Documentary ‘Game On: The World Boardgaming Championships’ captures friendly competition

Submitted; A behind-the-scenes photo from the filming of "Game On: The World Boardgaming Championships."

Submitted; A behind-the-scenes photo from the filming of “Game On: The World Boardgaming Championships.”

The World Boardgaming Championships run Monday, Aug. 4, to Aug. 10 at the Lancaster Host Resort, 2300 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster. Pre-con events, which focus on war games, run Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 and 3.

Next year, a documentary “Game On: The World Boardgaming Championships” will be released about the event, according to a news release. It’s the first feature-length documentary about the championships and focuses on three players, including a teenager from rural Alabama who traveled to the championships in Lancaster.

According to a news release, filmmakers of Wind Up Films had unlimited access to the event. The band The Elders provided two songs for the soundtrack. The film started a Kickstarter campaign with the goal to raise $2,500 by Aug. 25.

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New releases: ‘Hypnotic Eye’ by Tom Petty, ‘The Other Woman,’ Remastered version of ‘The Last of Us’

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

HEAR: Petty album worth the wait
“Hypnotic Eye” is lucky 13 for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. It’s also the group’s first studio album in four years. The band brings its reliable rock to two Pennsylvania stops in September. Check out the tour.

WATCH: View chick flick for fun night in
Three unlikely gal pals get revenge on a serial cheater in “The Other Woman.” This movie is as light, bubbly and cheap as the beverage you should sip as you watch with friends.

PLAY: Get the Game of the Year
Joel and Ellie survived a devastating pandemic. Join their journey across America with “The Last of Us,” remastered for PlayStation 4. It includes a prequel, maps and commentary.

READ: Writer shares Cold War saga
Ben Macintyre writes about Kim Philby in “A Spy Among Friends.” Philby headed Britain’s counterintelligence during the Cold War. But he fed information to the Soviet Union. Get more Book Buzz.

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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ trailer Part 1

Watch Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen becomes the face of the Hunger Games rebellion.

Do you plan to see this film?

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Meet York’s new Appell Arts Fellow: Dillon Samuelson

FlipSide photo; One of the water features highlighted during The Pond Experience Saturday, July 26.

FlipSide photo; One of the water features highlighted during The Pond Experience Saturday, July 26.

FlipSide photo; Dillon Samuelson paints during The Pond Experience.

FlipSide photo; Dillon Samuelson paints during The Pond Experience.

Dillon Samuelson doesn’t usually paint ponds or landscapes. The Lititz native and recent York College grad focuses on illustrations and portraiture.

But Samuelson, 22, said he wants to participate in York area events to become familiar with the art scene. Richard Zuber, of the Pennsylvania Arts Experience, encouraged him to paint during The Pond Experience Saturday. Samuelson set up by Jack and Linda Gettys’ York Township koi pond. He brought two canvases to fill through the day.

He was recently named the 2014 Appell Arts Fellow, and moved to York at the beginning of the month. The yearlong art residency, established in 2012, provides a recent York College art graduate with apartment and studio space at Marketview Arts.

The program gives young artists time to develop skills, network and get a feel for life as a working artist. Samuelson said he has a few ideas for bodies of work he’d like to create in the next few months, but right now he’s experimenting and enjoying the artistic freedom.

Read more about the Appell Arts Fellowship program and past recipients.

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Regal Cinemas giving away free nachos, Hollywood trip through cheesy selfie contest

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Feeling cheesy today? Bust out a goofy grin or wacky pose for the chance to win free food from Regal Cinemas.

According to a news release, the theater chain is hosting a cheesy selfie contest on Twitter and Instagram. People are encouraged to post a photo using the #RegalCheesieEntry hashtag. Submit a photo and form to earn free nachos.

The public will be able to vote for the funniest photo, and the person named “The Royal Cheesie” will be flown to Hollywood for a weekend of royal treatment. The contest ends 11:59 p.m. Aug. 11. Read the rules.

Check out FlipSide photos — only some are cheesy, we promise — on Twitter and Instagram.

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FlipSide guide 7/24/14: Old Crow Medicine Show, Hanover Dutch Festival, Theatre Under the Trees

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

Festivals:
– Explore 300 vendor tents, see a classic car show and snack on a bratwurst or apple strudel during the Hanover Dutch Festival 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Hanover’s Center Square.
– Pick peaches and play in a corn maze during Summer Fest 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 2 at Flinchbaugh’s Orchard and Farm Market, 110 Ducktown Road, Hellam Township. [Free; small fees for wagon rides and maze]
– The 23rd Annual Pride Festival of Central PA runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in Harrisburg’s Riverfront Park. It will include live music with headliner Blake Lewis, drag shows, food and other activities.
– Hear country star David Fanning and taste seasonal beers during the Summer Brew & Tunes festival, which benefits Easter Seals, 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday on the National Civil War Museum grounds in Reservoir Park, 100 Concert Drive, Harrisburg. [$20 in advance; $25 at the gate; kids younger than 5 enter for free]
– Bring the family to enjoy games, activities and roasted corn at Corn Fest 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Historic Round Barn and Farm Market, 298 Cashtown Road, Biglerville. It will include barbecue chicken, craft beer samples, peach sundaes and bluegrass tunes.
Check out regional carnivals.

On stage:
– Hang out with donkeys and ogres during “Shrek” at York Little Theatre, 27 S. Belmont St., Spring Garden Township. The show opened last week and will hit the stage 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. [$25, with discounts for seniors, students and kids]
– Dreamwrights’ Theatre Under the Trees brings Shakespeare’s “A Comedy of Errors” to local parks through Aug. 3. See the free play 6:30 p.m. Friday at Gifford Pinchot State Park, 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Brown’s Orchard and Farm Market and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Cousler Park.
– Enjoy a wine and chocolate 6 to 7:30 p.m Friday during Corks & Candies – A Wine & Chocolate Event at American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster. A performance of “Music of the Night: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” will follow. [$32 for adults and $16 for children]
– Hear “A Summer Salute to the Silver Screen” 8 p.m. Saturday in the Sunoco Performance Theater at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, 222 Market St., Harrisburg. Theatre Harrisburg and The Alumni Chorale of Lebanon Valley College will join forces to perform songs from a century of cinema. [$20]
The Steel Wheels will honor roots musicians who have influenced the band during a concert 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Long’s Park Amphitheater, Route 30 and Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. [Free]
Old Crow Medicine Show brings its blend of bluegrass, folk and Americana sounds to Hershey. The show is 8 p.m. Sunday at the Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave. [Advance tickets are $27.50 and $42.50; Tickets will cost $5 more the day of the show]

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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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