Arts/Entertainment

Dan Bracey, a Jamestown native who now works and resides in Los Angeles, is pictured at the premiere of his short film “Never, Never” at the L.A. Shorts International Film Festival in Hollywood last week. Also pictured is Araceli Prasarttongosoth, who briefly appears in the film as Tiger Lily.
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Jamestown Native Premieres Short Film In Hollywood Film Festival

A Jamestown native who went west is now a bona fide short-filmmaker in his own right after a project he wrote, directed and produced was recently screened at a Los Angeles theater. Dan Bracey, who now lives in Los Angeles, Calif., had his short film “Never, Never” premier at the Laemmle ...

The Distance

Today begins another weekend of practically nonstop music. In this case I’ll be running the gamut of playing a three-day, four-gig marathon with all three of my bands, while wrapping up the weekend with a Sunday recording session. Tonight is my return to the Third Thursday concert series, ...

Busti Apple Festival: Sept. 30. Demonstrations of pioneer and 19th century life and survival, handmade crafts (over 100 booths), locally grown produce for sale, ready to eat and take-home seasonal foods and baked goods for sale.
Photo courtesy of the Busti Historical Society

Several Chautauqua County Activities, Events Planned

Oktoberfests and Fall Fests Findley Lake Harvest Festival: Sept. 1-3. 3-Day Event — Findley Lake’s biggest weekend. The Gazebo is the hub of the entertainment with craft and vendor booths lining the street. Live musical entertainment plus a Kids Got Talent Contest. Food vendors, craft ...

Kathleen Evans of Lakewood recently published “The History of the Robert H. Jackson Center: From Grassroots to Global Recognition, 2000-2015,” which gives a historical recounting of the formation and establishment of the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown.
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‘Labor Of Love’

Although firmly entrenched among the most notable figures to emerge from the greater Jamestown area, how exactly did the legacy of Robert H. Jackson become so ingrained with the local culture? This is what Lakewood author Kathleen Evans determined to convey with the publication of her most ...

The Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village will host a series of activities and courses in the coming weeks, including youth courses in traffic and bike safety.
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Safety Village To Offer Variety Of Activities, Courses

ASHVILLE — With the summer season heading into its golden hour, the community offerings are just starting to amp up for an area nonprofit educational organization. The Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village is preparing to host a series of family-centric public events throughout ...

A Kind Of Hush

There are two things that I always try to strive for every day. The first is to remind myself that I’m good enough. True, my definitions of “good” and “enough” vary from day to day and circumstance to circumstance, but the outcome remains the same: I’m good enough for whatever and ...

Week Seven: Chautauqua Institution Presents ‘The Nature Of Fear’

Chautauqua Institution is proud to announce the program lineup for Week Seven of its 2017 season. The week, which runs through Aug. 12, features presentations by renowned guests such as writer Shaun King, former MI5 director general Stella Rimington and “House of Cards” creator Beau ...

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Foregone Conclusion

It’s been almost nine months since I took the plunge and purchased my downtime machine, also known as a Playstation 4 Pro. Diligent readers of my video-game-playing exploits will remember the first column I wrote detailing my decision-making process of going with the Pro over the standard ...

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Falconer Native To Perform At Carnegie Hall In November

From the halls of Falconer Central School to the infamous Carnegie Hall, Alyssa Schwartz’s music career has the young performer on the up and up. Schwartz, a 2006 Falconer graduate currently in pursuit of her doctorate of musical arts at West Virginia University, is slated to make her debut ...

Nameless! Comedy will present a series of events at The Forum — 201 N. Main St. in Jamestown — Friday and Saturday evenings in conjunction with the 2017 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.
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Nameless! Comedy To Present Event Series During Festival

With the 2017 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival now in full swing, a local comedy group is proud to bolster the annual festival lineup with a series of its own events. In an effort to amp up its own contributions to Jamestown’s growing comedy market, the Nameless! Comedy group will present ...

Riders are pictured at the 2016 Chautauqua Gran Fondo charity cycling event. This year’s Gran Fondo will be held Aug. 26. 
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Third Annual Gran Fondo Ready To Roll Aug. 26

The third annual Chautauqua Gran Fondo is set for Saturday, Aug. 26. This year’s charity cycling event begins and ends at Webb’s Captain’s Table in Mayville. The tour is scheduled to kick off at 9 a.m., and a family friendly after party featuring live music, lunch and refreshments will ...

Motor Event Series Comes To Buffalo In August

HAMBURG — The World’s Largest Demolition Derby, an Erie County Fair finale tradition, will be dedicated in memory of motorsport promotor Walter “Jay” Milligan. Milligan, the Erie County Fair’s “King of Crash” who passed away on March 20. In 1963 Milligan produced the first ...

The cast of the Shake on the Lake’s production of Romeo and Juliet is pictured.

Ellicottville To Host Outdoor Romeo & Juliet Performance Aug. 11

ELLICOTTVILLE — Co-sponsored by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will be featured in the gazebo lawn in Ellicottville on August 11 at 8 p.m. “When people think of Ellicottville, they think of music, food, and shopping,” Brian McFadden, ...

Gerald Augusto, right, in his Merchant Marine uniform.

Augusto Scholarship, Funds To Benefit Area Students, Programs

Life is unpredictable, great joy giving way to great sorrow. The Gerald Augusto family certainly experienced both. Now departed, their story lives on through Yolande Augusto’s personal generosity and thoughtful estate planning. Yolande Arsenault was born April 1, 1929, in Charlton, Ma. ...

Debbie Harry is pictured performing with Blondie at Niagara County’s Artpark on Tuesday, July 25.
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Blondie Performs Near-Perfect Show At Artpark

LEWISTON — The music that came out of 1970s New York City had a very special feel. The artists defied social norms, even pushing the genre boundaries of their own music. Blondie was a central part of that group. For the better part of four decades members Debbie Harry and Chris Stein ...

Blondie’s Chris Stein is pictured performing at Art Park Tuesday.
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Fifteen Minutes With Blondie’s Chris Stein

For fans of the new wave pop punk band Blondie, one of the qualities that has stayed a constant is the strumming of guitarist Chris Stein. A scant 15-minute interview could never cover everything someone would want to ask the guy that had a romantic relationship with Debbie Harry, dealt with a ...

The Chautauqua Theater Company will stage “Detroit ’67” at Chautauqua Institution’s Bratton Theater today through Sunday. Show times are: today at 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 2:15 p.m.; and Sunday at 2:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.
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Chautauqua Theater Company To Present ‘Detroit ’67’ This Week At Bratton

CHAUTAUQUA — A fresh, unique take on the 1967 Detroit riot is being staged at Chautauqua Institution 50 years after the unfolding of its tragic events. The Chautauqua Theater Company will perform “Detroit ’67” at Chautauqua’s Bratton Theater today at 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at ...

WRFA-LP 107.9 FM’s “Rolling Hills Radio” will hold its season finale — featuring Matt Nakoa and The Honey Dewdrops — at the newly constructed Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

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‘Rolling Hills Radio’ To Hold Season Finale At New Amphitheater

“Rolling Hills Radio” will have the benefit of concluding its 2016-17 season against the backdrop of a brand new, multi-million dollar facility. The monthly WRFA-LP 107.9 FM radio program will hold its season finale and 66th overall episode in the newly constructed Chautauqua ...

There Is A Season

Rain and humidity were a recurring theme, but the shows still came off as projected. It was a long weekend for this reporter/traveling musician, much of it spent out of town. Danger Bird had me abroad in the faraway land of Pennsylvania — first in Erie, then in the Kinzua region — for a ...

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Ellicottville Chamber Announces Jazz And Blues Weekend Lineup

ELLICOTTVILLE — What could go better than listening to some great jazz and blues on a warm summer’s day in a walkable village? The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, with the help of many of the musical venues in the village, presents a lineup of great music from July 28-30. This year’s ...