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Weekly Rochester Events #498 Starting Thursday, July 24, 2008

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Sondra's Visit and a Tour of Rochester Bars
by Jason Olshefsky at 4:00 pm (add a comment)

My best friend Sondra stopped in for the weekend (after [and before] highly annoying air travel). She was in town to wrap up things with her old house in Palmyra but we got to go out and hit the town. We started at my house then decided to change the scenery. I started out with Abeline Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) just in case it opened early, but it doesn't. So we decided to hit our old haunt, Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) Surprisingly it was closed — now this is … er … was no ordinary bar. I recall seeing people having beers out on the sidewalk as early as noon some days … typically more like 2 or 3 p.m. though. On this day, they were completely closed. As a substitution, we tried Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) but it was closed too. Same with Mex (295 Alexander St.) We gave up and stopped by Ali's to say hi before heading to The Distillery (1142 Mount Hope Ave.) which — being a restaurant as well — was certainly going to be open, and indeed it was.

We had a couple margaritas and caught up with stuff as we often do (except over the phone usually). Next stop was Solera Wine BarMySpace link (647 South Ave.) where we met up with Ali. The three of us split a couple bottles of wine and two of their delicious cheese boards. It was getting late by then and we tried Betty Meyer's Bullwinkle Café (622 Lake Ave., a.k.a. "Bullwinkle's") but it was closed — as rumors go, I'm pretty sure it's done. [I'll have to stop by Betty's house at some point — which is coincidentally not far from where I live — and find out the deal.] So we headed back to The Flat Iron CaféMySpace link (561 State St.) but it wasn't open yet — and by now it was closing in on 11 p.m. As a consolation, we checked out this ultimate dive of a country music bar called Sandra's Saloon (276 Smith St.) As places like this go, the bartender and owner was a kind woman and the patrons kept to their own. It was actually quite nice, and the band was really good, too.

To wrap things up, we stopped by Abeline Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara). This time it was open, and by now the band had finished. We chatted with the bartender a bit and tried their absinthe. Alas, it was more like a licorice liquor than absinthe — flavor-wise it was pretty close to what we'd had in the past, but mild-hallucination wise, not so much.

Sondra had to get up early to make her flight: as in, leave the house at 4:30 a.m. So we said our goodbyes before crashing at my house. In a tale for another day, she did eventually make it back to Colorado.

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Starting today at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is How to...: Considering the Process running all-day, weekdays starting at 9 a.m. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Starting at 5:30 p.m. at The Riverside Festival Site (Exchange Blvd. at Court St., under the Freddie-Sue Bridge) is old-time-styled rock-and-roll from Watkins and the Rapiers (buy their stuff on Amazon.com), RedLine Zydeco, and Duke Robillard. [source: Rochester Music Coalition calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Driver starting early at 7 p.m. followed by Vanishing Point at 8:45 p.m. — more in the "cars as stars" series of films. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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

This evening at 7:15 p.m. at Regal Henrietta Stadium 18 (525 Marketplace Dr., formerly Regal Henrietta) is a screening of War Games for its 25th anniversary. Join folks from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link if you'd like as well. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Pure Kona Open Mic Poetry will be at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) tonight starting around 7:30 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [all ages]

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


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Today starting at 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday starting at 11 a.m. is The Boulder Arts and Music Festival at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

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]

Join folks from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link for Bands on the Bricks at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) today from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Tonight at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) is The Sun Mountain Fiddler starting around 8 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

Over at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. is good singer and storyteller Jerry Falzone, and The Silver Ghost Band. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Breaking Away starting at 8 p.m. about a group of blue-collar guys who train for a bicycle race. Plus, if you actually ride a bike to the screening, admission is just $4. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

The Po' Boys Brass BandMySpace link will be at Abeline Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abeline website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight and tomorrow at 10:30 is another performance by Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) [source: RocWiki calendar]

Tonight at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) is well-constructed heavy rock/metal from HeatseekerGarageBand linkMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime] [21+]

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]

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]

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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Today at 9 a.m. is the start of The Rochester Airshow at The Greater Rochester International Airport (1200 Brooks Ave.). [source: Freetime]

Today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Genesee Valley Park (Hawthorn Dr.) is The Ten Ugly Men Event (500 East River Rd., east side of Genesee Valley Park) featuring booze and bands and other stuff. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is a Community Dialogue Series: Sustainable Development: Why Should the American Household Care? with Dr. Nabil Nasr and Dr. Ben W. Ebenhack. [source: Baobab website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 8 p.m. at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) is Burlesque for Bail, a fundraiser for the Unconventional Action Upstate NY Legal Defense Fund. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Cheung Gong 7 hou (CJ7) starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2 p.m. A poor guy scours the junk piles, mistaking a space alien for a new toy for his son ... comedy ensues. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is extremely loud guitar-and-drums band JuciferMySpace link, good, gimmicky heavy metal from BlüdwülfMySpace link, and slower, cleaner metal from Orodruin starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Architect of EntanglementMySpace link, Monolith, and Baba YagaMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime] [21+]


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Fly the flag today.National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day (half-staff until sunset)

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]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Pote tin kyriaki (Never On Sunday) starting at 7 p.m. about an uptight American Grecophile who falls for a Greek prostitute. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [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]

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is Wide Open Mic hosted by Norm Davis. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be hosting a special screening of the new film Pineapple Express starting at 8 p.m. It seems pretty funny from the trailers. [source: Dryden Theater 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 Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall (30 Church St.) is a "public scoping meeting" on the double-speakedly named Midtown Rising Project. From the press release, "the purpose of the meeting is to seek comments from the public about what should be included in the contents, or 'scope,' of an environmental impact statement (EIS) currently being developed for the project under the N.Y. State Environmental Quality Review Act." [source: City Hall press release]

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 PrickliesMySpace link, and The Anxious ArmsMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Hair starting at 8 p.m. — adapted for screen from the Broadway hit. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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Today at Aqueduct Park (E. Main St. and Graves St., by the river) is The Metro Vibe starting around 12 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Revenge of the Pink Panther starting at 8 p.m. in which Inspector Clouseau conceals the fact that he escaped being murdered to investigate. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10 p.m. is angry, angry metal from The Hair PoliceGarageBand link, something like semi-melodic fast-paced noise from Pengo, and The Bloody Nos. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Tonight, folks from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link are getting together at The Southeast Asian (SEA) Restaurant (741 Monroe Ave.) for Phi Fie Pho Fun at 6:30 p.m. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

The Monroe Village Farmers' Market runs from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of The Church of the Blessed Sacrament (534 Oxford St.) [source: Eat Out Rochester]

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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