Waiting till the last minute to do your Christmas shopping?  The Next Chapter Bookstore and a generous supporter can help! 

(FREDONIA, NY) – Starting Tuesday, December 15, The Next Chapter Bookstore will be selling an array of filled gift baskets.  This supporter of Literacy Volunteers put together over 25 gift baskets that range in price from $25 to $65.  The baskets are filled with items such as cozy throws, mugs, books, ornaments, string lights, notecards, candy, and snacks.  Perfect for the upcoming winter weather.   The higher priced baskets also include two admission tickets to the National Comedy Center. Visit https://www.lvccread.org/ to review individual basket contents and photos.  Baskets may be purchased at The Next Chapter Bookstore or by calling… Read More

Opera House Announces Postponement of Remaining 2020 Events

(FREDONIA, NY) – The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center announced today that the remaining two live performance events scheduled for 2020 have been postponed due to the COVID-19 restrictions. With these postponements, the Opera House likely will be closed for events for the remainder of 2020. Solo Pianist George Winston, who was to have performed Nov. 4, has rescheduled his concert for Nov. 19, 2021. The Ed Croft Trio’s presentation of Vince Guaraldi’s score to A Charlie Brown Christmas has been rescheduled for Dec. 10, 2021. Anyone currently possessing tickets… Read More

Opera House Cinema Series to Screen “1917”; Discount Offered to Active and Retired Military

FREDONIA – The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is the Oscar-winning “1917.” It will be screened on Sat., Mar. 14, and Tues., Mar. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Active and retired members of the military will receive discounted admission. Winner of three Academy Awards – for cinematography, sound mixing, and visual effects – and the Golden Globe winner for Best Picture, “1917” features Andrew Scott, Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch and is directed by Sam Mendes. At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield… Read More

“Met Live” Season Continues with Wagner’s “Die Fliegende Holländer”

FREDONIA – Live at the Met, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live, high definition (HD) opera transmissions to theaters around the world, continues its 2019-20 season at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center on Sat., Mar. 14, at 1 p.m., with Richard Wagner’s Die Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman). Evgeny Nikitin is the mysterious seafarer searching for salvation in this compelling production. Director François Girard, whose mesmerizing staging of Parsifal recently wowed Met audiences, returns to stage Wagner’s eerie early masterwork. Valery Gergiev conducts. With sweeping sets by John Macfarlane,… Read More

Opera House Presents “Lucian Freud: A Self-Portrait” as Part of Art & Architecture On Screen Series

  FREDONIA – The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present Lucian Freud: A Self-Portrait, a special cinematic examination of the renowned artist, on Thurs., Mar. 12, at 7 p.m. as part of its Art & Architecture On Screen Series. For the first time in history, The Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, has brought together Lucian Freud’s self-portraits.  The resulting exhibition displays more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art turned his unflinching eye firmly on… Read More

‘Met Live’ Season Continues with Handel’s “Agrippina”

  FREDONIA – Live at the Met, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live, high definition (HD) opera transmissions to theaters around the world, continues its 2019-20 season at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center on Sat., Feb. 29, at 1 p.m., with George Frideric Handel’s Agrippina. Handel’s tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome receives its first Met performances, with star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina and Harry Bicket conducting. Originally set in Rome, late in the reign of the Emperor Claudius (d. 54 C.E.),… Read More

CASTLE CONSTRUCTION BEGINS IN PREPARATION OF 34TH ANNUAL PRESIDENTS DAY WEEKEND WINTER FESTIVAL

MAYVILLE, N.Y. — The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that construction has begun on the centerpiece snow and ice castle for the 34rd annual Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival, which will take place Feb. 14–16, 2020, at Lakeside Park in Mayville, along the shores of scenic Chautauqua Lake. This annual winter event, a highly anticipated Chautauqua County tradition since 1987, will feature winter events, activities, crafts and food for the entire family, contests for children and adults. For the first time in the festival’s history, this year’s castle is… Read More

Opera House Cinema Series to Screen “Bombshell”

FREDONIA – The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is the Oscar-nominated “Bombshell,” starring Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and Charlize Theron. It will be screened on Sat., Feb. 15, and Tues., Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Starring Academy Award winners Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman, and Academy Award nominees John Lithgow and Margot Robbie, “Bombshell” is based on the real life scandal inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time, Fox News. It is a revealing look at the explosive story of the women who brought… Read More

Opera House Presents National Theatre Live’s “All My Sons”

FREDONIA – The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center will present a satellite screening of the National Theatre Live’s All My Sons, starring Academy Award winner Sally Fields and Bill Pullman, on Sat., Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. The event is part of the Stage on Screen Series at the Opera House. America, 1947.  Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story.  They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business. But nothing lasts forever; and their contented lives, already… Read More

Opera House Cinema Series to Screen “Little Women”

FREDONIA – The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is Greta Gerwig’s interpretation of the classic American novel, “Little Women,” starring Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet and featuring Meryl Streep. It will be screened on Sat., Feb. 8, and Tues., Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. “Little Women” draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March (Ronan), reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In writer-director Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters… Read More