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Reg Lenna Center for The Arts 

Japanese drumming group TaikoProject will perform Wednesday, September 26 at 7 p.m.  The performance is 95 minutes long with a fifteen minute intermission. Tickets start at $5 for children and $10 adults. Pay What You Can tickets will be available at the door when the box office opens at 6 p.m. Prior to this performance, Kozo — a Japanese paper art show — will open in 3rd On 3rd Gallery at 5:30 p.m. with a free public reception.

The public is encouraged to visit The Reg’s newest spaces. 3rd On 3rd Gallery and the theater’s lobby, concession stand and box office have undergone complete renovations and were re-opened in early August. Reg staff moved into new offices this week and WRFA staff will be using new offices and studios in October. A 3rd floor community media arts space and pre-function meeting room will open soon after. An open house for the entire facility will be scheduled soon.

A new focus on improvements
to The Reg has also included food services.

Since January, The Corner Cafe has been open, serving grab and go salads and sandwiches and made to order ramen and rice bowls. With renovations to the concession stand came higher quality wine being served and fountain drinks being available. Popcorn, draft beer and candy continue to be sold for movies and live events.

The first live event of The Reg Presents season is TaikoProject Wednesday night at 7 p.m. One of the world’s premier taiko drumming ensembles, the ensemble uses the dynamic Japanese, community-based tradition of taiko drumming and incorporates high energy dance and movement to expand artistic boundaries. This dynamic concert contrasts the power and excitement of traditional Japanese drums with the subtle melodic accompaniment and nuance of the Japanese harp, bamboo flute and marimba.

Taiko drumming is an ancient form of percussion using large drums. The modernization of this form developed throughout last century incorporating choreographed movements and ensemble work. This form of music was most recently heard at The Reg when the Japan-set animated film Isle of Dogs was shown in the spring. TaikoProject, formed in 2000 has incorporated Western elements into the traditional form and has performed and recorded with Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and Kanye West.

TaikoProject is sponsored by Comfort Inn of Jamestown.

Tying into the Eastern art themes will be the Japanese paper art-inspired exhibition Kozo, opening with a free public reception before TaikoProject in 3rd on 3rd Gallery at 5:30 p.m. Led by Debra Eck – Gallery curator and paper artist – a group of Western New York artists will display their work in this exhibition. The artists include Jozef Bajus, Bob Collignon, Linda Collignon, Eck, Billy Huggins, Gerald Mead, Bonnie Morrisey, Mizin Shin, Peter Sowiski and Janna Willoughby -Lohr.

This core group of artists have been making contemporary art on their own and in paperworking spaces in the Buffalo area for over two years.

Joining them will be area artists Audrey Dowling, Rachel Johnson and Sandy Shelenberger who add woodblock printing, dyeing techniques and sewing into their contemporary work. The 3rd on 3rd Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. Kozo will run through November 3. 3rd On 3rd Gallery shows  are made possible by support from New York State Council on the Arts.

3rd on 3rd Gallery is located at 108 E. 3rd St. Reg Lenna Center for The Arts is located at 116 E. 3rd St. Tickets to TaikoProject may be purchased in person at 3rd on 3rd Gallery Tuesday through Saturday during operating hours and in the Reg Lenna box office one hour prior to movies and events. Tickets may also be purchased over the phone at 716.484.7070 and online at reglenna.com.