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Friday, April 4th, 2008

Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells and City Harvest Black at the Mez
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:15 pm (add a comment)

I stopped by The House of Hamez (389 Gregory St., formerly Daily Perks) to check out the show. I didn't find it all that different from Daily Perks (which was the last time I visited the place, so it's been quite a while). Naturally the architecture wasn't any different, but the decorating gave it a different feel. I was disappointed to find there were even fewer places to sit. The guy working wasn't particularly cheerful, either, but I'll give that a pass. I have heard people calling it "The Mez" but I still didn't get a feel that was anything but an artificial nickname — the website still reports "House of Hamez".

Anyway, starting out was City Harvest BlackMySpace link who did a great job with looped noise and quasi-intelligible voices drawn from found sources. It had the feel of a meditation on the sounds of the subway and really hit its mark. I also stuck around for a bit of The Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome BellsMySpace link. I was interested in seeing them because I thought I'd really like them. As it turned out … well … I think I'll need to give them another chance. The style was that of heavy, metal-sounding guitars and drums, some bells now and then, and vocals that were bright but kind of off-key. I think I'd like the whole thing if I was more open to the idea. We'll see.

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This afternoon at 5:30 p.m. in Room 305 at The Eastman School of Music (26 Gibbs St.) is a discussion with JerseybandGarageBand linkMySpace link on Entrepreneurship and Lungcore. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is another meeting of The Bertrand Russell Society featuring Solomon Blaylock discussing The Sage in the World: Bertrand Russell's Activism. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing British Television Advertising Awards 2007 starting at 8 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Top Pick Fantastic "lungcore" jazzy experimental saxophone-driven music from JerseybandGarageBand linkMySpace link will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

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


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JayceLand Pick Tonight at The House of Hamez (389 Gregory St., formerly Daily Perks) is clever, funny soloist The BicycatsMySpace link, Schmuck, The Shoeshine BoysMySpace link, Amos the HumanMySpace link, and Owen MuirMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: House of Hamez website] [all ages]

DJ Velouria, and good, heavy rock and then an acoustic duo — all from Trees Are DownMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Picnic at Hanging Rock starting at 8 p.m. As the Eastman Calendar description alluringly opines, "perhaps no other film evokes 'mysteries' as powerfully as this one". [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting The Eastman Chamber Music Society starting at 9 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) will be hosting 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]

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


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JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6 p.m. at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) is Bulk-Up Fest, a benefit for Food Not Bombs Rochester (367 Lyell Ave.) and Rochester Indymedia featuring music by bands like Straight No ChaserMySpace link, great instrumental-cacophonous-rock from Science vs. WitchcraftMySpace link, FewnMySpace link, and Jax DelucaMySpace link. [source: Community Biking Alliance message board] [all ages]

The House of Hamez (389 Gregory St., formerly Daily Perks) will be hosting Matt Millecchia, and The Erie Saxophone QuartetMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: House of Hamez website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is well-seasoned folk singer Brad YoderGarageBand linkMySpace link, and WakosMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Chop Shop starting at 8 p.m. A guy does what he can to make ends meet. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Betty's Sing-a-Long is regularly scheduled at Betty Meyer's Bullwinkle Café (622 Lake Ave., a.k.a. "Bullwinkle's") starting around 10 but since September, 2007 people have reported they were closed.


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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Born Yesterday starting at 7 p.m. Maybe that ditzy blonde is not as dim as she seems ... [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30 p.m. is The Fleshtones, and really good punk-rock band The QUiTTERSGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]


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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Casablanca this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Hornets' Nest staged readings program concludes at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) tonight with a reading of The Sandreckoner by Dan Dietz at 7 p.m. [source: Geva Theatre website]

Tonight at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The Eastman Philharmonia starting around 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

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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Tax Day

Joey Ramone died, 2001

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.

Today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is another Books Sandwiched-In review featuring Bill Pucko discussing The Real All-Americans: The Team that Changed a Game, a People, a Nation by Sally Jenkins. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting around 8 p.m. is a performance of Ossia New Music. [source: Ossia New Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Lynch starting at 8 p.m. — a documentary about David Lynch. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting New Model Army, NyetMySpace link, and really great, tight, current punk-rock 5 Watt BulbMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]


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Today at 1:15 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is another Upstairs/Downstairs Tour for members. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Eastman Wind Ensemble will be at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Jean Eustache Shorts Program 2 starting at 8 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater 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]

Every Wednesday starting at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) at 7 p.m. is the Rochester Cruisers Ride for bicyclists. [source: RocBike website]

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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