Thursday, August 8, 2002

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #187: Napoleonic Reins End

So here we are at 8/8 already. At least it's been cool out ... I get so much more energy when it's cooler out. Mmmm. I suspect that now that it's warmer the crowds will be thinner than usual.

Of course, last weekend at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) was not thin by any means. It was hot, but tons of people showed up for three excellent performances -- The Blackouts MP3 link, The Flour City Knuckleheads GarageBand link and The Pietasters MP3 link. Very much fun. I hadn't seen the Pietasters before, but they're really quite good ... the antics on stage seem like fun albeit "New York City style" where they don't actually address the crowd, but address the whole place. Anyway, they blend ska with a little of rock, punk, jazz, and blues. There are six of them and they were wearing red, white, and blue overalls. The mosh pit continued from the Knuckleheads and I was right at the stage and got crunched a few times. Now that's the way to spend a Sunday ... heh heh. The Pietasters moved on to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) as well but I didn't go ... gotta get some sleep once in a while.

What else ... I've got the Apple iBook and an IBM ThinkPad power supply on eBay. Hopefully I'll get part of the money back that I spent on the iBook. I was surprised to find that the laptop does indeed have video output, making me reluctant to sell it. Of course, it's still a pretty pricey MP3 player.

Coming up, you'll find that tomorrow, the really excellent punk-rock band, Dead Blue Hand will be at Mr. Fluff (703 South Ave.) Yes, the laundromat.


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  • Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams - Dennis Quaid has a knack for entering other people's dreams ... er ... I mean ... another digitally enhanced movie about a couple of kids who are now officially spies, unlike the last film where they became spies.
  • XXX - Vin Diesel plays a porn star called into action by the NSA.
  • Blood Work - DNA gone bad entangles Clint Eastwood as a retired FBI profiler called back into service.

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Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is a couple new-to-me noise/indy rock bands: Friend/Enemy with Olneyville Sound System and the (ok, so I know one) noise/experimental band Finkbeiner 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.

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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Thing starting at 8. John Carpenter's grotesque remake.

Tonight at Mr. Fluff (703 South Ave.) (yes, the laundromat) is the excellent punk-rock band Dead Blue Hand for a Roman-themed (a.k.a toga) party starting around 9.

Over at Mercury Star Lounge (171 St. Paul, formerly Red) is some pretty funky bands with the entirely unknown to me First Circle, the second best funk band in Rochester -- Mountain Mojo Authority, the best funk band in Rochester -- Astronomical Unit GarageBand link and the also-entirely-unknown-to-me Kevin Herrick Experience starting around 10:15.

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.

In case you're curious, it's Alla Turca at Lola Bistro and Bar (630 Monroe Ave.) tonight and every Friday from 10:30 to 2.

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

This is the last weekend of the Sterling Renaissance Festival (15431 Farden Rd., Sterling, N.Y.)--today and tomorrow from 10am to 7pm.

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Fast Times at Ridgemont High starting at 7. If you ever wanted to see why everyone who is famous today is famous today, see this movie. Of course, the $20 tickets have been on sale for almost two weeks already, it might be difficult to get in. Sounds like fun. Oh yeah, and it starts at 7 and also features 1980's covers by the Square Pegs and a slew of other '80's stuff as well. Dress up.

The metal band Snaggletooth will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight with Columbus, Ohio's Gil Mantero's Party Dream starting around 10:45.

Over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is the annoyingly-difficult-to-search-on band The Noise starting around 10:30.

Ok, ok ... I'll mention it. Reverend Horton Heat MP3 link will be at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) with Nashville Pussy MP3 link and Honky GarageBand link starting at 8.

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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Conan the Barbarian starting at 8. The 1982 theme continues with Arnie's kick-starting movie directed by Ron Howard (really.)

Oh, ugh ... the super loud but I-didn't-think-all-that-good band Jucifer MP3 link will be back at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) with Crack Torch starting around 8.

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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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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Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45 or so is grinding rock of No Doctors with math rock of Caesura.

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 Open-Mic Comedy Night at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) While once it was a workshop type of environment, the comics now have to force that behavior ... by default it's a place to try out new stuff.

Dan Liberto (of the The Comedy Company) is back with another Open Mic Comedy up at Penny Arcade (4785 Lake Ave.) starting probably around 10:30

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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.
 
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