Thursday, October 11, 2001

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #144: That's Gross, Theodor

It's hard to believe it's been a month already ... kinda weird, eh? Nonetheless, I thought I'd finally get around to a wholly inappropriate topical survey.

Anyway, remember back in July when I saw Snmnmnm at Java's (16 Gibb St.)? Neither did I, but I did take pictures and I finally put them up at the Snmnmnm at Java's page.

In addition, for this weeks multimedia extravaganza, I've got pictures from the Thursday show of Mary Simon and Velocity Mirror GarageBand link last week at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) Both bands are really good, but to be honest, I like Velocity Mirror better (technically Mary Simon was the headliner since they came all the way from Canada.) Mary Simon plays more of an acoustic-based rock while Velocity Mirror plays more of a rock-based acoustic.

I also got a chance to see the improv troupe Some Assembly Required. They were better than I expected ... they do a show more akin to Whose Line is it Anyway than Nuts and Bolts did in that they tend to get only a little audience input. Of course, for $20, the only reason I went is because it was a benefit show. Dollar for dollar, Nuts and Bolts is the better deal.

On Saturday I got to see John Akers at Johnny's Smoke Free Bar (1382 Culver Rd.) In general I'm not a big fan of cover bands and I'm not a big fan of acoustic music, this guy does both and is really good. His coup de grâce was when I asked him to play The Eagles' Hotel California as a reggae song. He actually took a crack at it, although it ended up sounding like Sting trying to make Hotel California sound like reggae.

Oh, and I wrapped up all the vinyl replacement windows. That, and check out the Sushi Class at California Rollin' at Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.) because as of last Friday there were still about 20 spots left.

On a final note, I caved in to hunger at work and bought one of those Oscar Mayer Lunchables. The machine offered the front of the package which boldly advertised 96% fat-free ham (with water added.) I know it's not health food, but with advertising like that I figured it couldn't be that bad. Well, let me put it this way: holy fucking shit: it is that bad. The 120 gram package is literally 15% pure fat (18 grams or 28% of the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance) of which 10 grams are saturated fat (50% USRDA) plus it contains 70mg cholesterol (23% USRDA) and 1700mg sodium (71% USRDA.) Anyway, I figured it was the processed cheese food that was contributed to the bulk of the toxins so, on account that I wanted to live to see tomorrow, I ditched the "cheese" and ate the ham and crackers.

Mary Simon Mary Simon
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  • Bandits - Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton play a couple kidnappers who both fall in love with the woman they kidnap played by Cate Blanchett.
  • Iron Monkey - If you're thinking along the lines of "John Woo's Robin Hood," you may be on the right track.
  • My First Mister - A 17-year-old girl and a 49-year-old man have a relationship. By the reviews I've seen I guess it's pretty good but kind-of shallow for those who have already explored the issues discussed.
  • Corky Romano - Chris Kattan and a Chihuahua getting blown out of an explosion? How can you go wrong? Did you hear me? A Chihuahua people!

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Tonight is Singles Night at Food Link from 5:30 to 7:30 at Foodlink (936 Exchange St .) Afterward is a social hour just down the street at Nathaniels (251 Exchange Blvd.) FoodLink redistributes food from stores that is not saleable and redistributes it to soup kitchens. The event is sponsored by Single Volunteers of Rochester which accounts for the "Single" part of the title. They're a group that is all single people and performs volunteer activities around Rochester. If you're interested, sign up at the website and join the event.

Tonight at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is the new-to-me Not by a Long Shot, Seven Head Division, and Six Gun Sinatra starting around 10:30.

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Astronomical Unit GarageBand link and another band starting around 10:45.

Tonight at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is House, a humorous play about a couple marriages among the upper-class in the midst of dramatic changes. As a follow-up (albeit a standalone play as well) is Garden at Nextstage which follows the same characters around the gardens of the house in House. Call 232-4382 for additional details and information. The plays run until November 11. Check the website or call for showtimes ... they seem to be doing it every night.

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 The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing This is what Democracy Looks Like starting at 8. This is a cutting video documentary of the events and brutality at the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle, WA.

Despite what you may hear from other sources, Gordon Stone Trio featuring Russ Lawton will not be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight. They cancelled earlier in the week.

*sigh* Despite going to Red (171 St. Paul) and finding that bands have cancelled, or that there was no show, I'll give it one more shot: tonight starting around 10 is Veil, The Priests and The Purrs.

Tonight at the Alexandra Palestra in the Goergen Athletic Center at University of Rochester (River Campus Map) will be Bill Cosby at 7:30 and at 10. I assume you'll need advance tickets ... call 273-5888 for more information.

Tonight at Shipping Dock Theater (151 St. Paul St.) at 7:30 p.m. is WIT which is about an English professor diagnosed with cancer who faces her mortality with depth and humor. Call 232-2250 for more information. The show is also being performed tomorrow at 8 and Sunday at 2 and runs through October 27.

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

Tonight at Border's Books and Music (Victor, N.Y.) is my friend's daughter's band, It's My Party! GarageBand link starting around 7.

The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Volta Do Mar with the modern-acoustic-rock band Veluxe and The Flashing Astonishers starting around 10:45.

Tonight at Acme Bar & Pizza (495 Monroe Ave.) is the groove-ish rock band Vitamin Wonka starting around 9:30. Gosh, I haven't seen these guys since last year ...

Tonight at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is Section 8 with the super-loud metal band Snaggletooth. Last time I was there to see them, Section 8 wasn't preapared to play ... it almost seemed like they were surprised that they were supposed to play.

Tonight at the Clark Gymnasium at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map image) at 8 p.m. is the nationally touring comedian Dave Chappelle. Call 475-2509 for more information.

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Columbus Day

Today at the Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) is another Community Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you're interested in getting a booth, it's $25 for a 10 by 30 foot space. Call 428-6907 for more information.

The remarkably talented acoustic cover singer John Akers will be at Norton's Pub (1730 Goodman St.) tonight, probably starting early (7 or so?)

Checked personally by Jayce The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Day of the Jackal starting at 8. An assassin named the Jackal is out to kill the President of France ... a great thriller indeed.

Not ready for mainstream Open Jar Jam at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight and every Sunday.

Just like on Thursdays, you can see/do/avoid Karaoke with Sugar Bear at Drinks by Mary Dawn (535 S. Clinton) starting around 9.

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Checked personally by Jayce Trivia Quiz continues at The Old Toad (277 Alexander St.) My interest is waning, but 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. It all gets started a little after 9.

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

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WCMF, 96.5FM is sponsoring a Comedy Contest at Frankie & Louie's Bayou Bar & Grill (The Centers at High Falls) starting at 9. First prize for the night is $200; they'll be there for four more weeks, culminating in a final show worth $500.

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 and he's still offering a $50 prize for the best comic each evening.

Not ready for mainstream Tonight from 8 to 10 is an interesting "new-material-only" Open-Mic Comedy Night at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) I think they're making it into a workshop type of environment.

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Checked personally by Jayce Today is the first day of the High Falls Film Festival which highlights the accomplishments of women in the film making industry.

Tonight at The Little (240 East Ave.) are a couple films for the High Falls Film Festival. At 7:30 is La Bûche directed and co-written by Danièle Thompson is a humorous account where three sisters explore their own view of the Christmas holiday. (French with English subtitles.) At 9:30 is Christmas in the Clouds by Kate Montgomery is a case of mistaken identity during Christmas at a ski resort owned and operated by native Americans.

Tonight at 7 at the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) for the High Falls Film Festival. is The Business of Strangers. Written and directed by Patrick Stettner, the official site describes the film as a "tightly drawn drama about a successful business woman and her new assistant stuck in an airport hotel locked in a game of power and control."

From 9 until midnight at High Falls Film Festival (192 Mill St.) is the opening ceremonies. Admission is $20.

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.

Not ready for mainstream Open Mic Comedy hosted by Dan Liberto (of the The Comedy Company) is tonight at Nathaniels (251 Exchange Blvd.) starting around 10. There's a $50 prize for the best comic each evening.
 
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