Weekly Rochester Events #361: The Penn of Sylvania Fame
Thursday, December 8, 2005
Ok, I'm back to cheating and just writing about what I've been up to — no philosophical rambling comes to mind, but it might accidentally be sprinkled about. Oh, and for everyone who shows up at O'Bagelo's (165 State Street) I forgot to mention that I'll be out of town on Saturday so that's why I won't be at lunch.
Anyway, last Thursday I went to the Park Avenue Holiday Festival. I parked on Oxford because I planned so far ahead and knew that the boulevard section (between Park and Monroe) does not switch sides so I could stay there through the usual 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. switchover — yes, I know: genius. Anyway, I popped in at Schuber Liquor Store (373 Park Ave.) and had some wine samples and have to get back there for the merlot, whichever it was. I trotted to the other end to see Daniel Ward Salon (717 Park Ave.) and the works of G. Peter Jemison. His watercolor paintings of natural scenes have a certain subtle natural chaos to them — maybe a branch is bent at an odd angle — but it made it surprisingly interesting to me. The rum-punch at the salon couldn't have hurt my mood either.
After that I tried out some bread and a cookie at Baker Street Bakery (745 Park Ave.) which I'll have to get back to — finally a place with good bread (that and the place on Twelve Corners that's not Montana Mills that someone mentioned that I'll have to get to.) I walked up and down the avenue to see if I could find some of the people I only see at that event, but I ended up just getting some exercise.
I got to Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free) for the comedy show there. I didn't realize but they now have food, including decent and cheap Guinness "banger" dogs ("banger," as everyone knows from that Jerry Seinfeld American Express commercial, is the very wrong way to pronounce the capitol of Maine.) Unfortunately the show got cancelled and then performed in an abbreviated form anyway. Dave Schmitt, Skasko, and Joe Fico all were pretty funny.
Friday I hung out with some friends at Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.) for a long time starting with happy hour and ending when the second-shift hipsters started showing up around 10. We decided to try and find a hotel bar so we went to The Hyatt Regency Hotel (125 East Main St.) We were disappointed by the size of the bar and tried to find the "real bar" which we surmised was in the restaurant with the Ithaca College reunion — despite crashing it without signing in or getting a nametag, we found no bar. In addition, it was some kind of educational music event for teenagers. We ended up checking out a ballroom set up with DJ's and a big dance party — I refused to go in because it was disturbing to be in the presence of such strong teenager smell; all the bad memories of being the outsider in high-school activities put the last nail in the coffin of that idea.
Satuday I went out to The Elton Street Gallery (34 Elton St.) to see the opening of Kristin Miller's In/Habitable. It was an interesting show, but I didn't know if it was supposed to be more about art or craft — the corners of the room are decorated with mixed media interpretations of the things one might find in the edges and corners of bedrooms.
I headed out after an hour or so to get to the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see White Dog. Producer Jon Davison was on hand to introduce the film and to answer questions. Interestingly, since the movie got such bad press before it came out that it was brutally edited and released in only a couple theaters — basically the theme of the titular "white dog" which referred both to its fur color and that it was trained to attack blacks was deemed racist, despite the film's deep anti-racist stance. Thus, this was the American premiere of the original version of the film — 24 years after its original release.
The movie itself was pretty good. It was so blunt that it often crossed into the heavy-handed territory of a Lifetime movie of the week. However, its message was still rather strong — the thinly veiled metaphor of the dog representing society and the attempt to cure it of racism rings true today. It's rather sad that all these years later that we still haven't licked the problem. Plus, there were a number of tips that the movie was made in the 1980's: the best of them was simply Kristy McNichol being cast in the lead role — but there's more: she wears a sweatband across her forehead in one scene and it's not meant satirically.
From there I popped over to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) to see Duke Galaxy and the Pipeliners do a fun, unpolished show of their surf-rock. The Whiskey Daredevils were very rockabilly, and I really didn't get a chance to see much of The Sadies at all since it was so crowded.
On Sunday I walked from my house to Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.) and on the way stopped at that new place Caverly's Pub (741 South Ave., formerly Genesee Co-op Credit Union) It's a bit sparse now, but it could grow into a really warm and inviting place.
On the way home I got it in my head to try and dumpster-dive for food. I had heard about this on the dumpster diving tribe on Tribe.net and since it was cold outside, I figured that any food that was thrown away would be effectively refrigerated. Well, I ended up scoring a whole cheese pizza and a pepperoni and mushroom one. I'll leave out the names of the places, but it is one of the most unnerving culinary experiences I've ever had — I mean, I assume they were thrown away because it was a spare that wouldn't be fresh enough to be sold tomorrow, but I was worried they might be tainted or stale. So far I'm not sick from eating it, but it's not something I plan to do often.
For now just an experiment in urban survival ... and just so people will still eat my food, I'll let you know if you're eating garbage food. Ain't America grand?
Tuesday night I wrapped up my entertainment forays with a trip to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) This time to see Tiger Cried Beef and Kiss Me Deadly, both of whose names can be clumsily parsed as sentences. Tiger Cried Beef did a good set of their rock-and-roll perfection; Kill Me Deadly had a similar sound but added in some drum synthesizers at times — I like both bands but just didn't get blown away by them.
Maybe next time ...
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