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Calendar

Oct
15
Tue
Missoula Children’s Theater Auditions
Oct 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Kenan Center welcomes the Missoula Children’s Theatre to campus! The Amazing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe is taught and rehearsed throughout the week of October 15 – October 18 by Missoula Directors at the Kenan Center. Two public performances follow on Saturday, October 19th 3PM & 7PM at Starpoint High School.

Open Auditions:
Ages: K-12th Grade
Date: Tuesday, October 15
Time: 4:-00PM – 6:00PM
Taylor Theater, Kenan Center
433 Locust St. Lockport, NY

Purchase your tickets for the final performance on October 19 at Starpoint High School here!

Oct
26
Sat
Handsome Jack at the Taylor Theater @ Taylor Theater on Kenan Campus
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

October 26 | SOLD OUT! Handsome Jack will perform at the Taylor Theater on for a Halloween themed party.

 “Some people call it a vibe and some people call it a groove. We call it boogie soul. It’s the sound of Handsome Jack ..” is how the band describes their sound. The group hails from Lockport, and began as a blues garage rock band. More recently, they’ve developed their sound into a natural soulful boogie that remains rooted in raw blues. They’ve toured nationally, and internationally, recently returning from their first European tour in promotion of their latest album, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”.

Handsome Jack, is comprised of Jamison Passuite, lead vocals and guitar, Joe Verdonselli on bass and backup vocals and Benjamin Hayes on drums, with the horn section including Luke Goetz on baritone saxophone, Tom Standford on tenor saxaphone and Tony Flaminio on alto saxaphone. The show will be filmed by videographer Nate Chateaux, with Neil Brodfuehrer running and recording sound.

Costumes encouraged.

Oct
27
Sun
NFWS 14th International Exhibition of Transparent Watercolor @ Kenan House Gallery
Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

October 27 | Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society 14th International Exhibition of Transparent Watercolor 2019 Awards Ceremony and Reception.

Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society 14th International Exhibition of Transparent Watercolor 2019

Soft opening: October 20, 2-5PM

The Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 2 to 5 pm at the Kenan Center House Gallery.

On view: October 20, 2019 – November 17, 2019

Juried by Iain Stewart, the NFWS Fall 2019 Workshop Artist, Stewart selected 50 paintings from 136 entries by 76 artists.

Suggested Donation $5 per person

RSVP on Facebook!

Refreshments provided by the Kenan Arts Council.

Kenan Center House Gallery
433 Locust Street, Lockport, NY

Brought to you by Kenan Arts Council
$5 suggested donation

2019 Gallery Exhibit Sponsors
Grigg Lewis Foundation, Kenan Arts Council, William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, Kenan Quilters’ Guild, M&T Bank, and
Mr. & Mrs. Samuel F. Ward
Nov
6
Wed
Defiant Monkey Improv
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

MONTHLY: Defiant Monkey Improv
Improv Jams & Masters of Improv Shows

Defiant Monkey Improv is a two-person improvisational group featuring Karen Eichler and Andrew Spragge that creates on-the-spot theatre based on audience suggestions and participation, like you see on the TV show Whose Line Is It, Anyway? The team hosts a monthly “jam” where participants take part and a show where they take suggestions from the audience and then create one-of-a-kind theatre experience. Both events take place in the Taylor Theater. There is a $5 cost to participate in jams; $10 admission for shows. Visit their website to purchase advance tickets: https://www.defiantmonkey.com/

 

2019 Jam Dates:

January 8th
February 7th
March 5th
April 2nd
May 7th
June 4th
July 2nd
August 6th
September 3rd
October 1st
November 5th
​December 3rd

2019 Show Dates:

January 9th
February 6th
March 6th
April 3rd
May 8th
June 5th
July 3rd
August 7th
September 4th
October 2nd
November 6th
​December 4th

 

Nov
9
Sat
Buffalo Improv Collective @ Taylor Theater
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Buffalo Improv Collective @ Taylor Theater

November 9 | The Buffalo Improv Collective brings an entirely new program that melds jazz and classical music.

The Buffalo Improv Collective brings an entirely new program that melds jazz and classical music on November 9, 2019. “Inflections & Innuendoes” brings together celebrated musicians and composers Jonathan Golove on cello, Leanne Darling on viola, Alec Dube on vibraphone and Kelly Bucheger on saxophones. Both Dube and Bucheger have led groups at the Taylor in the past, and this new collaboration with Golove and Darling takes improvisation to a new level. Cellist/composer Golove is a member of the critically acclaimed Baird Trio and serves as Associate Professor in the University at Buffalo’s Department of Music. He has been a featured soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta, and as a guest artist with the Cassatt Quartet and the Cleveland Octet. Leanne Darling holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She draws from her classical technique, her skills in many musical genres and her passion for improvisation to break the boundaries for an often-underused instrument. Her unique solo viola compositions use the entire scope of her instrument, mixing more traditional sounds with electric sound effects. This group promises an evening of chamber jazz, beauty and surprises.

Individual tickets |$15 member |$20 for the general public

Students and/or 18 and under | $10 with valid student I.D.

All concerts feature two full sets of music with refreshments available. Tickets may be purchased online at Ticketleap below, in person at the Kenan Center Business Office, or charged by phone at 716-433-2617. Ample free parking is available onsite. The Taylor Theater is located on the campus of the Kenan Center at 433 Locust Street in Lockport, NY. Because seating is limited, advance tickets are recommended.

 

Jazz at the Taylor: The Buffalo Improv Collective, Inflections & Innuendoes @ Taylor Theater at Kenan Center
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Jazz at the Taylor

The Buffalo Improv Collective brings an entirely new program that melds jazz and classical music on November 9, 2019. “Inflections & Innuendoes” brings together celebrated musicians and composers Jonathan Golove on cello, Leanne Darling on viola, Alec Dube on vibraphone and Kelly Bucheger on saxophones. Both Dube and Bucheger have led groups at the Taylor in the past, and this new collaboration with Golove and Darling takes improvisation to a new level. Cellist/composer Golove is a member of the critically acclaimed Baird Trio and serves as Associate Professor in the University at Buffalo’s Department of Music. He has been a featured soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta, and as a guest artist with the Cassatt Quartet and the Cleveland Octet. Leanne Darling holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She draws from her classical technique, her skills in many musical genres and her passion for improvisation to break the boundaries for an often-underused instrument. Her unique solo viola compositions use the entire scope of her instrument, mixing more traditional sounds with electric sound effects. This group promises an evening of chamber jazz, beauty and surprises.

Individual tickets |$15 member |$20 for the general public

Students and/or 18 and under | $10 with valid student I.D.

All concerts feature two full sets of music with refreshments available. Tickets may be purchased online at Ticketleap below, in person at the Kenan Center Business Office, or charged by phone at 716-433-2617. Ample free parking is available onsite. The Taylor Theater is located on the campus of the Kenan Center at 433 Locust Street in Lockport, NY. Because seating is limited, advance tickets are recommended.

Nov
22
Fri
39th Annual Holiday Gift Show
Nov 22 – Nov 24 all-day

The Kenan Arts Council is getting ready to be a part of another holiday season! For the 39th year in a row, they will host the very popular Holiday Gift Show at the historic Kenan Mansion and Carriage House.

This year’s event takes place Friday, November 22, 5-9pm, Saturday November 23, 10-5pm and Sunday November 24, 11-4pm. It’s always the weekend before Thanksgiving!

The Arts Council keeps the show fresh by inviting new artisans every year. This year we have an incredible line up of designers showcasing some very exciting gifts. In addition to the artists, visitors can enjoy 4 food and wine vendors, a quilt raffle, herbal gifts from the garden and a gourmet goodie booth. Returning this year, The Hilltop Restaurant will be serving lunches using the stage in the Taylor Theater.

The members of the Arts Council deck the halls on the Kenan Campus with holiday décor inside and out. Santa and Mrs. Clause will be on hand with their little elves to help make everything merry and bright!

Nov
23
Sat
39th Annual Holiday Gift Show
Nov 23 – Nov 25 all-day

The Kenan Arts Council is getting ready to be a part of another holiday season! For the 39th year in a row, they will host the very popular Holiday Gift Show at the historic Kenan Mansion and Carriage House.

This year’s event takes place Friday, November 22, 5-9pm, Saturday November 23, 10-5pm and Sunday November 24, 11-4pm. It’s always the weekend before Thanksgiving!

The Arts Council keeps the show fresh by inviting new artisans every year. This year we have an incredible line up of designers showcasing some very exciting gifts. In addition to the artists, visitors can enjoy 4 food and wine vendors, a quilt raffle, herbal gifts from the garden and a gourmet goodie booth. Returning this year, The Hilltop Restaurant will be serving lunches using the stage in the Taylor Theater.

The members of the Arts Council deck the halls on the Kenan Campus with holiday décor inside and out. Santa and Mrs. Clause will be on hand with their little elves to help make everything merry and bright!

Wrestling
Nov 23 all-day

More information TBA

Nov
24
Sun
39th Annual Holiday Gift Show
Nov 24 – Nov 26 all-day

The Kenan Arts Council is getting ready to be a part of another holiday season! For the 39th year in a row, they will host the very popular Holiday Gift Show at the historic Kenan Mansion and Carriage House.

This year’s event takes place Friday, November 22, 5-9pm, Saturday November 23, 10-5pm and Sunday November 24, 11-4pm. It’s always the weekend before Thanksgiving!

The Arts Council keeps the show fresh by inviting new artisans every year. This year we have an incredible line up of designers showcasing some very exciting gifts. In addition to the artists, visitors can enjoy 4 food and wine vendors, a quilt raffle, herbal gifts from the garden and a gourmet goodie booth. Returning this year, The Hilltop Restaurant will be serving lunches using the stage in the Taylor Theater.

The members of the Arts Council deck the halls on the Kenan Campus with holiday décor inside and out. Santa and Mrs. Clause will be on hand with their little elves to help make everything merry and bright!

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Kenan Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.