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Re: “Feedback 8/19

It's very likely the Convention Center work and the new theater are done deals There will be no meaningful public input and they will never be put to a public vote.

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Posted by HS on 08/21/2015 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Theater math

I hope Brother Wease can persuade the rep to provide information as to how many tickets are sold to people living outside Monroe County. Outside NY State?

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Posted by HS on 07/22/2015 at 7:23 AM

Re: “Theater math

http://www.radio951.com/media/podcast-waiofm-podcast-TheWeaseShow/ In a Brother Wease podcast interview with the RBTL spokesperson on 7/16 the rep states we are talking about the entire revitalization of downtown. Wease seems to agree. To me it seems that the RBTL is only a booking group. A look at their 2013 tax filing shows they sent $8.5 million out of town in artists fees. This seems to say even if nothing is done the RBTL will remove $85 million from the Rochester economy over the next 10 years. Is this revitalization or what a former president referred to as "voodoo economics"? Economic revitalization is a term that is thrown around but we never get any facts. I hope Wease can persuade the rep
provide information as to how many people form outside Monroe County.

The rep also praises the Durham Performing Arts Center in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina and uses it to support his points. This 2700 seat theater opened in 2008 costing $48 million. The Research Triangle has a population of a little over 2 million and is growing. Monroe County has a population of 750,000 and is shrinking but someone wants a larger theater. The comparison is not appropriate.

To me the best thing would be for the City to get the $70 - 80 million dollars in an escrow account to support the arts in Rochester. The big problem is the state probably doesn't allow this but only supports big construction projects. We need to support people not mega-buildings. In Toronto revitalization has included converting unused buildings into theaters. This would really revitalize Rochester. New right sized facilities for dance, music and theater. This would support both the arts and construction people and keep the money in Rochester

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Posted by HS on 07/22/2015 at 7:20 AM

Re: “Two firms proposed to study new performing arts center downtown

In 20 years of deception the RBTL has yet to produce a cash/benefit analysis or back-up their claims of out-of -towners they bring to Rochester. I'm sure they know who they sell tickets to. Facts will only make them look bad. They once touted a fund raiser for a theater and came up empty. When Renaissance Square fell through we heard about all the interest expressed by developers outside the city. Again nothing! Who paid what I recall was the $6 million spent regarding the theater at that time? When the Town of Irondequoit was moving against Medley Center an RBTL s[pokes person told RB everything was great. The interview was a softball and again in spite of assurances, nothing happened. RB needs to be reminded the proposed cost of the Renaissance Square theater would have paid the city's support of the jazz festival for 411 years.

This project has some of the odor of the soccer stadium project. This seemed like a misuse of public money at the time but the project was rammed through. Now we have the perspective of looking back. Does any one think that money was well spent? Rochester Wiki has a quote on the state audit of that project. "Due to the lack of diligence performed on the Rochester Rhinos Soccer Stadium project, one local and two state agencies did not undertake sufficient review and oversight to ascertain whether a $19 million public grant was a good investment of taxpayers dollars, according to an audit released by State Comptroller Thomas
P. DiNapoli at a Rochester news conference today." How much did this project cost the taxpayers of Rochester? How much is it costing Rochester's taxpayers today? Does anyone know? Will anyone tell us? Has anyone taken responsibility ? A recent D&C article pointed out deficiencies in that stadium.

We don't need a study to select a site, we need a feasibility study, and not by a bunch of jaded bureaucrats, but by a group of people young enough to be optimistic and honest. I would suggest a project by students of the Simon School. We don't need to spend our money outside our area we have talented people here.

Isn't there a local group that is concerned enough about our city and county that will file a lawsuit to stop this legalized theft? We elected representatives not rulers and they should be answerable to the citizens. Sadly it's clear we can't get good representation through the ballot box.

Posted by HS on 07/08/2015 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Final thoughts: Jazz Festival 2015

I've been told I should have pointed out that sound levels at some performances are too loud. A quick web search indicated there are phone apps for measuring loudness. http://www.healthyhearing.com/report/47805-The-best-phone-apps-to-measure-noise-levels This is an issue that should have an easy fix.

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Posted by HS on 07/03/2015 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Final thoughts: Jazz Festival 2015

I once took a management class in which the students were asked to think of a coworker. Only one person in the class thought of someone for a positive reason. The instructor pointed out that this was typical. The Jazz Festival is a great event but a little carping should be expected. Too bad the carping doesn't come with useful suggestions.

The three show idea is not practical so give it up.

Waiting in lines gives you a chance to see and talk to people you may only see once a year. Reserved seating would destroy the festival vibe and it would just be like going to another show. Ticketed but unreserved seating would still result in lines but line counts could let people know where the cutoff is. It seems to be human nature for people to justify cutting into the line so there is no perfect solution.

Waiting in line on rainy days might be annoying. Having umbrella bags as Wegman's does would help keep interiors dry.

Abilene was a lousy venue, standing, too crowded and noisy. Tried once to go to the new Squeezers but there was a long waiting line after the show had started so I left. "Americana" seems to be big throughout the year and is a big draw at the festival. It seems like some work needs to be done to find the right locaton.

Jazz Street is often too crowded especially on weekends. A way to keep the sidewalk open needs to be worked out. Moving the food vendors to Main Street was a good idea but didn't solve the problem. Sorry I have no useful ideas.

Some type of street theater on the closed off Main Street/tent area would add to the festival feeling. We don't need more musicians on the streets but some theater might be good. This may not exist in Rochester as the Best Busker contest seems to draw only musicians.

Will the guy from the other paper give up on his daily picks. This only leads to over crowding at some venues and light attendance at others. The festival web site gives us links to sound samples and websites. We can figure it out ourselves.

http://tessasouter.com/blog/ Tessa Souters blog describes her trip to Rochester.

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Posted by HS on 07/02/2015 at 6:15 PM

Re: “JAZZ FEST 2015: City's Daily Jazz Blogs

On Wednesday night the Omer Avital Quintet played the best set to date of the 2015 XRIJF before a little over 200 fans. On Thursday the Stanley Cl arke Band played two sold out shows of 700. To me this was one of the worst shows of any of the 14 festivals. Three electronic keyboards and a drum kit with 7 cymbals says it all. Based on the cheering at least 95% of the crowd wouldn't agree with me. At the Ali Jackson Trio 10 o'clock show the 2 minute hi-hat solo on Tea for Two by Ali had more musicality than the entire Clarke set.

What is it with Tea for Two? After not hearing the tune for quite a while it was played by Holly Cole, Bill Charlap and Ali Jackson. A quick search showed it is the 90th anniversary of it being written but no one brought that up.

Theo Croker's group played a nice set at Kilbourn.

Earlier in the festival some nice sets were done by some of the less hyped groups. These include Dave Gibsons Boom, Kavita Shah, The Splendor, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque's 10 o'clock show at the Rochester Club and Saxofour.

A brief but special moment was John Nugent being introduced by his daughter to open the festival at Kilbourn Hall.

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Posted by HS on 06/26/2015 at 11:47 AM

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