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Weekly Rochester Events #520 Starting Thursday, December 25, 2008

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Doing the Mistletoe Mingle
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 pm (add a comment)

Ali, Christina, and I decided to do the Mistletoe Mingle pub crawl. As it turned out, it wasn't associated with Michael Warren Thomas at all — it was part of The Business Association of the South Wedge Area (BASWA) under the Savor Our Flavor moniker. We started at Little Venice Pizza (742 South Ave., formerly Skippy's) so Christina could get some food in her stomach before drinking; Ali and I had already eaten. From there we started at the north end at The South Wedge Colony Bar and Grill (503 South Ave., formerly Dashen Restaurant) I still have very lukewarm feelings about the place — it just seems so much like a poor imitation of an East Avenue bar; and as such, it wouldn't get better by being a better imitation. We got our first playing card there for the poker contest.

Next we went to Solera Wine BarMySpace link (647 South Ave.) and picked up another card and had a decent glass of wine that was on-special for the crawl. At Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) we figured out the card-marking scheme and devised a way to cheat — the goal was to have the best 5-card poker hand at the last of seven bars. The Beale Street Cafe (689 South Ave.) offered welcome relief as they set up their back restaurant room for the pub crawl and we got a chance to sit down and warm up for a bit. But it was short-lived as we headed for The Tap and Mallet (381 Gregory St.) a half-hour later. Although The Keg (315 Gregory St., behind German House where Rohrbach's used to be) set me up with a half-shot "shot" drink special, at least the band was amusing and there were holiday cookies and stuff.

Caverly's Pub (741 South Ave., formerly Genesee Co-op Credit Union) was our last stop and we paced our drinks well by skipping a few along the way. It turned out our cheating scheme was for naught — Ali had an honest full house which was better than we could have cheated together. Alas, someone else pulled out 5 aces that went unchecked, card-marking-wise. The way I figure it, the odds of getting 5 or more aces from 7 decks is about 399,672:1 against so, although possible, I kind of doubt it was done honestly. Regardless, we had quite a good time.

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Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

The Afternoon Before Christmas
by Jason Olshefsky at 4:42 pm (add a comment)

Since Christmas is on a Thursday, like in 2003, I'm sure you're all expecting some kind of JayceLand twist on 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, but I'm taking the holiday off.  So my computer is dark — not even a blink from the optical mouse.  [Be glad I'm not going to write any more!]

Anyway, have a great day on Christmas if you're doing anything, and if not, just enjoy the relative quiet and absence of nutjobs racing here and there on the roads like on a typical weekday.

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Fly the flag today.Christmas Day

Top Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is a nerdy, perverted stage act punctuated with surf-rock from The IsotopesMySpace link, and great, fun, 1960's-styled rock from The Hi-RisersMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Kwanza Begins

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 Joel LindleyMySpace link, and Ralph TettaMySpace link will be performing at The Comedy Club (2235 Empire Blvd., Webster) tonight and tomorrow starting at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Tonight at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) is Tony Gallicchio and FunkNutMySpace link 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 good punk-rock-groove band The Edge of JupiterGarageBand linkMySpace link, and The Freeminer BirdsMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting good theremin rockabilly from The Irving Klaws, good punk-rock from The QUiTTERSGarageBand linkMySpace link, The BeaumontsMySpace link, and Hotel ReverieMySpace link starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar 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]


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Tonight at 8 p.m. at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) is a Comedy Night with Andy Boccacino. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

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

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Note By Note: The Making of Steinway L1037 starting at 8 p.m. The actual Steinway #L1037 will be on hand to introduce the documentary and answer questions. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is tight, technical hard-rock from BMLMySpace link, very good metal from SulacoMySpace link, and instrumental chaotic-rock band Razor Wire ShrineMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting punk-rock/bar-rock from Burning DaylightGarageBand link, and really good, dynamic acoustic soloist Jesse SprinkleMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime] [21+]


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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing One Hundred and One Dalmatians in two early shows: at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. In it, a promiscuous Dalmatian bitch produces sufficient offspring such that their pup fur could reasonably be fashioned into a fur coat. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Girl Shy starting at 7 p.m. A geeky tailor's assistant is comedically incompetent around women but finally gets his girl. Philip C. Carli will provide piano accompaniment on Steinway #L1037. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Lovesick HeartstabbersMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is good, amiable hard rock from The ClockmenMySpace link, and solidly good hard rock from Cavalcade starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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 The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Monty Python and The Holy Grail starting early at 7 p.m. followed by Life of Brian at 9 p.m. The two absurd comedies will be screened again tomorrow at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Order of the DeadMySpace link, CrucifistMySpace link, and A Viking FuneralMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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New Year's Eve
Kwanza Ends

Tonight at Manhattan Square Park (130 Chestnut St.) Ice Skating Rink is a pair of free skate sessions. First from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., it's The Early New Year's Eve Family Skate and then an Open Skate Late Evening Session from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. In addition, don't miss the New Year's Eve Celebration on Main Street downtown and in The Rochester Riverside Convention Center (123 E. Main St.) starting at 8 p.m. and culminating with fireworks at 10 p.m. [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick Village Idiots Present (VIP) will be performing three shows of Improv Cypher Gorilla Theatre at 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m. [source: Village Idiots Present website]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing a pair of screwball comedies: Easy Living starting early at 7 p.m. followed by Remember the Night at 8:45 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link have hijacked the Main Stage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) for their shows. [source: RocWiki calendar]

Solera Wine BarMySpace link (647 South Ave.) is hosting a New Year's Eve Party probably getting started around 10 p.m. or so — get your tickets in advance. [source: Solera Wine Bar website]

The Capitol Steps are performing once again in The Shults Center at Nazareth College (4245 East Ave.) tonight starting at 10 p.m. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is great chaotic, attention-deficit rock-funk-punk-jazz from former-Rochester locals GaylordMySpace link, and Red Hot MessMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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