Weekly Rochester Events #376: Hobson's Choice Expired

Thursday, March 23, 2006

I'm not sure what's up with it, but RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map) is finally giving The University of Rochester (Elmwood Ave. at Intercampus Dr., details on River Campus Map) a run for its money in so much as lecturers are concerned. RIT has five lectures and discussions (there's actually a couple more) — four of them on Friday alone. What gives? I might actually go there to check something out.

Anyway, on Wednesday I stopped by the The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) to see about grants from ARTWalk (University Ave. at Atlantic Ave.) to make new artistic bus shelters on University Avenue. A woman from The Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) (1372 E. Main St.) was there to answer questions about the shelters themselves [I thought her name was Dawn S. but I could find no such person on the RGRTA webiste, and it was Doug Rice who introduced her and if you've ever heard Doug speak, it's unlikely I didn't hear him correctly]. Anyway, the funny part was that she said that at RGRTA, "customer servce is our biggest focus." I mean, come on: this is the state-sponsored public transportation monopoly where trip-time compares somewhere between walking and bicycling.


Here's a not-so-absurd route: from my house (45 Whiteford Rd.) to O'Bagelo's (165 State St.) If I plug it into Google Maps, I get a distance of 3.2 miles which would take about 50 minutes if walking briskly at 4 miles an hour. If I plug the same course into RGRTA's Trip Planning Page the shortest trip is 20 minutes with an additional quarter-mile walk for a total of about 24 minutes. If you trolled along on a bike at 10 miles an hour, it would only take 19 minutes, handily beating the bus.

I guess they think these "customers" they are "serving" are the people who'll bask in the glow of their Renaissance Square project. I mean, does anybody think the members of RGRTA board of commissioners ever ride the bus?

But I digress.

The rest of the meeting was fairly informative but I wasn't entirely satisfied on the answers to the questions. The impression I got was to include contingencies in your grant application: for instance, include the costs associated with pouring your own foundation with the option to skip it if it isn't necessary.

Anyway, on Thursday evening I finally got a chance to go visit the Extreme Materials exhibition at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) All the art was quite good, especially when the medium was an integral part of the message. For instance, the presidential "commemorative" plates with images made by masking naturally-deposited smog were quite clever.

After that I went to the auditorium to listen to Larry Fuente discuss his contribution: the "Mad Cad," a bedecked 1960 Cadillac Sedan de Ville and somewhat of a centerpiece in the show. The vehicle and all its accoutrements is indeed a sight to behold (and, for some unexplained reason, the interior smelled vaguely like a cleaned hotel room.) Anyway, Larry discussed his history and gave a slideshow of his clever, pun-filled artwork made mostly from found materials (especially early on when he was very poor and would dig things from a beach near his home that was previously a dump.) At one point he quipped that the show should have been called "Mundane Materials" because it's not the materials that are extreme, just their use; I had thought the same thing but I'll just give him credit because he said it in public first. [Darn.]

Friday morning I went out for a walk like I sometimes do. I was crossing the street and a car came around the corner pretty hard, just sneaking past me in the crosswalk. I was pretty close so I reached out and smacked the side window hard to let the guy know he was too damn close. He apparently got pretty upset about it and came back to argue.

Initially I said he almost ran me down so I hit the car to let him know he was too close. He said that I was hurrying across the street and should have just stopped, claiming that he honked the horn to let me know he was there (I remember it that he honked after he was out of the intersection, after I hit the car [and I wonder who's right and whose memory adapted to protect their self-righteousness].) I could have continued — it's state law to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk — but instead I just apologized and suggested that "we all be more careful."

In the last few months, two phrases have been floating around in my mind and this little vignette cemented them both; they are: "choose your battles" and "let him who is without sin cast the first stone" (which is a paraphrase of John 8:7 from the Bible). The thing that has been bugging me is that these proverbs can be interpreted several ways.

In "choose your battles," I think most people interpret that to mean, "you have limited resources, so you can't fight every battle." I have come to interpret it as, "base your decision of when to fight and when to compromise on how the outcome of each will improve your position overall." Like with that guy: I could have continued to fight — based on the popular interpretation, I should have for I had the resources to continue to argue. I decided to apologize instead because it was more important to me to be respected and recognized as a human being — one whose legs would snap like twigs against the forces of a speeding car — and I thought that by doing so, I could accomplish that goal. My only regret is that I didn't go further to really convey that idea to him.

In "let him who is without sin cast the first stone," I think most people interpret this, "remember that you also [Biblically] sin," or worse, "never [Biblically] sin (or admit to it if you do) and stock up on stones." I think of it in another sense: "everyone makes mistakes, so it is best to forgive than to punish for we'll all be [Biblically] judged in the end." I don't really believe in the concept of being judged by an all-powerful God (a conscious entity that can communicate like man) but that's another topic entirely. The way I see it, if one person judges another's behavoir, they really have no right to enact punishment.

Now, I know this is a huge can of worms — condemning vengeance in the American justice system — but consider:

  • People are fallible.
  • Inherited disposition aside, people act the way they've been taught — by parents, by peers, and by society.
  • In operant conditioning, a varied schedule of positive reinforcement is the best way to encourage a certain behavior. Unfortunately, by consistently punishing bad behavior, every time you fail to punish undesirable behavior, that looks exactly like a varied schedule of positive reinforcment for the undesirable behavior.
  • Society shuns discussion about certain topics (golly, I mean who hasn't been in a discussion with a friend when they admit, "I'm sexually aroused by young boys"?) which tends to punish seeking help and treatment.

To get back to the guy in the car, some of the alternatives involving casting stones would be battles that would be better left un-fought. I could have called the cops and had the guy arrested, ticketed, or at least scolded — but what would that accomplish? Maybe to antagonize him further against pedestrians? What if I just shot him right there? I mean, that would be one less reckless driver on the road, right? Or maybe I just back down, realize that lots of people are in a hurry and everybody has poor judgement once in a while.

But speaking of Biblically sinning [no, not that Biblical sin] ... on Friday I went to a friend's house for a spectacularly delicious meal of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and booze — of which I shamelessly consumed each in approximately equal volumes. Maybe more booze than anything else. But this led me to give the whole "quitting drinking" thing another whirl for that eloquently non-specific "for a while." Not that I intend to entirely quit drinking, just "for a while."

After spending Saturday recovering, I went to Mex (295 Alexander St.) on Sunday to volunteer as an extra in Matt Ehlers's new film, Smoking Laws which is about the unique social structures that exist among smokers as they venture outside in the cold. Myself and the dozen or so other people there represented bar patrons in one scene and restaurant patrons in another. It was quite a bit of fun. I guess he's looking for more people on-and-off based on the schedule on the website.

On Tuesday I made it out to a couple things. First, I went to George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see a couple Louis Malle documentaries at the Dryden Theatre. First up was his short film about the strength, stress, and pain of riding in the Tour de France in Vive le tour. It's remarkably well-shot and unless you follow the trends in bicycle technology, it seems surprising that it was made in 1962, based on footage filmed several years prior. Next was Humain, trop humain (Human, Too Human) from 1974. According to the woman who introduced the film, Malle apparently wanted to have the audience feel as though they worked a full shift in the factory ... I'd say he succeeded. It was arduous just to watch these people repeat the same task over and over again. Having done that kind of work (rarely, because I really can't stand it) it's more a matter of balancing how far you zone out: the goal is to pay just enough attention to not screw up, but otherwise be lost in thought somewhere else. The faces of the workers were certainly not joy-filled, but by showing no emotion at all, you couldn't discern whether they were absent, unhappy, or both. Regardless, work like that is completely dehumanizing any way you slice it.

A few days ago I noticed that the contents of my pockets, when emptied into the basket on the nightstand, seemed to be missing something but I just couldn't figure out what. The missing item was revealed to me when I stopped to see some bands at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.): earplugs. I ended up substituting balled-up napkins but (by my estimate) they only offer around 6 decibels reduction versus 29 dB from the foam ones I have. I couldn't lean against the speakers as I usually do and had to stand pretty far back.

First up was A WonderfulMySpace link who are a down-tempo, percussion-rich rock band with bass, guitar, keyboards, a drum kit, and a fill-in, freeform drumer. I only had a chance to see their last few songs, but what I heard I generally liked. Shapes and SizesMySpace link had their own unique flavor of ordered chaos ... I rather liked it, but I preferred it when they drifted toward more coherent power-pop. "Goldenhead" was one of those songs, and its melody/chorus transition reminded me quite a bit of Bishop AllenMySpace link's "Empire City." That is, assuming my recollection of what "Goldenhead" sounded like is correct (since I couldn't find a sample on the Internet.)

Oh, and my reason for showing up in the first place was easily fulfilled: the women in Shapes and SizesMySpace link are really cute, even if they are way too young for a creepy old guy like me.


Get Set GoMySpace link will apparently be doing an in-store performance at Record Archive (1880 East Ave.) at 4 p.m. [source: WBER calendar] [all ages]

According to the uninformative calendar, today is the first of three days (until March 26) of the Visioning for Downtown Rochester Professional Design Charrette at The Rochester Regional Community Design Center (RRCDC) (1115 E. Main St., in the Hungerford Complex) possibly starting at 7 p.m. each day. Your guess is as good as mine. [source: Rochester Regional Community Design Center calendar]

Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) in the Auditorium is a concert titled Women's Voices: African American Gospel Music Singers featuring Louella Knighton, Maggie Moore-Holley, Knighton's band, soloists, and members of AKOMA Gospel Choir. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Tonight from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. in the Library Idea Factory on the 1st Floor at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map) is a discussion titled Arabs and Muslims are Right to be Angry: We Have to Stand Against Racism. [source: RIT Events Calendar site]

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is a play titled Rochester Women of Distinction set in "'The Magistory Museum' where statues and paintings of famous people come to life." [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) will be hosting acoustic duo with great vocal harmonies, Red Branch starting around 8 p.m. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Invaders From Mars starting at 8 p.m. Among the best of 1950's science fiction — Eastman House's events calendar description begins with, "'Gee, whiz!,' exclaims young David (Jimmy Hunt), as he witnesses a flying saucer landing near his home." Somebody actually wrote that piece of dialog. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at A|V Art Sound Space (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #8 in the Public Market, formerly the All-Purpose Room) is Drew DanburryMySpace link, Tiger SawMySpace link with Dan BlakesleeMySpace link, YacobMySpace link, and somewhat dreary acoustic from CarbonicMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: A|V Space website]

JayceLand Pick Apparently The Earl Cram Revue is not playing tonight, so it's just slightly eclectic rock and roll from My PenisGarageBand linkMySpace link and rough, insane, and awesome power-rock/punk from Yer MomMySpace link (formerly Your Mom) tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: band e-mail]

Pure Kona Poetry Open Mic Night is at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) tonight starting at 7:30. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

Drinking Liberally meets at 8 p.m. tonight at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) [source: RocWiki calendar]

JayceLand Pick Updated: I just started reading a bit of Lawrence Lessig's book Free Culture and now he'll be at Ingle Auditorium at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus maps) to give a free (as-in-beer, and, well, I guess also as-in-speech) discussion from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. [source: RocWiki]

Today at 12:45 p.m. in The CIMS Building (#78), Room 2230/2240 at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map) is a discussion titled Ethical Controversies Surrounding Consumption of Legal Pornography with panelists Attorney Roger W. Wilcox, Jr., Professor Sam McQuade, Sara Gentry, and Monroe County Sheriff Sergeant Joe Hennekey. [source: RIT Events Calendar site]

And then at 1:30 p.m. in Webb Auditorium at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map) is Ralph Nader will speak on Banking Deregulation & the Consumer Interest: Can Corporate Ethics be Legislated in the Post-Sarbanes-Oxley Era? [source: RIT Events Calendar site]

Further, at 2:30 p.m. in The Cims Building (#78), Room 2230/2240 at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map) is a panel discussion on Copyright — Authors, Owners and Licensing Decisions — Open-source or Commercial (centering on software development) with panelists Varda Main, Peter H. Durant, Andrew Phelps, and Amit Ray. [source: RIT Events Calendar site]

Tonight at German House (315 Gregory St.) is The Swillburg Neighborhood Association Swillfest with music by Blue Sky starting at 6 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Tonight in Hoyt Hall at The University of Rochester (Elmwood Ave. at Intercampus Dr., details on River Campus Map), The University of Rochester Cinema Group will be showing Good Night, and Good Luck at 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m., and 11:30 p.m. [source: RocWiki]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) is the opening of the Upstate Invitational featuring art by Kelly Jacobson, Julieve Jubin, Gerald Mead, Judi Strahota, and Nathan Sullivan. The show runs until April 16. [source: Rochester Contemporary calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) at 8 p.m. is thoughful spoken word poetry over avant garde ambient music from Urknee and Bjürton and impressive, organic, experimental jazz from The Blood and Bone OrchestraMySpace link. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be presenting Visual Music: The Animation of Oskar Fischinger starting at 8 p.m. including his films Radio Dynamics, Komposition in Blau (Composition in Blue) Koloraturen (Coloratura) and Seelische Konstruktionen (Spiritual Constructions). He's known most of all for his work on the short film that is the first sequence in Disney's Fantasia. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Ok, so I got an anonymous e-mail on my website that said that they're having the UR Concerts' Battle of the Bands 2006 in the Douglass Dining Center at The University of Rochester (Elmwood Ave. at Intercampus Dr., details on River Campus Map) tonight featuring ECT, Myriad, Room 30MySpace link, Fortunado, Thunderpuss, More Cowbell, Andover TriftMySpace link, The Magnolias, and Outside the Lines. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Tonight at 9:15 p.m. The Cinema Theatre (957 South Clinton Ave.) is Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link performing instead of the second feature as a benefit to save the theater. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Updated: Ok, fine ... I've heard from enough people already about this aside from the advertising. Over at TiLT Nightclub and Ultralounge (444 Central Ave.) tonight is a burlesque show called The Spectacle of Saints and Sinners starting around 10:30 p.m.

Today at the brand new Saint Aubyn's House of Soups (133 Gregory St., formerly M & J Deli) is a Grand Opening and Tasting from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. I guess I'll go there for lunch — bringing back the old tradition of going somewhere new on the last Saturday of the month. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

No need to register for the Psychic Fair at The Plymouth Spiritualist Church (29 Vick Park A) from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring "readings, runes, tarot, spirit art crystals, jewelry, and more." They'll know. [source: Craigslist Rochester events]

At 6:30 p.m. at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans), Michael Kwong will host a tribute to local musician Dennis Monroe who recently passed away. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 8 p.m. at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) is Brian RathGarageBand linkMySpace link and Burning DaylightGarageBand link. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Some Like It Hot starting at 8 p.m. Nothing like a bit of the good old "subversively sexual cleverness" and a dose of "outrageous slapstick." [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Excellent hard rock from Low Ton, more excellent heavy modern rock/medium metal from ThrottlerodGarageBand linkMySpace link, and Year Long DisasterMySpace link will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime] [21+]

Top Pick Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45 p.m. is fucking awesome punk-rock from The BlastoffsMySpace link, high-power rock-and-roll from The Grinders, spectacular metal-influenced punk-rock from The MotorpsychosMySpace link, and Four Barrel Ghost"MySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [21+]

Tonight's another Betty's Sing-a-Long at Betty Meyer's Bullwinkle Café (622 Lake Ave.) starting around 10.

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Downstairs Cabaret (172 West Main St.) is another Improv Challenge featuring Nuts and Bolts Improv Troupe (see their site at ImprovAmerica too) starting at 7 p.m. [source: Nuts and Bolts website]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Touch Of Evil starting at 7 p.m. In this Orson Welles classic (that is, the version shown here that was restored from Welles' notes) follows a corrupt police chief through a scandal at the Mexican border. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting the darkly simple Casiotone for the Painfully AloneMySpace link (also at LiveJournal; [I really like what this guy does so check him out.]) The DonkeysMySpace link, and disorienting band GaybotMySpace link (without Brian Blatt this time) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) at 6 p.m. is A Forgotten MondayMySpace link, The Golden State, BrandywineMySpace link, and Ice Cream SocialMySpace link. [source: Water Street calendar] [all ages]

Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) is hosting their weekly Open Mike Poetry tonight at 7 p.m. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing the original King Kong starting at 1:30 p.m. this afternoon. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) is having another Holistic Nite starting around 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. ... this time dealing with Attitude, Humor, Healing with Rich Hughson. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

Tonight's another Wide Open Mike with Norm Davis at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) starting around 7 p.m. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

FIASCO! Season 2: The Hospital Body: If you're looking at our calender and wondering about the FIASCO! then wonder no longer, friends. FIASCO! is a live, improvised Soap Opera and our second season is about to begin. Because FIASCO! Season 2 is being performed at the University of Rochester's Drama House, it will be set in no other than the University of Rochester's Strong Hospital! All the action and drama of Strong Hospital will be hand delivered to you in GCI's FIASCO! Season 2: The Hospital. Join us every Monday from March 27th until May 1st at 7:30 PM at the U of R Drama House for intrigue, sugery, and laughter. It only costs $2, and trust us, it's better than 2 Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers. Yours, Geva Comedy Improv [source: Geva Comedy Improv e-mail]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 9:15 p.m. at The Little (240 East Ave.) is another night of the Emerging Filmmakers Series. According to Karen vanMeenen this will be the same films as were scheduled to be shown in January but weren't due to equipment problems — and this was supposed to be one of the best sets of films [and what ended up being one of the best-attended showings.] January's show was to feature Couch Lips by Maria Rosenblum, Forced Out by Jungtae Lee Railroad by Maria Rosenblum, Arthur and the Black Knight by Micah Schmidt, Real Men In a Locker Room by Seth Werlin and Caleb Durand, Magnetic Poles by Maria Rosenblum, and Reading Marcus by Rochester LoFilm. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

There's also Open Mic Poetry at Java's (16 Gibbs St.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Java's calendar] [all ages]

Bored? Why not check out 1980's DJ night at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 11 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

This morning at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria overlooking the arboretum in Bausch and Lomb (140 Stone St.) is the Artists Breakfast Group meeting ... anyone interested in art or creativity is invited.

As part of the 50th Anniversary of Books Sandwiched-In in Kate Gleason Auditorium in The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. is a discussion of Bait and Switch : The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream by Barbara Ehrenreich as reviewed by Deb Koen. [source: Friends of the Public Library e-mail] [all ages]

Tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in The Lower Level Meeting Room at Brighton Town Hall (2300 Elmwood Ave.) is a Live Aura Imaging Lecture and Demonstration by Mary Berardini sponsored by One Universe Resource Service (OURS). [source: Craigslist Rochester events]

Tonight at 8 p.m. at The Montage Live (50 Chestnut St., formerly the Montage Grille) is another Words of Wisdom Talent Showcase — essentially a hip-hop/spoken-word open mic night. [source: Montage calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 8 p.m. at Christ Church of Rochester (141 East Ave.) is another performance by Ossia New Music featuring Rolf Rudin's Brass Quintet, John Deak's Lady Chatterleys Dream, Krzysztof Penderecki's String Quartet No.2, and Friedrich Cerha's 8 Fragments after Hölderlin. [source: Ossia New Music calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Place de la république starting at 8 p.m. in which Louis Malle interviews Parisians (from the early 1970's.) [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is awesome, super gay, over-sexxed, white-boy hip hop from Houston Bernard, The Spaces, and great down-tempo medium-fi synth-pop from Roger HoustonMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is hosting an Acoustic Open Mic from 8 to 10. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

This afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in Morey Hall, Room 321 at The University of Rochester (Elmwood Ave. at Intercampus Dr., details on River Campus Map) is a discussion by Rajani Sudan titled Mud, Mortar, and Other Technologies of Empire. [source: University of Rochester Events Calendar]

JayceLand Pick Then at 5 p.m. in Morey Room 314 at The University of Rochester (Elmwood Ave. at Intercampus Dr., details on River Campus Map) is Coming of age in Diaspora: Two Short Films: Picc Mi by Mansour Sora Wade, and La petite vendeuse de soleil (The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun) by Djibril Diop Mambéty which both deal with the struggles of children in post-colonial Africa. [source: University of Rochester Events Calendar]

Updated: Tonight at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) at 5:30 p.m. is a Public Information Meeting about the Genesee Riverway Trail from Corn Hill to Lower Falls Park. [source: City Hall press release]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki (When A Woman Ascends The Stairs) starting at 8 p.m. I almost didn't add this, but went back and decided to anyway. It seemed kind of typical, but the phrase from the calendar, "depicting a dog-eat-dog world, [but Naruse] ... [maintains] a cool observational position" struck me as interesting. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Over at TiLT Nightclub and Ultralounge (444 Central Ave.) starting around 10 p.m. is really good reggae/dub band Giant Panda Guerilla Dub SquadMySpace link. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester]

Poor People United meets tonight and every Wednesday at 7 at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality (402 South Ave.) [source: the proverbial grapevine]

There's an Open Mic for Acoustic Music at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) tonight around 8. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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You have the opportunity to transform an ordinary adolescent into a superhero. What's first on your mind?
Start with regular steroids, give those steroids steroids of their own, then feed the super steroids to the kid. 0

Multiplication tables. Instantaneous calculation of an product of two digits between 0 and 9 is critical. Maybe up to 12 would be a better idea. 1 (25%)

Absolute subservience to my whims. I'm going to be top dog no matter what. 0

I sure hope it's a chick because that would be hot. 3 (75%)

Sewing up some super tight costume — I mean, if they're going to be a super-hero, it better be super-tight. 0

Avoiding getting sued by Stan Lee like last time when I had to cut off four of the kid's fingers to avoid copyright violation. 0

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MySpace link links to a band's page on MySpace.com which is a friend-networking site that is popular with bands.

Fly the flag today. is a day when you should fly the flag according to the Veterans of Foreign Wars calendar.

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