Weekly Rochester Events #272: A First For Maryland; A First For America
Thursday, March 25, 2004
Ok ... first thing is where to go for lunch on Saturday. (Remember? Last Saturday of the month?) I choose you,
(1046B University Ave., at Hot Shots).
I wanted to go there for a Saturday lunch since I tried them at
Johnny's Irish Pub
(1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free)
in August, 2002 but back then they weren't open for lunch on Saturdays. Well, I saw them again in
Dining Guide (advertising works, don't it?) and thought I'd find out ... they answered a little too quick (i.e. "I just wanted to know if you were open on Saturdays for lunch."—"Sure are," without even thinking about it) which has me worried that the person I talked to was just reacting mindlessly, but I'll take their word for it. If their logo is any indication, the burritos are still half as big as a pygmy warrior.
In other news, if anyone's looking for a house,
my neighbor's house is up for sale. I just don't want any assholes living there, so if you're an asshole, it's way too expensive for you. It's actually a pretty nice place based on the frequent
visits I've made in the middle of the night. You should see the videos. (I've always wondered when they read my site, and now I'll know by when the cops bash my door down and haul me away.)
The big excitement this past week was definitely the house party thrown by
members and their roommate. They played, along with
The UV Rays,
Blue Spark and Flame. It drew a very strange mix because the new roommate knows a lot of mid-twenty-something young Republican types, and members of Your Mom know a lot of pierced and tattooed rock-and-roll types shod and clad in
leather as well as the small group of thirty-plus music aficionados (or, more accurately, lunatics) like myself. You really haven't lived until you've experienced a
mini-mosh in an eight-by-twelve living room.
The other cool thing was the noise band show at
The Bug Jar
(219 Monroe Ave.)
on Tuesday. Local band
opened to a medium-full house with some semi-melodic fast-paced noise.
was next with some more semi-melodic noise, but with lots of feedback and a little bit of vocals. Last up was
who were three guys combining effects feedback, reed instruments through effects, and looping at about 130 dB, but prior to them was the really killer set from
I had a tough time describing them, but what I decided was that they're a guy in an alien animal suit made mostly out of pillows and he plays a homemade bass guitar and feedback while someone else adds effects-based feedback from inside a cardboard computer/robot.
I'm not sure if this is better than the
mini-mosh or not.
Perhaps the most controversial thing in the local music scene is the return of the open jam at
(875 Monroe Ave.)
Joff Wilson from
is heading it up this time, but as I've heard and from what I remember, it worked like crap the last time they tried it once a month, and now that it's once a week, it won't be any better. To add insult to injury, the show is called the
Insane Krown Posse Open Jam which is the same as the name of the Krown's pool team—apparently diluting their good name. It's too bad, really, because there's still a fiercely loyal group of regulars who are slowly being beaten out ... of course, they think it's their bar and may just hold a mutiny.
Ok ... I'm back from my small business class and now have a whole new rant.
I keep thinking that whole critic idea is a good one. Warren was right (he's the guy who I didn't name, but the one I met a few weeks ago at the
Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery
opening): we need to have art critics in this town to make it a viable creative community. The only trouble is I don't know exactly why.
Maybe it's that I'm just tired of being told what I should like. No ... more than that ... I'm tired of being told what I should think. It seems that everything I read—like the
The Gannett Rochester Insider—all
seem to say that I should like it all. It's all good—or else ...
It's more insidious than that because everyone believes in the opinions of these pseudo-critics, who, on a good day, might be called advertisers. Do you think
is good because Brother Wease says so? No: she's good because she's a good singer, but I'd rather go see
because I like her better.
I like her better.
You know, I think I'm going to do some more research on this (it's not like I'm all that busy lately.) I want to find out if there's established methods of good critique that expresses the opinion of the author yet validates the opinions of others. Heck, I think I kind of do that already but I just want to see if I'm missing anything.
I think the overly negative critics can do the same kind of thing, but I'm sure that the puppies-and-kittens sunshine-everywhere Insider bullshit doesn't cut it. It's got the same problem: "either you agree with us or you're just Mr. Sourpuss" kind of crap going on. I don't want to be bashed with innuendous [it is too a real word ... at least now it is] opining where my independent thought is considered invalid because I disagree: tell me what you think, and let me have the option of disagreeing.
Ok, I'm off to
On the Rocks
(1551 Mount Hope Ave., formerly Michael's and before that Trios)
to get some kind of alcoholly thing. And "alcoholly" a word too now: if you think otherwise, you're an idiot.
M O V I E S
- Just a bunch of high school kids at school until it gets violent.
Modern rock and cover songs from
will be at
(1600 Lyell Ave.)
starting around 10 p.m. For some reason when I was entering this, I got a twinge of nausea ... could be a clue: I may have some kind of stomach problem.
(875 Monroe Ave.)
is rock-and-roll from
punk rock with hard rock vocals and subtly rockabilly beats from
The UV Rays,
and decent punk band
starting around 10:30 p.m.
They skipped last month, but tonight at
(240 East Ave.)
is another of their
Emerging Film Makers Series
starting at 9:30. Tonight's show is reported to include
an excellent film about a potato with one sighted eye,
A South Bronx Tale
Janis Astor del Valle
about a lesbian girl living in a very homophobic neighborhood,
My Basic Instinct
about a girl who wants to win a beauty pageant but who is also smart,
The Legend of Hahoe Masks
an animation about a woodcarver trying to make a series of masks for God,
about large farming corporations driving out local farmers,
an animation through various art worlds,
Spring in Awe
a poor attempt to discuss the blurred lines between reality, news, entertainment, and advertising, and
Who's Your Daddy
about a guy who wrecks a bunch of marriages.
Little Theatre calendar]
(50 Chestnut St.)
starting around 6:30 p.m.
(It's funny that Montage can't even update their own calendar and I had to find this out through Freetime.)[source:
Tonight from 8 to 10 is an
Open-Mic Comedy Night
(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.
Daily Perks calendar]
Very cool jazz/jazz-rock band
will be at
(240 East Ave.)
starting around 8 p.m.
Little Theatre e-mail]
Movie links courtesy The Internet Movie Database Map links courtesy MapsOnUs Some movie synopses courtesy UpcomingMovies.com
Both Thomas Johnson and George Washington were born in 1732, 272 years ago. The former became the first governor of Maryland; the latter the first President of the United States.
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is an event that is "non-entertainment" for the masses such as practice sessions, open jams, etc.