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Weekly Rochester Events #412: Specifically, Mediterranean

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Well, starting out, let me just say that I no longer have a "catch-all" e-mail address at JayceLand.com.

When I first signed up with my hosting provider Dreamhost they offered this as a feature: any e-mail addressed "@jayceland.com" would go to the catch-all account. It was a great thing and I used it a lot. Every time I'd buy something online or sign up on a band's e-mail list I'd create a unique address (based on a pattern using the name of the store or band.)

It's no secret to programmers that you can create e-mail message that has a false return-address header. It's kind of like putting a fake return-address on a postal letter. However, there was this illusion of authority about it — every e-mail program provided correct information, and why would you ever send someone a message that they couldn't reply to? Postal mail also has a cancellation stamp that indicates from where the message originated, and as far as the analogy goes, electronic messages have a similar mark. When you send an e-mail, it goes to a computer at the other end of your phone/DSL/cable-modem/Internet connection. A header is added that says "Received:" and the name of your service provider, then the message gets sent along a route to the next computer toward the destination and that machine does the same ... sort of like the way international mail gets stamped.

It's possible that advertisers could use the postal system to send messages — paper messages could be sent for impotency drugs and small-cap stocks that increase in price when hammered with arbitrary activity. Such senders would not want their real address to be known because a tiny percentage of people would be interested in the offer but many more would never want a message again, so they could simply leave off the return address information, or falsify it. Regardless, this never happened because the cost of sending such advertising would be prohibitive.

Enter electronic mail, and the cost suddenly drops from 15 cents each to 15 cents for a hundred-thousand messages. However, it's easy to filter messages with no return address and throw them away. So spammers started making up e-mail addresses: asdf@foodoosoo.com for instance. However, it's easy then to determine that there's no such address as "foodoosoo.com" and filter based on that. So now they go after legitimate domain names — jayceland.com, for instance, and make up "dave@jayceland.com" or "aaaa@jayceland.com" as the return address. Then they send out a million messages to people all over the world and of those, say 1% are invalid and for each invalid address, 1% of those machines are dumb enough to try and return the message to the sender — dave@jayceland.com — even though the "Received" trail doesn't add up.

So for several weeks, I was getting something like 30 legitimate e-mails a day mixed in with 2,000 bounced messages that I never sent. The trouble was the catch-all address would forward them all to me, so my mail program was trying to sift through and figure out which were junk, leaving me about 200 a day that it thought were legitimate.

I finally went through and wrote a script to cull the 634 e-mail addresses I've used so I could turn off the catch-all but forward all 634 correct addresses to me. Suddenly my spam-count has dropped to about 200 a day with 1 that doesn't get caught in the junk-mail filter.

So that's what I did on Wednesday ... in between shopping, baking, preparing food, and preparing the house for Thanksgiving.

Well, except that Wednesday night I went to see The Last Waltz at The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) Come to find out, they screened the print that's part of director Martin Scorsese's personal collection housed there with the condition that it be played loud, as the opening title-card impels. While it was louder than average it wasn't nearly as loud as a rock concert, but the point was made. The film documents the farewell performance of The Band on Thanksgiving Day, 1976 at The Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Although billed by the Eastman description to be "one of, if not the, greatest rock concert movie of all time", I still prefer Stop Making Sense. Whereas The Last Waltz follows the musical action, keeping pace with the musically-central performer (in addition to juxtaposing concert footage with band interviews), Stop Making Sense is more the way I watch bands: I follow things that are interesting to me musically regardless of the dominant direction of the song. Nonetheless, The Last Waltz is a great movie. I liked that I almost clapped at the end of each song (and some people in the audience did) because it was just that believable. I was also fascinated to note that I thought The Band was just "good"; however the people who played with them (Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, etc.) were stellar and The Band was a spectacular backing band.

Thanksgiving, by the way, went perfectly — quite a feat considering this was the first time I had it at my house. I got up around 7 and prepared the turkey. I set up a stock to cook the wings and neck for a stock for gravy and got the bird cooking. When chopping up the giblets for the gravy, I thought the liver looked healthier than others I'd seen — maybe that free-range, farm-raised, antibiotic-free bird I paid $4/pound for from Stonewood Farm (105 Griswold Ln., Orwell, VT) actually was better, meat-wise, than a cheaper cage-raised, antibiotic-loaded bird. It definitely helped flavor-wise that it was shipped refrigerated rather than frozen and was less salty than turkeys I've had.

Ali came over with her greens-and-artichoke casserole. We got going preparing broccoli, potatoes, gravy, rolls, cranberry sauce. My parents arrived with stuffing [dressing, if you prefer] just as I was about to start making cheese sauce for the broccoli. We ate right away and everything came out perfect. Afterward my Mom and Dad headed back home and my friend Perette "Peri" Barella came over for the after-supper get-together. Considering how well everything went, I might even do the whole thing again.

Friday night I met up with Ali and her friend Stacie to see The Lobster QuadrilleMySpace link perform their last show before hiatus at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) The show was quite impressive — one of their best — and I dusted off the camera and got some pictures. Of course, this was a doubly-unusual show in that it was on a Friday night and just after Thanksgiving, so the house music was blaring in the bar (like on Fridays) and the place was full of people returned-home gawking (like around the holidays.)


Solomon belts it out with the Lobster Quadrille on Friday, November 24 at the Bug Jar.

(The discontinued Kodak Supra 800 shows a little fogging and a bit of grain. My Pentax ZX-7 camera with its f1.4 lens has a shallow depth-of-field to blur the band in the background.)

Solomon really gets into the spirit.

(The Supra film has a nice deep dynamic range to catch a little detail in the shadows while still correctly rendering the colors of the lights.)
Sunday evening Ali and I went to see The Muppet Movie at the Dryden. Like many people there, I hadn't seen it in over a decade. The cameos in the film really show through time as everyone remained pretty famous. The heartwarming side — the side of hope that comes through — works quite well too.

On Monday I found Jazz@Rochester which is a blog written by a guy named Gregory Bell. It was one of my hopes about JayceLand that someone else would start a website where they listed events based on their own tastes and made commentary about it as well — exactly what Jazz@Rochester purports to be. I added a link to it on the right side but had to remove a couple: the great resource Monroe County Bars is apparently gone as is the Flickr page for Rochester Music Photos.

Anyway, that night my old friend Sondra Carr came to town with her kids. She took a break from them and we went to Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) for a few drinks. On Tuesday we took her kids and went to her old home in Palmyra to clean up some of the things she left (determining what to sell, what to keep, and what to throw away) then returned to a home-cooked meal by my sweetheart Ali. We watched some movies; Ali left to get some sleep, but the rest of us stayed up late. Wednesday we all got up around 4:30 a.m. to get to the airport by 5 so they could catch their flight back home.

On an unrelated note, I think I've been mistaken about my philosophies. Let me start with an example: my essays on this website will never be published by any mass-media outlet. That is, the way I write about events like The High Falls Film Festival and fail to cover the fundraising, or that I openly dislike Milestones (170 East Ave.) will prevent me from ever being directly published in a media outlet that relies on advertising. It may seem simple to change just a "few minor things here and there" to make it palatable to such publications, but I find that unacceptable because if the changes are so minor, then they should be permitted rather than removed. It's my theory that there is a closed system that maintains itself by deliberately sanitizing media output to encourage maximum advertising effectiveness to ensure its survival. This "system" works by subtly influencing people's decisions — for instance, I highly doubt I could find a single publisher that would fire a writer because they fail to adequately cover fundraising, yet somehow every event has a formulaic coverage that includes the names of the sponsors.


Solomon sings with the rest of the Lobster Quadrille in the background.

(The cheap Aiptek IS-DV2 did a pretty good job of color rendering and white balance, decent low-light performance, and a deep depth-of-field with just a little imager noise in the shadows.)
My error in all this is in believing the "system" actually exists and that there is a way to change the behavior of that system. It's analogous to the image in a mirror — although the image represents real objects, it is foolish to try to manipulate objects on the "other side" of the mirror (aside from metaphorically.) What I now believe is that we have a society that is too consciously concerned with how other people will feel. It's impossible for everyone to try and act selflessly (in the best interest of others) all the time, becuase there would be no way to determine the selfish needs of anyone else. I suspect that the best society can be made from people who "grok" (see the Wikipedia entry) their own self-interest.

Common usage of one's "own self-interest" imply that people will act in a manner that is amoral — they will kill someone for money if the bullet is cheaper than their potential gain. What I'm talking about, though, is total self-interest: that a society that kills for money is no society at all and therefore undesirable to any individual. But more importantly [and I'm running out of well-worn theory here, so bear with me] is that in times of abundance, it is unnatural to harm others. It is simply a hardwired, primitive part of our brain that is the very thing that allowed us to live in societies in the first place. That is, how could we have tolerated one another in cities if our instincts said to bash someone's head in to steal their food?

I am going out on a limb (but with confidence) that everyone who reads this, when encountering someone they don't already know, gives the benefit of the doubt and would initially treat the stranger in a civil manner rather than in a vicious one. It's not because you think you should behave that way, but because it's at the core of your nature to do so. If we truly believe that, then selfishness isn't evil. Any individual living selfishly is happier than someone living selflessly, so I can only conclude that a society that respects the selfish desires of the individual is better than one that doesn't.


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  • Qian li zou dan qi (Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, at The Little) - A father tries to reunite with his dying son but his son refuses to see him, so instead he works to complete the documentary his son was working on.
  • Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (at The Little) - A woman from a wealthy family becomes a respected photojournalist by seeking images of marginalized people. A nearly fictional account of a real photographer.

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This morning from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Annex OSL 101 of Eastman School of Music (26 Gibbs St.) is a guest lecture with Eugene Narmour discussing Some Cognitive Principles for Performers. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick This evening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Park Ave. (map) is the Park Ave Holiday Open House. [source: Rochester Young Professionals calendar]

This evening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Oxford Gallery (267 Oxford St.) is the opening reception for the Holiday Show which runs through January 6. [source: City Newspaper]

This evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Link Gallery at City Hall (30 Church St.) is the artist reception for photographs of India by Manuel Rivera-Ortiz. The exhibit will be on display until January 8. [source: City Hall press release]

This evening at 6 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a "Wish You Were Here" Photography Lecture featuring Joel Meyerowitz. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Over at The Flat Iron Café (561 State St.) starting around 8 p.m. is Deborah Branch, and Harold Pannell. [source: Flat Iron Cafe webstie]

Tonight at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) is Chris Squire starting around 8 p.m. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

Trio SchemaMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is a concert by Ossia New Music starting around 8 p.m. [source: Ossia New Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing a new film preservation of A Farewell to Arms starting at 8 p.m. — based on the Ernest Hemingway book of the same name and produced before the Puritanical Hayes code blinded the world to art, this story tells the tale of love between an ambulance driver and a nurse during World War I. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is good experimental acoustic-rocker Gregory PaulGarageBand linkMySpace link, really good dynamic acoustic soloist Jesse SprinkleMySpace link, good acoustic soloist Nick Young, great, daring acoustic soloist JoAnn VaccaroMySpace link, and Zach ChasmanMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting The Children of BodomMySpace link, SanctityMySpace link, and GojiraMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Rochester Music Coalition calendar] [all ages]

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) will be hosting rocking rockabilly band Krypton 88MySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

JayceLand Pick Groove-metal from The Torsos from Space, and hilarious superfast synth-pop novelty songs from Worm QuartetMySpace link will be at The A-Pub Live (340 East Ave. ... or thereabouts) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: WBER calendar]

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

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

Tonight at 8 p.m. at Bodhi's Cafe & Lounge (274 Goodman St. N., in Village Gate) is an Open Mic.


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This afternoon at 3:30 p.m. in the Gowen Room in The Wilson Commons at The University of Rochester (Library Road, details on River Campus Map) is Richard Staley discussing Quantum Theory, Disciplinary Time, and the Origins of Classical Physics. [source: University of Rochester Events Calendar]

JayceLand Pick This evening from 7 p.m to 10 p.m. is the opening reception for [object]ivity, the 16th Annual Members Exhibition at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) The exhibition runs through January 14. [source: Rochester Contemporary calendar] [all ages]

Today from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Mercer Gallery at Monroe Community College (1000 E Henrietta Rd., in Building 5) is a Drawing Installation titled Bring A Drawing — Take A Drawing which runs through December 22. [source: Mercer Gallery calendar]

Mary Shannon will be at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) will be hosting Kimo and Kaiulani starting around 8 p.m. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) is Warren Wambach starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

This evening at 8 p.m. is the opening performance of Little Women at Blackfriars Theatre (28 Lawn St.). The play runs through December 23 with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m., and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. [source: Blackfriars Theatre website]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Der Siebente Kontinent (The Seventh Continent) starting at 8 p.m. As the description from the calendar says, the film "shows the dark underside of a young and seemingly 'normal' family." Note that it's disturbing in the way only Michael Haneke can achieve. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Flat Iron Café (561 State St.) at 9 p.m. is comedy by MoosieMySpace link, Through the Eyes of a Bronx Girl. [source: Flat Iron Cafe webstie]

A|V Art Sound Space (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #8 in the Public Market, formerly the All-Purpose Room) will be hosting Another BreathMySpace link, Counting the Days, No GoalMySpace link (a.k.a. NOxGOAL), and Taste For Brains starting around 9 p.m. [source: A|V Space website]

Tonight at The Montage Live Music HallMySpace link (50 Chestnut St., formerly the Montage Grille) is The Bob Greco BandMySpace link, Naked Gray, Nicks Dead, and Devaul Music starting around 10 p.m. [source: Montage Live Music Hall MySpace page]

WalriMySpace link will be at Java's (16 Gibbs St.) starting around 10 p.m. [source: Java's calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at TiLT Nightclub and Ultralounge (444 Central Ave.) is Duke Galaxy and the Pipeliners, and great rock and roll from The Grinders starting around 10 p.m., presumably as part of another Saints and Sinners Burlesque Show. [source: band e-mail] [18+]

Tonight at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) is good bar-rock band with a country twang Blue JimmyGarageBand linkMySpace link, and Tuesdays Underground starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: WITR calendar] [21+]


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Today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) (657 East Ave.) is Science Saturday featuring The Science of Xerography. [source: Freetime]

This afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a lecture by Harri Kallio discussing his research into sculpting the extinct dodo as part of the Why Look at Animals? exhibition. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes starting at 5 p.m. with a second show at 8 p.m. This film by Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay is about the abuduction of a piano tuner's fiancée for a ransom of repairing the abductor's musical automata. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Today at 5:30 p.m. Mayor Robert J. Duffy will light The Liberty Pole (1 Liberty Pole Way) following Begin Holiday Memories Downtown at Midtown Plaza (S. Clinton and Broad St.) all afternoon. [source: City Hall press release]

This evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is the opening of Materials Matters: Pedestrian Illuminations of Ghana by Moira Speer which runs through December 10. [source: City Newspaper]

Over at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) starting around 8 p.m. is talented guitarist and singer Kinloch Nelson, Dick Ward, and Loren Barrigar [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

Over at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) starting around 8 p.m. is Nate Hanks. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting Journey of JasmineMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

Tonight at Java's (16 Gibbs St.) is NeoCollageMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Java's calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at A|V Art Sound Space (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #8 in the Public Market, formerly the All-Purpose Room) at 9 p.m. is the closing party for the exhibition of artwork by Luke Ramsey featuring disorienting experimental music from GaybotMySpace link, Somolian BonaparteMySpace link, mellow, down-tempo soloist Little Yellow BirdMySpace link, and superfast synth-pop novelty songs from Worm QuartetMySpace link. [source: A|V Space website]

The Montage Live Music HallMySpace link (50 Chestnut St., formerly the Montage Grille) will be hosting The Octagon ShockMySpace link, groove-rock band Junction FiveGarageBand link, and Faded GreyMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Freetime]

The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Hunu? (featuring members from Colorblind James Experience), 40 Rod Lightning, and The Grand Canyon Rescue Episode starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [21+]

Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Venereal MessiahMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: WITR calendar] [21+]

Over at Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is energetic, disjoint rock band The Sweet ActionMySpace link. [source: WITR calendar] [21+]

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


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Today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.), Dr. Douglas Feldman will discuss The President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick This afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is 100 Years Since Susan B.: Women's Progress in the Visual Arts from Georgia O'Keeffe to Generation Y. Ann Sutherland Harris will give the keynote lecture titled Reflections on Some Pioneer Feminists in the Visual Arts followed by a discussion with artists Nancy Jurs, Sydney Licht, and Marni Shindelman. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Great Muppet Caper starting at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. and preceded in both cases by the recently-preserved short Time Piece by Jim Henson. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

This afternoon at 3 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is another Holiday Musicale with Tim Schramm playing the Aeolian Pipe organ. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Flat Iron Café (561 State St.) is The Sean Jefferson Quintet starting around 5 p.m. [source: Flat Iron Cafe webstie]

This evening at 6 p.m. is a performance of Torn Between Two Lovers by Janet Baxter at Café Underground Railroad (480 W. Main St.) [source: the proverbial grapevine] [21+]

Over at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) starting around 6:30 p.m. is Eyes AvertedMySpace link, and Evidence on FireMySpace link. [source: Water Street calendar] [all ages]

Tonight and every Sunday at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) is a Comedy Open Mic with Matt RohrMySpace link at 7:30 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [all ages]


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Shook OnesMySpace link, AchillesMySpace link, The End of a YearMySpace link, and Whom They DestroyMySpace link will be at A|V Art Sound Space (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #8 in the Public Market, formerly the All-Purpose Room) starting around 9 p.m. [source: A|V Space website]

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]


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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.

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Jazz Singer starting at 8 p.m. in which Al Jolson plays a man's rise to become a Broadway star. Preceded by the short, A Plantation Act featuring Jolson in "the star's Vitaphone™ 'screen test' and the only documentation of his legendary stage act." [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at A|V Art Sound Space (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #8 in the Public Market, formerly the All-Purpose Room) starting around 9 p.m. is Wrikken, and Orion STO. [source: A|V Space website]

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Cavalcade, and Jive Mama starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

This evening around 9 p.m. at Café Underground Railroad (480 W. Main St.) is an Open Mic with Art Delgudico and friends. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Flat Iron Café (561 State St.) is the Hot as Fire Spoken Word / Open Mic. [source: Flat Iron Cafe webstie]

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


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Over at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting around 8 p.m. is The Eastman New Jazz Ensemble. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing La pianiste (The Piano Teacher) starting at 8 p.m. Another of Michael Haneke's dark films, this one follows a repressed piano teacher as she begins an intense relationship with one of her students. [source: Eastman House calendar] [18+]

Java's (16 Gibbs St.) will be hosting The Jeremy Siskind Trio starting around 9 p.m. [source: Java's calendar] [all ages]

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]

Tonight at Milestones (170 East Ave.) is another The Comedy Block PartyMySpace link starting almost promptly at 8 p.m.

Tonight at Café Underground Railroad (480 W. Main St.) is a Spoken Word/Poetry night starting around 9 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including nearby towns Irondequoit, Webster, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor, Henrietta, Gates, Chili, Greece, and Charlotte, and occasionally other places in Monroe County and the Western New York region.) It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, lectures, discussions, debates, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do. Music events are usually original bands with occasional cover bands and DJ's with musical styles including punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat." Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed. Although I'm reluctant to admit it, it is a Rochester blog and I'm essentially blogging about Rochester events. I also tend to express opinions, review past events, make reviews, speak of philosophy or of a philosophical nature, discuss humanity and creativity. Oh, and it's spelled JayceLand with no space and a capital L, not Jayce Land, Jaycee Land, Jace Land, Jase Land, Joyce Land, Jayce World, Jayceeland, Jaceland, Jaseland, Joyceland, Jayceworld, Jayceeworld, Jaceworld, Jaseworld, nor Joyceworld. (Now if you misspell it in some search engine, you at least get a shot at finding it.) It's also not to be confused with Jake's World or JakesWorld which is a site of a Rochester animator. While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, November 30, 2006 (Thu, Nov 30, 2006, 11/30/2006, or 11/30/06) Friday, December 1, 2006 (Fri, Dec 1, 2006, 12/1/2006, or 12/1/06) Saturday, December 2, 2006 (Sat, Dec 2, 2006, 12/2/2006, or 12/2/06) Sunday, December 3, 2006 (Sun, Dec 3, 2006, 12/3/2006, or 12/3/06) Monday, December 4, 2006 (Mon, Dec 4, 2006, 12/4/2006, or 12/4/06) Tuesday, December 5, 2006 (Tue, Dec 5, 2006, 12/5/2006, or 12/5/06) and Wednesday, December 6, 2006 (Wed, Dec 6, 2006, 12/6/2006, or 12/6/06).


JayceLand Pick indicates an event that's a preferred pick of the day ... probably something worth checking out.

Top Pick indicates a "guaranteed" best bet for the particular genre of the indicated event.

GarageBand link links to a band's page on GarageBand.com which offers reviews and information about bands.

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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