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Weekly Rochester Events #511 Starting Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Steam Train Foliage Tour in Arcade
by Jason Olshefsky at 2:00 pm (add a comment)

Ali and I joined some of the people from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link to go on a foliage tour on The Arcade and Attica Railroad (278 Main St., Arcade). We had a nice drive down as it was a nice sunny day, but it became quickly evident that the autumn colors were pretty much gone. We arrived early enough to get lunch at Marco's Pizza and Subs (289 Main St., Arcade) which was a decent little place, right across from the railroad.

After lunch we headed right over and boarded the train: a half-dozen or so train cars (presumably from an old regional service) powered by an authentic steam locomotive. The ride itself was rather short, covering some 15 miles or so in about a half-hour. I imagine the scenery is quite impressive when the autumn colors peak, but now it was just that pre-winter drab. The train was full of mostly families with small children — and since there was an open car at the back and a snack bar, it seemed they were all in constant motion. Once we arrived at Curriers Depot at the other end, the engine was disconnected and run backward on a siding to connect with the back of the train and we could get out for snacks and get a close look at the running engine. They then reconnected the engine to the former-rear of the train and ran the engine backward to Arcade.

Overall it was a fun time — and definitely something different and unique — but it was really unfortunate that the scenery was at its least attractive phase.

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JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.), Paul Rayar will speak on Adobe: Down to Earth. [source: Baobab website]

Straight from the calendar at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.), "William Heyen will speak on Cynthia Ozick's The Shawl, discuss the Holocaust, and read from his own Shoah Train: Poems" starting at 7 p.m. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Cat People starting at early at 7 p.m. followed by Curse of the Cat People at 8:30 p.m. In the first, a cursed woman turn into cat when she thinks jealous thoughts; in the second, she returns as a ghost seen by a lonely girl. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Paul FreemanMySpace link will be at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) tonight at 8 p.m. for a New Artist Showcase (preceded by a happy hour and open mic starting at 5 p.m.) [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is The Rosewood ThievesMySpace link, Josh NetskyMySpace link, and Caw CawMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar 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]


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Once again The Landmark Society of Western New York (133 S. Fitzhugh St.) presents Ghost Walk starting at Third Presbyterian Church (4 Meigs St., at the corner of East Ave.), tonight and tomorrow starting ever 10 minutes from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. [source: Landmark Society calendar]

JayceLand Pick Del RiversMySpace link will be presenting A Night of Alternative Stand-Up Comedy featuring Del along with Kenyatta DeCosta, Chuck McCoyMySpace link, and more in the lodge at Brighton Town Park (777 Westfall Rd.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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]

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

Top Pick Tonight at Potential Life StudiosMySpace link (34 Elton St.) is Tom Carter [who I'm excited to see as he was part of experimental drone band Charalambides that I really liked], Matt HenshawMySpace link, ambient guitar work from Andy Gilmore, Stone BabyMySpace link, and Joe+n starting around 8 p.m. [source: Carbon Records calendar]


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Today at 11 a.m., Ed Olinger will be giving a Fall Foliage Tour of Mt. Hope Cemetery (791 Mt. Hope Ave., the North Gate) [source: Friends of Mt. Hope flyer]

Tonight at The Oxford Gallery (267 Oxford St.) at 5:30 p.m. is the opening reception for their new exhibit Spirit of Place featuring works by David Walsh, and Matt Klos. [source: Oxford Gallery website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight and again on Tuesday (the 28th) at 6:30 p.m. is a Grand Luminaria Tour at Mt. Hope Cemetery (791 Mt. Hope Ave., the North Gate) [source: Friends of Mt. Hope flyer]

At 6:30 p.m. tonight at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is a Community Dialogue Series discussion facilitated by Roberta Davis titled Race Relations: Seminole Indians and Blacks, focusing on the film Black Indians: An American Story. [source: Baobab website]

Tonight at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) is Ahnest!MySpace link, and Phil SmoMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

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

JayceLand Pick Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting Ossia New Music starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Encounter Point starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2 p.m. It's a documentary about people advocating peace while experiencing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict first-hand. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is a Kiss Tribute featuring The Grinders, The QUiTTERSGarageBand linkMySpace link, The VEiNSMySpace link, The White DevilsMySpace link, and The Uta HagensMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight starting around 9 p.m. at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is Alan Whitney and the BeekeepersMySpace link. Some guy with pinkeye said Ali should go because they're really good. Regardless of his ailment, he really does know what he's talking about musically. [source: Abilene website]


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JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is a Youth Voices discussion on Food in Schools. The Baobab calendar says, "are students coming to school to succeed or survive? The audience will discuss the quality of food served in school, and the differences between the quality of food served in RCSD and suburban districts." [source: Baobab website]

With great reluctance, I'll mention that George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be screening some Andy Warhol Screen Tests in the Dryden Theatre tonight at 7 p.m. with Callie Angell of The Andy Warhol Film Project providing introductions and leading discussion. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is The Silent YearsGarageBand linkMySpace link, Anchorage, NebraskaMySpace link, and Loud MagicMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Fly the flag today.Navy Day

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. in Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is the first reading of this year's Hornets' Nest play reading: Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom by Jennifer Haley. [source: Geva Theatre e-mail]

Tonight at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) at 7 p.m., Kathe Padilla will discuss her work as founder of The Chishawasha Children's Home and The Zambian Children's Fund. [source: Baobab website]

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

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.

JayceLand Pick The Dub Land UndergroundMySpace link (315 Alexander St., formerly Whiskey) will be hosting fun ska band Mrs. Skannotto, and The Sonic Boom SixMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester]

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 at 12:12 p.m., The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) will host another Books Sandwiched-In with Dennis Kessler reviewing The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty by Julia Flynn Siler. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight, after the 6 p.m. performance of Frost/Nixon at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is a discussion titled The Breaking of Richard Nixon with James Reston, Jr. and David Cay Johnston [source: Geva Theatre e-mail]

The Julia Marie BandMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) 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 Das Cabinett des Doktor Caligari (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) starting at 8 p.m. in which a sleepwalker is controlled by a murderer. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Solid rock band (with a salsa-Spanish flavor) Night GalleryGarageBand linkMySpace link, and talented stoner rock-influenced rock band Argus EyeMySpace 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 Bound For Glory starting at 8 p.m. I keep gambling on these Hal Ashby movies and I'll probably do the same for this: it's a biography of Woody Guthrie and his "journey across Depression-era America". The Eastman House calendar also adds, "beautifully photographed by Haskell Wexler". Once again, how can you go wrong? Well, stop by and check it out. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Top Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is thrashy, staccato drum-and-guitar duo The Clan of the Cave BearMySpace link, experimental western-ish rock from Pit er Pat, and instrumental-cacophonous-rock from Science vs. WitchcraftMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [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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