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!

  • 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 | 02:15pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: 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

     

  • 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

     

  • Sunday, July 28, 2019 | 08:00pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: 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

     

  • Sunday, July 28, 2019 | 08:00pm

    Sacred Song Service

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    A Little Advent Music
    The Chautauqua Choir, Woodwind Consort, and Congregation



    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

     

  • Monday, July 29, 2019 | 08:15pm

    Alumni Dance Gala

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    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, July 29, 2019 | 10:00pm

    Chautauqua Opera Young Artist Open-Mic Night #2

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    Get to know the Chautauqua Opera Young Artists better as they present a curated concert of diverse selections in a laid-back setting.



    Location: Athenaeum Parlor

     

  • Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | 10:45am

    James Geary

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    James Geary is the deputy curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, and the author of Wit's End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It, in which he explores every facet of wittiness, and how wit is more than simply being funny.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | 02:00pm

    Rabbi Bob Alper

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    There’s a reason why Sirius/XM satellite radio plays Rabbi Bob Alper’s bits several times daily, often sandwiched between Bob Newhart and Jerry Seinfeld: Bob’s unique background – he’s an ordained rabbi who served congregations for fourteen years...



    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

    Chautauqua Theater Company: 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

     

  • 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 | 02:00pm

    Rev. Susan Sparks

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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. A North Carolina native, Susan received her B.A. at the University of North Carolina and a law degree from Wake Forest University.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy