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Thursday, August 20th, 2009

The Beaumonts at Taste of the Gate at Village Gate
by Jason Olshefsky at 6:30 pm (add a comment)

The other day, I met the drummer for The BeaumontsMySpace link. He mentioned playing in Hypnotic ClambakeMySpace link and I knew that JoAnn VaccaroMySpace link also played with them (among a cast of thousands, I guess) so I had seen him again at the show last weekend. Well, we got to talking about The BeaumontsMySpace link and Rochester people, and he mentioned that Marianne Buckley would be in town and would be playing with them today. I had known Marianne (and Steve from The Beaumonts) for years — they were among the first people I ever met in Rochester in the "music scene".

So today I'm at Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.) to see the band. I discovered it was an event called Taste of the Gate by a group called Rochester A-List. Their deal is that if you sign up for the mailing list of the "best" events in Rochester and had RSVPed for the Taste of the Gate event, it would have been $10 instead of $15. I gathered that some or all of the money collected went to an adoption service which was there and had a raffle as well.

The event was — I guess — a way for restaurants at Village Gate to showcase their food. California Rollin' at Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.) took it seriously and produced a great number of sushi rolls. Salena's (274 N. Goodman St., at Village Gate), I believe, provided a chicken wing tray with a kind of salsa sauce that was quite good. And although I only hovered near their table for part of the time, as best I can tell, The Gate House (274 N. Goodman St., in the Village Gate; formerly Salena's location) put out two sandwiches and (possibly) a pizza. Nonetheless, the $15 "buffet" wasn't much of a deal for the 200 or so people who were there.

Well anyway, The BeaumontsMySpace link were excellent. They play a sort of rock with a ska-ish fluidity. Steve's influence in the band is at the forefront, and their CD is (so far) fantastic. Plus, I got to chat with my old pal Marianne — formerly of White Cotton Panties. I wore the T-shirt for the band that I had autographed at Norton's Pub (1730 Goodman St.) or some such place. It's sure been a while …

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Today from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., tomorrow and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. is The Greek Fest at The Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit (835 South Ave.) [source: City Hall press release]

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting Hollow ReedMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing 42nd Street starting at 8 p.m. A depression-era musical whose "much-imitated, never-equaled choreography is by the great Busby Berkeley." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Devall MusicMySpace link, and DriftwoodMySpace link will be at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

Pure Kona Open Mic Poetry will be at The Mez (389 Gregory St., formerly House of Hamez and Daily Perks) tonight starting around 7:30 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]


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Apparently The Critical Mass Bike Ride is tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. at the clock tower near The Wilson Commons at The University of Rochester (Library Road, #39 on River Campus Map.) to The Liberty Pole (1 Liberty Pole Way) at 6 p.m. and heading through the city from there. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Virtually trippy jazz from Margaret Explosion will be at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) starting around 6 p.m. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing House of Wax — in 3-D, starting at 8 p.m. A sinister film about a man who has an unusually way of casting figures for his wax museum, combined with the absurdity of 3-D. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) is The Deep Blue DreamMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

Top Pick Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting massive hard acoustic-rock from Old BoyMySpace link, and great heavy-hitting proto-rock from Auld Lang SyneMySpace link starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [21+]

Tonight probably starting around 7 p.m. at The Storefront Anti-War Crisis Center (658 Monroe Ave.) is the Subversive Komedy Fest. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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


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Today at 8 p.m., Village Idiots Present (VIP) will present the Improv Comedy Championship — a benefit show for The Strong Memorial Hospital General Patient Fund (for which there is mysteriously no web evidence). [source: Village Idiots Present website]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Dial M For Murder (in its original 3-D presentation) starting at 8 p.m. Alfred Hitchcock sure puts a fine twist on the 3-D effect in this tale of a husband plotting the murder of his wife. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) is Turnip StampedeMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. I've never seen them, but their name always cracks me up. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting high-energy rock from the now-defunct Bee EaterGarageBand linkMySpace link (back because Meghan's in town), The Legendary Jones GangMySpace link, and great garage rock from The Grinders starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is well-constructed heavy rock/metal from HeatseekerGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Monty's Krown MySpace page] [21+]


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Jayce Turns 3013

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 2 p.m. at Highland Bowl (South Ave. at Robinson Dr.) is Wedgestock 2009 with local artists and music by The King PinsMySpace link, very danceable percussion-and-saxophone dominated jam band The BuddhaHoodMySpace link, and Java along with Irish dance from The Rince na Sidhe Dance School of Rochester. [source: The Wedge]

The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) will be hosting Mojo ChunkMySpace link starting around 7 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

Today at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a 3-D Triple Feature with Jesse James Vs. The Daltons, The Nebraskan at 7:15 p.m., and Fort Ti at 8:45 p.m. Note that each of them have exactly a 4.7 of 10 rating on The Internet Movie Database (IMDb). [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m., excellent surf-rock / novelty stage act band The IsotopesMySpace link will play on The Isotopes Booze Cruise II on Colonial Belle (400 Packett's Landing, Fairport). [source: band e-mail]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 8 p.m. is really great, tight, current punk-rock from 5 Watt BulbMySpace link, The Intelligent GunmenMySpace link, InugamiMySpace link, and All of Them WitchesMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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JayceLand Pick Today at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is a 3-D Double Feature with Man In The Dark starting early at 7 p.m. and then Drums of Tahiti at 8:30. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Free EnergyMySpace link, and Man vs. MoonMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Little (240 East Ave.) at 9:15 p.m. is the Emerging Filmmakers Series Program #58 featuring Tea Ceremony at the End of the World by Zoje Stage, In My City of Angels by Donna De Palma, The Return Home by B. Anthony Gibson (, also at IMDb), AUX 2 by Jack Beck, Matt Costanza, and Rick Scott, and Doctor, Doctor, Is There a Mystery in the House? (Scoob Spoof #8) by Jeffrey T. Cook. [source: Little Theatre calendar]

Blues-charged rock-and-roll/groove-rock from Buford and the Smoking Section will be at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) starting around 10 p.m. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]

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 The October Man starting at 8 p.m. about a man who's accused of the murder of a young woman on a night he can't remember. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Baba YagaMySpace link, excellent wild rock-and-roll from Handsome JackGarageBand linkMySpace link, and Triglactagon starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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V-J Day

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing My Flesh and Blood starting at 8 p.m. It's a documentary about Susan Tom who adopted 11 children with disabilities. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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]

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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