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Weekly Rochester Events #518 Starting Thursday, December 11, 2008

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Lobster Quadrille, Township, and Auld Lang Syne at the Bug Jar
by Jason Olshefsky at 9:30 pm (add a comment)

I guess it's been a while since I wrote any reports of performances, much less one where I see a band. I still get out — although less often than I used to — and tonight was one of those cases. I went to The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) and got there a bit early so I had a chance to catch up with the folks in The Lobster QuadrilleMySpace link. As it turns out, they were up first — there was some confusion about who was when, as it was Auld Lang SyneMySpace link's show (so they got top billing) and TownshipMySpace link came in from Boston.

Anyhow, The Lobster QuadrilleMySpace link did a great set. I found myself particularly mesmerized by Love is Cold. I've mentioned it hundreds of times [okay, for each of the last 29 of their shows I posted], but they do a great rendition of satirical gospel with all of 6 [or is it 7?] people on stage performing. Lead singer Solomon commented afterward that he felt the set was a bit melancholic feeling; although I think that "melancholic" suits them quite well.

Next up was TownshipMySpace link who I really enjoyed as well. They do a crisp, fresh version of classic rock. I even bought their CD which I've been enjoying as well. Finishing up was Auld Lang SyneMySpace link who I've now finally had the chance to hear. The night was getting a bit long for me, but I stayed enough to find they played a great heavy-hitting proto-rock that I'll likely seek out in future shows.

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Bird Show, Sun Circle, and Autumn in Halifax at the Bug Jar
by Jason Olshefsky at 9:30 pm (add a comment)

I headed out to The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) a second time [and a late update to the JayceLand page, in case you wondered if you missed it the first time]. First up was Bird Show which consisted of one guy playing synth-sourced, digitally-altered, experimental, anti-melodic, anti-tempo music. It was a lot like interesting ambient — only not mellow. Next was Sun CircleMySpace link who did a trippy meditative set — in one song, for instance, they harmonized reed instruments with a rolling synth tone and burned incense; it was actually a lot better than you might expect.

Finishing up was Autumn In HalifaxMySpace link — joined by "leaves" Joe Tunis and R. Scott OliverMySpace link. Although I loved Dave's solo work when he first started playing as Halifax, I've come to really enjoy the new line-up, especially now that it's more mature. The lush poetry of Dave's lyrics works just as well now as it did before, only now it's set against a more traditional three-piece band.

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This morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is a business seminar titled Small Business Financing in Turbulent Times by The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SUNY Brockport. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

Today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is their Holiday Homecoming. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Thomas Flynn will lecture on Confessions of an Encyclopedist at tonight's meeting of The Bertrand Russell Society at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) at 7 p.m. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

Tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. is a winter solstice performance titled Mother Night at Bush Mango Drum & Dance (34 Elton St.) [source: Bush Mango e-mail]

Ossia New Music will perform tonight at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. [source: Ossia New Music calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Série Noire (Thriller Story) starting at 8 p.m. in which an older man is convinced by a young woman to kill her aunt and steal her aunt's money. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) is really 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]

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]


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Starting around 8 p.m., WalriMySpace link is scheduled to play Happy Hour at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) [source: Bug Jar calendar]

The Julia Marie BandMySpace 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 Josh NetskyMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. is The Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The New Year Parade starting at 8 p.m. Filmmaker Tom Quinn will be on hand to introduce his film about a brother and sister whose parents are divorcing, set against Philadelphia's annual Mummers Parade commemorating the new year. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Updated: Tonight at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) is great punk-rock band The QUiTTERSGarageBand linkMySpace link, and InugamiMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: band e-mail] [21+]


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Ali's Birthday

Today at The Community Darkroom at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.), you can sit for and purchase a TinType Portrait from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

Today at 11 a.m. at The Carmen Clark Lodge at Brighton Town Park (777 Westfall Rd.) is a Festival of Light and Enlightenment with One Universe Resource Service (OURS). [source: One Universe Resource Service mailer]

JayceLand Pick Today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hedonist Artisan Chocolates (674 South Ave.) is a Chocolate Tasting. [source: Hedonist Chocolates website]

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Rochester Academy of Medicine (1441 East Ave.) is a performance of word, song, and dance titled A Banquet of Words and ... to benefit The Empowered Girl Alliance, and The Maafa Celebration Committee. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Tonight at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) is old-time rock-and-roll from Watkins and the Rapiers performing their Christmas songs starting around 8 p.m. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Brant's Birthday Bash featuring The VEiNSMySpace link, The SpacelordsMySpace link, and good, amiable hard rock from The ClockmenMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Tonight at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) is Crush the JuntaMySpace link, No, and The Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome BellsMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: A|V Space website] [21+]


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George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) kicks off today with a Pancake Breakfast at 10 a.m. with Santa Claus. Then, at 3 p.m., The Rochester Flute Association (RFA) will perform a Musicale. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

This afternoon at 2 p.m. at The Storefront Anti-War Crisis Center (658 Monroe Ave.) is a meeting to discuss ending the war in Iraq, as March 19, 2009 reflects its 6th anniversary. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

The Landmark Society of Western New York (133 S. Fitzhugh St.) is hosting a Guided Tour of St. Michael's Church (869 N. Clinton Ave.) today at 2 p.m. [source: Landmark Society calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Alice in Wonderland starting at this afternoon at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

This afternoon at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) at 3 p.m. is a Community Dialogue Series discussion of Youth Voices titled AIDS Awareness & Action: Suffering in Silence Under the "No Snitching" Policy. [source: Baobab website]

Today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. is Holidays At the Market at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) [source: City Hall press release]


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JayceLand Pick The winners of the 2 Pages/2 Voices contest will be announced tonight at Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) at 8 p.m. [source: Writers and Books 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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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.

Top Pick Updated: Tonight at 5:30 p.m. at The United Auto Workers (UAW) Hall (221 Dewey Ave.), David Cay Johnston will speak tonight, particularly about the current situation of the U.S. automotive industry. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing La bête humaine starting at 8 p.m. about a train engineer who falls in love with the conductor's wife, enticing her to murder her husband. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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JayceLand Pick Updated: This afternoon at 4 p.m. in the Auditorium of The Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (CIS) at RIT (1 Lomb Memorial Dr., building #76) is a lecture by Mark D. Fairchild titled High, Wide and Deep: Displayed Image Appearance and Perception. [source: Artists' Breakfast Group e-mail]

JayceLand Pick Meet people in Rochester from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link for the Official Happy Hour at Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) tonight at 6 p.m. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar] [21+]

Updated: Tonight is the first of Rochester's Snow Cheap Trail Races starting at 6 p.m. at Riley Lodge in Cobb's Hill Park (Norton Dr., softball diamonds near 490). Sign up through Fleet Feet Sports (2210 Monroe Ave.) [source: City Hall press release]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Tall Target starting at 7 p.m. followed by Terror On a Train at 8:30 p.m. In the former, Detective John Kennedy tries to stop a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, and in the latter, a bomb could destroy a freight train full of mines [which is obviously not as good as a movie with a train full of mimes]. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is good punk-rock-groove band The Edge of JupiterGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Updated: Fun, great 1960's-styled rock from The Hi-RisersMySpace link will be at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. before the open-mic. Bring canned goods for the needy and homeless programs at The Catholic Family Center (CFC) (87 N. Clinton Ave.) [source: Abilene website]

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]

Open-Mic Comedy at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [all ages]

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