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Entertainment

2019 Hillman Opera a winner in NOA national competition

The National Opera Association announced that the State University of New York at Fredonia’s 2019 Hillman Opera production of “Centrillion” by Jules Massenet, with the libretto by Henri Cain, has earned First Place in Division III of the association’s annual opera production ...

National Comedy Center to receive Johnny Carson archives

JAMESTOWN — The National Comedy Center and the Elkhorn Valley Museum in Johnny Carson’s hometown of Norfolk, Neb., have announced that the National Comedy Center will lead preservation of the historic Johnny Carson archives. “Johnny Carson is one of the most beloved and influential ...

Infinity announces new Pearl City Clay House

JAMESTOWN — The Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center is opening a new, community arts center for adults — the Pearl City Clay House. The Pearl City Clay House will be a place to play with clay. It will be an arts community for everyone from novice crafters to artists with years of ...

Poetry of Birds at Audubon event planned for Friday

Those attending may find yourself laughing out loud at some of the poems about birds that local storyteller Paul Leone shares at Audubon Community Nature Center’s next First Friday. “The Poetry of Birds” presentation is happening from 11 a.m. to noon Friday. Leone is an author and ...

Arts & Business Luncheon Features Songwriter and Guitarist Alison Pipitone

The Fredonia Technology Incubator continues its Arts and Business Luncheon Series with a virtual lunch event featuring award winning songwriter and guitarist Alison Pipitone. Pipitone will share her story and offer insights into the business side of her career. “The Arts and Business ...

SUNY PRODiG Fellow in-residence in the Fredonia School of Music

Dr. Andres Garcia Molina is spending the next two years as a research fellow in ethnomusicology at the State University at Fredonia School of Music as the recipient of a SUNY PRODiG Fellowship. SUNY describes the PRODiG (”Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion and ...

School of Music voice faculty to present recital

A virtual faculty recital featuring two members of the State University at Fredonia School of Music will be livestreamed on Sunday at 2 p.m. Assistant Professor Leonidas Lagrimas, piano, and Adjunct Lecturer Aurora Deeds, soprano, will perform works by Johannes Bach, George Frideric ...

Audubon Nature Play Care now available daily, weekly, or three-week sessions

JAMESTOWN — The Audubon Community Nature Center has made many additions and alterations to its programming to accommodate changing needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nature Play Care is an opportunity for 4- to 6-year olds to spend Tuesday through Friday mornings, 8-11:30 a.m., at Audubon, ...

Author Matt Bell to give virtual craft talk, reading for Fredonia State

Matt Bell, the author of “A Tree or a Person or a Wall” — a collection of short stories with a flavor of the experimental, the apocalyptic and often both — will present a craft talk and fictional reading as part of the Mary Louise White Visiting Writers Series at the State University at ...

Rockefeller partners with Boston Brass for special live stream event Oct. 18

The Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center is collaborating with one of the Boston Brass to present a special live streamed performance this October. “Boston Brass - Arts Across America: Community, Together” will take place on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. from the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee, ...

Seniors win Fredonia Concerto Competition

Lauren Henning, bassoonist, and Allison Dana, oboist, have been chosen as winners of the State University at Fredonia School of Music’s Concerto Competition, which is held every year to select the “cream of the crop” among music students at SUNY Fredonia. The winners will present solo ...

Piano competition moved to virtual format

Applications are now open for the 2020 Claudette Sorel Piano Competition and Fellows Program at the State University at Fredonia School of Music. The competition has been moved to a virtual format. The competition and fellows’ program is open to talented young pianists, ages 15 to 18, of ...

Virtual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival kicks off Friday

The National Comedy Center is presenting its Lucille Ball Comedy Festival virtually this year, featuring conversations with a diverse lineup of artists, starting this Friday and streaming over three weekends throughout August. Over 30 artists from stand-up, theater, television and film will ...

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 ...