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Weekly Rochester Events #597 Starting Thursday, June 17, 2010

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Dave Donnelly, Daryl Fleming and the Public Domain, and Hinkley at the Bug Jar
by Jason Olshefsky at 10:30 pm (add a comment)

I was pretty psyched to go to The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight. I knew I couldn't go wrong with HinkleyMySpace link, I had good memories of Daryl Fleming and the Public DomainMySpace link, and recently saw the excellence of Dave Donnelly who started things off. This time on the Bug Jar's main stage, he brought a mix of original and classic country songs with a well seasoned skill and the perfect voice to do it.

Daryl Fleming was next and played his own style that is loosely an interesting mix of lyrical, groove-rock-ish country/folk/rock. He was saying beforehand that he's recently been fascinated by the unusual chord progressions in some fairly popular 1960's songs — he demonstrated it with a vocoder-enhanced cover of The Seekers' "Georgy Girl". You really never know where Daryl's mind is going to take him on stage.

Finishing up was HinkleyMySpace link who I consistently re-experience as excellent, deceptively mellow, complex rock-and-roll. I never catch on right away, but quicker-and-quicker I'm swept into the nuances of this excellent band.

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Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Jon Moses and Les Shelleys at the Bug Jar
by Jason Olshefsky at 9:30 pm (add a comment)

Once again I found myself back at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) This time it was an extraordinarily light crowd — even for a Sunday. Shelley ShortMySpace link had apparently canceled most of her tour due to some issues that kept her wanting to stay near home.

Jon Moses started things off. He's clearly more comfortable improvising and being inclusive and seemed a little off being on-stage separated from the sparse audience. Nonetheless, he showed his acoustic soloist skills admirably. Then it was Les ShelleysMySpace link turn which shrank the audience notably further since Jon relinquished the stage to once audience-members Tom BrosseauMySpace link and Angela CorreaMySpace link. They provided an impressive display of their elegant vocal harmonies and evocative lyrics — the only other instrumentation being Tom's guitar and Angie's percussive clapping and stomping which gives exactly the kind of minimal-but-not a capella sound you'd expect.

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Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Story Slam at Writers and Books
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:00 pm (add a comment)

It's been a while since I did something outside my comfort zone. Part of that is that my comfort zone is much larger than before, so finding new things is itself a challenge. Nonetheless, performing still panics me, so I decided to go to the Story Slam at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) It's hosted by Carol Roberts and organized (for now) as a way for people to tell a 5-minute true story. It was fascinating to enter among a room of strangers and leave feeling quite a lot closer to them through just one personal story. I decided to tell the tale of the $20 I found after the High Falls Film Festival in 2003 that led to me losing my job — I wrote about it when it happened as well.

Anyway, the idea is similar to The Moth StorySLAMs, although minus the competition. Some were better than others for various reasons, but it's not so much a "slam" as it is just a way for people to connect. I'll probably go back next month, although I expect it to be much different as I would feel like I met half the people there this month.

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    DubblestuffGarageBand linkMySpace link will perform today at 12:30 p.m. at Granite Mills Park (Platt St. and Browns Race) as part of the Hochstein at High Falls Concert Series. [source: RocWiki calendar] [all ages]

    Today from 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. is The Rochester Genealogical Society picnic at Mt. Hope Cemetery (791 Mt. Hope Ave., the North Gate) followed at 6 p.m. by a walking tour led by Bert Balt. [source: Rochester Genealogical Society website]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.), Meet the Artists: Painters of South Wedge Traffic Boxes from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. [source: City Newspaper] [21+]

    JayceLand Pick Ca$hbackMySpace link plays tonight at Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) starting at 7 p.m. [source: City Newspaper] [21+]

    Trevor Flynn will present a lecture titled 20 Fresh Perceptions: Uncommon Sense and the Visual Imagination at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) tonight at 7 p.m. [source: City Newspaper] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Club Sandwich (a.k.a. Big Boy Soda and the Yucky Snakes), and fantastic ska-influenced, synth-laden pop/rock from SPORTSMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Soylent Green starting at 8 p.m. I think everyone knows the end from innumerable parodies, but the story is what counts. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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    Cynthia Howk will present an Architecture for Lunch walk today from 12:10 p.m. to 12:35 p.m. starting at Washington Square Park (Woodbury Blvd at South Clinton Ave, across from Geva Theatre). [source: Landmark Society e-mail]

    This evening from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Image City Photography Gallery (722 University Ave.) is the opening reception of Summer Quintet which runs through July 11. [source: Image City Photography Gallery e-mail]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is the Colorama Members' Preview Party. [source: Eastman House e-mail] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Lunchfilm starting at 8 p.m. — a series of short films "inspired by an ingenious concept: [Mike Plante] takes a filmmaker to lunch and draws up a napkin contract where the artist must make a film with a budget that matches the cost of the meal." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. is Improv with Village Idiots Present (VIP) at The Pillar Theatre (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate, Suite #D106). [source: Village Idiots Present website]


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    JayceLand Pick Today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m at The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley (GAGV) Youth Center (875 E. Main St.) is the Big Gay Garage Sale. [source: Gay Alliance website]

    Today at ReHouse, Inc. (1473 E. Main St.) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. is their 5 Years in Retail Anniversary featuring a Home Repair Clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Jim Salmon, and John Carr. [source: ReHouse e-mail]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Apocalypse Now ReduxFrancis Ford Coppola's 2001 re-edit starting at 8 p.m. ... "one of cinema's definitive statements on the madness of war." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    The Bass Drum Of DeathMySpace link, and The White WidowMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

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


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    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Superman the Movie screening twice today: once at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Over at The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.) starting around 3:30 p.m. is Civil TwilightMySpace link. [source: WBER calendar]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is NoBunnyMySpace link, Mikey JukeboxMySpace link, and great motley folk from Baby Shiver's BoutiqueMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is Lucky TubbMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]


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    JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Woven BonesMySpace link, good, amiable hard rock from The ClockmenMySpace link, and SuppertimeMySpace link starting around 9 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 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]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Freshman starting at 8 p.m. in which Marlon Brando essentially reprises his role as The Godfather — in this comedy. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30 p.m. is TortoiseMySpace link, and good metal band SulacoMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    JayceLand Pick Dino DinicoloMySpace link will be at The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.) starting around 5 p.m. [source: WBER calendar]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6:30 p.m., Jim Healy as the Festival Director of Programming for The 360|365 Film Festival (formerly the Rochester High Falls International Film Festival) will discuss the task of choosing films for the festival at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) [source: Eastman House e-mail] [all ages]

    Tonight at 7:30 p.m. is Jimmy Buffett Night Cruise with Fred Vine aboard The Colonial Belle (400 Packett's Landing, Fairport). [source: Freetime]

    JayceLand Pick The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) will be hosting Dino DinicoloMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

    The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Auf der anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) starting at 8 p.m. I'm not so sure about this one: it has all the earmarks of being tiring and unwatchable; the Eastman House calendar praises this "extremely clever film is simply one of the past decade's best movies." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    The charmingly named bands Anal Cunt, and Total Fucking Destruction will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Over at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. is The Bill Murray ExperienceMySpace link. [source: Abilene website]

    Today at 12:00 p.m. is a meeting of The Brown Bag Book Discussion Group in the Literature Division's Study Room at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

    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+]

    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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