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Weekly Rochester Events #659 Starting Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Evening Wear at Burning Man
by Jason Olshefsky at 11:08 am (add a comment)

As you all know, I quit working on the tricycle I was planning to ride to Burning Man this year. Doing that meant my time was more-or-less free in the last two weeks, so I thought I'd dig into another project I wanted to do for a while now. A friend of mine gave me a fake-fur purple coat that just barely fits (thank goodness I've lost a few pounds!) My original plan included a heart-shaped light around where my heart is that would flash to my heartbeat, and then animate light tubes outward from there to cover the whole coat. I since switched to colored LED's which were more readily available and more reliable. I didn't bother trying to get the heart monitor working either (at least not yet), so it's all done with variable timing to give the illusion.

So first it was getting a way to make 50 color LED's light up like I wanted, then to make them show different colors, and finally, to animate them into patterns. Without too many disasters along the way, I got it all working.

Here's a link to a YouTube video that demonstrates what it can do. See you all soon!

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    Today from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at City Hall (30 Church St.) is a meeting of The Rochester Environmental Commission. [source: City Hall press release]

    Today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The School of Medicine and Dentistry (415 Elmwood Ave.) are Free Physicals/Immunizations for Area Students. [source: University of Rochester Events Calendar]

    John RybakMySpace link and South Central will return to Rochester tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: band e-mail] [all ages]

    Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Bridge on the River Kwai starting at 8 p.m. A brilliant war drama which, as I wrote about before, highlights the abject absurdity of war. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 8:30 p.m. is Come Honor, Alberto AlaskaMySpace link, and There I Say is Lightning. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    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]

    Tonight at 6 p.m. at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) is Bands on the Bricks featuring The Sound Remains The Same (a Led Zeppelin tribute band), and The Druids (a Grateful Dead tribute band). [source: Up All Night website]

    Tonight starting around 6 p.m. at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is String of Pearls playing Happy Hour followed around 9:30 by The Po' Boys Brass BandMySpace link. [source: Abilene website]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.) is The Airplay Vaudeville Revue starting around 6 p.m. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) is the 4th annual Sanfoka Evening of Theatre and Jazz. [source: MuCCC website]

    Anchorage, NebraskaMySpace link, The Bad Kids, GrandfatherMySpace link, NeurolepsyMySpace link, The Rational AnimalsMySpace link, Birds and Mines, Sonar Mail, and Comedown will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Fast Times at Ridgemont High starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 4 p.m. Tales from the definitive book on 1970's high school experience. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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    JayceLand Pick Today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or so is The Joe+N Day-Tour at locations in and around Rochester. [source: Carbon Records e-mail]

    JayceLand Pick This evening at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) is Spokes and Ink: A bike and poster party from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. [source: Facebook]

    The Peachy NeachysMySpace link (as Pietzsche Nietzsche) will be at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

    JayceLand Pick This evening starting around 8 p.m. at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is The 3rd Annual Lo(w) Falls Film Fest. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    Today starting around 8 p.m. at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (300 Park Point Dr., #110) is their Three Year Anniversary Party featuring The NicheMySpace link. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Real Genius starting at 8 p.m. and again tomorrow at 7 p.m. I regret having to miss this one as it's a personal favorite — the high-nerdy tale of young genius. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is Bee EaterGarageBand linkMySpace link for their 10th Anniversary Reunion with BMLMySpace link, and awesome punk-rock from The BlastoffsMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    JayceLand Pick Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is The Flour City KnuckleheadsGarageBand linkMySpace link, Jonathan Frizzelle, and Big Brain and The Drug Cartel. [source: WBER calendar] [21+]


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    I highly doubt that Andrew James, Jr. will be playing at Drinks by Mary Dawn (535 S. Clinton) as the building isn't there anymore. Thanks, JamBase. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester]

    JayceLand Pick Over at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) starting around 10 p.m. is really good blues-charged rock from Buford and Smokin' SectionMySpace link. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]


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    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]

    JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 8:30 p.m. is Blind 10MySpace link, Preemptive StrikeMySpace link, The Root HogsMySpace link, and Crue Pie. [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 This morning from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. is a Volunteer Work Day at Washington Grove (Cobb's Hill, northeast of the reservior). [source: City Hall press release]

    Today at the Gallery in the Art and Music Library at The Rush Rhees Library at The University of Rochester (Library Rd. at Intercampus Dr.) is the Closing Reception for Staff Infection 7 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. [source: University of Rochester Events Calendar]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Heaven Can Wait starting at 8 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar, "Warren Beatty starred, produced, co-wrote, and co-directed this charming comedy about a football player taken before his time and inconveniently reincarnated as a blowhard millionaire with an empire of environmental malfeasance to his name." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Effortlessly tight, fast, hard-pop-rock from Routine Involvements (was Stereophone), There I Say is Lightning, Archimedes, and Jenna GiulianiMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Great Day in the Morning starting at 8 p.m. From the Eastman calendar, "a grisly and perverse anti-Western made at a time when neither critics nor audiences could recognize or appreciate the form, Great Day in the Morning chronicles the ignominious decline of Southern scoundrel Robert Stack in 1860s Denver. Torn between Easterner Virginia Mayo and barmaid Ruth Roman, Stack ultimately privileges usury, drink, and unexamined Confederate solidarity over either of them with tragic consequences." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight starting around 9 p.m. is The Bobby T. & Erik Anders' Double Birthday All the Way! at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) with White BisonMySpace link, ChillumMySpace link, Erik Anders, and The Abandoned Buildings Club. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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