A New Frontier

Jenji Kohan, creator of “Weeds” and the new hit Netflix original series “Orange Is The New Black,” has chartered a course to the new frontier of digital media consumption.

Rolling Stone Magazine’s Scott Neumyer recently authored a piece about Kohan’s “Orange Is The New Black” becoming “Netflix’s best series,” and how before the first season even aired, a second had already been greenlit. In the piece, Neumyer wrote, “Odd? Maybe. That is, until you finish the first season and realize just how utterly brilliant it is.” To read the article, visit rollingstone.com.

I don’t know how often Neumyer uses the word “brilliant” to describe shows, but to me that sounds like a huge compliment. And, one that I wouldn’t assign to the majority of current television programming. So, I’m going to go ahead and say that Kohan and Netflix’s partnership has effectively set the bar quite high for the future of streaming exclusive original content, and upped the ante for the entertainment industry as a whole.

In a recent interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” Kohan talks about her experience of pitching “Orange Is The New Black” to various networks, and why she chose to go with Netflix over big players such as HBO and Showtime. She told Gross, “… The greatest thing about going to Netflix was that I pitched it in the room, and they ordered 13 episodes without a pilot. That’s miraculous. That is every showrunner’s dream, to just ‘go to series’ and have that faith put in your work. They paid full freight. … I love being on the new frontier. I love being first out of the gate. It’s really, really fun, because I think it is the future in a lot of ways, of how people consume media, and it’s great to be in there early.” The interview and article are available at www.npr.org.

“Orange Is The New Black” follows Piper, who is a character based on Piper Kerman, a woman who authored the memoir of the same name. The show is an adaptation of the real events that occurred in Kerman’s life, and depicts her experience of spending a year in a federal correctional facility for women.

I haven’t yet finished the first season, but I’m nine episodes in and I have to agree with Neumyer, the show is brilliant. It is reminiscent of a film I saw in a psychology class in high school called, “But I’m A Cheerleader,” which starred Natasha Lyonne, who also plays a major role in “Orange Is The New Black.” And, the show employs a “Lost”-esque flashback mechanism to provide backstory for each of the many female characters. Jason Biggs’ character, Piper’s fiance, was loosley based on Ira Glass of “This American Life.” Laura Prepon, Donna from “That 70s Show,” plays Piper’s former lover.

To learn more about the show, search for “Orange Is The New Black” on Netflix.

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

HIGHLIGHTS

Thunder In The Streets Returns To Jamestown Today: The 10th annual Thunder in the Streets will run noon-11 p.m. on the west side of Jamestown. There will be live entertainment provided by Two for Flinching from noon-3 p.m., Coal Train from 4-7 p.m. and The Bogarts from 8-11 p.m. All live performances will be held at Renaissance Square on the corner of West Third and Lafayette streets.

Live music will be on the main stage at the corner of Third and North Main streets. Happy Days will perform from 5-7 p.m. and Night Shift will close out the evening from 8-11 p.m. Spectators can also enjoy a performance by Collective Groove at the Infinity Arts Cafe at 7 p.m.

For more information visit www.jamestownrenaissance.org.

Willow Creek Winery Jammin The Blues Set For Today And Saturday: Willow Creek Winery has extended its Jammin the Blues event into a two-night festival.

Today Willow Creek Winery will welcome back Royal Southern Brotherhood to kick off the event, and world renowned blues guitarist, Gary Hoey to close the weekend on Saturday.

The Royal Southern Brotherhood consists of Devon Allman, son of Greg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band, and founder of Devon Allman’s Honeytribe; Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers and the Meters; Blues Music Award winner Mike Zito; Yonrico Scott, drummer for Derek Trucks Band; and bassist Charlie Wooten, known for his work with the Woods Brothers. The band coming from a pedigree of rock, blues and soul has fused their backgrounds together to make a sound that is all their own.

Today will also feature local music acts such as: Alex Kates from Jamestown, John, Street, Mahfoud Band, and Randale and the Late Night Scandals from Buffalo.

Saturday will feature Hoey, who has toured and played with the likes of Brian May of Queen, Lita Ford and Ted Nugent. Hoey will be promoting his new album, “Deju Blues.” Saturday will also feature local musicians such as: Big Tone from Fredonia, Michael Hund and The Tommy Z Band from Buffalo.

Tickets for Friday are $25 pre-sale and $30 at the gate, which opens at 5 p.m. Saturday tickets are $15 pre-sale and $20 at the gate, which opens at 2 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Willow Creek Winery Box Office and www.tickets.com. Camping is available for $10 per person, per night. A weekend special is also available by purchasing Friday and Saturday pre-sale tickets and camping package for $40.

Willow Creek Winery is located at 2627 Chapin Road in Silver Creek. For more information call 934-9463 search for “Willow Creek Winery” on Facebook or visit www.willowcreekwines.net.

Trinity Guitars To Host The Fender Summer Showcase: An interactive introduction to Fender guitars and the folks who distribute and play them is set for Tuesday.

Representatives from Fender will be on hand to showcase new products from the company and Buffalo guitarist Doug Yeomans will present a workshop featuring an array of Fender guitars and amplifiers. The event will be held at the Trinity Guitars studio, 800 W. Third St. in Jamestown, beginning at 6 p.m.

Doug Yeomans is a member of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and a past winner of the North American Rock Guitar Competition. He has traveled extensively, playing rock, R&B, blues, country and bluegrass guitar in concert halls, clubs, festivals and private events. He also is a seasoned guitar teacher and clinician. Yeomans teaches master classes in addition to programs for school children in which he explains the stringed instruments used in his shows, as well as the music of the Erie Canal and American Roots Music.

In addition to its many clinics, demos and performances, Trinity Guitars also plays host to “In Our Back Yard – LIVE” a monthly radio show featuring live performances of independent artists from throughout the area.

Attendance at the Fall Summer Showcase is free, but space is limited. For more information call 665-4490 or email kathy@trinityguitars.com.

“Classical Musick With Dennis James” At Lily Dale Is Set For Friday, Aug. 23: Dennis James will present an evening of live music on Friday, Aug. 23, at 8 p.m. at the Lily Dale Assembly.

For the musical presentation James will utilize his own glass armonica, which is a recreation of the 18th century musical instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin.

Tickets are $20 at the door, and the gate fee is reduced to $5 after 6 p.m. The Lily Dale Assembly is located at 5 Melrose Park in Lily Dale. For more information call 595-8721 or visit www.lilydaleassembly.com.

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

A Strange Kind of Sunshine Duo: 6-9 p.m., Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow.

Brian Hanna: 6-9 p.m., Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown.

Davis And Eng: 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg.

Opera House Cinema Series To Screen “An Evening With FDR”: 7:30 p.m., 1891 Fredonia Opera House, 9 Church St. in Fredonia.

Zephyr Band: 8 p.m. to midnight, Bellini Lounge, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.

The Bluegrass Disciples Band: 9 p.m. to midnight, Webb’s Captain’s Table, 115 W. Lake Road in Mayville.

Pop Rock Duo SIRSY: 10:30 p.m., Mojo’s, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown.

Saturday

Local Author Linda Anderson Of “Gickens” Series To Host Signing: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Off the Beaten Path, 28 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood.

Bill Ward And Amanda Barton: 1 p.m., Hickory Fest, Stony Fork Creek Campground, 658 Stony Fork Creek Road in Wellsboro, Pa.

Celoron Legion Annual Car Show With DJs Unlimited And Happy Days: 1 p.m. to midnight, Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

Old Dawg Bluegrass: 5-7 p.m., 39th annual Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Show in Stockton.

Doc And Bill: 6 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg.

Mark Mincarelli: 6-8 p.m., Stedman Corners Cafe, 6335 Stedman Road in Mayville.

Busti Gazebo Concert Series Featuring Windriver Bluegrass And Annual Chicken Barbecue: 7 p.m., Busti Gazebo in Busti.

Opera House Cinema Series To Screen “Grown Ups 2”: 7:30 p.m., 1891 Fredonia Opera House, 9 Church St. in Fredonia.

Antyx Band: 8 p.m. to midnight, The Boardwalk in Mayville.

Black Widow Band: 8 p.m. to midnight, Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Sherman.

Sunday

Sippin Sundays With Chris Vogt and Kevin Urzo: 1-4 p.m., 21 Brix Winery, Route 20 in Portland.

Cup Of Soup: 4-7 p.m., The Boardwalk in Mayville.

Tuesday

Opera House Cinema Series To Screen “Grown Ups 2”: 7:30 p.m., 1891 Fredonia Opera House, 9 Church St. in Fredonia.

Wednesday

Brian K. Chase: 6-9 p.m., Chautauqua Suites’ Bellini Courtyard, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.