If We Were You
From May 28 to June 10, here's what to do in Erie.
Meet Music Executives Aaron Arnold & Timothy Temper
One of the biggest issues breaking into the music scene - whether trying to get good advice or exposure - is actually meeting the real decision-makers that have real careers in the industry. Well, now's your chance. Join Aaron Arnold and Timothy Temper as they offer up the unfiltered 411 on how to build your career. Come and join this "real-talk" session. Tickets are $15 and the event will be held at the Metropolitan Club.
7 p.m. // 144 W. 13th St. // 456.5400
Young People's Chorus of Erie Guest Bartending Event!
Join friends and fans of the Young People's Chorus of Erie as they bartend on the bay - at the beautiful Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel. There will be drink specials, food specials, and the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel has offered to validate parking during the event for attendees. In addition, the patio will be open - with a cash bar offering beer and house wines. All tips benefit the Young People's Chorus of Erie's youth choral music program. YPC Erie is a youth outreach organization of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.
5 to 8:30 p.m. //55 West Bay Drive // ypcerie.org
Sean Patrick and the Newgrass Revolution
While the smell of smoked meats saturate the air during Rib Fest, Sean Patrick and the Newgrass Revolution will be cooking up something special inside Sherlock's. The local bluegrass band will pick, strum, and sing from the soul, providing a treat for your heart while others feed their bellies in Perry Square.
10 p.m. // 508 State St. // 453.7760
Typically, fire-breathing mythical creatures and wooden modes of transportation wouldn't make for a good mix, but when it comes to Dragon Wagon, the combination is quite enjoyable. The Ann Arbor, Mich. trio serves up intoxicating bluegrass-tinged americana tunes that would pair nicely with a shot of whiskey, a fiery night of fine folk at the Erie Ale House.
7 p.m. // 1015 State St. // 459.0099
GNOSiS w/ Special Guest
If you don't know GNOSiS, then you better head down to Sandbar Draft House to get an in-person lesson on the Edinboro band. The electronic jam troupe will team up with local progressive rockers Special Guest to put on a masterclass in how to rock a Friday night.
8 p.m. // 2835 W. 8th St. // 464.8880
Other Desert Cities
Presented by Dramashop, Other Desert Cities focuses on a family divided by politics who is driven further apart by the rehashing of an old family secret. The tale provides a searing look at the dramatics of life in the American family, and the tension of political rivalries when they intersect with philosophical and moral beliefs.
8 p.m. // 1001 State St., 2nd Fl. // email@example.com
Plant and Produce Preview at Goodell Gardens
Gardening this summer? Head on out to Goodell Gardens in Edinboro to get some fresh plant and vegetable starts — and some of the season's finest early produce — all from small, earth-friendly Erie-area farms, at Goodell's biennial Plant & Produce Preview Sale. You'll see, and be able to take home, some of what's been growing at area farms like Peace by Piece Farm, Conneautee Creamery, Tender Acres, and others from around the region. Admission and parking are free, too.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. // 221 Waterford St., Edinboro // goodellgardens.org
Go Even Crafter for Children's Advocacy Center
Erie-area children's advocates want you to put your money where your heart is today, and head over to PACA on State Street for this year's Even Crafter Craft Fair. The fair features the work of an array of fine local makers and artists, and organizers say all cash raised from at-the-door donations and the fair's auction will benefit the Bradley H. Foulk Children's Advocacy Center of Erie County.
Noon to 4 p.m. // 1505 State St. // paca1505.com
Daytime Lagoon by Pontoon
The lagoons at Presque Isle are full of natural wonders and unique beauty. Experience these calm waters through a ride aboard a pontoon boat. Daily rides are free, however seating is limited. Sign up begins daily at 10 a.m. and are on a first come, first serve basis in person at the pontoon boat station on Presque Isle State Park.
11 a.m. // Pontoon Boat Station just past Perry Monument // 833.7424
Titans of the Ice Age - Big Screen Movies at the TREC
Titans of the Ice Age transports viewers to the beautiful and otherworldly frozen landscapes of North America, Europe, and Asia ten thousand years before modern civilization. The magic of the giant screen reveals the harsh and beautiful kingdom of these titans: an ancient world of ice, the dawn of our ancestors, a time when humans fought for survival alongside majestic woolly beasts. Sponsored by Friends of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center
12 & 4 p.m. // 301 Peninsula Drive // 838.4123
Mid-Day Art Break at the Erie Art Museum
Join the Erie Art Museum and Steve Trohoske's Art Groupies for lunch this Wednesday as the group offers up live music on the Museum's 5th Street patio, the Museum provides free docent-led gallery tours at 12:30 & 1 p.m. and stop by for lunch at the Wave Cafe. The event is free, but feel free to tip the musicians (they're donating their time for this summer event).
Noon // 20 E. Fifth St. // 459.5477
Downtown Block Party benefitting the YMCA
Kickoff the series of the summer! Join the Erie SeaWolves and local bands Refugee and Mayflower Hill as they celebrate the summer in grand fashion with this traveling street party. Rain or shine, this free event will be packed, so it's always a good idea to get there early if you want a street table. Proceeds benefit the YMCA.
6 p.m. // 110 E. 10th St. // 455-3743
It certainly isn't a gamble when Presque Isle Downs brings country rocker Chris Higbee to Erie this Friday. The Pittsburgh-based farm boy is a sure-fire bet to provide some energized country tunes for the casino crowd.
9 p.m. // 8199 Perry Highway // 866.374.3386
LaMorvielle Mixtape Release Party at PACA
Local producer and artist LaMorvielle is throwin' down a big party to release her new mixtape — "The Goddess of Love" — tonight at PACA, and she's already invited a whole lotta friends. With guest performances by the likes of Erie's C. Brown, RedSkll, Doc'Proto, LA'Raine, Byron Eanes, Neiman, Lady A, Jonny Evans, and A.T.G., it's sure to be a fun-filled night on State Street. Admission is $5, and the show is 21+ only.
9 p.m. // 1505 State St. // paca1505.com
Community Poetry Appreciation Awards at Poets' Hall
You can experience the words of some of the city's most noted poets — through their own voices — tonight at Erie's 2014 Community Poetry Appreciation Awards at Poets' Hall on East Lake Road. Featuring local poets Veronica Hopkins, Kim Noyes, Luchetta Manus (Cookee), Chuck Joy, and Luke Kuzmush (this year's International Fellowship of Poets and Spoken Word Artists' nominees for Erie Community Laureate), the CPA Awards will also include a special appearance by 2013 Community Laureate Winner Monica Igras. And there will be local live music as well, courtesy of LEC guitarist Dan Head and the event's host, Fazed Cookies' Michael Bennett. Donations are requested, and most appreciated.
Doors: 7:30 p.m. // 1136 East Lake Road // facebook.com/ErieCommunityPoetryAwards
In a recent issue, Erie Reader Contributing Editor Cory Vaillancourt had a chance to review Clay Snyder's album Your Own Path, and he liked what he heard calling it "different and interesting and a breath of fresh air." Check and see if you agree with Mr. Vaillancourt's assessment when Snyder performs at the Sunset Grill in Edinboro this Saturday.
12670 Edinboro Road, Edinboro // 734.1033
Art & Sole 5k Run/Walk
Join us for the 7th Annual Art & Sole 5K Run/Walk benefiting the Neighborhood Art House Participants will begin at the Neighborhood Art House, proceed through downtown Erie and end at the Neighborhood Art House. Plus, your participation helps to support after-school and summer arts programs for inner-city youth.
9 a.m. // 201 E. 10th // 455.5508
Morning Ecopaddle at PI
Join up with one of Presque Isle State Park's expert naturalists for a morning-time paddle to view the varied — and very beautiful — flora and fauna in and around the wide and wonderful park. Bring your own kayak or canoe, or rent one from the park. No registration or experience is required.
9 to 11:30 a.m. // Presque Isle Lagoons Launch // trecpi.org
Jesus Christ Superstar at the Erie Playhouse
Truly a masterpiece! Take an emotional journey through the final days of Jesus Christ in this powerful rock opera. Both thought-provoking and tender, it illuminates the awe-inspiring power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart. The stirring and contemporary score will hold you spellbound.
2 p.m. // 13 W. 10th St. // 454.2852
EYEHATEGOD, Homewreckr, and guests
Louisiana hard-rockers EYEHATEGOD have been in the music business for quite some time, and now they'll bring the band's 26-year history to Basement Transmissions for a night of many bands and heavy riffs. The NOLA crew will be joined by Washington's Homewreckr and six other big, bad bands to keep your ears ringing for the rest of the coming work week.
12 p.m. // 1501 State St. // basementtransmissions.com
Sounds of Summer
The City of Erie will kick-off their Sounds of Summer music series this Monday night with the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Jim Moore, Erie Elvis Appreciator will be offering up some classic rockabilly tunes for those that loved this beyond-generational icon at the St. Joseph Apartments. This event is free and open to the public.
7 p.m. // 517 Maryland Ave. // erie.pa.us
Partners in Dance
It's a summer beach party! Well, close. It is the theme for this year's 13th Annual Erie Homes for Children and Adults Partners in Dance program. This performance is brought to you by the EHCA Adult's MOVE program alongside Dafmark Dance Theater. Led by Dafmark's Hoop dancer, Jennifer Dennehy alongside dancers and members of Dafmark Dance Theater, the exciting spring show will feature choreographed movement, colorful costumes, engaging music, and shining smiles. Admission to the performance is free and open to the public.
1:30 p.m. // 320 E. 10th St. // 454-1534