York's Best of February entertainment calendar
Learn the secrets of the ancient Mayans in Mayan Chocolate Making, 2 p.m. Sunday at Nixon County Park. Naturalist Gina Dotterweich will teach the class to transform raw cocoa beans into all-natural treats, and attendees will leave with samples and recipes. Fee: $10. Registration: 428-1961.
DreamWrights Center for Community Arts brings "Babe, the Sheep-Pig" to stage, Feb. 10-26 at the theater, 100 Carlisle Ave. The play, based on the beloved movie about a talking pig, takes Babe from his first day on a sheep farm to his big turn as the first pig to participate in the Grand Challenge Sheep-dog Trials. As a special event, micro pigs Dyna and Opal will be available to meet audiences before each show except the first two evening performances. Showtimes: 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays and Saturday, Feb. 11. Tickets: $10, $14 in advance, $12 at the door. Information: www.dreamwrights.org or 848-8623.
Get ready to spruce up your house with the 49th annual York Builders Association Home & Garden Show, Feb. 10-12 at the York Expo Center Utz Arena. More than 150 experts on all matters of home improvement and gardening will be available, with workshops, giveaways and activities for kids. Times: 1-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $8, register to return for a second day free. Information: www.yorkbuilders.com.
What were the best short films of 2016? You can be the judge as the 2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films come to the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., Feb, 11-12. Live Action nominees will be screened at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Animated at 7 p.m. Saturday and Documentary Short Subject at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 per session, $15 for two sessions. Information: www.mystrandcapitol.org.
Roar out to a grand event for a good cause at the Leather and Lace Ball, 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Wyndham Garden York, 2000 Loucks Road. The event, sponsored by 1st Capital Harley-Davidson, benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association and features dinner, dancing and a silent auction, with live music by Sound Town. Tickets: $45 each, $80 per couple, $400 table of eight-10, available at the dealership, 100 Arsenal Road, or any White Rose Credit Union. Information: www.1stcaphd.com.
Get in the mood for Valentine's Day with a jazz standards concert by Jeff Stabley and friends, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at York College's DeMeester Recital Hall. Drummer Stabley teaches at the college and is a fixture of the local music scene, and he will be joined by Dred "Perky" Scott on vocals, Steve Rudolph on keyboard and Hassan A. Shakur on bass as they perform jazz classics, with extra attention on love songs. Free.
Spend Valentine's Day with a Neil Simon comedy as Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre performs "Last of the Red Hot Lovers," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. A modern man in the hip '60s looks for something new and different, but ends up in the same situation over and over. Tickets start at $28; pre-show dinner, including hors d'oeuvres, wine and three plated courses catered by GingerBabies Catering, $45 per person. Information: 846-1111 or www.mystrandcapitol.org.
The U.S. Naval Academy Band Superintendent's Combo brings jazz to the Pullo Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. The combo plays for social events hosted by the Naval Academy as well as military officials and visiting dignitaries. Free; tickets are required. Pick up up to four tickets at the Pullo Center box office, on the campus of Penn State York. Information: http://pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
Singer-songwriter Zoe LaBelle performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St. LaBelle is known for her moody, dark lyrics and music that casts a spell over the audience. Tickets: $15. Information: www.mystrandcapitol.org.
Country music superstar Brad Paisley brings his Life Amplified World Tour at the Giant Center in Hershey, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. The acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer has won Grammys, American Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards and has had 23 No. 1 country hits. Tickets: $39.50-$75. Information: 717-534-3911 or 800-745-3000, or www.HersheyEntertainment.com.
The Belmont Theatre (formerly York Little Theatre) goes gothic with "Jekyll & Hyde," Feb. 17-26 at the theater, 27 S. Belmont St. The musical follows the classic tale of a doctor and the violent madmen he can become, with such songs as "Someone Like You" and "A New Life." Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $15-$27. Information: www.thebelmont.org.
Get away from the winter doldrums with Hibrewnation, a festival of beers, Saturday, Feb. 18, at the York Expo Center. The event features more than 100 regional craft beers, including limited selections and rare finds, along with foods to go along with them. Tickets: $55 VIP admission, noon-5 p.m., includes beer floats, limited and time-release offerings and a special cup; $40 general admission, 2-5 p.m., including samples of the brews and a souvenir glass; $20 designated driver, noon-5 p.m., includes T-shirt, root beer floats, water, root beer and some surprises. Information: www.hibrewnation.com.
The York Symphony Orchestra presents "The Romantics," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. The concert features works by Tchaikovsky and Brahms, including Brahms' Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, with performances by YSO musical director Lawrence Golan and cellist Steven Honigsberg from the National Symphony Orchestra. Tickets start at $9 for adults, $5 for students. Information: www.yorksymphony.org or 846-1111.
It's February, but the sun will be out at the Strand as "Annie" comes to stage, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. The beloved musical comes to life with all the songs, dances and characters known for years in a new Broadway tour. Tickets start at $54. Infomation: www.mystrandcapitol.org.
For the 21st year, the Millennium Music Conference and Showcase will take over music venues in and around Harrisburg for its annual look at the music industry and some of the hottest upcoming groups. The conference, Feb. 23-25, includes two days of discussions and interviews at the Best Western Premier, 800 E. Park Drive, Harrisburg, along with two nights of performances by 240 acts at 30 venues around the city. Information: http://musicconference.net/
Get into the St. Patrick's Day spirit a wee bit early as Gaelic Storm performs, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. The Celtic band is touring with the latest release, "Matching Sweaters," mixing traditional Irish music with modern sounds. Tickets starts at $30. Information: www.mystrandcapitol.org.
The Pennsylvania Philharmonic showcases works that draw on the creations of other artists with "Inspiration," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Pullo Center, on the campus of Penn State York. The concert includes "Romeo & Juliet" by Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky along with Bernstein's "Candide Overture" and Ravel's "Mother Goose Suite." Tickets: $41, $37. Information: http://pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
Get in on the sweetness with Maple Sugaring Weekend, Feb. 25-26 at Nixon County Park. Learn about the art of turning maple sap into syrup, hear stories about maple sugaring, go on a scavenger hunt and more. Times: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $2 for the whole weekend, ages 5 and under free, park members free.
One of the finest jazz musicians in the world comes to the Strand on Saturday, Feb. 25. as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs with Wynton Marsalis. Marsalis serves as music director for the orchestra, and their vast repertoire ranges from Duke Ellington and Count Basie to Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and many more. Tickets start at $55. Information: www.mystrandcapitol.org.
Get a taste of York's best eateries with the seventh annual Restaurant Week York, Feb. 25-March 4. Forty restaurants throughout York City are participating this year, rolling out daily specials and special menus for the event. Restaurants will have special $5-$15 breakfasts and lunches as well as prix fixe dinners for $20, $30 and $40. Information: www.rwyork.com.