Archive for January, 2012

Come Fly Away at Hershey Theatre Feb. 16-19

January 31, 2012

Come Fly Away Feb. 16-19, Hershey Theatre

Come Fly Away is the new Broadway musical that brings together the legendary vocals of Frank Sinatra and the creative vision of Tony Award-winner Twyla Tharp (Movin’ Out). Come Fly Away features a host of beloved Sinatra classics, including “Fly Me to the Moon,” “My Way,” “New York, New York” and “Witchcraft.”

This one-of-a-kind experience combines the seductive vocals of “Ol’ Blue Eyes” with the sizzling sound of a live on-stage big band and the visceral thrill of Tharp’s choreography. As 14 of the world’s best dancers tell the story of four couples falling in and out of love, you will experience the exhilaration of a first kiss, the excitement of a first dance, and the bittersweet moments of a first good-bye in a world of sparkling romance and astonishing beauty.

Every patron of the theatre needs to have a ticket, no matter what the age. Having a child sitting on your lap may be very distracting to patrons sitting near you. It could also hinder the view of the patrons sitting behind you.

Times: Thursday: 7:30 PM, Friday: 8:00 PM, Saturday: 2:00 & 8:00 PM, Sunday: 2:00 PM.

Tickets: $80, $75, $65 and $25, Processing fees apply. Tickets can be purchased at the Hershey Theatre box office or by phone: 717-534-3405.

Lisa Lampanelli at Strand Capital Feb. 24

January 31, 2012

Comedian Lisa Lampanelli, Feb. 24, 8 p.m., Strand Capital, York, Pa.

Lisa Lampanelli performs her “Lovable Queen of Mean” comedy act Feb. 24, 8 p.m. at York’s Strand Capital Theatre. Tickets are $37.75.

Heralded as “more than a standup – a standout,” by comedy legend Jim Carrey, Lampanelli is a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker, and a vial of estrogen. She has won accolades from The King of All Media Howard Stern, who called her “a true original and a brilliant comedy mind who’ll steal the show every time.”

Lampanelli joined the ranks of comedy greats with her 2009 HBO comedy special, “Long Live the Queen,” and also starred in her one-hour comedy special “Glamour-Puss” for Comedy Central. In addition, her first autobiography, Chocolate, Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat and Freaks, is available in paperback. Known for saying things that most people are afraid to think, Lisa Lampanelli’s raunchy, gut-busting performances are wildly popular at theaters across the U.S. and Canada.

Due to subject matter, this performance is recommended for mature audiences only.


Who Is Harrisburg Hope and Alan Kennedy-Kennedy-Shaffer?

January 30, 2012

Alan Kennedy-Shaffer, Founder, Harrisburg Hope

By Frank Pizzoli

If hope springs eternal, it must have had a talk with Alan Kennedy-Shaffer.

As founder in 2010 of Harrisburg Hope, the 27-year-old attorney has been able to do what no one else has been able to accomplish – get warring parties in a two-year old fiscal stalemate to talk to one another. He’s also created a level of trust between himself and Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson.

Dec. 1, 2011 about 125 people packed Harrisburg’s Midtown Scholar Bookstore when Kennedy-Shaffer brought together Attorney Mark Schwartz, who represented four Harrisburg City Council members filing for federal bankruptcy on behalf of city, a move since denied by a federal judge; PA Sen. Jeff Piccola, author of Harrisburg City takeover legislation; and Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Preis. The county is guarantor on loans made to the city.

Dec. 8, 2011 Kennedy-Shaffer drew in about 150 people when he hosted Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson in an “open mike” forum.

A Yale University and William & Mary Law School graduate, Kennedy-Shaffer is fitted to the role of convener.

“Harrisburg Hope is the only forum in which members of the audience get to ask the questions,” Kennedy-Shaffer explains. He starts off with his own short list of questions and then adroitly moderates for another hour or so, relying on time keepers to alert speakers that their time is up. And he enforces the time limit. He also doesn’t allow for “stun gun” questions. He politely acknowledges the questioner and then moves right along. His emerging signature gesture at the end of each program is to present all panelists with a “Civility Award”.

His sensitivity to civility may be his mom’s doing.

“My Mom used to take me and my brothers to gay pride marches in New York City, starting when I was 1-year old in a stroller,” he said. “I specifically remember the Stonewall 25th anniversary march (1994),” he said. He was 10 years old and today is no stranger to lgbt issues.

Kennedy-Shaffer is author of The Obama Revolution and Denial and Deception: A Study of the Bush Administration’s Rhetorical Case for Invading Iraq. He’s served as a regional field director for Barack Obama and the Democratic Party in Virginia and subsequently elected vice chairman of the Dauphin County Democratic Party. The Harrisburg resident is president of Danzante Community Art Center and former chairman of Broad Street Market.

Dec. 1`9, 2011 Kennedy-Shaffer hosted the recently court-appointed fiscal receiver David Unkovic. He is charged with crafting a plan from what seems like a mountain of previously proposed fiscal recovery scenarios that have all stalled out over various objections from one or another party to the problem.

In his simple but direct way, Kennedy-Shaffer is attempting to bring a measure of civility and order to what has become a dialogue of chaos and confusion. Currently an attorney with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and previously an attorney for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and he seems to have a fix on both bureaucracy and bullpucky.


Local LGBT Aging Network to Host Informal “Focus Group”

January 25, 2012

Medical Loan Closet Opens Feb. 1
The Central PA LGBT Aging Network, known as C-PLAN, is hosting an informal “focus group” meeting Sat., Feb. 11, noon- 1 p.m. at the Camp Hill Giant Community Center.

The group is calling for participants ages 50 and over who identify as LGBT. The effort is part of showing how people have connected with the LGBT Community Center and to gather information in order to develop an Outreach Plan for use by the C-PLAN Program.

Interested? Contact Louie Marven, executive director, LGBT Community Center Coalition of Central PA by Fri., Jan.27 at

Medical Loan Closet Opens Feb. 1
In related activity, the C-PLAN Medical Loan Closet opens Feb. 1 at Harrisburg’s MCC of the Spirit. Medical Items such as crutches, canes, walkers, wheelchairs, and shower seats, will be available for loan to LGBT 50+ folks who are underinsured or do not have insurance.

Louie Marven Named Community Center ED

January 6, 2012

This week (Jan. 6, 2012) the LGBT Community Center Coalition of Central PA announced the appointment of Louie Marven as executive director. Marven has worked with the center since May 2008, most recently serving as director of education & youth services. Read more in the March-April 2012 print edition.