Weekly Rochester Events #353: Double-Cross the Axis and You'll Rolle a Parallel Tangent
Thursday, October 13, 2005
In lieu of doing any real philosophical ramblings like I want to be inspired to do again, I figure I'd just dump several random things that I've got on my list to announce or mention.
First, I dropped the IUMA links from the band pages. They instituted a policy where they have pop-up ads that break the pop-up blocking in two browsers (Safari and Firefox.) While I guess they think it's some kind of a challenge, I look at it as a formal request: when I check "block pop-up windows" in preferences, that means I am sending a clear message that I do not want to see them. It is not hard to honor the request, either: it means to fail to create special software to circumvent the pop-up blocker. That's why the IUMA links are gone.
Second, I got mentioned by Joe Tunis in City Newspaper's "Fiz" from August 10, 2005 subtitled "Self-publishing revolution." I was sad to note that they didn't "linkify" the page, so it although it includes "www.jayceland.com/" it's not "www.jayceland.com/" so people have a harder time exploring. Ninety-five percent thanks goes to the mention, though.
Lastly, I was digging around on the The City of Rochester pages and stumbled on the property records for almost every property in the city. They started photographing them long ago, and my evidence of that is my old apartment (20 Burkhard Pl.) The 1985 Ford Escort parked in front is my old car ... I guess I was home at the time.
Anyway, last Thursday I kicked things off going on winery tastings around Keuka Lake with this ... umm ... friend ... er ... friend of mine. She was doing a project about the Sereksiya grape grown at McGregor Vineyard and Winery (5503 Dutch St., Dundee) so we started there. It was a really pleasant and friendly place to visit and the Black Russian Red they make from a blend of their Sereksiya and Saperavi grapes is really good.
Despite having no experience with the weird vernacular of wine tasting (i.e. smelling, "I get ... moldy leaves in springtime ... sugar maples perhaps") I insist it's most like a shiraz. To me, shiraz's run this spectrum from really good where they're well balanced to really bad where they're a harsh cacophony of spices and flavors. The Black Russian Red is beyond the good end of the spectrum, being like a very smooth and well balanced shiraz, but with additional flavors which I surmised was the complexities of the strong flavor of the tannins.
We had lunch at Village Tavern Restaurant and Inn (30 Mechanic St., Hammondsport) which was quite good — thumbs-up to their pumpkin and zuchini bisque. We hit some other wineries that I'll skip except that I'll mention Pleasant Valley Wine Company (8260 Pleasant Valley Rd., Hammondsport) just for the amusement. They're also known as Great Western and make mediocre sparkling wines and although it's barely acceptable, their samples are huge (at least when we were there ... by the way, mid-week is the way to go ... everything is one-on-one personal attention) so you do get lit up a bit. I guess their theory is that you'll buy it if you're drunk enough.
The place I liked the most, though, was Chateau Renaissance (7494 Hatchery Rd., Hammondsport). Despite it's rather pretentious-sounding name, it was a small, friendly place. They make New York State sparkling wines done in the champagne style and some really good fruit wines — not the blend of grape-wine-and-fruit, but real fermented fruits. I couldn't resist the light and nutty dandelion wine and the wispy rose petal wine. I sure hope they're actually really good instead of being a Pleasant-Valley-side-effect.
On Saturday night I started out to George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Where the Buffalo Roam but when I got there, found out I had entered the date in wrong and it was actually shown on Thursday. I killed a bit of time talking with some folks at Mex (295 Alexander St.) before heading to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) for the show there.
The theme for the night seemed to be "religion" and all the bands had at least one element related to that. The Lobster Quadrille did a satire of a gospel rock band — within that concept, they played some really catchy, nearly Klezmer-inspired rockabillyness. Next up was Reverend Glasseye who followed with some also klezmerish, gospelish, trucker-country style, theatrical rock orchestra — they had eight people on stage with different instruments. Finishing things off was Voodoo Organist who did like last time: a one-man synth-gospel rockabilly band.
I was excited on Sunday to get to Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) to see Break of Reality. They did the hard-rock-on-cello-and-drums thing and it was good, but it seemed a bit out of place in that particular hall. They don't really fit anywhere (although they will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) this week) and I've found them most at home in a coffee shop setting where they can really blow some minds.
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About the title ... Michel Rolle was born 353 years ago in 1652 and is known today for Rolle's theorem which states that a continuous curve that crosses the x-axis twice will have a tangent parallel to the axis as long as there is a tangent at every point.
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