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Weekly Rochester Events #517 Starting Thursday, December 4, 2008

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Wintry Mix and Spin
by Jason Olshefsky at 12:00 pm (add a comment)

Ali and I headed to The Blue Horizon Restaurant (1174 Brooks Ave.) for breakfast. The place is definitely an ideal diner. Anyway, this morning it snowed a little — maybe an inch or so — and we didn't think it was a big deal, so we decided to drive out to check out gas fireplaces. Ali mentioned a place on Hudson [which I think is Fireplace Fashions (1936 Hudson Ave.)] and we also wanted to head out to Pettis Pools; the waitress helped us out and found the address in the phone book and we decided to try and find Pettis Pools and Patio (1186 Manitou Rd., Hilton) first.

We headed out on 390 and noted that we were at the Blue Horizon when the big car crash happened that closed it back in February of this year. I was driving the Roadmaster and when we got to the turn onto 490 West, I slowed way down, expecting that there might be ice as it was exactly 32°F outside. The turn was pretty clear, though … until I went to accelerate onto 490. The big wagon started fish-tailing but I managed to reel it back in and avoid either spinning out or hitting anyone else. The highway was pretty much wet with a slushy mix, but there was something wrong: there were dozens of cars spun out and off the road.

The mystery was solved on the first bridge we came to as the wagon fish-tailed a bit again. Since it was straight road and only for 50 yards or so, it wasn't hard to keep things under control.  We forged ahead, but saw more and more cars spun out. Apparently every single bridge was covered in solid ice, albeit giving the illusion that it was just more wet slush. We decided to give up our quest and get off at the next exit, but there was one more surprise.

A Honda Pilot started to go out of control in front of us on the next overpass.  It swerved left then swung right and ended up skidding sideways down the road and slamming into the right guardrail, coming to rest right in our lane.  Ali wanted me to stop, but I was on the icy bridge and was just barely touching the brakes until we cleared the overpass and I braked hard, stopping in time to avoid T-boning the poor guy.  The driver of the Pilot got it out of the way and I decided to just run over the piece of plastic bumper laying in the road.  Unfortunately it was dragging under the car.  Fortunately we ran it over when I got onto the shoulder and we got the hell out of there.

We were passed by a car going far too fast and then likewise by a charter bus (which was also half into our lane, the prick).  The exit to Rt. 386 was next and I couldn't bear to watch the bus careen across that overpass — and, naturally, also couldn't avoid watching.  However, they successfully slowed down for the cars that had already spun out.  The trip home was much slower and safer — amusingly taking us right past the Blue Horizon once again.

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JayceLand Pick Tonight is annual Holiday Open House on Park Ave. (map) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. In addition, the new Fanfare exhibition opens at The Oxford Gallery (267 Oxford St.). [source: Park Avenue events calendar]

This evening at 6:30 p.m., Allen Hopkins will be performing Railroad Songs at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) [source: Golden Link website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Rudresh MahanthappaMySpace link's Indo-Pak Coalition is performing tonight at 8 p.m. at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square). [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting The Eastman Wind Ensemble, and The Eastman Wind Orchestra 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 Tirez sur le pianiste (Shoot the Piano Player) starting at 8 p.m. Read carefully the Eastman House's description: "for his film most indicative of the daring, original nouvelle vague style, [François] Truffaut adapted a crime novel by American David Goodis. French singer Charles Aznavour plays Charlie Kohler, a one-time world-renowned concert pianist, now down and out, playing in a Parisian dive. As a caring waitress tries to revive Charlie's career, his older brother stumbles into the bar, on the run from gangsters he has double-crossed." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is clever and fun guitar-and-beat-driven synth-pop from The Spinto BandMySpace link, The Oxford CollapseMySpace link, and really terrific all-around acoustic soloist Jon Moses starting around 9 p.m. [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 Anderson Alley Artists (250 Goodman St. N.) will be having a Holiday Open House today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. [source: City Newspaper]

JayceLand Pick The Erie Saxophone QuartetMySpace link will be at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) starting around 6 p.m. for their Christmas Concert. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

This evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) is the opening reception for The 18th Annual Members Exhibition which is on display through January 6. [source: Rochester Contemporary calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 6 p.m., The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) will host Colleen Freeman presenting her phogotgraphy in Believe in Africa: Portraits from Kenya and South Africa. [source: Baobab website]

JayceLand Pick Today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Potential Life StudiosMySpace link (34 Elton St.) is an art reception for ReMixed Media with works by Kurt Ketchum, Chicken BoneMySpace link, Jeremy Dziedzic, and R. Scott OliverMySpace link. [source: City Newspaper]

Also opening tonight is Famous Faces at The Method LabMySpace link (650 South Ave., formerly Condé Photography) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Just a few doors down, Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) will be having a reception for paintings by Jennifer Rorke, and Ryan Declerck. [source: City Newspaper]

JayceLand Pick Today at 7 p.m. at The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.) is the opening reception for A View from the Pit featuring rock-and-roll photographs by Frank De Blase. [source: City Newspaper]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7:30 p.m. Village Idiots Present (VIP) will present an improv show titled "Couples Therapy": ManShee Chronicles. [source: Village Idiots Present website]

Over at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. is really talented guitarist Kinloch Nelson, and Bernie Heveron. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Patti Smith: Dream of Life starting at 8 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Montage Live Music HallMySpace link (50 Chestnut St., formerly the Montage Grille) is fun ska band Mrs. Skannotto starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester] [all ages]

Tonight at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) is KlockMySpace link, The Spirit Of OntarioMySpace link, and Something ElseMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup Myspace page]

Updated: Tonight around 9 p.m. or so, The BeaumontsMySpace link will be playing at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.). [source: the proverbial grapevine]


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JayceLand Pick Today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is The Tiger Tracks Train Show and Sale presented by The RIT Model Railroad Club (RITMRC) in The Gordon Field House at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus maps). [source: Freetime]

JayceLand Pick Today from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Sibley Building (25 Franklin St.) is Holiday Family Fun Day which includes the lighting of The Liberty Pole (1 Liberty Pole Way) and followed by the grand opening of ice skating at Manhattan Square Park (130 Chestnut St.) with fireworks through 8 p.m. [source: City Hall press release]

Tonight at 6 p.m. at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) is the Hail Hail the Holidays benefit The Center for Youth Services (905 Monroe Ave.) featuring Hunu? (featuring members from Colorblind James Experience), The Alpine BlackMySpace link, Phil MarshallMySpace link, Greg Townson, virtually trippy jazz from Margaret Explosion, good bar-rock band Blue JimmyGarageBand linkMySpace link, The Dady Brothers, Frank De Blase, and more. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality (402 South Ave.) is a screening of Shelter: A Squatumentary with discussion to follow with filmmaker Hannah E. Dobbz. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine starting at 8 p.m. — a documentary about Louise Bourgeois, "the grande dame of the art world." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Over at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) starting around 9 p.m. is Pia MaterMySpace link for their CD Release Show. [source: RocWiki calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Auld Lang SyneMySpace link, an infectious satire of a gospel rock band from The Lobster QuadrilleMySpace link, and Township starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Stolen Bikes will be at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime] [21+]


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Fly the flag today.National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (half-staff until sunset)

George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) kicks off today with a Pancake Breakfast at 10 a.m. with Santa Claus. Then at 2 p.m., Rachel Stuhlman, Eastman House's Librarian and Curator of Rare Books discusses the Museum's library collection. Finally, at 3 p.m., Kathy Wilkins will present a Holiday Program Musicale. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Today from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Artisan Works (565 Blossom Rd.) is their first Holiday Market featuring seasonal creations for sale. [source: Artisan Works website]

JayceLand Pick This evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is a CD Release Party for Caribbean Christmas Carnival by Alfred St. John's Trinidad and Tobago Steelband. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Cinderella starting at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

The Comedy Club at Daisy Dukes (2235 Empire Blvd., Webster) is hosting a Comedy Open Mic tonight at 7 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. is Holidays At the Market at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) [source: City Hall press release]


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

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.

Tonight at 8 p.m. at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The Eastman Collegium Musicum performing music in a number of styles. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Ostre sledované vlaky (Closely Watched Trains) starting at 8 p.m. in which a young man tries to lose his virginity in wartime. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 9 p.m. at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Derrick Lucas of WGMC Jazz RadioMySpace link (90.1 FM) presenting Northern Soul Night. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Silver Streak starting at 8 p.m.: a Hitchcock-esque thriller full of comedy. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Greg Davis, The Bird Show, another rebirth of Autumn In HalifaxMySpace link, and experimental, slow, melodic work on acoustic guitar from Andy GilmoreMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Updated: Tonight at The Montage Live Music HallMySpace link (50 Chestnut St., formerly the Montage Grille) starting around 10 p.m. is a big show of DJ's and such featuring KleverMySpace link, Kill The NoiseMySpace link, and many more. [source: Rest in Peace Rochester (RIPROC) blog] [18+]

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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