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Weekly Rochester Events #579 Starting Thursday, February 11, 2010

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Grumbling About the Eastman House
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

As regular readers know, I am often compelled to rant vociferously on one inane topic or another — particularly if there are other, more productive ways to address my grievances. This time it's the Café at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) — and in two parts.

First, why the absence of regional treats? The inventory of the refrigerated case was recently changed to exclude Saranac or Stewart's soft drinks, end even the milk is inexplicably not from Byrne dairy, Pittsford Dairy, nor even Upstate Farms. Heck, The Little (240 East Ave.) offers treats from both Stever's Candies, Inc. (623 Park Ave.) and The Nut House (1520 Monroe Ave.) — a welcome respite from the chemical sludge inside colorful corporate wrappers. At least the gelato comes from The Royal Café (15 North Main St., Fairport) and the cookies are baked in-house (and, if I recall correctly, locally made as well).

Second, what's up with these Best of Rochester bars they sell? They are chocolate bars — and I am emphatically surrounding chocolate with sarcastic air-quotes … er, I guess then I mean they are "chocolate" bars whose label features a suitably bland image of the city skyline. It takes some audacity indeed to claim these as the best Rochester has to offer — I mean, what of Stever's Candies, Inc. (623 Park Ave.), Hedonist Artisan Chocolates (674 South Ave.), or even the sweet old Peter's Sweet Shop (880 S. Clinton Ave.); each of those are not only better, they offer some real excellence. Attempting to affect bizarre upstate city rivalry, I'll say it must be made by someone in Buffalo or Syracuse (where, perhaps, this might be considered "best"). More likely [and a more bizarre attempt to affect Monroe county township rivalry] is that they were made by some ignorant suburbanite who sees Rochester not as a vibrant, muti-cultured mini-metropolis, but the root of problems their leeching ways have caused.

They are sold by a company doing business as Made in Rochester in this area: a storefront for distributing locally sold products. Why the presumably identical candy bar (which is definitively not made in every city on their site, and "best" of none of them) is also sold is a mystery. Then again, I possess equal measures of congratulations and disgust: for this site caters to people with more money than, at best, desire to stay — five 6-packs of Zweigles hots sells for $65 for instance. There must be a word for the financial abuse of a population all too glad to pay: usury? good business? — it's hard to say anything but both.

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JayceLand Pick Today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. at The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is a Thursday Thinkers lecture with Rick Dorschel discussing Where's My Electric Car? [source: Friends of the Public Library flyer]

This afternoon at 3 p.m. at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.), author Felicia Coley will host a Book Signing for How To Stylishly Fall From Grace: Revelations From My Perfectly-Flawed Life. [source: Boulder Coffee website]

JayceLand Pick Bruno Chalifour will discuss From Downtown Rochester to Mendon Ponds: Landscape from Geography to Metaphor at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) today at 6 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick This evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. is a Public Meeting on the Mt. Hope Ave Public Improvement Project (the section between Crittenden Blvd. and Elmwood Ave.) at St. Anne Church (1600 Mt. Hope Ave.) [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free) will be hosting really good electronic-enhanced acoustic soloist Matt Cross starting around 7 p.m. [source: Johnny's Irish Pub calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Bertrand Russell Society meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Kiss The Blood Off My Hands starting early at 7 p.m. followed by Beyond A Reasonable Doubtat 8:30 p.m. In the former in this pair of films noir, a "lonely nurse and war widow who shelters murderer-on-the-lam Burt Lancaster in fog-enshrouded London", and in the latter, "[a man] masquerades as a murderer in order to get a first-hand view of the justice system, with disastrous results". [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is I Made the Mistake (or IMadeTheMistake), Club Sandwich (a.k.a. Big Boy Soda and the Yucky Snakes), The Turbines, and Nick MaynardMySpace link starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Fly the flag today.Abraham Lincoln's Birthday (1809)

JayceLand Pick Today from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at The Rochester Riverside Convention Center (123 E. Main St.) is a Luncheon for Susan B. Anthony House (17 Madison St.) featuring a "one-act drama about the fight for women's vote." [source: Gay Alliance website]

Tonight at 6 p.m. at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is Boots 'n' ShortsMySpace link for Happy Hour followed by The Clinton Curtis BandMySpace link at 9:30 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

JayceLand Pick Today at The Mount Olivet Baptist Church (14 Adams St.) is a Public Performance of Walk the Walk: Encounters with Rochester's African American Ancestors at 7 p.m. [source: Landmark Society calendar]

This evening at 7 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is a screening of Hop which "follows an African teenager named Justin and his father as they struggle to overcome racism in their predominantly white surroundings and the hassles of being illegal immigrants" in Europe. [source: Baobab website]

Tonight at 8 p.m., tomorrow at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., and Sunday at 7 p.m., Village Idiots Present (VIP) present Director's Cut at The Pillar Theatre (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate, Suite #D106). [source: Village Idiots Present website]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Gigante starting at 8 p.m. — a supposedly sweet movie about a security guard who obsesses over one of his coworkers. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Love Life starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Top Pick Brilliant satirical gospel from The Lobster QuadrilleMySpace link will be at The Keg (315 Gregory St., behind German House where Rohrbach's used to be) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Rochester Music Coalition calendar]


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Anderson Alley Artists (250 Goodman St. N.) will be having another open house this and every second Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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

Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is really good blues-charged rock from Buford and Smokin' SectionMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

The NY Vaults, and GonculatorMySpace 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 The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is hosting another Valentine's Day Massacre! show tonight starting around 10 p.m. and featuring numerous bands. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Valentine's Day

JayceLand Pick Today at 10:30 a.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is the Valentine's Day Brunch and Film with a screening of Casablanca at 12 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Today at 2 p.m. is a Tour of St. Michael's Church (869 N. Clinton Ave.) [source: Landmark Society calendar]

The Women of Note will perform today's Musicale at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Lady Eve starting at 7 p.m., a screwball-comedy about a woman on the hunt for a wealthy husband. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Beheading The TitanMySpace link, Order of the DeadMySpace link, and Peloquin will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Fly the flag today.Washington's Birthday (observed)

JayceLand Pick At today's Community Dialogue Series at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.), Joe Klein, and Van Henri White will discuss Education in the Rochester City School District. [source: Baobab website]

JayceLand Pick Over at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. is Ossia New Music. [source: Ossia New 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]


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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 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]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Cyrano di Bergerac starting at 8 p.m. The Eastman House calendar description may pique your interest as well, stating, "one of Italy's most elaborate film productions during the 1920s was this elegant hand-colored and tinted version of Edmond Rostand's romantic play. Pierre Magnier is Cyrano and Linda Moglia is Roxanne in this sincere and affecting adaptation, notable for its meticulous period detail." With live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli to boot. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Interlock Rochester (1115 E. Main St., suite 42 of the Hungerford Building, door #1) has their Weekly Meeting at 8 p.m. [source: Interlock Rochester website] [all ages]


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Tonight at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) is The Nick Finzer GroupMySpace link starting around 6 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

JayceLand Pick Today at 7 p.m., at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is the Monthly Story Slam hosted by Carol Roberts — an open-mic for real-life stories. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Martin Scorsese's Cape Fear starting at 8 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

It's Whirrly Wednesdays: Hooping, Drumming, and Grooving at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) at 6 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website] [18+]

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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