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Weekly Rochester Events #244: A Way To Castaways

Thursday, September 11, 2003

Once again, I gotta start with a rant. A couple weeks ago I got lunch at The Atomic Eggplant (75 Marshall St., formerly the City Grill.) I got an iced tea which took 10 minutes to arrive and ordered a small chef's salad but got a large. Plus, the salad had that unfortunate flaw where the chef didn't cut up the salad into bite-sized pieces. It also arrived at the same time as the two tacos. I managed to eat one taco by hand but the other was inundated by the side dishes and had to be chopped up and eaten with a knife and fork. I hated wallowing in my food, which I felt like I was doing everytime I spread it across my face trying to shove it into my mouth. It tasted good—it's just that there was too much and the presentation and service were so bad. In the end I left a 10% tip with a note on the receipt that read, "Where were you? I ran out of water and was this a small salad like I ordered?" Even paying was an ordeal of getting the attention of the servers. It's really too bad because otherwise the food is good. Ugh.

Coming down from a rant into an ambiguity, a friend of mine said I should go see My Morning Jacket at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) on Saturday because they're a really cool band. Unfortunately, it's a ClearChannel show, and ClearChannel is among the Evil Empire of the entertainment world. They banned songs on all their stations after September 11 simply because the band name, song name, or lyrics included the word "suicide." Blatant censorship. Fuckers. Plus they make special rules for venues, so you can't leave and return ... they'll make you pay again if you want to put your coat in your car. Double fuckers.

On the other not-so-ambiguous side, this past weekend I went to The Clothesline Arts Festival at Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) and checked things out. In general, I found that it shared the disappointing characteristic of Park Avenue Festival (Park Ave. from Alexander St. to Culver Rd.; also see Rochseter Event's Park Avenue Festival Page) and Corn Hill Festival in the Corn Hill Neighborhood. Generally, each of these events seems more like a trade show for basic material science techniques. "Look what I can do with glass." "Look what I can do with bronze." Blah blah blah.

I decided I'd do something this year to try and change the trend. I earmarked some cash for each of the events for my pick of the "most artistic" vendor. My definition of art is "expressing something that is difficult or impossible to do in words." Thus, a copper butterfly on a stick doesn't count, but an abstract painting of blue stuff that kind of reminds me of flowing water, or clouds, or thoughts does count. In the previous two "art festivals" I didn't actually find anything. For Clothesline, I found Carrianne Hendrickson way in the back by Prince Street. I saw her stuff last year, and decided to go over my original budget and get Star Catcher because I thought it was cool looking. Now there's at least one person who paid one artist for one work of art and hopefully this will drive a trend.

However, I've got constant buyer's remorse ... I don't want to say how much I spent because the actual dollar amount won't mean the same thing to everyone. I guess I can put it this way: it's about 20 times more than my "impulse limit" which is the most amount of money I'd spend without thinking about it. So like when I was in college, I wouldn't really hesitate to drop up to about $5 if I saw something I wanted, so this was like spending $100 when I was in college.

The remorse is fading, though, and I'm liking having it around. I still think it's kind of creepy ... and kind of cool. I want to ride cats around and catch stars. I wonder what the guy looks like under the mask, if that's even a mask. Or even a guy. The hat's pretty cool too. He's got a clock with compass points on it instead of numbers ... whatever that's supposed to do. From my New Math experience, I'd say it shows about East:South o'clock. I bet that's P.M. too. The cat seems kind of irritated because it's switching its tail.

I'm just afraid I'm going to get drunk one day and want to smash it or something. Hopefully not.

Star Catcher by Carrianne Hendrickson
Creepy non tea-bearing teapot Star Catcher by Carrianne Hendrickson

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  • Northfork (at The Little) - The town of Northfork is soon to be at the bottom of the lake that feeds a dam, and everything and everyone must go. This looks really quite good, but it's not recommended as a summer pick-me-up. (The Little had this on their "coming soon" calendar weeks ago, and I don't know if it ran then, but it looks like that calendar is just a joke.)
  • The Magdalene Sisters (at The Little) - Women in Ireland in the 1960's were essentially enslaved for "unladylike" behavior like getting raped and such.
  • American Splendor (at The Little) - Based on the comic books which is based on the average life of Harvey Pekar. See his interview on The Onion's AV Club for some more insight.
  • Cabin Fever - Since this is an R-rated American movie, you can bet on seeing the hot chick's tits without having to see the guy's cock.
  • Matchstick Men - Some con men get a surprise when one of the guy's daughters appears on the scene, and some boring plot ensues.
  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico - Shoot-em-up type thing, I guess.

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The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting a bunch of metal bands: Goat Horn, Rammer, OrodruinMP3 link, Bludwulf, and WarbladeMP3 link starting around 7 p.m.

A wildly exciting Model Railroading Presentation will be at Newark Library (121 High St., Newark, NY) starting around 6 p.m. I mean, aren't all such presentations wild?

Over at Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free) starting around 9:30 p.m. is Comedy with Dave Schmitt and Friends.

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

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Over at Genesee Country Nature Center (Flint Hill Rd. in Mumford) starting around 7 p.m. is Creatures Of Twilight. Although this would make an okay low-fi ambient band, I believe it's about animals and such.

Tonight at Spenders (1600 Lyell Ave.) is disco and rock cover songs with The United Booty Foundation starting around 10 p.m.

If you like hearing modern rock music from the 1990's, Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free) will be hosting Better Days (or click here to skip their irritating Flash intro) starting around 9:30 p.m.

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

Ridge Road Station (16131 Ridge Rd. (Rt. 104), Holley, NY) will be hosting Model Train Races from 10 a.m. to 5. I'd hate for anyone to lose the sarcasm of "worth the trip!" (That said, check out the QuickTime VR of the train room on their website.)

Tonight at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) starting around 7 is the BYOB Summer Singles Night. Bring your own ... Booze? Beer? Duh: Books. Essentially, this is speed dating for literate people ... bring your favorite book and talk about it with everyone else in the room for a few minutes each. Call ahead for reservations.

Tonight at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) is The New York Klezmer Orchestra starting around 9 p.m. Free bowl of matzo ball soup with paid admission (really ... at least according to the e-mail from the Montage.)

The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting the awesome percussive groove-rock band The BuddhaHoodMP3 link starting around 9:30 p.m.

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Jimmy Wolf, hard-edged rock/punk of The Purrs, all new Blue Spark and Flame, and groove-rock-ish band The Edge of JupiterGarageBand link starting around 10:45 p.m.

Punk music with an Irish slant, Tom Foolery and the Shenanigans will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m.

Tonight at Froggy's Bar & Grill (1129 Empire Blvd.) is a couple great bands doing a nightmare of a show ... awesome acoustic rocker JoAnn VaccaroMP3 link, and bluesy-rock acoustic soloist Cole Gockley starting around 9 p.m.

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be hosting Neil Brand for The Sounds of Silents starting at 8. Neil Brand is one of the top improvisational silent film accompanists in the world, and he'll be on hand to provide piano for clips from films such as Pandora's Box, South: Shackleton's Journey to the South Pole, and a surprise movie that's a secret even to Neil.

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This afternoon at Immanuel Baptist Church (815 Park Ave.) is A Taste Of Park Ave. from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Taste signature dishes from Park Ave. restaurants and benefit the Community Treasure Campaign to support the restoration of the church.

Today from 12 to 4 is ARTWalk Alive on University near Starry Nites (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans), Edibles (704 University Ave.), and Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) There will be dancers and musicians throughout the day, culminating in Front Loader Fantasia choreographed by Thomas Warfield. Yeah ... front-end loader trucks for dirt and stuff.

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Tonight at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) is expert saxomophonist John Butcher starting around 8 p.m.

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Mexican Independence Day

Anytime In JulyMP3 link, and eclectic acoustic-rockers The Earl Cram Revue will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m.

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Stage Struck starting at 8. A waitress played by Gloria Swanson dreams of entering show business ... featuring some early technicolor sequences.

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.

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

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Fly the flag today.Citizenship (Constitution) Day

Over at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) starting around 9:30 p.m. is Clarence Buccaro.

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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