Best of April York entertainment calendar
Let out your inner comic book fan for Central PA Comic Con, Saturday and Sunday at Memorial Hall East at the York Expo Center. The event features comic artists and authors, cosplay contests each day, game tournaments and stars, including Kel Mitchell of "Kenan and Kel," Denise Crosby of "Stark Trek: The Next Generation" and "The Walking Dead" and David Yost of "The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers." Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ages 12 and up, $10 ages 6-11, two-day passes available. Information: www.centralpacomiccon.com.
Music and theater combine for The American Dream, a concert by the York Symphony Orchestra that includes the theatrical presentation of memoirs and letters from Ellis Island. The concert also includes Time for Three, playing Chris Brubeck's "Travels in Time for Three," which was written for the trio. Performance: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. Tickets begin at $9 adults, $5 students. Information: www.yorksymphony.org or 717-846-1111.
Emmy- and Grammy-award winner Kathy Griffin brings "Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z List" to the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center Thursday. Griffin is known for her outrageous anecdotes about famous and not-so-famous people and is in the midst of a 50-city tour to promote her second book. Showtime: 7:30 p.m., for mature audiences. Tickets start at $45. Information: mystrandcapitol.org.
Get ready for spring with the Pennsylvania Herb and Garden Festival, April 7-8 at Memorial Hall at the York Expo Center. The event features speakers and workshops for gardeners of all levels and spaces. Times: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 8. Tickets: $7, children 12 and under free. Information: www.paherbfestival.com.
Learn to color eggs the natural way with Natural Egg Dyeing, 12:30 and 2:3 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at Nixon County Park. Park staff and volunteers will help with dyeing eggs using onion skins, blueberries, coffee grounds and other materials. Bring hardboiled eggs and wear old clothes. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $3 per child, call 428-1961 to register.
The Russian National Ballet Theatre comes to York with the ballet "Cinderella," 3 p.m. Sunday, April 9 at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. The troupe was founded in Moscow in the 1980s and is dedicated to both the traditions of Russian ballet and new developments in dance from around the world. Tickets start at $35. Information: mystrandcapitol.org.
Jazz artist Tim Warfield & the Power of Five will give a free concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 9, in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month. York native Warfield is a nationally known jazz recording artist who is recognized as a virtuoso on the tenor saxophone. The concert is part of the St. John's Concert Series at St. John's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Beaver St.
Get in the swing of the season with the York Revolution Fan Fest, starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 15 at PeoplesBank Park. The day includes auditions for national anthem performers, interactive stations with players and coaches and on-field games for the fans. At 2 p.m., the Revs will play the Somerset Patriots in an exhibition game. Tickets start at $5. Information: www.yorkrevolution.com.
The Branford Marsalis Quartet performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the Pullo Center, on the campus of Penn State York. The quartet will be joined by guest vocalist Kurt Elling for a special line-up of new arrangements fusing jazz's most intense band with one of jazz's foremost singers. Tickets: $49, VIP $75. Information: pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
Here he comes: Micky Dolenz of The Monkees will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. Dolenz has been entertaining audiences since the 1960s with music and humor. Tickets start at $35. Information: mystrandcapitol.org.
Celebrate the green life with Go Green in the City, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22, along North Pershing and West Clarke avenues in York City. The annual family festival encourages healthy living and includes artisans, green-conscious businesses, nonprofits and local food vendors. Free. Information: www.downtownyorkpa.com.
Genre-bending musician Ben Folds comes to York Saturday, April 22, for "Ben Folds and a Piano" at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. His current tour delivers a high-energy rock performance with the intimacy of a piano. Tickets start at $55, VIP package $159. Information: mystrandcapitol.org.
Country singer Jana Kramer will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center, 195 Stock St., Hanover. Kramer came onto the scene in 2013 with "Why Ya Wanna" and was named the top new female artist of that year by the Academy of Country Music. She was a finalist on "Dancing with the Stars" last fall. Tickets: $34, $39, $65 VIP. Information: TheEich.org or 717-637-7086.
Twenty years after it opened on Broadway, "Rent" comes to the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25. The reimagining of Puccini's "La Boheme" won Pulitzer and Tony awards with its message of joy and hope in the face of fear. Tickets begin at $54, for mature audiences. Information: mystrandcapitol.org.
Flashback as the York History Center celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Art & Leisure event with an Art & Leisure Auction, 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St. The evening begins with gourmet tastings from local caterers, followed by a live and silent auction of everything from original works of art to overnight stays. Tickets: $75 individuals, full table $600, half table $350. Information: http://shop.yorkhistorycenter.org/product-p/2017al.htm.
The Edward Albee classic "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" comes to the Belmont Theatre, April 28-May 7 in the Bon-Ton Studio. The tale of George, Martha, a young couple, a secret and a lot of alcohol won the Tony Award for Best New Play in 1963. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $27 adults, $25 seniors 62+, $15 youth 18 and under. Information: www.thebelmont.org or 717-854-5715.
The first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping appears at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, as the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St., presents Step Afrika! The Washington, D.C.-based dance group promotes the use of dance as an educational tool for young people worldwide. Tickets start at $30. Information: mystrandcapitol.org.
Take a walk on the wild side with the Spring Wildflowers walk, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at Nixon County Park. A naturalist will lead a short hike to see delicate spring blooms and learn about the role the gems play in the woodland. Free. Information: 428-1961.