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Weekly Rochester Events #583 Starting Thursday, March 11, 2010

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Seeing These Electric Lives, The Static Jacks, and Walri Play at Tympanogram's 1-Year Anniversary Show at the Bug Jar
by Jason Olshefsky at 9:30 pm (2 comments)

I headed over to the show at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) so I could get back in practice staying out very late for tomorrow's show. It turns out, it was the 1-year anniversary of Tympanogram blog and they arranged the show. I chatted with one of the guys doing it and he seemed nice enough — and glad the show was going great.

First up was WalriMySpace link who are a nice, harmonius rock band; "psychedelic love rock", they say. Gerry Szymanski told me to check them out, and despite numerous performances in town, this is the first time I've seen them. The Static JacksMySpace link were next and did an entertaining, animated, high-energy punk-rock show. I lent a hand to plug in a lost microphone cable and keep the show going. These Electric LivesMySpace link finished off the night with some excellent, thumping, power-pop rock. And, like The Static Jacks, I was there to try and keep the microphones connected, working, and not breaking in half (the last of which without success as the lead singer was so brutally strong and/or the mic stand was already busted.) In all, it was a fantastic show in my book.

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Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Visiting Friends in Ithaca and Seeing That 1 Guy and Willie B. at Castaways
by Jason Olshefsky at 4:00 pm (add a comment)

All the stay-up-late preparation I had been doing led up to this trip to Ithaca. I stopped by to see my old friends Sean and Kelly — so long has it been, that they have a 3-year-old kid I had never met. Nonetheless, we picked up where we left off and had a nice time catching up.

Afterward, I headed to Castaways (413 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca) to catch the show there. The place is great to see live music. I can't think of a comparable venue in Rochester: it's laid out as one big room with the bar on one side and the stage on the other. Low ceilings and acoustic drapes keep the sound from being overwhelming. Plus, the people I met were pretty nice … I expected it out of Ithaca, realizing it was just an arbitrary opinion about the town.

Starting off the show, Willie B.MySpace link (a.k.a. Brian Wilson) played drums with some MIDI electronics. I was kind of disappointed because I thought his songs really don't go anywhere — I suspect he's better in a band such as Johnny DowdMySpace link which I really liked years ago (although I don't remember if it was this same guy on drums). Headlining was That One GuyMySpace link who was just fantastic. As I've described before, he plays a custom-made, 7-foot tall "magic pipe" which includes a guitar string and a bass string along with a bunch of buttons that control a synthesizer. As such, the gyrations necessary to play the magic pipe automatically affect a dance performance. Plus the sound is practically unclassifiable: it's cousin to jam bands, hip-hop, rock, synth-pop, and novelty acts — in degrees that vary considerably from song-to-song.

Although I didn't leave all that late, the two-hour drive won out against my stay-up-late practice and I had to pull over for a quick nap before getting home around 2:30 a.m.

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Today at 5:30 p.m. at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is an Anarchism Class titled Anarchist Approaches to Universal Health Care. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website] [18+]

Only ThievesMySpace link, and Movers and ShakersMySpace link will be at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) starting around 6 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website] [18+]

The Eastman Youth Chamber Soloists, and The Eastman Youth String Orchestra will be at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 7 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

The Bertrand Russell Society meets today in Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) around 7 p.m. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing That Sinking Feeling starting at 8 p.m. about teenagers who steal plumbing fixtures for sport. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is NecrochasmMySpace link, and Infernal StrongholdMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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

JayceLand Pick The very good, experimentally-daring acoustic soloist Seth Faergolzia will perform at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) with friends tonight at 8 p.m. and every Thursday through the end of March. [source: band said it at a prior show] [all ages]


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JayceLand Pick The Method MachineMySpace link will present the play EDGE by Paul Alexander at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) today at 7:30 p.m. [source: MuCCC website]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot (Mr. Hulot's Holiday) starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 5 p.m. The Eastman House Calendar says, "in the classic, much-loved movie that revealed his multi-layered comedic style, [Jacques Tati] first appears as the clumsy rain-coated, pipe-smoking title character. Taking a beach holiday in the South of France, Hulot gets caught up in a parade of slapstick sequences that provide us the vicarious enjoyment of his (mis)adventures. Tati's unique visual gags and ingenious sound design reinforce the delights of the cinema as they remind us of the piquant absurdities of modern life. This new 35mm restoration allows viewing of Tati's definitive version." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 9:30 p.m. at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is Ron Stackman spinning A Very Special Night Of Reggae. [source: Abilene website]

JayceLand Pick The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) will be hosting rock and roll with a psychedelic twist from The Atomic SwindlersGarageBand linkMySpace link, and the nicely harmonius rock band WalriMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]


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Today at 10:15 at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is another Upstairs/Downstairs Tour for Museum Members. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Anderson Alley Artists (250 Goodman St. N.) will be having another open house this and every second Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) is a presentation of Soy Lo Que Soy Productions' Mature and Provocative II featuring "art in every form possible" with performances by Shameezy, Born For Fame, 730 Fresh and INF! DA BEASTMySpace link (a.k.a. INF! "Casso"). [source: MuCCC website]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing What's The Matter With Kansas starting at 8 p.m. An exploration of "why conservatives in the former staunchly left-wing heartland state of Kansas persuade themselves to vote against their own economic and social well-being." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Abdicate, PolterchristMySpace link, Edifice, and The Venereal MessiahMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is nice, well-executed jazzy swing from Bobby Henrie and The GonersMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) is S.L.T., and the hard-to-predict more-or-less groove-rock of The Peachy NeachysMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: WBER calendar] [21+]


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Daylight Saving Time Begins — Set your clock ahead one hour from 2:00 a.m. standard time to 3:00 a.m. daylight saving time in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

Steak and Blowjob Day

This afternoon at 2 p.m. is a performance of The Sweet Life by Craig Thornton at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) [source: MuCCC website]

Kathy Wilkins will perform the Musicale at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) today starting at 3 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Gregory's Girl starting at 7 p.m. followed by Gregory's 2Girls at 8:45 p.m. A pair of romantic comedies 18 years apart whose common main character goes from chasing girls in his teenage years to teaching them in middle-age. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

The Nuts and Bolts Comedy Improv TroupeMySpace link will perform at The Comedy Club (2235 Empire Blvd., Webster) tonight at 7 p.m. [source: Freetime]


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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Christmas In Connecticut starting at 1:30 p.m. for the Senior Citizens Matinee. [source: Eastman House 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.

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is a performance of Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link titled Risque' Business — a collaboration with The Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation (RABEF) on ethical decisions made in a business environment. [source: Geva Theatre website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. at The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley (GAGV) Youth Center (875 E. Main St.), Make Your Own Sex Toys — presented by Rated F. [source: Gay Alliance website] [18+]

JayceLand Pick Tusedays at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is A.K.A. Paul Burke Presents featuring Paul BurkeMySpace link and other people, perhaps performing. [source: band e-mail]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing O Mimi San starting at 8 p.m. followed by The Devil's Claim. Philip C. Carli will provide live piano accompaniment to these two films. In the first, a prince is "torn between love and duty to his nation." In the second, a writer-in-love creates a character possessed by an evil spirit in his story. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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Saint Patrick's Day

JayceLand Pick This evening at 7 p.m. is the Monthly Story Slam at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) with host Carol Roberts. Sign up starts at 6:30 p.m. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

Over at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) starting around 8 p.m. is The Mike Baggetta Group. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Mon Oncle starting at 8 p.m. Monsieur Hurot is back — this time he's visiting "his sister's ultra-contemporary home and grapples uproariously with all its modern 'conveniences.'" [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Updated: Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Josh NetskyMySpace link. (I talked with Jon Moses and he cancelled a week in advance.) [source: Bug Jar calendar]

It's Whirrly Wednesdays: Hooping, Drumming, and Grooving at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) at 6 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website] [18+]

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]

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