• Powwow culture

    USC Lancaster will celebrate the powwow culture of indigenous music, dance and drumming during its 14th annual Native American Studies Week from March 15-21.
    “While music and dance have always been a part of Native American culture, powwows, as we think of them today, are relatively new in Native culture, dating back not much more than a century,” said Dr. Stephen Criswell, USCL’s director of Native American studies.

  • Red Rose Festival is this weekend in Lancaster

    The Red Rose Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary May 17-18 with a weekend of family fun in the Cultural Arts District of Lancaster. The free two-day music festival also features children’s rides and activities, arts and crafts, vendors, a photo contest, pageant, dog show, car show and more. 
    The festival is 6-10:30 p.m. Friday, starting with the photo contest winners announcement at 6 p.m., and Rosie the Rabbit’s 10th birthday at 6:30 p.m. The pageant is at 7 p.m., followed by local favorite Whits End.  

  • It’s time to practice that Yoda voice

    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Joe Timmons fell in love with the "Star Wars" movies.
    This year, the See Lancaster events and promotions manager came up with the idea to celebrate May 4 – otherwise known as "Star Wars" Day – in downtown Lancaster.
    Fans of the pop-culture phenomenon, young and old, can participate in “May the Fourth Be With You,” featuring a costume contest and showings of the latest movies from the long-running series.

  • Lupanu String Quartet returning to Lancaster


    A universal rule of thumb for event organizers is, “a hit performance calls for a repeat.” Such is the case with the Spring Vivian Major Robinson Classical Music Concert coming up April 28.  

  • ‘Spy Pilot’ author visits SCCL

    Melanie Aves
    for Carolina Gateway

    Francis Gary Powers Jr. has a fascinating story to tell. He is the son and namesake of the CIA U-2 pilot who became famous when his plane was shot down deep inside the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960. The plane crash-landed almost fully intact and Powers’ father was captured by the KGB.

  • NY jazz with a Lancaster connection

    Whatever you call it – straight ahead, cool, smooth or hot – jazz is coming to Lancaster.
    The Paul Sanwald Jazz Quartet, based out of New York, will be performing at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center. This time, the music will be “straight ahead,” a sound born of the classic jazz quartet – tenor saxophone, piano, bass and drums. Lancaster will get to hear a mix of original jazz compositions, some brand new, all written by quartet leader Paul Sanwald, with additional selections by familiar names like Cole Porter.

  • Wingate choral group tops off double-header

    After a piano recital by award-winning pianist Gregory Knight on Sunday, the 35 voices of the Wingate University Singers top off a cultural double-header next Tuesday evening.
    The singers, who perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center on East Gay Street, enjoy both national and international recognition, but their home base is just across the state line in Wingate, N.C.

  • Piano concert kicks off CAC double-header

    Piano music is one of the most popular forms of musical performance in nearly any style, from classical to sacred to jazz.
    Kicking off a cultural double-header at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center on Sunday, Feb. 17, is classical pianist Gregory Knight. He will be followed Feb. 19 by the Wingate University Singers, performing on their spring tour.
    Knight has a remarkable international reputation. He’s from right here in the Carolinas, and was something of a child prodigy.

  • Accessible Shakespeare: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ moving, modern

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County is bringing an entertaining, exciting and emotive performance of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” to the stage starting this weekend, with an intriguing cast of new and recurring actors.
    “I think audiences who are afraid of Shakespeare because of the language are going to be really surprised,” said Director Harold Skinner at rehearsal Tuesday night. “They’re going to come and see something that they really do understand and that they can be entertained and moved by.”

  • Versatile Lang, Rainwater duo in concert Feb. 3 at CAC

    Music brings people together in the strangest of ways. Just ask Will Lang and Anne Rainwater of the Lang-Rainwater Duo – a trombonist and a pianist from opposite sides of the country forming a duo – one from New York, the other from California.
    They will be performing Sunday, Feb. 3, at 2:30 p.m. at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center.