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Weekly Rochester Events #637 Starting Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

JayceLand's Endorsement for Mayor: Alex White
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:05 pm (1 comment)

On Tuesday, March 29, the City of Rochester will hold a special election for interim mayor. Although the election defies the City Charter (which directly specifies that the Council appoint an interim mayor), it appears that the election will take place and the results of that election will be supported over the Council's transgression — at least until the next election cycle.

On the ballot are Alex White, Bill Johnson, and Tom Richards along with an active write-in candidate Ann C. Lewis. I wrote about the candidates at the Gleason Works debate, and had a chance to hear them discuss issues on March 14 at St. Anne Church (1600 Mt. Hope Ave.) where they reinforced my original report.  As I see it, there are several challenges the City of Rochester faces that the mayor should be addressing.

First, the City needs to innovate to survive. While it is important to examine other cities' successes, copying those plans simply sets us back at least a couple (if not ten) years, for those cities plans germinated long ago. We need a mayor who knows Rochester and how to leverage its strengths and repair its weaknesses. We also need to examine the reality of the coming major economic disruptions: ever-increasing fuel costs and the related dwindling supply, changes in the balance of power in global economics, and environmental attacks on our generous and clean water supply.

Next, the City also needs to abandon the harmful practices of the past. First is to stop using public money for private projects, avoid the ulterior motives of developers' "suggestions", and (as I explained earlier) to stop affecting the assessment of business risk (that is, to stop paying for part of a private project to "sweeten the deal" for a potential business). Nearly all of the past boondoggles could have been avoided by following those practices. Second is to equalize the tax base so small businesses can compete with big ones: as it stands now, big businesses are strongly favored for tax breaks and public money leading to a proliferation of unsustainable monoliths (that is, unsustainable if they had to pay full taxes like small businesses do).

Finally, the City must address the crippling poverty. This is the cause of numerous problems in Rochester, including the troubled school system. Poor planning on the City's part to mitigate it has resulted in an explosion of police presence — a desperate last-ditch effort to effectively imprison the "problem".

Alex White is a small business owner with tremendous skills in long-term strategic analysis. He has demonstrated that he understands all these problems, has directly acknowledged them, and has provided potential solutions. His innovative solutions are rooted in modest changes on the governmental front (such as more flexible zoning), proper public-works projects (such as inexpensive electricity through a municipal power company), forward thinking (such as making the city more walkable to phase-out the need for constant car use), and using regional resources to our advantage (providing support for college graduates to innovate with new, in-city small businesses). He is not foolhardy with money and has short-term plans to patch budget shortfalls while understanding that it is necessary and efficient for the city to collect taxes and provide certain kinds of services.  He is the best candidate for mayour.

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    JayceLand Pick Today at 5:30 p.m. in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is a Public Meeting to discuss a Center City Circulator. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Cinema TheatreMySpace link (957 South Clinton Ave.) is a double-feature from The ImageOut Film Festival as part of LGBT Health Month. First is FIT followed at 9 p.m. by Children of God. [source: Gay Alliance website]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Rochester Friends Meeting House (84 Scio St.) is a screening of A Force More Powerful. [source: RocWiki calendar]

    This evening at The Tap and Mallet (381 Gregory St.) is the Spring-Summer '11 Art Opening starting at 7:30 p.m. featuring works by Matté Baxendell, Michael Ferreri, and Elizabeth Kelly. [source: Tap and Mallet website]

    Over at Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free) starting around 8 p.m. is Amy Montrois. [source: Johnny's Irish Pub calendar]

    The Eastman Horn Choir will be at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) 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 Plaza Suite starting at 8 p.m. in which Walter Matthau plays three disparate characters all taking place in the same hotel. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Anchorage, NebraskaMySpace link, ChillumMySpace link, and The Ginger Faye BakersMySpace link starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    JayceLand Pick This afternoon at 2 p.m., The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) will be screening The Dhamma Brothers. [source: Baobab website]

    Apparently The Critical Mass Bike Ride is tonight starting at 6 p.m. at The Liberty Pole (1 Liberty Pole Way) and heading through the city from there. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

    Mike Brown will perform at tonight's Happy Hour at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 6 p.m. followed by Richie Stearns at 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

    Death CampMySpace link, War HoundMySpace link, and Unfinished Business will be at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) starting around 7 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is a screening of The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo. [source: Baobab website]

    JayceLand Pick Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link performs tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) [source: Geva Theatre website]

    At 7:30 p.m. tonight at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) is a staged reading of The Bar of a Tokyo Hotel as part of The Tennessee Williams Birthday Festival. [source: MuCCC website]

    The unreliable calendar for Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) says at 8 p.m. is The "Three Guys Walk Into Bar" Comedy Show. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Marwencol starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, "savagely beaten in a bar fight that shattered his face, mind, and memory, Mark Hogancamp emerged from a coma needing to relearn not just how to walk and talk, but who he once had been. As part of his self-prescribed therapy, he began construction on 'Marwencol,' an astoundingly detailed scale model of an imaginary World War II-era Belgian town populated by the doll-sized 'alter-egos' of real-life people Hogancamp knows and loves." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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    The Tennessee Williams Birthday Festival continues tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) with a staged reading of Small Craft Warnings. [source: MuCCC website]

    The Dady BrothersMySpace link, and Nick BullockMySpace link will be at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (300 Park Point Dr., #110) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

    Eastman Virtuosi will perform at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) tonight 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 Mamma Roma starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 7 p.m. From the calendar description: Anna Magnani "plays a middle-aged prostitute determined to give her son the bourgeois life she never had, until a figure from the past returns to threaten her dreams." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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

    JayceLand Pick Nice, well-executed jazzy swing from Bobby Henrie and The GonersMySpace link will be at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene e-mail]

    Tonight is another Left of Center Stage Variety Show at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]


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    Today's Musicale at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) features Futaba Niekawa on piano from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

    This afternoon starting around 5 p.m. at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is The Flying Squirrel Poetry Series. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    In case you happen to be in Boston, The Beast Pageant (and on IMDb) will be shown at The Kendall Square Cinema (1 Kendall Sq., Cambridge, MA) tonight at 7 p.m. and again Thursday night at 7:15 p.m. as part of The Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF). [source: the proverbial grapevine]

    JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is synth-pop-acoustic-soloist Love of EverythingMySpace link, Light Feelings, and acoustic soloist Anthony ProvenzanoMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    JayceLand Pick Today at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.), Sustain Inspire Survive (S.I.S.) presents Comics Against Cancer 2 starting around 5:30 p.m. [source: Geva Theatre website]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight and tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is Love Your Boobs, the 2nd Annual Breast Casting Event. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    Today at 7:30 p.m. is Wide Open Mic with Norm Davis at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) is Eugene Chadbourne, and Tatsuya Nakatani starting around 8 p.m. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

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

    JayceLand Pick Skeletons in the PianoMySpace link, and loud, brash punk/post-ska/punk-ska band Radioactive SnowshuMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    Special Mayoral Election Day

    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.

    Top Pick At today's Books Sandwiched-In in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.), Sherman F. Levey, Esq. will review Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

    Top Pick Over at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. is Ossia New Music's last show of the season. [source: Ossia New Music calendar] [all ages]

    The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Kansas City Confidential starting at 8 p.m. A man set up as the fall-guy for a bank robbery sets out to clear his name. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Genesee Mud Bottom, The Beastman, Assbeer, and PegacideMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    JayceLand Pick Tonight at Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free) is The Improv Plate starting around 7 p.m. [source: Johnny's Irish Pub calendar]

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

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Shinjû: Ten no amijima (Double Suicide) starting at 8 p.m. — a tragedy of love across class differences. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Last Year's MenMySpace link, The Inner PlanetsMySpace link, and MeliaMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Better Than Bowling will be at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

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