FlipSide Panel: What are you doing around York, Pa. this Dec. weekend?

Dillon Samuelson

Dillon Samuelson

Dillon Samuelson: Thursday, Dec. 4 I’ll be attending two art openings: First at York College of Pennsylvania, where this semester’s graduating seniors will be presenting their final bodies of work as undergraduates, a visual representation of the skills they have built over their college careers. The show takes place in Wolf Hall from 5 – 7 p.m. and features students from both the Fine Art and Graphic Design majors of York College. More information here.
After that I’ll run downtown to YorkArts to catch the opening reception of their show “100 Under 100,” which runs from 6 – 8 p.m. and will feature over one hundred small works from both professional and recreational artists. The works are all priced under $100, and the variety of mediums and styles will be fun to see.
And then Friday is First Friday in downtown York. There are too many events going on to list, but be sure to come downtown and see the city come to life.
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‘The Walking Dead’ midseason finale: How did our group fare?

I’ll be honest and say that AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is the first show I truly was invested in every character.

Sure, I was a big fan of NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” and HBO’s “Entourage,” but I’ve never felt the same emotional connection to the characters that I do to the cast of “The Walking Dead.”

I’m not alone, when AMC spoiled the ending for all of its’ West Coast viewers, Twitter went crazy – not just over the sheer spoilers, but of who died.

I’m sure you’ve heard of other shows with such attachment – HBO’s “The Wire” was one suggested to me and I’m only a few episodes in – but there’s just something different about “The Walking Dead”

I’ll give credit to all of the show’s producers, show runners, etc. for their work in making these characters seem like real people.

And with that, here’s my thoughts on the midseason finale. As always – Spoilers ahead!
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‘The Voice’ Top 8: The creme de la creme

The tough cuts come this week on NBC’s “The Voice” as three talented artists will go home. The incredible part? This is easily “The Voice’s” most talented season yet.

DaNica Shirey, Matt McAndrew, Chris Jamison and Craig Wayne Boyd would all be victorious in earlier season’s of “The Voice,” but this season they’re all battling for that top spot – the star among stars if you will.

Why is this season so much better? It’s the coaching.

Fresh off completing their own albums, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine appear to be ten times more invested in this season than in past seasons.

Plus, Pharrell Williams has been an absolute phenom when it comes to coaching. Watching him work with the band – as well as his talent – is like watching a puppeteer, pulling each string to make the puppet do what he wants.

For this week’s eliminations, I expect Ryan Sill, Luke Wade and Chris Jamison to miss the final cut.

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FlipSide guide 11/28/2014: Holiday Open House, Hoots & Hellmouth, Hess Museum

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File photo – FlipSide

Special events

  • Mark the holiday season with the Mayor’s Tree Lighting and Tuba Christmas, on Nov. 28 in Penn Square, 25 S. Queen St., Lancaster. Central Market will cater throughout the evening, as you enjoy live entertainment. The ceremonious lighting of the Christmas tree will be followed by a visit from Santa Claus and “Tuba Christmas.” [Free]
  • The Holiday Open House will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov 28-30 in the Mount Hope Winery, 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim. Celebrating the holiday season, there will be complementary wine samples and snacks. Festive sales discounts will also be held during this time. [Free]
  • Join the Log House Christmas Crafts Show, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 28-30. The bazaar will feature decorative crafts made by local artisans. Wooden crafts, wreaths, woven scarves, rugs and throws, and other handmade items will be offered. [Free]
  • The opening reception of Some Things Looming’s Handmade Holidays is slated for Nov. 29 in 526 Washington St., Reading. The boutique and gallery will enhance your holiday shopping with unique, handmade trinkets.

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FlipSide Panel: What are you doing this Thanksgiving weekend around York, Pa.

Vince Moley

Vince Moley

Vince Moley: This is my first Turkey Trot. I’m typically a morning person so I’m excited to get up early, exercise and prepare for the rest of the day. Should be a great time rain or snow! On Saturday, I’ll be at West York Alumni Basketball game. Sunday, is relaxing and football.

Edquina Washington

Edquina Washington

Edquina Washington: I’m overjoyed to attend the first Ree-N-Co Show 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29 at New Grounds Roasting Company! Two lovely York City natives have paired together for a live sketch comedy extravaganza. I’m ready to laugh and support our arts in the community.
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I’m Abbey Zelko, new FlipSide entertainment reporter

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Hey FlipSide readers!  As you click through the FlipSide website this week, you’ll probably see a new byline on some of the articles: mine.  I’m Abbey Zelko, the new entertainment reporter for FlipSide.

After four months of news reporting at the Gettysburg Times, I’m excited to get back to writing about entertainment and keeping you informed about all the fun and exciting happenings in York County.
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‘The Walking Dead’ recap: Mid-season finale promises for excitement

Mid-season finale. Are you ready?  Photo courtesy AMC.

Mid-season finale. Are you ready?
Photo courtesy AMC.

One more week until the mid-season finale! Can you believe it?

This has been one of the best seasons of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and I can’t believe how much stuff has been jam-packed into this season.

One of the key points of a successful show is getting through a long portion of a season without feeling like much time has passed, and season 5 has done that. Next week marks eight episodes in this half of the season and it really only feels like four.

I’ll have some predictions for the finale below, but first, to this week’s episode. Spoilers ahead.
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FlipSide guide 11/21/14: Celtic Festival, Old Tyme Fall Fest, Lewis Black

Special events

  • Celebrate Music Friday, from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 21 in downtown Lancaster. The community will be buzzing with musical performances throughout the afternoon. In addition to live music, Music Friday will also feature retailers, restaurants and other attractions.

Festivals and food

  • The Rose & Shamrock Celtic Festival returns to the Red Rose City, from noon to midnight Nov. 22 at Millersville University’s Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St, Lancaster. The popular festival incorporates a full day of concert performances, food, workshops, and other Irish and Scottish inspired festivities. [Tickets are $35 advance, $40 at the door.]
  • The Amish Markets at Hanover invite you to celebrate the Old Tyme Fall Fest, Nov. 20-22 in 1649 Broadway, Hanover. Reminisce and reconnect with the community, as you celebrate the tradition of local famers markets. Entertainment, deals and other great opportunities will be available during the weekend festival. [Free]

On stage

  • Composer Daniel Bernard Roumain will be presenting Civil Rights Portraits as Democratic Vistas, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center, 60 W. Cottage Ave., Millersville. The musical display will pay homage to iconic Civil Rights figures, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Maya Angelou. Roumain’s work will also reference Walt Whitman’s “Democratic Vistas.”
  • Lewis Black will make his appearance 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St., York. The critically-acclaimed comic is known for his dark humor and entertaining rants. A traveled comedian, Black has also notched numerous late-night television appearances with shows like “Larry King Live,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brian,” and “The Late Show with David Letterman,” to add to his popularity. [Tickets are $58, $64, and $69]
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FlipSide Panel: What are you doing this Nov. weekend around York, Pa.?

Edquina Washington

Edquina Washington

Edquina Washington: My Friday night is going to be filled with poetic words as I enjoy the King’s Courtyard Arts Collective Poetry Night at 7 p.m. basking in the wordplay of one of my poetic partners in word art, Shane Tanzymore. On Saturday, I’ll have to take a mini detour from my favorite place, York City, and head to Aberdeen, MD for Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Mu Gamma Sigma Alumnae Chapter’s Charter and Founder’s Day Celebration.

Mel Conrad

Mel Conrad

Mel Conrad: This Saturday night at 7:30, I’ll be hanging out with a group of friends at the Strand Theater in York to see “Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson.
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‘The Voice': 10 remain, but who will win?

"The Voice" Top 10. Photo courtesy NBC

“The Voice” Top 10.
Photo courtesy NBC

With only 10 contestants left on NBC’s “The Voice,” I wanted to switch up the format of this blog post. Instead of just doing general overall views of each team, I’m going to check out each artist individually.

The show has been really good this season – better than most seasons – and I think a lot of that has to do with the coaches, particularly Pharrell Williams.

I love how “The Voice” shows Williams in his element – explicitly telling each member of the band what to do to get the most out of his artist performing. We’ve seen the other coaches tell the contestants how to change their voice or how to attack the song differently, but Pharrell sees the whole picture.

Who else can say to the band “I want to hear how Al Green would do this song” then describe to the drummer exactly what he wants.

His “big picture” attitude will help out York County’s own DaNica Shirey and fellow Team Pharrell member Luke Wade.

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