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Weekly Rochester Events #388: Beware of Czechs Loitering Around Open Windows

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Thursday and Friday I worked on The Bike With 2 Brains a bit during the day — just like last year, painting parts. On Friday night Ali and I headed to Betty Meyer's Bullwinkle Café (622 Lake Ave., a.k.a. "Bullwinkle's") By the time we arrived, Autumn In HalifaxMySpace link was midway through his set. I've seen Dave be more focused and do a tighter set, but Bullwinkle's brings out the laid-back in anybody. Next was CarbonicMySpace link who did his good muted-vocal acoustic. I realized that whenever I hear him, around the third song I'm thinking he's pretty interesting, but since his style doesn't vary much (or at least something about his style) that by the eighth song, I don't like it anymore. Anyway, we stayed through Idatel who are this chaos-rock styled band with drums, guitar, banjo, and accordion ... they were interesting and complex but would do much better at more of a rock-venue. Ali noted that "they have fantastic melodies."

On Saturday I got up pretty early and quickly set up a simple flyer for The Bike With 2 Brains to identify the website mostly. Around 3 I headed to ARTWalk (University Ave. at Atlantic Ave.) and got in touch with the coordinators. I set it up in the parking lot near East Avenue at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) No pictures really capture it operationally as the whole trick is in its chaotic motion — the illusion that you can easily navigate through cooperation. A few friends of mine showed up and I was really glad that Dave from Autumn In HalifaxMySpace link got a chance to see it because he let me use some of his music with it. In all, there were probably 60 people who stopped by to check it out and about 20 who tried it. Toward the end of the event I was horsing around on it and broke one of the welds on the back — not surprisingly, really: every time I upgrade the frame so it won't break, I make it a little bit stiffer, and now it's tougher than before but more in some ways more brittle, so it won't flex enough to permit sharp impacts. Oops.

Dave and Sally ride the Bike With 2 Brains
Dave and Sally go for a spin.

Monday evening I made it out to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) Ordinarily it's 1980's DJ night and this was no exception. However, they also featured a couple bands early-on. First up was Roger HoustonMySpace link and I was pleased that there were 15 or so people who got to see him. I've admired his clean, simple solo-synth-pop sound [thankfully that's written because I'd hate to have to speak that description]. Kind of like hi-fi low-fi: his equipment offers good quality sound but the experience is that of a basement-band. After he finished, they decided to let one of the DJ's have a crack for a while. The songs were quite good and a lot of people got up to dance, so I was concerned that the second band would either get bumped entirely (and they came all the way from Florida) or the crew wouldn't like them.

Fortunately, once Yip YipMySpace link got going, it seemed people liked them. The band is this duo who are completely covered in black-and-white checkered-print and who play this great, "dreamland" synth-pop. The music is rather catchy and disorienting, and combined with the absurd visuals, it feels like you're watching a dream. It's the kind of band that Tim Burton would put into one of his movies if he needed a band, and they conveniently would already sound a bit like Danny Elfman and/or Oingo Boingo.

Tuesday night I went to The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Gimme Shelter. It's essentially a documentary that follows The Rolling StonesMySpace link on their United States tour that culminated in the free show at the Altamont Speedway in California. At that final show, The Hells Angels were acting as bouncers/security and ended up stabbing a guy to death — an act caught on film, further revealing that he had drawn a gun. The film is structured as footage of a song each at several cities on the tour interspersed by the Stones' reactions to the violence at Altamont. Through this, the whole tour seems ominous and tense — it's really quite unnerving to watch.

The whole thing got me to thinking about conflict and its resolution. In one sense, if a guy pulls a gun he has it coming. I guess my thought is that there are other ways to handle such a situation. The Hells Angels have been known as a group who uses violence as a universal solution, so in a way, a coldly rational, inhuman solution would be to eradicate the Angels — I mean, they tend to act like wasps in that if the others think you've injured one of them, you're in a world of hurt, so to avoid erroneous attacks, murder is the only logical solution.

However, it's really the capacity to quickly kill another person that exacerbates the problem. I mean, it takes a lot of effort to kill another person with your bare hands — at least given that there's an even match, and alternatively, at least much longer a process than pulling the trigger on a gun or even the slash of a knife (which are actually more deadly up close, and perhaps even more deadly close than guns are at a distance.) Diplomacy is only possible if you've got the time to do it, so in a situation where people can kill one another quickly, it's really not effective. When thinking of the lightning pace of a fight, it's comparatively strange how blandly sterile courtrooms are — without weapons, crime and violence seem like an abstract concept rather than a concrete reality.

In the end, I'd rather have cooler heads prevail. Fewer dead people that way.


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This evening at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) in the Lucy Burne Gallery from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the opening reception for the 2006 exhibition of The Print Club of Rochester. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

For members of George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) there is an Eastman Legacy Archive Tour at 6 p.m. with curator Kathy Connor. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

This evening in Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the monthly meeting of The Inventor's Society of Western New York. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

At Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) starting around 7 p.m. is Mindless Self IndulgenceMySpace link, and Kill HannahGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Water Street calendar] [all ages]

Over at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) starting around 8 p.m. is Ian MutchMySpace link. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting Ryan T. Carey starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30 p.m. is a hip-hop night with The Mindspray CrewMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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

Drinking Liberally meets at 8 p.m. tonight at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) [source: RocWiki calendar]


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Today's Architecture for Lunch lecture by The Landmark Society of Western New York (133 S. Fitzhugh St.) with Cynthia Howk takes place from 12:10 p.m. to 12:35 p.m. at Washington Square Park (Woodbury Blvd at South Clinton Ave, across from Geva Theatre). [source: Landmark Society calendar]

Top Pick Tonight at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) is excellent mellow, digitally-enhanced acoustic from Autumn In HalifaxMySpace link starting around 4 p.m. [source: Rochester Contemporary e-mail] [all ages]

Tonight at Henrietta Town Hall (475 Calkins Rd.) is goofy, fun, tight modern-rock mostly-cover band The Meddling KidsMySpace link starting around 6:30 p.m. [source: band e-mail] [all ages]

Democracy for America, Rochester Branch (part of Democracy for America) will be attending the 7 p.m. showing of An Inconvenient Truth at The Little (240 East Ave.). Discounted tickets will be available in advance. [source: Democracy for America, Rochester]

Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) will be hosting The Brad Batz Group starting around 7 p.m. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

This evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Genesee Pottery at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) is the concisely named An Evening with Potters from Mata Ortiz, Mexico with Claire Willis of The Rochester Folk Art Guild (1445 Upper Hill Rd., Middlesex). [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

Tonight at The High Falls Festival Site (Browns Race and Commercial St.) is StrongHold, The Taint, Download, and The NicheMySpace link starting around 7 p.m. [source: Rochester Music Coalition calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. at The Rochester City Ballet (1326 University Ave.) is The Monday Evening Creative Arts (MECA) Lecture Series event titled Images: ColorSoundMovement. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

JayceLand Pick Infatuating LenaMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Tonight at 8 p.m. at The Hochstein School of Music and Dance (50 North Plymouth Ave.) is a Spotlight on Faculty Concert Series Celebrating Miles and Duke featuring Craig Snyder, Paul Gaspar, Fred Stone, and Rich Felice. [source: Hochstein calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Shijie (The World) starting at 8 p.m. This Chinese film explores globalization in the context of a theme park with miniatures of monuments of the whole world. Jonathan Rosenbaum will introduce the film. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Good, mellow rock-and-roll from HinkleyMySpace link, and good acoustic soloist Gregory PaulGarageBand linkMySpace link will be at Spy Bar (139 State St.) starting around 10 p.m. [source: Carbon Records calendar] [21+]

Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Brokedown starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime] [21+]


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JayceLand Pick O'Bagelo's, 165 State Street, noon.

Today starting at 8 a.m. is another The Surplus Vehicle and Equipment Auction at The City Surplus Yard (210 Colfax St.) [source: Reynold's Auction website]

For members of George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) at 10:15 a.m. is their Upstairs Downstairs Tour. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Although there won't be an official Maplewood Rose Festival this year at The Maplewood Rose Garden (Driving Park and Lake Ave.), there still some events going on, like the gorge tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow. [source: City Hall press release]

The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) will be hosting Kyle VeenemaMySpace link starting around 4 p.m. [source: Rochester Contemporary e-mail] [all ages]

Tonight at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is Hailey WojcikMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) is John SacheliMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Today from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is the Exhibition Party for the second Rochester Biennial showcasing regional artists. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Ben IngrahamMySpace link will be at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at A|V Art Sound Space (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #8 in the Public Market, formerly the All-Purpose Room) is Here and NowMySpace link, Our TimesMySpace link, Get Back Up, Crimes of PassionMySpace link, Culture ShockMySpace link, and Hangin' TuffMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: A|V Space website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The California Brew Haus (402 West Ridge Rd.) is Pleasing Iris, awesome female sex-energy spewing hard rock band Yer MomMySpace link (formerly Your Mom), and rock-and-roll band Static Cling (who, like the last time I saw them in November 2002, are apparently missing one of their members) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Top Pick Awesome punk-rock from The BlastoffsMySpace link will be at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime] [21+]

Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) will be hosting The Papercut Ninjas starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime] [21+]

JayceLand Pick The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting great, fun rock (if up close) from Eddie Nebula and the PlagueGarageBand link, excellent, funny metal-influenced punk rock from SeriousMySpace link, and Double Fist starting around 10:45 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [21+]

Tonight's another Betty's Sing-a-Long at Betty Meyer's Bullwinkle Café (622 Lake Ave., a.k.a. "Bullwinkle's") starting around 10.


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Father's Day

Today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. is Free Admission Day at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Today at 1 p.m. is the Railroad Station Museum Open House at The Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society (8 E. Main St., Shortsville.) [source: Craigslist Rochester events]

This afternoon at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) is Jean Dutille starting around 4:30 p.m. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Luke and Aaron's Birthday Bash featuring punk-rock/hard-rock and a bit of rockabilly from The UV RaysGarageBand linkMySpace link, classic-style punk from The Teenage Junkies, and hard-rock from Orodruin starting around 6 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

JayceLand Pick The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting The Detours, The Levar Burtones, V-PunchMySpace link, and The Next Half MileMySpace link starting around 6 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Silent Movie starting at 7 p.m. Mel Brooks in his role making a movie in a movie, decides to make a contemporary silent film. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Updated: Tonight at A|V Art Sound Space (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #8 in the Public Market, formerly the All-Purpose Room) is Naim AmorMySpace link, Marianne DissardMySpace link, and consistently dreary acoustic from CarbonicMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: A|V Space e-mail]


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JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. is "an interactive performance art installation on wheels" called The Black Factory. There will be a reception at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) at 7 p.m. [source: Rochester Contemporary e-mail] [all ages]

Bored? Why not check out 1980's DJ night at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 11 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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This morning at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria overlooking the arboretum in Bausch and Lomb (140 Stone St.) is the Artists Breakfast Group meeting ... anyone interested in art or creativity is invited.

Tonight from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the first of the Tuesday Nature Nights "Trees in Our Neighborhoods" Walk this time in the Ellwanger-Barry Neighborhood starting at Mt. Hope Cemetery (North Gate, 791 Mt. Hope Ave.) [source: City Hall press release]

Tonight after the screening of An Inconvenient Truth at The Little (240 East Ave.) is a discussion/debate on the topic of global warming moderated by Tom Proietti with Dr. Elizabeth Thorndike of The Center for Environmental Information (CEI) (55 St. Paul St.), Kevin Williams of WHEC Channel 10 and Robert Bechtold of Harbec Plastics (369 State Route 104, Ontario). [source: Little Theatre e-mail]

Tonight at 7 p.m. at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is 25 & Under Young Writers Reading. [source: Craigslist Rochester events]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Grey Gardens starting at 8 p.m. A documentary about a peculiar mother and daughter living together in a run-down house. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Really good blues-charged rock-and-roll from Buford and the Smoking Section will be at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is hosting an Acoustic Open Mic from 8 to 10. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]


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JayceLand Pick Although not listed on Daily Perks' calendar, tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) is a couple local improv artists going by the names Mr. Liam and Mr. Tim (whom I'd guess were from Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link) under the show title Big Pants Improv. [source: Craigslist Rochester events]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Highway 61 starting at 8 p.m. A guy agrees to go on a road trip with a woman to transport her brother's body from Ontario, Canada to New Orleans, Louisiana. [source: Eastman House calendar] [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]

There's an Open Mic for Acoustic Music at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) tonight around 8. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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