Weekly Rochester Events #240: Eastern Canadian English
Thursday, August 14, 2003Last Friday offered the most excitement last weekend. I started out at Aaron's Place (690 Park Ave., formerly Bistro Seven) for dinner and had yet another great meal. This one was their "Tortellini Portabella" which was cheese tortellini with sliced peppers and portabella mushrooms. It was really cool because not only did it taste good, the textures were perfectly matched. Unfortunately, I talked with Aaron and he's getting discouraged that his place is not all that popular. Based on my curse, I like it, so it's doomed. Regardless, I recommend everyone go get a meal there and mention JayceLand so Aaron will still be nice to me whenever I go. You know, sort of like advertising, but pro bono, or as a bribe for free food or something.
After that I went to Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) for the big benefit show. As best I could tell, about a third of the crowd was not in one of the bands. I got to see a little of Don Anonymous then the insane Bert and Ernie Russell poetry-over-... umm ... mandolin, maybe? It was a little stringed instrument that I didn't recognize ... but the gig was like nothing else around. They play at the open mic nights sometimes. Next was Geoff Wilson from The Irthlings who did perfectly executed acoustic rock ... I liked him better in this context than with the Irthlings, but he rarely does solo stuff. Next C. Shelton read some great poems. Later was Cole Gockley and The Earl Cram Revue, both of whom were really good.
But the really big surprise, for me, though was Dream Engine who were fucking cool as hell. The hark back to olden times when there were beat poet bands. They are a four-piece band who play ambient bluesy-jazzy music behind spoken-word poetry. I recognized Bill from Astronomical Unit on keyboards and sax but I didn't know the other three guys. The poets were C. Shelton, Norm Davis, then some cute girl, and some other guy. They'll be back out at Spot Coffee (East Ave. and Mathews St.) at the end of next week.
For your amusement, I thought I'd bring up yet another torturous tale of what it's like to live my life. See, when I showed up, I saw that cute girl from Dream Engine and thought she was Carly from California Rollin' at Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.) Well, I looked at her and in the instant that I was raising my eyebrows to acknowledge recognition, I realized it wasn't Carly, I didn't know her, and at the same time, that she was really cute.
In the next second, though, I was hit with two things. First, she's younger than I am by quite a bit, and I would place her somewhere between 17 and 25. Not exactly a good range to be dealing with considering how low the little numbers get. The other thing I thought was that I'm totally not into doing any dating at all anymore—well, I'm completely conflicted because I still want to date somewhere, but at the same time, I'm so friggin' bad at it that I can't bear to go through it again. (See ... this isn't so different from any other blog you read, except I don't mention antidepressants at any point except parenthetically.)
So I spent the evening, in part, trying to resist flirting with limited success. In the end, I didn't say anything to her, which—keeping that 'ol duality going—I hope made her very relieved, and also puzzled and disappointed. See, told you I shouldn't be dating.
Throughout the weekend, those unrequited flirtations led to a general purpose numbing depression. I made the mistake of going to see Checkout at The Little (240 East Ave.) Boy, what a crappy movie. I went in with pretty low expectations, but it was even worse than that. The acting was okay, I guess, and the cinematography was pretty good. The writing, though ... ugh.
Let's just say it was not quite as well-written as an Afterschool Special. It starts out introducing this woman who's supposed to be in marketing by showing her at the end of a business meeting, but it's obvious the writer never worked a day in his life in an office. The dialog was pretty much what you'd expect from a kids cartoon. I was surprised to find, though, that the guy also didn't know how to write dialog for a woman, a gay guy, a player-type friend, a grocer, a businessman, a yuppie fiancé, a smothering mother ... even the dipshit lead character. All of them ... cartoonish and stupid.
As an added bonus, it plays out like an infomercial for Webster, NY. They mention Woody's (248 Monroe Ave.) like eighty times by name. Basically, it was distracting to live in the same area as the movie was filmed because it makes so much mention of real things around town. I mean, the lead character takes his girlfriend out for vegetarian food ... at Nick Tahou Hots (320 W. Main St.)? Good grief ... why?
In other news, I guess that on Monday, Rochester had its first "flash mob." The gist of a flash mob is that a bunch of people get simple instructions to go to a particular location, do some silly thing, and all split up. It's a derivative of guerilla theater with a participatory aspect. Anyway, according to the The Democrat and Chronicle, Diane Mashia of Some Assembly Required got together with a dozeon or so people at Spot Coffee (East Ave. and Mathews St.), opened their umbrellas at 6:12 and sang "Singing in the Rain" for 95 seconds then took off. Here I thought this was only for people in New York and other big cities.
Coming up this week, I guess you can look for more flash mobs at the Some Assembly Required site. Also, though, the Peelander-Z / The Purrs show at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight looks pretty cool. On Friday, I think that Evan David and Five Points includes Darrin from Veluxe doing acoustic stuff, but I'm not sure, and the Bobby Henrie and The Goners at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) should be pretty cool. I'd like to check out the Bukowski thing at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) but can't decide if I want to be at the punk show at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) or The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) so I guess I'll bounce between both ... plus I want to check out that Tar Beach at The Brickyard Pub (240 South Ave. Ext.) to figure out why they're there. Finally I'll have to check out Joanna McNaney at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) on Tuesday because, of course, I'm madly in love with her too.
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