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Weekly Rochester Events #495 Starting Thursday, July 3, 2008

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Brunch at Mario's
by Jason Olshefsky at 12:30 pm (add a comment)

Ali and I decided to go to Mario's Italian Steakhouse (2740 Monroe Ave., formerly Mario's Via Abruzzi) for their Sunday Brunch Buffet. We'd been before, but it sure is a good time. After noon, you can even get mimosas as part of the brunch. We took our time and had three square meals over the course of some 3 hours or so. If you have the time, it's really worth the price.

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The Copyrights and Kepi Ghoulie at the Bug Jar
by Jason Olshefsky at 9:30 pm (add a comment)

I headed out to the late show at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) First up was The CopyrightsMySpace link who played some superb high-energy punk-rock with a rich thumping bass. Next up was Kepi GhoulieMySpace link (a.k.a. Kepi: The Band) former front-man of The Groovie GhouliesMySpace link. Well, his new band is naturally very similar in that it's still a ghoul-themed punk-rock band, but it's got a more gritty, distorted sound that suits them well. Plus more people.

Unfortunately they hadn't learned the Ghoulies' Chupacabra yet so I'm stuck with it in my head — perhaps until the next time someone mentions the Chupacabra (or is it three times into the mirror?). Regardless: I had an absolute blast.

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Today at 2 p.m., The 5boro Skateboard Team will be at KRUDCO. (83 Howell St.) to sign autographs followed by a demonstration at X Dreams Skate Park (131 Despatch Dr., East Rochester) at 3 p.m. [source: RocWiki calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Thunder Road starting early at 7 p.m. about a moonshine runner in trouble with the law and with the mob. They'll also be showing movie trailers for a bunch of films where cars are the real stars. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) is Joseph IsraelMySpace link, and The Slow NativesMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

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


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Fly the flag today.Independence Day

Tonight is another First Fridays around art galleries downtown starting around 5 p.m. [source: First Friday website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is SlurblownMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Excellent digitally manipulated acoustic guitar music from Autumn In HalifaxMySpace link will be playing at The Little Theatre Café (240 East Ave.) tonight at 8 p.m. [source: band calendar] [all ages]


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JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Paranoid Park starting at 5 p.m. and then again at 8 p.m. It's about a kid who gets into the world of skateboarding in Portland, Oregon, and becomes central to a criminal investigation. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

It's Comedy Night at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) starting at 8 p.m. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

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

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is DysrhythmiaMySpace link, Triglactagon, and thick bass-driven noise from Tuurd starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]

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]

This evening at 5 p.m. at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) is a reception for the currently-running show 6X6X2008. [source: City Newspaper] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Blues Brothers starting at 7 p.m. about a couple guys who get their band back together to save their old orphanage. Only it's a cunningly funny satire. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight before open-mic comedy is a performance by BOATSMySpace link starting around (before?) 8 p.m. at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Calamity MagnetMySpace link, bar-rock from Burning DaylightGarageBand link, and Still Fighting ItGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]

JayceLand Pick Equal=GroundsMySpace link (750 South Ave., formerly Hunt's Hardware) will be hosting Ryan JewellMySpace link, AmericanomiconMySpace link, Stone BabyMySpace link, and Colonel Parmisan starting around 9 p.m. [source: Equal=Grounds MySpace page] [all ages]


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Relax on Quad, Listen to Melodies from the University's Tower Bells — in the Eastman Quadrangle at The University of Rochester (Elmwood Ave. at Intercampus Dr.) today from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Hopeman Memorial Carillon Summer Recital Series is the performance: "classical and popular music to compositions written specifically for the carillon". [source: University of Rochester website]

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 Tonight at WXXI's OnStage is a live taping of The Colorblind James Experience starting at 7 p.m. Arrive early at WXXI (280 State St.) to attend. [source: WXXI website]

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]

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

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Lásky jedné plavovlásky (Loves of a Blonde) starting at 8 p.m. Quoting right from the Eastman Calendar: "[Milos] Forman's breakthrough film, a comment on the perils of totalitarianism, follows the everyday life and sexual fumbles of a teenaged girl in a dreary town. A cornerstone of the Czech New Wave, the film grapples with the realities of injustice and disillusionment, yet its international popularity was due in part to the tenderness and optimism of its outlook." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Burn This CityMySpace link, Beyond This DayMySpace link, and Divergence of the SkyMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]

Tonight at dark (9 p.m. or so) at Ontario Beach Park (Beach Ave. at Lake Ave.) is a screening of Jaws. Get together with people from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link if you want or just go see the movie. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]


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The Monroe County Fair (2695 East Henrietta Rd, Henrietta) starts today at 4 p.m. and runs all weekend — 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, then 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the weekend (an hour shorter on Sunday, though). [source: RocWiki]

This Other Life will be at WXXI's OnStage at WXXI (280 State St.) tonight starting before 7 p.m. [source: WXXI website]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing A Shot in the Dark starting at 8 p.m. Regarded a friend of mine from work as the funniest movie ever, here's pretty much the best film in the Pink Panther series. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

According to people at MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link, there's another Shakespeare In The Park this year: tonight starting at 8 p.m. is a performance of As You Like It by The Rochester Community Players. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Marti Brom, Rocky Velvet, and great 1960's-styled rock from The Hi-RisersMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]

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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