Ali and I stopped by Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) to see Gaylord. When we arrived, the crowd was unusually sparse, but I figured I had just predicted on the wrong end of things: I commented when we were leaving Ali's that if I get there at 8 p.m., the band won't start until 10:30, but if I arrive at 9 p.m., they will have already played — more often than not, it's the latter case. I even checked their chalkboard schedule and Gaylord was listed — I was concerned that I mistakenly arrived at the other, identically named Boulder Coffee Co. (955 Genesee St.)
Well, we waited for an hour or so, but no crowd began to form. In fact, I saw nobody else who I've become acquainted as friends of the guys in the band. I asked at the bar and was told that Gaylord would not be playing. Apparently every other Gaylord fan got the memo.
It would have been helpful if Boulder had updated their website earlier than today: I last checked it yesterday. It would have been courteous if they had a sign at the bar — or, perhaps, offered the information without prompting. In the past, I have found the serving staff (not necessarily the people working this night) to be apathetic at best and downright hostile toward live bands. They'd turn off the "house" music so the band could play only with great reluctance and repeated prompting (sometimes, not at all). They'd be openly negative about nearly every act I've ever seen — usually making snide comments about how much they suck whenever I'd get a drink. And I've never seen them be supportive of unusual requests, like when a performer would like to extend the night for an enthusiastic crowd. To top it off, the start-times of shows tend to vary, and bands appear and disappear from the schedule at an alarming rate.
But you know, it works from a business sense. After all, if I had known beforehand, I probably wouldn't have come down and wouldn't have spent any money. So thumbs-up to you, Boulder. Good job!
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Tonight at Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.) is The Beaumonts starting around 6 p.m. (I had said 8 p.m. before) as part of Taste of the Gate.
the proverbial grapevine]
The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Üç maymun(Three Monkeys) starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 7 p.m. From the Eastman House calendar: "the latest from [Nuri Bilge Ceylan], Turkey's pre-eminent filmmaker (Climates, Distant) is a tense suspense piece involving family dysfunction, marital infidelity, and a political cover-up. When a wealthy politician causes a hit-and-run accident, he persuades his driver to take the fall and go to prison. While away, the driver's wife's indiscretions become a heavy burden for the couple's brooding teenaged son, who keeps the secrets from his father. From the opening through its riveting finale, Three Monkeys is a beautifully photographed psychological drama."
Dryden Theater calendar][all ages]
Today at The Clarissa Room (293 Clarissa St., a.k.a. Clarissa's, formerly Shep's Paradise) is a benefit for The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) starting at 1 p.m. with a bunch of local bands.
the proverbial grapevine]
The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Le combat dan's l'île(Fire and Ice) starting at 8 p.m. and again tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. Copying right from the Eastman House calendar, "in one of the forgotten treasures of the French nouvelle vague, the great Jean-Louis Trintingant stars as the wealthy son of an industrialist whose hidden identity is as a militant assassin for an underground right-wing army. When the crypto-fascist's wife (Romy Schneider) begins to suspect something is awry, she also finds herself drawn to her husband's liberal, and also oblivious, friend (Henri Serre, Jim from Jules et Jim)."
Dryden Theater calendar][all ages]
This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including nearby towns Irondequoit, Webster, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor, Henrietta, Gates, Chili, Greece, and Charlotte, and occasionally other places in Monroe County and the Western New York region.) It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, lectures, discussions, debates, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
Music events are usually original bands with occasional cover bands and DJ's with musical styles including 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.
Although I'm reluctant to admit it, it is a Rochester blog and I'm essentially blogging about Rochester events.
I also tend to express opinions, review past events, make reviews, speak of philosophy or of a philosophical nature, discuss humanity and creativity.
Oh, and it's spelled JayceLand with no space and a capital L, not Jayce Land, Jaycee Land, Jace Land, Jase Land, Joyce Land, Jayce World, Jayceeland, Jaceland, Jaseland, Joyceland, Jayceworld, Jayceeworld, Jaceworld, Jaseworld, nor Joyceworld. (Now if you misspell it in some search engine, you at least get a shot at finding it.)
It's also not to be confused with
or JakesWorld which is a site of a Rochester animator.
While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, August 20, 2009 (Thu, Aug 20, 2009, 8/20/2009, or 8/20/09) Friday, August 21, 2009 (Fri, Aug 21, 2009, 8/21/2009, or 8/21/09) Saturday, August 22, 2009 (Sat, Aug 22, 2009, 8/22/2009, or 8/22/09) Sunday, August 23, 2009 (Sun, Aug 23, 2009, 8/23/2009, or 8/23/09) Monday, August 24, 2009 (Mon, Aug 24, 2009, 8/24/2009, or 8/24/09) Tuesday, August 25, 2009 (Tue, Aug 25, 2009, 8/25/2009, or 8/25/09) and Wednesday, August 26, 2009 (Wed, Aug 26, 2009, 8/26/2009, or 8/26/09).
indicates an event that's a preferred pick of the day ... probably something worth checking out.
indicates a "guaranteed" best bet for the particular genre of the indicated event.
links to a band's page on GarageBand.com which offers reviews and information about bands.
links to a band's page on MySpace.com which is a friend-networking site that is popular with bands.