January Newsletter

It’s a New Year! Welcome 2024

Executive Directors Thoughts

A brief sports comment before the arts.

So here we are, January 14th, 2024 on a day we are supposed to be watching our beloved Bills and Steelers playing off in a championship game. Sadly, Buffalo does not have a domed, climate-controlled stadium and has opted not to build one for the replacement for the current stadium. Yet locations such as One-third of NFL stadiums have a roof of some kind. Here are the 10 domed stadiums that house NFL teams:

  • Allegiant Stadium – Las Vegas Raiders

  • AT&T Stadium – Dallas Cowboys

  • Caesars Superdone – New Orleans Saints

  • Ford Field – Detroit Lions

  • Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis Colts

  • Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta Falcons

  • NRG Stadium – Houston Texans

  • SoFi Stadium – Los Angeles ChargersLos Angeles Rams

  • State Farm Stadium – Arizona Cardinals

  • U.S. Bank Stadium – Minnesota Vikings

Probably Detroit, Minnesota and Buffalo are the NFL teams that crucially needs/ed a dome stadium to function. Minnesota and Detroit finally saw the light. ONLY Buffalo remains of the three with the opportunity to resolve the problem with their upcoming build but have taken a pass on doing the right thing. Today is a perfect example of why it is vital we build a domed, climate-controlled stadium for the Bills to be competitive in the NFL. GO BILLS!

And now for the ARTS!

The absolute best part of winter storms is that they give us time to leisurely take part in the arts in so many ways, most notably the plethora of MOVIES on line. May I suggest two?

First from Netflix.

“MAESTRO” is so consistently spectacular from an aesthetic perspective that it’s very worth watching. Maestro is a 2023 American biographical romantic drama film that centers on the relationship between American composer Leonard Bernstein and his wife Felicia Montealegre. It was directed by Bradley Cooper, from a screenplay he wrote with Josh Singer.  The cinematography, costumes, and production design are all evocative and precise as they evolve with the times over 40 some-odd years of Bernstein’s life. Behind the camera, Cooper takes a big swing in making you feel as if you’re watching a movie that was made in the ’40s and continues to do so with each era.  There’s a shot where Carey Mulligan as Felicia Montealegre, who will become Bernstein’s wife, steps off a bus at night and walks up the street to the party where she’ll meet him for the first time, and it’s breathtaking in its cinematic authenticity.”

And then there is:

“Saltburn is a 2023 black comedy psychological thriller film written, directed, and co-produced by Emerald Fennell, starring Barry KeoghanJacob ElordiRosamund PikeRichard E. GrantAlison Oliver, and Archie Madekwe. Set in Oxford and Northamptonshire, England, it focuses on an Oxford University student who becomes fixated with a popular, aristocratic fellow student at his university, who later invites him to spend the summer at his eccentric family’s estate.”

Edgy and graphic, not for the Disney crowd.

Both films are highly engaging and challenging views. ENJOY!

And don’t forget, GO BILLS!!!!!! 🙂

Rick Mascaro
Executive Director

Hello Members and Friends!

CLASSIC MOVIE NIGHT: There will be no movie in January. We continue to research cinema licensing in an effort to expand our movie offering.
BRENDA ENO GALLERY: There will be new art available in the Gallery in February. Watch the website for updates

THE INNOVATION STUDIO NEWS: The Studio schedule from now through March is posted on our website:  www.lakeshorecenterforthearts.com/studio Carrie Shank will facilitate two more Digital Artistry workshops on January 8 and February 5. Pre-registration is a must. The studio is open every Saturday from 11-1 for Open Studio. Open Studio is when you can bring in a project and work on it with our computers and equipment with the full Adobe Suite. There is a facilitator on site to help you with your project.

JUICE BOX ONE ACT COMPETITION: Our second annual One Act Competition window for submissions is fast approaching.  February 1, 2024 is the last date to enter your 8 – 12 minute original one act play. Thus far we have received entries from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, New York, Georgia, California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Budapest and many more places, even Chautauqua County!! Look for our competition performances of the top ten in July.

WRITERS GROUPS: Mary Ellen shared that she and the two Wednesday groups are energized for the coming year. Look for an online outreach for LSCFTA’s Annual Literary Contest and Anthology, hopefully around February 1, 2024. Guidelines, including writing format, submission process, etc. will be available on the website at the time of launch.
We will be presenting a Media Makers series to our line-up in the future.
Sunday Open Mic sessions will return in late Spring.

CHRISTMAS COOKIE TOUR: this is the second time this event was held in Westfield. There were 23 businesses passing out cookies for free. Event participants were given punch cards to be marked by each business and turned in to win a prize. The event held in December was very successful – almost overwhelming! Joan and Libby were dressed in their sparkles to welcome to our facility and give tours to many visitors. It’s quite a blessing to be so busy at an event like this. Many people visited our center who had never been in before. Amazing!

DANCING WITH BREAST CANCER: Development is underway for our presentation of Janay Cosner’s lyrical play. Rehearsals will begin in late July, with performances scheduled for August 16, 17, 18, 2024. We are excited to present this work which has been created by Ms. Cosner, a participant in our Writers’ Workshop.
We continue to urge our many supporters & friends to consider a 2024 membership. Many thanks to those of you who have already responded. Continue to spread the good word… & remember: we cannot do this without you!
See you at the theater.