Fairy tale gardens
The Pa. Garden Show of York opens Friday, March 1, in Memorial Hall at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave., West Manchester Township. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $10 adults, $9 seniors (62+), and children under 12 are free. A multi-day pass is available for $15. Information: www.pagsy.com.
Holocaust survivor Esther Bauer recounts her harrowing experiences in a lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at The Pullo Family Performing Arts Center, 1031 Edgecomb Ave. on the Penn State York campus in Spring Garden Township. This is a free event. Information: 717-505-8900 or www.pullocenter.yk.psu.edu.
The Dude abides
First Friday's late-night cult-classic film series brings "The Big Lebowski" to the big screen at 10 p.m. Firday, March 7, at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. Tickets: $7. Information: 717-846-1111 or www.mystrandcapitol.org.
'Somebody to Love'
Jefferson Starship takes the stage for its 40 Light Year Anniversary Gala at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St., York. Tickets: $31-$41. Information: 717-846-1111 or www.mystrandcapitol.org.
Turn back time
Turn back the clocks to the 1920s with a time-travelers Speakeasy Bash from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at The National Watch and Clock Museum, 514 Poplar St., Columbia. Roaring '20s attire is encouraged for this event featuring live music, light food and a cash bar. Tickets: $20 per person; $30 per couple. Information: 717-684-8261, ext. 234 or www.museumoftime.org.
Celebrate Mardi Gras
Celebrate Mardi Gras with a weekend of Fat Tuesday fun from March 8-9 at Roundtop Mountain Resort in Warrington Township. Events include a mogul competition at 11 a.m. and chili cookoff at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, and the annual pond skimming event at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2. Information: 717-432-9631 or www.skiroundtop.com.
The annual York Saint Patrick's Day Parade steps off at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, along Market Street in downtown York. Several activities are planned for before and after the parade. Information: 717-578-0146 or www.yorksaintpatricksdayparade.org.
It's 'Hip to be Square'
Huey Lewis and The News bring a repertoire of classic hits like "The Power of Love" and "I Want a New Drug" to York at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St., York. Tickets: $65-$79. Information: 717-846-1111 or www.mystrandcapitol.org.
"Bat Boy: The Musical," opens on stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, at York Little Theatre, 27 S. Belmont St., York. Based on an actual Weekly World News story, this b-movie themed musical has gathered a cult following. Additional performances will be held March 22-23, and 27-30. Sunday performances are at 3 p.m. All other performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25 adults, $23 seniors (62+), $20 students (13+), $12 children (12 and under). Tickets purchased before opening night receive a $2 discount. Information: 717-854-3894 or www.ylt.org.
Family-friendly "Ocean Days" will introduce visitors to a variety of ocean life through crafts, activity tables, viewing and touch tanks for a weekend-long program from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22, and 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at the Nature Center at Nixon Park. Tickets: $2; park members and children ages 5 and under free. Information: 717-428-1961 or www.yorkcountyparks.org.
Rick Springfield's "Stripped Down" will present an intimate solo performance of music and storytelling at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at The Pullo Family Performing Arts Center, 1031 Edgecomb Ave. on the Penn State York campus in Spring Garden Township. Tickets: $55. Information: 717-505-8900 or www.pullocenter.yk.psu.edu.
Harrisburg-based metal band Gun Metal Gray will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. Tickets: $14. Information: 717-846-1111 or www.mystrandcapitol.org.