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Eight days a week 

Nightlife

You've only got seven, but there's something to do eight days a week.

Monday. Why not start the week large and in charge? Just take the mic on karaoke night at The Flipside Bar & Grill and prove once and for all that Isabella Rossellini's version of "Blue Velvet" can actually be topped.

The Bop Shop offers free jazz concerts in the Village Gate Atrium. Some truly amazing stuff has gone down here, and the music is frequently and gloriously out there.

Finish the night all pretty in pink while the Bug Jar's Manic Mondays DJs spin '80s pop hits 'til closing time. Relax; don't do it.

Tuesday. There's always a big band dance going on at the Stardust Ballroom, so you can cut you some rug to various big-and-brassy acts like the Jack Allen Big Band. And if you've got two left feet (and neither of 'em can dance) you can hook up with the Rochester Swing Dance Network, who frequently put on swing dances (complete with pre-dance crash course) at various church halls, Harmony House, and Eisenhart Auditorium at RochesterMuseum and ScienceCenter.

Bail outta the ballroom and head over to The Golden Link Folk Singing Society's Sing-a-Round at 12 Corners Presbyterian Church.

And once you're tired of rowing Michael's boat ashore, you can get down at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que with a half-rack of ribs in front of you while the blues band du jour rocks the joint.

Wednesday. There's always something going on at Kilbourn Hall. Eastman School of Music faculty --- as well as students studying jazz, classical, and all points in between --- put on shows of extraordinary variety and sparkle. They love what they do and you will, too. The majority of these showcases are free.

Head over to Java's after the show for some blood of the bean and find yourself surrounded by the buzz of conjecture and philosophy that comes from too much coffee, the right amount of the Pixies, and kids in '70s rock-concert jerseys. Entertainment here is sporadic, but when it happens it can go from free-form jazz to hip-hop to finger-snapping spoken word.

Or you could catch a non-googolplex, independent flick at the Little Theatre. Then you can argue esoterically about the plot over groovy desserts while some of the area's best jazz musicians bop in the Little Theatre Café.

Thursday. You could hit the performance hall at Hochstein School of Music, where it seems weekly the faculty flexes its might.

Thursday is the weekend's warm-up act, so a few more folks might actually hit the streets with you. The Bug Jar tries its damndest to get things rolling earlier on Thursdays with national bands of every conceivable alternative rock genre or Rochester bands of equal vision and viciousness. On any given night of the week you will see touring bands playing here who frequently outgrow the joint by the time they return. For a good many Rochester bands --- whether on the stage or a barstool --- this is home.

Milestones isRochester's original grab-bag club. On most nights you can find just about anything on the stage entertaining just about anything in the crowd.

Or hey, if you want tried-and-true and you want it blue, you can catch the Beale Street Blues Band as they hold court weekly at The Clarissa Room, located in the same spot as the now-long-gone legendary Pythodd Lounge. Here's a swank joint that rides the timeless blues/jazz fence nicely and nightly.

During our brief summer, you can see big-name acts for free in the Party In The Park series at HighFalls. The HighFalls entertainment district is also a good spot to stomp around, with a number of nightclubs, restaurants, and bars. Spring 2006 will mark the grand opening of Saddle Ridge in HighFalls, a multi-venue complex anchored by a country bar. This place will have everything... even bowling.

Friday. Friday night has an early launch time --- especially if you're a drinker --- at joints like Johnny's Irish Pub, where a band (from local acoustic to international electric) kicks off happy hour at 5 p.m., only to be followed by another at 9 p.m. If you're not careful, happy hour can quickly turn into happy hours, and eventually unhappy morning.

Then you can roll up on The Roost and line-dance to a contempo-country DJ. This line-dance thing is an endless source of fascination for me. It's like the Madison, only louder.

Back downtown to Montage Live for everything from local metal to international jazz in a supper-club setting.

Then it's Monty's Krown, the place up-and-coming bands --- mostly in the punk vein --- sharpen their teeth. You can round out the night at ClubNV, where world-class DJs steam the windows opaque.

Saturday. This is when it all happens, and it's best to budget your time. Nearly every joint has a band; the bars in the Alexander Street corridor like Mex, the Alexander Street Pub, and Daisy Dukes are teeming; WaterStreetMusic Hall no doubt has a concert rolling; and a band that may have arrived via space shuttle is squonking at A\V at the Public Market.

Step into Bullwinkle's and step back in time with this eclectic joint's cinematic cabaret. This may derail your all-nightclub-hopping jaunt, as you may not wanna leave. It's hauntingly romantic like no place you've ever seen.

If a large, live, and loud dose of rock is what you need to scratch your rock 'n' roll itch, then you can jet over to either the Penny Arcade, the California Brew Haus, or SteelMusic Hall. Heads will bang, guitars will kerrang, and ears will bleed at these clubs forever.

Live Latin music blurs backsides and shakes Tapas into the wee hours. Lotsa good-lookin' sophisticates dressed in black and loosened up on sangria.

Richmond's rocks on this night only and frequently packs out. You'll definitely see someone or hear something you like.

But if you wanna see it all, you gotta stick 'n' move like the boxers do. Before you know it, it's Sunday morning and your ears are ringing.

Sunday. I've given up feeling guilty for Saturday night years ago; I ain't repenting for nothing. Still, I likes the quiet. Several churches, like ChristChurch, 141 East Avenue, have begun offering music over and above their typical Sunday liturgy. Beautiful acoustics, and you don't even have to kneel.

Milestones has Celtic music on Sundays nice and early so the pint-impact will be long gone by Monday a.m.

Follow instructions and repeat until desired effect is reached...

But that's only a sampling of what Rochester has to offer at night. Consult City's weekly music listings for events, or check the list below for a few more places to start.

Acoustic

Abundance Co-op

62 Marshall Street

454-COOP, www.abundance.coop

Blue Dahlia Coffee Shop

94 S Main Street, Canandaigua

394-0280, www.bluedahliacoffee.com

Boulder Coffee Co.

100 Alexander Street

454-7140, www.bouldercoffeeco.com

Coffee Cabana

123 S Union, Spencerport

352-9899

Daily Perks Coffee House

389 Gregory Street

271-2340, www.dailyperkscoffeehouse.com

Earthtones Coffeehouse

1217 Bay Road, Webster

671-3060, www.earthtonescoffee.com

Fairport Village Coffee & Wine Bar

6 N Main Street, Fairport

377-5880, www.fairportvillagecoffee.com

Java Junction

56 Main Street, Brockport

637-9330, www.javajunction.com

Northfield Coffee Co.

1790 Penfield Road, Penfield

381-0630

O'Loughlin's

5980 St Paul Boulevard

266-7047

On The Rocks NY Grill

1551 Mt Hope Avenue

271-7777

Paradigm Café

3118 E Henrietta Road

334-9520, www.paradigmcafe.com

Shamrock Jack's

4554 Culver Road

323-9310, www.shamrockjack.com

Sips Coffeehouse & Cafe

149 Pattonwood Drive

323-9360

SPoT Coffee

200 East Avenue

613-4600, www.spotcoffee.com

Starry Nites Café

696 University Avenue

271-2630, www.starrynitescafe.com

Willow Inn

428 Manitou Road, Hilton

392-3489

Big venue

AuditoriumCenter

875 E Main Street

222-5000, www.rbtl.org

Blue Cross Arena

100 Exchange Boulevard

232-1900, www.bluecrossarena.com

DarienLake Performing ArtsCenter

9993 Allegheny Road, Darien Center

716-599-4641, www.darienlakeconcerts.com

Harro East Ballroom

155 Chestnut Street

454-0230, www.harroeastballroom.com

Main Street Armory

900 E Main Street

232-3221, www.rochesterarmory.com

Marvin Sands-Constellation Brands Performing ArtsCenter

4355 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua

454-2100, www.rbtl.org

Smith Opera House

82 Seneca Street, Geneva

315-781-5483, www.thesmith.org

Blues

Beale Street Café

689 South Avenue

271-4650, www.bealestreetcafe.com

ClarissaRoom

293 Clarissa Street

325-5350

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

99 Court Street

325-7090, www.dinosaurbarbque.com

The Landing Bar & Grille

30 Main Street, Fairport

425-7490

Merchant Street Smokehouse

48 Merchant Street, Brockport

637-6020, www.merchantstreetsmokehouse.com

Rab's Woodshed

4440 Lake Avenue

663-4610

Smokin' Joe's

425 Lyell Avenue

647-1540

Classical

Eastman Theatre

60 Gibbs Street

274-1100, www.rochester.edu/eastman

Geneva on the Lake

1001 Lochland Road, Geneva

800-3-GENEVA, www.genevaonthelake.com

Hochstein Performance Hall

50 N Plymouth Avenue

454-4596, www.hochstein.org

Kilbourn Hall

26 Gibbs Street

274-1100, www.rochester.edu/eastman

Country

Daisy Dukes

336 East Avenue

325-4441

The Jukebox

5435 W Ridge Road, Spencerport

352-4505

The Roost

4853 W Henrietta Road

321-1170, www.roostcountry.com

DJ

Barfly

359 East Avenue

232-5630

Blue Room

293 Alexander Street

232-2230

ClubNV

123 Liberty Pole Way

454-7230

Coyote Joe's

384 East Avenue

232-7170

Karma

355 East Avenue

454-7010

Liquor Room

154 St Paul Street

454-7750

Norton's Pub

1730 Goodman Street

266-3570

Pulse

1509 Scottsville Road

436-7573, www.feelmypulse.com

SoHo East

336 East Avenue

262-2060

Grab-bag

A\V

8 Public Market

423-0320, www.avspace.org

Bullwinkle's Café

627 Lake Avenue

458-5530

Eastman Lounge

109 East Avenue

232-6000

Flat Iron Café

561 State Street

454-4830

Flipside Bar & Grill

2001 E Main Street

288-3930

German House Theatre

315 Gregory Street

303-2234, www.thegermanhouse.com

Glengarry Grill

4400 Nine Mile Point Road, Fairport

377-7250

Harmony House

58 E Main Street, Webster

265-9540

Honeoye Pub

125 E Lake Road

229-4535

Java's

18 Gibbs Street

232-4820, www.javascafe.com

Johnny's Irish Pub

1382 Culver Road

224-0990, www.johnnysirishpub.com

Milestones

170 East Avenue

325-6490, www.milestonesmusicroom.com

Montage Live

50 Chestnut Plaza

232-1520, www.montagegrille.com

South Bristol Cultural Center

5323 Seneca Point Road, Canandaigua

396-5950, www.southbristolculturalcenter.org

Jazz

Bistro 135

135 W Commercial Street, ERochester

248-8120

Bop Shop

274 N Goodman Street

271-3354, www.bopshop.com

Clark House

600 Whalen Road, Penfield

385-3700

The Grill at Strathallan

550 East Avenue

461-5010, www.strathallan.com

Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff

Route 96, Perinton

381-4000, www.woodclifflodge.com

Little Theatre Café

240 East Avenue

258-0412, www.little-theatre.com

Riffs

330 East Avenue

325-2010

Stardust Ballroom

41 Backus Street

428-6769

Tapas 177

177 St Paul Street

262-2090, www.tapas177.com

Rock/pop

Alexander Street Pub

290 Alexander Street

262-3820

Argyle Grill at Eagle Vale

4400 Nine Mile Point Road, Fairport

377-2452, www.eaglevale.com

Bug Jar

219 Monroe Avenue

454-2966, www.bugjar.com

Café Jericho

985 Ebner Dive, Webster

288-6217, www.cafejericho.com

California Brew Haus

402 W Ridge Road

621-1480

Curley's Saloon

511 E Ridge Road

266-9559

Elixir

938 S Clinton Avenue

244-5350

Jam Room

3873 Buffalo Road

594-1212

Jimmy Mac's

104 Platt Street

232-5230

The Keg

315 Gregory Street

473-5070, www.kegsportsbar.com

Keys Martini & Piano Bar/Club Keys

233 Mill Street

232-KEYS, www.keyspianobar.com

Leadbelly Landing

4776 Lake Avenue

663-3210

McGhan's

11 Main Street, Victor

924-3660

Millennium

2235 Empire Boulevard, Webster

671-5359

Monty's Krown

875 Monroe Avenue

271-7050, www.montyskrown.com

Monty's Korner

355 East Avenue

263-7650, www.montyskorner.com

Otter Lodge

1776 Monroe Avenue

442-8790

Panorama Nightclub

730 Elmgrove Road

247-2190

Penny Arcade

4785 Lake Avenue

621-7625, www.thepennyarcade.com

Pelican's Nest

566 River Street

663-5910, www.pelicansnestrestaurant.com

Pineapple Jack's

507 Spencerport Road

247-5225, www.pineapplejacks.com

Richmond's

21 Richmond Street

454-4612

Short's

35 N Main Street, Fairport

388-0136

Six Pockets

716 E Ridge Road

266-1440, www.sixpockets.com

Slammers Bar & Grill

4650 Dewey Avenue

663-4455

Spenders

1600 Lyell Avenue

458-1040, www.newspenders.com

Spikes

655 Monroe Avenue

242-4880

Spy Bar

139 State Street

750-3575

SteelMusic Hall

1509 Scottsville Road

436-7573, www.steelmusichall.com

Stooges

511 E Ridge Road

266-9559

Taylor's

3300 Monroe Avenue

381-3000, www.taylorsdisco.com

Tiki Bob's

60 Browns Race

325-2430

WaterStreetMusic Hall

204 N Water Street

325-5600, www.waterstreetmusic.com

Whiskey

315 Alexander Street

232-7550

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    Take a closer look

    You could easily spend your life in Greater Rochester driving between work, home, and Wegmans. Many people do.

    Where's the party?

    Festivals
    Lakeside Winter Celebration Date: February

    Sculptures, butterflies, and giants,oh my!

    Daytrips
    Anyone who complains about the traffic in Rochester has never driven in Boston or New York or Cleveland or Pittsburgh. Granted, more traffic means more population and more opportunities for diversion within those metropolises.

    A town in the know

    Universities
    One of Rochester's most important assets is its academic community. There are over a dozen centers devoted to advanced education within the Rochester-Finger Lakes-Genesee Valley Region, and they add vibrancy to the area's employment, culture, and quality of life.

    Park it

    Parks
    From the beautiful Seneca and Highland Parks, both designed by 19th-century landscape genius Frederick Law Olmsted, to Durand-Eastman Park, where you can feel the immensity of that Great Lake, here is just a partial list of some of our favorite parks in the Monroe County (256-4950, www.monroecounty.gov) and City of Rochester (428-6767 or 428-6755, www.cityofrochester.gov) systems. Cobbs Hill Park Culver Road and Norris Drive

    Not above name dropping

    Legends
    Rochester can boast a fair number of interesting citizens who continue to walk among us, but many that have shuffled off this mortal coil remain the subject of endless fascination. These former Rochesterians may not be as well known as groundbreaking giants like abolitionist Frederick Douglass, activist Susan B. Anthony, and inventor George Eastman, but their place in history is nonetheless guaranteed.

    Sporting goods

    Sports
    Last year, Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal named Rochester the number one minor-league sports market in the country. The city boasts pro sports franchises that are both storied and cutting-edge, some steeped in tradition, others still growing out of their infancy.

    From getting lost to finding your Irish

    Recreation
    Wanna work off a few pounds? Gotta burn off some work-related frustration?

    The way the political land lays

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    Just like anyplace else, politics in Rochester are a complicated affair that, when you get right down to it, aren't really all that complicated after all. Take a bunch of ambitious, outgoing men and women, add the lust for power, sprinkle generously with cash, and voila... you've got a crazy, quirky kind of world only an American-style democracy could produce.

    Live and active culture

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    Are you there yet?

    Families
    Got kids? You've come to the right place!

    As American as pasta e fagiole

    Food
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    Welcome to the 'burbs

    Suburbs
    Rochester owes much of its development and prosperity to the GeneseeRiver, which cuts a path right down the center of the city. In the early days, many of the neighborhoods in the city, as well as suburban villages, began as small settlements that depended on the river to receive and sell goods.

    The best parts are often hidden

    City neighborhoods
    "Cool" in Rochester is the youth-oriented Park Avenuearea, or the East End-Alexander area on a summer night, with crowds from clubs and bars spilling out onto the sidewalks. But there's lots to experience in the city.

    Your Rochester to-do list

    Try to see what's on TV on the ceiling of the Bug Jar. Board the Mary Jemison or the Sam Patch from Corn Hill Landing.

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