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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

I Have a Dog Now
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

Last month I saw an ad for a dog to a good home. I replied and got the new dog, Lucy (Ali's and my dog), and Pumpkin Pie (my gray American short-hair cat, named by a crazy cat lady) all together and they seemed to get along acceptably — I know things would be rough, but the behavior of the new dog was key.

So last Monday the 23rd I got "Tieson" (the etymology of which I still haven't inquired about). He's a Jack Russell terrier who's 9-year-old (as of today, actually).

The first day I had him his behavior was better than I could have expected. Pumpkin was very patient and only a few skirmishes broke out. His previous owner said he had bladder issues when home alone, and I presumed it was due to separation anxiety. In fact, when I went to Genesee Bakery (1677 Mount Hope Ave.) for all of 10 minutes, he soaked a pillow pretty good. He only had one such "accident" so far.

That night, I let him sleep in my bed. During the night, I noticed he started to intensely regard the vacuum cleaner. After an hour or so, he decided that it was, indeed, an infernal machine and must be barked at. I turned on the light and he was startled to see me, transferring his agression to me. Before I could get him out of the bedroom, he managed to bite me pretty hard on the hand. Being kind of aggressive, I have learned this particular Jack Russell is happiest if he's kept in his place (e.g. lower than eye-contact with people.)

The next day went well as well. I learned some things he didn't like and mostly avoided them. However, when returning from a walk, I expected him to get bite-y when I toweled off his wet belly so I put on leather gloves and, when he inevitably did snap at me, I pinned him down firmly to show that I was "alpha". I didn't like doing it, but it didn't hurt him, and I had to do it again later when he snapped at me on my bed. I gather it's not harmful, per se, especially if used sparingly, but I don't want him to have an "alpha dog" relationship with me. It should help that I signed him up for obedience class at Dogs At Play (75 Howell St.)

By Thursday we were running together in the morning. Jack Russells are known for their speed and endurance: he kept up for all 4 miles or so. During the day, cat-dog relations had a setback when I picked up Pumpkin to pet him and Tieson, apparently jealous, seemed curious to see what I was doing and then he decided it was a good idea to bite Pumpkin's tail. I ended up with a couple scratches on my face and on my hands from the ensuing body launch.

Today he was thrilled to "go for a ride" and was even thrilled to visit the vet at Penfield Veterinary Hospital (1672 Penfield Rd.) for all his shots and more. Now he's all set for his dog license, so he gets to be a real little dog.

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    Today at Brighton Memorial Library (2300 Elmwood Ave.) from 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m. is Books Sandwiched In featuring Susan Dodge-Peters Daiss reviewing Jennifer Cody Epstein's The Painter from Shanghai: A Novel. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Little (240 East Ave.) is a screening of Urbanized starting at 7 p.m. with a discussion to follow. [source: Greentopia Festival webiste]

    JayceLand Pick This evening in Webb Auditorium at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map) is a lecture from The Caroline Werner Gannett Project titled Searching for the self in the brain's connections with Sebastian Seung. [source: Caroline Werner Gannett Project website]

    JayceLand Pick Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting Ossia New Music starting at 8 p.m. [source: Ossia New Music calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing High Noon starting at 8 p.m. — the classic Western presented by Jack Garner. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Groovelixir, and White Woods will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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

    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 is another First Fridays around art galleries downtown starting around 5 p.m. [source: First Friday website]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hedonist Artisan Chocolates (674 South Ave.) is a tasting for The xoxo Collection for Valentine's Day 2012 whose designs were created by Kelly Powell. [source: Hedonist Chocolates website]

    JayceLand Pick Today at The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the Opening Reception for Survivors, on display through March 18. [source: Visual Studies Workshop calendar] [all ages]

    Today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The SC Fine Art Gallery (179 Atlantic Ave.) is Retro Art: The Seventies featuring art by Ramón Santiago. [source: JayceLand contact form]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) is the Opening Reception for Makers and Mentors from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., on display through March 18. [source: Rochester Contemporary calendar] [all ages]

    J. Richard Middleton will be at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) tonight at 6 p.m. to discuss Bob Marley — Resisting Against the System which might be a film or something. [source: Baobab website]

    JayceLand Pick Today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Our House Gallery at the Veterans Outreach Center (783 South Ave.) is a Grand Opening featuring new artwork from "clients of Veterans Outreach Center's Creative Arts Therapy Program." [source: City Newspaper]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Community Darkroom at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the Opening Reception (rescheduled to today) for Faceless, on display through March 2. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

    JayceLand Pick Christine Lavin will be at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage at SUNY Brockport (350 New Campus Dr., Brockport) for My 25th Anniversary Concert: What Was I (Ever!) Thinking tonight starting around 7:30 p.m. [source: Golden Link website]

    Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Le Havre starting at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, and again on Sunday at 5 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, "in the French port city of Le Havre, Marcel Marx (André Wilms) is a high-spirited, bohemian shoe shiner who enjoys a glass of wine or two at his favorite bar before returning home to his lovely wife and dog. When his wife falls ill and a young African immigrant shows up at his door, however, the previously blasé Marcel enlists the help of his working-class community to shepherd the boy to London, hoping for a miracle. A political fairy tale for Sarkozy's France that blends influences from Tati, Melville, and Carné with Kaurismäki's trademark humor and bold cinematography, Le Havre is a warm, humanist delight." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 6 p.m. is This Other LifeMySpace link for Happy Hour, followed at 9:30 p.m. by The John Payton Project. [source: Abilene website]

    Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) will be hosting great, fun 1960's-styled rock band The Hi-RisersMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]


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    Tonight at The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.) is good attention-deficit melodic hard-rock Triglactagon, The TelevisionariesMySpace link, and Big Brain and The Drug Cartel starting around 6 p.m. [source: Record Archive e-mail]

    JayceLand Pick Today at 6 p.m. is the start of a 24-hour Marathon of Twin Peaks at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) — it does indeed run through 6 p.m. on Sunday. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    Today at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is the 67th Earthday Celebration of Bob MarleyMySpace link. [source: Baobab website]

    Bo BurnhamMySpace link will perform tonight in Strong Auditorium at The University of Rochester (Elmwood Ave. at Intercampus Dr.) starting at 9 p.m. [source: University of Rochester Events Calendar]

    JayceLand Pick Talking Heads tribute band Start Making Sense will be at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

    Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) will be hosting Earl Pickens and Family starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

    Top Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is a great stage show and excellent surf-based rock from The IsotopesMySpace link, Mighty HighMySpace link, good hard rock from J. G. BlizaroMySpace link, and Bird HandMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    JayceLand Pick The Hearts and Crafts Midwinter Craft Market is today from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Java's (16 Gibbs St.) [source: City Newspaper] [all ages]

    Today at 2 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is a What's Up: Art and Dance featuring students from The RIT/NTID Dance Company. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick This afternoon from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Penfield Public Library (1985 Baird Rd.) is a discussion of Missing Mansions: East Avenue Back Then. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar]

    Joe Blackburn returns to George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) once again for a Musicale on the Aeolian pipe organ starting at 3 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Today at 3:30 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is a Berg Memorial Lecture with Hugh Howard discussing his book The Painter's Chair: George Washington and the Making of American Art. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]


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    JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Little (240 East Ave.), Skip Battaglia will be on hand for the 6:50 p.m. screening of The Artist. [source: Little Theatre e-mail]

    JayceLand Pick Over 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 Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Torus, Licker, and impressive, organic experimental jazz from The Blood and Bone OrchestraMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    JayceLand Pick Updated: This evening at 7 p.m. at The Perinton Community Center (1350 Turk Hill Rd., Fairport) is an Informational Meeting for Mud Creek Farm (McMahon Rd., Victor) CSA for 2012. [source: Mud Creek Farm blog]


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    This morning starting around 8 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 At today's Tuesday Topics in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m., Enid Cardinal will discuss Sustainability in a Global Society, and RIT's Role. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick John W. Borek presents Tonight's Performance Has Been Canceled at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. [source: MuCCC website]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire) starting at 8 p.m. in which "Damiel and Cassiel are two angels tasked with observing the lost souls of West Berlin. After his gaze falls on a lonely (and lovely) trapeze artist, however, Damiel longs to become human and shed his immortality." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick This evening from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Little Theatre Café (240 East Ave.) is Authors Aloud in the Cafe with Nancy Chalker-Tennant, and Jill Kress Karn. [source: Little Theatre e-mail]

    JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is acoustic rocker Chris McFarland, good acoustic soloist Nick Young, and The Years (members of the Blood and Bone Orchestra). [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    JayceLand Pick From 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is Afternoon Tea. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

    The Eastman Wind Orchestra will be 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 The Fortune starting at 8 p.m. in which "second-rate scam artist Nicky (Warren Beatty) works his way into the heart of millionaire heiress Fredericka Bigard (Stockard Channing), convincing her to marry his best friend Oscar (Jack Nicholson) so that they can cross state lines without violating the Mann Act. When the trio arrives in California, the con is on, but Fredericka proves to be a worthier adversary than previously thought. Nicholson — always a reliable comic actor — really gets a chance to shine in this underrated screwball farce from director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Adrien Joyce (Five Easy Pieces)." Eastman House members admitted free. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Limeworks, The Patrons Of SweetMySpace link, and Nod will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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