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Weekly Rochester Events #227: Approximate Pie

Thursday, May 15, 2003

Last week seemed like a disaster as far as updated items after "publishing" on Wednesday. There was Earl Cram Revue near the The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) on Saturday, the Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood Association meeting on Monday, SnmnmnmMP3 link at Lilac Festival and guest bartending at Drinks by Mary Dawn (535 S. Clinton) for Center for Missing and Exploited Children on Tuesday, and Longwave at House of Guitars (645 Titus Ave.) I think that's a new record. Admittedly, most of the information came in late to me so I had to put it up as I knew it, but still ...

Oh, what else. A few weeks ago, I borrowed a G-Tech Pro device from a friend at work and popped it in the Civic. It gets the performance I expected when the car was new so I guess it's doing pretty well ... 0-60 in 10.4 seconds, 60-0 in 152 feet, and a quarter mile in 18.12 seconds at 76.8 miles per hour. Since the thing works on force sensors, I thought I might be able to get a quarter mile time on my bike. I had a 12V battery pack and put it in the box on the back of the bike, and strapped on the G-Tech device. I tried four or five runs, but no matter what, I couldn't get it to calculate the quarter mile time. It erroneously made a guess at a 0-60 time even though I never made it to 60, but no luck on the quarter mile. When I got back home after a half-hour or so of exhaustive sprinting, I figured that if I accelerated for 10 seconds (the first 0.028 miles) with an average speed of 10 miles per hour then maintained 19 miles per hour for the duration of the quarter mile, it would be 52 seconds with a final speed of 19 miles per hour. If I topped out at 22 miles per hour instead, it would be around 46 seconds. It's definitely faster by car.

Speaking of cars, [whoa whoa whoa ... hold off on that segue.]

On Wednesday I took the day off and got to go to Lilac Festival. I got my annual dose of fried dough and walked around. Oh, and I got to do some serious walking in my sandals that I made from old car tires [watch it ... not car talk yet.] They're basically working prototypes and are not comfortable enough, but they stay on, didn't break, and didn't cause any blisters yet. While I was there I saw these Global Electric Motorcars, LLC cars and got some information [wait for it ...] Afterward I stopped at the somewhat new Japanese restaurant Ichiban (1330 Mt. Hope Ave.) I got some sushi and it was fresh and pretty good. After getting accustomed to their style, I liked the higher-than-average proportion of vegetables in the rolls. The flavors are subtle and balanced, but don't really blend. I'll still recommend them, though, and they may be a good alternative for nearby take-out ... oh, and the ambiance is a bit sterile, so make that two votes for take-out.

[Ok, now ...] speaking of cars, I went to Doan Dodge (4477 Ridge Rd.) afterward and test drove one of those nifty Global Electric Motorcars, LLC cars. We could only go around the parking lot because they won't go fast enough (about 25-30 mph maximum) for Ridge Road ... a definite minus. Also, they drove like nice little golf carts. While cute, and at least an effort out of a major car manufacturer for some middle-ground electric vehicle, it's completely inadequate for what I'm looking for. I gave the salesman a bit of an unwelcomed lecture about what I was looking for: a one- or two-person vehicle with a little storage space that has a range of about 50 miles (the GEM has a respectable range of 30 miles) at 45 to 50 miles per hour. As I told him, I can replace 0-4 mile trips largely with my bike, but most of my local commuting is in the 4-20 mile range so I'd need a vehicle that can get me there and back on a single charge. Plus, it would need to be able to keep up on all secondary roads which is the reason for the 45 MPH speed.

I don't think he really cared to hear about it at all ... he just wanted whatever bonus they get for selling the $5,000 golf cart.

Ok, enough car talk for now. I went to Tapas One Seventy Seven (177 Saint Paul St.) on Tuesday night but the TestDate event had been cancelled. I assume it was because of poor turnout. I had decided not to go but I wanted to stop in and see what it would have been like with more people.

Oh yeah, and on Saturday I worked as a housing contractor for Flower City Habitat for Humanity through Single Volunteers of Rochester. When I went to lunch at O'Bagelo's (165 State Street) I felt like I never wanted to do construction work again. We were cutting and installing drywall and I felt bad because we needed to ask so many questions and made some minor errors. Erwin, our supervisor from Habitat, was very tolerant and didn't get mad or do things for us, unlike myself who would have totally flipped out when people didn't figure things out. Anyway, the afternoon went much better and we got into the swing of getting stuff done without much supervision. The guy who was going to do the taping was very pleased because the seams were tight and the screw holes were well spaced. Our group of 6 or so people basically finished about 2 rooms and part of the bathroom which I think was pretty good. By the end of the day I changed my mind and think I'd like to go back and try it again.

On the entertainment front ... eh ... nothing thrilling. I got to the 13th anniversary show at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) on Saturday but just sat in the bar area in one place for a few hours as people I knew came up and talked to me. It was pretty crowded and that was way easier. I also got down there on Tuesday and saw a couple good bands ... a really good non-jammy groove rock band Sexual Marmalade and a "underpower pop" (as I called them ... like power pop, but with less power) band Coppards. Other than that, though, I was pretty much a shut-in.


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  • Nirgendwo in Afrika (at The Little) - This is the story of some Jews who escape to Kenya to get away from the Holocaust ... but I guess it's really pretty good because it was voted one of the best films of the High Falls Film Festival in 2002.
  • The Dancer Upstairs (at The Little) - I guess John Malkovich directed this one, but I really don't know anything about what it's about ... I guess there might be a dancer upstairs, though, and from what I can gather, something about a man searching for a guerilla leader in some South American country.
  • The Matrix Reloaded - Apparently, the matrix blue-screened and they had to reboot it. I believe I will have to see this movie ... possibly even "now" in a crowded theater on opening night. *Sigh*
  • Down with Love - Finally a movie title that appeals to my personal romantic policies. The actual film behind it isn't really like that, but at least it's a start.

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Fly the flag today.Peace Officers Memorial Day (half-staff)

Tonight at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is a Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered Open Mike starting around 7. It's for both pros and amateurs, so if you feel the need to listen, support, or express yourself, head on down.

I heard a rumor that the talented and witty acoustic duo Earl Cram Revue will be down at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) tonight starting around 7 or so.

Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight is The QuakesMP3 link and really good countrified rock/rockabilly from Angry Johnny and the Killbillies\ starting early around 9:30 followed by DJ's at 11.

Over at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) tonight is their Second Anniversary Party from 5 to 7. They say you'll need an invitation which you can get by stopping in or through their e-mail, but I'm not so sure they'll turn you awway ... no promises, though.

Over at Le Club Shock at Analog Shock (674 South Ave.) tonight around 8 is Adrian CrowleyMP3 link from Ireland, Ian Downey, and the subtle sound of Sneaky Dragons (assuming he doesn't switch things around.)

Hey, check out the Total Lunar Eclipse starting tonight around 10:00, peaking at 11:40 and ending at 1:20 tomorrow morning. This is when the sun gets between the Earth and moon, obscuring its view.

Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is hosting an Acoustic Open Jam from 8 to 10. For this one, there's no microphones and it's designed to be more of a true jam.

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The Nuts and Bolts (see their site at ImprovAmerica too) improv troupe will be doing a show at German House (315 Gregory St.) tonight at 8. Two months ago they were really funny, and I missed last month. They've also added what they called an "enhanced" version of the show if you come out join the troupe starting around 6 for Happy Hour for food and drink specials.

Over at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) tonight is another House of Hellfira show Allied v. 2 featuring industrial music from Diana BehlkeMP3 link (whose instrumentation includes sax, clarinet, various wind instruments, and a dijareedoo) Silent AuctionMP3 link, Aural SurgeryMP3 link with DJ Dangler and DJ Copper Top all starting around 10.

I guess it's a big deal that Edna's Driveway(former members of The Horseflies) will be at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) tonight starting around 8:30 or so, I'd guess ...

In a rare Friday show, Little Killers will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30.

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Checked personally by Jayce O'Bagelo's, 165 State Street, noon.

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing K-19: The Widowmaker starting at 8. When this came out last year, I said, "And I thought the K-12 was hard to ski ..." Now I'll get to ask the director, Kathryn Bigelow.

The solidly talented modern rock band Veluxe, 5 Watt Bulb and the heavy-rock band BitpartGarageBand link will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 10:30.

Over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.), Peachy Neachys will be there (as Peache Nietzches) starting around 10:30. I talked with Jack in the band last week and he explained that there were three basic rules when the band was formed: nobody can get kicked out but anyone may leave, when they join the band they can't know how to play their chosen instrument already, and they'll quit when it stops being fun. This explains a whole lot about their sound.

Over at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) is the awsome percussive groove-rock of The BuddhaHoodMP3 link with the pretty good groove-rock band Hypnotic ClambakeMP3 link starting around 9:30.

For a bit of cover band and modern rock action, check out Uncle PlumGarageBand linkMP3 link way out at Spenders (1600 Lyell Ave.) starting around 10.

For modern rock and covers closer to home, Perfect World will be at Alexander Street Pub (291 Alexander St.) starting around 9:30.

Today and tomorrow at Lilac Festival is the Art in the Park Show from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (although I guess it only runs until the festival closes at 6 tomorrow.)

Over at Hutchinson House (930 East Ave.) is the Third Annual Estate And Garden Sale for George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) from 8:30 to 4 today and 10 to 4 tomorrow.

Over at Mt. Hope Cemetery (South Gate) today from 1 to 3 (or is it starting at 1 and at 3?) is a tour titled The Back Forty.

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Checked personally by Jayce Lilac Festival ends today.

The SpidersGarageBand link and HilkkaMP3 link will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 9.

I really do try to figure out what this is, I just forget ... anyway, the Grand Pictionary Contest is back at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 8.

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Fly the flag today.Armed Forces Day

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Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight is The Forty-Fives, El Destructo, The Nice Device, and The AudiosMP3 link starting around 10:30.

Updated: Surprise! The really good funk/jazz band Astronomical UnitGarageBand link will be at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) tonight starting around 8 for free.

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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing ABC Africa starting at 8. A documentary about AIDS in Uganda.

Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting early around 8 is The Infusion with Nod II starting around 9:30.

Not ready for mainstream Tonight from 8 to 10 is an Open-Mic Comedy Night at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) While once it was a workshop type of environment, it's now more-or-less a regular open mic ... by default it's still a place to try out new stuff.
 
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