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Giveaway: Mike Birbligia at Strand-Capitol

**Congrats to Brandi Sterner, who will get to see Mike Birbiglia at the Strand-Capitol on March 9!**

Earlier this year, I wrote about the amazing lineup of comedy and music happening at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York.

Highlights include Lewis Black, Brett Butler, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Kathleen Madigan, Pokey LaFarge and David Sedaris (among much more in music, theater and comedy).

On Friday, March 9, you and a guest can see comedian and author Mike Birbiglia at the Strand-Capitol.

Read an interview with Mike Birbiglia.

My friend, Tony, and I saw Birbiglia perform about a million years ago when 5:01 Downtown was doing a comedy circuit in the basement. Andy and I also have laughed along to his CD, 2 Drink Mike, while traversing the state.

To win a pair of tickets and join us for a night of fun, leave a funny comment below:

For extra entries (you must leave a separate comment for each extra entry in order for each to count), you can:

Enter early and often. A winner will be selected at random this weekend.

CATEGORIES: Comedy, Giveaway, York

One-on-one with comedian Mike Birbiglia

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While many stand-up comedy acts regularly pass through this area on tour, not many bring with them more than a microphone and a merchandise table. Comedian Mike Birbiglia is not your average touring stand-up comedian.

When Birbiglia’s critically-acclaimed My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend show comes to York’s Strand Capitol on March 9, he’s bringing along an entire stage set from the show’s off-Broadway run.

Compared to the likes of Richard Pryor, Mitch Hedberg, Woody Allen and Bill Cosby, Birbiglia is quickly becoming a household name.

On his current tour, the shows are regularly sold out in advance, and he’s gotten rave reviews in the press at every stop. 

Enter for a chance to win 2 tickets to Mike Birbiglia’s March 9 performance in York.

I had a chance to catch up with Mike Birbiglia recently to talk about his current tour and the early success of his Sleepwalk with Me film, which just won an award at the Sundance Film Festival.


CATEGORIES: Comedy, York

2012 HYP Annual Meeting + Book Drive

Harrisburg Young Professionals' 14th Annual Meeting and Awards Reception will be held this Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. at Harrisburg University.

The event is free and open to the public. If you are a current HYP member or are interested in learning more about the organization, you are encouraged to attend.

A book drive is being held in tandem with the annual meeting. Please remember to bring a children's book for donation at the start of the meeting.

HYP leadership will share its vision for the future while recognizing the past year's accomplishments. Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries will serve as the keynote speaker for the event.

Following the meeting, a reception will be held at HU, where HYP will present the HYP Annual Awards, recognizing members who have made a significant impact on the community.

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Carnaval at Mangia Qui

A night in Rio! Celebrate Brasilian Carneval this Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Mangia Qui.


Chef Qui Qui Musarra is planning an incredible and festive menu for Carnaval, including a Brasilian-themed menu featuring ingredients like the Jackfruit, the world’s largest fruit, and the world’s largest freshwater fish, a massive beast that can jump out of water and breathe air – the Arapaima.

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Arapaima on the Animal Planet show, River Monsters.
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Elide with fresh Jackfruit , the largest fruit in the world. Making homemade gelato for Carnaval.

Of course, this is just a tiny hint at what awaits at Mangia Qui and Suba on Tuesday. Make your reservations now to join in this wild celebration. Call (717) 233-7358.

CATEGORIES: Food/Drink, Holiday

This week on

by Sara

The tasting room at The Vineyard at Hershey

Last night, Andy and I checked out Big Woody's and The Rockville Room, a fresher update on the former Morgan's Place. It was great to have a nice dinner and catch up on our week, then have a beer while listening to Shea & Swish.

Today is big errand/housecleaning day for me while Andy hunts.If you are free, drive over to The Vineyard at Hershey for its sneak preview today from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Read all about it here.

Future brides, don't forget about The Wedding Show at AACA Museum tomorrow

In case you miss it, here's what we talked about this week on

Out with Sara: The Vineyard at Hershey


Wineries are springing up in central Pennsylvania as if we’ve suddenly been blessed with California’s soil and France’s climate.

The past few years have brought several new vineyards —some established ones have grown — and more are on the horizon.

The latest is so close to opening that you can actually taste it (tonight at Hilton Harrisburg, via a wine pairing dinner), The Vineyard at Hershey.

Not actually in Hershey, but just a stone’s throw away in Londonderry Twp., this rural — yet easily accessible — new venue will open fully to the public next weekend, sharing its dozen-plus wines and unbridled enthusiasm for winemaking and wine drinking. However, there will be a special preview from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. via

Out with Sara: The Vineyard at Hershey opening ahead of schedule

Photos of The Vineyard at Hershey (which do not appear on PennLive or in print) after the jump.



CATEGORIES: Out with Sara, Wine

DMB returns to Hershey June 29

I may not be the music aficionado around this blog, but I couldn’t help but share my excitement when I learned that Dave Matthew’s Band is touring this summer – including a stop in Hershey! I’m a huge fan – I’ve seen DMB four times so far and can’t wait to add number five.

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My first – and in my opinion the best – show was in 2006. I had just completed my freshman year of college and had tickets along with five of my closest friends. Being underage and terrified, we did not tailgate as many are wont to do. We had an amazing time just the same. I found my original ticket stub while cleaning the other week:

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CATEGORIES: Hershey, Music

Weekend Roundup 2/16


We took my father-in-law to MoMo's BBQ Grill for dinner last night. Service was uncharacteristically s-l-o-w, but as always, the food was great. Also learned they now have karaoke every Wednesday night, starting at 8 p.m.

After that we stopped over to the Abbey Bar to wish Jersey Mike a Happy Birthday and chat with some tweeps. We concluded the #hbgtweetup (then just a pre-Twitter "meet-up") originated way back in April 2006. How 'bout that?

Tonight, I'm taking my dad to opening night of Come Fly Away at Hershey Theatre. At his request, we're planning to stop at Fuddrucker's for pre-show burgers and shakes.

Tomorrow night, I'm looking forward to catching up with some friends over dinner and drinks – and checking out the newly renovated Big Woody's Beach Bar (formerly Morgan's Place) for next week's column.

Otherwise, with Monday off, it's a rather restful weekend. On Sunday, I'll be participating in a bridal fashion show for Taylored for You Bridal at The Wedding Show at AACA Museum. It's said to be the wedding event of the season, so I can't wait to see all the stops pulled out for local brides-to-be.

What are you doing this weekend?


Risky Business Housewarming

It's easy to think of all the annoying, pain-in-the-ass things about moving to a new house or apartment.

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Packing up your whole life into cardboard boxes and lugging them to a fresh place can be overwhelming, while sorting through your collection of belongings can be heartbreaking, depressing and even rage-inducing (Does my VHS copy of Little Giants make the cut to the new place? For the record, it did. Even though I don't currently own a VHS player).

However, there is one benefit to all that hard work, besides the actual new living space. And that is the housewarming party.

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16th annual Millennium Music Conference

While I may have been unfairly and unintentionally critical of Harrisburg’s respectable local music scene in previous posts, the yearly flood of talent that takes over midstate bars and music venues for the annual Millennium Music Conference is the area’s ace in the hole.

Held this Thursday through Sunday at the Radisson Hotel & Convention Center in Camp Hill, the 16th Annual Millennium Music Conference and Showcase features two afternoons of music business keynotes, panels, clinics, workshops, day stage, one-on-one mentoring, demo listening sessions, an industry trade show and, most impressively, more than 300 original acts performing live at over 30 area venues.

While the conference is an incredibly valuable resource for up-and-coming bands, singer-songwriters and musicians, the two nights of (mostly free) live original music throughout the greater Harrisburg area are dates regularly circled on music fans’ calendars months in advance.

Win tickets to MMC’s Winter Jibberjam.

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CATEGORIES: Harrisburg, Music

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