Thursday, October 19, 2000

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #93. Incandescent Ball of Gas

Ok, so this is the first update written on my new PowerBook. It should look much faster than before. Actually, it's wrapping up pretty nicely since I'm taking a few hours at O'Bagelo's to write it. Thank goodness for traffic violations. Wait a minute ...

By the way, if you've ever looked at a rebate form that had a "valid from" date and thought, "it must suck to be the guy who bought this, like, one day before" well, it does. I put the order in for mine on October 12 and Apple started a rebate on October 13. Heck, it was delivered on October 13 and my credit card was billed on the 13th. Hopefully I'll get the $200. It's so close that I'm going to fight it -- I called them and they said there was no leeway, so in the mean time, be mean to Apple.

While you're being mean, send some venom to SprintPCS. I was talking with Sondra the other day on the cell phone and the call was getting pretty long, so I logged onto the web page to check how much daytime minutes I had left. It said I had 61 minutes left, and it had a "Current as of" indicator that said the current date and time, so I thought I had plenty of time left and continued. As it turns out, that call sent me into some 210 minutes over my daytime limit -- about seventy bucks worth. I contacted customer service by the web. They said they would not refund any of the money because there's a footnote on the bottom of the page that links to a separate page that says the web page is an estimate and can be inaccurate. I argued that was invalid because there was a statement to the currentness of the page that defined the bounds of the inaccuracy. "Free & Clear" my ass!

In the real world, They Might Be Giants will be playing at the Alexandra Palestra in the newly renovated Goergen Athletic Center at University of Rochester (River Campus Map) on November 10. Tickets are on sale now, I guess, at University of Rochester common market, Record Archive (1394 Mount Hope Ave.) Lakeshore Record Exchange (370 Park Ave.) and Tickets.com. Do not be mean to They Might Be Giants, though.


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  • Bamboozled - A "token black" writer at a predominantly white-run television network can't get his ideas to be taken seriously until he writes a 40's-esque show of black actors in black face.
  • Bedazzled - The devil (Elizabeth Hurley) gives Elliot (Brendan Frasier) seven twisted wishes.
  • Legend of the Drunken Master - In this U.S. re-release of a 1994 Hong Kong film, Jackie Chan performs humanly impossible feats to let you know that you are way out of shape. Get some exercise, damn it!
  • Pay It Forward - Trevor (Haley Joel Osment) tries to help the late Lester Burnham who was reincarnated in Eugene (Kevin Spacey).
  • Requiem for a Dream - A heroin addict with a television-obsessed mother tries to pawn her television to get a pound of herion with his girlfriend to sell to get enough money to open a store.
  • Two Family House - A man trapped in the Bronx tries to get out in a poker game where the two family house beats four-of-a-kind.

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Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) will have the jazz-ish band from New York City, The Dimitri Gurevitch Quintette starting around 10:30-ish. If you remember, they played here way back on July 13, 2000. I thought they were a bit stilted on stage so I didn't stay too long. Hopefully I'll be there for longer this time.

Tonight at Milestones (170 East Ave.) is A. J. Croce (yeah, Jim Croce's son) starting around 8.

Tonight is a little of the ultra-violence with Reservoir Dogs at The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.)


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

It looks like we're back to pretty quiet Fridays. Well, other than Ani DiFranco with Sara Lee will be at Auditorium Center (875 Main St E.) at 8. The show is probably sold out, so good luck getting tickets if you don't have any.

Oh, and it's the Ghost Walk sponsored by the Landmark Society of Western New York. This popular event (hint: get tickets way early at the Landmark Society for $7, 546-7029, or face waiting forever in line and paying $10 at the door) starts at the Third Presbyterian Church (Meigs St. and East Ave.) every 10 minutes from 7 to 9; this and next Friday and Saturday. Basically, you go from house-to-house and local thesbians tell a tale of Rochester's past. Some are based on true events, some are false; some are funny, some are gross, some are really spooky -- especially the true ones. Oh yeah, and stick to the houses on the tour. The people in the non-tour houses aren't nearly as entertaining.

Other than that is Mike Brown Project with Burning Snella and The Rype Band at Milestones (170 East Ave.) You may or may not remember Burning Snella as the band with the creator of Driver's Wanted, Tim Beideck. They're also apparently pretty good.

Also, Estrofest at School of the Arts (45 Prince St.) returns after 5 months or so.

If you're into the movies tonight, possibly one of the most boring movies ever will be shown: Bicycle Thief is playing at The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) Ok, so it's an important film as a "founding film of the neorealist movement," as the description in the Eastman House flyer says.

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


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

In case you are into this kind of thing, Science Saturday: The Process of Making Milk Products will be at 11 and noon at Rochester Museum & Science Center (657 East Ave.)

Not milk? Well Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) has a show for kids 5-12: This is Not a Pipe Dream at 11 and 2 about a guy who goes on a magical journey to become an artist.

If you want to see something really scary, Rochester Singletons is organizing a group for the Ghost Walk at 7 tonight at the Third Presbyterian Church (Meigs St. and East Ave.) Contact Paul at 546-7029x26 (the Landmark Society). They're also setting up a tour of Mt. Hope Cemetery (North Gate, 791 Mt. Hope Ave.) at 11:30 (call 266-7900 for reservations for that one). No, it's 11:30 A.M., silly!

Tonight The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) looks to have a pretty good show with Colorblind James Experience starting around 10:30. I finally got a chance to see them at Beale Street the other week and they were really good. They've got a Tennessee blues sound and a very improvisational feel even though its obvious they practice a heck of a lot.

Over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is Buzzo All Stars for $2 at the door starting around 10:30. I can't imagine there's another Buzzo, but let's hope it's not the same weather as their last show on March 16.

The other good bet is Doctor Pocket with Eddie Nebula and the Plague at Richmonds (21 Richmond St.) starting around 10 or 11.

Finally, the decent modern-rock cover band Better Days will be at Curley's Saloon (511 E. Ridge Rd.) maybe as early as 9-ish.

Monroe Avenue, 2000-Mar-17, midnight
2000-Mar-17, Monroe Avenue near Monty's Krown, midnight

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Remember to wish both Dani and my brother Adam a happy birthday.

At 11 and 2 during the day, the Ontario Midland Railroad (48 Belden Ave. or Rotterdam Rd.) has a 2-hour fall foliage rail tour in old New York Central Stainless Steel Rail Passenger Cars. This is the last weekend for this trek.

Karaoke with Sugar Bear at The Blue Room (293 Alexander St.) Check out some singers, then head downstairs and regain your hearing.

I Thought It Was Premiere Night Again:

  • Football
  • Baseball

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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.

Downstairs at Java's (16 Gibb Street) starting around 9:30 is indeed open mic poetry. In case you didn't believe you were friggin' old, check this out.


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Updated 2000-Oct-19: Nuts and Bolts will not be seen tonight, but will return next week for free.

What had originally been competing with Nuts and Bolts is Build (the good rock band with the terrible name) at The Old Toad (277 Alexander St.) at 9. Justin loves it when I mention that he's in the band ... just check the comments in the survey.

I might just go see my favorite Monty Python film: Monty Python's The Meaning of Life is playing at The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.)

 
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