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. (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 Burtnik, and Darla Rose had cancelled the night prior so Kyle of Muertas managed to get together alternates. First was Ice Cream Social who do great, synthy high-energy rock. Muertas was just Kyle and his iPod doing a mix of covers and originals ... it was amusingly crowd pleasing. Finally, Science vs. Witchcraft 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 Bar (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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