Weekly Rochester Events #488 Starting Thursday, May 15, 2008

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

The Make and Take Gourmet Buffet
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 pm (add a comment)

Ali heard about this new place in Henrietta — Make and Take Gourmet (1475 E. Henrietta Road) — so we went there to check it out for their menu sampling day. Everything was very good and it was nice to get to try everything. The idea is that you assemble a meal (or you can buy it preassembled "to go") and take it home to cook and eat or to freeze for later. It's definitely a niche concept but it seems to make sense: you get to try out a new recipe without the hassle of buying all the ingredients (and having to find an immediate use for the left-over perishables that wouldn't ordinarily get used) and hoping — against all odds — that you got everything you needed.

Make and Take provides a bunch of recipes to choose from each month — in May 2008, there are 16. They have "assembly stations" set up at their location with all the ingredients for one or more of the recipes and you can go there and get all the ingredients ready in a take-out container (that they provide although you can also bring your own). I think you may be able to just walk in, but they prefer that you sign up before you show up so they can make sure to have enough of everything ready-to-go. The recipes are scaled for either 2-3 people or for 4-6 people and one of the perks of making it yourself is that you can add more of what you like and omit anything you hate.

Ali set up an event on May 20 — you can see the details on Tuesday's entry of this JayceLand update.

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Friday, May 9th, 2008

Village Idiots Present improvisational comedy
by Jason Olshefsky at 6:30 pm (add a comment)

Ali and I had a nice dinner at California Rollin' at Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.) then headed to [location redacted] to see Village Idiots Present (VIP)'s improvisational comedy. It turned out to be their first show so it was a little rough around the edges, but overall it was very funny. The players in the troupe have very varied styles, strengths, and weaknesses and I'm sure this will set them up to have a strong showing in Rochester.

The only thing I didn't really like was that the support staff tended to act too formal — it was like going to Geva except that the structure wasn't backed up with any foundation. For instance, we were instructed to sit toward the front when it really didn't matter as there weren't really any stragglers. And as for the improv, there were a couple times when some ego-based and fear-based "no's" tripped up the performers' stride.

But if you're going to take risks, you're going to sometimes fall big and other times win big.  In this case, it's worth it.

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Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Excitement at the Ontario County Tax Foreclosure Land Auction
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 am (add a comment)

Ali and I went to the Ontario County Real Property Tax Foreclosure Land Auction at The Ontario County Safety Training Facility (2914 County Road 48, Canandaigua) hosted by The Reynolds Auction Company. We were not planning to buy anything, we just to see how things get run.

We considered Lot #4 as we looked at it last week. It's located just south of where Routes 32 and 64 meet in Bristol. According to Google's new terrain maps, the property is located about a half-mile east of the valley and 320 feet higher into the surrounding hills with the first 1000 feet of road at a 20% grade. Ali's poor Saturn SL-2 barely made it up (and the transmission's "2" setting didn't even come close to helping on the way down).

The property was listed with an assessed value of $27,500. In an information session last week that I attended, someone asked about that particular property's assessment, commenting that they own land nearby and they thought the assessment was wrong — I assumed they meant "too high". With that in mind, I was a little worried that it would actually sell for something approaching what we could afford — a couple thousand dollars, perhaps — because we didn't even bother to register.

Well this one was particularly unusual. Ali knew the County Treasurer Gary Baxter from her days working in Canandaigua and when we chatted with him earlier, he menionted that there seemed to be a lot of people interested in this particular lot. Well I had no idea — I guessed they'd attempt to start bidding around $9,000 (then they work down until they get a bid) and it would sell for something like $12,000. Ali was worried it would sell for much less — after all, we looked at it and it's hard to get to (i.e. 4-wheel-drive-access only) and the A-frame structure was in need of a fair amount of repairs, but it would indeed be a nice secluded spot to get away to on occasion. In the end it went for $37,500 — percentage-wise the largest amount over the assessed value of any of the properties we stayed to see. I sure hope those people like it.

We stayed through 14 of the properties and noted that the later you stay, the more people leave so in the future, I'd consider bidding on one of the later properties on the list. After that we had a nice dinner at Eric's Office Restaurant (2574 Macedon Rd., Canandaigua). We hadn't been there in a while and it was a bit late; food preparation time was a bit slow for us personally but the quality was quite good. I thought the French Onion soup wasn't as good as we'd had at Hogan’s Hideaway (197 Park Ave.) but Ali liked it more. We split both our meals in half so she had half my portabello sandwich and I, half her cheeseburger. Both were great. Amusingly enough, the auctioneer John T. Reynolds and one of the women he was working with (I forgot her name and don't know their personal relationship) happened to get dinner there too.

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

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 4 p.m. at The Lilac Festival is great instrumental funk from John Viviani and Filthy FunkMySpace link. [source: Lilac Festival website] [all ages]

This evening at 6 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.), photojournalist Ed Kashi will deliver a Photography Lecture titled Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 7 p.m. starting at Lamberton Conservatory (Reservoir Rd.) is a tour of Highland Park Poetry Sites with Fr. William Amann. [source: Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood Association e-mail] [all ages]

Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Asbury First United Methodist Church (1050 East Ave.) is a meeting of The Rochester Genealogical Society. Tonight's program includes the Election of Officers for 2008-2010 and a Stump the Experts panel. [source: Rochester Genealogical Society website] [all ages]

Grace Seiberling will deliver a lecture titled French Impressionism, American Eyes at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) tonight at 7 p.m. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Top Pick Great, somewhat mellow rock-and-roll band HinkleyMySpace link will be performing at tonight's taping of WXXI's OnStage at WXXI (280 State St.) starting at 7 p.m. Call ahead for free tickets. [source: WXXI website]

JayceLand Pick Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is Radioactive SnowshuMySpace link, and Golf. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Little Fugitive and On the Bowery starting at 8 p.m. In the former, a 7-year-old runs away fearing he had killed his brother. The latter documents life on "skid row". [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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

Today from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and tomorrow and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at The House of Hamez (389 Gregory St., formerly Daily Perks) is Mezapallooza featuring dozens of bands — "A 3-Day Celebration of Music, Art & Food". [source: House of Hamez website] [all ages]

MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link will meet at The Distillery (1142 Mount Hope Ave.) tonight at 5:30 p.m. — sign up at the website and meet some new people! [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Tonight at 5:30 p.m. at The Lilac Festival is RedLine Zydeco. [source: Lilac Festival website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Cargo Cult RevivalMySpace link, and The National RifleGarageBand linkMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) 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 Faces starting at 8 p.m. with co-star Seymour Cassel and producer-cinematographer Al Ruban on hand to discuss the film. It's about a couple with a troubled marriage who separate for the night to stay with their respective lovers. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. at Upstage at The Auditorium Center (875 Main St E.), The Nuts and Bolts Comedy Improv TroupeMySpace link is doing a benefit improv comedy show for The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR) (840 University Ave.). [source: Nuts and Bolts e-mail]

Tonight at The Dub Land UndergroundMySpace link (315 Alexander St., formerly Whiskey) is great funk band The Filthy FunkMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Tonight at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) is great 1960's-styled rock from The Hi-RisersMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

JayceLand Pick Vivian Vande Velde, Cynthia DeFelice, and Bruce Coville will be in Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) to discuss Censorship and Book Banning at 10:30 a.m. [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick Among the performances today, good bar-rock band (with a country twang) Blue JimmyGarageBand linkMySpace link will play at 1 p.m. at The Lilac Festival. [source: Lilac Festival website] [all ages]

Today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is an Altered Books Workshop on transforming "old, unwanted books into works of art". They'll also be repeating this program on Tuesday at the same time. [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6 p.m. is a book discussion of A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can't Win by Shelby Steele at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) [source: Baobab website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is talented stoner rock-influenced rock band Argus EyeMySpace link, One Hand Waving FreeMySpace link, and Smock 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 The Killing of a Chinese Bookie starting at 8 p.m. with actors Ben Gazzara and Seymour Cassel along with producer-cinematographer Al Ruban to discuss the film. It's about a guy who gets into debt and kills a Chineese bookie as payment. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonigh at 9 p.m. at The Flat Iron CaféMySpace link (561 State St.) is The Dan Drohan Trio followed by the After Hours Jam Session with The Quinn Lawrence TrioMySpace link. [source: Flat Iron Cafe webstie]

Meyer and McGuire 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]

JayceLand Pick The Dub Land UndergroundMySpace link (315 Alexander St., formerly Whiskey) will be hosting angry, fun punk-rock band Eddie Nebula and the PlagueGarageBand link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Freetime]

JayceLand Pick Township, The Gifted ChildrenGarageBand linkMySpace link, The Highway LightsMySpace link, and The Skull MaracasGarageBand linkMySpace link will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [21+]

Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Dawn starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [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.

Lilac Festival ends today.

The Rochester Flute Association (RFA) will be performing in the Conservatory at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) today from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

This afternoon from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. is the opening reception for the Rochester Art Supply Invitational Art Exhibit at The Center at High Falls Fine Art Gallery (60 Browns Race). [source: Artists' Breakfast Group e-mail] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Husbands starting at 7 p.m. with actor Ben Gazzara and producer Al Ruban to discuss the film. It's about three middle-aged men who carouse about London after the unexpected death of a friend. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Montage Live Music HallMySpace link (50 Chestnut St., formerly the Montage Grille) will be hosting fun ska band Mrs. Skannotto, Destroy EverythingMySpace link, FormaldehydeGarageBand linkMySpace link, Super Atomic, The KujatsMySpace link, This is a Stick UpMySpace link, and The AudiblesMySpace link starting around 7 p.m. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester] [all ages]

Old Time Relijun, Ian Downey is FamousMySpace link, and good high-energy punk-rock from The GrievantsMySpace link will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: A|V Space website]

Fly the flag today.Armed Forces Day

JayceLand Pick The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Duke Galaxy and the Pipeliners, Nod, and good punk-rock band The QUiTTERSGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

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.

JayceLand Pick Ali's hosting a MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link event at Make and Take Gourmet (1475 E. Henrietta Road) tonight at 6:30 p.m. If you want to come by and make a meal of your own, go on their site, select "Book a Session", pick the "Ali's Private Party" on May 20 at 6:30 p.m., enter the password "Ali" (case-sensitive: not "ali"), and you're on your way. I thought it a little confusing, but when they ask for meal quantities, that's just a way to get bulk pricing — for just one or two meals, pick the single-meal assembly pricing and you can choose more than one later. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting Prizzy Prizzy PleaseMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing No Highway in the Sky starting at 8 p.m. Eastman House's calendar says, "in a fun early prototype for the classic disaster film, an aeronautical engineer (James Stewart) boards a newly designed plane, convinced that it's prone to metal fatigue and will crash after a certain amount of flying time. Supported by at least one passenger (Marlene Dietrich), his only choice is to create an incident that will force the plane down earlier." It also happens to be James Stewart's 100th birthday. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is thrashy, staccato drum and guitar duo The Clan of the Cave BearMySpace link, The Bloody Noes, and instrumental-cacophonous-rock nearly-noise band Science vs. WitchcraftMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

Author Anne Panning will be at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) for the Visiting Writers Series starting at 7 p.m. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. at Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) (657 East Ave.) is part of The Rochester Asian Pacific American Film Festival featuring Neal DhandMySpace link's new film Used followed by several other short films. [source: Craigslist Rochester events]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing A Child is Waiting starting at 8 p.m. It's about a woman who works at a home for mentally-handicapped children run by a progressive doctor. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight is the first of four days of improvisational comedy with Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) starting at 8:30 p.m. [source: RocWiki calendar]

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 Dogtown Hots (691 Monroe Ave.) at 7 p.m. is the Rochester Cruisers Wednesday Night Cruise (for bicyclists). [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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