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Lewiston Council on the Arts announces 2015 schedule of events

by jmaloni


Wed, May 20th 2015 07:05 pm

The Lewiston Council on the Arts has revealed its programming lineup for 2015. The schedule includes:

Lewiston Arts Café

LCA and Just Buffalo Literary Center present the second season of the Lewiston Arts Café. Hosted by Perry Nicholas and Maria Sebastian, Arts Cafe' features some of the finest poets and musicians in Western New York presented in an intimate, 1960s-style coffeehouse tradition. All shows begin at 7 p.m. inside the Lewiston Opera Hall, 732 Center St.

  • Tuesday, June 9: Poets Lynn Cieseilski and Randy Rumley; music by Davey O
  • Tuesday, Sept. 8: Poet Livio Farallo; music by Darryl Tonemah
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10: Finale! "Poets and Musicians in the Round"

Shakespeare in Hennepin Park

"Et Tu, Shakespeare?" is an original family show created by Shakespeare in Delaware Park (www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org). Four actors will take the audience on a journey through a wide range of the Bard's works.

Come a little early to enjoy Elizabethan games and activities for kids. This free event begins at 7 p.m. Monday, June 29, at the Hennepin Park Gazebo, Center and South Fourth streets.

Chainsaw Art at Olde Sanborn Days

In partnership with the Rotary of Niagara County Central, the LCA presents Chainsaw Chix artist Aya Blaine during this weekend residency. With engines screaming and sawdust streaming, she will create masterpieces before your eyes. Enjoy the charm of this old-fashioned country fair and craft show, with plenty of activities and demonstrations for the entire family.

This free event takes place from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. July 11-12 at the Sanborn Fire Co., Route 429 in Sanborn.

21st annual 'Blue Mondays'

Recipient of Blues Beat Magazine's prestigious "Muddy" Award, "Blue Mondays" comes back to the Hennepin Park Gazebo for the 21st year. Considered by many to be one of the best blues venues in Western New York, "Blue Mondays" attracts a faithful following of blues lovers on both sides of the border. 

This free event takes place from 7-9 p.m. at the Hennepin Park Gazebo, Center and South Fourth streets.

  • July 6: Blue Lights
  • July 13: Robert "Freight Train" Parker & Friends 
  • July 20: Soul Committee
  • July 27: Joseph Michael Mahfoud
  • Aug. 3: Flyin' Blind
  • Aug. 10: Marsha McWilson

'Blue Grass Mondays'

"Blue Mondays" take a detour down a wild country road for the last two concerts. "Blue Grass Mondays" features two of the liveliest and talented blue grass bands in the country performing from 7-9 p.m. at the Hennepin Park Gazebo, Center and South Fourth streets.

  • Aug. 17: Creekbend
  • Aug. 24: Mountain Run Bluegrass Band 

'Summer of '69'

New this year, "Summer of 69 - Generations" opens with the newest young talent from the Lewiston Music School performing favorites from the '60s followed by favorite local guys who lived it.

Where were you in the summer of 1969? Tune in, turn on and reunite at the grooviest summer happening of the year. Most of Lewiston's 1960s rock musicians have moved on, but, for one night only, they will reunite at the gazebo for an evening of favorites from the '60s, '70s and '80s.

Headliners include the Loved Ones, the County Orphanage, the Invaders and special guest Grammy-winner Gary Baker. For the finale, all players will take the stage for a classic jam. 

This free event takes place at 6 p.m. Friday, July 10, at the Hennepin Park Gazebo, Center and South Fourth streets.

49th annual Lewiston Art Festival

Lewiston's signature event features work by more than 175 exceptional artists and fine crafters.

Located just five miles north of Niagara Falls, the charming streets of picturesque Lewiston have long attracted visitors to its unique shops, restaurants and parks. Meet the artists one-on-one and enjoy more than 20,000 original works of art - including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, glass, wood, mixed media and photography.

This year's T-shirts, brochures and Web images were inspired by stained glass artist Suzanne Todaro's piece "Beams." This image, which is similar to the LCA logo, graces the cover of the new art council brochure and will be featured on T-shirts, online and in all media advertising this year.

This free event takes place from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, and Sunday, Aug. 9. Highlights include:

College Alley, featuring student artwork

•Create your own art at the Modern Art Zone using recycled materials. The LCA is partnering with Modern Recycling to lighten the festival's environmental impact.

Watch the chalk fly at the 31st annual KeyBank Chalk Walk Competition. Teams of student artists create murals and compete for cash awards, trophies and bragging rights. This year, the LCA is challenging the teams to create a coin within a 9-foot-diameter circle. The style is trompe-l'oeil.

The Chalk Walk runs from noon until 4 p.m. on Center and Fifth streets.

•The annual "Spirit of the 80's" concert begins at 6 p.m. inside Academy Park and features food, beverages, and live music - including Wall of Voodoo's Stan Ridgeway on Friday and The English Beat on Saturday.

Visitwww.thespiritoftheeighties.com for more information. Proceeds from this event will benefit the LCA, Lewiston Alumni Association and Music is Art in Niagara County.

Marble Orchard Ghost Walks

Take a walk on the dark side to explore the grim and ghastly deeds of Lewiston's best ... and worst. 

Hear local ghost stories, myths, tales of tragedy, crime, murder and mystery. Secret and sinister, these events occurred a very long time ago, but the ghosts still haunt Lewiston. Step back in time with this historical and educational tour as offbeat theatrical guides take you through the historic section of the village and into the cemetery. Learn about graveyard etiquette, tombstone symbols and the people buried within.

Tours are held at 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 5 through Oct. 24. They begin at the Lewiston Peace Garden, 476 Center St.

These events are held rain or shine and come with a fee ($15 for adults, $12 for LCA members and $8 for those under 12). Bring a flashlight. It gets dark early in the cemetery.

Earth Voices of the Great Spirit

Join the LCA for a celebration of traditional and contemporary Native American culture expressed through music, drumming, dance, arts, children's activities, demonstrations and storytelling. Scheduled during the Lewiston Harvest Festival, this event will promote a deeper appreciation of indigenous culture, heritage and traditions of Native peoples in this binational region.

This free event runs from noon until 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Lewiston Peace Garden, 476 Center St.

'Tribute to the Edmund Fitzgerald'

Tom Asklar, local artist and Edmund Fitzgerald enthusiast, will host the third annual "Tribute to the Edmund Fitzgerald." The American Great Lakes freighter sank during a storm on Lake Superior Nov. 10, 1975. The entire crew was lost.

This event begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Water Street Landing, 115 S. Water St.

New this year is the "Mighty Fitz 5K Run & Walk." For more information, visit www.racemanagementsolutions.com.

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