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Weekly Rochester Events #252: Beginnings of a Fourth President

Thursday, November 6, 2003

Ok, so we're already into the The High Falls Film Festival. I went to many of the events at last year's festival and I was pleased to be in one picture on their 2002 Photos page—even if it's just the back of my head.

The film schedule for this year is provided either as HTML or as PDF. In last week's update I provided files that you could download to a Palm Pilot or scheduling software or some other such nonsense. Go back a week to find them if you want them. I would say more about the festival, but tough nuts. Look at all the work I did already for you greedy jerks? Now you want me to make recommendations too? Yeesh.

In other news, I went to get my car checked up. Well, that, and I wanted to get a new stereo. The old one got too quiet so I started to be able to hear all the broken things in the car rattling around. Actually, that's really the way it is: I bought new speakers and put them in a few months ago, then realized the factory radio didn't power the front speakers anymore. So, It was off to Stereo Shop (40 Jay Scutti Blvd., off Jefferson across from Hylan Drive) for their "one day sale." I ended up getting a neato in-dash CD player that plays MP3 CD's. Now ... what to do with all those cassettes ...

Anyway, I got an appointment to get the car checked out later in the day. A little while later I noticed the cause of the trouble I was having. Let's see if you can figure it out from the symptoms:

  • the car pulls to the right
  • steering is stiff and muddy
  • the differential favors the left front wheel, pulling the car to the right when accelerating
  • it's easy to skid the tires, especially when wet
Give up? Well, let me just add that I have not had a flat tire in over te years. I just didn't know. The tire didn't look flat ... a little low, but there was no air pressure at all and there was a nail stuck through the tread. The funny part is I drove on it completely flat for about a week, putting on about 200 miles.

Most of that was the trip to Ithaca to see Sean and Kelly again and drink too much on Halloween. I really did sleep it all off, though before driving back. What with a flat tire and all. Oh, and the party was pretty fun, by the way ... my costume of "Incontinence" worked as expected and proved to be almost as amusing as I thought. Nobody pissed themselves but me. [Rim shot.] Thank you ... I'll be here all week.

What else ... Oh yeah, we got takeout from Duels Café (17 E. Main St.) the other week. I got steak. I don't eat steak very often, but it was really really cool to have it delivered. I've had better steak, but not from a Styrofoam™ box. Mmm.


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  • Pieces of April (at The Little) - April invites her family to her New York apartment for Thanksgiving.
  • Demonlover (at The Little) - Corporations vie for soft pornography ... something like that, anyway.
  • The Matrix Revolutions - Finally, the answer to the question nobody is asking: Can the Matrix trilogy be brought back to a metaphor for reality, or will it be more cool wire tricks?
  • Elf - Will Ferrell apparently got really really funny once he left Saturday Night Live.

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SSION, tight punk rock with 5 Watt Bulb, and punk rock with hard rock vocals and a touch of rockabilly with The UV Rays will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 8:30 p.m.

Over at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) tonight is another Tips and Techniques Lecture: Finding Your Best Light starting at 6:30.

The new photo exhibit Candice Bergen Photographs: 1971-1976 officially starts today at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) and runs through January 4.

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

Open mic poetry and music of Soulstice Lounge is at Studio 1 Café (40 St. Paul St., at the Marquee) starting around 7.

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In two separate shows, Chris Proctor (at 8), and The Push StarsMP3 link (at 10) will be at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.)

Old School will be the Talisman Movie at Ingle Auditorium at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map image) starting around 10 p.m.

Sunshine Day Dreams, Leftover Salmon, and The Del McCoury Band will be at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) starting around 9:30 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.

This morning starting at 9 at The Landmark Society of Western New York (133 S. Fitzhugh St.) is a virtual summertime tour of Rochester's Resorts and Amusement Parks of yesteryear ... RSVP by 3 on Friday to attend.

Hey, check out the Total Lunar Eclipse starting tonight around 6:30 p.m., peaking at 8:20 and ending at 10:05.

Tonight at The Fireside Lounge at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map image) is The Family Guy marathon starting around 7 p.m. for free.

Updated: Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is The Downbeat 5, excellent punk-rock from The QUiTTERSGarageBand link, The BlowtopsMP3 link, and Cookies Downtown starting around 9:30 p.m.

Tonight at the hideous Milestones (170 East Ave.) is the awesome beat-driven funk band The Filthy Funk, and Mesh Factor starting around 10:30 p.m.

Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) will be hosting jazz and R&B vocalist Jeremiah Griffin for two sets starting at 8 and at 10. An extra $20 gets you dinner too.

A new exhibition starts at Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) today: Positions 38°: Korean American Crossings which explores the nature of western and eastern stereotypes.

Over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is rockin' rockabilly with Krypton 88MP3 link, and Los Fadeaways.

Bangers and Trash, and gritty rock with The Franks will be at Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) starting around 10:30 p.m.

The Landmark Society of Western New York (133 S. Fitzhugh St.) will get nine local authors together for a book signing and discussion from 2 to 5.

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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Lust for Life starting at 3. Kirk Douglas plays Vincent Van Gogh in this biopic.

Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) will be hosting Brazilian drummer Jorge Alabe and Friends starting around 6:30 p.m.

This afternoon at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) is a Benefit for Rich Fluman and Family (whoever they are) with hip-hop/rock band Me and the Boyz, Big Noise, modern rock and covers from Uncle PlumGarageBand linkMP3 link, and Resurrection starting around 1 p.m.

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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Veteran's Day (observed)

Over at Kilbourn Hall in Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be a performance of Tuba Mirum starting around 10:45 p.m.

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Fly the flag today.Veteran's Day

Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) will be hosting another LITalk with Dr. David White discussing Herman Melville's, Moby Dick starting around 7 p.m.

A Faculty Artist Recital with George Taylor on viola, and Nicholas Goluses on guitar featuring the music of Biberian, Falla, and Kimber will be at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting around 8 p.m.

Over at Downstairs Cabaret (20 Windsor St.) starting around 7:30 p.m. is Funny Underground, tonight featuring the Improv and Stand-Up Comedy Troupe from Jewish Community Center (1200 Edgewood Ave.)

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Sylvester starting at 8. On Saint Sylvester (New Year's Eve) a man, his wife, and her mother get into an argument in the hour before midnight.

Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45 p.m. is SupagroupMP3 link, The DishesMP3 link, The Husbands, and Blüdwülf.

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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Stand and Fight, Internal Affairs, Blacklisted, The AllegedMP3 link, and Years Of Our Youth will be at The Penny Arcade (4785 Lake Ave.) starting around 6:30 p.m. I might head up there to check it out because I heard they did a major remodel of the place and I wanted to take a look.

Over at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) starting around 6:30 p.m. is Songwriters In The Round with Jim Ralston, James Cause, and Phil Marshall.

Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting Static-X, Soil, and Skrape and Twisted Method starting around 8 p.m.

Tonight at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is the Eastman Wind Ensemble and the Eastman Wind Orchestra with conductors Mark Scatterday, Donald Hunsberger, and Cindi Johnston-Turner and the music of Williams, Ticheli, Ewazen, Prokofiev, and others starting around 8 p.m.

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Le pays des sourds (In the Land of the Deaf) starting at 8. A French documentary about the deaf and their use of sign language—interestingly told in French and French Sign Language with subtitiles.

The Sweet Creations exhibit—you know, the gingerbread houses—starts at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) today.

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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