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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 at 7:46 AM

wed 4.02

FILM presents Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

This week’s film of choice at the Erie Art museum is a romantic drama starring Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara and Ben Foster. First debuting at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Cinematography Award in the U.S. Dramatic Category, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints tells the story of an escaped outlaw and his journey across Texas to reunite with his wife and daughter. Tickets are just $5.

7 p.m. // 411 State St. // facebook.com/FILMErieArtMuseum

Penn State Behrend Speaker Series presents Laura Ling

Award-winning journalist Laura Ling, host of the E! Network’s “E! Investigates,” will talk of her “Journey of Hope” in the Reed Union Building as part of Penn State Behrend’s Speaker Series. Ling has covered important issues such as Internet censorship in China, slave labor in the Amazon and Mexico’s drug war and was even detained for 140 days in 2009 by North Korean soldiers while covering women trafficking. Admission is free and open to the public.

7:30 p.m. // 4701 College Dr. // 898.6171

thurs 4.03

Open Mic Night

We aren't fooling when we say that you amateur musicians out there can have your chance to shine. Head to the Brewerie for Open Mic to deal out some tunes or just check out some other local players strut their musical stuff for a crowd partaking in some pints of craft brews.

7 p.m. // 123 W. 14 St. // brewerie.com

fri 4.04

Bobby Borgia: Lights, Camera, Magic!

Do you believe in magic? Once again, master magician Bobby Borgia returns to the Erie Playhouse stage in an all-new interactive, live magic show where the magic happens to you! Sleight of hand and close up magic combined with a live video feed and state of the art interactive illusions will allow the magic happen to everyone in the audience.

7:30 p.m. // 13 W. 10th St. //454.2852

April Fools Acoustic Night

Basement Transmissions fans can settle in for a quiet night away with April Fools Acoustic Night. Ethan Oliva of Barlow and Optimistic Apocalypse headline a list of local artists ready to start the weekend off with a few good strums, although given that it’s “April Fools” night, you never know what you can truly expect.

5:30 to 11:30 p.m. // 1501 State St. // basementtransmissions.com

sat 4.05

Live from the Met - La Bohème by Puccini

The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD Presents: Puccini’s moving story of young love is the most performed opera in Met history. It’s Christmas Eve in Paris, and a young poet meets the love of his life. Their time together is a poignant picture of poverty and illness, shared by friends. The entrancing set captures the charm and vigor of 19th-century Paris. It’s a story of romance, friendship and a struggle for survival in the city of lights. Live from the Met is shown at Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture.

12:55 p.m. // 501 E. 38th St. // 824.3000

Jon Box B-Day Bash

With how much Jon Box has given the Erie music community, it’s time to throw the the man a proper birthday party. The Jon Box B-Day Bash will bring together talented singer/songwriters like Erie’s own Amber Alley and MCs like Pittsburgh’s Crystal Seth together at PACA. Refreshments and d'oeuvres will be available as part of a $5 cover, a small price to pay to celebrate Box. 

7 to 11 p.m. // 1505 State St. // paca1505.com

Darkest Destiny

Wanna see one of Erie's newest hardcore/metal bands play out for the very first time? Then head over to Basement Transmissions for Darkest Destiny's premier show. The alll-ages event also features performances from Lowlife (formerly Melrose), Armory Infirmary, and All My Friends Are Dead. Tickets are $8 pre-sale, and $10 at the door.

6 p.m. // 1501 State St. // facebook.com/Basement Transmissions

sun 4.06

PACA Artisan Fair

It’s no secret that Erie is loaded with talented artists and musicians. This is your chance to check some of them out and help our local economy and benefit the Autism Society of Northwest PA, all in one. Featuring work from 25 local artists and performances by 5 local musical acts, admission for the fair is only a $1 donation at the Performing Artists Collective Alliance.

12 p.m. – 4 p.m. // 1505 State St. // paca1505.com

On Screen/In Person Series presents United in Anger: A History of Act-Up

This film presented by Mercyhurst is a documentary of the AIDS activist movement. From the combined dedication and efforts of a variety of men and women from different cultures and classes to shocking archival footage and inspiring interviews, the film will explore the creation of AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) and the preparation and implementation of several major actions. Stick around after the film for a Q&A with the filmmaker.

2 p.m. // 501 East 38th St. // miac.mercyhurst.edu

mon 4.07

Annual Take Back the Night March and Community Rally

Join the annual “Take Back the Night March and Community Rally.” This event is free and open to the public as men and women of all ages come together as allies in order to take a stand against violence in our community. More than 200 participants are expected to proceed in solidarity with statistics and speakers along the way before concluding the march inside Gannon University’s Yehl Ballroom where survivors and others are invited to speak out and break the silence by sharing their stories.

7 to 8:30 p.m. // Perry Square //Allison021@gannon.edu

tues 4.08

Planetarium Night

A total lunar eclipse is upon us! Before getting your mind blown by the actual eclipse on April 15, you can learn all about that amazing celestial phenomena — what, where, when, why and how — at a special program at Edinboro University's planetarium. It's family-friendly, and admission is free, but reservations are required, so make sure you call ahead to get a place in that space.

7 to 10 p.m. // EUP Cooper Science Center planetarium, 230 Scotland Road // 732.2493

wed 4.09

FILM presents Enemy

Head to the Erie Art Museum tonight for Canadian film “Enemy” starring Jake Gyllenhaal in a dual role, Mélanie Laurent and Isabella Rossellini. Adam (Gyllenhaal) is a history professor who sees his exact look-alike in a movie and sets out to search for answers. Sit back, sip some wine and watch the mind-bend unfold. Tickets are just $5.  

7 p.m. // 411 State St. // facebook.com/FILMErieArtMuseum

thurs 4.10

Fudd w/ GNOSiS

If you need to get out of the house for some pre-weekend fun, It’s time for a funky rock-fusion experience at Sherlock’s. Erie Alt-funk rockers Fudd and Edinboro jam-dance group GNOSiS will team up for a night of genre-bending musical madness to get people dancing on a Thursday night. 

10 p.m. to 2 a.m. // 508 State St. // 453.7760

Edinboro Film Series presents Goldfinger

Based on the novel by Ian Fleming, 1964’s “Goldfinger” is the third film of the James Bond series and stars Sean Connery as Bond who, while investigating gold smuggling, unearths a plot by gold tycoon Auric Goldfinger to attack the U.S. Bullion Depository at Fort Knox. A financial success, this film is the first of the Bond films to win an Academy Award. Tickets are just $5.

8:30 p.m. // 217 Meadville St., Edinboro // 

events.edinboro.edu 

fri 4.11

Keynote Speakers' Series presents: Bryon Stevenson

Hear — and listen — to the words of a man whose advocacy is credited with helping transform how the U.S. justice system deals with violent young offenders when Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, joins the 'Keynote Speakers' series at Allegheny College in Meadville. A Harvard graduate, Stevenson has won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system. There is no cost to attend.

7 p.m. // Allegheny College Ford Chapel // 332.3100

sat 4.12

Erie Maritime Museum Little Mates Easter Egg Hunt

Ahoy, Little Mates! Hop on down to the Erie Maritime Museum for the Little Mates Easter Egg Hunt. Decorate your own Easter bag, create an Easter Bunny craft, take a tour of the museum and ship & visit with the Easter Bunny himself. Reservations required by Friday, April 4.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. // 150 E. Front St. //452.2744 ext 222

Pale Green Stars w/ Potwhole

Get a bit of color in your cheeks with Pale Green Stars at PACA. The Syracuse N.Y.-based alt-country trio will make the trip to Erie to team up with local gypsy tonk troupe Potwhole to create a night full of furious strumming. They may be Pale Green, but these guys can put on a healthy showing.

9 p.m. to midnight // 1505 State St. // paca1505.com

Edinboro Game Expo 2014

Games, music, and happiness, oh my! The Edinboro Game Expo is coming to the Edinboro University off-campus rec center, combining your love of fun games and rocking music for just a $3 cover. Enter tournaments for Super Smash Brothers: Brawl and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom and watch electronic alt-rockers Spethz and dance fusion band GNOSiS all in one place of nerdy glory.

5 to 11 p.m. // 219 Meadville St. //732.1605

sun 4.13

Langer Film Series presents Mademoiselle C

If you are a lover of fashion, you won’t want to miss this film documenting leader of modern fashion Carine Roitfeld and the launch of her new magazine “CR Fashion Book.” Over-flowing with fashion-world glamour, director Fabien Constant goes behind closed doors to show rare glimpses into both the professional and personal life of this revered fashionista. Tickets are just $6.

2 p.m. // 501 East 38th St. // miac.mercyhurst.edu

Empty Bowls Hunger Awareness Dinner

This year’s Empty Bowls Dinner vendors include: Bertrand’s Bistro, The Brewerie, Joe Root’s Grill, Molly Brannigans, Pufferbelly, U Pick 6 Public House, and Whole Foods Co-op, all donating delicious soup for $5 ($15 dollars for a handcrafted bowl) so grab some friends and head down to Mercyhurst’s Egan Dining Hall to enjoy a simple meal. Get your tickets at the Second Harvest Food Bank or contact John Herrmann below. All proceeds benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania. 

4:30 to 7 p.m. // 501 East 38th St. // jherrm98@lakers.mercyhurst.edu 

mon 4.14

SeaWolves Buck Night

Don’t miss the Howlers’ home-opener series against the Bowie BaySox, which starts Thursday, April 10, but if you head to Jerry Uht Park this Monday, you can celebrate the first Buck Night of the season. Enjoy Smith’s hot dogs, Pepsi soft drinks, popcorn, and domestic draft beer — all for just $1 each.

6:35 p.m. // 110 E. 10th St. // 456.1300

tues 4.15

Swan Lake

Considered one of the greatest classical ballets of all time, Swan Lake comes to Erie. Tchaikovsky’s sublime score and captivating storyline make this a not-to-be-missed show, and thanks to the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture and The Moscow Festival Ballet, you won’t have to go far to catch it in Erie. 

7:30 p.m. // 501 E. 38th St. // 824.3000

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Stop by VegFest 2016 and discover the fun in a plant-based lifestyle.

On Sept. 25, Mary Halvorson brings her current duo project, Secret Keeper, featuring bassist Stephan Crump, to Erie’s PACA.

IN THIS ISSUE

100 years of drama, music, laughter, and family. 

A longtime local car-parts sculptor gets Ripley’s acclaim for his delightfully out-there art.

A call to save nursing jobs and chemotherapy infusion services at the Regional Cancer Center. 

Stop by VegFest 2016 and discover the fun in a plant-based lifestyle.

On Sept. 25, Mary Halvorson brings her current duo project, Secret Keeper, featuring bassist Stephan Crump, to Erie’s PACA.

The Colony Plaza parking lot will transform into an outdoor shopping and socializing event called Parking Lot Palooza.

This is the fourth album for Cleveland punk quartet Signals Midwest, and it might be their best yet. 

Fairness and justice take center stage in our commonwealth.

Handy emojis for Erie texting.

Audit looming? No problem. Just use accounting ‘adjustments,’ like the Department of the Army.