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Entertainment

Opera House to present My Sweet Patootie in concert

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present the high-energy Southern Ontario rockabilly, swing band, My Sweet Patootie, in concert on Friday at 7:30 p.m.My Sweet Patootie is an acoustic roots group from rural Ontario bringing twisting vocal harmonies, monstrous finger-style guitar, fiddle, ...

Annual event coming to Gerry Rodeo Grounds

GERRY - Once a year, the magic of Scandinavia is celebrated with a local festival.The 2014 Scandinavian Folk Festival will be the largest one to date primarily because of the music of ABBA and over 30 combatants in the Viking Village.Where else can one have such a variety of entertainment, ...

Opera House to present London’s National Theatre’s ‘King Lear’

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present a high definition broadcast of the stage production of Shakespeare's classic tragedy King Lear on Thursday at 7 p.m.Captured live in high definition from London's National Theatre, this production of one of the Bard's most popular tragedies is directed ...

Photographer Randal Pierson’s ‘My Sweden’ coming to 3rd On 3rd Gallery

JAMESTOWN - 3rd On 3rd Gallery at Reg Lenna Center For The Arts will present "My Sweden" from photographer Randal Piersons beginning July 11 with a public reception at 6 p.m.Randal Piersons, a photographer from Sweden, grew up in Jamestown and migrated to Sweden in 1972. He is returning to ...

Partners produce artwork for building

MAYVILLE - Chautauqua Tapestry and Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. have partnered to create some visually stunning artwork for the Department of Health and Human Services Building in downtown Jamestown.The project came about after a request from DHHS Commissioner Christine Schuyler ...

Serial novel: “The Plot to Kill Susan B. Anthony”

Chapter 4Editor's note: "The Plot to Kill Susan B. Anthony" is a novel written by William Fleeman, a Cassadaga-area resident. This week, we conclude with Chapter 4 of the book."Millicent and I have contacts in Lower Manhattan, people who might know something about a plot to kill Miss Anthony. ...

‘Madame Butterfly’ a summer season highlight

CHAUTAUQUA - This evening, at 8:15 p.m., the Chautauqua Amphitheater will reverberate with the gorgeous sounds of one of the most famous operas in the world by Giacomo Puccini.Puccini was Italian, and he fitted his thrilling music to a libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, which was ...

Jill Abramson to speak at Chautauqua Institution

CHAUTAUQUA - Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times, joins Chautauqua Institution's summer lecture platform examining "The Ethics of Privacy" on July 9.Abramson will offer her perspective on the role of the media in covering privacy issues, such as the ones brought to ...

Fredonia Farmers’ Market to host Swedish band

The Fredonia Farmers' Market will host Svenska Spelman's toe-tapping Scandinavian music on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon.A traditional Scandinavian gammaldans (a barn dance band), the group has been together for 12 years and are the host band for the Jamestown Scandinavian Festival. They ...

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 ...