Organizers Cancel 2020 Great Blue Heron Music Festival

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) SHERMAN – Organizers of the Great Blue Heron Music Festival announced Tuesday they have canceled their event for this summer due to the COVID-19 outbreak.“Unfortunately, the uncertain future has made planning virtually impossible,” said officials in a statement. “Many people had been putting their heart and soul into making 2020 another memorable festival and we thank everyone for their efforts.”Next year, officials say tentative dates for the 2021 festival is July 2 to 4.“We are counting on your understanding and support because getting to our 2021 Great Blue Heron will be very financially challenging for us with no income from our festival and plenty of overhead expenses,” furthered officials. “So we are asking those of you who can help, to make a donation to our Heron Forever Campaign.” Camp officials say the Heron Farm & Event Center will be open in May for camping. “When restrictions are lifted, we hope to add music and farm to table events,” said officials. “We look forward to finding creative ways to get together with our Heron family soon.”This would have been the 29th consecutive festival at the campground in Sherman.last_img read more

Jamestown Police Report Increase In Fireworks Complaint This Month

first_imgJAMESTOWN – Officials from the Jamestown Police Department are reporting that they’ve received 65 complaints of fireworks this month in the city limits. Police say the number for the entire month of June was at 31 complaints. Officials are reminding the community that the possession and use of fireworks is illegal in New York State. Section 270.00 of the New York State Penal Law (Unlawfully Dealing with Fireworks and Dangerous Fireworks) covers the offenses and potential charges that range from a violation up to a class A Misdemeanor.Changes in the New York State Law have allowed the sale and possession of sparkling devices in designated counties. They (Sparkling Devices) are legal to possess and use within Chautauqua County and the City of Jamestown. Under section 270.00, sparkling devices are defined as devices that are ground-based or hand-held devices that produce a shower of white, gold, or colored sparks as their primary pyrotechnic effect.Additional effects may include a colored frame, an audible crackling effect, an audible whistle effect, and smoke. These devices do not rise into the air, do not fire inserts or projectiles into the air, and do not explode or produce a report (an audible crackling sound is not considered a report). Ground-based or hand-held devices that produce a cloud of smoke as their sole pyrotechnic effect are also included in this category. Police say the use of any fireworks creates both a fire and safety hazard. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks start an average of 19,500 fires in 2018, including 1,900 structure fires, 500 vehicle fires, and 17,100 outside and other fires. These fires caused five deaths, 46 civilian injuries, and $105 million in direct property damage. In 2018, U.S. Hospital Emergency Rooms treated an estimated 12,900 for fireworks related injuries, half of those injuries were to the extremities and 34% were to the eye or other parts of the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for more than one-third (36%) of the estimated 2018 injuries.Police encourage the community members to leave the fireworks to the professionals and to attend displays if they are offered in the area during the upcoming holiday. Police also remind everyone to utilize common sense when using legal sparkling devices within the city, as they can also be dangerous if not properly handled. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

State Warns About Fishing License Scam

first_imgImage by Scott Lux.ALBANY — The New York State Division of Consumer Protection is warning residents about a state freshwater fishing license scam.Fraudulent websites claiming to sell New York State Freshwater Fishing licenses are, instead, scamming users to gather and use people’s personal information.Officials said the only legitimate site on which to buy a state fishing license is Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img

Randy Elf To Discuss Political Speech Law Before Advocates For Balance

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) CHAUTAUQUA — Dr. Randy Elf will discuss How Political Speech Law Benefits Politicians and the Rich before the Advocates for Balance at Chautauqua at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20.The Chautauqua County native will address constitutional law, particularly the constitutionality of law regulating political speech, in a program called “How Political Speech Law Benefits Politicians and the Rich.”Elf has practiced constitutional, appellate, and political-speech law and is a columnist.The event will be via Zoom. For information on attending, visit Advocates for Balance at Chautauqua’s mission is to achieve a balance of speakers in a mutually civil and respectful environment consistent with the historic mission of Chautauqua.last_img read more

More Details Revealed About Broadway-Aimed First Wives Club Musical

first_img Bloodworth-Thomason also revealed that “we didn’t use the old script. Didn’t even reread it. I don’t do rewrites.” And who will be filling the classic Goldie Hawn/Diane Keaton/Bette Midler roles? “Our people will have to sing. I’ve been casting in New York and Hollywood, but not picked anyone yet. Stars aren’t a requisite.” View Comments We’re intrigued. The stage adaptation didn’t make it to Broadway after a San Diego run back in 2009 starring Barbara Walsh, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Karen Ziemba. This incarnation, directed by Simon Phillips, has music and lyrics by Motown’s Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland, along with a book by Bloodworth-Thomason and Rupert Holmes.center_img More information is coming to light about the previously reported stage adaptation of the First Wives Club, which is eyeing Broadway in fall 2015 following a run in Chicago. Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, who wrote the hit 1996 movie and is working on the show’s book, told the New York Post: “It’s a talksicle. It’s funny and takes place in ’92.” We’re envisioning big ballads, bigger shoulder pads and some smart one-liners.last_img read more

Summer Camp, Day 10! Cher Sings Every Role in West Side Story

first_imgWe’re gonna be honest: Things around the offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! View Comments MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT WHY WE LOVE IT Um, because Cher singing every part in West Side Story is 12 minutes and 43 seconds of complete, unadulterated bliss, what’s why. Way back in 1978, Cher had a special on ABC that was called Cher…Special. (You know, obviously.) Anyway, it included this gem, and we have so many questions. How long did this take to film? Where did all those costumes and wigs come from? Isn’t Tony supposed to be in a gang, not trying out for J.V. baseball?center_img LOOK OUT FOR… 3:34, when Cher gives up trying to sing soprano and resorts to yell-talking. “Such a PRETTY ME!” OVERALL CAMP FACTOR 10 out of 10 bullets left in this gun, Chino.last_img read more

Amanda Seyfried to Replace Tatiana Maslany in The Way We Get By

first_img View Comments Related Shows The Way We Get By This is some off-Broadway switcheroo. Amanda Seyfried will step in for the previously announced Tatiana Maslany in Neil LaBute’s The Way We Get By. Orphan Black star Maslany has withdrawn from the Second Stage production due to filming schedule conflicts. Directed by Leigh Silverman, the world premiere will now begin previews earlier on April 28 and play a limited engagement through June 14. Opening night is set for May 19 at the Tony Kiser Theatre.Seyfried will be making her off-Broadway debut in the drama. Her extensive screen credits include Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables, Mean Girls, Gone, The End of Love, Jennifer’s Body, Letters to Juliet, Big Love and the upcoming Ted 2, While We’re Young and Pan.Also starring The Newsroom’s Thomas Sadoski, the two-character play follows Beth and Doug, two people who wake up together following a drunken wedding reception they both attended. Forced to question how much they really know about each other and how much they care about what other people think, the two face a very awkward encounter revolving around love, lust and the whole damn thing.The play will feature set design by Neil Patel, lighting design by Matthew Frey, costume design by Emily Rebholz and sound design by Jill BC Du Boff. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015last_img read more

Kathleen Chalfant Will Headline Rose Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 13, 2015 View Comments Rose Stage and screen vet Kathleen Chalfant will star in the world premiere of Laurence Leamer’s solo play about Rose Kennedy, Rose, off-Broadway this fall. The production will play a limited engagement November 21 through December 13 at Theatre Row’s Clurman Theatre. Opening night is set for November 29.Chalfant received a Tony nod for Angels in America: Millennium Approaches; she has also been seen on Broadway in Racing Demon, Angles in America: Perestroika and M. Butterfly. Other stage credits include Wit, A Hard Heart, Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell and Great Expectations. Screen credits include Isn’t it Delicious, Duplicity, Murder and Murder, along with recurring roles on The Affair and House of Cards.Rose is the Kennedy story as told by the matriarch who lived it all.  Bestselling author Laurence Leamer’s (The Kennedy Women, The Kennedy Men and Sons of Camelot) intimate, one-character drama is set in 1969 at the Kennedy’s Hyannis Port compound the week after Teddy’s fateful accident at Chappaquiddick. Rose struggles with all the tragedies the Kennedys have overcome and finds new understanding of the choices she made as well as those made by her husband and children.Directed by Caroline Reddick Lawson, the production will feature costume design by Jane Greenwood, with scene design/projections by Anya Klepikov, lighting by Caitlin Rapoport and sound design by Jane Shaw. Related Showslast_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Darren Criss, Lupita Nyong’o & More

first_img View Comments Darren Criss Happy Friday! The Emmy Awards are this weekend, so before you go home to watch Cicely Tyson’s guest performance on How to Get Away With Murder on loop, we want to make sure you’re up to speed on all things Broadway. From misguided cell phone companies to a gorilla singing JRB, some crazy things happened this week. Take it all in with the Lessons of the Week!There’s a Curly-Haired TveitertotWhen Darren Criss and Paul Wontorek went on a field trip to the site of next week’s Elsie Fest, the Audience Choice Award winner made a taxicab confession: he’s “absolutely” an Aaron Tveit fan boy, and he freaked out when meeting him at a pre-Oscars party for Les Miserables. You could call us Tveitertots as well. We wouldn’t go to jail for him or anything, but…AT&T Is Sending Mixed SignalsWhen AT&T released an ad encouraging anti-Patti behavior, virtually everyone who’s worked on Broadway, has seen a Broadway show or at some point heard the term “Broadway” had something to say. But then the company backpedaled and said the ad existed in an alternate universe (or something), then they applauded our facetious retort. Stop making ads right now. Who do you think you are?! Melchior Is a Leading Lady at HeartFresh face Austin McKenzie gives a heartfelt performance (in two languages!) as Melchior in the Spring Awakening revival, but when he saw the show 10 years ago, he connected to another character: Wendla. We’re not sure that role is in the cards for him, but hey, it’s 2015. You never know. At least he gets to be (very) up close and personal with her now.Lupita’s Her Own AgentOscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, at long last, is making her New York stage debut this fall in the Public’s Eclipsed. We have two people to thank: Emma Thompson, who encouraged her to do more stage work, and Lupita, who chose the play herself. Would that it were always so simple! We’ve been trying to stage a one-woman Jersey Boys in our office for over a year!Alex Sharp’s Talking to AliensHe talked to rats on stage, but now that he’s left Curious Incident, he’s talking to another, perhaps otherworldly, species on screen. The Tony winner has boarded the film How to Talk to Girls at Parties, appearing opposite Nicole Kidman. It’s billed as a Romeo and Juliet-esque tale between punks and aliens, so let’s hope Sharp can trade Christopher’s math talents for some astronomy skills.There’s a Gravity-Defying Diva at the MetThe Metropolitan Opera’s lineup features an assortment of classic characters, including Musetta, Figaro, Cio-Cio San and, uh, Elphaba? Sort of. Stay with us. In Maria Stuarda, Mary Queen of Scots, after asserting her innocence and lamenting those she’s indirectly harmed, accepts her martyrdom and marches to her beheading. It’s just like “No Good Deed” in Wicked. But, you know, with less belting.Truffles Are Big at the BrooksWhen Andy Mientus hosted a snack taste test backstage with four new potato chip flavors, the West Coast Truffle variety was far and away the victor. On the other hand, it was a quartet of weak contenders. Oh, well. By the way, if anyone wants us to taste snacks, please send them our way. Are there West Coast Truffle-flavored peanut butter cups? We will try any flavor of peanut butter cups.The Key to Success Is a F*cking GloveThe Gentleman’s Guide cast is quite talented, especially when it come to high notes and quick changes. But the most dedicated performer is one who you don’t see: glove wrangler Andrew Sliwinski, who has an extremely involved prep for his bit in the show. This includes the mantra, “It’s a f*cking glove, it’s a f*cking glove, it’s a f*cking glove.” We’re petitioning to have glove wranglers recognized at the Tonys. #TonyCanYouFeelMe?King Kong’s Not Fading AwayThe classic gorilla monster-meets-girl story is still planning to stomp on the Great White Way. Boarding the project are the two writers behind The Bridges of Madison County: Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman. We can’t wait to see Broadway sweetheart Kelli O’Hara win her second Tony Award for her daring performance as the titular misunderstood creature. We have chills already picturing her performance of “Falling Into You (The Empire State Building).”Lesli Won’t Stop VloggingIt’s a good thing we let her keep that camera. After a successful 17-year stint of Looks Not Books, the Dames At Sea queen Lesli Margherita is back for more vlogging (OH. MAH. GAW.) Think of it as a spinoff, not unlike Kyle Dean Massey’s Normal Life and Fresh Prince. Ship Happens will still have crotch punches (we hope!), just at a different theater.center_img Star Fileslast_img read more

Kelsey Grammer Returns to Finding Neverland on Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 View Comments Related Shows Finding Neverland Believe! Kelsey Grammer will begin performances in Finding Neverland on January 19, replacing Terrence Mann. The Emmy winner, who originated the role of Charles Frohman in the Audience Choice Award-winning tuner, will remain at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre through February 21.Before Neverland, Grammer most recently appeared on Broadway in La Cage Aux Folles, earning a Tony nomination for his performance as Georges. His additional Great White Way credits include Macbeth and Othello. He won four Emmy Awards for his performance as the titular radio psychiatrist in the long-running hit series Frasier.Directed by Diane Paulus and featuring a score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, Finding Neverland follows the story of J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan.The cast is currently led by Matthew Morrison as Barrie (through January 24) and Laura Michelle Kelly as Llewelyn Davies. Tony Yazbeck begins performances as Barrie on January 26.last_img read more