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Weekly Rochester Events #569 Starting Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Three Firsts
by Jason Olshefsky at 10:44 am (add a comment)

So here's three firsts [say that three times fast!]: first of December, first accumulating snowfall for Rochester, and first run in the snow barefoot.

Last night we got an inch or so of snow accumulation.  I was excited to try running in it.  After all, I've been practicing as the weather got colder.  But, as it turns out, snow — being largely frozen water — takes a lot of heat to melt, and in turn, it feels really really cold. And as a result, this run was spent most focused on running and on the condition of my body, particularly my feet.

It was kind of funny, actually, because I swear I could hear my cardiovascular system curse in surprise as it attempted to boost blood-flow to my extremities. My feet got much colder, much faster than they do even at colder temperatures, and I kept making sure they weren't losing sensation, feeling hot, nor appearing a color other than pink. I wasn't going to push things too far, so I decided to cut my run much shorter and barely covered more than a mile.

After an hour or so, everything was back to normal. Lucky? Not really. Just careful.

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BELBIVDEVOIVOD and Godlazer at Boulder
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

I headed out to Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) where Paul BurkeMySpace link was hosting bands he liked. Tonight, he included his own production BELBIVDEVOIVODMySpace link which consisted of excellent electronic near-melodies with a bit of a dark edge. I like to listen to his work because it makes me look at everything in the world differently, and somehow intensifies a sense of serenity and inclusiveness, almost like a drug. Next up was Godlazer who DJ's and remixes, frequently heading into mashup and experimental territory. Not everything he played piqued my interest, but it mostly hit home.

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Today at The Oxford Gallery (267 Oxford St.) is Opening Reception for their Holiday Exhibit from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. [source: Oxford Gallery website]

Tonight from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. is The Park Avenue Holiday Open House (Park Ave. at Alexander St. to Culver Rd.). [source: Park Avenue events calendar]

An art exhibit titled Interior Landscapes by Kofi Kayiga opens tonight at 6 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) and runs through December 31. [source: Baobab website]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Chronicle of a Disappearance starting at 8 p.m. The Eastman House calendar covers things nicely: "part fiction and part documentary, independent Palestinian filmmaker Suleiman returned to the Middle East after many years in New York to make his first feature. Armed with irony, absurdist humor, and a handsome visual style, Suleiman offers a surprisingly comprehensive portrait of middle-class Palestine and a complex understanding of Arab identity within that world." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Hunger AnthemMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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


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

Today from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and again from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday is the Artists' Receptions for the 5th Annual Holiday Show at The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) The show will be on display through December 23. [source: Image City Photography Gallery e-mail]

JayceLand Pick Today from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the Artists Holiday Gala Open House at Anderson Alley Artists (250 Goodman St. N.) [source: City Newspaper]

JayceLand Pick The Hungerford Building (1115 E. Main St.) is hosting The A-Maze-ing Hungerford Holiday Show today from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. [source: City Newspaper]

JayceLand Pick Today at The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) at 7 p.m. is a discussion followed by a screening of Handmade Nation sponsored by Second Storie} and Made By Rachel. [source: RocWiki calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) is luscious, poetic acoustic rock from Autumn In HalifaxMySpace link, and Diane CluckMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: band e-mail]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is The GlorytellersMySpace link, Ian The Amateur, and Club Sandwich (a.k.a. Big Boy Soda and the Yucky Snakes) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Croquet Shows e-mail] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Harmony and Me starting at 8 p.m. with filmmaker Bob Byington, and actor Kevin CorriganMySpace link on hand to introduce their film and answer questions. It's about a guy who obsessively tries to win back his girlfriend. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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 Today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is The Tiger Tracks Train Show and Sale by The RIT Model Railroad Club (RITMRC) in The Gordon Field House at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus maps). [source: flyer]

Updated: Today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Annual Holiday Open House and Sale continues at The More Fire Glass Studio (80 Rockwood Pl.) [source: Record Archive e-mail]

Today at 2 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.), Carole Tanenbaum will be on hand to present a lecture on The Art of Collecting. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) is the opening reception for the 19th Annual Members Exhibition which runs through January 17. [source: Artists' Breakfast Group e-mail] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting the entertaining nerd-hip-hop of MC LarsMySpace link starting around 6:30 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

JayceLand Pick Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting John Brown's BodyMySpace link, and infectious fun, percussion-and-saxophone dominated jam band The BuddhaHoodMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: band e-mail] [16+]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Hausu (House) starting at 8 p.m. The Eastman House calendar invites us to "get ready to have your mind blown" for this surreal and entertaining horror (?) movie. Preceded by the short film Living Organics. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting fantastic hard acoustic-rock from Old BoyMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Today from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is an All Things Mali demonstration of Mud Cloth by Joyce Robards. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

Starting at 2 p.m. is a What's Up Lecture at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) with Donald S. Hall speaking on American pottery. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Raggedy Ann and Andy: A Musical Adventure starting early this afternoon at 2 p.m. Some toys go out in the world to save one of their own. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Collector starting at 7 p.m. about a butterfly collector who tries to expand his collection to include a student he becomes enamored with. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is ChyldeMySpace link, Quest for FireMySpace link, and Summer PeopleMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Fly the flag today.National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (half-staff until sunset)

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

JayceLand Pick Holly Golightly, and The BrokeoffsMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar 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.

Today at 6 p.m. at The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.) is an in-store performance by MatisyahuMySpace link. [source: Record Archive e-mail]

JayceLand Pick Tusedays at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is A.K.A. Paul Burke Presents featuring Paul BurkeMySpace link and other people, perhaps performing. [source: band e-mail]

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


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JayceLand Pick Today from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. is a Holiday Party at The Highland Park Conservancy and Lamberton Conservatory (180 Reservoir Ave.) [source: Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood Association e-mail]

JayceLand Pick This evening at 6 p.m. at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) is an Evening of Performance Art in conjunction with The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) [source: RocWiki calendar]

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

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Pretty in Pink starting at 8 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) starting around 8:30 p.m. is solid rock band (with a Spanish twist) Night GalleryGarageBand linkMySpace link, and Man vs. MoonMySpace link. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Six GalleryMySpace link, and AficionadoMySpace link 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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