Wednesday, March 04, 2009

New Harrisburg Venue: The Midtown Arts Center

In my last post I blogged about Jonas Hair and his new Progressive Galleries space in Lancaster. So I thought I would keep the blog love coming for Jonas because of another project with which he is involved: The Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center.

The Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center is the newest venue in Harrisburg, and has the potential to be the coolest venue in the city. HMAC has a little bit of something for everyone. The space boasts two performance areas. The Stage on Herr space has an intimate club feel with a capacity of about 300, and the ability to feature smaller bands and performances. The 10,000 square foot Playhouse features a stage and seating for upwards of 600 people. This space can accommodate larger bands and other performances as well as lectures.

Additionally, several thousand square feet of gallery space will allow HMAC to showcase the work of local and regional artists. The space also boasts Cafe Sip, a small eatery being operated by Mangia Qui, as well as a private spa club featuring a pool in the basement of the building.

HMAC will have a sneak peak opening this weekend (March 7th and 8th) with the opening of a portion of Stage on Herr. According to their press release:

Both evening events, held at the HMAC building located at 1110 North Third Street in Midtown Harrisburg, include food by Mangia Qui, a full cash bar, table and bar seating. Attendees will be directed to the separate entrance to the cozy and intimate Stage on Herr, located on the Herr Streetside of the center. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 headlining the Tim Warfield Band; NYC comedian Joe DeRosa, DJ Geoffro and Projectionist Justin Ayala. Tickets to the March 7 event are $35 per person.

Then, on Sunday, March 8th the doors open at 6:00 p.m. to present a different mix of entertainment with Washington D.C. flamenco guitarist Richard Barry with Polish violinist Katarzyna Bryla performing as a duo from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. OBA OBA, the area’s favorite Brasilian band takes the stage at 9:00 p.m. and is sure to get everyone on their feet. Tickets to the March 8 event are $15 per person.

The opening of HMAC has the potential to really bring some new energy to Harrisburg, as they seek to attract a wide variety of musical performers and visual artists. HMAC is also at the center of a new push to bring a First Friday program to Harrisburg, and will also be seeking to promote Harrisburg as a destination for film companies.

I'm pretty excited about the facility and look forward to seeing how things progress as they continue to open more of the space over the next few months. HMAC is located at 111o North Third Street in the heart of Midtown Harrisburg. Check it out!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

HMAC looks sweet, wish i was back there to enjoy it. please spread the word so that this place can be successful.