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Thursday, March 12th, 2009

About Peacework Organic Farm at Thursday Thinkers
by Jason Olshefsky at 5:15 pm (add a comment)

I headed to the Rundel Auditorium in The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) a little late for Thursday Thinkers. Elizabeth Henderson had already started speaking on the topic, Locally Grown: Green and Economically Viable? She farms at Peacework Organic Farm (2218 Welcher Rd., Newark).

The farm itself is owned by The Genesee Land Trust, Inc. (500 East Ave.) and leased to the farm for long-term use necessary to maintain organic methods. The farm offers people the opportunity to experience farming and to get 7 to 11 items of fresh vegetables for a full 6-month season from May 21 through November 15. The monetary cost is small, but it also requires 12 hours of farming in 3 4-hour morning shifts.

The farm is certified organic, meaning they use techniques of replenishing and recycling rather than using chemical pesticides and commercial fertilizers. They use cover crops like buckwheat to keep weeds down and to keep the soil healthy and nutrient-rich. They also maintain a "microherd" of microorganisms that work the soil year-round. In addition, they monitor reports from other farms and agricultural organizations to prepare for particular kinds of pests. Once, for instance, they sprayed their potato plants with copper to block a late blight — one of a few chemical-oriented approaches they take. More often, though, it's a matter of understanding the balance of flora and fauna to keep pest populations at bay.

They offer a Mayday Celebration on May 2 this year including a potluck dinner. In addition to Peacework Organic Farm (2218 Welcher Rd., Newark), check out The Genesee Valley Organic Community-Supported Agriculture (GVOCSA) for a similar program.

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David White Discusses the New Age at the Bertrand Russell Society Meeting
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 pm (1 comment)

I stopped by at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) for the meeting of The Bertrand Russell Society. David White was there to talk about Joseph Butler and Ken Wilber. White brought faith in the possibility of a "New Age" — where humans would work together toward common goals using a far more fluid communication method than the chunks of individual works produced today.

His evidence is the proliferation of conversational communication across vast distances. Essentially things like text messaging and blogging where the works are specifically brief. He teaches a course which exploits this: rather than asking students to summarize a work in an elaborate essay, they are invited to explore it then to respond to a small part of it that they found particularly interesting or inspiring. The aggregate of these responses is a new cumulative learning.

I feel that the development of a global consciousness is likely, but the form it will take will be much more subtle. I disagree with the notion that it will be guided by any person claiming to be a guide although some will migrate in that direction. Rather, I feel it will form organically and naturally only through careful nurturing.

One of the concepts that's poison to this idea is one of failure. We seem to have this collective notion that there are people who fail — and with at least a subtle negative connotation — and others who succeed — the pinnacle of existence. This dichotomy is entirely wrong.

The nature of a rewarding life is to constantly try. And that means — at least in this parlance — failing. As such, this "failure" is not "failure" at all, but evidence of actually trying. Not failing is not trying which is a much worse fate.

White cited Plato's Allegory of the Cave as an analogy to the difference between thinking like today and thinking like the "New Age". People who think like today — like individuals competing to survive — are like Plato's prisoners in the cave, resigned to seeing the world as simply shadows on the cave wall. Those who think in a "New Age" manner are analogous to those who escape and return to describe the world outside, explaining the shadows. Unfortunately, the prisoners are certain their form of reality is correct and reject the new information.

I think White was trying to act as a guide: that by taking the prisoners through the steps to the outside that he could teach them the more complete truth. However, I believe more in human behavior based on Plato's cave: that people will nearly-unanimously reject the notion of a "New Age" and of thinking in a different way.

As such, I think a better way is to reject the concept of failure as it applies to a person's life. In this way, the prisoners are released and free to go. Admittedly, convincing people that failure is false is nearly as difficult a task, but I'll argue that it is already ingrained in the culture of the U.S. West Coast with their "it's all good" kind of philosophy.

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Hedonist Artisan Chocolates (674 South Ave.) will be at this evening's Long Season Farmers' Market at Artisan Church (1235 S. Clinton Ave.) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. [source: Hedonist Chocolates website]

At this evening's Thursday Thinkers from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.), Randall Stone will answer the question, Are the Russians Still Coming?. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting a Water for Sudan benefit concert with Sleeping GiantMySpace link, The Word of the Day, wicked fun percussion-and-saxophone dominated jam band The BuddhaHoodMySpace link, Thousands Of OneMySpace link, Teressa WilcoxMySpace link, JatobaMySpace link, Mike Fyler and The Macro MeltdownMySpace link, Hassaan MackeyMySpace link, and more starting at 6 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

Tonight at 6 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.), Alex Harris will discuss The Idea of Cuba. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Rochester Genealogical Society meets tonight at 7 p.m. at The Asbury First United Methodist Church (1050 East Ave.), and Lowell "Ozzie" Salyards will discuss Finding Vital Records for Maternal Ancestors in Cook County, Illinois After the 1871 Chicago Fire — A 'Brick Wall' Challenge then Christine L. Ridarsky will discuss Rochester at 175 Years Old. [source: Rochester Genealogical Society website] [all ages]

Top Pick This evening at 7 p.m. at Brighton Town Hall (2300 Elmwood Ave.) is a meeting titled Let's Talk Cycling covering bicycling safety in traffic and the law. [source: RocBike website]

JayceLand Pick Professor Roger Matthews will present a lecture titled Archaeology in Iraq and Iran: Traditions, Realities, Prospects at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Over at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) starting around 8 p.m. is Dakota Dave Hull, and Paul Geremia. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 8 p.m. at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is a Composers' Sinfonietta. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Kuhle Wampe oder: Wem gehört die Welt? (Kuhle Wampe, or Who Owns the World?) starting at 8 p.m. A social drama about "the struggles of a working-class family in Depression-era Berlin." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The University of Buffalo Center For The Arts (103 Center For the Arts, Buffalo) is MorrisseyMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: WITR calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is WalriMySpace link, The IndrasMySpace link, and Cameron WischMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight, starting around 9 p.m. at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is The Bettys and Karaoke Night"Betty Croaky" Night. [source: Abilene website]

Tonight at The Dub Land UndergroundMySpace link (315 Alexander St., formerly Whiskey) is SHATMySpace link, GrimetimeMySpace link, and Lauren O'ConnellMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Freetime]

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]


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Great American Meatout

JayceLand Pick Tonight is the First Anniversary of Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara). Happy Hour with The Powells is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. then The Go-Kats at 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight and tomorrow at 6 p.m., the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be screening Wendy and Lucy. It's about a young woman making her way to Alaska with her dog. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Village Idiots Present (VIP) perform Catch 23, then tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., they will perform The Command Performance. [source: Village Idiots Present website]

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

Over at Bodhi's Cafe & LoungeMySpace link (274 Goodman St. N., in Village Gate) starting around 8 p.m. is Steve Greene, and Tina Albright. [source: Bodhi's Cafe MySpace page]

JayceLand Pick Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is Johnny StefaniMySpace link (the latest incarnation from the ashes of Roger HoustonMySpace link), and Wake. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

Tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m., the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Låt den rätte komma in (Let The Right One In) starting at 8 p.m. and again tomorrow at 7 p.m. A young boy befriends a child vampire. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tumul, TinnitustimulusMySpace link, and good noise-drone from Foot and Mouth DiseaseMySpace link will perform at an undisclosed location tonight. [source: Carbon Records calendar]

The rocking rockabilly of Krypton 88MySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [18+]

Tonight at Equal=GroundsMySpace link (750 South Ave., formerly Hunt's Hardware) is the 3rd Friday Songwriters Open Mic with Jim Bowers starting around 9 p.m. [source: Equal=Grounds MySpace page]


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JayceLand Pick Today at 2 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is the Members' Annual Meeting with director Anthony Bannon delivering the State of the Museum Address. [source: Eastman House mailing] [all ages]

The Oxford Gallery (267 Oxford St.) will have an Opening Reception tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for their Night exhibit. [source: Oxford Gallery website]

Harmony House (58 East Main St., Webster) will be hosting River City Slim and The Zydeco HogsMySpace link starting around 7 p.m. [source: Rochester Cajun Zydeco calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Mez CaféMySpace link (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) will be hosting Songwriters in the Round with Greg KlymaMySpace link, Steven Piper, and witty and accomplished acoustic soloist Brian Coughlin starting around 8 p.m. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

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

The First Anniversary celebration at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) continues tonight with The All Night Ramblers Cajun BandMySpace link at 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

This evening starting around 9 p.m. at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) is a band called either Mobius Trio (according to Boulder's website) or Mobius Trip (according to Jambase). [source: Boulder Coffee website] [18+]

Top Pick Great heavy-hitting proto-rock from Auld Lang SyneMySpace link, excellent, catchy satirical gospel band The Lobster QuadrilleMySpace link, and Hotel ReverieMySpace link will be at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10 p.m. [source: WBER calendar] [21+]

The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be holding a Benefit for Shawn Kostiw (who was injured in a car accident but lacks health insurance to pay for treatment) with The PheromonesMySpace link, The Methods, mellow, rather trippy, very down-tempo rock-ish folk from The InstrumentsMySpace link, and Anna MayGarageBand linkMySpace link [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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JayceLand Pick Today from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. is the opening of 12th Annual Photographers Path at The Center at High Falls Fine Art Gallery (60 Browns Race). [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Dr. Hannah Solky will speak on images of war in the collection of The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) today at 3 p.m. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

The Wind Serenades Octet will be at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) starting around 3 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

The Eastman Horn Choir will be at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 7 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 Captains Courageous starting at 7 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar: "when a spoiled child falls from an ocean liner, he is forced to live with the crew of the fishing schooner that rescued him. A Portuguese fisherman (Spencer Tracy) helps the young boy learn about a much different way of life." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is The Dead CatholicsMySpace link, and AutoverseMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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JayceLand Pick Tonight at 5:30 p.m. is Magic In The Making where Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) "opens its doors" to the public to view stuff backstage. [source: Geva Theatre website]

Tonight at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) is Ben FoldsMySpace link, and Jukebox the GhostMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

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.

At today's Books Sandwiched-In lecture from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.), Dr. Alan Shank will review American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the Whitehouse by Jon Meacham. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) will be hosting Dave Liebman, Phil Haynes, and Steve Adams 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 Babo 73 starting at 8 p.m. followed by Moment to Moment at 9 p.m. — two films by American satirist Robert Downey, Sr.. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

InugamiMySpace link, very tight modern rock band VeluxeMySpace link, and The Patrons Of SweetMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Mara Ahmed will speak at Nazareth College (4245 East Ave.) today from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Arts Building, Room A169 "about film as an art form and as a platform for activism". [source: Rochester Film Lab Yahoo! Group]

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

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds starting at 8 p.m. in which a young widow raises "her two daughters in an environment of bitterness, hatred, and over-protection." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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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