Thursday, February 15, 2001

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #110: Wriggle Out Your Gum

So we all survived another Valentine's Day. In case you missed out on the misery of your solitary self, or better yet, would like to enjoy the misery of others, this Friday is a singles convention like the one Derrick, Sondra, Peri and I went to at the beginning of June 1999.

In the news ... we landed on an asteroid. The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous Shoemaker spacecraft (a.k.a. NEAR Shoemaker, named after Gene Shoemaker [who was killed in a car accident in 1997 and is probably most remembered when he discovered the Shoemaker-Levy comets that plowed into Jupiter in 1994 with his wife and David Levy {I mean, he discovered them with David Levy and Mrs. Shoemaker and the comets ... oh, you know}] ... where was I ... oh yeah, the spacecraft) landed on 433 Eros on Monday, February 12. The 487 kg craft bumped up against the asteroid at about 3.5 miles per hour, presumably bounced, then came to rest on the surface. The asteroid is vaguely potato shaped althoug much larger -- 13 km in diameter and about 33 km long. It is about 24 million million times the mass of the tiny craft. Eros may return the favor and visit Earth in several million years, except Earth is only about 200 million times more massive and Eros will probably be traveling around 100,000 kilometers per hour instead of 6.

In local events, Nuts and Bolts Comedy Improv will return to Johnny's Smoke Free Bar (1382 Culver Rd.) on the 22nd (next Thursday). They're really funny ... just not consistently so ... er rather, they're consistently bad whenever I tell people they should show up and they're really good all the rest of the time.

For your multimedia extravaganza this week, I have a glorious screen-shot of the Task Manager in Windows NT 4. I was doing a massive conversion of documents to HTML and needed to bump up the amount of virtual memory. The conversion completed successfully, making it the most amount of RAM I've ever seen in use for a properly operating program. Some of you may do this kind of thing all the time; for those who don't and still are not impressed, count the digits again. The picture links to a full screen-shot of the Windows NT Task Manager. Maybe I can get some more RAM this time.

Oh yeah, and I don't gotta work on Presidents' Day! Ha ha suckers!

2,135,756 kbytes RAM used in NT
Using All the Memory

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  • Down to Earth - Chris Rock plays a guy who dies unexpectedly and is returned to Earth in the body of an old white man, much to the dismay of his character. Comedy ensues.
  • Recess: School's Out - I gather this is a Disney TV-show made into a movie, so everybody go pay for a month of cable to take your kids to watch an hour-and-a-quarter of what you already pay for. If you don't have kids you can just give me 20 bucks or so to avoid feeling left out.
  • Sweet November - A young woman gets into a new relationship each month to make the man she dates into a better person, allowing her to write off any monetary gifts she spends as hobby losses. Oops ... too much tax preparation.

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Checked personally by Jayce Despite what everybody else is saying, Gaylord (not Liqwid) will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 10:30. They're pretty good -- on the more experimental side of rock.

Other than that, The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is having Slumber Party, The Michelle Austin Band and Red Room starting around 10:30.

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

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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:
  • SPARKY Roll - consisting of tempura shrimp, honey mustard, hot sauce covered with sesame seeds and unagi sauce.
  • LEVIATHAN Roll - consisting of eel with cucumber (NY Roll) tempura shrimp, seaweed salad, onion crunchies w/ unagi and sesame seeds over the top
  • TRES BIEN Roll - consisting of spicy shrimp w/tomato & tabasco sauce, rolled in onion crunchies
If you're into some feel-good entertainment for $20, the Singles Convention sponsored by Computer Compatibles is going on tonight at the Riverside Convention Center (123 E. Main St.) It runs from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. They don't explicitly mention food or drink, but how can they not, right?

The Jazz Fridays are still going on at the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) from 6 to 8:30. Tonight it's The Matt Blanchard Trio. I'm pretty sure it's around $5 to get in.

Checked personally by Jayce In the third of four Mel Brooks movies shown this month, the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing History of the World: Part I.

Much like the last two weeks ... if you have tickets, G. Love and Special Sauce will be at the Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) tonight at 8.

Karaoke with Sugar Bear is now at the Blue Fox Tavern (2 Palm St. (near Kodak Park off Ridge Rd.))

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O'Bagelo's, 165 State Street, noon. Watch out as you come down, though, because starting at 11 is the Harlem Globetrotters at Blue Cross Arena (Exchange Blvd and Broad St.) Yah.

Checked personally by Jayce In the last of four Mel Brooks movies shown this month, the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Blazing Saddles. I got in touch with the film people over there and they said their print doesn't include the scenes released on the TV version (i.e. Sheriff Bart sends Mongo down a well to look for doubloons ["Mongo like balloons."] and charges him for air.)

Over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is the Sim Redmond Band from Ithica starting around 10.

Meanwhile over at Richmonds (21 Richmond St.) is The Quitters, The Purrs and The Grinders starting sometime after 10 or so. At some point in your life you should probably see The Grinders. Last time I saw them I noted that they perfectly portray the stereotypical image of the rocking garage band. I can't speak for The Purrs but The Quitters are pretty good too.

You know who's playing at Acme Bar & Pizza (495 Monroe Ave)? Jo Mama. Sorry, I couldn't resist. I think they usually start around 10 ... Freetime Magazine has them listed under Groove Rock.

Meanwhile (I know, "here he goes with the 'meanwhiles'") Red (171 St. Paul) is hosting a CD Release Party for Uncle Plum. I no nothing more than that, and that Uncle Plum is an alright band.

But wait, there's more ... The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is having a Psychobilly Freakout with Krypton-88, Slickpelt and Croonin' Kurt, presumably starting around 10:30.

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Rarely do I consider doing anything in the afternoon on Sundays, but I keep hearing about this through the California Rollin' mailing list becuase Marianne Buckley works there ... The Laramie Project will be performed at 3 today at the Shipping Dock Theater (151 St. Paul St.) It's a "documentary-style drama based on the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay student from the University of Wyoming." For reservations, call 232-2250.

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

Ejected Photons:
  • Futurama : The Day the Earth Stood Stupid - Fry is strangely immune when flying brains invade Earth and reduce other humans to imbecility.
  • King of the Hill : Now Who's the Dummy? - Bobby enjoys his ventriloquist's dummy, until Hank takes a shine to the dummy, Chip, who is a big sports fan.
  • Simpsons : Day of the Jackanapes - Sideshow Bob programs Bart to kill Krusty the Clown.
  • Malcolm in the Middle : Traffic Ticket - Lois fights city hall after a cop impounds her car because of 16 unpaid parking tickets belonging to Francis.

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President's Day

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

If you're into it, Johnny's Smoke Free Bar (1382 Culver Rd.) will have a DJ playing Barenaked Ladies Music.

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Checked personally by Jayce Open Jam at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) Very open. Sometimes it's so open, nobody plays at all.

If you need more structure in your life, Sara Lee (the former bassist of Ani DiFranco's band) will be playing at the overrated Milestones (170 East Ave.) I suspect she'll start around 10:30. No sense being there early.

As best I know, 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.)
 
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