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Opera House screening room debuts

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center this week launches a new program to provide movies and other digital programming to its patrons in the wake of the continued COVID restrictions which prevent the theater from opening. The Opera House Screening Room will offer patrons ...

Fredonia percussionists win international prizes

The State University of New York at Fredonia Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Kay Stonefelt, won First Place in the Open Small Ensemble category at The Education Africa Virtual International Marimba and Steelpan Festival held Dec. 5 through 13. Fredonia School of Music ...

Audubon schedules Holiday Kids Camps

JAMESTOWN — Children ages 4 to 12 are invited to take a break from the holiday busyness and come to Audubon Community Nature Center for a day or exploration, fun, and learning. Audubon is offering two Holiday Camp opportunities, on Tuesday, Dec. 29, and Thursday, Dec. 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Youth Symphony fall rehearsals under way

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony has started rehearsals again after a long spring and summer quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Registration can still be accepted for a short time and can be found on the CRYS website at CRYouthSymphony.com. An up-to-date live rehearsal and ...

Mayville Bluegrass Festival to return

MAYVILLE — The Mayville Bluegrass Festival took place from 2002 to 2009 at Lakeside Park in Mayville. The Festival is being resurrected in 2019 at Big Inlet Brewing in a one-day, all day format on Saturday, Aug. 17. Tickets are only $20 for admission and are available on line at ...

Opera House to present acclaimed comedian Tammy Pescatelli

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present acclaimed comedian Tammy Pescatelli on Friday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Arguably one of the hardest working women in comedy today, Tammy Pescatelli brings brassy sexiness with a female voice of witty sarcasm to her audiences, holding her own on topics ...

Fredonia concert to feature French chamber music

French chamber music, featuring contemporary violinist Yuki Numata Resnick and two State University of New York at Fredonia School of Music faculty — pianist Eliran Avni, assistant professor, and cellist Natasha Farny, associate professor — will be presented on Saturday at 8 p.m., in Rosch ...

Music Showcase Saturday

JAMESTOWN — The Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center is looking forward to a night full of music and fun in downtown Jamestown during the 15th Annual Local Music Showcase! Local Music Showcase will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. in downtown Jamestown. For only ...

Collage Performance Arts Center announces accomplishments

The Collage Performing Arts Center is proud to announce the recent accomplishments of their three competitive dance teams. The New York Majestic Junior/Senior competitive dance team, The Youth Dazzler’s and Mini Dazzler’s dance teams have qualified for the 2019 National Dance Team ...

Justice on big screen

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “RBG,” the critically acclaimed documentary on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It will be screened on Saturday, July 28, and Tuesday, July 31, at 7:30 p.m. At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ...

Gowanda hosting Drum & Bugle Corps; rehearsals open to community

GOWANDA — More than 150 musician-athletes with the Legends Drum & Bugle Corps from Kalamazoo, Mich., are being hosted at and rehearsing on the campus of the Gowanda Central School District for two days this week ahead of the Drums Along the Waterfront-Tour of Champions competition next ...

Former Fredonia teacher still enjoying jazz

Editor’s note: Farina & Friends will be performing tonight at 6:30 p.m. for the Fredonia Gazebo Concert series. Below is a profile on Frank Farina. ——— It was 1959 when Frank Farina was drafted into the U.S. Army. A recent graduate of Albany State College with a master’s ...

Talk on Dunkirk native and the plot to steal Abraham Lincoln set

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House continues its new series of free-admission local history lectures when it presents “The Plot to Steal Abraham Lincoln” on Thursday, July 19, at 7 p.m. The Plot to Steal Abraham Lincoln is the third of seven multimedia presentations that will be presented over ...

Local bands to play at area events

Bring family, friends, and seating for a series of free concerts by two area bands. The schedule for the New Horizons Band is: Thursday, July 19 at the Chautauqua County Fair, 3:15 to 5:15 p.m.; Thursday, July 26 in Brocton’s Ryckman Park and Wednesday, Aug. 1 in Fredonia’s Barker ...

Opera House presents ‘Canaletto and the Art of Venice’

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present “Canaletto and the Art of Venice,” a special cinematic exhibition of the Italian artist’s work, this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. as part of its Art & Architecture On Screen Series. Additionally, local visual artist George Petrella will exhibit his ...

Fredonia’s Marion Art Gallery to host exhibition of student works

The first senior art exhibition of the spring semester at the State University of New York at Fredonia will feature the work of nine graduating majors from the Department of Visual Arts and New Media. Titled “Paraskevidekatriaphobia,” which means fear of Friday the 13th, the exhibition ...