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Weekly Rochester Events #529 Starting Thursday, February 26, 2009

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

The Third Degree at Beale St., then Karaoke at The Boulevard
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

One of Ali's friends was having a combination birthday and engagement celebration. We met them at The Beale Street Cafe (689 South Ave.) as Ali's friend's neighbor's uncle [or something] was in the band, Third DegreeMySpace link. We had a few drinks there and a good time. The band did a fine job with the classics and standards … sometimes encroaching on exceptional, in fact.

Afterward, we all went out to ruin music in our own way: karaoke. The first suggestion on the table was The Boulevard Restaurant (412 Empire Blvd.) I looked to see if the much-closer Elixir (938 South Clinton Ave.) still had karaoke on Saturday nights but to no avail in the local papers present at the bar. So it was off Empire. I managed to sing The Turtles' "Happy Together" without much trouble but I also gave Jimmy Buffet's "Come Monday" a go as well. Alas, despite having self-administered the right amount of public singing fluid, the song still didn't sound good to me. I decided that it was in fact a difficult song to sing. Others fared better, including Ali, and particularly this guy who was in our group who broke karaoke: halfway through his song, the computer conked-out and had to be rebooted.

We were very happy to have a generous fiancée who played a staunch designated driver role. He brought us back to the city and we had planned to go to Mark's Texas Hots (487 Monroe Ave.) but Ali observed he wasn't excited about it so made some excuse about the person lying in the sidewalk with the paramedics around them being a reason to not go. Ali and I, however, walked from her house there.

We got in around 3 and double-dated with a couple guys we met in line to share a table as there was — of course — a line, and it was — of course — cold. I corrected my prior attempt at the perfect plate and came pretty close: macaroni salad and fries topped with meat sauce and over-easy eggs — this time skipping the onions. Much better than my last attempts.

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This evening at 5:15 p.m. in the Rundel Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is a Thursday Thinkers discussion on Looking at the First 30 Days and Beyond: The Obama Presidency by Dr. Timothy Kneeland. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

Top Pick Ralph Wiegandt will again be lecturing at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) on Abraham Lincoln: From Shards to National Treasure at 6 p.m. about the restoration work done on a glass plate image of the 16th President. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) will be hosting Reiner Eschbach starting around 8 p.m. [source: Starry Nites calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Lady from Shanghai starting at 8 p.m. — another noir classic. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Prior to the Thursday Night Shakedown, Jacob's ListMySpace link, and Orchard DriveGarageBand linkMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) probably starting a bit after 8 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is Ca$hbackMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. for the Johnny Cash Birthday Bash. [source: Abilene website]

Over at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) starting around 9 p.m. is Man vs. MoonMySpace link. [source: Lovin' Cup Myspace page]

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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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 All this weekend through Monday, starting at 6 p.m. tonight, the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be screening Wendy and Lucy. It's about a young woman making her way to Alaska with her dog. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Starting around 7 p.m. tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.), the awesome, tight, complex rock and roll band The VEiNSMySpace link are playing the Happy Hour followed by Chroma and DiscoLobosMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Marc The Zani will be at The Mez CaféMySpace link (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is The Julia Marie BandMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) will be hosting Man vs. MoonMySpace link, and tight modern rock band VeluxeMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [18+]

This Other Life will be at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup Myspace page]

JayceLand Pick Over at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) starting around 10 p.m. is RedLine Zydeco. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que 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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JayceLand Pick Today at 11 a.m. at Winton Branch Library (611 Winton Rd N.) is a Geothermal Program with hydrogeologist Peter Smith. [source: Friends of the Public Library e-mail] [all ages]

Rochester Against War (RAW) will meet today at 12 p.m. at The Storefront Anti-War Crisis Center (658 Monroe Ave.) [source: Rochester Against War website]

JayceLand Pick Potential Life StudiosMySpace link (34 Elton St.) will be hosting Irene Moon, Tumul, The Bloody Nos, r.nuuja, and Output:NOISEMySpace link starting around 7 p.m. [source: Carbon Records calendar]

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Village Idiots Present (VIP) will be performing Gorilla Theatre: Improv Cypher. [source: Village Idiots Present website]

Tonight at The Mez CaféMySpace link (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) is The Dangerous MaybesMySpace 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 The Dark Holler DuoMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) will be hosting Woody DodgeMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [21+]

Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) will be hosting The Pennsyltucky Peach PickersMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

The Jive MamasMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [18+]

Equal=GroundsMySpace link (750 South Ave., formerly Hunt's Hardware) will be hosting Erotic Night tonight at 9 p.m. [source: Gay Alliance website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) starting around 9 p.m. is Hotel ReverieMySpace link, live punk-rock from Eddie Nebula and the PlagueGarageBand link, and good, amiable hard rock from The ClockmenMySpace link. [source: WBER calendar]

Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is New MathMySpace link, The DemosMySpace link, and The NY Vaults. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Today at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) at 2 p.m., Cindy Culbert will discuss Juan Sanchez's Sol y Flores Para Liora and then at 3 p.m., Randall Morris will present a lecture titled When Will the Wolf Return? Gregory Van Maanen in Context. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Today from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) is a Symposium On New Music titled The Making of a Music Community: Perspectives on New Music from Performers and Listeners. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Freeminer BirdsMySpace 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 Over at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. is Tuba Mirum. [source: Eastman School of Music 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.

JayceLand Pick At today's Tuesday Topics discussion, Anne Coon will discuss Mathematics and Poetry — You Have to be Kidding! in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) at 12:12 p.m. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

At tonight's meeting of The Rochester Speculative Literature Association (R-SPEC) at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble (3349 Monroe Ave.), the topic will be 2034: Writing Rochester's Futures — A Discussion of R-SPEC's First Anthology. [source: R-SPEC Google Group]

Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) will be hosting The Eastman Trombone Choir starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Moon and Sixpence starting at 8 p.m. in which a stockbroker "pursues his new passion for painting to the exclusion of everything else". Plus, it's a "vibrant original nitrate print" that they'll be screening: one of the only theatres in the world equipped to project such films. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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Tonight is the another of the 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]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6 p.m. at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) is a Bully Hill Wine Social, then at 8 p.m. it's music by Greg Townson. [source: Lovin' Cup Myspace page]

JayceLand Pick Join folks from MEETinROCHESTERMySpace link at Solera Wine BarMySpace link (647 South Ave.) tonight for Wine Down Wednesday starting at 6:30 p.m. [source: MEETinROCHESTER calendar]

Tonight at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The Eastman Wind Orchestra starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Hustler starting at 8 p.m. in which a con man tries to beat the best pool player around. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is I Heart Lung, PegacideMySpace link, and good, experimental, slow, melodic work on acoustic guitar from Andy GilmoreMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Poor People United meets tonight and every Wednesday at 7 at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality (402 South Ave.) [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Tonight at The Comedy Club (2235 Empire Blvd., Webster) is a Comedy Open Mic with Michael GatelyMySpace link. [source: Comedy Club website]

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]

The Comedy UndergroundMySpace link will be at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) tonight at 8 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [all ages]

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