When people stumble upon my
not-so-secret identity as a movie critic, they often start chucking questions
at me. Most believe that getting paid to give your unsolicited and subjective
opinion sounds like a dream, and I do spend a great deal of time pinching
myself. But when the clock strikes midnight and I'm trying to get enthusiastic
about a film I had zero interest in seeing, it can seem a little nightmarish.
is a time when every cook wishes time could stand still and the bounty of the
fall last forever." So says Max chef-owner Tony Gullace, and you'll get no
argument from the dozens of food-loving friends who jumped to say what they
like best about food in the fall.
Late this summer there
were at least two terrific "Winemaker" dinners at Ravines Wine Cellars overlooking
Keuka Lake --- Chasing Pinot: In Search
of the Perfect Pinot Noir and Meritage:
The Art of Blending. "Meritage"?
There's a certain smell to freshly
mowed grass on a high school football field, a mixture of chlorophyll and dew
and mud that wafts into a player's nose and triggers a release of adrenaline
and testosterone that carries him through the picturesque violence that will
consume his mind and body and soul for a quartet of 12-minute quarters. Books and movies like Friday Night Lights can only go so far
in relaying the passion and release that is a high school football game.
The opening of the concert season is a cause for celebration
any time, but this year is particularly noteworthy. Resident musicians --- in the Rochester Philharmonic and
smaller classical groups, from the Eastman School's outstanding faculty, and in
churches and other venues --- will continue to provide exceptional
Not too many things have lasted for
50 years in Monroe County, but the Rochester Americans have. Since the Amerks were founded a
half-century ago, the demographics of its hometown have completely changed,
Kodak has withered away, and countless other American Hockey League teams have
come and gone.
Why, over two centuries after Mozart
lived, is he still such a fixture in our cultural consciousness? Why, as we
near the 250th anniversary of his birth, is a worldwide celebration mounting,
with orchestras clamoring to produce concerts of his music, tourists tracing
his footsteps in Austria, and Steinway and Sons giving away an
all-expenses-paid trip to Salzburg, the city of his birth?
Well, the Rochester Arts and Lectures series is already sold
out. If you don't have tickets, you may be able to get standing-room-only
tickets to hear Khaled Hosseini (The Kite
Runner)and Alexander McCall
Smith (The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency,
The Sunday Philosophy Club) --- both
It's time for the local theatrics to
gear up and people to start dancing. You will have your pick of performances to
attend, from community theater shows in school gymnatoriums to visiting
blockbusters --- along with a matching range in ticket price --- but here's
what we're excited about.