Thursday, July 12, 2001

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #131: The First Agnostic is Born

Oh, let's see. I had five days off last week and that was fun. Well, up until I got sick about halfway through. I had a swell fever on Saturday and Sunday. I'm down to a stuffy nose now. At least when it's 90 degrees with 100% humidity, I'm the only one feeling as good as possible. Of course, it didn't get nearly that hot ... it's still better than a winter cold where I'm trapped inside for a week. Too bad I wasn't in Rio de Janeiro because I could be sick with Xuxa. Well, she's really really sick ... like helecopter-trip-to-the-hospital kind of sick, at least according to a July 9, 2001 Reuters story. Hopefully I'll be better by the weekend.

This weekend (and next weekend) looks to be quite a doozy, with the Corn Hill Festival just completely sneaking up on me. I had no idea until about Tuesday that it was this coming weekend. Then there's Brendan MacNaughton who's in town for a couple shows ... I saw him a couple times and he sure can captivate an audience--it's easy to do acoustic music badly, but it's next to impossible to make it incredible. Then there's some decent comedy at Comix Cafe with both Tiny Glover and Bob Nelson headlining this weekend. The movies at the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House are looking pretty good too, not to mention the start of the Rochester Jewish Film Festival today. (Note that Amos Gatai won't be in town because he wants to stay in his home country of Israel as things are a little dicier than usual over there.)

Hopefully I will stop being out of it.


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  • Final Fantasy: Spirits Within - Aliens attack Earth and give everyone terrible flatulence.
  • Legally Blond - Remember how Clueless was about a ditzy girl with a good heart? Well this is the same thing minus the good heart.
  • The Score - Robert De Niro is finally trying to retire from his life of [screen] crime, but he gets blackmailed into doing ... *sigh* ... one last heist.

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The Hill Cumorah Pageant (Hill Cumorah, Palmyra, N.Y.) is tonight at dusk. The last show this year is tomorrow.

Tonight at the Highland Bowl (South Ave. at Robinson Dr.) they'll be showing Wizard of Oz starting at 8.

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is the unknown-to-me American Acid, Cantilever, and Dolores starting around 10:45.

Tonight and Sunday, the talented Tiny Glover with Rob Little will be at the bland Comix Cafe (3450 Winton Pl.) at 8:30.

The groove rockers Veluxe and Groove Brothers will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 10:30.

Tonight is another of Freetime Magazine's Rochester's Most Popular Band Contest with US Falls versus 20 After starting around 9:30 at the intolerable Milestones (170 East Ave.) The show starts at 9 and Milestones closes around 12:30.

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.

Checked personally by Jayce The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The African Queen starting at 8. Bogart and Hepburn play a captain of a small boat and a pompous missionary in a journey through the Belgian Congo.

If you got the tickets, it implies you're interested in seeing Barenaked Ladies with Vertical Horizon and Sarah Slean at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (9993 Alleghany Rd., Corfu, NY) starting at 7. Just like Brian Wilson did.

The nauseating Comix Cafe (3450 Winton Pl.) continues to slam decent comedy this weekend ... tonight it's Bob Nelson with Rob Little at 8 and 10:45. Same times tomorrow night.

If you're not much up for comedy, perhaps one of the most energizing acoustic performers I've ever seen--Brendan MacNaughton. He'll be at the hellish Milestones (170 East Ave.) tonight with The Niche at 10, but he's here tomorrow too (see tomorrow.)

The Shakespeare Players will be performing A Comedy of Errors tonight at 8 at Highland Bowl (South Ave. at Robinson Dr.) I believe this is the first night.

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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 Dad on the Run starting at 8. This looks to be an amusing movie about a father who loses his son's foreskin (after a bris, duh) which is supposed to be buried according to a custom he and his wife chose.

Checked personally by Jayce Today is the first day of this year's Corn Hill Festival in the Corn Hill Neighborhood. Among hundreds of craftsmen and artists is a handful of live entertainment acts on the stages scattered throughout. Today and tomorrow the Downstairs Cabaret will be at Corn Hill Place all day. Remember, though, that the festival only runs from 10 to 6.

Checked personally by Jayce Tonight, Brendan MacNaughton will be at the relatively new, but cool, but expensive Caffe Dell'Arte (187 St. Paul St.) starting around 10.

Angry Johnny and the Killbillies with those unstoppable rockabilliers (?) Krypton 88 will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 10:45.

Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) will have the charmingly named Lem 'N Dic with Edge of Jupiter starting around 10:30.

If you really haven't had enough of the outdoors yet, the every trying modern rock cover band Perfect World will be on the Roof Deck of The Centers at High Falls (60 Brown's Race) starting around 9:30.

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Checked personally by Jayce Today is the last day of this year's Corn Hill Festival in the Corn Hill Neighborhood. The Downstairs Cabaret will again be at Corn Hill Place all day and the never-say-die acoustic coverer Jeff Elliot will be playing his James Taylor and Jimmy Buffet from 1 to 2 at the Avery Mall. Remember, though, that the festival only runs from 10 to 6.

Remember that Tiny Glover with Rob Little will be at the bland Comix Cafe (3450 Winton Pl.) at 8:30.

Not ready for mainstream Tonight at Drinks by Mary Dawn (535 S. Clinton) is the Freestyle Talent Show starting at 9. I asked Mary Dawn about it the other week and she said they have about 3 acts right now, but it's slowly building.

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

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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 months ago, Java's (16 Gibb Street) still has open mic poetry downstairs starting around 9:30.

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

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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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