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Weekly Rochester Events #527 Starting Thursday, February 12, 2009

There are no new blog posts this week, but you can review the blog for older posts.


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Fly the flag today.Abraham Lincoln's Birthday (1809)

JayceLand Pick Admission to The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is just 1¢ today in honor of Abraham Lincoln's 200th Birthday and the opening of the related exhibition, Lincoln in Rochester on display through April 19. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Maplewood Branch Library (1111 Dewey Ave.) is the monthly meeting of The Rochester Soundscape Society with emphasis on controlling noise pollution. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

JayceLand Pick At tonight's meeting of The Bertrand Russell Society in Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) at 7 p.m., Dr. Timothy Madigan will discuss Russell's Evasion of Evolution. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing an early double-feature with Pitfall starting at 7 p.m. followed by Nightfall at 8:30 p.m. "These two noir tales of paranoia put the spotlight on their underrated directors". [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

This evening at 8 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is an Alec Wilder Celebration. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

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]


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Top Pick This evening at City Hall (30 Church St.) is the kick-off of the city's Standing Tall...Standing Strong Black History Month celebration with a food tasting at 5:30 p.m. in the atrium. [source: City Hall press release]

Tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) is a Happy Hour featuring music by Madeline ForsterMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site]

Tonight at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality (402 South Ave.) is a screening of The Wobblies at 6 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [all ages]

The Little (240 East Ave.) will be hosting a Spotlight on Black History Month this month starting tonight with February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four at 6:30 p.m. [source: Little Theatre calendar]

Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.), retired judge Roy Wheatley will discuss Perspectives on the Rochester Judicial System in the Community Dialogue Series. [source: Baobab website]

If you're up for meeting new people, join MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link and join some folks at Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) around 7 p.m. for the Official Happy Hour. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar] [21+]

Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow at 9:30 p.m., Village Idiots Present (VIP) will perform improvisational comedy titled Love You Long Time. [source: Village Idiots Present website] [all ages]

Miché FambroMySpace link will be at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) for a live recording of Sound of TomorrowMySpace link. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

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

The Eastman Chorale will be at St. Mary's Church (15 Saint Marys Pl.) starting at 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 another double-feature: The Thing starting at 7 p.m. followed by Big Trouble in Little China at 9 p.m. Two John Carpenter films that star Kurt Russell. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

This evening at Equal=GroundsMySpace link (750 South Ave., formerly Hunt's Hardware), probably starting around 7 p.m. is the opening of Thomas Somerville's art exhibit on The Number 13. [source: Gay Alliance website] [all ages]

Top Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) is awesome, tight, complex rock and roll from The VEiNSMySpace link, and great rock from The Cheetah WhoresMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: band e-mail] [18+]

Over at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. is WalriMySpace link. [source: Abilene website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight and tomorrow at 10:30 p.m., Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link will be improvising Be My Valentine at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) [source: RocWiki calendar]

Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is The BeaumontsMySpace link, and Hotel ReverieMySpace link. [source: WBER calendar] [21+]


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Valentine's Day

JayceLand Pick This morning from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Printing and Book Arts Center at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.), you can Make a Handmade Paper Valentine. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

Today at 12 p.m. at The Storefront Anti-War Crisis Center (658 Monroe Ave.) is a meeting of Rochester Against War (RAW). [source: Rochester Against War website]

Anderson Alley Artists (250 Goodman St. N.) will be having another open house this and every second Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is The HollandsMySpace link (a.k.a. The Good Spellers), The Amateur Radio ClubMySpace link, and Amos and Friends starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) will be hosting Strange MontgomeryMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [18+]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing To Have and Have Not starting at 8 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, this "classic romance/wartime thriller/comedy/musical consistently surprises with its marvelously quirky dialogue (courtesy Jules Furthman and William Faulkner) and unpredictable story." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick This year, The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting the Valentine's Day Massacre at 9 p.m. with good punk-rock band Eddie Nebula and the PlagueGarageBand link, more good punk-rock from The EmersonsGarageBand link, Irish-slanted punk-rock from Tom Foolery and the ShannanighansMySpace link (not Shenanigans), Skull, rock-and-roll from The Grinders, The Lovesick HeartstabbersMySpace link, The Dudes Of Earl, and VD Clinic. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

The PresstonesMySpace link will be at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]


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This morning at 11 a.m. is a Valentine's Day Brunch at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) followed at 12 p.m. by a screening of Monkey Business. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

The Rochester Speculative Literature Association (R-SPEC) will be hosting their first annual meeting in the Friends of Brighton Library Learning Center at Brighton Memorial Library (2300 Elmwood Ave.) at 1 p.m. today. [source: R-SPEC Google Group]

JayceLand Pick Today at 2 p.m. is a presentation of No Ordinary Women: 25 Remarkable Women of Monroe County by Dr. Carolyn Vacca in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Dancing Lady starting at 7 p.m. — about the rise of a dancer to lead a Broadway show. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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

JayceLand Pick Surprise SurpriseMySpace link, These Green EyesMySpace link, PrimaMySpace link, and Around the World and BackMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Fly the flag today.Washington's Birthday (observed)

JayceLand Pick Michael Neault will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) tonight (probably around 7 p.m.? 8 p.m.?) to read from selections published by Snore & Guzzle Press. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting The Eastman New Jazz Ensemble starting at 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.

JayceLand Pick At today's Tuesday Topics discussion at 12:12 p.m. in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.), Bob Bechtold will discuss how his company Harbec Plastics (369 State Route 104, Ontario) is working toward being Carbon Footprint Free by 2015. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The Eastman Percussion Ensemble starting at 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 Truck Turner starting at 8 p.m. Isaac HayesMySpace link plays a bounty hunter (and wrote the musical score) on the run from a hitman. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Radio MoscowMySpace link, Dead ManMySpace link, and great high-energy punk-rock from Handsome JackGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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This afternoon at 4 p.m. in the Auditorium of The Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (CIS) at RIT (1 Lomb Memorial Dr., building #76) is a lecture titled RGB to RGBW Conversion for OLED: An Evolving Strategy by Michael Miller. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Tonight is the another of the Snow Cheap Trail Races starting at 6 p.m. at Riley Lodge in Cobb's Hill Park (Norton Dr., softball diamonds near 490). Sign up through Fleet Feet Sports (2210 Monroe Ave.) [source: City Hall press release]

The Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble will be at Kilbourn Hall 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 Sang sattawat (Syndromes and A Century) starting at 8 p.m. The film supposedly offers a mirror reflection of a rural clinic and a Bangkok hospital, told in two parts. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting the academically-interesting band (with an electric-violin) The IndrasMySpace link, and Gabe TavaresMySpace link 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]

Tonight at The Comedy Club (2235 Empire Blvd., Webster) is a Comedy Open Mic with Michael GatelyMySpace link. [source: Comedy Club website]

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]

The Comedy UndergroundMySpace link will be at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) tonight at 8 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [all ages]

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