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Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Ali and I Get to Not See Gaylord at Boulder
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (2 comments)

Ali and I stopped by Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) to see GaylordMySpace link. 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.MySpace link (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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JayceLand Pick Updated: Tonight at Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.) is The BeaumontsMySpace link starting around 6 p.m. (I had said 8 p.m. before) as part of Taste of the Gate. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

JayceLand Pick The great 1960's-styled rock from The Hi-RisersMySpace link will be at Lux LoungeMySpace link (666 South Ave.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: City Newspaper] [21+]

Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Positive Noise, Crucial CauseMySpace link, Bad Taste, Flaccid Christ, and Flip ShitMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [21+]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Theodora Goes Wild starting inexplicably late at 8:30 p.m. A small-town author writes sexy novels under a pseudonym, only to be unmasked by a playboy who has his own secrets. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is AnamanaguchiMySpace link, Jack Topht with the VegetablesMySpace link, and Craig MarloweMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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JayceLand Pick Today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the Fire Sale at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) ... a rummage sale minus kids things, computers, electronics, and other fun things. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

JayceLand Pick This evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gallery at The Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester (277 N. Goodman St.) is the opening reception for Raw & Beautiful: The Motorcycle as Art. [source: City Newspaper]

Over at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) starting around 6 p.m. is The Genesee Jug SlidersMySpace link. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at the 6 p.m. Happy Hour at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is good acoustic soloist Nick Young — singer for Burning DaylightGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Tonight at The Mez CaféMySpace link (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) starting at 6 p.m. is Dave GervasiMySpace link followed by Abe's Lily, and The Ruckus Juice Jug StompersMySpace link. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick 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." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Keg (315 Gregory St., behind German House where Rohrbach's used to be) will be hosting the really good acoustic soloist JoAnn VaccaroMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Freetime]

Village Idiots Present (VIP) will be performing comedy improv tonight at 8 p.m. [source: Village Idiots Present website]

Tonight at Equal=GroundsMySpace link (750 South Ave., formerly Hunt's Hardware) is the 3rd Friday Songwriters Open Mic with Jim Bowers starting around 9 p.m. [source: Equal=Grounds MySpace page]


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JayceLand Pick Today starting at 11 a.m. at Mendon Ponds Park (Hopkins Point Rd., North Entrance) is the start of the 10th Annual Joe+N Day-Tour. The sixth and final performance will be at 4 p.m. at Cobb's Hill Park (Norton Dr., softball diamonds near 490). [source: Carbon Records calendar]

Today at 10:15 a.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is another Upstairs/Downstairs Tour for members. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

Today and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at The Mez CaféMySpace link (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) is Mezzapallooza 2. [source: Mez website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick 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. [source: 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)." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is These United StatesMySpace link, WalriMySpace link, and Devall MusicMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is Hotel ReverieMySpace link, Gracious Sakes AliveMySpace link, and Dreams from GinMySpace link. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [21+]


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Every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the Greatest Community Garage Sale and Super Flea series at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick Today at 1 p.m. at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) is a Rochester Roots "Dig In" Video Screening with Rochester Roots director Jan McDonald. [source: RocWiki calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick And The MoneynotesMySpace link, The IndrasMySpace link, and The Holy Ghost Tent RevivalGarageBand linkMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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Tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is Wide Open Mic with Norm Davis. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

Bored? Why not check out 1980's DJ night at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 11 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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This morning at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria overlooking the arboretum in Bausch and Lomb (140 Stone St.) is the Artists Breakfast Group meeting ... anyone interested in art or creativity is invited.

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Fellini Satyricon starting at 8 p.m. — Frederico Fellini's loose adaptation of the excessive adventures of the Roman poet Encolpius. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Cale ParksMySpace link, and LemonadeMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Misfits starting at 8 p.m. What else are you going to call modern-day cowboys? [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) starting around 8:30 p.m. is the instrumental jam-rock genius of Pia MaterMySpace link, and Mobius TripMySpace link. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

Today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Washington Square Park (Woodbury Blvd at South Clinton Ave, across from Geva Theatre) is the Foodlink Farmers' Market. [source: RocWiki calendar]

Today at 12:00 p.m. is a meeting of The Brown Bag Book Discussion Group in the Literature Division's Study Room at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Comedy Club (2235 Empire Blvd., Webster) is a Comedy Open Mic with Michael GatelyMySpace link. [source: Comedy Club website]

There's an Open Mic for Acoustic Music at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) tonight around 8. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Tonight at 8 p.m. at Abeline Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is an Open Mic with The Grand Canyon Rescue EpisodeMySpace link. [source: Abeline website]

The Comedy UndergroundMySpace link will be at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) tonight at 8 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [all ages]

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