Weekly Rochester Events #417: Jesus' Stepdad's Center
Thursday, January 4, 2007
Last Wednesday I headed to
The Pickering Pub
(170 S. Main St., Canandaigua)
to join my girl Ali for a few drinks as she wasn't going to make it up to the city like on Thursday when she came by to make some Mexican food. She headed back to get some rest and I went out to
(666 South Ave.)
for a couple drinks that turned into a couple more and before you know it I'm there until 2:30. Everything from an old co-worker who dropped by for the first time in 4 years to a self-described alcohol-induced-asshole to a U.S. Marine headed to Afghanistan.
Among the conversational highlights were a gem that came from a quip from a friend waiting for Dave Snyder (former lead-singer of
who said it's like "waiting for fucking Godot" in reference to the play [wherein everyone, well, keeps waiting for him]. From that I skimmed "fucking Godot" as a metaphor for sleeping alone after going home from the bar — "so you getting lucky tonight?" "sure — I'm fucking Godot."
I also found that there is justice in the world after all. When my former employer closed the site in Rochester and offered good severance packages all around, some of the stalwarts were supremely rewarded for their 30-something years of service. But then the Rochester site was bought by another company — and the severance packages remained in effect anyway. I also learned that if one has lived enough of life, the phrase, "she's seeing someone else already" needs no further explanation. Kind of like "farmer's wit" ... for instance, I recall a polite weather-related conversation a few years ago that could easily have ended, "it'll get colder."
On Friday, Ali and I headed to the
George Eastman House
(900 East Ave.)
to see the 3-D film
Phantom of the Rue Morgue.
Indeed it was as unintentionally hilarious as I had hoped. Those French police sure have a tough time identifying a cartoonish, gorilla-sized hole right through the glass, muntins, and mullions of a skylight, instead blaming a skinny circus performer for a rash of murders. Even the print was (well, prints were) in very good shape and the 3-D effect worked well.
After that it was time to hit
The Bug Jar
(219 Monroe Ave.)
to check out the bands.
St. Phillip's Escalator
did fine and started the show nicely with their 1960's glam style. Almost as if taking the torch from their headliners,
The UV Rays
put on a remarkable show of hard punk-rock, then closing things out was a solid rock-and-roll set from
We left and decided we, well you know, neededTaco Bell
(950 Jefferson Rd.)
and as if some kind of gastrointestinal challenge, the Nachos Bell Grande was all mine.
Saturday brought more of the same. This time I headed out early to check out
take on 3-D with a rare 3-D projection of
Dial M for Murder
at the Dryden. The film doesn't disappoint, neither in its gentle-handed use of 3-D nor in its remarkable plot and (as far as I'm concerned) unidentifiable surprise ending. After that I met up with Ali and her friend Stacie for a drink at
Solera Wine Bar
(647 South Ave)
then a night of more drinks at
(666 South Ave.)
where I talked once again with a bunch of varied folks: a fellow Burner, a couple old friends, and a horoscope aficionado who was upset that Saddam Hussein was destined to be killed in December — that is, the fact that it was astrologically premonitorily so. Ali and Stacie headed to
(169 N. Chestnut St.)
for a bit, then later still, Ali and I met at
Mark's Texas Hots
(487 Monroe Ave.)
to split a late-night plate — I highly recommend the hots-with-cheese; and the combination hots/burger is an excellent way to go.
So by Sunday night, New Year's Eve, we were pretty much done with going out, talking with old friends and new acquaintances for hours on end, and bloating ourselves on late-night snacks. We ended up staying in and having wine, take-out, and one another's company. Along with movies and games. Oh yeah, and we did get out downtown to check out the fireworks from Main Street. And to hear
Mayor Robert J. Duffy
repetitively declare it wasn't raining — a cute joke once or twice, but a harbinger of the city purchasing
(S. Clinton and Broad St.)
in abject denial of their inability to function as a business entity. [Should I alert anyone of the insertion of my own opinion?]
The exterior elevator climbed to the top of the revolving restaurant building at the end of 2006 followed by the fireworks it reflected in the rain afterward.
About the title ...
St. Joseph was the man who was the husband of Mary, mother of Jesus. The St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center is located at
417 South Ave.
This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including nearby towns Irondequoit, Webster, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor, Henrietta, Gates, Chili, Greece, and Charlotte, and occasionally other places in Monroe County and the Western New York region.) It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, lectures, discussions, debates, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
Music events are usually original bands with occasional cover bands and DJ's with musical styles including 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.
Although I'm reluctant to admit it, it is a Rochester blog and I'm essentially blogging about Rochester events.
I also tend to express opinions, review past events, make reviews, speak of philosophy or of a philosophical nature, discuss humanity and creativity.
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.)
It's also not to be confused with
or JakesWorld which is a site of a Rochester animator.
While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, January 4, 2007 (Thu, Jan 4, 2007, 1/4/2007, or 1/4/07) Friday, January 5, 2007 (Fri, Jan 5, 2007, 1/5/2007, or 1/5/07) Saturday, January 6, 2007 (Sat, Jan 6, 2007, 1/6/2007, or 1/6/07) Sunday, January 7, 2007 (Sun, Jan 7, 2007, 1/7/2007, or 1/7/07) Monday, January 8, 2007 (Mon, Jan 8, 2007, 1/8/2007, or 1/8/07) Tuesday, January 9, 2007 (Tue, Jan 9, 2007, 1/9/2007, or 1/9/07) and Wednesday, January 10, 2007 (Wed, Jan 10, 2007, 1/10/2007, or 1/10/07).
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.