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Weekly Rochester Events #652 Starting Thursday, July 7, 2011

Friday, July 1st, 2011

The Big Dig Day One
by Jason Olshefsky (from the road) at 8:02 pm (2 comments)

not much of a hole

The Big Dig Day One

Today is the first day of "The Big Dig". It should be a lot of fun. Nick and Jeff are working now.

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Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Afternoon of Day Two of the Big Dig
by Jason Olshefsky (from the road) at 3:41 pm (add a comment)

a modest hole dug in a ring

The Big Dig Day Two

Day 2 of the Big Dig in mid-afternoon. With over 40 people here, the hole is nearly 5 feet deep at the deepest corner.

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Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Day Three of the Big Dig
by Jason Olshefsky (from the road) at 11:54 am (add a comment)

a substantial hole dug by the time I was leaving

The Big Dig Day Three

Although I'll be leaving today, many others will stay and dig through tomorrow. Shadow looks on as Jeff digs to nearly 7 feet.

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    Tonight from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. get Sassy in the South Wedge with Pride Specials at South Wedge merchants and a dance at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) [source: Gay Alliance website]

    The Mambo Kings will perform Garden Vibes at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) starting at 6 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

    The excellent ska-driven rock band The BeaumontsMySpace link will be way out at The JukeboxMySpace link (5435 Ridge Rd., Spencerport) starting around 7 p.m. [source: Freetime]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Buena Vista Social Club starting late at 8:30 p.m. due to Garden Vibes. From the Eastman House calendar, "American musicology maestro Ry Cooder re-assembles the stunning Cuban musicians with the funky Afro-Cuban jazz fusion sound. Wenders's film follows the aging troubadours — living artifacts from a pre-Castro Cuba — from Havana's gorgeously decaying nightclubs to gigs in Amsterdam and New York, the music always punctuated with touching personal reminiscences." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    This evening at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is the Pure Kona Poety Reading and Open Mic starting at 8 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]


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    Tonight at 6 p.m. at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) is Bands on the Bricks featuring Donna the BuffaloMySpace link, and The Grand Canyon Rescue EpisodeMySpace link. [source: Up All Night website]

    Today starting at 6 p.m. at The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.), The SteakoutsMySpace link will present an In-Store Performance. [source: Record Archive e-mail]

    Mike Brown will be at Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.) starting around 6 p.m. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

    This evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Community Darkroom at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) is the Opening Reception for Adopting a History by K. Watson. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

    Updated: Tonight at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is Harris, Sounding, The Cattle DrumsMySpace link, All of Them WitchesMySpace link, and Mouth To Mouth To Mouth starting around 7 p.m. [source: Facebook]

    JayceLand Pick Project 5: Take 2 continues this week at The Little (240 East Ave.). Starting at 7:15 p.m. is If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (repeating on Sunday at 9:30 p.m.) followed by TrollHunter at 9:30 p.m. (repeating on Sunday at 7:15 p.m.) [source: Little Theatre calendar]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Heavy Metal Picnic and Heavy Metal Parking Lot starting at 8 p.m. with filmmaker Jeff Krulik on hand to discuss this unique pair of documentaries. Quoting the Eastman House calendar once again, "Potomac, MD, 1985. An out-of-control rock party called The Full Moon Jamboree is taking place in a field surrounded by wealthy, irate suburbanites. One concertgoer prowls the grounds with a VHS camera and a microphone stolen from the Reagan inauguration, interviewing participants before his battery (and sobriety) failed. More than 20 years later, director Jeff Krulik has returned to the scene of the crime, mixing the original footage, new interviews with the participants, and contemporary TV reports to create a hilarious, surprising documentary." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight through July 16, The Rochester Community Players perform their 15th Annual Free Shakespeare at Highland Bowl (South Ave. at Robinson Dr.) starting at 8 p.m. This year they are performing Othello. [source: Freetime]

    Top Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Vacant LotsMySpace link, brilliant satirical gospel from The Lobster QuadrilleMySpace link, and INN starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    At tonight's Happy Hour at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 6 p.m. is Strum and Drum followed at 9:30 p.m. by The Jet Black BerriesMySpace link, then very good electrified acoustic rock from The Driftwood SailorsMySpace link. [source: Abilene website]

    Top Pick The Lovin' CupMySpace link (300 Park Point Dr., #110) will be hosting very good medium-tempo progressive rock from SirsyGarageBand link, and Lisa BrigantinoMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

    The Hill Cumorah Pageant (Hill Cumorah, Palmyra, N.Y.) starts today with shows tonight, tomorrow, and Monday through Saturday next week starting at 9:15 p.m. [source: Hill Cumorah website]


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    JayceLand Pick Today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. is The Corn Hill Arts Festival (Frederick Douglass St. and Edinburgh St., in the Corn Hill Neighborhood). Astonishingly, this year has a complete events calendar, so don't miss accomplished, polished funk from Prime Time FunkMySpace link at 11:20 a.m. at the Main Stage today, and the great, witty acoustic soloist Maria Gillard at The 27 Atkinson St. Stage tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. [source: Corn Hill Arts Festival website]

    JayceLand Pick Coinciding with the Corn Hill Arts Festival, The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is hosting The Flying Squirrel Arts Festival today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. [source: City Newspaper]

    Dance Walk on ArtWalk with Daniel Gwirtzman and The Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company runs along ARTWalk (University Ave. at Atlantic Ave.) today starting at 11 a.m., concluding at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

    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]

    Top Pick Project 5: Take 2 at The Little (240 East Ave.) will feature Mia et le Migou (Mia and the Migoo) at 1 p.m. (and again on Sunday at 1 p.m.), Bad Fever at 3:30 p.m., Septien at 7:15 p.m., and the fantastically fun, violent 1980's action homage, Hobo with a Shotgun at 10 p.m. [source: Little Theatre calendar]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Wonderful World of Jeff Krulik and Friends starting at 8 p.m. with Jeff Krulik in person. From the Eastman House description, "for almost 30 years, Jeff Krulik has focused his camera on folks not quite tony enough for traditional documentarians: drunken teens waiting in a parking lot before a heavy metal concert, professional wrestlers, fanatical porn collectors, and public access superstars." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30 p.m. is Strike the SkyMySpace link, There I Say is Lightning, Archimedes, and Allergic to Retro. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is The Vassar BrothersMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Abilene website]


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    JayceLand Pick Project 5: Take 2 at The Little (240 East Ave.) will be screening the engaging documentary William S. Burroughs: A Man Within at 3:30 p.m. [source: Little Theatre calendar]

    Fett Svin BBQ (38 Washington St., Livonia) returns to Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) today at 5 p.m. with music by good country band good country band Dang!MySpace link starting at 6:30 p.m., then Kim Lenz and the JaguarsMySpace link at 8 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

    SourveinMySpace link, LowkeyMySpace link, ChillumMySpace link, and The Severed Head SarcophagusMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    Top Pick Project 5: Take 2 concludes tonight at The Little (240 East Ave.) with The New Blood by Ben Gonyo at 7:15 p.m. then What in Tarnation!? A Night with Nick Gurewitch and Friends at 9:30 p.m. featuring screenings of the first three episodes of The Trails of Tarnation (including the premiere of Episode 3: Ants). [source: Little Theatre calendar]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is The Baby SharkMySpace link, Cu-CuMySpace link, and Kenneth Otto Carney starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Over at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. is The Chris Hollywood Pro-Am JamMySpace link. [source: Abilene website]


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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 Tonight starting at 6 p.m. at Towner's Bike Shop (1048 University Ave.) is The MVP Nature Night Bike — Eastside Elegance. [source: City Hall press release]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Close-Up starting at 8 p.m. "Through a dazzling interplay between documentary footage and staged recreations, [Abbas Kiarostami] tells the stranger-than-fiction true story of fellow Iranian auteur Mohsen Makhmalbaf and the man who stood trial for impersonating him." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Vince DynamicMySpace link, nice sounding acourtic duo Dave and Marrissa, effortlessly tight, fast, hard-pop-rock from Routine Involvements (, was Stereophone), and Right Turn RacerMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    The Monroe County Fair (2695 East Henrietta Rd, Henrietta) starts today at 4 p.m., and it's Foodlink — Bring a Can Day for your second admission ticket free. [source: Monroe County Fair website]

    JayceLand Pick The Town PantsMySpace link will be at Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free) tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Johnny's Irish Pub calendar]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Cat People starting at 8 p.m. followed by The Leopard Man — a double-feature of 1940's chiller-thrillers. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is The Country MiceMySpace link (formerly We Are Country Mice), Allergic to Retro, and The High SeasMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    The DefibulatorsMySpace link will be at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

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