I am by no means a sports fan and willingly admit that I do not enjoy watching the Super Bowl, but each year I tune in to the big game for about half an hour to catch the live entertainment. And, after watching this year's performance I've got to ask, is it just me, or is Beyonce the new Madonna?
Just last year Madonna took the stage at Super Bowl XLVI during the performance that garnered the highest number of viewers in the Super Bowl's history, according to Billboard. And, I personally thought Beyonce's performance, albeit similar in nature to Madonna's, was actually more watchable.
Beyonce's electrifying performance may not have topped Madonna's viewer wise, but it was definitely more relevant to current pop trends. To me, Beyonce's act was topped off with BiBi McGill's firework spewing guitar. McGill, who was dressed in a style reminiscent of Guns N' Roses lead guitarist Slash, is musical director and guitar player of Beyonce's all female 10-piece band The Sugars Mamas.
Although the performance was quite epic, I'm not much of a Beyonce or Destiny's Child fan. So, for me, the best part of the performance was actually the quote that preceded Beyonce's entrance. The quote was a shout-out to NFL coach Vince Lombardi: "Excellence must be pursued, it must be wooed with all of one's might and every bit of effort that we have. And each day there's a new encounter, each week is a new challenge. All of the noise and all of the glamour, all of the color, all of the excitement, all of the rings and all of the money. These are the things that really linger only in the memory. But, the spirit, the will to excel, the will to win, these are the things that endure."
The Super Bowl XLVII halftime show featuring Beyonce is available in its entirety at www.nfl.com.
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The Unexpected Guests' February Improv Show Is Saturday: Because Valentine's Day is a time for love, The Unexpected Guests improv comedy group will host a show for those who love to laugh at The Reg Studio Theater at 9 p.m.
According to Jane Fischer, a member of the cast, guests will enjoy live entertainment with an improv performance featuring the kind of comedy made famous by Chicago's Second City and TV's "Whose Line is it Anyway?"
The cast includes: Gary Peters, Jane Fischer, Tim Smeal, Alison Barry, Wayne Carlsson, Heather Felton, Malachi Livermore and Kipp Reynolds. General admission is $5 at the door. The Reg Studio Theater is located at 108 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For information on this and other shows, search for "The Unexpected Guests" on Facebook or call 485-8953.
Dunkirk Native Best Selling Author Wendy Corsi Staub Returns Home On Monday: New York Times best-selling author Wendy Corsi Staub's final book in her psychological suspense trilogy "Shadowkiller" went on sale in January. Staub will appear on Monday at the Book Nook for a signing.
The Book Nook is located in the D&F Plaza, 1170 Central Ave. in Dunkirk.
Second Annual Strike Out Heart Disease Bowl-A-Thon Is Monday: The second annual Strike Out Heart Disease Bowl-A-Thon, presented by Serta and America's Mattress, charity event will take place at the Fountain Bowl on Monday at 5 p.m.
Sign-in and a basket auction will begin at 5 p.m., followed by bowling at 6 p.m. Registration is limited to the first 280 bowlers and is required by Friday. For $15 per person, guests will enjoy three games of bowling and shoes, as well as some heart-healthy snacks. Bowling will be in a Scotch Doubles format, which allows guests to sign up as a team of two or as an Individual. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit the WCA Heart Center.
Registration forms are available at WCA Hospital, 664-8423 or 664-8677; or the Fountain Bowl at 664-7404. The Fountain Bowl is located at 3316 Fluvanna Ave. in Jamestown.
IOBY-Live February Program To Feature Bogarts, Kates: In Our Back Yard-Live!, a regional independent music show, will present The Bogarts and Alex Kates on Tuesday.
The event, hosted by Bill Ward, is held in Trinity Guitars' "Back Room" and will once again benefit the Infinity Performing Arts Program.
According to Ward, The Bogarts are the flag-bearers of the Western New York alternative country scene. Coming from diverse musical backgrounds, the members of the band have united around the purpose of providing a fresh approach to country and folk-rooted rock 'n' roll.
Kates' fierce delivery of his deftly written product gives him the one-two punch that every singer-songwriter envies. He has a driving guitar style and a haunting voice that peels the shell of emotion from each tune.
There are a very limited number of seats available so reservations are required and the audience must be seated by 6:30 for the 7 p.m. show. Reservations may be made by calling 665-4490 or emailing email@example.com. For more information search for "In Our Back Yard - Live!" on Facebook.
Author Of "Muchacho" And "Dangerous Minds" To Present Programs at JCC: LouAnne Johnson, author of the international bestseller "Dangerous Minds" and the award-winning young adult novel "Muchacho," will present two programs at Jamestown Community College on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The programs, free and open to the public, are sponsored by JCC's Teacher Education Club, campus life and residence life.
The 1995 film "Dangerous Minds," starring Michelle Pfeiffer, is based on Johnson's autobiography, "My Posse Don't Do Homework." It will be screened at 6:30 p.m. on Monday in the student union.
On Tuesday, at 7 p.m., Johnson will present "The Power of Choice," a program on her teaching experiences, a question and answer session and "The Posse Update," about the current lives of students in Dangerous Minds.
On Wednesday, Dr. Johnson will read from "Muchacho" at noon in the student union. "Muchacho" is narrated by Eddie Corazon, a juvenile delinquent turned poet-philosopher.
A native of Youngsville, Pa., Johnson is a former Marine Corps officer, high school teacher and college professor. She has 22 years of teaching experience, ranging from remedial reading, AP English literature, adult ESL and effective teaching seminars for educators.
Johnson holds a bachelor's degree in psychology, a master's degree in English education and a doctorate in educational leadership. She maintains a monthly blog that features direct links to resources for teachers, students and parents at www.louannejohnson.com.
Teachers, Preachers And Trent To Host "U2Charist" Eucharist Celebration: Adam Rohler, pastor at First Covenant and member of the band Teachers, Preachers and Trent will host a Eucharist celebration that features U2 covers at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Gateway Center.
This is the third year First Covenant Church has done a U2charist on Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is the first day of the season of Lent for Christians, which prepares them for Easter. A U2charist combines the music of U2 with a Eucharist, or Communion, service. The event will feature a U2 cover band which includes: Todd Hnatyszyn on drums, Scott Lumia on bass, Jay Baehr on acoustic guitar, Mark Schafer on electric guitar, Gail Grundstrom on keyboard and Adam Rohler on vocals.
"A U2charist feels like a concert with spiritual overtones," said Rohler. "We do it because much of the music of U2 is what I would term as hopeful-lament. Recognizing that life and the world around us is dark and often bleak, but still searching for hope and light. Ash Wednesday and a U2charist are perfect times to talk about such realities."
Admission to the event is free. It will be located on the second floor of the Gateway Center, 31 Water St. in Jamestown.
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Blue Grass Jam: 7-10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron. Area bluegrass musicians are welcome to sit in and play.
Pete Pepke: 6-8 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg. Pepke was named Jazz Man of the Year 2006 by the Musicians' Union.
Comedy Open Mic: 9 p.m., The Labyrinth Press Co., 12 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown.
Bill Ward And Amanda Barton: 6 p.m., Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown.
Cindy Haight: 6-10 p.m., The Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy.
Movies At The Reg: 8 p.m., "Life of Pi," 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown.
Stan Barton Jazz Mandolin And Violin: 6-8 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg.
Black Widow Band: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Murdock's, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.
Jamestown Thunder Community Drum Circle: Noon to 2:30 p.m., Lillian Ney Renaissance Center, 119 W. Third St. in Jamestown. Extra drums are available and beginners are welcome.
Carl Hultman: 6-8 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg. Hultman is the president of the Erie Jazz Association.
Big Boogie Band: 8 p.m. to midnight, Cold Springs Fire Hall, 2603 Route 394 in Steamburg.
Bill Ward And Amanda Barton: 8 p.m., 4739 Route 430 in Maple Springs.
Movies At The Reg: 8 p.m., "Life of Pi," 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown.
Brian Hanna: 9 p.m. to midnight, Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Sherman.
M-80's: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
House of Cards: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Chautauqua Suites, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.
Brian Chase: 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Jammin' Vine, 11884 E. Main St. (Route 20) in North East, Pa.