Weekly Rochester Events #590 Starting Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

No Trash Week
by Jason Olshefsky at 5:00 pm (add a comment)

I decided to take part in No Trash Week, wrapping up today. The general idea is to try and produce no trash for the week including Earth Day. As I've come to discover from past experiments in quitting established behaviors, the initial goal is not necessarily to achieve the goal so much as it is to assess the minutia of that behavior.

In general, most of my trash was junk mail, packaging from work-related consumables, packaging from food, single-use devices (like dental floss), and the incidental items from bars and restaurants (paper plates, soda straws).  I already do pretty well with obvious stuff, placing all my vegetable waste into compost for instance (even though I generally don't use it — but that's another story). I also tend to shop for groceries that either have reusable containers, or seek to buy bulk items that skip the individual packaging step. And I'm not a big purchaser, although the toilet I bought the other week produced a lot of packaging, most of which was either reusable or recyclable.

Due to the way my meals played out, I didn't feel compelled to buy a sandwich from one of the shops nearby: a stupidly wasteful practice involving several sheets of waxed paper and bags so I can carry it across the street, throw the packaging away, and eat the sandwich. My idea is to ask that they pack my lunch in a reusable package I provide and see if they'll go for it. If not that, then at least cut the wax paper to a minimum and skip the bags.

Aside from that, I found myself targeting the little things, even though it's really the rare purchase of something like a toilet that produces the most waste. Regardless, I think I'm going to try and do better at bringing reusable containers where I go. Coffee mugs are easy, but I'd like to experiment with permanent dinnerware to displace disposable paper.

I'm also considering building a wood gasifier that I can use to take organic waste (mostly paper and wood) and make a gas like propane. Many challenges exist there: first getting it to produce a usable gas (something something, and then safety: third), and then figuring out how to store it to use later. I think that's the wisest thinking of all: rather than see waste, I should see resources. I already look to garbage like broken electronics and steel frames as a source for otherwise expensive materials. I can probably expand my view and get more out of what I have.

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    Tonight at 7 p.m. at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.), Allen Hoey, John Roche, and Jared Smith will be in attendance as part of the Visiting Writer Series. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Updated: The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing A Nightmare on Elm Street starting early at 8 p.m. followed by A Nightmare on Elm Street, Part 2: Freddy's Revenge at 9:45 p.m. (I could swear it said it started at 7 p.m. ... hmm.) [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Ben MillerMySpace link, ORAAMySpace link, and Crushing Something starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Tonight at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) is great funk from The Filthy FunkMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

    Arbor Day

    Apparently The Critical Mass Bike Ride is tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. at the clock tower near The Wilson Commons at The University of Rochester (Library Road, #39 on River Campus Map.) to The Liberty Pole (1 Liberty Pole Way) at 6 p.m. and heading through the city from there. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

    JayceLand Pick Over at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) starting around 5:30 p.m. is fun ska from Mrs. Skannotto, Among CriminalsMySpace link, and The Sandwich CrackersMySpace link (a.k.a. S4NDW1CH CR4CK3R5). [source: Water Street calendar] [13+]

    Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is a Grindcore/Punk Show. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website] [18+]

    Today at 7 p.m. at German House (315 Gregory St.) is a Launch Party for The Rochester Music Hall of Fame featuring very good, crisp funk/jazz from Paradigm Shift, John AkersMySpace link, RedLine Zydeco, The Mambo Kings, Prime Time FunkMySpace link, and wicked fun, saxophone-driven, percussive groove-rock band The BuddhaHoodMySpace link. [source: Up All Night website]

    Village Idiots Present (VIP) will present Catch-23 tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. at The Pillar Theatre (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate, Suite #D106). [source: RocWiki calendar]

    Tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. is a performance of David Mamet's November at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.), starting a run through May 16. [source: MuCCC website]

    Tonight at 6 p.m. at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is Happy Hour with Frankie Leigh and JewelsMySpace link followed at 9 p.m. by Chris TrapperMySpace link solo, in the upstairs (and not free like usual). [source: Abilene website]

    May Day

    JayceLand Pick Today at Swan Market (231 Parsells Ave.) is a 10-Year Anniversary Celebration during their working hours from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. [source: Rochester Food Net blog]

    JayceLand Pick At 9:30 a.m. is The Bill Lawler 5K Run/Walk For Huntington's Disease starting at Matthew's East End Grill (200 East Ave.) Featuring breakfast from o'Bagelo's (165 State St.) [source: RocWiki calendar]

    JayceLand Pick Today at 10 a.m. is Mayday! Underground Crafts and Arts's Craft Fair in the warehouse of Classic Woodworking, Inc. (416 St. Paul St.) [source: RocWiki calendar]

    The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) will be having May Day Shenanigans starting at 7 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website] [18+]

    JayceLand Pick Excellent, daring folk/acoustic-rock soloist JoAnn VaccaroMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website]

    The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Collapse starting at 8 p.m. in which Michael C. Ruppert talks about the imminent "collapse of contemporary society". [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick A great stage show and excellent surf-based rock from The IsotopesMySpace link are playing today at Hot Shots Volleyball and Sports Bar (1046 University Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: band e-mail]

    Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is ArkhemMySpace link, Peloquin, and Order of the DeadMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the Spring Record Show at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) Ordinarily I wouldn't post what is ostensibly a blatant advertisement disguised as an event, but the Bop Shop is unassuming and presents excellent shows at the Village Gate for donations only. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

    Albert Paley will be presenting a lecture on his works at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) today at 3 p.m. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

    The Rochester Cycling Alliance meets tonight at 7 p.m. at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge). [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website] [18+]

    Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Wild One starting at 7 p.m. followed by The Men: a Marlon Brando double-feature. The former is "the mother of all motorcycle flicks" in which Brando's character terrorizes a town. In the second, he plays a "World War II veteran trying to adjust to life as a paraplegic after being wounded in combat". [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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

    JayceLand Pick Noxious FoxesMySpace link, Friends AcademyMySpace link, and The Hoverboards will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 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.

    Updated: Today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is another Books Sandwiched-In program where Van Henri White will review A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School by Carlotta Walls LaNire, and Lisa Frazier Page. [source: Friends of the Public Library e-mail] [all ages]

    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]

    Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing A Streetcar Named Desire starting at 8 p.m. As the Eastman House calendar, puts it, "the definitive film adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play makes most stage versions seem irrelevant." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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    JayceLand Pick Today at Classified Shredding Services (425 Paul Rd.) is a Community Shred Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. where you can up to 3 boxes of documents to be shredded and recycled for free. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

    Tonight is the start of The 360|365 Film Festival (formerly the Rochester High Falls International Film Festival) at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) and The Little (240 East Ave.) [source: Little Theatre calendar]

    Tonight at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) at 6 p.m., Holly Howell will be hosting An Evening With Riesling. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

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

    JayceLand Pick The PhukettesMySpace link, and The Radium GirlsGarageBand linkMySpace link will be at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

    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+]

    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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