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Weekly Rochester Events #538 Starting Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Nearly 15 Years of "Sassy"
by Jason Olshefsky at 12:00 pm (2 comments)

Today I went to New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (2199 E. Henrietta Rd., Suburban Plaza) and surrendered the license plates to my 1994 Honda Civic that Ali dubbed "Sassy" (largely because of its temperamental handling in its old age). [And I asked, but they wouldn't let me take a picture of the ceremony.] I bought it on June 5, 1994 from John Holtz Honda (3925 W. Henrietta Rd., Henrietta) with 53 miles on it and drove it to 170,530 miles.

As I wrote earlier, the ratio between the cost of ownership and the benefits of ownership was getting worse and worse. This year, I strongly believe it would not have passed its New York State safety inspection as it has numerous problems ranging from a rusted gas filler and a semi-operational windshield wiper switch to a warped disc rotor, non-existent rear shocks, and a noise that's indicative of a failing constant-velocity joint.

So rather than wait for something to fail catastrophically (and in the process, continue to pay insurance on a vehicle that I seldom drive), I opted to take it off the road for good.

My plan is to disassemble the car piece-by-piece. Some parts I'll keep for other projects or souvenirs, but most I'll either sell them, give them away, recycle them, or — if need be — throw them away. I'd also like to maintain a blog of the process with an associated database, documenting each component part.

See, I'd like to get more experience with MySQL and this is the kind of project that has the ideal combination of sufficient complexity and low risk to conquer such an endeavor. Plus, I'd like to apply some of the things I learned from Chris Guillebeau's book, The Art of Nonconformity: 279 Days to Overnight Success … perhaps applying some of that to JayceLand someday.

But what to call it? I'll register a domain name for the project soon and I'm leaning toward something like "Goodbye Sassy" and specifically avoiding things that mention "Honda" or "Civic" in the title. So get out your creative fingers and drop a comment. With some pestering on your part, your comment makes you eligible for miscellaneous pieces and trinkets left over, or an invitation to the Airbag Detonation Experiment.

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JayceLand Pick Today from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., Dr. William Destler will discuss Lowering the Drinking Age on Campus at tonight's Thursday Thinkers in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) is the RocTwestival To Benefit Foodlink — twits will be everywhere, thumbs-a-clicking, but for the rest of us, there's music by Sadie AvaMySpace link and SinzibukwudMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.), John Divola will present The Horizon and Things in the Way. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Third Presbyterian Church (4 Meigs St., at the corner of East Ave.) is a Brahms Extravaganza featuring Jennifer Turbes on viola, Lisa Raposa and JooHyun Lee on piano, and mezzo-soprano Korin Kormick. [source: band flyer]

Linda MacNeil will be in the Auditorium at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) to discuss her works in the current GlassWear exhibit. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Charley Varrick starting at 8 p.m. When a gang robs a small bank, they accidentally steal a much larger amount than expected, owing to it belonging to the mob who then chases them down. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Jeremy JayMySpace link, and Josh NetskyMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Tonight at 9 p.m. at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is a performance of Woodwind Chamber Music. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]


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May Day

No Pants DayMySpace link

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

JayceLand Pick For Happy Hour starting at 5:30 p.m. at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is This Other Life followed at 9 p.m by The Bourbon MothersMySpace link. [source: Abilene website]

Tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) is the opening reception for Picturing the Archive by Doug Manchee [source: City Newspaper]

JayceLand Pick This evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Firehouse Gallery of The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) is the opening reception of Stimulus Pots by Chea Peng, and Josh Duttinger; on display through May 30. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

Tonight from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Otto A. Shults Center Forum at Nazareth College (4245 East Ave.) is the Fifth Annual International Wine and Cheese Gala. [source: RocWiki calendar]

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) is a dance performance titled Ephemera by The Bill Evans Dance Company. [source: Visual Studies Workshop calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Potential Life StudiosMySpace link (34 Elton St.) will be hosting an Output:NOISEMySpace link event with Torus, The Freemandown Duo, and The Table starting at 8 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Over at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) starting around 8 p.m. is The Respect Sextet. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

The Mez CaféMySpace link (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) will be hosting Amelia's GhostMySpace link, and Wake starting around 8 p.m. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Sleep Dealer starting at 8 p.m. Filmmaker Alex Rivera will be on hand to discuss his near-future film of "airtight international borders and militarized corporate warriors, an underground class of laborers plug their nervous systems into a global computer network." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) is good groove-rock band The Sim Redmond BandMySpace link, and JatobaMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

Tonight and tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. is Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link in Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.). [source: Geva Theatre website]

Today through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. is First and Last: Arts and Crafts at Spot Coffee (200 East Ave.) [source: City Newspaper] [all ages]


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JayceLand Pick Today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map) is The Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival 2009. [source: Facebook]

JayceLand Pick Today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Community Darkroom at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) is the Photo Garage Sale. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

Today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. is the opening of Maira Kalman's The Elements of Style at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Today from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Peacework Organic Farm (2218 Welcher Rd., Newark) is a Mayday Celebration featuring tours and a potluck dinner (so bring something!) [source: the proverbial grapevine]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Angry Monk: Reflections on Tibet starting early tonight at 7 p.m. — a documentary about "Tibetan monk Gendun Choephel (1903—1951), who eventually turned his back on monastic life and became a fierce critic of his country's religious conservatism, cultural isolationism, and reactionary government." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Village Idiots Present (VIP) will perform "Couples Therapy" ManShee Chronicles starting at 7:30 p.m. tonight. [source: Village Idiots Present website]

Over at The Mez CaféMySpace link (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. is Mike Allen, and Nick Weiser. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting good bluesy-rock from The Deborah Magone Band starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

Top Pick Over at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. is a CD Release Show for both great poetic mild-rock band Autumn In HalifaxMySpace link, and great, somewhat mellow rock-and-roll band HinkleyMySpace link. [source: band e-mail]

The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) will be hosting Spiritual RezMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

The United Booty Foundation will be at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) starting around 10 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [21+]

The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Auld Lang SyneMySpace link for their CD Release Show starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the Greatest Community Garage Sale and Super Flea series at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick Today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) is their annual Spring Record Show. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

Today from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Ellison Park (Blossom Rd. at Landing Rd.) is a Charity Disc (Frisbee) Golf Tournament to support Alternatives for Battered Women. [source: RocWiki calendar]

Today at 2 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.), Thea Tweet will discuss Vertumnus and Pomona by Govaert Flinck. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 5:30 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. at The Comedy Club (2235 Empire Blvd., Webster) is "One More Laugh" A Celebration of the Life & Laughter of Kenneth "Tiny" Glover. [source: Freetime]

Tonight at 6 p.m. is a screening of The Wizard of Oz at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) with soundtrack performed live by The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Over at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) starting around 7 p.m. is The Bill Tiberio Group. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home starting late at 8 p.m. The one with the whales. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Stone-Tolan House (2370 East Ave.) is another The Landmark Society of Western New York (133 S. Fitzhugh St.) Your Old House Workshop — tonight, Lee B. Bradley of Lee B. Bradley Flooring, Inc. (268 Sanford St.) will discuss "the problems and issues involved in the repair of hardwood floors." (Note that there is an entrance fee of $30; cheaper if you order early.) [source: Landmark Society calendar]

JayceLand Pick At tonight's Regional Writers Showcase #2, Thirty Seven Scars by James Graves, and Build by Craig DeLancey will be read on the Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) at 6 p.m. [source: Geva Theatre website]

JayceLand Pick At tonight's The Caroline Werner Gannett Project lecture at 8 p.m., Matthew Coolidge will discuss Ground Up: The Center for Land Use Interpretation in Webb Auditorium at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map). [source: Caroline Werner Gannett Project website]

Over at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. is The Eastman Wind Ensemble, and The Eastman Wind Orchestra [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 9 p.m. at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is a Chamber Music Honors Recital. [source: Eastman School of Music 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]


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Cinco de Mayo

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 At today's Books Sandwiched-In, Jack Kraushaar will review George Lois' George Lois: On His Creation of the Big Idea starting at 12:12 p.m. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Updated: The Rochester Speculative Literature Association (R-SPEC) meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble (3349 Monroe Ave.) where Katherine McGuire will speak on Copyright, the Internet, Online Publishing, and You. [source: R-SPEC Google Group]

JayceLand Pick Stereo DeluxeMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Da hong deng long gao gao gua (Raise the Red Lantern) starting at 8 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar: "A young, poor college student (Gong Li) is forced to marry the wealthy lord of a manor and finds herself embroiled in bitter competition for the privileges that come with the lord's favor. Zhang's (Hero, House of the Flying Daggers) acute visual sense constructs a tense environment through controlled use of color, claustrophobic sets, and 1920s period costumes by Huamiao Tong." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Updated: Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.), Derrick Lucas of WGMC Jazz RadioMySpace link (90.1 FM) presents Soul Night 3.0 The Latin/Afrobeat Tinge starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Day the Earth Stood Still starting at 8 p.m. in which a peaceful alien visitor is not trusted by the people of Earth. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Horse FeathersMySpace link, Joe PugMySpace link, and Jon ItkinGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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

Tonight at The Comedy Club (2235 Empire Blvd., Webster) is a Comedy Open Mic with Michael GatelyMySpace link. [source: Comedy Club website]

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

Tonight at 8 p.m. at Abeline Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is an Open Mic with The Grand Canyon Rescue EpisodeMySpace link. [source: Abeline website]

The Comedy UndergroundMySpace link will be at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) tonight at 8 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [all ages]

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