The Irishness of Ceoltas Irish Pub is unmistakable. From the thick accent of owner and Ireland-native Des Conboy to the woodwork designed and built by Irish craftsmen, the pub is proudly steeped in its cultural inspiration. In addition to creating an authentic Irish environment, Ceoltas serves Irish pub staples such as shepherds pie, fish 'n' chips, and pints of Guinness.
The pub complements its old-fashioned look with live music that blares across two stage areas and events on the third-floor open-air bar. Here, chest-high plants surround about a dozen tables. The tables are barrels, though, topped with what resemble the ends of large cable spools. A glossy wood plank caps the cobblestone bar, and speakers line the walls just below the open air above, sending modern hip-hop tunes retro-translated to ancient Celtic over crowds of revelers.
Carley's Ristorante and Piano Bar quells burning appetites for elegant flavors and family-style eating with an expansive dinner menu of shareables. Anchor incisors into The Meatball, a 12-ounce specialty studded with provolone cheese and three saucy dipping pools ($9.50), or prepare taste buds for scrumptious entrees with a variety of leafy delights, including the tuscan tossed salad with candied walnuts, goat cheese, and dried figs ($8.50+). Grain-grinding molars can chomp on mascarpone lasagna bolognese, built like an earthquake-ready skyscraper with secure layers of mozzarella, ricotta, and provolone cheeses ($13.50+). While soothing tongues with hugs of sophisticated flavors, enjoy live piano performances, including new-artist spotlights, open-mic nights, and group sing-along sessions of classic Beethoven sonatas.
Home to professional, regional theater, Open Stage of Harrisburg closes the curtain on its 25th season with a diverse quartet of one-person plays. This year's Flying Solo Festival opens with Pretty (June 2 at 8 p.m.), which tells an entertaining, tiara-driven tale of beauty pageants and society's preoccupation with pulchritude, written and performed by Jessica Bedford. Authored and acted out by Peterson Toscano, Transfigurations (June 9 at 8 p.m.) introduces the Bible's unsung gender-variant protagonists and recounts their stories with humor and heart, and Artificial Fellow Traveler (June 16 at 8 p.m.) stars playwright-performer Ethan Sandler and incorporates found texts to address fears, conspiratorial or otherwise, about the CIA's involvement in the Cold War and the invention of the Roomba. Lastly, Barbara Bates Smith slips on a gingham house-dress and wide-brimmed sassy hat to become the story-telling protagonist of Ivy Rowe (June 23 at 8 p.m.), a stage adaptation of Lee Smith's novel Fair and Tender Ladies.
The Whitaker Center's Select Medical IMAX Theater dazzles moviegoers with 3-D adventures projected onto a six-story screen and piped through a six-channel, 16,000-watt surround-sound system. The 65' x 80' screen towers over the audience, immersing them in overwhelming three-dimensional visuals like a diorama built in Paul Bunyan's shoebox. Swing from the trees with Born to be Wild 3D, a heartwarming documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman that introduces audiences to the lives of orphaned orangutans and elephants and their human care-givers. Hubble 3D follows the crewmembers of the space shuttle Atlantis on their mission to repair the Hubble Telescope, giving viewers a close-up look at such breathtaking galactic events as the birth of stars and the Quinceañera of planets. Check out the showtimes for all current films.
Inside Cinema Centers, moviegoers are enveloped in a state-of-the-art film-viewing environment to enjoy the latest Hollywood flicks. Bring a friend or frenemy to catch a new release, such as The Dilemma, a comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, or The Green Hornet, a quirky take on the superhero genre starring Seth Rogen. Indulge eardrums with the mellifluous luxury of digital surround sound while Cinema Centers theaters’ stadium seating ensures clear sightlines and good angles for not throwing popcorn.
Stashed away from busy highways and city streets, The Waterfront Bar & Grill invites visitors to step back into simpler times. The restaurant overlooks the Susquehanna River and beyond that, a mountainous backdrop sprawls out as an organic reminder of the area's beauty. Inside The Waterfront, or out on its riverside patio, diners dive into hearty, made-from-scratch meals including 10 different kinds of wings. Daily drink specials and live-music performances add to restaurant's mirthful vibes.
Allen Theatre, named one of Moviefone's 12 best local theaters in America in 2010, regales moviegoers with first-run Hollywood features and independent films from within a century-old building festooned with vintage movie posters. Local art complements the theater's art-deco style, which adds a classic feel to modern amenities including a Dolby Digital EX sound system, state-of-the-art projection lenses, and an advanced spoiler-alert system. Enveloped by the buttery scents that waft from a large popcorn, moviegoers will venture into the single-screen theater and feast anxious eyes on a current feature film or films of yesteryear, such as Wall Street showing November 15. Although not included with today's Groupon, viewings can be followed by a stop at MJ's Coffeehouse, where deli sandwiches, soups, and gourmet coffees help to fuel patrons and their automobiles, provided they run on gourmet coffees.