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Weekly Rochester Events #247: Just a Pile of Crushed Rock

Thursday, October 2, 2003

I think I probably brought this up before, but I decided to write about it again without researching what I wrote before. I was talking with Jan the other week about why people tend to stay home instead of going out, and we didn't come up with a really good reason. I think it's that most people would rather have consistency in a typical evening at home than the chance of either having a good time or a bad time.

I've been watching "Sex and the City" that I borrowed from Shaw. I never ever watched any episodes before and I started getting into it, usually when I'm doing other things like writing the website essay. The thing is, I find it's easy to get hooked on. If I go out, the odds of meeting an attractive woman who's successful and well-spoken are essentially zero, but I can get to "know" four of them on the TV. Of course, they're fictional ... but consistent.

So if I go out, I can meet people ... real people. Some good, some bad. If I stay home, I can get a steady pace of mostly amusing, distant, fictional women at home.

It's basically exactly like pornography, except with clothing.

Every once in a while things go really good. For instance, I went to Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) last Saturday and saw Allen Power, Maria Gillard, and Tom Taylor. They did folk acoustic music round-robin style and it was great. I thought I'd stop by just to see what they were like. I wish I could say more about it ... it was just a night of great music.

I went with Ann to go see Northfork on Tuesday. I had been looking forward to it because the premise was so good: the town of Northfork was within the flood area of a new dam during the 1950's, and some of the townspeople refused to leave. So I figured the movie would explore the psychological implications of such an event. What do possessions mean? What is your world? How do you define yourself?

The filmmakers, unfortunately, decided to leave all that to the imagination of the viewers. We're introduced to some of the people living in the town who aren't leaving, who are apparently one-dimensional simpletons who have no personality, no past lives, no jobs, and no extended families. They're just crazy nutbags. The government sends out a group of men to convince the people to leave. The filmmakers manage to flesh out generic government goon characters as far as you can complete that simple concept.

There is also a large amount of time spent with the preacher who tries to nurse a sick boy back to health. He's one of the only characters who imply any sort of inner dialog. We are taken into the world of the feverish dream of the child. As I told Ann, it's as if in the middle of writing the screenplay, someone told the writer, "hey, I bet living there was like being in the middle of a feverish dream." "Hmm ... feverish dream, you say ... that gives me an idea." The world of the feverish dream was pretty good, but the concept behind it was too thin to spend so much time on it.

Overall, probably not worth seeing.


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  • The Bread, My Sweet (at The Little) - So a couple meet and propose marriage in one day.
  • Out of Time - Something about a murder and blah blah blah.
  • School of Rock - Jack Black is pretty funny, and if you're into empty candy movies, this would probably be funny. Plus, the guys in Evil JakeMP3 link say their poster and some of their stickers are part of the set dressing.
  • Lost in Translation - A couple Americans meet in Tokyo and go out on the town together.

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Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is solid quality standard NYC-style modern rock with The Bamboo Kids, and a new punk band The UV Rays.

Cyro Baptista's Beat the Donkey will be at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) starting around 9 p.m. ... or maybe there's two shows.

On The Harbor Town Belle (Stutson St. Extension, Port of Rochester) is An Evening on the River With Mark Twain starting at 6:30. I'm sure he'll be unimpressed with our bland little river, way too cold, and surprised to be alive.

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

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I guess German House (315 Gregory St.) is kicking off some kind of Octoberfest-like thing this weekend. Tonight the doors open at 7 for popular local band The Skycoasters and tomorrow with popular local band Ruby Shooz. Plus there's food and wine and drinks and it's $7 to get in.

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Alambrista! starting at 8. A Mexican farm worker makes the illegal journey to California. Writer/director Robert M. Young will be on hand to discuss the film.

Tonight at Starry Nites (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) is Atlantic Jazz Trio, the jazz alter-ego of Veluxe, starting around 9:30 p.m.

If you desperately need to hear modern rock and covers, Christani's (730 Elmgrove Rd., formerly the Panorama) will be hosting Better Days (or click here to skip their irritating Flash intro) starting around 10:30 p.m.

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.

Starting at noon today at Drinks by Mary Dawn (535 S. Clinton) is a Road Rally Scavenger Hunt. Sign your team up before Saturday, plunk down your $15, and get the list of stuff to fetch on Saturday morning. Get drinks and food at the bar too.

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) starting at 10:30 is part of the ImageOut film festival where curator Bill Taylor will present Lock Up Your Sons and Daughters where he'll present "educational" films that warn children about the "evils" of homosexuality, such as Boys Beware and Once Upon a Honeymoon.

Over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is punk-rock with The Bloody Hollies, surf-rock influenced punk-rock with The PriestsGarageBand link, punk-influenced hard-edged rock with The Purrs, and unrefined punk-rock with The Teenage Junkies.

Remember the punk-rock band that didn't play because the power went out in August? Well, they're back ... Peelander-Z, quasi-noise band Nod, experimental Cock E.S.P.MP3 link, experimental U Can Unlearn GuitarMP3 link, and really really loud noise band Asthmatic will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45 p.m.

Over at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) starting around 10:45 p.m. is 805MP3 link in what they claim is their last show.

Tonight at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) is the solid groove-rock band with a zydeco twist, Sunny Weather starting around 9:30 p.m.

Over at Norton's Pub (1730 Goodman St.) starting around 10 p.m. is Rochester Brass and Electric. I think they're a cover band but I can never remember ... maybe I should stop by.

The eclectic rock band Burning Snella will be doing an acoustic show up at Shamrock Jack's Steak and Seafood (4554 Culver Rd.) starting around 9:30 for free.

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In an early show tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is RWAKEMP3 link, MeatjackMP3 link, and Withered EarthMP3 link starting around 8 p.m.

Tonight at Comix Café (3450 Winton Pl.) is Mike Dambra starting around 8:30 p.m.

Ontario Midland Railroad (48 Belden Ave.) will be bringing people around on a Fall Foliage Express Train Ride starting around 12 and 2:15.

Dan Liberto (of the The Comedy Company) hosts Open Mic Comedy Night at Duels Café (17 E. Main St.) starting around 7:30 (theoretically.)

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The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting GlasspackGarageBand link, Paik, and E-Zee Tiger starting around 10:30 p.m.

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Over at Downstairs Cabaret (20 Windsor St.) starting around 7:30 p.m. is Funny Underground

Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45 p.m. is Raoul Björkenheim, Chris Massey, insane and moshable The Laundryroom SquelchersMP3 link, Coffee, and Rimjob.

Over at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) tonight is the 2,000 Word Club Open Mike starting around 7 for free. Anyone can show up and read up to 2,000 words.

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 Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting political punk rockers (with horns) River City RebelsMP3 link, and The CodeMP3 link starting around 8 p.m.

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing another film in The ImageOut Film Festival, Die Bitteren Tranen der Petra von Kant (The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant) starting at 8. A black comedy about a fashion designer who lives with an assistant in a small apartment but then reveals her vulnerable side when she falls for a younger woman.

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.

Tonight at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is a Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered Open Mike starting around 7. It's for both pros and amateurs, so if you feel the need to listen, support, or express yourself, head on down.
 
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