“The sands of time are eroded by the river of constant change.”
-Peter Gabriel, Genesis’ “Firth of Fifth”
This may be the biggest understatement in the 128-week history of this column, but I’ll say it anyway: the power of music is a wondrous thing.
And while that may be one of the more nebulous statements I’ve made, I can specify by saying that music’s ability to transport me to a life I once knew probably makes it the closest I will ever come to experiencing time travel – even if it’s all in my own head.
Just for a bit of a historical context, I don’t believe I’ve made any secret in the past of my love for both the Beatles and the earlier incarnations of British prog pioneers Genesis. I remember an utter obsession with the former stretching back to my most formative years, watching both the “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!” feature films and familiarizing myself with a vast majority of the studio albums as early as elementary school.
My love for Genesis began in my sophomore year of high school, and quickly coalesced into a bonding experience both with my father and my closest high school friends – all of whom had a fascination of their own for the slightly pretentious but nonetheless highly influential band.
Returning to my original point, these bands deeply impacted my young psyche and were constant companions in my developmental years, from pre-pubescense through my late teens and early 20s. As such, some of my fondest youthful memories are set to the soundtrack of these bands’ songs, to which I’ve attached an unparalleled amount of emotional and nostalgic triggers.
For example, one of my most recurrent high school memories pertains to my weekly drives – only shortly after obtaining my driver’s license, mind you – from my home in Ellington to The Office restaurant in Kennedy on Wednesday evenings during my senior year to meet with friends. This visual is most poignant when I recall the fall of 2004, driving country roads into a setting sun while framed on either side by leaves of yellow, orange and red listening to one or the other of these bands – or sometimes the now defunct “Doo Wop Express” radio program on the old 92 Gold radio station. (I think I may be an old soul, because I sure couldn’t catch many other 21st-century high schoolers listening to that kind of music.)
Fast forward to the present day, and I still find myself occasionally returning to that moment in time when I listen to the Beatles’ 1965 album “Help!” or Genesis’ 1971 album “Nursery Cryme.”
There isn’t much else in my life that has remained such a constant as the music I enjoy, and, in an ever-changing world, there has to be some kind of priceless value attached to that notion. Even as the CDs containing the music itself collect dust in my apartment, the memories and experiences that I have attached to them will be a part of me for as long as my lucidity holds out.
And now, here’s some of what you can expect to find in the area this week.
Little Theatre’s Production Of ‘Jekyll And Hyde’ To Open This Weekend: The Lucille Ball Little Theatre will kick off its two-week production of the Broadway musical “Jekyll and Hyde” this weekend, beginning with the opening night performance on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The production will also be staged Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and the following weekend: Friday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20 per person, and can be purchased by calling the theater box office at 483-1095 or by visiting lucilleballlittletheatre.org. Season tickets are also currently on sale for the five production to be staged during the 2016-17 season, and those who may be interested in becoming first-time season ticket holders will also receive a free ticket to “Jekyll and Hyde” with the purchase of season tickets.
Off The Beaten Path Bookstore To Host Kim Rambacher In Saturday Booksigning: Off the Beaten Path bookstore will host Bemus Point author Kim Rambacher in a Saturday booksigning from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rambacher will be signing copies of his book, “Miracle Marcia,” which was written in honor of his late wife, Marcia, who passed away following at 17-year battle with breast cancer. The book, priced at $15 for paperback and $22 for a hardcover, can be purchased via “Miracle Marcia” on Facebook, eBook, Xulonpress.com, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Petals and Twigs in Bemus Point, Off the Beaten Path and Falconer Pharmacy.
Tammy Pescatelli To Perform At Willow Bay Theater Saturday: Tammy Pescatelli will make her return to Jamestown as part of a series of events that will make up the 2016 Lucy Town Half Marathon, Univera Kids 2K and 5K race weekend. Pescatelli is slated to perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Willow Bay Theater during the weekend-long series of events, marking her fourth overall visit to the Pearl City. Her past visits to Jamestown consisted of appearances in previous editions of the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, and her notable appearance as host of the city’s successful bid to earn the world record for most Lucy impersonators photographed in one location – which it accomplished at Tracy Plaza in 2011.
Though she made a name for herself primarily in the world of stand-up comedy, earning a reputation that was greatly helped by her appearance on two consecutive seasons of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Pescatelli is well-versed in the mediums of network television and radio. Her resume includes big appearances on “The View” and “The Howard Stern Show,” and her being chosen by Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg to be a part of their “Dirty, Sexy, Funny” franchise.
General admission tickets to Pescatelli’s Saturday performance at the Willow Bay Theater are $17.50, and can be purchased by calling 484-0800 or visiting lucyrace.com.
Fenton To Present ‘Mausoleums And More’ Tour Of Lake View Cemetery Sunday: The Fenton History Center will present its annual guided behind-the-scenes tour of a number of mausoleums and gravesites in the Lake View Cemetery from 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday. The Lake View Cemetery, established in 1859, comes alive as costumed actors tell spirited tails of the individuals and their families’ who are laid to rest in the grave-sites and mausoleums to be featured. Guests are served light refreshments directly after the tour.
Tickets are $20, and can be reserved by calling the Fenton History Center at 664-6256.
‘Back Room Radio Hour’ To Feature Probables, Derek Davis Duo Oct. 13: The 20th overall episode of Trinity Guitars’ “Back Room Radio Hour” program will feature The Probables and the Derek Davis Duo in an on-site live taping Thursday, Oct. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. This month’s featured service organization is Charity Miles, a mobile application which provides an opportunity for the user to donate to a charity while doing your favorite activity. Run, walk, bike, shovel snow, walk your dog while logging distance and maching funds from your favorite service organization. The episode will be broadcast on WRFA-LP 107.9 FM the following Monday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but seats must be reserved in advance by calling 665-4490 or emailing email@example.com.
Trinity Guitars is located at 800 W. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, find the event on Facebook.
To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 487-1111, ext. 243 by Monday.
Pulse! Poetry Slam open mic: 6 p.m., Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, 301 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Velvet Cabbies: 7 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
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
Skunk Monkey Junction (acoustic acts): 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown
Tyler Smilo: 9 p.m., Yesterday’s, 103 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
Revelation and Emcee MD: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Karaoke: 9 p.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown
Screamin’ Lou: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
“Chariots of Fire” screening: 8 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Crossfire: 8:30 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown
Jules-R-Us Karaoke featuring Tami T: 9 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
DJ Bax to the Future: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Smokin’ 45: 10 p.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown
Highway Lines: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Open Jam: 9 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Open Jam: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown