Homecoming Shows

I’ve been writing this column for more than a year, and it seems like every week I have something new to say about Jamestown’s Infinity Visual And Performing Arts program.

Since its inception in 1998, Infinity has been working with local and regional youth to develop talented individuals, as well as continue the tradition of the already established musical acts by providing the means to serve as instructors. The fruits of such labor can be difficult to quantify. However, now that one of the program’s former students has made a name for himself as a touring musician, I think it’s clear that the program is making a significant impact.

Cale Hawkins, the son of Infinity’s executive director, Shane, recently returned from an international tour in which he played keyboard for Nikki Yanofsky, a Canadian jazz-pop singer and songwriter. The tour sold out venues such as Radio City Music Hall in New York City and the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles. During the tour, Hawkins also performed with Grace Weber and Steve Memmolo.

Now that he’s home, Hawkins will host at least two performances, one which is scheduled for tonight at Mojo’s, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The show will feature the Cale Hawkins Trio, which includes: Steve Davis, keys and bass; Daniel Witherspoon, drums; and Hawkins, guitar and keys. The show will also feature special guest Marla Harris, who will sing. The trio’s set will mostly feature funk, R&B and blues tunes.

Hawkins will also perform on Friday at the Infinity Arts Cafe, 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown, from 7-9 p.m. In addition to Hawkins, the performance will include Stephanie Rogers, SYMBA’s Ryan Hawkins and Hayley Restivo, and others. The show is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.calehawkins.com or www.infinityperformingarts.org.

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


Reg Lenna Center For The Arts To Host Youth Series Performance: “Aladdin And Other Enchanting Tales” is set to be held at the Reg Lenna Center For The Arts on Wednesday at 10 a.m. The show is open to students and school groups as well as the general public. All seats are $5.

A giant genie, princesses and wizards abound in the marvelous tales of Scheherazade, the storyteller heroine of “Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales.” She tells her tales to heal her Sultan and save his kingdom. The performance is one hour in length and appropriate for students in grades kindergarten through 5.

The Youth Series continues in 2014 with performances of “Cirque Ziva” on Feb. 28, and “Diary Of A Worm, A Spider, And A Fly” on March 5. A family series is also planned with “A Christmas Carol” on Dec. 21, and an evening performance of “Cirque Ziva” on Feb. 27.

For more information, visit reglenna.com or call 484-7070.


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Willow Bay Theatre To Host Tribute To Bette Midler: Kathy Thompson, of Toronto, Canada, will perform her “Tribute to Diva-Superstar, The Divine Miss. M: Better Midler” at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Willow Bay Theatre.

Thompson will perform a selection of Midler’s beloved tunes, such as: “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “Stuff Like That There,” “I’m Beautiful,” “The Rose,” “You Don’t Own Me,” “Under The Boardwalk,” and others.

The Willow Bay Theatre is located at 21 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 814-489-3110 or visit www.willowbaybuilding.com.


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


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


Cindy Love: noon-1 p.m., Jamestown Farmers’ Market.

Pleasure Town: 6 p.m., Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown.

Brian Hanna: 7 p.m., The Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy.

Jessa Anderson: 7:30 p.m., Willow Bay Theatre, 21 E. Third St. in Jamestown.

JULES R US Karaoke: 7:30-10:30 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

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

Chris Bell: 10 p.m., Mojo’s, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown.


Opera House To Screen “When Comedy Went to School”: 7:30 p.m., 1891 Fredonia Opera House, 9 Church St. in Fredonia.

Bill Ward And Amanda Barton: 8 p.m., Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Findley Lake.

Derek Davis And The Tasty Groove: 8-11 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

Bad Monkey: 9 p.m., Murdock’s, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.

Brian Hanna Trio: 9 p.m. to midnight, Steeners Pub in Greenhurst.


Jamestown Thunder Community Drum Circle: noon-2:30 p.m., Dr. Lillian Ney Renaissance Center, 119 W. Third St. in Jamestown. Extra drums are available.


Opera House To Screen “When Comedy Went to School”: 7:30 p.m., 1891 Fredonia Opera House, 9 Church St. in Fredonia.