Entertainment

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: WWE Battle Royal, Beer for a Cause, Moth Maddness and more |Jul 20, 2017

Check out our top picks for fun things to do this week in the Philadephia region.

Movie Review: ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ more fun than flaws |Jul 18, 2017

Few cinephiles would accuse Luc Besson of being a master storyteller.

Camden Jam: 2017 XPoNential Music Festival begins July 28 |Jul 17, 2017

With more than 30 artists on three stages at two venues, it’s not a bad idea to plan ahead if you’re heading to the XPoNential Music Festival July 28-30.

EAT & DRINK: Beer lovers’ alert; dine at the farm and more |Jul 14, 2017

Calling all beer lovers! Wet your whistle at several new spots like Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company’s Borough Brewhouse in Jenkintown. www.boroughbrewhouse.com

Summer exhibit highlights overlooked world of science outside |Jul 14, 2017

“Who loves summer?,” asked George Gephart, the President and CEO of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

What Jon Snow’s true identity means for ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 |Jul 13, 2017

SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you still need to catch up with Season 6 and don’t want to know any revelations from its final episodes or you don’t want to develop any preconceived ideas about Season 7.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: ‘The Blob’ returns; SangriaFest and much more on tap |Jul 13, 2017

Return of “The Blob” Colonial Theatre: Blobfest’s July 14 “Run Out” is sold out, but you can still take part in the Bridge Street, Phoenixville “Streetfair” July 15 and 1950s horror movie screenings July 15-16.

‘GAME OF THRONES’: Who will die next? We rank the top contenders |Jul 13, 2017

Death is pretty much a way of life on “Game of Thrones,” where the body count rises at nearly the same startling rate as our premium-cable bills.

GAME OF THRONES: Three key contenders have emerged. Who will win the Iron Throne? |Jul 13, 2017

“The Great War is here.” So declares Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in the seventh — and penultimate — season of “Game of Thrones.” Apparently, all hell is about to break loose, so brace yourself.

Sonny Landreth releases ‘Recorded Live in Lafayette,’ will perform at World Cafe Live |Jul 13, 2017

Legendary guitarist Sonny Landreth has just released “Recorded Live in Lafayette” (Provogue, 2017), a career retrospective that comes as close as possible to capturing the iconic guitarist’s depth and musical diversity.

Civil engagement leads to multimedia installation at The Barnes |Jul 13, 2017

A French-Algerian artist busts the American, white, male cowboy stereotype in “Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders.”

The Figgs celebrate 30 years of performing and recording at Underground Arts |Jul 12, 2017

The Figgs are one of America’s most enduring rock bands. They’re celebrating their 30th anniversary with a show at Underground Arts in Philadelphia on July 21st, as well as the vinyl release of “The Man Who Fights Himself” (Stomper), which was originally released in 2010.

This week’s concert highlights include The Upper Crust, Idina Menzel, The Crane Wives and more |Jul 12, 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.

Fleetwood Community Theatre’s presents “Oliver!” July 20-22 |Jul 11, 2017

Fleetwood Community Theatre’s summer production of “Oliver!” celebrates FCT’s 30th season and happens one weekend only, July 20-22, on the Fleetwood High School Stage.

Berks Celtic Festival set for July 15 |Jul 11, 2017

We’ve Changed Our Name: We’re more than just oysters.

Philly’s Hezekiah Jones plays The Ardmore Music Hall July 15 |Jul 10, 2017

Inspired by the works of Theolonius Monk, Pink Floyd and the Lemonheads, veteran Philly songwriter and multitalented musician Raphael Cutrufello continues to follow his passion as an accomplished songwriter, solo artist and front man for the indie folk rock band Hezekiah Jones.

Kutztown teen Emma Ketterer, 15, exhibits photography at Hamburg Art Gallery |Jul 7, 2017

Emma Ketterer, 15, of Kutztown, a member of the Hamburg Area Arts Alliance, will be the featured artist for the month of July at the Art & Craft Gallery of Hamburg.

Hamburg’s Strand hosts summer Art and a Movie events for kids |Jul 7, 2017

The Hamburg Strand Theater hosts Art and a Movie events this summer for children, “The Wizard of Oz” on July 17 at 10 a.m. and Pixar’s “Wall-E” on Aug. 14 at 10 a.

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS: Ed Sheeran, Dispatch, James Taylor among next week’s best bets |Jul 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.

Stars of Lifetime reality series performing live in Philly, Reading |Jul 7, 2017

DD4L (Dancing Dolls for Life)! Lifetime’s “Bring It!” has been on the air more than three years. In a phone interview, Dianna “Miss D” Williams said that from what she has seen and heard, the hip-hop majorette competition docu-series appeals to “all races, all ages,” yet the hip-hop majorette dance artform is “not as respected as we think it should be.

Anything can happen during Theater with a View |Jul 5, 2017

Imagine that you’re the stage manager of a play.

Zac Brown Band’s Danny de los Reyes offers intriguing preview of upcoming concerts at BB&T Pavilion |Jul 5, 2017

Touring behind the new album “Welcome Home,” Zac Brown Band’s 40+ date U.S. tour brings them back to BB&T Pavilion — where, according to the band’s website, they set an attendance record for the Camden venue.

‘80s trailblazers Echo & the Bunnymen, Violent Femmes touring N. America |Jul 5, 2017

Skyline Stage at the Mann is the first stop for a co-headliner summer tour for two names forever linked to the alternative sounds of the 1980s.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ shows third time can be a real charm |Jul 3, 2017

This Spider-Man should stick. For the second time, Sony Pictures has rebooted the beloved Marvel Comics character on the big screen since holding the movie rights to him dating to 2002’s “Spider-Man.

Best of Both Worlds Night of Music features DopplerPoppins, Shallow 9 at Kutztown Fire Company |Jun 30, 2017

The Best of Both Worlds Night of Music will be held on Saturday, July 22, at Kutztown Fire Company Banquet Hall Stage. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. DopplerPoppins performs at 8 p.m. and Shallow 9 performs at 10 p.

Meet ‘The Nerd’ at Bucks County Playhouse |Jun 30, 2017

There are so many fine plays that have stood the test of time and been revived regularly. Some are timeless and express universal themes. Others reflect a comedic force that keeps audiences laughing years after they first appeared.

July events at Clay on Main |Jun 30, 2017

Cartooning w/ Ray Lapinski: A 4 part series. July 5, 12-2 p.m. Drawing is a wonderful way to communicate when words don’t do the trick. You’ll learn the basics of cartooning, including basic anatomy, and character development, including dialogue and expressions.

NOW STREAMING: Naomi Watts shines but ‘Gypsy’ meanders down a predictable path |Jun 30, 2017

In the new Netflix series “Gypsy,” Naomi Watts plays Jean Holloway, a therapist at a group practice in Manhattan. She has a tidy little life — too tidy — and it’s getting on her nerves.

MUSIC: Fleetwood Mac’s Buckingham, McVie play a The Mann Center on June 30 |Jun 29, 2017

When Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie returned to making music together in 2014, for the first time in 27 years, it was thought to be for Fleetwood Mac.

BEST CONCERT PICKS: WaWa Welcome America! Festival brings in the music |Jun 29, 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.

Mifflin Community Library presenting Charlie Zahm & Friends concert |Jun 29, 2017

Mifflin Community Library will present Charlie Zahm & Friends in a free concert on Sunday, July 9, from 6-8 p.m. at the Mohnton Memorial Park Band shell on Walnut Street, Mohnton, for its second performance of its 2017 Summer Concert Series.

CONCERT PREVIEW: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s Kip Berman looking forward to Philly return |Jun 28, 2017

July 2’s date at World Cafe Live is a homecoming concert for the Britpop-influenced indie band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

America’s Party: Communities big and small celebrate July 4th |Jun 28, 2017

The words of the Declaration of Independence, signed July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia, have inspired more than 100 similar declarations of human rights and self-government around the world. Communities in the region ready to celebrate America’s big day, here’s a sampling of events:

Ben Mauger’s Dixieland Band” performs concert at Kutztown Park |Jun 28, 2017

This Saturday evening, July 8, the Borough of Kutztown will welcome back to the Park bandshell stage the sounds of Ben Mauger’s Roaring 20’S Dixieland Orchestra. They will be performing from 7 to 9 p.

MUSIC: R5 at the TLA — 5 things to know |Jun 28, 2017

Music isn’t something Ross Lynch necessarily HAS to do.

‘Project Dawn’ now on stage at People’s Light |Jun 27, 2017

Think of prostitution as portrayed on stage. Tragic, measured and distant, for many decades it was done in a well-worn approach seen in such plays as “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” or “Anna Christie.

Radio Free Honduras’ debut concert tour stops at Kennett Flash |Jun 27, 2017

It has taken nearly a lifetime for Honduran musician Charlie Baran, 67, to reignite his once promising career as a recording artist and performer.

‘Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect’ on view at Brandywine River Museum of Art |Jun 27, 2017

Occupying two floors at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, the new “Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect” exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Chadds Ford master painter’s birth.

Elmwood Park Zoo ready for Beast of a Feast |Jun 26, 2017

NORRISTOWN – Elmwood Park Zoo’s (temporary) transformation from daily family destination to wild party location is underway as it prepares for its biggest event of the summer. Guests of this year’s Beast of a Feast, Elmwood Park Zoo’s annual summertime fundraiser, will enjoy sample selections from nearly 50 local restaurants, making it the largest food celebration in the event’s nearly ten year history.

Intra-Berks Cultural Exchange: Clay On Main and Art Plus Gallery trade showcases |Jun 25, 2017

Clay on Main in Oley and Art Plus Gallery in West Reading are exhibiting work in a unique way. Both centers are artist cooperatives with gallery space, and will show their sister organization’s work this June and July.

NEW ON DVD: ‘A Cure For Wellness’ is the work of a true visionary |Jun 22, 2017

“A Cure For Wellness” (2017, Fox, R, $30), the latest from Gore Verbinski (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), is old-fashioned in all the right ways.

Imelda May kicks off next week’s concert picks |Jun 22, 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.

NEW TO STREAMING AND VOD: Far from a classic, space-thriller ‘Life’ has its moments |Jun 22, 2017

A sci-fi thriller in the “Alien” tradition, the formulaic “Life” is far from a classic but it’s a decent time-waster especially for genre fans who can’t get enough of slimy, homicidal space creatures.

Nine-week Philadelphia Zoo attraction mixes education and frosty fun in the middle of summer |Jun 22, 2017

Just you wait till the next heat wave.

Clay on Main offers summer programs |Jun 22, 2017

Clay on Main is offering classes for kids as well as adults this summer.

Music Around Town for June 21 |Jun 21, 2017

22 June – Kim & Paul at Open Mic at Greshville Inn, Boyertown (8 p.m. start)

The Adam Ezra Group headlines at the Sellersville Theater |Jun 21, 2017

Drawing from the tradition of American folk music, The Adam Ezra Group embraces their artistry, nurturing a community of fans through heartfelt words and music. Exemplifying this mission, the bands latest album release “Hurricane Wind” is a hands-on, groundbreaking collaborative effort with their fans.

The Purple Xperience out to channel essence of Prince at Keswick Theatre |Jun 21, 2017

Minneapolis guitarist and pianist Marshall Charloff talked about being a Prince tribute artist in 2011, when Prince was still alive.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Arts fest in Manayunk, beer tasting in Lansdale, Irish fest in Havertown, ‘Lord of the Rings’ and much more on tap |Jun 21, 2017

Festival time Manayunk Arts Festival: The 28th annual Manayunk Arts Festival runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 24 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 25 on Main Street from Shurs Lane to Green Lane and Cotton Street from Main to Cresson streets.

CONCERT: The End of America makes Steel City Coffee House debut |Jun 20, 2017

Critically acclaimed Indie folk rockers The End of America is one of the latest bands to emerge from the burgeoning creative renaissance that is putting the thriving Philly music scene back on the map.