Weekly Rochester Events #324: Three-by-Three-by-Two-by-Two-by-Three-by-Three

Thursday, March 24, 2005

So I'm only in The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) on Saturday mornings (that, or I'm at A|V Art Sound Space (#8 in the Public Market, off N. Union St., formerly The All-Purpose Room) late at night for some show) but I've been meaning to check out Juan and Maria's Empanada Stop (280 N. Union St., in the Public Market next to the Railroad St. entrance) for some time now. A review from 2Taste says good stuff about it. Thus, this Saturday's lunch — bringing back a short-lived tradition of trying some new place on the last Saturday of each month — will be at Juan and Maria's Empanada Stop (280 N. Union St., in the Public Market next to the Railroad St. entrance). (For those who haven't been regular readers for very long, our usual stop is at O'Bagelo's (165 State Street) but I started mixing it up a few years ago with other Rochester restaurants on the last Saturday of the month.)

Anyway, way back on January 11, 2001 I realized that the prior week: January 4 (1/04) was had the same number as the date: 104. Back then I commented that the next such occurrence was on March 24, 2005 and I put up a page, mostly as a joke as I really didn't expect the website to be up-and-running for this long (heck, I remember writing the JavaScript and realized that it would show negative numbers but didn't fix it because I didn't think it would ever get that far.) So now I actually am up to update #324 on 3/24. The next (and last) occurrence is #814 on August 14, 2014. At this time, I am so disturbed by the proposition of writing this same paragraph again in 8 years that I refuse to put up a page. But I also can't entirely rule it out (yikes.)

But speaking of bringing back old traditions, I found some things to complain about. First off is the news coverage of "skyrocketing" gasoline prices. I started out looking at my own spending habits on automotive fuel (based on the cursed capabilities of Quicken — i.e. I spent over $20,000 on computer hardware in the last 10 years) and found that I have records back as far as December 1992. In successive years starting in 1993 I spent $499, $434, $523, $450, $620, $560, $669, $696, $652, $602, $551, and $234 on gasoline (the last of which I won't count because that's without any commute.) Looking at a snapshot of scanned receipts (see? they really do come in handy) the price I paid for gas ranged from around $1.10 in 2002 to $1.62 in 1997 (the latter peak mostly because I was buying fancy gas; also note that I don't have copies of receipts until 1996.) Despite that fluctuation, I spend right around a $560 median.

But I really just want to put this in perspective. I mean, this is pretty much what I'm paying for RoadRunner ($539 last year), or what I pay to go to concerts ($535 last year.) Hell, I spent $1,162.22 on booze bought in bars last year (by the way, congratulations to Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.) for being the lucky recipient of more 30% of that.) My point is, everything adds up and even a 25% increase in gas prices (i.e. $2.119 per gallon to $2.649) would only amount to an extra $140 a year — barely over $10 each month.

Of course, I'm assuming everyone is driving a vehicle suitable to their needs, and not, say, a Ford Expedition as a single-person commuter vehicle. If so, you're probably fucked — but hey: that's why I make the big bucks.

By the way, when does that budget vote with the oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) rider come up in the The House of Representatives? Coincidence? I think not ...

I thought I had bitched directly about hypocrisy before, but I guess that's only been in person with people [lucky you!] As you may know, I'm not a big fan of hypocrisy in its colloquial form — that of saying one thing and doing another — but I've come to let that one be ... perhaps just as a fact of human nature since people like to idealize themselves; I'm less happy when they're doing it to delude themselves rather than better themselves, but it's not really any business of mine.

However, hypocritical behavior that I can't get a handle on is that which is irrational. Naturally, the only reason I'm bringing it up is in the context of Terri Schiavo and the fight to keep her alive in Florida. (For those who get their news from sources other than American news, Terri Schiavo became severely brain damaged in 1990 — apparently through a rare fluke that caused her heart to stop — and now her husband wishes to have her feeding tube removed to allow her to die.)

See, the thing that irks me is that these people protesting so desperately with their picket signs to keep her alive is that I'm absolutely positive they are also writing their government representatives insisting that welfare be cut. It isn't that they are demonstrating compassion that irks me, it is that they are so inconsistent in their behavior: just what exactly is their internal motivation?

My own take on the situation is mostly that it is not my business to interfere. I do not have enough information to make a decision. It is my understanding that this poor woman is so dysfunctional that she not only can't move, eat, nor even comprehend enough to communicate that she's hungry, but that she can't communicate her wishes whether she wants to live or die. I assume that treatment techniques have been exhausted and, given the 14 years she has had to demonstrate some semblance of recovery, that she has not. Whatever I may speculate, I don't know the whole story [although I'm a hypocrite for believing that I know what the protesters are thinking, right?]

One of the most confusing things is that the Legislative branch of our government have taken it upon themselves to step up and violate their charters to pass a law that specifically keeps her alive (whereas they should be making general laws for all people and allowing judges to interpret those laws as they apply to individual cases.) Heck, the President himself [warning: imminent liberal rant] couldn't be bothered to come back from vacation around August 6, 2001 to further analyze a memo that Al Qaeda terrorists might try hijacking airplanes in the United States, but once a near brain-dead white-woman is going to have her feeding tube, he cuts his vacation short to interfere claiming that it's in the interest of the right of mentally disabled persons to live — you mean like the mentally retarded?

The most egregious example is yet to come, though. Once Terri dies, I guarantee murder charges will be brought against her husband, Michael, and that someone will specifically seek the death penalty. It's this kind of illogical morality — and the related hypocrisy — that troubles me.

Anyway, continuing my theme of returning to old traditions, let me not-segue into what I did last week. On Thursday I got out to George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Clifford Ross discuss "From Hurricanes to Mountains: The Road to the R1 High-Resolution Camera." The guy is meticulous to a fault and it showed in the carefully planned and carefully timed discussion. He talked about his progression from photographing the ocean to photographing film grain (or at least presenting it) to his latest project of photographing large landscapes. If you haven't been to see his photos, go take a look. They really are amazing — about 4 feet high and 8 feet wide, they invite the viewer to look ever closer at the marvel of detail as good as a quality 4x6 print. It's almost like looking at a grid of 200 photos all stitched together.

Friday I started a week of "free-for-all drinking" where I don't impose any arbitrary limits (the latest being 5 drinks a week since the beginning of the year.) Either I'm way overdue for a few extra drinks or I've got some serious issues, because I've been drinking a lot. In the mean time, I did get out to a few things. On Saturday I went to the relatively new artist space Door 7 (439 Central Ave.) and got to check it out. It's quite large ... probably about 2,000 square feet or so, and it's pretty interesting to explore. I thought it was lit too well which revealed all the rough edges, but worse, it took away from the thrill of exploration by taking away any possibility of surprise. Oh, the artwork ... yeah, it was pretty good ... nothing that thrilled me too much, though. Same goes for the bands — although I did like the synth-pop style band The Monkey Space Station.

On Tuesday I spent most of the day updating the website for The Bike With 2 Brains website which I announced last week and didn't really have any content. Now there is, so go ahead and click again. Really. If I fool you again, you could even shame me! Go ahead ... click it!

That night I went to A|V Art Sound Space (#8 in the Public Market, off N. Union St., formerly The All-Purpose Room) to check out the noise band show. I thought Sick Llama was pretty cool with their drone-noise that sounded a bit like listening to amplified steam radiators. The Haunting was good too and they did tormented vocals distorted and mixed with organ and other sounds — kind of like a horror movie soundtrack.

So that pretty much wraps things up for another week ... as you can see from the poll, I am going to hell. At least I won't have to listen to self-righteous assholes (unless that's what my hell would actually be like ... uh oh ... have I mentioned how much cute, sharp-witted women annoy me?)


The First Universalist Church of Rochester (150 South Clinton Ave.) will be hosting Tuba Mirum from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. [source: University of Rochester Events Calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6 p.m. at the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a lecture titled Expanding Vision: László Moholy-Nagy's Experiments of the 1920s presented by Vanessa Rocco, assistant curator of The International Center of Photography (1114 Avenue of the Americas, New York). [source: Eastman House calendar]

Tonight at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) is cordial and friendly acoustic soloist Lisa Dotolo starting around 8 p.m. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is a lecture titled Behind the Scenes: Sex, Drama, and Fashion in the Floating World by The University of Rochester professor of Japanese, David Pollack about the Edo period. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30 p.m. is Ad Frank, and The Centerfield Boys. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

Pure Kona Poetry Open Mic Night is at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) tonight starting at 7:30. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The MK Groove OrchestraMySpace link will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 7:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [21+]

Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) will be hosting Ross Bracco, mellow jazz guitarist Paul Blackburn, Gerard Weber, and Len Messineo starting around 8 p.m. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Æ Fond Kiss... starting at 8 p.m. The description that Eastman House provides in its calendar blandly includes that it's a "sweetly romantic and politically charged love story with wonderful performances" and concludes, "it's a great film — don't miss it" so I'll trust that their capacity to select films is better than their ability to persuade others to watch them. [Plus I haven't had a reason to use the Æ ligature before.] [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Over at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) starting around 10 p.m. is witty, excellent 1960's/rockabilly rock-and-roll band The Hi-Risers. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

JayceLand Pick Rudolf Eb.er's Runzelstirn and Gurgelstock, Justice Yeldham and the Dynamic Ribbon Device, Dave Phillips, Sara Glaxia, and Mariano/Tunis will be at A|V Art Sound Space (#8 in the Public Market, off N. Union St., formerly The All-Purpose Room) starting around 10 p.m. [source: artsound website] [all ages]

Jeff Lewis, and Dean Keller will be at Paradigm Café (3118 E. Henrietta Rd., formerly Blue Sunday) starting around 9 p.m. for some Americana. [source: Paradigm Cafe calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Lunch at noon at Juan and Maria's Empanada Stop (280 N. Union St., in the Public Market next to the Railroad St. entrance).

JayceLand Pick German House (315 Gregory St.) will be hosting wicked fun percussive groove-rock from The BuddhaHood, Jorge Alabê, Sahara Shimmer, Deejay Tribe, Paul BrownIUMA link, and Jim Schwarz starting around 8 p.m. [source: band e-mail]

Over at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) starting around 8 p.m. is talented guitarist and singer Kinloch Nelson, and Fred Vine. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Harvey starting at 8 p.m. You know all those references to an invisible rabbit named Harvey ... well, guess what? [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight is your last chance to see Great Expectations at Blackfriars Theatre (28 Lawn St.) at 8 p.m. [source: Blackfriars Theatre website]

Top Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is excellent surf-rock from The IsotopesMySpace link, straight-up rock-and-roll from The Grinders, and chaotic A.D.D. rock from GaylordMySpace link starting around 10:45 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Water Street Music Hall and The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting Key West Fest with Jimmy Buffett tribute band Pirate Dreams, and Jimmy Ralston starting around 9 p.m. (Sorry, I'm a sucker for Jimmy Buffet.) [source: Water Street calendar] [21+]

Updated: Over at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is eclectic rock band Kill Myself on Monday with acoustic soloist CarbonicMySpace link and raw punk-rock band The Grievants. [source: band e-mail]

Today (at 5 p.m.) is the last chance to see Sean Chilson's paintings made in my porchfort at A|V Art Sound Space (#8 in the Public Market, off N. Union St., formerly The All-Purpose Room) [source: artsound website] [all ages]

This afternoon at 2 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is a discussion of the life of recently passed artist Lowell Williams whose work is included in the Paper Trail exhibit. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) is hosting their weekly Open Mike Poetry tonight at 7 p.m. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Ossia New Music will be at Christ Church of Rochester (141 East Ave.) starting around 7:30 p.m. featuring Milton Babbitt's String Quartet No. 6 and Arnold Schoenberg's String Quartet No. 4. [source: Ossia New Music calendar]

JayceLand Pick Updated: Well, they tried to hide the info from me again, but I found out there is indeed another Emerging Filmmakers Program tonight at The Little (240 East Ave.) at 9:15 p.m. This one is the 18-and-over "R-rated" one, so keep that in mind. The films to be shown are Anaphase End by Ben Westlake, J. David Everhart, and Mike McFadden, Anonymous by Rayya Elias, Broken Poses by Akil Kirlew, Rapture by Trieu "Trusive" Le, Exit 8A by Margaret Harris, and The Year Christmas Almost Wasn't by Jay Barbra and Brian Farrelly. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [18+]

Norm Davis' Wide Open Mike will be at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

Apparently there will be Argentine tango dancing at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) tonight with Agustin Ramos from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. [source: Daily Perks calendar]

Rochester City Councilmember Adam McFadden will give a State of the District address tonight at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of The James Madison School of Excellence (200 Genesee St.) [source: the proverbial grapevine]

JayceLand Pick The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Sweet Tarts starting around 10 p.m. (note that it's $10 tonight.) [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

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] [all ages]

Today at The Rochester Riverside Convention Center (123 E. Main St.) is SOHO Rochester from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

JayceLand Pick Tonight at A|V Art Sound Space (#8 in the Public Market, off N. Union St., formerly The All-Purpose Room) is fast-paced chaos rock from Hilkka, BarkyMySpace link, noise, feedback, and wildly overdriven spoken word from Foot and Mouth Disease, and really really loud effects feedback/effects-driven reed instrument/looping band Wolf Eyes starting around 9 p.m. [source: artsound website] [all ages]

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] [all ages]

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March 24, 2005
When Jesus was crucified, how many times did he poop before he died?
Well, He didn't make poop like you our I, but miraculously produced Easter candy from his rectum. 0

Once. But it was Holy shit. 1 (20%)

Zero times: He pretty much saw this one coming so he only ate cheese at His last meal. 0

Like His Dad, He made for 6 days, then rested on the seventh. 1 (20%)

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Once for every attendee, for party favors. 2 (40%)

Demigods don't poop acc. to my AD&D Monster Manual 1 (20%)

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