Weekly Rochester Events #235: Sweet Mother of Mother Hubbard
Thursday, July 10, 2003Last week I had the week off (which you should already know, loyal listener) so I got to get out a lot. On Thursday for lunch I got to try out Duels Café (17 E. Main St.) which is really cool. They're a downstairs place on Main and they've got a bar set up (liquor license soon) and a 10-table dining area with some tchotchke like movie posters and a couple mannequins having a conversation at the end of the bar. Their big selling point is that they'll deliver until 4 a.m. every day. So, if you're anything like me, you're on your third Sapphire on the rocks at 3, surfing for porn in your underwear (on the cool nights) and you could really use a gourmet trash plate with a 6 ounce steak, a BLT, and mozzarella sticks, then Duels is the place to call because you're over the $15 minimum. Their number is 458-1160, by the way.
Getting back into the swing of my normal job-centric life (ha ha) I got to see Jerseyband [yay!] at Milestones (170 East Ave.) [boo!] on Tuesday. I planned ahead to knock back sleeping pills that night because I'd be getting home late and all wound up, just like I really did—dang, those guys are good. Plus I talked with Alex (who's kind of the leader of the band) and got him to promise to not be at Milestones next time. Well, he didn't really promise. He really didn't say that either ... I guess he implied that he'd look into The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) and The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) instead. I said I'd try to get hold of Rob at the Bug Jar and use my mighty influence in the Rochester music scene to get them in there. What I mean by that is: "Rob, I know you're going to read this sooner or later so please please please let Jerseyband play at the Bug Jar. They're really good." And what that means is that I'll talk to Rob and he'll be very polite, but assess the band himself and hopefully come to the same conclusion. Oh, "Rob, ask Andy/Drew (the drummer from Low Ton) how good they are if you want a second opinion from someone who knows something about music."
I think I conveyed to Alex just how little influence I have at all—a status I'm harshly reminded of every time I try to get someone to do something like this.
A great many things may be changing for me, though. On Saturday I went to Edibles (704 University Ave.) for dinner. I just had a thing for getting a good meal for my last night before it'd be back to work. Anyway, I sat outside despite the wind and the threat of rain. The southwestern spring rolls were really good as an appetizer. These are one of those must-try things, like the gnocci at Lola Bistro and Bar (630 Monroe Ave.) The eggplant ravioli was just so-so ... the raviolis themselves were good, but with a garlic sauce with feta and olives, it just turned into a cacophony of flavors. But that wasn't the best of it:
To cap off dinner, this pigeon died in front of me.
As best I can tell, it just fell off the building and whacked its head. It struggled to get to its feet and then it walked around really dazed. When it started to fly I thought it'd be okay, but it only made it about a yard, struggled a bit, then stopped moving forever.
The weird part, though, is that there was marginally okay acoustic cover band called Next Weeks News playing at Starry Nites (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) just around the corner and at that moment they decided to play Cat Stevens' If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out which is the closing theme to Harold and Maude.
If you haven't seen the movie, it's a whole lot like having a good dinner, watching a pigeon die, then hearing a Cat Stevens song about the opportunities of free will.
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