Area groups serving up fun-filled weekend

(From Barrow Civic Theatre)

One can join the Clarion community “for a smokin’ good time” this Friday and Saturday at the Clarion Mall. The Clarion BBQ Festival will be hosted to benefit the Clarion Hospital Cancer Center and the Clarion Student-Athletic Scholarship Fund.

A $5 donation will let residents partake in the grillin’ and eating starting at 4 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. DB’s Smokin’ BBQs, Triple R, Smokey B’s BBQ, Toby Hill’s Bar and Grill, Rub-n-Tug and Clarion University’s Cheez-O-Man food truck are all signed up to participate in the festival.

Musicians, including Samantha Sears, Mitch Little and Dan Housel, will be entertaining guests Saturday afternoon. Residents can also become part of the entertainment by competing in the Backyard BBQ Contest in which contestants will be judged based on their cooking of chicken, steak and baby back ribs.

The Barrows-Civic Theatre in Franklin will be showing off the musical talents of George and Ira Gershwin in “Nice Work If You Can Get It” this weekend. The two and a half-hour show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night and at 2 p.m. for a Sunday matinee.

(From Oil City Main Street Program)

(From Oil City Main Street Program)

“Oil City Uncorked,” a spring wine walk for those of age, is set to be hosted Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. in the south side business district of downtown Oil City. Eleven different wineries will be represented. Proceeds benefit the downtown revitalization efforts of the Oil City Main Street Program.

One can reserve tickets at the Oil Region Alliance office or the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are on sale now and cost $20 in advance and $25 the day of walk, while supplies last.

“The Hateful 8,” director Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, will make its Clarion University Theater debut at 7 p.m. Thursday. There will also be additional showings at 10 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Comedy “Ride Along 2,” starring Keven Hart and Ice Cube, will screen at 7 p.m. Friday, 10 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

With the semester coming to a close for Clarion University students, CU Movies on Main will end for the season after May 6. “How to Be Single” and “Zoolander 2” will be showing next week for students taking final exams and for others who want to see the latest comedy blockbusters.


(Eric Zavinski is a Clarion University student contributor to & Email Eric your weekend events to