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Weekly Rochester Events #261: Dude, You Look Like Two Bucks!

Thursday, January 8, 2004

Ever since Microsoft started their "It's Better with the Butterfly" advertising campaign, I didn't like it. The gist is that the four-color Microsoft logo has been personified as people in plump butterfly costumes who follow you around and perform supposedly useful tasks like throwing out junk mail/e-mail, or warning you when your kids try to download porn from the Internet.

I want to see the following ads (among others):

  • The butterfly guy interrupts the dad to say that his son is searching for information on being gay to make sure he should allow it.
  • The butterfly guy is looking over the shoulder of some guy on the Internet, and makes suggestions on finding better hentai pornography.
  • The butterfly guy is on the phone letting John Ashcroft know that someone in the house is getting information on America from a foreign news source.
  • The butterfly guy finds a bunch of credit cards and sends the information to Microsoft.
  • The butterfly guy scans through the computer in the middle of the night and finds a couple MP3 files with "Metallica" in the filenames, so he calls the RIAA who arrests the homeowner and takes all the computer equipment away.

Those would be more true-to-form.

While I'm on the topic of things that annoy me, what's the deal with poor audio synchronization on TV these days? I'm the kind of freak that notices these things in general, and in the past they've been off by a couple frames ... maybe a tenth of a second or so. However, recently, I've seen stuff where they're off by nearly a second. I mean, come on—that much of an error can be fixed even without a clap board. Nothing like quality in America.

Anyway, I had a New Year's Eve party at my house this year. I had been disappointed in past years, so I decided I'd try to fix all the problems. My idea was that there's no point to the holiday, so you should just all sit around and talk about stuff ... possibly touching on some deeper philosophical issues you wouldn't ordinarily talk about. Well, I think I pulled it off mostly.

I had about eight people show up who were in three groups who hadn't met before. I think it's amusing that I've become more consistent and don't really change my behavior when I'm with one group or another, so I don't mind bringing different groups together. Well, I guess some people wouldn't mix right, but mostly it works out.

I think the party went pretty well ... we hung out and had cheese and various kinds of alcohol. We watched the ball drop and had champagne. We talked about a variety of topics, and it seemed like everyone was getting along and had fun.

I remember everything up until about 3 or so.

I had a few drinks and thought things were going well, but one big glass of Bombay Sapphire on the rocks, and all of a sudden I'm rip-roaring drunk. I guess the three remaining friends weren't overly offended, and we ended up watching movies and such until about 5. I didn't remember anything, really.

However, I do have a pocket voice recorder that I use to take notes of ideas and such. Well, it took me several days to realize that I had recorded something that night. It's pretty self-explanatory except that it took 40 seconds to say, so pace yourself while reading it:

All right, so it's 2004. I'm—fucking—wrecked. It's 4:56 a.m. It's New Year's. I'm wrecked. I'm locking ... well, attempting to find my keys. Hey, look at that: sets that I made. Lock the door ... on the side of the house. Keys go in ... lock goes in ... lock is locked on 2003 ... 2004 is on its way. Good night. Thanks for playing.

See, you just can't make up incoherent drivel like that.


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  • House of Sand and Fog (at The Little) - A house is the currency in an exchange of misfortune and hope.
  • Big Fish - What should be a good movie by Tim Burton got panned by the now undead Filthy Critic, so it must not be worth seeing.
  • Chasing Liberty - The president's daughter and the secret service agent assigned to protect her knock boots, but for some reason there's no scandal.
  • My Baby's Daddy - Horrible idea about some chauvinistic men who get babies and end up trying really hard instead of beating their women to do it—you know, like what happens in the real world. I guess that's why it's supposed to be funny.

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Early in the morning from 5 to 7 a.m., Krypton 88 will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) as part of the WOKR Channel 13 morning news show with their "man about town" Darren Mark. [source: Monty's Krown calendar]

Tonight at Earthtones Coffee House (1217 Bay Rd.) is acoustic soloist Silandara Bartlett starting around 7:30 p.m. [source: WBER calendar]

Starting at 7 tonight at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is a discussion from The Bertrand Russell Society who, as the Writers and Books calendar points out, isn't just for people who know who Bertrand Russell is. It's supposedly more about intellectual stuff like good writing and political and social envolvement. [source: Writers and Books calendar]

Also, over at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.), the Creative Workshop director, Larry Merrill will be on hand to discuss Philip Guston's painting Reverse which will be at the MAG on long-term loan. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar]

Hooray ... the Thursday Thinkers series has returned to the Gleason Auditorium in the The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) tonight starting at 5:15. The topic today: Can The Talk On Talk Radio Be Responsible Talk? The answer, of course, is no, but it will be fun to see what they have to say. [source: Freetime]

The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Joe Sorriero, and some very good ambient/droning experimental stuff with three electric guitars from Entente Cordiale starting around 10:45 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Over in the Curtis Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) today at 5:30 is a Camera Appraisal Workshop where you can bring your (presumably) old cameras and determine how much they're worth. [source: Eastman House calendar]

Over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is four songwriters: Mary Simon, Liz Abbott, Jaime Nudds, and Joff Wilson. [source: WITR calendar]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Hours and Times, a fictionalized account of a real vacation taken by Beatle's manager Brian Epstein and Beatle's star John Lennon just before they came to the U.S., and What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A., a documentary surrounding the Beatles' first trip to the U.S. ... both starting at 8. [source: Eastman House 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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Over at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) and on the Club Side starting around 8 p.m. is Jimmy T's Music World presentation of Max Creek with Big Leg Emma, not too jammy groove rock from Groovenutt, and Lazlo Hollyfeld, and on Saturday, Max Creek returns, this time with Reid Genauer and the Assembly of Dust, and The New 44's. [source: Water Street calendar]

Starry Nites (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) will be hosting acoustic soloist Silandara Bartlett starting around 9 p.m. [source: WBER calendar]

At 8 tonight in the Webb Auditorium at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map image) is a showing of Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo as part of their Talisman Film Series. [source: RIT CAB calendar]

Alexander Street Pub (291 Alexander St.) will be hosting modern rock and cover songs from Better Days starting around 10 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Although I doubt I'll make it out to see tonight at 8 nor Sunday at 2, The Rochester Opera Factory will be performing the opera I Pagliacci at Hale Auditorium in Roberts Wesleyan College (2301 Westside Dr.) There will also be a pre-opera talk at 7:30, presumably to explain it. [source: Freetime]

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

Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45 p.m. is (what the Bug Jar has excitedly confirmed) The Lyres from Boston, surf-rock influenced punk-rock from The PriestsGarageBand link, and punk-rock with hard-rock vocals and somewhat rockabilly beats from The UV Rays. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Tonight at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is an Elvis Presley Tribute Show featuring rockabilly from Krypton 88, and soulless bluegrass/country/honky-tonk cover band Dang starting around 10:30 p.m. I should probably see Dang again to see if they've improved ... nah. [source: Whole Lotta Shakin' calendar]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Long Day's Journey Into Night starting at 8. Nothing like the story of a self-destructive family to start a weekend off right, eh? [source: Eastman House calendar]

Updated: Dang ... I almost missed this: Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) will be hosting the tight modern rock from Veluxe, and power rock from Bee EaterGarageBand link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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Christopher John Davis will be at Spot Coffee (East Ave. and Mathews St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Rochester Music Coalition calendar]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starting at 3. Finally ... a comedy about Roman slaves. [source: Eastman House calendar]

Over at Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) at 2, some of Rochester's area poets will respond to the closing photography exhibit, "Forgotten Ones" by Milton Rogovin. [source: Rochester Contemporary 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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I guess they're not Studio 46 anymore, but The Cellar Door (146 W Commercial St., East Rochester; formerly Studio 46) apparently has something they're calling Open Mic Comedy Improv presumably starting around 8 or 9. [source: Freetime]

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

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In what ought to be a pretty darn weird show, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Bamm Bamm, and XKS will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

At Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) tonight at 7:30 is another installment of the Genesee Reading Series. [source: Writers and Books calendar]

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. [source: Daily Perks calendar]

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Tonight at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) is Big Drum—Songwriters In The Round starting around 6:30 p.m. I didn't get a list of who's playing tonight, though. [source: Freetime]

Over at Spot Coffee (East Ave. and Mathews St.) starting around 9 p.m. is The Spaces. [source: WBER calendar]

Tonight at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is the Rochester Poets Reading and Open Mike starting around 7. [source: Writers and Books calendar]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö (The Match Factory Girl) (about a woman who gets revenge on her non-parental parents and un-loving lover) starting at 8 along with the short Those Were the Days featuring the music of the Leningrad Cowboys. [source: Eastman House calendar]

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. [source: Daily Perks calendar]
 
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