Entertainment

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Get ready for Wild Wizarding Weekend, Holiday Garden Railway, Chesco Best Kept Secrets and much more |Nov 16, 2017

Wizards Academy of Music: TV personality Adam Savage (“Myth Busters”) and YouTube star Michael Stevens celebrate curiosity by demonstrating crazy toys and tools with “Brain Candy Live!” at 8 p.

EAT & DRINK: Thinking about Thanksgiving in Malvern, tacos in King of Prussia, wild game; and party time in Kennett Square |Nov 16, 2017

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it’s time to talk turkey… mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Don’t want the hassle this year? Plenty of places offer buffet or sit-down dinners.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING RUN: Ideas to get your gift shopping going. Belsnickel Craft Show, others have you covered |Nov 15, 2017

No need to kill yourself over those Black Friday doorbusters.

Out of the sky, into the arena: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Varekai’ in Philadelphia |Nov 14, 2017

The sky lets go a solitary young man, and the story of “Varekai” begins.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Stanley Clarke celebrates homecoming at the Ardmore Music Hall |Nov 14, 2017

For Philly born and bred music prodigy Stanley Clarke, a flourishing career as one of modern music’s premier bassists was imminent.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Wonder’ touches the heart without overdoing it emotionally |Nov 14, 2017

Yes, “Wonder” has that bring-two-fists-full-of-tissues-to-the-theater look about it.

CONERT PREVIEW: Pick up some Silversun Pickups at the Fillmore in Philadelphia |Nov 13, 2017

California indie rockers Silversun Pickups are still hard at work touring to promote their 2015 album “Better Nature.”

McLovins’ guitarist Justin Berger, a Devon native, looking forward ‘to be coming home.’ Band plays at Milkboy |Nov 13, 2017

Emerging from obscurity as college friends that played jam music on the weekends, Hartford, Connecticut’s “McLovins” are rapidly gaining momentum as a band on the rise.

ON STAGE: ‘Rasheeda Speaking’ will ‘give you something to talk about’ |Nov 13, 2017

Considering the turbulent racial climate, “Rasheeda Speaking” couldn’t be more topical. The clever off-Broadway hit, which was written by Joel Drake Johnson, blends awkward workplace comedy and intense racial tension.

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS: Bully, Tiësto and The Contenders among next week’s best bets |Nov 10, 2017

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.

Berks County artist studios invite the public into their studios |Nov 9, 2017

Artists and galleries in Barto, Boyertown, and Oley will open their spaces to the public for the seventh annual “Fall Into Winter Tour” the weekend before Thanksgiving, Nov. 18-19, from 10 a.

Art show celebrates 14th year with 96 original works depicting Schuylkill River Region |Nov 9, 2017

For 14 years, the Annual Scenes of the Schuylkill Art Show and Sale has provided a platform for regional artists whose work depicts the beauty and character of the Schuylkill River valley. Over that time, it has developed a following in the art community, and grown to attract numerous talented artists who work in a variety of mediums and styles.

National Dog Show returns to Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks |Nov 9, 2017

UPPER PROVIDENCE>>Of the more than 3,000 dog shows in the country, only a few allow visitors to personally experience the nobility of a purebred show dog.

Illusionist Adam Trent defies logic with upcoming performance at Reading’s Santander Performing Arts Center |Nov 8, 2017

Adam Trent, one of the breakout stars of Broadway’s “The Illusionists,” will soon bring his signature brand of magic and illusion to Reading’s Santander Performing Arts Center.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Folk artist Richard Shindell makes area appearance at the Kennett Flash |Nov 8, 2017

Treasuring a passion for music dating back to his youth, courtesy of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Bill Monroe and Rogers & Hammerstein, among others, singer songwriter Richard Shindell could never have imagined he would one day take the creative reigns and emerge as one of folk music’s most prolific artists.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Susan Werner releases Cuba-inspired EP, returns to Philadelphia |Nov 8, 2017

Susan Werner will return to the city of Philadelphia to perform at World Cafe Live on Friday, Nov. 17. The show will feature material from her latest recording, “An American in Havana,” which she released independently on Sept.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Glenside’s Keswick Theatre hosts Squeeze — group that emerged during new wave era |Nov 8, 2017

Chris Difford, Glenn Tillbrook and company are taking the British pop/rock band Squeeze on a “Join the Dots” tour, with a catalogue spanning 40 years.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Lukas Nelson continues superstar legacy begun by Willie |Nov 8, 2017

When Lukas Nelson sings, there’s no denying who his father is.

Chrysanthemum craze takes over Longwood Gardens |Nov 7, 2017

What’s autumn without mums? Chrysanthemums are a tradition that runs deep at Longwood Gardens. They were first grown and displayed in the gardens when founder Pierre S. du Pont opened the Conservatory in 1921.

Guitarist Adrian Legg to take the stage at the Kennett Flash |Nov 7, 2017

England’s Adrian Legg has spent decades as one of the world’s most unique and talented guitarists. Merging acoustic and electric guitar and a finger style picking and tapping technique that is difficult to define, Legg has deservedly earned accolades from a long list of fellow guitar masters including Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.

MOVIE REVIEW: With family-friendly ‘Wonderstruck,’ director Todd Haynes pushes worthwhile buttons |Nov 7, 2017

A little gem of a movie — one that should be suitable for a wide range of ages — “Wonderstruck” is concerned with helping us understand what it is like to have no hearing.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Herb Alpert to deliver ‘knockout’ show in Sellersville |Nov 7, 2017

There’s still no stopping the 82-year-old Herb Alpert.

It’s no con, twin sisters Tegan and Sara bring their acoustic tour to The Tower |Nov 3, 2017

A decade ago Canadian twin rockers Tegan and Sara released their fifth album, “The Con.” It was a departure from their earlier albums. The Quin sisters were signed to Neil Young’s label as an acoustic duo while they were still in their teens and until that point had yet to explore what would define their sound.

The Strumbellas at Union Transfer, 3 Things To Know |Nov 2, 2017

The Strumbellas “Hope” has been more than realized during the past year and a half.

EAT & DRINK: Lots to dig into — from new wedding venue, new eatery in Media, apple festival, to cider sampling |Nov 2, 2017

A new wedding and event venue opens on the Main Line next fall. URBN Food and Beverage announced plans for Terrain Gardens at Devon Yard. The complex also will include Terrain Garden Cafe and Amis Trattoria.

CONCERT BEST BETS: Things can get loud with Barb Wire Dolls; psychedelic with All Them Witches; and downright jaw-dropping with ‘guitar god’ Yngwie Malmsteen |Nov 2, 2017

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.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ goes a bit too much for laughs, but huge Hulk battle helps |Nov 1, 2017

Why so serious? No need to ask that of the folks running Disney-owned Marvel Studios.

Playcrafters presents ‘In-laws, outlaws, and other people that should be shot’ |Nov 1, 2017

Christmas Eve is not the time one would expect to have visitors knocking at the door, particularly if they are not carrying presents or singing carols. In Playcrafters’ upcoming stage play by Steven Franco, “In-laws, outlaws, and other people that should be shot,” the title alone should tell you the guest list on this night’s fare might not be all kosher.

CONCERT PREVIEW: ‘Groovin’ once more with Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals with shows in Sellersville |Nov 1, 2017

The 50th anniversary victory lap continues for Felix Cavaliere and The Rascals.

GAME REVIEW: ‘Odyssey’ takes Super Mario to another world of pure imagination |Nov 1, 2017

By now, gamers are familiar with Mario. They’ve followed his evolution from Donkey Kong’s nemesis all the way to Nintendo’s iconic mascot. Players know his every jump. They know the basic plot for nearly every adventure.

Peter Gabriel tribute band The Security Project to visit Havana in New Hope |Oct 31, 2017

There are many tribute bands out there. But not many have a band member who played with the artist they’re paying tribute to. Drummer Jerry Marotta worked with the iconic Peter Gabriel from 1977 through 1986 and is in part responsible for the sound on Gabriel’s early albums.

THEATER REVIEW: Nat ‘King’ Cole returns to stage with fire and grace through People’s Light latest production |Oct 31, 2017

Television is hurting, with viewership for the four major networks down an average of 8 percent in prime time. Some of that audience has been lost to cable and streaming. But that doesn’t fully explain such a decline.

Exhibit of prints at MCCC a sample of large Eastern U. collection |Oct 30, 2017

Hands up if you knew that Eastern University in Wayne had such a remarkable collection of prints.

MCCC’s Presidential Symposium features The Franklin Institute’s chief astronomer |Oct 30, 2017

The universe is a vast, multi-faceted space that has yet to be fully discovered and understood. One of the leading experts on the matter, Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer and director of the Fels Planetarium at The Franklin Institute, will be discussing “The Diversity of the Universe” at Montgomery County Community College’s 2017 Presidential Symposium on Wednesday, Nov.

Cyclocross event returns to Sly Fox Pottstown location |Oct 30, 2017

According to Sly Fox Beer’s website, cycling and beer is a tradition in Belgium.

Holiday Crafting Classes scheduled in November at Clay on Main in Oley |Oct 27, 2017

As cooler weather approaches, many of us start to wish for quiet indoor time with family and friends. Clay on Main offers two workshops this November that will provide a wonderful way to get together and enjoy good company, while making beautiful gifts or keepsakes.

CONCERT BEST BETS: The Shout Out Louds, Gwar and Dawg Yawp bring in the music this coming week |Oct 26, 2017

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.

Berks Youth Chorus announces Fall 2017 concert |Oct 26, 2017

Berks Youth Chorus is pleased to announce the first concert in its 26th season. Visions and Memories will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 19, at Atonement Lutheran Church, 5 Wyomissing Blvd., in Wyomissing.

Explore the new ‘Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies’ exhibit at Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia |Oct 25, 2017

The Academy of Natural Sciences re-stakes its claim as Philadelphia’s dinosaur museum with “Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies.”

MUSIC: Fall Out Boy at Wells Fargo Center, 5 things to know before the show |Oct 25, 2017

Fall Out Boy fans will have to wait for their “Mania.”

Daniel Boone Homestead announces birthday event, Fall Lecture Series |Oct 25, 2017

EXETER >> The Daniel Boone Homestead has announced three events coming up in November. All events are held at The Daniel Boone Homestead, 400 Daniel Boone Road.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Get ready for a spook-tacular weekend |Oct 25, 2017

Spook-tacular Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is on stage at 7 p.m. Oct. 30. Costumes are optional, but paraphernalia such as toast, water guns and umbrellas are prohibited.

CONCERT PREVIEW: King Crimson releases ‘Heroes,’ will perform 2 nights at Merriam Theater |Oct 24, 2017

King Crimson returns with a new lineup and a new recording, “Heroes.” The current incarnation of the on again/off again band, which formed in 1968, continues to be led by its founding member and leader, iconic guitarist Robert Fripp.

ART: African American Museum in Philadelphia brings together quintet of contemporary artists |Oct 24, 2017

Five black women artists, whose work “explores spiritual cultivation and memory through their artistic practice,” are in the spotlight through Jan. 16 with “Gardens of the Mind: Echoes of the Feminine View.

Historic Berks County Preservation Trust to hold annual gala dinner |Oct 24, 2017

The Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County (HPTBC) will celebrate another year with our second annual gala dinner at the Reading Public Museum from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.4. Join us for a beautiful evening of good food and drink as we highlight the important work of the Trust and its many 2017 accomplishments.

‘A Hopewell Halloween’ set for Oct. 28 |Oct 24, 2017

An afternoon of Halloween traditions and historical folklore will be hosted by Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site on Saturday, Oct. 28. This will be the second year Hopewell Furnace NHS is hosting the event.

Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsman announces holiday festival |Oct 24, 2017

Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsman is pleased to present the following event:

FILM: Local UFOlogist shares ‘Travis’ doc on alien abduction |Oct 23, 2017

The 1993 Paramount Pictures film “Fire in the Sky” brought a mysterious tale of abduction by extra-terrestrials to the big screen. But according to 1973 North Penn High School grad, self-taught filmmaker and Radnor Studio Channel 21 host Jennifer W.

FALL FESTIVITIES: Special weekend at Chester County’s St. Peter’s Village |Oct 23, 2017

A former 19th century industrial company village in Warwick Township is getting artsy Oct. 28-29 with an Autumnal Artisan Weekend.

Fleetwood girl, 11: ‘I ran in mud through the Zombie Apocalypse’ |Oct 20, 2017

Did you ever want to experience the Zombie apocalypse? I had an opportunity to experience it first hand at The Zombie Mud Run at Shocktoberfest, in Sinking Spring on Saturday Oct. 14.