Thursday, November 15, 2001

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #149: Roget Remembered, Memorialized, Celebrated, Glorified, Saluted ...

Lessee ... changes around here which shouldn't be noticeable to you is that I switched the search tool to FreeFind which seems to work alright. The old search tool through Vantagenet just up and stopped working. Free stuff really gets no tech support attention, so I won't know anything ... possibly ever. Hopefully they won't lose the survey results--as important as that is.

Also, according to an old press release at AreaCode-info.com, we can start using the 585 area code today. The recent local news confirms this (which, in my humble opinion, doesn't amount to much.) With 5's being JKL and 8's being TUV, I guess we're KUL, or LUL or something. Oh, and we now have a derogatory number for those people to the west of us too--look out 315ers, 716ers are gonna start taking away your fire [you know: self-maintaining rapid oxidation--maybe you've seen it.] Then again, maybe not.

Anyway, in Jayce's world ...

I went out with Anne throughout the weekend. We went to the show at the Bug Jar on Saturday and I was surprised she liked it. We saw The Realistics who were a decent punk-rock band, The Sluts--Rochester's own happy-punk band, and one of the best pop-punk/rock bands in the area, Eddie Nebula and the Plague GarageBand link . I think Anne really liked The Sluts ... she cut open one of the glow sticks during the song Glowstick and threw the glow stuff across the stage. I think the exact words of the bass player were, "everything was going alright until the Toxic Avenger jizzed all over me." Definitely a fun show.

On Thursday night I went to see Suran Song in Stag at the Bug Jar and had a bit of fun. They're from New Jersey and do a rock-based show with a bass guitar, drummer, and singer all while a slide show projects onto themselves. It's quite the multimedia experience. The people in the band are pretty cool too. On Friday Anne and I went to University of Rochester to find parking and partially get lost. Oh, and to see some bands in The Commons. I don't know who was whom, but both bands were barely alright and certainly not worth hanging around for, so it was off to the Krown to shoot some pool.

What else ... this coming Tuesday, there won't be a comedy show at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) because they'll be out for Thanksgiving.

Oh yeah ... I saw this come across the news too. First, let me say that as most of you know I'm dysfunctionally literate--I don't generally read squat as far as novels go. Nonetheless I wanted to mention that Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) will be doing another of their "If All of Rochester Read the Same Book" events for the 2002 year. In 2001, they suggested that everyone read A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. This coming year, they're recommending The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks which was featured in Seattle's 1998 program of the same theme. The Seattle Public Library has an educational toolkit about the author at the website for their program (they also have a boastful cover story from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer which makes for an amusing read.) Rochester's program (like many others around the country) includes a nifty button idea where you can wear a pin that says "I'm Reading Russell Banks" which may get you beat up in some circles, but in others may spark literary conversation--possibly both.

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Ok, this is really bugging me and I'm gonna have to get on my soapbox about it. There was a recent blip in the news about the Leslie Welch and Lou and JoAnn Kingsbury appearing on The Ananada Lewis Show. The story itself is a couple years old at this point. Basically, Joe Kingsbury went to a Leslie's daughter's graduation party at the Welch house on July 10, 1999. He proceeded to drink himself to death there (I believe he drank two pint glasses of hard liquor) and his BAC was reported at 0.44% at the coroner's office. He was found the following morning and could not be roused.

The story is tragic, but my real problem with the whole thing is that Leslie Welch is now spending 5 years in jail because Joe was a minor--he was 20. In fact, he was only two months and 10 days away from his 21st birthday. So just how can a parent teach their kids to drink responsibly if they risk prison for it? I realize this particular tragedy has significant differences from one where it was a parent and their child but I'm sure the outcome would be similar.

Consider a young adult--perhaps Joe's age--who intends to drink alcohol. It would be best for him to throw a party in the presence of adults who can then ensure everyone drinks in moderation. If someone drinks too much, an ambulance would be minutes away, saving the lives of someone in Joe's situation.

However, that's illegal. If you're an adult, your only option is to prevent minors from drinking. If you threw such a party, you would undoubtedly go to jail.

So, this young adult who is intent on drinking alcohol at a party goes elsewhere. Somewhere away from authority figures who would catch them. Incedentally, away from authority figures who know how to handle alcohol responsibly and away from authority figures who can provide emergency assistance.

I guess the law assumes that by sticking your head in the sand and denying that underage drinking happens is the best approach. This leads me inevitably to think "how fucking stupid." I am horrified by how backwards our system for dealing with drinking is. We produce citizens who have no idea of the effects of alcohol and of the amount of alcohol it takes to be too drunk to drive.

So, if poor Joe were 2 months and 10 days older, would he be any less dead? What would those two months have taught him about alcohol? Did it help any to instill in him the notion that alcohol is a special treat for adults only? If it was okay for an adult to be present to keep track of what underage drinkers are doing at a party, would he be alive today?


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  • The Simian Line - A fortune teller throws a group of four couples into disarray when she makes some foreboding predictions.
  • The Wash - Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre star in this flick about a couple of guys trying to pay the rent working at the carwash. Comedy ensues.
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - Harry Potter, like the 800,000 abused children in the U.S., escapes his dreary existence by joining a special school to become a wizard.

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Tonight, The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will have The Exploders and The Emersons starting around 10:45.

Let It Burn and the metal band Kalibas will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) tonight at 10:30.

Tonight is another of Freetime Magazine's Rochester's Most Popular Band Contest with Speakeasy GarageBand link versus FMGreen starting around 9:30 at the intolerable Milestones (170 East Ave.) The doors open at 9 and and close 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.

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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Checked personally by Jayce The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Our Daily Bread starting at 8, about a microcosm of life presented in a depression-era farm.

For those with the tickets, Poe with Think Of England will be at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) for an all ages show at 7.

Updated: deltaforce 23, Standfast, Brand New, The Reunion Show and Act Your Age will be at the Fairport Teen Center (W. Church St., Fairport) starting around 7 (not Brighton Town Park as previously noted.) I don't know how this show will be but the last time I was there the crowd was so young I was taller than all of them.

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

The Villians, Rocky Velvet and Angry Johnny and the Killbillies will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45.

Over at Monty's Korner (363 East Ave.) is Ronley Teper, Karen Kosowski and Joanna Mcnaney at 8 then The Hirisers CD Release Party starting at 10. I saw Ronley and Karen play at the Korner when they were in town on September 17. I thought Karen was really quite excellent. Ronley was quite good herself, but I couldn't appreciate her singing style. Oh, and the Hirisers are a blast--competent rock musicians with great rock theatrics.

Over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is Dog Day Sunrise with Endface and Hollowpoint starting around 10:30.

The groove rock band South Central will be at Acme Bar & Pizza (495 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting sometime around 10.

The quite good rock-acoustic band Velocity Mirror GarageBand link will be way up at the ice-cold Penny Arcade (4785 Lake Ave.) tonight starting around 10.

It looks like Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) is taking a crack at being a music bar again with Don't Bother The Dog with Burning Snella starting around 10:30.

Tonight Rhythm (289 Alexander St.) will have a couple locals for Live Dueling Pianos with the ever talented John Akers and Paul Strowe starting at 10.

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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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For those of you who've got tickets, Ben Folds will be at the Harro East (400 Andrews Street) starting at 7.

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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Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) it's Candy Snatchers and Hellbenders starting around 10:45, but maybe earlier because it's a Tuesday.

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.

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Checked personally by Jayce The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing True Stories starting at 8, a film directed by, written, and starring David Byrne as the protagonist in a bizarre musical comedy.

In lieu of a Thanksgiving Day show, The Lucys and The Rat Kings will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 10:30.

In another locals show, Rhythm (289 Alexander St.) will have a Dueling Piano Show with the talented Todd East and the talented John Akers starting around 10.

The modern rock cover band Three Flights Up will be way up at the "five-mile bar" Slammer's Bar and Grill (4650 Dewey Ave.) starting around 9:30.

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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