While the summer is coming to a close, there is still a lot to be done in the area.
So squeeze as much fun as you can out of the sunny days we'll have this weekend - whether it's attending Thunder In The Streets and Cruisin' in downtown Jamestown on Friday and Saturday, or going to Chautauqua Institution on Sunday afternoon to enjoy the Miller Bell Tower's 100th birthday party, or however else you plan to get out and enjoy yourself.
Here are some other options for a good time in the coming days. Don't waste these glorious days of summer while they're here - there will be feet of snow outside the door before we know it, and the last thing we'll want to do will be go outside and face it.
BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS AT CHAUTAUQUA
Fusing horns, jazz and rock, Blood, Sweat and Tears will play in the Chautauqua Amphitheater on Friday night beginning at 8:15 p.m.
The band has won three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year in 1969. The group reached fame that year, climbing to No. 1 on the Cash Box ''Top 100 Albums'' chart with their self-titled album.
Some hit Blood, Sweat and Tears songs include ''And When I Die,'' ''Spinning Wheel,'' ''Hi-De-Ho,'' ''Lucretia McEvil,'' ''Sometimes in Winter,'' ''God Bless the Child'' and ''You've Made Me So Very Happy.''
Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval will follow Blood, Sweat and Tears. Sandoval will bring the skills that won him six Grammy Awards and six Billboard Awards to the Amphitheater stage. He is also the winner of an Emmy, which he received for his composing work for the HBO movie on his life, ''For Love or Country.''
Tickets are $39. Visit chautauquatickets.ciweb.org or call 357-6250.
BOONIES FILM FESTIVAL AT STRUTHERS THEATER
The inaugural Boonies International Film Festival at Warren is under way through Saturday.
The festival features independent films, emerging technology, music and all art mediums. Many of the screenings are being held at the Struthers Library Theatre, 302 Third Ave. in Warren. All screenings are open to the public at no cost, as are most workshops and festival parties.
The festival will reward filmmakers with seven individual awards - each including cash, an artist-created trophy and prize packages. The award categories are Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Music Video, Best Actor, Audience Favorite, Youngest Filmmaker and Oldest Filmmaker. For more information about the festival, including details regarding film screenings, visit www.thebooniesinternational.com.
Also as part of the event, Big Leg Emma will play a concert Friday night at 7 in the Volt Vision Tech Center, located at 34 E. Harmar St. in Warren.
JASON GRAY AT BEMUS POINT UMC
Bemus Point United Methodist Church is presenting Jason Gray in concert in a return event at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and can be purchased at the church or online at www.itickets.com.
Gray's new album, ''A Way to See in the Dark,'' will be released on Sept. 13 but the first song, ''Remind Me Who I Am'' is now available on iTunes.
Bemus Point UMC will open the doors at 7 p.m. and offer a time of fellowship and coffee prior to the concert. The church is located at 4954 Bemus Ellery Road. For tickets and more information, call 386-3401 or visit www.bpumc.com.
MORE ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS
As always, venues are listed chronologically by first event.
ZEBRO'S - Derek Davis will play along with Vince Gorski tonight from 6 to 9. Zebro's is located at 8254 First St. in Westfield, down in Barcelona harbor. To find out more, call 326-2017.
THE LAKEVIEW - Kris Meekins will play tonight. Friday night, Band Hanna will play from 10 to 2. Saturday night, Bill Ward will play. Derek Davis will play Tuesday night, and Brian Hanna will play Wednesday night. Unless otherwise noted, all shows will be from 6 to 9. The Lakeview is at 13 Water St. in Mayville. For more information, call 753-2813.
SENECA ALLEGANY CASINO - Tonight, the Casino Bar will host Robert ''Freightrain'' Parker from 6 to 10. Friday, Uncle Fester Band will play from 6 to 10, followed by Bluze Inn from 10:30 to 2:30. Saturday's entertainment lineup will include American Tradition from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., Warren Skye from 6 to 10 and Red Rhythm from 10:30 to 2:30. Wednesday night, Bad Money will play from 6 to 10. For more information about the Casino Bar, visit www.senecaalleganycasino.com.
CELORON LEGION - Tonight, the Blue Grass Jam hosted by Backwoods Bluegrass will take place from 7 to 10, with all bluegrass musicians invited to join in. Saturday night, DJ's Unlimited will be providing music and fun from 8 to midnight during the 777 ''Beach Party.'' Herman Kent American Legion Post 777 is located at 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
RICHARD O. HARTLEY PARK - The Sammy Slicker Band will play tonight at 7 as part of the village of Lakewood's summer concert series. For information about upcoming shows in the series, visit www.lakewoodny.com.
LABYRINTH PRESS COMPANY - Bob Gratis and Urthquake will perform tonight from 8 to 9:30. The Labyrinth is located at 12 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown. For more info, call 708-2471.
MOJO'S - Rumba Psicodelica will present a tropical funk dance party tonight from 10 to 2, featuring DJ Andujar and Jonny Cobra. Friday night at 10, Notixx and DJ Otatoxic will be the entertainment. Mojo's is located at 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown. For more info, call 720-4621.
RANDOLPH CONCERT SERIES - Lake Effect will play Friday night from 6 to 8. The Randolph Friday Night Concert Series is held on the lawn at Forget-Me-Not Flowers and Gifts, located at 127 Main St. in the town. For more information about the concert series, contact the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation at 358-9701.
WADDINGTON'S TAVERN - Ken Hardley and the Henways will play Friday night beginning at 9. Waddington's Tavern is the former Mel's Place, and it is located at 344 W. Main St. (Route 394) in Falconer. For more info, call 665-6341.
ROAD-HOUSE - Rick Magee and the Road-House Rockers will take the stage Friday night at 10. The Road-House Bar & Grill is at 1023 E. Second St. in Jamestown. For more info, call 708-6119.
VILLAGE CASINO - Bad Influence will play Friday night from 10 to 2. Saturday night at 10, the Allergic Reaction Band will play. Sunday night at 9, Dueling Pianos will be the entertainment. The Village Casino is at 1 Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point. For more info, call 386-2333.
AUDUBON CENTER AND SANCTUARY - Crippled Fingers, Jamie Haight and Sean Lander will entertain during a free family picnic summer concert event Saturday from noon to 4. The Audubon is located at 1600 Riverside Road in Jamestown, just off Route 62. For more info, call 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.
SOUTH HILLS GOLF COURSE - Brian Hanna will be the entertainment Saturday night from 6 to 9. South Hills is located at 3018 Busti-Stillwater Road in Busti. For more info, call 487-1471.
WARREN MOOSE - Willow Creek will play Saturday night beginning at 9. Warren Moose Lodge 109 is at 422 Pennsylvania Ave. W. in Warren. For more, call 814-723-4320.
JAMESTOWN COMMUNITY COLLEGE - The Jamestown Thunder Drum Circle will be outside at the college's pond Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4. All are invited to join and create some rhythm. For more info, contact Rich Schuler at 969-3911.
The Weekend Entertainment Events Preview highlights concerts, festivals and other happenings in the region in each Thursday's paper. Suggestions for submission can be sent to Dave Emke by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 487-1111, ext. 253.