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Weekly Rochester Events #507 Starting Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

RIP, Baby Squirrel
by Jason Olshefsky at 1:28 am (add a comment)

This afternoon I was talking with my neighbor and a baby squirrel (okay, maybe an adolescent squirrel) came stumbling out and tried to befriend me. We suspected it was dislodged from a nest in the wind from a few days prior — or it was possibly Blondie's kin (that is, the so-named blond-hair squirrel that was flattened by automobile earlier this week). Whatever the reason, this inexperienced tree-rat was perfectly willing to let me pet it.

I went in and got it a banana — it seemed quite receptive to me (well, anyone I guess) giving it affection. I pet it a bit and brought it some sunflower seeds as well. I decided to let it be and see if its instincts would kick in after a decent (?) meal, so I headed out.

a baby squirrel

Well, come 1 a.m. when I got home, I searched for it and found its lifeless body in my driveway. I might have been able to do more, but I can only believe that its last hours were spent with a full belly, and with dreams of frolicking — cat-free — with its peers. Perchance, even, to run confidently along the squirrel superhighway (a.k.a. human utility service wires). Rest in peace, baby squirrel.

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JayceLand Pick Phyllis Galembo will be at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to discuss Magic of the Masquerade starting at 6 p.m. — she will share "her experiences crossing cultural boundaries to document ceremonial costumes in Africa, North and South America, and the Caribbean". [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Join folks from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) for the MeetInRochester 2nd Anniversary Official Happy Hour starting around 6:30 p.m. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Tonight at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) at 7 p.m., join Brendan Bannon for a discussion on life in refugee camps in East Africa. [source: Baobab website]

Today at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is a Deaf Awareness Week Lecture with Brenda Schertz on Contemporary Deaf Artists. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting The Eastman Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra starting around 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Moskva slezam ne verit (Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears) starting at 8 p.m. about the lives of three women through the 1960's and 1970's. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is The EvangelicalsMySpace link, The Parenthetical GirlsMySpace link, and Hotel ReverieMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Tonight at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) is really good blues-charged rock-and-roll/groove-rock from Buford and the Smoking Section 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] [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]

At 6:30 p.m. at the Firehouse Gallery of The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) is the opening reception for History in the Making III: Ceramic Traditions, Contemporary Pots which runs through October 31. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) will host An Evening of Music and Dialogue with Miche FambroMySpace link tonight at 6:30 p.m. [source: Baobab website]

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

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is The Jive MamasMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Tonight at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The Eastman Wind Ensemble starting around 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Monsieur Verdoux starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Charlie Chaplin plays a French gentleman who (from the Eastman House Calendar) "supports his children and crippled wife by marrying rich widows and killing them. Chaplin's theme—that if war is the logical extension of diplomacy, then murder is the logical extension of business—is delivered in a series of darkly hilarious and elegantly staged comic sequences, culminating in another of the director's movingly poignant conclusions." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is The Butane Varations starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is good punk-rock from The EmersonsGarageBand link. [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]


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Today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Humane Society at Lollypop Farm (99 Victor Rd., Fairport) is Barktober Fest 2008 — a fundraiser for Lollypop. [source: RocWiki calendar]

Today at 10:30 a.m., Kathy Connor will discuss the history of parties that George Eastman held at his home: now known as George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Today at 12 p.m. at Mt. Hope Cemetery (791 Mt. Hope Ave., the North Gate) is a tour titled Geology at Mt. Hope with Bill Chaisson. [source: Friends of Mt. Hope flyer]

JayceLand Pick Today at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 7 p.m., the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will present the 2008 edition of The Animation Show. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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

JayceLand Pick Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting Tony Gallicchio and FunkNutMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Eastman Virtuosi will be performing at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) will be hosting Debbie Kendrick and The Mo' Mo' Betta Bluez BandMySpace link starting around 8:30 p.m. for Lindy Jam. [source: Rochester Music Coalition calendar] [all ages]

The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) will be hosting a reunion show of the jammy, keyboard-enhanced psychadelic groove-rock band The NicheMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup Myspace page]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting good Irish-slanted punk band Tom Foolery and the ShannanighansMySpace link (not Shenanigans), The Dudes Of Earl, and GonculatorMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Punk-rock/bar-rock band Burning DaylightGarageBand 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 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 Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Anchorage, NebraskaMySpace link, Girls, Guns and GloryMySpace link, and salsa-Spanish flavored solid rock band Night GalleryGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Come Live with Me starting at 1:30 p.m. about a beautiful showgirl — and illegal immigrant on the brink of deportation — who devises a marriage of convenience to stay in America. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Norm Davis will once again be at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. to host Wide Open Mic. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

Lost in the TreesMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick In theory, there is another Emerging Filmmakers Program tonight at The Little (240 East Ave.) at 9:15 p.m., but I haven't heard anything about it so your guess is as good as mine. As soon as I get the details I'll post the films.

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 Today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in the Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is another in the Books Sandwiched-In series. Today, Douglas Lowry will review The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music by Steve Lopez. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp and The Kid starting at 8 p.m. with live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love ReactionMySpace link, Love Scene Claire, and bar-rock/thrash band The Hounds of HellMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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JayceLand Pick Jason Kao Hwang's Edge Quartet will be at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

Over at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting around 8 p.m. is The Eastman Wind Orchestra. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Landlord starting at 8 p.m. about a guy who tries to buy a Brooklyn tenement building to create the ultimate bachelor pad. I'm curious about it because it's directed by Hal Ashby shortly before he directed Harold and Maude. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting a perfection of clean, crisp rock-and-roll from Tiger Cried BeefMySpace link, and Slow DynamiteMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 10:30 p.m. at Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) is a screening of A Voice from the Lantern by Anton ZaneMySpace link. [source: Rochester Film Lab Yahoo! Group] [21+]

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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