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Weekly Rochester Events #222: When's That Next Fish Going to Appear, Frenchy?

Thursday, April 10, 2003

Ok, I'm curious. Does anybody go to anything on this page? I know that most of my college friends read this page with fair regularity, and I know that they only get to things once in ... well, I guess just once. Occasionally, someone I already know in the rest of the world mentions that they've seen the page, but I never know if there's people who I maybe don't already know who go to anything I put on here.

So I guess what I'm asking is for people to go to the guestbook and sign it. I know you can leave the e-mail and website lines blank, so you can make up a name or whatever ... just drop a note to say you've been here.

What else ... oh yeah, I got home last Thursday and found that there was a strange package on my porch. It's pictured to the right. I didn't know who it came from, or what it was, and there was no useful markings on it. There was some magic marker numbers written on it, and it was made of plywood and had a sliding top. Plus, there was no note, and nobody left a phone message or an e-mail.

I've got all this computer junk lying around doing stuff, and I knew that someone stopped by at right around 9 in the morning and the webcam showed a car in the driveway at that point. Too bad it sucks so bad, or else I might have been able to tell what kind of car it was or what color ... I could only tell it had a spoiler on the back.

My only guess was it was from Sondra since she'd be available at 9 in the morning and might have thought to drop something off. Well, I kept trying to call her and eventually got hold of her around 6. It really threw me that she hadn't dropped it off ... I had no other guesses.

Shit.

For the past couple hours I had been pondering what it could be. Although it was very unlikely, I couldn't help but think it was one of those anonymous mail-bomb threats. Ok, fine ... I'll call the police. I felt like a jackass, but what could I do?

A couple cops showed up in a few minutes. They asked some questions about it and if I had enemies and stuff. The one guy started kicking it which kinda freaked me out. The other called to see if they could get a nitrate sniffing dog, but there was some procedural reason that wasn't allowed. So we all just stood there for a minute. Then the one cop decided to just open the box, which kinda freaked me out again ... I felt a little better that at least if something blew up, I followed the right steps, but felt like an idiot that nothing happened.

Once I saw that it was full of old Radio Shack stuff, I knew who it was who had dropped it off. I told the cops I knew who it was and they went away.

Now, I don't want to bash my friend who dropped the stuff off because it's really just a funny story and because she's feeling kinda down lately. It's funny that she could have just left the box open and I would have known. You all gotta admit that it's a pretty freaky looking box.

Strange box on the porch
So what do you do when a strange box appears on your porch?

I'm in such an odd mood because I rented Thelma & Louise. I watched it then I watched the original ending, then I watched it with the Ridley Scott director's commentary, and now I'm making another run through with the commentary from writer Callie Khouri and stars Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon. I really liked it because it's so rare to see a film with lead women who are real. As a writer, I liked it because it was a difficult story to make believeable. The combination of talent that came together to make it was also awsome. The whole thing holds together pretty well ... the music is a bit heavy-handed. Although the male characters are primitively sketched, that's important in a film as a complement to most other movies where the female characters are sketched.

So anyway, I got to see The EpoxiesGarageBand linkMP3 link on Tuesday. I thought they were really good. I joked to someone that it was just like 1980's music, only much faster. The stage show was good too ... I picked up their CD and got them to autograph it. I think they might get big someday. Who knows.

What else ... I got to see Purrs with The Witching on Thursday. I've talked about the Purrs before, so I won't repeat myself here. The Witching was new to me, though. They're really amazing ... an all-girl band who can really rock. And I mean rock like almost heavy-metal. I didn't get a chance to talk with them, but apparently they're really sweet off-stage, and they look it. Since this was the first day of the ice storm, The Meat JoyMP3 link didn't make it.

On Saturday I just hung out at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) for Astronomical UnitGarageBand link. I did some unsightly dancing about toward the end of the show. Man ... that's so rare to get me to move.

Ok, I'll leave things at that. I noticed that Thursday is looking light ... The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) has no bands, and neither does Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) Oh well ... there's more during the rest of the weekend.


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Tonight at Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free) is comedy with Dave Schmitt and Friends starting around 8:30.

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Over at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) starting around 8 is jazz from Germany with LyambikoMP3 link.

Man, shoot me now ... the awsome rock band Antigone RisingMP3 link will be playing tonight, but it's at Milestones (170 East Ave.) It's too bad the place sucks so bad or else I would have no choice but to go. Anyways, Jen Durkin and The Bomb Squad will be there as well, and it starts around 9:30.

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Mister Johnson starting at 8. Allow me to quote the IMDb tagline: "Africa 1923: A clash of cultures between British imperalists and a black man too smart for his own good."

It'll be worth it to get over to Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) to catch the really great rock and roll of Boss MartiansMP3 link with The PriestsGarageBand link and The Bamboo Kids starting around 10 or so.

Tonight is the first night of the new play at Shipping Dock Theatre (151 St. Paul St.), Necessary Targets. According to the brochure:
A timely reminder of how America struggles to define its relationship with the rest of the world. It is based on interviews conducted by Eve Ensler with numerous women who survived the civil war in the former Yugoslavia.
It runs from tonight until May 4 ... Fridays at 7:30, Saturdays at 8, and Sundays at 2.

If you're up for some cover songs, mostly from the 1970's, then check out United Booty Foundation up at Spenders (1600 Lyell Ave.) starting around 10.

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

Caroliner, Nod, and People's Revolutionary Suicide Jazz BandMP3 link will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30. It looks to be a pretty wild show.

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Some Like It Hot starting at 8. Ok ... Marilyn Monroe as a singer, and Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in drag. How can you go wrong?

Down at Monty's Korner (363 East Ave.) is rockabilly with Krypton 88MP3 link and Pete Worden and the Hard Times starting around 9 or so.

Meanwhile, the awsome rock-and-roll of Low TonMP3 link will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) around 10:30.

Rock and roll with The Grinders, QUiTTERSGarageBand link, and Defenbombed will be over at Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) starting around 10:30.

Over at Acme Bar & Pizza (495 Monroe Ave.) is the awsome funk/rock/jazz band with Astronomical UnitGarageBand link starting around 9:30.

Over at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) tonight around 10 is some great percussion-based funk-rock with The BuddhaHoodMP3 link and Warrior PoetsGarageBand linkMP3 link.

The famous The Commander Cody BandMP3 link will be at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) tonight starting around 9:30.

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Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is (I guess) Slick LipStick at 8 then Open Jar Jam at 10.

Updated: Tonight at Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) around 8 is Beequeen, Andrew LilesMP3 link, Howard StelzerMP3 link and Jason Talbot, and Figure (from the eclectic band Kill Myself on MondayMP3 link) and Chad Oliveiri.

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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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Tax Day

Joey Ramone died, 2001

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Daniel JohnstonMP3 link with Scorces and Coppards starting around 10:30.

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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Poison starting at 8. Nothing like a nice mid-week pick-me-up ... this one being protested when it was released because of its violent, disturbing, and just generally evil stories.

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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