The grass is getting greener, the heat is replacing the cold and impossibly, it seems like Spring might finally be coming. With that comes more weekend entertainment, and the first weekend of April is looking to be a doozy. Not only does April Fool’s Day fall on a First Friday, but there’s a ton of concerts going on, as well. Unfortunately, you can only realistically pick a handful of things to do but thankfully, you can rest assured that they’re all worth it. Here’s a quick guide to this weekend.
Local artist Bear Kilonsky will be displaying and demonstrating his brand of art, in which he uses electricity to burn designs into wood. Musician Zachariah Kreider will accompany him on the flute. The show starts at 5:30 p.m. at The Rabbit & The Dragonfly.
Harrisburg artist Stephen Michael Haas is known for his various mural projects in the ‘Burg, including a landmark piece at The Makespace. His works will be on display at DECA on Friday night, and there will be live music and food for the onlookers. The after party will take place at the Carriage House, and will also serve as a birthday party for Animal House co-founder Ryan Davis. For more information on the after party, click here.
Our pal Mr. Suit aka Mike Madrigal always brings the most tastefully obscure horror films to First Friday at Zoetropolis, and this month is no different. The 1981 zombie flick has tons of suspense and subtle scares, so keep someone close for proper hand-squeezing. The movie begins at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10. BYOB!
Ok, this one is kind of cheating, as it takes place in Philadelphia. But trust me, if you’re willing to make the drive, it will be worth it. Roof Doctor released their new EP “My Band” earlier this week and it’s an impressive departure from their previous work. The band will celebrate the release and their tour kickoff all in one night at the Lavender Town house. Opening the show will be the also great Fake Boyfriend, Yes Yes A Thousand Times Yes and more.
Nearly a dozen artists will be on hand showing their work at the Fulton Street Arts Co-op on Saturday night. Both male and female artists worked under the theme of modern feminism and a portion of the proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood. New Kids Old Cars will provide the music. The exhibit starts at 5 p.m., though the art will be displayed for the next month.
Nostalgia is a fickle mistress, and like it or not, it seems like we’re all in love at the moment. Bypassing currently-hot ’90s nostalgia by a couple years, The Village will be hosting a millennium-themed dance party featuring all your favorite Eamon and J-Kwon hits. The $7 ticket also covers a drag show and a dance contest. Get there at 9 p.m., squares.
Local favorites Apes of the State will be closing their tour out with a rager at The Seed. It’s a CD release party even though the album came out a couple weeks ago. PA favorites opening the show include Hilltop Gamblers, Eric Funn and more.
End the weekend with an introspective night of post-rock. The trio of amplifiers, Cave Paint and Night will be slinging riffs at Bube’s Brewery in Mt. Joy. The show is 21+ and costs $5 thanks to the good folks at Animal House.