Needles And Pins

Change has always been an enemy of mine.

Accepting the impermanence of life has been a lifelong struggle. I feel I’ve always been rather sensitive, and that sensitivity tends to be most fully on display when I’m faced with sudden unanticipated and uncontrollable shifts in my regular routine and interactions.

I can recall this being the case as far back as elementary school, and being deeply affected when I found out a classmate would be moving away. And even if, as in most cases, I wasn’t even close with said classmate I was intuitive enough to know in that moment that I would most likely never see these people again. This would make me sad simply because they had made an entrance into my life — albeit briefly — and suddenly they were gone. Though I’ve come a long way in this department there are still certain people and memories attached to them that I have a hard time leaving in the past where they belong.

I’m no stranger to loss, be it in the form of lovers or loved ones. In fact I’ve had a fair share of experience for a man of only 30; and yet I still feel as ill-equipped to gracefully handle the fluidity of our universe as ever.

There are, of course, good changes that come along as well. I’ve often stated to my Cold Lazarus bandmates, and have received similar feedback in return, that forming that group has been a blessing of nearly indescribable proportion. Personally, it couldn’t have come at a better time, as I was going through a breakup and was severely mentally and emotionally exhausted from the experience.

When things with the new band clicked almost instantaneously, I clung to the positivity I received from the new friendships and music being forged as if it were a life preserver. And it really was.

Thankfully, the energy that we all invested in the group from the start helped transform it from a temporary distraction to a bona fide conduit through which we could fulfill the longtime passion that we all share.

I truly believe that there is something either divine or supernatural guiding us through this journey. There’s no other way for me to explain how things have so quickly and smoothly fallen into place for us and catapaulted us to the regional status that we’re starting to solidify. They say it takes a village, and that couldn’t be more accurate. But things are certainly easier when the villagers seem to be flocking to your cause and you feel you’ve hardly expended any effort in getting them to hear you.

I have so much to be grateful for, but sometimes it’s hard to convince my mind — and practically impossible to convince my heart — of it. But I keep going every day, because for the first time in my life I have a clear goal, and a clear path to reach it, placed right in front of me. And I have to accept that whatever isn’t going to serve me on my journey in the pursuit of that goal isn’t meant for me, even if there are still certain things I occasionally wish could have been for me.

But until the day comes when I can no longer sufficiently utilize my abilities as a musician, my eyes will remain fixed on that new horizon and the sky above it.

It’s really all I can do. So I think I’m going to do it well.

And now, here’s some of what you can expect to find in the area this week.


Frewsburg High School To Present ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ This Week: The cast and crew comprising the Frewsburg Bear Players will present “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” at the Frewsburg High School auditorium Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The performances will include several songs that appeared in the 1968 Dick Van Dyke film of the same name, which itself was based on a novel written in 1964 by James Bond creator Ian Fleming.

The family-friendly musical centers on the adventures of widowed inventor Caractacus Potts and his two children, Jeremy and Jemima, as they restore an old, dilapidated race car only to discover it has magical properties including the ability to float on water and fly. The family teams up with candy heiress Truly Scrumptious and the eccentric Grandpa Potts to keep “Chitty” from the hands of the evil Baron and Baroness Bomburst and rescue the children of Vulgaria from the menacing Childcatcher.

Tickets to a performance of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” are $8, and can be purchased in advance by calling 569-7069 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., or online at For more information, visit the Frewsburg Bear Players Facebook page.

JCA To Present Vocal Group Calmus In Concert Friday: Calmus, a German-based vocal quintet, Friday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, beginning at 8 p.m., as a continuation of the Jamestown Concert Association’s 2017-18 seasonal theme “Transcending Borders.”

Calmus is comprised of its five vocalists: Anja Poche, soprano; Sebastian Krause, countertenor; Tobias Poche, tenor; Ludwig Bohme, baritone; and Manuel Helmeke, bass. Now one of the most successful vocal groups in Germany, the musicians of Calmus are tireless in their quest to discover new repertoire. Shaped by the centuries-old tradition of great German boys’ choirs, they are naturally at home in the vocal music of the Renaissance, the Baroque and the Romantic. However, the music of our own time is also a real passion. They revel in singing pop, folk and jazz, as well as chansons and golden oldies from the 1920s.

Tickets to Friday’s concert are available at the door or can be picked up in advance from the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts, Chautauqua Music, Germaine and Pappalardo and Trinity Guitars. They can also be purchased by calling 484-7070 or 487-1522.

For more information on these upcoming concerts, visit

Phoenix Rising Wellness Studio To Host Spring Pop-Up Market Saturday: Phoenix Rising Wellness Studio will host its Spring Pop-Up Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature more than 20 local vendors selling handmade goods, services and art.

Phoenix Rising Wellness Studio is located at 509 N. Main St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 708-6556 or find “Spring Pop-Up Market – Shop Local!” on Facebook.

Reg Lenna To Feature Lightwire Theater’s ‘Dino-Light’ Saturday: The Reg Lenna Center for The Arts will present Lightwire Theater’s “Dino-Light” at 4 p.m. Saturday. “Dino-Light” was famously featured on “America’s Got Talent.” In this original storyline, a famous scientist with magic powers brings a friendly dinosaur to life. When Darwin the Dinosaur wanders away from home, he discovers a wonderful world full of creatures that light up the darkness and help him find the true meaning of love. This glow-in-the-dark adventure is visually amazing, and has been praised for its cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology and dance by audiences all over the world.

Tickets are now for sale and range in price from $10 to $45 for adults and $5 to $45 for children. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 484-7070 or visit


To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email or call 487-1111, ext. 243 by Monday.


Ryan Buzzetto: 6:30 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood

Comedy open mic: 8 p.m., Labyrinth Press Co., 14 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown

Jules-R-Us Karaoke: 8 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown

Karaoke with DJ Xcite: 9 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown

Karaoke with Felony Entertainment: 10 p.m., Forte, 114 E. Third St. in Jamestown


Bryan Moore: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown

Widow Maker: 9 p.m., Big Shots, 674 Route 394 in Kennedy

Karaoke with Felony Entertainment: 9 p.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown

Splitfoot: 10 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown


Juli Bessey and Cindy Love: 7 p.m., Craft Burgers and Brews, 60 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood

The Freeze: 8 p.m., The Vegas Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy

The Gilligans: 8:30 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown

The Release: 9 p.m., Big Shots, 674 Route 394 in Kennedy

Jules-R-Us Karaoke: 9 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown

Whiskey Road: 10 p.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown

The Elektra Kings with Green Fingers: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown


Karaoke: 4:30 p.m., The Vegas Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy


Karaoke with DJ Felony: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown


“Hostiles” screening: 7 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown

Open Mic Night: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown.