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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 Lux LoungeMySpace link (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 The QUiTTERSGarageBand linkMySpace link) 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 Dryden Theater at 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 RaysGarageBand linkMySpace link put on a remarkable show of hard punk-rock, then closing things out was a solid rock-and-roll set from The Grinders. We left and decided we, well you know, needed Taco 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 Alfred Hitchcock's 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 BarMySpace link (647 South Ave) then a night of more drinks at Lux LoungeMySpace link (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 Vertex (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 Midtown Plaza (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.

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This afternoon at 5:30 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is a What's Up lecture about the MAG's American Folk Art Collection with Libby Clay. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is Dave FinkelsteinMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. although his own MySpace page doesn't list a Spot Coffee performance until the 24th ... hmm ... [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Persona starting at 8 p.m. about an actress who "mysteriously trades identities with her private nurse." Not too unusual in film, except this is Ingmar Bergman's take on it. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30 p.m. is the last local show of red-tight-wearing satirical soloist Powered by Satan, Chickenhead Jones, the return of Rochester's random music band The Peachy NeachysMySpace link , and excellent, superfast synth-pop novelty songs from Worm QuartetMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

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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Top Pick Impressive, organic experimental jazz from The Blood and Bone OrchestraMySpace link, and though-provoking spoken-word poetry over avant-garde ambient music from Urknee and BjürtonMySpace link will be at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting Devall MusicMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing L'armée des ombres (Army of Shadows) starting at 8 p.m. (and also showing on Sunday at 7 p.m.) In it, a group of resistance fighters whose plans go awry are faced with betraying their own humanity. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Over at The Little Theatre Café (240 East Ave.) starting around 8 p.m. is Mark Casey. [source: Freetime] [all ages]

Tonight starting around 8 p.m. at The Montage Live Music HallMySpace link (50 Chestnut St., formerly the Montage Grille) is a Benefit Show in honor of the Memory of Even Thrasher for The Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong (601 Elmwood Ave.) and The March of Dimes featuring bands Dawn of WarMySpace link, Ghost, ArkhemMySpace link, Suffer the WickedMySpace link, CMTEGarageBand linkMySpace link, and InherenceMySpace link. [source: Freetime]

Tonight at 9 p.m. at The Flat Iron Café (561 State St.) is Comedy: Through the Eyes of a Bronx Girl. [source: Flat Iron Cafe webstie]

JayceLand Pick Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is a perfection of clean, crisp rock-and-roll with a few surprises from Tiger Cried BeefMySpace link, Seana CarmodyMySpace link, and Vox HumanaGarageBand link. [source: Carbon Records calendar] [21+]


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JayceLand Pick Tonight 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 of the A|V Curators Show followed at 10 p.m. by WetherMySpace link, Pink DesertMySpace link, very good ambient/droning experimental from Entente Cordiale, and Skeleton Warrior and The Psychic Ether Flower Machine. [source: A|V Space website]

Over at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) starting around 8 p.m. is Phil Marshall. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is Rob FalgianoMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Old Joy starting at 8 p.m. Filmmaker Kelly Reichardt will be on hand tonight to introduce her film about two close friends confronting their differences on a camping trip. The film will also be shown on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Buffalo KillersMySpace link, loud, fast rock from El Destructo, and The Cheetah WhoresMySpace link starting around 10:30 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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Tonight starting around 7 p.m. at The Montage Live Music HallMySpace link (50 Chestnut St., formerly the Montage Grille) is The Closed Casket AffairMySpace link, FormaldehydeGarageBand linkMySpace link, The Creation of Nothing (CON)MySpace link, and The Kissy Face Fashion Faux PasMySpace link. [source: Rochester Music Coalition calendar]

Mike TempleMySpace link, and Brendan GiustiMySpace link will be at Spot Coffee (200 East Ave.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Rochester Music Coalition calendar] [all ages]

Tonight and every Sunday at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) is a Comedy Open Mic with Matt RohrMySpace link at 7:30 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [all ages]


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Today from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. is the first day to see (en)GENDERED: identity, gender & art, a juried exhibition of undergraduate art at the Gallery at the Art and Music Library at The University of Rochester (Elmwood Ave. at Intercampus Dr., details on River Campus Map) [source: University of Rochester Events Calendar]

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 at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is good high-energy punk-rock band The GrievantsMySpace link, PaisanMySpace link, and Straight No ChaserMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

Top Pick Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) will be hosting wicked fun percussive groove-rock from The BuddhaHoodMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Flat Iron Café (561 State St.) is the Hot as Fire Spoken Word / Open Mic. [source: Flat Iron Cafe webstie]

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

This evening around 9 p.m. at Café Underground Railroad (480 W. Main St.) is an Open Mic with Art Delgudico and friends. [source: the proverbial grapevine]


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JayceLand Pick 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 an Artist Networking Event sponsored by The Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester (277 N. Goodman St.) and featuring music by Metal vs. Wood. [source: Carbon Records calendar]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Count of Monte Cristo starting at 8 p.m. — a classic 1930's adventure movie. [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]

Tonight at Café Underground Railroad (480 W. Main St.) is a Spoken Word/Poetry night starting around 9 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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