Thursday, November 22, 2001

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #150: Putting the T in Thomas

This essay thing is killing me this week. I've really got some writers block this week. Well, the only thing to do is force on through ... just like everything.

What is old news to some of you is that I'm not dating Anne anymore. We're still working on being friends, but I've got a bit of defense work to do--I said I felt like I didn't know when the relationship would ever end, and then a week later the feelings came to an end and I called off that part of it. Now I have to go back and try to be friends again ... of course, I'm starting at a less-than-trustable point than if I was just a stranger. More of the saga to come.

In the mean time, it's Thanksgiving which basically means that a lot of stuff is closed and I had to think up a holiday survey that wasn't turkey-related again. Oh, and some people are seeing their families and eating way too much and such.

I've been trying to figure out what to do in Schenectady based on Metroland Magazine, which is the Capital District's equivalent of Rochester's Freetime Magazine. Unfortunately they don't update their calendar until Thursday and their week starts on Thursday, so it's kind of a pain. I was also on Capital Region Unofficial Musicians and Bands Site and somebody tipped me off to Paddy Kilrain who is supposedly an eclectic, energetic, acoustic rocker who'll be out at The Caboose Pub (95 W. Fulton St., Gloversville, NY) on Friday from 6:30 to 9:30. Now, this is way far away from where I'll be, but also the only thing I know of so far. Who knows if I'll even go anyway--my cousin is assistant manager at Bayou Cafe (507 Saratoga Rd., Scotia, NY) so my brother and I end up going there every holiday.


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  • Spy Game - Nick Rivers, an American pop star is sent to Germany and ends up in a twisted plot of international espionage. Oh ... wait, that's Top Secret! with Val Kilmer ... Spy Game is something else, altogether. [ALL: "Spy Game is something else."] Oh yeah, and it doesn't have Val Kilmer either.
  • Black Knight - Martin Lawrence plays in this unDisneyesque version of A Spaceman in King Arthur's Court. See, he becomes a knight and he's black ... get it?
  • Out Cold - Some snowboarders try to start their own resort. See, they're snowboarders, so they're outside, and it's cold, so it's cold ... get it?

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Fly the flag today.Thanksgiving

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is a Thanksgiving After Dinner Saurez with The White Devils and Mid Air Collision starting around 10:45.

Over at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St., formerly Piranha) is a curious show titled Open Mic Variety Show and Sessions with Dr. Bob starting at 9.

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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A new-to-me funk band Mad Funk will be at Norton's Pub (1730 Goodman St.) starting around 9:30.

The decent modern rock cover band Three Flights Up will be way out at the five-mile bar Slammer's Bar and Grill (4650 Dewey Ave.) starting around 10.

Estrofest will be at School of the Arts (45 Prince St.) tonight and tomorrow at 8.

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O'Bagelo's is closed today. I'll be out of town and I'm just going to let y'all pick your own place to eat ... maybe even leftovers.

Eyespy will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45.

Tonight is the ever popular 3rd Annual Monty Aid (for Open Door Mission) at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) with rockers The Thundergods, fun chick punk-rockers The Purrs, Bloodiehollies, The End, Heatseeker, The Rat Kings and more starting at 4 p.m.

One of the best funk/blues/R&B/rock bands in town, Prime Time Funk will be at the subdued and hidden Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) starting around 9:30.

The new-to-me groove rock band Perpetual Motion will be at Acme Bar & Pizza (495 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 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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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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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 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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Tonight at 5 at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) it's the Starving Artist Exhibit.

Checked personally by Jayce The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Rock 'N' Roll High School starting at 8, a cult-film and cult-film-wannabe telling the classic story of rock 'n' roll as the inappropriately blamed source of society's ills.

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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