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Philadelphia Folk Festival still singing at 53

By David W. Wannop For 21st Century Media |

Be in the know for 2014 Philadelphia Folk Festival

From Aug. 15-17, the 53rd annual Philadelphia Folk Festival will feature dozens of performers on seven stages. ...

By Brian Bingaman |


  • Music

    R&B and Blues artist Jesse Dee hits the lineup at Musikfest

    Boston rhythm and blues artist Jesse Dee will be making another appearance in Bethlehem this year, this time performing as one of hundreds of artists to fill the Musikfest lineup at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Aetna Americaplatz.

    Emily Thiel

  • Arts and entertainment

    Fleetwood Community Theatre’s ‘Peter Pan’ took audiences on a magical adventure

    Young area actors got to soar to new heights in Fleetwood Community Theatre’s summer production of “Peter Pan,” much to the delight of the audience at Fleetwood Area High School last weekend.

    By Cheryl Thornburg |

  • Arts and entertainment

    Genesius West’s ‘Aida’ is captivating

    I had a chance to see the dress rehearsal of Genesius West’s production of “Aida” Wednesday, July 9 and area audiences found themselves in for a treat. A cast of 80 talented young actors from all over Berks County brought Elton John and Tim Rice’s contemporary Broadway hit to life. Don’t let their ages (6-22) fool you. The principal characters delivered stellar performances with mature and emotionally-charged vocals.

    By Cheryl Thornburg |

  • Community theater

    Broadway’s Telly Leung hosts Master’s workshops with Birdsboro theatre

    BIRDSBORO - One Broadway star brought his talents straight from the Big Apple to the Alpha/Omega Players with workshops designed for children to embrace the camaraderie of theatre. Over 50 students collectively signed up for first-hand lessons with Telly Leung, who has performed in Broadway productions “Company,” “Pacific Overtures,” “Wicked,” “Rent,” and, most recently, “Allegiance.” He also had a run in FOX’s hit show “Glee” as the character of Wes.

    Emily Thiel

  • Music

    WTIM: Music around town: June 25 edition

    What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.


  • Reviews

    ‘Reel Experiences’ with Robert Humanick: ‘Ernest & Celestine’ released on DVD June 17

    It was noted by some Oscar pundits that of the 56 movies nominated for the 2014 Academy Awards, none had as slim a chance of taking home the prize as the darling Ernest & Celestine. The animated film is a poignant fable about an unlikely friendship between a bear and a mouse that in a just world, would have at least had a chance against the mega-success of Disney’s Frozen.

    By Robert Humanick For 21st Century Media |

  • Entertainment

    The State Theatre of Boyertown hosts benefit concert for Senior Center

    On Friday, June 6, a benefit concert for The Center at Spring Street in Boyertown will be held at 7 p.m. at The State Theatre, 61 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown.

    From the State Theatre of Boyertown |

  • Entertainment

    Genesius Theatre presents ‘Altar Boyz’

    READING — Here come the Altar Boyz to rock the masses of all denominations by spreading the good news and soothing the troubled souls of Greater Reading through the glory of sweet pop music. “Altar Boyz” opens June 6 and runs through June 15 at Genesius Theatre.

    By Mercury Staff |

  • Entertainment

    REVIEW: The Fault in Our Stars

    As fans of John Green’s best-selling, emotionally profound novel already know, “The Fault in Our Stars” isn’t just another cheesy sob story.

    By Randy Myers Digital First Media |

  • Arts and entertainment

    Swinging Foxes captivate Honey Brook with vintage medley at first of Summer Concert Series

    Just as you can’t hold a moonbeam in your hand, so can words fail to wholly capture the magic of music.

    By Arundhati Das For 21st Century Media |

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