Weekly Rochester Events #528 Starting Thursday, February 19, 2009

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Eating at the Standing Tall…Standing Strong Black History Month Celebration at City Hall Then The Thing at the Dryden
by Jason Olshefsky at 6:00 pm (add a comment)

Since Ali had other plans, Christina and I decided to head to City Hall (30 Church St.) for the city's Standing Tall…Standing Strong Black History Month celebration.  Well, actually we went because we knew there would be a food tasting featuring homemade dishes from City employees.  As in past years, there's a huge line … and since we got there late, all the [presumably heavenly] macaroni and cheese was gone.  We were both very impressed by the Firehouse Meatballs by Carlos Manns and the Lasagna with Turkey Meat by Jeffrey Medford.  Everything was great, though.  Plus you can't beat the price.

Unfortunately we had to leave early to get to the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see The Thing by 7. We got there a little bit late, but there was a huge line. Christina suggested we just watch it off her housemate's Netflix box so we did that instead.

She maintains the film as one of her favorites, but I was not particularly impressed. I guess the whole futile, frenetic activity against an unstoppable force was just too much. I mean, what was the point of watching these people run around killing one another and stuff when their plight was beyond hope? Perhaps as a parable: how can you fight an enemy that can look and act exactly like you do? In that sense, I think the original version, The Thing from Another World, made more sense in the context of McCarthyism when your otherwise unsuspecting neighbor could be your sworn enemy.

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Saturday, February 14th, 2009

The Wagon's Grinding Gradual-Slowing
by Jason Olshefsky at 5:45 pm (1 comment)

Ali and I were out running around in our Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon to every furniture store in town looking for her perfect couch. Thus far, we had found one that was nice but very expensive, and several others that were cheaper but not quite what she was looking for. We went to Charlotte Furniture and Appliance (3200 Lake Ave.) and the salesperson asked what we were looking for. They had exactly one couch with furniture buttons on the back. When we went to see it, Ali saw the love-seat and thought, "that's perfect if only there were a sofa" just as she saw the sofa. It was perfect. And as cheap as the couches we didn't like. It was great. She ordered it on the spot, picking out the fabric and getting set up with financing.

So we headed out toward 390 via Stone Rd. From Ridge Road we went to get on 390 but as soon as we hit 45 miles per hour or so, we suddenly heard a sound like we were dragging a plastic barrel under the car so we pulled over. We looked under the car but saw nothing — not even from the driver-side rear wheel area. We tried driving again but it made the terrible noise again when we got to 25 MPH or so.

We called the service I signed up for: Better World Club — sort of like AAA, but without all the lobbying for bigger cars and more roads [heck, they even offer roadside bike assistance.] They contacted Towbuster Towing (510 Hudson Ave.) for us and said it would be about 45 minutes. We decided to limp the car to Ridgeway. We checked under again, hoping that we might be able to get it home on our own. Alas, it kept making the noise and I found a chunk of metal all ground down that was warmer than the cold ambient temperature — evidence enough for me that it came out of the car.

We got it to a parking lot on Lee Road and waited. Towbuster called us and said they were 20 minutes away and they had no room in the cab of the truck so we'd have to get our own ride. We wrangled a friend of ours to pick us up — the tow truck even arrived at the same time. Well, despite telling them what kind of car it was, they brought a truck that was too small. The distance from the rear axle of the wagon to its bumper was too long for the truck to accommodate. Well, it was just big enough, but they couldn't do anything more than a really gradual turn. The flatbed truck was another hour away so we decided to just leave the car and go home.

Actually we went out to dinner: Paola's Burrito Place (1921 South Ave., formerly Big Dog's Hots). We received the worst news in the world: Arturo is moving back to Austin in 6 months or so to be with his family, closing Paola's. So, if you like the place, go get your fill because it'll be gone soon. The Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood Association sent out a note that he was leaving in two months, but we're hoping he was correct. Naturally dinner was great.

Anyway, we had our poor wagon towed to Integrity Auto Repair, Inc. (241 E. Henrietta Rd.) As it turned out, the flatbed would have had the room for the both of us to ride along so had Towbuster sent it first, we would have had an easy way home.

As it turned out, it was probably good that we had the wagon towed. The brake drum had been machined beyond specification and the liner finally disintegrated. Had we driven home, we probably would have totally ruined all the brake parts inside. Integrity did a nice job with it and it's fine now. My wallet … well, not so much.

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Bob Bechtold Talks About Saving Money and the Environment at Harbec Plastics
by Jason Olshefsky at 12:12 pm (1 comment)

I headed out to hear Bob Bechtold of Harbec Plastics (369 State Route 104, Ontario) discuss their techniques to become Carbon Footprint Free by 2015 — this week's Tuesday Topics discussion in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) When I was there, I ran into Rochester Turning blogging machine stlo7 and, to my surprise, I posted my summary first.

Anyway, since Bechtold is in business to make money, that's obviously one of his priorities, but it goes along the lines of "Eco-Economic Decision Making" — what's now called the "Triple Bottom Line": people, planet, and profits. He's a self-described former-hippie and tried to engage investors in his ecological interests. But none took hold until he started Harbec Plastics (369 State Route 104, Ontario) on an economic basis, then steered it toward ecological goals.

He started discussing Harbec's in-house electricity generation. They have 25 30-kilowatt microgenerators that provide for the company's maximum 500 kilowatt load with 5 generators literally to-spare. They run on natural gas provided by the utility, but Harbec gets the advantage of utilizing the excess heat which is otherwise a waste product. The distributed utility model is terribly inefficient on this front: generating electricity from a heat source throws away 60%-75% of the energy in the fuel as heat, while Harbec retains it for heating and even in an absorptive chiller for air-conditioning. He claims they have measured their BTU efficiency at 70% and calculated that their methods reduce carbon dioxide production by 90% over utility production.

As such, they just use the electrical grid as backup.

The well-known wind turbine has a 250 kilowatt capacity. Their location is a "class 3" wind site: about average overall and not as good as sites closer to the lake. They use the turbine to further offset their utility consumption by about 300,000 kilowatt-hours per year, netting a cost savings of $40,000 each year and a return-on-investment on the turbine itself in 8 to 10 years. Bechtold said that one of the biggest competitive advantages is that it freezes energy cost for the 25-30 year lifespan of the turbine, since the costs are no longer attached to fuel prices.

Regardless of all these improvements, their first steps were ones of reducing consumption. The site has in-floor radiant heating, large skylights for natural lighting, and double-insulated walls. Although they don't meet the requirements yet, they are following Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building standards. They have also switched their injection molding equipment from industry-standard hydraulic systems to better, more efficient electrical systems. In addition, they added insulation to the molding machines to reduce air conditioning load and to make the equipment run more efficiently. The motors have inverter drives or soft-start for efficiency and to make the equipment last longer. Even their air compressor system is an advanced variable-speed unit. With the help of a grant, the ROI for switching to the T-8 type fluorescent fixtures is only 1.5 years and saves $38,000 each year in electricity.

Bechtold also started Northern Development, LLC (369 State Route 104, Ontario) so he could work toward scaling these efficiencies to an industrial park. If you're really jonesing for more tech-talk, that's the place to go.

During the question-and-answer, it was clear that his message of gains in the "triple bottom line" was accepted. As such, people's questions focused on how to expand his efforts. In answering one question, he said there are anti-franchise laws that prevent people from sharing electricity across property lines, making it impossible to implement in neighborhoods (hint, hint, legislators). It was only through some unique loopholes in that law was it possible for him to run Harbec as he does. However, the individual has a choice: he noted that he's installing a Freewatt furnace/generator at his daughter's house which generates electricity when it heats the house, offsetting expensive electricity (sorry Fairport Electric).

Curiously, New York State isn't so bad for small-scale electricity generation. Not only is it geographically advantaged to be ranked 17th for wind power availability, the legislature finally allowed "net metering" up to 2 megawatts, so small farms can "sell back" generated electricity at utility costs rather than the 1.9 cents per kilowatt hour you'd get from direct sales. This also means that you can use the grid for your excess capacity as it's very difficult to store electricity.

Overall, there's quite a bit of promise in it all.

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JayceLand Pick Hedonist Artisan Chocolates (674 South Ave.) will be holding a Chocolate Tasting at the Long Season Farmers' Market at Artisan Church (1235 S. Clinton Ave.) tonight from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. [source: Hedonist Chocolates website]

JayceLand Pick Nancy Kress will speak at the Neilly Series Lecture in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of The Rush Rhees Library at The University of Rochester (Library Rd. at Intercampus Dr.) this evening at 5 p.m. [source: R-SPEC Google Group]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Little (240 East Ave.) at 6:30 p.m. is the theatrical premiere of Fury by local filmmaker Liz Lehmann. [source: Little Theatre calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a Gallery Tour of TruthBeauty by curator Alison Nordström. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

At tonight's meeting of The Rochester Genealogical Society at 7 p.m. at The Asbury First United Methodist Church (1050 East Ave.), Cherie Wood will discuss photographic restoration in her discussion Hiding In Plain Sight, and Patricia Uttaro will present Genealogical Resources in Libraries of Monroe County. [source: Rochester Genealogical Society website] [all ages]

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow and Saturday at 10:30 p.m., Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link will present Be My Valentine at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) [source: RocWiki calendar]

JayceLand Pick Over at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. is Ossia New Music. [source: Ossia New Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Double Indemnity starting at 8 p.m.: "one of the unquestioned masterpieces of film noir." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Artisan Church (1235 S. Clinton Ave.) is the indoor Long-Season Farmers' Market. [source: Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood Association e-mail] [all ages]

Tonight at 6 p.m. at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) is the Release Party for Karl SlominskiMySpace link's comic, Raygun Cowboys. [source: City Newspaper]

JayceLand Pick The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) will be screening Black Magic tonight at 7 p.m. [source: Baobab website]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Escape from New York starting early at 7 p.m. followed by the dreadful sequel Escape from L.A. at 9 p.m. In the former, Manhattan is turned into a maximum-security prison in 1997 and Snake Plissken must rescue the President to save himself. In the latter, it's pretty much the same thing only it's Los Angeles and he surfs on a big, obviously-fake wave. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Muddy Waters Coffee Shop (752 S. Goodman St.) is Steven Piper, and charismatic, skilled acoustic soloist Scott Regan starting around 7 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

JayceLand Pick Ed Downey's Triangulation will be at The Mez CaféMySpace link (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) 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 the blues-sounding The Deborah Magone Band. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting The Eastman Wind Ensemble starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Salsa-Spanish flavored solid rock band Night GalleryGarageBand linkMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [18+]

Updated: I'm surprised nobody noticed that this would have been the 5th month in a row that the 3rd Friday Songwriters Open Mic with Jim Bowers was listed on Thursday. Anyway, it's really today: on Friday at Equal=GroundsMySpace link (750 South Ave., formerly Hunt's Hardware) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Equal=Grounds MySpace page] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is really good classic rock from TownshipMySpace link, Johnny NobodyGarageBand linkMySpace link, and Stone BabyMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Join Stacey Estrich on a Saturday Hike today from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. starting at Turning Point Park (260 Boxart St.) — meet at the Petten St. parking lot. [source: City Hall press release]

Rochester Against War (RAW) meets today at 12 p.m. at The Storefront Anti-War Crisis Center (658 Monroe Ave.) [source: Rochester Against War website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Mez CaféMySpace link (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) is Songwriters In The Round with charismatic acoustic soloist Scott Regan, Paul Swiatek, Brian Conconella, Taylor Buckley, and Perry CleavelandMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

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

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

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) starting around 9 p.m. is The Gifted ChildrenGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [18+]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting better-than-excellent rock/surf-rock/rockabilly from The Sadies, and Jerry Teel and The Big City StompersMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Tonight at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) is Nod, and Larry Feldman (member of Spyda Med) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Carbon Records calendar] [21+]

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If you feel like it, Rochester Talent (315 Gregory St.) is moving to a new location and they could use some help. Stop by around 10 a.m. for the usual food bribery. [source: Rochester Film Lab Yahoo! Group]

Today at 12 p.m. at The Port of Palmyra Marina (100 Division St., Palmyra) is Curling on the Canal with The Rochester Curling Club (71 Deep Rock Rd.). [source: Freetime]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) is LightsMySpace link starting around 7 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

JayceLand Pick The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) will be hosting The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble starting around 8 p.m. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Juiceboxxx, ZsMySpace link, and Ian Downey is FamousMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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.

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]

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.

In case you're in the market for pizza-making equipment, The Reynolds Auction Company will be auctioning off the contents of Pizza Café (2199 E. Henrietta Rd., in the Suburban Plaza) starting at 10 a.m. [source: Reynold's Auction website]

Iris Banister will speak about Rochester Surround Care (465 Central Ave., formerly Rochester Children's Zone) at today's Tuesday Topics discussion in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) at 12:12 p.m. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

Updated: The Po' Boys Brass BandMySpace link will be at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) tonight for Fat Tuesday with festivities getting started around 6 p.m. — show them your can* and get beads! [* Your can of food to be donated to The Catholic Family Services Food Pantry, that is.] [source: Abilene website]

JayceLand Pick The Business Association of the South Wedge Area (BASWA) is sponsoring a Mardi Gras Mingle: The Fat Tuesday Pub Crawl starting at The South Wedge Colony Bar and Grill (503 South Ave., formerly Dashen Restaurant) at 6:30 p.m., then working through South Wedge each half-hour: Solera Wine BarMySpace link (647 South Ave.) at 7 p.m., then Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.), The Tap and Mallet (381 Gregory St.), The Keg (315 Gregory St., behind German House where Rohrbach's used to be), The Beale Street Cafe (689 South Ave.), and finally Caverly's Pub (741 South Ave., formerly Genesee Co-op Credit Union) at 9:30. Pick up Scrabble tiles for a Scrabble Scramble contest for the best word score. [source: Savor Our Flavor website]

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

Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut starting at 8 p.m. Don't miss your chance to see one of the 1990's only humorous, ribald, satirical musicals. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Blitzen TrapperMySpace link, Alela DianeMySpace link, and great, experimental acoustic performer Gregory PaulGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Croquet Shows website]

JayceLand Pick This evening at 5:30 p.m. is a meeting to Discuss the City Zoning Code in the City Council Chambers at City Hall (30 Church St.). [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick The Eastman Philharmonia will be at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is good acoustic soloist Electric OrganicMySpace link, and No Sheers TedMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Today at 12:00 p.m. is a meeting of The Brown Bag Book Discussion Group in the Literature Division's Study Room at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

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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