Thursday, May 24, 2001

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #124: Funk - (n) A State of Cowardly Fright

First up, a reminder of a bit of sad news. One could say the Ultimate Answer is May 11, 2001. The question was, "when will Douglas Adams die?" If you want to show a bit of appreciation, this Friday is Towel Day which has apparently become quite a big deal across the Internet. I have no idea if this is true or not, but I thought the guy was really great and will be bringing one around.

In much lighter, local entertaiment news, Mike Eccher left Nuts and Bolts last month to move to Chicago. Likewise, the other newest member Janice Lilly will be leaving the troupe this month. They gotta figure out how to keep people.

In other news, I saw Shrek at the Theater on the Ridge (200 West Ridge Rd.) yesterday (thanks, Matt.) Anyway, I thought it was really good. It's a much more complicated movie than it first appears, well, it is a kids movie, but it's complicated for that. Think Babe level of complexity. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

For your multimedia enjoyment, I figured I'd put up one of the pictures of the horses from the other week. I think this one is my favorite horses, just because of its location and message. The belly of the horse, for instance, says, "In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught." Other phrases are written all over it with similar sentiment over a stylized mural of the Western New York region. Looking at the talons of the eagle though, I think it could pretty easily rip into the belly of the horse to eat its tender innards.

Finally, with luck the power will be back on by the time I go to upload this. Two nights ago it went out around midnight then came back on in about 20 minutes, I guess. The backup power on the computers all ran out, but the backup power for the TV, VCR, phone and answering machine was okay which means nothing to you ... well, it means that the power was out for more than about 10 minutes but less than an hour and a half. Anyhow, the power went out again almost exactly at 5 last afternoon. I imagine it's RG&E's boneheaded spindly-wire-through-the-woods by the canal between Mt. Hope and Kendrick. Stupid friggin' idiots -- it always blows out when a squirrel chucks a nut at it, so replace it, dammit! I only noticed because the Internet went down (oddly ... the backup power kept the cable modem on) and the stove timer was beeping, which was really the backup power supply. Well enough rambling about boring old power ...

Horse statue near War Memorial, Rochester, NY The horse and the eagle blend concepts better than you'd think.

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  • Pearl Harbor - Some dumb love story taints the tale of one of the United States' most devastating military losses.

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Checked personally by Jayce The Mondo Exploito series of movies continues at the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) with The Black Gestapo starting at 8. Blacksploitation at its best. Or worst. I think both.

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is the really excellent Jersey Band. I'm listening to their CD right now and they've got a jazz-rock-funk sound. I'll almost certainly be there. Oh yeah, per usual they'll start around 10:45.

Things look a little slim for a Thursday ... over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is Six Spiced Fingers. If I recall correctly I've never heard them, and can't remember if they were supposedly good or not ... I guess they must be doing something right because they've been back at the Krown quite a bit. I assume the show will start around 10:30.

If worse comes to worse (whatever that means) you can always see, hear, and/or otherwise participate in Karaoke with Sugar Bear at Drinks by Mary Dawn (535 S. Clinton) starting around 10:30.

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Towel Day

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.

Checked personally by Jayce Tonight at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is an open mic comedy night hosted by Bill Franklin starting around 7:00.

If I have nothing else to do but torture myself with some awful venue, I'll head over to Milestones (170 East Ave.) because Prime Time Funk will be there starting around 10. This guy at work who is in a band says they're pretty good ... recommendations don't exist that are better than that.

I can't imagine what this would be like, but Low Ton, with the hippie band Snaggletooth and the rowdily punkish Sluts will be at Tremors (1509 Scottsville Rd.) It says it in Freetime Magazine so it must be true.

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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Checked personally by Jayce Note that O'Bagelo's, so we'll all meet at Java's (16 Gibb St.) They've got a new café that's really good.

If you like the garage pop sound, you'll want to check out The Purrs with The Priests, The Quitters, and The Vertigo-Go's over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45. You can almost bet that I'll be there. Well, you can do whatever you want ... never mind.

Tonight at the more subdued Monty's Korner (363 East Ave.) is the rockabilly juggernaut Krypton-88 starting around 10.

You know, I've been growing to like Acme Bar & Pizza (495 Monroe Ave.) and tonight they've got the as-yet-unknown-to-me 20 After starting around 10.

Despite my disdain at Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) treatment of bands (see my comments from last week) they will be having Beachbob (who couldn't play at the Krown last week because they couldn't find their drummer) and the really excellent groove/funk band Flava Country starting around 10:30.

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(remember that you have tomorrow off [if you have tomorrow off, that is])

Checked personally by Jayce Lilac Festival ends today.

If you're looking for something to do this afternoon, Prime Time Funk will be at the Lilac Festival Lilac Stage near South and Highland today at 2.

Tonight at Drinks by Mary Dawn (535 S. Clinton) is Acousticity at 9. If you want to see a small-time band in an intimate atmosphere, it doesn't get any smaller than this.

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Fly the flag today.Memorial Day Observed (half-staff until noon)

This afternoon starting at 3 is the mellow and enjoyable Earthtones at Schooner's Riverside (behind the boat store at 70 Pattonwood Dr.)

While you're up by the river, stop by and see the decent and fun modern rock cover band Perfect World at Pelican's Waterfront (566 River St.) starting at 4:30.

I've always been curious to go to see the Open Jar Jam at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight and every Sunday usually.

Checked personally by Jayce Trivia Quiz continues at The Old Toad (277 Alexander St.) I keep going and we still haven't won -- whether we have a few people or a whole bunch.. 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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Dan Liberto just won't quit ... now he's got another open mic comedy night way out at Six Pockets (Ridge Hudson Plaza) starting probably around 9.

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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Memorial Day

Tonight at 8, Billy Bang, Joe Fonda and Abby Rader will be at the little venue that could -- Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.) Sponsored by and right next door to The Bop Shop.

What would have been a karaoke night is now a Outdoor Barbeque with a live band at Rhythm (289 Alexander St.) Call 546-2211 for more information.

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

Checked personally by Jayce Tonight at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is Open mic Night (for music.) from 7 to 10.
 
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