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Weekly Rochester Events #542 Starting Thursday, May 28, 2009

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

The Enablers at Monty's Krown
by Jason Olshefsky at 10:30 pm (add a comment)

It's been a while, but I got back to Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) to catch The EnablersMySpace link. It was fun to get back to the old haunt, and the band didn't disappoint. They play a strong mix of punk and rock, although at this point it's mostly cover songs. Their originals were solid and the mix of music … I mean — wow — who plays the Hollies?

I'll definitely be keeping an eye on them … even if they do change their name. [In my opinion, The Enablers is a fine name, but at the request of the lead singer, I added my favorite fake band name to their list of possibilities: Fist the Bride even though it was destined for a fake metal band.]

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JayceLand Pick Today through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. is The Rochester Greek Festival at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (962 East Ave.) [source: RocWiki]

Today at The Rochester Community Television (RCTV-15) Studio (21 Gorham St.) at 7:30 p.m. is a screening of The Black Man in Seelisberg: "a documentary about a Nigerian priest sent to minister to a parish in Switzerland." [source: Baobab website]

Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting People in PlanesMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is This Other Life starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Swing Time starting at 8 p.m. — more from Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is The Bourbon MothersMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar 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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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]

Over at The Mez CaféMySpace link (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. is talented guitarist Kinloch Nelson, and Miché FambroMySpace link. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting Storm the BayMySpace link, Such GoldMySpace link, and Rust Belt LightsMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Made in U.S.A. starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 7 p.m. Probably more of a cinephile film than one for the audience, but nonetheless, the Eastman House calender describes it: "Godard's final film with then-wife and muse Anna Karina is a very loose adaptation of an American crime novel by the late Donald Westlake." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is Joe Beard starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) starting around 9 p.m. is the rockin' rockabilly of Krypton 88MySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee website]

Over at The Dub Land UndergroundMySpace link (315 Alexander St., formerly Whiskey) starting around 10 p.m. is Bodega RadioMySpace link, Co-Existence, and El Ka BongMySpace link. [source: Rochester Music Coalition calendar] [18+]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Barb's Birthday Bash with great 1960's-style rock from St. Phillip's Escalator, gritty, high-energy punk-rock from Handsome JackGarageBand linkMySpace link, and The New York VaultsMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight and tomorrow at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is a performance of Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link at 10:30 p.m. [source: Geva Theatre website]

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]

Tonight and tomorrow is another River of Light Laser Show at The High Falls Gorge (Platt St at Browns Race, the Pont De Rennes Bridge) starting at 10 p.m. [source: City Hall press release]


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JayceLand Pick Today at The Barnard Carnival Grounds (360 Maiden Ln.) and party house is The Rochester Hamfest from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. [source: Rochester Hamfest website] [all ages]

Today and tomorrow is the The Rochester Airshow at Ontario Beach Park (Beach Ave. at Lake Ave.) from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. [source: City Hall press release] [all ages]

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

Mobius TripMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [18+]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Treeless Mountain starting at 8 p.m. and again tomorrow at 5 p.m. The Eastman House calendar offers these enticements: "a gentle and restrained semi-autobiographical account of two little girls, told from a child's perspective" and "the subtle performances of the two young leads contribute greatly to a portrait of childhood as a time of delicate growth, unforeseen sadness, and charming surprises." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) will be hosting RedLine Zydeco starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

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 solid rock band with a salsa-Spanish flavor from Night GalleryGarageBand linkMySpace link, Strange MontgomeryMySpace link, and zany stage show (with some solid surf-rock instrumental thrown in) from The IsotopesMySpace link. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is local rock from Nod, great, somewhat mellow rock-and-roll from HinkleyMySpace link, Personal Effects, and virtually trippy jazz from Margaret Explosion. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the Greatest Community Garage Sale and Super Flea series at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick Eggwork Productions will be screening Smoking Laws at Blackfriars Theatre (28 Lawn St.) tonight at 6 p.m. to raise funds for their new theatre. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) will be hosting the 3nd Annual Laugh Out Loud to benefit Sustain, Inspire, Survive (SIS) starting at 6:30 p.m. [source: Geva Theatre website]

The Ryan Barclay Quintet will be at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) starting around 7 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is an opening for artwork titled Nowhere Shartists — 29 Pieces of Huh. [source: City Newspaper]

JayceLand Pick The Red Light Circus and BurlesqueMySpace link, good hard rock from J. G. BlizaroMySpace link, and good, heavy rock from Trees Are DownMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is Kill You In The FaceMySpace link, So We Say with ConfidenceMySpace link, and KhalerMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Viva VoceMySpace link, and Cut Off Your HandsMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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 David Byrne, and Ani DiFranco will be at The Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC) (Lincoln Hill Dr., Canandaigua) starting around 7:30 p.m. [source: WBER calendar]

JayceLand Pick Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting The Cabinet of Natural CuriositiesMySpace link, Son CatsMySpace link, and BC Likes YouMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Winchester '73 starting at 8 p.m. — a Western that's not for the kiddies. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Johnny StefaniMySpace link, and Ian DowneyMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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JayceLand Pick The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) will be hosting a Wine Tasting with wines from Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars (9749 Middle Rd., Hammondsport) tonight at 6 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

JayceLand Pick Updated: Tonight 6 p.m. at The Little (240 East Ave.) is a screening of Beth Bailey's film Delicious Ambiguity, about a politically-liberal woman dealing with the being in charge of the funeral arrangements for her politically-conservative aunt. [source: Rochester Film Lab Yahoo! Group]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Thing (From Another World) starting at 8 p.m. An unseen alien attacks people at a remote scientific outpost. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is fun guitar and ukulele from The BicycatsMySpace link, and WalriMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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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