Thursday, March 15, 2001

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #114: Interstate Commerce's Federal First

There was a Simpson's episode a few years back where Mr. Burns went to the Mayo Clinic for a checkup and they found he had virtually every disease known to man. They said the reason he didn't seem sick was because of "Three Stooges Syndrome" where all the viruses and bacteria try to get through a single person in the same manner as The Three Stooges would fail to get through a doorway at the same time.

In real life, I had been sick for the last few weeks. By that, I mean moderately sick ... not some debilitating flu-like sickness or something, just a wheezy cough. Last Friday I went to the doctor's office to see what I had. You guessed it: "Three Stooges Syndrome." I have ear infections in both ears and bronchitis. By no means, every disease known to man, but enough that I should feel like just lying still trying not to die instead of going about my normal business.

I realize almost everybody's been sick, but heck, it could be worse--you could have been turned into a giant worm like ... uhh ... The Worm (Derek McGrath) was by Elijah C. Skuggs (Randy Quaid) inFreaked.Click on the picture to view the clip. The movie actually isn't all that bad, it's a top-notch, intentionally B B-movie if you know what I mean.

Irregardless of my irillness last week, I saw Mike Nelson atThe Dryden TheateratGeorge Eastman House(900 East Ave.)He talked a little bit about his book, Movie Megacheese (and autographed copies and other items afterward)but he was primarily there to introduce and talk about the movieCarnival of Soulswhich was basically awful. The thing I thought most amusing was that the soul/zombie scenes at the end were strongly reminiscent of the video for Greg Kihn's "Jeopardy." In fact, much of the movie had a 1980's music video feel. Maybe it wasn't all that bad.

In other entertainment news, The Lone Gunmen still holds a marginal rating from me. However, that is apparently enough to doom it ... FOX is making announcements about the show moving to Friday nights. Friday nights? Why don't they just say they're putting it on hiatus.

Oh, and I ate way too many fortune cookies.

Derek McGrath as The Worm

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  • Enemy at the Gates -Jude Law is the ultimate Russian killing sniper machine that must be stopped. Oh, and there's a side love story too.
  • Exit Wounds -Cops, ccorruption, Steven Seagal ... how can you go wrong?
  • The Dish -This seems to be a pretty good bet ... a group of Australians who were supposed to keep track of Apollo 11 forget to do so and comedy ensues.

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The Bug Jar(219 Monroe Ave.)will be hostingRockets Red Glare,The KillsandWhite Cotton Panties.They usually get started around 10:30 or so.

Sweatin' Like Nixonwill be atMonty's Krown(875 Monroe Ave)tonight starting around 10:30.

First, though, check outComedy with Dave Schmitt and FriendsatJohnny's Smoke Free Bar(1382 Culver Rd.)from 9 to 10.This is a semi-open-mic night in that most of the comics are local and amateur, but the structure is good and it was pretty funny last time.Apparently the rock bandVitamin Wonkawill be there from 8 to 9 then pick back up at 10.

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Dinner as always atCalifornia Rollin'atVillage Gate Square(274 N. Goodman St.)This week's specials, straight from the mailing list's mouth are:
  • ISLAND ROLL - consisting of tempura Conch, Japanese mayonnaise and lemon.
  • SMOKEY MT. ROLL - consisting of smoked scallops, Japanese mayonnaise and spicy garlic sauce, mmm good!
  • SO. CALIFORNIA ROLL - consisting of crabstick, asparagus, avacado and Japanese mayonnaise


Checked personally by JayceThe Dryden TheateratGeorge Eastman House(900 East Ave.)will be showingBlue Velvet starting at 8.I don't think I have ever seen this and perpetually try to and fail. Hopefully I'll get my chance tonight.

Today is the St. Patrick's Day Downtown Alive at FiveatCrowne Plaza(70 State St.)withLinda Rutheford and Celtic FireandPerfect Worldfrom 5 to 10. The cover charge is a bit more than most places ... $8, I think.

Three Flights Upwill be at their favorite venue (despite the echoic interior)Fat Moe's(4419 Dewey Ave.)tonight starting around 10.

In case you're looking for something a little lighter,The Earthtoneswill be atJohnny's Smoke Free Bar(1382 Culver Rd.)tonight starting around 9 or so.

If you've got the interest and the tickets,Travis Trittwill be atAuditorium Center(875 Main St E.)tonight at 7:30.

You may have noticed theJazz Friday'sgig continues basically every week.This week pianistTony Caramia will be playing at theMemorial Art Gallery(500 University Ave., near Goodman St.)from 6 to 8:30 for $5. (I have no idea how much they pay him really.)

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Saint Patrick's Day

Checked personally by JayceO'Bagelo's, 165 State Street,noon.

Checked personally by JayceThe Dryden TheateratGeorge Eastman House(900 East Ave.)will be showingBy Courier,a short film directed by Peter Riegert,thenLocal Hero,in which he starred,starting at 8.It's $8 for the public and $6 for members and they won't be accepting the Take 10 passesbecause, like Mike Nelson's visit last week, Peter Riegert himself will be there to introduce the films.I think Local Hero is a really good film. It's about an oil company that tries to buy a town in Scotland to put up a drilling rig but finds it easier said than done.

Putting up excellent competition to everything else tonight isThe St. Patrick's Day PartyatMonty's Krown(875 Monroe Ave)If you can believe it, they haveThe GrindersandThe Quittersstarting around 10:30.There is no way you'll be able to move in there.

Grim Skunkwith the great local punk bandThe Slutswill be atThe Bug Jar(219 Monroe Ave.)tonight starting around 10:30.Grim Skunk is (according to Kim) a great band from Montreal.

Johnny's Smoke Free Bar(1382 Culver Rd.)is not fooling around and will be partying all day. And why not? A Saturday St. Paddy's Day?Anyway, they're hosting (in part) the 5-mileJohnny's/Michael Shea's Runnin' of the Greenstarting at 10:30 (at State and Main) then it'sThe Shenaniganskicking things up at 1:30 p.m. followed byThe O'Keefe School of Irish Danceat 2:45, thenThe Housecatswill wrap up the evening from 5 p.m. to close.Wait a minute ... that's 9 hours of playing. Hmm.

In case you want to see something completely different,Croonin' Curt and his Hi-Geared Combowill be atRichmond's(21 Richmond St.)starting around 10:30.

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Checked personally by JayceThe Dryden TheateratGeorge Eastman House(900 East Ave.)will be showingA Streetcar Named Desire starting at 8.This is the Elia Kazan's director's cut and a film I've never seen as a movie, seen as a play, nor even read.

Reruns Already:
  • Futurama:The Honking -When Bender's late uncle leaves him a gothic castle, Bender must spend one entire night there.
  • King of the Hill:I Don't Want to Wait... -Bobby becomes envious when his best friend, Joseph, begins to change physically after hitting puberty.
  • Simpsons:A Tale of Two Springfields -After Homer divides the town, waging war against East Springfield, it is up to the Who to reunite Springfield.
  • Malcolm in the Middle:Lois' Birthday -Lois runs away from home after her husband forgets her birthday and the boys candy instead of a gift.
  • Lone Gunmen:Like Water for Octane -The guys get wind of a revolutionary new car that runs on water and race to find its secret location before anyone else does.


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

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

If you're up for it,Johnny's Smoke Free Bar(1382 Culver Rd.)will have a DJ playingBarenaked Ladiestunes.

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As of a few weeks ago,Java's(16 Gibb Street)still has open mic poetry downstairs starting around 9:30.

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Hey, anything is better than nothing, but at least this has some promise.Wait ... this seems just like last week's Wednesday thing. Oh, except this time it'sthe solidly goodKevin MacConkeyatAcme Bar & Pizza(495 Monroe Ave.)at 10.

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