This week I've decided to drop some recognition on several awesome videos I've recently stumbled across.
I've written several stories on Bemus Point native singer-songwriter Max Garcia Conover, and he recently contacted me about some new videos he has been working on, including one for his song entitled "Wildfires Outside Laramie, WY." The video was shot in and around Stockholm, Maine, and features not only Conover, but the vocals of Sophie Nelson. Check the video out by visiting his official website at www.maxgarciaconover.com, where a variety of other videos and photos can be found.
I also recently stumbled across www.superpowerbeatdown.com, which is a website that features videos by YouTube user batinthesun. Batinthesun creates awesome live action fight sequences between epic superheroes and supervillains, such as Batman and Deadpool, Wolverine and Predator, Superman and Thor, and most recently, the White Ranger and Scorpion. There is some truly cool stuff at work here that's definitely worth checking out.
Also pertaining to superheroes and supervillains, a trailer of Marvel's upcoming film, "Guardians of the Galaxy" hit the web recently. A mixture of sci-fi, superhero action and comedy, this is not a film to be missed. Check out the trailer by visiting www.marvel.com.
As per usual, here are the highlights and happenings going on in the area.
Jamestown Community College Set To Host Photography Exhibit: "Intimate Journey: From the Tambopata to the Highlands of Peru," a program featuring a series of photographs made last fall by Deb Lanni, will be presented today at Jamestown Community College.
The program, free and open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Weeks Gallery, located on the second floor of the Arts and Sciences Center.
Lanni's images were created in the rural farming communities of the highlands during a 10-day street photography workshop with world renowned documentary photographer Ernesto Bazan. Other images were made in the rainforest along the Tambopata River.
Lanni, professor of communication and media arts at JCC since 1998, will describe her experiences traveling through Peru as well as the significant changes - brought about by global economics, ecotourism and the soaring price of gold - that have happened in the country in less than one generation.
Lanni earned a bachelor's degree in cross-cultural communication at Alfred University and a master's degree in environmental communication at the State University of New York at Fredonia.
Chautauqua Talks Speaking Contest Set For Friday: Chautauqua Talks Toastmasters Club is set to continue the tradition of speech contests by sponsoring an Impromptu and International speech contest at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at the Crown Business Center. The public is invited to attend.
Participants will be given an unknown topic or question in the table topic, also known as an impromptu speech, section of the contest. They will use their quick thinking to come up with a mini speech of 1-2 minutes. While presenting a speech during the contest judges will be looking for techniques such as body language, vocal variety and speech structure.
Chautauqua Talks Toastmasters Club meets at 7 p.m on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Crown Business Center, 316 E. Fourth St., Jamestown. For more information, call Ned Lindstrom at 490-3820.
Skate-4-Paws Set For Friday At The Jamestown Savings Bank Arena: The JSBA is set to host Skate-4-Paws, a fundraiser for the Chautauqua County Humane Society's Pennies 4 Paws campaign on Friday.
The skating event is set to be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. Admission is $7, and includes the price of skates.
For more information, call 484-2624, visit www.jamestownarena.com or search for "Skate-4-Paws" on Facebook.
Mommy And Me Princess Show Set For Sunday: The Jamestown Skating Club is set to present the Mommy And Me Princess Show on Sunday at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
The show is set to begin at 2:30 p.m., and includes a cupcake party. Tickets are $5, and can be ordered by calling 484-2624.
United Arts Appeal To Present Kaleidoscope! On First Two Sundays Of March: United Arts Appeal is set to host Kaleidoscope!, a special variety program showcasing some of the many great arts opportunities in Chautauqua County.
Performances will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, at the Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown and again on Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m. at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House.
Eight UAA members will contribute to Kaleidoscope!, including: solo and trio performances by the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet, Renaissance-costumed Chautauqua Chamber Singers from Community Music Project, selections from the 1891 Fredonia Opera House's Folk Series and Bach Festival, Infinity Visual and Performing Arts duo SYMBA, a scene from a Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown's upcoming "Plaza Suite," Reg Lenna Center for the Arts' Rolling Hills Radio producer and host Ken Hardley, excerpts from the Western New York Chamber Orchestra's March 30 presentation of Johann Strauss's "Die Fledermaus," and more. Door prizes of free tickets to member organizations' presentations will be given away at both events.
Admission is $10. Tickets for the Sunday, March 2, Kaleidoscope! can be purchased at the Lucille Ball Little Theatre and by calling 483-1095. Those for the Sunday, March 9, show at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House can be reserved by calling 679-1891. Tickets for both performances will also be available at the door.
For more information, visit www.UnitedArtsAppeal.org or search for "United Arts Appeal" on Facebook.
Infinity Visual And Performing Arts Seeks Female Artists For Fourth Annual SWAN Day Art Market: Support Women Artists Now Day, an international celebration designed to showcase the power and diversity of women's creativity, is coming back to Jamestown.
The fourth annual SWAN Day is set for Saturday, March 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Infinity Arts Center. Infinity is currently seeking female artists and crafters of all mediums to participate in the SWAN Day Art Market by reserving a 4 by 6 foot space for a $20 dollar donation to Infinity. Artists are responsible for their own tables and set up. A limited number of tables are available for a $10 donation to Infinity. This year's Art Market will coincide with the Women Create exhibit at 3rd On 3rd Gallery.
To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 487-1111, ext. 253 by Monday.
Blue Grass Jam: 7-10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
Touch Of Gold: 8 p.m. to midnight, Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.