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Weekly Rochester Events #230: Utica on Schuyler

Thursday, June 5, 2003

Ok, let me start out with my relatively boring week. I know you all love to read this stuff so you can just skip this paragraph. For those who have stayed, last Thursday I got to see the awsome heavy-metal band Dixie WitchMP3 link over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.). The other bands were pretty good too, but I'm really glad I stayed because they were awsome (as I said earlier.) Anyway, on Friday I just hung out at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) and Brian made me a special of Oven-Fried Chicken from the Joy of Cooking. If you cook things or can force someone to cook for you, this is really pretty good. You gotta tenderize the chicken real good, though [Brian!] I had fun on Saturday with Jacoda at Acme Bar & Pizza (495 Monroe Ave.). I intended to go elsewhere too but opted to just stay there. So much for the other two shows.

In the future, this is the start of The Rochester International Jazz Festival. I'm not yet a big fan of jazz, but I might try to pull some strings and sneak into Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) to check stuff out. Of course, that never works. I just end up with a handful of strings.

Since I'm very lazy, I got one of those iRobot Roomba from Bed, Bath, and Beyond (although you can buy it at Amazon too.) I had a coupon to save 20% on one item, so I paid $160 for it instead of $199. I said, "if I'm going to pay $160 for a vacuum cleaner, it better clean the room itself!" Well, that's exactly what it does. It works well for me to get a little thing to plop on the floor and hit a button and let it vacuum the room because, as I said, I'm lazy. Even if it doesn't do a perfect job (it misses corners a bit and it doesn't get everything) it's still way better than the process of "not vacuuming at all" I've used in the past. Well, that's not really true ... I have a 1954 Electrolux Model E canister vacuum which I use occasionally, but this new toy will hopefully convince me to keep the clutter cleaned up so I can just stick it in a room and push a button.

Electrolux and Roomba
My two vacuum cleaners seem to complement eachother nicely.

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  • Le Cercle Rouge (at The Little) - A 1970 French film of gangsters versus detectives in classic film noir form. The reason it's in the Little now is that it's a recent re-release by John Woo.
  • L'Homme du Train (at The Little) - Just a couple guys ... on a train. Older guys, like 70. One's a literature teacher and the other a robber. They each yearn to be have lived the life of the other.
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious - A bunch of guys drive around like they're in that Toyota Camry commercial.

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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Koyaanisqatsi starting at 8. Sort of a photo essay contrasting industy and nature.

The Moron Brothers (formerly The Sluts) will open for the Irish rock band Tom Foolery and the Shenanigans over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30.

Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight is the rock band Twat Vibe, the decent punk band The EmersonsGarageBand link, and The NocturnalGarageBand link starting around 9 followed by DJ's.

Apparently they're starting a new play at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) titled September Shoes tonight and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 5 and 9:30 and Sunday at 3.

Pure Kona Poetry Open Mic Night is at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) tonight starting at 7:30.

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It's a really cool show over at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) tonight with local comics ... The Bob will be hosting with the amazingly funny Tiny Glover, the amazingly funny Dave Schmitt, the amazingly funny Rich Gagnier and more. It all gets started around 7 for $5.

The awsome rock band (and suddenly popular due to being on Late Night with Conan O'Brien) Longwave with Phaser, and Elefant will be at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) starting around 8.

If you really want to torture yourself to go see some modern rock and cover songs, check out Better Days at Christani's (730 Elmgrove Rd., formerly the Panorama) tonight probably starting around 9:30.

Over at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is Wide Open Mike with Norm Davis starting around 7:30. Apparently, anything goes. Anything.

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

Joe+n will be making his way around town to play in his 4th Annual Joe+N Day-tour.

As part of Fairport Canal Days (Main St., Fairport) is the new 1960's-style girl group It's My Party!GarageBand link from 2 to 6 at the Coumbus Commons main stage for free. I checked and one of my co-worker's daughters isn't in the group anymore, but they're still probably pretty good.

Tonight at Curley's Saloon (511 E. Ridge Rd.) is Burning Snella with Los Fadeaways starting around 10.

Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight is The Black Keys with rockers El Destructo and punk-rock from The Bloody Hollies starting around 10:30.

Overly-jammy but otherwise good groove rock with Long Trip Johnny and Still Green will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 10:30.

It looks like modern rock and covers with Better Days will be at Alexander Street Pub (291 Alexander St.) not Norton's ... it says both in Freetime Magazine.

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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Tell It to the Marines starting this afternoon at 3. Nothing new here plotwise ... this was one of MGM's highest grossing films in the 1920's.

Probably somewhat experimental bands Subarachnoid SpaceGarageBand linkMP3 link, Air Guitar Magazine, and People's Revolutionary Suicide Jazz BandMP3 link will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting around 10:30.

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Although Freetime Magazine says it's part of The Rochester International Jazz Festival, I believe Dave Rivello's 12-Piece Jazz Ensemble is always at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) on Mondays. Check them out at 6 and at 10.

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Over at Mt. Hope Cemetery (North Gate, 791 Mt. Hope Ave.) is a Tuesday Nature Night titled Trees In Our Neighborhood Walk: Ellwanger-Barry Neighborhood starting at 6:15pm.

Tonight's The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) show is punk rock with Viza-Noir with rock band Preston starting around 10:30.

Not ready for mainstream Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is hosting an Acoustic Open Mic from 8 to 10. For this one, there's no microphones and it's pretty open ended.

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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Requiem for a Heavyweight starting at 8. Rod Serling's look at Muhammad Ali from 1962 ... when Ali was known as Cassius Clay.

New to me is Tommy Gravino over at Spot Coffee (East Ave. and Mathews St.) tonight from 8 to 10.

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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