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Arts/Entertainment

Local Tree Farm Offers A Variety Of Holiday Joys

There's a new business in the area that has opened just in time for some area residents to have Christmas fun while choosing their tree and/or shopping for gifts. John and Mallory Coan of Coan's Dusty Acres at 1199 Frew Run Road in Frewsburg have made their tree farm into a special ...

Write Now: JPS Students Perform ‘Taps’ Across Jamestown To Honor Vets

For Marc Lentsch, the pandemic was inhibiting his students from exploring their instruments. It also forced the Persell Middle School Band Director to keep his students interested in music. So, he and Jefferson Middle School Band Director Carrie Pawelski and Washington and Jefferson Middle ...

Write Now: Enjoy Some Jazz Music While Dining Out

To some, it may be an added comfort to hear background music while eating a meal. In an effort to attract more diners during the pandemic, a city restaurant trying something new. The Chop House on Main has started Jazz on Mondays. Owner Amber Carlson noted patrons can expect the same ...

Try Holding A Conversation By Quoting Movie Lines

If you happen to be in the grocery store in the next few days, be aware — of your surroundings. Stay on mission to buy your necessary food, but listen to the sounds around you. When pushing your cart to the deli counter or to the checkout lane listen to how people speak. It may be a little ...

Get Some Friends Together And Try Dressing As A Band For Halloween

Halloween. The word conjures up many thoughts and situations. While some people may think of ghosts and goblins others may think of candy and costumes. The pandemic may make it difficult to experience trick-or-treating this year, but one can still get into the spirit (pun intended). If ...

Area Teacher’s Screenplay Wins Big Apple Honors

Fredonia resident Catherine D’Agostino recently placed as a semifinalist in the Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay competition for her new screenplay, “Say Something Funny.” According to the competition’s web site, its “goal is to celebrate the great city of New York through the ...

Boxed Sets For Authors May Be A Hard Sell

With the Holidays fast approaching, many bands and solo artists want to get their music to the masses. What better time to enjoy music than during the Holidays where one has enough time to really rediscover why he first began listening to the band’s or artist’s music in the first ...

Many Guitarists Were Influenced By E.V.H.

He was not just a guitar player. Eddie Van Halen was a guitar player’s player — a virtuoso. In my opinion, whenever he touched the instrument, it was magical. While most guitarists create unique sounds with different effects pedals, Van Halen did not. He used few effects and created his ...

The Floyd Concept To Pay Tribute At Struthers

For some musicians, performing in a cover band may be a side gig to their regular job. It’s a chance for them to explore their creativity and maybe have fun while exploring. Some cover bands reach regional success while other cover bands just enjoy the experience of playing songs by other ...

Write Now: Daydreams May Help With Writing Process

How many times have you had a great dream and you couldn’t remember it when you woke up? You are not alone. Many people fall victim to not remembering their dreams. Why does dreaming have to be done when you sleep? You may keep a writing pad by your bed when you sleep to maybe write ...

Write Now: Show Students How Grammar Is A Resource

Why is grammar taught in school? In its most raw form, grammar can be viewed as rules, but I like to look at grammar as guidelines. The reason I say this is because we need refreshers on grammar. It’s not just one course fits all, but rather several mini courses that review one concept. ...

Drum Grooves Provide The Foundation

Most songs have a foundation that provide an anchor. The foundation is usually held down with the rhythm section of drums, bass and keyboards, but for the most part, the drums are the sole provider of the foundation — the beat. So when people tell you they like a song because of the ...

From 45s To Albums To CDs Has Been A Smooth Transition

When I was a younger version of myself, I used to listen to 45s or 45 rpm vinyl records. Better now as singles, one could practically get them anywhere. When I was in my early teens, I made a transition, and I have not really changed how I listen to old or new music, no matter the genre. The ...

Write Now: Decade Shaped The Way Music’s Embraced

I set out to write about songs that would reflect the soundtrack of my life, but I realized I like too many songs from too many genres. And I couldn’t narrow down the soundtrack to maybe five songs. So I started thinking about music and how it has shaped my life over the years. Sometimes ...

County Native Discusses Challenges Of Releasing New Book

It’s been an interesting summer for New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub. Normally, the author is traveling the country on a book tour to share her latest release, which was the case last summer when she visited Silver Creek’s Anderson Lee Library to share book two of her ...

‘P-J’ Readers Chime In About Guitar Solos

By Michael Zabrodsky mzabrodsky@post-journal.com Sometimes what I write elicits a reaction from Post-Journal readers. I periodically receive emails regarding what I have written. Sometimes the reader agrees with what I have written, and sometime the reader disagrees with what I have ...

Write Now: Guitar Solos May Speak To Many

People listen to music for different reasons. That’s the joy of music. Whether you like country, any genre of jazz, any genre of pop, classical, and everything in between, something draws you to listen to music. It could be the lyrics, the chord progressions, the rhythms or the timbre of a ...

Virtual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival Kicks Off Friday

The National Comedy Center is presenting its Lucille Ball Comedy Festival virtually this year, featuring conversations with a diverse lineup of artists, starting this Friday and streaming over three weekends throughout August. Over 30 artists from stand-up, theater, television and film will ...

Write Now: Bubblegum Music Always Has A Special Place

Simple lyrics. Syncopated rhythms. Hidden innocence. Silly, unsophisticated, just-for-fun songs. One hit wonders. You have probably heard the phrase “bubblegum music.” Musicologists have given bubblegum music many definitions. According to ...

Writing Life

For as long as Stephen Kanicki could remember, he wanted to be a writer. Writing was everything to him. And it still is. “I remember when I was 10 years old, I wrote a story about a NASA space mission that went terribly wrong,” he said. That piece of writing, which he said was a ...