Arts/Entertainment

Just Plain Fun

Genre blending. Ragtime. Dixieland jazz. Rock. Swing. 1920s blues. Hot jazz. Preservationist. Time traveler. Vaudevillian glamor. Theatrical. Intoxicating. Whatever you want to label it, Blair Crimmins and The Hookers are just plain fun. It’s the kind of music that instantly puts a smile ...

Slayer Plays Last Time In Western New York

DARIEN CENTER — When they announced that this trip around was going to be the last, Slayer fans may have started looking for shows close to them. It was with good reason. On Aug. 3 it was the band’s final performance in western New York. Taking the stage with precision at 9:20 p.m. at ...

Hemingway Story Found, Published

NEW YORK (AP) — The themes and trappings are familiar for an Ernest Hemingway narrative: Paris, wartime, talk of books and wine and the scars of battle. But the story itself has been little known beyond the scholarly community for decades: “A Room on the Garden Side,” written in 1956, ...

‘The Bachelorette,’ New Fiance Are Ready To Move Ahead

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC’s “Bachelorette” Becca Kufrin and her new fiance, Garrett Yrigoyen, hope to move forward after controversy. Shortly after the season premiere, it was discovered that Yrigoyen had liked Instagram posts that mocked transgender people, feminists and Parkland, Florida, ...

Whirlybird Music, Arts Fest Saturday

The Whirlybird Music and Arts Festival, to take place Saturday. Whirlybird is a city wide, day-long community celebration with something for everyone. This year’s festival program will feature a multi-genre mix of local, regional and nationally touring musical acts complimented by pop-up ...

‘Curtains Up’ Announces Upcoming Season For Little Theatre

The crowd for the 2019 Curtains Up Season Reveal Party grooved into the steps of choreographer Rudi Andalora’s “Dance to the Music.” This was the first attempt for a street party for Lucille Ball Little Theatre to announce its upcoming season. Arnold Duke, one of the event sponsors, ...

Untouchables To Open For National Comedy Center Celebration

DUNKIRK — Known for “playing party music from every decade,” area band The Untouchables is the opening act for the block party that kicks off the National Comedy Center Opening Celebration Wednesday. The Untouchables will be playing outside of the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, at 5 ...

Area Musicians To Perform On Huckabee Show

LAKEWOOD —Norm Cady sat inside his Lakewood residence less than a day away from traveling to Nashville, Tenn., where the Jeff Lewis Band will be performing his song “Land of Dreams” on the “Huckabee” TV show that will air Saturday and Sunday. “I feel blessed,” Cady said of the ...

Several YMCA Staff Members Stand Out

Across the nation, YMCAs host resident camps, day camps and youth programing. To run such high-quality, life-enriching programs, the Ys require a highly trained, dedicated staff, comprised of people who have a passion for teaching, caring for and leading America’s youth. The Jamestown ...

It’s About Compromise

When writing new songs for The Gin Blossoms, every member has his say. “It’s a compromise,’’ Robin Wilson said. Wilson, lead singer and rhythm guitar, and one of the main songwriters, said along with the compromise is the fact the band has great songs in its catalogue. “Keeping a ...

Bassist Bello Grateful Where Anthrax Is Headed

Frank Bello has been putting down basslines for Anthrax, as well as being the melody-maker in the writing process since the mid 1980s, when the band called themselves five guys in shorts. The board shorts wearing thrash metal musicians have found their way and show no signs of slowing ...

OTEP Has Fun With Audience At Buffalo Venue

BUFFALO – What could cap off a weekend better than a night of hard rock and new-sounding metal at The Iron Works? On July 22, OTEP came into the venue with a vengeance. Lights flashing, guitar crunching and drums beating. Otep Shamaya, the band’s vocalist, came in ready for battle. The ...

Testament’s Chuck Billy Talks Brotherhood, End Of An Era

For heavy metal fans, when the conversation comes up of some of the best in the genre, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax will always rise to the top. Following them, a select few are mentioned consistently as one of the best of their game. Testament has stood the test of time to achieve ...

Horizon Zero Dawns DLC A Reminder Of What A Great Year 2017 Was For Games

Entering this generation of video games, after such a long absence, has been a bit of a whirlwind. I was reminded of that recently after completing DLC for “Horizon Zero Dawn.” DLC, or downloadable content, is one of the various aspects in gaming today that was foreign if not non-existent ...

OTEP’s Message Is One That Needs To Be Heard

OTEP’s new album, “Kult 45”, has a title that sounds like an indictment of the current resident of the Oval Office, as Shamaya says. It is much deeper, and, despite your political affiliations, the message is one that needs to be heard. “Kult 45” touches on issues of gender roles, ...

Find Hope In ‘Fallout 4’s’ Nuke-Ravaged Landscape

As a gamer that happens to be a father of four, I’m naturally drawn to stories that deal with parents and children. I enjoyed the father-daughter dynamic in “The Last of Us” and I’m looking forward to the father-son storyline in “God of War 4.” Not knowing how a story is going to ...

For The Probables, Authenticity, Creativity Keys To Success

When listening to “Cumberland Line,” the new release from The Probables, one would think that the band members recorded the songs in one room. If you close your eyes, and either put on a pair of headphones or listen through a nice pair of speakers, it would feel as if you are in the same ...

Good Charlotte To Headline Newspaper Benefit Concert

NEW YORK (AP) — The city of Annapolis will hold a benefit concert featuring Maryland-based rockers Good Charlotte to honor the five Capital Gazette employees killed in an attack in their newsroom. Mayor Gavin Buckley said Wednesday the event dubbed “Annapolis Rising: A Benefit for The ...

Hannigan Likes Role In ‘Fancy Nancy’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alyson Hannigan is clear about why she pursued a role on the “Fancy Nancy” TV series: Her daughters, ages 6 and 9. Hannigan said there’s a “love affair” between her family and the books by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser about a girl who doesn’t ...

Revised Weinstein Bankruptcy Sale Plan Is Approved

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge on Wednesday approved a revised plan for the sale of the Weinstein Co., the studio forced into bankruptcy by the sexual misconduct scandal that brought down Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. The revised plan calls for Dallas-based private equity firm ...