Raiders Of A Lost Art
One of my all-time favorite movies is returning to the big screen in downtown Jamestown almost exactly 35 years after it was first released.
Thanks to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts’ nifty “Movies @ the Reg” series, I’ll have the opportunity to join my childhood hero Indiana Jones on a quest to recover one of the Bible’s greatest missing relics – the Ark of the Covenant. Everyone’s favorite fedora-wearing philanthropist-archaeologist will appear in the local theater on Wednesday, June 8, beginning at 7 p.m., when the 1981 Steven Spielberg-directed “Raiders of the Lost Ark” hits the screen.
The Reg’s capacity for screening both modern and classic films is one of the great activities in which one can participate when visiting the downtown area. And though I haven’t had an opportunity to see as many films there as I would like, I can say that it is a truly unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else.
It’s yet another example of a growing initiative that invites area residents to explore downtown and choose from a variety of entertainment options throughout any given week. It’s also indicative of the great strides that have been made by the Reg Lenna leadership to acquire the films themselves and the equipment necessary to screen them within a structure that was not designed for that particular medium of live entertainment.
For my part, I’m grateful that I’ll have a chance to watch a film with which I have the utmost familiarity – I could probably recite practically any line with almost exact precision and inflection – among a crowd of familiar faces.
The only downer is that I won’t be able to bring my trademark bullwhip and revolver, since they were confiscated by the TSA nearly 20 years ago upon a return flight from Disney World. Guess I’ll have to make do with my era-neutral fedora.
For more information about upcoming films to show at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, visit reglenna.com/movies.
And now, here’s some of what you can expect to find in the area this week.
‘Rolling Hills Radio’ To Feature Chapin, Ramsey Sisters Tonight: WRFA-LP 107.9 FM’s “Rolling Hills Radio” will hold a live taping of its 54th episode tonight at 6:30 p.m. from the stage of the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. The episode will feature performances by the sister duos of Abigail and Lily Chapin, and Mary and Susan Ramsey. The Chapin Sisters – daughters of singer-songwriter Tom Chapin and nieces to the late Harry Chapin, who is perhaps most known for his 1974 hit song “Cat’s in the Cradle” – have been performing together since 2005, and have since released four full-length albums. The violin-playing Ramsey Sisters both come to tonight’s program fresh off of a collaboration with Jamestown’s own 10,000 Maniacs. The concert was originally scheduled to be held in the Reg Lenna Studio Theater, as is common of “Rolling Hills Radio” performances, but was relocated to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts due to popular demand. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased by calling the Reg Lenna box office at 484-7070 or visiting reglenna.com.
For more information, find the event on Facebook.
Infinity Jazz Series To Host Bill Ward Friday: Infinity Visual and Performing Arts will host Bill Ward at the Infinity Arts Cafe at 7 p.m. Friday as part of its monthly Jazz at Infinity concert series. John Cross will join Ward, and the duo will perform a variety of songs ranging in genre from blues to Texas Swing. Thanks to support from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Jazz at Infinity events are free, family friendly and open to the public. Audience members all ages are welcome.
Infinity Visual and Performing Arts is located at 301 E. Second St. in Jamestown. Attendees should enter the cafe through the doors of the old post office on Third Street.
3rd On 3rd Gallery To Hold Opening Reception Friday: Area artists from the North Shore Arts Alliance will showcase their work in a new show in the 3rd on 3rd Gallery at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. The show opens with a public artists reception Friday at 7 p.m., and continues through June 24. The show will be part of the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail Spring Open Studio Art Tour open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participating artists include Karen Glosser, Amanda Oleshak, Barbara DelMonte, Trenton Lutes, Bill Bale, Lucille Bryant, Wendy Bale, Marcia Merrins, Cynthia Mead Flaherty, Kathy LeBarron, Cynthia Norton, Tom Annear, Ros Smith, Susan Mackay, Carrie Tredo, Audrey Dowling and Debra Eck. The 3rd On 3rd Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when exhibits are offered. Private viewings may be scheduled by calling 664-2465, ext. 227.
The 3rd on 3rd Gallery is located at 116 E. Third St., Jamestown, in the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. For more information, visit reglenna.com.
‘My Dance Vlog Is Haunted’ To Air Season Finale Online Saturday: The locally produced web-based series “My Dance Vlog is Haunted” will post its season finale on YouTube on Saturday at 2 p.m. The show, which launched in March, aired 21 episodes in its first season on the popular YouTube channel The Haunting of Sunshine Girl – with its first ever episode garnering over one million views over the past two months. It features several area residents as cast members and was filmed on location at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, the 3rd on 3rd Gallery and Tiffany Wakeley Academy of Dance. The cast features Paige Cummings as the central character Syd Amicus. Other reccurring parts are played by Maddy Dorman, Morgan Johnson, Bethany Stravato, Mikayla Johnson, Katie Jaroszynski, Erin Fransen, Hannah Finson, Laurel Finson, Vivienne White, Scott Cummings, Bridget Cummings, Sam Cummings and Tim Smeal. Producers of the show are already storylining a second season, which will begin filming later in the summer.
Aside from subscribing to the Haunting of Sunshine Girl YouTube channel, more information and updates can be found by liking the “My Dance Vlog is Haunted” Facebook page. Additional resources include an Instagram account of the web series’ main character, Syd, with the username spooky-vlogger, and the Twitter handle @SydAmicus.
Kenny Rogers To Perform In Salamanca Saturday: Kenny Rogers will bring his final world tour to the Seneca Allegany Events Center on Saturday at 7 p.m. Rogers announced in September that he will retire after one final world tour. Throughout a career dating back to the 1950s, Rogers has stood as a giant in the recording industry. A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, he has garnered fame the world over and enjoyed recording success across musical genres. Rogers’ songs are firmly entrenched in music history and etched in the collective memory of audiences around the globe. They include such hits as “Through The Years,” “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town,” “Lucille,” “Coward Of The County,” “Lady,” and, of course, “The Gambler.” Tickets are now on sale for the May 28 concert at $40.
The Seneca Allegany Events Center is located at 777 Seneca-Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca. For tickets and other information, visit senecacasinos.com.
Tickets Available For June 14 Bark ‘N’ Brew Fundraiser: Tickets are now available for the seventh annual Bark ‘N’ Brew charity fundraiser to benefit the Chautauqua County Humane Society, which will be held Tuesday, June 14, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Southern Tier Brewing Company. This fundraising event provides a limited number of ticketed attendees with dinner, two complimentary beers, live and chinese auctions, and other activities all in the name of charity. Tickets are $50 each and will include one entry into CCHS’ Cash Bash giveaway, which will offer a chance at one of 10 cash prizes. The proceeds from the event allow the CCHS shelter to offer fee-waived adoption programs, reduced fee spay and neuter clinics, and other adoption services year-round to the community.
For more information on the Chautauqua County Humane Society, or to receive information on upcoming events, visit spcapets.com or find CCHS on Facebook.
To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email email@example.com or call 487-1111, ext. 243 by Monday.
Greatest Hits: 5 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown
Bluegrass Jam: 7 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
Jules-R-Us Karaoke: 9 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Karaoke with DJ Xcite: 9 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Karaoke with Felony Entertainment: 10 p.m., Forte, 114 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Greg Ford: 6 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville
Brian Hanna: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown
Sean Patrick McGraw: 7 p.m., Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow
Jules-R-Us Karaoke: 7 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
Velvet Cabbies: 9 p.m., Yesterday’s, 103 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
DJ Goodrich: 10 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville
Gasoline Genes with Jess Royer: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Screamin’ Lou: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
DJ Fish: 10 p.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown
Smokin’ 45: 10 p.m., Village Casino, 1 Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point
Davis and Eng: 2 p.m., The Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy
The Probables: 2 p.m., Southern Tier Brewing Company, 2072 Stoneman Circle in Lakewood
Bill Ward: 6 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville
Sammy Slicker Band: 8:30 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown
Rock Star Karaoke with DJ Felony: 9 p.m., Yesterday’s, 103 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
Backlog: 9 p.m., Steener’s Pub, 3022 Route 430 in Greenhurst
Jules-R-Us Karaoke featuring Tami T: 9 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
We Speak Canadian: 10 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville
DJ 8on3: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Steelhorse: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
New Wave Nation: 10 p.m., Village Casino, 1 Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point
Steelhorse: 2 p.m., The Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy
Sean Patrick McGraw: 2 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville
Amanda Barton and Bill Ward: 4 p.m., Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow
Open Jam: 9 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Porcelain Bus Drivers: 10 p.m., Village Casino, 1 Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point
Day Old Soup: 2 p.m., The Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy
Open Jam: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown