Best of January entertainment calendar for York
Check out the talent at Penn State York at Paw Search, a talent show benefiting THON, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at the Pullo Center on the campus. The variety show features a wide array of performances as well as comedian Maggie Mae. Tickets: $10, $5 students and children under 12, children under 3 free. Proceeds go to THON, which raises money to find a cure for pediatric cancer. Information: http://pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
The Belmont Theatre stars the year off with a laugh as it presents Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite," Jan. 12-21 in the Bon-Ton Studio at the theater, 27 S. Belmont St. The comedy is one of Simon's best known and looks at three successive couples staying at the Plaza Hotel in New York. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $27 adults, $25 seniors 62+, $15 youth 18 and under. Information: www.thebelmont.org or 717-854-5715.
If you can't beat the cold, enjoy it! The annual Festivice festival comes to downtown York Saturday, Jan. 13, with ice sculptors, an ice slide, live music, fire pits, s'mores kits and much more. The free event in Cherry Lane Park and on Beaver Street will also include free showings of "Frozen" at noon and 3 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St. Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Some attractions will require a $5 wristband. Information: www.festivice.com.
Caputo Brothers Creamery presents "Tuscany, Nose to Tail — An Afternoon with World-Famous Butcher Dario Cecchini," Sunday, Jan. 14, at the Pullo Center, on the campus of Penn State York. After Artisan Meat Up, a showcase of local food artisans beginning at 1:30 p.m., Cecchini will take the stage at 3 p.m. to carve a pig using the "no waste" philosophy applied at his restaurants in Italy. Tickets: $52-$27. Information: http://pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
Silent film buffs get a treat as the Capitol Theatre presents "Sherlock Jr.," 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17. Buster Keaton stars, and the film will be accompanied live on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Arrive early for a pre-show concert at the theater, 50 N. George St. Free. Information: appellcenter.org.
After seeing "The Last Jedi," you surely want to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" again on the big screen. CapFilm obliges with two showings of the 2015 movie, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St. Tickets: $7. Information: appellcenter.org.
The York Symphony Orchestra continues its World Tour season with "When In Rome," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St. The concert will feature selections inspired by Italy or written by Italian composers, and it will include Mendelssohn's "Piano Concerto in G Minor" featuring Italian pianist Roberto Plano. Tickets start at $9 for adults, $5 students. Information: www.YorkSymphony.org or 717-846-1111.
The St. John's Concert Series presents Chiaroscuro's "Silence Optional," 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Beaver St. The cello and piano duo focus on making their art available to those on the autism spectrum by presenting concerts of less than an hour with short breaks throughout and projected visuals. Free. Information: www.stjohnyork.com.
CapFilm presents the very silly double feature, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail' and "Monty Python — Life of Brian" Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St. "Holy Grail" begins at 5 p.m., "Life of Brian" at 7 p.m. Tickets: $7 for one movie, $10 for both. Information: appellcenter.org.
Look into the world of owls with an Owl Walk, 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 at Nixon County Park. Park staff and a wildlife rehabilitator will lead the indoor and outdoor session. Dress for the weather. Appropriate for ages 10 and up. Free, register at 717 428-1961.
Travel across South Africa with ecotraveler Linette Mansberger during "Penguins to Leopards," 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at Nixon County Park. Mansberger will present her photographic journey through one of the most wild and diverse places on the planet. Free. Information: yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation.
"The Illusionists — Live from Broadway" brings five illusionists to York Sunday, Jan. 28, for two shows at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St. The show is packed with sophisticated magic that has befuddled audiences around the world. Showtimes: 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets start at $47.25. Information: appellcenter.org.