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Weekly Rochester Events #258: Revere's Buddy

Thursday, December 18, 2003

Let's see ... what to start with. I guess I should mention that I won't be at O'Bagelo's (165 State Street) this weekend. Saturday is my Uncle Joe's annual Christmas party and I figured I'd head out there to see the parents and relatives. Christmas will be pretty low-key for us this year, and I think I'll be back in town for it. I really want to see the Rockstars show on Tuesday night.

The other thing is that I'm pretty wiped this week because I've been a juror all week. I really can't say much about it other than that so I won't. However, it seems I'm back to the old nine-to-five. Well, sort of. Hopefully that'll end and I can return to un-/self-employed bliss.

Of interest this past week, I went to the improv class run by the Geva Comedy Improv troupe on Saturday. It was actually very informative. I never really did any theater or stuff in front of an audience, but I think I did okay. It bent my brain around a bit ... it's less like being a smart ass than I thought. You've got to pay attention to the perception of the audience. In a way, this is pretty hard for me because I don't often pay attention to what other people think of me or my actions. Well, sometimes ... it was kind of awkward to try and encourage that side rather than thwart it, though.

The other cool thing was Jerseyband that night. They put on a very good show ... I think I liked the last show they did at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) better, though. I also got to walk among the inner circle of the punk-rock music community and go to an after-hours party. Let me tell you, don't really worry about going once at all because although it's fun, it's not much different than any other party. Then again, the really wild stuff probably started just after I left.

Oh yeah, and about jury duty ... I feel like one of the superfriends every day because I have to report to the Hall of Justice. Ok, maybe I'm the only one who thinks that's pretty God-damn funny.


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Somewhat innovative modern rock from Scalar, and drums-and-guitar punk-rock from Blue Spark and Flame will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 8:45 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Tonight's another Screenplay Salon at the Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) starting at 6. This time, Jack Garner will be on hand to discuss and introduce The Miracle of Morgan's Creek about a girl who gets drunk with some soldiers and wakes up pregnant by one of them ... and it was made in 1944.

Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) will be hosting a Dave Matthews Band warm-up with Brandon DePaul from local DMB cover band, The Tripping Billies starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Montage calendar]

Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) will be continuing their Fall Film Series tonight with "Science Fiction Classics" starting at 7. [source: Visual Studies Workshop calendar]

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

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Shime, Abraxis, really good metal from Ghost, and Gumbo will be at The Penny Arcade (4785 Lake Ave.) starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: WBER calendar]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing White Christmas starting at 8. [source: Dryden Theater calendar]

Over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10 p.m. is the Garage Pop Christmas Party with surf-rock influenced punk-rock from The PriestsGarageBand link, hard-edged rock with a punk influence from The Purrs, punk-rock with hard-rock vocals and subtly rockabilly beats from The UV Rays, and metal from Blüdwülf. [source: Garagepop e-mail]

Paul Blackburn will be at Starry Nites (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Tonight at Fat Moe's (4419 Dewey Ave.) is your fix of modern rock and covers from Uncle PlumGarageBand link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting a Benefit for Toys for Tots called Santa's Slay Fest featuring Withered Earth, well constructed heavy rock/metal with Heatseeker, Baba Yaga, metal and punk-rock's devilchild from Fallguy, Bailey, Mason, Lickers, Tar, power rock from Low Ton, and Inherence starting around 9 p.m. [source: Freetime]

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

Tonight at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is Brian Coughlin, Lisa Bigwood, and quick-witted acoustic soloist Maria Gillard starting around 8 p.m. [source: band e-mail]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing It's a Wonderful Life starting at 8. (Alas, not the dream double-feature with Gummo as I experienced last year.) [source: Dryden Theater calendar]

Today is the George Bailey 5K starting with a pre-race party at 6:30 at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) and culminating back there to see George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life. In theory, dress up like George Bailey and recreate the final scene through the streets of Rochester. Money raised goes to St. Joseph's House.

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is a Whole Lotta Shakin' with a vaguely okay version of vaguely surf-rock from The Riviera Playboys, gritty, fast rock from The Franks, McFadden's Parachute, and St. Phillip's Escalator starting around 10:45 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Tonight at Java's (16 Gibb St.) is jazz from Cerulean City starting around 9 p.m. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester]

Over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is standard fast rock from BitpartGarageBand link. [source: Freetime]

Awesome funk/rock from Astronomical UnitGarageBand link, and Le Bomb Squad will be at Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Tonight at Millennium (2235 Empire Blvd.) is modern rock and covers from Uncle PlumGarageBand link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Freetime]

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The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting awsome high-energy punk-rock band from Syracuse with The Audios, Cru Jones, and classic-style punk from The Beligerants starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting good modern rock from deltaforce 23, Nobody Cares, Alucard, Breaker, and Trinity Sunrise starting around 6:30 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar]

Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free) will be hosting Big Fish Improv (about which Freetime Magazine says is titled "A Man, A Boombox & A Blowup Doll," and "an interactive blending of sketch and improv comedy") starting around 8 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Tonight at Spot Coffee (East Ave. and Mathews St.) is Gregory PaulGarageBand link starting around 9 p.m. [source: WBER calendar]

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

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Over at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) starting around 9 p.m. is Dave Rivello's 12-Piece Jazz Ensemble [source: Montage calendar]

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Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45 p.m. is PsyopusGarageBand link, Ion Dissonance, and nuisance rock from the sporadic Rockstars. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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