Thursday, September 19, 2002

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #193: Dots for Louis

Let me tell you that I totally freaked out on Monday morning. I got up like usual around 5:30 or so and turned on the local news only to find static. I figured their transmitter was out for some reason until I found that _all_ the networks were off. Nothing ... 8, 10, 13, 21, and 31 were all not transmitting. I figured there was some kind of terrorist attack ... or maybe an EMP from a nuke or something, but no mention of it from the sattelite; plus the stuff in my house still worked fine. After 15 minutes or so most of them were back on, and not a single one even mentioned the event. You'd think they would have a sense of what news is when it happens right under their nose, but they have to wait until it's printed in the paper so they can read it on the air. How friggin' pathetic.

Well, other than that ... last week ... hmm ... I got to go to Clothesline Arts Festival at Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) on Sunday only for a couple minutes. It was pretty good this year, but I only had an hour. I commented that I wished I could get in for free since it was 5 or so and the festival only runs until 6. The woman said that they needed the money to fund the museum--apparently the county funding is being cut. I made some comment about having a nice zoo, though, and she stopped just short of actually naming Jack Doyle in anger. I can't stand that guy ... we gotta get him out of office. All he wants is the "Jack Doyle Zoo Expansion" so he can be friggin' famous. Nobody else wants it, only him, and he'll stop at nothing to get it. Incompetent jerk.

Also, I saw some decent bands this past week. One of them was Fake Brain MP3 link who plays a synthed up power-pop. The imagery on their CD's and other artwork is pretty disturbing but their music is pretty catchy. Same for ASA The Band except they stick to a slightly Irish power pop sound ... and the imagery isn't so dramatic. Hmm ... what else ... oh yeah,both The Cheats and The Razzels MP3 link were really good too ... The Cheats play dirty old-school punk rock, and The Razzels do clean modern punk-rock like Dead Blue Hand but with a blue-collar edge. Both are from Buffalo.

Coming up this week, I'd like to try to see Second City on Saturday but I don't know if it'll happen. I guess that's about it. This week seems to be pretty light as far as things to do ... odd.


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  • Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever - A couple government agents make blow things up and stuff.
  • The Banger Sisters - A couple sisters take different paths in life and become different people despite having a similar past ... exciting, eh?
  • The Four Feathers - Some soldier has to overcome his cowardice and save his friends.
  • Trapped - A kidnapper gets his comeuppance from a feisty mom.

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Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight is another House of Hellfira show starting early with a band contest featuring the experimental techno of NVH MP3 link and VyL8 MP3 link at 9 then dark techno with Digital Geist MP3 link at 10, followed by DJ's.

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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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Home Movie starting at 8. Just a guided tour of five of the oddest houses in the country. Also the short Heavy Metal Parking Lot featuring Judas Priest fans waiting for the start of a concert.

The very excellent Prime Time Funk will be at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) tonight starting around 10.

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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Fly the flag today.POW/MIA Recognition Day

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

At the Strong Auditorium at University of Rochester (River Campus Map) tonight starting at 8 is the improvisational comedy of the Second City Touring Company.

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Shackletons with Nod starting around 10:45.

Over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) tonight is Long Trip Johnny starting around 10:30.

Over at Gallery 31 at Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) is a Carbon Records show featuring Sudden Infant, Pengo, Emil Beaulieau, Howard Stelzer MP3 link, Carlos Giffoni and Newton MP3 link starting around 8.

Today is International Coastal Cleanup day so get out there and start picking stuff up! More information is available at the Center for Marine Conservation.

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Today from noon to 4 is the ARTWalk Grand Opening Celebration (University Ave. from Atlantic to Merriman.)

The super loud High on Fire MP3 link and the super loud bass-and-drums band Jucifer MP3 link will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 or so.

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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Updated: FMGreen will be at Record Archive (1880 East Ave.) from 10:30 to midnight to celebrate the release of the new Weezer MP3 link EP, The Lion and the Witch at midnight.

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.) tonight is Georgia's pop experiment band Of Montreal with Chicago's rock band The Race 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 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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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Lianna starting at 8. Back in 1983, people really didn't want to hear a lesbian coming-out story ... but they got one anyway. Interesting because it looks to be pretty gritty and honest.

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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