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Weekly Rochester Events #556 Starting Thursday, September 3, 2009

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Pictures from Running
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 am (add a comment)

I went for a run this morning and brought along my camera.

Along the canal path a recently painted note appeared on the trail. I always get a chuckle out of it: it says, "JPL Lock of Love" in a heart with an arrow pointing to the guard lock and the date 7/5/05.

Painted tag on the Canal Path near the west guard lock that says "JPL Lock of Love" in a heart with an arrow pointing to the guard lock and the date 7/5/05.

"Lock of Love" tag that appeared about two weeks ago.

Then I get into Genesee Valley Park (Hawthorn Dr.). I've always appreciated Frederick Law Olmsted's designs for paths to be varied in an ornamental fashion without becoming inefficiently winding.

A trail heading west in Genesee Valley Park

Heading West in Genesee Valley Park

For months now, I've noticed that nearly every car parking in the lot by Building 520 on The University of Rochester (Elmwood Ave. at Intercampus Dr.) is in a handicapped-accessible parking space. I commend the University for their progressive thinking to hire people of different abilities. Of course, things weren't always that way.

The University of Rochester Building 520 parking lot shows all but one car parked in handicapped-accessible spaces.

The University of Rochester Building 520 parking lot.

I think it's funny how pervasive cultural norms are. When I say I run barefoot on sidewalks and streets, about 90% of people say, "what about glass?" I seem to be gifted and have an instinct to not step on things. When I run, if I just look toward the ground in front of me, my brain automatically sets my footfalls so I don't step on things — all without thinking about it consciously at all. Of course, when I see glass, I make a deliberate effort to go around it: I'm not concerned that I'll cut myself badly stepping on a big piece, the nearby tiny shards that get stuck in my foot are more likely and terribly irritating.

Broken glass in front of 185 Elmerston

Broken glass in front of 185 Elmerston.

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Tonight at 6 p.m. at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) is a Wine Tasting with Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards (5712 State Route 414, Hector) featuring "six wine and food pairings" for $20. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

JayceLand Pick Today at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is a lecture by Dr. Catherine M. Oertel on Corrosion Chemistry of Historic Lead-Tin Alloy Organ Pipes (!) preceded by a performance on the Italian Baroque organ by Annie Laver. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Magnificent Seven starting at 8 p.m. — an Americanized Western version of Shichinin no samurai (The Seven Samurai) wherein seven gunslingers are hired by a town to defeat a gang running rampant in a small town. [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 Water Tower Bucket BoysMySpace link. [source: Abilene website]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Dub Land UndergroundMySpace link (315 Alexander St., formerly Whiskey) starting around 9:30 p.m. is Tumul, The Dead Are Those Who Have DiedMySpace link, PtarmiganMySpace link, and In the Age of Terminal StaticMySpace link. [source: A|V Space website]


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Tonight is another First Fridays around art galleries downtown starting around 5 p.m. [source: First Friday website]

Tonight at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) is John & Mary and the ValkyriesMySpace link starting around 6 p.m. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

Today through Monday is The New York State Festival of Balloons at The Dansville Municipal Airport (176 Franklin St., Dansville) with balloon launches at 6 p.m. today, 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, and at 6 a.m. on Monday. [source: New York State Festival of Balloons website]

JayceLand Pick This evening at 7 p.m. at The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.) is the Opening Reception for Bob Graham's Riders on the Storm: Photographs Musique which runs through September, 2009. [source: Record Archive e-mail]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Tôkyô sonata (Tokyo Sonata) starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar: "laid off from his white-collar job, Ryuhei (Teruyuki Kagawa) hides his unemployment from his family and spends his days aimlessly wandering with other out-of-work men. Meanwhile, his youngest son secretly skips school to take piano lessons and quickly develops into a prodigy. An unusually unpredictable study of a dysfunctional family in a time of economic chaos, Tokyo Sonata 'begins as a well-behaved story and takes detours into the comic, the macabre and the sublime. All you know about three-act structure is going to be useless in watching this film, even though, like many sonatas, it has three movements'—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Hypnotic ClambakeMySpace link 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]

Tonight at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) is RedLine Zydeco starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

Today through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. is First and Last: Arts and Crafts at Spot Coffee (200 East Ave.) [source: City Newspaper] [all ages]


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JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Limits of Control starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. The plot is that of a man crossing Spain, searching for a shady American businessman, but it's more about the immersion in the experience than anything. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is great country/acoustic rock from The Lovesick HeartstabbersMySpace link, Jason and the PunknecksGarageBand linkMySpace link, and 40 Rod Lightning 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]


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Fly the flag today.Labor Day

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 The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Mine Own Executioner starting at 8 p.m. A "curmudgeonly shrink with a new patient" deals with "his own set of personal problems, [and] the psychoanalyst's home life falls apart as he tries to help his troubled patient. Shadowy and complex, Mine Own Executioner races toward a tense climax." As a bonus, Eastman House members are admitted free. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Dead MeadowMySpace link, ChyldeMySpace link, Desolation WildernessMySpace link, and Velvet Elvis starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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JayceLand Pick Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) will be hosting solidly good singer Kalu JamesMySpace 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 Inside I'm Dancing (a.k.a. Rory O'Shea Was Here) starting at 8 p.m. in which a man with muscular dystrophy pairs up with a man with cerebral palsy to try and move out of the home they live in to live on their own. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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]

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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