Ok, this week I'm going to close JayceLand for a while while I'm gone. Last year I faked it while I was away, but as you might already
know, I'm working on this project called
The Bike With 2 Brains
(The Man, Black Rock City 2003, NV)
which starts in a couple weeks. But first I'll be out in Denver to visit some people. If you're dying to send me a letter, try:
Camp CampCampCamp in Alternative Energy Zone
Catharsis and 5:00
Gerlach, NV 89412
Anyway, I pretty much did a regular (if a little light) update for this coming week and some highlights until mid-September, but I thought
I'd let everyone "play at home." It's the Do-It-Yourself JayceLand Kit. Here's the instructions:
First, open the following links to find out what's going on around town. I recommend tabbed browsing for neatness.
Little Theatre's "Coming Soon" page usually shows a couple movies that aren't actually scheduled to appear in the coming week. Get on the mailing list and wait for the update.
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra no longer lists shows in any usable way as best I can tell. The shows are always too expensive, but I like to know if there's something I'd be willing to pay that much for.
Geva Theatre lists a calendar, but you really have to peruse the press releases to know what's going on.
Eastman House added a flashy new calendar which actually seems to work; plus it's very accurate.
The City of Rochester lists press releases at the bottom of the page and it's a handy way to see what they're scheduling. The e-mail updates are pretty useless as events past by a week often get sent as current.
Jambase occasionally has a show that I haven't caught any other way.
Whole Lotta Shakin' is about the radio show but there's a small event list centered around the rockabilly nature of the show.
WITR events calendar pulls from Freetime and Bug Jar calendars as well as other sources and there's a handful of surprises now and then.
Garage Pop Records lists, well, the Garage Pop shows. Even if listed elsewhere, this is the most accurate source for their shows.
RocWiki events page is user-updated, so sometimes people take the time to put in some unique thing.
WBER has a local concerts calendar, but "local" means all over New England (which isn't so bad in itself) but they often list shows on the wrong day, time, venue, or city (i.e. some venues in Rochester are listed as Buffalo and vice versa.) They seem particularly anti-local-music.
Next, find information on all the bands and performers that you haven't seen. I search out
For MySpace, try "myspace.com/BandNameWithNoSpaces" (capitalization is ignored) and if they use "the" at the beginning of their name,
try it with and without the "the." For Google, try a couple different things with the band name: in quotes, then look for a URL by removing
all the punctuation from their name and searching ... try appending "band," "music," "rock," or "rocks." For the ones you have seen, check
your notes and give a description.
Likewise, search for any venues you don't already have info on. Use Google to find if they have a website. Up until today I was using
Maps On Us
but they recently broke all the old links, so every one of my address links is broken. I took a crack at using
but it's not perfect.
Then it's pretty easy to set up a list of things going on, putting each day in vague order of morning, afternoon, early evening, and
night. Find out which shows you think you'll like and mark them. Find one or two shows each week that people should really go to.
After that it's no big deal ... just write an essay about what you did last week and throw in some intelligent philosophy.
Repeat each week.
M O V I E S
- Some strange movie about a bunch of outsiders who live in an outsider world.
Tonight is another
Tuesday Nature Nights Guided Bike Ride
from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. of the
Aug 23–Guided Bike Ride, High Falls Neighborhood
Meet at the Pont de Rennes, behind the Centers at High Falls. Ride will visit the Susan B. Anthony and Corn
City Hall press release]
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][all ages]
The Dryden Theater
George Eastman House
(900 East Ave.)
will be having another installment of
starting at 8 p.m. where they'll show some unique or rare film ... something for the cinephiles out there — plus, it's free to Eastman House members.
Eastman House calendar]
About the title ...
This week it's nothing clever ... I'm just going to take some time off.
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.) 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.
Oh, and it's spelled JayceLand with no space and a capital L, not Jayce Land, Jaycee Land, Jace Land, Jase Land, Joyce Land, Jayce World, Jayceeland, Jaceland, Jaseland, Joyceland, Jayceworld, Jayceeworld, Jaceworld, Jaseworld, nor Joyceworld. (Now if you misspell it in some search engine, you at least get a shot at finding it.)
While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, August 18, 2005 (Thu, Aug 18, 2005, 8/18/2005, or 8/18/05) Friday, August 19, 2005 (Fri, Aug 19, 2005, 8/19/2005, or 8/19/05) Saturday, August 20, 2005 (Sat, Aug 20, 2005, 8/20/2005, or 8/20/05) Sunday, August 21, 2005 (Sun, Aug 21, 2005, 8/21/2005, or 8/21/05) Monday, August 22, 2005 (Mon, Aug 22, 2005, 8/22/2005, or 8/22/05)
Tuesday, August 23, 2005 (Tue, Aug 23, 2005, 8/23/2005, or 8/23/05) and Wednesday, August 24, 2005 (Wed, Aug 24, 2005, 8/24/2005, or 8/24/05).
indicates an event that's a preferred pick of the day ... probably something worth checking out.
indicates a "guaranteed" best bet for the particular genre of the indicated event.
links to a band's page on GarageBand.com which offers reviews and information about bands.
links to a band's page on MySpace.com which is a friend-networking site that is popular with bands.
is an event that is "non-entertainment" for the masses such as practice sessions, open jams, etc.