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Weekly Rochester Events #298: You Look Like A Hundred Bucks

Thursday, September 23, 2004

I was riding on the sidewalk and was nearly clipped by a driver at Elmwood and started formulating a "bike theory." See, there are four kinds of drivers: ideal, careless, oblivious, and hostile. Ideal drivers are respectful and don't gamble with your safety. Careless drivers are generally respectful but will gamble with your safety for their benefit. Oblivious drivers are good-intentioned but are not aware of what they're doing—almost always they are only temporarily distracted. Hostile drivers deliberately try to hurt cyclists. Given that ideal drivers will never hurt you and careless ones don't intend to but gamble, and that oblivious drivers and hostile drivers will always be a threat, it's probably best to ride obnoxiously down the middle of the lane. That way, you will improve your odds against the careless drivers ... theoretically, your best bet is to be as chaotic as possible, but you might convert some of those good drivers to hostile ones in the process.

Ok ... enough of that stuff. I've heard that I should just blog about stuff more so people can live vicariously. Ordinarily I would just tell people to piss off and go out and live their own lives, but heck, it's been around a month since I've written about any specific stuff, so why not. Besides, it's really easy to write.

So, on Thursday last week, I got out to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) and holy moly ... they've now got a touch-screen game, a golf game, and a pool table. Aside from the initial shock, I'm glad that there's activities, but I wish they were either all social (like the pool table) or at least bug-related — I mean, come on: golf? What about Centipede? Millipede? Even Galaga?

Anyway, that night I got to see several bands ... Low Ton now has a fourth player again, and although they still rocked, it'll be a little while before I get used to the more complicated sound ... I kind of liked them more with three guys just because their sound was cleaner. Next was Cobra Verde who do this very good high energy rock, but my interest strayed from them after a while since it seems they couldn't maintain that energy level. Also that night was Nebula who do very good late 1970's-style power rock.

On Friday I got over to The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) to see the Equipped show there. Audio-wise, Grebben opened up the show with sample-oriented beat-based loops. Something went awry with the connection to the audience and most of the 70-or-so people there cleared out like rats from a sinking ship. I suspect it was a combination of the music being too loud for conversation at such an early point in the evening. I think a lot of people were digesting the videos: PETE's video-noise-rich loops, Chuck Miller's video loops with applied distortions, Joo-Mee Paik's sort-of bland "YESes" and two-channel video of "Do Nothing/Something, Seong-Whan Park's 3-pane division of non-patterned patterns in "Mapping the Pathways," Joe Tunis' abstract ants, and Hilary Taillie's fascinating and titillating video conceptualizations in "The Land of Make Believe: Sixty Thoughts in Thirty Minutes" projected through fan-blown ribbons with mirrors. By the time the rolling loops of noise and beats from Aural Surgery started, there were only 40 or so people left, and even fewer for the semi-structured beats of noise and melodic samples from The Unfed.

On Saturday I was back at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) to see the pretty good punkish, surf-rock band The Husbands. Next was the first full show of punk-rock/power-rock band The Scarlets. It's an uphill battle to convince haters of The Purrs that Sara's new band is really way better. Oh well. I missed out on the last two bands: Angry Johnny and the Killbillies, and The Bloody Hollies because I was mired in conversation with one of ... oh, I don't know ... some very small number of absolutely captivating women I've met. This led to a trip out with three of her friends to get food on East Avenue ... imagine that: me with four attractive women. I should brag more ...

Sara Strusz of The Scarlets at the Bug Jar, 2004-Sep-18.
Sara said she wanted her band to look cute ... if only they would stay still for longer.

Anyway, when I got back to my house, there was this woman wandering around apparently because her car ran out of gas. I actually didn't have any cash to give her, but I gave her a ride to Monroe ... although the circumstances were odd, she seemed sincere enough. I finally got back home around 3:30 or so ... all the coffee earlier in the evening kept me up until 5, though.

On Sunday, I made it out to ARTWalk (University Ave. from Atlantic to Merriman) for their annual "ARTWalk Alive" event. I was happy to have seen Urknee and Bjürton do their own brand of thoughful spoken word poetry over avant garde ambient music. Plus, I got pictures ...

Monday was spent digesting a garbage plate with my friend from Colorado ... that, and the half-gallon of homemade wine which was sorely lacking in alcohol content until we punched it up with some rum. Tuesday, I made it out to Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.) to see Aaron get his hair cut. He looks so little like Chewbaca now that it's hard to recognize him ... I guess he was donating his hair to some group that makes wigs for kids on chemotherapy. Anyway, later on I was back at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) yet again. This time to see Tiger Cried Beef do their own brand of rock-and-roll ... epitomizing some perfect variety of 1980's rock. Next was Charles Bissell, of The Wrens who did this solo guitar work with loops and effects to create a the sound of a very lonely band ... it was pretty cool. At least there were a bunch of people to see him ... maybe it was the touch-screen game that drew them in. Who knows.

Urknee and Bjurton at ARTWalk Alive on 2004-Sep-19
I can never remember which one is Urknee and which is Bjürton, but I'll call the guy on the right "Rick" and he always looks like that.

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  • Criminal (at The Little) - A couple guys get together to sell some money.
  • Festival Express (at The Little) - Archival footage of, well, "The Festival Express" which was a train full of 1970's rock stars stopping for concerts wherever they went.
  • Shaun of the Dead (at The Little) - Shaun has no idea his neighbors are now the living dead in this revealing satire of modern suburban life.
  • Silver City (at The Little) - If only real life politics were as simple as in movies like this.
  • First Daughter - Hasn't this topic already been done to death this year? I mean, come on ... Chasing Liberty? Spartan?
  • The Forgotten - Come back in 6 months and see if the title lives up to its name.
  • The Last Shot - I heard Alec Baldwin giving this the royal treatment on The Daily Show ... apparently it's based on the true story of a couple movie makers who get duped by the FBI posing as movie producers to catch members of the mob or something. I strongly suspect the story is much more interesting told in retrospect than a reenacted movie would be. (Er ... I mean, I don't watch TV at all except for Free Speech TV.)

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Tonight at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is another Screenplay Salon starting at 6 p.m. with Jack Garner introducing Eight Men Out about the fix of the 1919 Baseball World Series. [source: Writers and Books calendar]

This evening at 6 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a Wish You Were Here Lecture with The Compton Gamma Ray Observatory astrophysicist and staff scientist Jerry Bonnell discussing his book, The Universe: 365 Days. [source: Eastman House calendar]

The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Honeycreeper starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Julien Donkey-Boy starting at 8 p.m. So overlay the rough digital video format with the chaos of living with schizophrenia ... or underlay it, whichever. [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]

Find the Propaganda Box at The Liberty Pole (Liberty Pole Wy.) today from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. playing independently produced videos giving an alternative view of political events than the mainstream media. [source: the proverbial grapevine]


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Barrister's (36 West Main St.) will be hosting talented cover band guy John Akers starting around 5 p.m. [source: Freetime]

JayceLand Pick Over at A|V Art Sound Space (#8 in the Public Market, off N. Union St., formerly The All-Purpose Room) starting around 10:30 p.m. is Birth with excellent experimental jazz from TatYana. [source: artsound website]

Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) will be hosting Michael McNeill and friends starting around 9 p.m. [source: Rochester Music Coalition calendar]

JayceLand Pick Over at Tiki Bob's Cantina (60 Browns Race, in the Centers at High Falls) starting around 10 p.m. is wicked fun percussive groove-rock from The BuddhaHood. [source: Freetime]

JayceLand Pick Updated: Tonight at Paradigm Café (3118 E. Henrietta Rd., formerly Blue Sunday) is the awesome spoken-word poets / free-form-music band Dream Engine starting around 9 p.m. [source: Paradigm Cafe calendar]

Find the Propaganda Box at The Liberty Pole (Liberty Pole Wy.) again today from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. playing independently produced videos giving an alternative view of political events than the mainstream media. [source: the proverbial grapevine]


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JayceLand Pick O'Bagelo's, 165 State Street, noon.

Today and tomorrow is the Naples Grape Festival (Main St., Naples, NY) umm ... all day, I guess. [source: Rochester Music Coalition calendar]

The Landmark Society of Western New York will be sponsoring a Coffee Walk: The Mansions of Upper East Avenue starting around 9:30 a.m. [source: Freetime]

Tonight at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is The Hayseeds starting around 8 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45 p.m. is Euphone, vaguely ethereal bouncy pop-rock from Love of Everything, and bland rock-and-roll from The Atomic SwindlersGarageBand link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting ambient/power-pop band Hinkley, superb airy acoustic soloist Kelli Hicks, and The Actual Facts starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Carbon Records calendar]

1960's and rockabilly-styled rock-and-roll from The Hi-Risers will be at Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Whole Lotta Shakin' calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be hosting Andrew Lampert, curator of The Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Ave., New York City) who will introduce "The Essential Cinema" starting at 8 p.m. featuring avant garde films The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes, Thanatopsis, Rhythm in Light, Number 13: The Tin Woodman's Dream, The Man Who Invented Gold, Look Park, Newsreel of Dreams, and Lights. Later, at 10:30 p.m., he'll be back to introduce "The Unessential Cinema" featuring the strange films such as Busby Berkeley B-Roll, Malakapalakadoo Skip Two, Christmas For Marines, Physical Hygiene For Young Men, Split, and Star Spangled. [source: Eastman House calendar]


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Today is the second annual Gibbs Gone Wild art, music, and video street festival from 12 p.m. to midnight on Gibbs Street. [source: flyer at Visual Studies Workshop]

Today at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. is Hispanic Heritage Family Day. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar]

Above average, faster-than-average, and louder-than-average modern rock band Hi Vol. Components, and slightly eclectic rock-and-roll from My PenisGarageBand linkIUMA link will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:45 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Today at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) is Harvest Jamboree and Country Fair from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. [source: City Hall press release]


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JayceLand Pick Over at Bullwinkles Café (622 Lake Ave.) this evening at 7:30 p.m. is a presentation by the folks at Found Magazine. Bring stuff or just come to enjoy readings of some of the more unusual items. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

JayceLand Pick This evening at 9:30 p.m. at The Little (240 East Ave.) is this fall's first of the Emerging Filmmakers Series featuring L'amour tragique, Avenue X, More than Friends?, This is John, The Black Cowboys, and Fault.

Tonight's another Wide Open Mike with Norm Davis at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) starting around 7:30 p.m. [source: Writers and Books calendar]


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JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Dead Moon, surf-rock influenced punk-rock from The PriestsGarageBand link, and Reverend Sinn starting around 10:45 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is having one of their LITalk events from 7 to 8:30. [source: Writers and Books calendar]

From 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is another Books Sandwiched In featuring The Swallows of Kabul : A Novel by Yasmina Khadra as discussed by Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Leadership director Nora Bredes. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Lost World starting at 8 p.m. A plateau is inhabited by strange prehistoric creatures — the definitive stop-action-animated silent film from 1925. [source: Eastman House 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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Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) will have another 2000 Word Club Open Mike tonight starting at 7 p.m. [source: Writers and Books calendar]

Poor People United meets tonight and every Wednesday at 7 at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality (402 South Ave.) [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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]

Find the Propaganda Box on Monroe Ave. at Sumner Pk. today from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. playing independently produced videos giving an alternative view of political events than the mainstream media. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

 
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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, September 23, 2004 thru Wednesday, September 29, 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. The musical styles listed can include punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat." Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed.


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