Thursday, March 28, 2002

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #168: Incorporating City of Rochester

First of all, in lieu of O'Bagelo's this week, I want to meet at The Little Café behind The Little (240 East Ave.) I stopped there with Anne on Saturday night. It was a mob scene, but the food was quite good, they serve both caffeine and alcohol, and they take credit cards. I asked if they had a full menu on Saturdays for lunch and they said "mostly." They said it gets pretty busy usually ... also, they open right at noon, so y'all early birds should sleep in a little.

For your multimedia amusement, here's a clip of the Purrs song "Boys" recorded at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) on February 2, 2002. They'll be playing tonight and I almost forgot to put this up ... well, I did but remembered in the morning to do it. Oh yeah, the clip is in QuickTime format and I'm using version 5.

What else ... I went to see Mooney Suzuki, The Priests, and The Datsuns play at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) last Thursday. They were all really good although I'm not personally a fan of the Priests because I think the lead singer tends to live the rock star lifestyle too much. But anyway, the fun part was that the Datsuns were from New Zealand and I talked with Christian from the group for a while. He said that they toured the U.S. starting in Texas and when they got up north, it was the first time they'd seen falling snow. I thought I would help New Zealand-U.S. relations and give them an ice scraper as a souvenir. They were pretty amused. By the way, Mooney Suzuki is a really good rock group too and they did a great set to wrap up the night.

Tuesday was fun too ... Anne and I caught the comedy improv troupe Some Assembly Required at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) They're pretty good, but their show tends to start really good and go downhill from there. I think they get too interested in learning new things on stage than on keeping the audience entertained. Maybe that's their point.

After that, I headed to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) to see Bardo Pond, an experimental/art band from Philadelphia, Fursaxa, another experimenta/art band ... this time from ... uhh ... Philly as well along with the experimenta/noise band Finkbeiner from around here. Now, I expected to see Joe Tunis who runs Carbon Records, the recording company for Finkbeiner ... someone I know from RIT. For my own amusement, I brought a copy of the CD I burned from the 1992 RIoT Bands Tape which included a couple songs from _fieldfresh_ who were Joe's band back then and I thought it would be funny to have them play those tracks between bands. The story is indeed short and doesn't need to be shortened more: Nick played the songs and Joe was amused. I ended up leaving the CD's for them to play between bands and such. Oh yeah, the bands were pretty good too ... if you like seeing bands who are more interested in learning new things on stage than on keeping the audience entertained.

Sara Strusz from the Purrs
Sara Strusz from The Purrs, 2002-Feb-2
(click to see video clip of "Boys" [3.2MB, QuickTime])

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  • Clockstoppers - Some kid gets hold of a device that speeds the user up so it appears that everyone else stopped and fails to use it for perverted whims.
  • Death to Smoochy - Danny DeVito wrote a story about how much he hates Barney, five years after everyone else stopped caring.
  • Panic Room - A couple crooks break into a house but are surprised to find one room that they can't get into and it keeps setting traps for them.
  • The Rookie - Some guy working as a high school baseball coach pitches real good like, and starts gambling with the students in his team.

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The heavy metal rock band Snaggletooth will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) for their (Snaggletooth's, not the Bug Jar's) 10th Birthday Party starting around 10:45.

Nuts and Bolts will be over at Johnny's Smoke Free Bar (1382 Culver Rd.) for their second anniversary show starting at 8. And to think I first saw them at their third show ... maybe I'll go for old time sake.

Over at the slightly tol... (well, you know) Mercury (171 St. Paul, formerly Red) is one of the best rock bands, Bee Eater with one of the most fun light-punk-rock bands, The Purrs starting around 11.

Up at the almost brand new Mardi Gras Restaurant and Nightclub (4775 Lake Ave.) is Spanky Haschman Swing Orchestra starting ... uhh ... I've got no idea since they're almost brand new.

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.

Over at Mercury (171 St. Paul, formerly Red) is the jazz band Viva Knieval from 8 to 11. I'm still curious to see how jazz plays out at Mercury.

There's apparently a Spoken Word Open Mic Poetry Night at Pythodd Jazz Room at the Heritage House (130 Spring St.) starting around 8 or so.

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If you can tolerate the venue, there's a couple of the best acoustic musicians at Rhythm (289 Alexander St.) for the Dueling Piano Show -- Todd East and John Akers starting around 10.

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Lunch at The Little Café behind The Little (240 East Ave.) today at noon.

Checked personally by Jayce Tonight's great pick is at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) with the rock band Villains, the tight jazz-singer-styled-acoustic-rock Michelle Austin Band and the eclectic funk-rock band Gaylord starting around 10:45.

Over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is the decent rock band Ratkings with Static Cling starting around 10:30.

Way up at Curley's Saloon (511 E. Ridge Rd.) is the friendly groove/folk band Burning Snella with Dutch Elm probably starting around 10.

If you'd like something a little lighter, the decent modern rock cover band Better Days will be over at Johnny's Smoke Free Bar (1382 Culver Rd.) starting around 9:30.

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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.

Karaoke with Sugar Bear is back at The Blue Room (293 Alexander St.)

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April Fool's Day

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.

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Lords of the Altamont with the rock band El Destructo will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45.

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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Checked personally by Jayce The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Creepshow starting at 8. This is the movie that originated the Tales from the Crypt television series.

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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