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DINING: Bank & Bourbon a tasty culinary investment |May 18, 2018

Maybe it was just a dream, but I think I read somewhere that NASA has discovered a new planet covered in bourbon. But even if you can’t go there any time soon, you can do the next best thing; you can go to Bank & Bourbon, the upscale restaurant in the Loews Hotel in the old PSFS building at 12th and Market streets in center city Philadelphia.

MUSIC: Lissie, Damien Jurado among next week’s best concert bets |May 17, 2018

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.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Dr. Bruce Menkowitz |May 17, 2018

We had to juggle his busy schedule for this interview, so we met at 7 a.m. in his office before office hours.

Updated space at Penn Museum covers 10,000 years of history |May 17, 2018

The way you look at ancient history and world cultures is about to change.

Eastern State Penitentiary announces three new art installations for 2018 |May 16, 2018

Eastern State Penitentiary isn’t imprisoned in the past.

FOOD: Throw a royal wedding watch party |May 16, 2018

Royally excited – that describes the mood at A Taste of Britain in Wayne just days away from when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot.

It’s two for the show as Hall & Oates join Train for tour; stop in Philly for HoagieNation Festival |May 15, 2018

John Oates had just come off the road from a series of smaller shows behind his new solo album, “Arkansas,” but he’d be ready to go, Oates said from his home in Nashville, Tennessee, when it was time for Hall and Oates to head out for a summer tour with Train that got underway at the beginning of May.

ART SCENE: Mark Art Museum Day, check out a studio tour and more local art |May 15, 2018

To celebrate the 9th annual Art Museum Day, the Brandywine River Museum of Art will offer free admission and special programming on Friday, May 18, 2018. An initiative of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), Art Museum Day gathers hundreds of institutions from across North America to recognize the arts and the important role that art museums play in their communities.

Dogwood Festival celebrates 75 years on May 19 |May 15, 2018

Phoenixville >> Phoenixville’s annual week long celebration of its commitment to service and community has kicked off and will continue into Saturday.

John James Audubon Center in midst of adding modern museum experience |May 14, 2018

Renovations and construction at the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove site have led to curiosity and discovery for Lower Providence residents.

Celebrity chef Robert Irvine hosting Beats ‘n Eats Food + Music Event at Fillmore |May 14, 2018

The star of Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible” wanted a fun and memorable food event unlike any of the others that he had ever attended.

Second suspect in murder of Phoenixville teen captured after standoff in Georgia |May 11, 2018

PHOENIXVILLE >> The second suspect accused in the murder of a Phoenixville teen has been apprehended in Georgia, according to authorities.

$92M Phoenixville Schools budget will raise taxes 3.18% |May 11, 2018

PHOENIXVILLE >> With an 8-1 vote, and a dizzying array of failed amendments, the Phoenixville Area School Board adopted its final 2018-2019 budget Thursday at $91.7 million that will raises property taxes by 3.

Area cancer survivors raise their voices to help Race for the Cure |May 11, 2018

Two area mothers who are breast cancer survivors are among women who are working to encourage and educate other women all over this area to be aware of this disease and to support the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure organization.

Nostalgic flavor (and one modern) for festival events at Normandy Farm in Whitpain |May 11, 2018

Summer gets underway May 17. That’s when Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center’s 13th annual “Craft & ‘Que” Series begins.

Get out and enjoy the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square |May 11, 2018

The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square is more than a dazzling spectacle of 15,000 colored LED lights. It’s also an excuse to grab some extended fresh-air time, and to discover things about the world with your family.

WEEKEND GRAB BAG: Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen at Rittenhouse Square this weekend; more events around area neighborhoods |May 10, 2018

Mother Earth St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: A Loving Our Earth Expo runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12 at 1105 E. Lincoln Highway, Exton. Activities include a talk with “You Bet Your Garden” host Mike McGrath, bee keeping and beer making demonstrations, music by quartets from the Bryn Mawr Mainliners, a fashion show, farm to table cooking demonstrations by Chef Josh Bullock, a plant sale, children’s face painting, a “Make-a-Mothers Day” craft and more.

SPAY AND SAVE: Jeremiah needs a forever home |May 10, 2018

Jeremiah is a black/white, young male, approximately 10 months, neutered and good with other pets. He is friendly and loves to sit on your lap. Found in the streets of Norristown, he was being fed by a neighbor after his owners put him out.

Phoenixville names task force to study passenger rail service |May 10, 2018

PHOENIXVILLE >> The Phoenixville Borough Council has endorsed the mayor’s rail service task force.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Connie Rainis |May 10, 2018

For Connie Rainis, singing is as easy as breathing. It fills every pore of her body. Her greatness joy is to share her music with others. Her specialty is jazz and the blues, but she sings it all.

Phoenixville Police respond to 78 calls in three days |May 10, 2018

PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville Police responded to 78 calls for service between May 4 and May 6. The following is a summary of some of those incidents as reported by police:

Men ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ to shed light on domestic violence |May 10, 2018

COLLEGEVILLE >> Hundreds of area men are standing tall in their effort to shed light on domestic violence, thanks to their high heels that is.

Phoenixville teacher wins grand prize in countywide teaching awards |May 10, 2018

PHOENIXVILLE >> A Phoenixville teacher has been honored among thousands in the county for his exemplary classroom skills.

CONCERT PREVIEW: James Alex’s “Quiet Slang” side project playing concert at Underground Arts |May 10, 2018

There’s a line in the Beach Slang song “Dirty Cigarettes” that goes: “I get in trouble when things get quiet.”

MOVIES: Russo brothers catch their breath in Cleveland between making giant ‘Avengers’ adventures |May 9, 2018

There’s no rest for the wicked — or for two men making the two biggest movies the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever seen.

Philadelphia indie rock band Hop Along released new music; gets ready for hometown show |May 9, 2018

Fronted by the emotionally earnest, and sometimes-raspy, powerhouse belter Frances Quinlan, the Philly band Hop Along have sold out a May 19 hometown show at Union Transfer.

Don’t overlook the small but mighty shrimp. Here are succulent recipes to try |May 9, 2018

Andy Gadaleto pulled two trays from a display case and set them on the counter. They’d just arrived fresh from Florida.

LOCAL MUSIC: High school juniors AP the Plan release new song ‘Video Games’ |May 8, 2018

“They’re great artists, they’re great kids. They have great parents,” said Terry Jones, co-owner/operator of Philerzy Productions, a Philadelphia musical artist management company that’s negotiating a record label for pop/hip-hop duo AP the Plan.

ART: Chester County Studio Tour features 154 artists in 64 studios |May 8, 2018

Jeff Schaller started off small and has grown the exposure of the Chester County artists to the community over the years.

Pride Fest coming to Chester County in June |May 7, 2018

Phoenixville >> LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County will host its third annual Chester County Pride Weekend, with two major back-to-back events, on Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3.

spay and save: Baron’s baby blue eyes will melt your heart |May 6, 2018

Baron is a gorgeous mix of Lynx and Siamese. He is a neutered male approximately 1- to-1.5-years-old. His Siamese part brings out his chattiness. He loves human attention and is fine with other cats, and probably dogs when slowly introduced.

15 local teachers district winners for 2018 Citadel Heart of Learning |May 4, 2018

Exton >> More than a dozen Chester County teachers were recently surprised at their school; each received the 2018 Citadel Heart of Learning Award.

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS: The Mother Hips, Anvil, Panda Bear among next weeks best bets |May 4, 2018

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.

EAT & DRINK: Find out about wine club, Burger Month and Reading Terminal Market’s 125th year |May 3, 2018

For Digital First Media King of Prussia’s restaurant scene keeps growing. This summer, look for Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, known for its food, drinks and live jazz. https://www.eddiev.

Limerick man draws jail for strangling woman |May 3, 2018

NORRISTOWN >> A Limerick Township man was sent to jail after admitting to choking a woman during a domestic disturbance and to assaulting the woman’s daughter when she tried to intervene.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Edwin Soto |May 3, 2018

At a very young age, Edwin Soto’s family moved from New Jersey to New York City. This Brooklyn household was headed by his maternal grandmother. The neighborhood had a close-knit ethnic heritage.

Discussion in Phoenixville recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness Month |May 3, 2018

PHOENIXVILLE >> Chester County Fund for Women and Girls, the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County and Colonial Theatre welcomed 64 community members for a free documentary film screening and panel discussion of “The Hunting Ground” Wednesday, April 18, in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Phoenixville teen wins entrepreneurship competition |May 3, 2018

RADNOR >> Sixteen middle and high school students from the Greater Philadelphia area pitched their business ideas before a panel of nine real-life investors to compete for funding at the fifth annual Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Philadelphia Investor Panel Event Wednesday, April 18, at Cabrini University.

Comcast Cares Day spruces up Schwenksville school |May 3, 2018

Comcast employees, their friends and family and members of the community came together to celebrate Comcast Cares Day at St. Mary Catholic School in Schwenksville April 28.

5 Montgomery County fire companies join efforts for recruiting campaign |May 3, 2018

Five Montgomery County volunteer fire companies have banded together in a unique joint effort to recruit new members.

SUMMER MOVIES: Put ‘Solo,’ Jurassic World,’ ‘Skyscraper’ and more on your calendar |May 3, 2018

This year, summer started in April.

Saxton: Ever-popular Gunther Walsh back for 24th season at Grandview |May 3, 2018

On any given Saturday night at Grandview Speedway, after the races are over, fans head to the pit area to take photos, collect autographs, talk to their favorites, get a close look at the race cars and on most Saturdays you will find a crowd gathered around Bobby Gunther Walsh.

MUSIC: Monnette Sudler brings her Philadelphia Guitar Summit to World Café Live |May 2, 2018

In her ongoing efforts to introduce music enthusiasts to a variety of musical genres beyond the mainstream, multitalented Philly based jazz guitarist, composer, producer and poet Monnette Sudler returns to the concert stage with her 9th Philadelphia Guitar Summit.

FOOD: Pamper your pet with homemade treats |May 2, 2018

Doggone good. That’s one way to describe Stephanie Rossino’s creations.

Love story or requiem? This Romeo & Juliet is a bit of both |May 2, 2018

The new People’s Light production, “Romeo and Juliet - A Requiem” approaches Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of young love with such good intentions that this moving but uncertain piece of theater might be mistaken for a gedenkschrift.

Fire destroys townhomes in Phoenixville |May 2, 2018

PHOENIXVILLE >> A multi-alarm fire destroyed townhomes under construction at the Steeltown Village in the 700 block of Wheatland Street.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Contemporary Christian superstar Chris Tomlin brings tandem, all-star show to Philly |May 1, 2018

Life continues to be very good for singer/songwriter Chris Tomlin.

FOOD: Craving a Green Goddess salad? |May 1, 2018

In 1923, a silent adventure movie called “The Green Goddess” was released. And San Francisco’s grand Palace Hotel debuted its own invention, the Green Goddess salad, at the same time.

QUICK COOK: Satays and peanut sauce conquer all |May 1, 2018

Right out of college, back in 1982, Thai food was gaining momentum in the U.S. I remember working out hard, so I could pig out on delicious chicken satays with spicy peanut sauce at Chicago’s Star of Siam.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Bock Fest & Goat Races, Monster Jam, beer gardens and more on tap |Apr 30, 2018

Celebrate Mothers Day Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation: “Gifts from a Secret Garden” runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last admission at 3) May 12 at 3900 N. Sandy Flash Drive, Newtown Square.