Arts/Entertainment

Prime Time With Kids: Free Play In The Great Outdoors

“Hey, come on, Donna, follow us ... we’re playing loop-de-loop,” shouted barefoot 5-year-old Eva gleefully, as she followed the freshly drawn trail in the damp sand that her older brother was marking ahead of her with his “magic” driftwood. Lured into the playful “follow the ...

Open Your Mind

A month delayed from their originally scheduled production, the Jamestown Community College Uncommoners will present “Speech and Debate” in the coming weeks. The production will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the ...

For Live ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ NBC Turns To A Legend

NEW YORK — Most Easter Sundays, you can find John Legend at home, helping cook a big dinner for family and friends. Except this Easter. He’ll be a little busy — being Jesus Christ in front of millions. Legend leads a cast that includes Sara Bareilles and Alice Cooper in a live NBC ...

A Winter’s Tale

I think I speak for a good portion of my fellow community members when I say I’m pretty much over winter. After all, spring was officially supposed to have sprung last week, according to the calendar on my work desk — and yet I’m still walking around in my winter jacket cursing the ...

The Magic Of Allen Park

Even in mid-March, the earth laden white and the shadows of branches interwoven in the snow, Allen Park is a magical place. I stood there taking photos, and as I did, I became a child again, breathing in the pine and hemlock, entranced by the deep ravine and its little brook, awash in ...

Life To The Fullest

Silver Creek native David Lewis finds little time to sleep — he leads an interesting life doing the things he loves to do. “I’m a happy guy. I’ve had a wonderful life and I like what I do,” he says. “I’ve been at the stove since I could reach it.” When he was 18 years ...

Prime Time With Kids: Kids And Chores

The word was out from the fire marshal in California’s Santa Cruz mountains to remove dry brush, firewood and debris close to cabins and homes, to help protect them from possible wildfires. My summer neighbor, Stephanie Timmerman, and her three granddaughters heeded the call and worked ...

Front Porch Sound

Two acts deeply rooted in contemporary Americana will take the Shawbucks stage next week as “Rolling Hills Radio” forges ahead into the second stretch of its eighth season. The program will feature the duo of Geoff Goodhue and Nick Vandenberg — who go by their surnames when they ...

KSU Chorale To Perform At Chautauqua Institution Today

CHAUTAUQUA — The voices of the Kent State University Chorale will be on display, free of charge, on the Chautauqua Institution grounds this week. The flagship choral ensemble of Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at ...

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 ...

Seeking The Northern Star — To Freedom

Editor’s Note: This is the first of several columns on the Underground Railroad in Chautauqua County. Those interested in contacting me with facts, photos and/or narratives on this topic, please write to me at upstatemuse@gmail.com. Special thanks to Norman Carlson of the Busti Historical ...

Cajun Cooking

The current trend toward Cajun foods found on restaurant menus does not appropriately represent Cajun cooking, according to Mitchel Ortego, a resident of Bemus Point who grew up in Southern Louisiana. “I’m a Cajun and we didn’t grow up eating fire hot food,” he says, referring to ...

New Local Band Feverhawk To Make Live Debut Friday At Mojo’s

Mojo’s Music Bar will be the setting for the premiere of a new, original band comprised of familiar faces in the local music scene this weekend. Feverhawk will make its live debut Friday at the 104 E. Second St. music venue, where it will share the stage with the hard-hitting Warren, Pa., ...

Frewsburg Native To Be Featured In UB Art Exhibit

BUFFALO — Bernard Aaron Dolecki has never shied away from broadening his creative horizons through the usage of interactive art. This weekend, the Frewsburg native now in pursuit of a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University at Buffalo will continue this trend with the premiere of his ...

At Winter’s End

On the first and second days of March, after a kind respite in late February, we awoke to a fierce, white world. At 2 a.m., wind howled in from an odd direction, shaking trees, throwing branches, waking us from sleep. Ominous and haunting, the weather seeped into our homes through cracks and ...

Lofty Dreams

By the time Nick Rhinehart last appeared on this page on July 13, 2002, at the age of 14, he had already been telling his family for 11 years that he was going to work in a restaurant. Throughout the years he cooked with his grandmother, Audrey Rhinehart, and by the time he was 8 or 9 years ...

Flash Of The Past

FALCONER — The era of greased hair, poodle skirts and early rock ‘n roll is coming to Falconer’s Jr.-Sr. high school auditorium this weekend, with three performances of “Bye Bye Birdie” scheduled. The school will present its production of the popular stage musical, which ...

‘Back Room Radio Hour’ To Feature Gould, Ward Tonight

Trinity Guitars is preparing to feature an evening of pure homegrown talent in the live taping of its next episode of “Back Room Radio Hour” tonight. The WRFA-LP 107.9 FM affiliate will highlight original music written by Jamestown's own Adam Gould and area musician Bill Ward, who is ...

Homeward Bound

For the past month Cold Lazarus has been creating in the heart of Jamestown, and it’s been rather refreshing. Over the first 14 months of our time as a band we bounced around with surprising consistency in trying to find a permanent rehearsal space. From our first practice in Adam’s ...

Where Does The Time Go?

Sometimes things work out better than you could expect. A few weeks ago my 17-year-old nephew, Zac, graduated high school early. To celebrate, my sister and her husband booked an all expenses paid trip for four to Cancun, Mexico. Plans fell through for my nephew’s friend and knowing I have ...