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Review: Blood Oath

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Blood Oath by Linda Fairstein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is not related to the novel but whenever I read an Alexandra Cooper book I picture Olivia Benson from Law & Order SVU. I know Coop is a blonde lawyer, not a brunette cop but I can't help it. Every time Mike calls Coop "blondie," I get confused for a nano second. Anyway ...

Alexandra Cooper is back at work full-strength after her kidnapping and the shooting death of her boss, and she's dealing with a few seemingly unrelated cases: A 10-year-old cold case involving 20-something Lucy Jenner; Judge Bud Corliss and his wife's domestic abuse claims; and her friend Francie Fain who mysteriously collapses and falls into a coma.

Lucy was sexually assaulted when she a teenager by someone who is involved in law enforcement in NYC, but it takes hours and hours of interviews and persuasion before Coop can get her to give up the man's name. The fact that Lucy is a habitual liar and a runaway with a criminal…

#FridayFeeling

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St. Patrick's Weekend at The Corner Bar

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Judy Collins at Chautauqua

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March 2019  |  2019 Season  |  Accommodations  |  Plan a Visit  |  Make a Donation #CHQ2019 announcements: Judy Collins and Madeleine Peyroux on Opening Night, Dawes on Aug. 16, plus free Sunday entertainment We're thrilled to confirm our Opening Night acts, as the iconic Judy Collins and acclaimed jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux share a double-billing — a stirring start for our 2019 season — while popular folk band Dawes is confirmed to join us on Aug. 16. Read on for more information on these and other exciting additions to our concert lineup.

Sal Andolina and His Buffalo Philharmonic Colleagues at St. Bonaventure

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Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra clarinetist and saxophonist Sal Andolina will be accompanied by six of his BPO colleagues when he returns to St. Bonaventure University Monday, March 25, for an evening performance as part of the university’s Martine Performing Arts Series.



The concert, “Sal Andolina’s Mixed Bag,” will be presented at 7 p.m. in Rigas Theater of the university’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Admission is free for St. Bonaventure students and employees. For others, a limited number of $5 general admission tickets are available and may be purchased by calling the Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.



“Our audiences have been treated to the virtuosity of Sal Andolina over the past couple of seasons, in concerts featuring jazz as well as French and Italian café music,” said Dr. Les Sabina, professor of music and chair of the university’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts, which plans and executes the annual Martine series. “Now, we will hear him in a classically infl…

SBU Theater to Present the Contemporary Comedy ‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’

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The St. Bonaventure University theater program will present “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” a contemporary comedy, next week at the university’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

Nightly performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, through Saturday, March 23.


“Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” by American playwright Sarah Ruhl, is the story of Jean and her accidental involvement with a cell phone, its deceased owner and his very odd family.



“The play combines absurd humor, magical realism and romance to spin a very 21st century story about goodness, loneliness, bad business and the desire to connect,” said Dr. Ed. Simone, professor of theater, theater program director, and director for this production. “The laughs in this play are fresh and sharp. Sarah Ruhl looks at our lives and how we try to connect, to find the goodness in people. We have a fabulous ensemble of actors and technicians who bring genuine energy to the comedy, the action and the romance as well.”



The original Wash…

Cherish The Ladies Murphy Boys Planxty Baptist Johnston Video

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Saw them last night in Bradford. AMAZING!

Auditions for 'Mourning Has Broken'

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AUDITIONS!!
"Mourning Has Broken" by local writer/director Pab Sungenis
Show Dates: May 17, 18, & 19 AUDITION INFO:
Please arrive promptly at 630pm ether on March 25 or 26 at Togi's Playhouse, prepared to read from the script with others. You should dress comfortably. If you have any questions, please feel free to message Bradford Little Theatre. Rehearsals will begin with a read-thru on March 31st and are tentatively scheduled for 3 days a week, including Sundays. CHARACTER INFO:
BARRY (Male, Mid 30’s) – A lawyer. His philosophy is best summed up in the words of Walt Kelly: “Don’t take life too serious, it ain’t nohow permanent.” Barry is a joker, prankster, and full of love of life. How much of this is a façade for his true feelings is uncertain. JEFF (Male, Mid 30’s) – A stockbroker. Financially comfortable if not well-to-do, but restless and slightly aimless. Keeps asking himself “is that all there is?” Is jarred by the deaths of Mark and Hank to do something drasti…

St. Patrick's Day at The Cow Palace

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The Cow Palace Bar & Grill 72 Hillside Dr, Limestone, New York 14753

Second Act at Twisted Vine Winery

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Live Music at Beefeater's With Lisa & John

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Tyler & Al Live at Afterwords

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Open Mic Night at The Corner Bar

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Spring Quilt Hunt in Bradford

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It's Official: National Comedy Center Gets Designation

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REED, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE JAMESTOWN COMEDY CENTER IS OFFICIALLY THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER OF THE UNITED STATES


Reps: “National Comedy Center Is A Cultural Institution And Tourism Magnet: Connecting, Inspiring, And Educating Visitors From All Over The Country About America’s Rich History Of Comedy”
National Comedy Center Also Builds On A Tradition Of Comedy History In Jamestown, NY, Birthplace Of Legend Lucille Ball
Reed, Schumer, Gillibrand: Comedy Has Found Its Permanent Home In JamestownWASHINGTON – Representative Tom Reed, Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that their legislation designating Jamestown’s National Comedy Center as the official “National Comedy Center” of the United States has passed Congress and been signed into law as part of the 2019 Lands Package.
The Comedy Center, located in downtown Jamestown and partially built to honor the vision of Jamestown native Lucille Ball, serves as a landmark that celebrates America…

#TuesdayThoughts

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Cherish the Ladies at Pitt-Bradford

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Poet Laureate of Mississippi to Speak at Pitt-Bradford

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Beth Ann Fennelly, poet laureate of Mississippi, will speak March 19 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
            Her talk, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons, is free and open to the public. The presentation is part of the university’s Spectrum arts series as well as programming for Women’s History Month.             “I am really excited about being able to bring Beth Ann to campus,” said Dr. Nancy McCabe, professor of writing and director of the writing program.             “I read one of her poems 20 years ago and was so bowled over by it that I’ve followed her career closely ever since. My students have loved the work of hers that I’ve assigned in class. I’ve heard her speak and found her riveting, with a wicked sense of humor, warmth and insight that I think others will also find inspiring.” Fennelly teaches in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Mississippi, where she was na…

Review: Clapton: The Autobiography

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Clapton: The Autobiography by Eric Clapton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I knew a lot about Eric Clapton before, but reading in his own words about the trials, tribulations and triumphs he experienced makes it feel so much more personal, and makes him seem so much more real.

He doesn't hold anything back -- from being born illegitimate and thinking his mother was his sister -- to his love for Pattie Boyd -- to his struggles with drugs. Clapton puts it all out there. And it's intense.

Then there's the music. His stories about The Yardbirds and Cream, as well as Bob Dylan, the Beatles (great but surprising -- to me -- John Lennon story) and so many more are everything you'd want from a rock icon.



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