Thursday, February 20, 2003

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #215: Australian for Anniversary

I guess last week FOX aired an episode of the Joe Millionaire show which was supposed to progress the "plot" along but really was just a recap. I thought it was really really really funny to hear people complain about it. Two comments were popular, and startlingly ironic: (1) I'll never trust FOX again, and (2) I can't believe they wasted my time. I mean, come on ... you're watching a fake reality show and are concerned about trust and wasting time? I emplore you to stop complaining because my eyes hurt from rolling sarcastically so much.

In the world of the Internet, I checked out Tolerance.org recently which is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center that has some intersting and positive ideas about equality between people. One of the most haunting activities is the hidden bias tests which present you with a way to explore your "hidden biases"--essentially your initial gut responses--toward race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. The tests are Java applets that present you with images or words and ask you to sort them into two categories quickly by picking left or right (E-key or I-key.) The skin-tone bias test, for example, starts out by having you sort words like "accomplishment" and "anger" into categories "good" and "bad", then faces by skin tone into dark or light (using iconic faces.) The meat of the test happens when they combine both the words and the icons and have you put them in the left column if the item is a picture of a dark-skinned person or if it's a "good" word and right for light-skinned or "bad." It's not a hard test to do--if it were colors (red, green) and words (animal, mineral) for instance, you'd cruise right along and never make a mistake. However, if you were biased in some way to associate things one way or another, you'll trip up and reveal your bias.

I pretty much did worse than I thought. I took three tests--I have a bias against dark-skinned people and against gays, but oddly find women associated with math and science. Although I'm kind of bummed about the results, I think I do a good job of compensating for my biases. Nonetheless, it's an eye-opening experience and the rest of the site has resources to help you better yourself.

In the world of real life, I did some intersting things, let me tell you. Let's see ... on Thursday night I went to The Atomic Eggplant (75 Marshall St., formerly the City Grill) for lunch--which, by the way, is our Saturday lunch destination this week. It was really good vegetarian food ... I got a bean soup and a lentil burger sandwich, both of which were really good. After that I headed over to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) Well, actually they weren't open yet so I killed some time down at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) before heading back where I got to see The Post who do grinding, powerful, ethereal 3-piece rock (as best as I can describe.) I think they're from Indiana.

On Saturday I got to see the Bee EaterGarageBand link video at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) along with their show along with The Flour City KnuckleheadsGarageBand link. I brought along all the cameras and got some okay pictures ... I think lost my touch a bit. Nonetheless, here's some of the better ones. Around 12:30 I headed over to Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) but missed The Witching because for some reason they played second ... Regardless, it was fun to see Purrs again.

Monday night I went to Olive Tree (165 Monroe Ave.) for lunch (did I mention I got President's Day off?) and got a Kota Exohike which is chicken breast, feta cheese and artichoke hearts folded and baked in filo pastry. It was really good ... it's too bad they're not open Saturdays for lunch. That night I went to Ristorante Lucano (1815 East Ave.) for the local Slow Food meeting. Michael Warren Thomas (who has several shows on WYSL 1040 AM) is the local representative ... e-mail him if you want to get in. Anyway, for $35 ($30 for Slow Food members) you get a multi-course meal and a glass of house wine. This dinner consisted of appetizers (bruschetta and mini-stromboli) a lentil based soup with pastina, and a meat dish consisting of swordfish, pork, and layered potatoes (kinda like lasagne but made from potatoes instead of pasta.) For dessert there was cheesecake and this chocolate mousse combo thing with cream puffs inside. Overall it was really really good. I thought the people were okay too--everyone pretty much knew enough to stay off the touchy topics.

Oh yeah, and on Sunday I was considering seeing The Shipping News at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) because it's supposed to be a really good band but instead decided to hang out with friends and watch the 300th episode of The Simpsons. I don't know about everyone else, but you'd think they would have put some effort into it ... it was a decent episode, but I expected a full-out super extravaganza. I tell you this: I can't believe they wasted my time, and I'll never trust FOX again!

(Owwww! My eyes!)

Flour City Knuckleheads at the Bug Jar, 2003-Feb-15
The Flour City Knuckleheads finally get people moving


Bee Eater at the Bug Jar, 2003-Feb-15
Meghan and Todd in Bee Eater cower below the smokey lights

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  • The Quiet American (at The Little) - A love triangle between a British opium addict, a young American, and a Vietnamese beauty.
  • Dark Blue - Another racially-charged movie about Los Angeles police officers.
  • Gods and Generals - The rise and fall of the Civil War's Stonewall Jackson.
  • The Life of David Gale - A guy opposed to capital punishment is sentenced to death ! How fucking ironic!
  • Old School - Some old guys decide to start a fraternity instead of the sorority Chi Iota Omicron and then put up those wireless cameras all over the place.

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Just like in January--from 5:45 to 7:45 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.

Tonight's Thursday Thinkers Program over at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is titled Where Does Monroe County Go From Here? The library writeup is:
The controversy that accompanied this year's County budget proposal, debate and ultimate amendment may be repeated in 2003. There are projections of even greater deficits looming for 2004. Some of the key leaders who helped resolve this year's crisis and some of the community leaders who lobbied vigorously for a budget solution that served the entire community will share their views of what we can expect this year. Will the bipartisan spirit in the County Legislature prevail? What do the findings of the Blue Ribbon Commission on County Finances tell us about our future? Learn what our panelists believe each of us can do to help avert another political and budgetary crisis.
The panelists are County Legislator Raymond Santirocco County Legislator Kevin Murray, and Tom Richards, Retired CEO of RG&E and Chair, Blue Rlbbon Panel on County Finances.

Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is electronic music from Beople featuring members of Edge of JupiterGarageBand link starting early around 8 followed by DJ's.

Punk-rock band Beligerants will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 10:30.

If you want to see what all the fuss is about over the rock-and-roll band Bee EaterGarageBand link, they'll be at Whiskey (315 Alexander St.) tonight starting around 10.

Tonight it's Karaoke with the original 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.

The awsome percussive groove-rock band The BuddhaHoodMP3 link with Groovenutt (who are also quite good) will be at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) tonight (and every Thursday for a while) starting around 9:30.

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Over at the mysterious-that-they're-still-in-business Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is the acousitc soloist JoAnn Vaccaro with a newcomer to the acoustic scene, Becky Pryor starting around 8.

Tonight at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is the bizarre sound of F'loom starting around 8.

Tonight at 7:30, Shipping Dock Theatre (151 St. Paul St.) will be performing Low Level Panic. It's apparently about how pornography and male violence permeate womens lives. Also on Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2.

It looks like Nazareth College (4245 East Ave., campus map) is taking a crack at The Laramie Project. It's an innovative play about the killing of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. Shows are tonight, tomorrow, and Wednesday at 8 and on Sunday at 2.

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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George Washington born 1732

Lunch today at The Atomic Eggplant (75 Marshall St., formerly the City Grill.)

Checked personally by Jayce The awsome funk-groove band Astronomical UnitGarageBand link will finally return to playing gigs at Acme Bar & Pizza (495 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30.

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Biggie and Tupac starting at 8. A documentary about the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is a super fun show with Japan's everything-rock band Electric Eel Shock with local punk rockers The Grinders and Shackletons all starting around 10:45.

Over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is a bunch of rockabilly and rockabilly-friendly bands: Lords of the HighwayMP3 link, Pete Worden and the Hard Times amd Krypton 88MP3 link starting around 10:30.

It looks like Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) is back in the band business again ... tonight around 10:30 with Thick Air, King's Revenge, and heavy-rock band Soopi.

One of the picks for modern rock and covers is Better Days way out at Millennium (2235 Empire Blvd.) probably starting around 9:30.

For a bit of local modern rock, and some covers, check out Uncle PlumGarageBand linkMP3 link at Alexander Street Pub (291 Alexander St.) probably starting around 9:30.

Another modern rock/cover bet is Perfect World at Norton's Pub (1730 Goodman St.) probably starting around 10.

Over at Holiday Inn (911 Brooks Ave., actually near the airport) is the Mercy Flight Sock Hop featuring Used Guy Band from 8 to midnight. Presumably this is a benefit show for Mercy Flight.

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Updated: Tonight at 7 is Link WrayMP3 link at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) In case you didn't know, he's the guy who was officially credited as inventing electric guitar distortion, so you can either thank him or curse him. Tickets are around $20 and he'll be joined by Frantic Flattops and The Jet City FixMP3 link.

Come see Earl Cram Revue do some great rock-and-roll and play some Surrealist Games at Spot Coffee (East Ave. and Mathews St.) around 8.

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

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Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) is hosting Dave Rivello's 12-Piece Jazz Ensemble probably starting around 8 or so.

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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 The Game of Go and from the library's writeup:
Legend credits the invention of go to two Chinese emperors somewhere between 2357 B.C. and 255 B.C. Since then, the game and all of its infinite complexities have been discussed in contemporary film ("Pi") and used to settle bloody wars. The game of go is a metaphor of the gradual occupation of our planet by the human race. The board's sides represent coastlines. The corners are islands, or peninsulas. The center represents continents where the population has no access to the sea. But how is it played? And what is its cultural significance after centuries of existence?
Presented by Gregory Lefler, Empty Sky Go Club.

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing A Man Escaped starting at 8. Another escape-from-a-Gestapo-fortress, but also an excellent example of Robert Bresson's meticulous style.

Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight is Troubled Hubble and Electric NoodleMP3 link 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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I guess Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) is going to try the Wednesday thing again too ... hopefully they'll turn off the hockey game this time for Contrast Quartet from 8 to 10.

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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