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Weekly Rochester Events #494 Starting Thursday, June 26, 2008

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Abeline is a cozy place to visit
by Jason Olshefsky at 9:30 pm (add a comment)

So I stopped by Solera Wine BarMySpace link (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 BandGarageBand link 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.

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Saturday, June 21st, 2008

James' Big Lebowski Party rocked
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:30 pm (add a comment)

I headed over to James' place and a few of the people from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link 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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JayceLand Pick 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. [source: Landmark Society calendar]

JayceLand Pick Today at 5:30 p.m. at Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) is the Official Monthly Mingler Happy Hour of MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar] [21+]

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

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Proshchanie (Farewell to Matyora) starting at 8 p.m. which is about the residents who refuse to leave a valley to be flooded for a hydroelectric plant. Sounds like Northfork only hopefully better. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is a refreshingly unique ordered chaos from Shapes and SizesMySpace link, and good music (albeit varying in instrumentation so much as to defy classification) A WonderfulMySpace link starting around 9 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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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. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Today at 5 p.m. is the Opening Reception for Denise Logan's The Art of Jazz at the gallery at The Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester (277 N. Goodman St.) [source: Arts and Cultural Council website]

Apparently The Critical Mass Bike Ride is tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. at the clock tower near The Wilson Commons at The University of Rochester (Library Road, #39 on River Campus Map.) to The Liberty Pole (1 Liberty Pole Way) at 6 p.m. and heading through the city from there. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing It Always Rains on Sunday starting at 8 p.m., then screened again on Sunday at 5 p.m. It's a slice-of-life about an escaped convict who hides out at his now-married ex-girlfriend's home. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) will be hosting RedLine Zydeco starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Brokedown starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [21+]

Over at The Black Pearl Cafe (791 Meigs St., formerly Dicky's) starting around 10:30 p.m. is Blame Johnny, and The John Bolger Blues Band. [source: WITR calendar]

Tonight probably starting around 7 p.m. at The Storefront Anti-War Crisis Center (658 Monroe Ave.) is the Subversive Komedy Fest. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Tonight and tomorrow at The High Falls Gorge (Platt St at Browns Race, the Pont De Rennes Bridge) starting around 9:30 p.m. is the River of Light Laser Show. [source: City Hall press release]


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JayceLand Pick Thoughful spoken word poetry over avant-garde ambient music from Urknee and BjürtonMySpace link, and NPVMySpace link will be at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is SKooBERGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [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. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Over at Equal=GroundsMySpace link (750 South Ave., formerly Hunt's Hardware) starting around 9 p.m. is Jim Bowers. [source: Equal=Grounds MySpace page] [all ages]

Well-executed jazzy swing (although the claim is rockabilly) from Bobby Henrie and The GonersMySpace link will be at Abeline Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abeline website]

Good bar-rock from Burning DaylightGarageBand link, Auld Lang Syng, and Mikey JukeboxMySpace link will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [21+]

Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is Woody DodgeMySpace link. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [21+]

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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Today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. is a Community Garage Sale and Super Flea Sale at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Kepi GhoulieMySpace link, and The CopyrightsMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Updated: Burning Barn Theatre is apparently going to do a Bare Bones performance at the pocket park next to Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) around 7 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [21+]

Once again it's time for Wide Open Mic with Norm Davis at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick In theory, there is another Emerging Filmmakers Program tonight at The Little (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.

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.

JayceLand Pick Today at 5:45 p.m., meet at The State University of New York (SUNY) Brockport MetroCenter (55 St. Paul St., formerly the Rochester Chamber of Commerce) — and meet with MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link members — for the Trees in Our Neighborhoods Walk: St. Paul Quarter. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Tonight at 7 p.m. on the second floor of Barnes & Noble (3349 Monroe Ave.) is a meeting of The Rochester Speculative Literature Association (R-SPEC) with the topic Speculative Graphic Art with Lyndsay Calusine hosting artist Jason Strutz. [source: R-SPEC Google Group]

Tonight from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is another Eastman Summer Sings program of choral music. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Konkurs (Audition) starting early at 7 p.m. followed by Cerný Petr (Black Peter) at 8:30 p.m. The former is a humorous quasi-documentary about various show business competitions. The latter is about a miserable grocery-store clerk. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Potential Life StudiosMySpace link (34 Elton St.) will be hosting Insects with TitsMySpace link, Nernes/Skagen, and Oliver/Reeg starting around 8 p.m. [source: Carbon Records calendar]


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Top Pick 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. [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 Dogtown Hots (691 Monroe Ave.) at 7 p.m. is the Rochester Cruisers Wednesday Night Cruise (for bicyclists). [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 8 p.m. at Abeline Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is an Open Mic with The Grand Canyon Rescue EpisodeMySpace link. [source: Abeline website]

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