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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 ...

Opera House Cinema Series to screen 1917

Discount offered to active and retired military The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is the Oscar-winning “1917.” It will be screened on Saturday, March 14, and Tuesday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. Active and retired members of the military will receive discounted ...

In review: Fearing is believing in ‘Invisible Man’

“The Invisible Man” is a movie I was not expecting. Growing up, I was a voracious reader of H. G. Wells. The first book of his I read was, “The Invisible Man”. Countless adaptations of the book have been made to some degree or other. All the adaptations I have seen have focused on what ...

FHS to present ‘Carousel’

Fredonia High School will present the classic musical, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Carousel” on March 20, 21, 27 & 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the District Auditorium. All tickets are $10. Reserved tickets are available at tinyurl.com/fcsdmusic or in the high school lobby from 4-6 p.m. on ...

JCC names cast for ‘Pump Boys & Dinettes’

JAMESTOWN — The cast for Jamestown Community College's production of "Pump Boys & Dinettes" has been announced. The interactive musical, directed by Adam Owens, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 24 and 25 and May 1 and 2 and at 2 p.m. on April 26 and May 3. Cast members include ...

Fredonia College Symphony to perform Saturday

The Fredonia College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. David Rudge, will present two of the great masterworks of the orchestral literature on Saturday, March 7 at 8 p.m. in King Concert Hall at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Symphony No. 5 of Ludwig van Beethoven ...

Student-composed work to premiere at Fredonia’s Opera Scenes

A new opera featuring music written by three student composers at the State University of New York at Fredonia will share the stage with performances of key scenes from three renowned operas at the Student Opera Theatre Association’s annual Opera Scenes production at the 1891 Fredonia Opera ...