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November 30, 2016 - 9:17am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Christmas, music, entertainment.

As he's done each of the past couple of years, Carmen DelPlato has sent us over a Christmas song to share with the community. The song is written by Mary DelPlato and performed by Anthony DelPlato.

November 17, 2016 - 4:20pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in arts, entertainment, Christmas, Batavia HS, batavia, news.

The Batavia HS choir plans on competing in a chorus competition in Washington, D.C., next year and they need to raise $50,000 to make the trip, so a novel fundraising idea they hit on is to sing Christmas carols for the community.

Local businesses can hire them to sing Christmas carols and other holiday songs on Dec. 19. The cost is $15 for two songs and $5 for each additional song.

The choir will also go to private homes on a date yet to be determined. The price is the same.

Director Jane Hagett said the group would also be happy to hear from service clubs, such as Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary or Zonta to sing at one of their gatherings in December.

The school's phone number is (585) 343-2480, ext. 2000.

November 4, 2016 - 10:35pm
posted by Rick Franclemont in Alexander Central School, arts, entertainment, schools, news.
Come support the Alexander Central School Drama club and see their production of Shrek the Musical! This production involves grades 6-12 and will take place November 11 &12th at 7pm and the 13th at 2pm. 

GO TO www.ticketpeak.com/alexanderschools to buy your tickets today!! or you can simply go to Alexander School's website, www.alexandercsd.org, and click on "buy tickets." 
 
Location:
Alexander Central School, Alexander, N.Y.
3314 Buffalo St, Alexander, New York 14005
 

PRE-SALE
General: $9.00
Student/Senior: $7.00

AT THE DOOR
General: $10
Student/Senior: $8

Cast:
 
Shrek: Eric Stroud
Fiona: Mary Guarino
Donkey: Trevor Zauner
Farquaad: Nick Allen
 
Supporting leads:
 
Dragon: Kennedy Mullen
Gingy: Ethan Stroud
Pinnochio: Carson Daley
 
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Director: Kate Schrodt
Vocal Director: Mark Hoerbelt
Choreographers: Shawnie Woeller & Claire Francis
Conductor: Rachel Clark
Set Design/Construction: Jeff Houseknect
Costumes: Cathy Houseknecht
 
Director Kate Schrodt is a 2010 alumni of Alexander. She graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a Bachelor's in English in 2014, then went on to get her post-baccalaureate for English Education 7-12 at Buffalo State. She is currently going to Buffalo State to finish her master's degree, and lives in Buffalo with her husband.  Apart from singing and acting, she has directed Barefoot in the Park at ACTS in Alden, along with Robin Hood and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Immaculate Conception School in East Aurora. 
 
Credits:
Shrek is produced with MusicTheater International. The book and lyrics are by David Lindsay-Abaire, the music is by Jeanine Tesori, and it is based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig. 
October 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
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October 6, 2016 - 2:45pm

“Not So Bored Games” are offered in the Gallery Room at Richmond library for students in grades 5-12.
Grab your friends and come play a variety of board games. Stick to an old favorite or try something new!
Registration is required.

October 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
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October 28, 2016 - 3:00pm

We’re celebrating all things Percy! Fifth- through 12-graders invited to a Percy Jackson Party in the Gallery Room at Richmond library on Friday, Oct. 28.
It starts at 3 p.m. and registration is required.
Games., trivia and more!
 

October 3, 2016 - 5:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
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November 22, 2016 - 10:30am

During the month of November, Richmond Memorial Library is celebrating the 150th birthday of author and illustrator Beatrix Potter and will host several different events marking the occasion.
On Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 10:30 a.m. get dressed up for the Peter Rabbit Tea Party, perfectly fun time for ages 2 to 10 accompanied by an adult.
This is a free program but please register as space is limited.

October 3, 2016 - 1:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
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October 27, 2016 - 6:30pm

Psychic clairvoyant medium Frank Lord of the Indigo Insight is returning to Oakfield again to offer a group reading. His spiritual guidance emphasizes mainly on what the past, present, and future hold for the individual who seeks the answers they need. Frank also works in an array of the metaphysical realm, specializing in areas such as astrology, dream interpretation, and spiritual investigation . He has worked professionally for over a decade, starting his spiritual journey at the age of 12.

September 22, 2016 - 12:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in GCC, music, entertainment, news, Austin Moody.

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Austin Moody, billed as an up-and-coming country singer/songwriter from Nashville, so up-and-coming, his first CD won't be out until the end of the year, played GCC for a couple hundred appreciative country fans.

Moody said he's played Upstate before and likes coming up here. It reminds him of home. There are real country fans here, he said. 

"And I mean, real country fans," he said. "Not bro-country fans. Not, 'I'm hot. You're hot. We're in a pickup truck,' country fans, but real country fans."

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September 20, 2016 - 5:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
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September 22, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm

Reel Discussion:
This month’s movie is “Me Before You.”
It’s about a girl in a small town who forms an unlikely bond with a recently paralyzed man she’s taking care of.
 

September 13, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
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September 17, 2016 -
10:00am to 1:00pm

Genesee County Master Gardeners will be hosting their annual Fall Garden Gala from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 17, at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, 420 E. Main St. in Batavia.
There will be a plant sale featuring hardy perennials, house plants and local field grown mums. Fall is a good time to plant many perennials as they will have several months to grow a strong root system. There will also be a Chance Basket Auction, free soil pH testing and plenty of gardening advice from Master Gardeners.

September 13, 2016 - 11:07am
posted by Howard B. Owens in GSO, news, music, entertainment.

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It was the first official rehearsal Monday night for S. Shade Zajac as the new conductor and musical director for the Genesee Symphony Orchestra.

The season opens Oct. 16 with a concert at St. James Episcopal Church, Batavia. The concert will also feature winners from the GSO young artists competition, Jackie Hager, cello, and Jarod Yap, piano. The program includes: "Shortcut Home," Dana Willson; Concerto in D Minor, Lalo; Concerto in A Minor, Schumann; and "Scheherazade" by Rimsky-Korsako.

Tickets are on sale now through GeneseeSymphony.com

September 7, 2016 - 9:00am
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
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October 7, 2016 - 7:00pm

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia is hosting “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Part 1” on Friday, October 7 at 7:00 pm. This after-hours program is for ages 18 and over. Join us for a reading of the play performed by members of the audience! There will be Harry Potter treats and activities during intermission. Harry Potter costumes are optional. Registration required. Information is available in the library, by calling 585-343-9550 and at www.batavialibrary.org.

August 28, 2016 - 10:42am

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In five years of covering concerts at Frostridge, there are four shows I'm sure I'll always remember: Marty Stuart in 2011, which was my introduction to Jam at the Ridge, The Farm, featuring Alexander native Krista Marie, the time Blackjack Billy upstaged the night's headliner, Blackberry Smoke, that same year, and finally, Blackjack Billy's return to Le Roy last night.

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August 24, 2016 - 11:24am
posted by Genesee Chamber... in news, GCC, arts, entertainment.

Mindfulness, self-improvement and guidance are important themes in today’s crazy world. With all of this anxiety swirling around our society, it’s probably the most perfect and appropriate time for a wonderful painting exhibition called “Meditations” by Joanna Angie at The Rosalie “Roz” Steiner Gallery at Genesee Community College in Batavia.

“Meditations” runs through Sept. 24. The gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and open during GCC special events.

Buffalo artist Angie’s large, colorful thangka paintings explore the themes of compassion, community and knowledge. The images stem from the natural connection of Tibetan spiritual practice and the traditional form of art dating back to the 11th century. In addition to their stunning beauty, the thangka paintings serve as objects of devotion, aids to spiritual practice and sources of blessings to the who meditate upon them.

Angie’s colorful works are reflective of her life’s path. Her early childhood passion for colorful paintings began a journey of creative pursuits. Along the way, she got involved with Tibetan spiritual practice, which has taken her across the world to places like China, Tibet, India and beyond. After founding Buffalo Arts Studio in 1991, Angie directed the organization and worked on her mural career.

Visit www.VisitGeneseeNY.com to learn more...

August 24, 2016 - 9:39am

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National recording artists and rock band ZZ Top performed last night, headlining three concerts in one week at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. They played many greatest hits off their 15-album career like "Legs," "Rough Boy," "Cheap Sunglasses," "Tush" and "La Grange."

Over 45-plus years of the band's success has also included TV and films early in 1990s as they appeared in the movies "Back to the Future Part III" and "Mother Goose Rock N Rhyme."  Very popular in the 1980s, they won three music video awards for "Legs," "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Rough Boy."

Earlier this month, Gregg Allman cancelled the remainder of his solo and U.S. tour with ZZ Top due to serious health issues, so Randy Bachman and his band opened for ZZ Top. 

The former lead guitarist of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive from the 1960s and '70s played some classics like "No Sugar Tonight," "American Woman," "You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet" and "Takin’ Care of Business."

Also opening was Jonny Two Bags from Social Distortion who performed a 30-minute set.   

Tonight’s concert is pop / punk rock band Blink 182 and Friday’s performance is American bro-country duo Florida Georgia Line, both starting at 7 p.m.

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August 16, 2016 - 7:01pm

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Shade Zajac makes his official debut Sunday as the full-time conductor of the Genesee Symphony Orchestra in a special performance being sponsored by the United Way at Mercy Grove in Le Roy.

Zajac previously conducted the orchestra last season as part of an audition process for the musical director's position with the GSO and was appointed by the GSO board earlier this year.

Mercy Grove is Genesee County's newest event facility and will be a beautiful setting for this special performance.

Tickets are $75 per person and proceeds benefit the United Way and the Genesee Symphony Orchestra.

Party attire is suggested. The event starts at 3:30 p.m. There will be hors d'oeuvres, grazing stations and a cash bar. The GSO performance, "Summer Serenade," begins at 4:45.  

Tickets are available through GSO's website, or at Bank of Castile in Batavia and Le Roy, Roxy's Music, the United Way and GO ART!

Photos are from Monday's rehearsal.

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August 15, 2016 - 1:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia peace garden, news, batavia, music, entertainment.

Press release:

The International Peace Garden Foundation, in conjunction with the Friends of the Batavia Peace Garden, are bringing a special concert to Batavia from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13.

The "Peace on Earth" concert will launch the holiday season and feature Colleen Marcello, an acclaimed soprano in Western New York, and the Irrera Brothers, who are world-famous musicians.

All three artists have roots in Genesee County. The Irrera’s are graduates of Batavia High and Colleen’s grandfather, Philip Marcello, was a former Mayor of Batavia. Together they proudly represent Batavia’s rich Italian heritage.

The critically acclaimed Irrera Brothers have captivated audiences throughout the United States and abroad. The New York Concert Review cited their 2013 concert in Carnegie Hall as a “riveting and dynamic performance.” Additional concert engagements have brought Joseph and John to notable venues such as the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Eastman Theatre and internationally throughout France, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Latin America. With a range of educational venues, the brothers both received their doctorates in Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music in 2014. Besides performing together and as soloists, the Irrera Brothers have served on the faculty at the Eastman School of Music and the Eastman Community Music School.

Marcello received her Master of Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College. A frequent area soloist, Marcello “won the audience over” as Sister Blanche of the "Agony of Christ" in Opera Sacra’s recent production of the "Dialogues of the Carmelites." She has also been a featured soloist under the baton of Robert Franz and Marvin Hamlisch with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Her musical talents have also led her to Off-Broadway musical theater in such productions as "State Fair," "The King and I" and "Fiddler on the Roof."

Another notable feature of this concert will be the Steinway piano cosponsored by Denton Cottier and Daniels. Joseph Irrera is one of 500 Steinway musicians worldwide.  The quality of the music at this event will be unparalleled, and will be a wonderful way to kick off the holidays.

The concert will be held inside the Batavia High School Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at Roxie’s Music Store on West Main Street in the city and at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, or by calling 585-201-7100 or 585-343-2387. The ticket costs range from $15 for General Admission to $30 for VIP tickets, which also includes a Meet-the-Artist cocktail reception at the Dibble Center following the event. VIP tickets are very limited. Student tickets are $10. Advance purchase is recommended.

Make this an early holiday gift for those friends and family who are music lovers. This advance notice will insure that you can put the date aside and mark it on your calendar. This is a great way to support the arts in Western New York.

August 13, 2016 - 9:53pm
posted by James Burns in genesee, Le Roy, the ridge, Kansas, news, music, entertainment.

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Imagine having a multiple platinum recording rock band performing for you and your closest friends in your back yard. Well that was the feel of the Kansas concert in Le Roy at The Ridge.

Kansas must have felt right at home with Great Plains-style pop-up thunderstorms in the area as they played for a very friendly crowd that was not at all afraid of the rain.  The fans on hand were singing and dancing along with the bands many well known hits. Yes, you should have been here.

There are two more chances this summer to catch The Jam at the Ridge. The next show at the ridge is Blackjack Billy Aug. 27th

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August 10, 2016 - 9:41am

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The Batavia Society of Artists sponsored a Sketch Out/Paint Out event in Jackson Square on Wednesday evening, featuring cast members from the Batavia Players upcoming presentation of "Guys and Dolls."

The event gave local artists a chance to paint or draw characters from the famous musical.

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August 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
Event Date and Time: 
September 19, 2015 -
5:30pm to 6:30pm

The Batavia Silver Stars along with the Chili-based Cloverleaf Squares are Western square dance clubs and they will be performing at Darien Lake Theme Park twice this month.
They will have a demo dance from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. For more information about WNY square dance clubs visit squaredancingrochester.org

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