Thursday, January 30, 2003

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #212: Gabriel's Wife's Weight

I finally started digging in a couple new places, including the calendars for both the The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) and Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) so now I know about a couple new things that I wouldn't otherwise. All the stuff on the library's website is out of date, but the Writers and Books site has a bunch of interesting things.

Last week I got to go to the Thursday Thinkers Program with Professor John Michael from University of Rochester (River Campus Map) . His speech was titled Hear No Dissent, Speak No Dissent but it was more about what individuality means in the context of community. One of the things he said was to paraphrase the writing of George Steiner with "Cultural sophistication did not stop the Holocaust."

As an added bonus, I picked up some flyers from the library so now I know some of the things going on ... despite their website.

On Saturday was init.two at Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) In some was it was really really boring, but taken as a whole, it was wicked cool. They had videos playing all over the place ... some on little TV's, most projected on walls, several multi-TV installations, a room with floor projection, and some video projected on the wall of the adjacent building. Everything was experimental ... I saw a couple of the bands-- Chuck Miller was an interesting combination of video and turntable work ... similar to Joe+n which was as-always experimental, and Rick Hill which although not being particularly experimental, was excellent guitar-based low-fi and pretty far from mainstream. I took about an hour of video and pulled a couple frames for your amusement. I believe the first is Mariam Ghani's video (on the left) and Lindsay Sampson's video (on the right.) On the bottom is Rick Hill ... both pictures are actually in the same main room, but there was so much more. It's just that the rest of the video pretty much sucked.

Er ... my video sucked. My video, not the videos in the show.

Gosh ... what else. I'm trying to get the hang of using the term "deus ex machina." First, just pronouncing it without sounding like the dysfunctionally literate academic I think I am. Next, using it in sentences properly ... now if only we had one for the state of America today.

Maybe I'll just start with paragraphs.

Oh, one more thing. People are really slacking off on updating their blogs and such. I mean, the holidays are over and yet it seems I'm the only one deriving satisfaction from my perceived loyal percieved readership. Every week here I am, but other sites like Wil Wheaton's site, this guy at work's site, Mise en Place, Smash, and the blog at MyBarBack.com. What gives?

A couple guys watching video at init.two
A couple guys talk in front of a couple projected videos

Rick Hill playing at init.two
Rick Hill playing at init.two

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Tonight's Thursday Thinkers Program over at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is about the bookGuns. Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond. The library's writeup says:
This Pulitzer Prize winning book is a bestseller that gives an explanation for the rise of civilizations based on geography and environmental factors. Why did the European culture come to dominate so much of the world and not Asian or some other culture? Diamond provocatively argues his case for timing and the role of guns, germs and steel. Reviewed by Liz Patton, Retired Eastman Kodak scientist.


Tonight at Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) at 7:30 is artist Janet Fish presenting her artwork and signing her book, aptly titled Janet Fish: Paintings. The MAG says, "For more than three decades, Janet Fish has dazzled the art world with her vibrant, beautifully rendered still lifes. Hear this celebrated artist speak about her work."

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Avant-Garde Masters of the 1960s starting at 8. I think the title of the show speaks for itself ... the films are:

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Believe in ToledoMP3 link and My Hotel YearMP3 link starting around 8 then DJ's later starting at 10.

Tonight InebriatesMP3 link (the one from London?) the wild punk-rockers from Buffao, The Tosspots, and another punk band from Buffalo, Switch 86GarageBand linkMP3 link will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30.

For something a little more acoustic, it's the CanAm Songwriting Circle featuring Mary Simon, David GillisMP3 link, Leah Zicari, and Kimberley Pinegar at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30.

Checked personally by Jayce Nuts and Bolts will again be at Johnny's Smoke Free Bar (1382 Culver Rd.)

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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Over at Harro East (400 Andrews Street) tonight is An Evening with Henry RollinsMP3 link, one of his interesting spoken word sessions.

Somehow comedy is back at Six Pockets (Ridge Hudson Plaza) but this time it's a (an?) XXX Comedy Show with 5 comedians starting around 9.

Over at The Centers at High Falls (60 Brown's Race) you can get your fix of modern rock with Uncle PlumGarageBand linkMP3 link starting around 9:30.

Apparently Steel (1509 Scottsville Rd., formerly Tremors) is trying to get people out there to see bands because they've got Torsos from Space, Bee Eater, Worm QuartetMP3 link, Numm, and The VEiNS 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.

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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 Shawshank Redemption starting at 8. A couple prisoners develop a strong friendship during thier stay in prison.

The PriestsGarageBand link, Purrs, and Sweet Live Over Drive will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30.

Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight is Oceanside, HinkleyMP3 link, and the eclectic modern rock of Nod starting around 10:45.

Up at Curley's Saloon (511 E. Ridge Rd.) is a little disco covers with United Booty Foundation starting around 9.

For some more modern rock, way up at Millennium (2235 Empire Blvd.) is Uncle PlumGarageBand linkMP3 link starting around 9:30.

Over at the awful Milestones (170 East Ave.) is the awsome rock band Antigone RisingMP3 link starting around 9:30.

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Groundhog Day

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Groundhog Day starting early at 3. Holy crow ... it's been ten years since this film came out. And it also represents 10 years of dating for Jayce. Anyway, Bill Murray plays a guy who gets stuck in Punxsutawney for Groundhog Day over and over and over.

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

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Update: (this is on Monday, not Tuesday) 90 Day MenMP3 link, Boas, and the good modern rock band, Tyrones will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 10:30.

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 Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is another of their Tuesday Topics series for those who can make it from 12:12 to 12:52. Today it's Corporate Fraud: How Did they Get Away with It?, and from the library's writeup:
How does massive corporate fraud occur and how do the perpetrators get away with it? Learn from Rochester CPA James Marasco how executives of Enron, Global Crossings, MCI and the rest of them stole millions. How do forensic accountants identify fraud? Will anyone go to jail? Was there anything illegal? Was the Government complicit or powerless? Are there still more accounting scandals to be revealed?
Presented by James Marasco, Partner, Eldridge, Fox and Poretti.

Up at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is apparently a Computer Music Concert starting around 8. Hopefully it's not that guy who was responsible for the music in the bland (but meticulously created) Passe-Partout.

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.

Wine tasting at Tapas One Seventy Seven (177 Saint Paul St.) from 6 to 8 (since this is a first Tuesday.)

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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 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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