Thursday, November 16, 2000

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #97: Phooey, Hong Kong

I'm guessing we're stuck with George W. Hopefully his spoonerisms will be more amusing and less life threatening like I said last week. Too bad, too, because I entered the Orlando contest that Gore would win by 106 people in Florida. So much for hope. The not-so-bad part is that it's just another Republicrat in office (ála Ralph Nader) who will probably be more socially liberal as a reactive stance to try and get re-elected in 2004.

Nonetheless, this was the coolest election I've ever seen. As of two days after the election, I felt the most proud I ever did to be an American. Here we are in the midst of a contested, close election, and so far nobody has started looting, the streets are free of tear gas, and the news actually has something to really report. One week later, however, the partisan-ness of the process is getting pretty annoying. The truth of the matter is it's a tie. Let's say there's one error in 1,000, so out of six million Florida votes, that's a 6,000 vote error. If you consider that almost 20,000 ballots in one county (West Palm Beach) were considered invalid, you might say the margin of error is at least 20,000. In either case, 300 votes might as well be zero. I think this is the alternative rationale for the electoral college -- while once used to keep the not-so-bright populace from voting in a moron, it can now be leveraged to break a tie like this.

On a more local front, the Public Informational Meeting for the redesign of the Inner Loop in the Gleason Auditorium at The Bausch & Lomb Public Library (115 South Ave.) last week was pretty interesting. They focused on the east-side of the loop from South Avenue around to about Scio. Although I disagreed at first, I think their first alternative makes sense -- fill-in the loop so it's at surface level and make it a four-lane divided boulevard. This frees up about 800,000 square feet of space when you take away the exit ramps and whatnot. I don't know if I agree they can make it work traffic-wise, but it would be nice to fix East Avenue if nothing else -- going between Milestones (170 East Ave.) and The Little (240 East Ave.) would be much more reasonable. The cost to change the design is in the same ballpark as the cost to keep it the same (the lifetime of the whole thing is running out and it needs to be rebuilt.) The only kicker is that New York maintains the loop as part of 490 and by making it a boulevard, Rochester would probably have to absorb the cost.


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  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Jim Carrey skips the bulky prosthetics and just wears some green makeup to be the Grinch in this probably-not-so-good live-action remake of the animated classic of the Dr. Seuss book of the same name.
  • The 6th Day - It's Arnold Schwarzenegger all over again in this remake of Twins.
  • Bounce - Buddy (Ben Affleck) exchanges his soon-to-be-deadly plane ticket for another man's plane ticket and wife (Gweneth Paltrow).
  • Rugrats in Paris - Klasky-Csupo bring back these once-adorable-but-now-annoying toddlers to France where they hopefully will stay.

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Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) will have Rockstars starting around 10:30-ish.

Tonight at Milestones (170 East Ave.) around 10 is Freetime Magazine's Most Popular Band Contest starting around 10:00-ish with with Technosweats versus Common Ground versus Average Otis.

Salsa Lessons return to Tapas One Seventy Seven (177 Saint Paul St.) tonight at 9.

If you want to see something even more off-beat, the jazz performers Andy Calabrese and Bob DiBaudo Trio will be at Le Jazz Hot Café (135 West Commercial St., East Roch.) from 8 to 11.

Convenience will be at 7:30 at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.)

If you're still in a theatrical mood, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change will be at Downstairs Cabaret Theater (151 St. Paul St.) also at 7:30.


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Dinner as always at California Rollin' at Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.) This week's specials, straight from the mailing list's mouth are:
  • Mt. Etna Roll consisting of raw salmon, portobello mushrooms, asparagus and pesto
  • Arizona Roll consisting of tempura whitefish, Japanese mayo, HOT SAUCE, cucumber and avocado
  • Raptor Roll consisting of tempura shrimp, BBQ sauce, honey mustard and onion crunchies

I don't know if or how this affects the turnout at California Rollin', but Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is hosting Jazz Fridays with Tony Caramia from 6 to 9. $5, free to MAG members and students with University of Rochester ID.

On the other side of the musical world is OPM at Record Archive (1880 East Ave.) at 7:00 p.m. for free.

On the other side of the "musical" world is karaoke with Sugar Bear at Boston Brew Company (251 Exchange Blvd.)

In the theatrical comedy realm is Estrofest at School of the Arts (45 Prince St.) at 8.


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

Over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is Static Cling with Dead Blue Hand and The Sluts this weekend for $2 at the door starting around 10:30.

The hideous Milestones (170 East Ave.) will have Johnny Vegas with Better Days around 10. Better Days' e-mail said this was Johnny Vegas' last performance in Rochester ... whatever that means.

However, screw all that: The Buddhahood will be at Frankie & Louie's Bayou Bar & Grill (The Centers at High Falls) probably starting around 9 or so.

For which I have a definitive answer is Who Wants to Kill A Millionaire at the Log Cabin Restaurant (2445 W. Walworth Rd.)

Tonight at Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is the classic The Maltese Falcon.


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

But you will probably want to stay off the streets because Marilyn Manson with The Union Underground and Godhead will be at 7:30 at Blue Cross Arena (Exchange Blvd and Broad St.)

New Pre-recorded Entertainment:

  • Football
  • King of the Hill : Spin the Choice - Bobby refuses to celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving after learning about its history from John Redcorn.
  • Simpsons : Lisa the Tree Hugger - Lisa is smitten with an eco-terrorist and spends four days in a tree to prevent it from being cut down.
  • Malcolm in the Middle : Casino - Hal, Malcolm and Reese wander into a desert artillery range after being banned from a casino for counting cards.

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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.

More polished and of higher quality is Luther Vandross at Auditorium Center (875 Main St E.) at 7:30.

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


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Empire Brewing Company (300 State St.) will have 5Head starting around 7:00 p.m. This should prove to be stiff competition to Nuts and Bolts. So stiff in fact that N&B chickened out.

... or ... The Grinders will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30.

Don't forget that tomorrow is Thanksgiving!

 
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