Entertainment

Out of the sky, into the arena: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Varekai’ in Philadelphia |Nov 14, 2017

The sky lets go a solitary young man, and the story of “Varekai” begins.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Stanley Clarke celebrates homecoming at the Ardmore Music Hall |Nov 14, 2017

For Philly born and bred music prodigy Stanley Clarke, a flourishing career as one of modern music’s premier bassists was imminent.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Wonder’ touches the heart without overdoing it emotionally |Nov 14, 2017

Yes, “Wonder” has that bring-two-fists-full-of-tissues-to-the-theater look about it.

CONERT PREVIEW: Pick up some Silversun Pickups at the Fillmore in Philadelphia |Nov 13, 2017

California indie rockers Silversun Pickups are still hard at work touring to promote their 2015 album “Better Nature.”

McLovins’ guitarist Justin Berger, a Devon native, looking forward ‘to be coming home.’ Band plays at Milkboy |Nov 13, 2017

Emerging from obscurity as college friends that played jam music on the weekends, Hartford, Connecticut’s “McLovins” are rapidly gaining momentum as a band on the rise.

ON STAGE: ‘Rasheeda Speaking’ will ‘give you something to talk about’ |Nov 13, 2017

Considering the turbulent racial climate, “Rasheeda Speaking” couldn’t be more topical. The clever off-Broadway hit, which was written by Joel Drake Johnson, blends awkward workplace comedy and intense racial tension.

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS: Bully, Tiësto and The Contenders among next week’s best bets |Nov 10, 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 Dog Show returns to Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks |Nov 9, 2017

UPPER PROVIDENCE>>Of the more than 3,000 dog shows in the country, only a few allow visitors to personally experience the nobility of a purebred show dog.

Illusionist Adam Trent defies logic with upcoming performance at Reading’s Santander Performing Arts Center |Nov 8, 2017

Adam Trent, one of the breakout stars of Broadway’s “The Illusionists,” will soon bring his signature brand of magic and illusion to Reading’s Santander Performing Arts Center.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Folk artist Richard Shindell makes area appearance at the Kennett Flash |Nov 8, 2017

Treasuring a passion for music dating back to his youth, courtesy of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Bill Monroe and Rogers & Hammerstein, among others, singer songwriter Richard Shindell could never have imagined he would one day take the creative reigns and emerge as one of folk music’s most prolific artists.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Susan Werner releases Cuba-inspired EP, returns to Philadelphia |Nov 8, 2017

Susan Werner will return to the city of Philadelphia to perform at World Cafe Live on Friday, Nov. 17. The show will feature material from her latest recording, “An American in Havana,” which she released independently on Sept.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Glenside’s Keswick Theatre hosts Squeeze — group that emerged during new wave era |Nov 8, 2017

Chris Difford, Glenn Tillbrook and company are taking the British pop/rock band Squeeze on a “Join the Dots” tour, with a catalogue spanning 40 years.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Lukas Nelson continues superstar legacy begun by Willie |Nov 8, 2017

When Lukas Nelson sings, there’s no denying who his father is.

Chrysanthemum craze takes over Longwood Gardens |Nov 7, 2017

What’s autumn without mums? Chrysanthemums are a tradition that runs deep at Longwood Gardens. They were first grown and displayed in the gardens when founder Pierre S. du Pont opened the Conservatory in 1921.

Guitarist Adrian Legg to take the stage at the Kennett Flash |Nov 7, 2017

England’s Adrian Legg has spent decades as one of the world’s most unique and talented guitarists. Merging acoustic and electric guitar and a finger style picking and tapping technique that is difficult to define, Legg has deservedly earned accolades from a long list of fellow guitar masters including Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.

MOVIE REVIEW: With family-friendly ‘Wonderstruck,’ director Todd Haynes pushes worthwhile buttons |Nov 7, 2017

A little gem of a movie — one that should be suitable for a wide range of ages — “Wonderstruck” is concerned with helping us understand what it is like to have no hearing.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Herb Alpert to deliver ‘knockout’ show in Sellersville |Nov 7, 2017

There’s still no stopping the 82-year-old Herb Alpert.

It’s no con, twin sisters Tegan and Sara bring their acoustic tour to The Tower |Nov 3, 2017

A decade ago Canadian twin rockers Tegan and Sara released their fifth album, “The Con.” It was a departure from their earlier albums. The Quin sisters were signed to Neil Young’s label as an acoustic duo while they were still in their teens and until that point had yet to explore what would define their sound.

The Strumbellas at Union Transfer, 3 Things To Know |Nov 2, 2017

The Strumbellas “Hope” has been more than realized during the past year and a half.

EAT & DRINK: Lots to dig into — from new wedding venue, new eatery in Media, apple festival, to cider sampling |Nov 2, 2017

A new wedding and event venue opens on the Main Line next fall. URBN Food and Beverage announced plans for Terrain Gardens at Devon Yard. The complex also will include Terrain Garden Cafe and Amis Trattoria.

CONCERT BEST BETS: Things can get loud with Barb Wire Dolls; psychedelic with All Them Witches; and downright jaw-dropping with ‘guitar god’ Yngwie Malmsteen |Nov 2, 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.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ goes a bit too much for laughs, but huge Hulk battle helps |Nov 1, 2017

Why so serious? No need to ask that of the folks running Disney-owned Marvel Studios.

CONCERT PREVIEW: ‘Groovin’ once more with Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals with shows in Sellersville |Nov 1, 2017

The 50th anniversary victory lap continues for Felix Cavaliere and The Rascals.

GAME REVIEW: ‘Odyssey’ takes Super Mario to another world of pure imagination |Nov 1, 2017

By now, gamers are familiar with Mario. They’ve followed his evolution from Donkey Kong’s nemesis all the way to Nintendo’s iconic mascot. Players know his every jump. They know the basic plot for nearly every adventure.

Peter Gabriel tribute band The Security Project to visit Havana in New Hope |Oct 31, 2017

There are many tribute bands out there. But not many have a band member who played with the artist they’re paying tribute to. Drummer Jerry Marotta worked with the iconic Peter Gabriel from 1977 through 1986 and is in part responsible for the sound on Gabriel’s early albums.

THEATER REVIEW: Nat ‘King’ Cole returns to stage with fire and grace through People’s Light latest production |Oct 31, 2017

Television is hurting, with viewership for the four major networks down an average of 8 percent in prime time. Some of that audience has been lost to cable and streaming. But that doesn’t fully explain such a decline.

Exhibit of prints at MCCC a sample of large Eastern U. collection |Oct 30, 2017

Hands up if you knew that Eastern University in Wayne had such a remarkable collection of prints.

Cyclocross event returns to Sly Fox Pottstown location |Oct 30, 2017

According to Sly Fox Beer’s website, cycling and beer is a tradition in Belgium.

CONCERT BEST BETS: The Shout Out Louds, Gwar and Dawg Yawp bring in the music this coming week |Oct 26, 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.

Explore the new ‘Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies’ exhibit at Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia |Oct 25, 2017

The Academy of Natural Sciences re-stakes its claim as Philadelphia’s dinosaur museum with “Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies.”

MUSIC: Fall Out Boy at Wells Fargo Center, 5 things to know before the show |Oct 25, 2017

Fall Out Boy fans will have to wait for their “Mania.”

Daniel Boone Homestead announces birthday event, Fall Lecture Series |Oct 25, 2017

EXETER >> The Daniel Boone Homestead has announced three events coming up in November. All events are held at The Daniel Boone Homestead, 400 Daniel Boone Road.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Get ready for a spook-tacular weekend |Oct 25, 2017

Spook-tacular Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is on stage at 7 p.m. Oct. 30. Costumes are optional, but paraphernalia such as toast, water guns and umbrellas are prohibited.

CONCERT PREVIEW: King Crimson releases ‘Heroes,’ will perform 2 nights at Merriam Theater |Oct 24, 2017

King Crimson returns with a new lineup and a new recording, “Heroes.” The current incarnation of the on again/off again band, which formed in 1968, continues to be led by its founding member and leader, iconic guitarist Robert Fripp.

ART: African American Museum in Philadelphia brings together quintet of contemporary artists |Oct 24, 2017

Five black women artists, whose work “explores spiritual cultivation and memory through their artistic practice,” are in the spotlight through Jan. 16 with “Gardens of the Mind: Echoes of the Feminine View.

Historic Berks County Preservation Trust to hold annual gala dinner |Oct 24, 2017

The Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County (HPTBC) will celebrate another year with our second annual gala dinner at the Reading Public Museum from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.4. Join us for a beautiful evening of good food and drink as we highlight the important work of the Trust and its many 2017 accomplishments.

‘A Hopewell Halloween’ set for Oct. 28 |Oct 24, 2017

An afternoon of Halloween traditions and historical folklore will be hosted by Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site on Saturday, Oct. 28. This will be the second year Hopewell Furnace NHS is hosting the event.

Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsman announces holiday festival |Oct 24, 2017

Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsman is pleased to present the following event:

FILM: Local UFOlogist shares ‘Travis’ doc on alien abduction |Oct 23, 2017

The 1993 Paramount Pictures film “Fire in the Sky” brought a mysterious tale of abduction by extra-terrestrials to the big screen. But according to 1973 North Penn High School grad, self-taught filmmaker and Radnor Studio Channel 21 host Jennifer W.

FALL FESTIVITIES: Special weekend at Chester County’s St. Peter’s Village |Oct 23, 2017

A former 19th century industrial company village in Warwick Township is getting artsy Oct. 28-29 with an Autumnal Artisan Weekend.

EAT & DRINK: Sample everything ... from Beer & Cider Festival in Oaks, meal and wine pairings in Exton to Restaurant Week in Media and more |Oct 20, 2017

Just in time for the holidays, Chaddsford Winery opens a new “rustic outdoor Wine Garden” at the King of Prussia Mall between Neiman Marcus and Macy’s. Think cozy seating, fire pits and spiced apple wine.

EVENT: Pottstown Brew Fest welcomes 50+ craft brewers, wineries, cider makers, and food trucks |Oct 19, 2017

Pottstown — The award-winning Pottstown Brew Fest returns to Pottstown in a new location — the Norco Fire Company on Oct. 28 for a celebration of craft beer, wine, cider, food and music.

MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS: Yumi Zouma, Soulfly and Death From Above among next week’s best concert bets |Oct 19, 2017

For Digital First Media 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.

Elysian Camerata makes a second home in Ambler |Oct 18, 2017

True music lovers will brave any obstacle to hear a favorite piece — except, perhaps, the Schuylkill River.

New family-friendly ‘The Glow’ drawing crowds to Fairmount Park |Oct 18, 2017

The concert season at the Mann Center is done; so what’s all that light coming from West Fairmount Park in Philadelphia?

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Only the Brave’ a mostly winning tribute to Granite Mountain Hotshots |Oct 18, 2017

Josh Brolin’s character in “Only the Brave,” Eric Marsh, has a recurring dream about a charging bear made of fire.

MUSIC SCENE: Benefit show turns into ‘Music for Everyone’ in Phoenixville |Oct 17, 2017

Orion Communities believes every person deserves shelter, food, clothing, transportation and access to health care.

‘Final Journey’ for Johnny Clegg. Career retrospective of upbeat Afropop comes to Keswick Theatre in Glenside |Oct 17, 2017

“Just bring your dancing shoes,” said world music superstar Johnny Clegg from a hotel room in Quebec.

Beach Fossils sonically expand. Band to incorporate new sounds into live set at Philly concert |Oct 17, 2017

The breezy jangle of Beach Fossils is back.

CONCERT PREVIEW: J. Geils Band’s ‘Magic Dick,’ guitarist Shun Ng playing mix of R&B, rock, jazz. Duo plays at the Sellersville |Oct 16, 2017

They were born about 45 years apart, yet blues harp master Richard “Magic Dick” Salwitz and singer/guitarist Shun Ng (pronounced shoon-ing) seem to be musical soul mates.