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Arts/Entertainment

Fredonia Musical ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ To Be Virtual

Six days before opening day of the 2020 Fredonia High School Musical, the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown the musical and the entire world. Now, one year later, the Fredonia students who suffered the disappointment of last year’s canceled show had a chance to make up for it. On March 19 and 20, ...

Doing Good For The Earth

Sarah Moller studied photography after graduating from Frewsburg Central School and actually had her own business, but soon realized editing pictures for hours was not enjoyable. She liked the fun side of photography when she was meeting people and snapping photos, but the hours of editing ...

Unexpected

I wasn’t expecting an email. I don’t remember registering for any kind of competition. At first, I thought the email was junk mail and I almost discarded it. I receive a lot of junk mail, but for some reason, this one looked different. So I opened it. And I am glad I did ...

Write Now: Biology Led Bird Photographer, Author To Appreciate Avian Wildlife

You could say author and bird photographer Marc Parnell travels light. And he prefers it that way. “I am a minimalist when it comes to gear, only taking a Panasonic FZ80 (a bridge camera with 60x optical zoom) with a separate telephoto lens. This camera has acceptable image stabilization, ...

Write Now: Different Stickers, Same Great Laughs

I loved them as a kid. And still I love them today. I guess as a 10-year-old boy, the allure may have been the wide, flat, stick of gum that was inside. Also, the allure may have been the artwork that closely resembled the product that was parodied. What attracted me the most were the ...

Write Now: ‘Sister Act’ To Be Performed Virtually At RCS

Starting about a year ago, COVID-19 was the reason everything was canceled, put on hiatus or delayed. The arts community, local and national, took he hardest hit. Musical theater productions, ballet shows, concerts, movies, and TV shows virtually crawled to a standstill during the pandemic, ...

Write Now: Music And Lyrics Stand Out On Classic Gems

I didn’t start off by thinking what albums I would need if I were stranded on a desert island. But then I thought, for the past year, during the pandemic, I have been stranded, to a degree, on an island. So I have chosen, at random, my favorite albums by some of my favorite bands. I say ...

Trumpet, Flugelhorn: Not Your Typical Solo Instruments In Pop Music

I was listening to the radio the other day, and heard a song that is in my collection. It’s a song I like, but not for the reason you would suspect. I like it for the brass instrument solo. In many popular songs from the mid 1960s until present solos are performed by either guitar, ...

Write Now: Treasuring Musical Moments During Pandemic

Because of the pandemic, you could say that she is joining the family business. Madeline Rasmusson performs with her grandfather Ralph “Razz” Rasmusson on Monday nights at The Chop House on Main. She treasures the moments. “It’s a really unique experience getting to perform ...

Pa. School For Early Learning Named After City Native

HERSHEY, Pa. — Jamestown native Catherine Hershey's legacy of philanthropy and commitment to education will continue far into the future, thanks to the recently-announced Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning. The Milton Hershey School revealed in January that the new school will be ...

Write Now: In Writing Process, Sometimes Revising, Editing Are Merged

What is the difference between editing and revising? This question arises from time to time. Editing and revision are very similar, and both play a part in the writing process. The writing process, as I have written about in the past, may be either four or five steps: ¯ Brainstorming or ...

Write Now: ‘Gatsby’ Moves Into Public Domain

I’ll admit as I have before. I didn’t read many novels in junior high and high school. It’s not because I don’t like reading. I love reading. During those years, I read more periodicals than books. I loved reading magazines and newspapers, and record jackets. Still do, but now ...

Write Now: When Rehearsing, Keep A Pencil Handy

Found in almost every classroom, the ubiquitous pencil can be used as more than just a paperweight. Yes, it’s used as writing utensil, but sometimes gets shoved aside when its cousin, the almighty pen makes his entrance. The pen may be mightier than the sword, but for education, artistic, ...

Write Now: For Drummers, Playing In Pocket Takes Skill

The pocket. Often these words are mentioned in different contexts, all of which are valid. Talk with a baseball player and the pocket may mean the part of the glove where baseball sits best between the base of thumb and the base of the index finger. Because of hand size, different gloves ...

Write Now: Are You A Fan Of Guitar Tablature?

The debate lives. It’s one that guitarists and bassists often have. The debate is over the use of tablature vs. musical notation. For me, it’s a simple answer. I would rather read music than to read tab. To me, and some other bassists and guitarists may agree, it is that tab doesn’t ...

Write Now: ‘McCartney III’ Made During ‘Rockdown’

At first thought, I did not want write about him, but the name of his release — “McCartney III” — intrigued me. Then I had a rethink, some time to re-evaluate my position. I’m not a big fan of music reviews, so this is more of my commentary. I haven’t really bought any new ...

Visualizing May Help Your Writing

Have you ever tried visualizing your writing? Sounds weird, but it may help. Speak to an athlete on any level, and he may tell you that he visualizes catching a football, shooting a basketball foul shot, hitting a home run, scoring the winning goal on a one-timer from the blue line, or ...

Fredonia School of Music Readies For GRAMMY Awards

FREDONIA — Bernd Gottinger, head of the State University at Fredonia’s Sound Recording Technology program, was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Engineered Album-Classical for his work on the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s recording of Richard Danielpour’s “The Passion ...

Publishing Deals Make Money For Artists

It’s a lesson about finances. If you are an artist, an author or a musician then take note (pun intended). If you want to make money from your artistic endeavors, then pay attention to any contract you may sign, and negotiate to keep control of your copyright(s). Or you may not receive ...

Uncle Ben’s Remedy Releases ‘Easy Ways To Here’

“We’re all going to be okay.” That is the overarching message of Uncle Ben’s Remedy’s latest single release “Drink To Remember.” The song is a toast to good times, as well as to the friends who have come and gone. It is unapologetic of the less-than-sane things to which we may ...