Thursday, March 29, 2001

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #116: Eat Your Potatoes, Vincent

Well once again, the excitement never ends for me. I got another flat on the exercise bike ... almost wiped out, too. I decided to pull out the puncture liner and put some baby powder in before I put it all back together. That should fix it's wagon. The fun part was using the air ratchet to pull off the wheel nuts and brake shoe nuts. Very fast. :-) Also, my ice cleats are down to one cleat. I mean, between the two of them, there is only one metal spike still in one of them. They're not too useful anymore.

Last Thursday, I left grandpa home and stayed out late. I went to see the screwball show that Kim set up at The Bug Jar. Both acts happened to be travelling through and available on the same day. The first one -- Malachi Constant from St. Paul, Minnesota -- was described as metal but more like power rock, or "rock plus" as I said to distinguish it from the 1970's power rock. Following them was Miranda Stone, an urban folk soloist. Quite the transition, I must say. Miranda finished up around 1 and I hung out and chatted with both bands for a while -- right past closing time (and at The Bug Jar of all places). I got home around 2:30 and didn't get much sleep (probably 2 hours) before heading to work on Friday and I survived it!

Now Sunday, well that's another story ... I headed to The Bug Jar around 6 because that's when I thought the show started ... it was when the doors opened. Great. I had a Harp Lager (which I believe was skunked but finished it anyway.) The first act, Fake Brain, was supposed to start around 7 but didn't until 8:30 or so. They were pretty good ... they had a decent stage show too. The Earthlings (of local fame) were up next but I was talking to Kim at the bar through their act.

The Frogs finally started around 10:30. I stood toward the middle of the room because there were these girls who were sitting in the middle of the floor. Anyway, there are three Frogs. The drummer was in black face, the bass player was in a tight fitting orange suit, and the guitarist/singer had giant green sequined wings. They looked good, but they sounded like an old band that hasn't been taught any new tricks. The drummer kept trying to fix the wings, which may have been part of the show ... it seemed like they intended it to not look like part of the show ... got it? Anyway, I headed out after their third identical sounding song. Too bad I was so tired.

Remember last October when I mentioned the New York State Consumer Protection Board? I didn't think so. What about that service that starts in April 2001 where residents can sign up to be on a list of "do not call" for telemarketing companies? I didn't think so. Regardless, the pre-registration period ends on April 1, so get over there and sign up. After that point, I guess you'll be blandly registering since the law takes effect then.

One other thing of personal non-note: I stopped at Wegmans on the way home on Monday and bought some mozarella for a pasta casserole with elbows and spaghetti sauce. In all I thought it came out alright ... I just cooked the pasta right in the oven, but I didn't add enough water and it came out rompere i denti ... ok, well maybe not that bad, but it's pretty chewey. Kinda like super thick crust pizza ... mmm ...

Rochester: Armpit of Liberty. Look closely.

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  • Memento - Massive Headwound Harry can't remember what the heck happened 7 seconds ago, but he knows he's out for blood. In all honesty this looks pretty good.
  • Someone Like You - A woman gets dumped and sets out on the magical journey to figure out why men behave the way they do only to become a heroine for single women along the way.
  • Spy Kids - Parents are lame. Parents are spies. Parents are cool. Comedy ensues.
  • Tomcats - Finally, the movie you've all been waiting for: soft porn on the big screen. And they said it wouldn't happen. Phooey on them!
  • The Tailor of Panama - Tailor is lame. Tailor is a spy. Tailor is cool.

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The Hi-Risers will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave) tonight starting around 10:30.

Checked personally by Jayce Nuts and Bolts will again be at Johnny's Smoke Free Bar (1382 Culver Rd.) The show last month was pretty funny, but it seems I will jinx them if I say too much.

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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:
  • TSUNAMI SALMON ROLL - consisting of tempura salmon skin, Japanese mayonnaiseand seaweed salad ...
  • LOBSTER ROLL - consisting of lobster, avocado Japanese mayonnaise & scallions ...
  • HOT MAMA ROLL - consisting of smoked pepper tuna with asparagus, tomato &Japanese mayonnaise ... lemon


Tonight at Piranha (204 N. Water St.) is a show titled Output: Noise. I saw it a few weeks ago and, aside from being what it says it is, it's an interesting show ... much different than anything you've ever seen before. Oh, and it's loud too. Very very loud.

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I'm betting I'll be a bit late for O'Bagelo's because the water meter people are coming to fix the meter this morning.

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

As yet I haven't gone, but maybe tonight. Estrofest at School of the Arts (45 Prince St.) continues tonight at 8. This show is called Estrofest's Best: The Funniest Favorites.

The Moths will be in The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 10:30 with the high-energy Eddie Nebula and The Plague and Mid Air Collision.

The eternal Colorblind James Experience will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave) tonight around 10:30. It should be a good show.

Meanwhile, The Earthtones will be at Johnny's Smoke Free Bar (1382 Culver Rd.) probably around 9:30 or 10.

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April Fool's Day

Luciano Pavoratti will be at the War Memorial (Exchange Blvd and Broad St.) tonight at 7. It would be quite late now to try and find tickets, but you might get lucky with a scalper. Wait ... that doesn't sound right. You might get lucky with tickets from a scalper. Oh well, that's not much better. Afterward he's heading over to The Blue Room. Apparently the Sugar Bear did some plaster repair one time for him and in lieu of payment he made a deal that if he was ever in town that he'd stop by to sing a few ... should be pretty cool.

Boring New TV:
  • Futurama : Cyber House Rules - Leela is reunited with an orphan-turned-plastic surgeon who offers her the appearance of two eyes.
  • King of the Hill : Hank's Choice - Bobby moves into Ladybird's newly built doghouse after developing an allergy to the family dog.
  • Simpsons : Simpson Safari - Homer's quest for food leads him to a box of 30-year-old animal crackers that contain a winning ticket to Africa.
  • Malcolm in the Middle : Bowling - Malcolm and Reese go to a bowling party where they vie for the attention of a cute girl.


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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Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is The Warlocks with Nikki Sudden, the local rockers The Priests, and The Sneaky Dragon starting around 10.

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 playing Barenaked Ladies tunes.

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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?

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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Checked personally by Jayce The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing A Fistful of Dollars starting at 8. See the spaghetti western that started the career of Clint Eastwood.

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Electric Wizard with Warhorse and LowTon (Lowton? Low Ton?) as early as 8. Maybe 9 or 10, though.

Hey, anything is better than nothing, but at least this has some promise. The Eastman Jazzmen 3 will again be at Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) from 8 to 10.

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