Thursday, June 20, 2002

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #180: Going Back Toward Whence We Came

Well last weekend was pretty fun. On the way home from work on Friday, I stopped by John Holtz BMW (Calkins Rd. at West Henrietta) to participate in the Drive for the Cure. Basically they let you drive an assortment of BMW's around a designated course on the roads around the dealership and they donate a dollar per mile driven to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. It was raining on-and-off, but I got to try a 330i automatic, a 325i manual, and a Z3 automatic. All the cars were nice ... I liked the manual better than the rest but the Z3 certainly was fast. Anyway, when I got back with the Z3 they said that was my last drive. Apparently they have a problem if you spin the tires on the wet pavement when you park the car. Yeesh ... and I think I was one of the only people who got kicked out.

Satruday was pretty fun too. I skipped the usual band stuff (there wasn't anything that was must see--unlike this coming Friday) and headed to Karma (East Ave. near Alexander) around 9. My friend Jan's girlfriend Shannon's friend Michelle is getting married and this was her wedding shower party and he said they'd be at Karma over lunch. I figured I'd stop in and say hi. Unfortunately I got there too early and the bartender was just talking on the phone in front and there was nobody there so I decided to go to Mex (295 Alexander St.)

Did I mention it was raining? No, eh. Well, it was raining. I had even waited in my car for the rain to slow from undriveable downpour to heavy rain before getting out ... but anyway, on the way over to Mex, the "undriveable downpour" started again. Right next door there was a miniature cascade coming from the parking lot--white water and all. I think there were some wee people rafting too. By the time I got to Mex I was soaked. Well, my shirt was anyway ... my pants were merely wet. Some guy at the bar said he thought I was wearing a silk shirt but then realized I was soaking wet. Anyway, I sat really still doing some people watching and having a glass of wine. Around 10 I headed back to Karma and joined Jan and the four women. I'm sure he was much relieved.

So we all chatted and stuff and headed to Monty's Korner (363 East Ave.) next door (where Jan bid us farewell) then to The Old Toad (277 Alexander St.) for some late night munchies. Now, I want to mention their friend Dana which is the name Jan, Shannon, and Michelle have been so dilligently reading along to see. I'll try to be as ambiguous and vague as I can so I'll just say I thought she was pretty cool. Ha -- no, just kidding. I ended up talking with her the most although generally in a group setting, but I liked her enough to look forward to seeing her again and think she's pretty cute, but I didn't get an impression of a "spark" so I'll just have to let things play out as they will. Now, note how little information that previous sentence contains ... so ha--I did end up sticking with the ambiguous.

Ok, coming up this weekend is a really cool time over in the St. Paul Quarter on Friday. Mercury Star Lounge (171 St. Paul, formerly Red) has the Garage Pop show with bands like The Grinders whom I haven't seen in a while and Isotopes whom I've never seen, and The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) and Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) have Eddie Nebula and the Plague GarageBand link with their new members (they got a new drummer some months ago and presumably have replaced their guitarist) Astronomical Unit GarageBand link and Burning Snella. Everything should be just so much fun, and it friggin' better be because my expectations are really high.

Later, on Tuesday, Jonathan Richman MP3 link will be at the horrid little venue, Milestones (170 East Ave.) The last time he was here he played his quirky folk-styled rock-styled music and played no encores. Now, as I understand it, he always does encores. I blame Milestones. That can suck the fun out of anything.

Oh yeah, if anybody out there has any sort of a clue, let me know if the Adrenokrome GarageBand linkMP3 link links are right. They'll be at Acme Bar & Pizza (495 Monroe Ave.) on Saturday and I couldn't figure out if they're the right ones ... I suspect there's only one Adrenokrome, but hey, you never know.

Oh, and I shaved my head again. I decided to try a new style ... I think it'll catch on with us balding guys. Ok, ok ... so I ended up shaving it all off. What, do you think I'm crazy?

Jayce's weird haircut
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  • Juanna Mann - Finally: a movie about transvestites for people who love basketball ... but when will Hollywood make a movie for me --a movie about World War I for people who love cats.
  • Lilo and Stitch - It gets kinda weird when Lilo has [Stitch] on [his] knees, begging "darling please, won't you ease [his] worried mind."
  • Minority Report - The government determines that Tom Cruise's character is about to borrow his fathers Porsche while his parents are on vacation and they step in to stop him before he even gets started.

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Over at the lawn at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is the awsome ska of The Blackouts MP3 link starting around 6:30. It's $8 / $6 for members. (If it rains, they'll move it to next week.)

Over at Manhattan Square Park (130 Chestnut St.) is Max Creek MP3 link and South Catherine Street Jug Band starting around 6 for the Party in the Park.

The Olympia, Washington garage rock band Bangs will play with the Ohio "art-rock" band Lenore Syndrome at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 10:45.

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.

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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In a competing big show over at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) and The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) is a Rochester Music Coalition Fundraiser with FMGreen, the return of Eddie Nebula and the Plague GarageBand link, one of Rochester's most popular alterna-rock bands, deltaforce 23 MP3 link and Five Star Riot MP3 link over on the Music Hall side and the awsome funk-rock of Astronomical Unit GarageBand link, Brouhaha, the fun folk-rock of Burning Snella and the surprisingly decent groove-rock of Naked by Nine GarageBand linkMP3 link over on the Club side starting around 8 for only $5.

Tonight is the rain-date for the first East End Fest (East Ave., near Scio and Richmond St. near Main) of the year--starting around 7. Of modest note is the fun disco cover band, United Booty Foundation playing at the Aria (120 East Ave.) stage from 7:30 to 11. The decent modern rock band Uncle Plum GarageBand link will be at Milestones (170 East Ave.) from 9 to 11. Remember that the whole thing is free so you get what you pay for ... just look at last week.

Tonight at Mercury Star Lounge (171 St. Paul, formerly Red) is (what I believe to be the first at Mercury) a Garage Pop show with QUiTTERS GarageBand link, Purrs, The Grinders (the first time in a while for them) The Bloody Hollies and Isotopes starting around 9:30.

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Mullitt with Doggnapp'd! starting at 8. All about the 1980's!

If you want to get away from some of it all, check out Better Days at the Roof Deck of The Centers at High Falls (60 Brown's Race) starting around 9:30. I'm a fan of going around 1 when most of the crowd has cleared out and the band is a bit more ... umm ... friendly.

In case you're shut in tonight (or tomorrow), check out I'm going to make a drug with my mind on cable public access (channel 15 on Time Warner) at 11:30 p.m. featuring Pisspot the Bunny interviewing local and out-of-town bands.

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

Kinda early at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Ember Swift MP3 link with Joanna McNaney starting around 8, I guess.

Tonight at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) is the new-to-me but apparently quite zany Uforkestra MP3 link show titled ManiFESTATION: ImproVISATION with Some Assembly Required to benefit Rochester Visual Studies Workshop starting around 8.

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Howling starting at 8. Ooh, don't pick at that ... and mind those full moons.

Later at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is the rockabilly of Angry Johnny and the Killbillies and Croonin' Kurt and the Hi-Geared Combo starting around 10:45.

Tonight at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is Playboy Assassins with Bee Eater starting around 10:30.

The new-to-me Adrenokrome GarageBand linkMP3 link will be at Acme Bar & Pizza (495 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30.

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Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Electric Wizard, Son Of Otis and the heavy rock of Lowton starting around 8.

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Hellzapoppin' starting at 8. Apparently you'll hurt from laughing so much from this movie.

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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Midsummer Day

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Spring Time Saps, Pass the Gravy, Limousine Love and The Cook starting at 8. Some more funny films ... these ones are silent ... with live piano.

Checked personally by Jayce Trivia Quiz continues at The Old Toad (277 Alexander St.) It all gets started a little after 9.

There's apparently a Spoken Word Open Mic Poetry Night at Pythodd Jazz Room at the Heritage House (130 Spring St.) from around 6 to around 10. It used to be on Thursdays but I guess they moved it.

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Again tonight on the lawn at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.), it's the rocking rockabilly of Krypton-88 starting around 6:30. It's $8 / $6 for members. (If it rains, they'll move it to next week.)

Jonathan Richman MP3 link will be at Milestones (170 East Ave.) tonight starting around 8 for $10.

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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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.

The Starving Artist Art Show will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 6 or so.
 
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