Weekly Rochester Events #291: Alexander's Treat at the Pub
Thursday, August 5, 2004I discovered something very evil this week. (No, not evil in that way.) See, there's this store Game Craze (1521 Mount Hope Ave.) by my house and I stopped in and they sell games for almost any system that has existed in the past 30 years. They even had a tempting Atari 7800 running Joust while I was there. I've had an Atari 2600 for several years now and the Atari 2600 cartridges are mostly 99 cents each so I picked up a couple of them. I ended up getting fairly hooked on River Raid. (See, that kind of evil.)
On Thursday I made it to the tour of The Rochester Police Department's Eastside Division (30 Hart St.) which was pretty neat. I found it amusing to think that the entire police force for Rochester can fit fairly comfortably in twice the space that I saw, which is probably equivalent to one floor in the Baush and Lomb side of The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) By the way, I believe that in general, the new centralized system will be more effective than the section offices that they had before. I just hope that they keep the important part of the old system where they stay in touch with people in low-crime neighborhoods as much as they can.
Friday was my garage sale (which I hadn't mentioned on the site.) It went pretty well ... my policy this time was: "Take whatever you want. Leave some money if you want to." People took lots of things including many of the larger items which made me happy. I also made some money too ... about $50 or so. I think I'm going to repeat the sale again in a week or so, again just on Friday, to see if I can't get rid of more of it.
It was kind of rainy so I drove to Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) to see the opening of the Members' Exhibition. The art was pretty good on average. Nothing blew me away, but I think I might get back there to check it out again. After that I went to The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) to see Taken For A Ride. I thought it was super ironic that although I'm the guy who rides his bike everywhere, I would show up to the conclusion of The Critical Mass Bike Ride by car.
Anyway, the movie was all about how the automobile industry rather directly dismantled the nation's public transportation system so they could sell more cars. This has led to our present problems of severe highway congestion in large cities, parking problems, and generally the demise of urban centers through lack of an effective means of transportation. In addition, the existing bus-based system is far inferior to the trolley/streetcar/"light rail" systems of the past because it must yield to automotive traffic whereas the rail-based systems do not. In the present, the most offensive maneuver of the automotive lobby is to ensure that all (I guess it's really "most") funds from the gasoline tax go directly — and exclusively — to fund further highway development rather than to help rebuild decent public transportation systems. For me personally, it provides a good reason to stop exploring the idea I had of improving efficiency of internal combustion engines, because by making cars more efficient, the problem will only get worse.
Saturday was the opening of the art show at Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.) which looks like it's quite good. I still have to get back later to see, but I think it's good enough that I'll find some depth in it that I can explore. Later that night I went to Jillian's (Corner of Commercial St. and Mill St.) of all places to see the Battle of the Bands contest. On the way over I was humming along to The QUiTTERS "1982" which they played first in their short set. The big surprise was the first show of The Scarlets featuring Sara Strusz from The Purrs. I guess they ended up winning: in this show, they showed that they were an excellent power-rock/punk-rock band with a lot of talent. I told Sara that I thought this performance was as good as the best show The Purrs ever had, even if you pick-and-choose the good moments from several shows.
Tuesday I got out to The Dryden at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Yashagaike (Demon Pond) which was pretty nifty. I guess it was a pretty straightforward telling of a somewhat well-known Japanese legend, and it ended up playing out almost like a Sid and Marty Krofft version of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The legend seems fairly complex, and as best as I could tell, it's about a sea princess who's imprisoned in the Demon Pond which is also inhabited by a bunch of odd characters like crabs and crows and such. As long as the people of the village below ring a bell three times a day, she is reminded that she must stay in the Demon Pond instead of heading over to a nearby pond to be with her lover — if she leaves, by the way, the pond will flood, drowning the people below, so the bell reminds here that there's all these people who would die. However, this really pisses her off, so she maintains a drought on the village, mostly to be annoying, but also to make them think that a flood wouldn't be all that bad. It's no surprise that the villagers stop ringing the bell at some point, and all hell breaks loose along with the expected high water. It's definitely a somewhat odd movie from my Western perspective because I had to decipher the legend rather than go in knowing it as part of my cultural identity, but it sure is an interesting and quirky movie.
Coming up, I will probably be out of town for most of the weekend, so I'm going to miss The Park Avenue Festival (Park Ave. from Alexander St. to Culver Rd.; also see Rochseter Event's Park Avenue Festival Page) on Saturday and Sunday. Definitely make a note to stop by and see The BuddhaHood starting around 2 p.m. on both days behind Hogan's Hideaway (197 Park Ave.) catch JoAnn Vaccaro on Sunday at 11:15 at the Kirkhaven Stage, and later that day, The Earl Cram Revue at 3:45 p.m. at the Best Buy/WCMF Stage. I'll also miss The Flour City Brewer's Fest at The High Falls Festival Site (Browns Race and Commercial St.) on Friday and Saturday, so go there for me too.
Oh well ... better things to do ...
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Internet Movie Database
On this day ... August 5
Store at CafePress
Buy some JayceLand junk at sky high prices!
Rochester Music Coalition
Rochester Goes Out (D&C)
Rochester Punk Rock
WGMC Jazz Calendar
Kids Out and About
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About the title ... Just a little play on words: Alexander Street Pub is at 291 Alexander Street.
This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including Monroe County and occasionally the Western New York region) from Thursday, August 5, 2004 thru Wednesday, August 11, 2004.
It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
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