Those with friends and family members graduating from college will probably have a busy weekend ahead of them.
They'll sit through hours of irrelevance for 10 seconds of excitement when their loved one walks across the stage.
Sure, everything will look nice, and the speakers will make insightful remarks, but everyone will really be wondering when it is all going to end.
Highlights And Happenings With Scott Shelters
If it's anything like my graduation, everything will be rolling along. Then, out of nowhere, Sen. Charles Schumer will make a surprise appearance and add another half hour to commencement.
I'll be celebrating my girlfriend's brother's graduation Saturday. I'm looking forward to the moment when he walks across the stage, but not much else. I guess that's why they say patience is a virtue.
I understand that I don't possess that virtue, so I've been trying to prepare myself for Saturday.
I asked my girlfriend if it would be acceptable for me to bring Stephen King's "Pet Sematary" along with me.
That way, I could read throughout commencement, except when her brother walks across the stage. At that time, I would drop the book, yell, clap, stand up and wave my tie through the air if necessary.
She shot that idea down, as you might've expected.
The problem, I've realized, is that I don't have a smartphone. People probably would've given me dirty looks while I flipped through the book during the ceremony. But let's be honest; those same people would be playing "Angry Birds" or "Words With Friends" on their phones.
Maybe it was karma, but fellow reporter Remington Whitcomb has since ruined "Pet Sematary" for me. I told him I am reading the book. He told me "Pet Sematary" is one of his favorites. Then, he told me how it ends.
Those who don't have to leave town this weekend have plenty of entertainment options to choose from. Here's what's happening in the area in the coming days:
'Tuesdays With Morrie' To Open Tonight: Theatre For a Cause will present "Tuesdays With Morrie," a play based on the book by Mitch Albom, in The Odyssey Hall of The Spire of Jamestown. The production will be held tonight, Friday and Saturday. Each show will begin at 7:30. Proceeds from the production will benefit various community organizations.
Tickets for tonight's performance have sold out. Call 753-6319 for tickets to Friday night's show. Visit the Labyrinth Press Company, at 12 E. Fourth St., Jamestown, to purchase tickets to Saturday night's show. All tickets are $10. The Spire is at 317 E. Third St., Jamestown.
Reg Lenna Civic Center To Screen 'The Descendants': As part of the Movies at the Reg series, Reg Lenna Civic Center will screen "The Descendants" Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. Starring George Clooney, the R-rated film runs for an hour and 50 minutes. Adult tickets are $7. Tickets for children under 12 are $4.25. Tickets will only be sold one hour prior to each show time.
To include an upcoming show or event in this column, call Scott Shelters at 487-1111, ext. 253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions for next week's column must be received by Tuesday night.
JCC Rock Ensemble Spring Jam: 7, Scharmann Theater, Jamestown Community College. Tickets are $4.
Blue Grass Jam: 7-10, Celoron Legion, 1 mile west of Jamestown on Fairmount Avenue. All area bluegrass musicians are welcome to sit in and play.
"This American Life": 8, 1891 Fredonia Opera House. The WBEZ-Chicago radio show will come to the Opera House live in high-definition. Host Ira Glass and the show's contributors will present stories and more. The show will be broadcast live from NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Opera House Box Office, by phone at 679-1891 or online at fredopera.org.
Derek Davis: 5-7 p.m., The Bellini Lounge, Chautauqua Suites, 215 W. Lake Road, Mayville.
Ken Hardley and the Henways: 8 p.m.-midnight, The Bellini Lounge, Chautauqua Suites, 215 W. Lake Road, Mayville.
Big Leg Emma's Steve, Charity and Amanda: 9 p.m.-midnight, Bemus Point Golf Club, 72 Main St., Bemus Point.
Rick Magee and Jack Adams: 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Murdock's, 100 E. Main St., Sherman.
Jamestown Thunder Community Drum Circle: noon-2:30 p.m., Lillian Ney Renaissance Center, 119 W. Third St., Jamestown. Extra drums will be provided. For more information, call Rich Schuler at 484-8121.
"Wanderlust": 8 p.m., 1891 Fredonia Opera House. The film is part of the Opera House Cinema Series. "Wanderlust" is rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, language and drug use. Tickets will be $7 for adults; $6.50 for seniors and Opera House members; and $5 for students at the door.
Trivia And Dance Party: 8 p.m.-midnight, Celoron Legion, 1 mile west of Jamestown on Fairmount Avenue. There will be games, prizes and music provided by DJs Unlimited.
Tiny B: 9 p.m.-midnight, Steener's Pub, 322 Route 430, Greenhurst.
Ken Hardley and the Henways: 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Rookies, 405 Central Ave., Dunkirk.
Karaoke with DJ Amber: 9-close, Murdock's, 100 E. Main St., Sherman.
Old Accusers, Cerce, William James, Crazies: 6 p.m., The Forum, Galactic Systems Headquarters, 201 N. Main St., Jamestown.
"Wanderlust": 7:30, 1891 Fredonia Opera House. The film is part of the Opera House Cinema Series. "Wanderlust" is rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, language and drug use. Tickets will be $7 for adults; $6.50 for seniors and Opera House members; and $5 for students at the door.
Charlie Wiener: 7, The Q, 104 W. Second St., Jamestown. Call 484-6256 for reservations or more information. The price of admission is $8. Doors open at 6:30. The show continues the Comedy Nights at The Q series.