Thursday, November 7, 2002
JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #200: 2oo PhundredDamn ... I didn't even pay much attention but I guess this makes for 200 weeks in a row of weekly updates. Well, okay, I really haven't been all hip and cool for all of them but at least I've been reliable.
Let's see ... the High Falls Film Festival was a ton of fun. I got to go to the opening ceremonies on the 14th floor of Midtown Plaza (S. Clinton and Broad St.) as you know, and I got to see Lift that night too. On Thursday I was the only non-filmmaker at the Q-and-A session at the Strathallan (550 East Ave.) and I got to see the excellent documentary (and runner-up documentary for the festival) Sister Helen. Afterward I went to see Nuts and Bolts over at Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free)
Oh ... I rode my bike out and on the way back from lunch at Cobbs Hill Pizza (630 Park Ave.) , I got stuck riding through the snow. I didn't have my bike lights because it was daytime so I was having a hard time being seen. Well, this one guy did see me and was still an asshole. I was coming down the sidewalk on Mt. Hope and was clipping along at 15 MPH or so. I got to Latimore and this guy in a white car was pulling out onto Mt. Hope. I had the full-on walk sign (no blinking going on) and he looked at me, stopped at the crosswalk, then gunned it like he was going to get on the road, only to slam on the brakes right in front of me. I was halfway through the street and locked up the back wheel on the wet road and slid into him. I acutally only had to put my hand out to brace myself against the back window of the car and he gives me this indignant "what'd I do" look as I called him a fucking piece of shit. I should have dragged him out and beat some sense into him but I was trying to keep from falling as he sped away. So anyway, if you know the guy, punch him in the fucking head for me.
Ok, so anyway, later on I went out and saw Blue Vinyl. which is a really funny documentary (and winner of best documentary for the festival) about vinyl siding and the dangers of polyvinyl chloride manufacture and disposal. Unfortunately The Little (240 East Ave.) embarrassed our town by leaving a loud buzzing noise over the entire movie. Afterward at the Little Café I got to talk with Rebecca again for a little longer. After that I went over to The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) and was happy to see The Blackouts and Mustard Plug.
On Saturday I got to O'Bagelo's (165 State Street) with those who made it then got to see the short films at the festival. The first one was really bad but the rest were at least okay. Afterward I went to Le Club Shock at Analog Shock (674 South Ave.) to see some noise bands-- Newton, Pengo and The French Flys then I went over to Acme Bar & Pizza (495 Monroe Ave.) and saw some bands including Bee Eater which really didn't fit there at all. Way too loud for the late night drunk crowd.
Sunday was a bit more subdued, only getting to the panel of critics which was four critics from around the country. I learned why reviews are so bad and got some more insight into why crappy movies keep getting made. After that I saw the last of the shorts programs and headed on home.
By the time Monday rolled around I welcomed the relatively relaxing time at work. Whew.
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