Thursday, December 14, 2000

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #101: So Very Warm

Last Thursday, Jan and I went to see Ralph Nader speak at RIT. The interesting part happened beforehand -- when we showed up a half-hour early, there was a big line that went through the Student Union and out the doors by the bookstore halfway to the Liberal Arts building. It was probably close to a quarter mile from beginning to end. To check to see if they let people in, I suggested we check out the door by Ingle Auditorium on the Student Union. When we got there, Jan walked up and opened it right up. We only waited in line about ten minutes -- so much for fairness ... then again, we are alumni, damn it! Screw those punks.

Anyway, old Ralphy boy went on a lot about the corporatization of America. He went into detail about how corporations have limited our ability to choose the best product to the point that we've become quite accustomed to buying crap and loving it. To add insult to injury, corporate lobbying has all but eliminated government regulation, and they've managed to spend tons of money on corporate welfare. Drug companies get the formulae for various prescription drugs for free from the government then charge tons of money for it. Welcome to America.

Unfortunately, he didn't go into too much detail about what exactly to do about it. Kinda leaves you feeling pretty bad. :-)

Ralph Nader speaks Ralph Nader rants about stuff like the Corvair.


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  • What Women Want - Mel Gibson is given the gift/curse of being able to hear what women are thinking, allowing him to prove once and for all that screen writers believe women to be simple, stupid creatures.
  • Dude, Where's My Car? - Think Dumb & Dumber with marijuana and amnesia.
  • Emperor's New Groove - Disney churns out another movie, this time about a llama leader.

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Tonight at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is The Grinders starting around 10:30.

An alternate alternative alternative is Pietzsche Nietzsche with Rockstars and Twisted Vine at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) It'll all probably start around 10:30.

A comedic alternative is Joel Lindley with Tiny Glover at the hideous comedy shop, Comix Cafe (3450 Winton Pl.) at 8:30. They'll be there all weekend. I talked with Steve Burr who was at the comedy night at Monty's Krown last Tuesday and he said he would not be performing this weekend.

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


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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:
  • GRINCH Roll consisting of tuna, wasabi, tobiko eggs, avocado and Japanese mayonnaise
  • MISTLETOE Roll (OMG this is delicious! I tasted it today) consisting of smoked salmon, raspberries, avocado, honey and cream cheese
  • HELLFIRE Roll consisting of tempura crawdads and Dinosaur BBQ sauce
Afterward at 8, The Bop Shop at Village Gate Square will host percussionist Ben Karetnick and saxophonist Sabir Mateen for a $4 donation.

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing A Shot in the Dark as the second of three weeks of Pink Panther movies.

Meanwhile, 5Head will be at Frankie & Louie's Bayou Bar & Grill (The Centers at High Falls) Come on out and see them play their songs from their new album.

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


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

The Colorblind James Experience will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.)

Richmonds (21 Richmond St.) has Flava Country with an as-yet-unspecified band starting around 10.

Swamp Yankees will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30. There's a $2 cover.


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If you need to get your fix, Nuts and Bolts Improv Troupe will be doing a benefit for Everyone's Theater Co. at Johnny's Smoke Free Bar (1382 Culver Rd.) at 5:00 p.m.

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

Stupid Rod and Cone Tricks:

  • Simpsons : Grift of the Magi - A toy corporation urges the children at Springfield Elementary to develop the ultimate toy for Christmastime.
  • King of the Hill : 'Twas the Nut Before Christmas - A lonely Bill responds to letters addressed to Santa Claus, buying expensive gifts for random children.
  • Simpsons : Skinner's Sense of Snow - Bart and the others lay siege to their elementary school when it doesn't shut down during a snow storm.
  • Malcolm in the Middle : The Bully - Malcolm becomes a target for up-and-coming bullies after big brother Reese gets beaten up by a girl.

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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 open mic poetry.


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Oh, there's gotta be something, right? ... Well, how about *sigh* (and I can't believe I'm mentioning this) Open Mic Comedy Contest with Danny Liberto at Blue Fox Tavern (2 Palm St. (near Kodak Park off Ridge Rd.))

 
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