Shaking It Harlem Style

Going viral on the Internet could spell some interesting changes to the way people find popular music after Billboard recently made a much-needed update to the way that it selects its “Hot 100.”

On Feb. 20, Billboard and Nielsen announced that U.S. YouTube video streaming data will now be factored into the formula used to create the “Hot 100.” As a result, the staggeringly popular “Harlem Shake” by Baauer immediately hit No. 1 on the chart. The song debuted at No. 1 mostly because the “Harlem Shake” song inspired a great number of homemade videos, quickly becoming an Internet meme. The meme became so popular that even the likes of Jimmy Fallon, Pepsi Max and local news stations made their own versions.

Out of the many “Harlem Shake” videos I watched my favorite is the “Original Army Edition.” The video starts with one man dancing among a group of soldiers standing at attention. After about 18 seconds of dancing by himself, the rest of the group joins in when the “Harlem Shake” song states: “Do the Harlem Shake.”

It’s hard to say what the future holds for popular music now that YouTube data is included in Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart formula, but one thing is for sure: Internet users now have much more control over which artists make it big.

On another note, for those of you looking for a family friendly event to do on a Friday night, stop by the Infinity Performing Arts Cafe to check out a performance by acclaimed guitarist Richard Gilewitz. I’ll be there covering the event, so stop by and say hello. And, keep an eye out for coverage of the event Saturday’s edition, which will include video footage that will be posted to www.post-journal.com.

As per usual, here are the highlights and happenings going on in the area.

HIGHLIGHTS

Marion Art Gallery To Host International Exhibition, “Gone Viral:” An exhibition examining the intersection of art and scientific inquiry will open in the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery at SUNY Fredonia on Friday, March 8.

“Gone Viral: Medical Science in Contemporary Textile Art,” will feature the works of several artists from the United States and Great Britain. Curated by Leesa Rittelmann, associate professor of art history at SUNY Fredonia, “Gone Viral” features the work of three American and two British artists whose textile art explores a range of the, “aesthetic, political and cultural issues related to current scientific and biomedical practice and research.”

The exhibition is designed to encourage a dialogue between the arts and sciences sparked by artworks that lend visual form to often complex, abstract scientific and social concerns.

Artists Sonya Clark, Anna Dumitriu, Paddy Hartley, Lindsay Obermeyer and Laura Splan explore a range of media from traditional embroidering, knitting, hand-quilting and beadwork to non-traditional works made from stethoscopes, hospital sheets, intravenous tubing, digital video, photography and computerized machine-embroidery.

The opening reception will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, March 8, and the exhibit runs through April 7. But, the gallery will be closed from March 23 through April 1 for the campus spring break. The reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are 2-6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 2-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2-6 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is located on the main level of Rockefeller Arts Center. For more information call 673-3537 or visit www.fredonia.edu.

Game Creator Tom Filsinger Added To Guest List At Wrestlecon: Tom Filsinger, the owner of Filsinger Games, and the creator of Champions of the Galaxy wrestling game, will be a special guest at WrestleCon from April 5-7 in Secaucus, N.J.

Filsinger Games has been a producer of tabletop card games since 1987. It started with Champions of the Galaxy, and currently includes licensed games for Ring of Honor, Chikara, Shimmer, championship wrestling from Hollywood, and Combat Zone Wrestling.

Filsinger has worked closely with many professional wrestlers including: Ted DiBiase, Nikolai Volkoff, Iron Sheik, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, King Kong Bundy, Buff Bagwell and many more. He has also partnered with Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee and appeared with him at several promotions such as the New York Comic Con and Authors@Google.

Filsinger, an associate professor of psychology at Jamestown Community College, has written a book about the creating of his game company called “The Dark Menace of the Universe,” where he discusses game creating and the psychology of creativity. Tom will be signing his book and visiting with game fans at the Filsinger Games tables at the convention.

WrestleCon is a major wrestling convention featuring guests such as Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Kurt Angle and many more. There will also be live wrestling featuring promotions such as Chikara, Shimmer and Combat Zone Wrestling.

For more information visit wrestlecon.com or www.filsingergames.com.

HAPPENINGS

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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.

Movies At The Reg: 8 p.m., “Hyde Park On Hudson,” 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown.

Saturday

Brokenstraw Celtic: 6-8 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg.

Movies At The Reg: 8 p.m., “Hyde Park On Hudson,” 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown.

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

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

Sunday

Doc And Bill: 4-7 p.m., Trillium Lodge, 6830 Main St., in Cherry Creek.

Wednesday

Indie Movie Night Featuring “The Boonies Road Show:” 6-8 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg.