I'm keeping it short, sweet and to the point this week. It's been a long week for this Lifestyles editor (and the real work hasn't even begun).
Communipaw will be playing the Spot in the Williams Center on Tuesday, Nov. 16. They are from New Brunswick, New Jersey and currently on tour.
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Bogme Elsbree of Rickets. The band will be at the Spot on Tuesday.
Their songs would appeal to fans of Ryan Adams, Into It Over It and The Snake The Cross The Crown.
Rickets will be the opener. This is a new band featuring members of Longitude and Ghost Of A Stranger.
The show starts at 8 p.m. and is free. The Spot is located on the first floor of Williams Center on the SUNY Fredonia campus.
Widow Maker will provide live tunes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday, at the First Ward Falcon Club (members and eligible guests).
Live music at 41 West this weekend: Friday, Nov. 12, Last Call from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 13, Weapons of Jazz Destruction, starting at 10 p.m. 41 West is also planning a disco for Nov. 27, so start getting your bellbottoms and platform shoes ready. This probably is not enough notice to cultivate an afro.
The Kosciuszko Club will have DJ Joe on Friday at 9:30 p.m.
Dress in your '80s finest at Valentine's Place on Saturday to match the music of Hair Nation, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Take in local art, food and music. Adams Art Gallery will hold Art A La Carte, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy evening at the gallery, admiring an art display and sample food and drinks served by local establishments including the Clarion Hotel, Shorewood Country Club, The Trillium Lodge, The White Horse Inn and Liberty Vineyards. Music will be provided by SUNY Fredonia's Department of Music.
Come one, come all to A Celebration of Puerto Rican Traditions will be held at the Clarion Hotel in Dunkirk on Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. The free event will feature traditional music by Los Sublimos and La Krema, traditional Puerto Rican food, a display of Santos carvings and more.
Jeff Bujak will perform live at Mojo's in Jamestown on Saturday, starting at around 10:30 p.m.
Conan O'Brien is finally back where he belongs - on our television screens (Clearly, my priorities were not in order last week because I neglected to mention this). Catch the tail end of his first week tonight on TBS at 11 p.m. In my opinion, based on the first two episodes, he's off to a spectacular start. Who needs NBC and their stuffy "Tonight Show?" If only TBS had the rights to "Walker, Texas Ranger" so the lever could be reinstated.
I know you guys probably already have this circled in red-and-blue on your calendars but just in case you need a reminder, "Sarah Palin's Alaska" premieres on TLC Sunday at 9 p.m. She desperately needs more publicity so thank goodness she finally has her own show. And speaking of Palins, daughter Bristol has danced her way to the second-to-the-last week of "Dancing With the Stars." Are people voting for her due to sheer fascination or because she can actually dance? "DWTS" devotee Tim Latshaw, who keeps me posted on the rankings, believes it's a little of both.
Could this be like an '80s version of "That '70s Show?" TBS's new comedy series "Glory Daze" focuses on a group of college students navigating the campus in 1980s Wisconsin. The show premieres Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 10 p.m.
Lovers of cheesy, old-fashioned sci-fi, tune into Turner Classic Movies in the wee hours of Saturday for "They Came From Beyond Space" (1967) at 3:45 a.m. Film noir fans should not miss a pair of two great ones on Monday afternoon (call in sick) - "The Big Heat" (1953) is on at 3:45 p.m. and "The Lady From Shanghai" (1948) at 5:30 p.m. Here are two things you will learn: first, don't get mouthy around a gangster with hot coffee, and second, a cruise on a yacht with a femme fatale and her husband will not end happily ever after.
WHAT REALLY GRINDS MY GEARS
1. This has happened to me three times in the past six weeks: cars stopped in the middle of the street, just for chatting purposes. I've seen cars pulled over in downtown Fredonia during the weekend, blocking traffic on Main Street, so that the driver may gab with a pedestrian; on my way to work, in Dunkirk, I had to stop and wait for two cars parked in the middle of an intersection while the drivers gossiped with each other. This is unnecessary. If you're driving down the street and spot an old pal you're dying to catch up with, try calling them later.
2. "Let's 'cheers' to that." No. Let's have a "toast" instead.
Apartment hunting is tough so I'm going to try to expedite the process by advertising my desire for a one-bedroom apartment here. I'm looking for a place in Dunkirk/Fredonia in a location that will be quiet, not too expensive, and preferably in a place where the likelihood of me getting murdered is slim to none - that is extraordinarily high on my list of priorities. If one of my readers is a landlord or knows one who isn't a serial killer, utilize my contact information, below.