Mac and Cheese: Don’t try to climb ‘The Tree of Life’

Entertainment reporter Erin McCracken and FlipSide editor Pat Abdalla love movies. In the ongoing blog feature “Mac and Cheese” they dish out fresh commentary about all things film.


Mac: What do 1950s Waco, Texas, dinosaurs and a spaced-out Sean Penn have in common? Nothing … except for the fact that they are part of Terrence Malick’s film “The Tree of Life.” But don’t think the movie brings the three disparate items together in a comprehensible storyline. It doesn’t make much sense. But it does deserve to an Academy Award for cinematography. (It already earned the Palme D’or at the Cannes Film Festival.) The lush creation story is intensified by operatic arias. The melancholy southern background in which a young boy’s family drama unfolds tugs at nostalgic heartstrings. The futuristic city scape in which the grown boy (Penn) contemplates his past is hauntingly sterile. But the story abruptly cuts through these three portraits in such a way that leaves the viewer dazed and confused. Check out the trailer.

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New Year’s Revolution update

York City has announced some details about New Year’s Revolution:
The Children’s Countdown will be from 7 to 8 p.m. at Central Market, 34 W. Philadelphia St., York.

Eight downtown locations will receive a $500 grant to host entertainment from 6:45 to 10:45 p.m. The recipients are Central Market, First Moravian Church, Friends Meeting House, Heidelberg United Church of Christ, Martin Library, New Grounds Roasting Company, The Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center and York Water Company.

For more information, head over to the city’s website.

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Laugh with Louie Anderson at the Strand

Emmy Award-winning comedian Louie Anderson will take the stage 7 and 10 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St., York. The performances will be taped for an upcoming television special. Tickets are on sale now for Strand members and go on sale 10 a.m. Nov. 7 for the public. They cost $13, $19 and $21 and are available at the Strand box office, by phone at 846-1111 and online at Check out a video of Anderson shot for the 10th Anniversary of The Laugh Factory:

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Enter the FlipSide Holiday Cookie Contest

Get into the holiday spirit and bake a batch of something sweet for the 2011 Holiday Cookie Contest.

2011 Holiday Cookie Contest Categories:
— Chocolate
— Nut
— Citrus
Three winners in each category will win gift cards to Kennie’s Markets– $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third

— Send us your favorite cookie recipe by Nov. 13
— Submit your favorite cookie recipe(s) via the online form or mail it to York Newspaper Company, 1891 Loucks Road, York PA, 17408
— 10 finalists will be selected from each category
— The 30 finalists will be invited to our judging event on Thurs., Dec. 1 at Kennie’s Markets, 440 N. Main St., Spring Grove
— Finalists should bring a dozen cookies from their selected recipe to the event, where we will announce the winners
— All 30 recipes will appear in the Holiday Cookie Book, due out Dec. 7 in the York Daily Record and The York Dispatch

Click here to read all the rules and to fill out an online entry form.

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Area high schools plan fall plays

YDR file; From left, Austin Mohn David Hodgson and Mike Bahn rehearse a song from the Central York High School production of 'Altar Boyz.'

Theater-goers will find drama, comedy and a bit of the absurd performed this fall on high-school stages in York and Adams counties, according to York Daily Record correspondent Lori Badders. More than 500 students have rehearsed since early September to present classic productions such as Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Our Town,” and “Twelve Angry Jurors,” based on Reginald Rose’s 1954 television play “Twelve Angry Men.”

Among the comedies are “Altar Boyz,” a 2005 Best Off-Broadway musical co-written by Susquehannock High School graduate Michael Patrick Walker. Two schools are challenging themselves with adult-themed productions. New Hope Academy Charter School will tackle Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” and Dover Area High School will present an adaptation of the classic Harper Lee novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Dover director Jacklyn Keagy advises parents to use discretion when taking younger children to the show.

Other schools are opting for seasonal shows, including the Halloween-themed “Seven Brides for Dracula” at West York and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” at Eastern York, and a new rendition of a Christmas classic, “A Ghost Story of Christmas,” at Hanover. Kennard-Dale gives voice to teenagers’ secret thoughts in “What I Want to Say but Never Will,” a play based on responses given by teens from across the country.

Check out a full listing of productions this fall.

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Take a tour of Keefer’s ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ house

YDR file; Dawn Keefer is framed next to a mural of her four sons in the new exercise area 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' created for her son Brian.

In 1986, Dawn and Steve Keefer found their dream house — a two-story colonial in Newberry Township. But when their son Brian was paralyzed in 2008, it suddenly seemed too small. They wondered if they could stay. They shared their struggle with the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” crew, which came to their front door last summer. Builders, volunteers and decorators ripped the house apart and rebuilt it with Brian in mind.

The Keefer family first set foot inside June 26 — the day friends and fans yelled “Move that bus!” They marveled at what they saw. And months later, so did millions of people who saw the home for the first time during Fridays episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

That morning, Dawn walked on the dark wood floors and gazed at the colorful walls she’s been getting used to since the build. This, she said, is her new dream house. Take a photo tour.

More links:
Find out what the family thought of the episode.
Check out all the coverage of the build.

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CapLive brings music to York stage through the end of the year

Two more shows have been announced for the CapLive series at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York:

John Doe will perform 8 p.m. Dec. 1. He returns after a 2008 performance with Kathleen Edwards. Tickets cost $15.
Duncan Sheik hits the stage at 8 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets are $21. Take a trip back to the 90s with this pop hit “Barely Breathing” above.

Tickets to both shows are available online at or by calling the box office at 846-1111.

Just added to the Strand: Peter Frampton will perform Feb. 1, 2012

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FlipSide guide 10/20/11

Find out what’s up this weekend. Read more in our newsletter.; Kenny Wayne Shepherd at the 2011 Santa Cruz Blues Festival.

Ani DiFranco performs 8 p.m. Friday at Lancaster’s Chameleon Club, 223 Water St., to celebrate 20 years of “World Cafe Live” on WXPN. [$20 in advance; $25 at the door]
— Head to MyRuralRadio Fall Music Festival III 11 a.m. to 10 .m. Saturday at Naylor Winery, 4069 Vineyard Road, Stewartstown. [$15; Free for those 16 and younger]
— Listen to country classics re-imaged by LeAnn Rimes 7:30 Saturday night at Penn State York’s Pullo Family Performing Arts Center, 1031 Edgecomb Ave., Spring Garden Township. Read an interview with Rimes. [$47]
— Comedian Steven Wright will deliver his deadpan punch lines 7:30 Saturday night at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St., York. Read an interview with Wright. [$33 and $42]

Penn State York’s homecoming festivities run Friday and Saturday at 1031 Edgecomb Ave., Spring Garden Township. At 7 p.m., State College band Velveeta will perform at Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center, 2700 Mount Rose Ave., York Township. [$15 in advance or $20 at the door]
— Bundle up and head to the Fall Foliage Frolic 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Richard M. Nixon County Park. Find out where else to look at the leaves. [Free]

Eat and drink
— Grab your beer stein and head to Yorktoberfest noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Sovereign Bank Stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way, York. [Free; prices for tickets for local beer and wine tastings vary]
PA Gourmet: A Cooking and Entertaining Experience runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlise Ave., West Manchester Township. [$18 general admission, advance tickets $12, $14, $25]
— Cheap Eats tries the home style Pennsylvania Dutch fare at The Honey Pot, Market and Penn Street Farmers’ Market, 380 W. Market St., York.

Also at the Strand: Kenny Wayne Shepherd performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday. [$31, $35, $39] “Tree of Life” plays Friday, Saturday and Sunday. [$7]
— OrangeMite Studios presents “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at The Barn at Tall Fir Acres, 2035 Tall Fir Drive, Dover. [$8]

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Watch ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’, attend viewing parties

You’ve watch and read all about the Keefer family for four months. It’s almost time for their major network debut. Watch the Keefers on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” 8 to 10 p.m. Friday on ABC. It will be the first season nine episode to air on a Friday night. The show previously aired on Sundays.

Attend a viewing party:
Musser Home Builders hosts a viewing party for the Keefer episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” 5 to 10 p.m. today at West Shore Evangelical Free Church, 1345 Williams Grove Road, Mechanicsburg.
— Doors open at 5 p.m., and guests can enjoy food and a silent auction. Behind-the-scenes DVDs and photo CDs of the build as well as signed hard hats will be available for purchase. Proceeds will go to the Keefer family build fund.
— At 7 p.m., the Keefers will take the stage. Erie Insurance will present the family with a check and other presentations will follow.
— At 7:30 p.m., ABC 27 will air a half-hour special about the local impact of the build. The Keefers’ “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” episode will follow.

More Extreme:
Trindle Bowl will host a viewing party and fundraiser for Brian Keefer 8 to 10 tonight when the episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” airs. The bowling facility, 4695 E. Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg, had a role in the makeover. A portion of proceeds from the party will go to offset the cost of Brian’s ongoing medical expenses.
— Dawn Keefer said that there will be a special viewing party for the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” episode Sunday at Lock Haven University, where Brian attends college.
— Paul DiMeo, a carpenter on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” will appear on “PCN Profiles” 10 p.m. Sunday on the statewide network Pennsylvania Cable News. In June, DiMeo helped on the makeover at the Keefer family home in Newberry Township. DiMeo grew up one of five children in Media and studied theater at Point Park College in Pittsburgh.

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YorkArts hosts Writer’s Eye competition

YorkArts; 'Lobster' by Ian Hart is part of the 'Biological Aesthetics' exhibit.

YorkArts is running it’s annual Writer’s Eye contest, which links the inspiration of writers to the creative vision of artists. Participants are invited to write a poem or short story in response to the artwork featured in the “Biological Aesthetics” exhibit at YorkArts, 10 N. Beaver St., York, and the Yorktowne Hotel, 48 E. Market St., York. It is on display through Nov. 19.

Visitors can schedule a self-guided tour of the exhibit, which references the connection between science and the arts. The competition is open to students grades 4 through 12, college students and adults. Click here for details, rules and to download an entry form. Entries are due 5 p.m. Nov. 28.

An awards ceremony will be help during First Friday, Feb. 3, at YorkArts. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Grades 4 to 6; grades 7 to 9; grades 10 to 12; college and adult.

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