Thursday, February 1, 2001

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #108: Grover's Delayed Second Chance

Last week I was mad at George Jr. for his bogo-maneuver on family planning funding. This week he pulls another controversial move: the federal government can now financially support faith-oriented social programs. In general, this is probably a good thing, although I disagree with his apparent agenda. It's good that the Open Door Mission can get some extra cash and the Jewish Community Center can do more community-centric stuff. However, his somewhat ambiguous statement that the his administration will consider faith-based services "first" (1) was quite disturbing, aside from the fact this starts getting into a dangerously blurred area of Constitutional interpretation. People came here 200 years ago, in part, to escape persecution from the church. To do a one-eighty and welcome religion back into the government ... well, that might not be such a great idea.

Oh well.

Anyway, on Tuesday I went to Java's (16 Gibb Street) to see their open mic poetry downstairs starting. If Tuesday is any indicator, they get a pretty good crowd. The pool room is filled with about 20 people or so to read and listen. Most of the stuff is either rough around the edges or the author is more of a writer and less of an orator. Every once in a while there's someone who is both. Robin (Robyn? Rahbihn?) said she's working on acting but reading poetry is still tough. She did a clever piece on relationships and then a pretty funny one on the "I Lost 40 Pounds" signs. She said she really couldn't tell if a telephone pole lost 40 pounds but figured she'd just take its word for it. Oh, and just so you're not shocked should you show up, I'd be surprised if the average age is higher than 18 (with a standard deviation of 1.1 by my guess.)

I almost forgot ... a couple weeks ago I replaced my old-lady curtains that came with my house with blinds. The before and after pictures are to the right.

Old lady curtains
Old lady curtains--out.

Bachelor blinds--in.

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  • Head Over Heels - A woman who lives with four supermodels thinks she sees her neighbor kill someone, so she does what she must: she falls in love with him.
  • Valentine - Hell hath no fury like a nerd scorned.

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Checked personally by Jayce The kinda lame beach-music cover band Cousin Al and The New Generation will play with Eye Spy at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 10:30.

For those who have tickets, Everclear, Nickelback and Volcanic will be at the Alexandra Palestra in the Goergen Athletic Center at University of Rochester (River Campus Map.)

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

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Groundhog Day

Checked personally by Jayce 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:
  • LEVIATHAN Roll - consisting of eel & cucumber rolled inside a GIANT roll, filled with tempura shrimp, Japanese mayo and onion crunchies, topped with sesame seeds and eel sauce.
  • LARAMIE PROJECT Roll - consisting of smoked scallops, pesto and onion crunchies.
  • KNUCKLE SANDWICH Roll - consisting of salmon, tuna & swordfish rolled in wasabi tobiko.


Once again it's First Friday's at the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) from 5 to 8 p.m. It has been $5 to get in.

Checked personally by Jayce In the first of four Mel Brooks movies shown this month, the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Producers.

Tonight at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) is Snaggletooth with Mid-Air Collision, The Sluts and Section 8.

Starting mid-day today is the Psychic Festival at Sheraton Four Points (120 East Main St.) They know you're coming.

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

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

Checked personally by Jayce The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Psycho.

Holly Day with The Quitters, Greg Townson, Veins, Meghan Taylor, The Grinders and more will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.)

Over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is The Gifted Children starting around 10. If I remember right, they were at best okay.

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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.

High Potential Excitation:
  • Futurama : Amazon Women in the Mood - The guys are sentenced to death on Planet Amazonia by a race of giant women.
  • King of the Hill : Yankee Hankee - Hank discovers that his mother gave birth to him at Yankee Stadium while Cotton was on a mission to assassinate Castro.
  • Simpsons : The Worst Episode Ever - Bart and Milhouse screen Comic Book Guy's illegal video stash while filling in at his store.
  • Malcolm in the Middle : Hal Quits - Hal suffers a midlife crisis on career day at Dewey's school and decides to become a painter.

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

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Checked personally by Jayce Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is hosting Open Mic Comedy. It's the first Tuesday of the month, remember? They did a show last month but even I missed most of it.

I went last week and Java's (16 Gibb Street) still has open mic poetry downstairs starting around 9:30.

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Weekly karaoke contest with Sugar Bear, at Comix Cafe (3450 Winton Pl.)

If you've got the tickets or are on the magic list, the Harro East (400 Andrews Street) will have Snocore Rocks featuring Fear Factory, Kittie, The Union Underground, Slaves on Dope and Boy Hits Car. Doors open at 6.
 
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