Thursday, February 27, 2003

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #216: Say, What's in These Burgers, John?

Ok, so last Thursday I went up to Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) to see the bands there. I got to talk with the The Flour City KnuckleheadsGarageBand link before the show and they admitted to actually checking out this very page. Well, I can't very well have any readership at all so I'll just say they totally suck and maybe they'll just go away.

Ok, now that they're gone, I can finally get back to writing to an empty room.

Anyway, they're always really good ... definitely one of the most fun bands around--a great show. Next up was Purrs who did a really good set too. The Knuckleheads and I got a slow-motion mosh going for "Birthday." Man, we were sooooooooooooo funny. Whew! Boy howdy ... that was a hoot. Last up was Beligerants but I wasn't really up for any classic-style punk so I went home. Sorry, guys.

Yeah, so I rode my bike because it was warm out and I never got any nap, so when I got home at 1:30 I thought I could just crash. Alas, no ... I ended up taking (or dropping as the kids say) some Wegman's NightTime (Compare to the Active Ingredients of NyQuil®) and ended up getting a generous three-ish hours of sleep before getting up for work. But hey, it's Friday ... I can get a big old nap in the afternoon, right?

Alas, no.

I got home from work and since it was warm out I thought I'd quickly change the oil in the car. No problem, except that as soon as I looked under the car, I noticed that the driver side CV boot was ripped right open and grease had sprayed all over the inside of the wheel and wheel well. [For those of you who don't know, constant velocity (CV) joints connect the axle to the wheel and allow it to pivot around but still get the axle power to the wheel. I guess it's called "constant" velocity because it provides the same velocity regardless of the angle. Anyway, there's a boot that covers it and keeps all the tasty grease inside ... if the boot cracks, dirt gets inside, the CV joint starts grinding and eventually goes "thunk" and your car doesn't go anymore.] Yeah, so the boot was wrecked, but at least it was under warranty from Firestone (369 Jefferson Rd.) so I dug around for the receipt and I had a coupon for Enterprise (2500 W. Henrietta Rd.) too. To make a long story short, I dropped off the car and picked up a Ford Explorer and was back to my house in under an hour.

Editorial Sidebar

As you know, I've become a habitual user of whitespace. I think it's a really clever device and end up using it way too much.

You know, for emphasis.

Unfortunately, it really loses its punch when you use it too much. So I admit it:

I have a problem.

I looked into WSA meetings to cure my addiction because I have to. I've gone way overboard with the whitespace in this editorial, and have been doing so for weeks. Sometimes I need to write a single-sentence paragraph first thing in the morning.

Hopefully I'll get back to using it in moderation. Next up will be avoiding the use of <table> tags for formatting, and overuse of the deprecated <font> tag.

tire tracks in my back yard from high
The satellite dish got a great view of the whole scene, except for the tree in the way.


tire tracks in my back yard from ground level
From the ground you can see where I went better even though it's kind of dark.

So, for the whole weekend I had this monster Ford Explorer to drive around. It took 9 gallons of gas to go the 120 miles I drove. It was really fun. I felt so big and strong like when I was 12 and walking around on stilts. Pretty much exactly like that, actually. The 4-wheel drive stuff was fun. I got to drive up snowbanks that I'd have no chance in hell of doing in my Civic, plus, I drove around my back yard as in the pictures to the right. I couldn't do that either with all the snow there. Other than that, though, it was kind of lame. It had anti-lock brakes and 4-wheel drive, but it seemed to have really good grip up to a point, but if you got there, you just spun right out of control. At least my Civic starts to lose grip gradually and you can usually recover.

On Tuesday night last week I went out to see Electric NoodleMP3 link and Troubled Hubble at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) I really liked both bands. Electric NoodleMP3 link was one guy who did this looped guitar stuff. Ordinarily this would be boring and suck a lot, but in this case, it was just moderately boring because the guy was good at it. It's still boring because if you're playing with yourself ... er ... playing to a recorded copy of your own performance (perverts) the loop duration is constant so the music gets boringly repetitive. The other guys, Troubled Hubble were really cool, though. They were nice guys too, but they played this really bright-sounding fast rock-and-roll. I'll have to check them out when they get back to town.

Oh yeah ... the page. I decided to pare things down a bit. I took out a lot of the repeating stuff and will put in only stuff that I actually might go to. Well, or that I might have actually gone to--I probably won't see any of the modern rock cover bands any time soon, but I think I still know where it would be good to go if you wanted to.


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  • The Way Home (at The Little) - A seven year old raised in the city is sent to live with his old-fashioned grandmother and really doesn't like it, but her patience brings him around.
  • Cradle 2 the Grave - This is a movie with a numerical digit in the title. It must be just as good as all the other number movies.

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Tonight's Thursday Thinkers Program over at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is titled Is there Any Accounting for Business Ethics?. The library writeup is:
Scandals at Enron, World Com, and Global Crossing, among many others, have shaken our confidence in the management of major corporations, and, perhaps, in modern corporate capitalism. A Professor of Religion and a Professor of Business will discuss business ethics and whether anything can be done to make a change. Join us for a timely discussion of these challenges to moral values and sound ethics.
The presenters are Roy Steln, J.D., Professor of Business, Nazareth College, and Thomas Donlin-Smith, Professor and Chair Religious Studies, Nazareth College.

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Derrida starting at 8. One of the 20th century's most influential thinkers, Jacques Derrida, is explored in this documentary.

Over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) tonight is another CanAm Songwriting Circle with acoustic Canadian Mary Simon, Julia Churchill, acoustic American duo Earl Cram Revue (who will probably bring their "Surrealist Games" [similar to the famous Equisite Cadaver game] where, for instance, you write "if" clauses and, separately, "then" clauses which are combined at random with interesting results) and Mary Monroe.

Starting at 8 is another early show at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) featuring Volcano, I'm Still ExcitedMP3 link, and the eclectic rock of Kill Myself on MondayMP3 link followed by DJ's at 11.

Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) has the rock/power-pop/borderline novelty band (not one but two songs about Spam on their last album) BadenovsGarageBand linkMP3 link with Watkins and the Rapiers (buy their stuff on Amazon.com) starting around 10:30.

Over at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) is the awsome percussion-based groove-rock-funk of The BuddhaHoodMP3 link with Doc NorrisMP3 link starting around 10.

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Sushi Chef Brenda at California Rollin' at Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.) turns 21 today

Starting really really early today (something like 6:30) at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is the new-to-me (but apparently somewhat regular Friday happy-hour hosts) Margaret Explosion's CD Release Party.

Over at The Centers at High Falls (60 Brown's Race) tonight could be a good bet for modern music/cover band fans with Uncle PlumGarageBand linkMP3 link starting around 9:30 or so.

As part of the East End Mardi Gras, the deceptively welcoming Milestones (170 East Ave.) has a couple bands ... The Swamp Padres from 6 to 8, Me and the Boyz from 8 to 11, and the preferred pick for modern music fans, Perfect World from 11 to close.

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

The new-to-me Slumlords will be over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 10:30.

Also, over at Monty's Korner (363 East Ave.) is the new-to-me Spectrum starting around 9:30.

Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) it's heavy metal with Withered EarthMP3 link, 16MP3 link, and the excellent metal of Ghost starting around 11.

Over at Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) is the great rockabilly band Krypton 88MP3 link starting around 10:30.

Over at The Inn On Broadway (26 Broadway St., across East from Scio) tonight is An Evening With Mark Twain starring Mike Randall ... apparently a dinner theater presentation ... starting around 5:30.

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Tonight at Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free) is a Nuts and Bolts (see their site at ImprovAmerica too) benefit for Everyone's Theatre Company starting around 8.

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Nothing to do tonight ... why not get some sleep?

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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 Campaign Finance Reform: How Big are the New Loopholes? and from the library's writeup:
Many Americans have become convinced that lobbyists and large campaign contributors control our national agenda. In 2002 Congress passed the first legislation to reform campaign financing since the Watergate era. Rochester Congresswoman, Louise Slaughter, will explain and discuss the new Campaign Finance Reform Legislation. Are will likely to see much change in our elections and campaigning or will it be business as usual?
Presented by Louise Slaughter.

Updated: (oops ... forgot about the Dryden ...) The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Antonio das Mortes starting at 8. A good old Portuguese Spaghetti Western ... and shot in "luscious 'tropicalia' colors" (according to the Eastman newsletter.)

Tonight's Tuesday treat at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Brazil, Breaking PangaeaMP3 link, Retisonic and To Fester WithinMP3 link all starting around 10.

Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) is hosting the March of Dimes Fat Tuesday Benefit featuring the odd anything-goes music of Peachy Neachys (as Peachey Neechies) Sometimes Three, modern rockers Perfect World, Me and the Boyz, The Bootleggers and Holleywood Al and the Mix from 5 to 11:30.

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.

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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Updated: The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing A Real Young Girl starting at 8. An uneasy view of a 14-year-old girls attempts to come to terms with her developing sexuality. (And sorry, kids, nobody under 18 admitted.)

Over at the relatively new Rocket Coffee (171 Monroe Ave.) is a bunch of new-to-me bands ... The First Step, Damage Control, and Hold TrueMP3 link.
 
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