Arts & Entertainment

September 28, 2020

OLEAN, NY — For the third time since August, a “StrOlean,” event presented by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, has been canceled, the chamber announced Monday in a news release.  The event was to be held Saturday in downtown Allegany, Olean and Portville with the intention of bringing ...

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HINSDALE, NY — The Hinsdale House will be part of a nationwide World’s Largest Ghost Hunt event from Friday through Sunday. The events begin on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and continue through 4 a.m. Sunday. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the events are virtual this year instead of in-person as they were ...

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OLEAN, NY — The Olean Public Library will begin offering Checkers Library TV, a monthly children's show illustrating the benefits of reading, on Monday at 3:30 pm on the library's website and social media accounts. This program is best suited to children 2 to 10 years of age, according to a news ...

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The Olean Public Library challenges teens and adults to write short stories set in a hypothetical world where all books are banned. The short story contest calls attention to the 2020 theme of Banned Books Week, Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, which is "Censorship Is a Dead End. Find Your Freedom to ...

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OLEAN, NY — The Race Unity Circle of Olean Book Club has selected choices through the end of 2020. The group will meet at 7 p.m. on the final Tuesday of every month at a location to be determined. Suggestions for meeting spots are welcome. The Olean Public Library, 134 N. Second St., may not be ...

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OLEAN, NY — Folk at the Olean Theatre Workshop have begun planning their first-ever virtual production, and director Steve Ahl believes they could not have made a better choice.   The show, “Belles” by playwright Marc Dunn, follows six Southern sisters and their struggles with physical and ...

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OLEAN, NY — A nine-part arts series, "Soulful Expressions," is underway at the Olean Meditation Center, 2275 Dugan Road, through the spring of 2021.  “Soulful Expressions highlights the intersection of mindfulness, creativity, and cultural forms of the human spirit,” Richard Reilly, president of ...

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OLEAN, NY — The Olean Public Library plans to resume its monthly Brown Bag Book Club resume during the week of Sept. 14. Date, time and format will be announced in early September. Because of the pandemic and New York State restrictions, the library is not able to offer programs inside the ...

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OLEAN, NY — In her nonfiction book "Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race," author Debby Irving makes frequent mention of her ancestors having been New England colonists.  When the Race Unity Circle of Olean Book Club gathered under the shelter in Lincoln Park on the last ...

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OLEAN, NY —  “papercuts,” Wendy Bale’s first solo show of her cut paper sculpture, will open Saturday, 2-8 p.m., in the Tri-County Arts Council, 110 W. State St. The event, like other TCAC exhibit openings, will be free and open to the public, but it has been organized according to New York ...

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The Western New York Region, which includes the Greater Olean area, will enter Phase 4 of the state’s reopening process Tuesday. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made the announcement during a coronavirus briefing Monday. “Phase 4 is ready for Western New York tomorrow, so we are excited about that,” ...

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OLEAN, NY — For anyone looking for an excuse to get out into the sunshine, the Olean Public Library is hosting an Olean Chalk Your Walks event from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The library encourages folk to let their imaginations run wild to create beautiful chalk art and ...

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OLEAN, NY — The Olean Public Library will offer curbside lending of materials to patrons, beginning Monday. Additional curbside services include faxing, copying, printing and provision of tax forms.  Curbside services will be offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., ...

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“The music community, at its core, is about love,” says Paul Psathas of the Olean-based band Fair to Fiddlin’. This statement rings true as the COVID-19 pandemic derails plans and activities for musicians all over the globe, including performers in the Greater Olean area. “We are all in this ...

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The Jandoli Institute will host a live Twitter chat on Tuesday on the role of music during the coronavirus pandemic.  “Music and entertainment are playing important roles during the pandemic,” Jandoli Institute Executive Director Richard Lee said. “They fill a gap that news media and government ...

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OLEAN, NY — All day Monday, the Olean Public Library will host a virtual salute to "Star Wars" with a series of "May the 4th Be With You" events.  Fans can sign on as early as 5 a.m. via the Olean Public Library Facebook Page. Scheduled events are: Downloading of hi-res Star Wars ...

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OLEAN, NY — The Olean Public Library is offering all its programming online during May. Patrons can access links to all programs on the library's Facebook page. Scheduled are: LEGO Challenge; every Saturday at 10 a.m. Knit and Crochet Group; every Saturday at 7 ...

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ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — Ed Bysiek invites the university community to come together Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. while he hosts a virtual DJ set from his living room. “Music has been proven as a means for helping people deal with difficult situations,” Bysiek said, noting the negative mental health ...

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ALLEGANY, NY — The Allegany Fire Department plans to sponsor its annual Old Home Week Carnival June 23 to 27 in Fireman’s Park on North First Street.  In a Facebook posting, the department said it is optimistic the event can still occur.   This year, admission will be done by wristband and ...

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OLEAN, NY — The Tri-County Arts Council plans to display hundreds of original works and sell them for $25 each during its Nov. 20 Art for Everyone Exhibition and Art Party. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the council's space at 110 W. State St. The council encourages tile ...

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ANGELICA, NY — Rusty Tobin has plenty of experience in facilitating academic conversations, but the COVID-19 crisis has forced her to improvise.     Tobin, who is affiliated with Empire State College, facilitates the four-part monthly Votes For Women! 19th Amendment Book Club, which began in ...

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OLEAN, NY — Olean Public Library Director Michelle La Voie said she knows from studying library history that libraries "tend to be at their busiest during times of economic crisis. So for us to be closed is terrible."  As a precaution to the global coronavirus pandemic, the library has been ...

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OLEAN, NY — The Souther Tier Symphony canceled  Bach's Lunch, its April 7 concert, to meet New York State-mandated social distancing requirements in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Season subscribers will be notified by mail regarding tickets, and a decision about the upcoming season will be ...

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OLEAN, NY — The African American Center for Cultural Development has postponed the March 22 Historic Colored Musicians Club presentation and the April 19 Women in Poetry event because of the New York State-mandated closing of public venues for coronavirus concerns. New dates will be ...

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CUBA, NY — The Palmer Opera House is postponing both shows scheduled for the upcoming week. Those shows are The Probables, a Jamestown band, on Thursday and John Wise and Friends, a piano rock band, on March 22. The Palmer plans to announce as soon as possible new dates about ...

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ALLEGANY, NY — Beginning Saturday, AMC will cut in half the seating capacity of every one of its theatre auditoriums, including the AMC Allegany 8 movie theater. “The health and safety of our guests and theatre teams are of the utmost importance to AMC,” AMC Theatres CEO and President Adam Aron ...

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OLEAN, NY — Country life inspires artist Nicole Shields. The Randolph resident, whose "A Sustainable Perspective” exhibit opened with a reception Friday at the Tri-County Arts Council, 110 W. State St., regularly uses the farm she runs with her husband Seth and their rural surroundings as ...

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OLEAN, NY — The Tri-County Arts Council will hold its annual "Celebration of the Arts" event on April 25 in the Woodside Tavern on the Range, 3319 W. River Road. The 2020 Arts and Cultural Awards will also be presented at the event. The celebration, which features cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner ...

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OLEAN, NY – Friends of the Olean Library Inc. is hosting its second annual “FeBREWary” beer-tasting event this Friday at the Olean Public Library, 2 N. Main St. The event will feature nearly 30 beers to sample from local – and not so local – breweries.­­­ Friends members Carole McNall, ...

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OLEAN — Sarah Johnson came to Olean in 1833. A runaway slave, Johnson was befriended by Dr. Andrew Mead, who taught her how to be a midwife. And Johnson became one of the most well-known and best-loved people in Olean. “She wound up being responsible for a lot of births, including many of ...

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