Entertainment

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Rev up for Grad Prix in Coatsville, cheesesteak feast, some scares and much more. |Sep 22, 2017

Happy motoring Coatesville International Vintage Grand Prix: In the spirit of auto and motorcycle racing through the streets and roads of towns across America, in the early days of auto racing, the 2017 Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix is an individually timed driving event, run over a 2.

‘Rock ‘n Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story’ is rockin’ the house at Bucks County Playhouse |Sep 21, 2017

Like others, I go to be entertained. But every so often, a show that is filled with good music and a good story, gives me more — it gives me an understanding of a person or a time in the world that I knew little about.

ART: Pay-what-you-wish admission for Art Museum’s multifaceted ‘Philadelphia Assembled’ |Sep 21, 2017

Too many cooks can spoil a kitchen.

Fall for music: A quick look at must-see concerts this autumn ... from Katy Perry to The Hooters and much more |Sep 20, 2017

It’s officially fall this weekend, so get ready for the layers to get added and sweaters to come out in full force. It also means for the most part that the outdoor shows are over, but there is still plenty going on in the region in terms of concerts.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Lego Ninjago Movie’ is fun, family-friendly, far too familiar |Sep 20, 2017

Oh, irreverent Lego humor, we barely had time to miss you.

MOVIE REVIEW: Bloated ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ sticks with what works |Sep 19, 2017

Considering its predecessor played with genre and did things in a bit of an unorthodox and interesting way, “KIngsman: The Golden Circle” plays it pretty much by the book.

Clay on Main to host Reflections II |Sep 18, 2017

Visual artist and graphic designer Amanda Condict will curate a follow-up to 2014’s exhibit of female artists, titled Reflections, this September and October at Clay on Main in Oley. The public is invited to the opening on Sunday, September 24, from 1-4 p.

Farm country shindig to kick off at Reinholds Fire Company Oct. 7 |Sep 18, 2017

The Farm Country Shindig season will open with a 6 p.m. concert on Saturday, Oct. 7 in the Banquet Hall at the Reinholds Fire Company along Rt. 897 in Reinholds.

Keim Music Fest scheduled for Sept. 30 |Sep 18, 2017

Join the Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County (HPTBC) for a fun-filled day of music, history, and food at their second annual Keim Music Fest at the Jacob Keim Farmstead in Oley.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mother!’ an unpredictable, unsettling and satisfying work from Darren Aronofsky |Sep 15, 2017

You may believe, early on, you know where “Mother!” is going — where the Darren Aronofsky film is taking you — but understand you’re almost certainly incorrect.

MUSIC BEST BETS: Arcade Fire, Outlaw Music Festival and Ozone Squeeze kick off next week’s concert picks |Sep 15, 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.

ART: Works by 15 artists in new exhibit at Ursinus looks at architecture as art form |Sep 14, 2017

“Real Estate: Dwelling in Contemporary Art” points out that architecture is actually an artform through March 18 at Ursinus College.

MUSIC: Randy Newman, the ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ composer, to play at the Keswick in Glenside |Sep 14, 2017

Randy Newman is back. Not that he ever left. But when he’s not working on film compositions he tends to wait a long time between albums. Too long for his fans. “Dark Matter” released earlier this year is his latest studio release following 2008’s “Harps and Angels.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Family Game Night at Penn Museum, Scarecrow season begins at Peddler’s Village and lots of community fests, gatherings and more |Sep 14, 2017

Taste of Egypt St. Mary and St. Kyrillos Coptic Orthodox Church: The 10th annual Egyptian Festival is held 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 16-17 on the grounds of the church and community center, 2500 Unionville Pike, Hatfield.

TV: Devon woman appearing on ‘Jeopardy’ |Sep 12, 2017

An awards program manager from Devon will be competing on the enduring ABC-TV quiz show “Jeopardy.”

Blues Traveler front man, John Popper, plays the Sellersville Theater |Sep 12, 2017

It has been 30 years since Princeton, New Jersey’s Blues Traveler surfaced as one of rock and roll’s premier jam bands. Merging blues, psychedelic, folk and southern rock, they attained significant commercial success with their Top 40 classic hits “Run-Around” and “Hook,” off the Grammy Award-winning album “Four,” as well as giving birth to the infamous “H.

Ars Nova Workshop and Ardmore Music Hall team up for contemporary jazz series |Sep 11, 2017

Ars Nova Workshop and Ardmore Music Hall are teaming up to present a live contemporary jazz series of artists known for stretching musical boundries.

Jake Clemons remembers his greatest inspiration, releases debut album; performs at World Café Live |Sep 11, 2017

Growing up in awe of his late uncle Clarence Clemons, celebrated saxophonist of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Jake Clemons could never have imagined he would one day fill the shoes of one of rock and roll’s most coveted sidemen.

A&E: Adventurous fall-through-spring offerings at colleges in the region |Sep 11, 2017

We took a look at what arts and culture events are scheduled at our area universities and colleges for 2017-2018.

Community invited to explore the cosmos during Community Nights at MCCC’s Observatory |Sep 8, 2017

BLUE BELL >> Blast off into space – with the help of a 16-inch MEADE Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope – and explore the cosmos during Montgomery County Community College’s free community nights at its research-grade Observatory and Observation Deck.

CONCERT BEST BETS: Bringing in the music this week are The Afghan Whigs, The Stray Birds and John Splithoff among others |Sep 7, 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.

Legendary guitarist Mike Stern releases ‘Trip’; performs at Ardmore Music Hall |Sep 6, 2017

One might surmise that Mike Stern titled his new album “Trip” to signify his lifelong musical journey, which included stints with Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius and Steps Ahead as well as leading his own bands.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘It’ terrifies at first, then clowns too much |Sep 6, 2017

The more clowning around “It” does, the less scary it is.

Talisman Players in Kutztown presents ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!’ |Sep 6, 2017

The Talisman Players in Kutztown presents the award winning “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!” opens Sept. 15 at Kutztown University’s Schaeffer Auditorium.

Kennett Square hosts its 32nd Mushroom Festival |Sep 5, 2017

Kennett Square calls itself the “Mushroom Capital of the World.”

CONCERT PREVIEW: 2 Cellos to bust music genre boundaries in Philly |Sep 5, 2017

The classically trained Croatian duo 2 Cellos made a name for themselves for imaginatively rearranging modern songs.

VIDEO GAMES: Crossover ‘Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle’ adds up |Sep 1, 2017

When Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto and Ubisoft co-founder Yves Guillemot took the stage at E3, it was an unexpected sight for an unusual collaboration. Standing back to back, they held blasters and promoted a crossover game called “Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.

The Art of Recovery Exhibition showing at MCCC West Campus |Aug 31, 2017

Thousands of crystal-filled glassine baggies hang from the ceiling like an avant-garde chandelier, but their glistening luminescence represents something much darker. Titled “4642,” the art installation piece represents the number of people who lost their lives to heroin/opioid addiction in Pennsylvania in 2016.

State Theatre of Boyertown to host ‘Grease’ movie sing-along |Aug 31, 2017

The newly renovated and reopened State Theatre in Boyertown will host a viewing of the beloved classic film, “Grease,” on Sept. 10, at 2 p.m. Audience members are encouraged to sing and quote along with the movie.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Allentown Fair wraps up, Circus Week at Morris Arboretum and more |Aug 31, 2017

Fringe in the mainstream 2017 Fringe Festival: The festival brings unusual theatrical, improv, music, spoken word and dance offerings at multiple venues throughout Philadelphia Sept. 7-23.

Music Fest Food Pantry benefit draws crowd to Honey Brook |Aug 30, 2017

Good times, good music, and good memories were made Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Honeybrook Golf Club and the Greenside Grill, 1422 Cambridge Road, Honey Brook as the music floated over the expansive views and lush green fields.

34th annual Fiddle Fest brings foot stompin’ fiddle mania to Lyons Park Sept. 17 |Aug 30, 2017

Music lovers throughout Pennsylvania, as well as neighboring states, will congregate to catch up on friendships, food, and fun with foot stompin’ fiddle mania in the little town of Lyons. It’s the 34th annual Lyons Fiddle Festival, Sunday, Sept.

CONCERT BEST BETS: Queens of Stone Age, Tom Jones, Billy Joel bring in the music |Aug 30, 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.

2017 Honey Brook Music Festival PHOTOS |Aug 30, 2017

The Honey Brook Food Pantry hosted an evening of music on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 4:30 to 10 p.m. at the Honeybrook Golf Club and Greenside Grill, 1422 Cambridge Road, Honey Brook. The festival benefited the Honey Brook Food Pantry.

Haverford Music Festival features local to national musical talent |Aug 30, 2017

Sponsored by Acme Markets and presented by WXPN, the seventh annual Haverford Music Festival is happening noon to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 9 on four stages near Darby and Eagle Roads in Havertown.

ON TV: Germantown Academy, Wissahickon HS alumni appearing on Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race” |Aug 29, 2017

The new season of “The Great Food Truck Race,” which began Aug. 20 on Food Network, is subtitled “Battle for the South.”

Budweiser Made in America unofficially brings summer to close |Aug 29, 2017

Now a staple of Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia, the Jay-Z-curated two-day music festival, Budweiser Made in America returns to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a sixth year Sept. 2-3.

Clay on Main in Oley announces fall workshops and classes |Aug 28, 2017

Berks County residents looking for an artistic home or to learn a new skill are welcome at Clay on Main. In addition to their weekly ceramics and glass classes, the fall schedule offers Saturday morning workshops on a variety of topics including felting, botany, glass ornaments and more.

‘Julie Longacre: A Retrospective’ Exhibit opening at the Mennonite Heritage Center |Aug 28, 2017

The Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, announces an exhibit of art work by popular artist Julie Longacre from August 19 – November 4, 2017.

OUTDOORS: Waterside lounging and recreation close to home |Aug 25, 2017

Take a stroll and check out these area waterfronts:

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS: This week’s best bets include Authority Zero, Budweiser Made in America Festival and more |Aug 24, 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.

A rare B-17 Flying Fortress offers a glimpse into the World War II era |Aug 23, 2017

Philadelphia >> To climb aboard the Madras Maiden, a B-17 Flying Fortress, is to step back in history to World War II when its sister B-17s flew missions over Nazi Germany, dropping deadly bombs.

Boyertown’s ‘Fourth Friday Art Walk’ set for Aug. 25 |Aug 23, 2017

Get your walking shoes on and come visit historic Boyertown for our Fourth Friday Art Walk. The downtown merchants will provide you with art, music and food from 5-8 p.m. at 13 different venues on Friday, Aug.

MUSIC SCENE: Song duet leads to cooking show for Lisa Bouchelle |Aug 22, 2017

New Jersey singer/songwriter Lisa Bouchelle has crossed the state border plenty of times to perform in southeastern Pennsylvania. But there was still one more previously unexplored line to cross: 1 million total plays on Spotify.

Eilen Jewell hits the road in support of latest album release; performs at Kennett Flash |Aug 22, 2017

It was destiny that led singer songwriter Eilen Jewell to embark on a career as a blues artist. While rock and roll initially ignited her passion for music at an early age, it was the great blues artists, Mississippi John Hurt, Howlin’ Wolf, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Memphis Minnie that left an indelible impression.

Hari Kondabolu brings politically charged jokes to Helium Comedy Club |Aug 22, 2017

You might say Hari Kondabolu has been ahead of the curve. For more than a decade, the left-leaning, unapologetically political comedian — who is, in his own words, “a killjoy who does comedy” — has been tackling the sort of hot-button issues that only recently entered mainstream American discourse.

NOW STREAMING: ‘Marvel’s The Defenders’ combines Netflix’s heroes into a punchy new series |Aug 18, 2017

Don’t overthink this. “Marvel’s The Defenders” brings the paths of four New York City-based comic-book superheroes together so they can fight a common enemy. The eight-part Netflix series wastes no time getting into the action, but is somewhat slow picking up steam.

NEW TO STREAMING AND VOD: ‘The Wall’ is a white-knuckle war movie |Aug 18, 2017

In “The Wall,” director Doug Liman and scripter Dwain Worrell brilliantly reduce the Iraq War to a few skirmishes between a pair of American soldiers (Aaron Taylor- Johnson, John Cena) and an unseen sniper who has them pinned behind a crumbling wall.

BEST BETS: Next week’s concert highlights bring Jonny Lang, Miknna and others to our region |Aug 17, 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.

Doubleclicks’ ‘Love Problems’ is a leap forward |Aug 17, 2017

Happiness has not spoiled the Doubleclicks. Singing sisters Angela Webber and Aubrey Turner, who return to Steel City Coffee House in Phoenixville Aug. 26, have both married since their previous appearance there last year.