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Weekly Rochester Events #441: The End of Fuchsia

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Last Wednesday Ali and I headed to Eddie O'Brien's Grille and Bar (182 S. Main St., Canandaigua) after her softball game for some dinner. We each got a wrap and swapped half. Both were very good and prices are about appropriate for quality. We also got some ice cream at Scoops (24 Lakeshore Dr., Canandaigua) which topped things off nicely.

On Thursday evening I headed to Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) to check out their new Farmers' Market but things were just closing down when I got there at 8 (which is the closing time for the market). I figured I'd get there late and then head to Drinking Liberally at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) but I ended up running into a friend of mine and his friend, and the three of us ended up chatting about the state of Rochester for a few hours.

I did, however, get to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) that night. Apparently Sally BurtnikMySpace link, and Darla RoseMySpace link had cancelled the night prior so Kyle of MuertasMySpace link managed to get together alternates. First was Ice Cream SocialMySpace link who do great, synthy high-energy rock. MuertasMySpace link was just Kyle and his iPod doing a mix of covers and originals ... it was amusingly crowd pleasing. Finally, Science vs. WitchcraftMySpace link finished up with a really good set and were so instrumental-cacophonous-rock that they're almost a noise band.

On Friday I went to ReHouse, Inc. (1473 E. Main St.) to check out their "Free Fridays" sale (where they have selections to give away free on the 3rd Friday each month). It's a nice store with lots of bathroom fittings, doors, ceilings and several full staircases laying on their sides for that M. C. Escher ambience. Their free selection was, as I'd expected, rather small — but interesting. I ended up picking up a pack of 2 lug nuts for car tires — who knows why they ended up with them — but I also went home and got some garage sale leftovers and other junk from around the house that they could add to their inventory.

That night I went out to The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to check out El Topo (The Mole). Eastman House's calendar noted that it is so "loaded with dazzling and sometimes shocking images of sex, violence, and mystery, it frequently plays like an oddball combination of Luis Buñuel and Sam Peckinpah." Indeed, a surrealist Western might be the best description. It constantly screams of metaphor without explanation, leaving you thinking of images for weeks afterward. I'm excitedly anticipating to seeing director/writer/star Alejandro Jodorowsky's follow-up (with a larger budget thus fewer limitations) La moñtana sagrada (The Holy Mountain) this coming Friday.

Saturday I browsed The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) for a while and had an excellent breakfast empanada at Juan and Maria's Empanada Stop (280 N. Union St., in the Public Market next to the Railroad St. entrance) That afternoon Ali joined me and we went to Don's Original (4900 Culver Rd.) for a good burger followed by a walk by the lake near the Irondequoit Bay outlet bridge. That night we had some wine at Solera Wine BarMySpace link (647 South Ave) then made a pilgrimage to Vertex (169 N. Chestnut St.) that — naturally — went way too late.

On Sunday I headed to Canandaigua Lake for a boat ride on Ali's family's boat. It was really fun — we even took a dip near the eastern shore. Unfortunately I managed to step on what was either sharp shore shale or zebra mussels and ended up with several moderate cuts on my foot. We stopped at The Boat House (4356 SR 364, Canandaigua) for dinner — the reason to go is they have boat parking so you can go straight from the lake. The reason not to go is for modestly-priced good food — it's more like gourmet-priced bar-food ... but at least the drinks were good.

I went to Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) on Monday to try and catch the 3-Minute Monologue Slam but I arrived at 7:30 and it started at 7 — and was unfortunately just ending. I only go to see one person perform their piece and it was quite good. There was a lively discussion afterward and there may be an event this fall as well; otherwise it's held annually.

Ali and I got together at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) for a late dinner — returning to our first-date spot after 14 months. (Wow.) I think the quality of their food has increased since I last went — everything seemed a little fresher and a little better.

Finally, on Tuesday I tried barefoot running again. I took it easier than last week and avoided a painful calf muscle, but I also found an excellent, maintainable stride that should make for a fast mile — if I ever get around to running that far.

Oh, and that afternoon was the spectacular thunderstorm. I had set up the tent I brought to Burning Man last year with some modified (theoretically "improved") tent poles and configuration. For the most part it held, but now the weak link is the corners of the bottom which tore free. And as far as the storm, I once again lost power — the second time this month! At least it was only out for 2 hours this time.


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Tonight at 5:30 p.m. at The Gallery at The Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester (277 N. Goodman St.) is the opening of Facing East: The Art of Jewish Papercuts by Aharon Baruch. [source: City Newspaper]

The Inventor's Society of Western New York will be having their monthly meeting in Rundel Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) starting at 6:30 p.m. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar]

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

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

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Blood and Sand starting at 8 p.m. Robert Rosen will be on hand to introduce this film about a man who ignores his true love for a woman who ultimately ruins him. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Drew DanburryMySpace link, Somolian BonaparteMySpace link, and IjiMySpace link will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

This evening from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is The South Wedge Farmers Market. [source: Rochester Turning] [all ages]

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

Tonight at 8 p.m. at Bodhi's Cafe & LoungeMySpace link (274 Goodman St. N., in Village Gate) is an Open Mic. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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


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This evening at 5 p.m. is the opening reception for Two Walks in the Woods by Marna Bell, and Walter Jakubowski at The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) [source: City Newspaper]

JayceLand Pick Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is Baby Shivers BoutiqueMySpace link, and Science vs. WitchcraftMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

Top Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing La moñtana sagrada (The Holy Mountain) starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 7 p.m. The tale of a spiritual quest of 8 people seeking to "find the Holy Mountain and replace the gods that live there. The eye-popping and jaw-dropping visuals are just the icing on the cake in this philosophical and thought-provoking classic," according to the Eastman House calendar. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. at The School of the Arts (45 Prince St.) is a presentation of the RO(chester)TO(ronto) Dance Series by The Park Avenue Dance Company (15 Vick Park B). [source: Craigslist Rochester events]

Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) will be hosting The Crandels starting around 8 p.m. [source: band e-mail] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Today is the first day of the Little Foreign Film Festival at The Little (240 East Ave.) which runs through June 28. [source: Little Theatre calendar]

Hunu? (featuring members from Colorblind James Experience) will be at German House (315 Gregory St.) starting around 10 p.m. [source: German House calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight and tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is another Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link show. [source: Geva Theatre website]

Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is The Bitch in the WellMySpace link, and Burn Everything. [source: Freetime] [21+]


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Today at 8 a.m. at The City Surplus Yard (210 Colfax St.) is the Surplus Vehicle Auction by The Reynolds Auction Company. [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick Today starting at 1 p.m. at ThreadMySpace link (654 South Ave., formerly Glover's Barber Shop) is The Angry PenguinMySpace link Barbeque — they poster adds only, "get your picture taken with the Angry Penguin". [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) will be hosting a "Summer Fling" with Chuck Abell, Bernie Heveron, and Jeremiah McGrath starting around 7 p.m. [source: Daily Perks calendar] [all ages]

Journey of JasmineMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Red Road starting at 8 p.m. and again tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. In it, a woman working as a security guard in an apartment building discovers that a man from her past moved into it, so she uses the massive camera array to stalk him. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Flat Iron CaféMySpace link (561 State St.) is Sonic DualityMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Flat Iron Cafe webstie]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is bitter-fun bar-rock/punk-rock band Eddie Nebula and the PlagueGarageBand link, and Baba YagaMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [21+]

Updated: How We AreMySpace link, Black SSMySpace link, Another BreathMySpace link, From the Ground Up, Slingshot DakotaMySpace link, and About to SnapMySpace link will be at the new location of B & L Garage (11364 Ridge Rd., Wolcott) starting around 7 p.m. [source: A|V Space website]

The Hurtin' UnitsMySpace link will be at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime] [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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Midsummer Day

Over at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) starting around 7 p.m. is The Dear HunterMySpace link, The Noise, On VinylMySpace link, and Off Stage LeftMySpace link. [source: Water Street calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Little Theatre Café (240 East Ave.) is The Maria Gillard Band starting around 7:30 p.m. [source: band e-mail]

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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JayceLand Pick This evening at 7:30 p.m. at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is another Wide Open Mic with host Norm Davis. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

Note that due to the ongoing Foreign Film Festival, there will be no Emerging Filmmakers show tonight at The Little (240 East Ave.) [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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 7 p.m. at The Storefront Anti-War Crisis Center (658 Monroe Ave.) is a "Do It Yourself Media" Workshop sponsored by Rochester Indymedia. [source: Rochester Against War website]

This evening at 7 p.m. at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is another 25 and Under show of poetry and writing. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid and I Shot Jesse James starting at early at 7 p.m. Two revisionist views of the "Wild West". [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is Bending and Breaking, and Lemon Lime Tennis ShoesMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The NarratorMySpace link, a perfection of clean, crisp rock-and-roll from Tiger Cried BeefMySpace link, and Science vs. WitchcraftMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) will be hosting really good blues-charged rock-and-roll/groove-rock from Buford and the Smoking Section 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]


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Today the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will close for renovations of their projection and sound systems, and will reopen July 13. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 7 p.m. in the Media Center at The Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) is an Artist In Residence Lecture featuring Nate Larson. [source: Visual Studies Workshop calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is solidly good, very loud, fat/full, fast bar-rock band The SpacesMySpace link, and great one-man guitar/synth drum stoner rock cover band Skull starting around 10:30 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]

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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