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Posted March 07, 2014

For the second year in a row, The Active Artists Alliance is throwing an end-of-winter party at the Renaissance Center in Downtown Jamestown for all of our closest friends.

Details are still being worked out, but this will be an 18+ event, with a $5 cover, and will feature live music from:

and new visual work from:
Steve Badgley
Dana M. Filsinger
Ashley Ordines
Robbie Mills
Gary Robert Peters Jr
Kaylea Stoeltzing
Christopher Balaskas
David Grice
Angela Caley
Bill Thomas
Saree Nyx
Jennifer Randall
Bronson Abbott
Joe Kewin 
Elsbeth Soule-Oneto Rushing
Dianne Soule
Kyrstin Wojda
Jeremiah Kirby
Aaron Walters
Molly Strong
Emily Strong
Todd Strong

Hope to see you all there!


AAAlliance NINE YEAR Anniversary Show & Party :: Sat 11/30 Downtown JTNY
Posted November 25, 2013
AAAlliance NINE YEAR Anniversary Show & Party :: Sat 11/30  Downtown JTNY

We are having our annual Thanksgiving Weekend Bash in our hometown, once again, and like last year, this year's festivities will take place at the Lillian V. Ney Renaissance Center at the corner of Washington St and W. Third St. (119 W.3rd) in Downtown Jamestown. The date is Saturday November 30th, from 6-11 pm, and as usual, we have put together a big eclectic lineup of artists and musicians from around the region for your enjoyment. 

We will have new visual work from:

Mark Cooper

Pam Gifford

Kate Harris

Christopher Balaskas W/ Volt Vision

Joe Kewin

David Grice

Angela Caley

Bill Thomas

Robbie Mills

James Chrisitian III

Molly Strong

Emily Strong

Todd Strong

Live Music by:

Drums & Space

Tony Flint


Uncle Claud's Band


Justin Moyar


 Grace Stumberg 

Plus Live Poetry and Hula Hooping Madness with FLOW716 

The show is all ages with a $5 cover, and it will end promptly at 11pm. Afterwards, head down the street to see our friends SMACKDAB at Mojo's Music Bar, 104 E 2nd St.


Dark Star Orchestra @ Reg Lenna Theater :: JTNY
Posted November 08, 2013
Dark Star Orchestra @  Reg Lenna Theater :: JTNY

Dark Star Orchestra‘s shows are built off the extensive catalog of the Grateful Dead. On any given night the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead’s 30 years of extensive touring or use the catalog of original songs and often played covers to create a unique set list for the show. This allows music fans both young and old to share in the experience. Dark Star Orchestra presents its critically acclaimed live show at esteemed venues from coast to coast and internationally.

The Reg Lenna Civic Center was first opened on February 5, 1923 as the Palace Theatre, a “High Class Vodvil” house. Films, usually a short comedy plus a feature, were shown before and after the twice-a-day vaudeville performances. Three years later Nikitas Dipson bought the facility and continued with film and vaudeville shows. In 1930 Dipson leased the Palace to Warner Brothers for 20 years. For a short time the format of films and vaudeville was continued, but live performances were slowly downplayed to emphasize the cinema. By 1934 films were the only entertainment available on a regular basis. In 1950 Warner terminated their lease and Dipson Theatres, still the owners, once again took over management.

The Palace was remodeled by installing new heating and cooling systems, carpeting, wall coverings and new seats. At the reopening Dipson reaffirmed his intention to feature not only first run films of the best quality, but also stage shows, orchestras and vaudeville. In 1956, Forever Darling, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, had it’s world premiere at The Palace. With the passing years fewer and fewer people attended the theater, equipment was wearing out, and the building needed repairs. On September 10, 1981, the last movie was shown: The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.

In June of 1981, Harry Chapin gave the first live show in the theatre in 25 years. During the concert, both performer and audience got rained on.Some people in the balcony were using umbrellas! Harry Chapin pledged to come back and do a fund raiser if the people would organize to save the building. Tragically, Chapin died six months later, but he had started the process. A group of citizens, with the help of the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency and the Gebbie Foundation, banded together to repair and clean up the old theatre. By October 1982 the Palace was once again ready to host live performances to “test” where there was enough interest to warrant further renovation. In February 1986 a 3.35 million dollar campaign was started to completely renovate the old Palace. The Reginald and Elizabeth Lenna Foundation made an early donation of one million dollars and one year later, when the goal for funds was met and surpassed, the Palace was officially renamed the Reg Lenna Civic Center.

Renovation, which began in 1989, included taking out all the seats for reupholster, recontruction of the orchestra pit, new stage lighting andequipment, new curtains, new house lights, handicapped seating created, new floor coverings, original artwork repaired and cleaned, new stage entrance, and a new stage floor. The grand reopening was held October 12, 1990.

 This is the first show in the Southern Tier Brewing Company "Live" Concert Series!  A special brew called “Casey Jones” will be drafted and sold exclusively at this concert! Tickets are $35 GA, and are available in person at the Reg Box office, or online here.



All Decks on Hand #3 :: Closing Redeption
Posted July 31, 2013
All Decks on Hand #3 :: Closing Redeption

The Third Annual All Decks on Hand skate deck art show will come down this weekend, and Friday night will be your last chance to check out the show, and to bid on and maybe buy a one-of-a-kind piece of local skateboatrd art.

Third on Third Gallery is located at 116 East Third Street, 3rd floor, in Downtown Jamestown. To reception will go from 6:00-9:00pm.

All Decks on hand is an ongoing collaborative effort by Active Artists Alliance, Jamestownb Skate Products, and The Arts Council for Chautauqua County. All funds raised will go to benefit the free local skatepark in Jamestown, NY.


Posted July 16, 2013

FREE community arts event and concert series, presented by the Active Artists Alliance and Jamestown Renaissance Corp, and taking place on the Third Thursday of each month in Winter Garden Plaza, right downtown next to the Wine Cellar. 

A few local AAAlliance members will be bringing their easels and paints out to the plaza and working on their paintings and other creations. Any interested local artists or crafty folks should feel free to bring their materials down to the plaza, to work and network with the other artists, or just to show off what you have been doing lately. 

(for the sake of public relations and our own health, we have to say NO SPRAYPAINTING at these Third Thursday events!)

Pulse Community Drumming will be organizing a drum circle, starting around 5 pm, followed by live music by SUBSOIL (Rochester, NY) and CINDY HAIGHT (JTNY) from about 7-9pm.

During the event, thirsty patrons can enjoy a beer on the Wine Cellar's new patio, which will have a perfect view of the bands and artists. Afterwards, you can visit Labyrinth Press Company, Forte, Cibo, Taco Hut, The Pub, or The Cherry Lounge for nighttime food and entertainment.

please come out and support local businesses, artists, and local ORIGINAL musicians in our community!!!


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