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Weekly Rochester Events #549 Starting Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Ali, Lucy, and I Visit Chimney Bluffs
by Jason Olshefsky at 2:00 pm (1 comment)

Ali and I took the 50-mile drive to Chimney Bluffs State Park (7700 Garner Rd., Wolcott) for the afternoon with our dog, Lucy. The park is really nice and interesting: a moderately challenging [and, at this time, incredibly muddy], 1-mile trail that climbs to the top of alien-looking "earthen spires". It's a peculiar treasure around here: I have yet to mention it to someone who already knew about it.

On the way back, we stopped for dinner at Orbaker's Drive-In (4793 State Route 104, Williamson) which is this great burger joint that's been there forever. Ali knew of it — being an aficionado of sauce-laden burgers — and rates it very highly. While not quite worth a trip from anywhere, it's not that far if you're already out 104 on the east side.

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Monday, July 13th, 2009

Bad News, Good News For Fans of Paola's
by Jason Olshefsky at 6:30 pm (1 comment)

Ali and I stopped by Paola's Burrito Place (1921 South Ave., formerly Big Dog's Hots) for dinner. There's only two weeks left before they close to move back home for personal reasons. The good news, though, is that the owners plan to return to Rochester and open a new restaurant by next year. The new place will have a slightly different theme and — hopefully — more hired staff so they don't have to spend every waking hour doing all the work.

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Clever and charismatic acoustic soloist Connie Deming will play at Granite Mills Park (Platt St. and Browns Race) today at 12 p.m. [source: RocWiki]

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra String Ensemble will be at Otto Henderberg Square Park (Fountain St. and Avon Pl.) tonight from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link will perform TV On Stage tonight at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) at 7:30 p.m., and again on tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. [source: Geva Theatre website]

Top Pick Over at Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) starting around 8 p.m. is excellent, catchy satirical gospel from The Lobster QuadrilleMySpace link, and great country/acoustic rock from The Lovesick HeartstabbersMySpace link. [source: Savor Our Flavor website] [21+]

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

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Music Box starting at 8 p.m. An attorney defends her father charged with Nazi war crimes. [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 Steve Braund starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]


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The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) will be hosting The Grand Canyon Rescue EpisodeMySpace link starting around 6 p.m. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

This evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) is UpLift, celebrating recent building and facility improvements with music by the multi-cultural-sounding groove/jazz-ish band Margaret Explosion, Nate Rawls and the Swan Community Band, and The Tin Can SetMySpace link. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

Rochester Pride Weekend starts tonight at The Strathallan (550 East Ave.) at 7 p.m. and runs all weekend. The Pride Parade is tomorrow at 4 p.m. along Park Avenue. [source: Gay Alliance website]

Tonight at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) is Richard JulianMySpace link, and Jesse HarrisMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

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

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) starting around 8 p.m. is Boy With RobotMySpace link, and Hazmat. [source: Boulder Coffee website]

Aaron ZimmerMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Hunger starting early at 6 p.m. and again at the "normal time" of 8 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, the film "chronicles the final six weeks in the life of Bobby Sands, the Irish prisoner who underwent a devastating hunger strike in 1981 to protest the repression of the British government." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. is The ButterfliesMySpace link, and great motley folk from Baby Shiver's BoutiqueMySpace link. [source: Abilene website]

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

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 9:30 p.m. at The High Falls Gorge (Platt St at Browns Race, the Pont De Rennes Bridge), is a ceremony to light the newly-renovated Genesee Beer & Ale Sign by North American Breweries — the new owners of The Genesee Brewing Company (445 St. Paul St., formerly the High Falls Brewery). [source: Cream Ale Drinker blog]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is PsyopusGarageBand linkMySpace link, tight, technical hard rock from BMLMySpace link, and Abdicate starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Village Idiots Present (VIP) will be performing comedy improv tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Village Idiots Present website]

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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This morning at 8:30 a.m., people from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link will join Flower City Habitat for Humanity to work in the Paetec Park neighborhood. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Today from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and tomorrow from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. is Bop Fest 3 at Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.) [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick This afternoon starting at 4 p.m. is the BeerAdvocate Pub Crawl starting at Murphy's Law Irish Pub (370 East Ave.) at 4 p.m., Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) at 5 p.m., and working down Alexander and Monroe to Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) at 9 p.m. [source: RocWiki]

JayceLand Pick The Mez CaféMySpace link (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) will be hosting Toxic Shock, The Bad Kids, good high-energy punk-rock from The GrievantsMySpace link, and Tim AveryMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) is The BadgemenGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website]

JayceLand Pick Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting Lo-Fi LionMySpace link, and El Roca starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

Top Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting great country/acoustic rock from The Lovesick HeartstabbersMySpace link, fun, cruel punk-rock from Eddie Nebula and the PlagueGarageBand link, and tight-ass, lightning-fast rock-and-roll from The MotorpsychosMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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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 1:10 p.m. starting at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) is a Bicycle Tour of Brownfields and Polluted Sites in Downtown Rochester with Mark Gregor. [source: RocWiki] [all ages]

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. is the Mercury Opera Divas and More Benefit Event at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) to benefit The Mercury Opera. [source: Geva Theatre website]

At tonight's reading in the Festival of New Theatre at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is Dracula by Danny Hoskins and PUSH Physical Theatre tonight at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday at 3 p.m. [source: Geva Theatre website]

Over at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) starting around 7 p.m. is The Bill Tiberio Group. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Agustin Ramos, Abdicate, Sons of AzraelMySpace link, and dark, heavy metal from Avulsion. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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First Manned Moon Landing in 1969

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) starting around 8 p.m. is Taste. [source: Boulder Coffee website]

JayceLand Pick The Hydra MelodyMySpace link, Montauk, and Love or LustMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick 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.

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. is the start of Summer Improv Bootcamp — an improv training course from Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.). Classes run through the end of August. [source: RocWiki]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is This Frontier Needs HeroesMySpace link, and David CloydMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Compartiment tueurs (The Sleeping Car Murders) starting at 8 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, "in one of the classiest thrillers of the '60s, six people travel in a railroad sleeping car from Marseilles to Paris. Upon their arrival, a woman is found dead in one of the berths. The police investigate the other five passengers, suspecting that one of them committed the homicide, but the suspects are killed one by one." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Extreme AnimalsMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) will be hosting Sakes Alive!MySpace link, Caleb LionheartGarageBand linkMySpace link, Half Hearted HeroMySpace link, and Such GoldMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing How To Marry A Millionaire starting at 8 p.m. A comedy about a group of women trying to land wealthy husbands. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is A LullMySpace link, great motley folk band Baby Shiver's BoutiqueMySpace link, BirdlipsMySpace link, and AudibelMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Washington Square Park (Woodbury Blvd at South Clinton Ave, across from Geva Theatre) is the Foodlink Farmers' Market. [source: RocWiki 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]

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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