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Weekly Rochester Events #242: Host the Hosta Botanist

Thursday, August 28, 2003

I gotta say, I'm still stuffed. On Monday I went to Empire Brewing Company (300 State St.) for a business dinner ... heck, they paid, so I might as well get a good meal out of it. Then on Tuesday, my parents came out here for my birthday and we went to Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) for dinner. I've always meant to give the place another try, and this was a good one. I tried the grilled bison over horseradish mashed potatoes, and it was really quite excellent. My dad got the bacon-wrapped fillet mignon and mom got an apple chutney covered pork chop, and both of them were great. The pork chop was actually two chops left together, and—through some miracle of modern cooking I don't understand—correctly cooked all the way through. Cut from the bone, it was probably a 3-inch cube. After eating, I found I was still able to cram food into my gullet, so I got the blueberry croissant bread pudding drizzled in Jack Daniels sauce for dessert. I managed to eat all that and I've still got half a piece of key lime pie in the refrigerator from mom's meal. To top it off, we got breakfast at work on Wednesday, and I nearly burst.

So speaking of food, I decided that we'd meet up at the The Bug Jar Music Festival at Highland Bowl (South Ave. at Robinson Dr.) for lunch on Saturday. I was trying to figure out how to do this, since I wanted to see the first couple bands (especially Veluxe since I keep trying to get to shows and I keep missing them) and I wanted to have a regular lunch too. Well lo and behold, they'll have hots, burgers, and veggie burgers for what I can only assume will be higher-than-usual prices. You can always bring your own food and your own drinks to save money. The whole event is a way The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) thanks the many bands and patrons who visit them, and, of course, for some publicity. The event itself is free and runs all day ... see the list below for the bands.

Gosh, what else ... Sunday night I got to see a couple bands. The first was The Dismissed who are a young punk garage band. The next was World Inferno Friendship Society who are—in a nutshell—an experimental klezmer/ska cult who do a 1950's-style radio musical. They have a guitarist, bass player, drummer, keyboard/accordian player, three saxophonists, and a lead singer on stage at the same time. The lead singer does a bunch of theatrical gestures as he sings and invites the audience to move to New York and other suggestions. The audience, somehow, determined all these seemingly specific dance moves for each song ... presumably because of research beforehand. That was a special one for sure.

Of course, I think the wildest show ever will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) this coming Tuesday. I tried to avoid perverted sentences, but there's no other way to say it—Your Mom and My PenisGarageBand linkMP3 link are playing. My Penis is a punk band who specializes in smashing up their instruments. Your Mom is a local pair of women who last did an Amazon-style punk-rock show with highlights of inviting audience members to come up and be spanked by a sexy young woman and to "drink from your mom's breasts" (in the form of whipped-cream in a can.) There were a few takers for each. If they stick with that line of performance, it'll be a show you'll never ever forget no matter how much psychiatric therapy you partake in the future.


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  • Camp (at The Little) - The "band camp" you've all been talking about.
  • Jeepers Creepers 2 - Used in a sentence, "Jeepers creepers, that was a bad movie" or more simply "Jeepers Creepers 2 was a bad movie."

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Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 8:30 p.m. is The A. M., and Returning Soul Lottery.

ParotiaMP3 link, and okay groove-rock band Stealing AndyMP3 link will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m.

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

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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Funny Ha Ha starting at 8. A low budget Boston film about the slackerly 20-somethings populating the world today.

Modern rock and covers with Uncle PlumGarageBand linkMP3 link will be at Fat Moe's (4419 Dewey Ave.) starting around 10 p.m.

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Checked personally by Jayce Updated: All day today at Highland Bowl (South Ave. at Robinson Dr.) is the annual (well, except for last year) The Bug Jar Music Festival starting at 1:00 then one band each hour. The order the bands will ... er ... are scheduled to appear is:

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter starting at 8. With a title like that, what can you add? Perhaps that it's a musical?

The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting great punk-rock with The Blast-Off's, and TemptressGarageBand linkMP3 link starting around 10:45 p.m.

Over at Curley's Saloon (511 E. Ridge Rd.) starting around 10 p.m. is acoustic/electric rock band Burning Snella, and FMGreen

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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing A Day at the Races starting at 3. One of the Marx brothers' funniest films and, by extension, one of the funniest films ever.

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Fly the flag today.Labor Day

Tonight at Pelican's Waterfront (566 River St.) is some modern rock and covers with Better Days (or click here to skip their irritating Flash intro) starting around 4 p.m.

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V-J Day

Already loaded with sexual puns, I think the most disturbing way to put this is as follows: Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) My PenisGarageBand linkMP3 link opens for Your Mom. I gather that My Penis will break things and do punk-rock, and, assuming they continue more of what they did last time, Your Mom will be the most gritty, female-sexuality-charged punk-rock show you've ever seen. It all gets started around 10:30. Get a nap beforehand so you can stay up.

Over at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) starting around 9:30 p.m. is the innovative funk band, The Filthy Funk.

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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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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Nicolaus Thomas Host was born 242 years ago in 1761 and grew up to be the Austrian botanist who discovered the flower genus Hosta.

Checked by Jayce is an event that has been confirmed either with the venue, the performers, or both.

GarageBand link links to a band's page on GarageBand.com which offers reviews and information about bands.

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