Entertainment

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.

‘Hamilton’ fever spreads to Philadelphia |Apr 6, 2018

And you thought the discourse on Twitter was vitriolic.

MUSIC: A quick look at some of the region’s must-go concerts this spring |Apr 5, 2018

Looking out the window, it might not seem like it, but spring is officially here. We promise the snow will melt and the flowers will bloom … at some point. When they do, it will be time to put that cabin fever in the rearview and figure out which shows to attend as the concert season is about to kick into high gear.

PhilaMOCA to hold reunion event for cult-classic TV series ‘Eerie, Indiana’ |Apr 4, 2018

For one night in mid-April, the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Modern Art (PhilaMOCA) will resurrect a long-dead but much-beloved early-90s TV series: “Eerie, Indiana.”

MOVIE REVIEW: With its odd but fun mix of elements, ‘Isle of Dogs’ an interesting stop-motion work from Wes Anderson |Apr 4, 2018

You’ve never seen anything quite like “Isle of Dogs.”

Hamburg High presents ‘Into The Woods’ April 20 to 22 |Apr 4, 2018

Hamburg Area High School presents its spring musical, performing “Into the Woods” April 20 to 22.

ART: Local artists featured in Philadelphia’s Moore College student show |Apr 3, 2018

You’re invited to see some of the latest works by Moore College of Art & Design students in the annual Student Show, on view through April 14 at The Galleries at Moore.

Jukebox the Ghost eager to play new songs. Former Philly residents to perform at Union Transfer |Apr 3, 2018

Jukebox the Ghost will kick off a tour to promote their fifth and latest album, “Off to the Races,” at Union Transfer.

More local craft distilleries to check out. Opportunities abound for tours, tastings and more |Mar 30, 2018

Craft distilleries in the region are booming to the point where it can be argued that Pennsylvania’s once-prominent reputation for liquor production is being restored.

Reading area set to buzz with annual Berks Jazz Fest |Mar 30, 2018

Thanks to the Berks Arts Council, Berks County becomes a regional hotbed for music each year with the Berks Jazz Fest.

SALT Performing Arts presents ‘Titanic The Musical,’ April 13-29 |Mar 29, 2018

SALT Performing Arts presents the Tony Award winning drama, Titanic the Musical, April 13-29. The sinking of the Titanic in the early hours of April 15, 1912, remains the quintessential disaster of the twentieth century.

Reading Symphony Orchestra presents “Picture This!” |Mar 29, 2018

The Reading Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Andrew Constantine, concludes its 105th season with “Picture This!” on Saturday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Santander Performing Arts Center.

Kid movie reviewer: ‘Jumanji’ sequel entertains with action and adventure |Mar 29, 2018

If you have an interest in Hollywood like me, then you know that The Academy Awards on March 4 are now history. That means Spring will soon be here even though kids like me got to stay home from school on a snow day just the other week! I chose “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle” to review because it takes place in a hot jungle, and it kept me warm during the past few cold windy, and snowy days.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Billy Cobham pays tribute to Crosswinds at the Colonial |Mar 28, 2018

Undeniably one of the greatest drummers of all time, Billy Cobham elevated the art of jazz- fusion drumming to new heights leaving a legacy that has inspired his peers and contemporaries for decades.

21st Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates Philly’s connection to Japan |Mar 27, 2018

It’s a sign spring has arrived, plus it’s a fun-size dose of Japanese culture.

Easy Easter cocktails: Sip sangria, martinis, or even a mocktail. How about a Peeps Cocktail |Mar 27, 2018

Hop to it! This Easter pour some fun and colorful cocktails like a Bubbly Bunny or white chocolate Peter Cottontail.

Coming to Steel River Playhouse: ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ a treat for area kids, families |Mar 23, 2018

Over a thousand students in Pottstown and the surrounding area will have an opportunity to view a colorful and fun-filled musical production being performed this Spring at the Steel River Playhouse in Pottstown.

‘Auction Action’ on BCTV airs next on March 29 |Mar 22, 2018

Berks Community Television has announced the next airing of its hit program “Auction Action” on BCTV, a unique show that brings live auctions right into the living rooms of viewers, on Thursday, March 29, at 6 p.

Reading Choral Society presents jazz concert on April 8 |Mar 22, 2018

Under the direction of RCS Music Director, Dr. Graham Bier, Reading Choral Society will be singing Bob Chilcott’s “A Lille Jazz Mass” at the Abe Lincoln Ballroom, 100 N. Fifth St.

‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ presented at Steel River Playhouse |Mar 22, 2018

Steel River Playhouse is working in collaboration with The Company Theatre to bring theatergoers “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” a fanciful musical perfect for the whole family April 7-15 at 2 pm.

QUICK COOK: Pita goes fresh and elegant |Mar 21, 2018

I recently had this salmon sandwich at a San Francisco restaurant and I have to say, it’s a dish worth copying. I raced to the market, then to the kitchen to develop my own twist on it.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Beatles tribute show to spotlight ‘Sgt. Pepper’ at Academy of Music in Philadelphia |Mar 20, 2018

Join Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band this weekend.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band delivers finger-lickin’ good Country Blues; comes to World Café Live |Mar 20, 2018

Reverend Peyton is a larger than life figure who delivers boot stompin’ backwoods country blues music on just about any stringed instrument, and that includes customizing shotguns and axes into playable instruments, while keeping them functional.

Reading Symphony presents an evening of all-Gershwin works |Mar 19, 2018

READING >> The Reading Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of all-Gershwin works, entitled Glorious Gershwin, on Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Santander Performing Arts Center.

Genesius Kids present ‘The Music Man Kids’ |Mar 19, 2018

Performing at Genesius Theatre, 153 N. 10th St., Reading, the Genesius production of “The Music Man Kids” is part of a series offered by Music Theatre International to take their big shows and tailor them down for children to perform.

ON STAGE: Upper Darby Performing Arts Center presents ‘Artrageous’ |Mar 16, 2018

“Artrageous,” a one-of-a-kind interactive art and music experience, will be staged at Upper Darby Performing Art Center on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. A team of artists paints at electric speed and creates giant works of art accompanied by live music, powerful vocals and creative choreography.

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS: K.Flay kicks off the week’s best bets |Mar 16, 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.

Brandywine Library hosts Wine and Stein April 14 |Mar 15, 2018

Brandywine Community Library will be holding its annual community fundraiser, at 6 p.m. on April 14 at the Henry Auditorium located on The Lutheran Home at Topton campus.

Kiss A Pig candidate hosts Adult Easter Egg Festival at Setter Ridge Vineyards, Kutztown |Mar 15, 2018

Kiss A Pig Candidate, Heather Moyer, for Olivet Boys & Girls Club will be hosting her first fundraising event an Adult Easter Egg Truck & Food Truck Festival on March 24 at Setter Ridge Vineyards, Kutztown.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Violinist Regina Carter pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater |Mar 14, 2018

Regina Carter, a virtuoso jazz violinist who has also dabbled in other genres, presents Simply Ella, her tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, at the Perelman Theater.

Spend St. Patrick’s Day with Mat Kearney at Fillmore Philadelphia |Mar 13, 2018

Pop singer/songwriter Mat Kearney, whose voice has an eerie similarity to Coldplay’s Chris Martin, is bound for the Fillmore Philadelphia March 17.

RADIO: Preston & Steve reflect on 20 years on the air in Philly |Mar 13, 2018

A notable subplot to this year’s 50th anniversary of Philadelphia’s WMMR becoming a rock station is the 20th anniversary of “Preston & Steve” morning duo Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison.

Pablo Batista: Carrying the torch for Latin Jazz. Performs as part of Bass BootCamp All-Star Concert at Ardmore Music Hall |Mar 12, 2018

Following in the footsteps of Mario Bauza, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri and Machito, internationally renowned award winning master percussionist, songwriter, producer, bandleader and educator Pablo Batista is spearheading a movement to bring Latin jazz into the mainstream.