Weekend Roundup 10/8

by: Sara Bozich
October 8, 2015
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Hey, remember that web series I do with GK Visual, What’s on Tap? We’re in the process of relaunching — and yesterday spent the day with The Millworks’ Josh Kesler to shoot our next episode — Release date TBD, BUT — follow us on Facebook for periodic updates and behind-the-scenes photos.

I am a joy to be around.

I am a joy to be around.

Tonight, I’m hitting up the newly renovated “Mulligan’s Cafe & Courtyard,” and tomorrow it’s back to the same block for the Trés Bonne Annèe Vintner’s Tasting (maybe dinner somewhere afterwards?).

On Saturday, we’re hightailing it to State College for Penn State’s Homecoming football game v. Indiana. Hopefully we’ll get to tailgate with Intern Jimi a bit before, and I know he wants to take us to The Phyrst afterwards. Wonder if I can bite my tongue about the spelling …

Sunday, I swear on this stack of mail that I will clean my office before visiting my pals from Zeroday at Grain + Verse (so what if I technically already have met them), followed by “family dinner” with our ragtag group of friends. Should make for a pretty great weekend.


What are you doing this weekend?


UPNEXT Fest hits Harrisburg this weekend

by: Jimi The Intern
October 7, 2015
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Combine the information of a tech week, the excitement of a music fest and the decadence of a restaurant week and you have the UPNEXT Fest 2015.

UPNEXT With dates

UPNEXT started as Harrisburg Startup Week, but has transformed into an eight-day celebration of Central PA’s technology, design and start-up scene, both for visitors and locals. The festival runs October 10-17 with events all across the city.

Everyday events include learning conferences, open houses, mentoring sessions and happy hours.

What makes UPNEXT different from other tech conferences is that at night the techies will take over Harrisburg’s nightlife.

As they say, “By day it’s a conference. At night it’s a party.”


On Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 6-11 p.m. festival goers will flock to Midtown Cinema for a movie festival that will show Ex Machina, Jobs and Her. All are movies that feature different aspects of modern technology. The movie fest will also include local food trucks and beer from Zeroday Brewing Company.

Between the movies, American Institute of Graphic Arts will feature a design chat at Zeroday from 7:30-10 p.m.

The next big event will take place Thursday, Oct. 15, from 6-9 p.m., when Level 2 is transformed into a Tech Lounge with a live band, hors d’oeuvres and craft cocktails in a semi-open bar format. This will be a premier networking event for all tech and design professionals.

To top it all off, UPNEXT will close out their Harrisburg invasion with a music fest at Federal Tap House on Friday, Oct. 16 starting at 7 p.m. with two local bands. Jon Pyle and the Black Light Syndicate and 40 Degrees North will take the stage at one of the best beer bars in the area.

Costs for a lot of events are free, but some are ticketed with varying prices. All tickets can be purchased through their website. Ticket plans are offered for the entire weekend or individual events.

This is just a sampling of the nightlife that will be taking place around Harrisburg throughout the week. For a complete line-up of all events happening through out the week you will need to check UPNEXT.com.

Exercise: Find something you love

by: Kelly Leighton
October 7, 2015
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“I hate running.”


People say this a lot to me, more frequently than one would expect. Usually after telling me they hate running, they then tell me how much they dread each step and how each mile is pure torture.

I don’t get it. If you don’t like running, then don’t run.

By no means am I saying stop exercising, but if you hate what you’re doing for exercise, then it’s time to find something else.

It’s funny, because we get stuck in these routines of what we ‘have’ to do. Whether it’s something we read in an article online, or it’s something we’ve always done, it’s easy to get stuck in the same routine, even if you generally hate the exercise you do.

Over the last few weeks of being injured, I have swum laps every single day. And this has led me to the conclusion that I hate swimming. If I never swam another lap again for the rest of my life, I’d be okay with it. I have swum off and on my entire life, and I just don’t enjoy it anymore.

kelly swim

So, when I think about how I feel about swimming (not positively), I understand what it’s like to dread exercise. The only reason I have been swimming is because it was my only option. And when it comes down to it, I’d rather swim than do nothing.

But when I am cleared to run, and get back into my regular schedule, my cap and goggles will be banished again to the back of the laundry room.

kelly swim

Find something you are passionate about! I never dread running. I honestly look forward to each run. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes, runs REALLY suck, but I have never thought, “I wish I never had to run again.”

For so long, I slaved away on the elliptical machine because I thought I “had” to. For so long, I picked up five-pound weights and did long, high-rep low-weight sessions because I thought that was what I was supposed to do. It wasn’t until I tried crossfit in 2012 that I realized I preferred using a barbell and lifting heavy. Now? I enjoy going down the weight room and even though I am pretty weak, all things considered, I still feel pretty badass doing heavy (for me) deadlifts.

And, man, that feeling for me after a good run? Nothing beats it.

kelly run

So, if you are not enjoying your exercise routine, find something else. Find something that makes getting up at 5 a.m. a little easier, or something you actually look forward to doing after work. It’s a game changer.

Categories: Fitness, Running


Chuck Prophet plays HMAC Oct. 14

by: Becky Chan
October 6, 2015
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chuck prophet

Chuck Prophet will be playing at the HMAC on Oct. 14 with opening act, Camela Widad.

Chuck Prophet is touring to promote his new album, Night Surfer. This is Prophet’s 13th album and was released on Sept. 23.

“This record is loosely conceptual but universal all the same. It’s all about a path forward, about looking around and imagining where we’ll be in 20 years if we just follow that path. And of course, you’ll find a persistent anxiety throughout; we live, after all, in anxious times. As John Murry told me after a first listen, ‘It brings a tear to the eye and blood to the johnson.'” So yeah, a new record, new sound. It’s got it’s own groove with in your face guitars that snake and harmonize. They jangle too, thanks in no small part to special guest Peter Buck.” says Prophet.

So there you have it, folks.

Chuck Prophet is a Californian singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer. He gained his notoriety when he was in the band, Green on Red, in the 80s. Since then he has been a sought after guitarist, having collaborated with many other artists. He has had a budding solo career and even had some of his music featured on shows like HBO’s “True Blood,” Showtime’s “Californication,” and FX’s “Son’s of Anarchy.”

Prophet’s previous album was met with great reviews, including Paste Magazine who said, “Not since Lou Reed paid homage to the city and era that forged him with New York has there been a song cycle dedicated to a place and reality that offers the core immediacy with the thump, churn and ferocity of Chuck Prophet’s Temple Beautiful.”

The concert is at HMAC on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m.

Spotify – via Iframely

Categories: Harrisburg, Music, Nightlife

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