Best of March entertainment calendar for York
Relive the movie and the musical "Titanic" and hear music played aboard the ship with the York Symphony Orchestra's final pops performance of the season, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. Broadway singers Nat Chandler and Jennifer Hope Wills will join the orchestra for the evening. Tickets: $9 adults, $5 students. Information: www.yorksymphony.org or 717-846-1111.
Irish eyes will be smiling as the 34th annual York St. Patrick's Day Parade steps off at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 11. The parade makes its way east on Market Street from Penn Street to Duke Street. About 100 entries are expected for this year's parade, including bands, Irish dancers, floats, vehicles, individuals, families and groups. Festivities begin downtown around 11 a.m., with caricatures, face painting, balloon twists and more near Continental Square and Irish music all around the downtown area for the estimated 10,000 people who come to see the parade each year. Free. Information: www.yorksaintpatricksdayparade.org.
Try some local treats and raise some money for the libraries at the Guthrie Memorial Library Bull & Oyster Roast, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the library, 2 Library Place, Hanover. The evening features Shultz's roast top round of beef and Applewood smoked ham, raw oysters on the half shell and many other dishes, along with beer, wine and soda, or you can bring your own wine and spirits. Must be 21 and older to attend. Tickets: $50. Information: 717-632-5183.
The York Symphony Orchestra presents "A Brave New World," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. The concert features guest pianist Haochen Zhang, winner of the gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, performing Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 2, and the Aubergine Belly Dance troupe performing as the orchestra plays Strauss' "Dance of the Seven Veils" from "Salome." Guest puppeteers from the Half Mad Theatre in Washington, D.C., will join the orchestra for Stravinsky's "Petrushka." Tickets start at $9 for adults, $5 for students. Information: www.yorksymphony.org.
See the wonders of the night sky at Lunar Wonders Observing, 7-9 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at Barshinger Field in Hellam Township. Night Wonders of Astronomy will lead a night of fun and learning about the night sky in conjunction with Kreutz Creek Library and Hellam Recreation. Information: www.facebook.com/nightwondersofastronomy.
The Celtic Classic Dog Show brings dogs from all around the region to compete in conformation, obedience and rally events at the York Expo Center, March 15-19. Nearly 8,000 canines participate in this show each year, and spectators are welcome to watch the judging and visit vendors for free. Information: wp.thecelticclassic.com.
Take a tour through prehistoric Australia with "Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live," 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. Life-like dinosaurs and other creatures are presented in a theatrical event guided by performers and puppeteers and designed with the help of paleontologists. Tickets start at $30. Information: mystrandcapitol.org.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Irish music, stories and local brews with Steam Into History's Rails to Ales, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday, March 18. The event for those 21 and older begins with beers from Gunpowder Falls Brewing in Shrewsbury at the Steam Into History depot, 2 W. Main St., New Freedom, with music from Amy Hopkins and her Irish band, followed by a train ride to Glen Rock and back, with entertainment by Jeff Greenawalt. Tickets: $25. Information: www.steamintohistory.com.
Searching for that photo or autograph from your favorite star or author? You could find it at the Martin Library Celebrity Auction, Sunday, March 19, at the library, 159 E. Market St. The library pulls in donations of photographs, autographed memorabilia and signed books from celebrities, and they're all up for sale to the highest bidder. Information: www.yorklibraries.org/martin.
The X Ambassadors highlight the annual spring concert at York College, 8 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center on the campus. The Ithaca, New York, group plays dark electronic pop and recently released the debut album "VHS," featuring "Renegades." Tickets: $30. Information: ycptickets.com.
The world of "The Simpsons" comes to life on stage as York College's Theatre Division presents "Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play," 7:30 p.m. March 22-25 at the Waldner Performing Arts Center on the campus. The new play explores a future society without electricity where strangers find common ground in their love for "The Simpsons." Free. Reserve tickets at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/968518 or 717-600-3868.
Talented Yorkers will take the stage for the third annual YorVoice singing competition, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. The contest is sponsored by the Cultural Alliance of York County, and nine individuals, small groups and large groups will perform. Tickets: $20 general admission, $50 VIP, includes pre-show reception and a meet and greet with the judges. Information: www.yorvoice.org.
York City invites the community to a Family Game Night, 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, at Voni Grimes Gym, 125 E. College Ave. Youth and families can enjoy a free meal and play Monopoly and Scrabble, then take home a free board game. Free.
Junk rock comes the the campus of Penn State York as Recycled Percussion performs, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the Pullo Center, The Las Vegas group combines high-energy rock drumming, guitar smashing and spinning into innovative live performances. Tickets: $32, $50 VIP includes meet and greet with the group. Information: pullocenter.york.psu.edu.