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Weekly Rochester Events #513 Starting Thursday, November 6, 2008

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Upgrading WordPress (… finally)
by Jason Olshefsky at 11:18 am (add a comment)

So I went ahead and upgraded WordPress to the [at present] most-recent version of 2.6.3. It actually went pretty painlessly and I'm excited that there's a new widget for tag clouds (I had been running 2.3.1 that I installed almost exactly a year ago). If you're on the main JayceLand page, then you'll have to go to the blog home page to see them. Even the plugins still work, and the theme I tweaked seems to function okay too (although I'm now using the built-in sidebar instead of a custom one).

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Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Feeding the Chickadees
by Jason Olshefsky at 2:00 pm (1 comment)

Ali and I went to Mendon Ponds Park (Pond Rd., South Entrance) to find the bird trail there. She said you can feed the chickadees right out of your hand — and, with enough patience this early in the winter, you actually can. The bird sanctuary they have there is quite impressive, too. Several volunteers were showing off some owls, and they had everything from a bald eagle to a crow in captivity (all of the birds are rescued: usually either hit by a car or with some kind of disability, although the crow was simply illegally domesticated). Once on the songbird trail, we eventually succeeded in coaxing the tiny chickadees to eat from our hands. I guess it's much easier in the middle of winter when food is much more scarce — but definitely a fun thing to go try.

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Monday, November 3rd, 2008

E-Z Pass Hyjinks
by Jason Olshefsky at 5:11 pm (1 comment)

I heard a rumor that if you drive too fast between exit plazas when using E-ZPass, they would calculate your average vehicle speed and issue a ticket. Snopes has an article where they claim this is untrue — partly on grounds that a moving violation ticket can only be issued to a driver, not to a vehicle (although apparently, red-light enforcement cameras are in use in New York State, and they would be just as illegal). A few years ago it dawned on me (if tickets are indeed issued automatically) that when we go off Daylight Savings Time, the computers might be tricked into thinking I was exceeding the speed limit during the switch. Of course, if that were indeed true, then there must have already been erroneous tickets issued, and the problem would have likely been corrected.

Regardless, I thought I'd try it myself and this past weekend I finally got out to do it. Ali came along for the ride and we got on the Thruway at Victor at around 1:55 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. We traveled west, stopping for a snack at the Ontario Service Area, then getting off 50 some-odd miles later at Pembroke at about 2:02 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. According to The Wikipedia New York State Thruway article, the distance from Victor to Pembroke is 50.73 miles.

Traveling from Exit 44 at 1:56:05 a.m. to Exit 48A at 2:01:41 a.m.

Traveling from Exit 45 at 1:56:05 a.m. to Exit 48A at 2:01:41 a.m.

Well the transaction finally came up on the E-Z Pass website and indicated that we got on at Exit 45 at 1:56:05 a.m. and left at Exit 48A at 2:01:41 a.m. That's 50.73 miles in 5 minutes 36 seconds for an average speed of 544 miles per hour. Counting all our dawdling and the actual elapsed time, our actual average speed is only 46 miles per hour.

I look forward to receiving the ticket — and presumably, the instant suspension of my license for reckless driving.

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Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Shout-Out for Cheese
by Jason Olshefsky at 1:15 pm (add a comment)

I've been planning to make French onion soup sometime this week, and I finally got out to run some errands. Since The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) was open, I figured VM Giordano Import, Inc., European Cheese Shop (6 Public Market) would also be open. Alas, this is not the case.

But fortunately, the owner [or, more properly, some guy I presumed to be the owner or one of the owners] was picking up some mail at the time. Everything was packed away, but he was nice enough to grab some Gruyeres from the cooler and sell me half-a-pound. He said that they are open Saturdays during Market hours, but they are no longer open on the other days — except during the holidays when they're open more. Also, he invited me to call if I had a specific item I wanted so we could arrange a time to pick it up.

Definitely the benefit of a locally-owned small shop.

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JayceLand Pick This evening at 6 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a Photo Lecture by Tom Garver on the photography of O. Winston Link. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick This evening at 7 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is a lecture on The Artistry of Jewish Ritual with Cantor Samuel Asher and Bonnie Abrams.. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) starting around 8 p.m. is Willem Breuker Kollektief. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is Ben Lawler starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Compartiment teurs (The Sleeping Car Murders) starting at 8 p.m. When one person is killed in a group of 6 in a sleeping car on a train, the others become suspects — until they are killed off one-by-one. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) will be hosting Velveteen FoxMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is very good punk-rock from The QUiTTERSGarageBand linkMySpace link, and The Designer DrugsMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Tonight is another First Fridays around art galleries downtown starting around 5 p.m. [source: First Friday website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) is the opening reception for Ted Tatarzyn's Antarctica Journey from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The works will be on display through November 30. [source: Image City Photography Gallery e-mail]

Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. is their first Friday Happy Hour with This Other Life followed by The Beale Street Blues Band at 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is the opening reception for an art exhibit titled Uganda: Children of War—Social Documentary Photography by Errol Daniels starting at 6 p.m. [source: Baobab website]

This evening at 6:30 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) is a Rock Out for Vets featuring Uncle PlumGarageBand linkMySpace link, Joey T. and the FormulaMySpace link, and more. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

Tonight at 7 p.m. is the opening reception for Letter Perfect at The Community Darkroom at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The Eastman Opera Theatre's presentation of Benjamin Britten's The Turn of The Screw. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

Today and tomorrow at 8 p.m. at Upstage at The Auditorium Center (875 Main St E.) is a Foodlink Benefit Show with The Nuts and Bolts Comedy Improv TroupeMySpace link. [source: Nuts and Bolts e-mail]

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

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting Sadie AvaMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Pawnbroker starting at 8 p.m. Jack Garner will be on hand to introduce and discuss this film about "an emotionally numbed Holocaust survivor now running a pawnshop in New York's Spanish Harlem." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

The Felice BrothersMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10 p.m. [source: Croquet Shows e-mail]


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Today at 2 p.m. in Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is a demonstration on how to make Pop Up Books with Bill Finewood. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at High FidelityMySpace link (170 East Ave., formerly Milestones) is generic rock with a psychadellic twist from The Atomic SwindlersGarageBand link backed by The Nazareth String Quartet starting around 7 p.m. [source: WBER calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Frownland starting at 8 p.m. Filmmaker Ronald Bronstein will be on hand to present his character study of an un-likable-but-fascinating man. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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Today from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is another Musicale, this time featuring pianist N. Pourmalek. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs starting at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. The well-worn tale presented as Disney's first full-length animated feature film. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Slither, something like semi-melodic fast-paced noise from Pengo, Evenings, and The Bloody Nos will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Tonight at 9 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) is the PsychoTranshumanoid Tour 2008 featuring DJ? AcucrackMySpace link, Acumen NationMySpace link, CyanoticGarageBand linkMySpace link, KrysztGarageBand linkMySpace link, and DJ Dangler. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]


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Veteran's Day (observed)

JayceLand Pick Over at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. is Robert Sarazin BlakeMySpace link for a free show. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Today at 8 p.m. at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is a Free Tutorial: Copyright Law for Musicians and Open Jam with members of Public Knowledge. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Updated: Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is FredrikMySpace link, and expert guitarist Andy GilmoreMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Croquet Shows e-mail]

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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Fly the flag today.Veteran's 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.

JayceLand Pick The Amanda Monaco 4MySpace link 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]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Love starting at 8 p.m. with live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli. It's a "tale of a woman who leaves a cruel marriage for her lover but who still wishes to be with her son. Based upon Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, this later proved to be the only film that the great actress remade — to lesser poetic effect — in the sound period." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Updated: The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Grand BuffetMySpace link, Ian Downey is FamousMySpace link, and surreal electronic sounds from anti-music anti-band GaybotMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: A|V Space e-mail]


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JayceLand Pick The Eastman Wind Ensemble will be at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) 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 The Train starting at 8 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar: "late in the war, as the allies storm into France, the Nazis load a train with countless masterpieces—Renoirs, Picassos, Van Goghs, Cezannes, Matisses—all prepared for a desperate last-minute transport back to Germany. While at first reluctant to risk any life for art, resistance agent Labiche (Burt Lancaster) determines to halt the shipment." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Today is the Day, WeedeaterMySpace link, and slower, clearer metal from Orodruin starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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]

Open-Mic Comedy at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [all ages]

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