What is the 2014 song of the summer? ‘Fancy,’ ‘Rude’ or ‘Stay With Me’?

Oh, summer. You’re a time for sun, sand and songs that practically play on loop everywhere you go. Last year, it was “Blurred Lines,” “Get Lucky” and “Royals.” This year, John Legend, Ariana Grande, Jason Derulo and Calvin Harris are all on the song-of-summer short list. See Billboard’s chart.

What song do you think should reign supreme this season? Check out our short Spotify playlist of possible contenders. And reminisce with this slideshow of past songs of the summer from CNN.

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New releases: ‘Trouble in Paradise’ by La Roux, ‘GMO OMG’ and ‘Wii Sports Club’

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

HEAR: Album plays to summer blues
British signer and fiery redhead La Roux laments about love gone wrong on “Trouble in Paradise.” Download “Tropical Chancer” to help you get over that summer fling.

WATCH: Movie inspects dinner plates
Did you know that a few corporations are slowly taking control of the world’s seed diversity? “GMO OMG” follows a family that tries to live without genetically modified food.

PLAY: Compete online with Wii sports
“Wii Sports Club” allows gamers to challenge friends or regional clubs to tennis, bowling, golf, baseball and boxing competitions online. Sharpen your skills with training modes.

READ: Book profiles USA-made man
Furniture factories once dotted York County, now capitol of factory tours. “Factory Man” is about Bassett’s owner, who defied market trends from small-town Virginia and saved jobs. Get more Book Buzz.

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DreamWrights hosts Teen Masquerade Ball, hopes to grow teen programs

FlipSide photo; Teens gathered at DreamWrights July 19 for a Masquerade Ball and murder mystery.

FlipSide photo; Teens gathered at DreamWrights July 18 for a Masquerade Ball and murder mystery.


FlipSide photo; Allison Hamilton, 17, wrote the evening's murder mystery.

FlipSide photo; Allison Hamilton, 17, wrote the evening’s murder mystery.

DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre mom Kim Dinneen emailed me late last week to let me know about a Teen Masquerade Ball 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 18, at the community theater. I stopped by and found out that DreamWrights is hoping to grow its teen programs.

The event was designed by teens as a fundraiser and to raise awareness in the community. Dinneen said a committee, which included teens, met for two months to plan the event. It included dancing, food and a murder mystery. Teens were encouraged to dress up and wear a mask. About 40 attended — some in recycled prom dresses, suits, fairy wings and Carnival masks.

Allison Hamilton, 17, a recent cyber school graduate, wrote the murder mystery. She sported a purple dress dotted with rhinestones and a handmade gold mask.

“I wanted to base the characters on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’” she said. The Shakespeare play was also the theme of the event.

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FlipSide guide 7/17/14: Artscape, Brews & Blues, Pennsylvania Reunion Fest

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

Evening Sun file; Crowds gather at the 2013 Jefferson Carnival.

Evening Sun file; Crowds gather at the 2013 Jefferson Carnival.

Festivals:
– Get in motion at the 33rd annual Artscape festival Friday to Sunday in Baltimore, Md. The event will focus on dance and movement. [Free]
– The Fifth Annual 19th Century Base Ball Festival runs 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Gettysburg Eddie’s, 217 Steinwehr Ave., and surrounding businesses. Games run through the weekend.
– Attend the Indian Steps Stomp Music Festival Saturday at the Indian Steps Museum, 205 Indian Steps Road, Airville. The day will begin with the Susquehanna Gateway Flatwater Challenge, a kayak and canoe race, at 9:30 a.m. The fest kicks off at 1 p.m. and will feature seven bands. [$10]
The Lancaster International Piano Festival returns to The Ware and Winter Centers of Millersville University. It kicks off Saturday and runs through July 28. Claire Huangci will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ware Center.
Blues & Brews will feature an all-you-can-eat crab feast, music and beer. Sessions start noon and 5 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Estate, 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim. Friday is the last day to get tickets. [$49.95]
The Pennsylvania Reunion Fest runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Carlisle Fairgrounds, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle. Relive musical memories with local bands who played in the ’60s through ’90s. [$22.50 in advance; $25 at gate]

On stage:
– Totem Pole Playhouse, 9555 Golf Course Road, Fayetteville, brings soap stars and “Scrubs” actors to the stage during “The Foreigner.” The play opens Friday and runs at various times through Aug. 3. [$30 to $45]
– Journey into the depths of the human psyche during a performance of “Titus Andronicus” 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at The Barn at Tall Fir Acres, 2035 Tall Fir Drive, Dover Township. It also runs next weekend. [$10; parental discretion advised]
Better Than Ezra will perform 8 p.m. Friday on Power Plant Live’s Outdoor Stage at the Rams Head Live complex, 20 Market Place, Baltimore, Md. [Free]
Cheers Elephant will perform 8 p.m. Saturday at the Chameleon Club, 223 N. Water St., Lancaster. Younger Me and The Separators are also on the bill. Jimmie’s Chicken Shack performs Friday. [$10 to $12]
– Matthew Sweet’s summer tour will celebrate his ’90s releases, including “Girlfriend.” Hear him in concert 8 p.m. Sunday at Harrisburg’s Appalachian Brewing Co., 50 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg. [$18 to $22]

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Wynn Las Vegas welcomes ‘Popeye’ by Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons is everywhere these days. A retrospective of the York County native’s work opened last month at the Whitney Museum in New York City. His large plant installation — “Split-Rocker” — is the centerpiece of Rockefeller Plaza. He is taking over H&M Thursday, July 17. And one of his pieces even made it to Vegas.

Last week, hotel and casino resort Wynn Las Vegas put Koons’ “Popeye” on display in the Wynn Esplanade. According to a news release, the stainless steel sculpture of the popular cartoon character is more than 6-feet tall and weighs more than 2,000 pounds. It was created between 2009 and 2011 and was acquired at auction in May 2014 for more than $28 million.

Do you have a favorite Jeff Koons piece? Tell us which one!

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New releases: Bleachers album, ‘Rio 2,’ Harper Lee biography

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

HEAR: Don’t sit out this debut
Bleachers, a Jack Antonoff project, released its debut “Strange Desires” this week. Add “I Wanna Get Better” to your vacation playlist and check out star cameos in the video.

WATCH: Flock to ‘Rio’ for family fun
Catch up with your feathered friends in “Rio 2.” The birds find themselves in the jungle. Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx and Kristin Chenoweth lend their voices.

BROWSE: Find band, celeb Q&As
You can read band interviews as well as celebrity and artist profiles in FlipSide. But you can also scroll through more than 300 past articles in our online music directory.

READ: Biography tells author’s story
The novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” is familiar to many. Its author is not. A journalist investigated, found a friend and wrote “The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee.” Get more Book Buzz.

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Hunt for photos around York during Second Saturday on the Square

Matt Ensminger of Digital Ephemera Photography has seen York’s hidden gems. And he wants to help others find them. So, Digital Ephemera and Downtown Inc partnered to create a photographic scavenger hunt in the city during Second Saturday on the Square July 12. The event will focus on visual art.

Visitors can pick up a list of clues at Continental Square in York. Ensminger said the hunt will take people into nearby neighborhoods and businesses. The clues will be word prompts, and once people figure it out and snap a photo, they can post help online.

Ensminger set up a hashtag #SSPSH — Second Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt — that will feed tweets and Instagram photos onto a tagboard. People can check the board to lead them to sites on the list. Ensminger said there are about 15 clues — all easily walkable from the square.

“We want to see York from the photographers’ eyes,” he added.

Related:
– Read about more Second Saturday events. Use the #SSOTS hastag, too!
– Follow FlipSide during the event on Twitter and Instagram.

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FlipSide guide 7/10/14: Bruno Mars, Mason-Dixon Fair, Gettysburg Bike Week

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

Festivals and fairs:
The Mason-Dixon Fair continues through Saturday at the fairgrounds, 6988 Delta Road, Peach Bottom Township. Check out Sons of Pirates on stage 7 p.m. Friday. Or, see truck pulls on the track. [$4 to $6]
The Food & Spirits Festival will showcase local food and drinks 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Lancaster County Convention Center, 25 S. Queen St., Lancaster. Robert Irvine will give a demo. [$45 online; more for VIP brunch]

On stage:
– Actor Kevin Bacon and composer Michael Bacon will take the stage as the musical duo The Bacon Brothers 7:30 tonight in the Sunoco Performance Theater at the Whitaker Center, 222 Market St., Harrisburg. [$38.50 and $48.50]
– Don’t get “Locked out of Heaven.” See Bruno Mars 8 p.m. Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium, 100 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey. Aloe Blacc is also on the lineup. [$44.25 to $103.75]
Hummingbird Ridge Winery presents a Bruce Springsteen Music Tribute 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Newberrytown Peddlers & Farmers Market, 700 York Road, Newberry Township. [Free]
– Local sisters will perform Bharata Natyam — a type of classical Indian dance — 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Central York Middle School, 1950 North Hills Road, Springettsbury Township. [Free]
Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien will perform 7:30 p.m. Sunday during the Long’s Park Summer Concert Series at Long’s Park, Route 30 and Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. [Free]
– Treat yourself to a nostalgic day at the park from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Indian Steps Museum, 205 Indian Steps Road, Airville. The Red Lion/Felton Band will perform classic, contemporary and patriotic concert band music.
– In Hagerstown, Md.: See the Mark Mosley Jazz Trio 2:20 p.m. Sunday in the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 401 Museum Drive. Hear the Municipal Band 7:30 p.m. in Peter Buys Band Shell in City Park.

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In search of Jeff Koons collectors and enthusiasts

Kate Penn, FlipSide: "Hanging Heart" is displayed during the media preview of "Jeff Koons: A Retrospective" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Kate Penn, FlipSide: “Hanging Heart” is displayed during the media preview of “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

I’m sure you’ve already heard, but I covered the opening of the “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” exhibit late last month at the Whitney Museum in New York City.

Since I filed that story and the Daily Record ran this item, calls and emails have been steadily trickling in from folks who are curious about Koons. It got me thinking about a few things:

1. Does anyone from York County have a Koons piece?
2. Does anyone from York County have an interesting Koons anecdote?
3. One question I’ve heard for years — and again during the last few weeks: How can York get a Koons piece? I know of a few separate efforts happening around that. But it might be more effective to create some kind of united effort headed by a local organization. Just a thought. Discuss.

Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas on all things Koons. Email me at emccracken@ydr.com or call 717-771-2051.

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New releases: Sia album, ‘The Raid 2,’ Scooby Doo and Looney Tunes game

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

HEAR: Sia faces fears of fame
Aussie songwriter Sia has penned tunes for pop stars and produced her own albums. “Chandelier” from “1000 Forms of Fear” went viral this spring, along with that platinum blond wig.

WATCH: ‘Raid’ smashes summer blues
This summer’s box office is a snooze fest. Get your action fix with the Indonesian martial arts movie “The Raid 2.” Main character Rama joins an anti-corruption taskforce.

PLAY: Join Warner Bros. team
Classic characters cross paths in the new Nintendo 3DS game “Scooby Doo & Looney Tunes Cartoon Universe Adventure.” A movie version of this game can’t be too far behind.

READ: New novel a good call
Author Rainbow Rowell’s novel “Landline” features a magical take on outdated technology. Georgie’s marriage is in trouble — until she finds a way to call her husband in the past. Get more Book Buzz.

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