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Weekly Rochester Events #492 Starting Thursday, June 12, 2008

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Steve Kurtz was acquitted
by Jason Olshefsky at 11:50 pm (add a comment)

I got an e-mail from Christine Kristen (a.k.a. LadyBee) that contained a press release announcing the conclusion to the case against Steven Kurtz that I blogged about in January and actually got news that Kurtz was cleared a while back through a post at Glob-a-log titled "The Steve Kurtz case finally dismissed (Another political trial, another pathetic witch hunt: Just business as usual in Bushland)". (If you're curious, it's at the end of this post after the fold).

I gather that the press release was to promote the art show Seized at The Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo) which documents the materials involved in the case (it's on display from June 7, 2008 through July 18, 2008). But way way down at the bottom of the press release was the key part: the [clearly ironically named] Department of Justice had no business even bothering to bring up charges of mail and wire fraud because (as I said before) it's a civil dispute so it requires one person to accuse another of fraud — not a criminal one where the state can bring charges against someone. They clearly overstepped their bounds as part of the Judicial Branch of the U.S. government, as they were acting on behalf of the Executive Branch to execute the laws, then they even did that wrong by misapplying the law.

The thing that bothers me so much is that when I consider why the Department of Justice did this, I can't come up with a reason, other than those with evil purposes.

What crime — of the United States or against anyone or against humanity — did Kurtz commit by his artistic protests? I say there was no crime committed, and I'm left to believe that the Department of Justice was trying to put an innocent man in jail. Why would they do that? Perhaps to justify the "War on Terror" by staging arrests of fake terrorists? I don't know, but it all smells evil. [And let me also reiterate what's not been said enough: "terror" is a concept, not a group of people so it's at best a Quixotic move to try and wage war against it.]

Perhaps they're working to block dissent to the war and to questionable corporate efforts — both topics that Kurtz and his group rallied against. But in a free country … nay, the free country? When dissenters are rounded up and put in prison in a dictatorship, I can at least understand it, but when it happens in a country that prides itself on inalienable freedoms? So maybe the Department of Justice's goals were to steer the United States toward a more totalitarian government. Again, evil.

When I try to apply Occam's Razor, most relevant evidence points to a big conspiracy: that government is trying to bias the delivery of news for purposes of manipulating the will of the people through false information.

It's a thought that I can't bear to stare straight into. I welcome comments that disprove my theory.

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Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

A Consumerism Relapse
by Jason Olshefsky at 5:37 pm (add a comment)

This past weekend I held a Garage Sale and it went pretty well. I got rid of a lot of things, and then on Monday and Tuesday I took most of the rest of it to the thrift stores and such. I ended up spending all the money I made on a second Argon/Carbon Dioxide tank for the MIG welder. At least I didn't fall behind. Plus, now I can weld all day on Sunday even if one tank runs out — and it always does.

But in regards to my relapse into consumerism, I was thoroughly excited to win an auction on eBay for one Fujitsu ScanSnap S510M (at $100 under Amazon's price). It scans double-sided in color and outputs to PDF files — with additional options to convert to text (with "optical character recognition" or OCR) or to place text-under-graphics so it's human readable like the paper copy, but mostly searchable as well (except for OCR errors). It whips through 18 pages a minute (although my lowly G3 PowerBook can't keep up, especially with its 1/10th-speed USB 1.1 interface). In all: it's awesome so far. My qualms with it are that it doesn't scan very accurately, allowing compression errors to originate in the scanner, and there's no way to set specific scanning resolutions: only interpretative ones like "Best" or "Fast". I was also disappointed to find that Adobe Acrobat 8 won't run on Mac OS X 10.3 — I'd need at least 10.4 for that.

So now my free time is going through old documents, shoving them into the scanner, and getting rid of the originals. I know: I have too much fun.

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Bicycling with the Weekly Rochester Cruisers' Ride
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:53 pm (add a comment)

Ali and I went on the weekly Cruiser's Ride this week. We've gone in the past but this is the first time I got to blog about it. Anyway, it's a group of bicyclists that starts from Dogtown Hots (691 Monroe Ave.) — they used to start at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) but everyone kept getting dinner at Dogtown first. We got rolling around 8:30 or so and meandered through the city streets all over the place, covering some 9 miles or so all around (I measured as best as I could remember on a map). I finally got to see The Legal Wall — although I guess it's now the "somewhat legal wall" … perhaps someone in the group wasn't confident of the concept or that something changed. In case you don't know, the principle is that the owners of buildings in this area permit and welcome artists to apply graffiti. Some of it is fantastic. Pardon me if I don't specify exactly where it is because the cops have been on a rampage shutting good things down of this ilk.

The ride "officially" terminates at Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) although this time, they wouldn't permit us to bring our bikes to the back yard as they had in the past. Ali and I both had custom-built bikes [by me, in case you're wondering] and she didn't want to leave them locked up in front so we went to Solera Wine BarMySpace link (647 South Ave.) with John and had a glass of wine so we could sit by them and keep an eye on them.

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JayceLand Pick This afternoon at 5 p.m. at The Riverside Festival Site (Exchange Blvd. at Court St., under the Freddie-Sue Bridge) is moe.MySpace link with Reid Genauer and the Assembly of DustMySpace link. [source: WBER calendar]

JayceLand Pick Some people from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link will be heading to the Vegetarian Open Mic Night at New Health Café (133 Gregory St., formerly Saint Aubyn's House of Soups) starting at 6:30 p.m. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is a lecture in the Community Dialogue Series with Dr. Walter Cooper on social activism in Rochester. [source: Baobab website]

Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) will be hosting a meeting of The Bertrand Russell Society at 7 p.m. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Mercer Gallery at Monroe Community College (1000 E Henrietta Rd., in Building 5) is a screening of Bottle of Wine by Rick StaropoliMySpace link. [source: band e-mail]

JayceLand Pick Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is North LincolnMySpace link, and You and Me and the Atom Bomb. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Agoniya (Rasputin) starting at 8 p.m. As usual, the Eastman House calendar captures my interest: "alternating between pre-revolution documentary footage and newly filmed color material, Klimov delivers a hypnotic, one-of-a-kind portrait of the legendary 'mad monk' and his deviancy, depravity, and destruction." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Show Is the RainbowMySpace link, UUVVWWZMySpace link, and Gentleman Auction HouseMySpace link will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

Tonight at The Black Pearl Cafe (791 Meigs St., formerly Dicky's) is A Drum and an Open WindowMySpace link, Yer FriendMySpace link, Mike ArthurMySpace link, Karrah Marie Teague, Tim AveryMySpace link, and Mike Brown, probably starting around 9 p.m. [source: WBER calendar]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) starting around 9:30 p.m. is Tell the Cold WallGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

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


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This evening at 5 p.m. at The Storefront Anti-War Crisis Center (658 Monroe Ave.) is the opening reception for photos by Margaret Sweger titled Auschwitz-Birkenau Detainment Camps. [source: City Newspaper]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) at 7 p.m. is The Red Tag Rumage Sale and great motley-folk from Baby Shivers BoutiqueMySpace link followed by The Gifted ChildrenGarageBand linkMySpace link and Nathaniel SeerMySpace link at 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight and tomorrow is a 2-day A|V Art Sound Space event at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) starting at 7 p.m. — a mix of noise and experimental bands. [source: A|V Space website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight's another Village Idiots Present (VIP) show: Improv Cypher's "Gorilla Theatre" at 7:30 p.m. [source: Village Idiots Present website]

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

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Haebyonui yoin (Woman on the Beach) starting at 8 p.m. It's about a film director who has relations with two similar-looking women in a "deadpan comedy of the sexes." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) is The Sisters of Murphy starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [21+]

Tonight and tomorrow at The High Falls Gorge (Platt St at Browns Race, the Pont De Rennes Bridge) starting around 9:30 p.m. is the River of Light Laser Show. [source: City Hall press release]


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Fly the flag today.Flag Day

Today and tomorrow is the Maplewood Rose Festival at The Maplewood Rose Garden (Driving Park and Lake Ave.) probably starting around 10 a.m. [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. at Bodhi's Cafe & LoungeMySpace link (274 Goodman St. N., in Village Gate) is technical and melodic acoustic soloist Kinloch Nelson and then at 9:30 p.m. it's great funk band The Filthy FunkMySpace link. [source: Bodhi's Cafe MySpace page]

Tonight at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) is Auld Lang Syng, and The Color WheelsMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is Lucas CarpenterGarageBand linkMySpace 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 All About Eve starting at 8 p.m. "Fasten your seatbelts—it's going to be a bumpy night." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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

JayceLand Pick Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Victory Fest with good metal from SulacoMySpace link, Burn Everything, Like WolvesMySpace link, and Hellcat MaggieMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [21+]

Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is The Lonely HMySpace link, Sikamor RooneyMySpace link, and The Found. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [21+]

Late tonight — after midnight or so — is the After Hours Jam Session at The Flat Iron CaféMySpace link (561 State St.) [source: Flat Iron Cafe webstie]

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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Father's Day

Today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. is a Community Garage Sale and Super Flea Sale at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick Today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. is Trolley Follies at The New York Museum of Transportation and Rochester and Genesee Valley Railroad Museum (6393 East River Rd., West Henrietta) featuring movies, demonstrations, and trolley rides. [source: Freetime]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing It's A Gift starting at 7 p.m. followed by Man on the Flying Trapeze at 8:30 p.m. — a couple W. C. Fields films. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Mannequin MenMySpace link, TearwaveGarageBand linkMySpace link, and June RisingMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]


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JayceLand Pick Over at The Main Street Armory (900 E. Main St.) starting around 8 p.m. is Modest MouseMySpace link, and Love As LaughterMySpace link. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Top Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is low-to-mid tempo alternative-semi-experimental band The Weird Weeds, and excellent digitally-manipulated acoustic music from Autumn In HalifaxMySpace 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]


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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 A Safe Place starting at 8 p.m. about "a young hippie trapped in a world of her own fantasies and torn between two men". [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Hyperion BlastGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Freetime]


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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Gloria starting at 8 p.m. It's a John Cassavetes film about a woman takes to protecting a little boy from the mob after his entire family is killed. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow PlayersMySpace link [and I'm really quite somewhat not uncertain this is a more official date than last time], great motley-folk from Baby Shivers BoutiqueMySpace link, and funny and clever soloist The BicycatsMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

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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