Best of April: Concerts, comedy, plays and gardens
Enjoy the activities of First Friday in downtown York. Regional musicians perform Jazz in the City at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 1, in the Studio at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St., York. Tickets are $5 or free with a student ID. Later that night, enjoy the adventures of Indiana Jones as the Capitol Theatre presents "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" at 9 p.m. Rated PG. Tickets: $7. More information, www.mystrandcapitol.org.
The York County Heritage Trust will reopen its seasonal sites, Saturday, April 2. The sites include the Bonham House, 152 E. Market St. and Colonial Complex at the corner of West Market Street and South Pershing Avenue, which has the General Gates House, Golden Plough Tavern and Colonial Courthouse. Information: www.yorkheritage.org.
The York Symphony Orchestra presents Lullaby of Birdland at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. York Symphony Orchestra's own Concertmaster John Eaken will be showcased as a violin soloist as the group perform bird-themed pieces, including Stravinsky's iconic "Firebird Suite" and Vaughan Williams' "The Lark Ascending." More information, www.mystrandcapitol.org.
Enjoy the classic tale of "Sleeping Beauty" as performed by the Moscow Festival Ballet at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. The company brings the well-known fairy tale to life through sharply-accented spinning turns, soaring leaps and daring lifts. Ticket range: $39-$49. More information, www.mystrandcapitol.org.
Comedian and actor David Cross brings his stand-up tour to the Pullo Center, 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 4. Cross is known for his work on "Mr. Show" and "Arrested Development" along with many other roles on TV and films, and he is on his first stand-up tour since 2009. Tickets: $48-$54. Information: 717-505-8900, pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
The 18th annual Pennsylvania Herb & Garden Festival runs Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, at the York Expo Center. The event features speakers, workshops and vendors of plants, crafts and products for gardeners. Times: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission; $7, additional fee for workshops, children 12 and under free. Information: www.paherbfestival.com/
See the story behind the boy who would be king as DreamWrights presents "Young King Arthur," April 8-24 at the theater, 100 Carlisle Ave. Meet wizards, dragons and kings in castles as Arthur and his friends grow up in the Forest Sauvage. Showtimes: 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets: $10-$14. Information: www.dreamwrights.org or 848-8623.
William Penn Senior High School's Performing Arts Institute will present "In the Heights" at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, in the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. The show tells the story of a close-knit community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. More information, www.mystrandcapitol.org.
The Pennsylvania Philharmonic comes to the Pullo Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, with Symphonic Soundtracks. The concert highlights classical music in the movies, from Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" to Debussy's "Clair de lune." Tickets: $39-$35. Information: pullocenter.york.psu.edu/ or 717-505-8900.
Hear some of the finest drum and bugle corps in the country as the Lancers Drum & Bugle Corps presents its fifth annual Profiles in Music, 6 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Pullo Center, on the campus of Penn State York. The show features alumni corps as well as a concert from the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps. Tickets: $25-$15. Information: pullocenter.york.psu.edu/ or 717-505-8900.
The Time Jumpers, featuring Vince Gill, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center, 195 Stock St., Hanover. The Grammy-nominated group of 10 of Nashville's best studio musicians was formed in 1998 and is known for drawing music's elites to its live shows. Tickets: $54-$79. Information: TheEich.org or 717-637-7086.
Jump back to the '60s with the Class of '60 Something Dance Party, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the York Expo Center. Members of The Magnificent Men, Del-Chords and Custer's Last Band will perform with Class Act featuring Rita as you relive the days of the Shady Dell and White Oaks. Tickets: $27, include soft drinks and snacks, cash bar available. Information: (717) 757-6635 or www.classof60somethin.com.
The Sean Penn written and directed film "Into the Wild" will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. Follow the story of a new college graduate who walks out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. Rated R. Tickets: $7. More information, www.mystrandcapitol.org.
The first Sunset Scramble Bike Ride of the year is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12. Riders will travel 13-15 miles round trip on the Heritage Rail Trail, beginning at John Rudy County Park. Each rider must have a light and water, and snacks will be available for purchase. Another ride is planned at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, starting from the Glatfelter Station Parking Area. Free. Information: yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation.
The York Jewish Community Center serves up a variety of Kosher Jewish deli food for its annual Jewish Food Festival, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at the JCC, 2000 Hollywood Drive. Among the food available: beef brisket, corned beef, pastrami or turkey on rye, knishes, matzah ball soup and kugel. Classic Jewish desserts will also be on hand for purchase. Information: www.yorkjcc.org.
Enjoy the talent of the area's young musicians as the York Junior Symphony Orchestra presents its spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at Dallastown Intermediate School. Under the direction of Kathleen Yeater, the show will feature both contemporary pieces and orchestra classics. Tickets: $13 for adults and $8 for seniors and children 12 and younger. Information, yjso.org.
Experience the Irish dance phenomenon of "Riverdance" for three shows at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. The 20th anniversary world tour comes to York Tuesday-Thursday, April 19-21 at 7:30 each night. The performers spark the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Ticket range: $38-$75. Information: www.mystrandcapitol.org and www.riverdance.com.
Local Civil War expert Scott Mingus will take on the question "Lincoln at Hanover Junction, Is the Photo Real?" at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the Hanover Junction Train Station. Mingus will present a program on pictures taken in 1863 at the station and whether they show the president. Free, reservations requested by calling 428-1961.
The Children's Advocacy Center will hold its 10th Anniversary Celebration at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 22, at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. The event will feature nationally known speaker and advocate Elizabeth Smart. Smart was abducted on June 5, 2002, and held for nine traumatic months before being safely returned to her family. Her ordeal has led her to become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and national legislation. Ticket are $46 for general admission or $100 for a meet-and-greet reception with Smart. Proceeds benefit the York County Children's Advocacy Center. Information: www.mystrandcapitol.org.
Get a glimpse of the chaotic life of late musician Amy Winehouse in the film "Amy" at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. Rated R. Tickets: $7. Information: www.mystrandcapitol.org.
Go Green in the City, Saturday, April 23, celebrates healthy, local and green living. Downtown Inc and White Rose Credit Union team up for the eighth annual festival, which brings more than 75 vendors to the first block of North Beaver Street and North Pershing and Clarke avenues with artisan crafts, green products and locally sourced foods. WITF's Kid's Zone will feature a hay bale maze and petting zoo, and tours and events will be happening in the York Heritage Trust's Colonial Complex. There will be live music 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in the White Rose Bar and Grill parking lot. Information: www.downtownyorkpa.com/gogreen.
The Hershey Handbell Ensemble will bring their seven octaves of handbells and assorted other instruments to the Encore Concert Series, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at First Baptist Church, 3375 Druck Valley Road. The group performs a variety of sacred and secular music. Free. Information: 600-0077.
Panic! At The Disco will take the stage at York College's Grumbacher Center M&T Field House, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23. The rock band's fifth album, "Death of a Bachelor," was released in January and includes the singles "Hallelujah," "Victorious" and "The Emperor's New Clothes." Tickets: $35, limit four. Information: www.ycptickets.com.
Celebrate York County's high school musical theater with Encore, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at Central York High School. The annual presentation recognizes the talent and work students bring to their schools' stages each spring. More than 500 students will perform, and representatives from each school will perform in a musical finale before awards are presented. Tickets: $12. Information: www.yorkencoreawards.com or 866-967-8167.
Learn all about the earliest blooms of the year at Spring Flowers, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at Nixon County Park. A park naturalist will lead a hike to share the strategies and stories of the flowers and the roles the colorful blossoms play in the spring woodland. Free. Information: yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation.
Actor and comedian Sinbad will bring his comedy to York at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. Sinbad loves to make people laugh by telling stories about people he's met and things he's experienced. Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 stand-up comedians of all time, Sinbad is known for his roles in hit movies such as "Jingle All the Way" and "Houseguest,: as well as on the small screen in the sitcom "A Different World" and in his own series "The Sinbad Show." Ticket range: $36-$45. A VIP experience and meet-and-greet with Sinbad prior to the show also is available. More information, www.mystrandcapitol.org.
Listen to some of the greats of American music as The U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Concert Band performs, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Pullo Center, on the campus of Penn State York. The band of more than 40 professional musicians plays orchestral classics, marches, Broadway hits, jazz standards and more at community and military events around the world. Free, tickets required. Pick up a limit of four tickets at the Pullo Center Box Office, 1031 Edgecomb Ave.
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" comes to the York Little Theatre's Bon-Ton Studio, April 29-May 8. The classic play shows the clash between a charming rogue who contrives to be sent to a mental institution rather than prison, and the head nurse who arranges the most horrible treatments for him. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $12-$25. Information: ylt.org or 854-5715.
The York Symphony Orchestra will present a special one-night performance of Mozart's comic masterpiece "Cossi fan tutte (All Women Are Like That)" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. Vocalists from the University of Denver's Lamont Opera Theatre will join the YSO for a fully staged production of the the opera, which centers on two officers in the Italian army who make a wager over whether their fiancees will remain faithful. Tickets: $29-$10. Information: www.yorksymphony.org or 864-1111.