Weekly Rochester Events #274: Found at the Village Gate
Thursday, April 8, 2004I have little to comment on philosophically because I had such a wild weekend. Well, not strippers-and-ecstasy wild ... well, you'll see.
The excitement begins on Wednesday when I finished up my business class with The Urban League of Rochester. (Ok, so it wasn't really the beginning of excitement—it's actually rather hard to pin down when that excitement begins, but I'll start there.) Thursday was the SOHO Rochester show at Riverside Convention Center (123 E. Main St.) which, now that I'm on my way into small-business-hell ... er ... small-businesshood, I figured I had reason to go. There was quite a lot of stuff useful to me, but some of the interesting highlights in general included this company Ayuda (1255 University Ave., Suite 220) who are personal-assistants-for-hire and Crocodile Rock Entertainment who do DJ stuff plus a game-show style quiz (with scoreboards and all.) Unfortunately the free goodies were largely limited to pens—no T-shirts or mugs for me this time.
Later that night I went to help out on the Synaesthesia show at Rochester Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) Mostly setting up stuff, moving stuff, painting stuff, lighting stuff ... stuff like that. I got out of there around 2:30. The next day I was there at 1 in the afternoon. Oh, and I wanted to mention that I made this week what I refer to as a "free-for-all week" alcohol wise (See, I've generally been sticking to 6 drinks a week, but the last time I cut loose was for the New Year's party, so I decided I earned one between the completion of the class and the Synaesthesia show. It ends up being pretty irrelevant to the story except that I'm currently knocking back a glass of wine.) Anyway, I helped out doing more stuff-related ... um ... stuff and people started mingling in around 8 as expected. The food was awesome, the video work was great, the music was avant-garde as ever, and the installation artwork was provocative. I think there were about 300 people there total with a maximum of 150 or so at any one time. That night I got back home around 2:30 as well.
Saturday I was planning to see Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter at the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) then ping-pong between bands at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) and The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) What actually happened was that I got to see the movie—which is great, by the way ... perfectly hitting the B-movie balance between trying too hard to be a good movie and being an intolerable, shitty movie. After that, Lee Demarbre of Odessa Filmworks was on hand to answer questions. I hung out afterward for a while to talk with Lee but they started encouraging an after-movie meeting spot. There was a contingency who insisted on Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.) but the Atlantic Tavern (60 Atlantic Ave) contingency won out with the intention to move on to Lux later.
I hung out at the Atlantic with Lee, Jim, and Kate for a few hours. They headed home afterward so I got to act as chauffeur and host for Lee when heading off to Lux. I knew some of the local film people hang out there now and again and I hoped to play up some networking. I was pleased as punch to find that as we were about to head in, local filmmaker Matt Ehlers of Eggwork Productions was right in front of us so I introduced the two guys (pardon the unabashed name-dropping).
Have I told you lately that I am The Kevin Bacon?
Anyway, Lee had a good time ... lots of people familiar with the movie were there and he got a lot of attention, plus he's the best chick magnet I've ever had the pleasure of hanging around with. I got to meet lots of the women who hang out in Lux who ordinarily wouldn't give me the time of day—and I recognize it for its short-term amusement ... not like this changes anything, but at least I had a better-than-average Lux night. In the end we got kicked out around 2:30 or so and I dropped Lee off at the hotel.
On the way home around 3, there was this guy who was presumably drunk walking down the middle of Goodman near Highland. I was a B-list "good Samaritan" by calling 911 and letting them know to keep an eye on him—I was worried that he would end up dead in a ditch by morning, but I decided I'd trade the chance of his semi-frozen corpse for the guarantee that my car would be puke-free. Thus, 911 it was.
I've spent the last few days largely recovering ... trying to get some semblance of normal sleep back with limited success. I did get out on Tuesday a bit, though. First, I went to see Mayor William A. Johnson, Jr. speak at Third Presbyterian Church (Meigs St. and East Ave.) about the upcoming budget shortfall. It was a fairly informative meeting, and succeeded in showing there wasn't a clear solution. I also ran into some guys from The Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood Association and I think I accidentally didn't not volunteer to be captain of my street.
I think that's part of the reason I cut back on drinking a couple years ago.
Afterward I went to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) to see The Blam and RantMusic. The Blam is this great rock-and-roll band with fancy distortion—you know, some classic distortion and some effects-pedal work. RantMusic was excellent, though ... they're like ska with violin. They also use mandolin, guitar, bass, and drums and play music with influences in rock and punk-rock with a little bit from Russian, Celtic, Klezmer, and country music.
Coming up, I'm excited to see noise and experimental bands tonight with Voltage, Superwow, and Hilkka at The All-Purpose Room (#8 in the Public Market, off N. Union St.) On Sunday, The Blues Brothers looks pretty cool and I think I'll be able to make it since it's Easter. Finally, on Tuesday, the show at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) with The Slats, Tim Kelly, The Wills Wilde, and Ian Downey looks really good too.
In other news, there will be a total solar eclipse today—sort-of. It's actually on April 8, 2024 but it should be quite an impressive sight. If you look at the NASA/GSFC Eclipse Page you can find the maps for the total eclipses in North America in the next century, and there's the 2024 one that goes right smack dab across Rochester and Buffalo.
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