Weekly Rochester Events #310: Arnett for the Library
Thursday, December 16, 2004After years of doing this site, I finally get some recognition.
I actually got this fortune cookie on Sunday. I've been expecting a whole lot of karmic reciprocity and now it's finally coming around. (Of course, this one doesn't work so well by adding "in bed" to the end. My favorite for that: "The only true love is self love." You win some, you lose some.) Regardless, someday, someone else will get that same fortune, and to them I say, "Let's see what you've got, punk."
On Thursday I went on a hunt for some cheap lunch and decided to check out K. C. Tea & Noodles (360 Park Ave., on the corner with Oxford) because it got mentioned in The City Newspaper. It's really great. Well, the soup was awesome (although I didn't get seafood as recommended by City.) For $5, you get a whopping bowl of soup with your choice of animal or vegetable and kind of noodle. I also tried some of that bubble tea, hot, and I just don't get that stuff. I guess it's, what? — got little balls of tapioca mixed in? and you drink it through a big straw? The chrysanthemum tea (I still can't believe I spell that right each time without the spell checker) itself was great, but the chewy, virtually flavorless balls just didn't do anything for me. I guess I'm just not cut out to be one of those fucking hipsters who jumps on the bandwagon of anything new just so long as everyone else does ... er ... I mean, I guess I'm just not with the hip crowd on this one. At least I tried it.
Oh, and my fortune was, "Nothing gets in the way of your vision of yourself in the future." This time, the "in bed" thing just adds another prepositional phrase to further complicate the already complicated sentence structure. That, or it's really narcissistic.
At night I got out to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) and saw The Pink Cammies who are this great, fun, young, three-guy synth-pop band. Apparently they drew a crowd, presumably from SUNY Geneseo (Geneseo, NY, campus map) — I noted a lot of hands with marked with an X in the audience, if you know what I mean. Next was Kalpana who did very good groove-metal — they play long, rhythmic songs with a lot of the complexity of metal.
Friday I avoided caffeine all day and ended up being all worn out. I was trying to prepare to get to bed early on Friday night so I could get up early on Saturday to make the trek back to Schenectady for my uncle's Christmas Party. In the evening I went to The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) at night and got to see The Black Spoons who are yet another example of typical New York City indie-rock. They play fine ... pretty much perfect in the technical sense, but they just sound like every other competent band that comes out of there. Next was namelessnumberheadman who do this fairly unique synth-heavy, mostly low-tempo rock. I guess if it were faster and punchier I'd call it power pop, but it's almost got the feel of acoustic rock.
Unfortunately, the lack of caffeine took its toll. This girl Allison found me but I didn't remember her name ... I think she was making fun of me when she tried to get me to guess where she was from (she told me the last time I saw her that she was heading back home for a few weeks.) I might as well have been really drunk ... except that I had my reflexes intact. I ended up cutting out early and being in bed before 11.
Hey, now that fortune makes sense ... I pretty much envisioned myself in bed before 11. How eerie.
Saturday involved a few hours of driving before noon. I have come to appreciate Route 20 by picking it up off Thruway Exit 41 via Route 318. First of all, the Thruway swings north and adds about 10 miles onto the trip; second, it's a toll road; and third, you have to drive faster and use more gas (I can get about 35 MPG on the Thruway but I got about 43 MPG on Route 20 saving about $5 in gas and $12 in tolls, round-trip.) Most of all, though, is that the Thruway is boring as hell. There's nothing to look at, whereas on Route 20, you get all the little towns and stuff along the way. Plus, this time, it was all the inflatable Christmas ornaments plopped on people's lawns — and most of them were actually inflated!
Anyway, my Uncle Joe's annual Christmas Party went well. Things were a little different this year: a few of the cousin's kids have grown up, one of my cousins moved out of state, my brother wasn't there, and several friends of my Uncle's nuclear family weren't there, so things were a little more sparse than usual. Also, I imbibed less than I typically do so I left the party full instead of bloated. Oh, and I tried a raw clam which (like bubble tea) I guess just isn't for me.
A few years ago, a big crew of the cousins would hit a couple bars around town, but things were much more mellow. It worked out to my advantage because the really good medium-tempo progressive rock band Sirsy was playing not too far away at The Cloverleaf Tavern (87 N. Main St., Mechanicville.) I got to pretend like I drove all the way from Rochester just to see them ... har har. The odd thing, though, is that the band finished at 2 a.m., but the bar was still open ... typically until 4 around there. I had enough, though, and got back to my parents' place by 3 a.m. to crash.
I came back Sunday and pretty much stayed in the whole rest of the week. I did get out to Paola's Burrito Place (1921 South Ave., formerly Big Dog's Hots) for dinner at one point, though, and I gotta say they make some good Mexican food. I'd wager it's more authentic than other places, but I have no idea what "authentic" is. I used to think Salena's (274 N. Goodman St., inside Village Gate) was authentic, and that Mex (295 Alexander St.) was authentic, and that Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant (1859 Penfield Rd, Penfield) was authentic. Hell, I don't know if any of them are authentic. Paola's is really good, though.
Well, they don't give out fortune cookies, so they must be authentic, right?
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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, December 16, 2004 thru Wednesday, December 22, 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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Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed.
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