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Summer theater at Chautauqua Institution has something for almost everyone, with free outdoor performances on and off the grounds of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (the next one is July 4), three productions from the New Play Workshop (starting in mid-July) and two "big" professional productions, "The Christians" and "One Man, Two Guvnors," the West End farce th…

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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to department store pioneer John Wanamaker, born on this date in 1838, “People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness.” . . . WALK RIGHT IN – Today is the eighth annual Buffalo Day @ Chautauqua, which offers a free afternoon gate pass for residents of the Greater Buffalo region from noon to 8 p.m. …

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The new Chautauqua Institution amphitheater that has been immersed in controversy over the past couple years looks strikingly similar to the old Chautauqua Institution amphitheater that was demolished. It has that same yellow interior. It has that familiar bench seating. It even has similar Y-shaped columns holding up the roof. “Basically, it looks the same,” s…

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An hour south of Buffalo, near the picturesque towns of Westfield and Mayville, you'll find a row of gates. Beyond them is a parallel universe. In this strange place, people rise when they feel like it, in a world without cars or car stereos. They breakfast on their porches. They ride bikes and never lock them. American flags fly. Pansies bloom. A cat ambles down the…

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OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought from art historian Bernard Berenson, born on this date in 1865: “I wish I could stand on a busy street corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.” . . . SUMMER HOME – Now that the summer season has started at Chautauqua Institution, Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History, Nature (C-SAAHN) founder Dennis Gal…

The newly renamed Charlotte Ballet (formerly North Carolina Dance Theatre) in residence at the Chautauqua Institution on July 31, showed that whatever the company calls itself, artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and dancers bring the same high level of dancing and dance works to every performance. In “Dance Innovations” in the Institution’s Amphitheater, the company a…