Arts/Entertainment

A State Visit From The King Of Avatar Country

Music and storytelling are a natural match. The theatrics of a great stage show mixed with a story, even if just in a a single song, infects the listener to the point of wanting to know how it ends. The story unfolds. For metal music, one band stands out for the concept of storytelling ...

Vietnam Veteran To Perform For A Cause In Mayville

Bill Thibeault is a man on a nationwide mission. As a musician, the Norwich, Conn. resident has shared the stage with such acts as The Cowsills, James Montgomery, Rick Derringer and other artists. However, Thibeault will be performing his concerts for a lifelong mission for himself and 74 ...

Drawn To Work

In school, he received attention after he drew an image of one of his classmates. Currently, Kurt Lehner continues to enjoy drawing. He has made a career on comic books, superheroes, cartoons and pop-culture at large. Lehner has worked for Disney, Warner Bros. Dreamworks and Marvel. Most of ...

Write Now: Educator Opens Doors For Students

It’s simple, really. He loves music, especially jazz. Ralph Rassmusson is a musician’s musician. I say this because I know this. Talk with him, and you will learn about music not because he is trying to educate you about music, but rather he can connect music in some way to your ...

Playwrights Have H.O.T. Drama Going On In Their Lives

Bob Terreberry will be the first to tell you that he has had a lot of drama in life. “It’s one of those things. I always thought I was a writer,” he said. Now, the local author now has more drama in his life — hot drama. Recently, Adam Hughes, Adam Owens and Terreberry formed ...

Lights Camera ‘Empire’

He fell in love with movies at an early age. With the release of his film “Empire,” Matthew Swanson has seen his dream come to fruition. “It is something that I have wanted to do as long as I can remember — since I was a little kid. I loved watching movies as a kid and it seemed ...

Don’t Let Writer’s Block Affect You

How many times have you stared at your blank computer screen or a blank sheet of paper? For some, it’s a recurring struggle while for others, it doesn’t happen often. For authors, when writer’s block does happen, and it may at some point, authors need to face the challenge head ...

Niagara Falls Native Returns Home For Casino Show

Western New York has its share of musicians that move away looking for that shot at stardom. Some come back as their stock rises. JB Aaron is one of those. The Niagara Falls native returns to his hometown today, to unveil a new song to the people he feels closest to. When he plays Stir at the ...

Dark Fiction

He is out for blood. Figuratively speaking of course, Lee Allen Howard has been writing dark fiction since grade school. “Since I was in second grade, I can’t do anything but. I started writing stories when I was in second grade,” Howard said. The son of a pastor, Howard grew up ...

Write Now: Trying Your Hand At Screenwriting Is Not Easy

In my younger years, I used to watch a lot of TV and movies. I watched TV and movies for entertainment, and that was it. As I have become older, I watch TV and movies for a different reason - writing. I guess it was always lurking in the background when I would watch something on the screen. ...

Opera House Presents Rembrandt Today

FREDONIA — The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present Rembrandt, a special cinematic exploration of the masterful 2014 exhibition of the revered artist’s work, today, at 7 p.m. as part of its Art & Architecture On Screen Series. Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated; but ...

‘3-Minute Stories’

He doesn’t listen to a lot of music for inspiration. When he is in his car, Rudy Gatlin will surf radio stations just to hear the latest songs. Rudy and his two brothers, Larry and Steve, have been playing music for more than six decades and all three members draw on life experiences when ...

Write Now: There Is No Right Or Wrong Way To Journal

Writing is powerful. Imagine my surprise and delight when I read the April 5 article “Keeping A Journal Has Mental Health Benefits” by Morgan Pitts, LMSW, on Page A7. The article for Family Service of the Chautauqua Region was spot on. I say this because recently, I wrote about how ...

Two Comics To Perform At Tropicana Room On Saturday

Al Park and Bill Lake are two very different comedians in terms of delivery and subject matter, but the most impressive commonality they share is reaching big breaks in their comedy careers years after most typically do in the industry. Park, a 45-year-old winner of the Boston and ...

Tan France Bridges Divides On TV, Real Life

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Netflix show “Queer Eye “ caught on by doing something unusual: creating reality TV that touches on some of the country’s deepest divides with persistent optimism. Alongside sleek new haircuts and rehabbed wardrobes, the makeover program starring five gay men ...

Live Online TV, Is Getting More Expensive

NEW YORK (AP) — If you signed up to stream live TV in hopes of saving money over traditional cable, you may be in for a rude surprise. Live online-TV providers like YouTube TV, DirecTV Now and Hulu with Live TV lured users with digital “skinny bundles” that were cheaper than cable. Now, ...

‘For The Joy Of It’

His passion for the arts continues. Having been away from the lights, camera, and action of Hollywood for about 15 years, Mitchell Anderson, found it easy to step right back in front of the lens. “I was a professional actor for most of my early adulthood. Then I stopped acting,” ...

Write Now: Vai’s New Guitar Book Is A Great Reference

His book arrived this week, and I immediately opened the package to explore what it was all about. Steve Vai’s new guitar book “Vaideology: Basic Music Theory for Guitar Players” packs in the information. A while back, I wrote about how I would like to take a lesson from three ...

Flutist, Pianist To Perform April 12 At St. Luke’s

The Jamestown Concert Association welcomes New York Youth Symphony’s principal flutist, Aimee Toner, and Manhattan School of Music’s undergrad pianist, Seth Schultheis in its next concert on Friday, April 12 at 8pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in downtown Jamestown. Toner is a ...

‘Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

The Frewsburg Bear Players will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Frewsburg High School auditorium. To reserve seats, call 569-7069 or stop by Frewsburg HS during school hours. Tickets may also be purchased ...