Thursday, December 12, 2002

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #205: My Sunny Frankenstein

Let's see ... what first. I guess I should mention that I've got some of those Radio Shack ZipZaps on eBay. Here's the list of the auction items. Hopefully they'll sell for tons and tons of money. Of course, I won't know until the last 15 seconds of the auction because the way these things are run now.

What else ... a while back I got a radar detector. So far it's only been comforting. I've seen some cops with people pulled over and it stays silent, and I haven't had it yet go off then later found a cop. I don't really know if it works at all, I guess. Maybe it just beeps and blinks and says things like "X band" and "K A band" at random. Hmm ... Oh, also it's supposed to do this Safety Warning System (SWS) stuff and say things like "all traffic follow detour," "oversize vehicle in transit," and "help, I'm Steven Hawking and trapped in this little box." Unfortunately we don't have that in this area so it really doesn't do anything.

Oh, I should talk about stuff going on. Hmm ... I didn't get to do too much in the last week--busy with all the holiday stuff. I had fun going around to see bands on Saturday ... Earl Cram Revue was really good. Also, I got to see Trees Lounge which is Steve Buscemi's semi-autobiographical account of his time as a chronic alcoholic. Coming up, the Zone party on Friday, figuring out if it's Aster Aweke on Saturday at the Bug Jar (that would be interesting ... she's a musician originally from Ethiopia) and The Blackouts on Tuesday all should be fun fun shows.


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  • Drumline - Essentially the same thing as Bring It On except with school bands instead of school cheerleaders.
  • The Hot Chick - Rob Schneider stretches his acting repertoire by playing a teenage girl after proudly declaring how much research he did on all the talk shows he can be on.
  • Maid in Manhattan - Yet another movie where a woman lies to a man to win his heart. So very true.
  • Star Trek: Nemesis - Basically the same as all the other trek movies.

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Shipping Dock Theatre (151 St. Paul St.) will be performing The Santaland Diaries, a supposedly extremely funny one-man show about an elf working at Macy's. Tickets are $18 and shows are tonight, then next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7:30.

Starting around 6 tonight is the okay improv troupe Some Assembly Required for their show We Know Funny over at The Inn On Broadway (26 Broadway St., across East from Scio.)

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Iron Giant starting at 8. Pretty decent animated film about a kid who befriends a metal eating gigantic robot from space.

Over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) tonight is Watkins and the Rapiers (buy their stuff on Amazon.com) for their Christmas Party starting around 10:30.

Tonight it's Karaoke with the original Sugar Bear at Drinks by Mary Dawn (535 S. Clinton) starting around 10:30.

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The 94.1 The Zone Christmas Party with California's FinchGarageBand linkMP3 link, Maryland's SR-71MP3 link, OK GO, and Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine (who apparently sings lounge-style covers of popular songs) starting around 7 over at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) You may also have seen OK GO on Late Night with Conan O'Brien last month ... they play a high-powered power-pop/rock-and-roll.

Over at Raging Burrito (1046B University Ave., inside Hot Shots) is the pleasant acoustic cover band The Earthtones starting around 9:30.

Over at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) tonight is the folk/blues artist Chris SmitherMP3 link.

Updated: Oh yeah, and Bee Eater will be at Mr. Fluff (703 South Ave.) tonight starting around 11:30 or so. This is just about as underground as I've seen around here.

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.

Holiday Laser Show at High Falls Gorge (Pont De Rennes Bridge) starting at 8 on Friday and Saturday.

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

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Producers starting at 8. When I was in high school this was a pretty funny Mel Brooks film, mostly because they make a play called Springtime for Hitler which ends up being a comedy hit.

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Aweke (is that Aster Aweke? ... seriously ... is it?) and Mates of StateMP3 link starting around 10:30.

The Hirisers will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30.

Over at Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) it's HinkleyMP3 link and the pretty good modern rock band Bird Circuit starting around 10 or so.

Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) is having another Christmas Party, this time with United Booty Foundation starting around 9:30.

If you're up for a bit of modern rock and modern rock covers, check out Uncle PlumGarageBand linkMP3 link at Fat Moe's (4419 Dewey Ave.) probably starting around 9:30.

Similarly, more modern rock covers can be heard way out at Spenders (1600 Lyell Ave.) with Better Days probably starting around 10.

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Not ready for mainstream Open Jar Jam at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight and every Sunday.

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Funk band Karl Denson's Tiny UniverseMP3 link will be at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) starting around 9:30 ... they'll be ditching Dave Matthew's BandMP3 link after they play as the opening act at The War Memorial (Exchange Blvd and Broad St.)

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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Punk rock/modern rock band The Flashing AstonishersGarageBand linkMP3 link will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 10:45.

Although I hesitate to mention Milestones (170 East Ave.) they have another Freetime Magazine Most Popular Band Contest with Five O'Clock CharlieGarageBand linkMP3 link and the incredible modern ska band The BlackoutsMP3 link starting around 9:30.

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, it's now more-or-less a regular open mic ... by default it's still a place to try out new stuff.

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Hey cool ... Joel Lindley with Dean Mink hosted by Tom Mule will be at Comix Cafe (3450 Winton Pl.) starting at 8:30 tonight.

Over at Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free) tonight is the earlier-than-usual (you know, earlier in the month) show of Nuts and Bolts starting at 8:30.

Weekly karaoke contest with someone from the Sugar Bear franchise at Comix Cafe (3450 Winton Pl.)

Checked personally by Jayce Not ready for mainstream Open Mic Night (for music) from 7 to 10 at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.)

The great acoustic cover soloist John Akers will be at Moonshine Barbeque (125 White Spruce Blvd., across from MCC) from 8 to midnight.
 
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