that were VERY in (usually Nussbaum's). I think I have a pretty broad appreciation of the idiom, so I liked them both. They did everything well. But I could see that someone would like just half the set. They demanded a broad taste, or vocabulary, of their audience.
The drummer with Melissa Aldana (who was terrific) was Francisco Mela. He's played at the festival a few times before--with Esperanza Spaulding, Antonio Ciacca, and Joe Lovano.
Re: Vijay. I saw his second set. I heard the same review from others there. I am guessing they fixed the sound for the second set; it wasn't bad. He explained that because his parents were there, he did his "PG" material in the first set; we got the late night material. I am guessing the second set was more adventurous. I thought it was great. He didn't break until 45 minutes in and played till 11:30.
Agree about Kari Ikonen.
Melissa Aldana was fantastic at Max. Not really out but chordless. Nice balance of freedom and structure.
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