The Dead Are Coming

The second half of season three of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” will air in just 10 days, and I am having trouble trying to patiently wait.

As a result, I’ve been going through articles in an attempt to discern the events that will unfold over the course of the next eight episodes. But, I haven’t found much other than AMC’s episode nine promo tag-line, “In the battle at the end of the world; it’s an eye for an eye.”

Those who’ve been following the series may remember the cliffhanger conclusion of episode eight, “Made To Suffer.” The episode ended with Daryl reuniting with his older brother Merle in Woodbury after an attempt to rescue Glenn and Maggie.

In an interview for “Inside Episode 308,” the show’s executive producer, Glen Mazzara, who will not be returning for season four, said that the heavily armed rescue attempt would in turn be starting a war. Add the rescue attempt to Michonne’s slaying of The Governor’s zombie daughter Penny, which resulted in a fight between the two main characters in which The Governor loses an eye, Rick’s group has in turn been branded terrorists. The conclusion of episode eight appears to be setting up an impending battle between Woodbury and the inhabitants of the prison, of which there are several new additions, that is likely to result in heavy losses for both sides. And, now that Lori has been killed off and her child resides in the prison, Rick isn’t an entirely emotionally stable leader.

Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, said an interview during “The Cast Looks Ahead” that Rick has been in a pretty crazy place. “In the second half of the season you realize that Rick is this brutal, ruthless leader that is uncompromising; so when we meet The Governor there is a match,” he said. How exactly The Governor ends up exacting his revenge, and how Rick’s group responds, is really going to be defining outcome of the impending “war.” And, which role Andrea takes in the battle will provide an interesting look at her character, who apparently has been smitten with The Governor.

But, The Governor and Rick aren’t the only two about to start a war, Daryl and Merle have been pitted against each other in a fight to the death in Woodbury’s arena. How exactly the challenge plays out remains to be seen in episode nine, “The Suicide King,” which airs on Sunday, Feb. 10. However, if the show continues with the not-so-often-but-often-enough killing off of main characters, such as Lori and T-Dog’s deaths in the third season; Shane, Dale and Sophia’s deaths in season three; and Amy and Jacqui’s deaths in season one, the body count is likely to continue to rise. A comment by co-executive producer Greg Nicotero appears to confirm more deaths when he told The Hollywood Reporter, “We’ll probably end our season minus a castmember or two.”

Check out the latest on-air promo for the second half of season three at amctv.com.

HIGHLIGHTS

Infinity Rock Band To Perform Concert Friday: The Infinity Rock Band will perform Friday from 7-9 p.m.

The band will perform Rock ‘n’ Roll hits including: “Surrender” by Cheap Trick, “Blitzkrieg Bop” by the Ramones, and more. The concert will begin with select members performing in small groups and end with the whole band.

The Infinity Rock Band is Caelan Register, Dalton Lanphere, Hayley Restivo, Josh Reuter, Lily Ellis, Oliver Burdo, Ryan Hawkins, and Tristan May. The instructor is Chris Cotter.

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

The Illuminating Night Lights At The Botanical Gardens Returns In February: Night Lights at the Gardens, powered by National Grid, and the group that hosts Night Lights at the Heron, made its return to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens for a three-week span on Wednesday.

Western New York artists and musicians will once again be featured. The electronic sounds of Dotsun Moon will be heard, projection artist Mark Reginald WonderGhost will display photography and the Ashford Hollow Foundation will exhibit art and sculptures throughout the gardens. On the final evening of the show, Queen City Sight And Sound, a collective of Buffalo artists, will be displaying, creating and performing art throughout the gardens.

Featured performers will also appear each night. Some of the performers include Smackdab on Saturday, Ben Perrello on Thursday, Feb. 7, Lazlo Hollyfeld on Saturday, Feb. 9, and John And Mary on Friday, Feb. 15. Each performance will begin at 8 p.m., will be about an hour and is included in admission. Spun Out Fire Productions will appear on Friday and Thursday, Feb. 14, and Queen City Sight And Sound on Saturday, Feb. 16.

The event runs Wednesday through Saturday through Feb. 16. Show hours are 6-9 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for garden members, seniors and students, $5 for kids ages 3 through 12 and kids under 3 are free. For more information visit buffalogardens.com.

Cattaraugus County Arts Council Hosts JCC Student Exhibition: The Cattaraugus County Arts Council will present the work of the Jamestown Community College Painting and Ceramic Students from the Fall 2012 semester. The artwork is currently on display at CCAC at 100 W. Main St. in Allegany until the end of February.

The idea for an exhibition of work was a collaborative effort between the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, painting instructor Theresa Heinz and ceramics instructor Peter Georgen.

The Cattaraugus County Arts Council is a nonprofit organization which has served the greater Cattaraugus County region for more than 15 years with arts programs and services. For more information visit myartscouncil.net or visit www.sunyjcc.edu.

HAPPENINGS

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by Monday.

Tonight

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

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.

Friday

Cindy Haight: 6-9 p.m., Southern Tier Brewery, 2072 Stoneman Circle in Lakewood.

Movies At The Reg: 8 p.m., “The Sessons,” 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown.

Grand Larceny: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Peek’n Peak, 1405 Olde Road in Findley Lake.

Saturday

Cindy Haight: 3:30 p.m., Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown. The pre-game show will be located at Sully’s Pub from 3:30 to game time, then Haight will kick off the game by singing the national anthem, followed by a post-game performance.

Doc And Bill: 6 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg.

Movies At The Reg: 8 p.m., “The Sessons,” 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown.

Planet Fred: 8 p.m. to midnight, Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

Brian Chase: 8 p.m. to midnight, Bellini Lounge, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.

Ken Hardley And John Latini: 9 p.m. to midnight, Steener’s Pub, 322 Route 430 in Greenhurst.

Bill Ward And Amanda Barton: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Sherman.

Grand Larceny: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Peek’n Peak, 1405 Olde Road in Findley Lake.

Cup of Soup: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Jammin’ Vine, 11884 E. Main Road in North East, Pa.

Sunday

Broken Straw: 4-6 p.m., Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Sherman.