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Weekly Rochester Events #262: Bushnell's Turtle Doesn't Hold Water

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Let me start off by saying that I didn't get to too many shows this week.

See, two Fridays ago, I met this woman and seemed to really hit it off. Allow me to elaborate and jinx the whole thing—for you, my loyal audience's amusement:

I ended up talking to her for four hours or so and had to apologize to several other friends of mine in the following days for deliberately failing to acknowledge them. Although I gave her my phone number, I was sad when she didn't call all week, but I was happy when she did on Saturday. So I forwent seeing the supposedly up-and-coming The Lyres at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) or the rockabilly/trainwreck combo of Krypton 88 and Dang at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) to spend time with just one person. How odd of me, eh?

The question at this point isn't so much "does she like me?" as much as it is "why doesn't she do regular 'I like someone' kinds of things so I can tell?" or "what the hell have I gotten myself into this time?"

Perhaps I instead should be asking myself, "should I write about a possible relationship as it's happening on the off chance that the other party might actually read it and react to it in a negative way?" Nah ... what could possibly go wrong?

[And no, I won't knock on wood.]

With the rest of my week, I did get out to a couple things (mostly before Saturday, though.)

First was Margaret Explosion at The Little Theatre Café (240 East Ave.) on Wednesday after I wrote last week's update. I decided they were, in a more poetic moment, "something akin to the ripples formed when you throw rock into smooth jazz." They distinctly combine jazz and rock with elements of East Indian, African, South American and maybe even a little Klezmer. They're definitely a group to check out if you get the chance.

Next was the Bertrand Russell Society at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) on Thursday. Oh, that reminds me ... I tried to get to the Thursday Thinkers thing at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) but the roads were blocked off for some reason and when I finally made it home, I discovered that not only were all three networks (or is it just one big network now?) generating identical streams of un-researched local news, but they failed to mention what the heck happened. I guess the fact that it snowed and has been cold was "news I needed to know" instead.

Anyway, Bertrand Russell Society: I got there a little after they started last Thursday, and it was at best odd and at worst surreal. See, this group of otherwise intelligent thinker-type people get together and act as fans to 20th century philosopher, Betrand Russell. This particular meeting was about the philosopher's humor presented concisely and intelligently by someone who would otherwise be called a 70-something fanboy. Fortunately, the concepts were deep enough that I'm forced to skip an attempt at mocking humor until I have a grasp on it, although I suspect that a deconstruction of postmodernism would lead to a discovery that it both exists and does not exist. (So I lied—at least it was only a half-sentence lie, though. At least I was right that I should have waited to make a better joke.)

In a more terrestrial event that night, I managed to slide my car in the snow and bash the back tire into a curb, causing what I assume is a dent in the bearings and/or bearing chase on that wheel which makes the car sound like a turbo-prop airplane on the highway (the car, not the plane.) Naturally, the alignment is out of whack too. I guess it will either last until it gets warmer and I can fix it myself or the wheel will seize and/or fall off entirely.

More importantly, I limped my noisy car out on Tuesday to go to the show I didn't want to miss at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.). First up was XKS who do this sex-themed, vaguely theatrical/musical, beatbox, bass, keyboard, and vocal ... umm ... performance. Next was Bamm Bamm which is what you get when you combine an excellent drummer and an excellent (left-handed) guitar player (with some effects to fatten up the sound) ... essentially one weird sounding—but good sounding—rock duo. Finally up was Slim Cessna's Auto Club who are indeed a country gospel group, only with enough of an edge that allows them to play at places like the Bug Jar. In all, an odd night.


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  • The Cooler (at The Little) - A guy who uses his bad luck to keep tables from getting hot at a casino gets roped in to continuing working.
  • Along Came Polly - One-trick-pony Ben Stiller plays (*gasp*) a neurotic neat freak who meets a woman who is essentially a normal person, but played up to seem wild and uninhibited. Who cares.
  • Teacher's Pet - A talking dog gets turned into a boy and sniffs a lot of butts, if you know what I mean.
  • Torque - Either a measure of rotational force, or a movie with some irrelevant premise to facilitate motorcycle stunts.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. born 1929

Tonight in the Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is another Thursday Thinkers lecture titled Pushing The County Forward: The Rump Group from 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. Apparently, the Rump Group is a group of Rochester business leaders who are attempting to improve the economics of this area. Thomas F. Judson, Jr. of the Pike Company will be presenting. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar]

There's another LITalk at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) tonight starting at 7 where they discuss topics to challenge writers. [source: Writers and Books calendar]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing How I Won the War starting at 8. John Lennon plays a soldier with a typically deluded memory of his influence on the outcome of the war. [source: Eastman House calendar]

Updated: Concubine Forming and Trailer Park Tornadoes will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

There will be a lecture in the Curtis Auditorium at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) titled Infrared Photography by Steve Wendell from the Kodak Camera Club. [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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Jennifer Marie will be at Wilson Commons at The University of Rochester (River Campus Map) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Rochester Music Coalition calendar]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Ai nu (Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan) starting at 8. Martial arts and revenge in a brothel ... how can this go wrong? [source: Eastman House calendar]

Over at Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free) starting around 9:30 p.m. is a couple talented guys: Todd East on piano and John Akers, presumably on guitar. [source: Freetime]

Modern rock and covers from Better Days will be way out at Spenders (1600 Lyell Ave.) starting around 10 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Over in the Hochstein Performance Hall at The Hochstein School of Music and Dance (50 North Plymouth Ave.) tonight starting at 6 is a performance by the students in the Hochstein Music Therapy titled Broadway at its Best where they perform their favorite Broadway tunes. [source: Hochstein calendar]

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

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Hukkle (The Hiccup), where all the people and animal languages are subtitled, and (A)Torzija ([A]Torsion), with a "choir singing songs to save the life of an epileptic cow" (that's what the movie calendar says...) Both films will be shown starting at 8. [source: Eastman House calendar]

Updated: Over at The All-Purpose Room (#8 in the Public Market, off N. Union St.) is a photography and installation by Scott Laird titled Balls and Pins along with a sound installation by Joe Tunis opening tonight starting at 7:00 p.m. [source: Carbon Records calendar]

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is top-notch country-rock/rockabilly from Angry Johnny and the Killbillies, bland surf-rock from The Mofos, and solid, simple rockabilly from Diesel Daddy starting around 10:45 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Tonight at Acme Bar & Pizza (495 Monroe Ave.) is awesome funk-rock band Astronomical UnitGarageBand link starting around 10 p.m. [source: WBER calendar]

Updated: Excellent tight rock/punk-rock from The Retreads and tight, high-energy punk-rock from Bee EaterGarageBand link will be at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: WITR calendar]

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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing several films from Richard Massingham in a program titled "How to Be Eccentric: The Films of Richard Massingham". starting at 3. The films include Tell Me If It Hurts, Warning to Travellers, Watch Your Meters, and Jet Propelled Germs. [source: Eastman House calendar]

The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting an early hardcore show with Thieves Auction, Quipster, Social Currency, and Hue of 2 starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar 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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Fly the flag today.Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

At the Rochester Museum & Science Center (657 East Ave.) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day titled Sharing The Vision. [source: WITR calendar]

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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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. [source: Writers and Books calendar]

Irondequoit Public Library, Pauline Evans Branch (45 Cooper Rd.) will be hosting Michael Warren Thomas Reviews Rochester Restaurants starting around 7 p.m. I guess you're supposed to call the library for reservations or something. [source: Freetime]

Updated: Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45 p.m. is SirsyGarageBand link (I might have gone to high school with the lead singer ... we'll see if the embarrassing yearbook picture pans out), Matthew Cross, and borderline novelty rock/power-pop from The BadenovsGarageBand link. [source: Bug Jar 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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The Little Theatre Café (240 East Ave.) will be hosting the somewhere-between-jazz-and-rock band Margaret Explosion starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) will be hosting the Abundance Cooperative Market Book Discussion starting at 7 featuring The Future in the Balance by Walden Bello. [source: Writers and Books calendar]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Serial Lover starting at 8. A woman accidentally kills off her prospective fiancés. [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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In yet another obscure bit of trivia, David Bushnell was born 262 years ago in 1742 and invented an unsuccessful human-powered submarine for use against British ships which was, at the time, referred to as "Bushnell's Turtle." He was later credited for inventing the submarine.



GarageBand link links to a band's page on GarageBand.com which offers reviews and information about bands.

Not ready for mainstream. is an event that is "non-entertainment" for the masses such as practice sessions, open jams, etc.

Fly the flag today. is a day when you should fly the flag according to the Veterans of Foreign Wars calendar.

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