So I stopped by Solera Wine Bar (647 South Ave.) and was talking with the owner, John Fanning. He gave rave reviews of this place called Abeline Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) — noting that it had very little traffic but could be a trendy hang-out. He had talked with Abeline's owner and commented that the location didn't get much traffic; the reply was something to the effect of "well, it's here and people will figure that out".
Anyway, I headed over and ran into a friend and shot some pool. The Park Avenue Band was playing until late so — unlike what John said — the place was pretty packed. The beer selection is quite good: bottles only, except for one beer on tap. I can imagine that it would definitely be a neat place to hand out on an off-night. When there's a band, it's a bit … umm … intimate.
I was only at Tara once and that was years ago, but I think the layout is pretty much the same. I think the lights are brighter at Abeline and the men in the posters generally have shirts on.
I headed over to James' place and a few of the people from MEETinROCHESTER had already arrived; Ali had a few things to do first so she got there a bit later: not long after Mr. Lebowski was in seclusion in the West Wing.
Anyway, The Big Lebowski is still great. The whole slacker philosophy of The Dude warms my heart: pretty much a hippie, but without the glom-on Communistic need-more-than-they-are-able whinyness that turns your average free-living hippie into a damn dirty hippie.
I opted to dress up … I don't think anyone else did beyond maybe a Hawaiian shirt. I approximated the Dude's look when he's introduced: sniffing quarts of cream in the grocery store while wearing slippers, boxer shorts, and a terrycloth robe over a dingy T-shirt. When I stopped for wine I almost paid by check for effect, but it came to more than $0.60.
After the movie I ended up staying very late — generally hoarding the conversation to be all about me and what I've done in the last few years. I guess people were interested, but I was being pretty conceited about it and didn't really pay much attention. Well, save for the fact that nobody really tried to change the subject. Most people stayed until at least 11 or so, but I left James and Ken around 3:30 or so. Yeesh.
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Today from 12:10 to 12:35, meet at Eastman Place (387 E. Main St., a.k.a. The Miller Center) for an Architecture for Lunch tour of the East End Cultural District with guided by Cynthia Howk.
Landmark Society calendar]
Another The Taste of Rochester (1 E. Main St. to St. Paul St.) weekend is upon us: today from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
the proverbial grapevine]
Thoughful spoken word poetry over avant-garde ambient music from Urknee and Bjürton, and NPV will be at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m.
Mez website][all ages]
The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Le voyage de ballon rouge(Flight of the Red Balloon) starting at 8 p.m. and again tomorrow at 7 p.m. I'm not all that excited about this one, but I thought I'd mention it anyway. Here's what the Eastman House calendar had to say: "When puppeteer Suzanne ([Juliette] Binoche) hires Taiwanese film student Song (Song Fang) as a housekeeper and nanny to her young son, they develop an unusual bond. Paying homage to Albert Lamorisse's classic The Red Balloon, and revisiting many of that film's gorgeous Paris locations, Hou's film is actually a loving tribute to the transformative powers of all art, including music, painting, and literature." It's that "tribute to the transformative powers of all art" phrase that makes me feel like its too derivative for my taste.
Dryden Theater calendar][all ages]
In theory, there is another
Emerging Filmmakers Program
(240 East Ave.)
at 9:15 p.m., but I haven't heard anything about it so your guess is as good as mine. As soon as I get the details I'll post the films.
The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Pink Panther starting at 8 p.m. This, kids, is a seriously funny movie — unlike the occasional remake or most of the sequels. The gist is that a clumsy inspector who doesn't realize that his wife is cheating on him with the man he's chasing — the thief of the valuable Pink Panther jewel.
Dryden Theater calendar][all ages]
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, June 26, 2008 (Thu, Jun 26, 2008, 6/26/2008, or 6/26/08) Friday, June 27, 2008 (Fri, Jun 27, 2008, 6/27/2008, or 6/27/08) Saturday, June 28, 2008 (Sat, Jun 28, 2008, 6/28/2008, or 6/28/08) Sunday, June 29, 2008 (Sun, Jun 29, 2008, 6/29/2008, or 6/29/08) Monday, June 30, 2008 (Mon, Jun 30, 2008, 6/30/2008, or 6/30/08) Tuesday, July 1, 2008 (Tue, Jul 1, 2008, 7/1/2008, or 7/1/08) and Wednesday, July 2, 2008 (Wed, Jul 2, 2008, 7/2/2008, or 7/2/08).
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.