Category Archives: Announcements

Infinity Seeks Volunteers for 15th Annual Local Music Showcase

It’s time once again to fill Downtown Jamestown with a night full of music, all for an excellent cause! Now in it’s 15th year, Infinity’s annual Local Music Showcase has become a staple event in downtown each and every fall. More than 40 local musicians have volunteered to perform throughout 8 Downtown Jamestown venues on Saturday, September 8, 2018, including: Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge, Forte, Labyrinth Press CompanyShawbucks, Tarmac Café, The Chadakoin Club, The Pub, and The Wine Cellar.

Infinity’s Grants and Marketing Coordinator, Stephanie Rogers, has been organizing the Local Music Showcase event for nine years, and says, “This night is truly a testament to the level of support that our community has for what’s going on at Infinity. It’s amazing to see local businesses, musicians, and community members come together in a show of support, not just for our incredibly talented local music scene, but for the future of the vibrant arts scene in Jamestown that’s currently being nurtured at the Infinity Center.”

It takes more than 200 volunteers annually to make Local Music Showcase possible, and Infinity is currently seeking approximately 60 volunteers to check wristbands at venue doors and assist patrons with locating ticketing kiosks on the evening of the event. All volunteer positions are approximately 2 hours long, and participants will receive an All Access Event Wristband in exchange for their time.

If you are interested in supporting Infinity by volunteering your time during this event, please email Stephanie Rogers at lms@infinityperformingarts.org or go online to www.infinityperformingarts.org/about/local-music-showcase

Infinity Arts Café: Brandon Bailey Johnson

Whirlybird Music and Arts Festival Presents Brandon Bailey Johnson at the Infinity Arts Café

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts and Whirlybird Music and Arts Festival are excitedly collaborating to bring Guinness World Record holder, and touring musician, Brandon Bailey Johnson to Jamestown for a performance at the Infinity Arts Café on Friday, July 27, 2018.

Miki Girts, Festival Director for Whirlybird Music and Arts Festival, approached Infinity with the idea, and the Infinity Arts Café seemed the perfect place to introduce Infinity’s music students and our community to this talented young artist. Miki says, “Brandon is a fantastic example of what you can accomplish if you follow your heart, work hard, and put what you love before everything else. At fifteen, he’s one of the most inspirational people I’ve ever had the privilege of working with and completely embodies Whirlybird’s mission of bringing up one’s community through music, love and kindness.”

Brandon Bailey Johnson holds the Guinness World Records Title for “Youngest Professional Music Producer”. He is a multi-instrumentalist with 6 self-produced albums.

Brandon is touring TX, AK, TN, OH and NY this summer to share his love of music, inspire others and promote his 6th Self-Produced album- HEAVEN.In addition to composing contemporary music, Brandon enjoys composing classical pieces and playing the violin with the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras. Brandon is a One-Man-Band capable of performing small acoustic sets to large full-sound productions. His sets include over 35+ originals and 20+covers all performed by Brandon.

Infinity’s Executive Director, Shane Hawkins, says, “Our mission at Infinity is to see young people thrive and develop artistically and with confidence. Brandon Bailey Johnson has certainly done that! We are so happy to be partnering with Miki on this project and can’t wait to host Brandon’s live performance for our students and community!”

This event is free, family friendly and open to the public. The Infinity Arts Café is located at 300 East 3rd St in the Lynn Building. Look for the neon blue guitar!

For more information about Brandon Bailey Johnson, please visit https://www.facebook.com/brandonbaileyjohnson or https://soundcloud.com/brandonbaileyjohnson.

 

For more information about Whirlybird Music and Arts Festival, which will take place on Saturday, August 11, 2018 please visit www.whirlybirdmusicfestival.com

Kaleidoscope Café Night

Students from the Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center will be showcasing their talents at a Kaleidoscope performance on Friday, July 6 at 7:00pm at the Infinity Arts Café.

Kaleidoscope nights are an ever-changing but interesting mix, featuring a wide variety of performers, such as; Infinity music, poetry, dance, or theater students, Infinity instructors, or invited guests from the community! The show is always different!

This event is free, family friendly, and open to the public. The Infinity Arts Café performance entrance is located at 300 East 3rd Street. Look for the neon guitar!

Pulse Poetry Slam

Calling all poets and poetry lovers! The Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center will be hosting, “Pulse Poetry Slam Open Mic Night” on Thursday, July 5 at 6:00pm at the Infinity Arts Café. Poets and audience-members are welcome.

Performance poetry is an excellent way to express creativity while practicing performance and public speaking. All ages are welcome! The Infinity Arts Café performance entrance is located at 300 East 3rd Street in downtown Jamestown! Look for the blue neon guitar.

Jazz at Infinity- Ft. French Conexion

Join us at the Infinity Arts Café on Friday, June 22 at 7pm for a performance with French ConéXion.
The Jazz at Infinity series is made possible by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
Thanks to their support, this event is free and open to the public.

French ConéXion is an ensemble with a truly international background featuring Jeremy Spindler (France, Brazil), accordion, Marc Cousins (France, Belgium), double bass and Bernard Kunz (Switzerland), guitar, oud.

French ConéXion plays new musette, manouche, Brazilian choros, tangos, jazz standards, improvisations, originals and any other tunes that come our way and catch our fancy.

French ConéXion was formed in the summer of 2016 with the intention of creating high quality music in a jazz format where musicians are able to take a composition and create a unique and new version at every performance. Our focus is on the music of French accordion great Richard Galliano and his new jazz musette compositions, choros and forros from Brazil as well as manouche gypsy music from northern and eastern Europe. Naturally we also play standards from the American jazz repertoire. In additon we perform some of our own compositions and improvisations.

French ConéXion has performed at many local venues such as Sportsmen’s Tavern (opening for Gypsy jazz guitarist Stéphane Wrembel), Pausa Art House, Merge Restaurant, Webster’s Bistro, Carnegie Art Center and Platters Chocolates in North Tonawanda, Coco Bar and Restaurant, Nietzsche’s, Daily Planet Coffee Co., the Foundry Suites, the Meeting House in Williamsville and the Hollow Bistro and Brew in Clarence.

Infinity Announces 2018 Summer Camps

Infinity is looking forward to a summer full of fun and creative learning experiences for Chautauqua County! The Infinity Center will offer four weeks of hands on summer day camp activities for students aged 6-12.

Available day camps for summer of 2018 include:

Sci Fi Camp (Ages 8-12): July 9-13, 2018. 9am-4pm
Stretch your imagination as we explore weird and creative science fiction creatures, worlds, and beings!
Time Traveler Camp (Ages 6-12): July 23-27, 2018. 9am-4pm
Journey through Infinity’s time machine and explore the past and future through music, art, dance, theater and activities!

Center Stage Academy (Ages 8-18): August 6-10. 9am-4p
Participate in scripting, auditioning, casting, stage/acting techniques, prop design, and all it takes to prepare this one-of-a-kind annual show for friends and family! Student performance August 10 at 7pm

World Tour! (Ages 6-12): August 20-24. 9am-4pm
Join our whirlwind five-day tour of a new country every day through music, art, dance, theater, language, costume, and more! We’ll have you home in time for dinner every night!

Limited partial scholarships are available thanks to support from the Chautauqua County Youth Bureau and Zonta Club of Jamestown. For more information about Infinity Summer Programs, pricing, and registration please call Infinity at 664-0991 or visit us online at www.infinityperformingarts.org/register

Shults Auto Group Presents Infinity’s Annual Spring Showcase

Students from the Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center have been working hard since October to prepare for this year’s annual Spring Showcase! Sponsored by Shults Auto Group, the Infinity Spring Showcase will take place on June 9, 2018 at the Jamestown High School Auditorium at 7:00pm.

Infinity students have the opportunity to practice and hone their talents through various performance opportunities at the Infinity Arts Café and throughout the community. Spring Showcase serves as the largest student performance of the year.

The Spring Showcase is a well-rounded evening of student performers featuring various music ensembles and soloists, as well as dance and theater performances. You will be amazed at the amount of talent displayed on the stage, and the amount of hard work the students put in to this event.

Infinity students have had the pleasure of working with instructor and area musician, Steve Davis, who has served at this year’s Artistic Director of the show. Steve has been a piano and drum instructor at the Infinity Center since 2003, and is one of the original 7 students from the beginning of Infinity’s history. With the help of Steve and their instructors, Infinity’s students have an excellent showcase planned for audience members.

The cost to attend the Spring Showcase is ten dollars for adults (seven dollars pre-sale). Children under 18 are free! Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Infinity Center, located at 301 East 2nd Street, Suite 101 in Jamestown, or online at www.infinityperformingarts.org/shop. Tickets will also be available at the door on the evening of the event.

Executive Director, Shane Hawkins, says, “Spring Showcase is a culmination of an amazing amount of creative effort by students and instructors. We are very excited to have Steve Davis designing and directing the show this year and can’t wait to see the students take the stage on June 9th”

In addition to great performances by our area youth, Infinity will be offering the chance to win one of three gift baskets. This year’s prizes include $150 cash, $300 in gift certificates to area restaurants, or a hand made chainsaw carved guitar by Vince Liuzzo. Tickets are five dollars each or four for just ten dollars, and can be purchased at the Infinity Center, online, or from any of Infinity’s board members.
More information about Spring Showcase, including a list of performers, can be found on Infinity’s Facebook Page. www.facebook.com/InfinityVisualandPerformingArts

 

Jazz at Infinity Ft. The Karl/Marks Show

On Friday, May 25, 2018 the Infinity Arts Café Jazz at Infinity Series will feature An Evening Of Jazz with Karl Lydell and Mark Alpaugh, at 7:00 pm.   The concert is supported with generous contributions from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

The evening will feature vocalist/guitarist Karl Lydell and keyboardist, Mark Alpaugh performing with host and area saxophonist, John Cross, a variety of blues, swing and jazz repertoire. 

This concert is free and open to the public.

The Infinity Arts Café is located at 300 East 3rd St in the Lynn Building. Look for the blue neon guitar!

Guests requiring handicapped access can contact the Infinity Center at 716-664-0991 to be let in the 2nd Street Entrance. 

New Students Welcome!

Music, art, dance, and theater students of all levels are welcome to enroll in private and group lessons! The Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center will hold a new student orientation and intake session on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

Please contact the Infinity Center at 716-664-0991 to register for a session and reserve your spot today.  Students may also register online at www.infinityperformingarts.org to be contacted for an orientation slot. Orientation sessions last approximately 30 minutes, including a tour of the Infinity Center and opportunities to meet Infinity staff members and schedule lessons.  

The Infinity Center is located at 301 East 2nd Street, Suite 101 in the Lynn Building.

Email info@infinityperformingarts.org
Phone: 716-664-0991