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Weekly Rochester Events #503 Starting Thursday, August 28, 2008

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

Rochester to Glenwood Springs
by Jason Olshefsky at 11:21 am (add a comment)

So I headed out on Wednesday night, stopping at Paola's Burrito Place (1921 South Ave., formerly Big Dog's Hots) with Ali before saying our goodbyes. I drove until I got tired around Cleveland, then got up on Thursday and made it just inside Kansas. Of course, things took a downturn when the air conditioning in the Roadmaster gradually stopped working with a warning signal on the heating controls. At least I made it through the worst of it.

On the way through otherwise-dreadful Kansas, I saw a billboard for a GM dealership in Hays, about halfway across Kansas. Crap. I guess they do work. Anyway, I went to James Motor Works, Co. (108 E. 13th St., Hays, KS). I talked with Dan and they got me right in to check out the A.C. It turned out there is a leak (which I knew, having added more coolant before I left) and the ventilation system computer shuts things down when the compressor cycles too much. I got it recharged there — they were really nice and it was "only" $100 or so. Afterward I got a recommendation for lunch, and I went to Gella's Diner and Lb. Brewing Company (117 E. 11th St., Hays, KS) right around the corner. I had a really good Oatmeal Stout and a great Patty Melt: a "beef patty topped with mushrooms, schmeltz (caramelized onions) and provolone cheese on buttered marbled rye toast". Mmm. I met this guy who happened to be from Colorado and we chatted a bit before I got back on the road.

I made it to Colorado around 2:30 p.m. and managed to snap a self-portrait along the way:

Self-portrait (sort-of)

See the wagon? To be honest, it's larger than it appears.

Unfortunately, my timing was such that I got to Denver at almost exactly 5:00 p.m. Yeesh. It wasn't too bad, but getting up the mountain took a while. I made it to Sondra and Will's around 8 and got settled in. We'll be leaving on Sunday morning in a little convoy for Burning Man. Hopefully in air-conditioned comfort.

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JayceLand Pick How can you possibly miss North By Northwest? It's being screened by George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) at Highland Bowl (South Ave. at Robinson Dr.) tonight at dusk (7:30 p.m. or so). [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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

Top Pick Over at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) starting around 10 p.m. is wicked-fun percussion-and-saxophone dominated jam band The BuddhaHoodMySpace link. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

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

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] [all ages]

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


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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 Highland Bowl (South Ave. at Robinson Dr.) at dusk (around 7:30 p.m.), George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be screening American Graffiti. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting solidly good hard rock from Cavalcade starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [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]

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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If you've been meaning to check it out, join people from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link to go to The National Buffalo Wing Festival (in Buffalo), leaving around 12 p.m. from Frontier Commons (1225 Jefferson Rd.) [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

In "honor" of Mary Shelly's birthday (and mine, by the way), George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be screening Bride of Frankenstein along with The Black Cat starting at dusk at Highland Bowl (South Ave. at Robinson Dr.) [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick A ribald spectacle and solid surf-rock from The IsotopesMySpace link, Baba YagaMySpace link, and good white-boy blues from The White DevilsMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]

Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is Auld Lang SyneMySpace link. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [21+]


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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]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Grindhouse starting at 7 p.m. Experience the Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino homage to the grindhouse "theaters" of the 1960's and 1970's. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is awesome high-energy punk-rock from Handsome JackGarageBand linkMySpace link, ChyldeMySpace link, and The Apostles Of The Hidden SonGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]

Tonight and tomorrow night at 9:30 p.m. is the American Dream Labor Day Show at The High Falls Gorge (Platt St at Browns Race, the Pont De Rennes Bridge) (I wonder if they knew that the 2008 theme for Burning Man is American Dream.) [source: City Hall press release]


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Fly the flag today.Labor Day

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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V-J Day

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.

Tonight at 7 p.m. on the second floor of Barnes & Noble (3349 Monroe Ave.) is a meeting of The Rochester Speculative Literature Association (R-SPEC) with the topic Writing Spec Fic for Stage and Screen. [source: R-SPEC Google Group]


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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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