Entertainment

OUTDOORS: Waterside lounging and recreation close to home |Aug 25, 2017

Take a stroll and check out these area waterfronts:

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS: This week’s best bets include Authority Zero, Budweiser Made in America Festival and more |Aug 24, 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.

A rare B-17 Flying Fortress offers a glimpse into the World War II era |Aug 23, 2017

Philadelphia >> To climb aboard the Madras Maiden, a B-17 Flying Fortress, is to step back in history to World War II when its sister B-17s flew missions over Nazi Germany, dropping deadly bombs.

MUSIC SCENE: Song duet leads to cooking show for Lisa Bouchelle |Aug 22, 2017

New Jersey singer/songwriter Lisa Bouchelle has crossed the state border plenty of times to perform in southeastern Pennsylvania. But there was still one more previously unexplored line to cross: 1 million total plays on Spotify.

Eilen Jewell hits the road in support of latest album release; performs at Kennett Flash |Aug 22, 2017

It was destiny that led singer songwriter Eilen Jewell to embark on a career as a blues artist. While rock and roll initially ignited her passion for music at an early age, it was the great blues artists, Mississippi John Hurt, Howlin’ Wolf, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Memphis Minnie that left an indelible impression.

Hari Kondabolu brings politically charged jokes to Helium Comedy Club |Aug 22, 2017

You might say Hari Kondabolu has been ahead of the curve. For more than a decade, the left-leaning, unapologetically political comedian — who is, in his own words, “a killjoy who does comedy” — has been tackling the sort of hot-button issues that only recently entered mainstream American discourse.

NOW STREAMING: ‘Marvel’s The Defenders’ combines Netflix’s heroes into a punchy new series |Aug 18, 2017

Don’t overthink this. “Marvel’s The Defenders” brings the paths of four New York City-based comic-book superheroes together so they can fight a common enemy. The eight-part Netflix series wastes no time getting into the action, but is somewhat slow picking up steam.

NEW TO STREAMING AND VOD: ‘The Wall’ is a white-knuckle war movie |Aug 18, 2017

In “The Wall,” director Doug Liman and scripter Dwain Worrell brilliantly reduce the Iraq War to a few skirmishes between a pair of American soldiers (Aaron Taylor- Johnson, John Cena) and an unseen sniper who has them pinned behind a crumbling wall.

BEST BETS: Next week’s concert highlights bring Jonny Lang, Miknna and others to our region |Aug 17, 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.

Doubleclicks’ ‘Love Problems’ is a leap forward |Aug 17, 2017

Happiness has not spoiled the Doubleclicks. Singing sisters Angela Webber and Aubrey Turner, who return to Steel City Coffee House in Phoenixville Aug. 26, have both married since their previous appearance there last year.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: From PAW Patrol to food trucks to community festivals and more — lots to enjoy |Aug 16, 2017

Take off American Helicopter Museum and Education Center: Celebrate World Helicopter Day noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 20 at 1220 American Blvd., West Chester. Every day thousands of people rely on helicopters for rescue, disaster relief, transport, firefighting, medical transfers, power line maintenance, tourism, agriculture and many other roles.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Wind River’ a chilling, compelling drama in harsh setting |Aug 16, 2017

One can argue that in the tales penned by Taylor Sheridan, the setting is a character, one almost as important as the protagonist.

MOVIE REVIEW: Action-comedy ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ largely wastes Jackson-Reynolds pairing |Aug 16, 2017

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is evidence that it takes more than an appealing pair of leading men to make the dynamite go boom.

Third Annual Honey Brook Music Fest benefits food pantry |Aug 16, 2017

The Honey Brook Food Pantry is hosting an evening of music on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 4:30 to 10 p.m. at the Honeybrook Golf Club and Greenside Grill, 1422 Cambridge Road, Honey Brook, in beautiful Chester County.

Selwyn Birchwood, Jarekus Singleton bring high-powered blues to Sellersville Theater |Aug 16, 2017

Selwyn Birchwood and Jarekus Singleton, two of the hottest young blues artists today, will be sharing the night at Sellersville Theater. They will each perform with their own bands.

Six Flags sets world record fon National Roller Coaster Day |Aug 16, 2017

Six Flags Great Adventure celebrated National Roller Coaster Day by setting a new record, and it involves pajamas.

LOCAL MUSIC: Royersford rock band Rofo Audio involves local businesses in their music videos |Aug 16, 2017

Power trio Rofo Audio are like unofficial ambassadors for the Spring-Ford Chamber of Commerce.

New class of honorees for Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame examples of powerhouse vocals, soulful vibes |Aug 16, 2017

Spanning the 1930s to the present, this year’s honorees for the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame include a notable number of women.

EAT & DRINK: Phoenixville’s TASTE, Sand Castle Winery host Vegan Winemakers Dinner |Aug 16, 2017

TASTE, the new vegan restaurant from Sand Castle Winery, will host a winemakers dinner at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug 31. Executive Chef Theo Charitos will pair a six course vegan menu with select wines from Sand Castle Winery.

PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL: Graham Nash enjoying being a solo artist |Aug 15, 2017

A member of either The Hollies; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; or Crosby & Nash for most of his musical career, Graham Nash is finally getting some alone time.

TRENDING: Safely celebrating the upcoming Great American Eclipse |Aug 15, 2017

It’s not going to be your average Monday.

CD REVIEW: With ‘potent’ new CD out, sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer play World Cafe Live |Aug 15, 2017

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer Not Dark Yet

The Infamous Stringdusters play the Philly Folk Festival |Aug 11, 2017

Critically acclaimed and award winning, The Infamous Stringdusters, featuring Andy Hall (dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (double bass) have gone to painstaking efforts to secure their presence as a major player in the indie blue grass scene.

EAT & DRINK: New restaurant, brewhouse taking shape in Phoenixville area, and more regional eats |Aug 10, 2017

Work is under way on two new Phoenixville restaurants: Morrell Park, “a casual counter-service café,” and Rebel Hill Brewing Company, a seven-barrel brewhouse. https://www.rebelhillbrewing.

CONCERT BEST BETS: Lionel Richie, Valley Queen, Hank Williams Jr., and more, bring in the music next week |Aug 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.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: From Thomas the Tank Engine, to cycling to bluegrass and much more. Don’t miss the fun |Aug 9, 2017

Thomas from TV Morris Arboretum: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 12-13 the Garden Railway features Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends on the garden’s 15 rail lines at 100 E. Northwestern Ave.

Baile An Salsa makes Philadelphia Folk Fest debut |Aug 9, 2017

Out of Galway, Ireland emerges Baile An Salsa, a ten-piece band comprised of world class musicians featuring, Andres Martorell (vocals), Alan Preims (congas), Benjamin Becerra (bass), Michael Chang (fiddle), Frailan Moran (bata and percussion), Ger Chambers (accordeon), Brid Dunne (piano), Rags Ferguson (timbales and bodhran) and Gabriel G Diges (flute/ bouzouki).

Otis Gibbs makes rare PA appearance at Philadelphia Folk Festival |Aug 9, 2017

If you’re like me, when you look at the Philadelphia Folk Festival lineup every year, you’ll see a lot of familiar names. And more than likely you’ll see at least as many names that are unfamiliar to you.

Get your groove on at Philadelphia Folk Festival |Aug 8, 2017

The time has come to override your scheduling conflicts and get in the leisurely Philadelphia Folk Festival mind-set.

Santana at the Borgata in AC, 5 things to know |Aug 8, 2017

Carlos Santana has never been at a loss for interesting musical things to do.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Guitar virtuoso Arlen Roth returns to Kennett Flash |Aug 8, 2017

Guitarist Arlen Roth is perhaps not a household name. But ask any professional guitarist and they’ll tell you – Roth is the real deal.

Ardmore Music Hall hosts a ‘lollapalooza’ of grunge tribute acts |Aug 4, 2017

Grunge-A-Palooza — a double 1990s music reference, and the name of an Aug. 12 concert with at Ardmore Music Hall.

CONCERT PICKS: This week’s best bets include Switchfoot and Lifehouse at The Fillmore; The Districts at Union Transfer and more |Aug 4, 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.

Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull, headlining final night of Musikfest in Bethlehem |Aug 4, 2017

In 1968 it seemed like a good idea to name the newly-formed band after 18th century English agriculturalist Jethro Tull.

MOVIE REVIEW; ‘The Dark Tower’ is beginning, feels like end of Stephen King fantasy series’ adaptation |Aug 3, 2017

It’s hard to decide what’s more confusing: the story author Stephen King told in his sprawling fantasy book series, “The Dark Tower,” or the path that story has taken — and is still taking — to being adapted for a visual medium.

Ready for the fair? Your local 4-H fair at a glance |Aug 1, 2017

The 4-H Fair is the culmination of the project year for 4-H members.

Space-, tropical cruise-themed escape rooms now open at Franklin Institute in Philadelphia |Aug 1, 2017

Even The Franklin Institute has gotten in on the escape room craze.

A reunited Live rocks again at Musikfest in Bethlehem |Aug 1, 2017

Certain friendships never die. At the end of last year the original lineup of the alternative rock band Live — Ed Kowalczyk, Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey — officially announced their reunion.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Go back in time at Pa. Dutch Folk Festival, enjoy Cycling Classic and play some vintage games |Aug 1, 2017

Area heritage Henry Antes Plantation: The Goschenhoppen Historians’ 51st annual Authentic Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival is held noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 11 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug.

CONCERT BEST BETS: Not-to-miss music highlights include Social Distortion, Queen plus Adam Lambert, Rocket Summer and more |Jul 27, 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.

CONCERT: Dashboard Confessional at Sands Bethlehem, 5 Things To Know |Jul 27, 2017

Though it has a rich recording history — six studio albums and a selection of EPs — Dashboard Confessional has become primarily a live act since returning five years ago from a hiatus.

EAT & DRINK: Taste a wine slushie in Chadds Ford, check out a ‘street food’ event in Ambler, new eats at KoP and something sweet in Ardmore |Jul 27, 2017

Now open in Exton: Bluefin Eagleview joins Eagleview Town Center’s growing restaurant row. The Japanese sushi BYOB is chef-owner Yong Kim’s third location. www.bluefineagleview.com/

300+ performances scheduled over a week and a half with Musikfest 2017 in Bethlehem |Jul 26, 2017

It’s the 34th year for Musikfest Aug. 4-13 in the City of Bethlehem.

The Dream Syndicate joins stellar lineup at XPNfest |Jul 26, 2017

An integral presence in the alternative rock scene of the 1980s, L.A.’s The Dream Syndicate, featuring current members Steve Wynn (guitar, vocals) and Dennis Duck (drums), along with Karl Precoda (guitar) and Kendra Smith (bass), left an indelible mark in the landscape of the neo-psychedelic and Paisley Underground music movement.

REVIEW: ‘Moon Over Buffalo’ gets the audience laughing at People’s Light in Malvern |Jul 25, 2017

A summer of bad weather and bad news makes folks cry out for diversion. It’s a fine time for comedies and farce in local theaters and fortunately the resident company at People’s Light in Malvern knows farce.

Enjoying some newfound success, Pinegrove will perform at XPN Fest |Jul 25, 2017

In less than a decade, the indie alternative rock band “Pinegrove” is on the rise.

Strand of Oaks taking root at XPN Fest |Jul 25, 2017

For former schoolteacher turned professional musician, songwriter, guitarist and producer, Timothy Showalter is living the dream, fronting his band Strand of Oaks.

Alternative band, Garbage, co-headlining ‘Rage and Rapture’ Tour with Blondie |Jul 24, 2017

Not surprisingly, Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson looks up to Blondie’s lead singer, Debbie Harry. What is surprising is that a band that started in the ‘90s and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band that started in the ‘70s would go on the road together.

Nickelback brings tour to BB&T Pavilion, Hersheypark Stadium |Jul 24, 2017

Nickelback takes it on the chin quite a bit, whether it’s petition drives to keep it from playing at football game halftimes or, most recently, from fellow rocker Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour.

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.