Weekly Rochester Events #565 Starting Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Night of the Living Wedge
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 pm (add a comment)

I had been working on a pig-head mask for quite a while, anticipating using it for a movie and for Halloween. Well, as Halloween approached, I buckled down and finished it. Since Ali and I were going to head to my cousin's wedding on Halloween night, I took the opportunity to join the Night of the Living Wedge Halloween Pub Crawl so I'd have a chance to show it off. I started a little late, so I decided to catch up with the crawl at Solera Wine BarMySpace link (647 South Ave.)

From there, we hit Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.), The Tap and Mallet (381 Gregory St.), and The Keg (315 Gregory St., behind German House where Rohrbach's used to be) before finishing at Caverly's Pub (741 South Ave., formerly Genesee Co-op Credit Union). I was receiving great praise for my costume — partly because I had clarified what I was trying to be with the addition of some hospital-style scrubs and a "Hello, my name is" tag reading only "H1N1" … plus, the eyes would heartbeat-blink red, and I could hit a button so they'd brighten to a blaring blue-white. As it turned out, I won the darn costume contest. I spread around some holiday cheer, favoring a couple homemade costumes before heading home to pass out.

The MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link organizer snapped a picture that I'll unabashedly use here:

Jayce as H1N1 on Halloween

Jayce as H1N1 on Halloween

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Monday, November 2nd, 2009

TEDx Rochester
by Jason Olshefsky at 2:00 pm (3 comments)

I know I've mentioned TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design): Ideas Worth Spreading quite a few times already, so when I heard there would be an independently-originated series here in Rochester, I couldn't help but go. They called it TEDx Rochester and held it at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) My hopes were high, but I fully understood that not every lecturer would produce an astoundingly favorite lecture.

After a rocky start with the A/V system, Adam Frank got things started. He spoke about the artificiality of the conflict of science and religion. Basically his argument was that science enhances religion because it lets us see more of the world, and if you're a believer in a creator, seeing more of what was created is a good thing.

Larry Moss was next, speaking about his "Airigami": creating art with balloons. At first blush, the whole thing seems as thin as a metaphor using balloons would be if written here. But because the medium he uses is so accessible, he's able to create sculptures with people who don't even share a common language — and he has. Many times. On the one hand, it's astounding and on another, obvious. Definitely one to think about (and hopefully, a lecture that will be prominent on TED's own website).

I was also pleased by a performance by GEOMANTICS Dance Theatre who, like PUSH Physical Theatre, used an amalgam of the varied forms of physical performance to express ideas.

A nano-scale chemist and physicist Todd D. Krauss provided insight into some of his work (as several other lecturers did). Although I didn't find that his talk met my lofty expectation of an "idea worth spreading", he did bring up an interesting bit of new technology: cadmium-selenium nanoparticles. The fascinating thing about them is that they fluoresce different colors of light based on their size. As such, one can create whatever colors they want using the same material.

What he did not touch on that I wish he had was the ramifications of nanoparticles and organic life: specifically, isn't "little particles stuck through cell walls" one of those triggers for cancer? And while he dispelled the myth that artificially-intelligent nanobots will kill us, I think he did a disservice by neglecting to even approach the topic of nanoparticles doing damage in much more banal ways.

Finishing up the night was Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link who, sadly, were not able to finish their performance in the time allotted.

Overall it was definitely worth it to take time off to see it. But I hope that in the future, things are a bit more refined.

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Today and every first Thursday at Booksmart Studio (250 North Goodman St.) is an Open Critique for photographers starting at 7 p.m. [source: City Newspaper]

JayceLand Pick Today, tomorrow, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. is a performance of The Secret Garden by Marsha Norman, and Lucy Simon by The Eastman Opera Theatre at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) Each performance is preceded by a lecture in Room 120 at The Eastman School of Music (26 Gibbs St.) [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Dayereh (The Circle) starting at 8 p.m. The Eastman House calendar says, "banned in Iran, Panahi's controversial masterwork focuses on the difficulties of being a woman in Iranian society." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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

Tonight and every first Thursday, Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is hosting a Trivia Night starting at 7 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

JayceLand Pick Today starting at 8:30 a.m. is a Silent Auction at The Firehouse Gallery at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

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

This evening at 5 p.m. at The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) is the Artists' Reception for On the Road Again featuring works by Gary Thompson and Phyllis Thompson. The show ends November 29. [source: Image City Photography Gallery e-mail]

JayceLand Pick The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) will have an Art Reception for Timed Release by Heidi Kumao today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. [source: City Newspaper] [all ages]

The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Fallin', The SpacelordsMySpace link, and Rosedale starting around 10 p.m. [source: Bug Jar 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]

JayceLand Pick The 6th Annual Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff is today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

JayceLand Pick Today at 7 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) is a Rock Out for Vets to sponsor the The Stars and Stripes Flag Store of the Veterans Outreach Center (455 South Ave.) with Uncle PlumGarageBand linkMySpace link, and Joey T. and the FormulaMySpace link. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Beeswax starting at 8 p.m. with filmmaker Andrew Bujalski in person. A pioneer in the "mumblecore" film genre, Bujalski focuses on the day-to-day lives of twin sisters in Austin, Texas. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Hotel ReverieMySpace link, CavalcadeMySpace link, Fringe CityMySpace link, and The Action BrigadeMySpace 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]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is The Found, wild, hearty punk-rock from Handsome JackGarageBand linkMySpace link, and great hard, funky rock from The Stone BelieverMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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., photographer Bob Sacha will give a presentation titled Faraway Lands/Under Your Feet at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) [source: Eastman House mailing] [all ages]

This afternoon at The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is Quartsemble starting at 2 p.m. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Saturday Night Fever starting at 7 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Veteran's Day (observed)

JayceLand Pick Classified Shredding Services (425 Paul Rd.) will have a Community Shred Day as part of NY Recycles Day featuring free document shredding (up to three boxes per person) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. in Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is Plays in Progress featuring Any Solid Color Other Than Black. [source: Geva Theatre website]

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

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.

JayceLand Pick At today's Books Sandwiched-In at 12:12 p.m. in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.), Fran Weisberg, Your Call Is (Not That) Important to Us: Customer Service and What It Reveals About Our World and Our Lives by Emily Yellen. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Today at 6 p.m. at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is the Official New-Member Coffee for MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

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

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Yolanda and the Thief starting at 8 p.m. another big MGM musical ... [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Fly the flag today.Veteran's Day

Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting The Eastman Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra 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 Sixteen Candles starting at 8 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting Fire RedMySpace link, and The Spirit Of OntarioMySpace link starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [18+]

JayceLand Pick Reverend Soapbox and The Rabble RousersMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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]

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