‘Where Are We Now?’

David Bowie gave the world a wonderful surprise on Jan. 8, his 66th birthday, when he released a new song the first since 2003’s “Reality.”

“As long as there’s sun as long as there’s rain as long as there’s fire as long as there’s me, as long as there’s you,” are lyrics from Bowie’s new song “Where Are We Now?” Bowie’s newest song is a track off his new album entitled “The Next Day.” The 14-track album, 17 on the deluxe edition, is slated for a March 12 release.

I’m very excited about the album because I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t a fan of David Bowie. And, “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars” did for me exactly what “Starman” was meant to do – blow my mind. Something similar occurred when I first listened to his new song, “Where Are We Now?”

The song first came to me on my birthday, which fell several days before I celebrated an anniversary with the most incredible woman I know. And, I have to admit, it didn’t fully occur to me what Bowie’s lyrics in “Where Are We Now?” meant when he said, “The moment you know, you know, you know.” But, after an incredible celebratory anniversary weekend spent with the one I love, I think I now know. Those lyrics remind me of a quote by Theodor Seuss Geisel, Dr. Seuss, “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

I’ve never had the opportunity to see Bowie live, but I’d sure like to. However, at this point there has been no official announcement of an impending tour to promote the new album. Bowie’s producer, Tony Visconti, did tell Rolling Stone magazine that he may do a single concert to celebrate the release, but I can’t even imagine what it would take to get into that show – a miracle maybe?

The official video for Bowie’s new song is available on YouTube by searching for “Where Are We Now?” Plus, his website at davidbowie.com has been revamped to feature the new material.

HIGHLIGHTS

Marshall Seddon To Perform At 21 Brix Winery On Saturday: Local musician Marshall Seddon will perform at “Beats at the Brix” for 21 Brix Winery’s monthly music series on Saturday from 7-9 p.m. in the 21 Brix Winery tasting room.

Seddon will perform original songs as well as arrangements of jazz standards, blues and rock classics by artists such as Neil Young, Miles Davis and Eric Clapton. As a one-man show, Seddon not only plays guitar; he also sings and plays the harmonica. Besides his solo career, he has also played in various jazz ensembles and rock bands.

21 Brix Winery hosts live musicians the last Saturday of every month. Bring some snacks and enjoy a glass of 21 Brix wine with the show. There is no charge at the door, but a wine purchase is required. There is a limited amount of seating available.

The winery is located at 6654 W. Main Road on Route 20 in the town of Portland. For more information call 792-2749 or visit www.21brix.com.

Infinity New Student Orientation Session Is Monday: Infinity Performing Arts will host an orientation session for new students at 6 p.m. on Monday.

The orientation is 40 minutes long, involves watching a video and taking a tour of the facility. Attendance at one of the orientation sessions is required for new students.

Infinity provides a unique environment and experience for a broad cross-section of area young people. Program access is guaranteed to any student demonstrating a desire to pursue learning in the visual and performing arts, without regard to gender, ethnicity, social or religious background, prior experience, or ability to pay. Infinity is a place where creative growth is cultivated and nurtured by a networked team of dedicated adult mentors, community supporters and area music and arts professionals.

Infinity Performing Arts is located at 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 664-0991 or visit www.infinityperformingarts.org.

Chautauqua’s Got Talent Auditions Set For Wednesday: Big Time Productions, in conjunction with The Post-Journal, will present Chautauqua’s Got Talent, beginning next month. The fourth annual countywide talent competition will be held at The Spire of Jamestown and will run each Monday, Feb. 18 through March 18, at 7 p.m.

The contest welcomes singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and other performers of all ages to come and compete for at least $500 cash, a website, a promotional press kit and more.

The first audition will be private at The Spire on Wednesday, Jan. 30, starting at 5:30 p.m. This year the production team has decided to allow online video auditions as well.

To send a video or a YouTube link, or just get a pre-registration form, send an email to Jamestownspire@gmail.com with a link or attachment requesting pre-registration for Chautauqua’s Got Talent.

Pre-registration is not mandatory to audition. The audition results, as well as the results for each stage of the competition, will be in The Post-Journal every Tuesday morning following auditions and performances.

Tickets will be available at The Labyrinth Press Company Cafe for $6 pre-sale, or $8 the day of, or $25 for a pass to all nights. For more information, visit www.Spiretheater.org or facebook.com/chautauquatalent.

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Happenings

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HAPPENINGS

To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email drader@post-journal.com or call 487-1111 ext. 253 by Monday.

Tonight

Pete Pepke with Andrea and The Giants: 6-8 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg. Pepke was named Jazz Man of the Year 2006 by the Musicians’ Union.

Blue Grass Jam: 7-10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron. Area bluegrass musicians are welcome to sit in and play.

Friday

Stan Barton Jazz Mandolin And Violin: 6-8 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg.

Spencer Drake And Dan Shanahan: 6-9 p.m. Miraglia Gallery, 108 E. Second St. in Jamestown. Drake, a classic rock guitarist, will be accompanied by Shanahan on the harmonica.

Bill Ward And Amanda Barton: 7 p.m., The Pad, 1064 Route 394 between Falconer and Kennedy.

“Guys On Ice”: 8 p.m., The Lucille Ball Little Theatre, 18 E. Second St. in Jamestown.

Saturday

Davis And Eng Jazz N’ Blues: 6-8 p.m. The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg.

DJs Unlimited: 8 p.m. to midnight, Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

Cindy Haight: 9 p.m. to midnight, Witch Kitch, 68 Jamestown St. in Sinclairville.

“Guys On Ice”: 8 p.m., The Lucille Ball Little Theatre, 18 E. Second St. in Jamestown.

Brian Hanna And Scott Horton: 9 p.m., Spoon Saloon, 11849 Main Street in Perrysburg.

Ryan Melquist: Steener’s Pub, 322 Route 430 in Greenhurst.

Sunday

“Guys On Ice”: 2 p.m., The Lucille Ball Little Theatre, 18 E. Second St. in Jamestown.

Tuesday

Jesse Wolf: 6-8 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg. Wolf will perform country and alternative rock.

Wednesday

Indie Movie Night Featuring “Forever Wild – Celebrating America’s Wilderness”: 7:30 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg. One-hour PBS documentary narrated by Robert Redford.