About a year ago I complained to the George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) about the coffee in their cafe. I noticed the cafe had replaced the fair-traded coffee from The Coffee Connection (681 South Ave., formerly the Women's Coffee Connection) with Eight O'Clock Coffee. More generally, the cafe had been replacing (and continues to replace) locally-sourced products with non-local ones. In a letter from Commercial Development Director Peter Briggs, he said that the Eight O'Clock Coffee was replacing Paul DeLima coffee, not the fair-traded coffee from Coffee Connection. He added that he was pleased to note that nearly all the checks sent out go to Rochester addresses. Poor proof indeed: my RG&E check goes to East Avenue, but that doesn't mean that it's local [hint: follow Carmen Sandiego to Spain].
Well, now it's come to pass that all that's available at the cafe is Eight O'Clock Coffee (unless you specifically ask for them to brew a pot of fair-trade just for you) [and I have not yet mentioned how flagrantly inferior Eight O'Clock is to locally-roasted beans, but that's another topic]. I've also noticed that the cooler — pictured above — is also sparse of local products. If you can't see close enough, the products and their manufacturers are:
Minute Maid, Dasani, SmartWater, Coke, Mello Yello, Fanta, Sprite, Barq's, Dr. Pepper, Power Ade, Vitamin Water: Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, GA
V8: Campbell Soup Company, Camden, NJ
Tropicana: PepsiCo, Inc. (Purchase, NY, NYC area), Chicago, IL
Crystal Geyser water: CG Roxane — of mysterious sources around California
Thus, there actually is what I'd qualify a "local product" tucked in there: Red Jacket Orchards from Geneva. But why no milk from Pittsford Farms Dairy, or even Byrne Dairy (from Syracuse), or even Upstate Farms? Why no soft drinks from Saranac (F.X. Matt Brewing Company in Utica)? Why no cider from Schutt's Cider Mill? And expanding to the rest of the cafe: why no snacks from Stever's, Hedonist, or the Nut House (two-of-three of which are available at the Little). At least the gelato is locally sourced and the cookies are baked on-site.
In my mind, the Eastman House has equal responsibility to support its community as its community does to support it. Given George Eastman's contributions to this city, it's apparent he was proud of it, and I can only assume he had an interest in supporting it.
The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Raintree County starting early at 7 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, "Edward Dmytryk's sweeping epic follows the trials and tribulations of a feisty Civil War-era Southern belle (Elizabeth Taylor) who ensnares Montgomery Clift by claiming she's pregnant."
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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Christmas in Connecticut starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 5 p.m. A late screwball comedy, "Barbara Stanwyck plays a Martha Stewart-esque domestic goddess who advises housewives on how to become gracious homemakers. In truth she's a single career gal who can't even cook, and who types her popular magazine column in a cramped New York City apartment far from the rolling hills of Connecticut. When her bamboozled boss (Sydney Greenstreet) insists she invite a handsome war hero (Dennis Morgan) to her 'farm' for the holidays, she has to scramble to make her perfect — and perfectly fictitious — life a reality."
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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Hail the Conquering Hero starting at 8 p.m. in which "hay fever keeps lovable oaf Eddie Bracken from serving in the Marines, but it doesn't stop his hometown from toasting him as a hero of Guadalcanal. Simultaneously a tribute to aw-shucks small-town life and a jaw-dropping critique of blind patriotism (especially radical as the US was still very much at war in 1944), Hail the Conquering Hero is quintessential Sturges — laughing at American life while remaining sympathetic to its peculiar hang-ups." (Free to Eastman House members.)
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This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including nearby towns Irondequoit, Webster, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor, Henrietta, Gates, Chili, Greece, and Charlotte, and occasionally other places in Monroe County and the Western New York region.) It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, lectures, discussions, debates, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
Music events are usually original bands with occasional cover bands and DJ's with musical styles including punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat."
Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed.
Although I'm reluctant to admit it, it is a Rochester blog and I'm essentially blogging about Rochester events.
I also tend to express opinions, review past events, make reviews, speak of philosophy or of a philosophical nature, discuss humanity and creativity.
Oh, and it's spelled JayceLand with no space and a capital L, not Jayce Land, Jaycee Land, Jace Land, Jase Land, Joyce Land, Jayce World, Jayceeland, Jaceland, Jaseland, Joyceland, Jayceworld, Jayceeworld, Jaceworld, Jaseworld, nor Joyceworld. (Now if you misspell it in some search engine, you at least get a shot at finding it.)
It's also not to be confused with
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While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, December 8, 2011 (Thu, Dec 8, 2011, 12/8/2011, or 12/8/11) Friday, December 9, 2011 (Fri, Dec 9, 2011, 12/9/2011, or 12/9/11) Saturday, December 10, 2011 (Sat, Dec 10, 2011, 12/10/2011, or 12/10/11) Sunday, December 11, 2011 (Sun, Dec 11, 2011, 12/11/2011, or 12/11/11) Monday, December 12, 2011 (Mon, Dec 12, 2011, 12/12/2011, or 12/12/11) Tuesday, December 13, 2011 (Tue, Dec 13, 2011, 12/13/2011, or 12/13/11) and Wednesday, December 14, 2011 (Wed, Dec 14, 2011, 12/14/2011, or 12/14/11).
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indicates a "guaranteed" best bet for the particular genre of the indicated event.
links to a band's page on GarageBand.com which offers reviews and information about bands.
links to a band's page on MySpace.com which is a friend-networking site that is popular with bands.