For the past month Cold Lazarus has been creating in the heart of Jamestown, and it’s been rather refreshing.
Over the first 14 months of our time as a band we bounced around with surprising consistency in trying to find a permanent rehearsal space.
From our first practice in Adam’s aunt’s basement on Willow Avenue to our new spot in the Gokey Building, we’ve practiced in about four or five different locations — none of them specifically designed to be a practice space for a band I’ve often heard described as “quite loud.” Although that last snippet remains the case for our current residence, it’s been nice to have a room to write and rehearse in which we can call strictly “our” space.
The difference being that every other space in which we’ve set up shop has been part of someone’s home — a basement, a living room, a bedroom, even a barn in Drew’s back yard. Each of them now have their own set of memories tied to them in the form of the songs written in those respective locations.
But in addition to now having a space that was set up by us to be the Cold Lazarus room, it’s also nice to have the convenience of being able to practice right downtown.
Our room is located in the Gokey Building along Cherry Street. Soundproofing is not a thing yet, as I’m sure several patrons of the Cherry Lounge on Tuesday and Thursday evenings will attest. I myself have heard three-quarters of the band from outside and, yes, you can hear the music quite clearly. Thankfully we haven’t had any complaints yet. Fingers crossed.
But I have to say that it’s rather convenient to be able to simply walk outside and head next door for some food and a beverage after a day of work followed by a night of musical and mental calisthenics. And, just playing Devil’s advocate here, there’s always a chance that some passersby might actually dig what they’re hearing.
So, if anyone is interested in catching some Cold Lazarus jams, free of charge, hang out along Cherry Street on any given Tuesday or Thursday night from around 7-10 p.m. — although we’ll probably take tonight off since Adam is going to be playing this month’s “Back Room Radio Hour” at Trinity Guitars (see the accompanying article below). We’ll try and keep it down so you can enjoy the songs for what they are instead of how loud we can make them.
This weekend we’ll be busy once more, playing Friday at the Kings Rook Club in Erie and Saturday at Nietzsche’s in Buffalo. These shows are going to be a lot of fun, and I’m sure I’ll be coming away with a lot of stories. If any of them are refined enough for print in a news publication, I’ll be sure to pass them along.
See you next time with my thoughts and observations on another adventurous weekend!
And now, here’s some of what you can expect to find in the area this week.
Reg Lenna To Host ‘Spirits From Around The World’ Fundraiser Today: The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts will have a “Spirits from Around the World” food and drink fundraiser today at 6:30 p.m. on its stage. This “spirited” and culinary trip around the world will feature Evans Wine & Liquor and Wines and Southern Tier Distilling’s Phin DeMink teaming up to create four unique worldly cocktails. A variety of foods from around the world will be provided by Reg Lenna Center for the Arts board members. Several fun winter games including mini-curling, shuffle board and a ring toss will also be part of the festivities.
Tickets are $30 per person presale and $35 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.
Little Theatre To Present ‘The 39 Steps’ This Weekend: The Lucille Ball Little Theatre will continue is production of John Buchan’s “The 39 Steps” for a second consecutive weekend. Described as a comic farce which combines a Hitchcock Masterpiece with a juicy spy novel and a dash of Monty Python, “The 39 Steps” comes across as a fast-paced whodunit that is enjoyable to theater-lovers of all sorts. The Little Theatre’s adaptation includes a four-person cast comprised of John Pickett, Rycheigh Allan, Aubrey Russell and Danica Olson-Walter, of whom the latter three will be required to wear many hats, literally.
The play is centered around its protagonist, Hannay, who is bored with his life and decides to spend a night at the theater. Little does he know that this decision will change his entire life, and plunge him into a world of mystery, danger and intrigue. When a German woman he met at the theater ends up dead in his apartment, he follows the clues she leaves for him as he tries to uncover a secret organization known as “The 39 Steps.” All the time he is being pursued by the police, as well as “The 39 Steps” themselves. The show concludes with a death-defying finale.
Performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and concluded with a 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets for “The 39 Steps” are $22 or $12 for students. They can be purchased at the Little Theatre box office, by calling 483-1095 or by visiting lucilleballlittletheatre.org.
Infinity’s Fourth Annual Art Market, Auction Is Saturday: Infinity Visual and Performing Arts will host its fourth annual Art Market and Auction on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Infinity Arts Cafe, 300 E. Third St. in Jamestown. This event will be a culmination to Infinity’s “Step Up for the Arts”annual campaign. The art market will feature work for sale from local artists, an art auction of locally-made art and an array of activities. Infinity’s Art Market and Auction features 20 or more artists each year. This year’s Art Auction will feature a chainsaw carving by Vince Liuzzo and a private collection of pottery and ceramic art created by the late Douglas Hay. All proceeds will support music and arts education experiences for young people at the Infinity Center.
For more information, call 664-0991, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit infinityperformingarts.org.
‘Chautauqua’s Got Talent’ To Continue Monday: The ninth annual “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” will present its second round of competition Monday at The Spire Theater beginning at 7 p.m. Appearing in the competition will be Jackie Beilata, Ryanne Smith, Olivia Gren, Jayla Brock, Brandon Frederick Callender, Avryiana Atwater, Leisha Arthurs, Devin Bielata, Jubal Samuelson, Mia Rowe, Karle Christoph, Kayle Dean, Angel Rodriguez, Ayrianna Brady, Jillian VanHouten, Miranda Wilcox, Yadilex Mareara, Dylan Carlson, Amanda Forbes and Jeana Wolf.
Presale tickets to individual shows are $7, and are available for purchase through the Labyrinth Press Company, located at 10 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown, or online at spiretheater.org. A pass to attend all five competition nights is also available at the aforementioned locations for $30. Individual tickets on performance nights are available at the door for $9.
The Spire Theater is located at 317 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information on auditions, or this year’s “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” competition, contact The Spire Theater at 450-7357, or by email at email@example.com.
To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 487-1111, ext. 243 by Monday.
Comedy open mic: 8 p.m., Labyrinth Press Co., 14 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown
Jules-R-Us Karaoke: 8 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Karaoke with DJ Xcite: 9 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Karaoke with Felony Entertainment: 10:30 p.m., Forte, 114 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Brian Hanna: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown
Rustic Ramblers: 7:30 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
Karaoke with Felony Entertainment: 9 p.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown
Tim and Cody: 9 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Pressure Sensitive: 9 p.m., Big Shots, 674 Route 394 in Kennedy
The Release: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
The Scroggins: 7 p.m., The Vegas Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy
“Phantom Thread” screening: 8 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Brian Hanna: 8 p.m., Craft Burgers and Brews, 60 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
Jules-R-Us Karaoke: 9 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Black Widow: 9 p.m., Big Shots, 674 Route 394 in Kennedy
Refuge: 10 p.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown
Karaoke with DJ Felony: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown
“The Shape of Water” screening: 7 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Open Mic Night: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown.