Getting Cozy With ‘Misfits’

Since the weather outside has been frightful, I’ve been spending a lot of time indoors, and much of it has been dedicated to watching shows.

Several weeks ago I considered canceling my Hulu Plus account, as I hadn’t been following any series. However, while browsing Hulu’s selection to help make the decision, I came upon a show called “Misfits,” which changed my mind.

“Misfits” is a British series that follows a group of young offenders doing community service, which doesn’t sound outright entertaining, but each character also has a superpower. However, the kids are by no means traditional superheroes, rather their powers appear to be extreme manifestations of their ego – super ego if you will.

The series is currently in its fifth season, however, I’ve only finished two. Up to this point, the five main characters, Nathan, Kelly, Curtis, Simon and Alisha, have overcome a variety of obstacles, including putting down their crazed, zombie-inspired probation officer who got hit by the same freak storm that gave them powers.

The show is definitely intended for mature audiences, as it includes scenes of violence, sex and graphic language. A dark comedy, the series obviously draws on the expertise of director Tom Green. And, is reminiscent of classics such as “Doctor Who” and “Shaun of the Dead.” Plus, since the show is available for free on Hulu, there’s no good reason not to give it a try.

On another note, the mid-season finale of “The Walking Dead” really took the series to a whole new level. The show has never had qualms about killing off characters, and several fell after a climactic rise. Albeit not nearly as interesting to me as the graphic novels, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has taken on a life of its own – expanding the universe in a way that the creators may not have intended, but surely have benefited from because of the exposure to the television audience. It’s definitely become one of my favorite shows, and I can’t wait until it picks back up in February.

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

HIGHLIGHTS

Annual Clara’s Tea Event Set For Saturday: The third annual Clara’s Tea, an event held to promote the upcoming Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker,” is set to be held on Saturday in Jamestown.

Clara’s Tea will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. at the historic Sheldon House, 9 Falconer St. in Jamestown. The event will feature holiday sweets and treats, crafts with members of “The Nutcracker” cast, a reading of “The Nutcracker” by the actor portraying Clara in the production, live scenes from the ballet, pictures with cast members, the opportunity to become a Sugar Plum Fairy or Nutcracker Prince and a chance to see the Sheldon House decorated for Christmas.

Tickets are $20 per person, including the first child. Additional children are $15. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 664-9766.

Jamestown Community College Music Ensembles Set To Host Concerts: The JCC music ensembles are set to host concerts on Tuesday, Dec. 10, and Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. in Scharmann Theatre.

JCC’s choir, concert band, and jazz ensemble will perform on Dec. 10. The choir, under the direction of Brian A. Bogey, will perform “Gloria in Excelsis Deo,” “Calypso Noel,” “Hurry, Hurry Yonder,” “Breath of Heaven,” “Jingle Bells,” “Memory,” “Spinning Wheel,” “I’ll Be Seeing You” and the Hallelujah Chorus from “The Messiah.”

The jazz ensemble, directed by Ralph Rasmusson, will present “Down Home,” “Bandstand Boogie,” “Vehicle,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and “All About the Blues.” Vocal jazz selections will include Gershwin jazz pieces and “Carol of the Bells.”

Rasmusson will also direct the concert band in performances of “Second American Rhapsody,” “Affirmation and Credo,” “Variations on America,” “Nathan Hale Trilogy” and “Polar Express.”

On Dec. 12, the JCC rock ensembles, directed by Bill Eckstrom, will present Winter Jam Bands, ranging from rock to acoustic sets, will be featured. The concert will be fully staged with sound and lighting by Steve Gustafson.

Admission to each concert is $4 for the general public, $3 for students and senior citizens and $2 for JCC Faculty Student Association members. Tickets can be purchased by calling the JCC box office, 338-1187, at the theatre door prior to performances, or online at www.campusstore.sunyjcc.edu.

Olean Workshop To Hold Auditions For “To Kill a Mockingbird” Beginning Wednesday: The Olean Workshop announces auditions for “To Kill a Mockingbird” to be held on Wednesday, Dec. 11, and Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Washington Street Theater in Olean. The public is welcome to attend the open auditions and the theater will provide scripts for a cold readings.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee and adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel, “To Kill a Mockingbird” is primarily a play about growing up under extraordinary circumstances in 1935 in the South.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” has roles for nine men, ages 18 through 80, including a black man in his 20-30s; five women, ages 18 through 80, including a black woman age 30 through 60. All child parts will be cast from the Workshop’s Kids program.

The play will be presented Thursday, Feb. 6, Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2:30 p.m. Rehearsals will start in January. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visits www.oleanworkshop.org or call 373-7469.

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

Sha Na Na Rockin’ Christmas Tour: 1:30 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.

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

Friday

Jamestown Harmony Express: 6 p.m., Tracy Plaza, 200 E. Third St. in Jamestown.

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

Sha Na Na Rockin’ Christmas Tour: 7 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.

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

Red Rhythm Blues: 8 p.m. to midnight, Seneca Allegany Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.

Center Stage Karaoke: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Murdock’s, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.

Saturday

Jamestown Thunder Community Drum Circle: noon-2:30 p.m., Dr. Lillian Ney Renaissance Center, 119 W. Third St. in Jamestown. No experience is needed, and extra drums will be available.

Speedy Parker Blues Band: 4:30-8:30 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.

Sha Na Na Rockin’ Christmas Tour: 7 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.

Smokehouse: 8:30-11:30 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

Bad Monkey: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Murdock’s, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.

Shaky Ray And The Cobalt Blues Band: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.

Sunday

Sha Na Na Rockin’ Christmas Tour: 1:30 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.