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Weekly Rochester Events #536 Starting Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Trying Out Zipcar
by Jason Olshefsky at 6:00 pm (2 comments)

I borrowed a Zipcar with Ali and Christina today.

I heard about the program a couple years ago and was quite excited about it. In 2006, they introduced some cars at The University of Rochester (Elmwood Ave. at Intercampus Dr.) and I jumped at the opportunity. Unfortunately, it was only for people affiliated with the university. The other week I was listening to Car Talk and they mentioned Zipcar again so, on a whim, I checked out the site.

The cars were indeed still at the UofR and I clicked to join. This time, I got as far as the page where they asked for my credit card information and noted that I had not been asked about working for the UofR. I called and they confirmed that the program is now open to anyone so I finished signing up.

Zipcar is a car sharing program. It costs about $50/year to be part of the program. In Rochester, there are 5 cars (4 parked at the UofR river campus and the other parked at The Eastman School of Music (26 Gibbs St.)) Each one costs $7 per hour or $60 per day to use — insurance, gas, and 180 miles for each calendar date the car is reserved are included.

I decided to crunch some numbers to see if that's reasonable. I've owned my now-dying Civic for 15 years now. Figuring everything I spent on it, it's cost $0.26/mile for its 170,434 miles or about $3,000 per year. On average each year, it's been about $500 for gas, $500 for insurance, and $650 for repairs and service. However, I've changed my driving habits and last year I only drove about 4,000 miles, so that works out to an ongoing cost of about $0.41/mile. If I estimate an average of 40 miles/hour overall, I only drove the Civic for about 100 hours last year.

Taking the $1,650 annual cost against the $7/hour cost of Zipcar, that's about 235 hours; the daily rate works out to 27 days. In other words, if I get rid of the Civic altogether, I can break-even with Zipcar as long as I stay under 235 hours in a year. As I said, I changed my driving habits and try to do as much as I can by bike — or avoid trips altogether — so it doesn't seem particularly difficult.

The idea behind car sharing is that you don't need a car per se. Almost all the time it's just moving people from one place to another — you only really need a car if you're hauling things. Of course, if you have small children, it's much more convenient to have a car, but you might be able to get away with one car instead of two in a household.

So anyway, I tried it out. I reserved the Honda Element named "Eastman" for a couple hours. Since it's generally used by college students, it was … well … a lot like a college student's car: kind of a disgusting mess inside, what with a McDonald's bag, garbage, and food all over the place. I suspect it was as bad as it gets because nobody wanted to clean it all winter.

But overall it was a pretty easy process. In the future, I'll bike to the pick-up location rather than take the 20-minute walk and just lock my bike nearby for retrieval when I return the car. (That's another thing: you can't do one-way trips — you have to return the car from the place you found it when you're done.) For now I'll hold onto the Civic (and don't forget we also have the wagon) until it fails to pass inspection later this year.

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Top Pick Andy Lock will be at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) at 6 p.m. to discuss his works titled Orchard Park: Utopia's Ghosts on display now. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Arnett Branch Library (310 Arnett Blvd.) is holding a Poetry Jam this evening from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. [source: City Hall press release] [all ages]

Tonight at 7 p.m. at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is poet Bill Lavender followed by Light PollutionMySpace link at 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is an Archaeology Lecture with Dr. Nancy T. de Grummond discussing Themes of Prophecy in Etruscan, Greek and Roman Art. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Kevin Meaney will be at The Comedy Club (2235 Empire Blvd., Webster) today through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. [source: Freetime]

The Eastman Percussion 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]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Thomas Crown Affair starting at 8 p.m. — the stylish original. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Rocko Dorsey and the Individuals, and EndiveMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Over at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) starting around 9 p.m. is Something ElseMySpace link. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

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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Poop for Peace Day

Today at 4 p.m. at The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley (875 E. Main St.) is a Breaking the Silence Rally. [source: Gay Alliance website]

This evening at My Sister's Gallery at The Episcopal SeniorLife Communities (505 Mt. Hope Ave.) is a reception for works by Anderson Alley Artists from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. [source: City Newspaper]

Tonight at The Pixley Warehouse (4 Pixley Industrial Pkwy.) is ArtAwake starting at 5 p.m. [source: City Newspaper]

JayceLand Pick Updated: This evening at 6 p.m. at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map) in Building 13, Room 1380 is this week's meeting of The RIT Make Club where Ronald Jett will lead an Arduino Demo — "an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software". [source: RIT Make Club blog]

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

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting Christie Grace starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

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

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Katyn starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 7 p.m. It documents the "atrocities in Poland's Katyn Forest, where over 15,000 Polish war prisoners were executed and buried in secret by the Soviets in 1940". [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) starting around 9 p.m. is Mobius TripMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [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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Top Pick Today at 10 a.m. on the 3rd floor of the GCCIS Building at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map) is the 4th Bar Camp Rochester — a series of technical and instructional lectures and a general sharing of ideas. [source: RocWiki calendar]

Top Pick Updated: The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Gone with the Wind starting early tonight at 7 p.m. [remember? it's quite long] and again on Sunday at 2 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Today at 7:30 p.m. at The Hochstein School of Music and Dance (50 North Plymouth Ave.) is Vision of Sound showcasing "music and dance by Upstate composers and choreographers". [source: Society for New Music website] [all ages]

The Mez CaféMySpace link (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) will be hosting good singer and storyteller Jerry Falzone starting around 8 p.m. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

The Mike Lombardo TrioMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

This evening at 8 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The Lotte Lenya Competition Finals Evening Concert. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

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

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) is Lisa Mednick PowellMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting excellent mild rock with thoughtful lyrics from Autumn In HalifaxMySpace link, Mountains, and Stone BabyMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: band e-mail]

Tonight at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) is Keelhaul, ConiferMySpace link, and good metal band SulacoMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [21+]


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Every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the Greatest Community Garage Sale and Super Flea series at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick Today at 2 p.m. in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is a discussion by Warren Kling titled Pioneer History of Rochester — Notable Men & Women of Early Rochester. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

Over at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) starting around 3 p.m. is The Brandywine Trio. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

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

Footnote will be at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]


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Patriot's Day

JayceLand Pick Today at 7 p.m. at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is TheatreRocs showcasing local performing-arts groups. [source: Geva Theatre website]

Over at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) starting around 8 p.m. is The Ab Baars Trio. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Visitor starting at 8 p.m. Filmmaker Thomas McCarthy will be available to introduce and discuss his film about a college professor who finds illegal immigrants squatting in his Manhattan condominium. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) is The Family Dawgs starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

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 In The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. is another Books Sandwiched-In. Marjorie B. Searl will review Robert Clark's Dark Water: Flood and Redemption in the City of Masterpieces about the 1966 flood in Florence, Italy that threatened to destroy some of the most well-known art in the Western world. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing A Guy Named Joe starting at 8 p.m. about a bomber pilot who returns as a guardian angel to other pilots. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Man vs. MoonMySpace link, The Pack A.D., and Velvet Elvis will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Earth Day

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Hadduta misrija (An Egyptian Story) starting at 8 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar: "part confession, part pageant, An Egyptian Story finds [Youssef] Chahine putting his filmmaking alter ego Yehia (Nouri El-Sherif) on trial for crimes against his youthful idealism. This provocative Fellini-esque tapestry meditates on Chahine's involvement with Egyptian politics and reimagines the shooting of several of the director's films, including Cairo Station." [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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