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.
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."
Dryden Theater calendar][all ages]
Also opening tonight is Famous Faces at The Method Lab (650 South Ave., formerly Condé Photography) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Just a few doors down, Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.) will be having a reception for paintings by Jennifer Rorke, and Ryan Declerck.
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.
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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.
Eastman House calendar][all ages]
This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including nearby towns Irondequoit, Webster, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor, Henrietta, Gates, Chili, Greece, and Charlotte, and occasionally other places in Monroe County and the Western New York region.) It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, lectures, discussions, debates, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
Music events are usually original bands with occasional cover bands and DJ's with musical styles including punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat."
Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed.
Although I'm reluctant to admit it, it is a Rochester blog and I'm essentially blogging about Rochester events.
I also tend to express opinions, review past events, make reviews, speak of philosophy or of a philosophical nature, discuss humanity and creativity.
Oh, and it's spelled JayceLand with no space and a capital L, not Jayce Land, Jaycee Land, Jace Land, Jase Land, Joyce Land, Jayce World, Jayceeland, Jaceland, Jaseland, Joyceland, Jayceworld, Jayceeworld, Jaceworld, Jaseworld, nor Joyceworld. (Now if you misspell it in some search engine, you at least get a shot at finding it.)
It's also not to be confused with
or JakesWorld which is a site of a Rochester animator.
While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, December 4, 2008 (Thu, Dec 4, 2008, 12/4/2008, or 12/4/08) Friday, December 5, 2008 (Fri, Dec 5, 2008, 12/5/2008, or 12/5/08) Saturday, December 6, 2008 (Sat, Dec 6, 2008, 12/6/2008, or 12/6/08) Sunday, December 7, 2008 (Sun, Dec 7, 2008, 12/7/2008, or 12/7/08) Monday, December 8, 2008 (Mon, Dec 8, 2008, 12/8/2008, or 12/8/08) Tuesday, December 9, 2008 (Tue, Dec 9, 2008, 12/9/2008, or 12/9/08) and Wednesday, December 10, 2008 (Wed, Dec 10, 2008, 12/10/2008, or 12/10/08).
indicates an event that's a preferred pick of the day ... probably something worth checking out.
indicates a "guaranteed" best bet for the particular genre of the indicated event.
links to a band's page on GarageBand.com which offers reviews and information about bands.
links to a band's page on MySpace.com which is a friend-networking site that is popular with bands.