Thursday, October 18, 2001

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #145: Karakoram Schmarakoram--I've seen a bigger hill

Well Monday was fun ... kind of. For our play-at-home contestants, try to figure out what things sucked and what things didn't. I left the house around 8:30 to ride my bike to Trivia Quiz at the Old Toad. I ended up getting a flat tire about halfway there so I came back and got my other bike. I got there, hurrying a bit, but only about 15 minutes after 9. Everyone in the group I usually go with was not there ... well, except for [the other] Jason who showed up a few minutes after I did. He said he knew some people in another team so we joined them. Then we all joined a third team so we had 9 people or so. We ended up getting 7 out of 20 right--which is par for our regular team. We had a bit of fun with it throughout.

After that I headed to Acme for two-for-one night. I had a couple beers there and talked with the few people I knew. I think I crossed the point where you become a regular ... people seemed to recognize me and didn't give me dirty looks so much anymore It's kinda fun to be a regular, at least for a while--a few years later it's comfortable but unnerving at the same time. To experience the unnerving regular status, I headed out of there to my regular regular bar, Monty's Krown.

I got there around 1 and hung out for a little while chatting with the other regular regulars. I was kinda mad at myself for staying out so late on a Monday, but I've done this kind of thing before and it worked out alright. I got home around 1:45 and crashed.

Well, tried to crash.

Something in me refused to go to sleep. I tossed around for a couple hours before finally ceding and watching CHiPS on TBS at 4 in the morning. It dawned (sorry) on me that I could just go to work ... so off I went. I got there around 5 and felt tired and unproductive before leaving a little before 1. I got home and crashed for a few hours, watched some TV, then went to bed at 8 and slept through the night.

Pretty exciting, eh?

In the news of the future, I'll be out this weekend, so don't count on me being at O'Bagelo's. I decided you all should go to Spot Coffee (East Ave. and Mathews St.) instead. I went there over Labor Day weekend when my parents were here and had some really good stuff. I hope you're all very impressed.

One last thing ... I wrote to the people at the High Falls Film Festival about atire and the events are basically casual/business casual (you know, Rochester-standard-go-to-a-movie wear) and for the opening and closing ceremonies "hip" attire is recommended. As for tickets (any of the screenings, ceremonies, or seminars) you can buy them in advance as late as one day prior to the event, or wait in the designated "Rush" line from about an hour before up to 10 minutes before when they stop letting people in altogether. Details are on the website.


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Throttlerod with Quintane Americana and Low Ton will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight around 10:45.

Tonight at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) it's Tha Amazing Reynols with Noumena and the super obnoxious Pengo starting around 10:30.

The acoustic coverer John Akers will be at Frankie & Louie's Bayou Bar & Grill (The Centers at High Falls) tonight starting around 10.

Checked personally by Jayce Over at the hideous Comix Cafe (3450 Winton Pl.) will be a couple of women named The Untamed Shrews with the local guy Steve Burr at 8:30. They're also performing on Friday and Saturday night at 8 and 10:45 and again on Sunday at 8:30.

Way up at the Penny Arcade (4785 Lake Ave.) is the Made in Rochester show with Justin's rock band Build and Up From Crash GarageBand link starting a little after 9.

Tonight at The Little (240 East Ave.) and at the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) are the movies of High Falls Film Festival. (Who knows if they'll appreciate me doing this, but you can go directly to the list of Thursday's films.) The non-film events are:

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.

Singles for Charity (which is different from the group I've been going with) get together to do stuff for local charities. It sounds like a good idea, anyway. The meeting tonight is from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Al Sigl Center (1000 Elmwood Ave.) Go to Door #5 at the Staff Lounge. Call 234-0187 for more information.

Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is hosting an Acoustic Open Jam from 8 to 10. For this one, there's no microphones and it's designed to be more of a true jam.

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Tonight at the Fairport Teen Center (W. Church St., Fairport) at 7 is a free show with The Lightbulbs, The Goonies, and The Skatos.

Checked personally by Jayce The Curtis Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Secrets of Silicon Valley Silicon Valley starting at 8. An interesting bit of documentary about a couple employees surviving the black hole of cyberspace in recent years.

Oh, and it's the ever popular Ghost Walk sponsored by the Landmark Society of Western New York. Be sure to get tickets early at the Landmark Society for $7, 546-7029, or face waiting forever in line and paying $10 at the door) starts at the Third Presbyterian Church (Meigs St. and East Ave.) every 10 minutes from 7 to 9; this and next Friday and Saturday. Basically, you go from house-to-house and local thesbians tell a tale of Rochester's past. Some are based on true events, some are false; some are funny, some are gross, some are really spooky -- especially the true ones. Oh yeah, and stick to the houses on the tour. The people in the non-tour houses get really annoyed. Trust me on that one.

Over at Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) is part of the "East End Octoberfest" with the decent modern rock band Ned Pepper starting around 10:30.

Tonight at the Downstairs Cabaret (172 West Main St.) for only one show at 8 is the one-man play Eye of the Storm which, according to the Downstairs Cabaret website (from months ago, at least) is:
... about the extraordinary Federal Judge Frank Johnson, whose 44-year career took on racial civil rights, penal and mental health institutions, and voter's rights.


Tonight again are a bunch of movies for the High Falls Film Festival (use the shortcut to the list of Friday's films.) This morning at 11 a.m. is Coffee with ... another of the filmmakers over at Java's (16 Gibb St.) The V.I.P. Party will be at 2Vine (2 Vine St.) tonight at 11.

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Checked personally by Jayce In case you didn't notice, O'Bagelo's (165 State Street) is closed today. As an added bonus, I'm out of town. But, if you want a decent place to try, check out Spot Coffee (East Ave. and Mathews St.) for some decent food, coffee, and atmosphere. Try to get the dragon.

Several times today, the hour-and-a-half walking drama, A Circle of Friends: An Abolitionists' Tour of Mt. Hope Cemetery in 1860 will be performed at Mt. Hope Cemetery (North Gate, 791 Mt. Hope Ave.) Call 271-4552 for reservations.

Over at Rhythm (289 Alexander St.) it's the talented acoustic-rock cover performer John Akers from 6:30 to 9:30.

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is the funky rockers Gaylord for their CD Release Party with the solid modern punk rockers Dead Blue Hand starting around 10:45.

The well received Jimi Hendrix Tribute Band will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 10:30.

Despite the hideousness of Milestones (170 East Ave.) I have to recommend the fun groove rock band South Catherine St. Jug Band (who don't have a jug, by the way) with Aaron Katz (of Percy Hill) starting around 10.

If you like Hendrix, you'll also like the brash rock band Drift with Liqwid over at Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) starting around 10:45.

Tonight again are a bunch of movies for the High Falls Film Festival (use the shortcut to the list of Saturday's films.) This morning at 11 a.m. is Coffee with Thérèse DePrez at Java's (16 Gibb St.) She was production designer (an artist who designs the overall appearance of a film) on films such as I Shot Andy Warhol, Summer of Sam and High Fidelity. Of course at 8 at the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is the presentation of the Susan B. Anthony "Failure Is Impossible" Award to Pam Grier.

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Checked personally by Jayce Today is the last day of the High Falls Film Festival.

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.

Today is the last day of the High Falls Film Festival. Check out the website for details on the events for the day.

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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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Checked personally by Jayce The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Birth of a Nation starting at 8. This silent film of 1915 documents race relations and perceptions in pre-WWI America through an untainted lens (relative to most modern historical accounts anyway.) Live piano by Philip C. Carli.

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 three 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 The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Peeping Tom starting at 8. Much more than a peeping tom, an otherwise shy and sensitive man murders women on film to observe their reactions to death.

Similar to Saturday at Rhythm (289 Alexander St.) the talented acoustic-rock cover performer John Akers starting at 9.

Freetime Magazine is claiming that the Eastman Jazzmen 3 (you know, the four- or five-piece jazz band from Eastman School of Music) will be back at Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) [you know, the place that decided to leave the TV's on back in May for the hockey game and the band decided to not come back] starting around 8. However, I talked with one of the guys in the band and he claims they will not be playing at Richmond's. You decide.

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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