Thursday, June 21, 2001

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #128: Strikes a Cord in Feet

Last Wednesday I walked to Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) to see the open mic music. I dragged my camera along and started taking pictures shortly after dark, during the show, and also afterward on the way home. Out of all the pictures I think this one is my favorite -- in fact, probably one of the ones I like the most of any I've taken. Maybe I'm too mired in my own work and know already what I like so I don't know if anyone else will think it's an interesting shot. It's just a street ... Whitmore ... at around 10 at night. I like the way the light is all wrong, among other things, and I think the invisible subject at the focal point works too. I dunno.

On Tuesday of this week I headed over to see Six Pockets (Ridge Hudson Plaza) to see Dan Liberto's Open Mic Comedy. I've been twice to this one and it's really good. A few years ago, they used to do it at Token Joe's (now Club Vibes at 150 Andrews St.) but the big complaint was the comics had to compete with noise at the bar. There was a certain grittiness to the whole thing. Six Pockets offers up their dining room with about 20 tables, the sound is good, and the room is sort of by itself (i.e. the bar is another room and the pool rooms are adjacent.) It's about time this comedy thing made a minor comeback.

Whitmore Street, 10pm in June 2001 A June night on Whitmore Street

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  • Dr. Dolittle 2 - Eddie Murphy reprises is role as a doctor who can talk to animals. Plus, there's a monkey on the movie poster! A monkey - how can you possibly go wrong?
  • The Fast and the Furious - A cop goes undercover in a jewel thieving ring as a showcase for the latest in fancy car chase technology.

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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 Day the World Ended starting at 8. For those who understand the significance of "Roger Corman's first science fiction movie," this is a must see.

Starting around 10:45 at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is the mystery show consisting of Coffee with Temple of Bomatin. The Bug Jar has been pretty good in the last few months so although I know nothing about the bands, I think it'll be pretty good also.

Tonight is another of Freetime Magazine's Rochester's Most Popular Band Contest with Ten Typing Monkeys versus 20 After starting around 9:30 at the intolerable Milestones (170 East Ave.)

If worse comes to worse 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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Checked personally by Jayce 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.

If you've either got the day off or you can get out early, there is a Downtown Rochester Walking Tour at noon and again at 4:45 starting at City Hall (30 Church St.)

Checked personally by Jayce Not ready for mainstream Tonight at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is an open mic comedy night hosted by Bill Franklin starting around 8:30.

Checked personally by Jayce The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Mad Max starting at 8.

Checked personally by Jayce Starting around 10, Ned Pepper will open for the eclectic and talented Jerseyband at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.)

The semi-famous comedian Bobby Slayton will be at the Milestones of comedy, Comix Cafe (3450 Winton Pl.) with Bam Bam at 8 and 10:45 tonight and at the same times tomorrow.

If the weather is nice, the Roof Deck of The Centers at High Falls (60 Brown's Race) is a great place to be. Hopefully Boys Lie is pretty good 'cause they'll be up there around 10.

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

Checked personally by Jayce The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior Road Warrior starting at 8.

Frantic Frank with Mid-Air Collision will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 10:45.

Neptune, Bigboote, and the everlasting punk rockers Eddie Nebula and the Plague will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 10:30.

If you want just a little less punk, check out Spacetrucker, Paulie Rocco, Camel Clutch and The Purrs at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) for an all ages show starting at 9.

If you're in the northwest of the city anyway and want to see some decent modern rock covers, stop by Slammer's Bar and Grill (4650 Dewey Ave.) to see Three Flights Up.

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Midsummer Day

Checked personally by Jayce The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome starting at 8.

For Sunday's pot-luck pick, Smitty will be way out there at Castaways (244 Lake Rd.) from 5 to 8.

Not ready for mainstream Tonight's another Open Jar Jam at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.)

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Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is the jazz-improvisation / Balkan-folk / tango / avant-garde / classical-chamber-music / rock band Kakalla with the really excellent offbeat Gaylord. This is supposed to be an early show which means anywhere between 7 and 11.

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 interested, Johnny's Smoke Free Bar (1382 Culver Rd.) will have a DJ playing Barenaked Ladies tunes.

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Not ready for mainstream As of a few weeks ago, Java's (16 Gibb Street) still has open mic poetry downstairs starting around 9:30.

Not ready for mainstream Dan Liberto's Open Mic Comedy is tonight at Six Pockets (Ridge Hudson Plaza) starting around 10. The shows have been pretty good in the past.

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Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is the heavy metal Alabama Thunderpussy with Suplecs, and Dixie Witch for another purportedly early show.

Not ready for mainstream A new arrival on the comedy front is another Open Mic Night -- this time at Caffe Dell'Arte (187 St. Paul St.) Well, actually ... there's no emcee, so it's kind of like whoever wants to do whatever on stage may do so. In general, there's nobody there ... but at least the space is nice even if the beer (oh yeah, they have alcohol) is expensive ($4 for a Bass? Come on.)

Over at Acme Bar & Pizza (495 Monroe Ave.) will be the funky and country-ish Jomama with The Soultrane starting around 9 or so in front of an underappreciative crowd.

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

Checked personally by Jayce Not ready for mainstream Tonight at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is Open Mic Night (for music) from 7 to 10.
 
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