Entertainment

The Feinberg Brothers bring bluegrass to Reinholds |Feb 24, 2017

REINHOLDS >> An evening of Bluegrass Music will be held at the Reinholds Fire Company Banquet Hall along Route 897 in Reinholds on Saturday, March 4 beginning at 6 p.m. Featured will be The Feinberg Brothers along with Chester Johnson and The Foggy Mountain Grass.

TV PREMIERE: ‘The Obama Years: The Power of Words’ premieres on Smithsonian Channel |Feb 24, 2017

PHILADELPHIA >> If any single image best represents the new hour-long documentary “The Obama Years,” it would probably be the close-up shot of a speech Barack Obama delivered to Congress in 2009.

NEW TO VOD AND STREAMING: ‘Bleed for This’ is a brutal boxing biopic worth seeing |Feb 24, 2017

Downingtown native Miles Teller commits body and soul to “Bleed For This,” a biopic about boxer Vinny Pazienza, one of the strongest-willed belters in the history of the sport.

Oscars 2017 may be one for the record books |Feb 24, 2017

Even before the awards are handed out, the 89th Academy Awards is stacking up as one for the record books.

NEW ON DVD: ‘Manchester by the Sea’ is a heartrending instant classic |Feb 24, 2017

For his first film since “Margaret,” Kenneth Lonergan writes and directs “Manchester By The Sea” (2016, Lionsgate, R, $20), the engrossing saga of a Boston janitor named Lee (Casey Affleck) who returns to his hometown following the death of his brother (Kyle Chandler) to help care for his teenage nephew (Lucas Hedges).

Tachyonmetry to perform at Boyertown’s historic State Theatre |Feb 22, 2017

Tachyonmetry, an alternative folk group from Bucks County will perform at the State Theatre at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Tachyonmetry to perform at Boyertown’s historic State Theatre |Feb 22, 2017

Tachyonmetry, an alternative folk group from Bucks County, will perform at the State Theatre Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m.

Genesius Theatre’s younger set brings back the 60s with ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ |Feb 21, 2017

The up-and coming talent from Berks County will bring the upbeat “Bye Bye Birdie Young Performers Edition” to Genesius Theatre Feb. 24 to March 5. Talented kids and teens ages 5 to 17 years old from a cross section of Berks, Lehigh Valley and Lancaster County schools present this special adaptation of the four-time Tony Award-winning, including Best Musical of 1961, Broadway Musical.

Music Around Town: Feb. 22 edition |Feb 21, 2017

22 Feb – Kevin & Donney at Klingers at the Airport, Reading (8 p.m. start)

Oasis of orchids: Horticultural display at Longwood highlights varieties of orchids |Feb 21, 2017

The party is called “Orchid Extravaganza” and you can come see it through March 31.

Tri-county homeschool theater group presents ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ March 2-4 |Feb 21, 2017

The Aleithia Players, a homeschool group with students from throughout Chester, Berks and Lancaster counties, will present Sally Benson’s “Meet Me in St. Louis” at Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church located at 1648 Horseshoe Pike (Route 322), Glenmoore.

A new ‘Kingdom’ from Frontier Ruckus. Band to play at Johnny Brenda’s |Feb 21, 2017

Matthew Milia thinks it’s “a miracle” that his Detroit-based band, Frontier Ruckus, has been around for nearly 15 years and [just released] its fifth album.

Monnette Sudler’s Annual Philadelphia Guitar Summit concert returns to MCCC |Feb 21, 2017

This is the 8th year of the Philadelphia Guitar Summit at Montgomery County Community College. Philadelphia’s first lady of guitar, Monnette Sudler, continues to present an interesting and diverse group of artists for this annual event.

Bruce Hornsby tours with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, stops at AMC |Feb 21, 2017

Country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs and renowned pianist and songwriter Bruce Hornsby are back touring with Skaggs’ band, Kentucky Thunder on new material and bluegrass classics. The Grammy award winning pair share a love of mountain music, delivering a show full of high-lonesome sound, full throttle blusegrass picking, and improvisational piano.

THEATER: ‘Paw Patrol Live!’ coming to Merriam Theater |Feb 20, 2017

Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and Everest are going to look a lot different than they do on TV.

NEW TO STREAMING: Fresh and funny, ‘The Edge of Seventeen’ is a mini-masterpiece |Feb 17, 2017

Produced by the great James L. Brooks (“Broadcast News”), “The Edge of Seventeen” is a breath of fresh comic air.

FILM TALK: New doc follows Eagles of Death Metal in the aftermath of the Bataclan attack |Feb 17, 2017

Producer Heather Parry will never be accused of taking the easy way out.

‘How to Be a Cat’ book-signing at Studio B opening reception |Feb 16, 2017

Tired of the stress and complications of modern life? Does watching your cat sleeping in sunbeams look like heaven to you?

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Enjoy hippo-themed games, plenty of art; plus Mummers in Manayunk |Feb 16, 2017

On view Wayne Art Center: “Expressions of Radnor 2017,” “Art Work by Frank Bernard” and “Elisabeth Braun: Deep Space” will be on display Feb. 21-March 18 in the Davenport Gallery.

Studio B hosts ‘Muse,’ exhibit and book release combining literary and visual art |Feb 16, 2017

“Muse,” the Studio B’s fourth annual show and book release combining literary and visual art opens Feb. 17, with a reception from 5 to 8:p.m. at Studio B, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown, The exhibit runs until March 12.

DINING: Autograph Brasserie: Upscale newcomer in Wayne |Feb 15, 2017

Walter Pater, a brilliant analyst of the arts in Victorian England, wrote that the soul of an artist should “burn with a hard gem-like flame.” Pater might just as well have been writing about Ralph Fernandez, the current executive chef and co-owner at the opulent 160-seat Autograph Brasserie in Wayne’s Spread Eagle Village.

Jim Messina: Reconnecting with the fans; set to perform at Sellersville Theater |Feb 15, 2017

It was 1970 when Jim Messina made the fateful decision to produce a new ABC/Dunhill songwriter with folksinger tendencies named Kenny Loggins.

A closer look at the ‘Game of Thrones’ Live Concert Experience coming to the Wells Fargo Center |Feb 14, 2017

The “Game of Thrones” Live Concert Experience 28-city tour is something that has been three years in the making. It took a lot of strategic planning, but composer Ramin Djawadi said it was all worth it as his full orchestra and choir rehearsed on an elaborate stage, fully set up inside of a large sound stage on the Warner Bros.

Whether you’re loving or listing it ... Home show happening in Oaks |Feb 13, 2017

The Philly Home + Garden Show, running Feb. 17-19 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, welcomes HGTV and Bravo design experts to join the weekend’s schedule of workshops, vendors and interactive features.

NEW ON DVD: ‘American Pastoral’ marks Ewan McGregor’s fine, if flawed, directorial debut |Feb 10, 2017

Adapting “American Pastoral” (2016, Lionsgate, R, $20), Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning tome about a splintering family chasing the American Dream, would be a challenge for any filmmaker, let alone a first-timer.

FILM TALK: After years away from the spotlight, actress Rosamund Pike returns with ‘A United Kingdom’ |Feb 10, 2017

It’s been three years since British actress Rosamund Pike scored a career breakthrough playing the title role in “Gone Girl,” the hit adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-seller.

Home Theater: Post-WWII series ‘The Collection’ examines a fallen fashion empire |Feb 10, 2017

From Oliver Goldstick, the man behind “Ugly Betty” and “Pretty Little Liars,” comes “The Collection,” a stylish series set in Paris after the end of World War II.

Some movies to watch with your significant other this Valentine’s Day |Feb 8, 2017

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now is a good time to stock up on movies to watch with your significant other.

THE BREWHOLDER: City Tavern’s ‘Ales of the Revolution’ perfect for Presidents’ Day, regardless of your party affiliation |Feb 8, 2017

To say that our nation’s feelings about newly inaugurated President Donald Trump are mixed would be a severe understatement. And while some may be considering ignoring President’s Day this year in protest, here are four very good reasons to observe the holiday — The City Tavern’s “Ales of the Revolution”: “George Washington’s Tavern Porter,” “Thomas Jefferson’s 1774 Tavern Ale,” “Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Ale,” and “Benjamin Franklin’s Tavern Spruce Ale.

ART: Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes expressive sculpture exhibition based on ‘The Kiss’ |Feb 7, 2017

After being closed during the month of January, Philadelphia’s Rodin Museum has reopened with a new installation with a stirring theme of passionate embrace.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Maceo Parker presents 50 Years of Funk at Ardmore Music Hall |Feb 7, 2017

Maceo Parker, the iconic saxophone player who got his start in James Brown’s band, brings his show 50 Years of Funk to Ardmore Music Hall on Feb. 19. The show will be a retrospective of his career and will feature material from his days with Brown, Parliament Funkadelic and from his own bands.

Cirque Zuma Zuma’s acrobats tumble into West Chester University |Feb 7, 2017

Want some non-stop action designed to keep you on the edge of your seat? That’s the promise of Cirque Zuma Zuma, which will tumble, dance, contort, and otherwise entertain on the stage at West Chester University (WCU).

1st Street Players present ‘The Last Five Years’ Feb. 10-11 |Feb 7, 2017

The 1st Street Players are offering a pre-Valentine’s treat, “The Last Five Years,” for two nights only, Feb. 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. at Birdsboro Community Theater, 301 E. 1st St., Birdsboro, PA 19508

SEVEN IN SEVEN: It’s a Code Orange week |Feb 6, 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.

National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum a place to encounter, explore, learn about Chester County’s steel town past |Feb 6, 2017

“Coatesville wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the company,” said LeAnne Zolovich, education services manager of The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum (NISHM).

‘Capturing Pablo’: An evening with the real DEA agents of ‘Narcos’ at Keswick Theatre |Feb 3, 2017

When DEA agents Javier Peña and Steve Murphy were initially approached by Netflix producers about turning their experiences in the manhunt for the infamous Columbian drug cartel leader, Pablo Escobar, into a television series, they were skeptical.

Studio B announces Agri-CULTURE art show winners |Feb 2, 2017

Studio B in Boyertown awarded $500 in money prizes to artists during the opening of the studio’s 9th annual show entitled “Agri-CULTURE” featuring art inspired by agriculture. Miles DeCoster, professor at Kutztown University, served as juror for the exhibit.

‘Music of the Underground Railroad’ presented at Hopewell Furnace Feb. 18 |Feb 1, 2017

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site presents the Black History Month Program “Music of the Underground Railroad” on Feb. 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Visitor Center.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Sons of Serendip bring Stevie Wonder tribute show to Sellersville Theater |Feb 1, 2017

Sons of Serendip, the quartet that rose to prominence as contestants on America’s Got Talent in 2014, will visit Sellersville Theater on Feb. 9. The show will predominately feature the music of Stevie Wonder.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Philly Folksong Society concert with Rose Cousins coming to Ardmore |Feb 1, 2017

“I love Philadelphia as a city,” said Canadian singer/songwriter Rose Cousins, who drops her fourth full-length album, “Natural Conclusion,” on Feb. 3.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Make a splash at the Annual Polar Plunge into Brandywine Creek |Feb 1, 2017

Exodus Pearl S. Buck International: The stories of Jewish communities in China over the centuries intrigued Pearl S. Buck and her husband, Richard Walsh, so much that each explored them in their published works.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Moody Blues singer/songwriter/guitarist Justin Hayward to play SteelStacks |Feb 1, 2017

Best known as the voice of The Moody Blues (Their fans sometimes call them “The Moodies”), Justin Hayward talked about the beginnings of his career as a solo artist.

OTF hosts Jeremiah James Live at Hamburg Strand |Jan 31, 2017

Our Town Foundation in Hamburg will present Jeremiah James Live! at the Hamburg Strand Theater, 6 N. Fourth Street, Hamburg, on March 11. Concert proceeds benefit renovations to the theater.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Lucy Dacus isn’t playing to the gallery |Jan 31, 2017

In a recent essay for The Talkhouse, indie-rock artist Lucy Dacus paid tribute to the late David Bowie, citing a segment from the 1997 documentary “Inspirations” in which the music legend offered advice to young musicians: “Never play to the gallery.

COMEDY: Standup by Pete Holmes, Artie Lange, Judd Apatow at the Troc |Jan 31, 2017

Three of the stars involved with the forthcoming HBO comedy series “Crashing” are on a collision course for Philly Feb. 10.

ON STAGE: The ‘Lagan’ river flows through the Villanova Theatre’s latest production |Jan 31, 2017

Ireland is a different world from ours, but the inhabitants and stories will feel familiar when “Lagan” takes the Villanova Theatre stage. The latest production by those in the Master’s in Theatre program will be performed Feb.

REVIEW: The story of ‘John’ unfolds at Arden Theater |Jan 30, 2017

Take a nascent ghost story that’s short on ghosts, stir in some mystery not particularly mysterious, add a crash-burning relationship that makes little sense, then call the whole thing an exploration of character through meaningful silence and what do you have?

Clybourne Park is sure to instigate much debate on social issues |Jan 30, 2017

pottstown >> “Clybourne Park,” a play by Bruce Norris and directed by Rebecca May Flowers opens Friday, Feb. 3, at Steel River Playhouse and runs through Sunday, Feb.19, with a total of 11 performances to choose from, including four matinees.

Beetle Mania invades the Reading Public Museum |Jan 28, 2017

Reading >> Explore the extraordinary world of sculptor Joan Danziger whose creations — creepy, crawly specimens with six legs and wings — take center stage in the new exhibition Beetle Mania: The Art of Joan Danziger, on view in the Reading Public Museum’s Meinig Family Gallery now through Sept.

Genesius Theatre presents ‘Disney’s Aristocats KIDS’ |Jan 28, 2017

READING >> Based on the beloved Disney animated film, and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score, “Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS” is a non-stop thrill ride of feline fun, complete with unbelievable twists and turns.