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CULTURE EXPERIENCE

The Saakumu Dance Troupe, a leading traditional/contemporary dance and music group in Ghana, West Africa, will give a public performance on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m., in Rosch Recital Hall at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Repertoire of the group, led by Bernard Woma, master ...

Thrilling mystery

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “Murder on the Orient Express.” It will be screened on Saturday, Jan. 13, and Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and ...

Opera House to present Broadway On Screen’s Holiday Inn

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present Holiday Inn: the Irving Berlin Musical, as part of its Broadway on Screen series on Friday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. In Holiday Inn, Jim leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut ... but life just ...

Opera House to present the Bolshoi Ballet’s The Taming of the Shrew

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present one of the world’s greatest ballet companies — the Bolshoi Ballet — performing The Taming of the Shrew on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. It will be presented in high definition, captured live via satellite from the Bolshoi Theatre in ...

Opera House to present ‘Christmas on the Great White Way’

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present “Christmas on the Great White Way,” a special holiday musical revue, on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. This special holiday program features a variety of well-known holiday songs (and maybe some not so well-known) that have been showcased in ...

Chautauqua County police crack down on impaired driving

OBSERVER Staff Report Chautauqua County police agencies have participated in the New York State STOP-DWI Thanksgiving Enforcement Crackdown. The crackdown began Friday, Nov. 22, and continued through Monday, Nov. 25. This event is funded by a 2017-2018 grant from the Governor's Traffic ...

You be the judge

The Pine Valley drama club will present “Jungle Jury” tonight at 7 p.m. at Pine Valley Central School. The Candy Cane Courthouse is now in session, and the audience is the jury. The defendant, young Jim Dandy, has called Christmas spirit “a lot of nonsense,” but that won’t fly in ...

Musicians of tomorrow

Chautauqua Lake Central School will host serveral winter performances, beginning the week of Dec. 11. Elementary school concerts are slated for Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 1:30 p.m. (Kindergarten through grade 2) and 7 p.m. (grades 3-6). The secondary school concert, featuring two concert bands, two ...

‘Tis the season

CHERRY CREEK — The streets of Cherry Creek will be bustling when the little village in the County hosts its annual Christmas event this weekend. The Cherry Creek/Leon United Methodist Church will host its annual Craft Bazaar and Cookie Walk on Saturday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. ...

Fredonia Music students selected to NYSSMA Honor groups

Twelve Fredonia Middle and High School student musicians were selected for New York State School Music Association Area All-State Ensembles this fall. These groups draw their members from the best student musicians in Chautauqua, Erie, Cattaraugus and Niagara counties as determined through ...

Shakespeare favorite is next in Fredonia Mainstage Series

One of William Shakespeare’s most popular works will be the next offering in the Walter Gloor Mainstage Series at the State University of New York at Fredonia. The Department of Theatre and Dance will present six performances of “Much Ado About Nothing” from Nov. 30 through Dec. 3 in ...

‘The Exterminating Angel’

Live at the Met, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live, high-definition opera transmissions to theaters around the world, continues its 2017-18 season at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House this Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m., with Thomas Ades’ contemporary “The Exterminating ...

Community music program set to begin

The CREATE Project, is pleased to announce its newest initiative, The Community Music Program. Join musicians Landon Gray and Logan Bennett for sessions of merry music-making. Grab your fiddle, flute, recorder, rusty tin can, or just bring your smile. All ages and experience levels are ...

Fredonia Wind Ensemble to present eclectic concert

The Fredonia Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Paula Holcomb, will escort music enthusiasts on an exhilarating journey on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m., in King Concert Hall at the State University of New York at Fredonia. “Short Ride on a Fast Machine,” John Adams’ American ...

Based on a true story

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “Victoria & Abdul,” starring Academy Award-winner Dame Judi Dench and Ali Fazal. The extraordinary true story of a unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s remarkable rule, it will be screened on Saturday, ...

Fine art representing the 1930s in America to be on display

JAMESTOWN — A reception for an exhibition of fine art representing American life during the 1930s will be held Nov. 9 in the Weeks Gallery on Jamestown Community College’s Jamestown Campus. The reception, featuring a presentation on American art of the Depression Era by Ellen Litwicki, a ...

Best of the best

The State University of New York at Fredonia School of Music has announced a group of 10 talented, young pianists selected to move on to the Finalist Round of The Claudette Sorel Piano Competition, slated for Nov. 4, beginning at noon in Rosch Recital Hall. Finalists include: Alexei Aceto ...

Fredonia offers unique concert experience with SHUFFLE

The State University of New York at Fredonia School of Music, in partnership with Rockefeller Arts Center, brings unique chamber performance experience to Rosch Recital Hall during Fredonia’s Family Weekend 2017. On Saturday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m., SHUFFLE Concert will take the stage for an ...