Soup And Song

A benefit for St. Susan Center with live music and homemade soups is scheduled for Saturday.

St. Susan Center celebrated its third annual Soup and Song fundraising series in February, and a second portion of the program will be served to area residents this weekend. The event will feature a rare reunion performance of the Bill Ward Band, Amanda Barton and members of Infinity Visual and Performing Arts. Admission is $10. In addition to the live music, the event will include a choice of two of seven soups, several varieties of bread, crackers, dessert and drinks.

According to Bill Ward, the Bill Ward Band has appeared throughout the northeast and recorded an album entitled “Highway in the Desert.” The band will be joined by recording artist and Infinity instructor Amanda Barton, formerly of the roots-rock band Big Leg Emma.

“It almost feels selfish to do this gig, because I’m getting together with longtime music friends – so it’s a very easy and fulfilling way to support St. Susan’s,” said Ward. “We get to play music together, which of course is what we love to do, and raise some cash for this really valuable community resource. And, I also get to hang out with some of my Infinity friends and eat delicious soup. How can I not be excited?”

Logistical support for the Soup and a Song program is provided by Trinity Guitars, owned by Jim Holler. Holler will coordinate the talent for the events, as well as provide the sound system.

Infinity Performing Arts got involved when Holler contacted Shane Hawkins, executive director of Infinity, to ask if Infinity would be interested in providing entertainment for a benefit for St. Susan Center.

“We have many excellent musicians rising up at Infinity right now, and getting them out in the community performing is excellent practical experience for them,” said Hawkins. “Combining that with a benefit for such a needed and valuable resource like St. Susan’s, we were honored to be asked and eager to help. We will have a nice variety of student musicians, and some Infinity instructors performing on Saturday. They are all looking forward to it. By coming down for the benefit, people can help St. Susan’s, and at the same time give our students a great audience to play for.”

Proceeds from the Soup and a Song series will benefit St. Susan Center, Jamestown’s soup kitchen, which is in its 29th year of service to the community. According to Sue Colwell, executive director of St. Susan Center, in 2013 the organization served more than 98,000 meals.

“This event is Jim Holler’s brainchild, and he does so much setup and preparation for this,” said Colwell. “To bring back Bill Ward and Amanda Barton, as well as Infinity, and have all that talent do it to raise money for St. Susan Center, gets this place rocking and we have a good time. Ongoing support for food and operations are very important, especially this time of year as we head toward summer, which is our busiest time of the year.”

The event will be held at St. Susan Center’s facility at the Gateway Center, 31 Water St. in Jamestown. Doors open at 6 p.m., and music begins at 6:30 p.m.

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


St. Patrick’s Day Celebration With The Chadakoin Crickets: The Miraglia Gallery and Chautauqua Music Store will host a live musical event on Thursday from 6-9 p.m.

Dave Rowe and Jen Ibero will perform Appalachian Old Time Music, with special guest Ricco on the bodran. Guests can enjoy the music shop in addition to a variety of paintings, wood sculptures and jewelry by local artists.

The Miraglia Gallery is located at 108 E. Second St., in Jamestown. For more information call 665-4680 or visit

Lucille Ball Little Theatre Presents Production Of “Proof”: Area residents searching for a production with twists, turns, romance and thought-provoking dialogue may find what they are looking for at Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown.

“Proof” will be presented on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The show is directed by Anne Eklund. “Proof” is a dramatic play written by David Auburn in 2000. It has been the recipient of many awards, which include a 2001 Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for Best Play. A film entitled “Proof,” which was based on Auburn’s play, was released in 2005 and stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hope Davis and Anthony Hopkins.

Auburn’s play depicts the story of a 25-year-old woman named Catherine, who is a bit unstable after spending many years caring for her famous mathematician father, Robert. After he passes, Catherine faces her own issues, as well as dealing with her estranged sister Claire, who comes along to meddle in Catherine’s affairs; and the attention of Hal, a former student of her father. Hal, who is in search of something important that he feels may be hidden in Robert’s 103 notebooks, comes to find that the most significant thing that was left behind was Catherine. Thus, a romance ensues. But, the discovery of a mysterious notebook draws Catherine into even more problems.

“Proof” consists of two acts, an intermission, and it will run for close to two hours. The show is not intended for young audiences because it includes strong language. Tickets are available for $20 per person or $10 per person for a group of 10 or more by calling the Lucille Ball Little Theatre Box Office at 483-1095. The box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12:30-4:30 p.m.

The Lucille Ball Little Theatre is located at 18 E. Second St. in Jamestown. For more information visit

Pianist Dr. Amber Shay Nicholson To perform A Solo Classical Recital Friday: Pianist Dr. Amber Shay Nicholson will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at First United Methodist Church, 200 Market St., in Warren, Pa. The recital, featuring music by Granados, Beethoven, and Brahms, is free and open to the public. For more information call 814-723-4930 or visit

Mystery-Solving Chills And Thrills To Come To The Jamestown Savings Bank Arena: The Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang will take the JSBA center stage on Tuesday in an all-new family musical, “Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries.”

The event, which is presented by Warner Bros., Consumer Products and Life Like Touring, will feature characters from one of television’s longest-running animated series, “Scooby-Doo.”

In the production, Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang have been called upon to help solve a mystery in which a trouble-making ghost is haunting a local theater. Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and Scooby-Doo will arrive in the Mystery Machine to crack the case. With crazy ghosts, perplexing puzzles and an abundance of Scooby Snacks, it’s Scooby-Doo and friends travelling across the country, solving mysteries wherever they go.

The production features several musical numbers including the evergreen Scooby-Doo theme song, “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?” alongside original tunes such as “Round Every Corner” and “We’re Mystery Inc.”

Tickets, which start at $15, can be purchased at the Jamestown Arena box office at 319 W. Third St., in Jamestown, by phone at 484-2624 or online at

From British Isles And Beyond A Warren Philharmonic Concert Is Sunday: The public is invited to attend a concert by the Warren Civic Orchestra now known as the Warren Philharmonic, at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church.

Bryan Eckenrode, musical director and conductor of the orchestra will lead the musicians in a variety of pieces that include the “William Tell Overture” and “Quiet City” by Copland. “Quiet City” features oboist Brian Simpson from St. Mary’s and trumpeter Rita Ferrere from the Oil City area.

Tickets are available at the door. Adults are $10; seniors, $5; students, $5; and children 11 and under are free. For more information call 814-723-9110.


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Pete Pepke: 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.


Bill Ward And Amanda Barton: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown.

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

Derek Davis: 9 p.m., Murdock’s, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.


Original Acoustic Rock With Haunted Heart: 6-8 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg.

St. Patty’s Day Party: 8 p.m. to midnight, Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron. Featuring music, prizes and fun by DJs Unlimited.

Flash Jordan: 9 p.m., Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Sherman.

DJ Ashlie: 9 p.m., Murdock’s, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.


Modern Edge: 3-8 p.m., Murdock’s, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.

Brian Chase: 1-3 p.m., Steener’s Pub, 322 Route 430 in Greenhurst.


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