Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer have painted New York City in a sea of colors that I can't get enough of.
Jacobson and Glazer started a short Web series in 2009 entitled "Broad City," and thanks to the help of producer Amy Poehler that show has made its way to Comedy Central.
Currently in its first season, "Broad City" follows Jacobson and Glazer on a strange, yet very entertaining adventure that is quite reminiscent of IFC's "Portlandia." Fred Armisen even makes a special guest appearance early in the first season - and it's straight perfection.
Part of what I like about the series is the way in which it portrays females. Many reviews circulating the Web point toward feminism, which I agree is an accurate descriptor. However, I feel the show might take it even a step further by bending gender roles in a manner that current youth can identify with. What defines male and female is rapidly evolving, and overcoming adversity - and I believe "Broad City" is an indicator of that progressive movement.
The new Comedy Central show is available on Hulu.com, and the original webisodes are available at www.broadcitytheshow.com.
On another note, National Public Radio recently released a new mix of 100 tunes that is available to download for free. The mix, entitled "The Austin 100," features 100 artists. It's a six-hour playlist that highlights a small portion of SXSW music festival's artists. I wouldn't recommend passing up the opportunity to download the playlist, as it will only be available for 30 days, and it's got more than one gem worth discovering. To download the playlist, visit www.npr.org/music and search for "The Austin 100."
As per usual, here are the highlights and happenings going on in the area.
Ronan Tynan To Perform At Reg Lenna Center For The Arts: World-renowned performer, Ronan Tynan, will perform live on stage at the Reg Lenna Center For The Arts tonight at 7 p.m.
A classically trained vocalist and an original member of The Irish Tenors, Tynan will sing a variety of songs, including several Irish standards that will get audiences ready for St. Patrick's Day. Tynan will be accompanied by his longtime pianist, Billy Lewis.
Tynan's story is one of beating the odds and defying expectations. A lower limb disability didn't hold him back as he was an active horse rider and motorcycle enthusiast as a child. At 20, Tynan's legs were amputated below the knee after complications from an auto accident. Within one year he was competing in the Paralympics. He eventually won 18 track and field gold medals, and still holds nine world records.
Tynan became the first disabled person admitted to the National College of Physical Education, which is where he became a medical doctor specializing in orthopedic sports. At 33, Tynan began studying voice, and won the International Operatic Singing Competition. His operatic debut was in "Madame Butterfly." In 1998, Tynan made a splash on the world stage as one of the original Irish Tenors with Anthony Kearns and John McDermott, astounding American audiences in a series of popular PBS specials.
A Celtic fiddle duo, featuring Sue Tillotson and Jim Cunningham, will perform in the lobby of The Reg prior to Tynan's concert. Tillotson and Cunningham have played together for many years, bringing a love of Celtic music and exciting instrumentation to their audiences.
Tickets to "An Evening With Ronan Tynan" are priced between $25 and $60. Tickets may be purchased at www.reglenna.com, by phone at 484-7070, or in the box office at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown.
Award-Winning Fiction Writer L. Annette Binder To Visit SUNY Fredonia: L. Annette Binder, writer of the award-winning collection of short stories, "RISE," will meet SUNY Fredonia students and give a craft talk today as part of the Mary Louise White Visiting Writers Series.
The craft talk will begin at 4 p.m., and will be followed by a reading from her book at 7 p.m., which will be located in McEwen Hall Room 202. The free event will include a question-and-answer session and book signing, and the public is invited to attend.
"RISE" won Sarabande Book's 2011 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. Binder's work has recently appeared in a variety of notable short story publications, and she has also been a guest on National Public Radio's "Selected Shorts." She has earned degrees from Harvard, Berkeley, and the programs in writing at the University of California, Irvine.
Each semester, the Department of English and the Mary Louise White Visiting Writers Series, established through the Fredonia College Foundation, brings two writers to campus. The series provides the SUNY Fredonia campus and the local community a chance to meet and interact with contemporary writers and their work.
Infinity Arts Cafe To Host Classical Guitar Show Friday: Infinity Visual and Performing Arts is set to host solo and ensemble performances that will feature hand-crafted classical guitars from Jamestown's 20-year luthier, Jim Holler. The show is set for Friday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Infinity Arts Cafe.
"What a great way to celebrate the guitars I have built with this collaboration between Trinity Guitars, Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, and the School of Music in Fredonia," Holler said. "With five guitars in performance, and six guitars on display, this event will span my complete career from the first guitar to the newest one off the work bench."
The Fredonia Guitar Quartet, which includes Devon Kelly, Matt Mazanek, Alexander Rockwell and Matt Downey, will perform music from France and Spain. SUNY Fredonia school of music professor, James Piorkowski will also perform original compositions on solo guitar.
The Infinity Arts Cafe is located at 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 664-0991 or visit www.infinityperformingarts.org.
Wits n' Giggles Stand Up Comedy Returns To JSBA On Friday: The Jamestown Savings Bank Arena is set to see the return of Wits n' Giggles Stand-Up Comedy with a "Best Of Series" beginning Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The series will feature returning headliner comedians, openers and local talent. The series is scheduled for the first Friday of each month, and will run through June.
Quinn Patterson will headline the first installment of the series, while Angel Isaac and Mary Santora serve as openers. In addition to host Robb Will, local comedians will also be featured with a pair of short sets to kick off the show.
Patterson is a comedian, writer and actor who entertains with true-life stories and comparisons from growing up poor to present-day tribulations. Isaac was born in Cleveland, and molded his high energy comedy from being a four-sport athlete as well as a member of a local theater program. Also hailing from Cleveland, Santora is a fresh breath of femininity in the typically testosterone-packed comedy scene.
Wits n' Giggles is an 18-and-older show. In addition to comedy, it will feature a light menu. Sully's Irish Pub, located in the arena, will host free live music from Cindy Haight following the comedy show.
Tickets are $10 presale, $12 on the day of the show and $5 for students with valid college ID. They are available at www.jamestownarena.com, the Arena Box Office, 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown, or by calling 484-2624.
For more information, search for "Jamestown Savings Bank Arena" on Facebook or Twitter.
Poulenc Trio To Appear In Jamestown: Jamestown Concert Association is set to present the most active touring piano-wind chamber music ensemble in the world, Poulenc Trio, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church on Friday, March 14, at 8 p.m.
The concert will include pieces by Handel, Shostakovich, Alfred Schnittke, Laura Kaminsky and Francis Poulenc, the French composer from whom the group derives its name.
Comprised of Bryan Young, bassoonist; Vladimir Lande, oboist; and Irina Kaplan, pianist; the trio was founded in 2003 and has performed all over the United States and in music festivals around the world.
Young serves as the principal bassoonist of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and is a member of the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis. In addition to playing the oboe, Lande is the principal guest conductor of the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. Kaplan trained at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and is now on the piano faculty at Peabody Conservatory.
As a professional wind trio, the group is committed to expanding their repertoire through the rediscovery of old masterpieces and the commissioning of new works. Since its founding, the Trio has greatly expanded the repertoire available for the oboe, bassoon, and piano, with 20 new works written for and premiered by the group. For more information, visit www.poulenctrio.org.
Tickets to the Friday, March 14, concert are available at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts Box Office, Chautauqua Music, Germaine and Pappalardo, Trinity Guitars, Wright's Music Shed, or by calling 484-7070 or 487-1522. Group rates and student-bring-a-parent discounts are available. Students 18 years and under are admitted free with paid adult.
Corporate sponsors for the event are Chautauqua Music, Germaine and Pappalardo Music Shoppe and Jamestown's Rental Properties, LLC. The Jamestown Concert Association is funded in part by the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. For more information, visit jamestownconcertassociation.org.
Auditions And Show Dates Set For "RENT" The Musical: Big Time Players has announced auditions for the musical "RENT" at The Spire Theater. Auditions are set for Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
A wide range of performers and backstage crew are needed for the production. People of all shapes, sizes and colors are encouraged to audition. A song representing vocal range will be required for the audition.
"RENT" is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, and is based on Giacomo Puccini's opera "La Boheme." It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York City's lower east side. It is set during the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, and portrays the characters' struggle with HIV/AIDS. The production will run during the weekends of May 9-17.
Big Time Productions has partnered with a new artistic director, Adam Owens, a Jamestown native, who has extensive experience and training in all facets of the performing arts. The Spire Theater strives to promote diversity, camaraderie and artistic inspiration. The Big Time Players provide an outlet for area performers to showcase their talent, as well as contribute to the vibrant arts and entertainment of the community.
For more information, call 679-8763, or visit www.spiretheater.org.
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Blue Grass Jam: 7-10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
Ric Butler and Rick Magee: 8 p.m., Chautauqua Suites, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.
Buck Wild Band: 9 p.m., Peek'n Peak, 1405 Olde Road in Findley Lake.
Jamestown Thunder Community Drum Circle: noon-2:30 p.m., Dr. Lillian Ney Renaissance Center, 119 W. Third St. in Jamestown. No experience is needed, and extra drums will be available.
Doc And Bill: 6 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg.
Travis Tritt: 7 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.
New Direction: 8 p.m. to midnight, Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
Ken Hardley With Stanley Barton: 9 p.m. to midnight, Steener's Pub, 3022 Route 430 in Greenhurst.
Buck Wild Band: 9:30 p.m., Peek'n Peak, 1405 Olde Road in Findley Lake.