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Friday, April 18th, 2008

Two most excellent years with Ali
by Jason Olshefsky at 6:18 pm (2 comments)

Today is Ali's and my second anniversary together.

To celebrate, we decided to go to Rooney's Restaurant (90 Henrietta St.) for a fancy meal. I was fortunate to have discovered a postcard under the computer that reminded me they had a special chef coming for the week so I made reservations a few days early. [Can you imagine that?: reservations. A few days early. In Rochester. Who knew?]

The guest chef was from Brasserie Georges Lyon (30, Cours Verdun Perrache, Lyon, FR) and had set up a special French menu. We started with the Lyonnais salad — a mesclun salad topped with chopped bacon and a poached egg, perfectly matched to the mild vinaigrette dressing. For dinner, Ali had the beef tenderloin over mushrooms with mashed potatoes — the beef was spectacular and the potatoes were deliciously prepared with a massive amount of cream. I ordered the Lyonnais pike quenelles — essentially puréed pike made into a soufflé and floated in a puréed lobster-and-mushroom bisque. Although the word "purée" doesn't sound all that appetizing, the meal certainly was. We even got dessert: Ali the crème brûlée and I the flourless chocolate cake. Both were amazing.

Afterward we headed back home. Unfortunately this was the start of a flu-like illness that kept Ali home all weekend, so I was left on my own while she rested.

In the end, though, I wonder how we can keep having such great anniversaries. After all, we have a lot of them to come.

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Sunday, April 20th, 2008

SoundRabbit at Boulder Coffee
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 pm (add a comment)

I went to Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) to check out SoundRabbitMySpace link. The place was dead with just a few musicians, myself, and the slowly building crowd for the Open Mic Comedy. It's too bad there weren't more people because SoundRabbit is a nicely rhythmic, expertly proficient acoustic-driven band. Several times they reminded me of Paul Simon's acoustic solo stuff, but maybe with a country twang. They teeter right on the edge of "jam band" but without the annoying vapid repetition of the latter — they reminded me more of The BuddhaHoodMySpace link than any of a billion Grateful Dead wannabes.

During the show Russ (the lead singer) was having problems with the sustain pedal on his keyboard — it seemed to be stuck. It got so bad he just unplugged it in the middle of the song and tried to hold notes manually — given the staccato style of most of the song it appeared to work. Between songs I dashed up to see if I could fix it. I didn't even make it back to my table when I noticed it had a switch on the side so it would operate as either momentary or push-on/push-off and it was in the undesirable position. They were all very appreciative that I had "saved the tour" (although I think they'd have figured it out somewhere in the van on the road before their next gig) and gave me a free CD.

Afterward I talked with them a little bit before they had to get going — the odd Sunday Rochester stop was a convenient one between Chicago and Boston. Since I've been to Denver quite a few times I'm familiar with Boulder a little as well so we talked geography a bit. Several of the band members are from Massachusetts originally so they were doing a stop at Mom and Dad's for the night.

Anyway, we also talked a little about the RBT Backstage program. Basically they invite fans to join the backstage program for $20/year and in exchange, they get access to all the music recorded that year (and presumably before) to download along with other perks — if you're "in" the backstage, then you get access to everything, and if you aren't, then you can go to shows and buy CD's like anyone else. What they then do is to donate their merchandise sales to charity rather than trying to scrape out a tour on the often not-so-deep pockets of people at the shows. I imagine it makes for a more relaxing tour — they said the travel money was mostly already budgeted with a few major college shows to cover the rest — so it's never an issue of selling enough stickers and T-shirts to fill the van with gas.

I'll probably send them a message tipping them off to the idea of Creative Commons licensing so they can make a (theoretically) legally binding agreement that their works are copyright by them and they license their works freely under certain circumstances — like to share in a non-commercial setting or to remix the works given the same license is provided.

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Yes, Robert Lamm, you can digg it.
by Jason Olshefsky at 1:07 pm (add a comment)

As you may have already noticed, I took one more step to modernizing this site: I added buttons to go to digg. It's a way to share site rankings between people so someone else can find something they want. I set it up to have links off the JayceLand home page and associated archives as well as to individual blog entries with the deliciously vanilla digg IT.

For now I'm not sure of the ramifications of digg aside from bragging rights when that "1 digg" I entered becomes 2 — meaning that at least one other person clicked the button. If this works out, I don't think it should be too hard to additionally include things like del.icio.us.

Of course, a major rebuild of the whole site is in order — that's why the digg links are positioned so poorly on the JayceLand home page. Although I like the idea of maintaining compatibility to the dark ages of Netscape 3 and such, I also have a rule that the site maintenance should be easy: this ancient compatibility is starting to get in the way. And besides, even I can't get my Mac SE to successfully access anything on the Internet anyway: neither MacWeb 2.0 nor NCSA Mosaic beta work anymore.

In related news, I added a more harsh Amazon.com advertisement to the right sidebar of the home page. I personally have the scripting for that feature blocked (using NoScript), but it seems pretty neat to be able to see the most recent "hot" deals. Then again, it's not like I really make any money that way so I wonder if it annoys people too much.

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Today from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a Blood Drive for The American Red Cross. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is a lecture by Jim Mott on his journey to explore his landscape art. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The House of Hamez (389 Gregory St., formerly Daily Perks) at 8 p.m. is Pure Kona Open Mic featuring The Bloody Nose with Ian DowneyMySpace link and Mary LewandowskiMySpace link. [source: House of Hamez website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is AudibelMySpace link, good shoe-gazer drone/mellow rock from The Sleeping Kings of IonaMySpace link, and BEV-BEVERLYMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing examples of the work of Saul Bass in Saul Bass and the Art of Title Design starting at 8 p.m. along with his own short film, Why Man Creates?. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Over at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) starting around 8 p.m. is The Fay Victor EnsembleMySpace link. [source: WITR calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) is wicked fun percussive groove-rock band The BuddhaHoodMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

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


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Arbor Day

Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 5 p.m. is TeenagerMySpace link, and The Wills WildeMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 5 p.m. at The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) is the opening reception for Dancing with the Universe by Jim Hartsen which will be on display through May 18. [source: Image City Photography Gallery e-mail]

Apparently The Critical Mass Bike Ride is tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. at the clock tower near The Wilson Commons at The University of Rochester (Library Road, #39 on River Campus Map.) to The Liberty Pole (1 Liberty Pole Way) at 6 p.m. and heading through the city from there. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Tonight at 8 p.m. (I think) is the opening night of Anna in the Tropics at Shipping Dock Theatre (31 Prince St., new location at Visual Studies Workshop). [source: Shipping Dock Theatre website]

Harlow will be at The House of Hamez (389 Gregory St., formerly Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. [source: House of Hamez website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The good punk-rock/bar-rock band The SpacesMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Tonight at Blackfriars Theatre (28 Lawn St.) starting at 8 p.m. (I think) is the opening of The Wild Party. [source: Blackfriars Theatre website]

Tonight at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) is great reggae/dub band Giant Panda Guerilla Dub SquadMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

JayceLand Pick Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting great, somewhat mellow rock-and-roll from HinkleyMySpace link, and solidly good 5-piece ambient rock from Ada le O starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Carbon Records calendar] [21+]

Tonight probably starting around 7 p.m. at The Storefront Anti-War Crisis Center (658 Monroe Ave.) is the Subversive Komedy Fest. [source: the proverbial grapevine]


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You can sign up at MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link to skydive with The Rochester Sky Diving Club today — presumably at The Hamilton Airport (6610 Airport Rd., Hamilton) — leaving at 9 a.m. from Rochester. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Today at The Community Darkroom at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is their Photo Garage Sale. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

At Genesee Pottery at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is Pottery Olympics. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) at 6:30 p.m. is a lecture in the Community Dialogue Series titled Religion and Politics in 21st Century America — Fine Nuances Which the Founding Fathers Never Anticipated. [source: Baobab website]

The Irondequoit Theatre Guild will perform Side Show tonight at 6:30 and again tomorrow and also next weekend at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.). [source: RocWiki calendar]

Tonight at The House of Hamez (389 Gregory St., formerly Daily Perks) is Andy Cohen starting around 8 p.m. [source: House of Hamez website] [all ages]

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is Devall MusicMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Searchers 2.0 starting at 8 p.m. with producer Jon Davison in person and writer/director Alex Cox by phone. The film is the tale of two actors who are determined to confront a screenwriter who mistreated them many decades prior. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

The Flat Iron CaféMySpace link (561 State St.) will be hosting Mike CottoneMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. and then the After Hours Jam with The Quinn Lawrence TrioMySpace link. [source: Flat Iron Cafe webstie]

Guitourist will be at Equal=GroundsMySpace link (750 South Ave., formerly Hunt's Hardware) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Equal=Grounds MySpace page] [all ages]

Tonight at Pub 511MySpace link (511 E. Ridge Rd., formerly Stooges) is Joe Brucato starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: WBER calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Dead MeadowMySpace link, Crush the JuntaMySpace link, and slower, cleaner metal from Orodruin starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [21+]

Betty's Sing-a-Long is regularly scheduled at Betty Meyer's Bullwinkle Café (622 Lake Ave., a.k.a. "Bullwinkle's") starting around 10 but since September, 2007 people have reported they were closed.


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Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting simple, melodic synth-and-vocalist Roger HoustonMySpace link starting early today around 12 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick This afternoon at 3 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a visit from photographer Larry Towell with harmonica virtuoso Mike Stevens in conjunction with Towell's exhibition titled The World from My Front Porch. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Searchers starting at 7 p.m. about a man on a mission to rescue his niece from malicious Comanches. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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JayceLand Pick MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link is hosting a Mexican Monday Dinner at Paola's Burrito Place (1921 South Ave., formerly Big Dog's Hots) at 6:30 p.m. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Once again Norm Davis will be back to host Wide Open Mic at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick In theory, there is another Emerging Filmmakers Program tonight at The Little (240 East Ave.) at 9:15 p.m., but I haven't heard anything about it so your guess is as good as mine. As soon as I get the details I'll post the films.

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 Today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is another Books Sandwiched-In lecture — today featuring Rev. Kaaren Anderson reviewing Here If You Need Me by Kate Braestrup. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) is an Artist Talk with Jim Hartsen on his currently-running exhibition, Dancing with the Universe. [source: Image City Photography Gallery e-mail]

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is SendelicaMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Straight Story starting at 8 p.m. David Lynch tells the real-life tale of Alvin Straight who drove his lawnmower from Iowa to Wisconsin to visit his brother. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Adam Gould and The Bronsons, and great one-man guitar/synth/drum stoner-rock cover band Skull starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]


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JayceLand Pick Tonight is the first night of The Rochester High Falls International Film Festival (RHFIFF) (or whatever it's called) at The Little (240 East Ave.) and at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.). It's the destruction ... er ... absorption of The Rochester International Film Festival (RIFF, or Movies on a Shoestring, MoaS) into The High Falls Film Festival (HFFF). [source: High Falls Film Festival press release]

Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is an Earthen Technology Informational Session titled Build Your Own Mud House. [source: Baobab website]

JayceLand Pick Updated: According to a poster at Dogtown Hots (691 Monroe Ave.), "strap lights to your bike", meet at Dogtown Hots (691 Monroe Ave.) at 7:30 p.m., "ride through the Park Ave/South Wedge area", and end at Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) [source: the proverbial grapevine]

The Eastman Wind Orchestra will be at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford starting at 8 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting SendelicaMySpace link, and solid rock band with a salsa-Spanish flavor, Night GalleryGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: band calendar] [21+]

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

Every Wednesday starting at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) at 7 p.m. is the Rochester Cruisers Wednesday Night Cruise (for bicyclists). [source: RocBike website]

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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