Baby Shark, Harry T. Burleigh, jazz, comedy, art offered around Erie in mid-May

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Baby Shark, jazz and compositions by Harry T. Burleigh will be entertaining Erie area audiences this week. There's also an art and music festival, a comedy and a one-man play to see.

"Baby Shark Live!" will be at the Warner Theatre, JazzErie is hosting a concert at General McLane High School and soprano soloist Olanna Goudeau will join the Young Artists Debut Orchestra for a performance at First Alliance Church featuring Burleigh's works. The Downtown Edinboro Art & Music Festival is this weekend. "What the Bellhop Saw" is playing at All An Act Theatre and the Performing Artists Collective Alliance is presenting "Ben Franklin: An Ingenious Life."

Find details on these and more events below. We couldn't get everything in here, so be sure to check GoErie.com/calendar for more.

Note: It's always a good idea to check with organizers in advance to make certain an event is still taking place and to find out what COVID-19 measures are in place.

Spring events

"The Secret Life of Cows": Through Aug. 7, Erie Art Museum, 20 E. Fifth St. Observational portrait painter Paula Garrick Klein's exhibition focuses on the last operating small beef cattle farm in her suburban Pittsburgh neighborhood. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 2-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1-6 p.m. Museum admission is free for members, $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, free for age 16 and younger. 814-459-5477, erieartmuseum.org/paula-garrick-klein

"Narcissus": Through Sept. 18, Erie Art Museum, 20 E. Fifth St. Erie Art Co. and Noodlefish collaborative narrative installation inspired by the ancient Greek myth found in Ovid’s "Metamorphoses." Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 2-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1-6 p.m. Museum admission is free for members, $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, free for age 16 and younger. 814-459-5477, erieartmuseum.org/narcissus

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"Connecting with the Collection: Photographic Portraits": Through early 2023, Erie Art Museum, 20 E. Fifth St. Exhibition featuring a small selection of the many photographic portraits found in the collection of themuseum from formal studio-style portraits shot against simple backdrops, to composed scenes that offer contextual clues as to their subject’s identity, to documentary-style photographs and street photography. Artists in the exhibition are: Serge Balkin, Karen Bell, Kevin Bubriski, Tom Caravaglia, Kerry S. Coppin, Joseph Diess, Michael Emery, Mark Frey, Robert Gilge, Kenneth Graves, Mahlon Hirsch, Kathe Kowalski, Tony Ray-Jones, Arthur Rothstein, Edward Sheriff Curtis, Len Speier, Alfred Stieglitz, Mark Perrott, Jose Picayo and Rick Smolan. On May 19 at 6 p.m., guest curator Brian Cohen will lead a conversation about the exhibition and portraiture. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 2–8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 am–5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1–6 p.m. Museum admission is free for members, $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, free for age 16 and younger. 814-459-5477, erieartmuseum.org/collection-connection-photographic-portraits

"Out of Many – Stories of Migration": Through Feb. 26, 2023, Erie Art Museum, 20 E. Fifth St. A series of exhibits, events and conversations centering around the work of five photographers working out of Pittsburgh and featuring the faces and experiences of multiple generations of migrants and immigrants, and their descendants. Includes photography by Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Nate Guidry, Lynn Johnson and Annie O’Neill. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 2-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1-6 p.m. Museum admission is free for members, $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, free for age 16 and younger. 814-459-5477, erieartmuseum.org/out-of-many

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Wee Build Block Party: May 17, 24 and 31 and June 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10 a.m.-noon, Children's Room, Iroquois Branch Library, 4212 Iroquois Ave. Unstructured building time with friends; families welcome. Free. 814-451-7082, erielibrary.org

Poetry Live!: May 17, 24 and 31, 6-7 p.m., Peninsula Room, Blasco Library, 160 E. Front St. Listen to poetry from local poets. Free. 814-451-6927, erielibrary.org

Baby Shark Live!
Baby Shark Live!

"Baby Shark Live!": May 18, 6 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Pinkfong and Round Room Live present a fully immersive concert experience. $52.50, $42.50, $32.50. 814-452-4857, www.erieevents.com/events/event/05/18/2022/baby-shark-live

JazzErie concert: May 19, 5:30 p.m., General McLane High School, 11761 Edinboro Road, Edinboro. Featuring jazz bands from Bradford Area, Harborcreek, General McLane and McDowell High schools plus the Misery Bay Big Band. $5 donation, free for students. jazzerie814@gmail.com

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Theresa Caputo at the Warner Theatre: May 19, 7:30 p.m., 811 State St. Caputo, from TLC’s hit show "Long Island Medium," will share personal stories about her life, explain how her gift works and deliver healing messages to some audience members. Tickets start at $39.75 plus fees. 814-452-4857, www.erieevents.com

Young Artists Debut Orchestra concert: May 20, 7:30 p.m., First Alliance Church, 2939 Zimmerly Road. Featuring Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and three orchestrated spirituals by Erie composer Harry T. Burleigh, sung by soprano Olanna Goudeau. Free. www.yadostars.org/events

"What the Bellhop Saw": May 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m., and May 22 at 3 p.m., All An Act Theatre, 652 W. 17th St. Comedy about a nice fellow who checks into an expensive suite in New York City's finest hotel, precipitating a fantastic nightmare with a variety of characters. $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, $5 for ages 6-11. 814-450-8553, 449-6554, www.allanact.net

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"Ben Franklin: An Ingenious Life": May 20-21, 7:30 p.m., and May 22, 2 p.m., Performing Artists Collective Alliance, 1505 State St. Play written and performed by Ray Flynt envisions Ben Franklin, late in his remarkable life, talking with visitors in his Philadelphia home. $15 for in-person, $10 for livestream. 814-616-7222, www.paca1505.org/tickets

Downtown Edinboro Art & Music Festival: May 20-22, various Edinboro venues. Showcase of grassroots art and music in the unique spirit of Appalachian culture and tradition. Full schedule and music lineup online. Free. 814-734-3777, www.edinboroartandmusic.com

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Spring open house: May 21, 5-8 p.m., Presque Isle Gallery & Gifts, in the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive. Featuring more than a dozen local artists and vendors. 814-841-1567, www.presqueislegalleryandgifts.com

Stars of the Sixties: May 21, 7:30 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Concert featuring Jay & the Americans, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Dennis Tufano, The Cyrkle and Chris Ruggiero. $41, $51, $61 and $81. 814-452-4857, www.erieevents.com

"Elephant and Piggie's 'We Are in a Play!'": May 21, 11 a.m., and May 22, 2 p.m., Erie Playhouse, 13 W. 10th St. Youtheatre production of the musical based on Mo Willems' award-winning children's book series. Performances followed by a free activity hosted by Erie Playhouse Playtime staff; reservations required for the activity; space limited. Postponed from May 14 and 15. $5 plus fees. 814-454-2852, www.erieplayhouse.org

"A Ghost of a Chance": May 21 at 5:30 p.m., and May 22 at 2:30 p.m., Station Dinner Theatre, 4940 Peach St. Supernatural comedy features psychic humor, twists, turns and one-liners. $45 for adults, $39 for seniors/students and $28 for children 5 and over, includes full dinner. Some shows sold out. 814-864-2022. canterburyfeast.com

Music for Ukraine: May 22, 4 p.m., Walker Recital Hall, Mercyhurst University, 501 E. 38th St. Concert to benefit UNICEF USA: Children in Ukraine featuring Nathan Hess, Richard Rossi, Esther DeMary, Mary Bowen, Lillian Bowen-Vollmer, Valerie Vollmer, Royce Strider, Chris Butler, Sarah Hamilton, Mariana Mathewson and Rebecca Wunch. $20 suggested donation. www.mercyhurst.edu

75th anniversary concert: May 24, 7 p.m., Strong Vincent Middle School, 1330 W. Eighth St. Erie Junior Philharmonic concludes its 75th anniversary season with a performance featuring the principal tuba of the New York Philharmonic and Jr. Phil alum Alan Baer, who will play James Woodward’s Tuba Concerto, which was written for Baer, and an arrangement of Vittorio Monti’s "Czardas" that will include students from all the Junior Phil ensembles. The program will also include works by Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Maslanka. $10. 814-455-1375, eriephil.org

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Broadway in Erie: May 24 and 25, 7:30 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". Also, July 19 and 20, "Jersey Boys." Tickets for "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" range from $43-$73. Tickets for "Jersey Boys" range from $53-$88. 814-452-4857, nacentertainment.com/broadway-in-erie

Pink Martini at MIAC gala: June 4, 7 p.m., Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center, Mercyhurst University, 501 E. 38th St. Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center with a gala performance by Pink Martini featuring China Forbes. $30-$55 plus fee. 814-824-3000, miac.universitytickets.com

Monday Music in the Woods: June 6, 13, 20 and 27 and July 11, 18 and 25, 6-8 p.m., Asbury Woods, 4105 Asbury Road. Outdoor concerts in the Celebration Garden with local acts performing folk, bluegrass, classic rock, more. Take a chair or blanket. Food and beverages available for purchase. Pre-registration required. Free. 814-835-5356, www.asburywoods.org/events/monday-music-in-the-woods

Great Race Evening Stop: June 20, 5 p.m., Perry Square. Vintage cars in the time race rally for vehicles built before 1972 make a hosted stop on their 2,300-mile, nine-day journey from Rhode Island to North Dakota. Free. www.facebook.com/events/541470434060202/?ref=newsfeed, www.greatrace.com

Summer events

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Sounds Around Town: July 8, 15, 22 and 29, 7:30 p.m., WQLN, 8425 Peach St. Live outdoor concert series in WQLN's wooded pavilion. Performers to be announced. Includes free hot dogs. Take chairs or blankets to sit on. Concerts are recorded and aired throughout the year on WQLN-TV. Free. 814-217-6036, www.wqln.org/Community/Sounds-Around-Town

Foreigner brings its "Greatest Hits" concert to Erie's Warner Theatre on July 27.
Foreigner brings its "Greatest Hits" concert to Erie's Warner Theatre on July 27.

Foreigner: The Greatest Hits concert: July 27, 7:30 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. With 10 multi-platinum albums and 16 Top 30 hits, Foreigner is hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Urgent” and the No. 1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Tickets start at $39.50 plus fees; VIP packages for $279.98. 814-452-4857, www.erieevents.com

July 27: Iconic rock band Foreigner to bring 'The Greatest Hits Tour' to Warner Theatre in Erie

"A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum": June 10–11, 17–18 and 23–25, 7:30 p.m., and June 19 and 26, 2 p.m., Erie Playhouse, 13 W. 10th St. In the first Tony Award-winning musical for legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. Tickets not on sale yet. 814-454-2852, www.erieplayhouse.org/events/a-funny-thing-happened-on-the-way-to-the-forum

Tennessee Backporch Anniversary Concert: July 15–16, 7:30 p.m., Erie Playhouse, 13 W. 10th St. 40th anniversary celebration bringing back former members for a big show. Tickets not on sale yet. 814-454-2852, www.erieplayhouse.org/events/tennessee-backporch-40-years-on-the-backporch

"Kinky Boots": July 29–30, August 5–6, 11–13, 7:30 p.m., and Aug. 7 and 14, 2 p.m., Erie Playhouse, 13 W. 10th St. In the musical with a Tony Award-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, Charlie Price, who has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory on the verge of bankruptcy, finds inspiration in Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Tickets not on sale yet. 814-454-2852, www.erieplayhouse.org/events/kinky-boots

Daughtry: The Dearly Beloved Tour: Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. The rock 'n' roll band that has sold over 9 million albums, including "Cage to Rattle," and 16 million singles, including "World on Fire," will appear with special guest Pop Evil. Tickets go on sale May 20. 814-452-4857, www.erieevents.com

Fall events

"Whose Live Anyway?" Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" cast members Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, Ryan Stiles and Joel Murray present their improv tour. $37, $47, $57. 814- 452-4857, www.erieevents.com

Zach Williams Fall '22 Tour: Oct. 15, 7 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Grammy winner Williams performs his signature blend of southern rock, country and faith-filled songwriting; with special guest Ben Fuller. $20.50, $30.75, $41, $72. 814-452-4857, www.erieevents.com/events/event/10/15/2022/zach-williams-fall-22-tour

Find more events and submit your own for free at GoErie.com/calendar.

This article originally appeared on Erie Times-News: Erie, PA, entertainment: Art, music, drama, more for May 17, beyond

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