Thursday, January 23, 2003

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #211: Like 411 or 911, Only Different

Gosh, where to start. I decided it would help to listen to a bit of Electric Light OrchestraMP3 link to do this little essay part but it doesn't seem to be helping. Bruce!

More importantly, since it's the last weekend of the month, we'll be going to Pittsford Seafood (510 Monroe Ave.) for lunch on Saturday. They sell raw seafood, but also have a selection of fish-market specials ... mostly fried.

Anyway, I got to see Neon Hunk and Kites over at Le Club Shock at Analog Shock (674 South Ave.) last Wednesday, as I alluded to in past future tense. The show was a blast. Jason (not me) screened his video titled Twilight of the Slobs which wasn't overly painful ... just him and some of his friends on May 22, 1991 at Racquet Club Apartments at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map image) ... primarily one of the guys getting really really drunk. I think they should show the film in health class--no teenager could possibly drink after watching some guy make that big an ass of himself over the course of an evening. After that, though, was the fun of Staples X-mas Clearance Fun Time Giveaway where he gave away stuff from Staples clearance table, all wrapped up. There was a lot of candy and such and also a couple cassette players and a CD player. What a swell guy.

Next up was a couple noise bands. The first was Kites which was a guy and some keyboard stuff. I think I saw him before ... regardless, he was pretty cool with an interesting keyboard techinque combined with some distorted vocals. But I was really there to get a second chance to see Neon Hunk. For those who don't know me and haven't had the nearly abstract noise this duo makes forced upon them, they are a duo who makes a nearly abstract noise. This time it almost seemed more mainstream, but maybe I'm just getting used to it.

I also got the pictures I was hoping to get ... using the amazing Kodak's incredible Supra 800 color print film. These shots were done at about a half-second to a 1-second exposure with a f1.4 lens through an 80A incandescent correcting filter. All the overhead lighting was a string of miniature Christmas lights, and background was filled in with a couple 25 watt bulbs. In other words, the pictures look brighter than the room actually looked.

Hooray Kodak!

Neon Hunk keyboardist at Analog Shock Records, Rochester, NY
Crazy keyboard player and vocalist with mask
Neon Hunk drummer at Analog Shock Records, Rochester, NY
Crazy drummer with bandana

In other news, Kodak's discontinued their Supra 800 film. [What?] Yep, that's right. Since it doesn't sell too well they discontinued it. It would make sense to just make it more expensive ... after all, it does have virtually constant demand, albeit small. Oh, but they need to promote their digital cameras, and this whips the dainty pixels right off the map. Consider that just scanning to a PictureCD (1,500 by 1,000 pixels) nets you 1.5 megapixels, but you also have to take into account that one output pixel on a digital camera is interpolated from 1/4 pixel and its neighbors (red, blue, and two greens, I think) so they'd do some imaging magic (interpolate and sharpen, mostly) and call it 6 megapixels ... er, well, I'm getting pretty in depth with this, but what it all boils down to is that I'd have to drop about $5,000 on a Canon EOS 1D then probably another $2,000 more on lenses. All because Kodak wants to be an asshole.

So I found B & H Photo/Video and bought some Fuji FujiColor Press 1600, Agfa's AgfaColor Vista 800 and some of Konica's Centuria 800. Ok, so I also bought 60 rolls of Supra 800 becausse it just works so well.

Of course, none of that matters to anyone but me ...

As if this does ...

I got a chance to see the new band Your Mom over at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) open for Simon and the Bar Sinisters last Saturday. It was a real blast. Your Mom is really great ... it's the impossibly like-minded duo of Aimee and Joey (girl Joey, not boy Joey). Anyway, they played some of the best rock-and-roll I've heard in a while using just Aimee's voice, her guitar, and Joey's drumming. And, like, really rock-and-roll, not some makeshift power acoustic rock or something.

The other peculiar thing--only for me personally--was that it was like a nightmare bachelor party. I mean, I guess it was like the thing in Jerry Maguire with the videos of ex-girlfriends. Sort-of. And I don't know because I never saw the movie. Anyway, Hillary, Sarah, Joey, Rachel, Aimee, Jamie, and a couple others were there at one point or other, and they represent most of the women I've ever really been attracted to in all the times I've been going out. There's a few more, but seriously, this is more than half of them. I guess I'm rather odd in that I really wouldn't ... err ... do anything with them if I had the chance, but I just like to be around them. It sounds way too 4th-grade when I put it that way, but it'll have to do.


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  • Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (at The Little) - Kinda like The Hours except without the puffy award-begging performances. Three women share similar journeys through turning points in their respective lives.
  • Darkness Falls - Holy fucking shit: evil spirits have taken over the Tooth Fairy!
  • Chicago - Based on the musical of the same name. (but since they had it first, see it at The Little instead of a dumb commercial theater.)
  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind - Who knew that Chuck Barris was a CIA hitman? Ok, let me put it this way: who knew that Chuck Barris was a CIA hitman and is still alive today?

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Yet another digital photography lecture over at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) titled Digital Photography: Ready or Not as part of their Tips and Techniques Lecture. Hopefully photographer and graphic artist Frank Petronio can spin some life into this subject other than making a big advertisement for how digital photography will change the world. How about some meat, folks: what's different with digital? What can you do with digital that you can't with film? And with film that you can't with digital? What does compression do? What does resolution do? Yeesh ... help these folks out a bit instead of deluding them with ideas that digital is perfect. Anyway, it all gets started around 6:30.

Over at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is another of the Thursday Thinkers Programs titled Hear No Dissent, Speak No Dissent from 5:15 to 6.

Earlyish at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight (i.e. starting at 8) is the pretty decent Kill Myself on MondayMP3 link for their CD Release Party followed by DJ's starting at 10.

Hippie music invades Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 with South Central and Love Scene Claire.

Probably the most fun [any of you will be having] tonight is to see the power rock of Bee Eater with the antonymously named metal-influenced punk-rock band Serious probably starting around 9:30 at Whiskey (315 Alexander St.)

Over at Spot Coffee (East Ave. and Mathews St.) tonight at 9 and at 10 is the modern long-form improvisation of Some Assembly Required.

Hey cool ... they're back. Neo-Futurists will be performing their amusing show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind tonight at 8:30 p.m. then tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30 and 10 at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.)

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 Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Bitter Moon starting at 8. I kinda think Roman Polanski's movies are a bit too off-kilter for me mostly, but the premise of each one is always innovative. Ths one is a black comedy about the sadistic nature of relationships.

One way to get your fix of modern rock and covers is to go see Better Days at Spenders (1600 Lyell Ave.) around 10 or so. The other way is to go to Slammer's Bar and Grill (4650 Dewey Ave.) to see Perfect World also 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.

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Remember ... Pittsford Seafood (510 Monroe Ave.) today at noon.

From 10 to noon today is the Upstairs Downstairs Tour of George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) It's for members only, so get those cards out ... anyway, they take you through the third floor, back stairs, attic, and basement storage. Call (585)271-3361, ext. 214 for reservations.

Over at Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) tonight around 7 is init.two featuring a bunch of artists from all over doing a bunch of stuff like video, projections, music, interactive installations, DJ's, etc. Check out the website for the list of performers and times.

The Capitol Steps will be at Nazareth College (4245 East Ave., campus map) tonight starting around 8. I think the show is sold out, though.

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Loveless starting at 8. Willem Dafoe will be here to kick off the film that kicked off his career. It's about a Harley Davidson gang confronting a bunch of Florida rednecks in Daytona. Note that it's $12 for members/students and $15 for everyone else.

The good rock band Shackletons, El Destructo, and The LanternjackGarageBand linkMP3 link will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 11.

Over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is the always peculiar GADGarageBand linkMP3 link and the excellent modern rock of Tyrones starting around 10:30.

Over at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) is the great pop-music cover band, United Booty Foundation starting around 9:30.

Hippie music invades Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) with Rhythm Junkies and String Theory starting around 10:30.

The groove-rock band South Central will be over at Acme Bar & Pizza (495 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 9:30.

Over at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) is a night of rock-and-roll with Junction FiveGarageBand linkMP3 link, Spacetrucker, and deepwaterdaze starting around 9:30.

Way up at Fat Moe's (4419 Dewey Ave.) is the fun modern rock band Uncle PlumGarageBand linkMP3 link starting around 10:30.

For a bit of modern rock covers, it's Better Days out at Millennium (2235 Empire Blvd.)

If it's any more convenient, Perfect World will be out playing modern rock covers out at Slammer's Bar and Grill (4650 Dewey Ave.) starting around 10:30.

Updated: I've never been there before, but over at Hitchcock's (881 Merchants Rd.) is a whole bunch of rock-and-roll with Thundergods, Defenbombed, Whatever Mary, and American Acid. And best of all, it's on the cheap ... like $6 and it's theoretically "all you can drink" ... all starting around 9 or so.

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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Brigadoon starting at 8. A couple hunters stumble upon Brigadoon, the Scottish village that only appears one day a year.

In case you didn't notice, today is the Superbowl featuring the Oakland Raiders versus the Tampa Bay Buckaneers and many big-money commercials.

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

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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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Anything But Pleased, In the DistanceMP3 link, and the not-too-serious Serious will be over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45.

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

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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