New releases: New tunes from Neon Trees; ‘Putty Squad’; Ken Burns documentary

Each week, we’ll post our picks for new albums, DVDs, books and video games. Leave a comment to share your picks.

HEAR: Neon Trees cut rad new album
Neon Trees brings back the ’80s with its fashion, videos and new album “Pop Psychology.” Download: “Sleeping With A Friend.” The band plays July 11 in Baltimore, Md. Get details at www.ramsheadlive.com.

WATCH: Film addresses Lincoln’s words
Do you know the words to the Gettysburg Address? In the moving documentary “The Address” Ken Burns follows students at a boys’ school in Vermont as they memorize Lincoln’s famous speech.

PLAY: Putty update oozes fun
Silly Putty was great — for about a week. The classic game “Putty Squad” kept kids — and kids at heart — interested for months. The game recently got an upgrade.

READ: Read of Paris when it sizzles
An athlete, photographer, art patron and writer meet at a 1920s Paris hot spot in the novel “Lovers at the Chameleon Club.” (Not to be confused with Lancaster’s club of the same name.) Get more Book Buzz.

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Go Green in the City attracts crowd for street festival in York

Jen Swanner, who is in business development with White Rose Credit Union, joked with me that my Saturday assignment was tough. The sun was shining, flowers were blooming and people were excited to be outside during the sixth annual Go Green in the City event in York. (White Rose Credit Union was the event’s presenting sponsor.)

Yup, it was really “tough.” But while I wandered around, chatting to vendors and listening to live tunes, I learned a thing or two. I discovered a new boutique, set to open May 1 in York. I found out that The Litter Letter Project is coming to town. And I met folks from the local chapter of the Izaak Walton League, an organization I wasn’t familiar with. Read more about what I learned. Read more about how to stay green this Easter and Earth Day.

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Spring Forward Fashion Meets Art recap with videos and social media

Friday night was an inspiring night in York. Leaders of The Parliament and the Royal Square neighborhood realized one of their dreams — to fill the Bond Building on South Queen Street with artistic energy.

Several dozen people attend the Spring Forward: Fashion Meets Art event and learned that the Bond Building will soon be a permanent hub for artists and creatives in the city. Read more about the plans.

A fashion show took over the space. Models sported looks from downtown merchants — inspired by work from local artists. The show was punctuated with frequent applause and a soundtrack of Florence and the Machine tunes.

Having covered The Parliament before it was The Parliament, it made me pause to realize how much momentum the York art scene has gained in the last three years. Did you attend? What did you think?

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FlipSide guide 4/17/14: Spring Forward fashion event, Launch Music Conference and Festival, Revs Fan Fest

Find out what’s up this weekend. And check out more events in our newsletter and on our regional pages.

Tonight:
– Grammy award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops will take the stage 8 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St. A CapLive Pre-Show Party is planned for 6 p.m. [$26; pre-party is free for ticket holders]
– The 2014 Launch Music Conference and Festival kicks off today and runs through Sunday in downtown Lancaster. The music starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, and events runs all day Friday and Saturday. ReverbNation’s Lou Plaia will speak during the event. [General admission is $20 Friday and $20 Saturday; Weekend badges are $35; VIP weekend badges are $60]
– Enjoy fun for the whole family during the Spring Carnival 6 to 10 p.m. today and Friday, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave., West Manchester Township. A variety of rides, games and food will be available. [Admission and parking are free; ride prices vary]
– Head to Beer Mongers, 3000 S. Queen St., York Township, 7 tonight to hear Twin Radio and to taste Weyerbacher Brewing Company beers.

Around York:
– The Parliament’s Spring Forward: Fashion Meets Art event is slated for 7 p.m. Friday at The Bond Building, 134 E. King Street, York. Local art will be paired with looks styled by downtown merchants. The public will get its first peek at York’s latest redevelopment project. [General admission and standing room is sold out; runway seating is $45]
– The sixth annual Go Green in the City festival is slated for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on North Beaver Street in downtown York. Visitors can check out art, green-conscious businesses, eco-friendly products, nonprofits and food vendors. [Free]
– Country star Jerrod Niemann will perform during York Revolution’s Fan Fest Saturday at Santander Stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way, York. Gates open at 12:45 p.m. The concert starts at 1 p.m. Before the concert, there will be a full-team autograph session with York Revolution players. After the concert, Revolution players will compete in a whiffle ball hitting derby and whiffle ball game. At 2 p.m., there will be an Easter egg hunt in the outfield. An intrasquad scrimmage. [$3; free for season ticket holders; proceeds benefit York City Little League]

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Share your Pharrell Williams “Happy” videos

Pharrell Williams performs at the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Pharrell Williams performs at the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

On Sunday night, a video montage played by Oprah Winfrey brought Pharrell Williams to tears. The montage showed people from around the world dancing and singing to Pharrell’s hit song “Happy.”

Do you have a “Happy” video? Share it with FlipSide by emailing Ashley at amay@ydr.com and you might see your video featured on our site.

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New releases: Aimee Mann and Ted Leo team up for album, ‘Philomena,’ ’2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil’

Each week, we’ll post our picks for new albums, DVDs, books and video games. Leave a comment to share your picks.

HEAR: Music duo rocks debut
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo recently merged their music chops to create the duo The Both. The pair produced solid rock tunes on its self-titled debut. Download “The Prisoner.”

WATCH: Award-worthy cast shines
Judi Dench and Steve Coogan make a powerful on-screen pain in “Philomena.” With the help of a journalist, a women attempts to find her son. The plot packs plenty of drama. Read my take on all the 2014 Best Picture nominees.

PLAY: Get World Cup preview
Step up your game for the World Cup this summer. Pick up EA Sports’ “2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil” to enter a virtual tournament. Explore 203 national teams and 12 official stadiums.

READ: Crack open egg recipe book
Fridges are full for Easter and Passover meals. Make use of a seasonal staple with “Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient” by Michael Ruhlman. Get more Book Buzz.

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Local artist shares notes from watercolor workshop

Submitted by Craig M. Andrews; Artist Tom Lynch teaches a watercolor workshop.

Submitted by Craig M. Andrews; Artist Tom Lynch teaches a watercolor workshop.

Craig M. Andrews, a Lebanon-based artist, emailed me earlier this spring to let me know that he planned to attend watercolorist Tom Lynch’s workshop in the Allentown area March 31 to April 2. Last, week Andrews checked back in to share his notes from the three-day workshop. Andrews called Lynch a superstar in the watercolor world.

“It’s kind of amazing to be in a workshop with someone I grew up watching on TV,” Andrews added. Lynch was part of PBS’ TV Art Series.

Andrews said he really enjoyed the workshop, which was just one of the national workshops Lynch hosts each year. Even though he has been painting for about 20 years, Andrews said he learned a lot from Lynch. He said that anyone interested in the arts should attend an artist workshop — or one hosted by a local art organization.

“I had to enter his world,” Andrews said, adding that participants used Lynch’s studio, paint, paper and techniques. “I was out of my comfort zone for the first day.”

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Local Lens at CityArt: York photo exhibit to benefit Olivia’s House

Take this grumpy cat home with you June 6. Photo by Kate Penn.

Take this grumpy cat home with you June 6. Photo by Kate Penn.

Have a barren wall in need of art? Looking for a place to go for First Friday? Interested in giving money to a good cause?

Head to CityArt, 118 West Philadelphia St. in York, from 5 to 9 p.m. June 6 for the Local Lens exhibit.
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York native Ryan Brown shares his passion for screenwriting

Ryan Brown reached out to me a few weeks ago. I met up with him last week, and we talked about his screenwriting career.

Brown was born and raised in York. He enjoyed movies and TV shows targeted to various demographic groups. When he listened to music, he would often re-write the lyrics in his head. In school, he liked writing, but didn’t pursue it until later.

He attended Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and spent a year at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. From there, he landed a construction job at Kinsley and held it for a decade. But, about three years ago, he was laid off. So, he poured time into creating a home office and gave screenwriting a try. The avid movie fan started to avoid new releases. He wanted to produce fresh material.

“I locked myself inside,” he said of his office. “As I started writing, it felt so easy. I didn’t know it was going to be this big.”

Not one to be out front, he pictured himself as a ghostwriter.

“You are putting words in someone else’s mouth,” he added.

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Foodstruck York: Checking in with downtown businesses, photos and social media

Talk about massive eats. More than 8,500 people attended Foodstruck York Friday night. There were food fanatics, casual eaters and event a few caped crusaders. It rained — again — but not as hard or for the whole event. It didn’t cut down on the lines. Organizers told visitors to expect to wait and many were prepared. Check out the live feed.

Foodstruck organizer Meagan Feeser said one of the goals was to get people acquainted with the city.
“We worked really hard with downtown merchants to be open (during the event),” she said. “With increased foot traffic, we want people to have an idea of what downtown is all about.”

She said many brick-and-mortar restaurants and bars in the city saw more customers during the first Foodstruck in October. Organizers asked shops on North Beaver Street to stay open during the event 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Beth Snyder Bulik of Park Street Pantry said a bunch of people came into the shop after 5 p.m. She suspected it was the first wave. Even though her store wasn’t as busy as a First Friday, she was happy to open the store –which is usually open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — up for foodies.

Gina Sullivan of Sweet Melissa’s Dream said they saw a steady amount of browsers and shoppers, but it wasn’t the busiest night. She added that the rain might have even driven some people into area shops and businesses. Sweet Melissa’s stayed open until 8 p.m. — four hours later than normal. Sullivan said they sent updates and messages out on Facebook.

The Waterway Bar and Grill in York re-opened under new management Thursday night. Charles “Chaz” Ruth said the new staff was slightly overwhelmed by the crowd on Friday. Ruth said he didn’t really promote the bar being back open. But since it sits right across a bridge from Foodstruck, people found out. He said that the bar is going to continue to undergo remodeling in the coming months. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday and could expand, Ruth said. The bar is nonsmoking until 9 p.m.

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