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Weekly Rochester Events #496 Starting Thursday, July 10, 2008

Friday, July 4th, 2008

The Canandaigua Independence Day Parade
by Jason Olshefsky at 11:30 am (2 comments)

Our friends Scott and Don from Wick-edly Sent (94 S. Main St., Canandaigua) invited Ali and me to bring our custom bikes to ride in the Canandaigua Independence Day Parade. We were part of The Canandaigua Merchants Association's entry in the parade — their theme was "Go Green!" with five of us on bikes. The other three bikes were custom cruisers loaned from RV & E Bike and Skate (168 South Main St., Canandaigua). A couple people on foot handed out brochures. Two of the little girls carried the sign tethered between them, and the other two handed out penny candy to the crowd.

Now, I've never been in a parade, but it sure was a lot of fun. There were several thousand people lined up along Main Street and we waved to them, smiled, said hello, and otherwise had a great time.

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Camping at Stony Brook State Park
by Jason Olshefsky at 2:30 pm (add a comment)

After the parade, Ali and I got lunch at Mac's Philly Steaks (76 South Main St., Canandaigua). It's a decent place and — with my only slightly trained taste — felt that their cheese-steak sandwiches were quite authentic. It was definitely a good start before we headed out to Stony Brook State Park (10820 State Route 36, Dansville) to go camping.

The first thing we noted was there were several signs declaring that no alcohol was permitted in the park. This was not mentioned earlier and we intended on having a *ahem* good time, so our cooler was filled with quite a bit of beer and wine coolers. As such, we said nothing and quietly circumvented the rule by using cups and keeping it inside the tent. It was only because the park was minimally staffed that we — and some significant percentage of other campers (10% to 75% would be my guess) — were able to imbibe.

I imagine the rule was created to allow rangers to eject "rowdy" campers. However, it's really just a way to circumvent the inherent unfairness of a subjectively applied rule like "no alcohol abuse". The personal prejudices of a park ranger would directly come into play — perhaps as innocent as permitting attractive young women to "keep it quiet" or as sinister as searching the camps of black people for illegal contraband.

I end up stuck at a crossroads about it all. On the one hand, I think it's important to allow a certain subjective leeway in interpreting the law — after all, it's part of the checks and balances devised in the Constitution. But on the other hand, I want law itself to be, well, law — such that it defines the boundaries of permissible behavior.

As it stands now, it appears that determining which laws are "Law" and which are "suggestions" is a collectively agreed-upon and largely arbitrary process — molesting children?: no way; talking on your cell phone while driving?: only if you won't get caught. It goes back to what I said before: laws are entirely voluntary. Personal behavior is not defined by law, but it often correlates because laws — in my opinion — should codify only universally unacceptable behaviors. A tall order indeed — and in all likelihood, too tall to actually accomplish.

All I'm saying is that laws should either be all absolute or all suggestions but not an arbitrary mix.

Anyway … where was I. Oh yeah, camping.

So Ali and I got set up pretty well and spent the first day kind of lounging around. Well, that's what we did most of the rest of the time too. We did go on a hike around the rim of the gorge … a long, tiring hike indeed.

We also swam in the man-made, stream-fed pool. It was a clever dam structure in the gorge to offer a swimming area that included a kiddie section and another section that went as deep as 8 feet. It was very cold — around 60°F. I had been in the water already so I was prepared but Ali was quite shocked by it. I found that I could get used to it, though. It was also quite nice that, despite the silt in the water, there was no chlorine so it left you feeling nice and fresh.

We also spent a lot of time exploring the gorge — another illegal activity that a large contingent of park visitors freely violated [thank goodness for funding cuts so there were no rangers to kick us out!]. I particularly liked the larger waterfalls, one of which included a deep section you could jump into from a short rock ledge, and another had a blast of cool water that you could let pound on your back like a friggin' 200 gallon-per-minute massage. The stream varied in width and flow-rate, depending on whether it had cut through depths of the slate bed. Some of the deeper troughs had enough flow and were smooth enough that you could use them like a water slide. The rough patches in the slate bottoms were enough to rub holes in my 20-year-old swimsuit, though.

We left the campground once to get ice cream at The Stony Brook Farm Market (10895 State Route 36, Dansville) — a nice excursion in the middle of the weekend. Ali had accidentally booked through Monday so we got to stay late on Sunday. The place cleared out right at 11 a.m. — check-out time — leaving us with just a half-dozen other camps in sight; much different from the fully-booked state over the weekend. We got back in the afternoon on Sunday and tried getting back into the swing of things with limited success.

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Today and tomorrow from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (also on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.) at Highland Bowl (South Ave. at Robinson Dr.) is the Big Rib Bar-B-Que and Blues Fest. You can also join folks from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link to go there around 5:30 p.m. today. [source: RocWiki]

Trippy jazz band Margaret Explosion will be at WXXI (280 State St.) for a live taping WXXI's OnStage starting at 7 p.m. (but get there a bit early to sign up and such). [source: WXXI website]

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

Tonight at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality (402 South Ave.) is a screening of SHUTDOWN The Rise & Fall of Direct Action to Stop the War. [source: Community Biking Alliance message board]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Bullitt starting at 8 p.m. A classic, early cop-action movie with the finest chase sequence set to film (although there sure seem to be quite a few green Volkswagen Beetles). [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Good blues-charged rock-and-roll from Buford and the Smoking Section will be at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

Pure Kona Open Mic Poetry will be at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) tonight starting around 7:30 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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


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Today at The Storefront Anti-War Crisis Center (658 Monroe Ave.) starting at 5 p.m. is the opening reception for Photos of Contemporary Iran by Linda Howland. [source: City Newspaper]

Tonight at 6 p.m. at the Firehouse Gallery at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) is the opening reception for Signal featuring work by Bethany KrullMySpace link. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. is a presentation by Village Idiots Present (VIP) of Improv Cypher's "Gorilla Theatre". [source: Village Idiots Present website]

JayceLand Pick Updated: I just got word that Dream Engine won't be at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) — rather it's Harlow Crandall (who was also originally scheduled to play), Hotel ReverieMySpace link, and a short set by Greg CarderMySpace link. [source: band e-mail] [all ages]

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is MatschoMySpace 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 La planète sauvage (Fantastic Planet) starting at 8 p.m. The Eastman House Calendar describes it as a "psychedelic animated sci-fi cult classic" so how can you go wrong? It will be preceded by the short film Les escargots (The Snails). [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight, tomorrow, and the 15th through the 19th is The Hill Cumorah Pageant (Hill Cumorah, Palmyra, N.Y.) starting at 9 p.m. [source: Freetime]

JayceLand Pick Excellent digitally manipulated acoustic guitar music from Autumn In HalifaxMySpace link will be playing at The Little Theatre Café (240 East Ave.) tonight at 8 p.m. [source: band calendar] [all ages]

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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George Eastman would have turned 154 years old today so George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is having a celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Corn Hill Arts Festival (Frederick Douglass St. and Edinburgh St., in the Corn Hill Neighborhood) runs today and tomorrow starting at 10 a.m. and running until 6 p.m. today and until 5 p.m. tomorrow. [source: RocWiki]

Marie Starr will be exhibiting some of her artwork at Books, ETC. (78 W. Main St., Macedon) with a reception tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. [source: Craigslist Rochester events]

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

JayceLand Pick Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting The White Noise SupremacistsMySpace 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 Amadeus (the 2002 Director's Cut) starting at 8 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Over at Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free) starting around 9 p.m. is The Grand Canyon Rescue EpisodeMySpace link. [source: Johnny's Irish Pub calendar]

Top Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Baba YagaMySpace link, wild, gritty rock from Handsome JackGarageBand linkMySpace link, wild, gritty rock from The Grinders, and The Stone BelieverMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]

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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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]

Today at 11 a.m. is the start of The Rochester Jewish Film Festival (RJFF) with screenings of 20 films this year at The Little (240 East Ave.) and The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) [source: Rochester Film Lab Yahoo! Group]

Tonight at The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.) is Guy ForsythMySpace link starting around 1 p.m. [source: WBER calendar]

The Penny ArcadeMySpace link (4785 Lake Ave.) will be hosting The Blind DrivesMySpace link, and Mike Fyler and The Macro MeltdownMySpace link starting around 7 p.m. [source: Penny Arcade MySpace page]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Sharon Van EttenMySpace link, Noa BabayofMySpace link, very good low-key acoustic from Jana HunterMySpace link, and Matteah BaimMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]


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JayceLand Pick Today from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is a workshop titled Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

Relax on Quad, Listen to Melodies from the University's Tower Bells — in the Eastman Quadrangle at The University of Rochester (Elmwood Ave. at Intercampus Dr.) today from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Hopeman Memorial Carillon Summer Recital Series is the performance: "classical and popular music to compositions written specifically for the carillon". [source: University of Rochester website]

Over at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. is Darnere DunforeMySpace link, and Tori SparksGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Big NurseMySpace link, Social JunkMySpace link, and Tumul. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]

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.

Meet with MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link folks to try out Whitewater Kayaking at The Lock 32 Whitewater Park (2797 Clover St., Pittsford) at 5 p.m. (sign up early and there's a $195 fee, so it's only if you're really dying to try). [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Join folks from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link around 5:45 p.m. to participate in the Trees in Our Neighborhoods Walk at 6 p.m. starting at The Maplewood Rose Garden (Driving Park and Lake Ave.) [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Tonight from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is another Eastman Summer Sings program of choral music. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

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

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Horí, má panenko (The Fireman's Ball) starting at 8 p.m. — (according to the Eastman House calendar) it's a "thinly veiled political allegory and satire [that] depicts the mounting mayhem that begins when a small town's fire department decides to throw a big party." Preceded by the Decathlon segment of Visions of Eight. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Jimmy Jones AfterpartyMySpace link, Hey ThanksMySpace link, and rapid-firem modern, metalish rock from The Gentlemen's Club will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]


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If you're interested at all in this MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link I keep mentioning over and over (particularly this week for some reason), join up and say hello tonight at 6 p.m. at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) for the Official New Member Coffee. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 6:15 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a Tour of George Eastman's Neighborhood for members of the museum. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Mitzie Collins will be at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting around 7:30 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Return of the Pink Panther starting at 8 p.m. Another theft of the Pink Panther diamond brings Inspector Clouseau back on the job one more time. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is The Brokedown starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]

The Monroe Village Farmers' Market runs from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of The Church of the Blessed Sacrament (534 Oxford St.) [source: Eat Out 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]

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]

Tonight at 8 p.m. at Abeline Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is an Open Mic with The Grand Canyon Rescue EpisodeMySpace link. [source: Abeline website]

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