An Entertaining Trek

There are quite a few opportunities to get out and enjoy the arts this weekend. Maybe you might want to consider bringing your dad to celebrate Father’s Day, which is Sunday.

If you feel like going to a movie, I’d highly recommend “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” I had the opportunity to catch the film in 3-D, which I usually find more complaints for than compliments, but was pleasantly surprised with how well it was pulled off. Although the film is set far into the future of mankind, it makes comparisons to the current state of human affairs such as war, terrorism and racial intolerance. Those who enjoyed video games such as “Mass Effect,” will find that the film plays out in a similar nature. Fans of the classic “Star Trek” are sure to pick the piece apart for its every flaw, but I think the general population will enjoy the new adventure.

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

HIGHLIGHTS

Jamestown Savings Bank Arena To Present Second Annual Big City Summer Concert Series: The series will consist of nine dates, starting with Brent And Co. on Friday. The series concludes with Mosaic Foundation on Aug. 23.

The summer concert series will take place on Fridays from 7-9 p.m. between Lafayette Street and the patio behind the JSBA. The Big City Concerts are free to the public. Food and beverage vendors will also be on-site.

Following each outdoor concert, the party will shift to Sully’s Irish Pub for more live music. Located on the track inside JSBA, Sully’s will feature a ‘Closing Act’ that will play until around 10:30 p.m. Sully’s Closing Act schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information call 484-2624, visit jamestownarena.com or the JSBA Facebook and Twitter pages.

Erie Renaissance Singers To Perform In Jamestown Friday: The Erie Renaissance Singers, directed by Carolyn Brock, will present a concert, “Clear and Gentle Spring, “at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 410 N. Main St. in Jamestown.

The program will include works by Bach, Elgar, Finzi, Mendelssohn, Shearing, and Whitacre. The ensemble is based in Erie, but almost a third of the singers are from Chautauqua County. Admission is free and open to the public.

‘Anything Goes’ Auditions To Be Held Monday And Tuesday: Jamestown Community College will host auditions for the production of “Anything Goes,” which will be performed in the fall.

The auditions, which begin at 7 p.m. in Scharmann Theatre, are open to students and community members. People trying out should memorize a song to sing, bring the sheet music and should also wear comfortable clothing for learning a dance routine.

The musical will be directed by Robert Schlick with technical direction by Steven Gustafson. Rehearsals begin in September and performances are set for selected dates in November.

“Anything Goes,” a favorite on Broadway, features music and lyrics by Cole Porter including “You’re the Top,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “Friendship,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “Blow Gabriel, Blow,” “All Through the Night,” and “Anything Goes.”

For more information, call 338-1153.

Jamestown Native To Sign Novel Set In Jamestown World War II Era: Pamela McDavid, author of “Seven Years Between,” was born in Jamestown’s WCA Hospital in 1959, but left before she turned one because her father was transferred to California.

Going back as far as her great-great-grandfather in 1867, she has utilized diaries and letters to create a Jamestown never seen by her eyes, but much loved in her heart. In “Seven Years Between,” she asks “How might it have been?” and fills in the gaps of her mother’s challenging years growing up in Jamestown in the turbulent 1930s and 1940s.

McDavid will sign her book on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at Novel Destination: Used Book Emporium, 177 Fluvanna Ave. in Jamestown. She will have $10 copies for sale. Light refreshments will be served. McDavid will also sign books from noon to 1 p.m. at the James Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St. in Jamestown.

For more information call 489-1496, email noveldestination@windstream.net or search for “Novel Destination” on Facebook.

Jamestown Juneteenth Celebration Is Set For Friday, Saturday And Sunday: Area residents will have the chance to party themselves into shape at the Juneteenth Celebration featuring Zumba this weekend.

The event will feature licensed Zumba instructors Rudi Andalora and Kristina Coil for one and a half hours of pure Zumba fun in a Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow, calorie-burning fitness party.

From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement.

This year’s celebration will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Chadakoin Park on Washington Street in Jamestown. It will feature the annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament, food vendors, live music, gospel service and a Zumba master class fitness party presented by Urban Cycling and licensed instructors. All proceeds will benefit the Jamestown Juneteenth and Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Registration for the Zumba fitness party is from 5-5:30 p.m. on Friday. Admission is a $10 donation, which will benefit Jamestown Juneteenth and Emmanuel Baptist Church in Jamestown. For more information call 640-8225.

Arts Council To Host Short Film Competition And Group Guitar Lessons: Insomniac Competitive Film Festival will begin at 3 p.m. Friday at the Reg Lenna Civic Center and be held until 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Teams of filmmakers will conceive, film, edit and deliver a short, original piece of cinema. A select number of elements from a predetermined list must be evident in the final product in order to qualify for the final competition.

Those making the cut will be screened before a public audience on Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Reg Lenna Civic Center. The screening is open to the public.

On Tuesday at 7 p.m., area guitar player and teacher, Spencer Drake will begin weekly group guitar lessons in the Reg Lenna Civic Center. These lessons are intended for adults aged 22 and older with no previous guitar experience and a desire to learn the instrument. Students need an acoustic or electric guitar. No amplifiers are allowed.

The group guitar lessons will continue on Tuesday evenings, June 25, July 2, July 9 and July 16. A $75 fee per participant will cover the five lessons. Register by calling 664-2465, ext. 227 or by emailing lbarry@artscouncil.com.

Reg Lenna Civic Center is located at 108 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information visit artscouncil.com.

Randolph Presbyterian To Present ‘Celebration Of Music’ Sunday: The adult choir at Randolph United Presbyterian Church will present its final “Celebration of Music” under the direction of Michele Sandberg. This year’s choir presentation, which will begin at 10:30 a.m., is open to the public.

Choir members include: sopranos Ruth McLaughlin, Sue Johnson, Erika Connor, Susan Ashdown, Rene Pence, Audrey Gatgen; altos Kay Wade, Leslie Latham, Stacy Halla, Nancy Pihlblad, Ann Luce, Bettie Alexander, Marta Johnson and Donna Chubon. Tom Wade, Bob Sandberg, Barry Shields, Wyatt Anderson, MacIntosh Barker, Tim McLaughlin and Dave Matson round out the men’s section. Sandberg will direct and accompany the choir for each anthem. Special guest soloist will be Cathy Sutherland and Carol Brown, flutist, will accompany the group on two numbers. This annual event encourages former choir members, many of which are college students, to return for the event.

Sandberg, director, will retire at the end of June. She has served as music director, organist, choir director and accompanist for the past 18 years. She will be honored at a dinner on June 30 following morning worship.

The church is handicap accessible. Following the presentation, refreshments will be served in the hospitality room. For more information call the church office at 358-4255.

HAPPENINGS

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

Tonight

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.

Friday

Brian K. Chase: 6-9 p.m., Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow.

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

Two Degrees From Perfect: 8 p.m. to midnight, Bellini Lounge,

Matt Homan And Stan Barton: 9 p.m. to midnight, Webb’s Captain’s Table, 115 W. Lake Road in Mayville.

Saturday

Big Leg Emma And SYMBA: 5:30 p.m., Southern Tier Brewing Company, 2072 Stoneman Circle in Lakewood.

A Strange Kind of Sunshine With Ben Blood And Charlie Backus Duo: 6-9 p.m., Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow.

Robert ‘Freightrain’ Parker: 8 p.m. to midnight, Casino Bar, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.

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

Matt Homan And The Bluegrass Disciples: 8 p.m. to midnight, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Sherman.

Ken Hardley: 9 p.m. to midnight, Steener’s Pub, 3022 Route 430 in Greenhurst.

Naked Grace: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., Larry’s Cantina, 11-13 N. Portage St. in Westfield.

Sunday

Bluze Inn: 4-8 p.m., Casino Bar, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.

Kris Meekins: 6-9 p.m., Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow.