Entertainment

DINING: Bank & Bourbon a tasty culinary investment |May 18, 2018

Maybe it was just a dream, but I think I read somewhere that NASA has discovered a new planet covered in bourbon. But even if you can’t go there any time soon, you can do the next best thing; you can go to Bank & Bourbon, the upscale restaurant in the Loews Hotel in the old PSFS building at 12th and Market streets in center city Philadelphia.

Updated space at Penn Museum covers 10,000 years of history |May 17, 2018

The way you look at ancient history and world cultures is about to change.

Eastern State Penitentiary announces three new art installations for 2018 |May 16, 2018

Eastern State Penitentiary isn’t imprisoned in the past.

It’s two for the show as Hall & Oates join Train for tour; stop in Philly for HoagieNation Festival |May 15, 2018

John Oates had just come off the road from a series of smaller shows behind his new solo album, “Arkansas,” but he’d be ready to go, Oates said from his home in Nashville, Tennessee, when it was time for Hall and Oates to head out for a summer tour with Train that got underway at the beginning of May.

ART SCENE: Mark Art Museum Day, check out a studio tour and more local art |May 15, 2018

To celebrate the 9th annual Art Museum Day, the Brandywine River Museum of Art will offer free admission and special programming on Friday, May 18, 2018. An initiative of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), Art Museum Day gathers hundreds of institutions from across North America to recognize the arts and the important role that art museums play in their communities.

John James Audubon Center in midst of adding modern museum experience |May 14, 2018

Renovations and construction at the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove site have led to curiosity and discovery for Lower Providence residents.

Celebrity chef Robert Irvine hosting Beats ‘n Eats Food + Music Event at Fillmore |May 14, 2018

The star of Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible” wanted a fun and memorable food event unlike any of the others that he had ever attended.

Get out and enjoy the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square |May 11, 2018

The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square is more than a dazzling spectacle of 15,000 colored LED lights. It’s also an excuse to grab some extended fresh-air time, and to discover things about the world with your family.

The Macungie Band, a 160-year-old community band performs at Kutztown Park |May 10, 2018

This Saturday evening, May 19, from 7 to 9 p.m., The Macungie Band will perform on stage at the Kutztown Park bandshell in the Borough of Kutztown 2018 Concert Series. This is the band’s first Kutztown performance.

Kutztown Community Choir takes a musical journey across our land |May 10, 2018

The Kutztown Community Choir will present its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 20, at 7 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 357 W. Main St., Kutztown.

Rodeo’s Drive-Thru Hollywood News: Kid Reviewer goes behind-scenes at Bon Jovi Concert |May 10, 2018

My first concert ever was Elton John a few years ago and I was lucky enough to sit close to the stage. I noticed the video cameras filming the show and photographers rushing to the stage to take pictures.

MOVIES: Russo brothers catch their breath in Cleveland between making giant ‘Avengers’ adventures |May 9, 2018

There’s no rest for the wicked — or for two men making the two biggest movies the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever seen.

Philadelphia indie rock band Hop Along released new music; gets ready for hometown show |May 9, 2018

Fronted by the emotionally earnest, and sometimes-raspy, powerhouse belter Frances Quinlan, the Philly band Hop Along have sold out a May 19 hometown show at Union Transfer.

LOCAL MUSIC: High school juniors AP the Plan release new song ‘Video Games’ |May 8, 2018

“They’re great artists, they’re great kids. They have great parents,” said Terry Jones, co-owner/operator of Philerzy Productions, a Philadelphia musical artist management company that’s negotiating a record label for pop/hip-hop duo AP the Plan.

ART: Chester County Studio Tour features 154 artists in 64 studios |May 8, 2018

Jeff Schaller started off small and has grown the exposure of the Chester County artists to the community over the years.

EAT & DRINK: Find out about wine club, Burger Month and Reading Terminal Market’s 125th year |May 3, 2018

For Digital First Media King of Prussia’s restaurant scene keeps growing. This summer, look for Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, known for its food, drinks and live jazz. https://www.eddiev.

Clay on Main announces spring workshops |May 3, 2018

As Mother’s Day comes around, area residents might consider signing up for a Fused Glass Jewelry workshop with Max Rhoads at Clay on Main. Clay on Main is offering a special price for this workshop, in celebration of the holiday – it’ll be only $15, materials included.

Talisman Players present Evening of One Acts at Kutztown University’s Little Schaeffer Theatre |May 3, 2018

In what seems like an impossibly short time, The Talisman Players have established themselves as a successful community theatre.

SUMMER MOVIES: Put ‘Solo,’ Jurassic World,’ ‘Skyscraper’ and more on your calendar |May 3, 2018

This year, summer started in April.

MUSIC: Monnette Sudler brings her Philadelphia Guitar Summit to World Café Live |May 2, 2018

In her ongoing efforts to introduce music enthusiasts to a variety of musical genres beyond the mainstream, multitalented Philly based jazz guitarist, composer, producer and poet Monnette Sudler returns to the concert stage with her 9th Philadelphia Guitar Summit.

Conestoga Christian School presents ‘Into the Woods’ |May 2, 2018

Students at Conestoga Christian School (CCS) will perform the award-winning Broadway musical Into the Woods on Thursday and Friday, May 17 and 18, at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, May 19, at 2 p.m.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Contemporary Christian superstar Chris Tomlin brings tandem, all-star show to Philly |May 1, 2018

Life continues to be very good for singer/songwriter Chris Tomlin.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Bock Fest & Goat Races, Monster Jam, beer gardens and more on tap |Apr 30, 2018

Celebrate Mothers Day Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation: “Gifts from a Secret Garden” runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last admission at 3) May 12 at 3900 N. Sandy Flash Drive, Newtown Square.

Kutztown University Blues and Rock Ensemble presented DownBeat Student Music Award |Apr 27, 2018

Kutztown University’s Department of Music has been named the recipient of a DownBeat Student Music Award (SMA). KU’s Blues and Rock Ensemble I took the prize for Undergraduate College Outstanding Performance in the category of Blues/Pop/Rock Group.

Berks County Parks and Recreation announces spring programs |Apr 27, 2018

Several programs are being presented by the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call 610-374-8839, visit www.countyofberks.com/parks or find us on Facebook under Berks County Parks and Recreation.

Berks community invited to Reading Theater Project’s play reading series |Apr 27, 2018

Building on its reputation for creating new and exciting theater that is relevant to the Berks County community, the Reading Theater Project proudly announces their play reading series at Christ Church United Church of Christ, 4870 Kutztown Road, Temple, on May 12 at 8 p.

ART: Historic Yellow Springs hosts 45th annual art show |Apr 26, 2018

Since the Revolutionary War, women have played important roles in the history and culture of Historic Yellow Springs. From Abigail Hartman Rice, who was a war nurse at the Revolutionary War Hospital in the village, to Connie Fraley, who formed the Yellow Springs Association in 1967, women have left their marks.

THEATER: A quick look at what’s on stage in the region |Apr 25, 2018

Act II Playhouse: “Zuzz the Alien Needs Your Help!” (an interactive comedy for kids) through April 29; Lerner and Lowe’s “Camelot,” May 15-June 17, 56 E. Butler Ave.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ the epic, entertainment payoff of Marvel Studios’ efforts |Apr 25, 2018

“Avengers: Infinity War” isn’t just the biggest comic-book-character team-up we’ve ever seen on the big screen.

LOCAL MUSIC: In the Pocket remake of ‘Frankford El’ expands scope of song |Apr 24, 2018

Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen has added quite a curiosity to his living, growing “In the Pocket” playlist of quintessential Philadelphia songs.

COMEDY: Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood on the road with ‘Whose Line is It Anyway?’-style improv |Apr 24, 2018

Known for their TV roles, especially on “Whose Line is It Anyway?”, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood have been touring with their two-man improv show for 16 years now.

ON STAGE: ‘Newsies’ burst with force at Media Theatre |Apr 23, 2018

Once upon a time, an outstanding Broadway show would be turned into a great movie. There so many — “My Fair Lady,” “42nd Street,” “Lion King,” and many Rogers & Hamerstein musicals.

5th Annual Author Pavilion hosted at Kutztown Block Party April 29 |Apr 19, 2018

The novelist Ernest Hemingway once famously said, “It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”

Headliners announced for The Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration |Apr 19, 2018

Bill Haley Jr. and the Comets, Hector Rosado and Steel Ave. Salsa, Grammy nominated polka advocate Alex Meixner, and Purcell’s Irish Band and Irish Stepdancers with Toad Creek Ramblers and Hoedowners and Callers (led by Keith Brintzenhoff of Kutztown) will be the music headliners at the 2018 Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration (PennMArt) at the historic Allentown Fairgrounds on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28.

CONCERT: Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Rick Vito returns home at the Kennett Flash |Apr 18, 2018

Armed with his electric guitar pursuing his dream of becoming a great blues guitarist, Springfield, Pennsylvania native Rick Vito submersed himself in the fertile L.A. music scene of the early ‘70s.

ALBUM REVIEW: The Wonder Years’ new, mature sound |Apr 18, 2018

The teenagers in Liverpool who supported The Beatles in their earliest, unpolished, rough-and-tumble days reluctantly had to accept the reality that they had to share their hometown boys with the rest of the world.

SEVEN IN SEVEN: A few concerts to wrap up the week |Apr 17, 2018

Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each Friday we take a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.

ON VIEW: ‘Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950’ in the spotlight at Philadelphia Museum of Art |Apr 17, 2018

Sure, life comes at you fast these days. But a hundred years ago, things were also technologically and socially transforming at a remarkable pace.

Danlu; Main Line entrepreneur does things ‘his Wei’ |Apr 16, 2018

You would think that a 75-year-old entrepreneur with three massively successful businesses would be content and not want to burden himself with a whole new army of challenges and headaches. In the case of Michael Wei, you would be wrong.

Katelyn Poe named to Budding Artist Program |Apr 13, 2018

Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery and Studio, 22 S. Reading Ave., Boyertown, is proud to name Katelyn Poe as its next Budding Artist.

Fleetwood Community Theater presents ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ |Apr 13, 2018

Fleetwood Community Theater is presenting the Spring Show “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey and Dale Wasserman and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.

Reading Symphony hosts inaugural celebratory event |Apr 13, 2018

The Reading Symphony Orchestra will host an inaugural celebratory event on Sunday, May 6, at 5:00 p.m. at the Neag Planetarium at the Reading Public Museum. Titled “Desserts — Harmony in Red” (after the famous Matisse painting), the event will honor Berks County philanthropists Sandy Solmon and Doug Messinger.

Killer of a musical comedy ‘Heathers’ opens at Genesius |Apr 13, 2018

Genesius Theatre presents “Heathers The Musical” which opens Friday, April 27, and runs through May 6 at Genesius Theatre, 153 N. 10th St., Reading. Book, music and lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe.

‘Kids Corner’ producers reflect on 30 years at XPN; anniversary celebration planned |Apr 11, 2018

Kathy O’Connell, the host of WXPN’s iconic children’s show “Kids Corner,” is sitting in a bare recording studio at the radio station’s West Philadelphia headquarters.

EAT & DRINK: Make room for a good helping of these: podcast on cheese; seasonal ale; free shaved ice and more |Apr 11, 2018

April’s all about foodie festivals, fundraisers and fabulous debuts, beginning with a new podcast on cheese and cheesemaking.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Beirut’ an entertaining geopolitical thriller with nice work from Hamm, Pike |Apr 10, 2018

“Welcome to Beirut.” Jon Hamm’s American diplomat Mason Skiles says these words to a group of folks he is entertaining at a cocktail party he and his wife are hosting at their beautiful home on the Mediterranean Sea.

‘Game Masters’ at the Franklin Institute celebrates a virtual world |Apr 9, 2018

If you grew up during a certain era, the first part of the new Game Masters exhibition at the Franklin Institute will be able to keep you entertained for hours.

THEATER REVIEW: ‘I Will Not Go Gently’ making a point at People’s Light in Malvern |Apr 6, 2018

Sierra Mist is a middle-aged British rocker on a comeback tour who has something to say.

‘Wheels’ on exhibit at Studio B; learn history and future of transportation |Apr 6, 2018

The invention of the wheel is traditionally cited as the hallmark of man’s innovation. In Boyertown, the “wheels” of trains, trolleys, carriages, trucks, bicycles, and cars have played an integral part in its history and continue as a prime form of entertainment as well as a necessity of modern life.

History Center, brewing company host Berks Brewery & Breweriana Fest April 14 |Apr 6, 2018

The Berks History Center and Oakbrook Brewing Company invite you to immerse yourself in Berks County’s vibrant beer brewing culture, both past and present, at Berks Brewery & Breweriana Fest on April 14 at 10 a.