Shred Of Hope

The second half of season 4 of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has premiered, but I have yet to watch it, and I’m not sure when I will. Honestly, I’m much more excited for FUNimation’s “Attack On Titan.”

I’ve enjoyed watching the evolution of AMC’s version of the characters from “The Walking Dead” graphic novels, but I feel the series has strayed too far from the original. I’m sure that at some point I’ll come back to the series to see how AMC wraps it up, but considering that the only ways to reasonably watch are either on cable or Amazon – I’ll spend my money elsewhere.

Instead, I’ve been enjoying the fact that Hulu, a free streaming service, has the entire series of “Attack on Titan.” The animation, based on Japanese manga, follows several characters living within the confines of mountain-high walls.

In the 25-episode anime, the only known remaining humans left on Earth hide behind a seemingly impenetrable series of walls that offer the guise of protection from giant, bloodthirsty, naked humanoid creatures called titans.

After many years of what the wealthy who live within the safest portion of the city consider peace, the titans find a way to breach the outermost wall. Heroes arise to take on the threat that had been kept at bay for so long, but the line between human and titan begins to blur, and the question of who really deserves to inherit the Earth comes into play.

For more information, visit www.hulu.com/attack-on-titan.

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

HIGHLIGHTS

The Spire Theater To Host Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance: The Spire Theater is set to host a Valentine’s Day dinner dance featuring Happy Days on Friday from 6-10 p.m. The event also set to feature a deluxe pasta buffet bar and dancing.

For more information, call 450-7357 or visit www.in-spire.us.

Fredonia Opera House To Present “Love Letters” By A.R. Gurney: The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is set to present A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The production, starring Mike Randall and Christina Rausa, is directed by Paul Mockovak. Randall and Rausa play Andy and Melissa, two childhood friends born to wealth and position, whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank you notes and summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters throughout boarding school and college years, as well as each other’s separate marriages and careers. Director Mockovak mounts the production as a staged reading, a form intended by the playwright.

Tickets to the show are $15, $13 for members, and $10 for students. For more information, call 679-1891 or visit www.fredopera.org.

Aspiring Artists Series Set To Display At Lakewood Library: Aspiring artists from the Aspire of Western New York iXpress program are currently hosting an art exhibit at the Lakewood Library.

The diverse exhibit features artwork created by a local group of artists with disabilities, as part of their “Aspiring Artists” series. The exhibit contains acrylic and watercolor paintings, mixed-media pieces, collages, clay sculptures, weaving and handmade musical instruments. The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of February.

The Lakewood Library, located at 12 West Summit St. in Lakewood, is open Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information about the exhibit or to make a purchase, please contact Terrill Lair, art facilitator, at 763-9070 or by emailing terrill.lair@aspirewny.org. For more information about Aspire, visit www.aspirewny.org.

Sounds Of Motown Are Coming To The Reg Lenna Center For The Arts: Masked Productions is set to host a 1970s tribute benefit concert for the Cornell Cooperative Extension and Chautauqua County 4-H at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21.

Tickets are $15 presale, $20 at the door and $25 for a 7 p.m. VIP reception and show. The Reg Lenna Center For The Arts is located at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, visit www.reglenna.com or call 484-7070.

Golden Dragon Acrobats To Present Cirque Ziva At The Reg Lenna Center For The Arts: The Golden Dragon Acrobats are set to host an original dance, acrobatic and music performance at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The Reg Lenna Center For The Arts is located at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, visit www.reglenna.com or call 484-7070.

The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts is set to present An Evening With Ronan Tynan: The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts will host original Irish Tenor, Ronan Tynan on Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m.

Tynan will perform an evening of classic songs in a solo concert. Tickets to the show begin at $25.

The Reg Lenna Center For The Arts is located at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, visit www.reglenna.com or call 484-7070.

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

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

Saturday

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

Bootleg: 9 p.m., Hartfield Bay Cafe, 6040 East Lake Road in Mayville.

The M-80s: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

Sunday

Higher Ground Country And Gospel: 2-5 p.m., East Randolph United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

The Machine: 7 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.