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Arts Beat: Holiday events from Lewiston Choraleers to 'Shorts,' 'Golden Girls' and authors

Lewiston's 50-member community chorus, the Lewiston Choraleers, will be singing in the season throughout the coming week with concerts in four different venues. All shows are open to the public; tickets are $5 and the door (children 12 and younger get in free).

The Choraleers perform at 2 p.m. Nov. 30 at St. John de LaSalle Catholic Church (8477 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls), 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church site (27th Street and Independence Avenue, Niagara Falls), 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at St. Peter's Catholic Church (620 Center St., Lewiston) and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 in Messiah Lutheran Church (915 Oneida St., Lewiston).

Expect a packed program of traditional and contemporary music from an assortment of countries, all under the direction of Donald D. Shrimpton. You can get a preview of the group at its website,

'Holiday Shorts' at JRT

A one-night-only presentation begins a series of three staged readings by Jewish Repertory Theatre. The first production is, fittingly enough, "Holiday Shorts," a set of offbeat 10-minute plays by Hank Kimmel. JRT says the short episodes "range from the saucy to the sanguine to the sentimental," all wrapped in holiday themes.

The performance is from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre at the Jewish Community Center (2640 North Forest Road, Amherst). It will be followed by a light reception where the audience can meet the readers – Jacob Albarella, Arin Lee Dandes and Adam Yellen, who also directs. Best of all, admission is free, although donations are appreciated.

To assure a seat, make reservations by calling 688-4114, ext. 355, or by email at

Thank you for being an (old) friend

What was lost has been found, and what a find it is: "Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes (Holiday Edition)" brings a silver sheen to the Alleyway Cabaret stage with a nostalgic visit by characters from the popular 1980s television sitcom, as imagined by playwright David Cerda. Join the all-male cast as Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia share a very special holiday, complete with commercials, trivia and a whole lotta love.

The show runs from Dec. 5 through Dec. 28 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (except Dec. 26). Tickets are $25; $18 for students, at The Alleyway Cabaret entrance is at 672 Main St., between Shea's Buffalo and Tent City.

Readers, meet writers at Buffalo History Museum

One day after hosting its holiday Train Day on Nov. 29 and just in time for gift shopping, the Buffalo History Museum welcomes a freight-load of local authors for a book signing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 30.

The writers also will be happy to talk about their books before providing personalized inscriptions. You can either bring copies you already have or purchase books at the museum, from such local literary luminaries as historian Steve Cichon, preservationist Mark Goldman, journalist Matt Gryta, travel writer Christine Smyczynski and historian Rosanne Higgins.

The books include novels and nonfiction that covers local and military histories, coffee-table publications, cookbooks and stories of our neighborhoods. Admission is free. The museum is on the corner of Nottingham Terrace and Elmwood Avenue.

Also at the museum: At 6 p.m. Dec. 4, storyteller Denise Reichard will mark a century of women's voting rights with "Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Suffragist," portraying the woman who, along with Susan B. Anthony, is credited with leading the long fight to achieve equal rights for women. The presentation is free with museum admission, which is $10; $5 for students and seniors; $2.50 for children ages 7-12; and free for members of the military, veterans and children younger than 7.

'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire'

Mel Torme's Christmas classic is just one of the many holiday songs on the program when the Amherst Symphony presents " 'Tis the Season" at 3 p.m. Dec. 1 in Amherst Middle School (55 Kings Highway, Amherst). Bryan Eckenrode will conduct the orchestra, which will be joined by mezzo-soprano Dawn Pierce, an assistant professor of voice at Ithaca College's opera program. Along with Torme's well-loved "Christmas Song" and "Jingle Bells," the concert will include classical pieces by Kalinnikov, Saint-Saens and Handel.

Admission is free and donations will be welcomed.

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