Thursday, February 3, 2000

Pre-weekend Weekend Lunch Invite 56. Give Lady Liberty Back Her Cupric Sheen

I find it remarkable that nobody noticed that it's been January 1999 all last month. Yeesh! Where's my editors?

I have yet to see the play Kelly Gunter is in at RIT. It's called The American Clock, a series of vignettes about the Great Depression.

I did get a chance to see The Neo-Futurists from Chicago perform Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind last week with Kage and Anita at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) They sort of sub-title it "30 plays in 60 minutes" because the audience gets to yell out suggestions from a menu of vignettes. Although it could have been a better here and there, overall it was great entertainment. I'm planning to go again sometime this week to see it again to see what they've added.

You know, I was just watching that new IBM commercial for their e-commerce crap with the guy swiping all the stuff at the grocery store. I realized the (presumably) elderly (presumably) people scooting around on their Rascal'sTM where a knod to the nerd in all of us. I mean, what harm could those kindly but nozy scooting non-ambulatory individuals do, unless of course, they were Daleks! That's right, those pepper-shaker devils with their photo-negative death ray are menacing the poor stereotyped deviant, puttering around like a bunch of Davros'esses on a quest of absolute domination.


Movies this week:

  • Gun Shy - Liam Neeson plays a DEA agent who gets messed up in the head on his last assignment before retirement, so he goes to group therapy. It's supposed to be funny, and it does have Sandra Bullock in it, so given Liam & Sandra's combined record, it simply must be a good movie.
  • Scream 3 - More of the same.
  • Simpatico - Two friends set off on separate paths only to meet once again and realize that they set off on separate paths years before.


Tonight at 8:30 p.m., The Neo-Futurists from Chicago perform Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) which is "30 plays in 60 minutes" where the audience gets to yell out suggestions from a menu of vignettes. Oh yeah, and it costs $10 for the tickets plus the number rolled on a six-sided die in dollars (i.e. $1 to $6) when you get there.

WBER's Alternative Music night at Red (171 St. Paul.)


As everyone has probably heard, an Evening of Jazz featuring Bobby McFerrin with the Eastman School of Music faculty and students will be at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) at 8:00 p.m. Be sure to get tickets in advance.

Karaoke at Boston Brew Company (251 Exchange Blvd.)


O'Bagelo's, 165 State Street, noon.

Milestones (170 East Ave.) has Johnny Vegas, whom I saw for a while with Sondra on New Year's ... uhh ... Eve ... night ... morning. They were pretty good and generally get favorable reviews.

Tonight at the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.), they're showing Rebel Without a Cause.


  • Futurama: Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love? - When Dr. Zoidberg returns to his home planet for mating season, Fry gives him a tutorial in 20th-century love. (Hey, it's a rerun, but it's something at least!)
  • King of the Hill: Hanky Panky - Buck Strickland's wife (guest voice Kathleen Turner) tosses him out of the house, takes over his propane business and sets her sights on Hank.
  • Simpsons: Saddlesore Gallactica - Bart and Homer discover that horse racing is a treacherous business after they rescue a horse from the state fair. Guest voices: Randy Bachman and Fred Turner.


I've been a member now for four months or so and I keep forgetting to put this down -- anyway, there's another Camera Rochester meeting tonight at Atonement Lutheran Church at 1900 Westfall Road from 7:30 to 9:30. This week is a competition night and I just might give some of my pictures another try.


Open mic comedy at the Colosseum Caffe (262 Park Ave.) starting around 9:30.

Open mic poetry at Java's (16 Gibb Street) starting around 9:30.


South Park today at Rohrbach's at 315 Gregory Street at 10:00. Ah yes, another rerun..."Succubus" - The boys feel as though they've lost their best friend when wedding bells begin to toll for Chef.

If that doesn't float your boat, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is at the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) See you all there. :-)

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Hey, where's my luggage?
I swear I'll never drink tequila again. Where am I this time? leg.
Hello, is there anybody in there -- just nod if you can hear me -- is there anyone at home?
I see Yogi. I see Flattop. If I don't get up, the missions are gonna stop.
I am so so sorry. ... Everything had to be my way and this is where we've ended up and it's all because of me that we're hungry and cold and hunted. I love you Mr. Goldin. I am so sorry.

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