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Weekly Rochester Events #599 Starting Thursday, July 1, 2010

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Visiting Adam in Arlington, Virginia
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:47 pm (add a comment)

I got back today off the Amtrak (320 Central Ave.) after visiting with my brother Adam in Arlington, VA. For the most part, our visit was more to see where he lives — in fact, he sent me a link to a humorous video about Arlington. We visited only one landmark: The Pentagon Memorial which is very tasteful and pleasant.

We stopped at a number of restaurants and bars. I particularly liked the salami/Gorgonzola pizza at Piola Restaurant (1550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA); their drinks and desserts were also excellent. We also visited Galaxy Hut (2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA) which is a really cool bar — much like Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) in its casual atmosphere, outdoor patio, interesting clientele, and absence of advertising and televisions (well, except for one).

On both sides of the trip, the train stops in Manhattan and it's an hour and a half before the Rochester train leaves, so I had a chance to get lunch. I stopped at New Pizza Town II (360 7th Ave., New York) which was pretty good — nothing like a slice of ziti-topped pizza with big glops of ricotta. On the way home, I learned that Amtrak's Business Class is not worth much: the seats are a little bigger with curtains on the windows, free soft drinks, and most importantly, the car is located at one end of the train so foot traffic is minimal.

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    The Mambo Kings will perform today at 12:30 p.m. at Granite Mills Park (Platt St. and Browns Race) as part of the Hochstein at High Falls Concert Series. [source: RocWiki calendar] [all ages]

    Today from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. is A Celebration 70 Years of Service at The Campbell-Whittlesey House Museum (123 South Fitzhugh St.) [source: Landmark Society e-mail]

    The Party in the Park (Exchange Blvd. and Court St.) tonight starts at 5 p.m. and features the great reggae/dub band Giant Panda Guerilla Dub SquadMySpace link. The cost of entry is the confiscation of chairs, food, and drink (other than one purchased bottle of water or purchased food at the event) and "patrons are asked to leave their bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates and pets at home," so only car drivers are welcome. [source: City Hall press release]

    Today at 6 p.m. at The South Presbyterian Church (4 E. Henrietta Rd.) is a Lament for the Gulf: A Neighborhood Service of Confession and Hope. [source: Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood Association e-mail]

    Tonight at 7:30 p.m., The Tap and Mallet (381 Gregory St.) is hosting a Chocolate and Beer Tasting featuring pairings of salty/sweet chocolates by Ken Droz of Hedonist Artisan Chocolates (674 South Ave.) [source: Tap and Mallet website]

    The Paul Smoker Notet performs tonight at 8 p.m. at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square). [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight through July 4 at 8 p.m. at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) are performances of R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots). [source: MuCCC website]

    The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing An American Journey starting at 8 p.m. The Eastman House calendar piques my interest: "Robert Frank's seminal book, The Americans, was published in 1958 to great acclaim, as well as to negative reviews that faulted his vision of a nation awash in poverty, racism and postwar jingoism. This new documentary travels back to the small towns and rural communities the photographer immortalized—exploring the world as Frank saw it and as it survives today." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is great reggae-ska/groove-rock band NevergreenMySpace 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]

    The opening reception of Pride: Rochester 2010 at Equal=GroundsMySpace link (750 South Ave., formerly Hunt's Hardware) starts tonight at 6 p.m. The work will be on display through July 31. [source: Culture starts with ART! (CSWA) Yahoo! Group] [all ages]

    Maker(s) Mark(s) featuring works by Brooke Millecchia, and Joe Fastaia opens tonight at 6 p.m. at The Firehouse Gallery at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) and runs through July 24. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

    The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing She Done Him Wrong starting early at 7 p.m. to make room for I'm No Angel starting at 8:15 p.m. Mae West wrote and performs in these pre-code comedies. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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    The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing TRON starting at 8 p.m. A perfect use of early computer-generated animation. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    The Shakespeare Players of Rochester will perform Much Ado About Nothing tonight, tomorrow, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Highland Bowl (South Ave. at Robinson Dr.) [source: RocWiki calendar]

    The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Dead CatholicsMySpace link, good, guitar-driven, synth-enhanced, staccato-rock band AutoverseMySpace link, and Silverfish starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Tonight at 10 p.m. at The High Falls Gorge (Platt St at Browns Race, the Pont De Rennes Bridge) is the weekly Laser Show. [source: City Hall press release]


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    Fly the flag today.Independence Day

    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+]

    The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing At Long Last Love starting at 7 p.m. A unique film in that stars "Burt Reynolds, Cybill Shepherd, Madeline Kahn, and Duilio Del Prete sing and dance to the songs of Cole Porter in director Bogdanovich's tribute to '30s musicals. Using direct sound recording (as opposed to having actors lip-synch to a pre-recorded track), Bogdanovich's daring experiment is a forgotten '70s gem worth re-discovering. New 35mm print!" [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight at 7 p.m. is the start of Independence Day celebrations on The Main Street Bridge including a performance by The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra set to fireworks starting around 9 p.m. [source: City Hall press release]


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    Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is ZoobombsMySpace link. [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.

    Tonight's MVP Health Care Tuesday Nature Nights starts at 6 p.m.: a Guided Bike Ride of the Marketview Heights Neighborhood and the Neighborhood of the Arts starting at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) [source: City Hall press release]

    Preview performances of Girls Night The Musical at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) run tonight through Friday at 7:30 p.m. opening officially on Saturday. [source: Geva Theatre website]

    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 Easy Money starting at 8 p.m. The Eastman House calendar does their best to fluff this film up, but I never found Rodney Dangerfield's schtick to be all that funny. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight at 8:30 p.m. in the Fisher Meeting Room at The Pittsford Community Library (24 State St., Pittsford) is a discussion titled Women Pilots of World War II led by Paul Roxin. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar]


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    The 2010 Wegmans Concerts by the Shore Series tonight starts at 7 p.m. at Ontario Beach Park (Beach Ave. at Lake Ave.) with Uncle PlumGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: City Hall press release]

    The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Topper starting at 8 p.m. I remember seeing this when I was a teenager and liking it, but I guess it's pretty good — a fun-loving couple finds "themselves as ghosts walking the Earth after a fatal car accident." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    The Secret TwinsMySpace link, SlownessMySpace link, and The Cast Before The BreakMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Tonight at 6 p.m. at The Clarissa Room (293 Clarissa St., a.k.a. Clarissa's, formerly Shep's Paradise) is The Heat is R.A.P.I.E.R. Open Mic. [source: Equal=Grounds Facebook page] [all ages]

    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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