Thursday, August 15, 2002

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #188: Village, Inc.

Saturday was a sorta peculiar night. It started out normal enough ... I biked there around 9 and it was a pretty light crowd. With Reverend Horton Heat MP3 link at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) Snaggletooth at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) and that 1980's thing going on at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) most of the crowd was covered as missing. Anyway, I hung out and played pool with some of the regulars then hung out for the bands. First up was Chrome Ghost who're a decent rockabilly band from Utica. I think they got worse the more then drank, but that's not unusual ... it's a new venue for them and they're playing to a light crowd so why not mess around a bit. Next up was The Noise who're sorta punk-ish groove rock, if you will.

Anyway, they burned incense on stage. That set me off into this nostalgic funk ... I was trying to figure out which of the girls I had a crush on in college burned that scent of incense. Well, as I let myself get deeper into that past, pondering that it's been a little over 14 years since I started at RIT. Fourteen years. I decided it would be a good idea to visit my old alma matter.

Let me just say that I did have a few drinks, but I would have gone anyway even if I wasn't drinking. I sorta felt like I had to go there, so around 1:30 I left and biked to RIT.

I rode around Perkins and Colony apartment complexes but didn't find any people ... well, there was a small group in Colony but I didn't stop. I went to the dorms and milled around outside for a bit trying to not look suspicious while also trying to find an unlocked door in the virtually deserted complex. When I came upon the door to the tunnels at Colby (I think) I was very surprised that I thought, "yes--this one will be unlocked," and despite my disbelief in my own confidence in such a statement, it was. How odd.

Once in the tunnels I relaxed a little since I could see if there were people coming and I don't think they put in any cameras. The elevators in NRH weren't working so I couldn't visit my Freshman year floor. I went to Sol Heumann and visited the dorm room I stayed in as a pre-freshman in 1988. I sat in the lounge that's right next door to my old room for a little bit then headed back to the tunnels.


Jayce first lives in Rochester, if only for a couple days
I found that the murals haven't really been updated since the early 1990's when I was there. Anyway, I went to Gleason 2 and was surprised to find that there were people actually living there over the summer. I talked with this one guy in his room and said I had lived here about 12 years ago. He didn't seem to be all that interested. I mean, come on ... it's three in the morning and there's some guy telling you he lived here when you were like 6 or something! I considered shaking him until he looked surprised but decided not to.

It was pretty foggy on the way back and there were deer everywhere. I got home around 3:30 and crashed. Finally a good nights sleep.

Ok, well enough of that stuff for now. What else ... I found a link on X-10.com where they add a cookie to your browser to suppress those X-10 pop-up and pop-under ads for a month. It really is quite effective and it's nice that you get to opt-out of it. Too bad you have to go to their site to do it ... just reinforces the model that those ads are effective.

What else ... I sold theApple iBook and IBM ThinkPad power supply on eBay. I didn't do too bad taking a loss on the iBook, although it's borderline in my mind whether it was worth it ... Hmm ... well, close to borderline ... I think it was worth it to not have to worry about my laptop on a four-day trip.

In local news, there was to be a cool comedy thing at Jillian's (Corner of Commercial St. and Mill St.) for their new Thursday Night Laugh Tracks in the Groove Shack but it appears that most of the comics (Tiny Glover, T.L. Johnson and Adam Whiting) will probably not be able to appear. I'm not sure what's going to happen there instead.


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  • The Adventures of Pluto Nash - I guess this is supposed to be a humorous telling of Casablanca on the moon.
  • Blue Crush - The title, of course, referring to the crushing rejection you'd receive trying to date any of these women, and the blue balls you'll experience watching them prance around scantily clad and whatnot on the screen in front of you for 90 minutes or so.

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House of Hellfira will be hosting the industrial band Evil Majick starting around 9 and the Buffalo noise band Tribe-F MP3 link around 10 at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) After that it's DJ Dangler starting around 11:30.

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.

Over at Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free) is another Nuts and Bolts (42 Girard St.) spinoff with sketch comedy from Janice and Friends starting around 8:30. I'm pretty sure they charge $5.

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In a not-too-overly-rare early show at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is the pop-rock of Kyle Fischer (part of Rainer Maria MP3 link) along with Owen and the emotional acoustic-based rock from Chris McFarland MP3 link and more pop (this time more low-fi) with Toronto's Picastro starting early around 8.

Gosh ... yet another East End Fest (East Ave., near Scio and Richmond St. near Main.) A few things interest me. First, the decent South Catherine Street Jug Band is at the Scio Street Stage from 9 to 11. Second, the funk band Motet MP3 link will be outside at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) from 8:30 to 10. Lastly, the punk bands The Priests GarageBand link, and The Bloody Hollies will tear Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) a new one, inside, from 10 to close. I don't think the Montage people know what they're getting themselves into ... it should be fun.

Sweet ... Purrs, Bee Eater, and Dead Blue Hand will be at Mercury Star Lounge (171 St. Paul, formerly Red) starting around 10:30.

Over at Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free) is Croonin' Kurt and the Hi-Geared Combo probably starting around 9:30.

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.

In an early show (really early) sponsored by Enterprise Hardcore with Fat Day, Project Grizzly, and Borderline MP3 link starting around 3.

Later at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) at 10:45 or so is another Enterprise Hardcore show featuring Fat Day (again) Stepsister and Hilkka MP3 link.

It'll be good to see the catchy punk-rock of Eddie Nebula and the Plague GarageBand link once again over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30.

The decent modern rock band Meddling Kids will be over at Acme Bar & Pizza (495 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 9:30.

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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Don't Bother to Knock starting at 8. The thing that interested me was that it's an early film featuring Marylin Monroe.

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 Le Club Shock at Analog Shock (674 South Ave.) is a bunch of experimental music including Jack Rose, Black Swans and Joe+n starting around 7:30.

Tonight, Buffalo's Grand National with Radio Vago MP3 link will be over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45. (Note that Black Cat Music will not be appearing.)

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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