Winks

During the writing of last week’s column, I was describing how to drive to the Shaw Festival. I got as far as crossing the U.S.-Canadian border at Peace Bridge, and taking Queen Elizabeth Way toward Toronto. Then I paused to check for certain the name of the exit one should take to get to the Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake, and somehow never got back to finishing the sentence. Several readers have commented on how difficult it was to be told just to get off the QEW, without being told where.

I apologize. The exit comes fairly shortly after passing the various exits for Niagara Falls, and its name is “Niagara-on-the-Lake.” Get off there and follow the direction signs to the festival. A word of caution, there are plenty of direction signs, but the words on them are quite small and don’t contrast well with their purple background, but if you look for them, they are there.

Also, in describing the activities of the Luminato Festival, in Toronto, I completely skipped over the performances on June 21-23 at the SONY Centre, by the Mark Morris Dance Group, performing his famous creation ”L’Allegro, Il Pensiero, ed il Moderato.” There were so many things on the program, and I simply read right over it.

The entire festival lasts from June 14-23.

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Young performing artists, no matter how talented they are, often find that if they weren’t born into a family with connections in show business or the performing arts, they have a very difficult time getting their foot into the door of their chosen profession.

T. Edward Hambleton, the founder of New York City’s famed Phoenix Theater Company, recognized that problem, and he has created an opportunity for young hopefuls. Called The T. Fellowship, it is a one-year program, which each year enables one candidate to live and study in New York City. The winner receives $14,000, plus a budget of up to $20,000 for creating a production in the art form of the fellow’s choice.

The winner may take classes at Columbia University, and his adviser will seek to arrange internships and observation opportunities with the top professionals in New York.

Applications for the fellowship will be accepted through Aug. 1. For complete information, log on to www.tfellowship,com.

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If you have young children or grandchildren who are big fans of the television group called ”The Wiggles,” your young friend will be happy to know their heroes are coming to the University of Buffalo on Aug. 24 at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets went on sale yesterday. They range in price from $15 to $70. To purchase them, or for more information, phone 888-223-6000, or go to box office at the Center for the Arts at the University. It’s near the Millersport Highway exit from highway I-290.

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Speaking of the UB Center for the Arts, tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today for the performance by comic David Sedaris, which will take place Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $42.50. Student tickets are $25.50.

To purchase them, use the phone number in the previous ”wink.” For information about the performance, phone 645-2787.

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People traveling with young children often find that combining an educational experience with a performance intended for young viewers can make an even more wonderful experience for the children.

If you are considering a visit to Niagara Falls, or to the historical forts at Fort Niagara or Fort George, you could combine them with a performance at Niagara University’s Leary Theatre.

”Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” is a musical show, based on the popular children’s book by the same name, by Carol McCloud. It will be performed July 25 to Aug. 3. Some performances are at 7 p.m. and others are at 1 p.m. The performances are free, and no reservations are required. For additional information, phone 286-8685.