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Navy musician participates in exchange

Musician 1st Class Vincent Moody, a State University of New York at Fredonia and Fredonia School of Music alumnus, will be participating in an online music exchange with Fredonia School of Music on July 1 and 2. Moody has served in the Navy for 16 years and is currently serving in Japan with ...

Fredonia graduate creates streaming version of classic-style variety show

With the coronavirus pandemic bringing live, in-person events to a halt, performers across the world have gotten creative in an effort to connect with audiences. Jason Ostrowski, a 1998 graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia, has met the challenge by creating a monthly ...

Overland Trails are now open

Chautauqua County’s Overland Trails are open. The Overland Trails, composed of the Earl Cardot Eastside Overland Trail and the Fred J. Cusimano Westside Overland Trail, are the County’s largest hiking trail system. Spanning more than 40 miles in total, the trails include forests, hills ...

Joseph Earl Thomas wins third annual Chautauqua Janus prize

Chautauqua Institution is delighted to announce “Reality Marble” by Joseph Earl Thomas as the 2020 winner of the Chautauqua Janus Prize. As the author selected from 16 finalists by judge Hilary Plum, Thomas receives $5,000 and will present a public lecture and reading at a celebratory ...

Chalk Drawing Showcase set for region

An uplifting northern Chautauqua County is taking place called Chalk Drawing Showcase. The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is looking for artwork that inspires hope, uplifts the spirit, makes people smile and feel happy, and overall shows how you make others happy! Be creative. All ...

Fredonia alumni transition puppet theatre business in face of pandemic

With the entertainment industry in New York City grinding to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, a pair of State University of New York at Fredonia graduates, Chad Williams, ‘03, and Lindsey “Z” Briggs, ‘01, made a quick turn in their livelihood, transitioning their puppet theatre ...

Seven finalists named for 2020 Chautauqua Prize

CHAUTAUQUA — Chautauqua Institution is pleased to announce seven exceptional books as the 2020 finalists for The Chautauqua Prize, now in its ninth year: “Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey,” by Mikhal Dekel (W.W. Norton) “What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness ...

Vanwesenbeeck to deliver Kasling Lecture

State University of New York at Fredonia Department of English Professor Birger Vanwesenbeeck has been tapped to present the 2020 Robert W. Kasling Memorial Lecture, an honor that recognizes a faculty member for outstanding achievement in scholarship or artistic performance. Dr. ...

Opera House announces June event cancellations

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center announced today the most recent event cancellations due to the COVID-19 restrictions. The planned 2020 Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival, scheduled for June 12-14 has been cancelled. It will not be rescheduled for this year. ...

Artwork sought for Art for Everyone fundraiser

OLEAN — The Tri-County Arts Council (TCAC) is excited to announce the return of the Art for Everyone Exhibition and Art Party for its vital fall fundraiser, and they’re inviting artists, artisans, students and citizen art supporters of all levels who live near and far to participate by ...

National Comedy Center launches online platform

JAMESTOWN — The National Comedy Center, the nation’s official cultural institution and non-profit museum dedicated to comedy as an art form, announced today that it has launched a new online content platform featuring exclusive content directly from its interactive comedy exhibits, as an ...

United Arts Appeal extends grant application deadline to April 30

JAMESTOWN — Thursday, April 30, is the new deadline to submit applications to the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County (UAA) Projects Pool Grants Program. “We recognize that many in Chautauqua County are currently experiencing stress,” said UAA President Julie Newell. “While our ...

Local attractions in Chautauqua County

In light of social distancing mandates, some of Chautauqua County's attractions are offering ways for you to engage with them online. The Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau will continue to update this list as developments occur. If you enjoy the information found in this blog post, please help ...

Opera House extends closure

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center announced Tuesday that in light of recent state and federal mandates surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, it will remain closed through April 30. All events and screenings scheduled between now and Apr. 30 are either cancelled outright or are ...

Music industry turning to virtual concerts

NEW YORK (AP) — The spreading coronavirus canceled several touring performances from A-list musical artists, but those acts have found a new venue to sing: their living rooms. John Legend, Bono, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Pink, John Mayer, Keith Urban and more have held virtual concerts ...

Opera House to close for 30 days

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center announced Tuesday it will close effective immediately through April 17, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The move comes a day after NYS Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that prohibits gatherings of 50 or more people and mandates ...

National Comedy Center adds 2nd Foxworthy show

JAMESTOWN — The National Comedy Center, the nation’s official museum and cultural institution dedicated to comedy, has added a second Jeff Foxworthy show to the 2020 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. The second show will take place at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, following the 7 p.m. show that ...

Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure coming to Reg Lenna Center

JAMESTOWN — Reg Lenna Center for The Arts presents Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure this Sunday, March 15 at 4 p.m. This live performance is an immersive experience that explores unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago. Actors, technology, puppets, ...

Met Live season continues: Wagner’s ‘Die Fliegende Hollander’

Live at the Met, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live, high definition (HD) opera transmissions to theaters around the world, continues its 2019-20 season at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 14, at 1 p.m., with Richard Wagner’s Die ...