Weekly Rochester Events #249: Serendipitously Bowdlerized
Thursday, October 16, 2003Ok, so I'm pretty excited to see Evil Jake on Thursday at Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) I plan to make it a decadent night with dinner and drinks and stay up late and not go to work on Friday. I got a chance to see them at the beginning of last year, but they haven't been back since. This year they did a tour of Europe for a while, and set up a tour of the U.S. and finally got a Rochester gig. This is quite a good deal at $5 (well, that's what they're advertising ... the Montage is usually more expensive) and there's five bands from all over the place.
Last Friday I got to see Geva Comedy Improv at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) which was really good. They're very funny and had a nicely structured show. One of the members sits in the middle of the front row and is the judge. He gives points for each scene (the troupe divides into two teams) he has a horn to call the end of a scene (especially if he starts getting bored) and he's got this "scum bib" thing that anyone (including audience members) can be forced to wear if they do something the judge doesn't approve of ... three times and they're out. I guess they try to run a clean show as swearing and references to sex or drugs get called out and they get less points. Of course, they're pretty pointless points as the winning team just gets to be declared winners. It's not like they get to the pizza first or anything.
Apparently the troupe is divided amongst original members from Atlanta, Georgia and members from Rochester. I think I recognized some people from other troupes around town, but I really only know Nuts and Bolts Improv Troupe (see their site at ImprovAmerica too). Anyway, they'll be back for a couple Halloween shows and again on something like the second Friday and Saturday of each month.
Lately, though, it's been pretty quiet. I started working from home, and for some reason, have wanted to go out less than I did before. I figured that without the involuntary social contact with people at work that I would want more to go see people, but I guess not. Of course, it's getting colder and such, and I need more impetus to hop on the bike and ride downtown. Well, that, and I can't be getting really tired around 10:30 at night. Huh. Weird.
I did go back and visit my old haunt RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map image) and the new crew of Gracies Dinnertime Theatre. That's a bit unnerving—like going backwards in time. These kids are exactly the same as me and my friends were 15 years ago. Well, except that they've got wireless Ethernet and can't drink on campus. But other than that, the complaints are generally the same as they ever were. RIT sucks. RIT oppresses us. I didn't get a scholarship. The CIA is all over campus. President Rose ... er ... President Simone is a jerk. It's kind of spooky, actually. I first thought that I'd try and straighten them out, but then I figured not to bother so much. Well, I'll still prod a bit, and try to help them get their point across better. Heck, maybe I'll pull some magic somehow and help them actually make a difference.
Yeah, that'll happen. Once an RIT student, always an RIT student.
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