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Weekly Rochester Events #394: Burning Swedish Cities

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Last week on Wednesday I got out to the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Federico Fellini's 8 1/2. I'd heard it's one of those films that every filmmaker needs to see ... well, I somehow managed to never see it up until now. It took me a while to digest, but I have now decided I really liked it. As with any time of creative activity — especially the extremely manic ones — you can't tell whether you're awake or asleep, in reality or imagination.

Thursday I spent the day seriously preparing for the garage sale on Saturday. I did get out to Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) and got to see Kev RoweMySpace link who has a clear, soft-but-bright voice perfectly complementing his gentle-but-complex guitar work. Friday I went to Spy Bar (139 State St.) and once again got to check out some familiar bands. Deadly Pillowfight AccidentMySpace link seemed to be at the top of their game, playing a thick improvisational-sounding jazz mix. The Lobster QuadrilleMySpace link were excellent as well with their twisted satirical gospel-ish sound.

Saturday I awoke to find the weather had turned — as of Thursday, the prediction was for a sunny Saturday but by Saturday morning, it was clearly going to be nothing but rain. A few people stopped in and I did sell a few things. Sunday had more people but less money ... all told I made about $100. I guess I'm going to do it again on Saturday to see if I can clear some more stuff out of this place. At least Sunday Ali was there so not only did I get help setting up and tearing down, but some excellent company as well. That night we went to Tandoor of India (376 Jefferson Rd.) The samosas were excellent and the meal was very good as well.

Monday night I headed to the show recommended by Herman-the-Bartender: The SundressesMySpace link at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) I got to chat with the folks in the band ... Jeremy videotaped an interview with me about my tall bike. The band was great ... they do this rock-blues/bluegrass/rockabilly/ska-ish/Klezmer-ish with a powerful organic rhythm. Plus they're really cool folks.

As you can see, I really didn't get a chance to get out much. I'll be winding down the site in the next week or so as I'll be taking off for Burning Man (The Man, Black Rock City, NV) ... not to say I won't be manic in that confusing-reality-and-fantasy way, just that I won't be seeing many bands, movies, or writing about all of it for that matter.


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Fly the flag today.National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day (half-staff until sunset)

This afternoon at 3 p.m. is an Open House at The Mill Seat Landfill (303 Brew Rd., Bergen) which is the proposed site of a waste-gas-to-electricity generating facility. [source: RocWiki calendar]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing the episode The City on the Edge of Forever from the original Star Trek television series followed at 8 p.m. by Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in which the crew travel back to modern-day 1986 to retrieve some whales. Don't forget that there's popcorn. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) is LIVE from Las VegasBenny Baker starting at 8 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [18+]

Java's (16 Gibbs St.) will be hosting Monica Hall starting around 9 p.m. [source: Java's calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is The Angry AnglesMySpace link, Digital LeatherMySpace link, and The Cavebirds starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

JayceLand Pick The rocking rockabilly band Krypton 88MySpace link will be at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

Tonight at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) is O'PioneersMySpace link, and well constructed heavy rock/metal from HeatseekerGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [21+]

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

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


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Today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is the Tuesday's Treasures Sale at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Apparently The Critical Mass Bike Ride is tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. at the clock tower near The Wilson Commons at The University of Rochester (Library Road, #39 on River Campus Map.) to The Liberty Pole (1 Liberty Pole Way) at 6 p.m. and heading through the city from there. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

This evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Daniel Ward Salon (721 University Ave., formerly at 717 Park Ave.) is an art opening for RustedArtMySpace link by Shawn M. O'Hara. [source: Daniel Ward Salon website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight's double feature at The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be The Narrow Margin, a suspenseful B-movie about defending a gangster's widow on a cross-country train trip starting at 7 p.m. followed by Violent Saturday about bank robbers who encounter a troubled town. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Maraba will be at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

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

JayceLand Pick Over at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) starting around 8 p.m. is Inward Becomes an AnthemMySpace link. [source: Carbon Records calendar] [all ages]

Updated: The show scheduled tonight at A|V Art Sound Space (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #8 in the Public Market, formerly the All-Purpose Room) with Ill EaseMySpace link, Collapsing OppositesMySpace link, and Ian Downey is FamousMySpace link has been cancelled. [source: A|V Space website]

Tonight at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) is the really good blues-charged rock-and-roll/groove-rock band Buford and the Smoking Section starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

Tonight and tomorrow is another Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link show at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) starting at 10:30 each night. [source: Geva Comedy Improv e-mail]


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Today at The High Falls Festival Site (Browns Race and Commercial St.) is the The Flour City Brewers' Fest sponsored in part by The Rohrbach Brewing Company (3859 Buffalo Rd.) in two sessions: one fromm 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the other from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. [source: RocWiki]

Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) is The Genesee Cajun/Zydeco Gumbo Party featuring L'il Anne and Hot Cayenne for their CD release. [source: Water Street calendar] [all ages]

This evening at 7 p.m. at A|V Art Sound Space (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #8 in the Public Market, formerly the All-Purpose Room) is the opening reception for Hair Die by Mauro Cringoli which runs through August 19. [source: A|V Space website]

JayceLand Pick Over at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) starting around 8 p.m. is Adrienne NightingaleMySpace link, and Malcolm RollickMySpace link. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting the good acoustic soloist with a country twang Nora KaminskiMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Election starting at 8 p.m. Filmmaker Alexander Payne and co-writer Jim Taylor will be on hand to introduce his film about a ruthless young woman who is determined to be elected class president. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Highland Bowl (South Ave. at Robinson Dr.) will be hosting Mavis StaplesMySpace link, and The Blind Boys Of AlabamaMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: WITR calendar]

Over at Java's (16 Gibbs St.) starting around 9 p.m. is Out of the Blue. [source: Java's calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Flipside Bar and Grill (2001 E. Main St.) will be hosting hard-edged, punk-influenced rock from The PurrsMySpace link, and excellent rock-and-roll from The Grinders starting around 9 p.m. [source: Flipside website]

Vermicious KhannidsMySpace link will be at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [21+]

OceansideGarageBand linkMySpace link, The MerciesMySpace link, and Odierne will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) 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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Today at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) is the Community Garage Sale and Super Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Today at 1 p.m. is one of the Corn Hill Strolls by, and starting at The Landmark Society of Western New York (133 S. Fitzhugh St.) [source: Landmark Society calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is an art opening for works by Ed Repard and Herman Gatto currently on display. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

This evening at 7:30 p.m. at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is pianist Boris Kraljevic. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick A|V Art Sound Space (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #8 in the Public Market, formerly the All-Purpose Room) will be hosting Ballast and AnchorMySpace link, The Spirit of the StairwayMySpace link, Sakes Alive!MySpace link, and Good Friends With Sharp ScissorsMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: A|V Space website]


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JayceLand Pick This evening at 7 p.m. in the Eastman Quadrangle at The University of Rochester (Elmwood Ave. at Intercampus Dr., details on River Campus Map) is a performance by Carlo J. van Ulft. It looks like it'll be pretty interesting. [source: University of Rochester website]

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is Wide Open Mike with Norm Davis. [source: Arts and Cultural Council e-mail]

Tonight at A|V Art Sound Space (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #8 in the Public Market, formerly the All-Purpose Room) is Coliseum, Buried InsideMySpace link, Engineer, Young WidowsMySpace link, and Spoonful Of Vicodin starting around 9 p.m. [source: A|V Space website]

Top Pick Tonight at 9:15 p.m. at The Little (240 East Ave.) is The Best of the Films of the Emerging Filmmakers Series (a special show in Theatre #1.) [source: Little Theatre calendar]

Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30 p.m. is Awesome ColorMySpace link although Tiger Cried BeefMySpace link has cancelled. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

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 another of the Tuesday Nature Nights "Trees in Our Neighborhoods" Walk in the East Avenue Neighborhood starting at Third Presbyterian Church (4 Meigs St., at the corner of East Ave.) [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting O'DeathMySpace link, SkeletonbreathMySpace link, and well-balanced acoustic-rock from Owen Brimijoin starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

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 The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Treasure of the Sierra Madre starting at 8 p.m. about three prospectors who let greed get the best of them. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Updated: Awesome female sex-energy spewing band Yer MomMySpace link, and musical chaos from GaybotMySpace link will be at A|V Art Sound Space (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #8 in the Public Market, formerly the All-Purpose Room) starting around 9 p.m. The Awesome Cool DudesMySpace link will not be on the bill tonight. [source: A|V Space website]

The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting very good groove-metal band KalpanaMySpace link, The Saxon ShoreMySpace link, FMTM, and Denison WitmerMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

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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