Entertainment

Playcrafters presents Wendy Wasserstein’s ‘The Sisters Rosensweig’ |Apr 22, 2017

Coming to Playcrafters’ stage this April is a tender story steeped in Jewish culture and humor. The play centers around three Jewish (and very successful) sisters on the eve of a long awaited reunion—and a birthday.

Berks Opera Company is accepting entries for Annual Community Art Contest |Apr 21, 2017

Berks Opera Company is welcoming residents of Berks County to participate in its 1st Annual Community Art Contest. The theme of the contest is “What is Your Happily Ever After” and culminates with an exhibition and selected visuals and prose represented in the scenic design of the August Production of La Cenerentola (Cinderella) at the Miller Center for the Arts, Reading, Pa.

Preschoolers exhibit art at Yocum Institute |Apr 21, 2017

Yocum Institute for Arts Education is pleased to host the 2017 Annual Preschool Art Exhibit.

Professor of art joins forces with GoggleWorks for Iron Pour Event |Apr 21, 2017

A member of Albright College’s art department and GoggleWorks Center for the Arts have teamed up to present a Spring Iron Pour on Saturday, April 29, at 7 p.m., at GoggleWorks, 201 Washington St.

On stage in Pottstown: ‘The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds’ |Apr 20, 2017

“The most compelling work of its kind since Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie” – Variety

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Get ready for Brick Fest Live! in Oaks; International Spring Festival in Lansdale and more |Apr 19, 2017

Build it! Greater Philadelphia Expo Center: Founded by a pair of area dads, Brick Fest Live! returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 22 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.

Pulitzer-winning ‘August: Osage County’ comes to Genesius Theatre |Apr 19, 2017

Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award Winning play “August: Osage County” will explode onto the Genesius Theatre stage Wednesday, April 26 through April 30 at the 10th and Walnut Theatre in Reading.

An exhibit at Studio B dedicated to art inspired by the environment |Apr 18, 2017

Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, announces the opening of “Defining WORLD,” the studio’s 9th annual juried show featuring art celebrating our environment sponsored by Liberty Environmental, Inc.

Coventry Singers will present “We the People” |Apr 15, 2017

The Coventry Singers will present their spring concert “We the People,” a concert celebrating and honoring America. After a particularly divisive election season, an inspirational concert about the goodness of this great country and the aspiration of peace in our world seems particularly appropriate.

Genesius’ ‘Noises Off’ is a side-splitting onstage romp |Apr 3, 2017

Genesius Theater has done a bang-up job with their current production – “Noises Off.” In fact, I hope the stage crew includes an EMT, because the show has some of the most physical comedy I’ve seen on stage in a long time.

Chuck Loeb aiming at reaching the audience |Mar 27, 2017

While Grammy nominated jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb has not attained the commercial notoriety of some of his contemporaries, his critically acclaimed prowess on the guitar has earned him a place among the elite in the world of jazz.

Philly native, Randy Brecker, talks about his early days |Mar 27, 2017

Widely regarded as one of the jazz community’s most coveted treasures, Grammy Award winning trumpeter and flugelhornist Randy Brecker, now 71, continues to thrive as a solo artist and a highly sought after session player and collaborator.

Hannah Violet Trio to perform at Boyertown’s State Theatre |Mar 20, 2017

This Saturday, March 25, the Hanna Violet Trio will perform at the State Theatre. The show starts at 7 p.m.

FILM TALK: Allentown-born Amanda Seyfried talks finding love on set, expecting her first child |Mar 17, 2017

Allentown native Amanda Seyfried came away from “The Last Word” with more than a starring role in a crowd-pleasing comedy. She also found a fiancé.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Have you heard of ‘Graeme of Thrones’? |Mar 16, 2017

Bring the beat back Santander Performing Arts Center: Catch international percussion sensation “Stomp” at 7:30 p.m. March 24 at 136 N. Sixth St., Reading. Tickets range from $35.

Hamburg Art Gallery: featured artist combines disciplines to create unusual effects |Mar 16, 2017

John (Jack) Neidlinger, Jr., a Schuylkill County native, decorated the windows at the Our Town Foundation in Hamburg for February and March.

Go back in time at Constitution Center with ‘American Spirits’ |Mar 15, 2017

Two of the U.S. Constitution’s Amendments are about alcohol — one to ban it and one to undo the ban.

‘Church of Broken Pieces’ one of two street photography installations at The African-American Museum in Philadelphia |Mar 15, 2017

Street photographer and Philadelphia resident Shawn Theodore’s handle on Instagram is _xst (exist), where he has 62,000 followers.

Stitches: Janet Henshaw quilts exhibit opens March 17 at the Yocum Institute Gallery |Mar 15, 2017

Stitches: Janet Henshaw Quilts Exhibit will be hosted by Yocum Institute for Arts Education from March 17 – April 23. The exhibit is free to the public and features quilter Janet Henshaw’s original designs.

MUSIC BEST BETS: Bring Me the Horizon at the leading edge of metal |Mar 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.

REVIEW: Steel River’s ‘ Laramie project’ is thought-provoking, relevant theater |Mar 15, 2017

Plays often hold up a mirror to real life, but when the play is based on actual events and the actual words of real people, it is has even more impact. Such is the case with Steel River Playhouse’s current production, “The Laramie Project” which runs through March 26.

Opening Reception for ‘O’Suzannah!’ set for Friday at Studio B |Mar 14, 2017

The next exhibit at Studio B, s pleased to announce the opening of “O’Suzannah!” featuring the artwork of artists whose first name is some form of “Susan.”

Hopewell Furnace to present two plays for Women’s History Month |Mar 13, 2017

ELVERSON >> Two free programs, the first on March 18 and the second on March 25, will be presented at 2 p.m. at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site to honor Women’s History Month. Both one-act plays are performed by Christine Emmert.

High School artists to show their creations at annual exhibit at MCCC |Mar 13, 2017

WHITPAIN >>Budding artists from Montgomery County will exhibit their multi-media creations during the 39th Annual Montgomery County High School Exhibition and Competition from March 8 to 31 at the Montgomery County Community College Fine Arts Center Gallery, 340 DeKalb Pike.

Hamburg Strand ‘Beauty and Beast’ breakfast sells out |Mar 12, 2017

An appearance by the Beast and a sold-out breakfast are among the special events planned at The Hamburg Strand.

Steel River Play house presents the powerful ‘ Laramie project’ |Mar 11, 2017

Steel River Playhouse will be presenting “The Laramie Project” March 10 through March 26. This production is based on the true story of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man who was beaten and tied to a fence and left for dead for 18 hours in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998.

Berks Christian School presents ‘Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure’ |Mar 8, 2017

Berks Christian School has announced its upcoming presentation of “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” on March 16-18.

Help others, sample fare from four West Chester area restaurants at Chef’s Best |Mar 7, 2017

“Our goal is for this to become one of the can’t-miss food events in our region,” ACT in Faith board president Denise Antonelli said in a prepared statement.

Spring Fine Arts and Crafts Festival hosted at KU |Mar 3, 2017

The 15th Annual Juried Spring Fine Arts and Crafts Festival and Sale will be held by the Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen, one of the largest craft guilds in Pennsylvania, on Saturday, April 1 from 9 a.

THEATER REVIEW: ‘Matchmaker’ brings 1880’s Yonkers to People’s Light |Mar 2, 2017

Not everyone wants to leave Yonkers.

Upper Merion musician in the thick of St. Patrick’s revelry |Mar 2, 2017

John Forth is a member of the classic rock cover bands Sons of Thunder and Acoustic Rewind. But one of the Upper Merion resident’s busier times of the year is in March, as the lead singer and guitarist of the Irish music outfit JohnnyDew.

THE BREWHOLDER: Band Of Brewers: A surprising showcase of local brewers’ musical talents |Mar 2, 2017

The focus of most craft beer events is, obviously, on the beer, with perhaps some live music in the background to provide ambience. Band of Brewers flips the typical craft beer event on its head, focusing on music performed by bands composed of only brewery employees.

‘Avatar’ meets Cirque du Soleil in ‘Toruk — The First Flight’ |Feb 28, 2017

In case you missed it, Cirque du Soleil’s “Toruk — The First Flight” made one of its first U.S. performances in late 2015 at Allentown’s PPL Center.

Mike Doughty appearing with different band at World Cafe Live |Feb 28, 2017

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Mike Doughty fronted the ‘90s alternative rock outfit Soul Coughing, and has built a following since going it alone in 2000.

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.