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Weekly Rochester Events #506 Starting Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

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by Jason Olshefsky at 3:57 pm (add a comment)

Sometime around midnight on Monday night, the lights in my house blinked out several times in 10 minutes or so. I knew what was coming — alas the same line I've complained about before was once again afflicted with inability to transmit electrical current. It's been a while since it got knocked out, but by midnight, the lights went out and the fans all stopped; the only sound was the beeping of back-up power supplies on assorted computers and appliances around the house.

So I called Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) (89 East Ave.) when it happened, and the nice computer lady recorded that my power was out. I went to bed. In the morning, the nice computer lady said that they recorded my outage — but did not mention that it was part of a larger outage. Darn. I had hoped a crew would be out already. As it turned out, tens of thousands of people were also without power, so I was not all that likely to get responsive service. By 10 a.m. or so, the computer lady said that there was a known outage affecting approximately SIX HUNDRED NINE customers — thus it was that crazy wire by the canal that got knocked out again. The worst, though, is that the streets near me are interleaved with power from different sides, so across the street, my neighbors were preserving perishable foods with refrigeration, drinking hot coffee, and reading in at night. By 3 p.m. or so, the nice computer lady reported that "the estimated repairs are scheduled to be completed by 6 p.m. — this Wednesday."

So I got a lesson in pioneer life for a while. As it turned out the power came back Tuesday night sometime — probably between midnight and dawn by my guess. In any case, I took the opportunity to revamp the computer setup where I write JayceLand and other stuff. I also pondered alternatives: like solar panels to operate the sump pump (which was thankfully bone-dry), getting (or making) a chest freezer, and figuring out how to get Internet connectivity. I might be closer to off-grid living than I thought … or not.

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JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.), Dan Burkholder will present Beyond Digital: Creativity Eclipses Technology. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight's meeting of The Rochester Genealogical Society at 7 p.m. at The Asbury First United Methodist Church (1050 East Ave.) starts their two-month 70th Anniversary Celebration. Dr. Marian S. Henry will present Evolution of the Rochester Genealogical Society - from its origin to the present day and Marlene Bettin will honor past-and-present officers and volunteers. [source: Rochester Genealogical Society website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) starting around 8 p.m. is Oliver BrownMySpace link, and excellent, catchy satirical-gospel band The Lobster QuadrilleMySpace link. [source: City Newspaper] [21+]

Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting The Eastman BroadBand Ensemble 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 Dyadya Vanya (Uncle Vanya) starting at 8 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar: "Anton Chekhov's masterwork about the breakdown of a family held together by a tissue of lies and self-deceptions is brought to stunning life" by director Andrei Konchalovsky. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is The Rosewood ThievesMySpace link, Man vs. MoonMySpace link, and WalriMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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


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From 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Gallery at The Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester (277 N. Goodman St.) is the opening reception for Harriet "Bing" Thayer titled Bing's World. [source: Arts and Cultural Council website]

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. is the opening reception for the Instructors Show at The Community Darkroom at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) The exhibition will be on display through October 29. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

Rooms: A Rock Romance opens tonight at 7 p.m. at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) [source: Geva Theatre website]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Greg Townson at 7 p.m. followed by Tommy BrunettMySpace link at 9 p.m. and then DJ's at 11 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Tonight at 7 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. (and every Friday through the end of October) is a tour by The Rochester Candlelight Ghost Walks titled Ghosts of Mt Hope starting at the corner of Mt. Hope and Reservoir. Curiously, the tour does not enter the cemetery ... hmm ... [source: RocWiki calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Political Puzzle — "mixed media political viewpoints" — opens tonight at Gallery R (775 Park Ave.) at 7 p.m. [source: City Newspaper]

JayceLand Pick HungnessMySpace link (formerly Kill Myself on Monday) will be at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. [source: band e-mail] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Christ in Concrete (a.k.a. Salt to the Devil/Give Us This Day) starting at 8 p.m. about an Italian immigrant who "exploits his fellow workers in dangerous construction work in order to provide for his own family." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Over at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) starting around 9 p.m. is groove-rock band The Sim Redmond BandMySpace link, and Food, Clothes and ShelterMySpace link. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

The SpacelordsMySpace link, and FrothMySpace link will be at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [21+]


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Today starting at 8 a.m. at The City Surplus Yard (210 Colfax St.) is The City of Rochester Surplus Vehicle Auction hosted by The Reynolds Auction Company. [source: Reynold's Auction website]

JayceLand Pick Today at 12 p.m. at Mt. Hope Cemetery (791 Mt. Hope Ave., the North Gate) is a tour of people in The Revolutionary War. [source: Friends of Mt. Hope flyer]

A new exhibit titled Regeneration opens tonight at 5:30 p.m. at The Oxford Gallery (267 Oxford St.) featuring works by Jean K. Stephens and Helen Bishop Santelli. The works will be on display through October 11. [source: Oxford Gallery website]

Tonight at 7 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. (and every Friday through the end of October) is a tour by The Rochester Candlelight Ghost Walks titled Spirits of Sea Breeze starting at The Reunion Inn (4565 Culver Rd.) [source: RocWiki calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 8 p.m. at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) is a Songwriters In The Round Anniversary Show with Jeff Riales, and excellent acoustic soloist Maria Gillard. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Xela ZaidGarageBand link, and Joshua JestyMySpace 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 Tonight at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) at 8 p.m. is a Music, Gender, and Globalization Symposium by Ossia New Music featuring Chen Yi's Sparkle. [source: Ossia New Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing A Man Named Pearl starting at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. tonight and again on Sunday at 5 p.m. It's about Pearl Fryar, a self-taught topiary gardener in a small town in South Carolina. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is awesome, tight, complex rock and roll from The VEiNSMySpace link, The ClockmenMySpace link, and The MofosMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Tonight at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) is Sleeping GiantMySpace link, and The Word of the Day starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester] [21+]

Today is International Coastal Cleanup day so get out there and start picking stuff up! More information is available at the Center for Marine Conservation.


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Fly the flag today.POW/MIA Recognition 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]

Today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) is the 4th Annual Artist Row Public Market Art Fair. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

Today starting at 1 p.m. is the 6-Month Anniversary Bash of Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) featuring The Kings County CaravanMySpace link and The Henrie Brothers. [source: Abilene website]

Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a program titled Chaos and Harmony: An Introduction to "Visual Music". [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Top Pick Weasel WalterMySpace link, Peter EvansMySpace link, Mary Halvorson, thick bass-driven noise from Tuurd, and Stone BabyMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Magnificent Ambersons starting at 1:30 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar: Booth Tarkington's story of the decline of the most prosperous family in town is chronicled in this loving and haunting film directed by Orson Welles. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Child BiteMySpace link, and These United StatesMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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 In today's Books Sandwiched-In lecture from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in the Gleason Auditorium of The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.), Arlene Wilson will review Kris Holloway's Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

My Life with The Thrill Kill KultMySpace link will be at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing South starting at 8 p.m. The tale of Ernest Shackleton's journey to the South Pole — with live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting PenetrationMySpace link, and CrucifistMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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JayceLand Pick Tonight at 8 p.m. in the auditorium at The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) is a screening of Persistence by Daniel Eisenberg. [source: Visual Studies Workshop calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Rescue Dawn starting at 8 p.m. about a Navy pilot who escapes from a Vietnamese POW camp. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is highly distorted, omni-frequency noise from John Wiese, Tumul, and something like semi-melodic fast-paced noise from Pengo. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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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