Thursday, May 10, 2001

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #122: Esthervillians Have Big Rocks

I'd like to talk about how this picture of lilacs lead to inhaling helium on Monroe Avenue at 3 in the morning. Unlikely? Possibly, but it is really the only way history could have happened. Really.

Last Saturday I had gone to the matinee show of the 43rd Rochester International Film Festival at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) and upon returning home, I realised it would be possible to walk from my house to there. It was even going to be a cool night, so I wore my spring jacket. I walked through Highland park and noticed the lilacs were starting to bloom owing to the warm weather we were having, and something which would certainly displease anyone hoping to see blooming lilacs at the festival in two weeks.

I hadn't mentioned it before, but in that spring jacket was my digital camera; hence the picture you see here. I continued out of the park and through Swillburg, an area named because of the pig farms that once were there, and a fact completely irrelevant to our story.

Anyhow, the film festival resumed for the last screening of this year at 8. It was fast approaching 7 as I was slowly approaching Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) It is important to note here that the former head chef of the Krown, Brian, is just that: former. Of course, the impact of this simple fact wasn't important until I called Spuck at the Krown to order some food to be ready by the time I arrived. Although the Krown does have another chef, Chris, they generally don't like to work the living hell out of them, so when it's down to one, there's no food on Saturdays.

When I finally did arrive, there was of course no food, so I did the only thing I could and quickly consumed a classic liquid dinner and headed off again. We'll get back to the Krown later. I made it with plenty of time to spare to see a great batch of independent films. One of the more films more suited to my taste was It Did It by Peter Brinson. It's a first-person account of what it's like to take Prozac, done as a dry voice-over in a seemingly deserted suburban California. Remember when I mentioned Swillburg earlier? Well this is also a fact unimportant to our main story.

Meanwhile, over at Monty's Krown, Ball Cheeze Psychotics started their CD release party sometime around 10. Being a party, there was drinking, cake, a piñata, music, and more drinking. In fact, there was a whole lot of drinking. Strangely, no balloons. Anyway, this party continued to ascend in rowdiness throughout the evening.

We thankfully return to the narcissist in the story, me.

The shindig at Eastman House broke up around 11 so I headed to Acme Bar & Pizza (495 Monroe Ave.) to drink a beer, eat some slightly-better-than-average chicken wings, listen to Jo Mama and see Luann who'll be playing with her band Velocity Mirror later in the month. I don't wish to shun the other senses, but I don't think you'd like to know what I touched and smelled. None of this has anything to do with our story except to fill in some chronology.

A short walk down Monroe Avenue brings me back to Monty's Krown to join the party already in progress. Since I walked, I didn't drive. Since I didn't drive, I eleminated half the drinking and driving problem: driving. This allowed me to balance the equation by drinking about twice as much as usual. I think the members of Ball Cheese Psychotics had more than I did, but I wasn't paying attention. I was just there to receive entertainment.

Around 2 in the morning, the band finished up and the bar was closing. Among the remains of the piñata and the normal band equipment was a tank of helium. I said earlier they had no balloons. So what do you do with a dozen drunk people, a tank of helium, and a closed bar?

Why, you inhale helium on Monroe Avenue at 3 in the morning of course.

2001-May-5 Lilacs Lilacs in Highland Park, 2001-May-5

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Checked personally by Jayce The Mondo Exploito series of movies starts this month at the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) with Flesh Gordon starting at 8. Sort of a soft-core version of the Flash Gordon serials.

Starting around 10:45 tonight is Helicopter, Helicopter, Mercury Pusher and one of my personal favorite local punk bands, The Sluts at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.)

Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Paxton Beat and Suffer starting at 10:30.

I just assumed everyone knew where last week (or I forgot; I think it's the former) -- Freetime Magazine's Rochester's Most Popular Band Contest with Roadkill Karma versus Gone Utah starting around 9:30 at the intolerable Milestones (170 East Ave.)

For the oddball weird thing to do tonight, Synaptic Seizures Art Show will be at Piranha (204 N. Water St.) at 8. I gather it's an art show with 20 local artists, music by Jennifer Marie and magic by Jonathan Blades.

Comedy with Dave Schmitt and Friends will be at Johnny's Smoke Free Bar (1382 Culver Rd.) starting somewhere between 8 and 10.

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Checked personally by Jayce If you're not trying to kill me, I might be having dinner at California Rollin' at Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.) Check out the Fish Mail for the special rolls this week.

Tonight at the evil, evil Milestones (170 East Ave.) is The Jersey Band with the Peachy Neechies starting around 10:30.

If you want to groove out, Groove Fest II will be at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) starting at 7. The bands are Zyra's Orange Gregory Paul, Derelict Brew, Mountain of Venus, The Rype Band and Into the Now.

Tonight is what I believe is the first show on the roof of The Centers at High Falls (60 Brown's Race) with Perfect World. For my money, it's the best venue in the whole Centers complex. Perfect World is a pretty good band, so it should be a good show.

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

Astronomical Unit is one of my picks for a great funk-rock band in town. They're at Acme Bar & Pizza (495 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 10.

Checked personally by Jayce Despite that Freetime Magazine and the schedule at the Krown say The Sluts will be there, it's really Low Ton with the excellent punk-rock band Dead Blue Hand at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30.

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Mother's Day

Do you see that? It's Mother's Day. Call your mother.

Well it looks like karaoke with Sugar Bear at The Blue Room (293 Alexander St.) is all over. I'll have to confirm it the next time I see Sugar Bear.

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Trivia Quiz continues at The Old Toad (277 Alexander St.) I've keep going and we still haven't won. We've been within a couple questions of winning, but so has everyone else.

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

Once again The Eastman Jazzmen 3 will be at Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) from 8 to 10. Don't let the name fool you -- I've seen them with as many as five performers.
 
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