Thursday, December 20, 2001

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #154: I Hear the Islets of Langerhans are Warm This Time of Year

It's weird but I know of three people or so whose computers have crashed recently. Weird, eh? I mean, how come right now? Heck, even the polls aren't working (still!) on FreePolls. I guess you get what you pay for. Well, at least in that particular case. Of course, Dream Tools seems to be working okay. Since you don't get any extra choices, I have to work extra hard to make sure I cover all the possible things you might want to pick. Ugh.

I also rented the movie Cats & Dogs which was a bit worse than I thought. It took a long time to get used to the terrible special effects. The script was alright, though. Some of the dialog was pretty funny too.

Hey, while I was writing this I was playing with Control Freak on MTV2. Basically you get to vote online among three videos to be shown next. Up until the other fifty viewers got on and started swaying things it was fun to be in control of which video to see.

Finally, let me just run through the changes this week because of the holidays:

Jamie Lissow at Daily Perks on December 18, 2001 Jamie Lissow at Daily Perks on December 18

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Ok, so it's supposed to be very very very good. Keep those expectations set to impossible to ensure disappointment!
  • The Majestic - Jim Carrey pretends to be something he's not in this movie that nobody will see or remember.
  • Kate & Leopold - Kinda like Sleepless in Seattle except across time instead of the country.
  • Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius - Jimmy Neutron tries desperately to attract his sweetheart Janey Proton but he can't seem to be anything more than close to her as she's desperate for the sports star Johnny Electron ... oh never mind.
  • A Beautiful Mind - Crazy or genius ... you decide.
  • Joe Somebody - The son of a real estate agent and a community service worker starts a comedy career in Detroit and ends up starring in this movie.

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Tonight is another of Freetime Magazine's Rochester's Most Popular Band Contest with deltaforce 23 versus Random Order starting around 9:30 at the intolerable Milestones (170 East Ave.) The doors open at 9 and and close around 12:30.

Starting around 10:45 tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is the QUiTTERS GarageBand link (Rochester's hardest working punk-rock band) with This Sporting Life.

The Warrior Poets with Ned Pepper will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 10:30.

Over at the gosh-awful Comix Cafe (3450 Winton Pl.) will be Joel Lindley with recent Tonight Show guest Jamie Lissow and Tom Mule starting around 8:30, Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11:45, and Sunday at 8:30.

Continuing this week, Shipping Dock Theater (151 St. Paul St.) will be performing the humorous The Santaland Diaries. Performances are tonight at 7, tomorrow at 7:30, Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2. Tickets are $15.

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 Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) is the groove rock bands Babaloo with Sunny Weather starting around ... uhh ... 9, maybe?

Tonight at the "all-new" Mercury (171 St. Paul, formerly Red) is the tight punk-rockers QUiTTERS GarageBand link with the insane punk-rockers The Grinders starting around 9:30 or 10 or so.

The fun cover rocker's Three Flights Up will be way up at Slammer's Bar and Grill (4650 Dewey Ave.) starting around 10.

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

Tonight at the 12 Corners Presbyterian Church (1200 Winton Rd S.) is another show with Christine Lavin probably starting around 8. I don't know if it would be any better than last time. Call 637-5246 for more information.

Bloody Hollies, Thundergods and Riviera Playboys will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting tonight around 10:45.

Tonight at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is the ever fun The Purr's for their Christmas Show starting around 10:30.

Over at Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) is the ever fun and talented Hi Risers starting around 10:30 or so.

If you get stuck for something to do, you can always check out Go-Girls Music Festival with Enter Eden, the very talented rock band Mindstrap, the new-to-me Sarah Fimm (although you can find her page on MP3.com) and Jennifer Marie over at the intolerable Milestones (170 East Ave.) starting around 8. As an added bonus, it's a benefit for the Nicole Brown Charitable Foundation for Domestic Violence.

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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.

Checked personally by Jayce The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing the Frank Capra's classic Christmas movie It's a Wonderful Life starting at 8.

Checked personally by Jayce On a special night tonight, Trivia Quiz will be at The Old Toad (277 Alexander St.) Last week we got 8 of 20 with a large group (we called ourselves "Ritalin Speedball") ... the winners got 9 which surprised us since usually whoever wins gets about 16 or so. Anyway, I guess it'll get started just after nine again.

Karaoke with Sugar Bear is back at The Blue Room (293 Alexander St.) One of these days I'll have to stop by to see if it's really true.

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Christmas Eve

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Fly the flag today.Christmas Day

In an extra-special Christmas show, Space Trucker will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45 tonight.

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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Kwanza Begins

Checked personally by Jayce The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Ousmane Sembene's Faat Kine starting at 8. The story is of a single, female gas-station manager who gives blunt (but humorous) advice. The kicker was the quote from the New York Times in the Dryden's newsletter: "Sembene's films seem to coast into view and before you know it you're hooked."

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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GarageBand link links to a band's page on GarageBand.com which offers reviews and information about bands.

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