SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT 

Lancaster PA

ARTS. EDUCATION. COMMUNITY. CROWS. LOTS OF CROWS...
SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT heralds the return of the migrating Crows to Lancaster PA each winter.
The annual event is comprised of Arts, Education, and Community tie-ins with “Crows” as the theme.
Events take place Jan-Feb in Lancaster PA.

A BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT 2018 EVENTS...

Jan 12: Lancaster’s annual “All-Crow” Art Show Opens at Manheim Twp Public Library (5-8:00pm) This year, artists re-imagined Wallace Stevens’ poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.”

Jan 13: Laurie Ulrich of Lancaster Crow Coalition presents “Lancaster’s Crows: Get to Know the Locals & Visitors” at Manheim Twp Library (1:30pm). 

Jan 13: Caw of Fame Nominee Medusa’s Disco performs at Bube’s Brewery. Caw out for "Ask the Bird!" See them before they migrate from the area on another tour of the country. 

Jan 18: “Lancaster’s Crows: Get to Know the Locals & Visitors” at Lancaster Public Library (6:00pm). Laurie Ulrich of Lancaster Crow Coalition presents this informative talk about our feathered friends.

Jan 19: Open Beak Night at Rabbit and Dragonfly Cafe (7-9pm) Share Your Crow-themed Stories, Haiku, Poetry, and Songs with the flock. Free caw-fee for performers.

Jan 29: Take a stroll in Overlook Park and watch for Crows. Warm up with a Birdi and a brew at the Stoner’s Barn and Grill. Tell ‘em a crow sent you.

Feb 2: Friendship Heart Gallery Crow Art Show opens in downtown Lancaster. Join us for the First Friday Art and Caw-fee Crawl among the galleries.

Feb 6: Dining With the Crows: Crow Watcher’s Club Eat-up at Park City Diner. Check out all the crows who flock to the surrounding retai area. Enjoy chicken crow-quettes or eggs. Dawn or dusk.

Feb 10: Old Crow’s “Keep It Dark” Beer Tasting. Secret Crow Society’s annual Dark Beer Tasting and Food Pairing. Proceeds benefit The Home for Wayward Crows.

Feb 17: Caw of Fame Nominee Barleyjuice performs at Lancaster Convention Center as part of the Rose & Shamrock Festival! Did you know Kyf Brewer of Barleyjuice was once in a band called The Ravyns?

Feb 19: North Museum's corvid display is worth the dime. But did you know they also have a dinosaur gallery?

Feb 25: Lancaster’s annual “All-Crow” Community Art Show closes at MTPL Stop by your library and bid farewell to the black birds.

Feb 28: Farewell to Crows: Crow Haiku, Poe-try, Storyteller winners announced.
THINGS IN THE WINGS...

BARLEY JUICE AT LANCASTER CONVENTION CENTER FEB 17, 2018

BARLEYJUICE headlines Lancaster's ROSE and SHAMROCK FESTIVAL! The Irish Rockers headline a weekend of all things Irish with Celtic Bands, Irish Dance, Irish Food and Art competitions, and Celtic Living History February 16–18.

Join us for a pint or two on Saturday, Feb 17. See why Barleyjuice has been nominated to this year's Music Caw of Fame. Lancaster Marriott Convention Center. Cash bar available. Tix $13/$15door. For more info: www.roseandshamrock.org

FRIENDSHIP HEART GALLERY WELCOMES THE FLOCK FIRST FRIDAY IN FEBRUARY

Our friends at Friendship once again join us to create amazing crow art. They will be bringing Wallace Stevens' poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" to life with art.


"THE GREAT BLACKBIRD CHALLENGE"

ARTISTS RE-IMAGINE "THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT A BLACKBIRD"

"THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT A BLACKBIRD" is a poem by Wallace Stevens. It consists of 13 haiku-like stanzas - each containing a blackbird. The poem helped earn Stevens a Pulitzer Prize. We just like it.

Artists from Lancaster and Reading PA (Stevens hometown) reimagined the poem "THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT A BLACKBIRD" with their artwork. Here's a few pieces from the 2018 "All-Crow" Art Show. The exhibit opens Jan 12, 2018 and runs through February at Manheim Twp Public Library.

Just a few of the artists "reimagining" Wallace Stevens poem "13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird." Mimi Shapiro; Michael Finch;  Joe Palumbo; Patricia Kahler; Eric Lingenfelter;  Liv Seifert; and two by Hanna Biles. The artwork is featured at Lancaster's "All-Crow" Art Show January 12 - February 2018 at Manheim Township Public Library in Lancaster PA.

The poem that inspired the Great Blackbird Challenge...

THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING

AT A BLACKBIRD

                   -- Wallace Stevens


I

Among twenty snowy mountains,   

The only moving thing   

Was the eye of the blackbird.  


II

I was of three minds,   

Like a tree   

In which there are three blackbirds.   


II

The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.   

It was a small part of the pantomime.


IV

A man and a woman   

Are one.   

A man and a woman and a blackbird   

Are one.


V

I do not know which to prefer,   

The beauty of inflections   

Or the beauty of innuendoes,   

The blackbird whistling   

Or just after.

VI

Icicles filled the long window   

With barbaric glass.   

The shadow of the blackbird   

Crossed it, to and fro.   

The mood   

Traced in the shadow   

An indecipherable cause.


VII

O thin men of Haddam,   

Why do you imagine golden birds?   

Do you not see how the blackbird   

Walks around the feet   

Of the women about you?


VIII

I know noble accents   

And lucid, inescapable rhythms;   

But I know, too,   

That the blackbird is involved   

In what I know.   


IX

When the blackbird flew out of sight,   

It marked the edge   

Of one of many circles.


VIII

I know noble accents   

And lucid, inescapable rhythms;   

But I know, too,   

That the blackbird is involved   

In what I know.

IX

When the blackbird flew out of sight,   

It marked the edge   

Of one of many circles.   


X

At the sight of blackbirds   

Flying in a green light,   

Even the bawds of euphony   

Would cry out sharply.


XI

He rode over Connecticut   

In a glass coach.   

Once, a fear pierced him,   

In that he mistook   

The shadow of his equipage   

For blackbirds.  


XII

The river is moving.   

The blackbird must be flying.   


XIII

It was evening all afternoon.   

It was snowing   

And it was going to snow.   

The blackbird sat   

In the cedar-limbs.


SO WHAT'S UP WITH ALL THOSE CROWS?

Each year, up to 40,000 Crows migrate to Lancaster PA to roost for the winter. They like to roost in the city because it offers warmth and light and protection from predators. 
Residents and businesses, however, don’t always cotton to the crows company. Walk the city streets and you might think you hear gunshots (it’s possible), but more likely, its pyrotechnics – bottle rockets, screamers – used to scare the crows away from downtown.The crows usually end up on the outskirts of town, at shopping malls like Park City and Red Rose Commons, where they mass in great numbers. The sight is somewhat surreal...
At Christmastime, the real battle begins -- anti-crow cannons at shopping centers herald the coming of Christ and Crows with thunderous booms, sending crows skyward, and shoppers in a panic. Its fun to watch, and provides a little comic relief from the stress of the shopping season (if you aren’t a shopper or a crow).
By March the crows return to their summer homes in upstate NY, New England, and Canada. And we forget about them until next winter when it starts all over again.

CROWS IN THE COMMUNITY

"ALL-CROW" ART SHOW OPENS JAN 12, 2018

Artists re-imagined the poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" by Wallace Stevens. Lancaster's "All-Crow" Art Show opens January 12, 2018, 5-8pm at Manheim Township Public Library in Lancaster PA.

NATURE AT THE NORTH MUSEUM

Cabin fever? Take the kids to the see the corvid display. Feeding day in the reptile room is fun too. Did we mention they have a dinosaur gallery?

SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT CONTESTS...

CROW HAIKU and POE-try CONTEST 

What's a Crow Haiku you say? A haiku is a 3-line poem. The first line has 5 syllables, the second line 7 syllables, and the last line 5 syllables. It usually contains a "seasonal" word. We take it one step further, and ask the poet to include a reference to Corvids -- crows, ravens, magpies, rroks, or jays. Try it.  It's fun. Here's a few examples...

Crows gave you away --

that spring we played hide and seek

I saw you hiding.

She used to feed crows.

When snow got too deep for her

they ate from her hand.

Crows roost at the mall.

Canons on the roof scare them

into swirling snow.

There, there Mr. Crow --

don't curse me because the snow

weighs down your pine bough.

JACK BRUBAKER|The SCRIBBLER

BLACKBIRDS AND CROWS

With apologies to Wallace Stevens and a nod to Something to Crow About, the winter event that welcomes crows returning to Lancaster, here are six slightly modified lines from the poet’s “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”:


He rode over Lancaster

In a glass coach.

Once, a fear pierced him,

In that he mistook

The shadow of his equipage

For Something to Crow About!


Actually, the coach-riding character in Stevens’ poem — who was riding through Connecticut, not Lancaster — mistook a shadow for a blackbird.


But crows are, indeed, black birds, and this year’s Something to Crow About program will pay homage to Stevens while attempting to re-imagine his poem with art and music.


“Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” consists of 13 brief stanzas. Each contains a “blackbird.’’ The poem is one of Steven’s most famous, and part of the lifetime of work that earned him a Pulitzer Prize.


Something to Crow About “caws”' on artists and musicians to reinterpret one or more stanzas of the poem. Details: SomethingToCrowAbout.net


Promoters say “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” is a perfect fit for Lancaster’s annual All Crow Art Show, as well as an unusual way to pay tribute to Wallace Stevens.


Something to Crow About will be staged in January and February 2018 as migrating crows arrive here. It will feature crow-themed events such as an Open Beak Night. Prizes include Best in Crow.’


This year, Reading artists and musicians are joining Lancastrians in paying homage to Stevens, who was born in Reading in 1879. In his youth, the poet summered in Ephrata.


One of his other well-known poems maintains that “the only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.’’ Wallace Stevens knew what he was crowing about.

SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT'S CAW OF FAME

REGIONAL BANDS NOMINATED TO THE ROCK AND ROLL CAW OF FAME:

All Mighty Senators; Angelo M; Barleyjuice; Black Jellybean; Crack The Sky; DC & Co; Dillweed; Halestorm; Hexbelt; Live; Medusa’s Disco; The Districts; The Maybabies; The Mysteries; Second Sky; Total Quality Institute


MEDUSA'S DISCO

The Lancaster PA band earned a "Best in Crow" nomination for their song "Ask the Bird." They were also nominated twice to the Rock 'n Roll Caw of Fame: "Best Use of Bird in Song" and "Most Exciting Band To Watch" in the region. If you have to ask why, ask their fast-growing flock of fans.


THE MYSTERIES

Where this young Philly-based band gets their bluesy bubblegum 60's psychedelic sound is a mystery. But that don't matter. Just turn on. Tune in. Turn out for these guys. It's a great trip...


ALL MIGHTY SENATORS

Baltimore's Kung Fu Funk Masters were nominated to the Rock 'n Roll Caw of Fame because, well they are Something To Crow About! Plus, they got that song about Chuck Norris and Jackie Chan.


TOTAL QUALITY INSTITUTE

Bringing cred to Kutztown PA, Blind Pigeon Recording Artitst "TQI" earned a Something To Crow About nomination for their quirky brand of pop rock, bringing to mind the best of the Clash, Talking Heads, and Television. In short, the funkiest bunch of nerds you never heard of.

NATIONAL ACTS NOMINATED TO THE ROCK AND ROLL CAW OF FAME:

AC/DC; Aerosmith; Barleyjuice; Blur; Brave Combo; David Bowie; Robert Cray; Donnie Iris; KMFDM; Legendary Shack Shakers; Live; Lynyrd Skynyrd; Police; Ozzie Osbourne; Pretenders; Red Elvises, Rush; Santana; Sheryl Crow; Steppenwolf; The Stray Birds; Talking Heads; Tears for Fears; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers; Van Halen; XTC; Yes; Neil Young, and ZZ Top.

STEPPENWOLF

The rock 'n roll rebels first burned rubber on the "Easy Rider" soundtrack. Gave us radio classics like "Born to Be Wild," "Magic Carpet Ride," and "Rock Me." Of the handful of rock giants still standing, John Kay and Steppenwolf are without a doubt Something To Crow About! Hey, they still tour and sound better than ever. Go see em! On your chopper.

RUSH

OK, we secretly hope Alex will come to the Caw of Fame and give the same speech he did at the Hall of Fame. You know the one where he said blah, blah, blah, blah for like 10 minutes. Except for us he'd go caw, caw, caw, caw, for like ten minutes.

Rush gets our vote for best 3-piece rock band in the world. Blah, blah, blah...

AC/DC

How is it possible a band of misfits from Australia could dominate American rock and roll for so many years? Inspire thousands of high school kids to pick up the electric guitar?

"Sometimes I think we just don't know any better," said Angus.

Our favorite album? "Back in Black" of course. RIP Malcolm.

DONNIE IRIS AND THE CRUISERS

Ah! Leah, Love is Like a Rock...

Pittsburgh's adopted son has gone from 80's nerd rocker to 2000's biker rocker. Did you know the band still performs select venues on PA's west coast? Hey Dawnie, you know what? You are Something To Crow About!

Who said white guys can't dance? Here's The Trashmen doing "Surfin' Bird." The clip was nominated 'Bbbest in Crow" for music video.

Captain Beefheart's "Ice Cream for Crow" was nominated "Most Chill" video. Don Van Vliet’s visual art is cool too..

http://www.beefheart.com/art/


SINGER SONGWRITERS NOMINATED TO THE CAW OF FAME: 

Angelo M; Beck, Bruce Cockburn; Julian Cope; Sheryl Crow; John Fogerty; Steve Forbert; Colin Hay; Jimmie Dale Gilmore; Ray Davies; Richard Thompson; Tom Petty; William Elliot Whitmore; Jack White


ACTS NOMINATED FOR "BEST USE OF BIRD IN SONG" CATEGORY:

Captain Beefheart "Ice Cream For Crow"; Eels "I Like Birds"; Guided By Voices "Know Me As Heavy"; Paul McCartney "Blackbird"; Alan Parsons Project "The Raven"; Brian Eno "Put a Straw Under Baby"; Gleason's Drift "Crowes"; The Holy Modal Rounders "If You Want To Be a Bird"; Jamie O'Hara Some People (Just Can't Walk the Line); The Waterboys "Sweet Thing"; Trashmen "Surfin' Bird"; William Elliot Whitmore "Song of the Blackbird"; Medusa's Disco 'Ask the Bird"

LAST CAW...

CAW-TURAL ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Steve Aberdeen, Rene "Gift" Horst, Jen Palcrow

FILM / VIDEO

VANCOUVER CROW BECOMES A CELEBRITY

RAINBOW CROW

A beautiful animation and soundtrack of "Rainbow Crow," a Lene Lenape Indian legend about a crow who returns fire to the world and gets burned.


WHY WE LOVE TO HATE HITCHCOCK

Alfred Hitchcock's film "The Birds" may have set the neo-Crow Movement back 100 years. And the re-issue didn't help. But gosh darn it's still one of our favorite films of all time. Hitch. You genius. 

TRAILER FOR "THE BIRDS"

THE LEGEND OF THE SCARECROW

MAGPIE and PUPPY PLAY...

DON'T FORGET YOUR MASK...


WRITE YER OWN DAMN CROW CAPTION CONTEST

Bond Scott won the recent Write Your Own Damn Crow Caption contest. His winning caption "Pretzel Logic?" earned him a free Auntie Ann pretzel and a Steely Dan CD. Way to go Bond. You are Something To Crow About!

TRIVIA / CROW DID YOU KNOWS?


CROW DID YOU KNOW?  #33

Although crows and ravens are part of the same family (corvus), they’re not exactly the same bird. Ravens are a bit bigger than crows, and tend to be a bit shaggier looking. Both birds have an impressive repertoire of calls. The raven’s call is deeper and more guttural than a crow. It is often said crows “caw” and ravens “croak.” In flight, crows swoop, ravens glide.


CROW DID YOU KNOW?  #165

Did you know the Great Horned Owl is the Crow's most feared predator? It's just one reason crows like to roost in areas that are well lit - like cities, and shopping malls.


CROW DID YOU KNOW?  #20 

Did you know, unlike many animal species that abandon their own kind when they become sick or injured, crows will help other crows in need – keeping them company, bringing them food, and protecting them from predators.


CROW DID YOU KNOW?  #69

Crows mate for life and live in families – parents, children, grandchildren, and sometimes even aunts, uncles, and cousins remain part of the family unit and live together, spending their days foraging for food and exploring and at night, roosting as a group. This means that the crows you see in your neighborhood all year round are a family – and they’re as much your neighbors as the people who live in the house next door.

EATING / CROW

HUNGRY FOR A REALLY GOOD CREPE?

Rachel's is the place to go in downtown Lancaster PA for Crepes that are something to crow about. 

Order the "Blackbird" Crepe in honor of poet Wallace Stevens ("Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird").

WORD / COOL CROW READS

A whimsical look at the behavior of crows, complete with incidents and antics of crows. This picture-rich story of crows and their party-prone behavior teaches about observance of nature, interaction of nature in the urban environment, communication and the intelligence of crows. Illustrated by Nick McCarthy and written by London J. Maddison, this funny and enlightening book caws out crows for what they are – clever, creative, and fun-loving creatures.


ALBERT CAWLINS: IN PRAISE OF LAZY

Albert Cawlins has written a book! The Team Crow alum (Flock of 2010) has actually been writing the book for the last 30 years. 

"Believe me, I'm amazed as anyone it ever got done,"  said Cawlins.  This is his first book (and probably last). 

"CROW-PRASTINATOR - How I Learned to Put Things Off and Become a Lazy Person and Succeed in Business and Life" is more than a "how-to" in the art of doing nothing. It offers useful advice on how to let things "take care of themselves..." and the joy one finds in "putting things off for another day." 

The author is planning a book tour to promote the book as soon as he gets around to it.


ANSWER TO THE NE-CROWMANCER

This dark and deranged tome by southern Lancaster county writer Amos Crowsfutz should not have a home in our libraries. Or bookstores. But it very well could become a Best-seller, a blockbuster movie, and the Virtual Reality Game of games. Without giving it away, it’s the story of your life. How you live it. How you die. And how you dance with the Ne-crowmancer in the end.

EDGAR ALAN CROW - FATHER OF CROW HAIKU

The poet, (born Edger Allen Crowe), is best known throughout the flock for his Crow Haiku - a genre he practically invented. A book of his collected works is expected in 2019. 

FAMOUS CROWS IN HISTORY...

It's true CAMERON CROWE was cool before he became "the Uncool." A journalist for Rolling Stone and Creem as a teenager, Crowe graduated to screenwriting and making films. Fast Times at Ridgemont High may be his most popular film, but our favorite Crowe go-to is Almost Famous, a film depicting his real and imagined rock and roll rebel years. Visit: http://www.theuncool.com/

RUSSELL CROWE Not Your Average Kiwi
Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Crowe killed in "Gladiator," made numbers sexy in "A Beautiful Mind," and boxed his way out of "Cinderella Man." RC is a "Crow's Crow" said a member of Team Crow who wished to remain anonymous.

SHERYL CROW'S "Tuesday Night Music Club," with backing musicians David and David ("Welcome To The Boomtown"), first tripped our ears in the wee 90's. Sheryl continued to set the bar for fun, sassy pop with hits like 'Maybe Angels," "A Change Will Do You Good," "If it Makes You Happy," "Superstar," and Everyday Is a Winding Road." Sheryl, we love you now please perform at next year's Blackbird Ball. 

Crows on wheels. Are you happy now Jess? 

Sheryl Crow's recent "Rollerskate"

What makes you Something To Crow About?

Let us know. Contact Team Crow at [email protected]