Thursday, September 7, 2000

Pre-weekend Weekend Lunch Invite 87. France's Twenty-One Minute Decay

First let me say that Moxy Früvous totally kicked butt last week at Milestones (170 East Ave.) I managed to [pretty easily] get tickets for the Thursday night show, and it rocked. Milestones, of course, made it as absolutely unpleasant as possible -- you had to wait in line (with tickets) for about 30 minutes to get in, then minors had to cough out another buck or two to get in (on top of $19.50 for the tickets themselves). The opening act (Kurt Swinghammer who has a really good sound and a new CD called Vostok 6) ran kinda short in the sense that we had to wait about an hour before Früvous started. An hour, mind you, in 95°F heat -- even hotter than the relatively cool 90 degrees outside -- and packed practically elbow-to-elbow.

However, once they started, all that vehemence melted right away. Well, all away after they were done with about their second song anyway. The Thursday night audience missed most of their impromptu cues, but picked them up after just a brief second or so -- everyone was singing, just not very loud until they noticed the cue. Encore #1 wound everyone up with disco-Video Bargainville; with the UFO light overhead at Milestones spinning away through the whole thing (the first time they turned it on all show). Then Encore #2 got everyone singing pretty tight for an audience of 400 with a great rendition of The Drinking Song. 'Round about brought Jian and Mike to tears I recon', especially when Jian spun the mic around and said, "You sing," for a complete chorus. Bam. Great show; great communication; great intimacy. Probably the best live show I've ever seen of any band.

And this time, I mean it.

In other news, the Clothesline Arts Festival is this weekend at the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) this weekend. Be sure to get over there before those artists actually starve. Check out the cheap seats in back ... but beware: do not feed the obese ones. Be very ware.


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  • The Watcher - Keanu Reeves plays a cunning serial killer. Alright ... yeah yeah yeah, Keanu Reeves playing someone cunning. Very funny ... you can stop laughing now ... so Keuna Reeves plays a cunn -- ok, go ahead. Get it all out. I'll wait. Hmmm hmm hmm... HUMmm humm hmmm ... Done? Ok, so he plays a cunning serial killer who lures a former FBI agent out of retirement to take one last shot at catching the killer.
  • The Way of the Gun - Two criminals enter a surrogate mother's abdomen and hold her unborn child hostage for a ransom from his wealthy parents, but they're suprised to find who is delivering the ransom ... and how.

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Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) will have Paulie Rocco Band starting around 10:30-ish. Note also that the co-ed bachelor party for William will begin around 6. He's getting married to Polly (if it's not Polly, it sounds like Polly) on Friday. Who knew?

Milestones (170 East Ave.) is again hosting Freetime Magazine's Most Popular Band Contest starting around 10:00-ish with November Thread versus Mind Strap. Mind Strap is a unique band in that the lead singer is very good but the backing band isn't. Worth a look if nothing else.

Lastly, Tapas One Seventy Seven (177 Saint Paul St.) hosts Salsa Dance Night starting at 9. It's supposedly pretty neat to see and/or do.


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Dinner as always at California Rollin' at Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.)

So far it's looking like a slow Friday night. The "best" bet looks like a real wildcard of Jim Gala Trio at Le Jazz Hot Café (135 West Commercial St., East Roch.) at 8.

Other than that, Jim Valby a.k.a. Dr. Dirty will be at the Penny Arcade (4785 Lake Ave.) at 10, and the Capitol Steps will be at SUNY Geneseo (Wadsworth Auditorium, Park Ave., Geneseo, NY, directions) at 8.

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


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O'Bagelo's, 165 State Street, noon.

During the day today and tomorrow is Clothesline Arts Festival at the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.)

The "big" local thing tonight is The Hi-Risers with The Quitters at Richmonds (21 Richmond St.) probably starting around 11:00-ish.

Meanwhile, the "final performance" of the Peechey Neechees is tonight at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) They'll probably start around 10:30 and there's a $2 cover.

Also, Sugar Bear was excited to tell me he's doing karaoke featuring Luann Arena of White Cotton Panties at The Brickyard Pub (240 South Ave. Ext.) between sets of Al's Neighbors and velocitymirror. Remember that you can't get there directly from South Avenue -- park behind the Geva Theater because the pub is on the little dead-end streetlet to the left of 490 when you come to the south end of St. Paul.


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The Clothesline Arts Festival wraps up today at the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.)

Karaoke with Sugar Bear at The Blue Room (293 Alexander St.)

Magic Box of Pictures and Noise:

  • It's all Emmy's tonight on FOX, baby.

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


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Tonight at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is an open jam with Krown Kryers starting around 10:30.

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


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I think Nuts and Bolts is on hiatus from Johnny's Smoke Free Bar (1382 Culver Rd.) for a bit because it's St. Patrick's Day Parade Sham-Rock Fundraiser with The Shenanigans starting at 5:30.

Other selections for tonight include Sarah Harmer at the infamous Milestones (170 East Ave.)

Also, at The Meliora in the University of Rochester (River Campus Map, Frederick Douglass Bldg.) is a reading of Beowulf at 7. Reservations are requested at 273-5888.

 
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