Thursday, May 25, 2000

Pre-weekend Weekend Lunch Invite 72. Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, Bye.

So it's finally Memorial Day Weekend. Isn't it supposed to be time for a picnic? Oh yeah, only if it's warm out. But anyway, O'Bagelo's, is closed this weekend.

As is traditional, Memorial Day means that next weekend is the Ham Fest at The Dome Center (E. Henrietta Rd. and Calkins Rd.) Admission is $8 and it's open Friday noon-6, Saturday 8:30-5:30, and Sunday 8:30-1:30.

Sondra and I saw Mump & Smoot in Something last week. Although the show was pretty good, it really wasn't worth $25 (or even the $19 when you "buy one/get one at half price"). The show is made up of several sketches where Mump and Smoot turn some common social situations on their respective ears. They spoke what I believe is Canadian -- I could understand a few English words but couldn't understand it all, but got the idea through their excessive pantomime. They're at Geva's NextStage (75 Woodbury Blvd.) through May 28.

I've finally given up on Johnny's Smoke Free Bar (1382 Culver Rd.) I gave them three chances to offer a decent crowd with a decent band. Unfortunately, even with Croonin' Kurt last Thursday wasn't enough to make it interesting.

Also, Kim at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) thoroughly let me down last week, so no longer will the Krown be the defacto source for good music. To be more blunt, Flogging Cataonics suck. They suck so amazingly bad that after starting at 10:30, the bar was virtually empty by 11:00 -- on a Saturday night, no less.

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  • Mission: Impossible 2 - Tom Cruise reprises his role as Ethan Hunt as he attempts to prevent Nazi's from gaining the power of the Ark of the Covenant.
  • Passion of Mind - Marty/Marie can't tell which is reality and which is her happy place.
  • Shanghai Noon - Jackie Chan plays a Chinese man who goes to the wild American west to rescue a princess. He teams up with a robber played by That-Guy-From-The-Haunting-Who-Looks-Like-Trey-Parker.

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Tonight's at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is the top-notch rock band Gaylord.

However, some of you will be more interested in the 3rd Annual Spam Bake-Off with Ned Pepper singing Monty Python songs at Monty's Korner (363 East Ave.)

Darn them all to heck for putting all the good stuff on one day, but The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is showing Stop Making Sense which captures the Talking Heads at the peak of their career.

In the mean time, Milestones (170 East Ave.) is hosting Freetime Magazine's Most Popular Band Contest with 11 Foot 7 versus Liqwid.

Spur of the Moment (4670 Dewey Ave.) has Better Days tonight. They're a pretty good modern-rock band, although they're trapped in the middle of nowhere.


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First up, din-din once again at California Rollin' at Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.) Beyond that, you're pretty much on your own.

If the weather doesn't suck, the River of Light Laser, Light & Fireworks Spectacular starts at 9:30 near the Pont de Rennes footbridge at High Falls Last Monday, the new company at the head of the falls was open -- I gather they're a web-related company, but more importantly their parking lot was open and you could get to the overlook to see the top of the falls.

Karaoke with Sugar Bear at Boston Brew Company (251 Exchange Blvd.)


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Tonight, The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is showing Grass which is an expose of the misconceptions, myths, and lies surrounding marijuana narrated by Woody Harrelson. Ron Mann, the director, will be on hand for discussion.

In the winging it category, Colorblind James with Lambert Billy will be at Richmonds (21 Richmond St.) Last weekend I saw Astronomical Unit there and they were quite good ... another band to keep an eye out for. In the mean time, could Richmonds be a great place for music consistently?

Later at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) will be Bughouse, but like Flogging Catatonics, they too might totally suck.

WBER night at Red (171 St. Paul.)


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  • Futurama: A Flight to Remember - Lightning strikes twice when Professor Farnsworth books everyone on the new luxury space liner the Titanic.
  • King of the Hill: Cotton's Plot - When Peggy needs physical therapy, Cotton becomes her hard-driving drill sergeant.
  • Simpsons: Alone Again, Natura-Diddly - The Simpsons console a grieving friend when he loses a loved one to an untimely death.
  • Malcolm in the Middle: Francis Escapes - After his phone privileges are taken away, a lovesick Francis leaves military school to see his girlfriend Bebe.

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Memorial Day

Trivia Quiz continues at The Old Toad (277 Alexander St.)


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Tonight Groove Ghoulies, Buck, and The Quitters will be at the Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.)

Open mic comedy at the Colosseum Caffe (262 Park Ave.) starting around 9:30.

Open mic poetry at Java's (16 Gibb Street) starting around 9:30.


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The Nuts & Bolts Improv Troupe will again be at Club Vibes (150 Andrews St.) at 8:00 p.m. It's $5 to get in and it's way totally worth it.

Dan Liberto hosts his Open Mic Comedy Night at Froggy's Bar & Grill (1129 Empire Blvd.)

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Which driving behavior is worst?

Not using directional signals
Leaving directional signals/hazard blinkers on
Using high-beams all the time
Driving much faster than average in heavy traffic
Driving much slower than average in heavy traffic
Failing to take right-on-red
Being early in a line of cars at a long traffic light and going too slowly through it when it changes
Stopping across a crosswalk (other than for making a right turn)
Stopping for no apparent reason
Something else (write in your own)


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