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Entertainment

Scotty McCreery to perform at Cattaraugus County Fair

LITTLE VALLEY - What could be more synonymous with country music than a county fair? It seems the people with the Cattaraugus County Fair Association have done a great job in the past to bring some of the biggest names in the business to the stage during fair week. This year is no ...

Coming attractions

TodaySummer carnivalDunkirk Free Library, 2-4 p.m. in library parking lot. Games, refreshments, face painting and more. Free for kids 2-10 years old.Gazebo Summer Concert SeriesCassadaga Area Band, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Barker Common, Fredonia.ThursdayMusic on the PierExtreme AC/DC-Dirty Deeds, ...

Mayville native takes third place in Eastern USA Banjo Competition

By GAVIN PATERNITISpecial to the OBSERVERA 21-year-old Mayville native has the distinction of being one of the finest banjo players in the country.Recently, Gregg Welty took third place in the Eastern USA Banjo Championships in Lawndale, N.C.The competition featured the best of the best in the ...

Great Blue Heron Music Festival this weekend

SHERMAN - For 23 years, the Great Blue Heron Music Festival in the beautiful rolling hills of Chau-tauqua County has provided music entertainment to thousands of people of all ages. Each year, more than 35 national and regional music acts have entertained audiences on three stages making it a ...

‘A Raisin in the Sun’ opens tonight at Chautauqua

In mid-June, the most recent incarnation of Lorraine Hansberry's play, ''A Raisin in the Sun'' closed on Broadway, after a run which garnered Tony awards for ''Best Revival of a Play,'' ''Best Director of a Play'' and ''Best Supporting Actress.'' There were additional nominations which didn't ...

Olympians to headline Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular

JAMESTOWN - The Jamestown Savings Bank Arena in collaboration with Disson Skating is excited to be presenting for the third consecutive year the Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular on Dec. 13.The cast features the most decorated dance team in US figure skating history, 2014 ...

Chautauqua Week 2

CHAUTAUQUA - Chautauqua Institution has partnered with the National Geographic Society for Week Two, Sunday through Saturday summer season.The morning lectures, themed "Feeding a Hungry Planet," will be held at 10:45 a.m. from Monday to Friday in the Amphitheater. Continuing the discussion, the ...

On display

The North Shore Arts Alliance invites the community to explore the region's artistic talent with the opening receptions of two new exhibitions taking place Friday."The Artists Surround-ings" opens at Surround-ings Art Gallery, 73 E. Main St. in Westfield from 7 to 9 p.m. Participating artists ...

Cinema Series

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series will screen the Disneynature film "Bears" on Saturday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature's new adventure "Bears" showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life's ...

Space Art Show seeking submissions

JAMESTOWN - The 4th Annual Space Art show will take place in The Forum at Galactic Systems Headquarters on July 16 at 7 p.m. At this time, the Forum is calling for submissions from artists for space related art.This artistic celebration of space takes place each year during the anniversary of ...

Willowfest nears

SILVER CREEK - Willow Creek Winery is having its 14th Annual Willowfest Friday and Saturday. This event is held as a two-day festival in which food, drink, music and play all come together.Originally held as a one-day family party for owner Doug Metzger, Willowfest has become a kickoff to ...

Opera House to present ragtime piano sensation Stephanie Trick

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present ragtime/stride piano sensation Stephanie Trick in concert on Friday at 7:30 p.m.Harlem stride piano, which developed in the 1920s and 30s, is an orchestral style of two-handed piano playing that not only swings, but is also technically demanding and ...

Helen Gilbert & Students show at Prendergast Library

JAMESTOWN - The Prendergast Library Art Gallery will feature Helen Gilbert & Students, Creativity on Display from June 27 through July 25.Members of the group will greet visitors during an opening reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on June 27. The event is free and open to the public, and ...

Public reception and program by wildlife artist Cole Johnson Friday

JAMESTOWN - On Friday from 5 to 7:30 p.m., the Roger Tory Peterson Institute will host a public reception and program by acclaimed wildlife artist Cole Johnson. Cole's work is among those featured in the current exhibition at RTPI, Environmental Im-pact, which runs through July 6.The June 27 ...

The Castleman Quartet Program returns to SUNY Fredonia

Local music lovers will have a chance to experience splendid chamber works performed by some of the world's most talented young artists as The Castleman Quartet Program launches its ninth season in residence at SUNY Fredonia.The Quartet Program's 2014 concert season begins with a recital ...

Chautauqua Institution season springs to life

CHAUTAUQUA - This very weekend, the Chautauqua season will spring to life, and we change from a rural performing venue to one of the international centers of most of the arts.Each year, we get a substantial number of requests, asking my advice on what area residents should attend at Chautauqua. ...

Second season

WESTFIELD - A former train station will be open to the public for the second time as a newly renovated art gallery.On Saturday, the Station Art Gallery in Westfield will open its doors to display the artwork of area resident Katherine Galbraith.Galbraith - who was born in Memphis, Tennessee and ...

Chautauqua Theater Company to present award-winning classic

CHAUTAUQUA - Chau-tauqua Theater Company, under the leadership of Vivienne Benesch Artistic Director and Sarah Clare Corporandy Managing Director, presents Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning classic "A Raisin in the Sun," directed by CTC Resident Director Ethan McSweeny (CTC's The Glass ...

Spire Theater to present Dixieland jazz concert Friday

JAMESTOWN - On Friday, the Spire Theater Friday Night Jazz Concert Series at 317 E. 3rd Street in Jamestown will feature Andre and the Giants at 7 p.m. The group will perform a variety of classic New Orleans' styled Dixieland jazz favorites.Instrumentalists are Jon Wilder on trumpet, Pete Pepke ...

Opera House Cinema Series continues Saturday, Tuesday

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series will screen the inspirational film "Heaven is for Real," starring Greg Kinnear, on Saturday and June 24 at 7:30 p.m.Based on the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, "Heaven is for Real" brings to the screen the true story of a ...