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Weekly Rochester Events #685 Starting Thursday, February 23, 2012

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Polite Company at the MuCCC
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (add a comment)

It's been a while since I went out to see improvisational comedy. I feel like I kind of burn out on it — after all, it can only be as good as the audience, the performers, and the circumstances. In addition, I tend to hang out with some pretty funny people so it's not uncommon for some extremely hilarious things to come out of it (for instance, I have brought up several times the idea of a Faustian superpower wish that goes awry when the power is revealed to be pooping delicious chocolate — and the comedy of failing to convince anyone that it is indeed true).

Anyway, I headed over to The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) to see the public debut of Polite Company Improv Sketch and Comedy. They were indeed funny both in their improv and in their sketches. I really appreciated that they catered to me being in their audience rather than targeting evangelical Puritans and forbidding swearing of any kind. (Seriously: the show doesn't need to stop if someone says "fuck" once.) Of note was their final sketch which was shockingly offensive, but ultimately quite funny.

Afterward I walked over to The Bamba Bistro (282 Alexander St.) for the after-party and got a chance to chat with the crew. (By the way, Bamba Bistro is a pretty upscale-looking place that draws people who like to be seen in upscale-looking places and, on this night, rowdy improvisers and their friends and fans. I'll add that friends raved about an astonishing meal here years ago and I assume that would continue to be true.) The two women running the troupe are engaging and focused — hopefully we'll see Polite Company shows for years to come.

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    JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at The Cinema TheatreMySpace link (957 South Clinton Ave.) is a special screening from The ImageOut Film Festival: audience-award winning short Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho (I Don't Want To Go Back Alone) followed by audience-award winning feature Mine vaganti (Loose Cannons). [source: ImageOut newsletter]

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    JayceLand Pick Tonight at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The Eastman Percussion Ensemble 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 Long Riders starting at 8 p.m. Jack Garner will introduce this story of Jesse James cast with real brothers in the roles of fictional brothers. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 8:30 p.m. is JoywaveMySpace link, Doctors, and Aminals. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is Steve Lyons starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene e-mail]


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    Apparently The Critical Mass Bike Ride is tonight starting at 6 p.m. at The Liberty Pole (1 Liberty Pole Way) and heading through the city from there. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

    JayceLand Pick At tonight's Happy Hour at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is Mammal is a Mountain starting around 6 p.m. followed around 10 p.m .by The Po' Boys Brass BandMySpace link. [source: Abilene e-mail]

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    Over at The ROC Brewing Company (56 S. Union St.) starting around 7:30 p.m. is The Uptown Groove. [source: ROC Brewing Co. website]

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    JoywaveMySpace link, KOPPS, and Pretty in Pink 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 The Space at Hungerford (1115 E. Main St., New York) will be hosting the Cringe Binge Comedy Hour starting at 9 p.m. [source: The Space at Hungerford calendar]

    JayceLand Pick This evening at 9:30 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m. is a screening of Chris Rock's Good Hair at The Little (240 East Ave.) [source: Little Theatre calendar]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at 8 p.m. at The Bread and Water Theatre (243 Rosedale St., at the New Life Presbyterian Church) is the opening performance of A Man's Home... An Ode to Kafka's Castle which runs through March 11. [source: Culture starts with ART! (CSWA) Yahoo! Group]

    HeatseekerGarageBand linkMySpace link, and Oceans of Insects will be at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: WBER calendar] [21+]


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    Kit Miller will lead the discussion after the screening of Mighty Times: The Children's March today at The Little (240 East Ave.) starting at 10 a.m. [source: Little Theatre calendar]

    Today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is a Community Seed Swap — get some seeds, and bring your own in labeled containers if you can. [source: flyer] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Today at 1 p.m. at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is the first lecture in Professor Michael Lenz's Occupy Your Mind discussion series titled The American Police State: The Assault on the Bills of Rights Since 9/11. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

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    The Little (240 East Ave.) will be screening Rejoice and Shout this evening at 6:30 p.m. and again tomorrow at 4 p.m. — with Sunday's screening including a "talkback featuring a special guest" from Mt. Olivet Baptist Church (141 Adams St.) [source: Little Theatre calendar]

    JayceLand Pick This evening at 7 p.m. at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is a Take Back the Land: Movie Night. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    JayceLand Pick In 1984, Giorgio Moroder released his controversial restoration of Fritz Lang's Metropolis — with a 1980's synth-pop soundtrack and color-tinted scenes. This version has been restored from a surviving print, and the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing it starting at 8 p.m. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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    Today from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Gallery 258 (1115 E. Main St., via door 2 of the Hungerford Building) is the Closing Reception for Hanging Out at the Hungerford with music by Tom Tosti and Tom Lange. [source: Artists' Breakfast Group e-mail]

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    This morning starting around 8 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.

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    JayceLand Pick Today at Brighton Town Hall (2300 Elmwood Ave.) at 7 p.m., Elizabeth Henderson will present a discussion on Local Lessons from Distant Travels: CSA as Rural Economic Development in China and Taiwan. [source: Mud Creek Farm blog]

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