Laugh with Louie Anderson for free at the Strand

Submitted: Louie Anderson

The Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center is offering free tickets to comedian Louie Anderson’s performances scheduled for 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Tickets will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. They are available by calling 846-1111 or visiting the Strand-Capitol box office, 50 N. George St., York. To receive the complimentary tickets, patrons must mention “Strand Gives Louie.” The performances will be taped for an upcoming TV special.

One-on-One with Louie:
Anderson forgets that he has a distinct voice. It’s hard to mistake it for anyone else’s, even over the phone. Anderson called from Las Vegas on Nov. 9, a few hours after Eddie Murphy stepped down as this year’s Oscar host.

“That’s a bummer,” Anderson said. He waited a beat before adding, “I’m available. I was in that movie, too.” (The film he referred to, of course, was the 1988 comedy “Coming to America.”)

Before Billy Crystal landed the hosting gig, Anderson joked about his own chances. He said that he couldn’t even get to the Oscars as a seat filler – a model or attractive young person hired to sit in a seat while an actor or actress is in the bathroom. That way, when the camera pans over the room, it always looks full. Anderson said he’s been to the Emmys, but never the biggest award show in Hollywood.

“It’s part of our lives,” he said of the Academy Awards. “Movies are such a big part of the American experience.” Read the rest of the interview.

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Penn State York’s drama club presents ‘All in the Timing’

Penn State York’s Drama Club takes the stage to present David Ives’ critically acclaimed collection of one-act plays, “All in the Timing.” The performances are set for 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 1 and 2, in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center, 1031 Edgecomb Ave., Spring Garden Township. Tickets are free for Penn State students with ID and $5 for the public. Tickets will be available at the door. For details, call 771-4185.

Here is a run-down of the short plays:

“Sure Thing” — A contemporary comedy about two people who meet in a cafe and experience false starts, gaffes and faux pas on the way to falling in love. Adam Sontag and Margaret Kramer star. Josie Moore directs.

“The Philadelphia” — A young man in a restaurant falls into a “Twilight Zone”-like state in which he cannot get anything he asks for. Jacob Brown, Tyler Stonesifer and Caitlyn Hughes star. Ivana Greene directs.

“Death of Trotsky” — A fictionalizes tale of the death of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky. Joseph Dickerson, Jenn Montooth and Julius Ludena star. Stuart Stelly directs.

“Arabian Nights” — A man walks into a shop looking for a souvenir, but finds romance with the help of a translator. Fabiola Miranda, Joe Lombardi and Hannah Barlow star. Josie Moore directs.

“The Universal Language” — A young woman with a stutter falls for the the creator and teacher of a wild comic language. Adam Sontag and Jasmine Graham star. Stuart Stelly directs.

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Take class with Darius Rucker’s violinist Patrick Clark, Rusted Root’s Jim Donovan

Patrick Clark, former violin/mandolin player for singer Darius Rucker and the winner of multiple fiddling competitions, will visit Northeastern School District this week. Tuesday and Wednesday, Clark will host fiddling clinics at the district’s schools. He will perform a free concert 7 p.m. Wednesday at Northeastern Senior High School, 300 High St., Manchester. The show will feature about 50 advanced string students from the intermediate school and high school.

Take class with another famous musician:
Award-winning teacher and founding member of the band Rusted Root Jim Donovan will present a Rhythm Renewal Drumming Workshop 3 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at YorkArts@CityArts, 118 W. Philadelphia St., York. Participants will learn rhythms, songs, chants and concepts from African, Brazilian and Caribbean music. The event is open to anyone 17 or older. Prior drumming experience is not necessary. Cost is $35 in advance and $45 at the door. Advance registration is suggested as space is limited. For details and to register, call workshop organizer Linda Sommer at 741-3049. Read a 2010 interview with Donovan.

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Enter the 2011 Holiday Writing Contest

York Daily Record Illustration

Pam’s Dad — a soldier in Iraq — is missing on Christmas Eve … and so is a gingerbread man. We started the Christmas story. Read it here. You can finish the story and enter it into the York Daily Record Holiday Writing Contest.

Send your entry in 300 words or less to Include your name, age, municipality in which you live and a contact number. Staffers will pick the winning entry, which will be published on Christmas. The author will receive a $50 gift card to Target. Deadline is Dec. 14.

Check out more contests.

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See ‘White Christmas’ at Capitol Theatre

See the 1954 classic “White Christmas” 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17 and 3 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. It’s practically a York holiday tradition at this point. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye play war buddies turned entertainers who fall for a pair of sisters (Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen) in the musical comedy. A discussion with a film expert will follow the Sunday afternoon screening. Tickets are $7 for details and tickets, call 846-1111 or visit

Check out our Happy Holidays page for more seasonal events.

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Black Friday deal: Get $10 off Pullo Center tickets

Submitted: The Pullo Center staged 'The Grinch' musical Nov. 12 and 13

All Penn State York Pullo Family Performing Arts Center tickets will be discounted $10 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 25, to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28. To take advantage of this offer, click here, and enter promo code BFRIDAY. There is a six-ticket limit per order. The offer is not valid on gift certificates or memberships.

More about Black Friday:
Read about how to survive the hectic stores.
The big shopping day is a whole new game.
Deals are already here as stores vie for shoppers.
Check out where to shop locally.

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Happy Thanksgiving from FlipSide

Here are some links to help you make the most of your Turkey Day:

Tune into parades. (It’s the 85th anniversary of the Macy’s parade.)
Check out where Thanksgiving meals are being served.
Step-by-step: How to cook a turkey and last-minute meal prep.
Make turkey three ways, plus easy sides and appetizers.
— Want to cut back on calories? Avoid Thanksgiving nibbles.
— Love cranberries? Incorporate the seasonal fruit into your diet.
— Keep the kids entertained: Create a virtual turkey or print out a coloring page.
— Need help? Call a food hotline. For a laugh, check out this “West Wing” clip:

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Mac and Cheese take on ‘J. Edgar’

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: Where to start? I think those were the exact words that director Clint Eastwood uttered when he set out to direct a biopic about J. Edgar Hoover. The man started the FBI and ran it for decades, weathering huge cases and controversies. He was a very public man with a very complex private life. But all of those storylines don’t fit together in a neat, clean narrative. This is exactly why “J. Edgar” felt both scattered and bloated. The movie felt long, but only seemed to scratch Hoover’s steely surface. I give Eastwood credit for taking on such a task. And he did a good job taking the viewer through sepia toned time. I never felt lost.

The acting made up for most of the film’s shortfalls. Leonardo DiCaprio was brilliant as usual (even in heavy makeup). He disappeared into Hoover, much as he did with his previous role of Howard Hughes (“The Aviator”). DiCaprio nailed Hoover’s strength and vulnerability. (I can’t stress how excited I am to see him as Jay in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.”) Judi Dench was also superb in her turn as Hoover’s too-close-for-comfort mommy. Armie Hammer had a few moving moments on screen as Hoover’s lover(?) Clyde. I just wish that the movie had focused on a decade or two, instead of spanning Hoover’s whole career. The characters and script would have been able to show their full potential instead of giving the audience a few glimpses of greatness.

Since the movie referenced John Dillinger, a crook Hoover captured(?), I can’t help but compare “J. Edgar” to Michael Mann’s 2009 Dillinger biopic “Public Enemies.” Both tackled fascinating subjects. Both boasted stellar casts. But each seemed to sag under its own weight. So sad.

Cheese: Mac, I’m with you on the lack of focus for this film. While I did enjoy it, I expected more. Part of me says this would make a great nine-part miniseries with a collaboration between Ken Burns and Clint Eastwood. An hour of documentary followed by an hour of movie.

So many interesting aspects of Hoover’s life were just barely touched upon. Yet, and I think this speaks to how great a director Eastwood is and how fantastic DiCaprio’s performance is, you still get a sense of how much Hoover accomplished and how complex his character was.

I know there are people out there who don’t like biopics. Part of the problem is they are so hard to do well. Overall, I’d say “J. Edgar” is above average, but falls short of expectations.

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FlipSide Guide 11/24

Getting you the guide a day early this week so you have plenty of time to plan your holiday weekend. Read more in our newsletter.

It’s Thanksgiving Eve! Check out area parties and events.

— York saxophonist Tim Warfield will perform a “Jazzy Christmas” concert 7 p.m. Saturday at Trinity United Church of Christ, 32 W. Market St., York. [Free; offering will be collected]
— Celtic Thunder will perform 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave., Hershey. Read an interview with the band. [$65]
— Pay homage to The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing when The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra hits the stage 2 p.m. Sunday at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. York. [$21, $28, $31]
Check out more holiday concerts.

— Adams County School of Musical Theater presents “Christmas on Broadway” 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the school, 49 York St., Gettysburg. [Seating can be reserved for $6.]
Check out more holiday plays and musicals.

Kick off the holidays:
— Hanover will ring in the holiday season starting with its annual Holiday Parade 8:30 a.m. Friday, followed by photo ops with Santa at the Cabin and the annual tree-lighting ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. [Free]
Christmas Magic opens Friday at Rocky Ridge County Park, 3699 Deininger Road in Springettsbury Township. It’s open daily through Dec. 31. (It’s closed Dec. 24 to 25.) [$8; discoutns for kids]
— Head to the New Freedom Lions’ annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony 6 p.m. Saturday at Freedom Green, Main Street and Railroad Avenue, New Freedom. Santa will arrive at 6:30 p.m. [Free]
— See the Christmas Tree Lighting 6 p.m. Sunday in the pavilion adjacent to the Community Building in Red Lion’s Fairmount Park. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fire truck. Visitors can enjoy coffee and hot chocolate. [Free]
Check our more seasonal attractions.

— Check out “The 85th Anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” Thursday and Saturday night on NBC. Check TV listings.
Get ready for Black Friday.
Read what locals asked York native producer Neal Dodson about “Margin Call.”
— Lowercase Gallery, 211 N. Front St., Wrightsville, presents “Outpost,” a mail art exhibit featuring postcards, collages, paintings and more that were all mailed to the gallery’s post office box. See it 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 17.

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Dover high school band to play Pearl Harbor

The Dover Area High School band left today for a five-day trip to Hawaii, where they’ll perform at events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, including the 2011 Waikiki Holiday Parade.

Their itinerary includes several performances Friday. They’ll start by playing at the USS Arizona, then at the USS Missouri, before marching in the parade that evening. Drum major Alaina Eshbach and another senior will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony in the shrine room at the USS Arizona, where the names of those who died are displayed. Read the rest of Angie Mason’s story.

More on Pearl Harbor:
— Read about Dec. 1 in FlipSide: Attend a Pearl Harbor Day lecture, 7 p.m. Dec. 7, at Brunner Island Environmental Preserve in York Haven.
— Read memories of the attack from the Remember series Dec. 4.

More music news:
The Dover Area School District accepted its award as a “Best Community for Music Education” Monday. The district received the designation in May from the NAMM Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to advancing participation in music.

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