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.

– 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 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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FlipSide guide 7/3/14: Fourth of July fireworks, First Friday in York, Battle of Gettysburg re-enactment

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

Holiday fun and special events:
Fourth of July event and fireworks roundup
Read an interview with Katie Armiger, who will perform in York July 4
First Friday festivities in York
Gettysburg plans re-enactments, events for 151st anniversary this weekend

On stage:
– The Totem Pole Playhouse and Gettysburg Community Theatre are partnering to present the children’s play “Aesop’s Fabels” 10 a.m. Saturday at Totem Pole Playhouse, 9555 Golf Course Road, Fayetteville. Performances will run Saturdays through Aug. 2. [Free]
– Children can go on an adventure with Alice and the White Rabbit during “Alice in Wonderland” 10 a.m. Saturday at Allenberry Playhouse, 1559 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs. A lunch buffet will be served at 11 a.m. [Show/Buffet tickets are $22 for adults and $18 for children; show-only tickets available2]
– Hogmaw hits the stage 9 p.m. Saturday at The Burning Bridge Tavern, 108 Hellam St., Wrightsville. The local “thundergrass” band is known for fast-picking and foot-thumping tunes.
Moon Dancery Winery hosts its Reds, Whites & Blues Fest 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the winery, 1282 Klines Run Road, Lower Windsor Township. Chaz Depaolo and Bob Noble & Blue Voodoo will headline. [$20; passes good for both days]
– Enjoy wine, food and entertainment 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday during Sips and Sounds at Hauser Estate Winery, 410 Cashtown Road, Biglerville. Acoustic duo Strung Tight will provide tunes. The Chow Food Truck will provide grub.

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Two stories connected to old York bike shop

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Sometimes, things have to happen for a reason. Last month, I met two people within three days who shared a common connection to a staple from York’s past.

On June 17, I met Ray Elfner. The 95-year-old recently uncovered the long-forgotten photograph that shows him wearing a uniform while perched on a bike. When a neighbor left his post as a messenger for Western Union he told Elfner about the opening. At 14, Elfner landed the job and delivered telegrams via bicycle. He got a “Red Klinedinst special” — named after the owner of the well-known shop in York. The $30 price tag was steep enough that Elfner had to finance the purchase.

On June 20, I met Charlotte Halpin during the grand opening of Redeux vintage marketplace in York. She got to see new life at the site of her old workplace, C.B. “Red” Klinedinst’s shop. Halpin started at 13 and worked in the building — and nearby properties — for almost seven decades. The shop specialized in bicycle repairs, but also sold appliances and furniture. Halpin continued on at the store when it changed hands in 2008 and helped wind things down until it closed in 2012. Now an 83-year-old retiree, Halpin glanced around Redeux in awe that afternoon. Read more of her story.

It’s unlikely that the two bike enthusiasts ever met, since Elfner is 12 years older than Halpin. But it was interesting to report about how the old Klinedinst bike shop left a lasting impression on each.

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Listen to FlipSide’s Fourth of July playlist on Spotify

The Fourth of July is a time for picnics, barbecues, fireworks and family gatherings. It’s basically a full day devoted to partying — and celebrating the birth of this great nation. No fete would be complete without a playlist. Here are 10 patriotic pop tunes to help you dance the day away.

Leave a comment to share your favorite July 4 songs.

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New releases: Old Crow Medicine Show album, Jennifer Weiner novel, ‘The Lunchbox’

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

HEAR: ‘Remedy’ hits Hershey stage
Old Crow Medicine Show released its latest album “Remedy” this week. The group is no stranger to the festival circuit, but see it in an intimate setting 8 p.m. July 27 at Hershey Theatre.

WATCH: Set lunch date for foreign fare
“The Lunch Box” is a sweet reminder of cafeteria food and passed notes. The Indian film focuses on two lonely adults who make a connection through Mumbai’s lunch delivery system.

PLAY: Stalk desert for WWII enemy
Take aim with “Sniper Elite III.” The game lands players in the harsh terrain of North Africa, where they must hunt down Germany’s infamous World War II Afrika Korps.

READ: Novel points to pill problem
Wife and mother Allison Weiss is a happy suburbanite. Or is she? Jennifer Weiner’s new novel “All Fall Down” focuses on how popping a pill or two can grow into an addiction. Get more Book Buzz.

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‘Jeff Koons: Retrospective’ reflects plenty of #selfies

There’s something about Jeff Koons art that attracts attention. Much of his work is large, expensive and shiny. And, as an extensive amount of his artwork is currently being displayed at the Whitney Museum of American Art, it’s easy to find your reflection in a whimsical “Moon” or “Kangaroo.”

Yes, the perfect exhibit for #selfies.

Enjoy how these art enthusiasts are seeing themselves in Koons’ artwork.

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