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Weekly Rochester Events #543 Starting Thursday, June 4, 2009

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Seeing David Byrne and Ani DiFranco with Ali
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 pm (add a comment)

Ali and I headed to The Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC) (Lincoln Hill Dr., Canandaigua) to see David Byrne and Ani DiFranco. She bought me the tickets for our anniversary last month and I gotta say, I had a great time. Oh yeah, and we saved the $10 on parking because Ali has friends who live about a quarter mile from CMAC and they let us park there. That savings paid for all of about 1 beer, though.

Anyway, Ani DiFranco — although I don't seek out her work — was very good. I imagine she's incredible to see in a small venue, but it's terribly difficult to pull off that kind of personal connection among a thousand people. Since I'm not all that familiar with her, I wasn't nearly as excited or interested.

David Byrne, however, has been consistently great in my book. I liked his PowerPoint-based art in Trees, Tombstones, & Bullet Points when I saw him present it in October, 2004 and I've enjoyed what he's done with music. In this show, he didn't use as much multimedia as I'd seen before, but all the performers were dressed in white and changed appearance considerable with the use of stage lighting and the lighting on the back curtains.

I'll be sure to look for the new album because it has the power and pop-rock feel of old Talking Heads stuff while still feeling current (as if old Talking Heads heard by fresh ears doesn't sound modern enough). We were about to leave after the second encore, but he and his band were coerced into a third encore so Ali and I headed to the front row. The security guards eventually even let the stairways fill up with people.

Overall it was a blast and I had a great time. Thanks, Ali!

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Today at 12 p.m. at Granite Mills Park (Platt St. and Browns Race) is Hochstein at High Falls featuring The Po' Boys Brass BandMySpace link. [source: RocWiki calendar]

Today at Partners in Restorative Initiatives (111 Hillside Ave.) is an Open House from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. [source: RocWiki calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) will be hosting Neil Innes starting around 8 p.m. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is Dave Rivello's 12-Piece Jazz Ensemble 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 Sciuscià (Shoeshine) starting at 8 p.m. about a couple homeless kids who shine the shoes of American GI's after the overthrow of fascism in Italy. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 8:30 p.m. at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) is Comedy Night with Pat DuffyMySpace link and Matt BergmanMySpace link. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is The Black HolliesMySpace link, and Man vs. MoonMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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This weekend is The Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood Association annual Garage Sale so stop by during normal sale hours through Sunday.

Today from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is Fairport Canal Days (Main St., Fairport). [source: RocWiki]

Tonight is another First Fridays around art galleries downtown starting around 5 p.m. [source: First Friday website]

Today at 5:10 p.m. at The Four Walls Gallery (34 Elton St.) is the Get A Grip Artshow: a fundraiser to develop The Roc City Skate/BMX Park. [source: RocWiki calendar]

The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.) will have an Art Opening at 6 p.m. tonight titled Horror Movie with designs from Jeff ZornowMySpace link and Fright Rags. [source: Record Archive e-mail]

Over at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) starting around 6 p.m. is Footnote. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) will have three art openings this evening around 7 p.m.: Plumb Line with pottery artists Sasha Koozel Reibstein, Jones Von Jonestein, and Peter Pincus in the Firehouse Gallery, Local Sustenance: The Rochester Public Market with photography by Margaret Miyake in the Community Darkroom Gallery, and Asymmetrical Press: A Retrospective in the Printing and Book Arts Center. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Gojira vs. Kingu Gidorâ (Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah) starting early at 7 p.m. (and again on Sunday at 2 p.m.) followed by Gojira ni-sen mireniamu (Godzilla 2000) at 9 p.m. (and on Sunday at 4 p.m.) To be honest, plot descriptions are generally irrelevant in this genre ... [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick This evening at 7 p.m. is the Fight Against Violence 5K Run/Walk starting at The Stay Bridge Suites (1000 Genesee St.). [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at Spotlight Theatre Arts (66 N. Main St., Fairport) is The Nuts and Bolts Comedy Improv TroupeMySpace link. [source: Nuts and Bolts e-mail]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Potential Life StudiosMySpace link (34 Elton St.) is Output:NOISEMySpace link featuring Bone ParadeMySpace link, The Table, and Dumont/Mclaughlin/Odze starting around 8 p.m. [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 Tom EvanchuckMySpace link, and Maynard. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) will be hosting Two Hand FoolsMySpace link, Ooh Da LallyMySpace link, and Frame and CanvasMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [18+]

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is Liana GabelMySpace link, and John CraigieMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Village Idiots Present (VIP) will be performing Micetro today at 8 p.m. (and have, by the way, changed their domain name to "improvvip.com" from the much-superior "villageidiotspresent.com"). [source: Village Idiots Present website]

Hard Logic will be at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

Today through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. is First and Last: Arts and Crafts at Spot Coffee (200 East Ave.) [source: City Newspaper] [all ages]

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 Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting at 4 p.m. is the 4th Annual Brew Fest with The Victory Brewing Company featuring music by tight, technical hard-rock band BMLMySpace link, GrimetimeMySpace link, and great overdubbed guitar work from Electric Noodle starting around 10 p.m. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [21+]

JayceLand Pick Today from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. is the Opening Reception for 6x6x2009 at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) [source: Rochester Contemporary calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Ivan Groznyy I (Ivan the Terrible Part I) and Ivan Groznyy II: Boyarsky zagovor (Ivan the Terrible Part II) starting early at 7 p.m. — and playing the same time on Sunday. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tom EvanchuckMySpace link, and The Ruckus Juice Jug StompersMySpace link 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]

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

Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is Aaron MarasMySpace link, and talented stoner rock-influenced rock band Argus EyeMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) is great, somewhat mellow rock-and-roll from HinkleyMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 10 p.m. at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is excellent, infectious satirical gospel band The Lobster QuadrilleMySpace link's CD Release Ball with Daryl Fleming and the Public DomainMySpace link and DJ's. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Today at 7 a.m. in Mendon Ponds Park (Hopkins Point Rd., North Entrance) is the Rochester Tour de Cure. [source: RocWiki calendar]

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 At The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) today at 2 p.m. is another What's Up Lecture: Susan Nurse will discuss When the University of Rochester Was Here: the Architectural History of Our City Block. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) will be screening either Hairspray or Hairspray today at 2 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [all ages]

Today at 3 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.), Joe Blackburn will play the Aeolian Pipe Organ. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Epilogue, Stone Spoon BaboonMySpace link, and The Wise and Kind Old Souls. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Hotel ReverieMySpace link, and Son of the SunGarageBand linkMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) 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.

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting LordsMySpace link, Sakes Alive!MySpace link, Like WolvesMySpace link, and Straight No ChaserMySpace link 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 Bend of the River starting at 8 p.m. in which "James Stewart plays a former Missouri border raider trying to go straight who saves a man (Arthur Kennedy) from a vigilante lynching. Each with a violent past, the two eventually find themselves on opposite sides when Kennedy double-crosses Stewart by absconding with food supplies Stewart has promised to deliver to Oregon settlers," straight from the Eastman House calendar. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is great motley folk from Baby Shiver's BoutiqueMySpace link, excellent, anything-goes A WonderfulMySpace link, and Attic AbasementMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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JayceLand Pick This evening at 5 p.m. at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) is the NeighborWorks Rochester's Pix and Mix photography competition. [source: RocWiki calendar]

This evening at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) at 7 p.m. is the Saranac Brew Ha Ha. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Festival of New Theatre begins tonight at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) with Clementine in the Lower Ninth by Dan Dietz starting at 7 p.m. [source: Geva Theatre website]

Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (955 Genesee St.) starting around 8 p.m. is Full of HellMySpace link. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [18+]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing This Island Earth starting at 8 p.m. where aliens find Earth's top scientists to help them save their own planet. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Laura GibsonMySpace link, Musée MécaniqueMySpace link, and really terrific all-around acoustic soloist Jon Moses starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Washington Square Park (Woodbury Blvd at South Clinton Ave, across from Geva Theatre) is the Foodlink Farmers' Market. [source: RocWiki 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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