Weekly Rochester Events #470 Starting Thursday, January 10, 2008

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Rochester Contemporary Re-Member Closing
by Jason Olshefsky at 6:30 pm (add a comment)

I got a chance to check out the closing of Re-Member at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) Although I didn't find anything so captivating I couldn't leave, there were quite a few works there that I at least liked enough to keep looking at and absorbing. I didn't get a chance to see the bands but I at least got to say hi to the players — particularly Dave of Autumn In HalifaxMySpace link whom I haven't seen in months.

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Dinner at Flavors of Asia
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:45 pm (add a comment)

Ali and I met up with a couple friends at Flavors of Asia (831 S. Clinton Ave.) for dinner. The food there is great — it's been too long since getting take-out (i.e. back when Jan was living in Rochester some 2 years ago now). Afterward we had a nice night at home playing 1980's Trivial Pursuit and Yahtzee: one of Ali's favorites.

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Sunday, January 6th, 2008

Dinner at Hogan's Hideaway
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 pm (add a comment)

Ali had made homemade venison stew for dinner but it had to wait until tomorrow because it wasn't ready yet. In lieu of homemade, we decided to get some dinner at Hogan's Hideaway (197 Park Ave.) Like a lot of restaurants around here, it's not so much that they're "perfect", but that they do certain things extremely well. Both of us got crocks of French onion soup — a phenomenal experience at Hogan's. I also had the grilled cheese on sourdough bread which rounded things out nicely. We had some wine as well and much of it is quite top-notch. Good grades all around!

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Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

John Mossey and Electric Organic at the Bug Jar
by Jason Olshefsky at 9:20 pm (add a comment)

I headed to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) to check out the music — despite having the lingering tail of a cold. When I got there, Electric OrganicMySpace link was playing. At the time it was just one guy: he said something about having a band but I didn't catch the details. Anyway, he did some great singing with an acoustic guitar. He seemed quite proficient with it although he limited his style to something akin to down-tempo Neil Young (with a bit of Dylan thrown in as well.)

I didn't stay for all of John MosseyMySpace link's set. He played with a guy on electric piano doing acoustic rock. His guitar kind of sums it up for me: it had a wood front and a rounded, molded plastic back. I mean, there's nothing wrong with it — it produces decent, moderately warm harmony. Obviously, it doesn't have the rich sound of a well-seasoned wood guitar, but it gets the job done. Like, well John Mossey: he does just fine.

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Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Is Electric Heat Cost-Effective?
by Jason Olshefsky at 5:13 pm (4 comments)

So I did the cost-of-gas analysis last week and now I got to wondering if the cost of natural gas was high enough to justify electric heat. I first heard about this from someone who was building a workshop. They were trying to figure out if they should bother to install a gas furnace or if electric heat would be cost-effective — so I got the bug in my head about the conversion between the heat energy in natural gas and that in electricity.

So here's the deal: like last week, we have the cost of gas heat (Cg) and the cost of electric heat (Ce) which, at the break-even point will be the same:

Cg = Ce

And what we want to end up with is a break-even point where the price of a unit of natural gas (Pg) is some constant multiplied by the price of a unit of electrical energy (Pe). This is where it gets a little funny because I'm just going to assume the efficiency of a gas furnace is 80% and that an electric heater is 95%. In other words, the total heat in a cubic-foot of natural gas has a certain amount of chemical energy that can be converted to heat, but a furnace is not perfectly efficient at recovering that heat as usable heat in your house (i.e. some necessarily needs to go up the chimney to get rid of the carbon dioxide). Electric heaters are much more efficient as the easiest thing you can do with electric current is to turn it into heat — it's more like 100% efficient, but I'll assume there's some cable losses in the house and maybe it has a fan that does non-heating work.

It also gets a little funny because when I talk about the total cost of heating, for purposes of determining the conversion factor between prices-per-unit, it doesn't matter how much heat — just that it's the same amount. So let's say it's 2000 Calories — like kilocalories or the Calories in terms of food. Trust me. It'll be a fun result.

So now what we've got is that the cost is the unit price * 2000 Calories:

2000 Calories * Pg = 2000 Calories * Pe

Obviously the 2000 Calorie factor cancels out — but I'll leave it there for a while.

Now let's turn to the electricity. We pay for electricity in kilowatt-hour blocks. If I go to Google, I see that 2000 Calories is 2.324 kilowatt-hours. If I factor in that 95% efficiency, I'll need 2.447 kilowatt-hours to make 2000 Calories of heat.

Now gas gets kind of weird [great, more weird, right?] because it's delivered in hundreds of cubic feet (ccf) but billed as therms (100,000 British Thermal Units or 100,000 BTUs). RG&E does the conversion on the bill: 1.0136 therm is 1 ccf. Again turning to Google, 2000 Calories is 0.0793 therms. If I factor in that 80% efficiency, I'll need 0.0991 therms to make 2000 Calories of heat.

So now what I have is:

0.0991 therms * Pg = 2.447 kilowatt-hours * Pe

And since Pg is in dollars/therm and Pe is in dollars/kilowatt-hour, it all works out to dollars-equals-dollars which is perfect.

Moving stuff around, that's:

Pg = 2.447 kilowatt-hours * Pe / 0.0991 therms
Pg = 24.69 kilowatt-hours/therm * Pe

In other words, if you take the price-per-kilowatt of electricity, and multiply it by 24.69, you get the price-per-therm of gas for the same amount of heat.

I had signed up for ConEdison Solutions GreenPower (which is all renewable wind and hydroelectric) so there's separate sections for how much electricity costs. On the last bill I used 363 kwh and paid ConEdison $36.12 and RG&E another $20.93 (-$19.38 in fixed charges for the privilege of being a customer), so that's a total of $37.67 in charges based on a per-kwh rate. Dividing the total by 363, I get an overall cost of $0.104/kwh.

Doing the conversion, if my gas cost is higher than 24.69 * $0.104 = $2.57/therm, then it's cheaper to run electric heat.

I used 157.1 therms of gas, but 3 therms are included for "free" in my $14.38 customer charge and $0.62 "bill issuance charge" — $15.00 total. I paid $209.20 for gas with all the surcharges and such, so removing the $15.00 fixed charge, that's $194.20. Dividing by the 154.1 therms used, that's $1.26/therm — just about half the cost of heating with electricity.

But hey, now you can do the math yourself with your own bill. If it's easier, you can round up the conversion to 25 — so the break-even point is when the cost of a therm of gas is 25 times the cost of a kilowatt-hour of electricity.

Oh yeah, but what about the fun with the 2000 Calorie number? That's about a day's worth of food, right? So if I ran on electricity, it would cost 2.447 kilowatt-hours * $0.104/kwh = $0.25, or if I ran on natural gas, that would be 0.0991 therms * $1.26/therm = $0.12.

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This evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Edgerton Community Center (41 Backus St.) is a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration featuring "mime, musical performance, oratory, refreshments and more". [source: City Hall press release] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. in Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is a meeting of The Bertrand Russell Society. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Killers starting at 8 p.m. in which an investigator tracks down two killers of a man in a small town. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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

Tonight and every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Learning Center at Brighton Memorial Library (2300 Elmwood Ave.) is a meeting of The Rochester Movie Makers Club [source: Rochester Film Lab Yahoo! Group]

Drinking Liberally meets at 8 p.m. tonight at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) [source: RocWiki calendar]

JayceLand Pick This evening from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the gallery at The Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester (277 N. Goodman St.) is the opening reception for co•related by Rocyeun Kim. The works will be on display through January 31. [source: Arts and Cultural Council website]

Tonight at 5 p.m. at The Storefront Anti-War Crisis Center (658 Monroe Ave.) is a show of Abstract Paintings by Ed Downey. [source: City Newspaper]

This evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. is a Potter's Potluck—Sketchbooks at Genesee Pottery at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) Bring a dish (food, not pottery) to share for the potluck. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

JayceLand Pick This evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Curtis Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a discussion of George Eastman's Netsuke Collection. Photographer Bob D'Esopo will share his insight into these miniature Japanese sculptures. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

The House of Hamez (389 Gregory St., formerly Daily Perks) will be hosting good singer and storyteller Jerry Falzone, The Silver Ghost Band, and Warren Paul starting around 8 p.m. [source: House of Hamez website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick AudibelMySpace link, Ju-JajubaMySpace link, and Tone Pony Bookend Victoriese will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Romance & Cigarettes starting at 8 p.m. with John Turturro in person to introduce and discuss his film and his career. Unfortunately (as of January 7), the screening was sold out. Fortunately they added another screening: Saturday at 12:00 p.m.; Turturro will be there to introduce the film but there will not be a question-and-answer period afterward. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Sleeping GiantMySpace link, The Word of the Day, and Teressa WilcoxMySpace link will be at New Health Café (133 Gregory St., formerly Saint Aubyn's House of Soups) starting around 8 p.m. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. at School Without Walls (480 Broadway) is a presentation by Metro Justice Peace Action & Education (PA&E) and Rochester Against War (RAW) titled Persia in Peril — IRAN: History, Culture, Politics with music and entertainment by LouLou and the Sharp SwordMySpace link. [source: Carbon Records calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) will be presenting Community Dialogue 1: Opening Night - Leadership, public service and family tonight starting at 7 p.m. with Sandra Frankel, Elaine Spaull, and Jean Howard. [source: Baobab website]

Over at The House of Hamez (389 Gregory St., formerly Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. is Laurence Sugarman, and Laurie Anne Hunt. [source: House of Hamez website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is The Color WheelsMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Brand Upon the Brain! starting at 8 p.m. It's apparently a "deliriously imaginative" narrated silent film. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Montage Live Music HallMySpace link (50 Chestnut St., formerly the Montage Grille) will be hosting tight, great modern-rock band The Meddling KidsMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Freetime] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) starting around 10 p.m. is groove-rock band Sim RedmondMySpace link, and solid jam-band Big Leg Emma. [source: Water Street calendar] [13+]

JayceLand Pick The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting 40 Rod Lightning, an excellent selection of Rochester's best talent harnessed as acoustic-rock backup in Old BoyMySpace link, and The Haystack Shadows starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [21+]

Over at Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is The Orbit UndergroundMySpace link, Blame Johnny, and Porthos. [source: Rochester Music Coalition calendar] [21+]

Top Pick Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting solid acoustic soloist Electric OrganicMySpace link, and daringly stark mid-fi synth-pop from Roger HoustonMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: band calendar] [21+]

Betty's Sing-a-Long is regularly scheduled at Betty Meyer's Bullwinkle Café (622 Lake Ave., a.k.a. "Bullwinkle's") starting around 10 but since September, 2007 people have reported they were closed.

Today at 2 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a lecture by Lorenzo Rodriguez, "a Christian Science practitioner of prayer-based healing", titled We Can All Get Along!. [source: Craigslist Rochester events] [all ages]

Holiday ParadeGarageBand linkMySpace link, and Between the TreesMySpace link will be at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) starting around 7 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [13+]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Tini zabutykh predkiv (Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors) starting at 7 p.m. From the Eastman House Calendar: "set in the harsh and beautiful Carpathian Mountains, Paradjanov's masterpiece tells the doomed love story of a couple from feuding families, Ivan and Marichka, and Ivan's life and marriage after Marichka's death. The deeply affecting plot merges myth, history, poetry, folklore, music, and dance, and remains one of the supreme works of Soviet cinema." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Bored? Why not check out 1980's DJ night at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 11 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Martin Luther King, Jr. born 1929

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.

Tonight's Game Night in The Little Theatre Café (240 East Ave.) features the game Battleship. [source: Little Theatre e-mail]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Star Trek: First Contact starting at 8 p.m. in which the Borg invade the Enterprise and the only way to stop them is to travel through time. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Ossos (Bones) starting at 8 p.m. in which "a suicidal young mother's newborn is saved by the child's father, only to become a beggar's prop on the street." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Stone Spoon BaboonMySpace link, beat-boxing acoustic one-man-band Shawnee BoyeeeGarageBand linkMySpace link, and David GervasiMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

Poor People United meets tonight and every Wednesday at 7 at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality (402 South Ave.) [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Every Wednesday starting at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) at 7 p.m. is the Rochester Cruisers Ride for bicyclists. [source: RocBike website]

There's an Open Mic for Acoustic Music at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) tonight around 8. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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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 Jake's World or JakesWorld which is a site of a Rochester animator. While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, January 10, 2008 (Thu, Jan 10, 2008, 1/10/2008, or 1/10/08) Friday, January 11, 2008 (Fri, Jan 11, 2008, 1/11/2008, or 1/11/08) Saturday, January 12, 2008 (Sat, Jan 12, 2008, 1/12/2008, or 1/12/08) Sunday, January 13, 2008 (Sun, Jan 13, 2008, 1/13/2008, or 1/13/08) Monday, January 14, 2008 (Mon, Jan 14, 2008, 1/14/2008, or 1/14/08) Tuesday, January 15, 2008 (Tue, Jan 15, 2008, 1/15/2008, or 1/15/08) and Wednesday, January 16, 2008 (Wed, Jan 16, 2008, 1/16/2008, or 1/16/08).

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