‘Robots In Disguise’

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I’m a sucker for Saturday morning cartoons.

A few years ago I wrote a column about how much I enjoyed waking up every Saturday morning to catch the early showings of cartoons, and how the reboot of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” had really captured my attention. Well, my attention has been grabbed again, and this time it’s by a reimagining of “Transformers.”

The movies were OK, and worth seeing in theatres, but the latest television incarnation of the Autobot and Decepticon struggle for Cybertron is a must-see. “Transformers Prime,” which aired on Hub Network for three seasons, might not be showing on Saturday mornings, but the entirety of the series is available on Netflix instant streaming.

“Transformers Prime” features a number of everyone’s favorite robots in disguise, including Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron and Starscream. But, the show also introduces new characters like Arcee, Ratchet, Bulkhead and Wheeljack. The group faces off against baddies such as Airachnid, Soundwave, Shockwave, Knock Out and Breakdown.

Staying true to the tradition of befriending humans in the battle against the Decepticons, the Autobots have once again teamed up with Earth’s residents to help solve the ongoing struggle for Cybertron. Although Jack, Miko and Raf’s roles in the series are as minor as those of every other person in a “Transformers” creation, without their presence the show would lack humanity. And, fortunately the show’s creators had enough foresight to have the humans serve as a comedic tool as opposed to a representation of the cool, which the robots do plenty of.

But, not only is the show worth checking out, the conclusion “Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising” is a very successful jaunt into the world of television film. It may take influence from “Mass Effect” at times, but fortunately it’s done in a classy manner.

Ultimately the show is a fine addition to the vast collection of “Transformers” installments. For more information, visit www.hubworld.com/transformers/shows/prime.

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

HIGHLIGHTS

Reg Lenna Center For The Arts Presents Last Movie Series To Be Projected From Film: The last series of movies to be projected from celluloid film at the Reg Lenna Center For The Arts is scheduled to begin with “Enough Said” on Thursday, Jan. 16, and Saturday, Jan. 18.

Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini, “Enough Said” is a sharp, insightful comedy that tells the story of two divorcees who jump back into the dating game with each other. Director Nicole Holofcener also created the films “Walking And Talking” and “Please Give.”

The series continues with “Philomena,” starring Judi Dench, on Thursday, Jan. 23, and Saturday, Jan. 25. “Descendants” director, Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” starring Bruce Dern, is set for Thursday, Jan. 30, and Saturday, Feb. 1. And, a romantic comedy from Richard Curtis, the writer of “Four Weddings And A Funeral” entitled “About Time,” is set for Thursday, Feb. 6, and Saturday, Feb. 8.

A new digital projection system will be installed in February with a movie series scheduled to begin in early spring. The conversion to digital projection is made possible by a 2013 Regional Economic Development Council award through New York State Council On The Arts and support from Gebbie Foundation and a community fundraising campaign. Movies At The Center is sponsored by Jamestown Renaissance Corporation.

Movies At The Center begin at 8 p.m. All seats are $5, and can be purchased at the box office beginning one hour before the showing.

The Reg Lenna Center For The Arts is located at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For film ratings, descriptions, running times and more, visit www.reglenna.com or call 484-7070.

Elvis Party And Dance Fundraiser For St. Susan Center Set For Saturday: The American Legion Lakewood Post 1286 is set to host an Elvis Party and Dance with proceeds to benefit St. Susan Center from 8-11 p.m. Saturday.

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Center Stage Karaoke and DJ Services. Prizes will also be awarded for best Elvis and Priscilla costumes. The first 20 guests to arrive will receive a special gift. Those who bring a pair of men’s socks, gloves or a hat will receive an additional door prize ticket for each item donated.

The suggested donation is $5 per person, and tickets are available at St. Susan Center, the American Legion Lakewood Post 1286 or at the Guys And Dolls Dance Studio. For more information, call 487-0918.

Kellie Pickler To Play Jamestown Savings Bank Arena In January: Country music star, Kellie Pickler, is set to perform at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m.

Pickler, who competed in American Idol in 2005, has produced four albums since then, including: “Small Town Girl,” “Kellie Pickler,” “100 Proof” and her latest project, “The Woman I Am,” which was released in November and features the single, “Little Bit Gypsy.”

As the 2013 winner of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” Pickler has sold more than 1 million records, and has been nominated for eight CMT Music Awards, winning three of them in 2008 for her single, “I Wonder.”

Tickets, which range from $25 up to $50, are available online at www.jamestownarena.com, by phone at 484-2624 or at the Arena Box Office located at 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown.

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.

Friday

Bluze Inn: 8 p.m. to midnight, Seneca Allegany Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.

Easy Street: 9:30 p.m., Fountain Bowl, 3316 Fluvanna Ave. in Jamestown.

Brian Hanna, Scott Horton And City Folk: 10 p.m., 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown.

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

Saturday

Robert ‘Freightrain’ Parker: 4:30-8:30 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.

Lisa Lampanelli: 7 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.

Chautauqua Concert Band: 7 p.m., The Reg Lenna Center For The Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown.

Grand Larseny: 8 p.m. to midnight, Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

Sam Hyman: 8 p.m. to midnight, Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Findley Lake.

Tommy Z Band: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.

Dawg House Band: 9:30 p.m., Peek’n Peak, 1405 Olde Road in Findley Lake.