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18 years later, “Throwing Copper” still gold


Many years can pass and music preferences can change, but when a song triggers a memory all of those changes and years disappear and you remember just how great that album and those songs were.

Enter Throwing Copper

The 1994 album by York-natives Live went eight times platinum and was one of the best albums of the 90s – no small feat during one of music's best decades. But for whatever reason, over the years, the epic album worked its way out of my listening rotation.

However, after Live ripped through seven Throwing Copper tracks in their blistering 11-song set last night at the invite-only concert at York's Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, I can assure you that the album will never again be far from my CD player.

From the first notes of set opener, "The Dam at Otter Creek," to the last hum of the guitar amplifiers in the encore of "T.B.D.," the capacity crowd buzzed with excitement.

Led by original members Chad Taylor (lead guitar), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass) and Chad Gracey (drums), Monday's concert was Live's first local show in more than three years. It was also their first ever with a revamped six-piece band that included new lead singer Chris Shinn and Candlebox guitarist Sean Hennesy.

Shinn, who previously fronted the Seattle band Unified Theory, was spot-on vocally all night and said he was a "blessed individual" to be a part of Live.



Birthday Freebies


Everyone loves free. And what better time to score a host of freebies than your birthday. (Plus, it’s a great way to keep that “birthday week” or “month” going.)

My birthday was this week, and my inbox exploded with a host of freebies and discounts good at local businesses and restaurants.

Let’s take a look:

Houlihan’s – 1 free entree up to $15 – expires 1 week after my birthday. Sign-up here.

Isaac’s – 1 free dessert up to $5 – expires 4/1. Sign-up here.

The Chocolate Spa – $25 credit – How’s that for incentive? Sign-up here.

The Hershey Links – 1 free greens fee – expires 4/30. Sign-up here.

Dining in Hershey – 1 free entree at my choice of restaurant – expires 3/26. Sign-up here.

Texas Roadhouse – 1 free appetizer or sidekick of ribs. Sign-up here.

Brew 22 – free dessert or small boy draft beer – expires 8 days after my birthday. Sign-up here.

Cafe Magnolia/Chocolate Avenue Grill – 1 free dessert – expires 1 week after my birthday. Sign-up here.

Arooga’s (any location) – 1 free dessert or draft beer – expires 8 days after my birthday. Sign-up here.

T.J. Rockwell’s – $10 off my meal on my birthdate only, I.D. required.

Brewhouse Grille – 1 free dessert or 1 adult drink – must use within 14 days of my birthday. Sign-up here.

There also is a national version of this list you can find here.

Midstate March Madness Bracket Pool

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68 teams. 67 games. 3 weeks. 1 champion. It’s March Madness.

There is no better time of year for a college sports fan than the NCAA Tournament. Starting tonight, 68 teams have a shot to become college basketball’s national champion.

Of course, higher seeds have an easier path to the Final Four in New Orleans, but at least they still have to win their way to the championship game and not get voted in by reporters and computers (Take notes, BCS).

The excitement of the win-or-go-home games is undeniable, but even non-basketball fans engulf themselves in March Madness through online and office bracket pools. In 2009, an estimated 58 million Americans filled out brackets for the NCAA Tournament. Just last year, more than 10 million people filled out “free” brackets on the ESPN and CBS Sports websites alone.

This year, and Arooga’s have teamed up for the first annual Mid-State March Madness bracket pool. It is free to play and the winner will receive a $50 Arooga’s gift card. Click here to sign-up and fill out your bracket. (If you don’t already have a CBS Sports account, you must create one, but it’s easy and free.) Group password: harrisburg.



CATEGORIES: Harrisburg, Sports

Giveaway: Suba/Mangia Qui

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**Congrats to Ken Mueller, winner of the Mangia Qui/Suba gift card!**

One of the city's gems is without a doubt the duo restaurant and tapas bar, Mangia Qui and Suba Tapas Bar.

If you haven't been privileged to visit Mangia Qui, whether for a work lunch, special occasion dinner or Sunday brunch, stick around for this giveaway. The same goes for Suba, the upstairs tapas bar featuring some of the city's best cocktails and live music on weekends.

Both venues are cozy and off the well-beaten path of Second Street, but have long been a favorite of city dwellers, politicians, travelers and the like. On weekends, nothing beats good company, a hand-crafted cocktail made with the freshest ingredients and a table full of small plates made for sharing.

Suba features live music Friday and Saturday nights for no cover, but you must get there early because the small space fills fast. This weekend, catch Great Northeast on Friday and local musician Mark Santana on Saturday.

To win a $50 gift card good at Mangia Qui or Suba, please visit their new website and leave a 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 at the end of the week.


This week on

We had a great time last night in York. The Left Bank was wonderful – we enjoyed cocktails, salads and entrees. I started with their beet salad with their market fresh rockfish as my main course. After the show, we returned for dessert (we were celebrating March as birthday month, so it was worth the splurge), and I had a butter pecan ice cream sandwich.

Mike Birbiglia's performance was great – like Jeff described, more of a one-man show than standard stand-up comedy. He brought us full-circle through a series of comedic adventures in his romantic life. The crowd rewarded him with a standing ovation. See the Strand-Capitol's upcoming calendar.

Today, I'm shopping all day with my mom, a birthday tradition. We'll be hitting the Bon-Ton's Goodwill Sale and the Capital City Mall, with lunch somewhere nearby.

Here's what else we were up to this week on

P.S. Wish Tierney a Happy Birthday today!

Out with Sara: Pizza Boy Brewing

Photo by GK Visual

Al talks shop while giving us a behind-the-scenes tour of Pizza Boy Brewery

It was only in the last few years that I finally got around to visiting Al’s of Hampden.

The first few visits were drop-ins to pick up pizza and an interesting six-pack en route to visit friends. But as the craft beer trend continues to advance locally and nationally, more people are taking notice to shops such as Al’s and Brass Rail in Campbelltown, as well as the growing number of bars that focus on craft beers.

Al’s of Hampden owner Al Kominski is doing something none of the others are doing: He’s brewing his own beer.

Inspired by his passion for craft beer — all kinds, it seems (Kominski is a beer nerd to the nth degree) — and driven by the antiquated Pennsylvania Liquor Code, which makes it more difficult for Al’s to serve the selection it always has, he decided to start brewing his own beer.

Kominski has been making pizzas for 21 years (he’s only 34), so he has aptly titled his brewery Pizza Boy Brewing Co. He essentially has a miniature version of what you might have seen at Troegs Brewing Co.; the same German-built tanks and equipment are in his pizza shop basement.

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Happy Hour Recap

Wednesday's Happy Hour was another smashing success. Thank you again to everyone who came out to Mulligan's for cheap drinks, free pizza and a good time.

I'd like to give a little shout-out to "most photographed" Liz Willey, who acted as a mini-ambassador, introducing me to as many new people as possible. Thanks for your support – it was great to meet so many new faces.

Thank you to the folks at Mulligan's for keeping things easy and for the tasty pizza.

A big thank you to hip foto guy (Gary), who again captured the evening for us on (digital) film. A snapshot of his photos are below. Click to see them all, or find the album on Facebook and tag yourself!

If you couldn't make it, fear not – more Happy Hour events are in the future. You can stay tuned by bookmarking this page – also be sure to save the date for Aug. 1 for the first-ever Booze Cruise – only 100 tickets will be sold!

CATEGORIES: Nightlife, Sara Bozich, SBHH

Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share Event


This past weekend I had the honor of being invited to an amazing event here in Harrisburg: the Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share, which allows craft beer enthusiasts to share rarities – or just a favorite beer – from their collections.

The event is free (though a few bombers, a growler, some 12 oz bottles – or any combination of is required) and just an opportunity for beer lovers to share their finds with others.

Approximately 100 people attend with what seemed like an endless supply of beers for everyone to sample. It was truly beer heaven. The beers were organized on three different tables by style as close as possible. There were also giveaways donated by local distributors and watering holes. I ended up winning a lovely 6-pack of beer from local small-batch brewery, Millbock Brewing.

The event has been running for a few years now and was originally created to emulate a similar event in the Philadelphia area. It has been created and organized primarily on Beer Advocate, but because of the growing network available via social media, it has grown in bounds. I found out initially via email, and then was reminded by good old word of mouth.


CATEGORIES: Craft Beer, Harrisburg

Weekend Roundup 3/8

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A huge thank you to everyone who came out last night for the third Happy Hour! I hope to have photos and a recap before the weekend. Thanks to Mulligan’s Downtown Pub for the free pizza and great drink specials. It was great to meet those of you I haven’t before – looking forward to seeing everyone at the first-ever Booze Cruise in August (don’t worry, we’ll have another one of these before then, too).

Tonight, I’m hoping to get in a few miles in this nice weather, then it’s an early birthday dinner at my dad’s. Tomorrow, dinner at The Left Bank in York prefaces Mike Birbiglia‘s performance at the Strand-Capitol with old friends.

On Saturday, I’ll shop all day with my mom, as is our birthday weekend tradition. Saturday night is Tierney‘s birthday shebang, and on Sunday, it’s down to Mom’s house for my birthday dinner. I’m hoping that dessert is homemade berry pie.

What are you doing this weekend?


Sign-up for spring races

Is it time to come out of hibernation yet? While we are experiencing a rather mild winter, I'm more than ready for warmer weather and longer days. Spring and fall are the best seasons for running, as they tend to boast the most favorable running weather conditions, and personally, I just long to be outside.

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In the winter, we have to deal with frigid temperatures, lack of sunlight and the threat of snow and ice. In the summer, the sweltering heat can make runs difficult, as well as dehydrating.

But with spring around the corner, it doesn't take as much motivation to lace up and get out the door. And what better way to enjoy it even more than running with other crazies?


CATEGORIES: Harrisburg, Hershey, Running

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