Preparations for the fifth annual Chautauqua's Got Talent countywide competition are underway.
If Tuesday's auditions at Wing City Grille in Lakewood are an indicator of the level of talent in this year's competition, area residents have much to look forward to.
According to Angelo Giuffre, event organizer, a variety of talented individuals from Jamestown came out to the auditions, including singers, guitar players, a harmonica player, dancers, a cheerleader and the hula hooping fire dancer Lindsey Hinger who participated last year.
"I see a lot more variety than we've had in the past - that's exciting for me," Giuffre said.
A second round of auditions will be held at Wing City Grille in Fredonia on Tuesday, Jan. 28. Registration starts at 5 p.m., and auditions begin at 7 p.m. Auditioning hopefuls are to be prepared to offer a sample of their talent for approximately one minute, and bring a parent or guardian if they're under 18.
The contest welcomes singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and other performers of all ages, but Giuffre said he would like to see even more variety.
"I'd still like to see a comedian - that would be fun," Giuffre said. "Something unique like a ventriloquist or a juggler could be cool too."
Participants of the competition will vie for at least $500 cash, a promotional website and dinner once a month for a year at Wing City Grille. This contest will have a judges' panel that will offer constructive criticism, but the audience will decide the winner.
Not only is the competition a week longer this year, but another new addition is John Erickson, who will take over the show host position that Matt Warren filled for the past four years. Giuffre said he is also working on setting up makeovers for the top six competitors who make it to the finale.
Chautauqua's Got Talent is presented by Big Time Productions and The Post-Journal, in conjunction with 59lucylane.com and Wing City Grille. The competition will be held at The Spire Theater, 317 E. Third St., in Jamestown on Mondays from Feb. 3 through March 10 at 7 p.m. Presale tickets will be available at The Labyrinth Press Company for $6. Tickets will be $8 at the door, or $30 for a pass to all nights.
As per usual, here are the highlights and happenings going on in the area.
'Rebel' Set To Open At Willow Bay Friday: James Dean's highly celebrated 1955 film "Rebel Without a Cause" will take on a new artistic form as community players of Jamestown perform a staged adaptation at the Willow Bay Theater.
Co-presented by Masked Productions and Hatikvah Ministries, "Rebel" will open Friday and run Saturday, Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the curtain rises at 8. Presale tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.rebelwithoutacause.co, Wing City Grille of Lakewood, and the Labyrinth Press Co. coffee shop on Fourth Street in downtown Jamestown. Tickets purchased the day of are $14.
For more information, visit www.rebelwithoutacause.com or call 708-8879.
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 "Philomena," starring Judi Dench, today and Saturday.
The series continues with "Descendants" director, Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," starring Bruce Dern, which is set for Thursday, Jan. 30, and Saturday, Feb. 1. 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.
Jim Brickman To Perform At The Reg Lenna Center For The Arts In February: The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts is set to present pianist Jim Brickman, as part of his The Love Tour, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
An award-winning hit-maker, pianist and recording artist, Brickman will bring hits such as "Valentine," "If You Believe," "Love of My Life" and more.
Tickets may be purchased at the box office located at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown, or online at www.reglenna.com. For more information, call 484-7070.
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Blue Grass Jam: 7-10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
Cindy Love: 6-9 p.m., Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown.
Coyote: 8 p.m. to midnight, Seneca Allegany Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Boulevard in Salamanca.
Brian Chase And Jesse Taylor: 8 p.m. to midnight, Chautauqua Suites, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.
Shaky Ray And The Cobalt Blues Band: 4:30-8:30 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Boulevard in Salamanca.
Doc And Bill: 7-9 p.m., 21 Brix Winery, 6654 W. Main St. in Portland.
Dirty Mountain Band: 8 p.m., Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Findley Lake.
Sammy Slicker Band: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
Red Rhythm: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Boulevard in Salamanca.
Easy Street Band: 9:30 p.m., Wildwood Grill and Saloon, 53 Wildwood Ave. in Salamanca.
Grand Funk Railroad: 5 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Boulevard in Salamanca.