York Weekend Extras for 10/9: 'Seussical,' Jewish film festival, Yorktoberfest

York Dispatch

Join The Cat in the Hat, Horton and other beloved characters for "Seussical" at DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre Oct. 9-25. The musical brings Dr. Seuss' books to life with colorful sets and costumes and lots of energy. Showtimes: 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the theater, 100 Carlisle Ave. Tickets: $10, $14. Information: www.dreamwrights.org or 717-848-8623.

The Harmonic Brass of Munich return for an Abendmusik performance, 7 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church of York, 225 E. Market St. The brass ensemble performs 120 concerts a year from Carnegie Hall to the Seoul Arts Center with a range of music from baroque to Broadway. Free.

Taste a wide variety of wines and beers at the York Expo Center with Yorktoberfest Beer and Wine Festival, noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Sons of the American Legion fundraiser offers tastings of 120 Pennsylvania wines and 60 craft ales and lagers. Tickets: $20 wine pass good for both days, $30 beer pass good for one day, $15 designated driver. Information: www.yorktoberfest.com.

The York Jewish Community Center's Jewish film festival begins Sunday, with three acclaimed films about Jewish life being shown on consecutive Sundays at the Frank Theatres Queensgate Stadium 13. The schedule is: "Apples from the Desert," 3 p.m. Sunday, nominated for three Israeli Academy Awards, a tale of tradition versus modernity; "The Green Prince," 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, winner of the Sundance Film Festival 2014 Audience Award, Best Documentary, World Cinema, the film is set against recent events in the Middle East and a highly unprecedented partnership that developed between sworn enemies; "Once in a Lifetime," 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, winner of the Audience Award at the Wave Film Festival, a dedicated history teacher at a French high school taps lessons of the Holocaust in an effort to motivate her troubled students. Tickets: $12. Information: www.yorkjcc.org.

Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck bring their banjos to the stage at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St., at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Their mix of postmodern, bluegrass and jazz makes a one-of-a-kind pairing. Tickets: $35-$45. Information: www.mystrandcapitol.org or 846-1111.

See the best of the local fall foliage by rail as the Ma & Pa Railroad Preservation Society offers fall foliage trains, running hourly 1-5 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 11 and 18, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. The trains run from the Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village and take passengers through the Muddy Creek Valley scenery. Tickets: $7 adults, $5 children. Information: www.MaAndParailroad.com.

The Wong People Chinese Lion Dance and Martial Arts group will perform at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Penn State York's Pullo Family Performing Arts Center as a part of the college's ongoing cultural series. The Wong People Kung Fu School, based in Washington, D.C., focuses on lion dance, which according to legend, is performed to drive away malevolent spirits. It entails performing the traditional steps with a papier-mache lion or dragon, accompanied by musicians playing drums, a gong and cymbals. Free.