Weekly Rochester Events #307: Liars Print Libel, Zenger Prints Zingers
Thursday, November 25, 2004Well, I've been making some wild changes at this site. I'm sure all of you have noticed that I added notes for the age restrictions on shows. And by all, I mean about 2 or 3 of you. Regardless, there's a whole lot of people in this town under 21 who like to know this kind of thing. For everyone else (well, and the under 21 kids too) I added the icon which indicates a "guaranteed" best bet for the particular genre — either I've seen the performers/performance before or, in the rare case that I haven't seen the show, I'm positive it'll be good based on what I've heard. Kinda like, "if there's one thing you should see this week ..." And, in that logic, I'll try to pick just one event — not much more than a couple if they're different genres. Of course this week, I've got two jazz-styled events. So much for that idea.
Anyway, in news of the city, there is a City Hall press release looking for cooks in the Chilly Chili Challenge in February. If you think you've got what it takes, sign up. It's not clear if you've got to provide an exact recipe. I mean, who's got an exact recipe for chili?
Also, since O'Bagelo's (165 State Street) is closed for the holiday, I figure whomever is in town should check out Ly Lou's Pearl of the Orient (489 South Ave.) on Saturday ... they open at noon, so no point in getting there early. Oh, and they serve Philippine cuisine, of which I know nothing at all about.
This week — once again — I guess I'll do a blow-by-blow of my activities. Last Thursday I got to see a great show at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) with The Stew Cutler Trio. Ordinarily they don't do jazz-type shows there, but this was sponsored by The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) Unfortunately, all the Bop Shop regulars didn't come because it was the "scary" Bug Jar, and all the regular Bug Jar crowd didn't come because it was "scary" jazz. Thankfully there were at least 8 or 9 people there who really enjoyed it ... the band stuck through it and didn't even seem very upset about it. Anyhow, they do an excellent blues/jazz hybrid and even throw in a little simulated sitar.
On Friday I went to the acoustic show at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) I gotta say, the wrap sandwiches they have are the best deal in town: the tuna salad/wasabi wrap was great. Too bad the coffee is a pretty lousy deal: refills are not discounted, like at Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) nor are they free, like at the Tea Room at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.). Anyway, I got to see Kinloch Nelson, Maria Gillard, and Allen Power — all of whom are great. I never saw Kinloch Nelson play before, and he's a really talented guitarist — even when playing the variety of styles in his repertoire.
Saturday I tried to get to as many shows as I could. I again started at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) to see the songwriters in the round — this time featuring the witty and accomplished Brian Coughlin, the emotive and charismatic JoAnn Vaccaro and the excellent all-around singer, songwriter, and guitarist Dee Adams. From there I took off for Starry Nites Café (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) to see Paul Blackburn play his jazz guitar. He plays a subtle and mellow blend of mostly cover songs, just right for ambient jazz in the recently finished second room (bringing it back to the former size of Moonbeans.)
I intended to try and get to The Montage Grille (50 Chestnut St.) but it was getting a bit late so I headed straight for Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) instead. I missed the debut of The Black Arrows but got to catch The Scarlets and The UV Rays. It was a packed house which I worked to my advantage, groping as many women as I ... er ... I mean, so I could benchmark the Scarlets on their sound alone — and attempt to eliminate the girl-band cuteness factor. I hid by the kitchen with a column blocking my view of the band and was pleased that most of their songs are catchy and they sound tight. The UV Rays finished things off with an ego-driven madhouse that erupted a mosh pit more wild than I've seen in a while, especially at the Krown.
I even managed to make it to the last day of In Flesh and Spirit: Reflections on our Days of the Dead at A|V Art Sound Space (#8 in the Public Market, off N. Union St., formerly The All-Purpose Room) on Sunday. I didn't get a chance to really absorb everything, but it was all creepy. Simon Goldfeder had the popular piece in the show ... let me see if I can do it justice by revealing its design in the reverse you'd observe it. Start with a basic straight-back, antique-style, high-backed chair and wrap it in leather and Naugahyde to cover the back and seat, and to hide the legs entirely. Then add a furry tail that conceals a power cord which, when plugged in, noisily drives a 6-inch glass phalus protruding from the seat rapidly up-and-down. Now, have nightmares about it for a week or two, and you begin to appreciate what it's like to see it in person.
And on that note, Happy Thanksgiving!
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About the title ... John Peter Zenger was born 307 years ago in 1697. He ran a newspaper in New York City in 1733, and was tried for libel, defended by Alexander Hamilton, and acquitted, setting the precedent for Freedom of the Press.
This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including Monroe County and occasionally the Western New York region) from Thursday, November 25, 2004 thru Wednesday, December 1, 2004.
It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
The musical styles listed can include punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat."
Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed.
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