Week Six :: July 27–August 2

What’s Funny?

In Partnership with the National Comedy Center

Come learn and laugh with us as Chautauqua Institution again partners with the National Comedy Center for a week exploring how comedy changes us and, in turn, society.

  • Comedy can do more than hold up a mirror to our world; it can, in fact, change it. We look at the potential of comedy — particularly political comedy — to change minds and influence decision-making.
  • Among the topics to explore are: What does your sense of humor reveal about you? How can we be challenged by things we don’t find funny?
  • We look at the challenging intersection of free speech, political correctness, and humor, and what we can learn from that uncomfortable space.

 

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: What's So Funny About Religion?

Even religion can have its less serious side, and in this week we will look for a lighter, smiling way to lift one’s heart and mind in the human enterprise that tends to take life and its meaning and purpose very seriously. Building upon our 2018 week on “The Spirituality of Play,” we will use words to play and to discover that seeing the humorous side of religion is a delightful way of joyfully leading the human to the divine. Be prepared to smile!

  • Saturday, July 27, 2019 | 04:00pm

    Chautauqua Chamber Music: Resident Artist Series: Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo

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    Comprised of pianist Jon Nakamatsu and clarinetist Jon Manasse, two of America’s most distinguished artists, the Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo formed in 2004...



    Location: Lenna Hall

     

  • Saturday, July 27, 2019 | 06:00pm

    One Man, Two Guvnors

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    How hard can it be to have two jobs? This hilarious adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s Comedia masterpiece The Servant of Two Masters plants us in Brighton in 1963.



    Location: Bratton Theater

     

  • Saturday, July 27, 2019 | 08:15pm

    Chautauqua Opera Company: The Ghosts of Versailles

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    Marie Antoinette and her court are bored of the afterlife, and bitter about their deaths. The love-struck ghost of Beaumarchais believes he can change the queen’s untimely fate by using the power of art. He brings his beloved Figaro and company back to life in a new opera, but when Figaro refuses to...



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Sunday, July 28, 2019 | 10:45am

    Rev. Susan Sparks

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    Sun., July 28 at 10:45 a.m. | Mon., July 29 - Fri., Aug. 2 at 9:15 a.m.

    As a trial lawyer turned standup comedian and Baptist minister, Susan Sparks is America’s only female comedian with a pulpit. 



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Sunday, July 28, 2019 | 02:30pm

    New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Choral Studies

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    90 high school students from across New York State gather at SUNY Fredonia each summer to study and sing at the New York State Summer School of the Arts. They are chosen by state-wide auditions and enthusiastically offer a Sunday afternoon of song each summer.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, July 29, 2019 | 09:15am

    Rev. Susan Sparks

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    Sun., July 28 at 10:45 a.m. | Mon., July 29 - Fri., Aug. 2 at 9:15 a.m.

    As a trial lawyer turned standup comedian and Baptist minister, Susan Sparks is America’s only female comedian with a pulpit. 



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, July 29, 2019 | 02:00pm

    The Interfaith Amigos

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    Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon, and Imam Jamal Rahman—now known as the Interfaith Amigos—were brought together by the tragedies of 9/11...



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Monday, July 29, 2019 | 04:00pm

    Augustin Hadelich and Orion Weiss

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    Note: Due to high expected attendance, complimentary tickets MUST be obtained in advance of this event. Tickets are on a first-come basis at the Welcome Center Ticket Office which opens at 7 a.m.



    Location: Lenna Hall

     

  • Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | 02:00pm

    Rev. Susan Sparks and Rabbi Bob Alper

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    As a trial lawyer turned standup comedian and Baptist minister, Susan Sparks is America’s only female comedian with a pulpit. Rabbi Bob Alper, an ordained rabbi who served congregations for fourteen years and holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary – prepared him well for a twenty-seven year comedy career.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | 05:00pm

    Havana Hop: A Children’s Tale of Culture and Confidence

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    Shows at 5 & 7 p.m. | Young Yeila dreams of being a superstar but her lack of confidence gives her awful stage fright. With advice from her mother and mentors, Yeila begins her journey to find her roots in Cuba, get confidence along the journey, and be amazing.



    Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

     

  • Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | 07:00pm

    Havana Hop: A Children’s Tale of Culture and Confidence

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    Shows at 5 & 7 p.m. | Young Yeila dreams of being a superstar but her lack of confidence gives her awful stage fright. With advice from her mother and mentors, Yeila begins her journey to find her roots in Cuba, get confidence along the journey, and be amazing.



    Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

     

  • Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | 08:15pm

    Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: “Pictures at an Exhibition”

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    Into the Music No. 4| JoAnn Falletta, conductor Orion Weiss, pianoShai Wosner, pianoRepertoire: Jeremy Gill: Concerto d'avorio (World Premiere); Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | 08:15pm

    The Capitol Steps: "Make America Grin Again"

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    No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can count on The Capitol Steps to tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things equally foolish. What more would you expect from the group that puts the "MOCK" in Democracy?



    Location: Amphitheater