New Season, More Television

With autumn here and winter edging ever closer, a new season of television has begun to arrive.

With just a few days left until the premiere of the fourth season of AMC’s “Walking Dead,” I found myself checking out the show’s official website, www.amctv.com/the-walking-dead, for updates, and there was much to find.

Fans definitely need to check out the new trailer, which features four and a half minutes of footage of the new season. And, I have to admit, I didn’t know how the show would redeem itself after a dismal third season, which is available on Netflix now, but the trailer got my blood pumping. Also worth checking out are the three new webisodes, which total about a half-hour of decently done material based in the “Walking Dead” universe.

But, for those who could care less about the zombie apocalypse, there are plenty of other shows worth catching up on. Hulu, www.hulu.com, has new episodes of NBC’s “Parks And Recreation,” Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers,” ABC’s “Once Upon A Time” and Fox’s “The Simpsons.” And, fans of “The Simpsons” won’t want to miss the most recent episode, which is a Halloween special featuring the work of Guillermo Del Toro. Fox also has new episodes of “Family Guy” and “American Dad.”

Hulu also has several new shows I’ve watched the pilots for, such as ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” – both of which have some potential.

There are also several shows that have yet to premiere, such as The CW’s new season of “Arrow” and its completely new show, “The Tomorrow People.” Plus, ABC will enter the mad realm Alice with its new “Once” spinoff “Once Upon A Time In Wonderland.” Altogether there’s going to be plenty of new entertainment to pass the time.

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

HIGHLIGHTS

Lucy Town Half Marathon And 5K Set For Saturday And Sunday: The Lucy Town 5K is set for Saturday at 10 a.m. in downtown Jamestown, and the 13.1-mile half-marathon will be held Sunday at 9 a.m. Following the race, Martin Short will perform at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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

Unitarian Universalist Congregation Of Jamestown To Host Jazz Music Salon: John Cross, Mark Alpaugh, Phil Nestor and Jim Karapontso will appear for an evening of jazz at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown, 1255 Prendergast Ave. in Jamestown, from 7-9 p.m. Friday.

The group will perform selections such as: Spyro Gyra’s “Little Linda” and “Shaker Song”; Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five”; Kenny G’s “Sax-o-Loco”; Grover Washington’s “Winelight” and “Just The Two Of Us”; Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly With Me” and The Way You Look Tonight”; and more.

The concert is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call 488-1902 or visit www.theuucj.com.

Contra Dance Fundraiser Set For Saturday In Clymer: The Clymer Area Historical Society and the Clymer-French Creek Library are set to host a contra dance at the Clymer Central School student performance center, 564 Clymer-Sherman Road in Clymer, on Saturday from 7-10 p.m. The event is open to all ages and ability. Music will be provided by the Conneaut Creek String Band. Refreshments will be available. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call 355-8823.

Shirelles, Shades Of Blue To Perform At White Swan Ballroom: The Shirelles, a group of vocalists popular in the late 1950s and early 1960s who were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, will perform in Wrightsville, Pa., on Saturday at 8 p.m.

The Shirelles, which today is comprised of Shirley Alston Reeves, Madeline Morris and Norma Iris Lammers, perform several hits during the show, such as: “I Met Him On A Sunday,” “Dedicated To The One I Love,” “Baby It’s You,” “Soldier Boy” and others. The show will also feature the Detroit-based Shades of Blue, which is a group of four vocalists and six musicians known for the tune “Oh How Happy.”

For more information, call Chuck Stroud at 814-723-7239, or the White Swan Ballroom at 814-489-3492. To find the White Swan Ballroom from Jamestown, drive to Sugar Grove, Pa., take Route 957 west to Lottsville, Pa., and make a left onto Route 958. Take 958 south for three miles, and the venue will be on the left. The drive from Sugar Grove to Wrightsville is approximately nine miles. The address is 900 Route 958, Wrightsville.

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

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

Opera House To Screen “Vermeer And Music: The Art of Love And Leisure”: 7:30 p.m., 1891 Fredonia Opera House, 9 Church St. in Fredonia.

Friday

Backwoods Bluegrass: 5-8 p.m., Pumpkin Fest in Conneaut Lake Park.

Deuble And Vogan: 6 p.m., Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown.

Ken Hardley And The Henways: 7:30-10:30 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

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

Center Stage Karaoke With Claudia: 9 p.m., Murdock’s, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.

House Of Cards: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Peek’n Peak, 1405 Olde Road in Findley Lake.

Saturday

Brian Chase: 2-5 p.m., Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Findley Lake.

Jesse Taylor: 6-9 p.m., Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Findley Lake.

Lake Effect: 8-11 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

Zephyr: 8-11 p.m., Am Vets in Sugar Grove, Pa.

Headbanger’s Ball: 9 p.m., Murdock’s, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.

House Of Cards: 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Peek’n Peak, 1405 Olde Road in Findley Lake.

Brian Chase: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Tap Room, 43 E. Main St. in Westfield.

Sunday

Brian Chase: 2-5 p.m., Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Findley Lake.

Jesse Taylor: 6-9 p.m., Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Findley Lake.

Cindy Love: 8-10 p.m., Sully’s Pub in Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.