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The Unexpected Guests will be featured during the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena’s final Wits n’ Giggles comedy show of the season Friday.

“We were very pleased with our first season of Wits n’ Giggles,” said Phil Genco, graphics and marketing manager for JSBA. “We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the comedians and the size of the crowds. We look forward to continuing comedy in the fall, and we are also glad that we were able to bring a local group into the mix to finish off this season with Jamestown’s favorite comedy troupe, The Unexpected Guests.”

The Unexpected Guests are Jamestown’s own improv comedy troupe. Founded in 2003 by Gary Peters Jr., Len Barry, Jane Fischer and Eric Hand-Smith, the TUG continue to perform monthly in downtown Jamestown. TUG’s current line-up includes: Alison Barry, Wayne Carlsson, Heather Felton, Jane Fischer, Malachi Livermore, Gary Peters Jr. and Tim Smeal.

For more information, search for “The Unexpected Guests” on Facebook.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for seating, and the show will begin at 7 p.m. The series is an 18-and-over event with a two-drink minimum for those 21 and over. Tickets are $8 presale, $12 day of the show. They are available at the JSBA Box Office, 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown, by phone at 484-2624 or at jamestownarena.com.

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


2013 Great American Picnic To Feature Tribute To Woodstock: An annual fundraising event for WRFA-LP, 107.9 FM, will be held Sunday.

WRFA and the Southern Tier Brewing Co. have teamed up to present the second annual Great American Picnic, which features an afternoon of friends, food and live music from a variety of local and regional performers. This year’s theme will be music from the original Woodstock.

Hosted by Ken Hardley from the Rolling Hills Radio show, the Great American Picnic will begin at 1 p.m. at the home of the Southern Tier Brewing Co., 2072 Stoneman Circle in Lakewood. It will feature nearly a dozen musical acts. Many of the performances will also be recorded and broadcast on WRFA. All the music that will be played during the three-hour event will be songs from the original Woodstock Music Festival, which featured such famous acts as Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Who, Ten Years After, Arlo Guthrie, Sly and the Family Stone, Joe Cocker and others.

Musical acts for this year include: Smackdab, the Bogarts, The Modified Nouns, Ken Hardley and The Henways, Bill Ward and Amanda Barton, Cindy Haight, Dennis Drew and Jeff Erickson of 10,000 Maniacs, John Merino, Steve Piper, Jamie Trusler and SYMBA.

The show will be presented at the Southern Tier Brewing Company’s outdoor stage with plenty of seating and space for everyone in attendance. Sound and stage support will be provided by Steven Gustafson, Graham Riggle, Ed Tomassini and Jeff Erickson. The WRFA Advisory Board will also be on hand, serving hot dogs and other foods from the grill.

There is no cost to attend the fundraiser. Instead, a portion of all proceeds collected by Southern Tier Brewing Co. between 1 and 4 p.m. will go directly toward WRFA. Donations will also be accepted. All ages are welcome.

Auditions For ‘The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe’ To Begin In June: St. Luke’s Winged Ox Players are proud to announce auditions for their next production, “The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe.”

The family play centers on the C.S. Lewis’ classic set in the land of Narnia. A story of love, faith, courage and giving, with triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.

Auditions for the four children will be held on two nights, Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8. Both nights will begin at 6:30 and run until 8:30 at St. Luke’s Church on North Main Street in Jamestown. The audition will be a cold reading from the script, and all children are invited as there will be parts for every child over 6-years-old in the play. Characters include: Peter, male, 13; Edward, male, 10; Susan, female, 12; and Lucy, female, 8.

The play will be held at the Crown Theatre in Jamestown on Sept. 20, 21, 27 and 28. It is directed by Steven Cobb and Daniel Pierce.

Anyone interested in helping out backstage is also welcome to attend the auditions to sign up. For more information call 969-7412.


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


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

Blue Grass Jam: 7-10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.


Brian Hanna: 6 p.m., Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown.

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

Oliver Burdo: 8-11 p.m., Bellini Lounge, Chautauqua Suites, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.

Shaky Ray And The Cobalt Blues Band: 8 p.m. to midnight, Casino Bar, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.

Brian Chase: 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Webb’s Captain’s Table, 115 W. Lake Road in Mayville.

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


Summer Fever Party Featuring Disco Duck: 12-6 p.m., 21 Brix Winery, 6654 W. Main Road in Portland.

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

Coyote: 8 p.m. to midnight, Casino Bar, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.

Face Down In High Water: 9 p.m. to midnight, Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Sherman.


New York Rockin’ Revue Band: 4-8 p.m., Casino Bar, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.